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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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MandyM
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
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...more
Tam
Nov 12, 2011 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Nov 10, 2011 Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions rated it 3 of 5 stars
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*
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
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
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
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
I love this couple..
Sadonna
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
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...more
Candice
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
Kyra
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
Lucy
3 stars mainly throughout the book. An additional 0.5 when (view spoiler) Kinda funny.
Meggie
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Chelaeur
Matt and Christian just prove that the perfect couple can exist with hard work and always trying to correct the wrongs. The book was a sweet getting to know you, first timer and i enjoyed it truly. On the list to read again in the future.
Melora
I really enjoyed the natural progression the relationship took. The casual run-ins and friendship that developed prior to any physical aspect were refreshingly realistic.
Helen Shaw
Nice easy, sweet read. The level of "gosh-I-might-be-gay" angst, or lack there of, was a bit, imho, unrealistic but still enjoyed both MC and the story arc.
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