Blog Tour ~ Rooftops by John Wiley ~ (Review, Video Trailer, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing
Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.
Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.
And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.
While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?
Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?
“Beggars can’t be choosers.”
“Well this beggar isn’t interested in dating someone with a tattoo of a Smurf on his arm. Well, what started as a Smurf anyway. Last I saw it was more the size of Babe the blue ox. But even more of an issue is why a grown man would have a Smurf tattooed on him!”
Joey laughs as he flicks his cigarette butt into the parking lot below. “It’s crazy, though, how fast these four years have gone by.”
“I know,” Rhys agrees. “Luckily I got a good roommate. I don’t think I ever told you how nervous I was.”
Rhys sighs. “Being gay at college, I guess. I knew I would come out during my first year; the pressure of basically living a lie was eating away at me and making me incredibly depressed. I was terrified, though, that I would get some big homophobe roommate.” Rhys chuckles.
“What?” Joey asks, smirking.
“I had such a crush on you when I first met you.”
“Oh, I knew that.”
“Erick knows that you used to have a crush on him too.”
“That’s a lie!” Rhys yells.
“What’s going on?” Erick asks, coming out to the porch with a beer in hand.
“I was just telling Rhys about that night we talked about how he was in love with both of us.”
“Love is an awfully strong word, guys. And besides, I never had a crush on Erick.”
“Uh, the first time we met you checked out my ass.”
“Oh my God, you saw that?” Rhys turns red. “Oh my God, that’s so embarrassing!” He covers his head with his arms and shakes with laughter. “I can never face you again.”
“That’s going to make living together awkward.”“I probably set the gay-rights movement back a few years, lusting after both of my straight best friends. Straights will never be comfortable around gays again, all thanks to me.”
*** ARC provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
Three recently college graduated friends from Ohio are ready to start the rest of their lives. Two of them move to LA and one stays behind in Ohio, they each will have to overcome obstacles that will test them and their friendship.
Rhys is the optimist of the group, an aspiring actor that moves to LA with Erick to try to make his aspiration into a career. Erick is the career man, willing to do whatever it is needed to get to where he needs to go. Joey, the artist, who stays behind in Ohio with his girlfriend.
I have to admit at first I wasn't sure this was the story for me, but as I read, little by little I became involved in these boys lives and wanted to see where destiny might take them. I adored Rhys and Joey, they were awesome, well-rounded characters, with flaws and dreams, that despite the distance never lost contact with each other. Erick, was another matter altogether. I didn't like him at all throughout the story. He was selfish and when Rhys really needed him, he pushed him away, and tried to put it all on Rhys, saying he was needy and overly dramatic. That's definitely not the kind of friend I'd like. Never mind that while Rhys and Joey made the effort to stay in touch, Erick was too busy making new friends to bother with his old ones. So yes, no love for Erick from me.
Other than that, I absolutely loved the way this story was written, interlacing three different lives and giving us a very realistic view into after-college life. Very recommendable!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
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About the authorJOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.