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The writing is wonderful and grabbed me from the start. Fin and Noah both have baggage, that they are hesitant to share out of fear to jeopardize their budding relationship. Keeping secrets from one another is never a good thing, but understandable. It is so easy to say that you have to be honest and open to the one who you fall in love with and that you need to talk to each other. Especially if I, as a reader, want to see the two men come together. But life never is that easy. Should I have done it differently? I think so. Can I imagine not being able to hug or kiss someone? Not really. But this is not my story. This is Fin and Noah’s. I don’t have to understand their actions or experience their feelings to love reading this book. One thing I know is that it had me thinking and having my own emotions. For me, that is one of the reasons I enjoy reading.
It is a heartfelt journey about grief and acceptance. Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. They cope on their own terms. It is also a story about how your upbringing defines who you are, how you see the world around you, but most of all how you see yourself. But you can make your own life. And you don’t have to do it alone. You can trust others to let you take that much-needed next step in the process. Sometimes it takes many sacrifices and giving up on the people you know the longest. But there are new people who will embrace you with open arms, and you can make your own family.
Not only Fin and Noah are beautifully described, but also Olivia. She is a sweet eight-year-old, a bit sassy, pouting, curious and straightforward, just like a girl of that age should be. And let’s not forget Martin, Noah’s best friend, who I think needs his own story.
Fin was just ridiculous, hiding the fact that his parents were deceased and he had custody of his sister. Why would you waste your time with someone if you thought they’d cut and run when they find out the truth? Just too much absurdity in the entire situation, including Noah’s issues with PDA and intimacy and rejecting any professional help or counseling for it. I pretty much skimmed the entire second half of the story and was rather grateful when it ended. The writing was clear and well edited, which gave it a second star but aside from that, there is not much I can recommend about this one.
*An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Hearts On Fire Reviews blog
Fin struggles with the grief he's never truly allowed himself to feel. He's raising his little sister, Olivia, and is trying to give her the best life he can. His own life is kind of on pause, especially the romantic side of life, and he's not sure there's a possibility for one. When he takes on an extra shift and ends up serving an incredibly homophobic table he's unaware that his future may be with the guy who's now drinking himself stupid at the bar.
Their relationship progresses slowly but their feelings grow quickly. With secrets on Fin's side and insecurities and hang-ups on Noah's they're bound to fight an uphill battle, something has to give. Patience, understanding, genuine affection, and a meddling roommate all combine to give them a great chance at a future. And then Fin confesses.
Noah was smart, to take something so serious and actually think about it. Yes, it wasn't giving Fin hope for more from them as a couple but I respect him for actually thinking of Olivia as not just a fun little girl he chats with during his visits but as a potential daughter. He was doubtful of his place in life, what he was capable of, and where he thought his life was going. Absolutely well-founded concerns considering his upbringing. And acknowledging that if this kind of news were brought up further into their relationship that it might not be as big of an issue because they'd forged something indelible showed foresight, intention, and a realistic view of what they were building together and the reality of raising Olivia.
I was quite frustrated with Noah's sister. For giving him grief about not trusting her with his secret. For one, it was Noah's secret to share, no matter how much you think you should have been trusted. And for two, fears are that way for a reason, they're not always rational but it doesn't give you the right to punish the person for keeping a secret. Just because they were close all growing up doesn't mean she has the right to know about his sexuality as soon as he does.
Honestly, it's a scary world for kids who grow up in extremely bigoted families, not knowing if they'll have a home, if they'll face their family's vitriol, if there's physical abuse coming, etc. It's tough even for kids who have loving supportive families. Their fear is there because they've heard of other families pulling a 180° and don't know if the love they've counted on lasting after sharing something so fundamental.
So yeah, I'm not a fan of characters or people punishing the secret-keeper for feeling like they've been betrayed because the family member's sexuality was hidden, especially in someone like Noah's situation. The feeling of betrayal is natural, yes, but taking it out on the person who was afraid to confess isn't right.
Overall the story was good. There wasn't enough transition between the reconciliation and the epilogue and seemed to be quite a jump. Not that we didn't think it would end up that way, but going from Noah knocking on the door to being on the skateboard was a bit rushed. The romance was sweet, troublesome, but hopeful. Fin and Noah together were a great partnership and I feel that the story focused a bit heavily on the slow slog to a mutual desire to the future and then ended rather abruptly. That end, though, was full of nice things that brought the story full-circle from solitary hesitance to confident togetherness.