Beau James isn’t out, but he’s not fooling anyone. When he’s cornered by two bullies, he’s rescued by none other than the broody Wade Ritter, who he’s crushed on from afar. Despite their family connection, Wade has resisted all of Beau’s attempts at friendship — until now. His protective streak gives Beau an opportunity to get past Wade’s prickly exterior.
Wade considers Beau to be a quasi-cousin. He’s been careful to keep Beau in that box because he is too tempting to a gay boy determined to remain in the closet after his coming out went all wrong. But when Wade sees bullies harassing Beau, he offers to help. Little does he know this small crack in the walls around his heart is the opening Beau needs to move in and change Wade’s life.
After years off the rails, Wade realizes there’s room for recovery. If he can face hard truths about his sexuality and love himself, he might be able to love Beau too.
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Room for Recovery is slightly different from the other books in the series, as it is more of a YA than the others are. Wade is still dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death, and while that was already discussed in the previous book in a manner, the prologue of the book tells much more about Wade.
So, the prologue…is heartbreaking. The book then picks up years later, after the Ritters have been living in Ashe for about three years, around four years after Wade’s father died. Wade is, in some sense, jock-like. He is not playing football (he has no interest in after-school activities), but he is popular with girls and does have a reputation.
When Beau is bullied, he steps in, supposedly because he ‘is like family’. While he is driving Beau around, his feelings for Beau do not want to stay hidden under the wraps.
I felt sorry for Wade pretty much the whole book, but Beau was the one I cared for most. He is dedicated to his family, a good student, and he tries to help. While his family thinks he’d go to medical school as he has good grades, Beau is more interested in following his Uncle Xavier’s footsteps and become a nurse.
It’s in some senses a difficut book, but it is not too glum and it has fewer difficult scenes than the nice one or the ‘normal’ ones.
This book may possibly be read as stand-alone but I really recommend reading at least the previous books as Trent, Xavier, and what happened to the Ritter family, is hard to understand with no previous knowledge of events.