I will admit I had a little trouble getting into the writing on this one. But it was just a personal struggle with the style/tense the author used. ItI will admit I had a little trouble getting into the writing on this one. But it was just a personal struggle with the style/tense the author used. It was done well though and eventually I got my head around it. Definitely a great little story I'd recommend to mpregnancy fans. It was cute and sweet and I loved the ending. Just too adorable! What can I say...I'm a sap. If you like this kind of theme you should check this one out ASAP. The author did a wonderful job bringing these characters and the plot to life....more
Okay dokey...they say confession is good for the soul, so here goes...In the spirit of full disclosure I want to say up front that I consider CharlesOkay dokey...they say confession is good for the soul, so here goes...In the spirit of full disclosure I want to say up front that I consider Charles Edward my friend and I did critique part of this story before publication. Having said that, I'm not in the habit of recommending books to others I don't enjoy, and I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
A Brief Overview : Take one young, gifted writer (Heath), mix with a cast of writers and authors from all walks of life and one opinionated published mother/author with a bitch setting up waaayyy high. Place in a writing critique group, and add one shy and somewhat aloof love interest (Ryan). Watch the sparks fly when Ryan is finally brave enough to ask for Heath's help with a little project.
Both main characters in this novella are in their late teens and Mr Edward does a wonderful job IMO of capturing that energy and crazy roller-a-coaster ride of awkwardness and hormone overload. The sex scenes were certainly smokin' hot between these two guys!!!! (Yes, I thought that required more than one exclaimation mark too!) But at the same time the characters and story manages to be about more than just sex and lust. It's about being brave and honest, and in the end forgiving. I really liked that about this plot. Written in the first person, from Heath's POV, not only was it technically a very well written story, but the humour and depth of connection I felt to Heath made this one a truly great read.
In short, highly recommended for anyone looking for a young love/first crush-made-good story about two slightly geeky, awkward guys that are finally brave enough to jump and end up burning up the sheets! Thank you Charles, I loved finding out how this one ended. :)
Wow! I loved this story! Truly a five star read for me because I know I'll read it again!
A BRIEF OVERVEIW : The story of a small town guy, Mike, as heWow! I loved this story! Truly a five star read for me because I know I'll read it again!
A BRIEF OVERVEIW : The story of a small town guy, Mike, as he slowly wakes up from his safe, niave little dream to discovers himself, his sexuality and the often harsh realities of the real world.
I adored this book. Written in the first person it really is Mike's story in a lot of ways; although Jason (his love interest) obviously plays a pivotal role in his journey of discovery. Be warned, this one definitely has angsty moments, but IMO they were perfectly worked and balanced within the overall plot. Still, if angst isn't your thing...well maybe this isn't the story for you. However, for my money, I found it a wonderful exploration of a character moving from boy to man. Mike's lessons are harsh and painful, but through it all he somehow maintains a core simplicity and beauty I found endlessly endearing.
While I do think this was essentially Mike's story, I don't think my review would be complete without saying a few words about Jason. First of, and possibly a warning, some of you will probably hate him. Some of you might call him an asshole and wonder at Mike's intelligence for sticking with this guy. Personal, I liked Jason. I wanted to see him find peace and a HEA. His armour was thick and frequently sharp, even caustic, but he had a fragile, human frailty and vulnerability that spoke to me. Yes, he's very, very lucky to have Mike in his life, but I can equally see by the end of the story that Mike is, and most importantly of all, considers himself just as blessed to have Jason. For me, it's an 'Aw! Sweet, powerful, crazy love' story. My opinion and response only, but I liked Jason. He has equal space in my heart after I finished the last page of this book.
Finally, I found this manuscript very well written. Yes, there were one or two minor editing misses. But hey, we all make them, and IMO they really didn't detract from the overall excellence of the story and it's presentation. Good plot. Solid character portrayal. Nice style. Good flow. Who could ask for anything more? :)
So...Thank you Ms. Tushmore for an awesome story. I highly recommend this one to all loves of MM Romance looking for a well written...well a coming of age story I suppose about a big hearted, niave guy who finds the love of his life in someone from the wrong side of the tracks. Someone that's far from perfect, but perfect for him. Their story was quite remarkable.
This is the first book by Nathan Morissey I've read and I have to say overall I enjoy it. While there were one or two inconsistencies in the backstoryThis is the first book by Nathan Morissey I've read and I have to say overall I enjoy it. While there were one or two inconsistencies in the backstory of the main character and a couple of slightly contrived interactions, it was quite an interesting tale of love and acceptance. The thing that impressed me the most was the unique voice the author used, it was very masculine and edgy and really added a lot to the feel of the story and character portrayal. Oh! And this one's definitely on the chilli pepper end of the MM Romance heat scale...that was nice too! :D ...more
In one way, 'The Stowaway' is an 'oops' moment in my writing. I was asked to write a story for an anthology and the publisher specifically requested aIn one way, 'The Stowaway' is an 'oops' moment in my writing. I was asked to write a story for an anthology and the publisher specifically requested an MMF piece. Ego and vanity being powerful driving forces I said yes! :D Well, I mean come on, a publisher asked me to write a story! LOL. Unfortunately, a 15-20K short story blew out to a little over 30K. I'd like to say in my defence that the characters made me do it. They kept putting complications and relationship twists into the equation. Not to mention the little hiccups presented by solar storms, rickety spacecraft and some rather nasty pirate-types out to get Arek and Devlynn.
In the end, I'm really glad I didn't try to hold back the story. I like the way it turned out. And now I've got ideas for another two books. What can I say, plot bunny breeding is my specialty! :D
I really hope you enjoy 'The Stowaway' if you decide to read it. Rachel, Arek and Devlynn were a lot of fun to write about. ...more