Title: Life Worth Living
Author Name & Publisher: Tina Blenke (Wilde City Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 18, 2015 – 63,267 Words
Jake has been in love with Quentin throughout college, studying the sexy science major from afar. Quentin has been in the closet his entire life, keeping his sexuality a secret from his political right-wing family. A summer romance brings the two men together but when Jake is attacked before graduation and then later in his home, the truth about the violence threatens to tear the men apart forever. Only when secrets are finally revealed can Jake and Quentin discover a life worth living.
Jake has had a huge crush on Quentin who is in his classes for awhile.
Now I did really love Jake’s character and the authors pretense of this story but I have to be honest and say I was not a huge fan of Quentin’s character and all the things he does to Jake. I can’t really go to much into it without giving away a lot of spoilers which I really do not want to do but I have to say I am not a fan of forgiveness being given way to easy like nothing really happened when what did happen I felt like was really bad. To me personally it felt like what Quentin does in this book was honestly not cool at all. I just want to see the person who did the bad thing to the other MC to at least work for it and not just have it given to him like it was not big deal that really annoys me for some reason.
Other than that I did like parts of this book and then there were parts of this book I have to be honest and say I was really not a huge fan of so I am sad to say the parts I was not a fan of out weighed the parts I was and sadly this book was just not for me….
Since his freshman year of college Jake has had a crush on Quentin. He manages to keep it a secret until just before graduation. When Quentin confesses he is also gay, Jake is stunned. Jake agrees to what he thinks is a night of unattached sex with Quentin and his best friend Phil. This one night leads to a summer romance between the 2 men. However, throughout their summer fling Quentin must remain in the closet because of his family’s political ties. This puts an unwelcome strain on the relationship. And when Jake is attacked the men drift apart. After several years of separation, Jake and Quentin reunite and resolve the issues that caused their separation.
This book is a sweet romantic love story. I thought parts of the book became a little long winded, but was still an overall good read.
“Cora? He’s really gone, isn’t he?”
“You did what you had to do to save both your life and his career. You didn’t do a goddamned thing wrong, you hear me? You are one of the bravest men I know,” she growled.
“Yeah, right. I’m the gayest man you know.”
“You shut the fuck up right now, Jake. I don’t let anyone bad-mouth you around me and that includes you. It takes a real man to stand up for who he truly is on the inside. The easy way out would be to hide who you are and live in the closet for fear of what the world will say or do to you.”
“Now that’s not fair,” I argued immediately, thinking of Quentin’s situation.
“And for what? Admitting that you want to love another man? It’s a beautiful romantic notion, Jake.
You throw yourself bare to the world for love, the noblest feeling in the world, and all you expect in return is someone to return the feeling. And what does that rat bastard do? He shows you what it feels like to be loved, only there was a condition on it, wasn’t there? As long as he could hide you from the world and not be proud of the honest, kind and decent man that you are. He should have been yelling your name from the mountains or something. Instead? Instead, he runs and hides so he can save his face from his family.”
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.