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One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn
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Sep 11, 12

bookshelves: eye-roll-worthy, gay-for-you, kindle, m-m, passion-erotica, pissed-me-off, romance
Read in September, 2012

Um, I just didn’t get this. I liked the characters, but I didn’t believe in their story. And I didn’t enjoy the way the story was told.

Reading this felt like doing a hop, skip, and jump through these characters’ lives. I didn’t feel like we got to stay in any single moment long enough for it to leave an impression, and a lot of the story took place between the lines, which is sometimes okay, but not in a romance story!!!!!!!

One of the characters is a reclusive, nerdy, anxiety ridden sci-fi writer. In the beginning of the story he has social anxiety and barely leaves his apartment. At all. He only eats fast food like ramen, and drinks Gatorade. Then all of a sudden he’s braving crowds without flinching, standing up to bullies, making changes in his life…oh, and he’s got a toned body (because yeah…that would happen to a guy who eats garbage and never exercises). He’s also a virgin that has never had any sort of feelings for anyone. Jump a few chapters and he’s writing gay porn and having major feels for the other protagonist. Fine. Fine. But if you’re going to try to convince us of this…at least let us see the progress!! Instead of seeing gradual changes and baby steps forward the story continuously jumps forward with weeks left out in between chapters. Such a cop out!

The other main character, Rue, is a gay guy who had a one night stand with a girl and ended up with a daughter. He’s a sweet character, but he too makes leaps in his emotional progress throughout the book. In-between chapters.

I just don’t believe it and I just don’t like it. Too bad, because the story was kind of cute.
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