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Lift Me Up

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  394 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Hurt and betrayed by his best friend, Avery is not exactly on a quest to find love when it literally stumbles upon him in the form of Dylan Kincaid, his new, sexy neighbor. Avery is quick to forgive the fact that Dylan's arrival brings with it a series of unfortunate events hairy enough to keep the most optimistic person down, and he sets about trying to get into Dylan's p ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 82 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Jan 07, 2010 JenMcJ rated it really liked it
This had a very unique author voice. It was like someone standing in your living room relating a story with a glass of wine in their hand while the other waves in the air with an audience raptly listening.

As one of the crowd standing around for the tale, I found it refreshing and quirky with run away thoughts and re-corraled thinking spilling out hither and thither.

I was compeltely on board until the end. As much as the end really did go with the stand around story telling with bigger than lif
Karen K
Oct 25, 2010 Karen K rated it liked it
The first part of this book made me laugh out loud - poor Avery having to endure straight sex. It was a sweet little story but unlike most books written in first person I didn't end up feeling much emotion towards Avery. I liked his wit and sarcasm and cynicism but I think I just wanted a little more out of him. As for Dylan, he seemed like a wonderful character too, but I don't feel like I ever got to know him. I liked the way the story was written but maybe I just needed it to be a little long ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Kassa rated it it was ok
This is one of those stories that is meant to be a comedy of errors and the readers identify with the narrator, who is not Mr. Perfect, but instead just a normal guy hoping to find love. The story does this decently but there are too many problems with the plot and writing to actually succeed. Instead this story has its moments of humor and charm but ultimately is dull, manic, and not interesting.

The first person narrative doesn’t help matters as the story starts with the heartbreak of our hero
Main Characters: Dylan Kincaid & Avery Brooks (aka Tweety Bird)
Key Themes: Humor, H/C

A very short (82 pages) but witty MM romance involving a lawyer and technical writer.

Avery trips and hurts his ankle outside his apartment. It's not exactly clear how his gorgeous new neighbor, Dylan, was the cause of the accident, but he and his friend Michael, end up taking Avery to the hospital. Turns out Avery's ankle is broken. He gets a cast put on and the next afternoon Dylan comes over and they have
Jimmy Hanson
Feb 09, 2010 Jimmy Hanson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2010, m-m
Full of mis-haps and may-haps, "Lift Me Up" was a cute and playful read, the kind of novel you'd like to pull out when you want something funny and short to lighten your mood.

Avery is an adorable, smart-assed, pushy little bottom and the 1st person POV, while Dylan is a common-sense, kind-hearted guy next door. I especially liked how Dylan had such a dogged, analytical mind [and how Rayne Auster backed up that claim with proof in his words and actions:], and how Avery remained true to the sort-o
Jan 13, 2010 Betryal rated it it was amazing
For those of you who have read A Matter of Time and enjoy the backlash, backlip, snarky mouth of Jory than you're definitely going to get a kick out of Avery in this one. He's fawking lovable, quick to the bite and his comebacks are hilarious not to mention his thoughts alone and his brain working a mile a minute keeps you amused nonstop!

I definitely, positively and absolutely would like to see another book and read more on these 2 and I'm almost ready to beg to see what happens with with Kayden
Jan 26, 2010 Jenre rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
This novella is proof of the importance of a good cover. I saw the cover at DSP and even though I'd not heard of the author before, it made me click on the link and read the extract. After that I was hooked and had to read the rest of the book.

The novella begins with Avery involved in a dreadfully embarrassing situation in a lift with his friend. After escaping from the lift he is so shaken up and distressed that he can't even get into his apartment and slumps to the floor in a hurt and mortifie
Brenda (b)
May 26, 2010 Brenda (b) rated it really liked it
This was a sweet, enjoyable novella. I liked Avery and his quips. The story is in 1st person and written as if Avery were talking to the reader and telling them how he and Dylan met. The scene at the end left me with curiousity as to how things worked out for Michael.
Apr 03, 2013 Elizabetta rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

Boy breaks ankle, meets hunk, and deals with elevator-sex phobia (which was the most interesting part, really). Verbose and inflated and much ado about nothing much at all, this tried hard to be charming but was a miss for me.
Dec 04, 2012 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
So, I take this story to pass my time, queuing in immigration office.
I love the cover
The story itself, was quite entertaining with Avery smart-ass voice and I have to give it credit for Star War & Star Trek reference.

Jan 23, 2010 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I have never read this author before but the premise sounded great so I took it. It's done in an unusual narrative style, first person but done as if he's talking to you personally and retelling the story. It starts with Avery recounting a tale of hot sex in an elevator, but seems he's not the one getting it. He's so devastated by his best friend's actions that he collapsed by his apartment door. Dylan trips over him while moving in and ends up breaking his ankle. Avery and Dylan are immediately ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Saritza rated it really liked it
I must admit that this book was originally an impulse-buy. I loved the cover, found the blurb amusing and thought, "meh if I don't like it, I at least enjoyed the cover". Sometimes, we find great stuff on impulse. :)

Summary: Hurt and betrayed by his best friend, Avery is not exactly on a quest to find love when it literally stumbles upon him in the form of Dylan Kincaid, his new, sexy neighbor. Avery is quick to forgive the fact that Dylan's arrival brings with it a series of unfortunate events
Jan 18, 2013 Trix rated it liked it
I varied in rating with this but in the end decided on 3 stars.

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Elisa Rolle
This is a very nice novella with a good push on the light and funny button. Soon after having a bad experience with best friend Kayden in the elevator, so bad to leave Avery traumatized and unable to take again one, Avery meets new neighbour Dylan. Actually more than a meeting it’s a clashing, Dylan stumbles over Avery breaking his ankle. The only right thing at this point is to take Avery to the ER and at the same time, trying to extract as much information as possible from the little man, who ...more
ARe Cafe
Apr 23, 2013 ARe Cafe added it
Shelves: vals-picks
Lift Me Up by Rayne Auster is a m/m contemporary romantic comedy that features an appealing first-personnarrative voice. How much you enjoy it may depend upon whether you respond to the popular m/m contrast between a small, sassy, feminine man and his big, amused, masculine love interest. If you like it, great. Even if you don’t, you probably won’t find it so pronounced in this story as to be bothersome. Occasionally, events in the story lean towards over-the-top improbability, but this works wi ...more
Jan 17, 2015 mah1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scribd
This was pretty meh. I've always had a high rate of not liking books that are intentionally funny, my sense of humor simply doesn't work that way most of the time.

Lift Me Up was written well and the MCs were sympathetic, but the stroy didn't grab my attention. Best paty was the very end, always had a thing for side characters.
Wendy Ann
Mar 13, 2011 Wendy Ann rated it liked it
The style of this book was interesting and very different from any that I've read so far. It's written from Avery's point of view as if he's relating the story of how he met Dylan. There's a lot of humor and sarcasm weaved into Avery's telling of the story that was quite enjoyable. I think the hard part for me was that I didn't really get to truly experience the characters - especially Dylan. Parts of the story were a little bit confusing or left open for interpretation (especially the ending). ...more
Loved this! I absolutely adore how the story was told! It was funny and truly enjoyable. I WANT IT LONGER!!!
Feb 01, 2012 Danni rated it liked it
This was quite a funny read about how Avery and Dylan met and got together. I like the dynamic and the banter between the two and how the story is told.
The beginning and ending feels a little separate from the rest of the story, mostly because they explore relationships that I would have liked to know more about. However for this story the middle was more important and that all cam together nicely.

All in all this was a short, funny and hot read.
Nov 09, 2011 Smoh rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Okay, I admit, it was actually the cover that made me pick up this book. But I'm glad, I was in a mood read something light. And it's one of the few books written in the 1st person POV that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Avery's snarkiness kept me amused through out xD I'd definitely be reading this again!

I hope there's a sequel maybe with Micheal and Kayden in it! XD
Lexi Ander
Feb 02, 2011 Lexi Ander rated it liked it
Shelves: novella
This is a 2.5 for me. I rounded up because it was better than just "okay".

This was cute and at times funny but it really left me feeling bludgeoned by witty repartee. I can't believe that I am saying this but there was just over the top. It was like trying to track a hummingbird's wings the way Avery thought and talked. It was exhausting to keep track of.
Nov 26, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
I really liked the way this was written. It was refreshing and funny... Oh, and hot :)
Apr 08, 2012 Matimate rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, 2012
Ouch that book hurt on so many levels. I hit something which was not my cup of coffee. The main character Avery was whiny spoiled man, whose constant whining and accusing was annoying. I finished it with gritted teeth.

But I do not think that novella was bad. It was not simply for me .
Apr 23, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it
This was a smart funny book. Told in first person by a computer IT guy, Avery, we follow a relationship from moments before it starts through all the events that get it started until we come full circle. The full circle part confuses me a bit, but other than that, really fun.
Jun 26, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2010, owned, ebook
Cute m/m romance about an IT geek who ends up with a broken ankle when his cute neighbor trips over him in the hallway. I got a little frustrated with the dense language now and then, mostly because my brain was in the mood for fluff.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
After I got used to the narrative style, I enjoyed the story, Avery is funny and I liked him.
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Toni (U.A.C.)
Nice contemporary story. But the way the author tells it, slowly revealing parts gets confusing occasionally.
Jan 09, 2011 Sylvie rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
Extremely difficult to read with the constant POV switching. Needs a lot more work.
Sep 19, 2010 Indigo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, yaoi, fav
So humourous I had lots of fun & laughs reading it, I want more like it.
Chris Weg
Nov 03, 2011 Chris Weg rated it it was amazing
SOOO FUNNY!!!! I laughed soo hard it was amazing.
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Rayne Auster always had a passion for writing. However, growing up, she didn’t have the patience to finish what she started. Most of her projects died before even seeing the light of day. While studying for a master's degree in computer science, she decided to post what she wrote online. That is when she discovered the joy of sharing the stories in her head. Unable to bear the thought of leaving h ...more
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