It’ 2002 and Aaron and Greg met in prep school 10 years earlier, and somehow they’ve managed to stay together through lots of ups and downs. Aaron is at his wit’s end with Greg’s refusal to be openly out. But Greg needs Aaron to give him just a few more days because Greg’s newest film (he’s a screenwriter) is about to open and this film seems to be Greg’s way of showing and telling Aaron that he really does love Aaron.
No Apologies is written in an interesting way in which the author tells the story of how two young men come to love each other by mixing real-life events with those as told through Greg’s movie. Adding in a very complex relationship between two very young men who met at prep school and their discovery of not just their attraction to the same-sex but that there is real love to be had between of the two of them provided me a very emotional roller coaster ride. All of this also left me with the difficult task of trying to write a review that will make sense!
What I can say for sure is that you definitely feel the emotions from the characters oozing from the pages of this book. I’m not sure it if was the age of the characters, the military school setting in Greg’s film, or just the quality of the writing, but WOW was I sucked into the emotional well-being of both Aaron and Greg and their struggles. I always love when a story spans a length of time longer than just a month or two and No Apologies spans around 10 years. However much of the story takes place back when Aaron and Greg were basically teenagers on the brink of adulthood and their discovery of their love for each other. Flash forward ten years and their story and relationship is obviously still very complex, but yet as the reader we miss out on much of this part of their lives.
I very much enjoyed the character of Aaron who I found to be the more confident of the two young men. Greg has some demons to deal with (or does he really in real life and not just in film of their lives? This was an interesting concept to wrap my head around.) and the author again does a great job with strong characterizations. I also had to keep in mind the story is predominately told through Greg’s point of view since he is the screenwriter of the film even though both Aaron and Greg’s POV come across through the story. Confused yet? Don’t worry it all makes sense if you read the book.
One thing I struggled with a bit was the sexual confidence and knowledge from Aaron considering he was only around 17 or 18. I’m not sure how believable I found it. This again is where I had to remind myself the story is essentially being told on film through Greg’s eyes. But did I enjoy it? Hell yes! The sex in this book was fun, sometimes dirty, and often very sweet.
My final conclusion is that this was an interesting book and an emotional read for me especially in the way the story unfolds using such a unique premise. The characters of Aaron and Greg were well drawn out, and I enjoyed both of their personalities. I do wish there was more time spent with the characters leading up to the release of Greg’s film so we could see what kept Aaron and Greg together all those years besides just their love for each other considering Greg was not willing to be out and express his true feelings for Aaron.
“Here’s how it’s gonna go,” he said. “You’re not gonna move. Not gonna holler. You’re just gonna come. When I say.”
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