Talker's Graduation (Talker, #3)
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When you get past the basics of survival, what next? Brian Cooper recovered from the attack that almost killed him, and Tate Walker faced down his own demons. Now all that’s left is... each other. Growing up together and growing into their love is everything but easy.

Talker’s eternal optimism and Brian’s quiet faith just might be able to conquer the obstacles, big and smal...more
ebook, 66 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 11th 2011)
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Ami
3.5 stars
While it's nice to have a happy ending for Brian and Tate, unfortunately, this third book seems to function only as snippets for us to know what happens next. The time frame here moves in fast-forward style, with references like "nearly four months after the attack" or "for all they’d been there for nearly two years". We get Brian just trying to improve his hand mobility by learning to sculp, then suddenly he's already becoming a sculp artist and ready to have an exhibition.

It moves li...more
Deeze
A lovely update into Brian and Tate's journey of life. It was sweet to see them finally have a happy moment in their lives. The Shelley storyline was heartbreakingly real, and I would love to see it extended. Maybe a fourth book with Tate and Brian older and ready to take on a child or two?
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Finally Talker and Brian are ready to move forward to finally stop the day to day struggles of survival, to enjoy life a little.
Brian is still recovering from the brutal attack and Talker brings him some clay to work with and on, and an artist is born.
I was very glad for Brian to get a little attention and his spot in the sun so to speak, a well deserved reward for being such a wonderful man.
For some reason the switching from past to present and back again was a little harder for me this time, m...more
Bev


Amy Lane does it again! I think I'll have to devote a Kindle just to Amy and her stories, all of them seem to be Keepers!! The trilogy of Brian and Tate (Talker) was delightful.



We had it all in these books - angst (well, there's a surprise!), loss, pain, uncertainty, sadness, laughs, sensual sex, impatient sex, rats as pets, nasty people, really good people (thanks Jed!), but most of all we had lots and lots of love and two guys richly deserving of it! I was so happy for them in the final book,...more
T.A. Webb
This is the third story in the Talker saga, and each one gets better and better.

Talker is a hyper young man, physically scarred from a horrible accident when he was 5 that left him burned and disfigured, emotionally scarred from a brutal attack, but finally settled with the young man who sees past his scars to the brave man inside.

Brian is a country mouse, quiet, strong, in love with the boy he has loved since he sat beside him on the bus to their first track meet in college. Brian is also recov...more
Kassa
It’s no secret that I adore Talker & Brian and the entire Talker series. It’s definitely one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The third book in the series, Talker’s Graduation, puts a nice solid happy ending on the couple but due to the choppy writing, uneven pace, and flashbacks that hurt more than help this particular offering isn’t as good as the previous ones. Fans of the series will definitely want to read it and I recommend it, but it’s definitely not as emotionally intense as the...more
Anke
After a bit of time thinking about it and - I have to confess - reading some of the other reviews, I have to say: Sorry but the writing style of this book didn't do it for me. Might be, because English is my second language; might be, because I like a story progressing linear, but this whole book seemed like looking through a kaleidoscope, nothing really fits together, but overall you get the picture. Em - nope, sorry to say I couldn't get the whole picuture as I had the feeling, there were alwa...more
Lauraadriana
The Happy Ending!! They got it, finally, and it was oh so sweet.

I love love Talker and his Brian, and cant say how good it was to read this story.

Ohhh happy happy tears...And they endured, they did!...Because as far as certainties go. After all this time, Brian still knows that he didn't live until Talker saw him...And Talker could still see in Brian's blue eyes when he looked at him that he was the best and only boy Brian had ever seen...And DAMN it, if I'm not bawling again!

So so so so good.
Grammy 1
This Novella is the third in the series of two young men, Tate Walker and Brian Cooper. To just bring you up to date, Brian and Tate met on a High School Track Team Bus. This meeting changed their lives.

Tate Walker severely burned as a baby, has scars both outside and in. His flamboyant dress, tattoos and Mohawk hairstyle were a cover up so people would not look beneath; only Brian did. Their friendship grew, as Brian watched Tate walked out the door on a ‘date ‘where he was raped and brutalized...more
LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131
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4.5 Stars

What a lovely, fulfilling and warming finish for a really great series. To say I've fallen in love with Talker and Brian is putting it too mildly. Their journey was at times hard to read, but this final installation wraps it up and makes it all a beautiful tale.

I'm so glad I decided to read these with my friend and fellow blogger Giulia from http://devastatingreads.blogspot.com/ It's been great to be able to discuss the heavy developments as well as our favorite sexy bits :) Thanks...more
Mary
This is it, this is the one. This is when Tate finally understands that the love of his life isn't slumming. He gets that Brian, (beautiful, kind, dear, sweet, strong, solid Brian), is madly in love with him. And anyone would be, Talker's a keeper himself. But like Brian tells his boss who's in lust with him, he didn't actually live until Talker looked at him. The sculpture Brian creates for the man he loves, in honor of the man he loves, illustrates Talker perfectly. And of course Tate is the o...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Goodbye, Tate and Brian, it was so good being with you!

I liked the ending, it made me see how happy they were together, even if things were not really perfect, not every little thing was achieved. Tate has finally acknowledged that there can be something good in his life, that he can let someone love him. He has the proof that Brian can see him whole, he can reach his beautiful soul. There was a brief moment when this made me really cry.

I think the way the book is written wasn't as smooth as I'm...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This segment is a little different than the others in that has flashbacks, but they do not distract like flashbacks often do for me. The guys meet new struggles when Brian has a boss hitting on him. I love how Tate finds ways to help Brian with his problems, the clay was fabulous and tied so many things together and Talker volunteering with the foster kids was perfect. This is one of my favorite series. Brian and Talker are both such wonderful characters. I connected with them right off the bat...more
Valérie
Je ne suis pas fan du tout d’Amy Lane à qui je reproche son fort penchant pour le mélodramatique extrême et les souffrances qu’elle fait endurer exagérément à ces personnages avant qu’ils trouvent leur Happy End. Mais, à toute règle il y a une exception et Talker est mon exception, cette série pourtant très différente de celle que je lis habituellement m’a toujours touché. La relation entre Talker l’écorché vif et Brian le parfait est une des plus belles que j’ai pu rencontrer dans la romance MM...more
Kendra
What a great ending to the series! (Although I will mention that more of them would never be a bad thing!!!) I loved seeing where these guys ended up and how they grew. I loved Brian's use of pottery and subsequent career path and I thought that what Tate ended up doing was so perfect for him. Very touching and moving story and these guys are just fabulous. Thank you Amy Lane for great characters and stories!
Sadonna
Oct 01, 2013 Sadonna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm, pdf
These are two of my favorite characters! This story takes place after the tragic events of Talker's Redemption and follows Brian and Tate after Brian's recovery and into their adult lives after college. LOVED the way Brian grows and changes and "finds his voice" in this one. Loved that Talker was able to "see" himself the way Brian sees him. Seriously, I could read about these two forever.
Sandra ♥'s way too many M/M books
Loved it! Perfect end to this crazy story for these 2 beautifully broken boys. I want to hug them both!
Jayhjay
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay.

Talker's Graduation picks up about three years after the end of the second book, Talker's Redemption. Like the first two, it is told alternating between present day and past events, giving us an opportunity to catch up on the boys and their lives.

They are now living in Petaluma, CA, in a little house by the water. Talker loves living at the beach, the ocean and the quiet finally bringing some peace inside his head. Brian has become an a...more
Sandra
So this was a nice ending to the trilogy, the only thing is that it felt like they should have been combined into one book. As a stand alone, this one was probably the weakest because as I said, it was more about closure. But I'm glad things worked out the way they did, and even a little jealous of that freakin' cottage!

I thought it was interesting how in this one instead of flashbacks, there were actually flashforwards. Although I'm not entirely sure it was necessary, except to stick with the s...more
Beck
Review of the series...

I have read this series multiple times now & I am still in love with the books. Talker is a beautiful story about a flawed, broken, scarred (yet beautiful) man overcoming pain & adversity to find love. Talker is one of the fragile souls that need to be sheltered from the harsh realities of life. His eternal optimism makes him vulnerable to exploitation & abuse. Brian (aka Prince Charming) becomes Talker's buffer & the three books are the turbulent, beautifu...more
Arielle
So Talker and Brian gets their hard earned Happily Ever After, but I'm not fully satisfied with third instalment of their story. It seems to me that too much is untold: in one moment Talker gives Brian clay and the next moment Brian is already fully developed artist. The same thing happened with moving to a new home. Narrative jumps from present to future keep ripping me out of the story's flow. In fact, the whole book looks to me more like a collection of glimpses for epilogue.
As a separate sto...more
Mountie
Nov 29, 2011 Mountie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
What an amazing finish to a wonderful series. I re-read Talker and Talker's Redemption so everything was fresh before reading Talker's Graduation. I couldn't imagine a more perfect ending to Brian and Tate's story. Thank Amy.
Mirka
Amy has become one of my top favorite authors and her books are an auto buy for me...Story about Talker and Brian is one of those I will remember forever. Brilliantly written characters with real flaws and emotions...and their love for each other, I mean seriously...I don´t know if this was the last book but it kinda felt like it...I loved it because even if we cannot see into their future, we can be sure they are gonna spend it together...does it show that I REALLY love those two?
Kathleen
Nov 27, 2011 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathleen by: Amanda Sings
Shelves: contemporary
This was a perfect happy ending for Talker and Brian. I absolutely loved it. I was satisfied at the end of the last book thinking that was their HEA (implied but still there). And I wondered where this one was going to take them. It was great to see more deeply into both characters but especially Brian. I love that they are raising alpacas and sheep. That just made me smile. 5 stars.
L-D
This was a nice ending to the series and I appreciated seeing the boys growing into men. Once again I'm amazed by Brian's beautiful soul. I absolutely adore him. There was nothing too complex or angsty in this book, it just provides a lot of closure and a respectable HEA.
Shell
This woman needs to stop with her perfect stories that make me weep. Amy pulls emotions out of me like very few authors can. Talker and Brian are inspiring as individuals and together. Love this series so much.
Susan
I put off reading this book for so long because I didn't want to say goodbye to Talker and Brian. I'm glad I read it now, though, even if I was crying by the end.
Lena Polskaia
C’est un grand plaisir de retrouver Brian et Tate pour ce troisième et dernier volet de leurs aventures. Plus de drame cette fois-ci, place à la reconstruction des deux garçons après les tragédies vécues. Tate a enfin pu avouer, et s’avouer, ce que signifiait le Pire Rendez Vous du monde, pour sauver le garçon de ses rêves. Et peu à peu, tout doucement, il se répare et se réconcilie avec son corps abîmé et mal aimé, grâce à la patience, la douceur et l’amour de Brian. Parallèlement, Brian se rem...more
Barb Manning
Talker's Graduation is the third installment in Amy Lane's Talker series. It picks up the story several years into the relationship between Tate Walker and Brian Cooper. It's clear that Tate, aka Talker is more settled within himself and Brian is also developing new skills.

Lane is adept at creating characters that make you want to root for them and Tate and Brian are no exception. Talker's Graduation touchingly reveals the pain and joy of these two characters as they discover new aspects of thei...more
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