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The Hit List

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jamie Chadwick is straight. Determinedly straight. Or so he keeps telling himself. His small conference business is doing okay and, even though he looks after his ailing father, he loves living in the countryside and life is good. Sort of. But the arrival of old college friend, David Fenchurch, who’s just come out on the distinctly camp side of camp, together with Lucy Rei...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by Amber Allure (first published May 30th 2004)
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The Hit List came in for review described as an m/m romantic comedy, which suited my reading desires perfectly. The typically zany and quirky style I was expecting from the author – having read Pink Champagne and Apple Juice – is definitely in full force in The Hit List. Unfortunately it doesn’t really deliver as a romantic comedy since the humorous elements taper off early on and the story is really the main character’s struggle to understand his sexual identity while dealing with family crisis...more
Apr 02, 2014 Suze rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suze by: Won from author on HAH 2012
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Title: The Hit List
Author: Anne Brooke
Published: Amber Quill Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"The Hit List" by Anne Brooke good contemporary read. You will find that this novel of the main character is trying to 'understand his sexual identity and also dealing with family crisis.' "The Hit List is a fast pace even though it is rather long. We find Jamie Chadwick is living a home taking care of his 'ill father' and also working from home. Things come to head when Jamie's friend from...more
Andy Frankham-Allen
First of let me just say, Amber Quill might wish to rethink how they package their books. On the spine it says this is a Gay Erotic Romance, and it really isn’t. There’s very little in the way of erotica, other than a few references to sexual encounters between Jamie and Robert; the one time Anne Brooke does write a full blown sex-scene (if you can call it full blown), it’s done with such finesse and discretion that there’s very little chance of it being erotic. Which works way better, anyway. I...more
Josephine Myles
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I am not fond of books where the MC dithers around unable to decide whether he’s gay or straight. And I prefer the main love interest to be there from Act 1. And I like sex scenes to be hot. So I was pretty lukewarm the first couple of chapters. Almost put the book down.

That would have been a serious mistake. I think it was the humor that kept me going and then I just got caught up in the complex, claustrophobic, angst-driven world of Jamie Chadwick.

Jamie lives at home with his father. He lacks...more
The hit list è quello che sembra, una black list, una di quelle liste in cui scrivi le persone che odi e di cui vorresti liberarti.
In realtà è l'interessante storia di Jamie che in circa un anno, il tempo di svolgimento della storia, in qualche modo riesce a crescere. Lo potrei definire un romanzo di formazione visto che in qualche modo il protagonista compie un viaggio dentro se stesso, un viaggio per scoprire, accettare e vivere la sua sessualità con Robert che diventa il vero catalizzatore.
This one is really a 2.5. I bought this book because it was described as a romantic comedy. That description was misleading. While the book was well-written and I could sympathize at times with the main character, I spent most of the book being frustrated with him, with his father, and with the people surrounding him. The amusing moments were few and far between. I think that some of the things that were meant to be funny just made me uncomfortable.

Jamie, the protagonist, is struggling with his...more
Finn Marlowe
I completely agree with Kassa's review. Jamie is a nicely flawed, well-written character. At first you want to help him with his hit-list and you feel each and every one of his frustrations, then you want to shake some sense into him and then you want to just plain kick him in the ass. By the end, you're back to rooting for him (and keeping your fingers crossed he'll find his HEA). Anybody who's been a caregiver or lived in a small town where everybody knows your business five minutes after you,...more
Anne Barwell
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Sj Heckscher-Marquis
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I personally know and understand the frustration of looking after an elderly parent that one loves but doesn't quite have the best relationship with. I could definitely relate to Jamie. It's also a well written and engaging read that zips along at a great pace. A real page turner.
Like: Struggles of life - internalizing can lead to break down
Learning through struggles
Robert - wonderful mature gentleman

Dislike: Jaime - love/hate with him; drove me crazy most of the time
Just didn't leave me with a strong vibe
Chris Smith
Brilliantly funny - it hit my black English humour button on the nose!
Funny, clever, and highly enjoyable.
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Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel.

When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment trying to grow vegetables. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every n...more
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