Aww, I really adore All I See by Nell Iris. Nell has a knack for writing short stories – probably has a knack for writing longer stories too, but I’ve only read short ones so far LOL.
Theo Mower and Kieran O’Riordan have been a couple for five years, but they’ve hidden it for everyone since Kieran’s family isn’t the accepting kind. Theo knew that going into the relationship, and he doesn’t doubt Kieran’s love for him for a second, but attending Kieran’s brother’s wedding makes him realise he wants to be able to stand in front of friends and family with his lover by his side too.
Seeking out a quiet spot to get his emotions in check, Theo is surprised when Kieran comes to find him and stands way too close for being out in public. Turns out Theo isn’t the only one affected by the wedding.
I loved this so much, and not only because Theo bakes when he’s stressed – all sane people do…or at least I do. The connection between Kieran and Theo is strong, the love undeniable, but, sadly, love doesn’t conquer everything no matter how much we wish it would.
Kieran has to make a choice. Will he risk his relationship with his parents and possibly his career to be able to hold his lover’s hand in public? Both of them know the O’Riordans won’t accept Theo into the family.
Openly gay, overly sensitive, cries-too-much-for-his-own-good Theodore Mower, with mannerisms that are too swishy, a voice that’s too soft, and a giggle that’s too loud and bubbly. I’m only tolerated by Mr. and Mrs. O’Riordan because Seamus and I have been best friends since we were kids, and by the time people realized I wasn’t going to outgrow the swish, it was too late to do anything about our friendship. But even if the O’Riordans would be okay with Kieran being gay—which they wouldn’t—they would never accept me as his partner.
Heartbreaking, but full of hope!
Theo and Kieran have been together for five years. They’re very happy … behind closed doors. Theo accepted from the start that Kieran isn’t out to his conservative parents and has a lot to lose if they find out about his sexuality.
But a moment of sadness at a wedding changes things. Theo is faced with a decision: live the rest of his life in secret … or break it off with Kieran.
Or is there a third alternative?