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Danny Keegan is a laid-back man with simple tastes and an even simpler life. He adores the little town of White Acre where he grew up, he loves his parents, and he enjoys his uncomplicated life. He’s always told himself the fact that he’s a closeted gay man in a conservative, parochial town wasn’t an issue and coming out of the closet wasn’t necessary. But with the addition of Jaden in his life he realizes as happy as he is, he could be happier and the future of a love of his own doesn't seem so out of grasp as it always had.
When Jaden and Danny meet, their chemistry is undeniable but playful flirting doesn't mean anything. They start spending all their free time together, and what started as a simple friendship quickly turns into something much more than either saw coming. But, Jaden carries a secret that could end it all before it even begins. And though Jaden is scared to tell the truth and risk everything that has come to mean so much to him, he knows that he can’t go on without laying himself bare, leaving Danny with an important, life changing choice to make. His content little life or what could be the love of his life.
Will Jaden’s truth be too much for Danny, or will Danny decide a life out in the open, full of love, laughter, and passion is worth risking it all?
In the beginning, Danny and Jaden butt heads. Danny's a small town guy, who's extremely closeted due to his family's beliefs. And Jaden, well, he's definitely a city guy who doesn't quite fit into this small town. The fun starts when these two men who have nothing in common start to just click. They bond over video games and realize they had each made wrong assumptions of the other. With each other they are able to let down their walls and create something special.
Danny struggles throughout with his shame and fear of being gay. He knows his family won't understand and he's afraid of losing them. He's always dreamt of having his own family, with a husband and kids, but certainly doesn't think it will ever happen.
Jaden meanwhile, struggles with his secret. He can't have a relationship without telling his partner his truth, but it's difficult to talk about. He's also hesitant to be with a closeted guy.
One of my favorite scenes is when Danny traces Jaden's freckles. It is just so emotional and touching. Love it! Another is Jaden's single, lone tear. That scene is as emotionally charged as could be, and it's tender and heart-breaking.
Morningstar loves graphic design, so much so she returned to school for a degree and regularly tromps her exams and maintains a stellar GPA that occasionally leaves her confounded and pleased. She can while away the hours on new designs, and perfection isn't too much to hope for when it comes to her art. Her ideal career would be full-time artist and author, and so far, she hasn't come up against anything to stop her on her journey. A fierce and devoted friend, Morningstar tries her best to always be kind, always be learning, and always improving. Giving up isn't an option, and her greatest talent may be in her ability to convince others not to give up, either.
After a lifetime of trying to get people to realize her first name wasn't Ashley, Morningstar decided the best way to settle the debate was to put her name on a book cover. An avid reader and fiction reviewer for the blog and site Diverse Reader, Morningstar harbored a dream to one day join the ranks of her heroes, and she sweeps into the contemporary gay romance genre with her debut novel, LETTING GO. With plans to conquer gay, lesbian and LGBTQA+ romance, Morningstar has her gaze set on the horizon, her determination her own guiding star.