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What We Deserve Paperback – October 3, 2013
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About the Author
Kerry Freeman was born and raised in Alabama and she grew up swearing she was going to get the hell out of Dodge the instant she could. Turns out Dodge ain’t so bad, and she never left. Alabama’s version of a city girl, she married a country boy, and the couple lives in a small town with their two socially awkward dogs. Kerry loves to write about love, and it turns out most of the voices in her head are men. She also loves to write about the South, so most of her stories end up there, one way or another. A tomboy and a geek from way back, Kerry has a day job but dreams she will one day write full time. She has a weakness for yaoi, Japanese stationery, YA, and ginger-haired singers from Britain. She owns an impressive t-shirt collection. Nowaki & Hiroki are her homeboys. Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kfwritesbooks Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorkerryfreeman
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The whole story is told from Sean's (1st person) point of view, so he's the one the reader automatically sympathises with. In fact, the very first scene puts you right into the then-teenaged Sean's head, letting the reader find out pretty much first hand how Sean discovers he's in love - with none other than his best friend Jamie. I certainly rooted for the rather adorable Sean right away.
Jamie, the second main character the reader meets, is a little more distant - Sean's telling the story, after all, and he's a little biased. So at first I sighed over him along with Sean and then my heart broke when Sean's first love went so horribly and inexplicably wrong. When he - Jamie, that is - turns up again later it's only natural to be suspicious of his motives, but still...
Tyler is Sean's current boyfriend. They love each other, have been in each other's lives for some time, and Sean's heart finally seems to have settled on someone other than Jamie.
Needless to say, Sean's heart is in for a roller coaster ride...because really, you can't turn love on and off at will, can you?
2.) The Story
I'm not usually a fan of stories that jump in time, but here, it totally works. The first few scenes that show the reader Sean and Jamie's past are a vital setup for the story, get the reader involved with Sean and set the scene for Jamie's return later on.
As soon as the reader meets Tyler, it's clear how comfortable he is with Sean, how very together the two are. Their families have accepted them, they are quite settled although there's that one last thing - actually living together - that's still missing.
Or maybe that's not the only thing, for when Jamie turns up, Sean's emotional life - and, by extension, his real life - is turned upside down and even the love he share with Tyler isn't enough to keep them in the status quo. What would you do if your first true love barged back into your life? Impossible to ignore, that's for sure, especially considering the close relationship of Sean' and Jamie's parents.
The resolution of this conflict - and the way the protagonists deal with their growing/resurfacing love for each other is both moving and realistic. Pure physical desire wars with doubt and blossoming feelings in each and every one of the three, and the reader is right there, along for the ride.
I could go into more detail, but I don't want to spoil the story for you! You should definately pick it up and give it a read yourself.
Anyway the story starts with Sean and Jamie being young and happy; sure Sean has an unrequited love for his best friend Jamie, the 4 years older son of his parent's best friends, the boy who was always there and who is now starring in his wet dreams, but all in all, Sean is lucky. I didn't have any vibes his family would not support him if he came out, and indeed, they are really supportive when he does. Sean's crush with reality happens when Jamie enlists in the Army and more or less disappears without neither telling goodbye.
Shift in time, 12 years later, Sean is an accomplished IT white collar, with a fellow IT geek as a boyfriend, a boyfriend he really loves. We also learn that Sean didn't mourn so much Jamie's loss, or at least he didn't choose chastity while mourning; during his college days Sean has plenty played the field, and now he has settled down with Tyler, who is really a good guy, someone his family loves as much as he does.
But now Jamie is back in town, and he is as kind and sweet as he was 12 years before, and Sean's feelings, after the first burst of emotion, are again the same as before. Analyzing this situation, I really think Sean hadn't really have much hurt on Jamie's betrayal, or maybe, he had all the support he needed to forget and go on. Sean's family is really an important element in the story, they are the ones who allows Sean to be so sure and steady in his beliefs, who helps him to be quick in taking his decisions, and not regretting them. Same is for Tyler, and same will be for Jamie, once he realizes that his parents's love goes beyond prejudices.
As I said, Sean, Jamie and Tyler have almost no issue in being in a gay relationship, the trouble will be when they decide to enter a polyamory relationship. Will their beloved one understand? Will they be able to find the right balance? If I have to find a fault to this story, otherwise really nice, is that I would have not minded for this second part of the story to be more developed, maybe adding some months more into the lives of these guys once they decide to be together.
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