Unhealthy doesn't even begin to explain it, that's probably why I didn't like this one as much as the previous ones. Jared's love of Gabriel was one tUnhealthy doesn't even begin to explain it, that's probably why I didn't like this one as much as the previous ones. Jared's love of Gabriel was one thing, but Gabriel's "love" was just insane. I don't mind fucked up characters, but this sort of co-dependency doesn't do it for me. Throw in a girlfriend who I felt sorry for on the one side, but found too stupid for words (who listens to friends who give advice like that?) and the mix is just not my cup of tea.
I can put up with all sorts of lack of realism, but the fact that Gabriel and Jared behaved the way they did and everybody around them still accepted them to be mere friends is not believable at all (I'd rather believe a college professor gives out good grades as payment for blow jobs). I am pretty sure if a football player was seen cuddling with the team's doctor nonstop, there would be a lot of awkward situations in interviews and headlines in newspapers. In the next book Tristan ponders about Gabriel not caring about what others thought of his relationship with Jared, but as it happens it seems the public thought nothing of it. Well, they should have, considering the environment of the story. Unfortunately the football world is highly homophobic.
Anyway, so far this was the least enjoyable of the books in the series for me....more
I really like the kind of overlap of the books in this series. This one starts with a scene that we know has happened as we read about the result of iI really like the kind of overlap of the books in this series. This one starts with a scene that we know has happened as we read about the result of it already in "Just a bit twisted", when Christian tells Shawn about the threesome he has been invited to.
Both male characters Christian and Alexander were great guys who I really felt with. Alexander was my favourite kind of hero, cool, calm and composed, yet sizzling and burning underneath. And - he was capable of quite a lot of self reflection which I find admirable!
Mila, the initiator of this whole story, I could take or leave. I was completely indifferent to her and to be honest, once those two guys met she was out of the picture. Somebody complained about her being in the relevant story until what, 85%?, but in reality she wasn't. Those meetings were no threesomes, they were twosomes with a redundant third wheel. She might as well have read a book while the guys got off. If you, like me, dislike women in M/M books, don't worry about Mila, she is completely negligible. Talk about being careful what you wish for.
Absolutely recommendable, especially if you like OFY stories....more
This was a fun read. The whole story was unrealistic from start to finish, but so what?!
Shawn was a good character, but I loved Rutledge. His unprofesThis was a fun read. The whole story was unrealistic from start to finish, but so what?!
Shawn was a good character, but I loved Rutledge. His unprofessional behaviour was absolutely out of character, but I am a firm believer in suspending disbelief, so I didn't mind at all. He was an asshole throughout the story and never changed, which was great. His remarks and Shawn's reaction made for some really good scenes.
So far I always skipped GFY stories, but they seem to have a certain flair. If you don't mind the lack of realism in a story, you should give this one a go. ...more
I can't tell how sick I am of men not even or slightly over 40 who are constantly whining about their supposedly old age. They are all prematurely greI can't tell how sick I am of men not even or slightly over 40 who are constantly whining about their supposedly old age. They are all prematurely grey and moaning nonstop. What's wrong with those guys?
Next, I seem to be picking books lately with men who have lost their partner recently and have a hard time coping. While I get it in case of a partner who died (but even then I draw a line somewhere after years and years of mourning), I don't get it when it was a simple break up. People break up all the time and find new parters sooner or later. I don't really see why someone has to take a year long sabbatical because of his partner cheating and leaving him. This is all the more surprising as Robert is hoping for a tenured position; I would imagine a sabbatical for such a ridiculous reason is not considered a point in his favour.
When Robert got drunk I was about to stop reading because I hate nothing more than drunk people. Had I been Matt this would have put me off for good. Robert almost fell off the chair at one point – is there anything less appealing? Also, you might be as obsessive-compulsive about your own things as you want, but undressing a stranger that you more or less just met before putting him into bed (he passed out from drinking) because you have a problem with street clothes in bed is taking your obsession too far.
All these little things added up for me so that I couldn't connect with the MCs or feel any interest in their story. I finished the book but it left the feeling that I could have done easily without....more
After The Law of Attraction this was my second book by Jay Northcote. I was still recovering from Broken, so an easy and light read was just what I neAfter The Law of Attraction this was my second book by Jay Northcote. I was still recovering from Broken, so an easy and light read was just what I needed.
This was another story that was quick reading. The story was nothing extraordinarily angsty or complicated. Two guys meet under somewhat stressful circumstances, connect immediately and one of them has to decide if he is ready to change his career driven lifestyle for something more fulfilling. Again, no misunderstandings, no stupid games, no ever so popular bloody demons from the past, just a story about two regular guys. There wasn't even the lesbian best friend, what a relief! Edwin was a good addition whose story really touched me.
The descriptions of the landscape, ocean, atmosphere made this almost like the gay equivalent of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel (plus the sex, of course). So, if you like fluffiness without a lot to make you ponder this story for days, go for it....more
In the very beginning this felt very similar to Broken by Nikola Haken but turned out to be, oh, so different. The premise was exactly the same, quickIn the very beginning this felt very similar to Broken by Nikola Haken but turned out to be, oh, so different. The premise was exactly the same, quick, supposedly meaningless sex one night, new job, the sex partner turns out to be the new boss. But right there the similarities ended.
Even though Alex had his problems with not being out and not knowing how to come out without losing everything he has worked so hard for, it was not angsty and intense. This was my first book by Jay Northcote, but I have read another one since and it seems she is good at dealing with problems on a low stress level - quite refreshing. The characters always have issues to overcome but not in a way that have you continuously worrying.
I liked both protagonists and how easily and effortlessly the story flowed. The inevitable complications were understandable, there were no silly miscommunications or idiotic misunderstandings, This is a comfort read.
The cover: for once it absolutely worked. The guy is exactly how you could picture Alec. Good choice!...more
I usually like stories with an age difference, but was disappointed with this one. Russ was unreasonable, stubborn and plain idiotic. For a silly prinI usually like stories with an age difference, but was disappointed with this one. Russ was unreasonable, stubborn and plain idiotic. For a silly principle he even risked his life, unbelievable! If both he and Stephen had talked a little more none of the problems would have arisen (oh, well, that is a common problem in the romance genre).
Apart from strongly disliking one the protags I just wasn't feeling it. I forgive a lot as long as I can see the emotional connection between MCs but here there was nothing, I am afraid. Therefore the whole romance turned out to bore me. I wasn't in the least bit interested in those two guys. In fact, I was more interested in the slob roommate, and that really means something....more