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Nick Addison has taken care of Hollister Welles since college. Though the responsible grad student and the uninhibited partier were total opposites, they had always shared an inexplicable bond. Nick knows he should stop saving the out-of-control Holly, but when Holly hits rock-bottom hard—and publicly—he can't resist coming to his rescue one last time. Can't resist the fee ...more
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Published January 3rd 2011 by Carina Press (first published December 15th 2010)
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...is never easy to fall in love, and this book is all about that... the wrong and the right choices of two men, trying to discover what is love.

Nick is a successful journalist, with a beautiful wife, and a pretty house full of art objects....... or he is a frustrated writer working as journalist, with a shallow beautiful wife, in a pretty house full of meaningless art objects?

Holly is a drug addicted, the poster boy of happiness and a stud sleeping with men or women changing partners constant
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
The characters are so well written and developed I fell in love with them right away. The writing was great and never annoyed me once.

The story is pretty simple but with the great characters and smooth writing i was drawn in right away. Nick is married for the first half of the book, he never cheats on her though and there is no sex until about 70% into the story. I like that the book focused on the story and characters and not sex. I disliked Nick's wife from the first time she spoke to him in
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Justacat
Hard to rate this one. Like a few other reviewers, I have to mark down - significantly in my case - for the fact that this book drastically changed tone, and quality, at about the 65-70% point. If it had ended there I'd have given it a 4.5. for good writing, well developed and engaging characters (at least most of them - the wife is a bit of a bad-guy caricature), a great set-up with a lot of conflict, and an unusual and compelling relationship. Nick's rescue, Holly's slow and difficult recovery ...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
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Gigi
I finally had a chance to read this one, considered a classic by so many GoodRead friends. I did love it, lots and lots! It was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with the splash of D/s when the two MCs started their sexual relationship. Wow, super hot stuff!

If you like hurt/healing/comfort and friends-to-lovers, this one will be RIGHT up your ally! Have fun!
Valentina Heart
You can rarely come across two characters who deserve to end up together more than these two. It's almost a hurting desire you have for them, because it is so obvious how much they love each other and how much they care.

While the first part of the book is centered on their messed up lives and the distance they'd created between them, it is still interesting to read about the process which led them from being strangers to friends again. The transition was so easy and yet is was anything but. Just
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Fiona Goodman
I actually read this on my Nook.

[Nick Addison has taken care of Hollister Welles since college. Though the responsible grad student and the uninhibited partier were total opposites, they had always shared an inexplicable bond. Nick knows he should stop saving the out-of-control Holly, but when Holly hits rock-bottom hard—and publicly—he can't resist coming to his rescue one last time. Can't resist the feeling of having Holly need him again.]

4 1/2 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It is not your
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Alyosha
The One Real Thing was one of the best friends become lovers stories I have read this year.

On the first half both main characters fall apart one after the other, and get saved/healed by the other. Nick and Holly's love for one another was palpable and captivating. Both men were unique and interesting characters to read about. The writing was solid throughout the book, but some parts were delivered better than others. The high point of the story is when Nick and Holly finally confess their long
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Ami
One Real Thing is a story about friendship and love that stands the test of time.

Nick Addison has always been there for Hollister 'Holly' Welles, since they first met in college. Nick's role in Holly's life is more as his caretaker -- even if they live separately, Nick keeps track on what is going with Holly. So when Holly's life is out of control to the lowest form, Nick marches into his place, brings Holly back to New York with him, and nurtures Holly back to function.

What I like: Holly's cha
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SheReadsALot
I. LOVE. THIS. STORY.

It had the right amount of everything to keep the reader hooked.

Hollister a.k.a Holly is a drugged out, boozed up, crazy pile of damage. He's the bad boy that tries to out bad boy himself. But his college friend, Nick, comes to save him from himself one more time. Nick's always had a crush on Holly even back when they were in college ten years ago but he's married now...to a woman. And a successful, straight & narrow, journalist. The perfect example. Or is he?

There's to
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Lily
Ten years after college Hollister "Holly" Welles is a total disaster, drugs and alcohol pretty much ruining his life, while his friend Nick Addison leads a successful life with all the trappings, including a wife. When Nick can no longer ignore Holly's downward spiral he goes after him determined to save him. Just as Holly is turning his life around though it's Nick's life that goes down the tubes.

I loved how Holly was able to step up and be there for Nick when he needed it. As Nick starts to co
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Janna
Feb 12, 2012 Janna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Wow, this book was terrible. The characterization is virtually nonexistent. Both of the main characters are entirely defined by the father-teenage son dynamic of their relationship. The pacing is not good. Not much happens, and most of the book is taken up by continuous rehashing of their disturbing, co-dependent relationship. Nick is really boring and unlikable, and he has a wife whom he isn't attracted to at all. His wife is the most interesting character in the book until halfway through (vie ...more
Amy ♥
This book just wasn't for me. For one thing, it took way too long to get going. I love angst and UST (probably more than most people!), but I was at least half way through the book before Nick and Holly even got together. Frankly I was bored and I didn't really connect with the characters. Oh well. On to the next book...
Jenre
This book had a lot going for it before I even metaphorically opened its pages. Firstly, for me these authors have always written consistently good books and secondly, I love friends to lovers stories. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed as this turned out to be one of the best friends to lovers stories I’ve read for a while.

The book begins with our hero, Nick, who lives a nice comfortable life with his wife and well respected job as a political reporter. His friend from college days, Holly, isn’t
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Emily
Wonderful friends to lover’s story. The love and devotion that these two friends share throughout the story is beautiful & absolute. Holly’s role reversal for Nick hit me in the feels and the D/s element was more like a quiet surrender to love. The wicked witch of a wife is bit overplayed in this genre but for this gfy/ofy it worked for this story line so I’ll keep the 5 star rating PLUS I always love a good villain in my books.

Reread 10/28/14
Chris
Excellent m/m romance about two guys who were best friends in college. One got married and started a career and followed a path of things he felt he should do. The other slowly spiraled down and out of control. This book was, at times, not an easy read. It left me feeling gutted more than once. But it's so very worth reading to find out for yourself if either of them can be saved...
Nic
Nick and Holly have been friends for years, although apart for many of these because of Nick's wife (who dislikes Holly).

Nick, who has always felt the need to take care of Holly, needs to rescue him when he hits rock bottom. Holly needs Nick and the rules he sets down for him.

There is an interesting turn in the plot where situations are reversed and it is Holly's turn to help Nick. Although Nick has an immense desire to look after Holly and Holly needs to submit to Nick, Holly shows how much he
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Vivian Archer
Reading this book is like watching one of those reels where a skier goes plummeting down the slope head over heels and finally comes to a sliding stop--you're waiting to see if they get up or if that was it.

Holly is sweet, but uncontrollable...except for one person.

Nick is strong with never the appearance of a loose end until he's not and then there's only one person who can bring him back.

Lovely, tormenting and heartfelt story with D/s and two characters who understand the word cherish.

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Virginia
Annah Crow has moved onto my auto buy list. This is a beautiful and for me, realistic story of two long time friends coming together as a couple. Both guys have baggage and the other is there for him as they deal with it. I also liked the fact that both guys had baggage. So often, it's just one of the MCs. I enjoyed both characters. I enjoyed the d/s that became part of the relationship and made sense that Holly would crave. There isn't a lot of sex until the last third if the book because this ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Nick and Hollister (Holly) were best friends through their college years despite their differences. Outgoing and flirtatious Holly’s attempts to get Nick’s undivided attention never ended with the result Holly secretly craved. Holly was deeply in love with Nick from the beginning and afraid he’d lose him forever if he revealed his feelings. And then Nick met Caroline, a snooty bitch who instantly saw Holly as a threat and drove a wedge between them. When they marry it is the beginning of a downw ...more
Janna
Genre & keywords:
M/M, Romance, Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Gay For You-ish, Infidelity, Addiction, Hitting rock bottom, D/s-ish elements

Synopsis in short:
Nick and Holly have been friends forever but live in different parts of the country and have lost sight from each other. Until Holly makes the tabloids thanks to some celebrity, and it becomes apparent that his bad habits are making him hit rock bottom hard. Nick comes to his rescue, once more, and takes him with him to New York. Slow
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Nick and Holly have been friends since college, but they can't be so close anymore because Nick's girlfriend - and later wife - can't stand Holly.

Holly works in PR and he's living dangerously. Since his last relationship finished for the delight of gossip, he's entered a downward destructive spiral. Nick, who took care of Holly when they were at college, follows him from afar, but he can't stand watching Holly's destructive behavior. He flies to L.A., keeping it a secret from his wife, and takes
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Elisa Rolle
At first I had some difficulties to understand why two men that were so obviously made for each other, like Nick and Holly, were not together. Nick and Holly were best friends at college and maybe even something more, but Nick has always played the role of the caretaker and Holly that of the modern rake, a young man with too much money and too much trouble in his hands than what he could manage. And then college ended and real life kicked in, and Nick moved to New York City while Holly set in Lo ...more
Kassa
One Real Thing is an easy story to read and engaging for the most part. There is a friends turned lovers theme with repressed angst and longing that will play on those lovely romance heart strings of readers. The writing skillfully keeps the characters moving towards each other but once the couple gets together, the story could have ended there. The next 50 pages or so just reiterate how in love the two men are with no real appreciable changes. Nothing much is added to the relationship or the co ...more
Jay
All in all I really enjoyed this romance and felt for the struggles that Nick and Holly went through. I completely understand Nick's motivations for doing the "right thing" but why does our world have to make men feel that going against their heart is the "right thing". At least Nick was given an out for his choices that didn't make him the bad guy.

At first the dominance of Nick and the submission of Nick was cute and felt like it belonged. I would have been a five star read for me if the guys b
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Sarah
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Dee Wy
4.25 stars. A really well done friends to lovers story. The plot was unique in that both of them crashed emotionally and was saved by the other. Loved it!
Megan
I fucking loved this book. Subject, pacing, characters, all of it just perfect. So much love.
Kaetrin
This is a gem. Nick and Hollister "Holly") have been friends since college. Holly is a bit of a screw up and Nick looks after him. After Nick marries evil bitch wife, his friendship with Holly goes the way of the dodo but he keeps up with Holly's doings by virtue of websites like TMZ. When Holly gets into trouble, Nick goes and helps him out, gets him back on his feet. Then Nick splits with evil bitch wife and he's the one in crisis and it's Holly's turn to help Nick. It is then that Nick realis ...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Lately I've been staying away from the angst but the blurb for this story caught me. Thank God it did because I loved Nick and Holly.

I appreciated the honesty of this book.

I think this is the first m/m I've read where one of the main characters has a serious mental illness. At the beginning of the book Holly is self-destructing at a mind blowing rate. I love that the author didn't shy away from the ugliness of the situation. Holly's mind and body are ravaged by the drugs and alcohol in the begin
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