Reviewed by Tammy
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 261 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
A love worth the wait
Carter Hamilton and Riley Porter-Wright room together as Harvard undergraduates. An immediate friendship forms, but as the years pass it deepens into something neither man understands. As attraction simmers under the surface, lines begin to blur. When they move back to Manhattan, they gradually slip into the lives their families have envisioned for them.
Both men marry, but in time, Riley realizes he’s ended up in a passionless relationship like his parents while his career takes center stage. Although he loves his wife, Carter misses the emotional and physical connection he shared with Riley.
The weight of Riley’s feelings and his growing discontentment with his life eventually push him to tell Carter the truth about how he feels. Shocked and unable to face his own feelings, Carter rejects Riley.
As each man comes to terms with the lies they’ve told themselves, each other and the people around them, they find their lives changing in ways they never imagined. They soon discover that the truths they’ve been longing to tell shake the foundations of their friendship.
Publisher’s Note: Calm, the sequel to Wake, will be available to pre-order in August 2017.
I have to admit, I loved this book, right up until it ended in a cliff-hanger 🙁 Thank god, the sequel is coming out in August!! I know I’m going to be thinking about this story until I get to read the ending.
Carter Hamilton and Riley Porter-Wright meet at college and become instant friends. Over the next five years they become inseparable, their friendship is so deep and close everyone believes they’re boyfriends. Carter is the first and only real friend Riley has ever had as he was raised by nannies and minders. Riley always knew is parents never really wanted him around, they only had him because it was expected of them to produce an heir.
Neither Carter or Riley are gay, they never acknowledge the feelings they have for each other. Throughout their college years they both have girlfriends, they both have serious relationships, right up until Riley talks his girlfriend into having a threesome with Carter. Nothing really happens between the men, other than some kissing, hand jobs and other touching (sorry ladies & gents, there’s no actual “sex” between the MC’s), I know but the emotional attachment they must each other is incredibly deep.
Both men marry, one for love and one for appearances. From beginning to end, the connection between Carter and Riley is intense, real and deep, there isn’t anything that you would think could come between them until it does. This is when both men must take a real hard look at their relationship as well as the feelings they have for their respective spouses. I have no hesitation in recommending Wake to everyone who loves to read m/m romance.