Title: Finding Aaron
Author: Gigi Kern
Series: Finding Home #1
Release Date: November 4th 2015
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Book 1 in Finding Home Series
At 23, Aaron has aged out of the foster-care system and is now a struggling college student. Between his severe Learning Disabilities, ADHD and past trauma, every day is a struggle.
Three years ago, Aaron’s world got a whole lot brighter thanks to his new best friend, Ryan Foster and his family. The Fosters have taken him into the fold. That is, everyone except for Ryan’s Uncle TJ.
When Aaron and TJ meet, sparks fly.
TJ, 31, can’t stand his nephew’s flamboyant, in your face, blue-haired, rainbow loving, best friend. He knows he shouldn’t be so judgmental but after spending five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, his patience is buried under a mountain of guilt and loss.
TJ’s animosity toward Aaron always stresses Aaron out going home to the Foster’s for the holidays but they are the only family he has. He just needs to put up with TJ. He can do that, right?
When something happens that neither one wants to acknowledge, it may just be the catalyst needed for the sparks to explode.
What happens when TJ lets himself see the real Aaron? And, can Aaron let TJ past his defenses, when he’s barely holding on.
~ 33,000 words – gay romance, heat level low.
Finding Love, the 2nd Book in the Finding Home series will be available in 2016.
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TJ was putting the last Christmas decoration in its place when he received Ryan’s mysterious text – Wait for us outside. BE NICE!
“What the hell does that even mean?” TJ thought as he stepped outside and sat down on the front porch steps.
A minute later Rick’s SUV pulled into the driveway. Still wondering about Ryan’s cryptic text, he patiently waited for everyone to exit the vehicle.
As Rick and Ryan exited the SUV they both gave a look of “Be nice or else.” Which was confusing as all shit considering where he and Aaron’s “relationship” was heading.
Aaron opened the passenger side backseat door and a second later TJ forgot how to breathe or think. He had always thought Aaron was cute in an artistic twink sort of way. He was just Aaron.
But the young man who stepped out of Rick’s vehicle was FUCKING HOT! His blue-tipped bangs were just long enough to make his green eyes pop. And the subtle makeup… Aaron was drop-dead gorgeous and strikingly beautiful at the same time.
Stuck in a trance, TJ could only stare as Aaron approached.
“Kid cleans up well, doesn’t he?” Rick said as he passed a still stunned TJ, frozen in place sitting on the stoop steps.
Chuckling with a smirk, Ryan said, passing TJ, “Who knew the mighty Tyler Jacob could be struck speechless by a haircut?” Ryan and Rick laughed as Miranda joined them as they entered the house.
In his shy manner, playing with his hair, Aaron approached TJ. He paused in front and with a nervousness asked, “Is it too much?”
Silence was his only answer until TJ noticed Aaron’s face start to close up and he realized he was quiet too long.
“What?” TJ said as he got up. He leaned in, touching Aaron’s bangs, moving the blue/black hair from his eyes. “I LOVE IT!”
A small smile appeared on Aaron’s face.
“Really,” TJ said as he kissed Aaron on the lips.
Finding Aaron is one of those stories which found its way into my soul and though I obviously loved the romance, emotional intensity and deep character relationships, I am aware that other readers may not find the book so irresistible.
The main reason for this is Gigi Kern’s writing style. Whilst I felt the conversational tone reflects the impulsiveness and candour of our protagonist, Aaron, it did take me a chapter to adjust to this original approach.
Aaron is a character who I wanted to reach through the pages of the book to hug. As a parent of a child who has learning difficulties, I appreciated Aaron’s complexities and heightened emotions; which make him so interesting and lovable.
Not only is Gigi Kern able to keep us intrigued by Aaron and TJ’s developing friendship, but we realise the importance Aaron plays in the lives of the whole Foster family. It is difficult for us to watch Aaron’s downward spiral into depression, but the presence of Ryan, David and the rest of the Fosters gives us hope for his future.
Readers should not start this book expecting raunchy sex scenes. This would be inappropriate to Finding Aaron, and I think it is refreshing that Gigi Kern has been willing to leave this often expected element of the contemporary mm romance genre out of her story.
Finding Aaron is a wonderful story which I really recommend and I am excited by the author’s recent announcement that the Finding Home series is now going to be made up of six books, rather than the 4 she had planned!
About the Author
Gigi Kern is currently writing the second book, Finding Love in the Finding Home series, her first gay contemporary romance series. A huge fan, she along with thousands wait with baited breath for the next new release from her favourite gay romance authors.
Gigi first discovered her passion for reading out of desperation. During her month long hiatus for her seventh grade summer break, spending quality time with the grandparents in sunny Florida in August, the hottest time of year, she became desperate. See, awesome grandparents had no cable. Travesty though it was, Gigi discovered the retirement community’s library and there it was in all its glory, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. And she’s been hooked ever since.
Though her day job is monotonous, she has been able to work in three continents, travel and see the world.
Her menagerie of wooden animals from her world travels have major competition from her two cats, Marco-Pollo and Squertie. And, cause what would a menagerie be without animals, her two 65+ pound dogs, Leo the Lug and Blink the destroyer of toys.
She is currently writing her life away on the shores of North Carolina.