Thanks for joining us for our stop on the Young at Heart blog tour! We’re excited to share with you some information about the book, as well as an exciting excerpt and our thoughts on this m/m romance from Kay Ellis. Oh and did I mention there’s a giveaway? Take a look –
His private life is another matter.
There, he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going in his on-off relationship with Jesse Young, an unemployed aspiring model half his age.
Can Devon and Jesse overcome the obstacles and outside influences standing in their way? Can they leave behind their own fear and mistrust? Or will they be their own worst enemies?
If I had to use one word to describe this story it would be rollercoaster. The ups and downs may leave you feeling somewhat unsettled, but they ensure no shortage of drama and tension. Jesse and Devon come from two very different worlds, a point which brings uncertainty in itself. Add to that a meddling mother, a fickle friend and numerous misunderstandings, and you have a recipe for angst and heartache.
It took me a while to decide if I actually wanted this relationship to work; Jesse and Devon manage to hurt each other in numerous ways, and they seem pretty toxic together. Many times I thought an incident brought them to the point of no return, only to be proved wrong yet again. Somehow Ellis manages to establish a solid ground amid all the missteps and distrust, building and rebuilding the connection despite the lies and deceit. One thing’s for sure – Jesse and Devon fight harder than most to make it work.
Ellis gives us two very different and interesting heroes. I enjoyed learning their stories and seeing how they grow throughout. I felt sorry for Jesse and the rough past he’s endured. With the abuse, and bouncing from family to family in the system, it’s no wonder he suffers from a lack of confidence.
Devon is the very picture of an upstanding, power executive, and he commands all the respect his position demands. I absolutely love the contrast Ellis creates between his confident, successful businessman persona and his vulnerable emotional side. The fact that he loves Jesse enough to consider jeopardizing everything he’s worked for is quite a testament to the strength of his feelings.
I’m not going to lie – the age difference here is a bit tough for me. I struggle with many May-December romances, and this one is a somewhat larger age difference than most. Jesse’s age is a little younger than I’m comfortable with, although I know there are plenty of couples who have successful, loving relationships with such an age gap. In this case I’ll just chalk it up to personal preference.
*WARNING – THIS NEXT PART MAY BE CONSIDERED A MINOR SPOILER.*
I’ve heard many readers say they have mixed feelings about children in m/m romances, not because they’re adverse to gay couples adopting children, but because they don’t enjoy the complication to the story. I usually have no opinion either way – kids in m/m don’t tend to bother me. However this story may be the one exception. I don’t necessarily appreciate the way that element is introduced. I want to believe Jesse and Devon ultimately get together and stay together for themselves, not because a child enters the picture. Again, this isn’t a horrible twist for the story, just not my preference. It’s certainly a realistic complication, and I feel given the situation the result was the best, logical outcome to expect.
RATING: ONE SNEAKER, ONE BADASS BOOT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kay Ellis lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, where sheís mum to two beautiful daughters. From an early age, she has written stories, with a sole readership of one ñ her mum, Sylvia. In 2013, someone suggested Kay enter a competition on national television to find a new ëracey readsí author. Much to Kayís surprise, she made it to the final three, and although she didnít win, the high praise received for her work gave her the confidence to start submitting to publishers.
When not writing, Kay enjoys reading, eating out and the theatre.
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