Reviewed by Kat
SERIES: Port Java (book #1)
AUTHOR: Sloan Johnson
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 209 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Trevor and Gabe never knew life without the other. As only children, they grew up as close as brothers, but their love grew to something more. Something they couldn’t talk about because their parents wouldn’t understand.
Gabe is gay and unapologetic about his sexuality. He refuses to live his life in the shadows, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t harboring secrets.
Trevor is his parents’ miracle child and he doesn’t want to hurt them. Coming out, admitting he’s in love with Gabe, could ruin everything.
Heading off to college was supposed to finally free them to be together, but nothing is as easy as it seems. Can they find a way to navigate this new world, living and loving openly?
I have been looking forward to the newest Sloan Johnson book.
Trevor and Gabe have been best friends from literally the moment they were born. Their parents live only a couple house apart. Their mom’s went through their only pregnancies together, giving birth weeks apart. They have always been together, even when in high school Gabe had been a popular baseball player he always kept Trevor close by. They were “inseparable”. And when Gabe finally admitted he was gay Trevor said he thought he already knew because he was gay also and that was part of why they got along so well. It also made lusting after your best friend much easier. Now the two young men are off to college where they can finally be together. But will college make their relationship better or challenge them even more?
Although I enjoyed this story it seemed a bit fragmented. I would just be getting into a scene in the book and it would just end suddenly and the next chapter was quite a bit later in the timeline. I thought it was a “fade to black” situation where there was no “on page sex”, which was also true, but it was more like the scene would just end even though it would sometimes feel incomplete and left me wanting to know more or how that situation resolved itself. Also, I don’t know if it was because I received an advanced copy but there were a lot of errors, name change-ups and typos that threw me at times. It really could use a good editor and proof reading.
I liked each of the boys but couldn’t figure out why they were so dead set on how their parents would object. I have to say, when the reason why was finally revealed, I was completely blindsided. It was really, really too late in the book in my personal opinion. Their worry over Gabe’s parents reaction kept confusing me, especially since he was already out to his family, but then it finally made some sense. I think that tidbit would have been better served to be known to the reader earlier in the book because it was so confusing and frustrating. Trevor’s dad was so cool but his mom drove me a bit crazy. And her reaction to him coming out not only surprised me but made me mad. I am not a fan of helicopter moms and she was a bit over the top. Actually both mom’s hovered a bit too much for my taste but with only children it can be a bit hard to become instant empty nesters.
Although this wasn’t my favorite book by Sloan Johnson in was good. If you are looking for a nice friends-to-lovers college age romance book with definite fade-to-black/no on page sex but lots of innuendoes then this is a good choice.