There Has to Be a Reason

Dave is in his junior year of college and one day comes across another guy crying in the bathroom. This encounter leads to Dave and Noel becoming friends. Dave is seeing a girl but the relationship is not working for him. As his friendship with Noel goes, on Dave realizes he's falling for his friend. While Dave cares for Noel he's not sure he can "come out" and Noel is unwilling to hide any relationship he is in.

This was an emotional story about how difficult it can be to come out. Dave really struggles with how his friends and family will feel towards him. Especially since he is bisexual and has a history of dating women. I don't read a lot of coming out stories because I think this is a complicated issue and what's right for one person is not right for the other. Romance books tend to make the person prove their love by coming out. Despite my hesitations, I felt that the topic was handled pretty well in this story.

I enjoyed the author's writing style as well as the plot and pacing. I liked both of the main characters and felt their connection throughout the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I had never read this author before but will definitely read more of her work.


Book Blurb for There Has to Be a Reason

Dave is enjoying his junior year at a big New England university, even if none of his relationships have been especially satisfying. He plans to hang around with his best friend Joe and focus on his studies until he graduates, and then he’ll figure out the rest.

Meeting Noel changes his plans.

Noel is strikingly beautiful and unlike anyone Dave knows. Something about Noel draws Dave to him—an attraction Dave doesn’t feel ready to label. And even if he was, why would Noel be interested in Dave? And what about Joe? He hates Noel and everything he represents, and he might hate Dave if he finds out about Dave’s secret desires. So Dave will have to keep those feelings hidden—along with his relationship with Noel.

But Noel has fought too hard for his identity to be Dave’s dirty secret. Will Dave tell the truth and risk the life he’s always known… or live a lie and risk losing the love of his life?


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 4.00