Jeremy Cox is a park ranger who meets a quiet and shy man at his favorite coffee shop. He soon asks him out. Qay Hill is an ex-drug addict who has reinvented himself over the years. He accepts the date but assumes that Jeremey will come to his sense soon and that the relationship will go nowhere.
What follows is a sweet and romantic story about two people who are a bit weathered and beat up by life finding some happiness in each other. Both of the MC's are in their 40's which I thought was a refreshing change. It's nice to read about people outside of their 20's for once. Both guys were likable and interesting. I found Jeremy to be a bit too perfect but I thought Qay was interestingly done.
There is a side plot I'm not sure was needed. It added a bit of a romantic suspense element. While I didn't dislike it per se, I could have done without it.
Parts of the book are a bit angsty and a bit melancholy because as the title states, love doesn't always concur all. Despite that though, people can find happiness and give it to other people.
I enjoyed this first book in a new series and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.
Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.
Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.