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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Jay McIntyre's main goal in life is to keep his younger siblings together and away from Social Services, who he's certain will separate them if they know his mother left two years ago. Juggling two jobs and the responsibility of caring for three children, the nineteen year old's problems are compounded when Jess, his younger sister, begins to rebel and when an old enemy is...more
ebook, 130 pages
Published June 5th 2009 by Aspen Mountain Press
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Erotic Horizon
Jay is a young man belaboured with the task of raising three siblings while facing a multitude of issues on the local sink estate that he lives in called The Nest.

Getting the kids off to school, racing from job to job coupled with the fact that he has to make his way in a community where all the boys he grew up with are either trying to make the next big thing or pull a fast one – depending on who he meets at any particular time of day. If all those things weren’t bad enough social services want...more
Not quite what I was expecting.

This is a lot calmer than I thought it was going to be. The Ex con turning up was not the big drama I was expecting. I guess I've read a few too many American style books.

This had an almost dated feel to it, the local bobby on the beat type thing. But that's not a bad thing.

The story of Jay and Brendan is a slow moving one. The main focus is on Jay and his siblings. I loved watching Jay and Nico together. Zoe was a sweetheart and Jess the typical teenager acting o...more
This wasn't a bad story. It had good points. However, I'm not sure I'd call it a romance. One of the main characters is actually involved with someone else for 2/3 of the book. The last 1/3 didn't include enough to redeem it. I agree with the reviewer who said this story leaned more toward YA than romance. If I had gone into this story expecting a YA novel (really not my thing) then I would have rated this as a 4 because the characters are interesting and I was into it enough to want to find out...more
First read 2009, 5 stars

Either it was a mistake to read this after The Last Thing He Needs or my expectations and taste changed over the last four years. Perhaps it's both. What in the back of my mind was a bit of a niggle with The Last Thing - this focus of Tommy and Bobby and the kids, at some point I even thought the absence of the dreadful parents was a bit too convenient - well, I have to say, this book would have profited from a slightly narrower story line. As it was, all these secondary...more
This is not perfect but the writing is evocative and there is so much potential in this story, I really wish this had turned into a meaty, in depth novel. Instead Wiley keeps the story light and almost too easy in spots, but the texture and character given to the story and writing are engaging and inviting. This more of a literary novella with gay characters than a gay romance and it’s not erotica at all. Wiley doesn’t really write erotica – I remember I actually blushed when she wrote “cock” in...more
It is a story with some cynical ideals mixed in with examples of horrid parenting, mistrust under-developed characters and stereotyping with an abrupt ending. One MC, Jay is nineteen, but somehow I never saw him as an adult. The other MC, Brendan is a Constable and seems much, much older then Jay although I am sure that isn't the case, it was how I related the two.

The two MC's rarely spend quality time with each other and the sudden trust Jay finds with a 'copper' is rushed and unrealistic.

Elisa Rolle
Setting in a suburban England town, The Nest is an unexpected story. First of all, the blurb is not quite right, hinting to some big bad trouble, really American style, where the big good cop plays the knight in shining armor's role. Instead the style of the story, and the troubles in it, are dry and all too much ordinary, not at all stage effective. The Nest is a story in an undertone, and the two main characters are more ordinary men than heroes. And surprisingly enough, it's almost a sweet ro...more
I liked this book a lot. I found that Jay and Brandon were really likable characters. Although with Brandon it took some getting use to at first.

Jay is an awesome 19 year old kid who instead of living his life like other 19 y.o's; he's is working two jobs to help support his family. He know what's needed and he steps up to the plate so that social services won't tear his family apart. I found this to be quite admirable in this day and age.

Brandon, at first I thought he was a prick since he seeme...more
I absolutely adored this story. It's rather the first of its kind that I've read, and there aren't too many out there like it. Oh there's tons of younger boy getting together and falling in love with a (slightly) older man, and even some where the older man helps out the younger in some way or other. But what makes this story unique is, there's no sex. Sex is mentioned, more or less in passing, between Brendan and his ex lover, but the two main characters eventually share kisses, respect and hin...more
Good m/m romance about a young man struggling to take care of his three younger siblings and keep them out of the hands of Social Services while living on the wrong side of the tracks.
I just cannot understand this book getting 4 flames at ARe. I think just 1 or possibly 2 is more indicative.
Nice enough story if rather implausible.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Does anyone know if another publisher picked this up? Aspen went out of business several years ago.
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