Rating: 2 stars
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When Trey was 17, he tearfully told his brother’s best friend, Jordy, that he was in love with him. But Jordy was nine years older than Trey, and it was the end of the summer before Jordy was leaving for his last year of medical school and he saw Trey as a kid. But Trey promised that he would wait for Jordy and, even though Jordy hasn’t been back home for five years, Trey is still waiting at the lake resort his family owns.
Jordy should be thrilled that Stanford medical school wants him to continue on there. His residency has taken a toll on him and his love life has taken an even bigger hit. He’s returning to his hometown after five years to be the best man at his best friend Brock’s wedding. Which also means he will see Trey again and he starts to wonder about him. Trey is not the teenager that Jordy remembers, as he’s grown into a man and now runs the operations at the family lake resort. Jordy certainly is interested in this grown-up version of Trey and, if Jordy could only accept that, they could have the future they have always wanted.
This is a book that simply didn’t work for me for many reasons. The writing is stiff and the pacing was not well implemented. We see Trey telling Jordy of his feelings and then they don’t see each other again until 30% into the book. What happened during that time wasn’t particularly interesting to me, with Trey still pining for Jordy as he runs the family resort and Jordy being unhappy with his life and his choices in men. I also didn’t care for any of the characters, including Trey, Jordy, Jordy’s best friend, and Trey’s brother Brock, and it’s difficult to read a book where you don’t like the characters for different reasons.
When Jordy returns home, he and Trey just get right down to it. They don’t know each other anymore and Trey is a virgin who has been desperately waiting for Jordy. They immediately get into a Daddy/boy dynamic that came out of nowhere and didn’t make sense for the characters and where they were in their relationship and it was awkward. The dialogue in the sex scenes felt reminiscent of what you would hear in poorly done porn and their interactions felt cringe worthy. After one night, Jordy and Trey then want to talk about forever, even though they still haven’t had a conversation as adults.
A large part of the plot is Jordy coming back for Brock’s wedding. Anyone would have to wonder why Jordy considers Brock his best friend. Brock is grossly homophobic and everyone just seems okay with it. Well, Trey isn’t, but no one backs him up and Brock says horrible things to Trey, even in front of their supposedly supportive parents who say nothing. Brock’s fiancé is also portrayed negatively and that was off-putting. In addition, Trey best friend is Native American and there are racist jokes disguised as acceptable humor. There was just too much here that didn’t agree with me and I would suggest a pass on spending the summer with Trey and Jordy.
I couldn’t agree with you more! I read this book, and it is a waste of time.
Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, but thanks for sharing your thoughts Paula!