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Where You Least Expect It

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Still getting over a bad breakup, ex-Army computer expert Matt Halston is a bit of a recluse with a strict routine that involves working too much, playing basketball with his best friend, and letting himself be dragged to parties when he’d rather be catching up on sleep. When he meets Christian Flannery, an out-and-proud college student, he’s immediately intrigued and find ...more
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Published November 9th 2011 by Torquere Press, Inc. (first published November 8th 2011)
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Mandapanda
Nov 11, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-romance
3.75 stars. A sexy and satisfying GFY about Matt, a straight, ex-military, IT technician and Christian a struggling gay college student. What raises this story above average for me is the thought the author has put into building up the relationship of her two MC's. We get to see two very different but very attracted people getting to know each other. We see the initially awkward and nervous dialogue, the little misunderstandings, and the bemusement on both their parts when their casual attractio ...more
Ami
Nov 12, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
I am contemplating between 3.5 and 4 stars, but then decide to go with 4 stars instead. While I'm skimming most of the love scenes after Matt and Christian enter their "fuck-buddy" then "a real couple" relationship phase, I think both men are adorable in their account and very likable. Matt is clueless (used-to-be) straight guy, until he realizes that he is attracted to the out Christian. While neurotic Christian, who babbles when he's nervous, and LOVE all seasons, is just cute.

I like how they
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Tam
Nov 12, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Matt is a former army guy working in IT who broke up with his fiance about a year ago. His friend Sam is always hounding him to hook up with a chick but he's not interested. On his way to a party he nearly runs over a cyclist, only to find himself face to face with the guy at the party. However Christian doesn't hold a grudge and soon he discovers that Christian is a student who works at the coffee shop next to his work. They start chatting and Matt often drives him home if it's raining and they ...more
Jenre
Nov 18, 2011 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
A lovely 'Gay for you/Out for you' story with very sympathetic characters. I loved the grumpy and slightly antisocial Matt and thought he paired up well with Christian. Despite the fact that we only get Matt's POV, I thought the author had still managed to convey Christian's mix of understanding and impatience in dealing with Matt's coming out. Great stuff.
Lasha
Dec 31, 2011 Lasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkdivasreviews
I really enjoyed this slice-of-life novel about an ex-Army computer geek and cute barista. Matt Halston is coming off a bad break-up – with a woman – and his friend Sam is constantly trying to fix him up with any available women they know. Matt isn’t interested, but when he meets Christian Flannery at a party he feels an instant connection with the other man. What begins as friendship quickly builds to more than that and Matt must re-evaluate his sexuality in light of his attraction to Christian ...more
Edina Rose
Mar 07, 2012 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
Recommended to Edina by: Lovers of GFY/OFY stories
Oh, the adorableness of the two heroes!!!

This is a GFY-OFY story. Matt could never commit to a woman and finally realised why when he met Christian, a cute blond student, gay and out. They were a great match. Matt was on the serious side and was also socially challenged. Christian had a really sunny personality and a busy social life.

The Straight to Gay process was remarkably well described. Matt could sexually function well with women, but he couldn't love them. He had never thought of himself
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Nov 10, 2011 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it liked it
Recommended to Bubbles Hunty by: Ami
Shelves: m-m
I liked this one for the most part.

Some continuity errors in the beginning were annoying. Some parts were pretty slow and were a drag.

There was way too much sex for my tastes though. And almost all of it was the same. The twink would blow the guy and get a hand job in return. It got tedious reading that same scene over and over again. Like 75% of the sex could have been cut and there still would have been more than enough IMO
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Dec 07, 2011 Mandy*reads obsessively* rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ebook-owned
3.5-4*
This was at least for me, a nice, slow, angst free story.
Christian, a typical starving student and Matt a military vet working as an IT specialist.
Matt had to do some adjusting to not only being in a relationship, but being in one with a man.
I skimmed over some of the sex scenes, but after a lot of the stuff I read recently this was a relaxing read I enjoyed.
Arthur
Mar 05, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
I like it that the author battles the common perception that --left unchecked-- will be accepted as 'truth.

"... I know PTSD is what everyone thinks about when they hear the words soldier and nightmare in the same sentence, but it's not always the case." -Matt
Charlie Richards
Dec 16, 2011 Charlie Richards rated it really liked it
A sweet gay-for-you tale. Not a lot of angst or conflict. Decent character development. A fantastic read if you're looking for sweet love between two men from very different backgrounds.
Chris
Nov 12, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2011, ebook
Very good m/m romance about a straight guy whose unlikely friendship with a cyclist he almost ran over has him very confused about his sexuality.
Veronica /  V
Jan 25, 2012 Veronica / V rated it really liked it
I love this couple..
Yue

What I liked...

- Matt and Christian bond before becoming lovers. It was sweet how quickly they connect, how comfortable and happy Matt was around Christian.

- Since the book is short, Matt does not dwell on him being gay for a long time. Yes, he has conflicted emotions, but it does not last long. Anyway, it is not a G4U story. Matt used to have a girlfriend, but it always lacked something.

- There are no seme nor uke in the relationship.

- I could relate to Matt, with the whole friends trying to me
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Lizzy
May 13, 2015 Lizzy rated it liked it
Cute story about an IT guy (ex-military) and a student/barista. I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed, it was insta interest not insta love and went from there. Matt had his moments of doubt and just plain freaking out but he wasn't overly assholeish about it and came to except his feelings in the end with minimal drama. Christian for his part was supportive not pushy. They deffinitly had their ups and downs but you could tell that they would be ok. Overall good story with good writ ...more
Sadonna
Mar 20, 2014 Sadonna rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story and couple. It's not a traditional OFY/GFY exactly. More like Matt is kinda clueless about who/what he wants. He had a long term girlfriend and then his friend keeps trying to set him up and he REALLY is not interested. Then he meets Christian. He likes him as a friend and he honestly didn't know that Christian was gay when he met him until Christian told him. Matt was really confused about his reactions to Christian and then when Christian tells Matt how much he wa ...more
Debbie
Aug 12, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
I was worried this would be a "gay for you" - but was more a "well, I was an emotionally shut down soldier and so focused on my career I just never connected the dots" type of thing for Matt, one of the main characters. Both he and Christian are written well, as the story is. I really enjoyed the slow build (I swear if I read another story where they are in bed by page 8 without it being important to the plot I'm gonna scream). They move slow, but the story doesn't plod. And by the time they kis ...more
J. Rocci
Whenever I pick up a story that has characters that are former military in it, I usually have high hopes but am braced for disappointment. M. Durango's "Where You Least Expect It" definitely didn't disappoint, and I found myself tearing through the book in one sitting, wanting to see how Matt and Christian's story played out.

Former Army, Matt is an anti-social IT guy who works late hours and gets dragged out into public so his well-intentioned best friend, Sam, can set him up with totally unsui
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Candice
May 11, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great GFY/OFY story.

Matt is an ex-military, IT guy, who is kind of anti-social. He doesn't have many friends, besides Sam and Allison and he's known them since childhood. Sam is constantly dragging him out to parties he doesn't like going to and trying to hook him up with girls just so he can get laid. Matt isn't like that and doesn't want that. He stresses how he wants to be able to have a conversation with the person he's sleeping with.

I LOVED how Matt and Christian met.
...more
Diane
Jul 21, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
This was a great story for a developing relationship and exploring what feels right and good to you.

Matt is former Army now working in IT, he was dumped by his longtime girlfriend a year before where we start in the book, his bestfriend Sam is usually trying to set him up, if not for something longterm, at the least someone for the night, which Matt is not interested in.

At one of the parties, he meets Christian, a young out and proud gay man - turns out they'd met before the party, but I don't w
...more
Tracy
Jan 26, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This one left me with Warm Fuzzies, which is never a bad thing!

I've been reading a bit too much action-y stuff lately, so I was really needing a simple, relationship-centric, low-drama read, and this definitely delivered! Not that there wasn't drama, but it was the comfortable sort, of people working out their differences as they feel their way toward a stable, lasting relationship. Matt and Christian move slowly into a relationship; there's no Insta-Love, just a slow burn that develops into a r
...more
Nicole
Feb 02, 2015 Nicole rated it did not like it
This should have landed on my DNF pile because it was a struggle to get through. The way the 3rd person POV was done made the characters distant and hard to connect with. The use of pronouns like him and his would have seriously cut down the constant repetition of the character's names. Remember when Titanic came out and everyone made of fun of the constant "Jack! Rose!?" I think they said each other's names 75 times each in the movie. Well, this book beats that number by chapter 5. The names Ma ...more
Kyra
Dec 05, 2011 Kyra rated it liked it
3.75 stars

I really liked the first 1/3 of the book as their tentative friendship slowly became something more as Matt realized he was attracted to Christian. After they got together there was a bit too much sex for my taste, but I still wanted to know what happened to them. Plus it was really refreshing that they actually talked with each other and tried to work out their problems. Big kudos to the author for not generating conflict for the sake of angst or breaking up the MCs so just we could w
...more
orannia
Jan 30, 2012 orannia rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Three and three-quarter stars. Where to start? This book was, to all intents and purposes, Matt's story. And watching him progress his relationship with Christian was lovely. Yes, Matt was closed off in terms of emotions, but I liked that Christian called him on that and Matt realized what he would lose if he didn't open up. There was one thing (for me) lacking: it would have been nice to get inside Matt's head more as his relationship with Christian developed. He seemed...very relaxed about the ...more
garnetyuna
May 23, 2012 garnetyuna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
I. JUST. LOVE. MATT. AND. CHRISTIAN.
And this sums it all.! XD

But let's start from the beginning.
At every freaking page I was thinking, "Be still my heart, now the author's gonna screw up everything in the next page". But that never happened, ever. Yes, I was anxious the whole time because I became fond of the two MC's!
This book was a very good read. Wait, what am I saying, good? It was great, no, amazing.
I loved it so much.
...more
Lucy
May 03, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, ex-military
3 stars mainly throughout the book. An additional 0.5 when (view spoiler) Kinda funny.
Meggie
Apr 14, 2012 Meggie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The story was pretty well written and pulling enough. The storyline is mostly about a getting together or becoming a couple between Matt and Christian. The first half of the plotted book was enjoyable, but the second part was focused mostly on sex, sex, sex... I was really getting sick of it. Sure Matt and Christian argued a lot, but everything was solved with sex. It became to bland.
Sylvie
Dec 07, 2011 Sylvie rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

This is the first book I've ever read by the author, and I must say I enjoyed it for its straightforward approach to a man coming to terms with his first male lover and his subsequent coming out. Simple, sweet, and very slice-of-life approach. I really miss reading these stories. Will definitely try more by this author.
Kendra
Mar 18, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, felt that I could see the process of how Matt and Christian became a couple. Only thing I didn't like was that, even though it was 3rd person, we only got to see Matt's POV. I would have liked to have seen a little bit into Christian's head as well. But I would definately recommend this book.
Leaundra
Nov 30, 2011 Leaundra rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've read from this author but it won't be the last. I loved this book from the first chapter it grabbed me. I thought Matt and Christian had the best chemistry. I loved how they discovered their love for each other. I really didn't want it to end I read it too fast, lol
Laura
Dec 03, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Valerie
I really enjoyed this one! No real angst, a nice, reasonable relationship progression, and likable characters. I feel the ending came together a little too neatly (with a pretty pink bow and everything :D) but that is easily overlooked because it was such a sweet story.
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