Overall, a good read and a cute story of "opposites attract". I really liked Davy, and grew to like Gavin despite some of his quirks. Though I'm sure...moreOverall, a good read and a cute story of "opposites attract". I really liked Davy, and grew to like Gavin despite some of his quirks. Though I'm sure most people are automatically charmed by the bad-boy player type, I was just suspicious, and despite some of thoughtless ways he hurts Davy over the course of this story, I did come to like him and appreciate their relationship.
My only niggle with this story is in the storytelling. Time seems to flow in fits and starts, and they seems to become friends and then switch to more rather quickly, despite the longer sections describing each stage. I did like the cast of characters, though (view spoiler)[I felt that Nate's sub-story was obvious and a little weak in how it was told, which made him hard to like (hide spoiler)]. In particular, I loved Ray and Oliver, at least the idea of them, though Oliver felt a little flat at times. (view spoiler)[The subplot with Gavin's mother also felt a little tacked on, and just a way to create the rift between Davy and Gavin as well as give them a kid for the "loving gay family" ending. (hide spoiler)]
The sex scenes were pretty good, but I felt like they took up too much of the real estate of the book for me, more half "sexy times" and half story, whereas I think a better balances is 1/4 sexy, 3/4 story and plot. Can't win them all, I guess... :D
If you enjoy the bad boy/good boy dynamic, the jock/geek dynamic, or they shy/confident dynamic this is definitely one you should try out. Also, if you like stories with kids, or stories with some decent secondary characters, you should give this a try.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Very sweet. This story had a lot of things that I loved...an introverted and sweet main character, a large family, some emotion and angst, and the war...moreVery sweet. This story had a lot of things that I loved...an introverted and sweet main character, a large family, some emotion and angst, and the warm feelings evoked by holidays.
Calvin is really sweet, and I totally related to his feelings through most of the story. His emotional turmoil over coming out, and dealing with a large family as an introvert, are very similar to my own experience. His boyfriend, Philip, is amazing and wonderful in all the best ways, and I love how supportive he is for Calvin, despite his subtle frustration with keeping their relation hidden for so long.
All in all, a good story, and while it might sound a little fluffy, there's quite a bit of meat in there...my only complaint is that I wish we had gotten to know the family a little more, but with a short story that can be hard. :)(less)
I will start with a short overview of my thoughts on this one...I loved it. Great characters, good plot, good dynamics with the couple and the seconda...moreI will start with a short overview of my thoughts on this one...I loved it. Great characters, good plot, good dynamics with the couple and the secondary characters, a believable background story (or rather, stories) that surround the romantic plot, and more.
Now, more detailed. This one really hit a lot of the buttons that work for me. You have two very different protagonists, who come to the relationship rather elementally and build something great. There is some of the standard angst over realizing they're gay, and being closeted for part of the book, but it's done in a believable way and in no way over the top. The family elements (another big button topic for me) are awesome. I love John's kids, and I love the plot elements with his ex-wife and her controlling new husband. The kids are not two-dimensional at all...they have real struggles, and feel like an important part of the story.
The mystery/murder/crazy drama part of the book is the part that would normally seem over the top, but the author makes it work. It creates tension, and while it's not super believable, it doesn't feel cheap and like it's thrown in for drama...it feels rather real, and adds an interesting element to the dynamics between the main characters and especially John's son, Mark.
If you like gay for you stories, or stories with families and kids and all of that drama...this is right up your alley. Highly recommended.(less)