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Not Knowing Jack (Ohio Books #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,470 ratings  ·  135 reviews
When your lover becomes a stranger, trust is the weakest link of all.

Bartender Tony Gemetti has it all: a rich, hot boyfriend, a McMansion in the burbs and unlimited sex in an expectation-free zone. He thought that was all he ever wanted out of any relationship until Jack begins making excuses for frequent disappearances. Realizing he has more than his libido and enough dr
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Published December 7th 2010 by Samhain Publishing
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
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Assingment: "Read this, Hooker Slut. You will like this one and will LOVE Tony...promise."

Initial Thoughts: It is a dark and dreary evening. I could spend it staring at the davenport again, but I did that the dawn before last. I guess I could try to read this book.

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Day One: Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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Yep, I know that is one big fucking GIF, but this book SO DESERVES the extra space and bandwidth for the pretty boys kissing.

This was my second read of Not Knowing Jack and it was absolutely glorious. Emotional, heartbreaking, full of angst, ridiculously sexy and a beautiful love story. This is a classic and really should be read by all M/M romance lovers. You don't have to take my word for it either. The proof is in the GR ratings and reviews. (You can look it up on Amazon and B&N and get m
Bark's Book Nonsense
4 1/2 stars - I adored the growth in this love story and the Tony & Jack's struggles and obstacles nearly broke my heart but I can't give it a five. It comes close but Jack keeps too many secrets and acts like a real SOB at times. Still, he's perfect for Tony (whom I adored) and I truly felt all the reasons why they were both so desperately in love with each other. Great realistic writing, this one is funny, infuriating, sexy and painful. I'm anxious to read the rest of this author's work.

I didn't like this book very much, though it's certainly very well written, has excellent character (they're not perfect! flawed characters, what a concept!) and plot development, and a (view spoiler). So basically, all I've ever asked for from a book, except I still didn't like it. I would probably still recommend it, though. Like I said, it has all the right bits and pieces, the details just ruined it for me.

But anyway, a quick run-down of what ruined it for
Although written with K.A. Mitchell's usual competence, Not Knowing Jack was not a pleasant book to read. I started it with the assumption that it was a romance, but there was actually very little about it that could be considered romantic. Instead, Not Knowing Jack was a prolonged angst-fest with an uneasy HEA tacked onto the end.

The book starts with the main characters, Tony and Jack, already in a relationship. They seem pretty serious - Tony is living in Jack's home - but it soon becomes obvi
MsMiz (Tina)
Lent - by Kindle

Gotta give Tony kudos for sticking with Jack through this book man. Jack was understandably going through a lot, but man sakes Jack, you were an ass!!

Karen K
I'm not sure what took me so long to finally read this book because it was fabulous. Tony is just the quirkiest, most endearing, funny character and to top it off, despite how immature he can be, he's emotional and grown-up exactly when he needed to be. Dare I say he acted more mature and adult than Jack a lot of the time - not that I didn't like Jack, I did and I really felt for him and his situation even though he caused a lot of it all by himself. I loved the story and the settling in of the ...more
I've purchased K.A.Mitchell previously and never been disappointed. "Not Knowing Jack" is inspired. Great story, great characters. For me personally, the sex scenes become a little repetitive, but I see the point of them, in this's all about trust. Wish I'd realised that this was book 2 in the series....have now downloaded book 1, "Regularly Scheduled Life". Seem to be stand alone novels however, regardless of the fact that charcters from book 1 reappear in book 2. Definitely worth t ...more
The book was a surprise. It's a well-written, emotional read. Instant families that are all wounded always do something to me. I love the way the kid's father and his boyfriend have to feel their way around to do what is right for the kids and each other. Highly Recommended! ...more
Multiple rereads and I seem to love Tony more with each read but want to hurt Jack more too.

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Josephine Myles
This is the second novel in a series after Regularly Scheduled Life, although you can read it as a standalone. It deals with the turmoil caused in Jack and Tony’s relationship when Jack’s carefully hidden past erupts into their perfect existence.

The novel is told primarily from Tony’s point of view as he struggles to understand Jack’s odd behaviour and come to terms with how little he really knows about the man. While the physical chemistry between the two men remains red hot throughout the nove
Wendy Ann
I’d call this one 4.5 stars. I really, really appreciate the depth of the storyline. There was a lot going on that made it hard to take a break from this book. I wanted to be able to read it in one sitting because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next, and then after that, and just a couple more pages… The author introduced some very challenging family issues and I was really impressed with the way the story developed around this.

To get to that 5 star level, I’ve really got to fall in lo
Nov 27, 2011 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathleen by: Nightcolors
I liked this one WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY better than Regularly Scheduled Life. I still wanted to wack Jack upside the head for most of the book but I didn't have such an annoyance for them with the whole established relationship thing. I think because they were less solid at the start of the book so I got to see their sort of no questions asked live in f*ck buddies to a loving family. I appreciated that the kids were not just cookie cutter decorations for the story. 4 stars.
2.5 to 3 stars Good story but I really did not like Jack. I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him when he just acted like a selfish jerk most of the time.

Also, he didn't treat Tony with respect (my biggest pet peeve). Tony started out kind of chilish and immature, but stepped up when needed. Jack continued to treat him like a child and then accuse him of acting immature.

Tony, on the other hand, was wonderful.
Some of K.A. Mitchell's work I really really loved and re-read frequently (Collision Course, Bad Attitude) some I really really didn't like (No Souvernirs), others were... ok (Regularly Scheduled Life). This one, I'm not sure where to put.

Not knowing Jack is the story of Tony, who we met back in the first installment of the Ohio Books as Sean's best friend, and Jack. They've been "together" for more than a year, they live together (!) yet

"They hadn't actually talked about whether or not blowing
3rd reread 4/9/13: not sure why I love this book so much but I do. Actually, that's a lie, Tony is why I love this book so much!
tony and jack have been living together for a while, and tony likes the fact that there are no expectations. then jack starts keeping secrets and tony worries that maybe a bartender who refuses to grow up could lose the best thing that's ever happened to him. when tony learns that jack has an ex-wife, and children, his world is turned on it's end. as jack fights to keep his children from falling into their mother's hands, his and tony's relationship takes a turn for the worse.

what i li
Lisa J.
3.5 stars. This is a difficult book to rate. In some ways, it's the best book of K.A. Mitchell's I've read. Lots of story. Complex characters. Sex that doesn't overwhelm the plot. And an extremely likable MC in Tony.

Then there's Jack. He's such a jerk to Tony. My list of grievances against Jack: omitting crucial facts about his past; telling Tony to shut up numerous times; mocking Tony's intelligence ("And you became an expert on adolescent psychology during which repeat of twelfth grade?"); ki
4.5 stars

This was almost perfect... I love the tag line in the blurb, it's so true... Neither the author nor the publisher is responsible for any sudden or frequent urges to have children with Tony Gemetti ...

The writing and the dialogue are great, the hot scenes are HOT and just frequent enough. There are kids in this story but they're realistic and not annoying.

I love how we meet Tony and his crazy imagination in the Bed, Bath and Beyond store. I think the book does a good job of showing a re
I have read several of K.A. Mitchell's books, and have really enjoyed them. This book, not so much. It started well, the build up was good and I really liked Tony. But then the sh- stuff - hit the fan and it turned into some heavy reading (you'll get the shit/stuff joke if you read the book).

I haven't written a review before, so I read some for this book after I finished to get me going in how to put my thoughts and feelings into words. I came across a review by Hannah (dated Apr 28,2012) and i
Edina Rose
Well, the book is good and I will probably reread it.It's a keeper.
However, I think I finished the book not really "feeling" why the two heroes are together, why they love each other.

OK, Tony says that he like how strong and dependable Jack is, and Jack likes how Tony's "carpe diem" attitude, his ability to enjoy life and just be happy. But, that is what they "say", and talk is cheap. I would have liked to be able to see them "feel" what they say. What they say was not emphasised by acts and t
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Even if reading about people who don't communicate is usually frustrating, there wasn't a real misunderstanding issue in this book, the "blame" for all the mess is unfortunately easy to place: Jack is a jerk and Tony is a saint.

Jack is keeping secrets from Tony for a lot of reasons: because he thinks Tony will think less of him; because he blames himself for everything that happened in his life; because he doesn't want to make other people worry about him; because he doesn't think he'll be able
Shira Anthony
When we first meet Jack and Tony, they're shopping in a Bed, Bath & Beyond. They have been living together for a little while, dating for 2 years, but Tony, the rough and tumble bartender, really doesn't know anything about his lover, Jack, the chef. They have a lovely home (courtesy of Jack) and Jack wants to give Tony everything (including a car to replace his old, decrepit one). They also have great, frequent sex. But things start to fall apart when Jack starts disappearing to make phone ...more
Jun 26, 2013 JR rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good story
Shelves: favorites, life, romance
Well, I just can't get enough of what K.A. Mitchell puts out. This is the second in the Ohio series and yes, I've read it out of sequence again.

This is the story of Jack, a wealthy restaurant owner and Tony a bartender. Tony is younger and cruder, to Jack's wealthy refined persona. They have a fun, hot sex relationship going. Neither wants to admit that they fit together like hand and glove. Nor are they willing to admit that each wants more from the relationship, because they don't quite tru
It was a good book. I felt a shift from her other works that I've read, in terms of emotional depth and the way the characters dealt with the crisis that hit them. I enjoyed the exploration of feelings and the subtle twists and turns in the story. It wasn't so much the sex as the struggle of two different men trying to bring together a life that included much more than they ever thought of.

The reason why I felt a little put off was because I found Tony too forgiving in some of the situations. or
It never ceases to bug me when a couple have problems that could be cleared up or even have been avoided by talking to each other. But since that is the whole point of this book, I was able to let it go, but it was still frustrating.

Tony finds himself in Bed, Bath and Beyond one day and realizes he doesn't really know Jack his boyfriend of over a year. As the book continues he finds out more and more that he doesn't know much at all, and getting Jack to share is the most difficult thing he's tr
S.J.D. Peterson
I totally got into Tony In Regularly Scheduled Life and was happy to see he got own story. Wasn't a fan of Jack's and I stayed that way for most of the book. I was getting to the point where I was ready to throw the book at the wall. Would have but I love my ipod touch way to much :) Tony deserved a hell of a lot better. As I learned about the crap life Jack had endured he began to grow on me. By the end...Okay so he's still not my favorite character in the world but he got brownie points for ef ...more
Loved this book! I want a Tony Gemetti in my life!!!
I enjoyed Regularly Scheduled Life but for me this book was just brilliant.

I laughed and cried reading throughout reading Jack & Tony's story. Tony's one liners had me laughing out loud, Jack was so serious at times but Tony just brought out the best of him.

It's hard to give a review of this book without any spoilers and for once I don't want to put anything that will give the story away.

Jack and Tony have a lot of issues during this book, you will need to read it to find out whether they b
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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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