♥♥♥ 3.75 "Stop fighting" Stars ♥♥♥
Some parts of this book I really liked, while others not so much. It was hard for me to get into at times, but there moments that I was totally connected.
What I liked about this book, was the fact that the two male leads were already in a relationship of six years when this book began. This was about a couple trying hard to maintain their happily ever after. But after Sean gets injured during a school shooting, their relationship seems to be headed down a bad turn.
Sean I liked in the beginning, in fact I liked both in the beginning. They seemed so caring and loving of each other. But after Sean got injured, I became annoyed with the way he at times pushed Kyle away. I got that his pride was hurt with him being "handicapped" for a while, but it still made no sense to push the one person who loved him away. I also didn't like how selfish Sean was when it came to Kyle's feelings. He knew that Kyle didn't like having Brandt around, but that didn't stop him from letting Brandt into their homes and pretty much their lives. However, I did like that he tried to make a difference. He wanted to send a positive message that being gay isn't a bad thing. That I loved about him.
Kyle was at times as frustrating as Sean was. He would complain about Sean not paying much attention to their relationship. I got where he was coming from, but I also thought Kyle should have been a little more supported of what Sean was doing. I liked how much Kyle loved Sean, so it hurt my heart to see them arguing all the time.
While, the beginning was a tad bit slow, and the book had it's boring moments. The second half of the book really grabbed my attention. I desperately wanted things to work between them. And right when things seem to be getting better, it gets worse. I was so frustrated and hurt by all the things they were saying to each other that, I almost wanted them to separate (I know!! How could I want that to happen!?!). I'm so glad they didn't.
In the end, I really did enjoy this book. It wasn't perfect, which is kind of what I liked about it. Relationships don't end at Happily Ever After, and this book was great at showing how you can struggle to keep it going, but they tried. The ending was great, I was really happy for them. I think they still need to work on a lot of things, but I'm glad they have each other. I hurt and smiled. I loved the secondary characters as well. Overall, it was a good read.
*Buddy Read with Alvin, Mishyjo, Catherine, Sonia, Sheziss and Erika*