New Release Reviews, Excerpt & Giveaway:
You’re My Home
By Katie Moore
A love story you can live in…
Brady is my overprotective best friend, and I love him like this. He’s so much bigger than me and makes me feel safe. We are opposites in so many ways, but when I’m cuddled up against him and he reads to me, all those differences fade away. Brady promises to be friends forever, but what will he say when he finds out my secret? Will I lose my best friend and the boy I love more than life itself?
Zach is so tiny and tenderhearted. All I want to do is protect him from the world. He’s my sweet bookworm and never wants to hurt anyone. I love my best friend, but how do I give him all of me when I don’t understand myself yet? If nothing else, I can shower him with all the acceptance and love he deserves.
Zach and Brady come from completely different social and religious backgrounds, but they don’t let that weaken their friendship. Both teens have to go through a journey of self-discovery, including all the heartaches and joys that come with growing up. As they get older, will they find themselves and how they fit together?
You’re my Home is a sweet and emotional coming of age story. It’s a slow-burn, hurt/comfort, teen best friends to adult lovers romance. There will be tears, laughter, new friends, and steamy lovemaking as Zach and Brady learn the meaning of true acceptance of oneself and others.
**Trigger warnings: domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, and religious homophobia.
Special Release Excerpt:
“I want to talk to you.” Dad walks down the hallway to his office, knowing I’ll follow him. I lean against the doorframe, staying just far enough out that Zach will know where I am if he comes back into the kitchen.
Dad sits on the edge of his desk, facing me. “Who were the kids that were being mean?”
“Derek Sanders, the one I asked to leave here when he called Zach a stalker. Along with a few of JV freshman players that I don’t know well.”
“Not surprising, he seemed like a dick.”
My dad doesn’t usually call someone a dick, and it catches me so off guard that an abrupt laugh escapes from my chest.
“What were they making fun of him about?”
“His size…being a fourth-grader…a hobbit. Then they called him queer, and he got up and left.”
“No wonder he was so upset.” Dad rubs the back of his neck, and I realize that I have that same habit when I’m stressed.
“He was upset because he thought it would embarrass me. He never wants to hurt anyone, and when he thinks he’s the cause of it, he can’t handle it.”
“That’s why it makes me livid that someone would hurt him, even with words. God knows the kid has been through enough already.”
I catch movement out of the corner of my eye and turn to see Zach in the kitchen, looking lost. I wave my arm so he sees me, and he smiles. I watch him walk over to help Mom with the ice cream before looking back at Dad.
“He trusts you, Brady. The kind of trust that most people will never give. Be sure to treasure that and not do anything to break it. I’m not sure you could get it back if you did.”
Dad’s words feel heavy, like I need to memorize them and keep them close. “I wouldn’t do anything to break his trust.”
“I know you never would intentionally, but you’re young, and teenagers do stupid things. I think you’re mature beyond your years, and I am so proud of the young man you’re becoming. I’m only cautioning you because I see the bond you have with Zach, and I’m not sure you truly understand what it would mean to lose that. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of friendship…love…and so many go through life searching for what you’ve found so young. Many never find it.”
He walks over to put his hand on my shoulder, squeezing gently. “All I’m saying, Son, is that when it comes to Zach, think before you react and don’t take all the love and trust he gives you for granted. Someday you’ll truly understand the depth and beauty of what he gives you. And what you give him.” His hand moves down over my heart. “You’ve given him a lot of space in here. Take care of your heart, Son, because that boy in the kitchen is most of it.”
I nod, speechless at my dad’s words.
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
Read this book!
Sorry, is that too short?
You must read this book!
I have not felt so much emotion reading a book since…well, I can’t remember. From the moment Brady and Zach meet, you know they are something special. Spanning the teenage years to early adulthood, this is very much their journey. This is not an easy book at times; events occur that had tears streaming down my face. It is, however, a book full of hope, that things can get better, that there is kindness and love out there, and that soulmates do exist. It may take a while for Zach to realise what we and every character in the book know, but the journey to that point is addictive. I couldn’t put this down and had such a book hangover the next day. That didn’t stop me picking it up and reading parts again, just to experience the joy that is Brady and Zach again.
I can’t wait to see what this author brings to us next. Their debut now sits on my top 10 favourites of all time.
Read this book.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***
~ * ~ Anna‘s Review ~ * ~
When I first saw the length of Katie Moore’s book You’re My Home, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed. I’ve read long stories before and have found that these books have a lot of filler that tends to be boring and leads to skipping paragraphs. I was delighted to discover that this was not the case at all in this story! Katie was able to bring so much substance to the relationship between the main characters that it was very easy to read and always left me wanting more.
Zach’s upbringing has been very strict. When his parents find a book on him that they do not approve of, he receives a beating at the hands of his dad. Upset, Zach runs into the woods behind his house and finds a boy that will change the course of his life.
Brady is instantly drawn to the boy who’s crying in the woods. He wants to take care of him. Brady’s loving parents also would do anything for little Zach. Many things will try to tear these two apart over the years, and only time will tell if they are truly meant to be together.
I loved this story, the characters are awesome, and the story is very well told. I’m sure you’ll love it also!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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About the Author:
Katie Moore is a writer of romance and happily ever afters. She is very compassionate and tries her best to show others kindness. She loves to write and escape into some imaginary world she’s created in her head. If she’s not writing, she’s reading a book. Preferably one with emotion that makes her laugh and cry. Katie is usually snuggled up with her four dogs, Izzy, Bess, Violet, and Skye.
Katie Moore is the author of You’re My Home, a gay romance novel. She let her heart write Zach and Brady’s story. She hopes all her readers love them as much as she does.
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