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Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells (Love is Always Write)

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Dear Author,
When I first crossed paths with him at the library on campus, I didn't know what to think. Lip gloss, eyeliner, eye shadow, nail polish? Back in the small town where I grew up, a boy would have never dared to dress like him. When an assignment to create a video news segment from one of our professors places us both in the same group, personalities clash, and wh
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ebook, 188 pages
Published June 3rd 2012 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
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julio
Jun 18, 2013 julio rated it did not like it
Recommended to julio by: Con Riley
Shelves: novella
Nothing says "I love You" like being compared to a rescue dog.

I found much of this to be aggressively unpleasant.

The tedium of meticulously catalogued information (like what everyone was wearing and on what day and what they had for lunch that afternoon) was hardcore boredom-warfare—but what really drove me bananas was the politically-correct disavowal of every single MM-no-no I'd ever heard of—from sleep-fondling to magic peen syndrome—each one methodically ticked off what must have been a chec
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Lauraadriana
There's a drumming noise inside my head
That starts when you're around
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an almighty sound

There's a drumming noise inside my head
That throws me to the ground
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an almighty sound

Louder than sirens
Louder than bells
Sweeter than heaven
And hotter than hell


Florence + The Machine lyrics for story title...Ummmm HELL TO THE YES!!!

OMG I LOVED THIS STORY! Who is this author? I don't frigging know! But give me more of her PLEAS
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Heather C
Let me list the ways I loved this BEAUTIFUL story!

♦ I loved the contrast between the two MCs: Lukas the manly man often wearing ugly flannel shirts and Alan always with the crazy hair colors, eye makeup, sparkly lip gloss and nail polish.

♦ It was enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and gay-for-you.

♦ It was adorable and sweet...even when the MCs were being total assholes.

♦ Excellent imagery. I could totally visualize every scene.

♦Great supporting characters:
Mallory the fag hag and best BFF in the world
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Vilda
Rating: Somewhere between 3,5 and 4!

'"I'll be there," I promised. "I won't let you fall. I want to climb with you, Alan. I want to climb everything with you."'

To explain the rating: some parts of this story were solid fours while others were a bit below, but overall it was a really great and wonderful story with parts that I loved. I just can't settle on one rating! I had some issues in the beginning with the very detailed focus on the studies, and it felt a tiny bit rushed in the end, but ov
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MsMiz (Tina)
Jun 03, 2012 MsMiz (Tina) rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, kindle-mobi
This was beautiful and fun and funny and intelligent and a hard won HEA and so cannot believe we get to read it for free!

I am not doing this story justice, so just trust me and read it!
Ami
Jun 03, 2012 Ami rated it liked it
Tired.

That's the first thing that comes to my mind when I finish it. Not the 'good' kind either. I know that I'm going to be part of the minority since all those glowing reviews are the ones pushing me to continue reading this in the first place. I'm stretching my ratings to 3-stars since the truth is this is more on the 2 or 2.5 stars rating (hey, it's free, at least that's a fact). My issue with this comes in several parts:

1) With only around 233 pages on my Kindle (yes, Calibre allows you to
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Jerry
4.5 stars.
I am not comfortable with lipstick, eye makeup and other normally female genre elements on men. I can enjoy a drag show, but I am not attracted to men who wear makeup, especially goth. So when this short popped up on my radar, I was extremely dubious that it would remotely interest me. Actually I thought of it as a challenge--start it and see if it dragged me in.
Well I'm pleased to say it did. Loved the MCs and the secondarys too! Mr. Jock (Lukas) and his perfectly ordered life, always
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Kaje Harper
Jun 19, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m
I wasn't going to rate any of the LiAW stories, after blogging about the issue, but I had to make an exception for this one. A lovely, slowly-building story about a dependable, controlled and focused college guy and the out-and-flaming gay boy who turns his world upside down. I loved both MCs and the secondary characters, in their wonderful variety. Lukas is the boyfriend I'd like to find for some of the young gay guys I encounter on our YA group, and Alan is a heartbreak and a joy. Looked at in ...more
A Girl Has No Name
Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells is an opposites attract story about two college boys paired up in one group for a film project.

While Alan is openly gay - he is fearing make-up, lip gloss and nail polish along with very fashionable cloths and is changing his hair color on a daily basis - Lukas is in the closet and still seems to be figuring out his own sexuality. During the film project, they get to know each other a bit better - always in a very teasing kind of way. I loved the way they i
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Vio
Jun 03, 2012 Vio rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
We just got spoiled with this brilliant story and we are so lucky because its free a bonus and even better a fabulous long read and one I couldn't put down. What an unexpected treat lots to love, it's clever, funny, sad and touching a few tears because there's a hard road to happiness. I cant recommend it enough K.D Sarge is a very talented author and has produced a beautiful piece of work. So good and it's a definite re-read for me!
Pickles
LOVED. Oh, I just loved it. Lukas and Alan were amazing. It was funny and touching and I got a little weepy at the end. I didn't put my reader down until I'd finished it, and I know I'll be reading it again soon.

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Jun 08, 2012 Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews rated it it was amazing
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Breann
"You have your whole fucking life planned. You'll hate me for fucking it up."
"You are my plan now. Cherishing you is the plan."




Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells is a Love is Always Write freebie and this is the picture submitted with the Dear Author letter. Being a LiAW story I figured I was going to enjoy it, but this? I wasn't expecting this. I wasn't expecting to read it in one sitting, leaving me laughing & crying. I wasn't expecting to fall so utterly in love with Lukas & Alan.
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Jenn
So the author had 45 days to write this and for that, I give her credit for the end product. That being said, I had numerous problems with this.

Lukas is the too-perfect hero and Alan is the desperate, effeminate counter that, seems to me, needs saving. It didn't read like love at times, but more like dependency. It read like Alan thought that Lukas was what he needed to reach some level of normalcy in his mind, and that Lukas was intrigued by someone so completely opposite of him. But for the m
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Edina Rose
Jun 04, 2012 Edina Rose rated it liked it
Recommended to Edina by: Lauraadriana
This is an average book with pieces of gems inside.

The characters:

Lukas is the perfect guy: he's got his shit together like nobody else, he is smart, hard working, gorgeous, athletic, friendly, responsible, low maintenance, modest and confident, patient, non judgmental etc. He is too perfect BUT sooo likable! How is that possible?

Alan is a part-time asshole with a traumatic past... and present. The traumatic part does not justify the asshole part. I didn't really like him, he reminded me too
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Mandapanda
Jul 17, 2012 Mandapanda rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was avoiding the stories in this free anthology just because I don't like shorts but then I saw the length and gave this one a try. I'm amazed that 188 pages of decent story could be put together in such a short time.

I'm a big fan of the flamboyantly gay character. Any mention of guyliner in a blurb will always make me pick up a book. It's my secret weakness! I enjoyed the background plot about their study group putting together a news piece on the local cemetery and I liked that i
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Arthur
2.5*

Full of cliche and the first part is boring. It's very long compared to other stories in the collection, so you need time to read it.
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Nichole (Dirrty H)
Three stars is a bit generous for this but I'm being lenient because it's a LiAW story.

The main problem is that I did not like Alan. Actually, I did like him. He was sparkly and snarky and I like those kinds of characters. But he was so needlessly dickish to Lukas, I couldn't understand that attraction. I've met plenty of hot guys in my lifetime that became ugly because they were such asses. I don't understand why Lukas stayed interested. And I really don't understand why his aunt Lilia pretty m
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Lauren
Jun 03, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this story! It was one of my favourite pictures and prompts from the Love is Always Write event so I'd been excited to read it since I'd first laid eyes on that wonderful photo. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I had finished. Alan and Lukas were just wonderful. I loved Alan so much - he was so beautiful and insecure and I just wanted to hug him and never let go. This story was simply perfect. I can see myself reading it again and again in the future. Fantastic wo ...more
Adara
Jun 03, 2012 Adara rated it it was amazing
This story was absolutely fantastic. The characters, including the secondaries and tertiaries, are stunning in their realism--their flaws and their struggles. I loved the setting and the setup, the miscommunications and misguided actions. It just went together so seamlessly. It was an amazing read. I wish I could put it into words and describe it better.
Emma Sea
Jun 03, 2012 Emma Sea rated it really liked it
A 3 for the story, with an extra star for being free. I'm a bit torn over this, actually, because there's nothing in there that's bad, it's fine: it's just more of what I've already read a ton of. Maybe that makes me an unreasonable reviewer?

I think the newer you are to the m/m genre the more you'll like this.

I'm not sure if the ending is ludicrous or lovely sappiness.
Juxian
Jan 14, 2017 Juxian rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-like
The truth is I actually enjoyed reading it. Or enjoyed it for about 80%. The writing was so pleasant, I don't know, there was some cadence in it that worked for me very well. And think how many colledge m/m stories there are where an epitome of masculinity meets a flamboyant gay guy, and they fall in love... and yet this one read somehow fresh. Not boring at all.
And Lukas - he was a star :) Good as gold, and there was no way I could resist his charms :) I liked secondary characters, too, they a
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Julesmarie
Finding stories like this one is why I read, why I spend hundreds of dollars a month and every second of my spare time on books, why I endure books that aren't so good... because every once in a while, I get to read a story like this one. This was incredible and beautiful and powerful and just felt so REAL.

Lukas and Alan are both captivating, and I loved every second of watching them get to know and hate each other, and then be friends, and then be brave enough to try for more. I LOVED (ugh, I
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Camille
This did not do it for me. In fact, I rather believe I simply did not like this, but I am according it two stars because it was written well enough, technically that is. I felt, though, that the author strove for too much. Too much climbing jargon and detail that nobody but rock climbers would give a damn about and that was too much for purposes of simple allegorisation anyway. Then Alan was too snarky, too effeminately gay, too dramatic, too bogged down with issues...too poster child and cliche ...more
Lenore
I felt like a diamond miner while reading this story. Literally. Because I had to dig through piles of plain earth to find a gem. But when I found it? Man. It was some precious stone!

That's why I kept reading. And, despite the effort, the gems I collected were worth it in the end.

So.

I didn't like Alan the drama queen or Lukas the door mat. And I didn't like Alan the stubborn know-it-all or Lukas the super-hero. But I did like the funny, snarky Alan and the level-headed Lukas. And I did like the
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
It is wonderful how much effort K.D. Sarge put into this free novella for Love is Always Write. I applaud her for her work- she really created something special. This was a sweet coming-of-age M/M story with young, angsty college students. I thought the characters that she created were really wonderful and unique, and, to be frank, pretty brave. The more feminine gay characters don't often make it into books- instead most people (especially female readers) prefer two macho men getting it on (lik ...more
Snowtulip
Jun 05, 2012 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Completely joining the bandwagon, so good, just couldn't stop reading. I still can't believe I read this wonderful story for free, I would definately have paid good money for the pleasure of reading this book.

Loved Lukas and Alan, they encapulated so many of my favorite things about characters (strong, protective, full of life, creative...). I loved the emotional depth that was captured within this story and I never felt like anything was forced. The secondary characters also just made this stor
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Jordie.R
Jun 03, 2012 Jordie.R rated it it was amazing

This story was the best. Everyone should read it:).
Asynia
Mar 22, 2013 Asynia rated it it was ok
Well, this story just wasn't for me. If it hadn't been a Winning Category-book in the Bingo Challenge I would have DNFed it. This one was just so sloooow and booooring. Not to mention annoying.

This is the story of Lukas and Alan, who meet in their college junior year film class when their professor assigns them (and 4 others) to the same group project. The first two thirds or so of this book is taken up by boring details of this film project as well as a very boring and far too long account of L
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Virginia
I greatly enjoyed this one. Another very good participant in the LIAW event. It started out a little bit too slow for my taste with too much about their college project but I'm glad I hung with it because the last half of the book was extremely good. The slow build up actually made the ending seem more possible.

I enjoy stories where our MCs have had to overcome difficulties in their lives. Perfection is boring for me. These two guys have both had their difficulties. Lukas is Allan's rock. One of
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The Backlot Gay B...: Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells by K.D. Sarge 4 21 Jun 01, 2013 10:10PM  
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  • In Over His Head
  • Show Me Yours
  • A Competitive Edge
  • Lead Us Not
  • Whistle Blowing
  • An Oral Fixation
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  • Dirty Play
  • A Hard Dazed Knight
  • Kiss and Makeup
  • You and a Billion Blue Tiles
  • Heartstrings
  • Pillow Talk
  • Roses in the Devil's Garden (Fallen Rose, #1)
  • In Dreams
  • A Little Bit Country
  • Take a Breath
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KD Sarge writes for joy and hope, and works for a living. She has tried her hand at many endeavors, including Governess of the Children, Grand Director of the Drive-Through, and Dispatcher of the Tow Trucks. Currently KD labors appreciated but underpaid in the public school system.

Past accomplishments include surviving eight one-year-olds for eight hours alone (she lasted about ten months), drivin
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