“The world’s an awfully big thing to carry by yourself.”
Zack lost his job, his apartment, and his hope, which is why he ends up on the roof of a high rise, certain that one final step will solve his problems. But a mysterious stranger named Rob happens to be on the roof that night too. He talks Zack down, convincing him there’s still hope left in the world. Zack thinks maybe he’s right, which is why he’s shocked when he turns on the news the next morning to find out Rob jumped himself. Disturbed and confused, he searches for answers, starting with Rob’s brother Tommy Rayburn.
It’s been Tommy’s job to take care of his brother since they were kids, taking the blows from their father so Rob wouldn’t have to. Tommy thought he could protect him, even if it meant carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Considering Rob threw himself off a building, he obviously couldn’t.
Then he meets Zack, a friend of Rob’s who’s suspiciously evasive about how they knew each other. But they’re both grieving and determined to find out why Rob jumped. Answers don’t come easily, and soon they’re soothing each other with sweat-slicked, passionate encounters. Hot as things get in the bedroom, it doesn’t take them long to realize there’s more between them than mind-blowing sex and their pain. But the heaviness is still there, threatening to pull them under, and if they can’t open up with each other to lighten the load, the weight just might be enough to crush them both.
Weight of the world is one of those rare find books that pack a emotional punch, hot as fu$k sex scenes but has a gripping story to back it up and keep the pages turning so fast your kind of sad when you reach the end.
The blurb pretty much lays the land for the book, but there are so many emotions worked into the pages you get a big case of the feels.
Zack and Tommy go through feeling hopeless and guilt, but together they learn to live again, to forgive and have acceptance. Zack finds hope and Tommy realises that life is more than just being disciplined and work, he learns to dance and laugh to share the burden with another.
This book is about more than Zack and Tommy, Rob plays such a huge part within this story and the part that were told from his POV really gelled this whole book together for me.
The epilogue man that broke me in two and glued me back together again.
A fantastic read highly recommended.