I have had this book on my wish list when it was still in its first edition. I loved the idea of a young adult paranormal reunion romance and I already adored the author’s writing. However, it took a while for me to get around to it and now the book is in its third edition. On a side note, I adore the new more whimsical cover that matches this light, coming of age story.
The story opens when Zack Parker returns to the lake for a summer vacation with his family like they do every year. Only this year, he returns reluctantly. The place is painful and full of memories for him. He met his best friend Noah here each summer and they had both looked forward to Zack’s return since they were five years old. Zack had fallen in love with his best friend, but after one shared kiss when it appeared Noah returned his feelings, Noah pushed him away the next day and broke off all contact with no explanation.
The return was as painful as the year trying to get over Noah had been, but now, in the dead of night, sitting on the dock which was their shared favorite place on the lake is Noah. Zack wants to pull back and be angry, but he is equally hopeful and a little happy. Noah wants a redo and Zack’s forgiveness. Zack wants an explanation.
Noah gives him the clean-up explanation and then later the harder and more shocking version. Zack doesn’t want to believe, but then is forced to when Noah easily proves to him the truth. Unfortunately, Noah’s new situation is a dangerous one. Zack is determined that the pair will be together no matter what. The guys are equally determined to have each other’s backs and it may come to that. Now, that Zack has Noah back, it will all be alright, won’t it?
Alright. This is about two young guys who grew up best friends, got a little lost and now on the verge of college have found each other again and are tighter than ever as a result. Noah has secrets and his secrets are life-altering and dangerous. This plunges them on a new adventure and they have new choices to make.
For all that happens, this is a lightly developed, extremely low-angst story. There is enough to hold interest and gather up the ‘ahs’ and ‘swoons’, but it also has a distance when it comes to the moments that could have been darker and grittier. There are conflicts, but they are not allowed to go deep or very long.
I was definitely in the right mood for it and loved it, but I did have one niggle. The ending didn’t cover all the factors that result from what happened. I would have liked to see what came of how their new situation affected Zack’s relationship with his family and a bit of what it meant down the road a bit. Now this is a series so I guess it’s possible that they will appear in other books and their story gets the more complete finish, but I would have liked it in this book. I’ll definitely continue with the series to see where things go in the author’s world of witches, werewolves, and vampires hidden amongst the humans.
All in all, this was a sweet yet slightly spicy borderline young adult/new adult m/m paranormal romance that I can recommend to readers who want something easy and light.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #240 YA