Nervous Kid by Colin Dereham

Nervous Kid is a second chance at love! Reunited after twenty years. Realistic, raw and gritty read. 

From the blurb:

As a young college graduate, Ryan Underwood's mother's impulsive choices destroyed the Brazilian Duarte family, scattering them across the globe.

When they reunite sixteen years later, the children from both sides of the family meet for the first time. Tentative connections are explored, relationships develop and a fragile family unit starts to form. Life looks rosy again for the Underwood-Duartes, until Mrs. Underwood's actions send a rift through them once more, tearing the siblings apart for over twenty years.

Eventually, the brothers reconnect through tragedy. Broken homes, broken dreams and broken promises have festered in their lives as they tried to create families of their own. But now, for the first time, they finally have a chance to build the relationship they’ve always needed.

“Nervous Kid” is a brutally frank depiction of contemporary gay life, with laughter, tears, burning love and a whole lot of heart.

Please note: this book contains strong adult themes, sexual scenes and violence.

Janet's Review:

Nervous Kid is the story of Ryan and Dominic who have loved each other since they were teenagers. But family issues tore them apart and they’re reunited twenty years later. Their connection and chemistry is immediately reignited and they fall deeper in love. 

This story had a lot of emotions rolling through me. Heartache and plot twist and turns will have you in tears. Ryan’s past with Owen just about broke me. 

Nervous Kid is realistic, raw and gritty and full of powerful emotions. The steam was off the charts. Overall, a fantastic read with emotional highs and lows. Well written with addictive pacing.

Rating: 5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

Another exhilarating, realistic storyline from our favorite teddy bear! Colin has once again delivered an intense, down-to-earth and sexually explicit novel, with practical characters and their own genuine issues.  I have always loved the constructive relationships, the ups and downs, the reality and harshness that two people in love can endure. 

“ᴊᴇꜱᴜꜱ, ɪ ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ɪ’ᴍ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ɢᴏɴɴᴀ ꜱᴛᴏᴘ ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜ!”

Ryan and Dominic have such a pure and raw passion, destined to be together but then tore apart because of life’s circumstances. Living their separate lives eventually brings them back together, just with baggage, demons, and turmoil. The way Colin depicts these issues will break your heart because they are events that occur every day. 

“𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣—𝙢𝙮 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙢𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚.”

I absolutely love how Colin was able to take taboo and sensitive topics, turning them into a learning experience. Regardless of how the reader takes the story point, the appreciation for the effort put forth to deliver a passionate story of two hearts finding a way through the obstacles placed in their path, is the definition of true love.  

Rating: 5 Stars

Nervous Kid is available to buy as an ebook and paperback.