Recommended By Malia

Recommended By Malia

This story is the perfect combination of second chances and redemption. Jake is starting a new chapter in his life after managing the grief of losing his husband. Unfortunately, this chapter starts with putting his restaurant empire on hold to take over the family restaurant for his ailing father. Plus, he has to contend with being a single father, his super religious, disapproving mother, and finding out that his childhood crush is gay after all. This story is low angst and low heat but has enough drama and chemistry to keep you hooked. This book is begging to be at the top of your summer reading list!


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“Relax, I don’t think anyone else knew in high school. Besides, it seemed like you really only stared at me.” “Well I did like you, Colt. You weren’t just my best friend when we were kids. You were my first crush. My childhood crush,” Jake said.Ca

“I always figured I would know when I was ready to date and get into something serious again. And honestly, I had no idea when that might happen. But I know now. I mean, our tree is still here. That’s gotta be a sign, right?” “Our tree… I like it,” Colt said. “I kind of always thought of it as the ‘Ghost-of-the-Boyfriend-That-Never-Was-Tree.’ ‘Our Tree’ has a better ring to it.”

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Chef and Restaurateur Jake Ruiz left Newport, Washington and never looked back. After his parents had practically disowned him for being gay, the town was nothing but bad memories for Jake.

But, years later, a family emergency brings him back to his hometown. Grappling with the death of his husband and suddenly finding himself a single father to his five-year-old, Jake also has to now deal with his disapproving mother, his ailing father, a crumbling family restaurant and the sudden reintroduction of Jake’s childhood crush into his life, Colton Humphrey. Before he knows it, the feelings that Jake once had for Colt begin to resurface and Jake begins to wonder if perhaps Newport could be in his future as well.

The debut novel from author Will Manwill explores the complex relationships and family dynamics of a conservative, Mexican-American family struggling to accept their son, who is still trying to put the pieces of his own life back together.


I am a Puppet for The Man and a serious smut reader! I cut my teeth on mass market romance lines when I was a teen and now I have graduated to the good stuff. I am happiest spending time with my husband and my two dogs. Normally you will find me combing the virtual bookshelves for the best of Gay Romance, but I'll never say no to a good story no matter who it features. I can't wait to share my favorites with all of you!

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