Rock by Anyta Sunday – REVIEW

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When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.

Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

And then …

There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.

All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.


Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close … friendship.

Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers…


But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?

Under pressures of the heart?


★★★★★4.5 Stars★★★★★

Amazing, I absolutely loved this book. A coming of age story which spans from high school to adulthood.

Set in New Zealand, Rock centres around Connor and Jace, who are thrown together when Connor’s dad leaves his family to move in with the love of his life, Jace’s mum.

Whilst his sister, Annie, is not so keen to integrate with her new family, Connor misses his dad and is keen to find out why the new family are better than his. As a coping mechanism, he collects rocks that he finds, and associates each one with a memory. I found this was wonderfully interwoven into the story, usually I hate too many hard facts in my stories but this worked so well.

He quickly forms a tentative relationship with Jace, and behind the scowling and mild hostility, there is a kinship which grows as the years go by. You can feel the longing and the hesitancy that lingers and you can’t help but feel like shouting from the rooftops to champion for these characters.

This book pulled at my heartstrings, it’s not only about the developing love between two men, but the family that surround and support them, it was simply beautiful. One of my favourite m/m reads to date.

About the Author

A born and raised New Zealander, Anyta Sunday has been exploring the literary world since she started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Inspired, stories have been piling up in her head ever since. Fast forward to her mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), and she started putting pen to paper. When she’s not writing or chasing her kid around, she’s reading, hiking, watching a Joss Whedon series, attempting pilates, or curling up with her two cats.


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