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For Rone Forrester, life as a high school student is a roller coaster ride. Though he’s intelligent, good-looking, and athletic, true happiness eludes him. He’s lost his mother to cancer, his hypercritical father is a tyrant, and he spends most of his free time taking care of his little brother, Eli. And to make matters worse, Rone begins to have romantic feelings for hisFor Rone Forrester, life as a high school student is a roller coaster ride. Though he’s intelligent, good-looking, and athletic, true happiness eludes him. He’s lost his mother to cancer, his hypercritical father is a tyrant, and he spends most of his free time taking care of his little brother, Eli. And to make matters worse, Rone begins to have romantic feelings for his best friend, Carson Harrington. When Rone is inadvertently outed, his life swirls into turmoil. His father’s homophobia and Rone’s embarrassment at the thought of facing Carson force him to flee to Los Angeles, where he hopes to find a safe haven. Instead, he quickly learns that every moment is dangerous for a homeless teenager. As time passes, Rone navigates through multiple challenges, makes friends who love him for who he is, works hard to achieve his goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon—with all its inherent triumphs and tragedies—and overcomes a failed relationship. Ultimately, his journey teaches him that in order to fulfill his dreams, he has to come to terms with his past....

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Sometimes Love Lasts Reviews

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-01-01 11:18

    All the royalties from this book's sales will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for homeless youth.Rone Forrester is only seventeen when his world shatters and he feels he's got no other choice but to leave home and the little brother he's looked after and adored since his mother's death three years before.He finds his way to Los Angeles and with the help of friends and an enormous amount of serendipity and luck, Rone is able to pick up the pieces of his life and achieve his biggest dream of becoming a pediatric surgeon. Still, he's never forgotten his brother or his best friend (and secret love of his life) from his past.This story reads almost like a fairy tale. Rone's father is the bigoted hateful parent who forces him to flee, and he's taken in by helpful people along his way because of his wonderful personality and beautiful manners, then he accomplishes everything he ever dreams of and finds love and happiness in the end.I liked Rone, and was happy for him throughout his journey. Told entirely from Rone's first person POV, it took me a little bit to get into the author's style of writing, which seemed a first. It didn't help that the story is almost all "tell", which sometimes didn't make me feel immersed in the details. There's a lot that happens off page, and I don't just mean the sex. It left me feeling a little like I was just being told a story, rather than feeling a part of it. (view spoiler)[Personally, I was a little ticked off with how Rone never sacked up and called his brother. I realize he was afraid his father would find him in the beginning, but after he turned eighteen there was absolutely NO reason other than his own cowardice to not at least talk to Eli. That part just made me unaccountably mad throughout the story.(hide spoiler)]That aside, I rooted for Rone to find happiness through the challenges he faces during the seventeen years the story covers and I was happy with his happy ending. Bottom line: the story is very pleasant, Rone is sweet and kind and deserving (if a little misguided at times), and the HEA is lovely.Advanced Review Galley copy of Sometimes Love Lasts provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Jaime
    2019-01-09 12:12

    All the royalties from its sales will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for homeless youth.This is a story about two boys who grow up best friends only to be separated after an awkward moment between the two which leads to one of our MC's leaving his hometown. Rone Forrester and Carson Harrington are best friends. They are inseparable with no secrets between them...except for the secret feelings that Rone has for Carson. Rone doesn't ever intend to act on these feelings though because he knows his best friend is straight and he would rather have him as a friend, than nothing at all. One day, after spending all day painting Carson's grandmother's house - Rone is injured when the ladder breaks. So Carson takes him home and waits while Rone gets cleaned up. When Rone comes back to his bedroom and sees Carson waiting for him, in a moment of lapsed judgement, he walks up to Carson and kisses him. Rone however never gets to find out Carson's reaction because Rone's homophobic father has just witnessed this kiss and kicks Carson out of the house and proceeds to kick the crap out of Rone. It is at this point that Rone decides he can't live like this and after briefly considering suicide he packs his belongings and makes a plan to run the next day. He only leaves behind a scrap of paper with a note to his brother - then he vanishes out of his family's life and his best friends life.The story's takes a dramatic turn here in the plot and we follow Rone as he lives his life alone and afraid in California, land of all scared teenage runaways. Rone's plans to go to med school seem so far out of reach to him as he lives in a roach motel and works in a Chinese restaurant. Just as things seem they couldn't get any worse...Rone is mugged and beaten. It's at this point his friend and owner of the roach motel takes him to the LGBT center to see if they can help Rone get his life back on track. At the center, he is connected to a benefactor - Mr. Bode - a successful, wealthy, gay man who lost his partner recently and he takes Rone under his care even allowing Rone to change his name to Rone Bode, effectively killing all traces of Rone Forrester and connections to his past. Fast-forward 10 years and meet Rone Bode, M.D. - a successful pediatric surgeon who is out and proud and making a life for himself. This is the point in the story that Fate comes in and shakes things up... When at a chance meeting Rone is faced with his past and the successful architect Carson Harrington. What will happen? How does Rone feel about Carson after all this time? Does Carson regret what happened between them during their senior year? Will Rone be left alone again -- or could it be that Sometimes Love Lasts? 4.5 Stars Review Copy of Sometimes Love Lasts provided by the Publisher, Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-23 09:15

    I really wanted to love this book. The blurb ticked all of my boxes (rough beginnings/happy twist of fate/compassionate doctor/small town boy becomes big city success). But this was much more of a “telling” than a “showing” book. Roan narrates his rise from abused small town boy to successful LA surgeon without stopping to take a breath.I really enjoyed the start of this story. Roan’s fear, his desperation and his courage to leave a very difficult situation was inspirational. The eclectic group of people who supported him in LA were equally inspiring. The younger Roan felt more real and more fully developed than the older Roan. Because not many (if any) homeless LGBT youth are picked up almost instantly by wealthy benefactors and given the privileged second chances awarded to Roan, the second part of Roan’s story felt like a Disney fantasy. The series of serendipitous events that wrapped up this story were a little too unbelievably saccharine for me. When they were combined with the breathless pace of narration, poorly sketched later characters and Roan’s slightly smug narrative voice, I found myself falling out of love with Roan’s story.I appreciate that this is a story written in aid of a very worthy charity, so I’m sure many readers will purchase this to support the charity for homeless LGBT youth. But while I appreciate the effort for charity, I remain underwhelmed by this modern fairytale. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Inked Rainbow Reads.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-01-05 10:05

    Sometimes Love Lasts is not a story, it’s a saga. It took me several sittings to get through it, mostly because after reading a few chapters I’d be emotionally exhausted and needed to get a little bit of sleep after staying up WAY too late. “I’ll just read one more chapter and then I’ll put the Kindle down.” Yeah, right.What Jake Wells managed over the course of the book was to draw out each phase of Rone’s life. We are firmly rooted in his adolescence, getting a true understanding of his life, so that when fifteen years pass, we understand why he made the choices he did. This was quite an accomplishment since the choice Rone made was one that many people would find difficult to swallow. Still, given the experiences woven into the opening section of the book, we can understand Rone’s situation.Jump forward fifteen years, and Rone is living an entirely new stage in his life. He’s scarred from his youth and finds relationships challenging, but most of this is because he’d never truly let go of his feelings for his childhood best friend. During this time, we see Rone go through his medical stages and work to make a serious relationship work.When, in the last stretch of the story, his former life comes back to haunt him, I found myself riveted and unable to stop reading. I kept asking myself, “How can this author possibly make these reunions okay after all that’s happened?” Several chapters left me on the verge of tears, right up until I crossed the finish line and completed the story. No storylines were left open to interpretation. This book closes like a perfectly wrapped Christmas present.When selecting this book to read…and you should…keep these things in mind. The book is long and emotional. It is not something you can pick up and enjoy for a short time and then move on. It also isn’t a book you can skim. So much of the storyline occurs in the description that the dialogue takes a back-seat. It was tough to suspend my disbelief to accept some of Rone’s reasoning along the way, but each time I found myself questioning, “What reasonable person would do such a thing,” the author provides a down-to-earth scene where Rone acknowledges his own flaws. On the flip side, scattered throughout are scenes that are so evocative, conveying the story in a deeply sensory way. Those moments, and there were many of them, kept me forging ahead.Drama and angst at its finest, resolving in a delightfully happy ending. This book is a 5k, not a short jog around the lake. But it’s so worth the time.Reviewed by Taz for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-31 13:16

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 starsI want to start off this review by stating that all the royalties from this book’s sale will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for homeless youth. Based on the author’s note at the end of this story, the work this center does for the homeless youths who walk through their doors is nothing short of amazing, in my opinion.This is a feel good story. I will admit, I was rooting for Rone when he ran away and hoped there was a silver lining in the dark cloud of his life. With that said, this book reads like a gay version of Cinderella. Rone works hard at school to get the grades he needs to get into college and eventually medical school. He plays football to appease his father. Instead of doing things normal high school seniors do, Rone has to care for his younger brother most nights and weekends while his father works as the town’s police chief. When his father beats him for his sexuality, Rone escapes with little more than the clothes on his back and some money he has saved, only to find out that life on the streets is just as dangerous as being at home. But instead of finding himself at a ball, he finds himself at the Los Angeles GLBT Center for homeless youths where he meets his fairy godfather who helps Rone realize his dreams. While it makes for a nice story, the sad fact is that for many homeless youth, this is nothing more than a fantasy…so on the believability scale, this was more in line with being a fairytale. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more reality when it came to being a homeless teenager.Read Wendy’s review in its entirety here.

  • Cee Brown
    2019-01-09 11:55

    Two years after reading A White Coat Is My Closet, I am in awe of Jake Wells. My review of book one was I wanted less medicine and more guy relationship. With this book, I appreciated ever aspect of it. I understood the need to explain ever facet and the reason for it.One kiss was all it took to unravel several lives.Rone was a seventeen year old senior who fell in love with his best friend Carson. They had the type of friendship that should have lasted through the ages. An accident led to a kiss and Rone's homophobic father discovering them in the act. These events led to Rone's need to disappear. For fifteen years he made LA his home, finding a new family, love and discovering that fate was always on his side. His dream of becoming a Pediatric Surgeon was being realized, but live kept throwing him curved balls. Told from Rone's perspective, the readers were taken on a journey that contained highs and lows. At his lowest, he got a piece of home and restarted his life. 4 tearful drops and hoorays!!!"Sometimes love lasts. Not only in dreams, but in real life too." ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Cee from Alpha Book Club

  • Diverse
    2018-12-29 11:18

    This is the first Jake Wells book I’ve read and I have to say I am quite impressed. Sometimes Love Lasts wasn’t your typical romance. First off, it’s told entirely in Rone’s POV and it’s his story that spans over 17 plus years. He’s a couple weeks shy of 18 when he comes on scene. And he’s in his 30’s when it ends.Rone is pretty much the most perfect human being ever. He cares for his 5 year old brother, he deals with a bigoted father who shows him zero love, he’s a straight A student, he has the greatest best friends in this story, and he wants to be a pediatric surgeon. ANGEL!Rone’s dreams almost go up in smoke. Almost. Now, I’m pretty sure there was divine intervention on his behalf because when he finds himself homeless on the streets of LA what happens to him is fairytale-ish. It’s not very typical but it’s nonetheless magical and awesome.Taking this adventure with Rone was amazing. We watch him grow, experience, fall in and out and back into love again, we live his life with him and the bond between reader and character becomes so strong.I adored this book so much I can’t really put into to words what was my favorite part. It’s well written, fabulously researched, and entertaining. The emotions flow off the pages and I have to say I will read more of Jake Wells books.I highly recommend!

  • Aeren
    2019-01-03 11:08

    Lo admito, como el prota me caiga gordo acabo de mala leche. La narración no está mal pero Rone es ... débil? No sabría decir que es lo que le falta pero es como si me hubiese desconectado de la historia, no había nada creíble u orgánico. Sentí que todo el drama a lo largo de la novela era una sucesión de convenientes obstáculos seguidos de unas todavía más convenientes casualidades que iban despejando el camino de nuestro "heroe". Muy culebrón para mi gusto y eso que adoro los culebrones.

  • Jaymie
    2019-01-10 12:56

    3.5 Stars!I wanted to say I loved this story, the blurb was great and the beginning of the story had me riveted but in the end it fell a bit flat for me. CONTAINS SPOILERS!17 year old Rone Forrester runs away from his small town home and abusive father. Abandoning his 5 year old brother and best friend Carson after his father discovers he's gay Rone finds himself in Los Angeles. Basically homeless he quickly finds himself a place to stay, an unlikely friend and a job. Just when he's starting to feel like he's going to be okay his life takes a dangerous turn. Once again Rone finds himself in a precarious situation but before he can completely concede defeat he finds himself embraced by a local Teen LGBT center. From there he meets Nick, a wealthy benefactor and one of the centers board members. Nick gives Rone the opportunity to accomplish his dreams. Not only a place to live but school as well as a much needed father figure. 13 years later Rone is a successful pediatric surgeon and has his whole life ahead of him however he can't stop stop thinking about the Eli, brother he left behind and Carson the love he will never get over. After some disappointing relationships Rone isn't sure he'll ever be able to completely escape his past. I really enjoyed the story's premise however as far as the execution I was disappointed. I expected a little more grit, more rough and raw emotion and honestly more struggle. Rone was extremely lucky in his experience and really had luck on his side. I would have loved to see more of Carson and how he dealt with Rones disappearance. I feel that it would have greatly impacted the story. I also would have liked to see Eli growing up instead of quickly being told. I'm glad Rone and Carson got their HEA.

  • A.M. Leibowitz
    2018-12-24 09:05

    I enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy read with a likable narrator/main character. As far as I'm concerned, Rone was what made this book good. The plot was so-so, nothing spectacular. But I really liked Rone, and he was easy to root for.I found myself wondering what exactly the point was. If it was to highlight the problem of homeless LGBT youth, it didn't quite make it there. Rone has a pretty charmed life, actually, despite his three months or so of being homeless. I wouldn't say it's a typical experience of LGBT youth who have been kicked out or left home. There were definitely some moments which came across as judgmental toward homeless youth who don't have the advantages Rone has.This isn't really a traditional romance, even though it's listed as one. It's much more about Rone's journey to adulthood. I like stories which are less about the romance, so that was fine with me, and I liked a lot of the other things that happened. I appreciated the sweet happily ever after.I think the parts about homeless youth could have been left out and were only in there because this book is for charity (the proceeds go to a youth shelter). That part could have used more support and more research. Rone's experiences are hardly typical, and anyone looking for a hard-hitting story about LGBT youth on the streets of LA should find a different book to read.Rone himself gets 5 stars (I loved him). The story gets 3. It all averages out to 4 stars.I received a free copy via Inked Rainbow in exchange for an honest review.

  • Garry Tuckwell
    2018-12-24 06:09

    This is Jake Wells’ second novel and I loved it even more than the first. It had everything I wanted – a strong story with just the right blend of drama, angst and romance, and characters that evoked strong emotional responses. For me, good stories are always character driven. I want to care about the central characters and really get involved in their plight. This certainly wasn’t a problem in ‘Sometimes Love Lasts’. The main character, Rone, mirrored all of those desires and insecurities that will be so familiar to so many of us growing up and coming out. True, there were times I wanted to shake him and demand to know what on Earth he thought he was playing at but above all, I just wanted him to succeed and be happy. I cared enough about him to consider pushing that pile of work that was demanding my attention to the back of my desk and sneaking a few hours with my Kindle. As a good friend told me, you know the characters are good when they can be such a bad influence on you!As we’ve come to expect from Jake Wells, there is medical drama in abundance and it’s told with just the right blend of professional expertise and narrative pace to make it compelling. Above all though, this is a story about one boy’s/man’s journey to find true love and it’s impossible not to get swept away with it.

  • Lynnette Hartwig
    2018-12-23 05:59

    This book was about learning to accept who you are and standing up for yourself. This book was excellent and I fell in love with Rone. It does take time to get used to Jake Wells writing style but I feel that one you do you will really enjoy this book. It was exciting to see the situations that Rone encountered and all with hopes that that he would get his HEA. I also loved following him in his dream of going to med school. I loved when Conner and Rone meet again and enjoyed seeing Rone struggle to find his courage again and the struggle he was able to overcome. Overall this was a really great book even though many things happen off page. I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Daniel Torres
    2019-01-09 08:03

    I don't normally finish books this fast, but Rone made me pull for him and hope for him and kept me up way too late. Man, the characters in this book seemed like real people, not too perfect or despicable. The same feeling I got from watching the Wire on HBO. Minus the strong violence. Beware that you might lose a good chunk of your weekend.

  • Sylvia
    2019-01-13 10:01

    I Liked reading this story but I didn't Love it. I think Rone was a very lucky guy .

  • Michael Perkins
    2019-01-05 07:05

    In what is a fantastic tale of personal growth for the protagonist of this story, Sometimes Love Lasts is a fantastic read for all, whether gay, straight, or whatever your background may be. Rone, the main character, goes through so many phases that many of us face or have faced in the LGBT community, and while he faces many hardships and instances of self-doubt, his will and strength of character (combined with the care and generosity of perfect strangers) allows him to grow into an admirable and respectable human being.When reading any book, I have a bit of a checklist that helps me determine if it is a solid read. Those elements include believability, predictability, relatablity, complexity of character, and how well it keeps my attention. Needless to say, this book checked each of those boxes (and more!) thus not making it a good read, but a must read. The story is believable because characters such as Rone are not simply characters - there are gay youth with parallel struggles fighting their fights every second of every day. This story not only provides them some hope, but also shows them that, as cliche as this is going to sound, they are not alone.The story is unpredictable, which is exactly what you want when any story is being told. If you're calling what happens next far before it happens, yeah, it might not be worth reading. This book, however, throws a variety of pitches covering a range of emotions. Not only are there curveballs, but also sliders of self-doubt; cutters of heartache; and ultimately hangers that lead to grandslams of triumph. Finally, the story is not only relatable to those who struggle with their sexuality, but the complexity of the respective characters almost makes you a character yourself. You feel what these people feel; you hurt when they hurt; and you cry when they cry. Put simply, I couldn't put the book down once I started, and I had it read within a full single day. When you are watching what you're reading within your own mind as if it is a movie, you know the author has done something right. So, Jake Wells has definitely done something extraordinary here.Also, the proceeds from this book go to a tremendous cause; the author is so generous as to donate these proceeds to help LGBT youth in the Los Angeles area. On a personal note, while I won't blow too much more hot air, I must say that I know firsthand just how amazingly caring and generous Dr. Jake Wells is. He helped me in more ways than he'll ever know, and I'll never be able to repay him for pulling me through some incredibly tough times.As I have told him before, and as I'm sure anybody who knows him will attest to, he is a real life Superman. If you ever see him, watch out for that cape sticking out from his white coat.

  • Lena Grey
    2018-12-22 05:11

    “A heart truly in love never loses hope but always believes in the promise of love, no matter how long the time and how far the distance.” ~ AnonymousAfter Rone, of 'Sometimes Love Lasts' by Jake Wells, was seen kissing his best friend, Carson, whom he secretly loved, his bully of a father beat him badly and left him where he fell. Rone was convinced that his brash action had pushed Carson away forever and that his abusive father would surely kill him if he stayed. Rone makes a life-changing decision, runs away, and does whatever he can to hide from his father. The most difficult part of going is leaving his five-year-old brother, Eli, behind.It isn't too long before Rone begins to regret not putting more thought into his running away. He's soon faced with the reality of not having a high school education making it almost impossible to get a job. Rone misses Eli and Carson desperately, but tries to tamp down the feelings by reminding himself of why he couldn't stay. Fortunately, Rone makes a rather unlikely but nonetheless loyal friend, Madge, the woman who runs the hotel Rone wanders into looking for a room to rent. She recognizes that Rone isn't your typical runaway and takes him under her wing, ultimately helping him work toward his goal of being a pediatric surgeon.Rone, who was an A student before he ran away, finishes high school, college, and works hard through his medical courses and training. Even with all the good things that happen, it only takes one 'failure' to throw him back to before he ran away, hearing his voice telling him he's a failure and he will never amount to anything. Rone has a few failed romances. One in particular is with Mateo who lies to Rone and cheats on him. This breaks his heart, causing Rone to be more lonely than ever. Rone can't help but wonder about Carson, how he is, and what he's doing now. He finds it difficult to believe how much he still loves and misses him. Rone wonders if he will ever find someone he loves more than Carson.This is an endearing story about a young man who runs away from a life of disappointment and pain and, fortunately, is able to overcome adversity and still able to make his dreams come true. If you enjoy reading stories about new beginnings, love that lasts, and happy endings, then you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Jake, for allowing me to follow Rone's journey to happiness.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Tidal Ashburn
    2019-01-10 07:04

    This is the story of Rone Forrester he is successful in everything. He is a star athlete, anover-achiever at school, and perfect role model to his little brother Eli and also wants to be a doctor. The only thing that he cannot get and needs the most is his father’s approval. Rone’s father is abusive and horrific events force his hand to make a choice that costs him everything including his best friend Carson. That is where this book leaves other runaway stories in the dust.Rone ends up homeless living in Los Angeles. This story happens every day but this hopeful story shows that not every kid who runs away ends up working as a prostitute and becomes a drug addict; that is a predictable and easy story to tell. This is a different kind of story, one of hope, love, and compassion. This tells a tale of one of those dark moments when a person can no longer believe in themselves and needs someone to believe in them until doing it on their own becomes possible again. These stories happen too and those moments of extraordinary humanity change a person forever. This story is worth your time and it is one you will not soon forget either.This is honestly the most powerful book that I have read this year. This book has beautiful writing, splendid dialog, and well-developed characters that you cannot help but love. The end of the story blew me away and it showed that moments of character and integrity are choices. I did not find a moment that the story moved too slowly or that the message was lost in a heavy-handed or preachy approach. Lastly, I love a good happy ending. If someone has lived on the streets or known someone who has they will be touched by the depth and hope that this story offers. Marvelous possibilities occur when kids know that they are cared about and people give a damn about them.I realize that the royalties from the sales of this book benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center to help homeless youth. I am thrilled that the author is doing this; however, this honestly is not reflected in the enthusiasm and content of my review. I would have said exactly the same thing. I honestly love this book.

  • Queue
    2019-01-01 05:18

    3.5 starsFirst of all let me say Jake Wells is an awesome author. He has a magnificent way with words. He certainly tells a top notch story but there are times his words get in the way. He can be too wordy trying to include things that aren’t necessary to the overall story.Rone Forrestor is the main character here and we see him as a teenager growing through a mountain of shit and we see him as an adult living his life as a doctor.Rone’s teenage life is tough, there’s no doubt about that. His mother is dead and his father is a neglectful ass. Rone’s father seems to had taken a disliking to Rone when he was young. Why? We’re never told. Anyway, Rone’s father becomes physically abusive when he learns Rone is guy.Rone takes off and ends up in L.A. and this is where I had some issue with the story. I was expecting a realistic view of a young man on the streets and while Rone isn’t trouble-free things did come rather easy to him. He gets a job and a place to live immediately. Yeah he does get beat up but that leads him to the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he is taken care of and ends up taken in by a wealthy man. I understand the author’s desire to showcase the Center’s services and I admire his decision to donate all proceeds from the sale of the book, but what happened to Rone was more fairy tale than real life.That only slightly affected my enjoyment of the book. After I got over my issues with the realism I did get into Rone’s story of personal and professional troubles.One issues I have with Wells is that almost every character feels the need to share his or her backstory even if there never seen again. A lot of words could’ve been removed because it didn’t add anything to the back storyI enjoyed the ending even if I wished things had moved faster. I would’ve preferred to see Rone and his true love together for more of the book instead of just the end.I recommend this book wholeheartedly, just be prepared for some wordiness.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-01-09 05:21

    Rone is a high school senior and a football player. His best friend is Carter. Rone’s mother died and his father is chief of police in their small town but seems to hate Rone. Rone is responsible for all household duties and raising Eli, his five year old brother. Rone is gay but not out. He loves Carter but Carter is straight and going out with Lisa so that’s a dead end.One day Carter mentions his grandmother’s house needs many repairs including repainting. Rone suggests the two of them could paint it in two weekends. During the painting Carter reveals his dream to be an award winning architect and Rone discloses that his dream is to become a pediatric surgeon. Just as they are about to finish painting the house a critical life-altering event occurs that leaves Rone battered and results in his running away from home. Rone winds up homeless in Los Angeles where a series of incidents and the kindness of strangers result in him finding shelter first in a LGBT center and later in the home of a man who always wanted a son. Under Nick Bode’s mentorship Rone’s life turns around again. Over the next fifteen years he pursues his goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon. He often thinks of Carter and Eli but fears his father so much that he can’t bring himself to contact them. Rone has many successes as a doctor but when he loses a patient on the operating table he questions all of his life choices. When Rone is asked to help choose the design of a new LGBT center he meets the last person he ever expected to see again. There is a strong HEA ending, but I won’t reveal any of the details so as not to spoil the story. In an appendage to the book, Jake Wells reveals a most generous contribution to the homeless LGBT youth of Los Angeles, which we all can participate in:

  • Natosha Wilson
    2019-01-18 09:04

    This book right here touched my heart in so many different ways. There is so much heartache, guilt, feelings of hopelessness, hope, misery, acceptance, regret, and love all in this book. I found myself crying at times and then I found myself having hope that things will in deed work out. This book is so emotional that I could not put it down once I started reading it. And it was so realistic that I could picture these events taking place.Rome captured my heart from the very beginning of this book. I could understand the feelings he felt especially the helplessness and feeling like he had no where to turn. This man went from having a home with a little brother that he loved so much to being found out he was gay by his bigoted father to having nothing and no one. This is one exceptional man to be able to pick up the shattered pieces of his life and never give up hope.Carson is another man that is truly exceptional. He could have held against Rone the things that occurred in their past but he doesn't. Even when he is heart broken he still picks up the pieces and carries on with his life in hopes to one day know what really happened.This is truly a story about love concurring all and fate stepping in to right the wrongs of the past.Jake Wells did a superb job on this book and should definitely be proud of this book. It is truly an exceptional read.Was given this book for free from inked rainbow reads for an honest review

  • Pauline
    2018-12-28 11:15

    I really enjoyed this second book by Jake Wells. the only reason I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I felt he should've included a little about Rone's life with Nick. Rone Forrester has a hard time with his self image after being abused by his father following his mother's death. He makes a rash decision to leave home after his father catches him kissing his best friend. Whether he would've have survived had he stayed at home and found help there we'll never know but he quickly decides to leave with a barely constructed plan which of course lands him out of the frying pan and into the fire. Still, fate intervenes and Rone's life takes a turn for the better although true love eludes him. I won't spoil the story by telling you where he finds the lasting love he craves but suffice it to say he does. There's a brief appearance by Dr Zachary Sheldon so look out for that. It's a great read but no real sex so if that is your bag then this isn't for you. If you like a bit of angst and a bit of medical jargon then head right this way.

  • Mel Bradley
    2019-01-07 13:06

    Sometimes Love Lasts starts out really strong - the story is great, I absolutely fell in love with his main character, but then there are a few things that fall apart along the way. While the story does take place over a 17 year span, there wasn't a ton of character development over that time and the middle dragged (with a super rushed ending).What let me down the most though, was there were a ton of details, people, places, and conversations that had absolutely zero relevance to the story. It seemed like the pages were just being filled with a lot of nonsense to get to a certain word count. If the story would have been streamlined, removing all of the unnecessary conversations, etc., it would have been a 5 star story. One other thing that made me stumble along the way, was the way Rone "talked to himself." He was talking through the emotions he felt and then talking himself out of them - it seemed very insincere, and a case of telling the reader instead of showing the reader. I can't tell if this was a case of more editing needed or just a mismatch of the author's style.

  • A. Drew
    2018-12-26 13:06

    **** All the royalties from this book's sales will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for homeless youth ****My goodness, what a story. From the very beginning, it kept me on edge. It was powerful and made me tearful at times. Ron brought out my maternal instincts so much that I just wanted to bring him home!! Thank goodness I was not alone. Imagine, a homeless youth finding an amazing support network. That might have been Utopia for some but for this story it was just perfect. It helped Ron's dream to come true which culminated in a beautiful finale.The plot was awesome. I loved how it evolved and revealed itself at the end. I loved Ron's voice. I am hooked on Jake Wells' voice as a writer too. From now on, I shall make sure his stories are on my 'must read' list.

  • Tammy
    2019-01-11 05:22

    I wonder what took me so long to read this book!For me this is Rone's story all the way. His past is very traumatic for a 17 year old. After leaving home he runs to California and meets some awesome people that really want to help him along the way. He changes his name and goes back to school. He does become the pediatric surgeon that he has always wanted to be. By a chance meeting he comes face to face with Carson Harrington again. Carson has become the architect that he wanted to be! The epilogue tied up all the loose ends so well. I really enjoyed this book.

  • Ike Mendoza
    2019-01-03 13:01

    A touching novel about love that was lost and can be found again. How each of us are really connected with only a small degree of separation. Reading this book was like watching my favorite movies when i was growing up -- it will make you care for the characters, cry during certain chapters and hoping for the very best. You won't be disappointed.

  • Zane Kage
    2018-12-28 12:06

    3.5 stars