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When Kyle Champlain’s grandmother, Molly, passes away, he returns to Wetlake, Canada, to settle her estate. Kyle spent his summers in Wetlake as a child, and now he has the chance to renew his acquaintances with some old friends, including Ryan Summers, before going home to Chicago. But when Kyle tries to pressure Ryan into a business decision, their renewed friendship – and any possible attraction – is almost immediately on the rocks.
As Kyle begins to deliver the personalized bequests from Molly’s will, he meets an odd assortment of people from all walks of life and realizes he has a lot to learn about living and love. But he’ll have to fight his parents, suspicious beneficiaries, and Ryan’s fears if he plans to stay in Wetlake.
Boy, I really enjoyed this A LOT! It was a great story with one of my favorite tropes: friends to lovers… And even more if it´s two friends that had lost contact for ages and found each other again. That of rediscovering the person you once loved and cared for so deeply, and rediscovering yourself with them is so amazing, and so beautiful to read.
Kyle lives in Chicago, but now he´s taking a trip to Wetlake, Canada, a place he hasn´t been to in over 14 years. The reason why he´s coming back to that place of his childhood is a sad one – Kyle´s grandma, Molly, died, and she left him in charge of some affairs, so our boy is on his way to grant his grandma´s wishes.
Once he steps on Wetlake, many memories come back. He´d spent many summers there with his grandma, exploring, having fun, enjoying every single day of the summer in that awesome place. He´d spent many days doing this in the company of his best friend, Ryan, a beautiful boy who he grew to be close to. Ryan is also the first guy he was ever attracted to, and the last time he saw him when they were 14 things didn´t go very well.
So, our boys meet again, now older, and with many unsaid things between them, and their lives completely different from what they were back then. Kyle is now a successful business man in Chicago, he has his life there, and he´s proud of what he´s achieved. His relationship with his parents is difficult. They don´t accept his homosexuality, and expect him to “get over that phase” or “not to flaunt his lifestyle choices in their faces”. For his part, Ryan is now in Wetlake, taking care of his dad who had an accident and needs someone to help him around, but what´s most amazing about Ryan´s life is Sean, his 11 year old son. What an adorable kid! God, I loved him so much!
Ryan and Kyle´s story is really beautiful. We see a strong friendship that defeated time and distance, and lots of misunderstandings. Ever since the story starts you know that something happened related to Ryan that “forced” Kyle to stay away from everything Wetlake-related, including his grandmother. As the story goes by you start understanding why.
Kyle´s story with his grandma is heartbreaking, and I teared up a couple of times for it. I loved the Treasure Hunt that Molly set for Kyle. I found it so meaningful, and strong. I loved that for Molly´s last wish Kyle asked Ryan for help, and I loved even more that Sean took part of it, too.
When the time came for Kyle to finally leave for Chicago I worried that he would just leave and never fight for what he wanted, but he got his grandma´s message, he understood it, and he stood up for what and who he wanted. It was refreshing and good to see him fight his parents. Kyle´s dad final reaction and words were nice to read. I still don´t know if I fully believe him, I guess that deep down I want to believe it would have been possible.
We get a happy ending, a beautiful one. We get our boys starting a family, at last. We get a happy boy, a spoiled and stubborn cat, and two men who are still madly in love with each other. It was nice.
About the Narration: The narrator Jem Matzan does an okay job with this one. I didn´t have many problems with it, but maybe one of the things that I didn´t like much about it was that Kyle´s and Ryan´s voice sounded very similar. The only real difference I could see was that Ryan´s voice had a Canadian accent, but if it hadn´t been like that it would have been confusing, maybe. I loved the voice he chose for Sean. The kid sounded a bit older than an 11 year old, but it was nice, nevertheless. I noticed that in some of the sex scenes he slowed down a lot, I suppose to give it a more erotic tone – I didn`t mind this. I didn´t think it was particularly wow, but I didn´t hate it either.