After growing up in care, all Sam wants is to make a home for him and Tommy, his kid brother by choice. But it’s not as easy as he thought, especially when his social worker finds him a job miles away. And falling for the surprising boy at work only makes things harder.
Evra is different, his past a mystery. Being truly himself is not something he’s ever felt safe enough to be with anyone, not until Sam, the shyest boy ever, saves his life at work and Evra finds himself inexplicably trusting him. Wanting him.
Problem is, Sam is leaving, unable to stand being so far away from Tommy. And Evra can’t leave, not when he has consequences to face.
Making things work might seem complicated, but sometimes falling in love has its own consequences.
There are many things that I expect when I began a new book by Suki, and expecting the unexpected is one of them. Another is an abundance of feels. I have never read a story by Suki that didn’t grab my heartstrings and tug them, often to the point of tears. Yet, I wouldn’t classify them as depressing or ‘sad stories’. They are raw and real but despite the harshness, I’m always full of hope by the final pages. It’s also important to understand pieces of the past may be missing. Again, this can be an annoyance of mine but it’s a forgivable attribute with Fleet, because they make the present so profound, that I don’t feel I need to know every detail of the past. The past may have paved the way to where they are now…and it’s very clearly a part of them but it does not define them. And I think that is a beautiful gift when it comes to writing. Actually, I think all of Suki’s stories are gifts and I’m so grateful for this one. And I’m especially grateful for Sam.
First impressions of Evra told me nearly everything I needed to know about him. And I adored him. I can happily say the same about Sam. I don’t think I can pick a favorite because they are both just so…special. Sam is shy. Like really really shy. He keeps his head down and does his best to get through the day. Scraping by and saving every cent so he can visit his brother, whom he misses desperately. A child of the system, he faced the harsh reality that once a certain number of birthdays pass, you receive your walking papers instead of cake. It’s not really that the system is broken, but it’s far from perfect. His caseworker thought it would be best to put some distance between him and the only person that truly matters to him, Tommy. Her intentions may have not held malice but the result was dreadful. Tommy is his younger brother, regardless of what DNA states. Often our chosen family close the circle between souls and Sam would do anything for Tommy; including enduring harsh living conditions and bullying at his job. But then Sam meets Evra and everything changes. How can he give his heart to Evra when it’s currently tied up with Tommy? Or is it truly possible to share your love with more than one person? And what will he do when tough choices must be made? How can he move again and leave Evra?? Never fear, Suki will make everything okay…you’ve just got to believe.
*sigh* Of course, these two striking and unforgettable young men. Evra and Sam quickly stole my heart and I was engrossed with their fragile bits of happiness. Life has been hard, harder than seems fair, to both of them. Evra’s traumatic past is elusive to him, for good reason. His companion, or brother if you would, Mav, knows the demons of Evra’s past. He’s protective of Evra and loves him in his strange way. They live together and work together but Mav is unaware of the controlling hold their landlord (for lack of a better word) has on Evra. Evra is innocent and perhaps gullible. However, when it comes to Sam he finds a burst of courage and will to stand up for himself and certainly for Sam. He doesn’t know exactly what his future holds but he knows who he wants in it. Falling in love is scary and exhilarating. My heart raced and I held my breath as these brave young men found what made their hearts sing. As heartbreaking as some moments were…it was equally full of promise. And love. So much love. I never doubted, for even a second that Sam and Evra weren’t perfect together and for each other…and will hold fast to their happily ever after.
Surprising and mysterious…they are proud to be. Terrors of the past may never leave…but their strength will lessen with time. And love, true love is the ultimate gift.
If you crave a gripping and hauntingly beautiful tale about two young hearts brought together by happenstance and bound together by trust…Sam and Evra are exactly what you need. Give them my love if you will, they deserve to be bombarded with all the good things life has to offer. And if a new story comes to light with Mav and Karl, I’ll be the first in line!