Ryan Keller has it all: a great supportive family, friends, and no limit to his self-confidence. Coming out of the closet was not as traumatic as he would have thought. Navigating through life isn't easy for any man, let alone a gay one. Rest assured that Ryan has it handled.
Brandon Ford comes from the wrong side of the tracks. With a dark past, he doesn't have much going for him, no money, no friends, definitely no charisma, and his family makes people on Jerry Springer look like total winners. Life can't be worse - until it becomes unbearable.
When Ryan helps Brandon out of a bad situation, chemistry sparks between them. Only Brandon has one problem: he's hiding in the closet with no way of finding his way out.
After years apart, Ryan runs into Brandon. This spells emotional turmoil for both Ryan and Brandon. Will years of resentment and bad feelings pull them apart or force them to work on their relationship so they can end up Tied Together?
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Great narration, not the story for me.
- Morgan A Skye
A sweet romance spanning 15 years
Yes, I enjoyed the story and the characters. The story flowed nicely. Although a cliché of gay romances now being the couple that meets in high school, has a major break-up and is separated for 10 or more years, then meet again by accident. It's all in the delivery and the characters to make the story work and worth your time. And overall, Heller succeeded. It was well written, but had a lighthearted approach to the whole thing, considering one of the characters grows up being beaten and called "faggot" by his father, leading him to be afraid of coming out and then only getting help after the big break up.
When Brandon and Ryan meet again in the delivery room where Brandon is the doctor and Ryan's foul-mouthed best friend is giving birth.
Gasping for air. He did this for all characters. If the last word in the sentence ended in a hard consonant, he did a little gasp making the characters comment sound nervous and going up on the end of the sentences. Don't get me wrong, overall he was decent. He kept Brandon and Ryan's voices distinct, but some of the more minor characters blended together. And he doesn't do females that well.
Maybe "Meant to Be"? I wouldn't really call it "Tied Together". They meet in high school (senior year) and both go to college (different schools, but close together) in Chicago. They are best friends, but Brandon has kept his past and the fact that he is gay hidden from Ryan, even though he is in love with Ryan and Ryan is in love with him. They get together finally and immediately break up and don't see each other again for 12 years. They meet again by accident and quickly break up again. Both of them's stubbornness kept them from trying to salvage things after the first break up. They could have been together if they had just talked it out. So, it's more of a "Mean to Be" than "Tied Together".
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
- B. Lane