Hi there! Today I’m sharing a Throwback Thursday review for a sweet M/M contemporary romance from Anyta Sunday. TABOO FOR YOU is the first book in her Love and Family series and features two very close neighbors who finally figure out that they are in love.
About the book:
He’s solid, kind, and he’s back. Luke. My next door neighbor. My best friend. My unofficial co-parent.
God, I’ve missed him. Really, deeply missed him.
Now he’s around again? Maybe he’ll help me tick my way through my Must Do List . . .
Swim with the great whites?
Get into crazy, nasty shape. Lift weights before work!
Date someone ten years older.
Flirt, have fun, don’t fall in love.
Do something sexually taboo. (Or just have sex again.)
I mean, I’m straight, so Luke doesn’t have to help me with the last three points.
But, what . . . what if he does?
He’s the guy I’m in love with. He doesn’t even know I’m gay. God, I’m screwed.
I read this book, originally titled TABOO FOR YOU, but you might find it re-titled as THERE FOR YOU.
Sam and Luke have been neighbors for seven years, and they have developed a very close friendship. Luke even helps with the caring for Sam’s teenaged son Jeremy. Sam is approaching 30–he was a father within days of his 15th birthday, and he hasn’t had any sexual partners since that time. He hardly has any attraction for people, mainly because he’s been a full-on parent for half his life. He hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, in any case.
Luke has been visiting his parents for the past six months, helping out when his mum got ill with cancer. Now that she’s better he’s come back home, but he’s been riled thinking of the “list” of experiences Sam has wanted to complete before he hits the big 3-0. And, on that list is “do taboo sex” which could dovetail into Luke’s own desires, because he’s gay and closeted–and in love with Sam. He’s afraid to tell Sam, though, because it might break their friendship.
These relationships are so sweet and fun, with Sam and Luke such tight friends, and being bittersweet for Luke, whose longing is pretty apparent. Jeremy has certainly picked up on it, and in some ways he accepts Luke as a surrogate father. But, he’s also not happy about his mum finding a beau. There is some teen angst and a complicated story that Jeremy winds, to hide his own sexual activities. I liked that Sam, Luke and Jeremy each narrated some chapters, so they could give us their internal thoughts. Sam’s so clueless, but he’s so sweet and lovable, and once he and Luke try some of the “taboo” it’s clear that he really loves Luke, too, just as much as Luke does as well. There are some moments of hurting, when it all becomes too much and a break is called. The ending is amazingly fun and tender, and it was a great wrap on the story.
I’ve read the sequel as well, which picks up with a new couple, and enjoyed that book just as much. I highly recommend these feel-good romances.
About Anyta Sunday: (in her own words…)
A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, GFY/OFY, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
Thanks for popping in and keep reading my friends!