Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.
Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.
With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.
(Previously reviewed on this site by Morgan)
This is a cute sequel to Loving Jay. There are interesting themes explored
of aging and body image in the gay community that anyone can relate to, as
well as dealing with a past history of abuse in a previous relationship.
The serious issues are balanced well with sweet romance and the support of
friends, which includes supporting characters Liam and Jamie from Loving
Jay which was really nice to revisit those likable characters. I’m looking
forward to reading future books in this series.
Joel Leslie’s narration brings the story to life dynamically.
4 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review