It may be that some will not like the chatty, snarky narrative style this book is written in but I did. It read like a cleaned up version of how many...moreIt may be that some will not like the chatty, snarky narrative style this book is written in but I did. It read like a cleaned up version of how many of my gay friends talk when we're having a drink. It amused me and in a few places it did make me start giggling. The dialog between Paul, the narrator, and his best friend Sandy is chaotic as are the conversations with his parents. Again they were just fun to read.
In all the fun is a nice love story. The first half is light-hearted and nicely paced and full of some highly entertaining character development. The second half of the book deals with tragedy and how to cope with death. They are a nice counterpoint to each other and one doesn't infringe on the other.
This is my second book by Klune and and this definitely feels like a book written by a gay man. He definitely shows he's grown as an author since writing Bear, Otter, and the Kid which I rated 3-stars. This one shows enough improvement that I think I will be going back to read his other books. (less)
This book is a nice, comfortable romance that's a perfect way to curl up for a few hours and forget about the world on a chilly day. The addition of b...moreThis book is a nice, comfortable romance that's a perfect way to curl up for a few hours and forget about the world on a chilly day. The addition of brain trauma and Tourette's as basic elements of the main characters' lives made this more than just a formulaic romance. It wasn't a groundbreaking read but it was fun and it was sweet.
Ethan was written wonderfully - he was so complex but so open and clear cut at the same time. Carter was a more challenging character to get right in my opinion. His Tourette's manifests as physical tics and movements which would have been tedious had each one been mentioned but missing if they hadn't - but Loveless got a decent balance so you know they're there without them being a distracting focal point.
Ethan's brother, Elliot, was a typical teen in that his moods swung from pleasant to surly to childlike. But, I kept expecting something to develop there - not sure what - between him and his older brother. Maybe that would have muddied the waters of the story but I constantly felt like he was on the cusp of revealing an important factor in their relationship.
Overall, I like this book and will most likely look into more of her books in the near future.(less)
G.A. Hauser had been recommended to me more than once for I finally picked up one of her books and read it. This book was my choice and I have to say...moreG.A. Hauser had been recommended to me more than once for I finally picked up one of her books and read it. This book was my choice and I have to say that I liked the premise quite a bit. The dialog was good as was the editing. I didn't dislike the book - it just felt like any of a hundred other m/m romance novels. It didn't stand out for me.
It wasn't a long read by any means that might have been part of what I found disappointing - it went so fast. The boys meet, then there's an attraction, a quick buildup, a tragedy and finally *poof* a happy ending. It didn't read like there was much depth to the book. There as so much that could have been explored in the course of this book that was just glossed over.
As an aside, I was put off by the copyright notice written in red, in a larger font at the beginning of the book. It was jarring, overly curt and the 'nonrefundable' statement almost made me stop right there and return the book. I looked and it appears that all her books start that way - and it's no less startling because of that. I can understand wanting to protect your intellectual property but this is a bit much. Why the large red print?(less)
What I liked about this book is the main characters were not some kids fresh out in the world and barely out of adolescence. They were both in their 3...moreWhat I liked about this book is the main characters were not some kids fresh out in the world and barely out of adolescence. They were both in their 30s, both had a well thought out back story and both were confronting adult concerns in their life. John had a messy divorce, a bitter ex- and teenage children to manage and Ryan has a physical disability from an accident as well as unresolved issues with the deaths of loved ones. Neither man is gay and both come into the story with baggage.
They fit together well and start a friendship while both find themselves attracted to the other and a bit confused over that. As they started their romance, John's relationship with his ex- and his kids flare up and that brings a good amount of drama and interest into the story. His ex- and especially her new husband are fairly one dimensional but his kids are well written. Ryan's family play a much smaller role in the story but could have added quite a lot of drama if they had been expanded upon as well.
I haven't read many m/m romance novels where both main characters are initially straight and I was a bit concerned over that at first. But I quite enjoyed this one and will be reading more of Harper's books.
[mild spoiler] The drama around the professor, his lab, the student deaths and all felt a bit over the top. I enjoyed reading them, but this book still would be an interesting story without those elements. [/spoiler](less)