When Love is Not Enough by Wade Kelly

Title: When Love Is Not Enough
Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 315
Characters: Darian, Jaime, Matt
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 5+


A six-year downward spiral into a world of lies and deception leads to the end of one man’s life when self-discovery crosses the line between being the perfect son or following his heart.

Jimmy Miller never intended to lead a double life starting the day he fell in love with Darian, but his parents’ divorce, fighting in school, and constantly keeping secrets for his closeted best friend and protector, Matt, force his hand. Jimmy finds the demands too great to withstand and ends it all prematurely, leaving behind an angry best friend and a shattered lover.

Matt and Darian cling to one another in the aftermath of their loss, forging a new friendship immediately tested by the truths of their relationships with Jimmy that are hidden in the pages of Jimmy’s journals. Will Matt and Darian discover what truly happened to their friend? And will this tragedy birth something beautiful between them as they learn the balance between life, family, and friendship when love is simply not enough?

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.


Wade Kelly has set a new benchmark for the writing of emotions. ‘When Love Is Not Enough’ brought every emotion to the fore and dazzled, in a way that I have only ever seen from the likes of Jodi Picoult. It has been some time since I have read a title that has had so much true, raw emotional turmoil as to make my heart physically hurt for the characters.

It is a rare author who can describe such immense feeling with so much clarity and truth. This title has moved me personally. I was thrown from sadness to anger, from relief to happiness, and from joy to elation, all the while being swept along in a fast paced and ‘real’ plot.

This work was not only a piece that kept me reading long into the night, but also reiterated a lot of Gay issues that are still prevalent in society today the world over. It is a coming of age story of the most genuine kind. The hardship, the confusion, the fear of rejection and the coming to one’s wits end all play major roles in this story.

The style of the story was also alluring, written in both the past and present, keeps the reader clawing the pages (or in my case, hitting my Kindles’ next page button like a madman) to find out what happens next.

All in all, from a heartbreaking story of one young man’s coming out and his questionable family life, to the love he experiences and the choices he has to make, this story, in my opinion is a ‘must read’.

Reviewed By: Justin James

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