One angry, grieving boy.
Chase DeWitt is fourteen when his mother dies and he stumbles into the woods beyond his home, angry and heartbroken. He didn’t know that it would change the course of his life.
Two broken, lonely men.
Tyler Reid is twenty three, grumpy and angry, trying to take care of a injured brother, and rebuilding a life blind hatred destroyed in one night.
But he understands the boy who stumbles out of the woods and into his life, understands the grief in his eyes and the rage that makes him shake. And there is something in that familiar grief that makes Tyler trust Chase, when trusting humans has only ever lead to disaster.
And a falling down house they make a home.
As the summer passes and the years turn, Chase cares for Tyler’s brother, helps him rebuilding the house in the woods, as they help each other rebuild a life beyond the little house, Chase realizes two important things: these men matter to him, could be family.
And they are not nearly as human as they seem.
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The reason I gave it 4.5 stars is because of all the switching characters. Not to much characters since the story is told in the 3rd person but as the narrator switched characters it took me a moment or two to catch up. Once I did the story was great. I have never read anything by Nazarea Andrews before. When you start to read if you feel a bit overwhelmed keep reading, I promise this story is so worth it.
We begin with Chase at the age of fourteen and after the death of his mother stumbles his way into a family of his own creation. Of a sorts. This book is so hard to put into words the emotions that it has in it. We have everything from grief to love. We watch ad Chase grows into a man any mother would be proud of. Most of that is thanks to relationships and love he build with Tyler and Lucas. Both of whom are just as wounded as Chase we first meet them.
I am a die-hard romance junkie and while the romance between Tyler and Chase was there it wasn’t always the focal point. I think that is one of the thins that made this story so great. We watch as their relationship changes through the years and it honestly makes a lot of the action and suspense all the better. There is no one genre for this book. It has everything I could want from a book and left me with one of the worst (in the best possible way) book hangovers I have had in a long time.
“Are you really ok with this?” Chase asks later that night when Tyler slips into his bedroom and curls behind him on his bed. It’s not small but it always feels like it is when Tyler is in it with him.
He’s quiet, so Chase tilts his head back and says, “You don’t have to. We can find another way.”
“I’m ok. We need to do this,” Tyler says.
Chase nods. He touches the runes tattooed on Tyler’s ribs, the ones he marked Tyler with, and Tyler arches into the touch. “Remember you’re mine, Tyler. Whatever happens, whatever she says, you’re mine. And I won’t let her hurt what’s mine.”
Tyler shuffles into him, presses his face into Chase’s throat, and they cling to each other as the night deepens around them.