But when he meets Ren, he can no longer hide it.
Ren is an adventurous comic-book nerd.
He transfers to Thessaloniki, Greece in an attempt to find his place in the world.
What he gets is more than just an escape from his academic family.
Jimmy is a hard working man.
After losing his mother, he has put his heart and soul into finishing his studies and helping his dad through his financial difficulties.
When he is introduced to Ren, Jimmy initiates him into the coffee-and-chill culture of his Greek city.
But something awakens in both of them.
Something neither can tame.
Can the two boys be more than just friends?
And what is that feeling called? That feeling they can’t seem to shake off?
In addition to the romance, we get a wonderful taste of Greece, both the local flair, as well as the political climate. The homophobia and bullying that take place are both shocking and upsetting. I had no idea that Greece, in general, is not a tolerant country. So heart-breaking.
The political climate of Greece certainly adds to the amazing journey that Jimmy takes, as he learns to accept his homosexuality, as well as embracing it. This story is so much more than just falling in love. It is an eye-opening and heart-warming journey of self-discovery and coming of age.
As for Ren, my heart just breaks for him, as he not only suffers from culture shock, but is the target of some awful bullying. Every thought and emotion is so well written that I found myself transported into their hearts and minds.
I love the scene when Jimmy and Ren are playing "Never Have I Ever." It is just perfectly done!
Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there's that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!
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