If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he'll have to own up to the truth of who he is.
People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah's affection.
When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won't tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn't the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what's important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.
I'm not gay. I'm not gay. I'm not gay.
I know you're thinking that's a weird chant for a straight guy to have as his mantra. But I figure maybe if I think it over and over again, it'll actually be true. I mean, I don't look gay or anything. I'm six feet three inches tall, muscular, and have broad shoulders. That's not small or girly. And I'm athletic. I played varsity sports all through high school, intramurals in college, and I still play in a men's baseball league. I have a deep, strong voice. No lisp in sight. Plus, women like me. I always have a girlfriend. Always.
So I'm not gay, right? There must be some other logical explanation for why I'm standing in the bathroom with my hard dick in my hand fantasizing about the new guy at work. For the third time today. And it isn't…
It's lovely and thoughtful, and it still rains fluffy kittens from the sky of sweetness like the rest of the collection.
It's incredibly sad what parents do to their children with their phobias, bigotry and attitudes be they good or bad. It almost destroyed Ben trying to be everything to everyone. When he admitted it to himself and owned it that he was gay, that was when his life started to come together and he could live and breathe. I would recommend this book to all m/m romance story lovers.
Ben is funny, crazy, stupid, and so in denial that he could have been a parody of himself. The fact that he doesn't even in a book written in first person POV is almost a miracle. Watching Ben fight through all his conflicted feelings could have been an exercise in extreme frustration, but somehow isn't. That's the mark of a great story. When it could have been and maybe should have been crazy making but totally wasn't.
A great story with characters that I genuinely grew to love and with the kind of Happily-Ever-After I love.