For a Price by Hallie Burton

Title : For a Price                            Word Count : 51,367

Genre : Young Adult / Gay Romance

Blurb : At seventeen, Charles “Trey” Maddox Taft III has had better years. His father ran off with a younger woman, and with no alimony or child support, his family has to move from affluent Coconut Grove to a rough neighborhood near Miami’s Little Havana. It’s a completely different world, but Trey is determined to make the best of a bad situation, if only no one finds out he’s gay.

On Trey’s first day in his new territory, he’s saved from being run over by local bad boy Bobby Cruz. Bobby is an unabashedly gay, sexually active high school senior who’s tired of one-night stands. After meeting preppie Trey, Bobby decides to try something new. Things go well at first, but being in a relationship is tricky and might take more work than either wants to do.

My Review :  This really had a great story line.  It solidified in my mind why I like opposites attract tropes. Bobby is a tough guy from the Barrio and Trey was the nerdy former rich kid. They really complemented each other and it was fun to watch their young love blossom.  Trey realizes he is attracted to Bobby from the moment he laid eyes on him. Bobby teases Trey mercilessly about his preppy clothes. Throughout all of this a precious undeniable friendship is fostered between the two. After giving Trey a makeover,  Trey kisses Bobby and they start to explore their passions  for each other. Their explorations had the right amount of steamy for a coming of age story.

At the end of summer when Bobby’s friends come back from vacation,  Trey sees that he might have some competition for Bobby’s affection from Hazy , Bobby’s best friend. After some posturing and mistakes Hazy and Trey realize that they can be friends for Bobby’s sake and Bobby and Trey realize how special it is to have their kind of connection.    

Bobby and his friends become a part of Trey’s family. This shows that family is not only by blood and DNA. Family can be about the people who we open our hearts to and  who in turn open up and let us in their lives and take precious care to mold that love. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

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