Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.
Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.
Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.
“If you’re looking for a slightly harder hitting, realistic, contemporary romance, I whole heartedly recommend this one.” – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
“Flat out…it was a good book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.” – Smitten with Reading
“…real and insightful.” – Gay Book Reviews
“It’s brilliant!!” – Divine Magazine
“Such an amazing story about strength and perseverance.” – Gay Book Reviews
Who’d bury a body for you? A chat with Max and Jake, hosted by Boy Meets Boy Reviews
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