When It’s Time (Go Your Own Way #3) by Zane Riley
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: January 18, 2018
Subgenre: LGBT/Romance/Interracial/New Adult
In the New Adult series that began with Go Your Own Way, Will Osbourne and Lennox McAvoy must now face the challenges of a long distance relationship that will determine their future. Despite the fulfillment of his childhood dream, Will is suffocating in too-loud, too-dirty, too-busy New York City. Lennox, who has always relied on Will for guidance, is thriving in Boston without him. As Lennox embraces his promising new life and rediscovers old family, Will searches for a future of his own that won’t tear them apart.
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Walking the city with a group was a new experience. For weeks, he’d been stumbling along by himself, getting confused in crowds and turned around by his own swirling thoughts and lackluster sense of direction. Yet with Lennox and Troy, the blocks made sense; their easy conversation was a balm for his unrest. Lennox’s life was peaceful. That was all Will had wished for since he’d first known him.
But the sights and sounds and friendship carved into Will’s chest. How come he hadn’t found this yet? And why did the vision of Lennox’s happiness here dig into his heart to a depth he hadn’t realized was there? They spent the rest of the evening on the floor, while Will attempted to untangle his yo-yos and laughed at the notes and scraps of paper that littered the bottom of the box. Lennox watched him: the freckled starscape of his skin shifting under the lamplight, the quirky little upturns of his lips, and the flashes of amusement in his eyes. Every glance seemed to hold some secret nostalgia that Will was sharing with him—some different, more hopeful, version of himself. It seemed impossible to imagine Will more hopeful than he was now. Yet, as they pieced the box’s insides back together, Lennox noticed slips: the ache as the Power Rangers were laid inside, the fondness for the yo-yos, and the regret that flickered in his eyes as each trophy, medal, and jersey was nestled carefully on top.
Will fell asleep fast, but Lennox lay awake. Less than three days and this would be over. The short-lived normalcy he’d allowed himself to sink into would fade into something larger than himself once again. He shifted as Will curled into his side and pressed his nose to the strawberry scent of Will’s hair.
Did he know enough of Will to keep this? Did either of them know each other well enough to kindle this brief year of happiness into what Will kept dreaming for them?
4.5 of 5 Stars
I’m not 100% sure where to start this review…I’m a bit distracted by the ending. I’m really, really hoping this isn’t the end. I feel like they’re not done but I read somewhere this is a trilogy. I guess time will tell. This cannot be read as a standalone…there is too much history and story building in the two previous books.
This book didn’t seem as angsty as the previous two but it was still very emotional and intense. Both boys struggle with individual issues as they attempt to navigate a long-distance relationship. They go through some maturation and growth which strengthens them even though it was a battle to get there.
Will discovers that his life-long plan wasn’t everything he thought it would be and is forced to re-evaluate what he wants to do with his life. His behavior towards Lennox at times was surprising. His self-confidence took a major hit and quite frankly he acted like a spoiled child through part of the book which was disappointing. He does find his stride again after crashing and burning. There is some self-discovery that wasn’t fully explored that I would have liked to see more. He gets some pretty great news at the end of the book which was a bit predictable but I’m glad it didn’t lead to more angst and indecision.
Lennox really thrives at Berklee which was amazing to see. His teen trauma comes roaring back unexpectedly (which I didn’t fully understand) and he’s forced to deal with what happened even though he fought it tooth and nail. His road to full recovery has been started and I hope he continues to work through those issues. More of his history is revealed which is mostly good this time.
There is another fantastic supporting cast in this one including the introduction of some great new characters.
As I stated above, I hope we get more of their story as I was left with some unanswered questions.
Zane Riley is a transgender writer who wrote his first work of fan fiction in the fourth grade. He is a recent transplant to Vancouver, Washington where he spends his time watching long-distance baseball games, hiking, and exploring the musical depths of the Internet. His first two novels, Go Your Own Way and With or Without You, were published by Interlude Press.
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