Marc is not looking forward to going home from college. While he misses his family, he will have to see Tony. Tony, his soon to be step brother with whom Marc is in love. They have lived in the same house for the past eight years and now Marc’s father is going to marry Tony’s mother. He should be looking forward to the celebration, but the only thing on his mind is Tony. And, while Marc is out at school, he has yet to tell his family that he is gay.
After Marc’s many excuses to stay away from home, Tony can’t wait to see him. Yet, he is torn about his feelings. Tony is just coming to terms with the fact that he is gay and has no idea how to deal with his attraction to Marc. Thrown together to help out with wedding plans, discoveries are made and hidden desires come to light. One step forward, two steps back and it’s going to be a long two weeks until the wedding.
On the lighter, sweeter side is how this story plays out with a bit of angst and family drama all mixed together. Marc and Tony are the closest of friends, but don’t have much of an idea of what is going on with each other currently. The boys are not related by blood and started living in the same house when they were eleven and ten. Marc has no plans to tell Tony that he is gay or that he is in love with him and Tony is just trying to figure so many things out.
Weddings can get complicated in the best of families as they can bring out emotions and all kinds of inner turmoil for everyone to see. The first portion of the book has the guys not communicating well with each other and then Marc is the one pushing Tony away as he just can’t handle what everyone may potentially think about him. All that worrying and his secret comes out anyway with a bang. While there is a back and forth and a push and pull going on here, the guys are eighteen and nineteen and so it works here due to their age.
Both guys lack sexual experience and Wells does a great job of capturing their desire for each other and the rush of first love, along with their emotional soft side. But, when these guys do get together it is explosive and, whew, something else indeed.
The family, on the outside, are drawn as this well adjusted blended family, but a few scenes did not work as well for me. When Tony’s sister, who is fifteen, expresses negative feelings about the wedding, the entire family jumps all over her and tells her she is selfish instead of maybe asking her what is really wrong. And Tony’s mother gives Tony some incredibly clichéd relationship advice.
While it would have been enjoyable to see Marc and Tony progress slightly in their relationship as there is no peek into their future, the guys get themselves sorted with a HFN. A worthwhile coming of age, friends-to-lovers story, with more than a few very heated moments and just knowing when someone is just right for you.