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Disasterology 101

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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
Nook, 362 pages
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
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Susan
Apr 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it

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
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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
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☆ Todd
Feb 19, 2014 ☆ Todd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. If you're a fan of the USA Network's 'Monk' TV series and M/M romance, then I suspect you'll really enjoy it as well. The book is like the 'bastard love child' of the two. : )

The book followed a really great progression from Kevin's first attempts at dating in the gay scene, showing a lot of maturity on his part when balancing his physical desires with his emotional needs. That was really refreshing, as most gay newbies tend to immediately take the easier and mo
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Mandapanda
Feb 08, 2013 Mandapanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: various-romance
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
Jewel
Disasterology 101 is yet another book I bought in 2015 that has been languishing on my Kindle until now. I know, I know... And now that I have finally read it, I'm wondering what took me so long! Truthfully, I think the reason I put it off for so long is the length. It's nearly 7000 locations on my Kindle. As it turns out, though, it was a pretty quick read, for me, and I finished it in just over a day. Verdict? I frakin' loved it.

The MC's and secondary characters were well sketched and real.
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Debra
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
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Kaje Harper
Jul 21, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m
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
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Camille
Jul 20, 2013 Camille rated it it was ok
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
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Jilrene ♥
I enjoyed the beginning. Up to about 40-45% I was into it. Then, I lost interest. I took a long break at 60% or thereabouts. I picked it up today and read to the end. I loved it. The characters are difficult to get to know. I think it's on purpose, because these are a couple of really complex men. I recommend this book for people who love oddballs. It truly is well written.
SueC
Jul 31, 2013 SueC rated it really liked it
Shelves: boib-read
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
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MaDoReader
Mar 02, 2016 MaDoReader rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3,5 redondeadas al alza por la segunda mitad del libro que me ha parecido mucho mejor llevada.

No voy a mentir, el primer tercio del libro me tenía al borde el DnF, se me antojaba "demasiado", pero la cosa empieza a cambiar alrededor del 47% y mejora mucho. Kevin es un santo y también tiene lo suyo, pero es Cedric el que te acaba desarmando, se me encoge el corazón sólo de pensar en ciertas partes...

En general me ha gustado, pero me ha parecido un libro desequilibrado en algunos momentos, unos ob
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Susan
Feb 18, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
2.5 stars

This book was long. And exhausting. The writing was great and I read it in one sitting. But still... exhausting.

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This book is about Cedric who deals with severe OCD. He meets Kevin, a 36 year old divorced father. There is instant attraction and the two hit it off. But being with Cedric comes with a manual.

The rest of the book concentrates on all of Cedric’s quirks and how he and Kevin deal with it. I actually quite liked those parts. It was fascinating to read about Cedric and his need t
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Candice
Jul 18, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it
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
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Vivian
Nov 29, 2013 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
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,
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Candice
Jul 12, 2013 Candice rated it liked it
2.5
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
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Trio
May 20, 2017 Trio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was absolutely wonderful!

I shouldn't be all that surprised by TVD, her characters are always marvelously complex, but the way she got into Cedric's head was amazing. The depth of Kevin and Cedric's relationship and the journey of that story really blew me away.

Truly an incredible book.
Meags
5 Stars

What a fabulous story. This one’s going straight onto my favourites shelf!

This story was super quirky and extremely moving. I absolutely adored the characters in this book. They were so very real and so very human. I can’t actually recall the last time I felt that the characters in a book I was reading were so well developed and fleshed out.

Cedric was one of the most fascinatingly complex characters I’ve ever come across. I couldn’t possibly get bored with this book if I tried, because C
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Wendy F
Aug 06, 2016 Wendy F rated it it was amazing
“It was about feeling fulfilled, forming a bond, and knowing you belonged together.”


Reading Carry the Ocean last week put me on a path of reading romances with unconventional heroes. Or at least, it put me back on that path since it’s always been a storyline I’ve enjoyed. Anyway, it led me to The Mating of Michael, and it also led me to Disasterology 101.

Disasterology 101 is the story of a man, recently divorced, who has accepted the fact that his generally happy marriage ended because he was
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Bev

Yay!! 5 stars from me. Another story that's finally seen the light of day, having been buried in my mountainous to be read pile for nearly 2 years...eek!!

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An unusual but fabulous read from Taylor set in New York featuring Cedric and Kevin. Cedric, eccentric young English guy who is a germaphobe and suffers dreadfully from OCD and other things but is trying to get his life back on track. He needs to be away from his extremely wealthy but shamefully apathetic English family to do that and gets a
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Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
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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
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AliciaJ
I want to give this one more than 5 stars. It was amazing.
Aeren
Nov 27, 2016 Aeren rated it really liked it
Cedric es guapo,alto, rico, inteligente y padece OCD así como otras fobias, Kevin está recién divorciado, tiene 36, 3 críos e intenta aceptar que ha pasado su vida adulta negándose que es gai. Los dos se encuentran de forma fortuita y la vida de ambos cambia para siempre.
Personajes bien trazados, secundarios decentes y un estilo que me ha resultado muy agradable, no conocía nada del autor aunque tengo alguno más por el kindle. Debo confesar que me declaro fan de Cedric, el tema de la novela es b
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¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧•°**★❧ •°**★
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
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Skye Blue
Jul 17, 2015 Skye Blue rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this story.

Seeing Kevin be patient with Cedric's OCD difficulties, without actually putting him in a bubble and letting the OCD take over was heartwarming. I liked that the OCD never faded into the background, because it shouldn't. It's not something that just disappears. I did think that the leaps and bounds in progress that Cedric made towards then end, was a little off. But really, it's a fictional story, and it couldn't go on for years. Well, it could, but that would have
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LutaWolf
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
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LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Jun 16, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it it was amazing
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 ♥♥

Cedri
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Fani *loves angst*
4 stars

Not what I expected, as Cedric's OCD and germaphobia were way more severe than I imagined when I picked it up. In fact it was so severe, that I ended up seriously doubting that those two could ever have a long-term HEA, but it being a book and not RL, I decided to overlook it. In RL, I seriously doubt anyone could be as accomodating and understanding as Kevin was, and to be honest I was glad he turned into a little brat for a while there, because it leveled the field between them and made
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Trish
Oct 12, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
My Cedric --- back soon for review

Katharina
Jul 24, 2013 Katharina rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
***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
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Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistically cynical about humanity and a lover of history, museums, and all things 80s. She shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing television, is crazy about fashion, and passionate about civil rights and equality for all.

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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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