Book Reviews

You & Me by Tal Bauer

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 09-May-2022

Book Blurb

We're a puzzle made of two pieces.

Landon Larsen is the envy of all the dads in Last Waters, Texas. He's cool, confident, and put together. He and his son—the high school's all-star quarterback—have the perfect father-son relationship. He's such a Super Dad, it's almost sickening.

I'm not cool, or confident, and my relationship with my son couldn't be worse. He's barely speaking to me, and a year after my wife died, we're both clinging to the wreckage of our family.

Landon's son and mine are best friends and—of course—Landon is the football Team Dad. And though I know nothing about football, Landon convinces me to volunteer to be closer to my son. Volunteering might give him and me a chance to rebuild what's broken between us. Now I'm spending all my free time with the team—and with Landon—and the more we're together, the deeper our friendship grows. My son is opening up, too, little by little. I think I'm getting him back.

There's just one giant problem.

I'm head over heels for Landon.

I've never been attracted to men in my life... until him. Landon draws me in without even trying, and the harder I fight this, the deeper I fall.

Crushing on my son's best friend's father must be my biggest parenting failure ever, but I can't get enough of Landon. Falling for him puts each fragile moment I've rebuilt with my son at risk. What would he think if he knew I craved his best friend's dad? I'm playing with fire, but I can't turn off these feelings Landon has unlocked inside of me.

Of course, a guy like Landon could never fall for someone like me. It's pointless to even imagine we could be something together.

So why did I just kiss him?

Book Review

“Love sees no gender, status and age actually love doesn't look at all because love FEELS.” ~ Reymon Iglesia


A year ago, Luke Hale’s not-so-great marriage ended with his wife’s sudden death. Along with that loss, his relationship with his son, Emmett, which was tenuous at best, has fallen to an all-time low. His inability to connect with his son is killing him, but he doesn’t know how to fix it until he meets Emmett's best friend’s dad, Landon. Landon is everything that Luke isn’t: self-assured, in tune with his son’s life, and very handsome. Luke could never have imagined how meeting Landon would change his life.


One of the ways Luke tries to renew his relationship is through Emmett’s love of football, but Luke’s mom was the one who went to his games. Now that she’s gone, that link is lost. Luke has no idea what the game involves, making it virtually impossible to bond with Emmett in this way, but he still tries. When Landon observes that he’s struggling, he takes it upon himself to help Luke understand the game. Luke explains his total lack of knowledge of the game, and Landon starts “tutoring” him about it. Since Luke tells him that he wants to be more involved, Landon suggests that he join the team’s parent supporter group. Feeling unsure, but willing to try just about anything, Luke agrees.


As Luke spends more time with Landon, they become good friends. They enjoy each other’s company while they do ordinary, but meaningful things like attending art shows, farmer’s markets, watching television and, of course, attending their sons’ football games. In the meantime, Emmett notices his father’s increasing efforts to support him and slowly, but surely, begins to open up to his father again. Each small step closer to each other delights Luke. Even though Luke has always thought of himself as straight, inexplicably, he begins to have strong emotional and physical reactions toward Landon. When they get to be too much, Luke acts upon them and kisses him! Landon is shocked, pushes him away, and leaves him there to find his own way home. Luke is devastated, but his feelings are too strong to let go. In an attempt to save their friendship, he decides to confront Landon, but Luke isn’t sure Landon will want to see him.


‘You and Me’ presents a great premise: it’s not the gender we fall in love with, but the person. When you find someone with whom you “fit”, that’s all that matters. Following Luke’s journey was both heart wrenching and gratifying. I fell in love with Landon right away. Taking Luke under his wing endeared him to me immediately. The big reveal was surprising, but explained a lot about Luke, why he was suffering so much and how withholding the truth from Emmett about his mom’s took its toll. Add all that together, along with improving my football knowledge, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Thanks, Tal for an emotional read.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 382 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-March-2022
Price $4.99 ebook
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