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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  49 reviews
This is the original free on-line edition and is no longer available. It was taken down for publication.

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ebook, 187 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Self Published

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Vio
4.5 stars
A wonderful surprise and a great free read. I'm so happy it was recommended to me because it was better than I expected, all due to the prickly voice of James and his very appealing sarcastic wit. I adored him and his weirdo ways, he might be a mess but what a cute mess and worth all the trouble. Turkish and James were an absolute hit for me and I loved their relationship woes, very entertaining. I was amused numerous times throughout, its a gem of find and even better than a lot of pub
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Ami
Jul 22, 2014 Ami rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ami by: Kate
THIS IS REVIEW FOR THE FREE (AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE) VERSION

If this opinion is RAMBLING or GUSHY, I apologize beforehand.

This free story has been on my radar for awhile, since it IS listed on Favorite Unpublished M/M Stories. However, I haven't really given a lot of attention to online fiction before this time. It's only because I get the M/M slump over the published stories that I start to look for the free stuffs.

Written in 1st person POV (present tense), James is one of those neurotic chara
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MandyM
3.75 stars. Free online romance about James, an uptight and very insecure art gallery assistant, and the cruisy, artistic, and very annoying Turkish.

The book starts off with some great scenes between James and Turkish, where Turkish (a photographic artist who is a client of the gallery) is being unreasonably demanding and James is having to suffer in silence and put up with his outlandish and absurd demands. But finally one day James has had enough and tells Turkish exactly what he thinks of his
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Akansha
Super-cute, that's the word that comes to mind when I think about this story.

It is a sweet and straightforward romance between the adorably prickly and grumpy narrator of the story James, an art gallery assistant and the laid back and eccentric photographer, Turkish. James is one of those intellectual and judgmental people who hides his vulnerabilities and fears behind an abrasive mask and rapier wit. He never lets his guard down for fear of getting hurt and therefore by extension doesn't get ro
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Td
Stories like this make me wonder why I don't explore online fic more often. A delightful story with a slow believable build-up and so much more. I felt like I truly got to know James and Turkish as they got to know each other and I couldn't help the big, goofy grins all throughout their story. It was fun, sarcastic, adorable and sweet...without the sap. An online gem.
Simsala
3,75 stars

Already several good and thought-out reviews here so I don`t have to...

I had a rocky start with Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Prima-Donna.
I thought the author tried too hard to make them opposites and went a bit overboard in their characterizations.
On top of that not a small amount of typos and kind of a hyphen-mania distracted me all through the first part of the story but it was nice (oh, the dreaded word...) enough to keep me reading.
Shortly after 50% it happened - I started giggling and late
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MsMiz (Tina)
3.7 - At the end of this all, I absolutely loved it. The title is horrible, yet I understand it. James, you just want to hate him, but you know his snarky hate is just a protection mechanism and he really is a sweet socially inept geek that is just to smart. Turkish/Yusef is a shinning star, smarter than you think he is and just a delight. Would like him to be my friend. This story is uncomplicated and tells a plain old love story of James and Turkish. There are bumps and thank GOD Turkish is pa ...more
Deeze
Mixed feelings on this one, more a 2.5


While I enjoyed parts of this story, I also found myself bored in places. James started off as a fun quirky guy, but then had bouts of whining that got a bit repetitive. Turkish was sweet but I found his use of the word man at the end of sentences didn’t fit with my image of him and brought to mind a laid back surfer rather than a high maintenance artist. But that’s a personal niggle.

Overall a sweet angst free story, with touches of humour from James, when h
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Miriam
It wasn't that memorable but I liked it. I just felt that there was more that could be done to highlight the good and bad points of Turkish's and James' relationship.

The main characters were great- Blue GhostGhost gave them a lot of depth. I could almost believe if I walked past an art gallery one day, I can see James and Turkish walking hand in hand. I liked them together even though they were complete opposites. James is this grumpy, commitment phobic guy who's extremely hard to impress while
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Bree Cheese
Very sweet and straightforward free-online romance between a young gallery assistant and a high maintenance artist. Really great connection between the the two characters.
Bee
This is yet another story that hovers between four and five stars for me. I can’t quite put my finger on why I won’t give it that last star because the story is really good, and the writing too…but as always I go with my gut. It’s pretty close though, so don’t give this story a miss because of it!

James works in an art gallery. He’s not sure about what he wants to do with his future, and he’s not really happy where he is right now. He’s especially not happy with one of the artists he has to work
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Cindi
4.5 stars

I've been reading a lot of fanfiction lately and it seems like all of the stories I've read have centered around teenagers. This one (thankfully) did not.

James works at an art gallery. Turkish is a difficult photographer that James has to deal with a lot. James feels inadequate in his life and in regards to himself (no self-esteem) and his way of dealing with that is by coming across as rude to just about everyone. Turkish is laid back but a true pain when it comes to his photography. H
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SueM
A very good online M/M romance story featuring James, a nerdy art-history major with biting wit, and Turkish (Yusef), a photographic artist. They meet when James, working in a commercial art gallery, prepares Turkish's latest collection to be shown. Sparks fly when they meet, but not in a good way; Yusef comes across as a rather egotistical artist who is constantly changing his mind about how his pieces are to be named, framed, and placed, and as a result, drives James completely batty. Finally ...more
Anke
Awesome story line!!!! At first I though it would be super cliche and the photographer, Turk, would only be a really hot dude who was totally "Americanized", until I read the story and realized how much detail and research some stuff must have taken. This is a must read for anyone who loves a straightforward romance without too much crazy twists or anything. LOVED IT!!!
Alice
Really, really good!

At first I didn't think I was going to like this book as both MCs came off as total prats, especially Turkish, who seem to be a bit up his own bum. Eventually though, I warmed to them both, as Turkish showed his sweeter side, and I couldn't help but be charmed by James and his geeky neuroticism.

Easy, fun read. Recommended

Sree
Amazing book. FUnny, lively and really lovable original characters. I loved Turkish. It takes talent to make a despised character come back and be awesome. i even loved James' grumpy self. The novella is too short IMHO.
Paris
Two imperfects make it perfect.
A charming story of two people who are far from ideal but who manage to find their way to each others hearts.
Fangtasia
Lovely, sweet, inspiring, engaging, funny, and all-around enjoyable. A wonderful change of pace from my last read, which left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Even though it suffers from most of the usual online fic's issues, lack of editing most of all, it's surprisingly well-written and not wordy or repetitive. Well paced, concise, lots of show and very little tell, quirky characters, behaving in believable ways. The conflict was brilliant, and brilliantly handled, too. See? It's not fluffy, bu
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Gee
James is a bit of a ninny, and Turkish is kind of a dudebro, but I liked them individually and especially together. The plot has its jumpy moments, and I'll trade this horse I got for my kingdom for a line editor, but I did really like it. And the sex is actually hot (even though it's rather straightforward and almost vanilla), and that is saying something because I'm so picky about the way it gets written these days that I'd rather not even read it.

And that sequel isn't happening. Nope, not at
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Ari
OMG, THEIR LOVE STORY WAS JUST AWWWW...

I LOVE TURKISH & HIS LITTLE DUDE JAMES. THE FACT THAT TURKISH WAS MOSLEM MAKES ME LOVE HIM EVEN MORE. AND I LOVE HOW THE AUTHOR SEEMS KNOWS PRETTY WELL ABOUT MOSLEM CIRCUMTANCES.

Sarah_loves_books
ETA: This review is of the original, free online fic Art Criticism by Blue GhostGhost, a pen name of Celeste Spettro.

Original review:

I really loved this book!!!

James is an art gallery assistant, Turkish/Yusef is a photographer. So, just the kind of professions that interest me in a book. The story is told in first person from James' POV (except for the epilogue). But both characters come across very three-dimensional, they are real people with their little flaws, and their emotions are describe
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Suki Fleet
I'd actually never read any books set around the art world, and I found this a new and refreshing story, with great characters. Looking forwards to re reading when it is published officially.

Suki^^
Angel Pedroza
Enjoyed this romance very much. The hipster fem guy was very whiney at the beginning but the story was good enough to overcome my initial antipathy.
Zaa
This book was recommended to me by my friend, Ari (thanks gal!) and I'm glad I read this-- it was certainly worth the couple of hours I devoted to it -- it was really excellent.

Started reading this yesterday and I've just finished this morning. My general impression about the book, seriously, its simply awsome! The story is realistic. I liked the two main characters and thought they had good chemistry (enjoyed the banter between the two). Even the supporting characters are well written. Man! Th
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Camille
The beginning of this is really funny. The main characters have superb enemy chemistry. And the reasons why James hates Turkish are illustrated well. But then the story goes to hell when the enemies become lovers and James, who was priorly snarky, insightful, funny and cute, suddenly turns into this complete neurotic basket case who is by turns inappropriately insulting and hostile or a timid virgin who jumps at his own shadow and behaves as if he has been molested in the past. At this point, th ...more
Alicia Nordwell
You know, sometimes I just flat out enjoy a story. I don't want to pick it apart or explain it; I just cruised through and zoned with this really good story. There were interesting characters and scenes that fit perfect to my current mood and I was shocked when I hit the end and realized it was all ready 11:30 pm. Okay, there were a few small editing issues, but frankly, I didn't care. I thought this was very well done and while not quite a 5, it was way more than a 4, so I went whole hog on the ...more
Cisccoutah
An amazing first novel from a very talented writer. The characters are sweet without ever becoming cloying and the tensions and conflicts never feel forced or contrived. The book's greatest strength is the way it incorporates themes of anxiety and cultural identity as important, but far from earth shattering, concerns as two people begin a relationship. The art world shop-talk is also hil-arious. Highly recommended.
Shelby
Super cute story. I enjoyed the back and forth between the two characters. My only criticism is a felt it ended rather quickly. I was just getting into the romance of the two when everything gets wrapped up almost immediately. I wanted to see more of them working out the details of their relationship and lives together.
~♥*Marianna*♥~ (what stays is dry bones)
This was just wonderful!
James is so funny with his grumpiness and shyness. Adorable.
Turkish is a lovely human being who had to use the sexiest little tricks to make James open up to him.
Not once did I find anything annoying about the plot or characters.

This story was pure happiness!
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