Cole Mendez, a transplant from New Orleans, has had a reputation in Rock Point, Maine since the day his family arrived in town. He’s from the supposed wrong side of the tracks and going nowhere fast, so it comes as no surprise when he’s placed in the Peer-2-Peer program as a mandatory requirement to graduate from high school in the spring. His struggles to balance school, a needy girlfriend, his addict mom, and demanding uncle became even more complicated as he must now make time for tutoring he doesn’t even want.

Dawson Rhodes grew up in Rock Point, and people have always said that he’s going places. He makes top grades, is the captain of the robotics team, and is working his way towards an Ivy League education after high school. He joins Peer-2-Peer as a potential tutor, knowing that it will look good on his future college applications. When he’s placed with Cole he knows that he has his work cut out for him, but he’s never been the type to give up and jumps in head first despite the other boy’s apparent disinterest.

A series of events on both their parts leads to an unlikely meeting outside of school, and a mutual understanding that neither of them is the person the public perceives them to be. As they get to know one another on a deeper level, they find that they have more in common than they could have imagined. The deeper they go, the more their feelings for one another begin to flourish, and the more the world seems to push back against them. Falling in love in high school is hard enough, without the odds stacked against you.

Co-Author: M.J. Kerr

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/LGBTQ-+

Status: Available now at Amazon!