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Precious Ache

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  441 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Falling in love was his biggest mistake...

Abandoned as a child, Dave Blanchard learned to be self-reliant at an early age. Puberty brought a distressing attraction to other boys, and an abnormal growth spurt that drove Dave further into his shell. Adulthood granted him the freedom to stand on his own two feet, but cloistered him in a plastic bubble of his own making. At se
ebook, 57 pages
Published 2011 by ALY Books (first published January 2008)
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Nov 17, 2008 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Heather, Erye and anyone who loves a great M/M ROMANCE
Recommended to Daisiemae by: I love the author
Dave Blanchard has never had a normal life. As a boy he was in and out of different foster homes. Also, because of Dave's size he has always been considered somewhat of a giant. People stare at him, children are afraid of him, and in his young life he hasn't had a lot of companionship and love.
When he was a teenager he was fostered with another handsome, more popular teenager named Micah. Although they were friendly with one another, they were never close. Dave always thought of the handsome, po

I'm that slide, unfortunately.

I wanted to love this book. The premise was promising. Seven-and-a-half-foot-gentle-socially-inept-giant-finds-love-with-a-former-crush-in-his-former-foster-brother.

It did that. But the delivery...something just didn't work for me.

I wanted to be all this-shit-is-bananas-and-the-fudge-sundae-extra-cherries-kind-of-great.

But I'm more like this-story-was-a-little-cheesy-and-the-mistunderstanding-schtick-could-only-carry-it-so-far-but-am-I-bored-after-the-middle-part-
This book was great! I wish it had been told with more than Dave's point of view. I would have loved to have known what Micah was thinking, too!
4.5 stars
Dante Love Fisher
Jan 23, 2016 Dante Love Fisher rated it liked it


Dave isn't good at picking up on subtle hints. Or less than subtle ones.

Let this book be a lesson on using your words.

Hey, are you gay?

This wasn't a terrible read, I guess. Not badly written. Predictable but no worries, everything took Dave by surprise.

One of the things that bothered me about this story ...

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Jun 30, 2009 Gabbi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Reunion romances
Recommended to Gabbi by: Daisiemae
Dave and Micah's relationship was very sweet. I enjoyed watching them rekindle their friendship, and watch it bloom into love. My one small gripe is I would have like to had Micah's point of view throughout the book.
That said, I still loved it.
Mar 29, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it
I really like how the two men takes time in their relationship because both think the others are straight *lol*. This one has one of the sweetest fishing scene ever since Brokeback Mountain. I love it :)
Oct 03, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Oh wow! Full of the emotional angst with which Amanda Young is wonderful at portraying, Dave's life hasn't been easy. After losing his parents at a young age, growing up in a foster home, never feeling that he fit it to begin with, Dave's shyness has almost crippled him. It sure doesn't help that he's freakishly tall and very sensitive to others' reactions to him, but developing a loving relationship with someone seems to be an obstacle that he can't overcome.
I feel for him, especially in regar
Notta Chance
I won't say this is the best book I've ever read, but it is one of my favorite short stories. It is, after all, only around 50 pages. One can only expect so much character and plot development within this constraint. Most stories published in this length fall short. Not this one. Well done.
Aug 04, 2013 Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awwww ... this was lovely ... who doesn't love a story where the socially awkward caterpillar is coaxed into transforming into a butterfly by the love of his soul mate? ... sweet enough to cause cavities but worth the sugar high.
Dec 08, 2009 Betryal rated it really liked it
Short, sweet and endearing. Just the book you'd want if you're looking for a great quickie. Pun not intended LOL
Ebook Addict Reviews
May 20, 2010 Ebook Addict Reviews rated it it was amazing
It is 4:30 in the morning you’d think I would be in bed but Amanda’s book kept calling to me and I had to read it - lol I just couldn’t put it down.

This is among one of the best romances I have read. Amanda tops herself with this romance I really do believe.
The is an extremely sweet romantic story of meeting (again) and falling in love!
Amanda has a knack for creating characters that grab you right off and Dave and Micah are no exception, you are you going to fall in love with these two men from
Veronica /  V
Jun 22, 2011 Veronica / V rated it really liked it
A very sweet lovely story, I don't know why I kept it for so long in my TBR pile, it was adorable.
Emily Moore
Aug 02, 2012 Emily Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Blanchard has to deal with a lot thanks to an aspect of himself that he has absolutely no control over. At seven feet six inches, he is “treated like a freak of nature” by random people and must deal with the “snide comments and ogling” that follow him everywhere he goes. As much as he tries, this is all hard to ignore and he spends a lot of his time hidden away at home with his rambunctious cocker spaniel Petey. Although he is far from being a virgin, he is desperate to meet someone that i ...more
May 01, 2011 Trix rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-novels
To me, the story was rather ordinary. I could't find that spark that draws me to the characters or plot. Might be because the leading man, Dave, was so shy and handicapped by his alleged flaws (least of which was his height) that I found it hard to really like him. Maybe I just like the men to be more confident and resilient.

The storyline was nice... meeting with an old crush just when all hopes of finding a partner seemed lost was nicely told. And their story is slowly unfolded as they get to k
Wendy Ann
Wonderfully sweet story. I loved Dave's character in all his tall, humble, shy glory. It would have been nice to get Micah's point of view to really round things out, but we still get a good general impression of him. I enjoy when the MC's can admit their love for one another and express their emotion. Satisfied my sweet tooth!
Dec 05, 2011 Dee rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbt, read-2011
a lot of my issues with the book stemmed from the fact that the location (Blacksburg, VA) is my old stomping grounds (I went to college there) - so I wasn't able to just immerse myself in the story because I was doing a, does that place exist, why hasn't he gone to xx bar that I used to like, stuff like that
Ryoma Gartre
Jul 08, 2012 Ryoma Gartre rated it really liked it
it was really cute, I liked how the characters developed from friends to lovers, and how they actually had personalities, some authors just focus on the main plot and forget that it's the little things & details that make the characters feel real.
Dec 31, 2012 Gabbi rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The chemistry between the two heroes was hot and I love the friends-to-lovers theme!
Aug 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Closer to 2.75

It was a decent read, but I probably won't re-read it which keeps it under 3 stars for me.
May 30, 2012 Nikko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I read this 5 times and I totally forgot to review!! I loved this book!! Totally loving it!!
Jan 13, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Sweet fluffy short story about a gentle giant, Dave, finding his forever guy - Micah, a friend from his youth. Quick easy read.
Shannon Flynn
Jan 09, 2016 Shannon Flynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, under-100
I love a happy ending!
Nov 04, 2012 Karel rated it did not like it
Shelves: nomance
Maybe I'm weird, but when I see 'life threatened' on romance novel blurbs, I usually imagine car chases, kidnappings, diabolical world domination plots... Not falling into a river. And yeah, that should probably go into a spoiler but it was so anti-climatic that I think even knowing beforehand won't spoil your surprise. Since it isn't a surprise at all.

Overall: Mediocre writing, mediocre plot, mediocre characters, mediocre interaction. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good - it was just boring.
Mar 25, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the start of this book, but halfway through it started to bore me. The two protagonists didn't seem to have much in the way of chemistry, and the sex scenes were so dull I found myself paging through them. Amanda Young's written some nice books, but this wasn't one of them.
Jun 08, 2013 Teetee rated it liked it
This book was ok, the mc spent half the book longing for the other guy and the other half of the book having sex with the other guy, not a lot of romance itself. This book was only 'ok'.
Aug 03, 2012 Alyse rated it really liked it
Sweet protagonists, sweet story, very light turmoil. Would have been five stars but the ending felt just a little rushed.
Reread on April 27, 2015. 2.5 stars
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