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Life, Over Easy (Fragments #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,240 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Watch that first step. It could turn your life upside down.

Until a fall ended his Olympic diving career, John Andrews lived for the seconds he spent in the air. Now he's adrift on a college campus, grounded by paralyzing vertigo and double vision. Worse, he sees shimmering colors over everyone's heads.

The last is hardest to ignore, and impossible when it comes to Mason.
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ebook, 178 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published July 29th 2010)
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Past and present reviewage on Prism Book Alliance®

I thought I would do something different with this review, as this is my second reading of this book. We start out with my newest thoughts having just finished, and then right below is my original review I posted here on Goodreads back in January of 2014.

Getting the chance to reread this was like coming home and visiting friends in a very familiar place, even physically – I earned my MA at SUNY-Albany and walked those tunnels many a time. Bonus,
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Kassa
Aug 05, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it
K.A. Mitchell fans are likely to really love this offering. It has the great sex she’s known for, solid characters, good tension, and enough of a happy ending that readers will be excited for the next book in the series. The concept of John’s new found ability is interesting and different without stretching the bounds of imagination too much. Skeptics who don’t believe in psychics, ghosts, or auras can still buy into the story with just a touch of suspended disbelief. The great writing makes the ...more
Elspeth
Apr 13, 2012 Elspeth rated it liked it
Shelves: mmr, kindle
Not the usual cookie cut plot of fall into bed romance. There was some yo-yoing back and forth, some outside experimental activities on Johns part.
Kind of refreshing actually, I liked John trying new things and not staying the blushing virgin.
The paranormal aspect of this book was interesting as well, I liked how his synesthesia effected the aura vision.
A great story and romance!
JR
Nov 29, 2012 JR rated it it was amazing
At the start of this book, I didn't like either one of the MCs. I loved that the writer could change my perception of these characters. By the end, I cared a great deal about them.

John Andrews is a 2 time Olympic gold medalist, whose career is ended when he takes a bad fall in practice. He has gone back to college in an attempt to get his life back on track. There is a problem, he suffers from vertigo and sees the color of peoples emotions above their heads. To make matters worse, he is a vir
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Silkeeeeee
Nothing earth shattering here.  That being said, it is a well-developed love story with some steamy hot sex.  If you're looking for a deep read, you will be disappointed.  Just a light, love story with a couple of pieces of baggage thrown in for good measure and to keep it interesting. 
Hannah
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. While the characters were not quite as sexy or endearing as in some of K.A. Mitchell's other books (Collision Course, No Souvenirs, and Bad Boyfriend come to mind), some of the themes in Life, Over Easy were deeper. I also really liked Mitchell's handling of the paranormal elements in this novel.

Seeing Mason struggle with his grief and guilt over his lover's death and watching John cope with the brain injury that ended his Olympic diving career m
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Tara
Sep 08, 2010 Tara rated it liked it
I liked this book. I liked the characters. So why only 3 stars? I felt like the whole ghost thing was a little anticlimactic and the ending of that storyline and the book itself was a little abrupt. Especially following the BDSM element added in the last 15 or so pages. Plus there were so many loose ends.. The biggest in my mind being Drew. I mean Drew was part of the group and then suddenly he was gone. No mention ever again, not even by his friends, not even to comment on his absence. And then ...more
Josephine Myles
Aug 25, 2010 Josephine Myles rated it it was amazing
This was the first K.A. Mitchell I've read so I had no idea what to expect but the premise intrigued me. I love my paranormals to be firmly rooted in the real world and this one certainly was - the only strange thing is that injured ex-Olympic diver John can see auras (although he firmly refuses to think of them as that), and that the moody yet lovable Mason has a different kind of aura to everyone else.

First things first, this romance is not in any way sweet. This, to my mind, is a good thing.
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K.C. Beaumont
Oct 01, 2011 K.C. Beaumont rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, samhain
I love K.A. Mitchell's work, and while Life, Over easy was an engrossing read, it truly wasn't one of my favorites.

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Lenore
I think I was in the right state of mind to read this because I enjoyed it fine, even though most of my GR friends were 'meh' about it.
Heather C
Mar 15, 2012 Heather C marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebook, cloud
These two men were not interesting.
Jenre
Jul 30, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it
KA Mitchell is an autobuy author for me and when I read the extract from this book that she placed on her blog, I was hooked and could barely wait the week or so until release day. There was much to enjoy about the story, but in the end my own scepticism regarding ghosts and messages from the beyond added a false note to what is a cracking good romance.

The story begins when we meet John, a former diving double Olympic gold medallist, whose career came literally crashing down around his ears when
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Dre
I'm in a bit of shock over this one. It's really unusual to not feel an emotional connection between the MCs in a K.A. Mitchell book, but I kept waiting to feel it in this one, and it never came. I think Mason was so stuck on Alex and I hated how he treated John. And while John did ask for it sometimes because he kept going back full well knowing Mason wasn't letting go of Alex, I still don't believe it was ok for Mason to treat him the way he did. It seemed like he was using John. And the endin ...more
Simon
Jan 26, 2013 Simon rated it liked it
Let me keep this short. Great story, well written, decent length and read.
Sex is graphic and superfluous, but I've become used to it in this genre, and it's easy to skip without losing the plot. I'm starting to believe that the editors add the overly long sex paragraphs as they think this is what gay men want?? Perhaps I'm odd in the fact that they're not needed to progress the story and although it's nice occasionally, I'd prefer it were left to my imagination.
Story is basically sound. Ex Olymp
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Wren
Oct 23, 2010 Wren rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the complications the characters are involved in. John and Mason are both wounded heroes, and each has his internal battle to fight in, even as they circle around their attraction to each other. Because their difficulties are more than simply psychological this seems more action-y than angst-y. Each man has friends who help make them real and add complexity to the story. The amount of sex is just right and of course it's well done.
Jeri
Aug 11, 2010 Jeri rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
complicated characters, complicated relationship ... it all felt very real except for the inclusion of the woo-woo element ... very good read.
Chris
Aug 24, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good paranormal m/m romance about an Olympic diver who's career ended in a near-death accident. Now he's attending college and trying to deal with the odd aftereffects of his severe head injury.
Elisa Rolle
Due to the matter and the blurb I was not expecting for this romance by K.A. Mitchell to be also a light comedy, but indeed it was; better it was a romantic comedy, with some funny moments, that is even better.

Both Mason than John, for a reason or the other, have lost everything and now they have to find a way to start again. Mason was a nice and simple guy, nothing special, but he got lucky and ended with the best boyfriend during his freshman year, the boy everyone wanted, but only Mason got.
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Pamela Su
An interesting paranormal story.

At times, I wasn't fully engaged in the story, but I was charmed by Mason's housemate, Lizzy. She's a really nice character and I would love a friend like her.
Liz
Aug 21, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing
Mitchell is one of my top 3 fave m/m authors, and Life, Over Easy is in my top 3 faves of her books. I reread it all the time. This is also the only book of hers that has a paranormal element to it, that I know of.

I found the struggles these two men have dealt with in their lives very moving. I enjoyed how they were finding themselves as they were finding each other. It felt like each brought somehing crucial to the relationship - Mason helps John explore his sexuality while John helps Mason put
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Elizabeth
Dec 22, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, m-m, 2016
This story was different and interesting, but also a bit hard to get into. It is woven around John's synesthesia, which by the way was too easily accepted by his friends. Set in college, contains lots of sex and an interesting group of secondary characters. Unfortunately, I felt that some of the friends' stories were incomplete. The ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked to know more about Mason's and John's relationship.
VsReadYs
Dec 04, 2012 VsReadYs rated it really liked it
I always had a very story reactions to K.A. Mitchell's stories ,

either
I Hate them (like why am I reading...why put me through such self inflict pain )
or Love them(with few Kleenex and monologues in my head like - please let there still be 400 more pages or so to read i do not want it to be over yet)all in black and white no grey area try as I might

Clearly this is the one i LOVED
The premises was done crisp ,the characters had their flaws and strengths the ambiance was funny ,romantic tragic and
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leigh
May 30, 2012 leigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-bn
An unusual combination of themes. John, a former Olympic diver, suffers from visual disturbances and balance issues after a career-ending injury. Mason is mourning his dead boyfriend and avoiding his guilt and grief in alcohol and meaningless sex.

Neither is emotionally equipped to handle, or even want, anything resembling a relationship. Sexual sparks fly, but otherwise the two of them barely get along. They try to go separate ways. But something--or someone--keeps bringing them back together.

Jo
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Candice
Sep 28, 2013 Candice rated it liked it
Argh. I had high hopes for this one. I thought "Ooo...cool! Auras." But, this was more of John not knowing what the colors meant until almost the end. Bummer. At least let us see him learning about them. I wanted to know what the colors meant.

This book hit home for me a little. I hated it. John losing his virginity to someone he doesn't even know like it's no big deal. Then all of a sudden he gets hit on and he's like "ooo...sex!" That was me. It made me feel like shit after and I didn't like t
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Katharina
Jan 25, 2013 Katharina rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fantasy
3.5

This was a pretty unusual story about an ex-Olympic diver with vertigo problems due to an injury and a college student that saw his lover die in a car accident and cannot seem to let go. The story has definite fantastical or at least spiritual elements woven into it, although its firmly set in the modern United States.
I liked the fact that John's disabilty was nothing I've ever read about in a book which made the whole thing a lot more interesting. The vertigo issue, the blinking, the proble
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Donna
Sep 23, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
This story was unusual in the aspect that it had more than two MCs... at least to my way of thinking it did! Yes, John and Mason were what the story was about... but let's face it... Alex stole the show!!! This story couldn't have happened without him, and I dare anyone who reads this story to say that they were happy to see him go (thank goodness he is still hanging around!). Lizzy rocked as "the woman in the know" and all of the other secondary characters really rounded out the story well! I r ...more
Tam
Aug 22, 2010 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, other-paranormal
John was a double gold Olympic diver when hit his head and now needs a cane to walk and “sees” sounds and auras. He’s going to university for the first time at 21, runs into Mason at a party and figures FINALLY he’s going to get to try sex. Mason passes out in the middle of a BJ (how embarrassing) and has a definite drinking problem, so John says thanks but no thanks. Mason’s BF died in a car crash nearly a year ago and he’s still not doing well but he insists on trying again with John. John los ...more
Trix
Nov 15, 2010 Trix rated it it was amazing
I give the book a 4.6 rating.

[spoiler ahead]The one thing that made a slight contrast in the story was how quickly everything was sorted out and how easily Mason was able to move on. Other than that, it was simply a charming story that kept me glued to its pages until the wee hours of the morning, simply because I just Had to know what happened next. John charmed me with his innocence but honest and horny self, while Mason was an impressive characters displaying hurt, guilt and love for a decea
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Megan
May 01, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
Not exactly what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. 3.5 stars rounded down to 3, though I couldn't tell you exactly why either, it just didn't feel right rounding up.

I like John, quite a bit, actually. Same with Mason. They're both flawed, tender, sexy, and individual. I'm not really a fan of Lizzie, but I do like Kit. Tyler is comedic relief and I want to know about him. I don't like Alex.

The synesthesia and aura thing is interesting, but I've read other boo
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Vallie
Sep 10, 2013 Vallie rated it it was ok
Shelves: bdsm, spicy-hot, mm
What a huge disappointment. It was a solid 4 stars for the first half of the book and then it went completely downhill. I don't want to give away the story so I'll just mention some impressions.

John and Mason had zero connection whatsoever. They started off with great chemistry and the sexual tension was palpable. After the classic initial fall out, I was waiting for some angsty, dramatic reunion where the characters would slowly come closer emotionally. It never came. John's apathy and aloofnes
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K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Ch ...more
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