Braeden’s never had to question anything before. He’s always been popular, always had everything handed to him, and always been straight.
Then he met Jeffrey Young. Quiet, studious, analytical … a guy.
Falling for Jeff ultimately resulted in Braeden’s expulsion. Now he’s questioning everything. Like if he can handle his pill-abusing mother and ruthlessly enabling father much longer. If he’s protecting his siblings out of selfless motivations. If he belongs with Jeff, now his boyfriend. Jeff’s less-than-straight friends are skeptical of his sexuality as well, which isn’t assuaging any of Braeden’s fears.
As his connection to Jeff deepens quicker than expected, Braeden has to face the question he’s been avoiding for weeks: what is he supposed to do with a guy?
14+ due to sexuality, violence, and adult situations
It was getting too warm. The water wasn’t helping much, either. Braeden removed his shirt.
Jeff turned back—then did a double take. He cursed as he stumbled over the curve of a root.
Braeden had to stop before he tripped over Jeff. He grinned. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to blind you.”
“Shut up.” Jeff rubbed his mouth.
It was the cutest nervous habit ever and only made Braeden want to kiss him.
Braeden leaned in close and lowered his voice. “You could always return the favor.” There was something uniquely exciting about this—teasing Jeff. But with that came the trepidation, the fear. If this goes too far, what the hell am I supposed to do?
Jeff rolled his eyes but went strangely still. He stared at a fixed point in the distance. The muscle in his jaw flexed as though he was talking himself into or out of something.
Then he turned to Braeden. Sunlight glinted off his glasses. “Come on.”
Before Braeden could ask, Jeff stepped off the trail and into the dense woods. Braeden stared after him. His pulse quickened and shot downward.
Well, why not? That was the plan—at least, one outcome of it. And he’d done plenty with girls in these same woods. Jeff even knew about that part of his history.
But … here? Now?
He’s going to think you’re rejecting him.
Braeden shoved aside his misgivings and followed his boyfriend. It didn’t take long to catch up. Jeff didn’t seem to have noticed his hesitation.
I don’t know what to do with guys.
Heat threaded through him as they picked their way through wild bushes, dodged trees and large rocks. His heart slammed between his ears.
What the hell do I do?
Maybe Jeff wouldn’t go that far…
Jeff stopped and turned so abruptly that Braeden almost collided with him. The water bottle fell at their feet. Jeff grabbed him. Pulled him close.
Just that contact cleared the thorny doubts from Braeden’s mind. This part was familiar. They’d done this dozens of times, if not hundreds. Jeff’s mouth was warm, almost hot. The faintest hint of stubble scratched Braeden as they kissed, and a new, pleasant feeling flooded into him.
Because this was Jeff.
These firm hands, they were Jeff’s. This acerbic mouth turned eager and giving, it was Jeff’s. Even when Braeden glided his hand down his boyfriend’s back, when the embrace melted into heavy heat, with Jeff’s chest pressing solidly against him, all Braeden could think was, This is Jeff.
And then a new thought, one that tingled its way into full bloom.
I love him.
Braeden threw his shirt to the forest floor. Never breaking the kiss, he shoved Jeff against the nearest tree. A half-annoyed, half-lustful groan erupted from Jeff. Then his fingers were in Braeden’s hair. Then on his chest. Braeden allowed a delightful shiver down his back.
Then Jeff broke away to remove his shirt, and Braeden couldn’t help but smile.
Jeff froze and narrowed his eyes. Shirt wrapped around his wrists, he said, “What?”
“Nothing,” whispered Braeden, pulling him back in.
This, too, was new. Jeff’s bare chest was warm, his hands warmer, yet somehow eliciting cool tingles from Braeden’s core. Jeff’s mouth brushed beneath his ear, down his throat, his tongue lightly touching Braeden’s collarbone. His hands on the waistband of Braeden’s shorts—
And then it was fear—
Braeden gasped and grabbed Jeff’s wrists with both hands. Jeff went stiff in his hold, his chest heaving so hard that Braeden could feel tiny blond hairs brushing against his stomach.
Both stood still, trapped in a moment of time, the air stagnating with each breath. The pounding in Braeden’s ribcage pressed a mixture of waning excitement and waxing dread through his veins.
This is a full length novel. Written for the young adults group of teens.
Braedyn is making his way through school, youth and his own sexuality. This is his story and how he fits in his broken family. Mom is addicted to pills. Dad is extremely enabling. Along with helping his siblings find themselves. His life has gone in so many different directions and now let's add Jeff.
Deidre Huesmann has done it again in book 2. Her characters are amazing and fit this story so well. I love that she asks and answers so many questions in her story. I think this is a beautifully written story. So good I will recommend it to all of my friends and their young adults. Please take the time to read her series. I just love it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Rollercoaster of Emotions
Written by Amanda P on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is book 2 in the Burning Britely series. This book is a rollercoaster of raw emotions. The feelings in this book will take you through all the feels. The characters are complex and well developed. The story makes you want to be young and in love trying to figure out this world again. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, and these are some of my favorite characters I've read recently. I give this book a solid 5 stars and cant wait to see what this author does next. Again amazing read!
Such a Beautiful series
Written by Susan on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young is the second book in the Burning Britely series and I became completely obsessed with it! Its such a beautiful coming of age story that gives you all the feels and then some!
This book is written in Braeden's POV. He has so much going on in his life and it's completely weighing him down. Jeff is his anchor. Their connection strengthens throughout the book but the challenges that Braeden faces make him question a lot of things. His home life is rough to say the least and Jeff's friends questions his feelings towards Jeff. You can't help but fall head over heals for Braeden and find yourself rooting for him and the issues he faces.
This is one of the most beautiful and poignant series I have read in a long time. This should definitely be on everyone's must read list!
Written by Dawn D on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely Book 2)By Deidre Huesmann is an emotional read that will have you hooked from the beginning and doesn’t let you go to the end. I would recommend reading the first book in this series if you haven’t already as this one picks up where the first Book left off.This is told In Braeden's POV. Braeden is a young adult who struggles with every day problems and is confused on who he is. Find out what happens next I highly recommend reading this book.
Yearning Young by Diedre Huesmann a five-star read that you will fall for
Written by Sara Oxo on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Diedre Huesmann a five-star read that you will fall for. This is the second novel in the Burning Britely Series, and I would wholeheartedly recommend you read them both as the first gives us one perspective and some background and then this one shows us the rest. There are a lot of complex issues dealt with in this series and the author deals so well, no matter what you feel this story will make you care. This may be wrote for teens but any age will get something out of it.
The best yet in this series!
Written by Bobbi Jo W on 25th Oct 2019
This is the second book in this series, the best yet! This is a young adult story about a boy who is a little confused on who he is and trying to figure that out. He struggles with life problems that normal young adults struggle with at this age. Braedyn is a great character and I enjoyed watching him grow throughout the story. I did feel compassion for him as he feels that he has so much on his plate. I didn’t regret picking up this book and you won’t either. A must read!
Written by Jennadb on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely #2) by Deidre Huesmann is a Young Adult coming of age story. It is a quick and easy read that is a follow on from the first book where we saw two young men grow into a friendship. Now in this story we see the two of them in a relationship. This story as with the first is one of love and self discovery, friendship and drama. It is one of coming to terms with who you are, what you are and how others will see you. We also get a look into family dynamics that are brutal and Braedens need for acceptance. If you love YA stories then you should take time to read this one.
Wonderful Coming of Age Story.
Written by Sunday Barnaby on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann
Yearning Young is the second book in the Burning Britely series by Deidre Huesmann. This series should be read in order because it is a continuation from the first book. I loved how the characters grew from the first book. I was hooked from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the last. This book has all the feels my emotions were on a roller coaster ride. This book was told in Braeden’s point of view, and we learn more about his feelings. This YA book touch on many issues and I would highly recommend it to the young and young at heart.
Written by Moriah V on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young is the second novel in the Burning Britely series by Deidre Huesmann. This is my second novel by this author.
Following in the end of the previous novel, Brendan is having a hard time after being expelled from school. With his home life, his Mom lying and his father demanding he get a job, his time with his boyfriend Jeff is limited.
But as their time together becomes closer, the question remains: what do guys do together?
I was so excited to start this because I really enjoyed the first book. This is story of understanding feelings, relationships and a destructive home life.
I highly recommend this novel.
Written by Lyndsey F on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann
First I would highly recommend reading this series in order as this picks up after book 1 ends.
In book 1, we follow Jeff, and now we get to follow Braeden. He intrigued me in the first book so getting to to see more was welcomed.
While I can't give too many details as this is best read as the story progresses, I just have to say how much this book made me feel. While I know this is fiction, it just brings to light that these things do happen in everyday life and some may not ever show they have a life like this behind closed doors.
This was a really great read.
Perfect 2nd book
Written by Carrie R on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in the Burning Britely series. This 5 star book is an excellent follow up to the first.
In this book we get to see Braeden’s life and it makes me sad. The way his father and mother treat him and his sister is completely unacceptable and I know it does really happen. The manipulation his father uses on him and Jeff is outrageous. My heart broke for Jeff and Braeden and the future of their relationship, not knowing if they will stick it out or break up.
Fantastic second book and I can not wait for the next one. I really can’t wait to see where Jeff and Braeden end up and the future of Braeden’s family drama.
Being different than the norm according to society is bad (Or is it really)
Written by Erica W on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is a beautifully written young adult story about life and what it means to be different. This is the second book in the Burning Britely series. The emotions I had reading this story were very real and my heart hurt for Braeden. The story is from Braeden’s point of view and he is dealing with all the hormones of being a teenager and being “different” from others. One thing I love about Braeden is no matter what life throws at him, he always sees the good in the moment. This story is about friendship, loyalty, strength, weakness, and pain. It is one that I recommend all teenagers read that maybe one day they will understand the pain and suffering of other people’s actions.
Growing up is hard...
Written by Maura on 25th Oct 2019
What an amazing book. There is so much I could go on and on about this story but I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm going to do a top 5 list...
TOP FIVE THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THIS BOOK
1. Characters are so well developed in the scope and emotion that they are written in. It is like reading from a journal of someone currently experiencing this life.
2. Different POV than the first book. It was cool to hear another voice tell part of the story.
4. Emotions- I cried and chuckled and cheered.
5. Quick and easy read that is complex and doesn't short change the characters.
I absolutely recommend this story and this series.
Written by Kerry Baker on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in the Burning Britely series. This is a series that I would recommend reading in order as it follows the story of the same two characters throughout.
Everything about this book is as raw and emotional so the first. I loved how this time we got to see things from Braeden’s point of view. I loved it when it was Jeff but there is something about Braeden that just really resonated with me.
It was so easy to become so invested in him as a character. He was genuinely likeable. The story was fantastic as well. It was a brilliant continuation from where book 1 left off. The author pulls you straight back in their world and I couldn’t put this book down at all. I would highly recommend this whole series.
Life changes rapidly
Written by Hornsfan73 on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in the Burning Britely series. The more I read about Braeden and Jeff the more I fall in love with them.
Braeden is fiercely protective of the people he loves and he shows that time and time again, especially with his siblings. He doesn't have the type of parents all kids deserve and should expect to have. He's still trying to get everything figured out, his life, how to take care of his siblings, how to deal with his parents and how to keep Jeff safe.
Jeff is so lucky to have the parents he does. You don't need money if you have the love and support of your family and that is what Jeff has. His mother made me laugh out loud a few times, his Dad is stoic but you have no doubts on his feelings for his son.
I want more of this series and adorable couple.
Great 4 star read!
Written by katie_83 on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely #2)
By Deidre Huesmann
Yearning Young was another great read from this author. Although M/M stories aren’t a particular genre I read I do like this authors writing and this story was beautifully written, as was book 1. I love the way she gets the emotions of her characters across and I think that this book would be enjoyed by YA’s especially if they find that they are in a similar situation to the main characters. I really enjoyed reading Braeden’s story; I think that the author made him a really relatable character. I could really feel his inner turmoil as he tried to find out who he really was. It felt like I was right there with him at times. Having read book 1 from Jeff’s POV it was good to read this one from Braeden’s – I feel like I really know the characters well.
Yearning Young was a really enjoyable read that I highly recommend!
Incredible YA Read
Written by Kaitlynn T on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann
Yearning Young by Deidre Huesmann is an emotional YA read through and through. Just like the first book in the Burning Britely series I was pulled right in and unable to stop reading once I started. This storyline touches on some heavier topics which made it an emotional read for me as I really connected with Braeden.
I love how Deidre wrote the first book in Jeff’s POV and this one in Braeden’s, it gave me the chance to really connect and get to know these characters on a deeper level. I may not be able to relate to Braeden and Jeff but that didn’t take away from this book, I still connected with them and loved following their story.
I hope to read more of them in the future and would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next YA read.
Coming of Age Story!
Written by Tytanmom19 on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young ( Burning Britely Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann. This is the 2nd book in the Burning Britely series and its told from Braeden's side. Its such a good, emotional book. Braeden has always been the popular rich kid and now that he's been expelled he doesn't know what to do. He's finally realizing his sexuality is not what he had always believed and his parents are already crazy enough he doesn't want them to find out. He stays at home to take care of his siblings but when his sister tells him to leave he begins to question why he's staying there. Jeff is now his boyfriend and its causing his other friends to alienate him. His home life, his relationship, his school life, he's left questioning everything when he used to be so sure of everything. This is a great book about young love, sexual struggles and home life problems. Braeden has to deal with a lot more than most kids his age but will he come out ok? Read Yearning Young to find out!
Written by Naomi M on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young is the second book in the Burning Britely series. You really need to read the first book in order to understand the history of the characters. Yearning Young wraps things up so the story could end here, but I seriously hope there is another one because there could definitely be more.
OMG! I know in my review of the first book I said I wanted to know what happens in their future, but I was not expecting this book. When I read the synopsis, part of me wanted to walk away from reading this story because there were so many ways it could have gone and I wanted to maintain my illusion from the ending of the first book. (If there is another book, I’m just going to get it and not even read the synopsis, lol). But I had to satisfy my curiosity so I spent my day thoroughly lost in the world of Jeff and Braeden. I laughed. I cried. Basically, I had all the feels in a very short period of time. This book tore my heart to pieces and then put it back together. So, so good!!!!
Written by Liz V on 25th Oct 2019
I really enjoyed Yearning Young, the second book of the Burning Britely series from Deidre Huesmann. I would recommend that you read the first book before you jump into this one, just to kind of have and idea where things are and who the characters are. This continues with the coming of age theme for Jeff and Braeden, only told from Braeden’s point of view this time. I really enjoyed that twist and seeing things from his angle. This does touch on several emotional and touchy topics that are often overlooked or not discussed enough among teens or young adults like they should be and like I mentioned in my review of the first book this would be a great tool to introduce the topic among classes or children of your own etc. I love how Huesmann keeps things realistic and raw without drowning out the the topics at hand, and yet she keeps the storyline at the forefront to keep the reader fully engrossed. I can’t wait to see what is to come next! Thanks for the emotional and thought provoking read Ms. Huesmann!
So many feelings
Written by ESanchez on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young, by Deidre Huesmann is the continuation of Burning Britely. This book is told from Braeden's perspective, and I thought it gave a much deeper understanding to his situation. He has been the popular rich kid his whole life, and has now found himself expelled from school just before turning 18. He is terrified to come out to his family, since his mom and dad are both already unstable and borderline abusive. He feels obligated to stay in a toxic home, to look after his younger siblings, but when his sister urges him to leave, he begins to start questioning everything. He is torn between choosing his own happiness, and his family, who he always thought was the most important thing. This is a brilliant coming of age story and I loved it. It touches on the struggles a teenager has to face, as well as the added stress for those that are homosexual, or bisexual. The feelings and questionings they feel and comparing themselves to others. I highly recommend this book, and hope there is a 3rd book in the series!
Written by Kindle Customer on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely #2) by Deidre Huesmann
5 out of 5 stars
Yearning Young is the second book in the Burning Britley series written by Deidre Huesmann and it’s the second book that I have read by this author. The characters were well written and the storyline was different with self-discovery and self-acceptance we also have strong friendships and families and also dysfunctional, chaotic families and friends.
We met Jeff and Braeden in book two and this story is told from Braeden’s POV. Braeden is a good guy who is confused and trying to figure out who he is.
Braeden’s never had to question anything before. He’s always been popular, always had everything handed to him, and always been straight. Then he met Jeffrey Young. Quiet, studious, analytical a guy.
Now he’s questioning everything. Like if he can handle his pill-abusing mother and ruthlessly enabling father much longer. If he’s protecting his siblings out of selfless motivations. If he belongs with Jeff, now his boyfriend. Jeff’s less-than-straight friends are skeptical of his sexuality as well, which isn’t assuaging any of Braeden’s fears.
As their connection deepens quickly Braeden is asking himself if he is supposed to be with a guy.
This is a great read…
Raw and emotional read!
Written by E. Walsh on 25th Oct 2019
Yearning Young (Burning Britely Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann was sweet, emotional read, that punches you right in the feels.
The second book in the Burning Britely series, we are once again taken on a raw emotional ride of two teens just trying to figure out this stupid thing called love. But being as they are a gay couple, it makes it all the more complicated and for one party, confusing.
Picking up almost where the last book left off, we are greeted by Braeden’s POV, and it was a nice change up. He was a character I wanted to know more about, and I got what I wanted and more. This book was just as sweet as the first, but it held more raw emotions, more realistic struggles, and of course Braeden’s struggle with his sexuality. God, I was a mess while reading this, and I really wanted to smack him. My heart is a fluffy mess, and I really hope there is another book. These two are by far my favorite couple of the year. I need to know more, and I want to know it they make it..
Overall this book is a must read, and I can't praise it enough. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will be an emotional mess like me once you are done.
Written by Vernon B on 25th Oct 2019
Loved both books. Well written and heart tugging. When will book three be out ? I'll read it immediately. Thanks again.
A Very Good Sequel
Written by Steven from Clevland Ohio on 25th Oct 2019
This volume is a continuation of the story started in "Burning Britely" by the same author. Where the first story went into some detail about the one main character, Jeff, this book tells the story of Braeden, the second one. The best parts, for me, were the ones that detailed the direct interaction between the two of them as they face the chaos that surrounds them, and the growing intensity of their feelings for and about one another. I recommend both volumes, as they both make a great summer read.
Ok much better than book 1
Written by Brnadon Romero on 25th Oct 2019
Ok so I thought the first book was too short for.me because I wanted.more.realistic light drama .however this book was great .good length and it was just great seeing how Braden felt and I'm excited to.continue this series .there is more right ???! I seem to love light books because I can relate and I just want more Braden because he seemed so strong yet vulnerable and I want to see how this end
Long & Short
Written by Astilbe on 12th May 2019
Sometimes love is complicated.
Seeing how Braeden’s understanding of his sexual orientation evolved over time was one of my favorite parts of this tale. Bisexuality was something new to him, and he had many questions about what being bisexual meant to him and how he should respond to people who were prejudiced against him because of it. I appreciated the fact that the author tackled this subject so openly and honestly. She did an excellent job of showing what it feels like to come out of the closet in this way, and I’m saying that as someone who has personal experience with the subject. Ms. Huesman’s empathy for all of her characters, and especially this one, made it impossible for me to stop reading.
This is a minor criticism of something I really enjoyed overall, but I would have liked to see a bit more time spent on the dysfunctional family dynamics. There was a lot going on with the homophobic dad in particular that I wish would have been explored more. The conflicts those relationships brought to the plot were quite interesting.
One of the sections of my review of the first book of this series talked about how I wished there had been more time taken to develop Braeden and Jeff’s relationship. I was quite happy to see that this was exactly what happened in the second instalment! Both characters had plenty of time to figure out what they wanted from their relationship and how closely the things they wanted actually matched up with each other. This was exactly what they and the plot needed in order to move forward, so it was nice to see it occur.
As I just mentioned, this is a sequel. I would recommend reading Burning Britely first in order to best understand what’s going on with these characters’ lives now.
I’d recommend Yearning Young to anyone who has ever felt out of place.
Written by Heidi Woodring on 24th Apr 2019
Yearning Young, Burning Britley Book Two, by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in this series and is in Braeden’s point of view as where book one was in Jeff’s point of view.
Braeden has always been popular, always seemed put together. Behind the scenes Braeden is dealing with a mother who abuses pills, a father who enables his mother, and Braeden always protecting his siblings. Jeff comes into his life and Braeden falls. His falling for Jeff caused him to be expelled and his less then understanding friends not wanting to understand sexuality and his relationships with Jeff. All the negative is not helping the fears Braeden has venturing into the unknown with Jeff. Quickly things heat up with Jeff and they get closer, which only brings more questions and fears with Braeden.
This is a book and series that is raw and a coming of age about two boys learning about each other and guiding through a new relationship that many don’t or won’t understand. I simply loved diving into the world of Jeff and Braeden, the only issue I had was the book was not as long as I would have liked. I like a lengthier story when I feel such a connection to the characters and the storyline. This is a well written book that I highly recommend.
A great read!
Written by Angela on 24th Apr 2019
Yearning Young is the second book in the Burning Britely series by Deidre Huesmann. As with the first book, this is a great YA/coming of age story, full of self-discovery and realization, some angst, drama, friendship, expectations, emotions, dysfunctional family dynamics, and self-acceptance.
The book is an emotive, quick and easy read. It has a great pace and a smooth flow. The story and characters were interesting and quite relatable. And, like the first story, I loved the strong character development and growth that occurred over the course of the story/series. The characters were fully realised, and the story had a depth that packed quite a bit of intensity at times. We have met these characters in the first book, and while book one was from Jeff’s perspective, this one gives us Braeden’s POV.
I do recommend reading this book, especially to those who love a great YA novel that has depth, emotion, and wonderful characters grappling with ‘life’, right on the cusp of adulthood.
Thank you, Ms. Huesmann!
Written by Kenneth on 24th Apr 2019
While this book was good reading it was to real and close to what happens in real life. Difficult to deal with.
Written by Abi on 24th Apr 2019
So excited when I saw there was the second book available and I downloaded and read it right away, great book
I think I got something in my eye
Written by Kindle Customer on 24th Apr 2019
The second book just exploded with a force I have not felt in a long time. The first book was good but I did not expect all this in the second, and books don't surprise me this much anymore. Wow, just really impressed with this author.
Another Stellar read!
Written by Lisa Helmick on 24th Apr 2019
I loved this book! I was so happy when i spotted it and couldn’t wait to get to it on my TBR. We meet up with the boys after “the incident” from the last book. This is Braedens story to tell and boy Oh boy it will keep you glued to this book. Prepare for late night reading. Braeden is somewhat questioning his path trying, to figure out answers and keep his home life afloat. How he balances everything is beyond me. Practice I guess. Jeff! Jeff! You impressed me immensely! I don’t want to say much but you are amazing! I was impressed with you in the last book and you just keep raising the bar! I had many emotions while reading this. I snickered, had a few tears, was worried and impressed. These two boys and (Maya) hold a special place in my heart. Being a teenager is hard enough.....
This is the second in the series and I was pleased to enjoy reading the continuing story of Jeff and Braeden. Life is not going to be easy but their strength of character is impressive. I wonder what will happen after the summer is over?
This story flows easily. I started this and struggled to put it down. I was thinking about these two even at work today. Trying to help them out with ideas. The characters are flawless and enjoyable to read about. Another stellar story by Deidre Huesmann.
Enjoyed reading this book....
Written by Laura on 24th Apr 2019
The story Yearning Young (Burning Britely Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann is a book that I enjoyed reading. It is a story that includes powerful and raw emotions. My emotions were going up and down the entire time. I enjoyed reading it just as much as the first book in the series. The story is told from Braeden’s POV. Braeden is a character that I could empathize and sympathize with. He is at times confused with his feelings, angry, upset, and feels guilt. Braeden is a character that I grew to care about in the first book and this story will have you wanting him to find happiness. He is a young man who has had to grow up fast. He is also protective of those he cares for. He has parents that are not the best role models. This story also has his connection with Jeff Young growing deeper. These two have an attraction to each other. Always believing that he was straight Braeden is not sure what is supposed to come next in his relationship with Jeff. What happens next in their relationship? What does the future hold for Braeden? Read this book to find out. There are intense scenes and dialogue in this story. My heart went out to Braeden and there are times when you just wish you could solve all of his problems. This is a book that once I started, I didn’t want to put down. I got lost in the story. I also enjoyed reading about Jeff. He is a young man who while he was bullied and beaten in the past, is now showing more confidence. There are other characters that you read about. Some of them have been brought forward from the first book and others you are introduced to. Some of them are manipulative and others are friendly to Braeden. This story deals with issues that are heartbreaking. Don’t miss out on the continuing story of Braeden and Jeff. I highly recommend reading it.