What It Takes
Milo met Andrew moments after moving to Cape Cod—launching a lifelong friendship of deep bonds, secret forts and plans for the future. When Milo goes home for his father’s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their attraction—but doubtful of his worth, Milo severs ties. They meet again years later, and their long-held feelings will not be denied. Will they have what it takes to find lasting love? More
Moments after Milo Graham’s family relocate to Cape Cod, he meets Andrew Witherell—launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds, secret forts, and plans for the future. When Milo is called home from college to attend his domineering father’s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their mutual attraction. But, doubtful of his worth, Milo decides to sever all ties with his childhood friend. Circumstances send both men home again years later, and their long held feelings will not be denied. But will they have what it takes to find lasting love?
STARRED REVIEW in Publishers Weekly:
At the beginning of this tender and beautifully written love story, two eight-year-old boys meet on a beach: Milo, running away from his new home, trips over Andrew’s sand art. Andrew dreams of being an artist; Milo just wants to be a grown-up, because when you’re grown, “no one can hurt you.” An initial rift, caused when Andrew reports wounds inflicted by Milo’s father, mends with Andrew’s uneasy promise of silence. Over the years Andrew becomes a caretaker, helping Milo breathe through panic attacks, while Milo, “strained and overwhelmed” by his father’s demands for excellence, longs for escape. Their sexual awakenings occur at different times, forcing them to navigate fear, attraction, longing, and rejection. Their love helps them realize their need for separation, but when they meet again as adults, they wonder whether their time has come at last. Sierra (Hush) uses rich characterization and lyrical writing to infuse this slow-building romance with depth, humor, and pathos. Readers will savor every dip and peak of Milo and Andrew’s relationship as they balance the need for safety with the necessary risk of pursuing happiness. (Jan.)
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