The incident that transformed Adam’s and Rhone’s lives happened in 1999, and over the next several years their relationship evolves from mentor and student to peers. Adam lives with Adam in his apartment, initially because he could not afford his own, but over time neither wants to change the arrangement because it suits them both.
What I loved best about this book is the pacing. It moves quickly though the years as Adam grows up and his character develops during his transition from teenager to adult and he turns out to be invaluable to Rhone’s business, becoming his best friend and business partner. But Adam is hiding a secret. He is in love with his friend who he knows is straight, and he is forced to listen to him having sex with various women over the years through the thin walls of his bedroom as he masturbates and imagines what it would be like to have Rhone make love to him instead. Eventually when he finds it unbearable to love Rhone knowing that he has no chance of being loved back Adam moves out; Rhone is devastated as he tries to live without his best friend.
Adam’s and Rhone’s characters are very appealing and well developed and the author does a good job on the supporting cast who add depth to the story. The sex is great but you have to read the book to find out who is doing what to whom. The only difficulty I have with this book is the dialogue which I found to be somewhat stilted at times during the sex when the author describes various intimate body parts in addition to the act itself in clinical, anatomically correct terms and avoids using common everyday adult sexual expressions. This was a bit disconcerting and I felt perhaps something was lost in the translation but despite this I found the book to be a surprisingly good read.
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