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Coming back from being dumped is a struggle for the average guy. For Mark Newland, it's much, much worse. With a long string of broken relationships behind him, Mark is confronted with a choice: grow up and fix the man he's become, or continue on his lonely and bitter path. With reinvention in mind, Mark heads for a vacation in Bora Bora, hoping it will bring him closer to ...more
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Published March 10th 2012 by Smashwords (first published March 9th 2012)
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Kade Boehme
Feb 11, 2013 Kade Boehme rated it it was amazing
I really liked Mark's story! Lucky bastard would go from Rafe's fine ass right into the arms of Hollywood's hottest. I liked Mark. Rafe made alot of dick moves in Private Eye so I was so happy to see sweet Mark's hopeful romantic side get someone worthy to put his effort into, even though he was almost bitchy enough in Private Eye to put me off his character. Zane was great. Although I was mad at him for leaving our boy stateside for a dumb movie and having the audacity to not trust the distance ...more
Breann
Sep 12, 2013 Breann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Breann by: TaraG
"What makes you think I'm gay?" [...]
"Uh...nothing actually. [...] Unless you count all the hope in my soul of souls?"


These two were so completely adorbs, I couldn’t stop smiling. Could. Not.

Mark was kind of a douche in Private Eye and he was still kind of a douche in this book. Surprisingly, I liked that. He didn’t magically turn into The Perfect MC just because he’s starring in his own book. He still freaked out and still made stupid decisions. However, he was a very likeable guy and I was r
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Ami
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Heller
Sep 16, 2013 Heller rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
I'm not sure why I have such a difficult time reviewing this book because I really liked it.

Initially, I did have issues with Mark in Private Eye and how different he was here but after re-reading PE I came to look at Mark with more balance and less the judge-y eye. I admire him for taking his life in hand and moving on from pursuing his old flame. He's trying to get back to being someone not bitter and angry but wanting to find in himself someone willing to be happy and often that's the hardes
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Edina Rose
Mar 12, 2012 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
I usually don't like Hollywood romances, I'm afraid I'll have an overdose of bling bling. This book is the love story between Zane, an openly gay Hollywood mega actor and Mark, a common guy, but the Hollywood stuff was OK.

The book is slow but when it picks up, it is seriously intense. The big conflict and its resolution is amazingly well done. In romances, when a hero makes a mistake, sometimes he does not properly grovel or atone for his error. Sometimes he feels guilty and sorry for himself a
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Kaje Harper
Oct 06, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
In the first book in this series, Mark wasn't very likeable, but he also wasn't treated very well by Rafe. This story shows where some of his attitude came from and rehabilitates him. It presents Mark as a somewhat insecure but sympathetic character, who has been burned by pursuing unavailable men. As soon as he and Zane met, I was rooting for them, despite the speed with which they became fixated on each other. The challenges to a relationship that came from Zane's fame as an actor were a stron ...more
Heather C
Loved this!!!

We all met, and probably hated, Mark in Private Eye. But honestly, I really felt bad for him because Rafe really did him wrong. In Question Mark, Mark finally finds "the one" and gets his happy-ever-after.

Mark has decided to reinvent himself after he finally accepts that Rafe has moved on with Jeremy. And what better way to do that than by taking a well-deserved tropical vacation? On the shuttle to the island, Mark meets Zane Whitlow, action movie star extraordinaire who is out and
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Monika
May 22, 2012 Monika rated it it was amazing
*scream* I just turned the last page, it’s over how can that be I’m sooo not ready for that!

I guess it’s obvious I loved this book! I hated Mark in the first book, couldn’t find anything to like about him but I knew he would be redeemed in this one so I went into it with an open mind and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with him too. I thought Mark and Zane had great chemistry and their personalities just fit, both gun shy about entering a relationship, but both wanting one.

This was a
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Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
Mar 24, 2013 Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I loved this even more than the 1st. I disliked Mark in book 1 and absolutely loved him here which had me hesitant at 1st when I started reading this. But, WOW my mind was changed quick and I loved every minute of what him and Zane went through. And Now I find myself pissed at Christian through this book and find out book 3 is on him. So I'll be leaving my mind open to learning more of his story. Was happy to hear more of Rafe and Jeremy as I loved them in book 1 so much. S.E. Culpepper has a HU ...more
Chris
Mar 15, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, ebook, 2012
Good but uneven m/m romance about Mark from the previous book, who finally realizes that he needs to get over his ex and decides that a trip to Bora Bora is just what he needs. While I was rooting for Mark and his guy, parts of their interactions just didn't make sense.
Julesmarie
Apr 01, 2012 Julesmarie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars

I loved the first book in this series, and usually when that happens I'm afraid to read the second. Again, my fear was justified.

Like most reviewers, I didn't like Mark at all in Private Eye. I went into this book with an open mind, though, prepared for him to be redeemed. And in the first part of the book he totally was! If the book had ended just as Zane left the island, it would have received an unqualified 5 stars. Both of the mc's were likable and relate-able and FUNNY. And even if
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Jay
Mar 15, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well S.E. Culpepper has done it again. She has made it to the top of my must read author's list.

I really loved Private Eye and at that time didn't care for Mark Newland, in fact I really despised the guy. Okay, I have changed my mind completely. It was wonderful to see the changes in Mark and to take the time to understand the place Mark was in during Private Eye, we have all been there - argh. Mark and Zane are great together and their chemistry sizzles. I have to admit the miles between them
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Fani
4 stars

What I loved in this book:
-Mark's portrayal was realistic and very fitting of an average guy who falls in love with a celebrity. Even his actions with Christian, though I did not approve of them, made sense and agreed with his character.
-Zane did manage to come out both as a regular, sweet guy and a celebrity without making one of the two images seem phony.
-Those two were good together and I could believe in their HEA, as they seemed honest with one another and willing to work for what th
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Aiko
I'm not really sure how to rate this.

The reintroduction to Mark was an eye opener. I didn't expect I would instantly like him, in my mind he had some redeeming to do before I let him into my good graces, after his shenanigans in book 1. But when we meet him this time around, we meet this heartbroken, kind of pathetic guy, that's ready to make a big change for the better, and he does. And he keeps this up for a good while through the book, before his personality turned, in lack of a better descri
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Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
This is Marks story, the 'annoying' ex from the first book ( Private Eye ) in the liasons series, another good read. Books can be read as a stand alone but I really like to carry on a series if the first book is good and this series is turning out to be enjoyable.

Mark goes on a vacation to Bora Bora , licking his wounds, to try and get over Rafes rejection,the lead character in Private Eye (to be honest even though he came over as clingy, I did feel a bit sorry for him in the first book so was r
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MishyJo
Dec 16, 2013 MishyJo rated it liked it
This book was a mixed bag for me.

Here's what worked well:

- In Private Eye, Mark was quite the douchebag. Rather than trying to explain away his crap attitude in Private Eye to make him more likable in his own book, Mark admits his shortcomings and decides to make a change. The change does not come easy for him, however, and he still slips into his insecure behaviors from time to time. Although this was frustrating, it also made the transformation more believable.

- Zane, Mark's love interest, is
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Snowtulip
Mar 11, 2012 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I am such a happy camper right now :D I thought it was going to be difficult to love Mark and Zane as much as I love Rafe and Jeremy, but somehow Culpepper manages to do it. The chemistry is so stong!

This is story of learning about yourself and how to love and be loved. There are no mysterious subplots, just pure and simple story of finding love. I was immediatley pulled into empathizing with Mark (even though he killed me in book one) and the story flowed so smoothly from there. I usually have
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Candice
Jan 27, 2013 Candice rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
I enjoyed the first story in this series and re-read it right before reading this one so that I would remember the characters and exactly what happened. Unfortunately this one did not work for me. It sorta dragged for me and I found myself skipping a lot to just get through it.
Barb
Simply put, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! When Culpepper can turn around a character that quite frankly I didn't even like in book one to someone I ended up loving, she did her job and did it well. She's also cemented a place on my short auto buy list.

I wasn't so sure Mark could be redeemed in my eyes and certainly did not expect to fall in love with him in Question Mark. While I saw a side to him I didn't like in PI I can also say I was shown why Mark was the way he was. I got a little ticked off at Ra
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DaisyGirl
4.5 Stars

Holy bejeezus but I liked this book. I was skeptical at first because Mark was a bit of a prick in Book 1. Happily, after some much needed self-reflection, Mark realized the error of his ways and designed to set himself straight. (Well, not straight, straight but straight ... Ack! You know what I mean.) Zane is a drop-dead gorgeous Hollywood movie star. He's also gay and eligible. The two meet in Bora Bora but Zane's work cuts their vacation short. While Zane is away filming, the two tr
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Bea
Apr 03, 2012 Bea rated it it was amazing
This author has become one of my favorite authors.

Her dialogue is both charming and funny, I can not tell you how many times that I laughed out loud while reading this book. What I like about this series is that it is not just the same story over and over, but the characters have different backgrounds and personalities.

What I like specifically about this book is how the drama unfolds. I love the idea of this shy but famous, Zane trying to get to know Mark. I was a little concerned when I began t
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Tia Fielding
Mar 12, 2012 Tia Fielding rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-favorites
Oh wow.

When I first read the first book in this series and then heard from S.E. that she was writing a book about Mark, I think I went something like "I'm not sure I'd want to even read a book about him..." I just strongly disliked Mark in the first book, which kind of shows how the author chooses to stay true to her POVs; the reader sees things like the MCs see them, instead of knowing things about the other characters the MC doesn't know.

Let's just say I'm glad I picked this up. SO glad.

I thin
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Denise H.
Apr 25, 2016 Denise H. rated it it was amazing
*** Awesome, Amazing, Incredible ! *** After seeing Mark in Private Eye, I didn't think I'd like him, but I loved him ! This series' tale's are all stand alone, but I liked having know about him from the previous characters. Dark haired, hazel eyed Mark needs to escape after his break yup, and heads to Bora Bora, where he meets Zane, a movie star. 6'3", brown haired, blue eyed, gorgeous Zane, is struck by near love at first sight when he sees Mark, and moves to pursue him.

Meanwhile, Christian ha
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MLE
Mar 12, 2013 MLE rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
Even though the big problem felt like junior high drama to me, the changes the characters undergo, and the changes they chose to make by the ending, made me end up liking this story. Mark really matures, and takes responsibility for his actions in the first book of this series, and I was glad that the author allowed him to become such a strong character.
Bitchie *Bored Now*
I liked the Zane and Mark part of this one, but felt like too much time was spent on Christian and setting up the next book. I also felt like they, especially Zane, fell way too hard and fast from too few meetings. I had a hard time reconciling how shy and awkward Zane was at the beginning with how take charge he was the rest of the book.
Elspeth
May 20, 2012 Elspeth rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
I read this not knowing it was book two of a series so I was a bit confused at first.
I was entranced by Mark, I enjoyed his no bullshit demeanor and I loved his family.
Zane was complicated and a bit contradictory but I still enjoyed him.
Now for book one, LMAO!
Td
Mar 25, 2012 Td rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect timing to read this story. I enjoyed it to bits even the stupidity induced drama. Zane and Mark were too freaking adorable together, the rest of the characters were pretty damn cool and Christan and Kevin have me vibrating with anticipation. It was all good!
Anke
May 05, 2013 Anke rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars
I reallly liked it, drama but not too much, a wonderful love story and nice secondary characters. I just think that Christian got too much space in this story. Nevertheless, now I'm off to reading his story:)
Cindi
Apr 03, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, series, 2012
I will start off with how much I normally totally HATE Hollywood type books. Any type of book really where one of the main characters is famous whether it be an actor, rock star, etc. I've read a few that worked but not many because they are all pretty predictable. I will also say that I was definitely not a fan of Mark in the first book of this series.

With that being said, I will say that I really, really did like this book. Mark still came across as he did in the last book but not as much. I r
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Barb Gilmour
May 14, 2012 Barb Gilmour rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I like pure romance. I like mystery, murder, mayhem .... or a good dollop of angst. But not angst, just for the sake of angst o.O (so I am fussy) this book was romance. Beautiful romance. And I freaking loved it!! Zane was sublime - Hollywood heart throb, sexiest man alive -- yet vulnerable and shy. When he puts himself out there saying "no games" I just melted. Mark, we know from the previous book, is kinda difficult; and I really wasn't sure if I would like him. But I reall ...more
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S. E. Culpepper currently splits time between writing and her full-time job. She wishes writing were the full-time job.
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“You know, you may look like that actor, but the only way I can tell for sure you’re him is if I see that six-pack” 9 likes
“That's because we were together for two years and she led me on a treacherous journey through bitchy, across frigid, and into the land of cheating psycho. I barely escaped with my life. It required a week of solid moping just so my balls could grow back.” 2 likes
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