Better Together by B.L. Maxwell 4*
BLURB:Since being thrown out of his home by his parents, Caden has been struggling to survive on the streets. He lives in constant fear, stresses over his next meal, and dreads trying to find a safe place to sleep at night. He eventually finds an unlocked car and settles in to sleep, but is soon interrupted when someone steals the car. With little choice but to ride along, Caden soon learns that first impressions aren’t always correct.
Seventeen-year-old Damario has been raising his little brother and sister by himself since his parents were deported. He never knew how hard it was going to be paying the bills and making sure there was always food on the table. Or how hard it would be to hold his family together when they all depended on him to do it. He finds himself stealing cars to make ends meet, but he never expected to find someone sleeping in the back of one of them. And he really didn’t expect this stowaway to change his life.
When Damario brings Caden home, it was supposed to be just for a shower and a hot meal, but he can hardly kick him out onto the streets again. There is no way he could have seen that by saving Caden that night, he was also saving himself. When Damario’s world starts to fall apart, they both realize that the answer to all of their problems is helping each other, and although the world tries to drive them apart, they really are better together.
My Review: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a sweet, romantic, and heartbreaking story - it had all the feels. I loved the way the two young men coped with the adversity they encountered and the long slow fashion in how they came to love each other. I really liked the epilogue and the way it left me with a nice sense of completeness.
If you are looking for a romance with 'low heat' sex scenes, cute kids, and minimum of angst then you will probably like this one. I look forward to reading others by this author if they are in a similar vein.