Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.
Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lies the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.
I really enjoyed listening to this story. Colin has spent so long denying that he is gay he almost believes it himself becoming more and more self-destructive as time goes on. He only has one friend and is determined to make his father proud of him. Rafe made some mistakes in his youth and has spent the rest of his life trying to make life better for LGBT teens with opportunities that he never had.
This story is told from Colin’s point of view; however, we are able to see Rafe’s emotions, if from a skewed view. Rafe wants to show Colin that he is worth more than he believes. When Colin really opens himself up to admitting to others that he is gay, he realizes that he would do anything for Rafe. Seeing him finally reconnect with Daniel, his gay brother from book one, is wonderful.
Spencer Goss did a wonderful job narrating this story. The use of different voices for the characters helped me keep track of the story. He did a great job of portraying the characters emotions and feelings in his reading.
Cover art by AngstyG is great and follows the series style.
Audiobook, 10hrs 33min
Published July 4, 2016 (ebook first published February 29, 2016)
Edition Language: English
Series: Middle of Somewhere #2