Title: Could You Love an Apple?
Author: Becky Jerams
Series: Love Stories #2
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 2/20/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, YA/NA Romance
Page Count: 546
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Taylor Raven is starting over.
After a few difficult college years, he has decided to finally move away from Havensdale (and away from his father) to take a tennis coaching course in the tiny village of Westerfield.
The peaceful country life is exactly what Taylor needs to get away from it all. However, it is also incredibly lonely living by himself in the middle of nowhere. And no matter how far he runs, Taylor just can’t seem to escape the mistakes of his past.
As he struggles to find any kind of meaningful connection, he comes across a place on the outskirts of the village that will soon change everything. The Apple Inn – a pub run by a curious, slightly eccentric family who welcome Taylor into their world with open arms.
Soon Taylor finds his guard dropping, particularly around the kind and fun-loving son of the family, Benjamin Apple. But the closer Taylor gets, the more he feels compelled to pull away…
Can Taylor ever fall in love again when the one obstacle in his way… is himself?
“I want you to know… that I love you. Rather deeply as it so happens.”
4.5 stars for this wonderful YA book. This is book 2 in the series and whilst I loved book one I enjoyed reading this one even more! It’s a long one – over 500 words! Which I love because I hate short books. But all 500+ words keep you gripped and entertained.
This is the story of Benjamin and Taylor. We meet Taylor in book 1. He was an awful bully with a terrible home life who relentlessly picked on the main character Scotty. By the end though he has apologised and they’ve all become friends. Taylor has now left Havensdale and moved to the little village of Westerfield to escape his fathers controlling and abusive behaviour.
Taylor is still greatly affected by his past behaviour and does not feel he deserves anyone’s kindness and love and isolates himself from his new classmates and the locals. His walls are firmly in place. Desperate for some peace and quiet he stumbles upon a rundown old pub in the village – The Apple Inn.
‘Benjamin Apple. He was tall. He was confident. He was absolutely gorgeous in a curious kind of way.’
The Apple Inn is owned and run by the Apple family. Taylor initially rejects their attempts to get to know him. But brick by brick his walls start to crumble and they become a big part of his life. At the centre of the family is Benjamin Apple. He is one of the best book characters I’ve ever known. He’s kind, sweet, goofy and loyal and I fell in love with him from the very beginning. Taylor and Benjamin become friends and Benjamin sets about winning Taylor over with such fantastic Benjamin-isms as ‘The Extraordinary Benjamin Apple Quiz Of Dreams!’ And ‘The Extraordinary Benjamin Apple Village Tour Of Dreams?’.
‘His dear, sweet, perfect Benjamin Apple.’
When things are running smoothly between these two they are so sweet and perfect for each other but a combination of their young age and Taylor’s past means there’s plenty of YA angst and drama a long the way. At times I wanted to reach in to the book and have a little chat with both of them!.
“I like myself a lot more when I’m with you,” Taylor whispered
I just adore the Apple’s. All of them! Mr and Mrs Apple are the parents every young adult wants. They are kind, generous and loving but with a steely protectiveness that comes out when needed. Ashleigh Apple Benjamin’s younger sister is just hilarious. She’s a classic excitable teenager and becomes the sister Taylor has never had.
‘He was a beautiful, understanding Apple.’
There’s so much more than their romance going on in this book. It’s a bout family, love and acceptance. It’s about Taylor learning to love and forgive himself. And it’s about all of them trying to save The Apple Inn.
A fantastic book and I cant wait for more from this author!