Boyfriends Audie and Calhoun carry on their long-distance romance through college. But Audie’s traumatic history of abuse leaves him with the idea that he has little to offer a committed relationship. Calhoun says Audie only needs to learn to be loved. But Audie feels stuck in an inescapable narrative: he hurts, and Calhoun saves him. Audie’s tired of always feeling like the drama queen, tired of always playing the traumatized boyfriend. He wants something real to give Calhoun — if only he can figure out what that is. And if only Calhoun will let him.
The Low Country Lovers series is a spin-off of the Southern Seduction series and takes place in the same universe; Low Country Lovers can be read on its own.
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Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Beach Romance, Bodyguard/Guardian Angel, Coming of Age, Forbidden Love, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, True Love
Word Count: 26696
Setting: Savannah GA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
They fall into the bed, side by side, hair still soaked. Audie wraps around Calhoun and kisses him. And he tastes like seawater, oh god he does, like the ocean, like all the secrets of undiscovered whales and unknowable depths, of dolphin names and even the distance tang of shark menace. But you can’t have one without the other: the fear makes the beauty bloom, magnifies it from the everyday to something wild and perfect. He sucks Calhoun’s lower lip the way he likes. Audie doesn’t close his eyes to Calhoun’s beautiful sun-browned skin, blond beginning to streak his wet mermaid tangles.They press against one another, both hard, Audie almost overcome by the sudden depth of his need.
Coline Peterson on Goodreads wrote:
“There is no beauty without danger, no awe without fear, no love without risk. You have to learn to see it”.
This quote sums up this installment of the love story that stars Audie and Calhoun.
Audie is so in his own head that he can't seem to grasp the concept that someone actually wants a relationship with him. Calhoun tries to appease Audie as much as he can and things seem to always go awry. The growing pangs these two go thru is just heart breaking and then beautiful when things work out.
This book is just freaking fantastic and I love Audie and Calhoun so much and I want things to work out for these boys. I want their family to be accepting and I want Audie’s father to realize that if he keeps treating Audie the way he does that he is going to lose his only child.
I hope we get to see more of these two. Julia has a way of writing a story that just draws you in and takes you on a fantastic ride.
Even after being together for over a year, relationships take work, long distance ones even more so. But through it all Audie and Calhoun learn it's the love is what makes it work, good friendships can help balance the past with the future and kind loving boyfriends make it worth every bit of pain growing past the past can take. These books are just so good, they remind us just how hard loving another can be no matter where you come from, Julia McBryant's tales just keeps getting better and better!