RELEASE DATE: May 1st
BLURB:How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.
Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?
I’m going to award Tara Lain the title of “Queen of Love Dreams”, simple because….she is! This book was exceptional, if I ever needed a book to remind me of why I read m/m romances, this is the book – I absolutely adored it!
Billy and Shaz together were magical – the stuff of which dreams are made of. I loved them both equally but for different reasons. Billy because of his totally unselfish love for his family and his own naivety at the ripe old age of 25 and Shaz because he was so comfortable in his flamboyancy and the way he loved Billy.
Billy is a construction worker. Due to his horrendous schooling, he has no confidence in taking exams. To progress in his career, he needs to sit a test. But he’s stupid – he falls to pieces as soon as the words test/exams are mentioned, his teachers nailed it in to him, time and time again and they are the experts, right?
Shaz on the other hand is an over-the-top flamboyant stylist. He is making quite a name for himself and his mixed stable of co-workers, in the fashion world, he’s also clever, astute and totally comfortable in his own skin.
Within Billy’s family, there is a wedding and Billy’s told he needs to step-up from sloppy to well-groomed man status – he’s dreading it!
This is where Tara Lain comes into her own, she delivers an amazing, melt-your-heart, GFY, brilliantly told storyline.
There isn’t much angst, which is great because it would have spoilt the beauty of the love between Billy and Shaz – well done author in not overplaying your hand on this one, especially as it would have been so easy to do so. The sub-characters were brilliant and all played major parts in the book and being real contributors to the storyline.
Shaz has been looking for a Knight to save him all his life, he never thought he would really find one. He certainly didn’t expect it to be a giant of a man, a construction worker no less – with an eye for interior design and a sloppy dresser!
Cannot recommend this book enough, certainly worthy of 5*… and… I’ve got to say author – unicorn earrings? Inspirational!