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Stronger in Your Hands (The Making of a Man #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  767 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Eighteen and still trapped at prep school, Alex feels he and Jared will never get together, and then a surprise visit from Jared puts all doubt to rest. After Alex graduates everything seems to fall right into place. The heat between them is scorching, but secrets from Jared's past and his need to take care of everyone around him, jeopardizes their fledgling relationship. ...more
ebook, 153 pages
Published July 2nd 2011 by Silver Publishing (first published June 29th 2011)
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
First I hate the facial hair on the guy in the background. Looks a bit creepy IMHO

That said I flipping Love this book and Love these characters. I cannot get enough of them. This is the best story so far IMO and i love watching these guys develop and grow as characters and they feel so real to me it is like I know them. I loved getting to know Jared better in this one. He really frustrated me a bit with his reluctance to reveal his secrets but the story was great and we got to see a more vulnera
Jul 02, 2011 R.J. rated it it was amazing
Okay no one tell Diane but I kinda envy her ability to get inside these guy's heads. Jared shows his vulnerable side, Alex turns eighteen, we have private moments, public moments, family, and the usual supporting characters that weave in and out of the story seamlessly. Add in the Stevie story and I couldnt put this damn thing down and I may now need more chiro for my shoulder...

On a serious note, I always say Diane is a poet when she writes. The images she creates in her words always leave me w
Third book and its still going strong. But WOW wasn't expecting the story line off shoot. Still loving the two main characters, had a few tears but of the good kind as well as the sad. The whole prom thing was so sweet, and the whole not being able to say the words thing was so adorable. But the bit that really choked me up was Jared at his dads grave. The emotions felt so real. Sorry I really don't want to put out any spoilers. Can't wait to read more. Longing to find out if Alex's mum followed ...more
Don Bradshaw
Feb 08, 2012 Don Bradshaw rated it it was amazing
This was definitely the best of the Making of a Man books yet. Alex is now 18 and legally an adult in every way. Jared arrives at the school to take Alex to the prom then to his hotel room for their first night together. All of the characters that we've come to know and love or hate are woven into the story perfectly. What made this book the best to me was that Ms Adams showed the reader Jared's damaged, more insecure side. It is Alex this time who took control by supporting and loving Jared th ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Susan65 rated it really liked it
This truly is a wonderful series. I would love to have friends like Jared and Alex in my life. Can't wait to read the 5th book. I will be skipping over the 4 th...too much angst with Clark and Stevie....and it's m/f

Oh who am i kidding....of course i will read it

This series is getting better and better. I love the fact that the two guys are just head-over-heels for each other, and although there is a slight problem because Jared can't bring himself to say those three little words, his many actions speak louder than words, and for the time being, that will suffice.

This book tells us what happens when they do finally have sex because Alex is now 18 and has graduated, and they've both waited long enough. We discover why Jared isn't keen to have full-on sex
Jul 02, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
"Takes more than one little orgasm to kill a three-year-old erection."

This is the story when Alex finally hits that age. He's 18 and in Jared's mind, Alex is now legal. With that sentence above from Jared, I have to admit that I'm slightly worried that the story will all about seduction and sex scenes. I have a little issue on that since I have my own preference on what romance should be and that doesn't include sex in every chapter. But I should have more faith to Diane (and apologize to her *g
Craig Sharp
Mar 11, 2012 Craig Sharp rated it it was amazing
Stronger in Your Hands (The Making of a Man, #3) by Diane Adams is another wonderful story in the series. Diane has a remarkable talent for intermingling the history of her characters with the present-day story line.
*blissfully happy sigh*

These boys....words cannot fully express how much joy I feel when I read about these two. If I could give this story 6 stars, I would.

This is my favorite story of the series, hands down. (view spoiler)
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Well I'm on my journey with these two guys and I'm starting to dread the finish line. A friend told me these get better as they go along and she was right. In this part of the story Alex is 18 and Jared starts the story ( after the usual present day prologue ) by surprising Alex at his prom * sigh * but this is also the night he lets Alex know that he is ready to take things further! The love scenes hot up in this volume but certainly not in a smutty way and for me the love and sexual tension is ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Kyreadinggirl
Shelves: m-m
Once again, I am so pleased after reading about Alex and Jared. Adams is able to capture the love that is shared and the maturity that each has grown into. Stevie absolutely broke my heart! The method that Jared uses to capture memories is brilliant and made my heart stutter.

The snippets of present time at the beginning and end of the book always manage to sooth my heart and remind me of the happy ending. I truly enjoy learning about the road that leads to that. Can't wait to read the next book!
I liked the first one, really liked the second one. I LOVED this one. Oh what an amazing couple Jared and Alex are in this book. Just a beautiful connection and such love and respect. Absolutely love this couple and look forward to more.
It's difficult to write any type of review that doesn't sound like the reviews I sort of wrote for the previous two books in this series. Alex and Jared are still the main characters but just that little bit older now, an age that I'm a more comfortable with. I forgot to mention Alex best friends Clark and Stevie play a large role in Jared and Alex life and the next book in this series will be their story.

Book three still doesn't end - no cliffhanger or HEA nor is it an HFN -and reading on is a
MsMiz (Tina)
Jul 01, 2011 MsMiz (Tina) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
Diane - you did it again. I will never ever get tired of Jared and Alex.
Jul 01, 2011 Anke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-reads
Jul 04, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-romance
Recommended by D for the QGB3 challenge. Alex finally comes of age and it's nice to see him take on a more adult role to help Jared through some of his issues. The love has always shined through this sweet series and this third installment is no exception. A simple storyline is given more depth by Jared's fear of hurting Alex physically, the violent attack on their friend Stevie, and touching scenes involving Jared's parents. As usual the main story is book-ended by flash-forwards into Jared and ...more
Off to the next book. Will review all the books together at the end.
Aug 13, 2011 Anita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have been chewing the walls down waiting on this one. Finally! I laughed and I cried throughout this book. I love seeing Jared and Alex grow throughout this series. I am especially fond of Diane Adams' jump forward in time to show us how these two are faring but also going backwards to show the special moments they have shared over the past decade. I cannot thank Ms. Adams enough for blessing us with these two wonderful human beings. I hope she continues this series since I'm not ready to let ...more
Veronica /  V
Feb 27, 2014 Veronica / V rated it really liked it
I always loved Jared and Alex, they are my favorite characters in any M/M romance books that I have ever read.
Jared sense of honor is amazing and the love for each other is so intense that it make you wonder if in real life 2 human beings are really capable to love with such a honesty, faithfulness and be so truthful to each other.
This is a wonderful story, although, my humble opinion is that you must read the first 2 part of the series for you to fully understand why this story deserve 5 stars
Becky Condit
Jul 29, 2011 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
Alex is finally out of school so he and Jared can move ahead with their adult relationship. Or can they? Jared has a big bad secret that may prevent them from having the kind of sex Alex has been expecting for years. Wow. This is a twist to the flashback that was completely unexpected and explains why Ms. Adams may have decided to tell the story in reverse. Great ending to the trilogy. I love the characters and won't soon forget them. More, please, Ms. Adams?
Shirley Frances
Jan 21, 2012 Shirley Frances rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shirley by: Candice
Shelves: mm-read, mm-series, 2012
I'm glad to have read Alex and Jared's story. It was really great to see how they have matured and persevered through all of their struggles. This book brings it all together beautifully. Can't wait to read Clark's Story. He was such and amazing character.
Jan 27, 2012 L-D rated it it was amazing
Even though this book went a little fast for me, I still thought it was a wonderful conclusion to this epic love story. I absolutely love Jared and Alex and this book just made me feel so happy for them. I loved the whole prom scene and their first time was perfectly done. I enjoyed this whole series, but to me, this last book was the cherry on top.
Jul 08, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the continuation of the story of Jared and Alex. I have really liked watching these two grow individually and as a couple. This book seemed a bit rushed in part and I wished we could have learned more about them and the past with Jared. But all in all a very enjoyable read.
Jan 25, 2014 LauraZu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I have to say I have fallen in love with this couple, Jared and Alex are just perfect for one another.

In this book you get to see the transition of Alex after graduating HS and spending the summer with Jared before college, and even Jared's own path towards healing, its romantic and hot and sexy and VERY surprising spin-off towards the end.

Have to say I was enraptured with what was going on in their lives, just loved it.

We also get more of Clark and Stevie plus Jared's adorable mom.

Simply perfec
Jul 01, 2011 Lydia rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I can read it over and over again...actually I will reread it over this weekend. I recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Jul 02, 2011 Sadonna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, mm
Loved loved loved it. I could read about Alex and Jared forever. Just wish we didn't have to wait for November.
Aug 27, 2011 Cay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I give this book all the Stars and the Sun and the Moon.
Absolutely perfect. Can't wait until the next one.
Sandy Malone
This book is every bit as good as the first 2 books in this series...loved it!
Jul 03, 2011 Enny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The books in this series keep getting better and better.
Nov 21, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I reviewed the first 3 books in this series together

These are all novellas, and we all know how I feel about those: a wonderful medium for a quick yet satisfying read. The Making of a Man series is a beautifully sweet, warm and fuzzy love story that spans 14 years. It is about making the right choices even though it hurts and that love is worth waiting and fighting for.

This is the story of Jared and Alex. Jared is only five years older than Alex, but when they first met Alex was only 15. Jared
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