Title: About Last Night (Thornwood #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 4, 2016 — 200 pages
Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.
Once I started this little gem, I couldn’t stop until I finished. Thomas jumped out and grabbed ahold of me. He was sweet, level headed, out and proud, and was in love. Rem was a bisexual but had to keep that part of him a secret due to becoming a top draft pick for the NFL.
As much as I wanted to hate Rem for having a girlfriend and hurting Thomas, I just couldn’t. We all were or are young and need to drive the roads of life and find our own way. Rem was doing that while trying to balance his life. Thomas knew what his heart wanted, yet was actually thinking with his brain knowing that he too would be devastated. The characters in this story were just beyond amazing, especially Tomas’ parents, who always kept me smiling.
This story passes through about 5 years roughly, and Caitlin Ricci did a fabulous job and the flow of the story and their lives. After I finished reading, I realized there were so many adult responsibilities that were being discussed and worked through. Thomas kept his head up and focused, knowing he couldn’t be around Rem while Rem was working out his life.
Little Madeline stole the show for me. I kept thinking towards the end, how perfect it was when Rem and Thomas were on the couch with Maddie. When you read this story, you will understand the importance of Maddie. (don’t want to spoil it)
This is #2 in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I did knock down a little as the ending was just abrupt for me. The last words from Rem were perfect but with Thomas working as hard as he did to protect his heart, I would have enjoyed seeing his reaction and then a small follow-up. It was a beautiful ending, yet I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff when I saw the words “The End.” I still would most recommend this cherished story.
This was both sweet and frustrating in equal parts for me. I loved the story of Rem and Thomas, but it did have it’s moments where I wanted to smack their heads together and ask when enough was enough.
Thomas was outgoing, lovely and a super gentle soul. Despite having some moral dilemmas at the beginning of this story, overall, I felt that he was always making the sacrifices in the strange friendship with Rem. He has an amazing family who not only supports him and his choices, but are selfless in their own way. Adopting someone’s child, especially in unforeseen circumstances is not only brave, but courageous.
Rem is another story. I found his character cowardly and unlikable for much of this story. I didn’t like that he was not very moral, wanted to have his cake, but wanted pie too – without telling everyone he already had cake. He was very sneaky, selfish and it took almost the entire story for me to really gain any likeability for him.
Overall, this was a touching story that spanned several years. I liked how Ricci was able to jump ahead without it feeling like you were missing out.
Ricci delivers a compelling story of finding yourself, being OK with yourself and learning to love.
I started this book this morning. I have to say it turned out so much better then I thought it was going to be. I could not put it down.
The two main characters in this book is Rem (Remmington) and Thomas.
Thomas is a small town boy from Colorado who has moved to Miami to go school. He is this out and proud gay man who has not had to put up with any kind of discrimination in his home town or from his family who loves him completely. The night before moving into his dorm he went to a party with the intentions of losing his virginity to an anounamous person just to have the deed down. Unbeknownst of him or Rem they would meet again the next day but not as a hook up but as roommates for the semester.
Rem is a bisexual man in hiding. No one knows this side of him but his one night stands that he never sees again and then Thomas. Not even his girlfriend of five years Angela.
This book is very interesting because the fact that the heartache, the secrets, carrying on of a relationship that is not a loving one at least on ones part, and how the years play out could really happen to someone in real life.
My heart broke for Thomas and all the loneliness that he went through over the years waiting for Rem to come out of hiding and to finally be with the person he truly loves. At the same time I could also simpathize fm with Rem because he was worried about his professional career as a pro football player.
This book is an extremely good read and very much life like. I would definitely recommend this book to others and I look forward to reading more books in the Thornwood series.
Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.