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Sculpting Clay

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When Taran Lorenz enters Clay Stevens's life, Clay is still reeling after his long-time partner, Javier, abruptly ended their relationship. Taran gives Clay the motivation to start living again, but Clay's insanely jealous ex threatens to nip their relationship in the bud... only Taran won't give up, even when Javier gets their mutual employer, the manipulative billionaire...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published January 29th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 28th 2010)
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Jeff Erno
Set in present-day New York City, Sculpting Clay is the story of Clay Stevens, a middle-aged gay writer whose life is suddenly turned upside down when his partner of eleven years unexpectedly dumps him. Distraught and confused, Clay mourns his lost love for the next several months until a new man enters his life. Young and strikingly handsome, Taran Lorenz works as a server at a local pub that Clay frequents. The two are instantly attracted to one another, and a romance ensues. Clay discovers th...more
I bought this in New York when visiting the Rainbow Book fair. I guess I was attracted to the hot guy on the cover. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by its cover but it DID entice me to pick it up. :s
I opened to a random page and read a line about a lazy bee and something about that had me. I guess I was in a sappy mood that day. (i can be) I bought it. And I liked it. I loved Taran. I wanted to imagine him so badly I think I took out the jar of cloves and sniffed it a few times. ( they sa...more
I picked up Sculpting Clay because I'd read Linda Reilly's advent story and wanted to see whether the promise shown in that story would extend to a novel length piece of writing. Although this book was on the whole an enjoyable read, there were some parts of the book which didn't work as well for me.

Clay is a broken man. A few months prior to the start of the book, his lover of 10 years, Javier, had broken off their relationship with very little explanation. Clay spends the next few months in a...more
This was a lovely read. I enjoyed that the paranormal elements did not over-power the story but rather took a much smaller role than I had first expected.

I warmed to the main characters very quickly - Taran was incredibly sweet (& quite naïve) &, although Clay found it difficult to commit to him, this was understandable after having just come out of such a long previous relationship - I often become irritated when characters seem to dither between old & new loves.

I would have liked...more
Miz Love
Sculpting Clay is an absolutely beautiful book. It centres around Clay, who is trying valiantly to get over heartbreak due to his 10-year love affair with Javier coming to an end. He’s failing miserably. Everything reminds him of Javiar; after all, they lived together as a couple, did everything together, and the sudden break stunned him senseless. It didn’t make sense. They were fine, weren’t they? One minute Clay’s world was on an even keel, the next, Javier announces he wants to further his c...more
Elisa Rolle
When reading this novel, you have to be careful, this is clearly a book more aimed to a female target, and more, to the female readers who like their hero pretty and cute, even maybe a bit girlish. Then yes, if you consider that the pretty and cute boy really exists out there (he is not yet an endangered species), you can find also a niche of the male target that could be interested in this story. Said that, I also highlighted all the element that made me think on this novel: the sometime hyper-...more
Fernanda Parente
Too bad we never get a story with Javier, he became a great guy and he deserve a love of his own. about this book, I'm in love with cute, so lovelly...I only imagine him so gorgeous...great book
I wanted to give this book 4 stars b/c it was kind of sweet, but a couple things just bothered me too much to do that:

Firstly, i was put off by the excessive product placement (arbonne, mac computers, armani, gucci, prada, etc. etc. etc). it's unnecessary and seemed kind of snarky- like the author needed to repeatedly impress upon the reader that the characters were fairly well-off.

Secondly, i think there was only one instance where anything like 'he laughed' was written- because laughter was e...more
“Sculpting Clay” by Linda Reilly

The title is a delightful play on words that lets the reader know the author has a way with words. Her command of the language and good story telling skills make this a definite must read. It is hard to believe that this is her first novel and only one short story preceded it. To have this depth usually requires more extensive writing experience.

The three men taking part in her love triangle are all different. They have different personalities and different ways o...more
Kiera Nightroad
An amazing debut novel! The author has a wonderful way with words.

The paranormal elements do not take over the story, which is about moving on in one's life. One of the secondary characters learns the painful truth that one must live with the consequences of ones actions.

A fun story with deep messages. I recommend this story.
2.5 stars

This was a nice read with interesting protags and a slight paranormal thread to it. Although for the most part I liked the characters and the storyline was entertaining I did have a couple of issues. Most annoying was the continual "product placement" found throughout the book as well as some editing issues and stilted, strange writing ("ha ha ha" to express laughter instead of saying "he laughed") which took away from my enjoyment of the story. Not all readers may have the same reactio...more
Came very close to giving up on this one many times. Story wasn't terrible, though the resolution of the "triangle" was highly unsatisfying, but I just couldn't get past the clumsy, amateurish writing, stilted and unrealistic dialogue ("ha ha ha" for laughter? is this elementary school?), and errors and mistakes that should be excruciatingly embarrassing to both author and editor - I mean, Grenache Village, NY? Did no one bother to proofread?

Not recommended.
2.5 stars

It's a nice story, with likeable characters, but nothing out of the ordinary...
Gave up due to clumsy writing and rather unrealistic dialog.
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