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This book is part of a series, which I did not realize until after I read it, but you don’t need to read the first one to enjoy this one. The characters from that book were in this one, so if you are interested in a coming-out-during-college type book, you might want to read that one first. This book was more of a tale of opposite personalities and forced interactions than any real conflict, and because I’m not super into a lot of drama and conflict in books I enjoyed it a lot. The beginning of the book made it seem like there was going to be a lot of conflict, but it settled down once the book got going.
At first, the rapport between the two MCs put me off, and I thought “oh no I’m going to hate this book” when I wanted to love it! This part took place the semester before the story really starts, so it ended up not shaping the tone of the whole book thankfully. After that the book was super easy to read, and I found it enjoyable.
The term “summer read” is probably overused, but this was a good summer, easy read even though it’s about school. Enjoy the fact that you are done/out of school and read other people having to deal with it instead! This was more about musicals/theater/orchestra/music than kids talking about math or biology anyway. So unless you were a theater kid/bando, this is completely different than your school world was anyway! No dangerous flash backs!!!
I was initially worried that Logan was going to be the stuck up, high brow archetype and that Peter was going to be the artsy one. McMurray did a good job adding a lot of depth and growth to these characters and not just pigeonholing them. It is always frustrating to get a well written book with a great plot that has two-dimensional characters. It’s like, why bother at that point if you aren’t going to develop the characters at all? This is a complaint I have for a lot of non-romance books too, so don’t think I’m just being hard on the genre!
Going to be brutally honest here: This book wasn’t doing anything super new, but it was good and I enjoyed it a lot. I really like books set in college for some reason, and I was glad that this ended up being worth the read. There was, naturally, a misunderstanding, but unlike a lot of books with school age people there wasn’t an epic amount of drama. It was a sweet, easy, well-written read that my review doesn’t do justice.
But they soon meet again ... in the dorm room they share their junior year. The very hot, very annoying Peter is involved in the Theatre Club building sets while Logan is Concertmaster of the WMU Orchestra and his life is consumed with fulfilling the dream of joining a prestigious orchestra like the Boston Symphony. Although their interests are dissimilar, each young man faces the same sort of dilemma. Peter's major is Accounting only because his father, who is paying for school, wants him to become an accountant whereas Peter's real love is stage set design. Logan has spent his life practicing the violin and now wonders if the dream of achieving an orchestra position is his parents' fervent desire rather than his. As Logan says: "I wasn’t entirely sure who I was apart from my violin."
Over the course of the school year, Peter and Logan gradually become friends and their relationship develops when Logan finally figures out Peter is gay. Peter introduces Logan to student life, i.e. something other than spending all his spare time practicing and leading rehearsals and Logan helps Peter dream of working on Broadway with set design. "I made a promise to myself then. I would find out who I really was that semester, before it was too late to change the course of my life."
Along the way, we get to catch up on Noel and Dave from There Has to Be a Reason and Noel helps Logan understand something he and Dave have learned: "Life is uncertain. You never know what’s about to happen. Sometimes what feels like the worst turns out to be the best."
I really liked the plot and the way Kate McMurray lets her characters figure out their motivations and their passions. The pace of the story felt just right as both young men have to decide their path and what place each other has in their future dreams. Each needs to realize they aren't living their parents' lives - they need to live their own. While their sexual relationship isn't insta-hot n' steamy, it really works in the context of this story.
The only niggle I had was that the resolution came very quickly (and was perhaps a bit too rosy given the way Logan's parents had been portrayed for most of the book), but the Epilogue was really lovely and tied everything together beautifully. 4 stars .... and I'm hoping there is a another book in the series featuring Fred!