A Life Without You (Boston Boys, #1)
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A Life Without You (Boston Boys #1)

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Jesse's like a bar of soap: the tighter Adam holds on, the faster Jesse slips away. Or that's how it feels to Adam. It doesn't help that Jesse has a girlfriend back home and claims to be straight, but there's no way with all the sparks and physical intimacy flying between the two roommates.

When Adam believes he has reached his ultimate happiness, the bedroom walls come cra...more
ebook, 236 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by MLR Press
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This started off so well and then all the drama and tears just got too much for me I literally wanted to scream! Adam geez I desperately wanted to choke some sense into him how many times can you stand to be rejected OMG, thankfully his best friend Eric came to the rescue and finally knocked some sense into him. Then there was Jesse I could rant and rave about what an absolute jerk he was he likes to experiment and have sex with Adam even though he constantly tells Adam he's not gay and doesn't...more
What an emotionally draining story. It was beautiful and disturbing, happy and sad, exciting and debilitating, all at the same time. You want Adam to be more understanding at the beginning because Jesse is so very young and just realizing that he is not straight. You want to drop-kick Jesse when his stubbornness to appear straight and continues the “expectation” of others to finish school, marry and have kids…no matter what and even though he does not love his girlfriend back home. Jesse is very...more

Books fall under three catergories for me, the ones I can't wait to read to cause a pants losing, the books I anticipate reading, and the others where the blurb sounds interesting and it gets added to the pile. A Life Without You is one of those where the blurb sounded interesting and I decided to give it a try, well folks I'm glad I said yes to reviewing it because I freaking loved it. It's one of those where I wanna run naked through some fields singing " the hills are a live with the sound...more
Kade Boehme
Woooow. I put this one off for... Well... A REALLY long time cuz I knew the cheating would kill me. And oh yes, it was a swift kick in the nuts the way the whole thing played out. Good lord. But Jesse, regardless of his mistakes, was so well written because his struggle was understandable and ages old. Not that I condone how he treated the situation but it did give me the willingness to forgive, understanding. I dated a Jesse in college. Hmph ... Literally the same situation (minus the girlfrien...more
**4.5 Heart Wrenching Stars**


All the way through...but I loved it!!
Well after all the drama and heartache this ended pretty much perfectly lol.

Throughout this story I've found myself going through a range of emotions, not all of them very nice, towards these 2 guys. lol.

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For me a sign of a good book is one I get caught up in and have strong reactions t...more
Err it's difficult to rate this book. On one hand I don't like cheating so Jesse was not a MC I was all warm and fuzzy over, i wanted to smack the shite out of him a lot of the time actually, but the writing was good and it kept me interested and wanting to read to the end!
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3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about a gay college student who has a crush on his engaged straight best friend and roommate... his apparently bi-curious straight best friend. Emotions definitely run high in this one (and the POV is first-person present), but it worked for me. And I'm very curious to see who the next book will be about!
This had everything I love reading in a story. Angst, cheating, first times, fighting, break-ups and make-ups. Loved it, and can't wait for the next one.
Emotional, heart-breaking, happy, passionate......what's not to love! Loved this journey of two people finding their way together.
Veronica / Miss V
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A compulsively readable pageturner. 4 stars for engaging narrative voice, palpable sexual tension, and an intriguing ensemble of background characters.

Adam (gay) and Jesse (question mark) each have serious issues. Both are guilty of bad relationship behavior, and both suffer consequences. There are no innocents here. Adam lusts after his straight roommate in creepy fashion from the moment they meet, (view spoiler)...more
I usually don't read books that involve cheating, gay-for-you, man-women sex (when he is gay), and coming out stories, why? I really don't know, maybe to much angst, and even if they end up with a HEA, it's bittersweet, obviously there are some exceptions, some great books contain this themes and are great.

Reading some reviews I know that this book contains three of the topics that I don't like, but seeing this was a gift... I'm gonna give it a chance.

Let's see how it goes.

Tiya Rosa
Sep 10, 2012 Tiya Rosa marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 27% (view spoiler)...more
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.

This is my second story by Erica Pike, but if I hadn’t read the first one I probably never would have dared to read A Life Without You, not to mention the cover that really just puts me off.

Jesse and Adam are roommates at college and while Adam is gay, Jesse has a fiancé back home and is adamantly refusing to give up his dream of marriage and kids despite taking it up the ass daily. I did put it a bit crud...more
4 stars or 4,25 stars
It's the first book I've read by Erica Pike and I was really surprised by this one. Friends to lovers is not really my favorite theme but this one was well done. Even Eric grew on me, but then I was kind of thinking of Paris from Gilmore Girls, after he was introduced, the character at least. This book had good supporting characters which were well developed, had their own personality and not just thrown into the story from time to time. The book had good sexual tension, it...more
I really liked this book but holy shit was it angsty. I wanted to punch freaking Jesse in the face and then tell him to find his balls. Jebus Crisp!

That being said, I'm absolutely reading the next one. I can't wait to see if Erika Pike makes me work as hard in the next one as she did in this one.
Erica Pike
Jul 04, 2012 Erica Pike added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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The next book in this series is Absolutely Eric, but it can be read as a standalone.
Clearly I am a glutton for punishment. This book was angst in high gear, but the right kind of angst. I'm a complete sucker for realistic angst...the kind that anyone could experience in everyday life. I'm especially a sucker for it in this genre. Both MC's were likeable and believable. Adam was just an all around good guy. He had looks, but didn't seem to be aware of them. He was loyal, patient, tender, and simply a sweetheart. He felt everything so deeply. And Jesse, even though I wanted to dr...more

Adam has had a hard time keeping a college roommate. Once the roommate finds out he’s gay, they soon move out, leaving Adam alone. Adam is caught off guard when the handsome and very likeable, Jesse, moves in with him. Try as he might, Adam can’t bring himself to tell Jesse he’s gay, preferring to keep it a secret so he can be around Jesse as much as possible. One night after a long night of partying, the truth comes out, and to Adam’s relief, Jesse seems t...more
Read in January:

I was not sure how to rate this. I guess to some extent I even liked it. About 30% of the book was really good, but the more I read the more I was getting tired of this cheating issue. (view spoiler)...more
Jan 14, 2012 Cayce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.75 stars

A seriously hot college romance between Adam, who never was in the closet and Jesse, who is so deep in the closet, that he thinks he is straight. Later Jesse admits he might be bi, or gay-for-Adam. In the end, he comes out, and they get a smutty/happy HEA. But this story contains (view spoiler). I didn't like it, but I could live with it.

I liked this story quite a lo...more
I must admit that I didn't really have high hopes for this book when I started, but was I wrong. All through the beginning I kept yelling at Adam to get a clue, but love is love. The second part of the story really drew me in. The emotions felt so real and gripping that my heart was just breaking for Adam. Adam's strength to resist Jesse was what kept this story from being an average read, Adam had his self respect back and he was not compromising that...go Adam! Eric's take charge attitude to t...more
Randy Wiggins
This was a great book with only a few things that left me with a bit of an annoyed feeling at times but since there was a nice HEA ending I let the minor stuff go. Jamie was a jerk at times, but then so was Adam. I think that over all they eah gave as good as they got, well, maybe Adam got a little shorter straw but hey, in love, who's counting?
The stoey was solid, editing was great as is most from MLR. The sex was hot and not so over done that it over ran the story, which is nice. A great wee...more

3,5 stars.

Nice romance about a gay college student who has a crush on his straight best friend and roommate.

The characters were well written and developed. I like reading stories where I get carried away with the emotions and this was one of those.

I loved flamboyant Eric. He was such an amazing friend to Adam in his time of need. Can't wait to read his story. :)
Okay, it's official, this one gets the "smack you in the face with pissed off" award. It was like the train wreck that I had to keep watching...Geez that Jesse could anger a saint, or hell a stadium of monks and poor Adam needs a hug and a swift kick in the bum to knock some sense into him...bless that Eric though..just the laugh needed to keep me from damaging my Nook:)
Jen Wilson
Wow I really liked this book! I like how Adam is so open. Jesse is so quiet but learns to understand what his sexuality is now. Eric was the surprise and his friends crack me up! I hope to hear more about Adam and Jesse!
Kracken Kracken
Wonderful book. Had me crying, laughing, and groaning in frustration for the two main characters. The sweet ending was well worth it.
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“Stop brooding. Or at least if you’re gonna continue, don’t sit so close to that cactus. You’re bumming the both of us out. See? Its tiny little cock has gone limp.”

The magazine slides to the floor as I turn my head to see the sorry-looking cactus behind the couch. What Eric is referring to as its penis hangs limp on the ‘body’ like it always has.”
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