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Disasterology 101

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  898 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Kevin Morrison had it all. A house he worked hard for, a loving wife, and three beautiful children. But it wasn’t until his marriage ended that he realized what the void he’d felt almost all his life meant. Coming out as a gay man at thirty-six is not an easy feat, but he is determined to be true to his heart. Meeting a man who shares his values, and is good with his child ...more
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Published July 17th 2013 by MLR Press
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 stars.****Review completed July 22, 2013

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Kevin is sitting in a coffee shop in Manhattan, pretending to read a newspaper but at the same time he is checking out a sex shop that announced the availability of male peepshow booths. There's a constant coming and going but Kevin hadn't worked up the courage to go in. Yet. While contemplating his strained (sex) life, Kevin sees an unusual guy sitting all by himself in the coffee shop. After ogling the man for a while, Kevin leaves the shop and ends up

This book is my first by author Taylor V. Donovan and I’m hooked.

It is odd, and quirky, and uncomfortable, and random, and sad, and hilarious, and sweet, and crude, and EXHAUSTING...and seriously enjoyable.

Kevin is a recently divorced dad of 3 who comes out as gay and finds himself a 36-yr-old “virgin” of sorts. Dying to have his first gay sexual experience, he heads into a sex shop for a “peep show”. To his surprise he encounters Cedric and immediately is drawn to him.

Cedric…well, Cedric has
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

This book worked for me and it worked for me so, so well! After seeing some of the reviews from other readers, I have figured out why I have such a strongly positive reaction to this book and why some others don't. My response to this book is similar to how I felt about The Truth about Riley. In both books, the MCs have so much to overcome to get to the "love" stage. They have scars, both internal and external, and have to really fight to make their relationship work. I loved the lo
2.5 stars. I didn't believe in these two as a couple unfortunately. Usually I enjoy MC's with an intellectual or mental health issue but I found Cedric to be fairly aggressive when he wasn't in the throes of one of his episodes. The over-used term 'pet' grated on my nerves. I'm not sure why. I know that using a character with a real life disability and not sugar-coating the difficulties this causes in their love life is particularly popular with m/m authors. But for me this characterisation went ...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars . It's no secret that I like books with a touch of reality to the small details. More than anything, that was what appealed to me here. This was an excellent look at a main character with significant mental health issues, treated with compassion but not romanticized. I loved seeing Cedric dealing with real, serious limitations, and watching him and Kevin try to find middle ground they could come together on.

These guys' first sexual encounter was (wonderfully) about as far from the roma
DNF at 51%.

I read for pleasure. I received very little of such from this book.

The issues abound here. The OCD stuff is too much, way too much. Too much in its intensity, in its swamping of the story, in the focus placed upon it in the story (by the MCs) and in the authorial focus placed upon it as well.

This is much less a romance than it is a study in the life of a germaphobe. The relationship, such as it is, is highly unbelievable. Cedric embodies OCD and Kevin the dream guy who will stay with
Germs... Count... Symmetry...
Count... Rituals... Count... Germs...
Germs... Count... Symmetry...
Count... Rituals... Count... Germs...

Lets face it, this book is at times, well, exhausting. But you know what? It has to be, because OCD IS EXHAUSTING and without this painfully honest presentation of constant anxiety induced ritualistic behavior we wouldn't feel a fraction of what it's like to suffer from this illness. So yes it was hard but suck it up princesses; it puts us in the shoes (or ritua
I had a very hard time getting through this book. It just seemed to move at such a slow pace with not much going on to really move the story along until the last 15% of the book. I just could not get into Kevin or Cedric and found it very difficult to see them as couple. Kevin just seemed to take everything Cedric dished out and was just way to understanding, it made me not really like his character too much. I stuck with the story because i wanted to see how things would turn out and even fo
May 19, 2014 Debra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

This was my first Taylor Donovan book but certainly will not be my last. The blurb tells you what you need to know about the plot, but this is not a story that just throws OCD in as a quirky plot device for a few laughs in a lighthearted story. Very well written and researched, the author did a fabulous job of portraying Cedric and his struggle to live as normal a life as possible knowing he will live his entire life with therapy, medication and his disorders.

Cedric is an intelligent, 2
This would have been a 5 Star book from me, but I felt that there wasn't enough progress on Cedric's part. (view spoiler)

This is a story about Kevin and Cedric. Kevin is a divorced, father of 3, who has finally come to terms he's gay. He desperately wants to get to know someone before jumping into bed with a man, but he's a tough time with that. S
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM~Sarcasm Junkie n Kissing SLut~

4.5 Antibacterial Stars

Lately I have been in such a moody book funk. I’ve been on a journey of looking for a book that would make me feel. I needed a whole lot of feelings. I wanted those feelings to ooze out of me, slowly, methodically, loving. I wanted a book that would eat out my soul.

Nothing was working for me. NOTHING. I was literally starting books and DNFing them within the first 30 pages. I would blow out my breathe really hard and start cursing. HARD. Because I would get so disappointed
Vivian Archer
Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as did.

This could have been a disaster to read. So many things could have set me off, but it didn't happen. Donovan didn't shy away from illustrating the serious repercussions of Cedric's condition or his medication. Watching both characters deal with the effects were inspiring/terrifying/cringe-worthy wanted to curl in a ball/exhilarating. Meds screw with the body and expecting it to perform when your tilting hormones sideways is unrealistic, but seriously,
Me “Hun you know that book I‘ve been wanting to read? It‘s fucking $8.99.”
Hubby “Damn, that’s a lot of money.”
Me “You know what I could do with $8.99?”
Hubby “Buy two small caramel frap, two other books that cost $4.50, but I‘d have to hear you bitch about wanting to read the book so read it already.”

Had I not read previous work by this author, there is no way I’d pay $8.99 but I have and therefore I obviously spent the money and I can honestly say it was money well spent. The book is three hundr
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
5 Stars - KAPOW!!
I was incredibly lucky to get to read an arc of this book - I think release at MLR is July 19th. It is so worth buying as soon as it is released!

Wow! Wow! Wow! That book was just incredible. It has been a long time – tooooo long since i have clutched a new TVD book in my hand. Was it worth the wait? Oh Hell Yeah!!

It isn’t often that both MC’s totally enthrall me. Normally it is the Alpha of the duo that I fall far. But in this book I just adore them both. Kevric forever ♥♥


I have been anxiously awaiting any Taylor V. Donovan book that comes out because I've really enjoyed all her stories.

So it was surprising to me that this book didn't work for me, but it happens. For me the difficulty was in the author telling of everything that was going on rather than the characters, so much narration that I missed the development of chemistry between the characters.

I did like the characters and the premise of the story, but because of the narration I never got "hooked" enou
***There are a few spoilers in here, but nothing that doesn't come up within the first few pages, so I think you're still in the clear :-D***

Disasterology 101 is the first book by Taylor Donovan I've read and I guess I'll really have to have a closer look at her book list, because this one was a damn good novel.

Be warned, though, right away: if you're looking for fast development with easy-to-solve problems, lots of quick, hot sex, and as romantic as unrealistic miracles of love curing everythin
Super Sweet Storyline~

OMG, I Love Kevin, he was awesome, I love the way he was made perfect for Cedric, that was a sweet, sweet storyline.

Minor bumps in the road~...

This is one cute book, and I smiled when I opened it, then I was thrown off by the desciption of the MC Cedric "Pretty thug" I try to avoid thug like MCs, as they never work for me in reading....but I read on....

Hoping, he would change, a wee bit, but, he gets even more thuged out...see quote below~

"There he was, thugged out to th
Jul 20, 2013 Trish rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
My Cedric --- back soon for review

Taylor Donovan
Jul 03, 2013 Taylor Donovan added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“Hello, Cedric.”

“Hello,” he answered as he stepped into the office. One look around and he felt a sharp, throbbing pain in his temple. Everything was different from last week. “I see you redecorated.”

“I had it done over the weekend. What do you think?”

As focused as he was on his surroundings, Cedric barely registered Dr. Black’s question and the soft click of the door closing behind him.
He took a deep breath and tried not to let the new, bulky, earth-toned furniture, and the trink
Bitchie *Bored Now*
I really enjoyed this angsty number. I feel I learned a bit about OCD from Brit Boy Cedric, and I enjoyed watching Kevin find himself. His kids actually acted like kids their age, which was refreshing. No overly precocious cuties, no spoiled brats, just normal, every day kids. Even the ex-wife Jenny didn't seem to fit either the stereotypical evil ex OR the way too giving BFF.

Near the end, it DID seem a bit like Cedric got too much better, too fast, but enough had went on by that point that I wa
Lelyana Taufik

*** 5 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder stars!!!***

OMG! This is one of the best sweet heart warming story I have ever read in this year!
And I absolutely smitten, falling hard for both Cedric and Kevin.

When I started with this guys...I felt like..."Is it going to be good, or...?"

and then after these lines...
"“But I don’t think you’ll stay if we don’t clear the air, and I want to see you here Tuesday night.”
“Why?” Kevin’s facial expression went from defensive to puzzled in the blink of an eye.

Pamela Su
I was expecting a cute romance. I got a humorous story with a lot of serious overtones. I enjoyed reading it.

This story is about two men who are in very difficult transitional points in their lives. Kevin's divorced and finally ready to acknowledge that he's gay. Cedric has severe OCD issues which makes it difficult for him to form a serious connection with other people.

Under most circumstances, this would be a situation that will NOT work. But this is a story where it does.

I liked that Cedric's
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There are bits of this I really liked. I especially liked finding out how these very different men navigated their way thought this unusual relationship. I found Kevin's patience and determination to work things out with Cedric very noble and appealing. Cedric is an oddball alright and his determination to not be a twat is a bit adorable.

However I don't really liked being told it's all very adorable, as I prefer to work that out for myself. I felt I was told quite often what I shouldt think or f
4.5 stars. An interesting enjoyable m/m romance between 26 year old obsessive compulsive Cedric and 36 year old divorced father of three Kevin. Cedric is a rich eccentric Brit living and working in Manhattan as an architect and teacher. He tends to come across as a caricature of an englishman using 'chap' and 'bloke' when most young Brits would just say 'guy' nowadays. Kevin is a construction worker who is forced to come out of the closet after falling for Cedric.

Cedric suffers from OCD and germ
I loved this book ... it was so sweet and romantic despite the issues the MC's had to deal with ... Kevin was lovely ... the way he found his place in the world was wonderful to read about ... Cedric was much harder to like but his determination to live despite his almost crippling disability, made him a hero in my eyes ... it was nice that the HEA wasn't the panacea for all Cedric's issues too ... it was nice knowing that Kevin was able to love Cedric with his quirks rather than despite them .. ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Kelly marked it as dnf
Shelves: m-m
This is the second book by this writer that I DNF'd. This one bored me me to death! Moving on....
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
I did not want this book to end. For the last 10% I kept thinking, "Don't end, don't end, please, I want more, a sequel, anything."

This book was brilliant. It was beautiful, slow in building (ha, unintentional pun!), and pretty darn close to true to life. I would know, because I had OCD that got to the point that it took up hours of my day and made me anxious all of the time, so I could related to what Cedric had to deal with. (Luckily, mine went away when I began chanting (Nicherin Buddism)--w
So I liked this book quite a lot. I loved that the characters had flaws and reacted in mostly realistic ways to scenarios throughout the book. I also really liked the quirkiness factor and I thought it was really well written, well researched and very sexy too. However, there were a few things that bothered me and caused me not to give it 5 stars:

(Very minor spoilers ahead)

1. I really didn't like the way that Cedric was thought of as a "hoodlum" because he dressed in a "hip hop" or urban way. Fi
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Having just finished reading this, I'm still processing my feelings but I can say with 100% certainty that I loved it. It deals with so many issues but it wasn't overwhelming. I enjoyed the journey that Cedric and Kevin took and how they eventually got to their HEA. It was sweet but pulled on my heartstrings at times to the point I just wanted to hug them both.

Kevin and Cedric are complete opposites. Where Cedric is neat and orderly, obsessed with cleanliness, the number 3 and having everything
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“Trust and intimacy, he thought, smiling contentedly when Kevin wrapped one arm around his waist, and buried his nose in Cedric’s nape. That’s what it came down to at the end. It wasn’t all about the sex, or about knowing each other’s every secret and background. It was about feeling fulfilled, forming a bond, and knowing you belonged together.” 5 likes
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