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Len Parker is laid off during the recession in the early eighties and decides to go back to college at home in rural Michigan, where he reconnects with his best friend from high school, Ruby. He's overjoyed when she marries Cliff Laughton and overcome with sorrow when she dies an untimely death, leaving behind her husband and two-year-old son.

Out of work again, Len finds a...more
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Published October 2009 by Dreamspinner Press
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Daisiemae
Andrew Grey is one of my favorite authors. His book are a must buy for me because they make me feel all kinds of emotions when I read them. There is something about the way he connects us with his characters and brings us into their lives that really resonate with me.

Love Means Courage is a difficult book to review. I don't want to give much away about it so I've decided to just relate my feelings about this wonderful book without getting too much into the storyline.

Love Means Courage is actuall...more
Jenre
After reading and enjoying Love Means...No Shame, I was eager to read the next book in the Love Means... series. Part of me was also a bit worried because this second book is a prequel to the first book and focuses on the relationship between Len and Cliff, the father of Geoff from the first book. As the first book begins with the death of Cliff, I was concerned that knowing that Len and Cliff only get 20 years of a HEA would spoil my enjoyment of this prequel. I shouldn't have worried though be...more
Deeze
Second time reading and I still love this one.

Learning how Len and Cliff get together is wonderful after the heartbreak of book one. A truely charming tale of love and family. Little Geoff is just perfect and I love him to peices, he is so cute and charming, I love that we see him as a child and as a grown man thanks to book one and two lol.

As for Janelle, she really is a nasty harpy. I can so see her ending up a lonely bitter old women without even cats to keep her company.

A perfect read for...more
Nick
Knowing what happens to one of the heroes made this book difficult to read. It was a lovely story though. Just bittersweet.
J.J. Levesque
I was a bit worried when I first started reading this book, because I did read Love Means... No Shame first, as it is the first book in the series. This one acts as a prequel to it and involves Cliff and Len, Geoff's parents. I thought that the book was make me upset because of what happens in the other book, but I was wrong. Despite knowing what happens, I was able to forget about it and enjoy Len and Cliff's story just as much, if not more than Geoff and Eli's. Geoff as a toddler was adorable...more
Serena Yates
I really loved this book. The focus is on the relationship between Len and Cliff (Geoff's father) and since this story takes place 25 years ago they have quite a few external obstacles to overcome.

At first Len and Cliff struggle to get up the courage to admit to themselves what they feel for each other but in the end the choice is very clear. The strength of their conviction is amazing and very reassuring. The small farm they live on is described in vivid detail and I felt right at home. Geoff...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I really liked this one much better than the first in the series. Like a lot of reviewers, I was skeptical on reading this story because I already know what is going to happen to one of the MCs but once I got into the book, I just didn't care that much.

Len and Cliff are very lovable characters. In my case, I liked Len back in Love Means... No Shame and I just fell more in love with him in this book so I was glad I got to see Len get his own story. Cliff was surprising to me. I would have thought...more
L-D
About 4.5 stars.

I absolutely LOVED this backstory to Len and Cliff's relationship. If you read book #1 first, (view spoiler)

Len had a crush on Cliff in HS and thought at one point that Cliff may have reciprocated his feelings, but the moment slips past them. Years later, Len reconnects with his b...more
Bookwatcher
Apr 27, 2013 Bookwatcher rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers searching a romance without angst
My thoughts about this book are:

*Love the easiness of this romance. There are few difficulties to the main characters, none are hard to them or will be long. Everything that happened was perfect to someone searching for a romance, with 100% of love story and 0% of angst

*I wish more would be said about Geoff's mother. First of all THIS IS NOT a book that picturect women as biches or any negativeness about women in general. On the contrary, all feminine characters in this book are strong and I lik...more
Elisa Rolle
This series is intended for people loving the old country lifestyle with a modern touch. In the first book, Love Means… No Shame, Geoff was a young man who was raised by his two fathers and who happened to be gay as well. Of course reading that book people could wonder how it was possible, if in today society it can happen to have same sex couple, 20 years before it was not so common, above all not in the little small town where Geoff was living.

Cliff and Len’s story was for sure a story that w...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
“Voglio solo che tu lo sappia, senza esortazioni o drammi, ti amo, Len Parker, con tutto me stesso.”

"Amore significa coraggio" è sicuramente uno degli m/m più realistici che abbia letto fin'ora. Non solo è trattato il tema dell'omofobia, ma anche del lutto, della crisi economica...la triste, dura realtà insomma XD. Il prologo è stato davvero intrigante: conosciamo un Len adolescente, impegnato ad illuminare il teatro con la sua migliore amica Ruby durante la recita scolastica e ad osservare affa...more
Jewel
I loved this book. Especially after reading Love Means...No Shame, it's such a bittersweet story. Cliff and Len get many happy years, but it's never enough, is it?

I'm not marking this next bit as a spoiler because if you've read the books in the intended order, with Love Means...No Shame first, you know what happens. I don't think that knowing that Cliff and Len only get 20 or so years detracts from the story at all. In fact, it's a good reminder to appreciate the love you have for as long as yo...more
GymGuy
I actually do give positive reviews, however this one is not really one of those. Three stars, for me that means 'meh'.

On the positive side, it is a sweet story. It's nice to read and you feel good after you finish it.

However on the negative, it is a SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET story, and i HATE baby talk. The kid drove me nuts! Right in the middle of a dialog, I had to stop and decipher baby babble. I felt the characters were totally plastic. I felt this was like 'Ozzy and Harriot' goes Hallmark...more
Lily Pilly
well, what can I say... this is another beautiful love story from Andrew Grey.
I loved reading the story of Len, Cliff and little Geoff. Their story was so well written, I was totally captivated. I felt as if I was part of the air they were breathing hence I was able to observe Len & Cliff's love story and their growing bond.
Len and Cliff were written in a way where these guys felt real to me.. one could imagine these two and their young son as a neighbour living next to your door...I can ima...more
Lily
I was a bit leery of reading this one since it's the prequel in the Love Means... series and I already knew what the future held for Len and Cliff. However, once I started reading it I was able to put that aside and really enjoyed this heartwarming and engaging romance. I liked both of the guys, it was nice to see Geoff as a toddler and as always I enjoyed the author's ability to deliver sweet and sexy at the same time. A well written and fairly uncomplicated story. Recommended.
Karen K
Another winner in the series - I read them in the wrong order (read Love Means No Boundaries first because I just wanted to continue in the present). I was wary of this book for some reason, maybe because it was the back story and happened 20-some years ago, but it was beautiful. Seeing baby-Geoff is such a treat and getting to know his dad and Len better was such a treat. I love Andrew's writing - he's totally in my top 5 right now. :)
Nightcolors
3.5 stars.
It was very sweet and I really enjoyed getting to read about the happy family moments between Len, Cliff and Geoff. Geoff was adorable!
I kinda wish I'd read this one before Love Means... No Shame, though. I couldn't entirely let go of the thing with Cliff that happens in No Shame.
FloJ
I just have a couple of niggles with some of the 'facts' which don't match the 'facts' in Love Means No Shame which is the chronological sequel to this book.
OkayKim
"I really like this story and it's main characters. The only problem with reading a prequel though, is knowing what's going to eventually happen to one of the main characters Still a good story."
Lena Polskaia
C'est trés sympa, et bien écrit ( même si j'ai repéré quelques fautes d'ortographe), dans le genre "mignon" et assez romantique. C'est en fait l'histoire de Len et Cliff, qui est le papa de Geoff, le héros d'Amour sans honte, ça se passe donc plus de vingt ans avant, mais dans la même ville, le même ranch, et avec la même sal.... fille trés désagréable qu'est Janelle. On reste donc dans le créneau "Cow Boy" , visiblement trés apprécié outre Atlantique, quand on regarde le catalogue VO de l'édite...more
Valentina  Campi
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La storia di Cliff e di Len inizia nel lontano 1979, con un dolce bacio a fior di labbra.

Li ritroviamo 5 anni dopo con delle vite da ricostruire.

Cliff, che nel frattempo si era sposato con la migliore amica di Len, si ritrova vedovo con un bambino piccolo da crescere, Geoff, e un ranch da mandare avanti, ma è troppo perso nel suo dolore per farcela da solo. Len, con una relazione chiusa da poco e un fresco licenziamento a causa d...more
Tam
Mar 04, 2010 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is the prequel to Love Means … No Shame which I enjoyed. It’s the story of Geoff’s Dads Len and Cliff who attended high school together. They nearly share a kiss once but after graduation go their separate ways, Len to college and Cliff running the family farm. Cliff ends up marrying Ruby, Len’s best friend and have a child Geoff (of the other book). Ruby is killed in a car crash with Cliff’s Dad and a year later things are not going well on the farm and Len has now become friends with Clif...more
Gerry Burnie
“Love Means Courage,” Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press, 2009) is the first Andrew Grey novel I have read, but it definitely won’t be my last. Grey writes in a very straight forward narrative with just enough poetic description to make it colourful. I like that. I also like the way his characters are developed; strong, distinct and consistent throughout. Even two-year-old Geoff Laughton is a strong personality is his own way; although the phonetic baby-talk is a bit disconcerting at times.

I also...more
Alex
Overall
The second in the Love Means series, this novel takes place a good 20 years before any of the other events. Having been introduced to Geoff in Love Means No Shame, we are transported back in time to when his father and Len met. I read this last, since obviously order didn't matter too much, but I think it'd be interesting to see how everything played out if read first (instead of second as intended). As a romance novel, we can be pretty certain that we'll get a happy ending, but when we k...more
Ryan Loveless
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Indie Reviews
Love Means ... Courage by Andrew Grey is the prequel to Love Means ... No Shame and the second book in the story of Len, Cliff and their son Geoff. The prequel takes us back some twenty years in time to the beginnings of Len and Cliff's relationship. It is in high school that Len first develops a crush on Cliff but they don't actually get to know one another until after the tragic death of Cliff's wife and Len's best friend Ruby when Len starts working for Cliff on his farm.

Len arrives at the La

...more
Lisa Lambson
Len Parker's attraction for Cliff began with a crush in high school, a crush he shared with his best friend, Ruby. After a stolen kiss from Cliff at a party, a shocked Len spends the next few years trying to come to terms with his sexuality. As an adult, he is invited to Cliff's wedding to Ruby. Although Len's feelings for Cliff haven't changed, he is happy for his best friend and assumes the kiss with Cliff was just a curiosity thing when they were young.
After a couple of years of Len flounderi...more
Charly
The writing’s just okay, but the story is sweet and romantic

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- The romance is super sweet. It’s more similar to the female-written romance novels I’ve read than the male-written ones, but I’m not complaining a bit. Once the relationship gets going, the two guys are open about their affection for each other and aren’t at all shy about expressing their feelings.
- Cliff’s a good guy and all, but I liked Len a wh...more
Eric Toshokan
Alors voici la préquelle à Amour…sans Honte
Nous allons connaître l’histoire de Len et Cliff les parents de Geoff. En lisant Amour… sans honte, je n’avais une envie : en connaître un peu plus sur les parents de Geoff, surtout avec les petites informations disséminées dans le roman qui nous font sentir que leur histoire même si elle n’a pas été de tout repos, sera une belle romance. C’est donc tout guilleret que j’ai attaqué ma lecture.
Et je n’ai pas été déçu du voyage, la plume d’Andrew Grey m’a...more
Karen
This is the prequel to Love Means… No Shame but they can be read in any order. I fell in love with Geoff and Eli from No Shame despite the fact that my nitpicking sensibilities were working overtime. It is not exactly the best written novel in the world and neither is this one. But I love them both all the same. Still… nitpicker here. You have been warned.

This is the story of how Geoff’s fathers, Cliff and Len, met. This review contains spoilers but not much more than is given away on the back...more
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