I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
While the story begins as Sean and Rusty are older adults, their love story really began as children. As someone new to the M/M genre I found this story to be sweet and sexy. It was very well written and I loved Sean and Rusty. It was a story of two men in love, coming to terms with adulthood, change, and acceptance.
Sean is completely shunned by his family. Especially by his father. He has lived with Rusty and his family since he was kicked out for coming out as gay. Rusty's family accepts who he loves. They treat Sean as if he was their own flesh and blood. Still, deep down, Sean longs to be accepted and loved by his family again. With college ending, Sean is stressed in finding a job. He has leaned on Rusty for so long and struggles with self-worth. When offered a job that requires a move, Sean decides to take it. Rusty is completely committed to Sean and leaves his loving family and career to be with his love. Their story of change, love, commitment, and acceptance was truly heartfelt.
"Please, remember, Rusty. Please remember who we’ve always been to each other. Who we are to each other. Please be my lover. My love. My soulmate. My completeness."
When Sean Loves Rusty is a completely genuine story. We are thrown into this journey that two lovers embark on as they step into their future and into something new. Despite their obstacles and challenges, their love always grounded them. Their devotion, unyielding. Their love, never ending. I was able to connect with the characters as I remember a time after college where I was so unsure of my next step. How lucky are Sean and Rusty to have each other at such a time in their lives. There was no questions about their love. It never faltered. It grew stronger as their story progressed. If you are looking for a heartfelt M/M story about love and sacrifice, I suggest When Sean Loves Rusty.
Was this it? Was this the end of them?
No. It couldn’t be.
Sean bit his knuckles using the pain to clear his tears. “I have loved you since the first time you scooted over to let me sit with you at lunch. Do you remember, Rusty?”
Please, remember, Rusty. Please remember who we’ve always been to each other. Who we are to each other. Please be my lover. My love. My soulmate. My completeness.
Magnificent in his nakedness, Rusty nodded once. His dark curls tracked down the nape of his neck. Sean knew that whispering kisses right there, right where that bottom curl rested, drove Rusty wild.
“I was the new kid and nobody would let me sit with them. But you did. You pushed Toby McClellan off his chair and told me to sit.”
Rusty’s shoulder blades tightened. “You looked so sad. So lost. But you had this look in your eye, like you dared anyone to pity you.”
“So you did.”
“No. I didn’t pity you. I admired you. I admired your courage. Your bravado.” Rusty hugged himself.
Sean wanted to go to him. To wrap his arms around the boy who always included him, to the man who always comforted him.
Instead, he squeezed the pillow tighter and willed Rusty to turn around. If he would just turn around.
“Bravado. It was all bluff. I was scared shitless. Every time we moved, I was scared shitless.”
“What were you afraid of?”
“Of being alone.”
“Is that why you’re with me?” Rusty unfolded his arms and scrubbed both hands through his curls. “No, of course not. You would never have to be alone if you didn’t want to be. With the way you look, with the way you are, you’d just have to give a guy one of those sideways looks and he’d follow you anywhere.”
“No, Rusty. No. They wouldn’t. I wouldn’t.”
“You did. You said you really wanted to go to Boston.” Rusty turned around. The tears streaking his face broke Sean’s heart. “And I said I would follow you anywhere.”
“And now you don’t want to.”
In Chris Cox’s stories, men climb steep mountains of emotion and brave treacherous valleys of personal growth on a journey to love. The Bayou Boys series is about deep relationships, about finding yourself as well as your soul mate, and about learning to feel right in your own skin.
Sexy and complex, Chris’ writing delivers the stories that touch readers’ hearts. Born and raised in Louisiana, Chris worked as an electrical engineer before chucking the corporate ladder and becoming a full-time writer. Chris resides in Louisiana, where the gumbo is hot…but the men are hotter. You can check out more about Chris Cox by visiting www.chriscoxwrites.com, on Facebook at www.facebook/chriscoxwrites.com and on Twitter: @ChrisCoxWrites.
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