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To Find and to Keep [Kindle Edition]

Serena Yates

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Book Description

Four years ago Ryan's parents disowned him for being gay. To escape their threats, he ran away to Canada. Now his twin sister Nicole is getting married to his best friend Peter, and Ryan will risk anything to attend. Help arrives in the most unexpected form: Peter's older brother Daniel, the man Ryan had loved from afar.

Part of the Dreamspinner Press 'To Have and To Hold' daily romance series

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; first edition (16 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Find and To Keep 5 Dec. 2010
By Lena Grey - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"To Find and To Keep" is not a deep, realistic plunge into gay erotica. It's more like a fairy tale--sweet, sappy, improbable and delightful and there's even a happily ever after ending. Take the Cinderella story. She and Ryan had a lot in common. They were both sad, lonely, forsaken young people. They were treated badly by those who should have supported them. Both go through trials and tribulations and are eventually restored to their rightful place with someone who loves and appreciates them for who they are. Far fetched? Maybe...but the thing is, this story has a message--Being yourself, regardless of what others think is the only way to achieve happiness. If you want to read a story that is hard core sex, this isn't the book for you. However, if you want to read an uncomplicated, uplifting, entertaining story with a positive message, it may well be something you will appreciate. Thanks Serena!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warmed my heart 23 Aug. 2009
By Andrew Grey - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
To say this story was heartwarming was an understatement. I found the way the two characters came together and interacted wonderful. I also loved how Ryan found alies within his family that he didn't exect. Well done!!!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The triumph of love 22 Jun. 2009
By J Johnson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The title of this book is so appropriate. Love is not only found in one but multiple ways. A young man alone, struggling and nearly destitute is found by his long lost love. In turn, his love helps him reunite with his twin sister for whom he only wished to watch from the shadows on her blessed wedding day.

There is passionate energy and desire battling against entrenched bigotry and rigidity. I was completely swept away.

The lovers must embrace each other and their sympathetic friends and family to triumph. This story truly set my heart ablaze at the courage and strength of the two lovers. It was a triumphant tale to be savored and thoroughly enjoyed.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great start! 21 Aug. 2013
By Christy Loves 2 Read - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really adored this very sweet story of a man coming home again and finding all his dreams can come true. I truly felt for Ryan as no one should have to go through what he did in the four years after his parents threw him out. The fact that he got up the courage to return for his sister's wedding told me so much about the kind of man he was. This was the first Serena Yates book I read but I don't think it will be the last.

When Ryan got up his courage to tell his parents he was gay, they told him it was a sin and he would burn in hell for it. They threw him out and threatened his friends if he tried to get help from anyone. Ryan lived on the streets, he headed to Canada and has just barely made ends meet trying to stay away. He discovers his twin sister, Nicole, is marrying his best friend, Peter, and even though Ryan is terrified they hate him and want nothing to do with him, he has to see his sister on her wedding day.

Daniel, Peter's older brother, can't believe his eyes when he finds Ryan on a park bench the night before the wedding. He looked so hard for Ryan when he disappeared, not believing his parents who said he ran away. Daniel, Peter and Ryan were always inseparable, regardless of the five year age difference, but the last few years before Ryan left, Daniel started to feel more. Can he convince Ryan to stay and make a life with him, because Daniel isn't going to lose him again.

This is a fairly short story but well worth the read. It is sweet with just the right amount of angst and the two main characters are very lovable men. Now I'm looking for more!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine line between romance and sap 22 Feb. 2010
By Jem - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
And a little too often this novella crossed the line. And, if I am being honest, I have to agree with the reviewer who said the Amazon blurb covers the entire story. It does: Ryan shows up at his sister's wedding after being threatened and kicked out by his parents; she welcomes him back with open arms and his childhood friend that he had a crush on protects and takes him in. There's some explicit sex, and Ryan and Dan the standard sensitive bottom and alpha male protector, respectively. So, why are there so many positive reviews? Sometimes a reader just wants a simple "happily ever after" and this satisfies on that level. No, it's not Shakespeare, or even a particularly original romance. But, it is not the worst gay romance I have read and it didn't set me up for a great story and fail to deliver. My expectations were low. I wanted something with some sex and an HEA to while away the time while waiting for my plane. I don't regret reading it, but it wasn't memorable either. It was worth the price of an e-book.

The lack of actual conflict or tension actually inspired me to read the sequel, To Keep and To Love, to see if the author develops the relationship or builds a plot. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and I was disappointed.
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