Blueford “Blue” Mason returned to Danville, Texas to live with his grandmother after he lost his mother to cancer. Volunteering at the local library while waiting to head off to college, Blueford is just beginning to experience life, love, and heartbreak.
Jack West recently left his former fire department when there was an issue with his sexuality. Coming to stay with his uncle, he is hired on to work on the small town’s fire department. Determined not to risk another job over his sexuality, Jack wasn’t expecting Blue to turn his world upside-down.
As the two young men fall in love, they force the townspeople to face their own shortcomings.
This was a relatively short and enjoyable read with a fairly simple plot. Both Blue and Jack are relatively new in the small town. When Jack’s uncle introduces the two of them, they find themselves drawn to each other. Jack has been out of the closet for years, while Blue has yet to find himself after having devoted most of his teenage years to caring for his mother. As the two strike up a friendship, they find themselves falling for each other.
There is hardly any angst between Jack and Blue. Once they start their relationship, the drama in the story involves secondary characters, like the Mayor and the Pastor who are trying to change the town and Blue trying to find out who exactly his father is.
For me, the intimate and sex scenes between these two were not my cup of tea. They were bland and generic feeling without much emotion. Couple this with the fact that Blue is inexperienced and naïve and the whole sex thing was awkward reading.
I also had an issue with the timeline. It felt off. Jack and Blue are supposed to have this huge age difference between them, yet Jack is only 23 to Blue’s 18, which isn’t all that big of an age difference. Granted, Jack is more worldly than Blue, but I wasn’t buying the whole age difference thing. Then there is the issue that Jack is supposed to have all this professional experience at a time where most people his age are barely out of college and have yet to have their first real job. It felt as if the author wanted an age difference between the two, but then didn’t want the age difference to be too large, but then never made adjustments to the experience that someone much older would have. So it was bothersome and felt unrealistic.
Overall, despite the few minor issues I had with this book, it was a fairly decent read. If you like a book without a lot of relationship drama, this is the book for you. It’s a great feel good type of story!