Title: Finding His Home (Men of Falcon Pointe #2 – Standalone)
Author Name & Publisher: Thianna Durston (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 26, 2016 – 205 pgs
Sebastien Cather moves to Falcon Pointe with a dream to live life his way. Offered a room at 959 Brenton Street, he discovers how liberating it can feel to live among accepting people, especially in a household where they practice loving physical discipline. And he quickly gains a boyfriend in Avery, a fellow student. Unfortunately Avery isn’t his first choice. His roommate David is fascinating and good-looking, and Bastien would do anything to have him–but he doesn’t think the attraction is returned.
Tensions rise as his roommates’ wedding is threatened and his present and past life clash. Outed by the national media, Bastien is sure he will never be able to return home again. Just as he’s sure he can’t handle any more stress, David let’s him know of his interest. Bastien slowly makes his way forward, trying to find firm footing in the minefield that is his life. But when his landlord makes an announcement about the future of the house, it may change all of his dreams.
I should say that I did not read book 1 but never felt lost or like I didn’t know who the main characters were or what their roles were in this book.
Bastien is trying to find a place where he can explore life without having to look over his shoulder. He knows that his family will not accept his homosexuality – they will shun and disown him. However, he finds hope in the friend he made a while ago, while on his mission for the church.
He seeks out Trent, a former member of his church, because he knows that Trent, like him, wanted to find a place where he could be accepted, find love and live his life, free of the confines of a pre-determined fate.
Bastien is a trusting, sweet character. He wants so badly to be both the devoted son and his own person and because these two sides of himself conflict, he struggles. Watching him come to terms with his struggle was a challenge and rewarding all wrapped together. I really enjoyed watching him accept himself, learn to be OK with his family’s acceptance or denial of him and finally find someone who would love him for himself.
David is kind of a strange character. I felt like I never really got to know much about him other than he is a kick butt and take names type of attorney who helps his fellow roommates fight the good fight. He cares deeply and is very loyal.
Overall, this story had great parts. I liked the roommate dynamic and even enjoyed the somewhat forced dating that Bastien put himself through. I felt that the discipline in this book was minimal and didn’t really play that huge a part in the story. It was just something that was in the story – not the determining factor.
I really hope that Alan gets his own story – he was a funny character. Sweet, gossipy, and looking for his place.
“Can I ask you something?”
“I know you say you’re straight. Ever wondered if you weren’t?” The moment the words were out of his mouth, he wished he could bite them back. “No. That came out wrong. What I meant was—”
David lifted a hand to forestall whatever he was going to say. Which was a good thing because Bastien had no idea what was about to pour out of his mouth.
“I don’t think anyone is completely het or homosexual. Kinsey made a scale to place someone as to their sexual preference. Of course that was before more genders became acceptable. The chart’s divided into seven possibilities—everything from completely straight to completely gay. It’s my personal belief that we all slide along the scale. At different times in our lives, we may move one or two spots to the left or right. Some have been known to slide from one side to the other.” He shrugged. “In college I was a lot more experimental than I am today. I’ve been with men as well as women. For me it has more to do with the person than the sex they are.”
“What do you mean?”
“Some call it pansexual. But I don’t use the term because people tend to think of it as bisexual. And it’s not.” He paused a moment to take a drink of water. “For me… my sex drive is tied more to the person than their sex. Sure. I notice if the person is male or female or queer, but it’s the person inside who jogs my interest. Intelligence turns me on. I’ll admit I’ve dated women exclusively since I graduated law school, and I was engaged to a wonderful woman for several years. But that had more to do with the fact I did not want my sexuality to affect any job offers I might get. Being intersex and finding a partner who I find exciting both mentally and physically is a challenge. Because at some point, I have to explain that my body is a bit different.”
“You’ve been rejected.” It was as clear as day.
“Yep. Women who were horrified I had a vagina and men who were disgusted at the same thing.” David shook his head and grinned ruefully. “Strange, huh? That the side that bothers both sexes is the female part?”
“That seems kind of stupid,” Bastien said. “I mean, if you care for someone, why should that extra be a problem?” Of course until a couple nights before, he had never found himself attracted to anything having to do with the female body. Until he imagined it right next to a dick.