Michael Graham and John Rikker were best friends in middle and high school. Their friendship evolved into something more intimate but an unfortunate violent attack caused the two friends to part on bad terms. Since then, Graham has chosen to hide deeply in the closet while Rikker is open with his sexuality. When Rikker arrives onto Graham’s college hockey team, he is scared senseless that he will be outed by Rikker. As time progresses, these two men slowly and painfully work out their differences about each other and themselves.
I usually don’t care much for New Adult and was curious to see how an m/m one would be and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked this book a lot. The pain and suffering that Graham and Rikker went through felt very real and justified. There was no unnecessarily drama or fake angst. I liked the writing style for the most part and had a few highlighted quotes that I really enjoyed. The sex was also written tastefully and I think readers will enjoy the emotional connection involved. I really liked reading the characters’ journey from their uncertainties to finding confidence by the end.