Johnny and Rich have just got back together, but neither has any idea of the chain of events that will unfold, once people realise that they are a couple. Their close friends and families are fine with everything, but it seems like some of the football team are not at all happy that Johnny may be gay.
To begin with it is just verbal insults, which Johnny and Rich seem to be dealing with, and thankfully they also have the backing of their respective coaches, who take a dim view of events taking place within the athletics department. Sadly things escalate to a much worse situation, with a physical attack on Johnny, and when the culprits are caught, it was quite the eye opener as to who they were. But these people were the minority from Johnny's team, and the remainder showed they had no issue with them being together at all.
Johnny and Rich seemed to grow and mature before your eyes, especially once they were an out and proud couple, How they dealt with what was happening really showed this, and you also got to feel the closeness their families were to them both - even Rich, who is now much closer to his father than ever before. Although afraid, both men took it a day at a time, but ensured they did not get behind with their studies, which again showed their determination to get through things, and not let anything stand in the way of their goals in life.
The story took you on quite the unforgettable journey with Rich at the Worlds and then onto the Olympics, and Johnny was right there with him, and they seem to balance each other perfectly. Rich was so calm and chilled, and this was because he was felt safe and secure being with Johnny. There was also the added bonus of the romance of Rich's father, which again showed how much Rich has matured.
We went on quite the roller coaster ride with Rich and Johnny, and it was one which was funny at times too, but there was also the sad elements.. But most importantly, it showed me that a special kind of love that Rich and Johnny had, and that can grow when nurtured.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a great story, plus lots of man on man stuff! To me it was also a book that showed even now, there is a lot of the abuse that is aimed at young gay men, even from their families, but again it also showed a man who was concerned about his brother, and we then saw the compassionate side of Rich and Johnny as they tried to help.
I especially loved the epilogue in this book. However, before reading this one though, please make sure you read My Hero first, as this will give you the story of how Rich and Johnny began. I feel sad that this is the end of their journey, as I have grown to love Rich and Johnny, and would love to here more from them!