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That One Thing (Alex and Jared - The College Years #1)

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A short story

Alex Ross expects to grow up during his four years at MIT, but he doesn't anticipate exactly how much things will change. Graduating valedictorian of his class opens the world to him in ways he never imagined.

A surprise visit from his boyfriend, Jared Douglas, shocks Alex into the realization he's no longer sure how the pieces of his life fit together. He's fa
ebook, 38 pages
Published November 24th 2012 by Silver Publishing
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Alex is now 22 years old, going to MIT, being on top of his class, getting offers to work at prestigious firm. Then Jared comes, asks Alex whether he wants to go back to see the land that will end up being their home (if Alex agrees of purchase). And Alex must makes a choice about what he wants to do...


This 6000+ short story is basically a filler -- as Diane Adams said herself in the dedication section: ""For all of you who couldn't wait for January". The first half was a sex scene (hey, Al
Nov 30, 2012 Susan65 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize how much i loved and missed these guys. They make my heart happy.
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
A nice sexy little interlude with Jared and Alex. Short but very satisfying. True love that has definitely warmed the cockles of this old gals heart! Short enough to fit in after finishing book 3 late last night or should I say early this morning - it's hard to know when to stop with these guys! * yawn*. :)
Nov 26, 2012 Deeze rated it liked it
Far too short, but still packed full of love.

Nov 23, 2012 R.J. rated it it was amazing
As usual this is a beautiful piece of writing from Diane Adams. I have missed Alex and Jared so much and this little slice of their time at college is just enough to keep me going until MM5 is out in January...

Nov 27, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
It was a nice glimpse of Alex and Jared, sadly it was too short! At least January isn't that far away. CAN'T WAIT!
Shirley Frances
Alex is away at MIT just about to finish school. He has done well for himself and has even earned a great job offer after graduating. He's still madly in love with Jared, but he can't help but question if his life back home will hold him back.

I loved visiting with Alex and Jared again. It was nice to see them in a different setting and struggling with some important decisions. The writing was very good. Diane Adams managed to pack a lot of emotion, sexual chemistry and humor in just 38 pages. A
Nov 25, 2012 qx rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
The characters are great, the romance is, well, romantic, and I loved the story overall, but (and these are incredibly minor points)...

As a senior at MIT, it seems likelier that Alex would be in a single, or if he does have a roommate, that his roommate wouldn't be an upperclassman. Also, the dorm rooms have locks. He has the presence of mind to put the sock on, but not lock the door?

Just a couple of niggles, but they did make me pause for a bit.
Edina Rose
If you skip the sex (why the "hot" sex? Should have been more "emotion" sex than "hot" sex), this is a five stars. Wonderful as usual, Alex and Jared create magic with their devotion to each other.
Kaje Harper
Jan 23, 2013 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, short-story
I love these characters, which added pleasure to this simple story. No surprises, a touch of nice emotion, and a reminder that even the strongest relationship is built one choice after another.
Dec 01, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
Shelves: feel-good-read
3.5 Stars

Loved getting another glimpse of these two, but way to short.
Becky Condit
Dec 03, 2012 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
Diane Adam’s short story THAT ONE THING catches us up to what’s going on while Alex is away at college. Jordan pays him an unexpected visit and tries to hurry a decision by Alex whether he is going to go into Big Business and make the Big Bucks or return home to live with Jordan in their hometown.
Alex has been the one trying to rush things since he was 15 years old and Jordan was the one with his hand on the brakes, so this is a bit of a switch in roles, but it is a chance for Alex to demonstrat
Don Bradshaw
Nov 25, 2012 Don Bradshaw rated it really liked it
Ok we're not used to short stories from Ms Adams unless you take the time to visit her blog where there are several shorts about Clark's twin sons. Find it and enjoy the world that Adams can so lovingly create. This short story is a flash back to Alex's time at MIT written not so much as a filler but as a look at Alex when he's at a vital crossroads in his life. As a fan of the Making Of a Man series, I know which choice Alex made but it was still fun to read the depth of emotion that Ms Adams w ...more
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Nov 28, 2012 clear skies rated it really liked it
This series is one of my guilty pleasures. This was a short story and I assume amongst many between Alex and Jared. If you've read the series then you'll understand this review. This takes place whilst Alex is at MIT. Jared wants Alex to make a choice with what he wants from his life. A theme that has been apparent throughout the whole series. It was short but nicely-written. I won't deny the fact Ms. Adams isn't the best writer. Her characters are sweet and her writing simple, but sometimes as ...more
Yep, short but very sweet. Jared and Alex, you are one cute couple!

Alex is still extremely clever, , clever enough to know that it doesn't matter what he does, it will always be Jared for him, and the life they've built together in the small town they live in. Being headhunted by a large and prestigious firm of architects isn't enough to persuade him to leave his love, family and home behind. Of course, he makes the right decision.
Jan 18, 2013 Juliana rated it it was amazing
For people who wanted just another taste of Alex and Jared! This story is so sweet, a glimpse into one of the few successful long distance relationships that I know of. There is a very sexy scene in this book that I quite enjoyed as well! ;) A stop on Alex and Jared's trip to happily ever after. My favorite scene (view spoiler) is a tear jerker!
I just love these two guys together. I know it seems like Jared is "testing" Alex, but I find that he is laying out options and leaving the decision up to Alex and Jared is behind Alex 100% no matter what decision he would make.

Recommended for a lunchtime read :)
1st read - Oct 29, 2013
2nd read - Jun 19, 2015
Nov 24, 2012 Isabelle rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
It was sweet but a disappointment I am sorry to say.
Perhaps it was due to the shortness of the story, I just didn't get the same warm feeling in my stomach that I usually get when reading about Jared and Alex.
But still, read it :)
Nov 30, 2012 mw138 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Short but very sweet look into the lives of Alex and Jerad as Alex prepares to graduate from college.
Jen (EndlessDreams)
Only negative I had was the book was too short! I wanted more of Alex and Jared!!
Dec 28, 2012 Charnel rated it it was amazing
Great Short Story!! I just love these characters!!!
Marsha Spence
Nov 27, 2012 Marsha Spence rated it it was amazing
Part of the Making of a Man series.

As with all the other books in this series, this story follows a nonlinear timeline and mainly occurs somewhere in the middle of Jared and Alex's 14-year relationship - during Alex's time at MIT.

My issue with this book is that it lacks depth, is very short, and does not add anything worthwhile to Alex and Jared's story.

I cannot understand why it's rating so high.
Apr 01, 2014 melek rated it it was amazing
Jared makes a surprise visit to Alex while in college, Which Leave Alex with some decision to make.
Lindsey  {Lindsey's Bookshelf}
Jun 15, 2013 Lindsey {Lindsey's Bookshelf} rated it really liked it
really sweet. kinda wish that this one was a little longer. I love Alex and Jared.
Shelby P
Apr 21, 2013 Shelby P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Quick look at Alex away at college. Dorm sex is always hot!!!
Jan 14, 2013 Rosebee rated it it was amazing
A wonderful glimpse of Alex & Jared.
Nov 26, 2012 Mirka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-up-to-60p
Beautiful shortie :)
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Amanda Rees marked it as to-read
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