The Charlie Factor (Beach Duo, #1)
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The Charlie Factor (Beach Duo #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  783 ratings  ·  92 reviews
One, recovering from near deadly injuries; the other, unaware of what he’s been missing in his life. What one man can do, may heal them both.

Charlie Baker is recovering, slowly. Nearly dying tends to make a man reflect on each day. Take into account that his injuries were caused by a premeditated murder attempt, and he certainly isn’t looking for a lover. He is barely welc...more
ebook, 182 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Purple Sword Publications, LLC (first published March 17th 2011)
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Cole Riann
I've meant to read this for quite a while now. I originally put it off for the angst factor, but it ended up not being nearly as angsty as I expected. I liked both characters even though Charlie pissed me off sometimes, and I absolutely adored Gregory.

I think that there were two things that made this work for me, even though I did end the story thinking it was just very good, rather than wonderful:

1) The GFY plot is difficult to sometimes pull off, if I believe I'm supposed to take it seriously,...more
Feb 09, 2012 Xandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
The one thing that I’m sure everyone agrees upon is that Greg is a freaking awesome guy. I’m not a big fan of GFY stories, but if they all had a character like Gregory, I’d easily become one.
So, what makes Gregory so amazing? It’s not his golden blond hair, his warm brown eyes or his sexy body. Well, those too, but it’s more than that. It’s his personality and the way he deals with problems and unexpected feelings.

One day at the beach he meets Charlie and the two of them start being friends, de...more
Oh, Gregory, Gregory, Gregory. You stole my heart in this one. I've never met a character like you, epecially not in a GFY story. You knew what you wanted and, not caring what package it came in, you went after it with all your heart. I liked Charlie, but I loved you Gregory.

This is the story of a damaged gay man and a lonely straight man. But, honestly, that is simplifying it way too much. Charlie is an ex fire fighter who was almost killed by his ex lover. Gregory is a straight man who moved...more
This has a strong hurt and comfort theme. Gregory meets and befriends Charlie, a man terribly hurt, both physically and emotionally.

Gregory finds himself with feelings towards Charlie that he has never felt before. "It's like something that was missing has finally clicked, but I never knew it was missing to begin with because I've never been in this situation." He has always considered himself straight. It takes one of his friends to give him the push needed to explore these feelings.

"Maybe the...more
Nika (Off to Neverland)
A cute story about a man who has to cope with a damaging past and another who has to cope with a new attraction.

Charlie Baker had the life he'd always wanted. He was a firefighter with a good team, and he had someone whom he loved. But that life shattered the day that his lover drugged him and set the house on fire, trying to make it seem as if Charlie had committed suicide. Charlie managed to survive that night, but his whole life changed. He lost his job, he lost his friends, and he had to lea...more
Apr 29, 2011 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Charlie, a former firefighter, is recovering from nearly dying in a fire set by his ex. He needs to walk with a cane, is badly scarred, his leg damaged, and can never work again. To top it off, once his coworkers found out he was gay they pretty much shunned him. He's moved to the beach and one day Gregory's dog comes over to say hi. Charlie is stand-offish, but when Greg helps him avoid a sink-hole they become friends even though Greg is straight. Charlie is attracted for the first time since t...more
3.5 stars

It's a gay for you story ... I like Charlie as a "tortured" hero (what can I say, I love me some angst hero who is not too whiny :p) is make up for good storyline. I like following his story, trying to rebuild his life again after the attempt murder by his ex-boyfriend. Even if he starts as someone who seems in too deep with his scars (physically and mentally) but at the end of the story, he seems to heal good.

While Greg, even if he starts off first by telling Charlie that he is straig...more
Another exciting read from this author. I tend to love the unrealistic Gay For You trope reads. This one seems to try to make more sense of the trope than most. Both Charlie and Greg are the masculine-type men, that makes this hot read flammable. LOTS of sex, but isn't that what makes people fall in love? It's the chemistry, and these two have lots of chemistry. I'm going for a glass of wine and a cigarette now....more
The first half of the book was really good. Then they got together and starting calling each other baby and babe all the time. And there was so much gratuitous sex that I skipped so many pages because of it. I like the moments more when they're just being a couple and happy. Sex is nice, but not so important that it takes over the entire rest of the book.
Some readers may be put off by the fact that this is GFY, but don't be. The author made considerable effort to deal with this particular theme. Not only in terms of the protags, but also the reactions of their families and friends. Quite a different approach and worth the read for that alone.
The Charlie Factor reminded why I usually skip books with injured characters. They let those injuries define who they are. They hide behind them and use them as an excuse to close themselves off. Charlie almost lost his partner because he let his insecurities cripple him. During their fights, I sometimes hoped it would be their last one. Whatever Gregory did, he couldn't make Charlie believe in his love for him. Charlie thought so little of Greg and it made me feel sorry for him. It didn't seem...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
A Whipped Cream 'BEST BOOK'!

“Charlie would happily drop to his knees and nuzzle what lay behind zipper number one.” What a sentence to latch on to when it comes to reading a hot M/M narrative. The Charlie Factor is a love story that played on my heart as a reader and prevented me from laying the book down until the end. Gregory was experienced in the art of lovemaking, just not with a man, but when he falls for Charlie, he is more than willing to learn how to make him happy.

The first thing to c...more
The development and sentence structuring are off and are distracting to me. Plus, I'm just kinda bored; it's not pulling me in, not resonating, not holding or providing any emotional depth. What Charlie's ex did to him is horrific, yes, but the writing doesn't really allow me to feel it. Then, too, my mind keeps taking me back to the similar and superbly written The Rebuilding Year and this one isn't cutting the mustard in comparison.

While not terrible, this book isn't arresting and I just coul...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
I chose this book because I was in the mood for something achingly romantic but not too sugar sweet. I suppose this fit the bill, but the writing was just so bad I couldn't enjoy it. I mean, I've certainly read worse, but... yeah. It didn't do much for me.

I'm usually one to enjoy terms of endearment, but the overuse of the words "babe" and "baby" had me near vomiting here. There were also a lot of fights/break-ups that were based on nothing at all. They made no sense. And the 0-60 of the gay for...more
This book was good, but not great. There was too much internal dialogue. I am okay with people thinking, but geeze! The book was also in the POV of both the MC's. I love this, but you need to make it clear what POV you are coming from. Sometimes I was so confused I had no idea who was speaking. Also it felt almost like the author started some thoughts mid-sentence, as if Greg and Charlie had a conversation going that only they were privy to (sort of like having an internal joke between friends)....more
Chancey Knowles
3.5 Stars. Sweet. A tad slow for me in places. Unlike a lot of people, I read Glitter first immediately followed by this book. (Glitter = Prequel that came out after the 1st 2 books in this series). I absolutely LOVED it. That is relevant because the only places I got thrown out of this story were during J & L's backstory ( Glitter's m/c's & the grooms in this one). There seemed to be some inconsistencies that just kind of threw me dealing with them. It is understandable since they didn'...more
The plot had premise and the characters were likable. Unfortunately, most of the book is sex and the dialogue combined with the sheer amount of terms of endearment was not for me. Who says, "I"m going to make you shatter, sexy baby?" during sex?
Charlie pisses me off an I haven't quite forgiven him yet, even if I understand his reasons. Greg is delicious, though he forgives easily. I would have loved more groveling.

And Elizabeth. I haven't read het in a while, but I would love to read her story.
Very good m/m romance about a former firefighter slowly recovering after nearly dying in a murderous fire. He's befriended by a straight guy who finds himself developing very confusing feelings for his new friend.
Tamarrion Lash
Главному герою периодически очень хочется дать по шее, чтобы он наконец-то перестал ныть высокохудожественно страдать и таки занялся делом, но в остальном все достойно.
♡♥Ang ♥♡
3.6 I really wanted to love love this but Charlie Charlie Charlie annoyed me cos I loved loved Greg so much!!
I quite enjoyed this book. We have Charlie, who is pretty brutally injured but healing who meets, on a lonely stretch of beach, Greg and his loveable dog Samson.

This is a pretty gentle read not a lot happens except guys working through their issues and their attraction. I did enjoy it but there were a couple of times when Charlie's issues seemed pretty forced and the way he acted was tremendously frustrating.

On one of the themes. (view spoiler)...more
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Diana DeRicci has written a powerful story about friendship, pain, love and heartbreak in The Charlie Factor. After being drugged and almost dying in a fire deliberately set by his ex-lover, Charlie Baker has retreated, too scarred and distrustful of anyone to deal with life. Gregory Anders and his dog Samson slowly, but surely drawn Charlie out of his shell with acceptance and friendship. Greg is totally shocked when he realizes that his feelings for Charlie have deepened into a lot more than f...more
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The Charlie Factor definitely struck a chord with me. It is a pleasantly written book, although the word choice seemed a bit too much at times, and the story flows rather smoothly if predictable. The angst and drama weren't too over the top and, generally speaking, the book was a good and entertaining read, not too long, not too short.

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CHARLIE FACTOR is one of those feel good stories that leaves you with a smile at the end. The writing is tight, the story flowed smoothly and the characters are multi-dimensional. What I loved about this book was the characters. They were life like, enjoyable and relatable. The main character Charlie is a man who is afraid to live life again so he hides away from everyone, seemingly alone in the world and that is just the way he likes it. Meeting Greg and his dog Samson was not on his to do list...more
Deja Black
So, I had this book on ice for a while. I knew I wanted to read it from the sample, but I decided to wait. Wow! Let me say "Wow!" again. A truly beautiful book, I felt this one touched so many places in my soul. I really felt for Charlie. His fear to move on was written realistically and was in no way "over-the-top". Greg's discovery of himself greatly complimented Charlie and seemed so very authentic, his need to love evident and inspiring. The sex scenes? Oh my! Different! I am certain if I lo...more
Smith Barney
Knock me over with a fervent feather..that's 2 for 2 writers slinging smut talk during fornication in 2 days.

Somebody pinch me.

In a nut:
Enjoyed Gregory.
Enjoyed the nasty smut-smack {f' to my ears}
Enjoyed DOG {grabs dogs face-muah-big-kiss-muah-who's a good dog-who gets big kisses-good dog does-muah}

Charlie. No wonder Garen tried to off him.

The writer didn't give the reader much to work like Charlie..other than melancholy and melodrama. Not much else there in cha...more
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Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story.

Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal.
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