From reading the description, I had gotten the impression that everything was fine between Macon and Wade at first, then they were spotted kissing at a rodeo, and then Wade (along with everyone else) became distant. It’s all actually taking place 8 months after that event, basically the 2 of them dealing with the after effects. Another thing that was off in the Amazon description was that “Wade became secretive about their relationship”, when in actuality they had both been keeping it a secret from everyone for the past 4 years. Once the newspaper story broke, the whole town knew. Wade just wasn’t giving any PDA, but they hadn’t been doing that before the news story either. Macon felt like since Wade had gotten his own place, he should be allowed to move in with Wade since everyone knew, but Wade felt like they were already living in a small, small-minded town, where EVERYONE treated them different, so why add fuel to the fire? In a way I kind of agreed with him on that front. Not quite sure why some reviewers felt that this was written from Wade’s POV. At no point did it say, “I did this” or “Macon and I” etc. it was all told in usual from, narrator’s POV, which is sometimes better because you can see how both MC’s think and feel. I could tell Wade loved Macon, IMO, and vice-versa.
The things I had a problem with: 1) Once or twice Wade’s name got mixed up with Macon’s, but not so bad that you couldn’t just re-read the line and figure out who was actually being talked about. 2) I understand that it was meant to be short, but it probably should have been long, or at least longer than it was. The story would have benefitted from showing how things were before they were outed (besides a flashback of when they were kids and one from when they were 18) and what it was like for them back home when they announced they were moving away. 3) I had a couple of problems with the rodeo: why was it called a gay rodeo if straights were allowed to participate? And if the gay cowboys were going to be given tags identifying them as gay, why not tell riders ahead of time? 4) Also, before I finished this book, I read the description of book 2, which is Zander’s story. Reading that description, and then reading about Wade & Macon’s meeting Zander for the first time, it makes no sense for Macon’s story to come first in the series. Zander’s story should have been first.
Overall, it was a fairly decent read with decent writing, and I do plan to read book 2, to determine whether the series is worth continuing or not.