Hudson Oliva didn’t expect the world to end with the new millennium, but his life did change forever on that New Year’s Eve. After his religious parents walk in on him with Zac in his bed, Hudson is sent to conversion therapy. The parents he returns home to after being cured aren’t the same people he’s known his entire life. They’re cold and withdrawn.
In order to survive, Hudson becomes an expert at lying while working hard to be the perfect son, yet his parents remain emotionally distant. He’s sure the pray-away-the-gay camp broke something inside him along with tearing his family apart. When his parents discover Hudson has continued seeing Zac for years, they demand he go back to the camp. Hudson has no choice but to run. Somehow he has to find a safe place, but he has to get out of Florida first.
*This is not a romance. This is a character study looking deeper into who Hudson is, what shaped him, why he escaped home, and how he ended up at Kaleidoscope Gardens. Warning: themes of abuse.
Bridger Jenkins’ life has felt like a huge puzzle with only the edges put together since he realized he’s not straight. Trying to understand the radically novel culture of dating men is confusing because Bridger wants to find love, and all the men he meets only want sex.
When he befriends Stone Moore, he finds a man he can talk to about anything. Stone helps Bridger make sense of his new sexuality, helping him sort through the pieces so he is more comfortable. Bridger can’t help falling for Stone in the process, even if Stone only wants friendship.
Will Stone be the last piece of Bridger’s puzzle, or will they find they simply don’t click into place?
They live in identical buildings with windows facing each other and every morning he sits and hopes to watch the man across the alley wake.
*Very short, voyeurism with knowledge and consent.
This is a follow-up story about Simon & Thomas from my book, Fall Into You. It’s set in modern day, years after the book ended, so you get to see where they ended up.