My Summer of Wes
(Wes & Mal #1)

Author

Missy Welsh

Publisher

Self-Published

Release Date

November 19th, 2015

ISBN/ASIN

9781519192707

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Malcolm Small has lived a sheltered life with parents who don't seem to care about him. Now, during the summer between high school graduation and going away to college, Mal wants to take control of his life and make some improvements...starting with making a new friend.

Wes, the boy across the street, quickly becomes both friend and a sort of mentor to Mal. With Wes's patient guidance and example, Mal's breaking free of his life-long shy shell and taking chances.

Mal is also feeling free enough to start listening to the tiny voice inside him that whispers his attraction to Wes. After years of denying it, could Mal be gay after all?

Self-acceptance comes easy for Mal with Wes by his side. What about telling Mal's parents? What about being out at college? Mal's about to undergo some very challenging times as he grows up fast and must decide what he'll stand for and against.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This an extensively expanded second edition of this book.)

4

Great

Book Cover

  • Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original

Engagement

  • Eagerly awaited after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • It's cool that Wes' parents are still in love with each other and show it...to their kids' disgust, of course
  • This book made me feel like I wasn't a spectator, watching Mal go through the motions of his life, but I was in his head and thinking through things with him; maybe because I related to him a bit
  • This book may fall under insta-love, but I'm not getting the 'ugh' feeling I normally do; it seems like a lot has happened in the short time they've known each other, and they're both fairly emotionally mature
  • Mal standing up for himself regarding a potential threesome
  • Mal trying to drink by proxy and hoping Wes won't figure it out was hilarious
  • The plot hairpin turn regarding Wes' father threw me for several loops, around the world AND back again and explained so much*
  • There was A misunderstanding, but there was no BIG misunderstanding; there were no secrets between Wes and Mal

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • Could use a better editor

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot
  • Decently sweet

Dislikes

  • Mal's homophobic father
  • The scene where Wes and Mal are looking for an apartment together for college in the fall**
  • The part about Mal and his YouTube channel was interesting and touching, but seemed a bit randomly inserted
  • If Wes' dad really is a civil rights lawyer, and he knows what happened to Mal, why didn't he do anything - press charges, etc.? I'm pretty sure what happened was a hate crime

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • Abuse (emotional/physical, major, one, present)

I’m reading the newest edition, so it’s twice as long. I may read the second tiny story in the series, but I probably won’t review it. I really enjoyed the author’s free story You and a Billion Blue Tiles, and it remains one of my 5-star favorites. I’ve read a few of their others, but that’s the one that sticks out in my mind the most.

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*It seems like Mal’s parents used him as an anti-gay experiment and when it failed, went off on him; it wasn’t that he was a failure, but that they were – a huge dislike for me. Don’t take your problems out on your kids, parents!

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**They have sex in the new apartment and get cum all over the floor. In my mind I’m like “Ew, are you gonna clean that up? What if you don’t want this apartment after all?!” On the other hand, they just christened it if it turns out to be their apartment after all…anyway, ugh.

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