‘Boys aren’t pretty and boys don’t like boys.’
These words have followed Eike Nylund his whole life, they are the resonating reminder of an older brother lost in a tragic fire which claimed his entire family and nearly claimed him.
‘Boys who like boys get into trouble.’
Once a competitive swimmer accepted into college on the sole merits of his ability, Eike has quit the pool and is struggling to begin a new life, in a new State and a new college, all while hiding a very personal secret.
Until, that is, he meets Damon King: Captain of the swim team and Eike’s link back to the water. Damon, son of a wealthy businessman, popular and spectacular, has an electrifying effect on Eike he has difficulty in hiding, and Damon appears not only to like him but to trust him as a confidante and friend.
Is it possible to wash away the scars of the past and trust in a new future? Does Damon know his secret? And if not, what happens if he finds out?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tai Le Grice was born in Belgium to Dutch parents, immigrated to New Zealand in 1973 and has lived there ever since. Married once, she has three now-adult children, numerous informally ‘adopted’ children and two grandchildren.
Tai writes her characters from experience, if not necessarily her own then from the many, many people she has encountered through the course of a complex and nomadic life. Tai moved regularly throughout her childhood and experienced the traumas of always being ‘the new kid’. She has been in a huge variety of jobs and careers since striking out on her own, from a brief incursion into the Army, through to owning and operating an equestrian centre, farm-work, tourism, security work as a Corrections Officer (in the prison service) and, finally, as a solo-parent, not only to her own children but to all their friends as well.
Today, Tai finds herself living in a small West Coast New Zealand town where she moved with the sole intent of seeing whether her life-time passion for writing could become a new career.