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Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson
Published: May 21, 2018 by Riptide Publishing
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Identical twins Aiden and Max Kingsman have been a matched set their whole lives. When they were children, Aiden was happy to follow his extroverted brother’s lead, but now that they’re in college, being “my brother, Aiden” is starting to get old. He’s itching to discover who he is outside of his “twin” identity.
Oliver’s goals for the summer are simple: survive his invasive family, keep his divorced parents from killing each other, and stay in shape for rowing season. He’s thrilled when he runs into his old friends, the Kingsman twins, especially Aiden, the object of a childhood crush. Aiden is all grown-up, but some things have stayed the same: his messy curls, his stability, and how breathless he makes Oliver. Oliver’s crush comes back full force, and the feeling is mutual. Summer just got a whole lot hotter.
Fun-loving Max takes one thing seriously: his role as “big brother.” When Aiden drifts away, Max can’t understand how his own twin could choose a boy over him. Summer won’t last forever, and with friendship, family, and happily ever after on the line, they’ll have to navigate their changing relationships before it’s too late.
I absolutely adored Fourteen Summers and Quinn Anderson is a master at writing fun, sweet, and sexy romances. I was immediately sucked into the writing and wanted to just keep reading because I needed to know how things would work out. For this book, we actually get Max’s point of view in addition to Aiden and Oliver’s and this really helped me understand all the relationship dynamics going on. You see, Max is the outgoing, loud, and rowdy twin that has always been in charge of everything, including this brother. I was really impressed that Anderson was able to write Max’s POV so that I was annoyed with Max but also charmed at the same time. All things said, I actually really loved Max’s character and yes, he acts like an immature child a few times but he’s also really funny, goofy, and so true to himself. I would love to have Max’s story someday especially considering some of Max’s actions and thoughts throughout the book.
“If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.”
As the twins have gotten older, Aiden has started to bristle under the weight of Max’s more prominent personality and spending time with Oliver is the perfect catalyst that sets things on this rocky journey. Aiden might be the quieter twin but I really related to his dorkier side and his awkward, blushing moments when he’s first reunited with Oliver were so cute. Aiden has never been in a relationship so he’s not really sure how to handle the sudden appearance of his hormones. Oliver is the perfect match for Aiden because he’s still introverted but a bit more outgoing and he’s not afraid to say exactly what he’s thinking when it comes to Aiden. These two were just too cute together and they epitomize that rush of feelings you get when you fall in love for the first time.
This was so much fun from start to finish and I loved all three guys even when they were making mistakes. Each character is written uniquely with their own triumphs and struggles. I happen to be an only child so I was thrown by some of the twin’s fights but even under the anger, you could tell it was all out of love for each other and the fear that one day they wouldn’t have the same close relationship they’ve had up to that point. I also really enjoyed each set of parents who were nicely fleshed out for side characters. The cherry on this sugary sweet cake was definitely the epilogue which was a perfect ending.
5 stars – loved it!
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review