When he was a kid, Jack Miller thought life would be a certain way, then he figured out he liked boys and not girls, changing the course of his future. Jack has spent the last few years learning that life doesn't always give you what you expect, in both good and bad ways.
Andrew's gone missing, and Jack's parents have split. He's made it through high school, but the future is nothing without Andrew. To be complete, Jack knows he needs to find Andrew and bring him home. But Andrew has disappeared.
Lost doesn't even begin to describe how Andrew Collins feels. Homeless and destitute, he's ready to end it all. Thinking that Jack is dead, Andrew returns to Sweet to end his life on Jack's grave. Instead he finds lies were told that drove him to a path of destruction. After not seeing each other for almost a year, Jack and Andrew come together, but their problems don't end there. They must work hard to make it to their big fat Southern gay wedding or risk losing it all.
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Angsty turned to super sweet
The story picks up a few months after the events in Sending Jack Off To Jesus (A Southern Thing, #2) and both Jack and Andrew’s lives are in a tailspin. Andrew believes Jack is dead and is hitchhiking his was across the country aimlessly moving trying to find a way through his devastation. Jack has been rescued from the psycho hate camp and is desperately trying to find Andrew. As the weeks turn into months Jack begins to allow doubts to creep in that Andrew may be dead because he knows in his heart nothing short of death would keep them apart.
Andrew winds up in Miami and sinks further into depression with the things he has to do in order to survive. Fear of his parents finding him and finishing the job of murdering him keeps him from reaching out to anyone from Sweet or his past. When things turn particularly dark Andrew makes the decision to go home.
However, when he returns he finds Jack is not only alive, but he’s been searching for him for nearly a year. Andrew’s fear of Jack’s response to his physical scars, and the emotional guilt over the things he’s done while trying to survive, eat at him.
He needn’t have worried – Jack is so relieved and happy to have found him that everything is quickly forgiven and they begin to build their lives together.
From here the story goes into sweetness overdrive. York gives readers a super fabulous extra special wonderful super sweet happy ending, which include the boys getting through college, Andrew’s parents being brought to justice, Jack’s father, Nathanial, having a complete 180 degree turn in attitude as just a few things thrown in among the treacly sweetness.
As for the narration, Frazier sometimes has a lazy tonal quality to his narration which drives me crazy. However, with the exception of Billy's voice, he does such excellent character voices bringing everyone to life so well that all is forgiven. But Billy's voice...wow. So bad for me. Like a Muppet freebasing helium and crack. With that one exception, I loved his characters voices. Hands down Frazier does some of the best female character voices I've ever heard from a male narrator.
For the readers who have suffered with the boys and everything they’ve been through: know that as soon as the boys get back together nothing bad happens to them ever again. It's rainbows and kittens and unicorns from that point out. York doesn't disappoint with her hard-fought and hard-won HEA.
- Belen "I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres."
Moved to tears