For Ryan Sanders, the Paige Community Center is more than a place where he teaches at-risk teens about musical theater. He found a sense of belonging there during one of the hardest times of his life. With the center facing a financial crisis, he'll do whatever it takes to keep the doors open - even soliciting fundraiser donations from Langley-Quartermaine Financial.
Adam Langley has a plan: survive an internship at his father's company, finish college, get his trust fund, and find his former high school best friend Ryan and beg his forgiveness. In that order, because if Ryan does forgive him, Adam believes he'll finally find the courage to come out to his wealthy, bigoted father.
Adam's carefully considered plan is shattered when Ryan appears at the office a full 10 months before Adam is ready, and Ryan is just as stunned. Against his better judgment, Adam gets involved with the fundraiser - and Ryan. Old feelings won't be denied, and as Ryan and Adam reconnect, they realize neither knows the entire truth about the horrific night three years earlier that tore their friendship apart.
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A Quick, Satisfying Read!
What You Own is both a friends-to-lovers and a second-chance story. In high school, Ryan and Adam were best friends, up until Ryan publicly came out as gay, and Adam's father pressured Adam to break it off. Little did Mr. Langley know, but Adam and Ryan were interested in more than just friendship. Soon after, the two were bashed in a parking lot, and once again Mr. Langley intervenes to keep the two apart. Now, three years later, the two meet again – and the sparks start to fly.
There's some drama involved, but nothing too heavy (not like Arthur's newest release, The Truth as He Knows It). Fans of Arthur will love this sweet romance, watching Ryan and Adam work things out and fall in love. There's ample chemistry, a solid friendship, and a good bit of sweetness involved, especially towards the end when Adam puts his heart on the line for Ryan!
This was actually my first time listening to a male/male romance. Michael Pauley did a wonderful job. He put emotions into the narration, rather than simply reading the words. His voice would speed up during times of high emotion, and deliberately slow down for other situations. His different voices were done well, and he even gave both boys slightly different voices when reading a flashback to their high school years. My only complaint is that sometimes I had a hard time differentiating between when the characters were speaking out loud and when they were thinking to themselves (when the two would occur back to back in a scene). Otherwise, Michael truly brought this story alive and I enjoyed every minute of it.