What a wonderful surprise this novel turned out to be. It's a beautifully written, honest-to-god ROMANCE that actually focuses on the (whatdoyaknow) tWhat a wonderful surprise this novel turned out to be. It's a beautifully written, honest-to-god ROMANCE that actually focuses on the (whatdoyaknow) the actual romance between the main characters. And, let's be honest, that isn't something I actually come across too often in this genre.
The sexual component of the characters' romance isn't portrayed by sweaty porno-worthy smut scenes that you see all too commonly, but rather through soft kisses, a playful shower scene, and a naked haircut. The novelty is refreshing, not to mention incredibly sweet. Similarly, the love the characters develop for one another isn't expressed via annoying pet names and mushy declarations, but rather through their everyday actions: a thoughtful gift, a hug, support given and interest shown for each other's causes. It's really lovely. And makes for a nice change.
Not every step of their romance is perfect or easy. There are a few misunderstandings, as would be expected between a deaf character and one who previously had no knowledge of deaf culture. But nothing is blown out of proportion, and the characters care enough to try harder...all of which makes this romance even more perfect in my eyes.
Bottom Line: Beautifully written romance, lovely story all around. No drama, no major angst, no ridiculous baby talk or acrobatic sex scenes. Totally recommended....more
Sorry, I know I'm going against the grain here with my less-than-stellar rating...but this book bored me to tears.
All the switching back and forth froSorry, I know I'm going against the grain here with my less-than-stellar rating...but this book bored me to tears.
All the switching back and forth from past to present was annoying, and the italics vs. normal type which denoted "present" vs. "past" were messed up more often than not. And don't get me started on the sex. Ok, I'll tell you. They were at it like bunnies during every single "past" scene (which comprised most of the book). It got really old, really quick. ...more
I find myself conflicted on how to rate this novel.
On one hand, I very much enjoyed the romance, emotional content, and overall story. The scene of hI find myself conflicted on how to rate this novel.
On one hand, I very much enjoyed the romance, emotional content, and overall story. The scene of homophobia and violence at the start is heart-wrenching and horrific. The ensuing themes of love and strength and recovery are powerful and inspiring.
But on the other hand, I wasn't particularly enamored with the general writing style in which the story was told. The use of third person present tense felt strange and took quite a while to get accustomed to. The pace tended to run on the slow side, and there was a definite feeling of "tell" rather than the "show" that I prefer. Furthermore, I felt that some of the dialogue was a bit...too flowery to seem realistic for two football players. Finally, I should mention a smattering of run-of-the-mill spelling and grammatical errors, and well, you get the idea.
However, despite my misgivings, at the end of the day I still enjoyed this read and am glad that I undertook it. For a more thorough review that comes close to my own feelings, SueM's review is quite good. ...more
This story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain entThis story has gotten a lot of attention and has been pretty darn popular, for good reason. It's genuinely funny and heartbreaking, and just plain entertaining. On the other hand, it's also incomplete and hasn't been updated in more than a year, so I'm not really holding my breath on that anymore. But even as much as I hate, and I mean HATE incomplete fic, I'm still glad I took the time to read this one.
So the story centers around a student nurse who's just moved away from London in order to get over a trauma that occurred there. He moves in with another student: a wheelchair-bound punk skater kid. The student nurse is a real goody-goody, flamboyant type, while the skater is a real sarcastic/daredevil type. It's great. Good writing, clever/witty/funny dialogue, unique characters, compelling/emotional plot. Also, the portrayal of a disabled major character is really unique in this story for two big reasons: 1) It actually seems realistic, taking into account all the harsh and difficult challenges faced in a situation like this, and 2) No one is depressed about the disability. (It's definitely not like the typical "disabled character" story where the guy was in a car wreck and broke his legs and is on the road to recovery. The guy in this story has a permanent condition, and has adapted. And no one is whining about it!)
Anyway, I very much enjoyed reading this one, even in its incomplete state. I think I found it from the list of Memorable Fic Rec Entries over at the Slash Pile, so if you are looking for some more recommendations of quality slashfic, I'd check that out. ...more