JD Chambers is a debut author, and this is a great debut book. You see a lot of debut books that are clunky and the author needs help coming up with well-rounded characters and a good story. That is not the fact here.
Before I get started, I’m going to let you know that Only With You is a M/M book. If you don’t care to read M/M books, make sure you pass this one up. No judging one way or the other, we all have things we like and things we don’t. I just want to make sure that you find books that you like.
Zach is one of those cute nerdy boys who is just an overachiever. You know the kind, the one who could be really annoying, but the fact that he is shy and social awkward keeps that from happening. He went to college in 3 years, has a couple of degrees, has his own business, and loves what he does. He also has a family who I would gladly knife. His mother seems to love his cousin more than she loves Zach, but he still does everything she wants, trying to make her happy. He has no love life, and worries that he never will, especially since he has things he wants that seem wrong.
Craig is a little more mellow. Scratch that, a lot more mellow. He works at a video game store and he loves it. He acts like he has his life together, but we all know that’s just an act, right? He has his own secrets in his life that he hides behind and doesn’t let anyone get to know those issues. Ben, Zach’s roommate, works with Craig at the video game store, and on his first day, he forgot his lunch at home, which meant that Zach had to take it to him. When Zach meets Craig, he gets all tongue-tied and blushes like crazy.
One night, Craig is out with his best friend and is more than a little squiffy, and in walks Ben and Zach. He says something not quite so nice and upsets Zach. Ben makes him apologize to Zach, and then things start happening.
OK, so here we part our ways. The romance is truly lovely. It’s not really an instalove story, so we get to see all the struggles of a relationship as it just starts, including the whole is this a date kind of thing, plus the whole does he like me or not? We also get the whole is he gay or not bit of worry. Instalove stories are fun, but this is a contemporary story and true instalove with no struggles isn’t the best thing here. All those struggles, worries, and questions are so relatable. It really helps me feel like I know the boys and have been in the same kind of place. The sex is hot, and the kinky bits are smoking. I mean, wow.
There are parts of this book which really hit home in a different way for me. I am a bi woman. I am mostly out unless you count my extended family. They are religious and I know how they would react, so they just don’t know. We have other family members who are gay who have never been able to bring their partners with them to family gatherings. I mean, I’m lucky enough that my partner is a man, so bringing my partner to family gatherings isn’t a problem. All that means that the way that Zach’s family treat him really affected me.
I also really related to Zach and his kinkiness that he feels like he has had to keep hidden or risked being judged again. It can be really hard hiding a part of yourself, so letting him get what he needs is so super awesome. I loved that part of the story. It was so great to see Craig’s love for Zach and his overall protectiveness for Zach. I adore these two so much.
OK, that’s all for this book. There’ll be another book later on this evening, so keep watching! Meanwhile, happy reading!