Red Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner.
Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position.
Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass.
Love is love.
Love is truth.
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out.
We all hear the saying #LoveIsLove, and there are many of us truly believe it—who feel that you should be able to love whoever you want. The heart knows no bounds. You love who you love and who’s to dictate where your true love lies. Why do some people feel the need to be the judge and jury, spewing hatred and their bigoted beliefs that two people of the same sex can’t love each other?
In Carmen Jenner’s latest book, Finding North, she delves into the topic head on, giving us two characters I fell in love with—my whole heart was captured, and their love story is one for the record books.
We all have that go-to person—the one we share memories with of building forts, diving in the water, causing trouble and growing up carefree. Will and North have had a life-long friendship. From childhood through their teenage years, their friendship was a huge part of their lives. That was what Will and North were to each other.
Until one day, lines were crossed, becoming blurry and fuzzy and there was no going back. Their friendship was shattered and that bond was severed.
“North is heartbreak. North is a headfuck. North had been my whole world. He was no good for me then, and he’s still no good for me. I know that, and yet I’ve never wanted anything more.”
Things seem to be changing for North, as he can’t deny his attraction to Will and even with his fear of being found out, he wants Will. He somehow has to come to terms with what will happen when the town learns the truth.
Will and North battle the demons around them, trying so desperately to find their happily ever after. But in a world of hatred and bigotry, you can try with all your might to ignore the hatred, but it doesn’t mean that it it’s easy to live with.
“They’re just words, North. They have no weight unless you give them meaning. People can only make you feel small if you let them.”
Can they face their true feelings and reach happiness despite judgment and fear? Finding North was a fantastic story. Carmen gave me two men I loved with all my heart.
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He releases me, smoothing a clumsy hand down over my newly torn shirt. His large palm presses against my thundering heart. For a long time, we both stand in silence, staring at his hand on my chest. “This is Red Maine, not Sydney. Ain’t nobody marching down the street here with their rainbow flag shouting about gay rights. You do that shit here and you get your head beaten in. I can’t watch you go through that. I can’t go through that.”
“Then come away with me,” I plead, but I know already what his response will be.
“I don’t know why you’re making this more difficult than it has to be,” North says.
“Because I can’t turn it off like you can,” I shout. “I can’t fucking walk away. I wish I could. Fuck, some days it’s all I wish for. Sometimes I wish that night had never happened because I knew that this is where it would lead us.”
“What do you want from me, Will?” North’s voice rises to meet my own. “You want me to tell you that pussy just doesn’t cut it for me anymore? Huh?” North pushes me against the wooden railing, and I almost lose my balance. “Is that what you want from me?”
“I want you to stop fucking lying. To me, to this town, to yourself.” I dart my tongue along my bottom lip and taste blood. I hadn’t realised I’d been biting so hard. North watches the movement. He looks like he wants to kiss me, but he glances instead at the darkening water beyond. “Fuck. Forget about the town; forget about those arseholes out there. They don’t matter. Just be honest; just once, give me all of you.”
“You daft prick. I already did give you all of me. I’ve given you every-fucking-thing I have.”
About Carmen Jenner
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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