by Derek Adams
Published June 15th 2014 by eXtasy Books
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Will, a young man who has everything except the freedom to choose his own destiny, is resigned to following the path laid out for him since birth. When he meets Jeremy, he experiences emotional intimacy for the first time and is forced to ponder his future. Does he have the strength to break the bonds imposed by his family and background, or is he doomed to ruin his own happiness and that of the man he has come to love more than life itself?
The Oarsmen opens with a young freshman student, Jeremy, getting accepted and settled into an exclusive private college thanks to a scholarship that landed unexpectedly when someone backed out. He wanted to be right in the middle of this world for he saw it as a stepping stone to a good future. Of course, coming from a very, very blue collar family, he had to work his way through to get through expected and unexpected school expenses. One of these jobs was to wait and serve breakfast to upperclassmen who took money and privilege for granted. That is where he meets senior William Mott.
Will comes from a very old, respected and wealthy family and with that comes societal expectations he is meant to fulfill. When he spots Jeremy, all thoughts of duty and obligations evaporate. Known to be a stoic and private man, Will drops his facade for the love of Jeremy.
Theirs is a star crossed love affair at best especially when the real world and society's expectations creep back in. Unwilling to face them, Will strives hard to keep on to his Jeremy. His struggle to keep Jeremy beside him and still be the man he is expected to become soon weigh deeply on him and he now has to choose. Can he choose?
Someone mentioned that this was a dreamy romance and it really was a dreamy. Reading this sent me to a romantic dreamland I was in no hurry to get out of. It was also so lightly written there was hardly any angst on my part to get this over with. Truth is, as soon as I finished, I just decided to read it over again. This hardly ever happens to me so I would label this as one of the favorite all-time romances I have ever read. Sweet, romantic, heart-breaking, this is a read that will keep.