Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sam McAuley is having a rough start to the summer: Not only is he being sued, but the new guy running the animal rehabilitation center next door has no idea what he’s doing and his runaway chickens constantly end up in Sam’s pristine yard.
Everything is temporary for Bo Novak. For as long as he can remember, it’s been one town to the next, one school to the next, one job to the next. Even his current job running his sister’s animal rehab center while she’s away on a four-month leave is temporary. And he does know what he’s doing, thank you very much. Sure, things don’t always run smoothly, but the stick-in-the-mud next door could be a little nicer about it.
One overheard conversation, an olive branch, and a baseball game might show these guys that being at odds isn’t really what they want, and that what they want might just be each other.
This was a beautiful story and I loved it. Sam and Bo don’t start out on the right foot due to Sam’s assumptions based on Bo’s sister’s warning before he came but Bo’s heartbreaking moment on the back porch give him some clarity about his neighbor.
All Bo wants is a friend, he doesn’t think he will ever find someone who would really love him. My heart broke for him when he thought about being abandoned by his family and friends. Seeing him doubt that anything good would happen for him almost made me cry.
We get to see the story through both of the MC’s eyes. I was happy when Sam realized how he was acting toward Bo and quickly made a change getting to know the real man. He did everything he could to help Bo see himself better but I think that the support of his family towards Bo did even more for him to realize that he is wanted. I’m still not sure in the end if Bo’s sister had really changed her view of him but I think Bo realized she wasn’t as perfect as he always thought.
The cover art by Melody Pond is beautiful and perfect for this story.
ebook, 134 pages
Published: August 4, 2017 by MLR Press
Edition Language: English