TO FIND AND TO KEEP
Rating: 5 cups
Ryan left his hometown four years ago because his parents could not accept that he was gay and they threatened him and anyone he tried to enlist to help him. He fled to Canada, and a meager existence at best that has resulted in him having to live like a homeless person much of the time.
Daniel is Ryan’s best friend’s older brother. He has been in love with Ryan for years and has been searching for him.
When Ryan finds out his twin sister is going to be getting married to his best friend Peter he decides he wants to be there, even if it is on the fringe where no one can see him. He takes the last of his money and travels back to his hometown. He takes up residence in a homeless shelter the night before the wedding but finds he cannot sleep and goes to sit on a bench in the park across from the church his sister will be married in. As he is sitting there, a man comes up the walkway and that alarms Ryan. Fortunately, it is Daniel the man that Ryan has missed for years. Daniel talks Ryan into coming home with him for the night, but Ryan thinks to just stay for that one night and go back to Canada after the wedding. Will Daniel be able to convince him to stay forever?
I loved the emotion in To Find and To Keep, that more than anything kept me turning pages until the very end. This story is very realistic in showing what can happen when parents do not do their jobs as parents by loving their children unconditionally. The absolute tenderness and care that Daniel shows Ryan from the very beginning is really beautiful and indicative of Ms. Yates' giftedness as a writer. This is an m/m romance that I am very happy to recommend to both beginning readers of this genre and old pros such as myself. If you never read another m/m romance this year, read this one, you will not be sorry.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More