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Above All (Jasper Swinton Novels #1)

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When volatile genius Dr Jasper Swinton accidentally hits a homeless man with his car one night in a seedy part of town, he finds himself taking responsibility for the man’s recovery in a very personal way. Before long, Brian has become such an integral part of his life that Jasper doesn’t know how he’ll ever begin to manage without him – until the day comes when he has to ...more
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Published August 1st 2012 by Manifold Press
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Vio
Edit: Apparently and sadly this is a SGA P2P fanfic. I haven't watched the series or read the fandom, so it doesn't effect me. The problem I have, is that authors who publish fan-fiction need to mention it somewhere on their blogs or review page. I can guarantee you that readers will be pissed off at feeling duped and you don't want that. If its honestly out there an informed choice can then be made. And I have no intention of removing my rating, I refuse to let the fond and happy memories exper ...more
Ami
Jan 22, 2014 Ami rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ami by: Vio
In the beginning, this book reminds me of Isabelle Rowan's A Note in the Margin, with a homeless character as one of the main characters. However, this book has a lighter tone, especially because of Jasper as the main narrator of this book.

Jasper is a genius -- he constantly makes the 'lower-level' employees of him crying in fear. He is so endearingly condescending, with his blunt honesty for those he thinks doesn't measure up ("in his experience, psychology ranked down there with anthropology i
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Emma Sea
May 20, 2013 Emma Sea rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emma Sea by: Ery
MORE EDIT 21 May:

The very wise and clever Kate has pointed out in her review that this is Pull 2 Publish Stargate: Atlantis fan fiction, and I can have more Jasper any time I want in the character of Rodney McKay.

I fell in love with Jasper. Everything else about this book is completely ordinary. And I'm pissed off, because Jasper is the creation of up to fifteen writers, nine directors, and David Hewlett. And not Jane Elliott. And this is why I don't like P2P unless the author has gone waaaay o
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MandyM
3.25 stars. Nice romance between a grumpy aeronautics scientist (Jasper), and an ex-fighter pilot (Brian) who has become homeless and destitute after a dishonourable discharge. Seeing an antisocial geek fall in love would have to be one of the most appealing plots in m/m romance. And Jasper is a great character. But I had less affection for Brian and Jasper's friends though.

Even though Jasper saved Brian's life and cared for him for weeks in his house, Brian takes off after a small disagreement.
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Td
4.5 Stars

A true breath of fresh air...

We have Jasper who at the core is the heart of this book. He is a genius who knows it and easily makes the work minions tremble in fear, send them scurrying and avoid him like the plague. He also spends an unhealthy amount of time coming up with and executing revenge plots which mostly fail but even when there is victory, it's more the backhanded kind. Some hilarious moments there. Underneath all the grumbling and snark, Jasper is caring and nurturing (don't
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M
* I apologize in advance for any inadvertent squeeing that may occur in this review.

That was amazing. Seriously, I'm sitting here with this big smile on my face and I feel like I could just float away on the awesomeness. This was a wonderful book about a cantankerous engineer who ends up taking care of a homeless PTSD survivor after running him over. It's a very well-written and easy to read book. I started having anxiety about finishing very early on because I kind of wanted it to go on forever
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Bev
May 23, 2013 Bev rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good laugh
Recommended to Bev by: Vio


I haven't laughed so much in ages, and even though there is controversy surrounding the book and it's origins (surely Ms Elliot it would have been better to have been upfront and honest at the start, instead of all this cloak and dagger stuff??), all I can say is it was wonderful, and I would love more of Jasper and Brian!! 5 stars and a big from me

Shortie review...lots of other really good reviews have already been posted for this book, even if some of them have had the rating removed (would
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Candice
Opposites do attract and Jasper and Brian fit that so well. Jasper is a stubborn, talented pain in the ass scientist who has only a few friends and loves trying to get revenge with pranks that never seem to quite work out for him. Brian on the other hand, while suffering with PTSD and recovering from being hit by Jasper's car is loved by everyone, even Barney who happens to be Jasper's kitten, but loves Brian more. This story, while sad in places because of what Brian went through, really doesn' ...more
Jess Candela
Edit 20 May 2013: Kate pointed out that this was a P2P fanfic, and that much of what's so great about the story is from the original canon.

Original Review 07 Oct 2012:

Review Summary: Riveting story with one abrasive character and one badly damaged one, who manage to build a believable and satisfying relationship.

Review: I stupidly started this right before bed, thinking I'd read a few chapters and then sleep. Hah! I ended up staying up much too late to finish it. I also laughed a lot and was gla
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Jo
I really liked the book it had a lot of my favorite themes, I love the snarky MC paired with an alphaish love interest. I don't know why because in person I know Jasper would drive me to physical violence but in book form I do a happy dance while laughing at his antics. Like Alan Rickman in book form. Why does the snark sound funnier with a British accent. I have huge battles and vendettas in my own mind and while ranting to friends about people who slighted me in some form but who otherwise hav ...more
Leanne
This appears to be SGA fanfic. :(

I've removing my rating.


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What a sweet and funny and utterly charming read!
Jasper, the prickly, slightly obsessive compulsive scientist, is adorably naive and clueless when it comes to matters of the heart. Watching him fall head over heels for the mysterious Brian is delightful. There is hurt comfort (where the comfort is sometimes delivered with all the sensitivity of a lumberjack wielding a chain saw) and a slow, t
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Lisa Henry
Did I love this book?

Yes, yes I did. I thought it was fun and snarky, and so wonderfully fresh.

Then I read Kate's review and found out that was SGA fanfic that was pulled to publish. So, not only could I have read this online for free, I wouldn't have been paying royalties to someone who has written a book using other people's characters.

Will you like this book? Maybe.

It all depends on how you feel about P2P fan fiction. Because while Jasper might be a breath of fresh air in the m/m world, D
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Anke
This was a fun read! I have no idea how much similarities there are with Stargate Atlantis and I don't read fanfic, so for me this was new and I loved it. The prologue was rather technical, so I took a break, but finally I came back and then the story was just unputdownable. Jasper's revenge campaigns were just too funny and his on the one hand rather brutal honesty, on the other hand awkwardness with all around him was appealing to read as well. And then to follow Jasper and Brian slowly, but s ...more
Mercedes
In this story genius Jasper Swinton hits with his car homeless Brian Sparks and so they begin their road to HEA. But don't think that this book is another version of A Note in the Margin. At the beginning it may feel like that. But quickly you learn that Jasper is a character like no other.

I loved Jasper, all of his eccentricities and all his verbal diarrhea. He has no brain to mouth filter. I enjoyed how Brian keeps him in check so easily. Despite Brian's initial situation as a homeless man, I
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Adrianamae, Marco's fan
The 5 star review means that this book was successful and perfect -for me. I read this one in one sitting, and enjoyed it from beginning to end. These two complicated, difficult characters were perfect (that word again) for each other, and the secondary characters were strong and charming in this story, too. I don't know what I enjoyed more, the slow trip and adjustment to romance or the subplot of childish, complicated or extremely involved revenge skeems that Jaspers manages to be sucessful... ...more
Susan
I loved Jasper! He was a bad-tempered, workaholic, revenge-obsessed, grumpy bastard of a man with absolutely zero skills in inter-personal relations. Yet somehow he was still loveable and made me laugh several times. The slow build of his relationship with Brian was perfect; sweet and funny and awkward and heartbreaking all at the same time. All in all, a really satisfying story.
Ayanna
What can I say? This book is hilarious, quirky, touching, blah, blah, blah. I love the characters and it's so nicely developed that I didn't get much dissonance, if any.

edit:
...so...
This is P2P...

Now I'm sad.
Ery
Nov 23, 2012 Ery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
Above all is a highly enjoyable romance between a quirky engineer and a slightly damaged homeless man. The story was light, fun, and a joy to read.
Elisa Rolle
Maybe I'm full of of plots and stories that almost nothing seems to spark my level of interest, but that is not the case with Above All. Even if I was very busy, and sincerely I didn't have many time, these two men and their story was always there, in the back of my mind, asking me to continue reading and knowing what was their happy ending. Cause Above All is a romance, almost sweet sometime, not really about the sex, more about the romance.

Truth be told, while Brian, with his troubled past but
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Lucy
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

The blurb doesn’t mention just how funnily obnoxious Dr. Jasper Swinton really is. Volatile doesn’t do him justice, the man is so socially inept (and sometimes it seems it is on purpose). He doesn’t have much of a filter from what he thinks to what he says. Which is how he finds himself out of a job. Need to be careful what you say to Generals when you work for a place dependent on the military, don’t you know. Jasper is crude, rude, brash and so very interesti
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PaperMoon
I found Ms Elliot by way of her two gay western romances (more about these later) and have since become an avowed fan of her writing. I bought her three books from Manifold Press and after thoroughly enjoyable reading experiences with the aforementioned wild-west titles, I eagerly embarked upon Above All just after midnight. Well … I finished the story at four hours later, bleary eyed, exhausted but so thoroughly satisfied … I seemed to have inadvertently saved the best till last!

Geeky Dr. Jaspe
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Mandi
2.5 stars. I know there were some reviews on how this was originally Stargate fanfic, but since I've never watched the show (or read any of the fanfic) that didn't bother me. While the beginning caught my attention, the actions of Jasper's 'friends' totally ruined the rest of the book for me. Who needs friends like that? Plus the sex scenes were just awkward and not sexy at all.
Kim
rating 2.5

what i liked:
-realistic sex, considering their past experience (or lack of it)
-jasper being a tsundere
-barney
-ellen being a brilliant goddess that every evil scheme jasper makes backfire
-ego/stupidity of the boys are understandable (sort of)

what could've made this better:
-handling of ptsd could've been handled more sensitively. the therapies the author mentioned were good, and it indicated that the author did make her research but i dunno, it lacked something, or jasper handling brian'
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Jax
May 16, 2013 Jax rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 3-star
This was a mixed bag for me. I loved Jasper. He was cranky and self-absorbed and obsessed with little revenge schemes against friend and foe alike. He was a fun character and I liked him paired with Brian. I liked the sexual fumblings of these two inexperienced men too. It was a refreshing change of pace from sex that goes magically, perfectly right even the first time. But I had some niggles that kept this from being a four-star read for me.

For one thing, I had a hard time with the shifts betwe
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Aurora
The story is narrated by Jasper Swinton, an eccentric genius who seems to have been born without the necessary social filters governing polite behaviour, which means he has few friends willing to put up with his snide comments. Basically, Jasper calls 'em as he sees 'em. Although his comments can be hurtful at times, they are also extremely funny and I often found myself laughing out loud at his observations. The dialogue between Jasper and the people in his life, whether friend or foe, is very ...more
Chutchy
Ok, this book was hilarious!! Don't get me wrong. There were sensitive issues like PTSD and homeless veterans, but Jasper was a hoot and a holla! His need for revenge was........reminded me of..ME! There are people in my life who are afraid of my revenges and know that they don't know the day nor the hour when I will strike. I absolutely loved this book. Even the sad parts were.....funny because of Jasper, except of course when Brian went walkabout. I will go and find more books from this author ...more
Edina Rose
It's modern fairytale where the prince is a genius scientist, the cinderfella is an ex-marine, and the three good fairies are a surgeon, the genius scientist's boss and a smart US army general.

I liked the genius scientist. He is an original, totally lacking in social skills, and funny to read about. I found this book mostly funny, and quite romantic. Everything fell into place a bit too "magically", but still, it was a good read. And I like this author's style.

PS: The scientist likes making pr
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Izzie
The story was disappointing. The descriptions of the setting were flat, and the characters were almost nonexistent. Honestly, I was getting mixed signals about Jasper and Brian's sexual orientation. When the sex scenes finally happened late in the book, there was no sensuality.
apple
Jun 28, 2013 apple rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: glbt
Cute overload! And with just the perfectly right amount of angst to balance out the fluff. Jasper really reminds me of Sheldon Cooper and that’s quite a buzzinga buzzkill for the romance. I had no idea this was originally a fanfic though O_O?
Angelmira
4,5 stars... I completely fell in love with Jasper and his grumpiness, his ego, all his flaws and first of all his revenge methods. He's such a hilarious and awesome guy.
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