Moving to California was supposed to be my fresh start. A clean slate. An opportunity to drop the façade, escape the lies, find a focus, and just be myself.
But I should have realized it wouldn’t be easy, especially when my last name is Kennedy.
I’m not ready to be a gay icon or some celebrity role model. I still haven’t admitted the truth to my family or the girl I professed to love, so there’s no way I want the public to know I’m into dudes.
Falling for my hot, straight, football-player roomie wasn’t part of the game plan.
Neither was backing myself into a corner because I trusted the wrong guy.
Now everything is on the line, and it’s time to stop pretending.
From the time I was a little kid, all I wanted is to play football in college and play in the NFL. As wide receiver for the Golden Bears, I am on track to achieve my goals, but it comes at a heavy price.
Denying who I am—for the sake of my career—goes against everything I believe.
I should never have listened to my high school coach, because all the lies are suffocating me.
Until Keaton Kennedy enters my life, turning it upside down.
Now, there is even more reason to tell the truth, because I’m falling for the famous one and I want the entire world to know.
Keaton is a man who is struggling both under the weight of expectations of those in his life who because of his family’s public persona battles what others will think of him if he pursues what will make him fulfilled and happy. He is hoping that college will give him the strength and clarity he needs but Austen was a complication he hadn’t counted on.
Austen is a college football player with dreams of going professional so although he has acknowledged his sexuality to himself, he is concerned what effect it would have on his life if others knew as well. What starts out as friendship between them evolves into a love that they decide to keep private until they can’t and that is where their story truly begins.
This is an emotional story as Keaton and Austen have to acknowledge who they are not only to themselves but to everyone who believes they have the right to cast judgment and that they are so much stronger together than apart.