Wes & Toren by J.M. Colail

Title : Wes and Toren                Word Count : 304 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : It’s not so easy being young, gay, and in love for the first time at the average high school. Senior Toren Grey cares more about his family and his grades than what brand of clothes he wears. He agrees with the majority consensus that he’s a nerd. So he’s quite surprised when resident bad boy Wesley Carroll speaks to him in the hall, stirring feelings that Toren has to hide.

Disconcerted by Wes’s free and easy ways, Toren can’t deny the attraction between them. As he relaxes and gets to know Wes better, he finds there’s more to the sexy rebel than his public image. Before long the young men are exploring new territory and falling in love, but life just isn’t that simple. After they graduate, obstacles block their relationship at every turn: Wes working versus Toren in college, the virulent disapproval of parents, and everyday trials faced by any struggling young couple. Wes and Toren have to believe in each other… and never doubt that their love can conquer all.

My Review : This is just such a very heartwarming story with lovable characters.  It allows us to believe in the promise of young love and all that it entails. This is one of those stories that is imprinted in my mind and I keep on rereading whenever I need a jumpstart. Wes  is not  the typical high school bad boy. Underneath all his layers he is a sweet caring guy who is gay. He goes after what he wants and what he wants is Toren. Toren is a sweet shy geek who has a crush on Wes.

Toren is really surprised when Wes signs them up to be partners for a history project. This gives them a lot of time to spend together and Wes slowly opens up  Toren and pulls him out of his shell. Toren is scared at first because he is not sure if Wes is just playing with his feelings.He comes to depend on Wes and before they know it , they are  in a caring stable relationship.  The sexual chemistry is really on another plane with these two sweethearts and offers a level of intimacy which is almost tangible. They finish their last year of high school and it opens up certain doors for them, not only towards an educational future, but  towards a committed adult relationship. 

Wes’ mom is far from pleased when she catches the boys making out in her garage. Wes’ parents give him an ultimatum.  Stop seeing Toren or move out. Wes decides to move out. He is so in love with Toren and he knows he can’t deny a part of himself. Toren is shocked, a little scared and a whole lot of happy when Wes asks him to move in with him. Before he can make a snap decision,  Wes tells him to think it through carefully. Toren doesn’t have to think too hard, he knows what his heart wants. It’s a beautiful thing to see them starting their lives right, fusing every aspect of their  lives together. 

Toren’s innocence is so genuine and his shy quality is so endearing,  that is why it’s so hot to see him taking charge in the bedroom and letting that sex kitten side take over. The shy ones are always the sexiest,  rawr 😉. Did I mention how shy I am😇?

 It soon becomes clear that Wes isn’t the only one drawn to Toren’s  innocence when Tor goes to university,  Tor’s lab partner is quite smitten with his appeal. Josh, his cute lab partner gives him a kiss after dropping him home after their study session. Wes is just in time to see his boyfriend being kissed by another man and he is furious. This is their first real fight and Wes takes a few minutes to cool off. Poor Toren breaks down crying, never in a million years believing that their first argument would be over such a misunderstanding. They have hot , sexy make-up sex, tge best kind 😉.Wes lays claim to Toren by making sweet passionate love with him. However,  he makes it very clear to Toren that he doesn’t trust his lab partner.  A little bit of jealousy is good for the soul. It helps us to appreciate that special someone in our lives.

Niggling doubts start to creep in their relationship when Wes starts thinking that Toren has a bright future ahead of him while he is just a grease monkey. Toren tries his best to reassure Wes and explain to him that it doesn’t matter as long as they make each other happy.

Their love was faithful and solid as a rock throughout the whole story. As soon as they found their footing again, Wes becomes really sick. Toren has to rush him to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy surgery. Wes recovers successfully and typical tough guy acts like a baby while recuperating. I am sure it was hard for him though, literally, since he had to sleep beside his sexy shy Toren for two whole weeks without sex. That would make any red-blooded male want to pull their hair out. I totally empathize with him. They certainly make up for it once Wes is fully healed. Hot , hot , hot😆. This was a great story and words can’t explain how much I enjoy it every time I read it over again. I think this is probably my 5th time rereading it. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators.