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The Boy Who Came In From the Cold (The Boy Who Came in from the Cold #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,171 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his ...more
ebook, 284 pages
Published May 29th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 28th 2013)
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Mar 02, 2014 julio rated it did not like it
Recommended to julio by: AnnaLund
Autoimmune response.

One friend described this as refreshingly male; another said it worked for her as if it were a virus that somehow infected her without triggering any antibodies.

Me? I was Mr. T-cell from page one.

Odd ruminations on how expensive things are; clumsy interjections from POV subconscious thought—what are you, a queer?; baffling motivations; the word 'shitfire' four times on the same page; head-hopping in the same chapter; grating female characters; logic-fails and dafuqery through
Jan 03, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for the perfect m/m romance, look no further than THE BOY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. It has everything a true fan of the genre could want--a ton of heart, a dash of angst, and pure emotion that will drive you effortlessly toward laughter and tears. BG Thomas has crafted realistic, conflicted, and genuinely sympathetic characters that you can't help but come to love...and root for. Although the story is simple, it is never simplistic, and it will resonate with you long after you ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*


I love the hurt-comfort theme and the Cinderfella storyline, so reading the blurb for this one, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Todd was raised in a very small town, by a mean, belittling and abusive step-father and a seemingly disinterested and neglectful mother.
His best friend from childhood Joan became his girlfriend, because that just seemed how it was supposed to be, but he never quite understood the thrill of sex that all the other boys bragged about. A situation with his
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

I'm not sure what to make of this strange GFY/OFY, cinder-fella story.

First of all, the GFY part was barely that. The MC practically retched at the sight of lady parts so that was a BIG giveaway.

I didn't love the saintly characters, the strange way Gabe said "shitfire" all the time (sounded kind of old-manish), and the storyline with Todd's parents. Everyone seemed a little bit like caricatures, too perfect, too convenient. It didn't have the real quality. To top it off, the sex s
Emma Sea
For some reason I just adored this book.

The storyline has been compressed so that a year's worth of plot takes place in a week, but somehow the attention paid to characterization means I can let that slide. When we get to the sex it's incredibly joyous and triumphant. There's the happiest of HEAs: it's akin to an m/m fairytale.

This is one of those books where I have no antibodies for its flaws and it just glides straight through and infects my happy.

All warm snuggly love and delicious food.

Nov 07, 2014 Sunny rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, first-time, sweet
A sweet fairytale that made me smile. I enjoyed it, but I couldn't take it too seriously. Certain events were so unlikely and implausible and the characters' actions too often didn't make sense for the situation. I really liked the MCs, though, and the sex was nice and steamy.
Jun 18, 2013 GayListBookReviews rated it really liked it
This book was not the story I thought it would be from the blurb and this trope. I was expecting a huddled, feeble man-child found half hidden in a snow drift and rescued by a rough, emotionally damaged, stoic barbarian. If that is what you are expecting too, let me be the first to say, wrong book.

And thank goodness.

Todd Burton is young and freezing, but his pride and closet keep him warm enough that he almost doesn’t get to be a part of this story. Until he realizes the one person who has shown
BWT (Belen)
3.75 stars

Belens Audio Book Review

NOTE: The rating is entirely due to Charlie David's performance. Once again, Charlie David delivers an entertaining production that cuts some of the too-saccharine sweetness from the story, leaving only enjoyment in it's wake.

This is one of those times when the story itself doesn't resonate deeply but I like the narration so much it elevates the final rating much higher than it would be as if I had simply read the story.

This is an insta-love heavy-dose romance (they know each other a
Dec 22, 2013 Heller rated it really liked it

It's funny I remember reading Bianca's Plan and thinking how much I'd love to read Gabe's story. It didn't dawn on me until part way through this read that this was about him and that I was finally getting my wish.

Todd left his small town to find his dream job in Kansas City. He wants to apprentice under a chef he wildly admires but she's not interesting in teaching him. That starts a chain reaction of bad luck that culminates in Todd without either a job or a place to live with a blizzard o
May 21, 2015 MostlyDelores rated it it was ok
A lot of familiar M/M tropes show up in this book, but they are shown through the somewhat unfamiliar lens of an actual gay male author.

Good: The pay-it-forward theme; the fairy-tale sweetness; the sweaty, smelly, crotchy physicalness of sex.

Bad: Overly sentimental storytelling and clumsy writing.

Overall: Picture A Little Princess as a modern-day gay romance -- if that sounds appealing, this is your book.
Jul 01, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
I enjoyed this book, but it was just too sweet and everything wrapped up very neatly and easily with a very shiny bow. I liked the characters and the fact that Gabe and Todd were open and willing to talk to each other. I wanted a little more exploration of the relationship instead of the instalove on the part of Gabe and Todd's quick and easy coming to terms with his sexuality (which to me, robbed the story of the emotion I wanted to feel as Todd grows to accept himself despite his upbringing).

This is a bit of a Cinderfella romance, with Gabe being the Knight in shining armor, and Todd being the neglected, mistreated and downtrodden boy needing to be rescued. Then again, it's also a super sweet love story, and despite the insta-love, I didn't feel as if either Gabe or Todd were using each other.

A sweet romance, fluffy and full of sugar, set in the same gay-friendly KC universe in which most of B.G.'s stories take place, this was just what I needed during a cold and dreary day.

Jul 04, 2013 Feliz rated it it was amazing
Two guys falling for each other over the span of a couple of days, deciding they're going to spend their lives together after no more than a week...and one of them initially deeply in'd think Insta!love to the max? You'd say, thanks but no thanks, not my kind of thing?


This is one of the rare events where "falling in love at first sight" doesn't even remotely amount to Insta!love. The characters, particularly Todd, have so much to work through, so much to realize about themse
This is the story that talks about how you hand down the line. The help you have had, the love you have received, all of it, you use to help the next person who comes along.

That part is totally brilliant, in this book. How Gabe takes in Todd, gives him shelter and food. As someone once did for him.

This is heartfelt and beautiful. Just as Todd breaks my heart in fifteen ways, with the angry voice of his step-father ringing in his head. All the feels assault me as he wavers and falls. I actually d
Jun 25, 2013 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
First off, as a gay male, I seem to be not the target audience for a gay romance. Go figure. But what I really didn't like about the book was purely my own personal taste: I'm tired of the coming out story, and especially of the homophobic latent homosexual embracing his orientation and finding love and mind-blowing sex all within the space of under 200 pages.

The writing itself was perfectly fine, the characterizations were fairly well drawn, the sense of place was pretty good, I just don't car
Eli Easton
Jan 03, 2014 Eli Easton rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by BG Thomas and I quite liked it. I've read similar Cinderella stories before, about abandoned young men taken in by the older, established man, and it can be a fun trope. This story is well-written and I enjoyed the descriptions of Gabe and the deeper themes of forgiveness and paying it forward. There was some nice built up of UST before the characters ended up in bed and all in all it was a sweet, relatively low-angst romance. Five stars from me and I'll definitely read ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Crispy rated it it was ok
Woobie-ish characters and ultimately unmemorable, an interest-killing combination.
Jan 22, 2014 Mercedes rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

After I was done with this book I was left annoyed. Many things bugged me about this book:

1) One word: insta-love, yeah after 24 hours both of them are considering they love the other guy and words are exchanged after 72 hrs. This was me:


2) if I had to read the phrase "You a faggot or something?" one more time my head was going to explode. It is all of 11 times in there and if you ask me 7 times too many probably. I get it, the kid is traumatized by his stepdad but do you have to keep m
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I love hurt/comfort. I especially love this when one of the MC is so down on his luck that he is out of choices. I think this might be "Pretty Woman" syndrome. Not sure.

Anyway - I liked both characters. It was def. insta love but it felt like they'd known each other longer. I did wonder why it didn't take place over a longer time period - as there doesn't seem like any reason specifically it would all have to happen within such a short time. I thought the characters had a real flavor - but I wou
Jun 27, 2016 Susan marked it as dnf
DNF at 30%

The writing really got on my nerves. It was such a jumbled mess. I couldn’t get used to the half thoughts during the dialogue.

Not a book for me.
Amarilli Settantatre

2,5 - Libro con un sottofondo dolce ma lento. Anche troppo.
A tre quarti volevo arrivare in fondo per insofferenza manifesta.
Tanti dialoghi inutili che potevano essere tagliati e scene superflue ai fini della narrazione. Vista la squadra di editor che viene ringraziata all'inizio, mi aspettavo un testo più lineare e limato.
Di solito mi appunto sempre le frasi che mi hanno colpito, e qui mi sono accorta di aver segnato soltanto le citazioni di altri autori di cui il l
Jan 05, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one but unfortunately I just couldn't. There were a few things that hindered my enjoyment. While the story started off well, after just a chapter or so it began to get repetitive. The constant inner-monologuing of Todd questioning his sexuality became extremely repetitive and got to the point that I was rolling my eyes and skipping paragraphs. There was an excessive use of brackets, which was kind of weird. There was also way too many italics. The writing style just ...more
Anita Bianchi
Feb 23, 2016 Anita Bianchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Una bella storia che ci mostra il valore e le infinite possibilità date dall'altruismo spassionato e dall'aiutare il prossimo. Todd è solo in una grande città, non ha più una casa e non ha nulla, a parte i vestiti che indossa; sta nevicando copiosamente e le prospettive non sono affatto rosee per lui. Poi incontra Gabe che prima gli offre da mangiare e poi gli offre un riparo. Sarà l'incontro decisivo della sua vita: gli aprirà gli occhi su chi è, su chi v
Jun 03, 2013 Mandi rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
2.5 rounded up. I usually love a 'Cinder-fella' story, but for some reason this one just didn't do it for me.
Christy Duke
Dec 21, 2013 Christy Duke rated it really liked it
I can't imagine being alone in a city, with no friends, no luck getting a job, just getting evicted from my apartment, and now there's a blizzard coming and I'm outside freezing with nowhere to go. The unfortunate truth is that this isn't just a scenario created by a talented writer, it's a fact of life for so many young men and women across our country. The majority of them don't get a savior like Gabe, instead, many of them die. Todd is so incredibly grateful for this small-town kindness that ...more
Sammy Goode
Aug 02, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I did not set out thinking this novel was going to be a five star read. I was worried, you see, worried that it might be a story based on some old tired cliche. You know, we've all read them: abused small town boy comes to the city with big dreams only to have them dashed...homeless, he finds a truer than life good samaritan and they fall hopelessly in love.

So, you see, I was totally unprepared for this novel, The Boy Who Came In From The Cold by B.G. Thomas. It was far from t
Ulysses Dietz
Aug 06, 2016 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it
The Boy Who Came in From the Cold
By B.G. Thomas
Dreamspinner Press, 2013
Cover by Aaron Anderson
ISBN: 978-1-62380-714-6
Four stars
284 pages

This teetered toward five stars, because I enjoyed it so much. Ultimately, however, I settled with four because it is in many ways a classic m/m tale, full of those tropes that the m/m audience demands. I have to say, however, that Thomas writes really well, and his gift with words made the book a real pleasure, on top of the emotional satisfaction of main chara
Madison Parker
Dec 26, 2013 Madison Parker rated it it was amazing

Full review at

What I love most about this story is how well Todd's coming out is portrayed. The reader knows Todd is gay, even though Todd hasn't figured that out yet. I felt his sincerity in the beginning when he denies being "a queer". Even though the actual timeline is short, it felt as though the realization came to Todd gradually. As he reflects on past events, he begins to see past experiences through a different lens and comes to understand his true sexual identit
Shelby P
Dec 04, 2013 Shelby P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I really enjoy stories about kids being thrown out of the house because they are gay and then getting rescued by their true love. This is my first read by B.G. Thomas. I didn't know what to expect but I was captivated from the get go.

This book surprised me on so many levels. I really loved Peter, the girl in the basement laundry room, Tracy, and others. I'd never read a book before with so many parentheses. That was a bit distracting at first and the constant use of "faggot" in Todd's inner mon
Aug 20, 2013 Cindi rated it liked it
A nice Cinderfella story about a young man who has fallen on difficult times and who fights his sexuality until he meets Gabe, a man who saves him and who he ultimately falls in love with.

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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