Probably my favorite Garrett Leigh story to date. So good. Heartbreakingly so. Seb is steadfast and Dex is a Traveller wary of outsiders; yet they meeProbably my favorite Garrett Leigh story to date. So good. Heartbreakingly so. Seb is steadfast and Dex is a Traveller wary of outsiders; yet they meet and are drawn to one another. Then Dex disappears. The story follows Dex to his own personal hell. Abused and suffering, he holds on to his time with Seb as his moment of happiness and safety. I don't want to say to much, because this is a journey I think the reader needs to take for themselves. But it is definitely a journey worth taking. ...more
This was a really good story, but for whatever reason, it took me forever to get through it. It was an original story with a unique premise. LikeableThis was a really good story, but for whatever reason, it took me forever to get through it. It was an original story with a unique premise. Likeable characters... admittedly, i think i liked Ezra more than Morgan... though Morgan had his moments where I just loved him, i.e. with Hannah, or when he pulled his head out of his ass with Ezra... (view spoiler)[and the St. Andrews scene where he rescues Ez after blackmailing his father (hide spoiler)]. And the book had some great supporting characters, Derry especially.
This is not a steamy romance, but it is romantic. (view spoiler)[The scene where Morgan is sent back to the future and the last thing he sees is Ezra's pain-filled face after Ez has finally let his mask of strength fall away... and then when Morgan comes back to find a broken Ezra who has to ask Derry if Morgan is real. My heart broke. (hide spoiler)]
I think maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset when I was reading it... there were so many good elements to this story. Definitely worth the effort....more
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This is probably a bit less than 4 stars, but I rounded up.
I'm glad I***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review ***
This is probably a bit less than 4 stars, but I rounded up.
I'm glad I didn't know that this was part of the Courtland Chronicles series when I picked it up. There was an element to those books that I couldn't get past and I never completed the series. This book, however, I was able to get into and enjoy, and then... it was over. More of a tease than anything else. This book touches on a lot of things, but never really delves into anything.
Seth and Bilal meet at a clinic, both suffering from the flu... Seth a down-to-earth rich kid, Bilal a biracial Iranian/English student with a strict Muslim upbringing. The interactions between them are relatively brief: a weekend snowed in, a night in New York... mostly "getting to know you" time, with just a tiny bit of steam...
While I must admit my ignorance beyond the general facts of the Iranian culture, this book paints it on a whole in a negative light. Besides Bilal's sister, the other Iranian characters are portrayed in a borderline villainous way... And while there is no denying that there are some laws/beliefs/acts that are unimaginable and unforgivable, i.e. the killing of gay men, there surely must be some beauty... yet it seemed as though Bilal felt as if being Muslim was a burden more than anything else. It got in the way of his studies... None of the positives were ever mentioned...
That being said, I was relieved when (view spoiler)[Bilal decided to stay in the US (hide spoiler)]. The book wraps up, but still, it felt very open ended, and left me wondering... (view spoiler)[what about Bilal's father... and did anything happen because of Aziz?? (A character that popped up menacingly a couple of times but never long enough to influence anything). (hide spoiler)]
It was a good story, and I'll probably read the next book if it focuses on these two characters... (view spoiler)[though i hope the next book cover doesn't use a model with chest stubble... I love me some stubble, just not on a guy's chest... (hide spoiler)] =)
Oh, this book… so I was ugly crying early on, and then I was fine… until the last 25% and it was ugly cry the whole time. Sob… stop... blow my nose…Oh, this book… so I was ugly crying early on, and then I was fine… until the last 25% and it was ugly cry the whole time. Sob… stop... blow my nose… breathe… rinse, repeat. yup for about 100+ pages.
So, this was not my favorite Amy Lane book. That honor goes to Dex in Blue. But this was good. I loved Mackey… I even loved Grant – though I felt so much for the situation he was in. Travis, I don’t think I ever connected with. He was a good man, a strong support, but not in your face… and I think that’s why Mackey loved him. I didn’t get that “I gotta find out what’s happening between them RIGHT NOW!” feeling.
This book is about the journey to HEA-hopefully. It’s about love, loss, everything in between. It gives us the journey of life, which isn’t always angsty, gut-twisting passionate; it can be slow… it shows the characters finding the balance. ...more
This book had a lot of good things going for it... sexy army pilot MC, best friend/adolescent crush's dorky younger brother turned recluse3.5ish stars
This book had a lot of good things going for it... sexy army pilot MC, best friend/adolescent crush's dorky younger brother turned recluse artist... and yet, it didn't quite get there for me. Unfortunately, there was a lot of "telling" instead of "showing," especially at the beginning.
Aaron is a likeable, flirtatious guy who has been medically discharged after contracting an infection which causes heart issues while in Afghanistan. He'd gone into the army as an 18 year old after kissing and being rejected by his best friend, Gregory. Ten years later, he's returned home, learning to deal with divorced parents, civilian life, and a now-engaged Gregory. His father suggests he go and visit Gregory's younger brother, Jesse, and curious as to what has become of him, Aaron does.
Jesse is the misunderstood, little brother. He never fit in to his family dynamic, preferring nature and solitude to good grades and sports and parties. All grown-up, Jesse is hardly recognizable, and growly as he attempts to push Aaron away to protect himself from a long-held "crush." But his rough exterior hides a sweet, gentle artist suffering from social anxiety.
The relationship between the two is a good one. It doesn't happen quickly, which I liked. We learn a lot through letters they wrote while Aaron was in the army... it was sweet, giving a small insight into the feelings of Jesse as an adolescent, and Aaron's general cluelessness of them. The potential was there, but then it didn't all come together. Still wondering (view spoiler)[Jesse brings up people not knowing about his mother's affair... what affair??? The only affairs mentioned were Gregory's... and how was this supposed to influence the family dynamic in the story?? (hide spoiler)]
Not a bad read overall... just needed a bit more oomph... ...more
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I don't know if this was quite a 5 star read, but it was more than a 4***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review***
I don't know if this was quite a 5 star read, but it was more than a 4, so I'm giving it the extra... and while this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone...
This story was sweetly angst filled. Like a ton of angst. But it was so good. The characters, Graham and Rikker, were best friends in the eighth grade and it progressed to something more when they were freshmen... then after Rikker turned sixteen, they were torn apart when the two were attacked for being gay, and while Graham got away, Rikker was beaten and sent to the hospital. This is their story 5 years later... when they reunite after Rikker transfers to Graham's college to join the hockey team after getting kicked off his previous school's team for being gay.
The reunion isn't all sunshine and rainbows. While Rikker may have been the one who was beaten and then disowned and sent away by his parents to live in Vermont, Graham is the one who still bears the emotional scars. Deeply in the closet, Graham stuggles with the guilt of leaving Rikker behind, and the fear of being found out by anyone, especially his team members.
Since being sent to live with his grandmother, Rikker learned to own who he was, not be ashamed of who he loved... but he never forgot Graham... and when he arrives at Harkness, he finds himself once again dealing with homophobic individuals. This is enough to make Graham avoid him at all costs, until he can't anymore.
It was easy to be empathetic to the MCs in this story. They drew you in and didn't let you go. This book kept me engaged the whole time; I read it straight through. I loved the chemistry between the two. the "oh shit" moment at the hotel. There were some really enjoyable details - the Rikker Scale - some fantastic supporting characters: Gran, Mrs. G., Bella, Hartley... Though not exactly sizzling, most of the sex was off screen, but it really didn't take away from the story. Besides, it had HOCKEY... and really need I say more.