Leith has loved Aaron nearly all his life, yet he wonders whether Aaron returns those feelings. From high school, through college, then being separated by continents, Leith and Aaron have managed to maintain a connection as life continues to pull them apart. When Leith is severely injured in an act of violence, Aaron returns, but can Leith believe that Aaron can return his love, or will he be waiting for the moon?
This story is told through a series of flashbacks. While the blurb suggests that this is a typical romance story, readers should know that the romance between Aaron and Leith doesn’t really appear until almost 2/3 of the way through the book. The majority of the book is Leith’s story of how he survived 20 years of not being able to be with the love of his life. In high school Aaron and Leith both had crushes with each other, but had to keep it secret. After high school, Aaron heads off to college and then settles in Hong Kong while Leith attends a local school and stays in their hometown where he ends up in an abusive relationship. After being horribly injured, Leith avoids becoming involved with anyone; instead he relies on his family, friends, and the occasional phone call or letter from Aaron. By the time Aaron returns, Leith struggles with wanting to believe Aaron is there to stay and wondering why Aaron would want to be with him as damaged as he is.
Aaron has loved living in Hong Kong, but when his contract expires, he decides it’s time to head back to the U.S. Contacting Leith, he hopes that the two will be able to reconnect. For years he’s tried to convince Leith that he was welcome to come live with him, yet each time his offer was rebuffed. Now returning, he needs to convince Leith that he isn’t going anywhere.
I really liked this story but, to be honest, there are some problems with the writing. At times the author starts talking directly to the audience, which seemed odd because it seemed to come out of nowhere. There are also minor inconsistencies with the timeline, nothing major, but enough that I found myself getting irritated.
Overall, I liked how the author pulled me into the story and found myself not wanting to put the book down. Leith, his family, and his friends made for an interesting tale, but I wished the book had a bit more romance in it. I would have liked to have seen more of the relationship with Aaron and Leith after they reconnected, rather than the quick overview we are given in the epilogue.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press