I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life We Have by Kelsey Kingsley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 10, 2020
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After the untimely death of his single mother, Greyson found himself orphaned at fifteen. That is, until the discovery of his father, Sebastian - a world renown drummer in a famous rock band.
Overnight, Greyson's world had been turned upside down, taking him from rags to riches. And now, six years later, Greyson's only goal is to follow in his dad's footsteps.
Except, while his father is a reformed ladies' man, Greyson is gay. And that's a secret he's not ready to let go of.
But he never planned on meeting Zach.
How can he keep the man he loves without disappointing the man he admires?
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This was an absolutely beautiful love story between two people who have each had their struggles and felt alone, but together they fulfill something for each other and are what they both need to finally be happy. Greyson is a young up and coming drummer who is afraid to tell his family that he is gay. Zach is the older drum technician he meets on his first tour, a recovering addict with his own family issues, namely lingering trust issues from things that occurred while he was using drugs. Together they find love, acceptance, and support.
The Life We Have was definitely a feel good story with very little relationship drama, which I enjoyed. Not to say there is no angst, because there is, but it is very external to the relationship between Greyson and Zach. Instead, while they have a few bumps in the road when they are first starting out, once they are together, they’re pretty solid and on the same page. And the depth of their love for each other had my heart melting. Both were totally swoon worthy, I completely adored them together.
This book has many wonderful themes that the author addresses with skill and grace; coming of age, addiction and drug use, homophobia, family dynamics, and so much more. The author’s writing is filled with such depth and emotion and it completely pulls you into the storyline until you never want to leave the characters.
My only wish is that there would have been more of a balance between the two perspectives. I loved that this was a dual perspective book but I would have liked it to flip to Zach’s perspective a little more often. Oh and I would have loved to have been able to spend more time with Zach and Greyson. The story did move a little quickly and it would have been nice for it to be longer.
If you are a fan of M/M romances and are looking for a powerful and emotional journey with a heartfelt romance, then this is the book for you.
Loved this story? Want to learn where it all began? Read Sebastian’s story, The Life We Wanted.Find all of Kelsey’s books