Crushed

Crushed

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by J. M. Snyder
     
 

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Once the star of his high school basketball team, Nathan Gayle has played the field for years. Now in his twenties, he's getting tired of one night stands and heated hook-ups with strangers; he wants something more. Was that asking too much?

Wes Roberts has had a fierce crush on Nathan since high school. A chance encounter at prom created a memory Wes still

Overview

Once the star of his high school basketball team, Nathan Gayle has played the field for years. Now in his twenties, he's getting tired of one night stands and heated hook-ups with strangers; he wants something more. Was that asking too much?

Wes Roberts has had a fierce crush on Nathan since high school. A chance encounter at prom created a memory Wes still cherishes, one perfect moment in time. His current relationship with Roger pales in comparison, but he's been with the man for eight months now and they've settled into a routine that's not exactly comfortable.

When Wes and Nathan meet up again years later at a friend's party, the spark between them is rekindled. But there's Roger, who wrestles with anger and drinking problems. Roger, whom Wes is still dating. Though the choice between the two men seems obvious, breaking up with Roger may be easier said than done.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611520279
Publisher:
JMS Books LLC
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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Crushed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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He might show off a bit around u. And try to make u smile alot
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Nathan's ready for Mr. Right - he's been ready. But he knows he's not going to meet anyone at his matchmaking, but well-intentioned friends' party. Nathan's had enough of their matchmaking disasters, because he knows their definition of Mr. Right doesn't even come close to his version. He reluctantly goes to the party, he mingles, and he meets the intended blind date and promptly looks for the exit sign. Then he runs into Wes. The two had a bit of history back in high school. Well not a 'bit' as far as Wes is concerned Wes had a *Hugh* crush on Nathan. Nathan was the popular high school jock who hardly noticed the shy Wes. But Nathan is noticing now, and he wants to crush Wes against his body and take up where they left off so many years ago. They leave the party for a romantic stroll, and Nathan can't seem to keep his hands off Wes. Wes is hesitant and overwhelmed, he forgets about why he shouldn't be doing this. The lovers are interrupted, and that is when Nathan finds out about Roger - Wes' long-term boyfriend. Snyder handles the subject well, creating a conflict without over dramatizing it. Nathan wants Wes, but he wants something more, something deeper and longer lasting. He's willing to wait for Wes to work out a few issues - like Roger. Wes cares for Roger and that's the problem the two of them have been together long enough that Wes feels comfortable. Here we start to have hints of the dreaded codependency. Roger has/had a drinking problem and he uses this to manipulate Wes. And Roger is the master of manipulation. There is a violent edge to Roger, which I found unnerving. But Snyder doesn't make Roger all bad. We see a humanly flawed, vulnerable side of Roger. My heart actually breaks for Roger toward the end, but I know that Wes and Roger are all wrong for each other. I just wanted to shout at Wes, just do it and get it over with, so everyone can pick up the pieces and move on, but I can understand his hesitation - he does care. The story only covers a few days, concentrating more on emotions and romance. But don't worry there is plenty of that sexual tension, a few barely explicit scenes that will warm the heart and heat the body. The story has an almost magical feel to it, when Wes and Nathan met again after so many years - like they were soul mates finally connecting. Definitely a satisfying romance, dealing with deeper issues, that don't drag the story down. I would love to read Roger's story, after he's had a chance to work out a few of his own issues.