At Cal’s funeral, Chris is completely thrown when he meets Elliot Rawlings, an artist Cal has been dating. Chris is hurt to discover that the brother he knew as straight was actually bisexual. Elliot is angry and resentful of having been kept hidden from Cal’s family.
After the funeral, a night of drinking at the bar with Cal’s friends leads to Chris and Elliot falling into bed together. The next morning, they’re overwhelmed by guilt and grief and agree to never speak of it again.
But Cal’s apartment needs to be packed up and Elliot reluctantly agrees to help Chris, as well as answer some questions about Cal’s life and their relationship. Despite their guilt and initial dislike for one another, they sort through the pieces of Cal’s life and begin to fall for each other.
Despite his best efforts to fix things, Chris’s family seems to be crumbling around him and he begins to question who he is and what his role with them is. As his feelings for Elliot grow, Chris must decide if they’re worth further damaging his fragile relationships with his friends and family.
Elliot’s rough upbringing has left him distrustful of getting close to anyone, much less another man who isn’t willing to acknowledge him in public. The odds seem stacked against Chris and Elliot, but if they can overcome them, they may be able to lay Cal’s ghost to rest, along with their own demons.
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Length: 130,000 words approx.
The ghost between Chris and Elliot is Chris’s brother Cal. When Cal died Chris lost part of heart. When he had sex with his dead brothers boyfriend the same night he buried his brother he lost his soul. Everything he knew about his brother crashed and burned. Watching his family fall apart, losing a patient, and desperately needing something to save himself he turns to Eliot, knowing that it’s wrong and that it will ultimately infuse his life with more pain.
I didn’t care for Chris. He was just to selfish and needy and treated Eliot the same way his brother had by hiding the relationship. Promising he’d tell his family and friends about them but never doing it. It took probably half the book to warm up to him.
Eliot got the brunt of the pain. Losing one brother, being overwhelmed with feelings for the other. Wanting to be loved openly. He was hurt by the men who should of put him before themselves.
This was an incredibly sad story. Full of pain and loss. But it showed that the human spirit can come back from unbearable pain and that good things can sometimes come from bad. Heartbreaking, beautifully written, and raw. Perfect tearjerker.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
Her books range from short stories to novellas. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings.
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