Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….
Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.
Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.
Review: Let me say immediately that I fell completely in love with both Lee and Phil. Neither of them are the hero who sweeps up the poor damaged soul and heals him with the power of his love. Instead, both of them have events in their past that have deeply affected them and left some damage behind, and this makes them very human and very loveable.
Phil keeps to himself because the world is uncertain and frightening. The only time he really goes out is to photograph nesting birds. Lee works with his uncle in his plumbing business, and meets Phil when he comes to fix a burst pipe. He’s immediately drawn to Phil, but Phil panics at the thought of being with anyone. But Phil is also attracted to Lee, and little by little Phil begins to trust him. A trip to Lee’s hometown reveals that he also has some very painful events in his past.
Phil and Lee finally figure out how to navigate most of the obstacles in their relationship and, at the end, are starting a hopeful life together.
These two young men go through a lot together, but their mutually difficult pasts help each of them to understand the other. It’s beautiful to see how they develop a trusting, supportive relationship that is beneficial for both of them.