*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I am a huge fan of Nyrae Dawn’s writing and each new book confirms why I am. The History of Us puts a new slant on m/m romance and I think it can really help people who struggle with who they are, regardless of their orientation.
“Sometimes it’s not about coming out, it’s about settling in.”
This quote encompasses Bradley’s journey within The History of Us. Bradley is open about his sexuality, he’s told his mom and his best friends, so that’s all there is to it, right? If that’s true, why does the thought of holding hands with a guy cause Bradley’s stomach to roll, or the thought of introducing a guy to his friends make Bradley sweat? To Bradley, coming out and admitting he is gay is the easy part, but actually being gay? That’s a different thing entirely.
“I don’t want to discover the new me. I just want to fully understand who the old one is, and to be totally okay with him.”
THoU was a character driven, heartfelt story. I really loved the journey Nyrae took us on. TJ was this larger than life character that caught Bradley’s attention. TJ was everything Bradley wanted to be: comfortable and proud in his own skin. Bradley embarks on a road trip with TJ, chronicling different stories of both men and women that are gay and the struggles they faced to get to where they are today. It was hard and uncomfortable for Bradley to hear but completely necessary.
“We’re gonna be in trouble, Bradley.”
I sort of sit up a little higher in my seat.
“Why? What’s wrong?”
“Because I might start to like who you find.” He shrugs. “And who knows if you will.”
The trip itself and the characters Bradley and TJ met definitely gave me food for thought. We may live in a modern world where giant leaps have been made but unfortunately prejudice will always exist. Nyrae brought those issues to life, it was real, it was raw and it was beautiful.
The growth in both TJ and Bradley was evident and by the end it was great to see Bradley want to take a stand for himself. The road wasn’t easy but to Bradley, the destination was worth it.
“My chest still aches. I can’t stop thinking about the day, but as TJ throws a leg over me, and buries his face in my chest, I realize I’ve never felt so settled in my own skin either.”
If you are looking for a real, relatable m/m romance then you don’t need to look any further, #1Click this today.
Meet TJ and Bradley