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

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PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Two young men stare at each other through a chain-link fence. They are holding hands through it; one has nail polish and lip gloss.


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

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Jun 08, 2014 julio rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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 ove

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
MsMiz (Tina)
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!
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
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!
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, and it was so perfectly fitting for my picture. This might have been written for my "Dear Author" letter, but, trust me, bias does not come anywhere into play when I say this was an amazing and lovely story. I am so thrilled that KD wrote this gorgeous (and might I add free!) romance for me, the M/M group, and whoever else manages to stumble across it. I didn't put my reader do ...more
♡♥Ang ♥♡
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"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.
Kaje Harper
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
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
Edina Rose
Jun 06, 2012 Edina Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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

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 (Dirty 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
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
Emma Sea
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.
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
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.


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
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Well T'Paw sure is a cheery little Debby Downer

I mostly liked this. Some parts seemed to drag a little. Too much big guy chasing little guy for my tastes. I don't like it when only one person works for the relationship.

Also the smoking was disgusting.

The gay one was really mean most of the time.

But for a free story it was really enjoyable and I like it overall
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.
***D. KING*** Alvin
Yay! I ended up loving this one!!! :D

The first 60-70% were just okay for me. I'm not fond of the MCs. I didn't really liked Alan and Lukas was just okay for me. I think Lukas needs more character build-up. The book didn't tell how he really looked like and I didn't find out more about his personality. I just knew he was protective and a planner.

And then goes the scene in that bus stop (where the picture was used in the setting). Oh my God...that scene was so brilliant! It was milked to the very

This story was the best. Everyone should read it:).
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

Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group, Love Is Always Write: Volume Eleven - Bonus Volume.

Oh my god, wow. My heart is a-flutter. This was just so sweet, and good. I was worried the little twist at the end (view spoiler) was too sudden, and it would have been if they had just tried to end there on a HEA, but the wrap up was perfect and just had me grinning. (view spoiler)
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
3.5 stars.

I was a bit torn about how to rate this novel-length submission to the Love is Always Write event. The story had numerous flaws - too much boring filler about the college kids' class project, excessive use of hackneyed m/m tropes, and a writing style that was occasionally confusing - but it still held my interest until the very end.

This story's greatest strength was that the characters were just so damn endearing. I loved Lukas and Alan, and I really liked the secondary characters (in
Jun 07, 2012 Sylvia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: free
Unlike some others I liked the long intro and the details on the video project. I regret that it stranded somewhere near the end. To me it felt like the most believable and real part of the story.

I loved the dialogue and the different types of friends. Lukas was an over the top nice guy and too good to be true for my taste. I understand that he has the hots for Alan but'm not sure why he fell in love with him. Most of the time Alan was being a jerk to him and just telling Lukas in the end that h
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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.

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