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You In My Arms by A. C. Katt
Series: The Sunset Club #1
Published by MLR Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
As goalie for the state champion OceanTownship soccer team Jason Monroe was able to receive a full scholarship for college out of state. A part-time job didn’t take away from excellent grades, only gave him extra money to send home to his cash-strapped father, step-mom, and little sister Kitty. His parents’ tragic car accident destroyed Jason’s academic future. With so little money left Jason was forced to return home so that he could raise three year old Kitty. The only other option was for Kitty to end up in foster care.
A year later Jason is barely surviving the financial burden. Two jobs are only just keeping them afloat and Jason is exhausted all the time. With no other family to help they wouldn’t have made it this far if not for the help of good friends and fellow team mates.
Last year Jason missed his twenty-first birthday because the accident happened a week prior to his big day. This year his team mates are determined to make up for the loss and take Jason out. Though his friends are all straight they happily take their team mate to a gay club to celebrate.
All night long Jason’s been eyeing a guy at the other end of the bar. And the stranger’s been watching him just as often. When he doesn’t make a move his best friend Bobby takes matters into his own hands and introduces Jason to Zach Montgomery, who happens to co-own the bar along with many other properties.
Zach’s always had a firm policy of avoiding relationships at all costs. He’s strictly a no strings, one night stand kind of guy. The rules worked well until Zach meets the twenty-two year old virgin with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Wanting to share the burden is a foreign concept. At least it used to be until Jason stole his heart and he fell in love with Kitty. Now he simply has to make Jason believe it’s true.
You In My Arms tells a lovely, tender romantic tale. The characters handle the joys and sorrows of everyday life with dignity. Jason is buried under responsibility, his pure heart shines while Zach’s past tempers his feelings. At Jason’s lowest point their feelings finally bring their romance into the light. It may take awhile to become immersed in You In My Arms because the empathy doesn’t quite come across as soon as expected, but it does eventually and then You In My Arms does shine. The wait is worth it. By the last page readers will cheer these lovers on.