This was a bit down memory lane for me but without the boyfriend. I was a camp counselor for 4H while growing up so reading about Simon and Alex brought back some great memories of my time as a summer camp counselor.
How do you write a gay romance story when you’re main characters are surrounded by adolescent kids? This is a contemporary story so having the main characters act like we would want them to wasn’t going to happen, they needed to be more reserved in their demeanor. Jeff wrote this beautifully he gave us the shoulder bumps and the small escapes where a kiss could be exchanged. As the reader I still felt the love between Simon and Alex so it was very refreshing.
What would a story be without a little angst and we have a rather antagonistical counselor that wants a shot at Simon and Alex. He is the villain you snarl at.
Simon and Alex, now between their junior and senior years at the University of Michigan, decide to put their jobs on hold for a month and take the opportunity to coach hockey at a summer camp for teenagers.
They have a cabin full of good players to work with and the focus is getting them ready to win the camp championship. One camper, sixteen-year-old Dylan, requests extra help because he needs to get a scholarship and the guys make it their mission to help him succeed.
With their best friend Leo along for the trip, Simon and Alex are set up for a great time at camp, until another coach tries to seduce them. How they respond to the unwanted advances, while balancing commitments to their campers, will put them both — and their relationship — to the test.