Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain 3.5 Stars!
How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.
Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?
I liked this book a lot because of the heroes Chase and Billy. Oh, and the cats.
Their love story is a sweet one about falling in love with who you fall in love with despite the picture in your head.
Billy is just a wonderful person. It is very sad that he spent so much time surprising a part of himself from himself. Chase is pretty great too.
There are a lot of side dramas in this book but they are well done. Plus, a cool scripture battle.
There is a element of insta love despite the slower burn.
I wish more had been done with Billy’s dad who is accepting and also I didn’t believe in the mom’s turn around.
Overall, a tender romance.