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Pax. Pax is what I don't like. Let me tell you about Pax. There are realists. There are pessimists. Then there's Pax. He deserves a category unto himself with its own personal black cloud following him around like Pigpen. You'd think the fact that he's been crushing on and for all intents and purposes half in love with Brad since he was FOURTEEN would imbue him with an excitement the likes of which can only be witnessed in kids on Christmas morning when Santa has made it rain.
You'd be wrong. He acts like the prospect of getting with his fantasy man is on par with getting a root canal. It was painful, it went on far too long and it snapped my enjoyment like a twig. I skimmed the last 30ish% because I could not deal any more. I think I get the gist of his characterization and I do think it's plausible, maybe even likely, but woooooweeeeee did he get on my last good nerve.
Told from both of their perspectives Pax's negativism interfered with their dynamic making it seem awkward and forced at times, clunky. The ending is a happy one but I couldn't buy it. It's rushed, for one, I needed more time with them as a couple and then perhaps I could buy into their coupletry. But as it stands Pax is too negative to Brad's optimistic and gregarious personality for me to buy them long-term. Or maybe I just like Brad and feel like he deserves better?
The sex between them is hot. On paper. But since I couldn't connect with them I didn't really get into it. Brad's bossy and there's a bit of size difference between them which is typically my catnip, but Pax and his stuttering and general milquetoastness left me cold.
I like the premise of unrequited love finally being requited after twenty years in a small Southern town, no less, though be forewarned there is a significant amount of homophobia and general nastiness from some of the townsfolk. Some of them are really supportive and the general vibe of this small North Carolina town was well crafted.
This can be read as a standalone. I had no trouble keeping up and I may even be interested in the next one, but this one I can't recommend. Unfortunately.
An ARC was provided to Boy Meets Boy Reviews.
I actually despise Ames Bridge and if I lived there I’d move. There is no one that could make me live where I had to fear insults, slurs, blatant bigotry, and possible harm on a daily basis. I have no idea how Pax does it.
Pax left for college, but he came back home to help out his mother after a stroke. He decided he wanted/needed to stay for good.
Brad was Pax’s brother, Rob’s, best friend growing up. Pax was Brad’s first boy crush and vice versa, but Brad kept himself firmly from anyone in Ames Bridge in the closet until 5 years ago. Brad lives in Chicago and is a successful businessman. Brad comes back to Ames Bridges for his 20th High School reunion and what a reunion it is, with sports dinners, “hanging with the guys”, and one of high schools famous events.
Brad really took me a while to get warmed up to, for some reason. I liked Pax from the first book, but Brad not so much. To me, he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get the insults hurled thrown all the time. He doesn’t get putting on invisible armor. He doesn’t get how life really is in Ames Bridges as a gay man. I felt like Pax had valid concerns that should have been addressed more, instead of running away from the hard answers or getting mad they’re being asked.
I kind of missed the townspeople in this one, well the non-homophobic ones. I felt like it was just Brad and Pax for too much of it and I wanted to see them out together more. Maybe show Brad what life is truly like there?
Brad and Pax have been wanting each other for twenty years. Is it too late? Can a high school crush last? Can you trust that it’s really love? Will Pax let himself have what he wants? Will Brad take the easy way out and go back to Chicago or will he stay and face Ames Bridge with Pax?
Hmm…do I see Jack’s story in the future? He intrigues me. What about Luke’s?
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