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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Fresh from backwoods Minnesota, actuarial student Ben Dutoit is ecstatic to land a job with Sydney Sutherland Family Insurance, one of the few companies that offers life insurance to people in the high-risk category. The fact that he gets to work in Gay Central, aka San Francisco, is just the icing on the rainbow-colored cake. Ben sets himself just three goals: be out and ...more
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Published May 25th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2012)
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A.B. Gayle
May 28, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I would like to use this opportunity to give some background to the series "Opposites Attract".

In these books, I will be exploring differences between the protagonists backgrounds and personalities as this is what creates the conflict that all stories need.

So, be warned if that's not the type of book you like, stay away! There will be no murders to solve or car chases. Car crashes maybe....

Full length books will deal with different pairings (or back to back novellas in some cases).

Familiar chara
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Red+Blue was quite the engaging read! I actually read the second of this series first, not that it matters. They appear to be stand alones. However, the second one is kinky so *shrug* of course I read that one first. Shocker. I digress.

I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked into this one. As a matter of fact, I had a hard time putting it down. It's cleverly formatted into three sections the first being, Red (Ben's POV); he's called "Red" by Jason because he's a ginger aaannnndddd he hates
May 26, 2012 added it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary

Hey....I didn`t read more than 300 pages to be left with unanswered questions! Where`s the epilogue?

After a rocky start this romance-only story and the characters really grew on me I could even relate to Ben`s youthful impatience and Adrian`s motives to stay deeply in the closet.
But the ending was a disappointment for me (for me!). I expected a flourishing vineyard and a completely different path in life for both men once they decided to stay together but all I got was a r** job in the end...huh
Kaje Harper
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Adrian is a thirty-something guy forced back into the closet by emotional blackmail from his father. Ben is an actuarial student from Minnesota, young, gay, and out, who goes to work for Adrian's insurance firm. They have a nice slow-building chemistry, a clean, believable plot, and some good if not very complex secondary characters. This was almost a five-star book for me, and I did feel the emotions, especially towards the end, and enjoyed the hard-won HEA.

But some of the guys' reactions to t
Dec 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, meh
This book was provided to me by the author through the M/M Romance Group DBML program in exchange for an honest review.

It took a few false starts for me to start getting into the book. For one thing, there's this introduction of the character(s), kind of, before the story even begins. I sat down in a crowded subway train car and the older lady next to me decided to prattle on and on about her precocious second cousin and all his antics and his cute little boyfriend and their antics and I pretty
Serena Yates
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
Relationships at work, between boss and employee, no less, are always difficult, frowned upon, and usually there is some rule against them. That seems to make them all the more interesting for some people; the ones who like the lure of the forbidden, live on adrenaline – or just cannot resist the other person. While Adrian isn’t Ben’s direct boss in this story, he is the company owner’s son so the conflict may be less direct, but it is there nevertheless.

Ben is not a hard worker to start with, b
Ije the Devourer of Books
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book on so many levels. First of all I enjoyed the writing. I found the style to be engaging right from the very beginning and the story line kept my interest all the way through. I also enjoyed the way the different points of view were used to introduce the main characters and I liked the way the relationship between the main characters evolved. Both Ben and Adrian slowly moved from boss/employee, to friends, and then to lovers. Of course the journey wasn't that smooth and there ...more
Julia ♥Duncan♥
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

This is my first book by this author and I had no idea what to expect. I'll admit to not reading any other reviews too closely - sometimes I like books to surprise me and I don't like when the general plot of the book is spoiled.

Ben begins the book in a sort of fuck-buddies relationship with a coworker named Jason. I didn't like their relationship very much - it felt like Jason was using Ben. (If reading about main character
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: betaed
Note: Beta'ed for author, so I was exposed to the story before final editing. My review, though, is on the finished product. It was a pleasure and a privilege to help get this story published.

This is a story of "opposites attract", younger man who's out and proud with older man who's deeply closeted, the always taboo "boss and employee" liaison. But beyond the recognizable tropes, the characters have unique voices, the story is realistic and believable, and the sex hot and tender at the same tim
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
Too long and too much sex. I loved Ben and Adrian was OK. I think the second installment in this series Leather+Lace is the best book I have read this year. Just outstanding. But this one was not as good. ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nomance
Okay, now that I'm sober, let's review this. Pardon me in advance; I'm not used to writing anything positive.

The characters in this book are pretty layered, and in a scale of one-to-ten with one being the depth of my kiddy pool and ten being the tectonic plates under the sea, I'd say this is something of a three.

Much of the writing is focused on their relationship; too much, I think, so that you know only the very basic facts about the characters and even that it can be neatly categorized. They
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like the layout of the story. We get 7 months from Red's (Ben's) POV, then the same 7 from Blue's (Adrian's), and then 5 months from their alternating POV for the rest (majority) of the book. I hope a similar layout will be used for the others in the series. (And we can easily see which characters will be picked up for the future stories of the series. I'm looking forward to Ben's brother Chris's story. He's got some unknown issues that should make for fun reading. Jason & Vincent's story shou ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: Jamie
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the author and DBML.

3.75ish, teetering on 4.

Red+Blue is a novel of opposites. Ben is a young man, trying to spread his wings and find his way in San Francisco. From all accounts, he's never really been in love, and he's not afraid to go spend a night out on the town. Adrian, on the other hand, is older and established. He's also Ben's boss. (view spoiler)
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this right after one of those insta-lovesex stories so this was exactly what I needed. The first part is told from Ben's POV, the second part from Adrian's and the last part alternates between the two guys and I thought this worked extremely well. We got to see how both of them viewed the same situation which is always interesting and the author added enough new scenes within each narrative to keep it interesting. Another thing I liked was that there was no sex for a long time in the book ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, ebook, romance, done, gay
Good m/m romance about an actuary intern who finds himself very attracted to his deeply closeted boss as they slowly gets to know each other at work. I probably would've rated this higher had the actuary not purportedly been from Minnesota - the inaccuracies in dialect and geography were grating. If your familiarity with Minnesota is via Fargo, you shouldn't have this problem... ...more
Despite feeling slightly unfinished I really enjoyed this book. Or maybe it’s just that it left me wanting more. I really liked both these characters and the story held my attention throughout. There’s really strong message here about health/life insurance and what’s right that I felt was really apropos for today’s current medical debates. This book is book is told in 3 parts and for once I didn’t hate the repetitive story line either.

Part 1: Red – Ben “Red” Dutoit is training to be an actuary.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-male-male
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Red+Blue is an opposite attracts book in every sense of the phase. Ben is in his mid-20s. He is from a small town in Minnesota and grew up in a middle class environment. He lives his life openly gay. Adrian is from a privileged family, is in his mid-30s and is deeply in the closet. Adrian’s family owns the company Ben works for and he is Ben’s boss. These two guys come together and help each other with their own
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. I liked reading about the developing relationship from the POV of both MCs. It is nice to read a book where the author takes the time to allow affection & love to develop at a natural & languid pace. There was some minor angst in the book but the story line definitely wasn't angst-driven. It was simply a story about men coming to terms with their sexuality; their past decisions/choices; & where their future happiness lies. This book isn't fast paced so you need to enjo ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One thing I've notice about A.B. Gayle is that she writes well. She's on my auto-buy.
As for this story, talk about building sexual tension between the 2 MC's. Wow! Even though the story is long, I felt well connected with the plot, unlike others that simply lose me with "too much" detail.
Looking forward to the next one since I notice that this is first installment of Opposites Attract.
Jeannie Zelos
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Red+Blue (Opposites Attract) A.B. Gayle
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
NB: ARC supplied via Goodreads and author
It's no secret that I love a good romance whether hetero or gay. Good being the key, not one of those very simple, sweet, sickly A meets B, they fall in love and live happily ever after. I do need the HEA part, but I need the journey to be rocky and problematic, if it makes me tearful then its a job done romance....
Ms Gayle is an author new to me, but she's going to be one who
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review, it's freely given.

Essentially this book is told in 3 parts: Ben's (Red) first-person POV, Adrian's (Blue) first person POV, then a joint third person POV. An unusual format, but it worked.

Red: Out-and-proud Ben leaves his family and childhood home in Minnesota for San Francisco. He has some goals he wants to accomplish there: march in a Pride parade (done), hit the club scene (de
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
(This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

This is a strong book. Two narrators, Red and Blue. “Red” is Ben, a 24 year-old actuary trainee: tall boyish redhead from Minnesota. “Blue” is Adrian, the 35 year-old CEO of the insurance company: melancholy sophisticate who struggles with loneliness and alcoholism.

The book is done in a fresh, unusual way. Red/Ben describes his first year in San Francisco as a new hire at Adrian’s company. He gets used to his job, he studie
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, zz-amazon-yes, mm
This is the kind of story that delivers exactly what I like in an m/m romance - complex main characters, lots of emotional soul searching, a journey fraught with obstacles, some hot sex and a happy ending.

The story is first told from Ben's point of view, introducing a young man out to make his mark on the world. Moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, he is out, living a good life, with a good job. Ben respects his boss Adrian and they slowly develop a friendship which eventually leads to Ben ha
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

I generally enjoy "opposites attract" stories, so Red+Blue was right up my ally. A.B. Gayle's writing was effective and fun to read; the format of the novel was different than any I have read before, but it worked. The beginning portion was told from first person POV - first Red (Ben) and then Blue (Adrian), with a short intro for each character and then their version of a series of events during the same t
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Interesting book and tough for me to rate. The plot has been pretty well hashed out I think so I'll go easy there and stick to impressions.

Lately I've become fond of the practice of splitting a book in pieces and telling each piece from a different POV. I helps you get to know the character better. And this is what the author did here. What amused me early on was the setting of a work place, an insurance company of all things - but it worked. Ben was a typical 24 year old. He has prob
Jess Candela
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A.B. Gayle always writes complex characters I can believe in with storylines that make me think. This story was no exception. I loved it, and Ben especially. Although I'm sure he would argue the description, I loved Ben's purity. That wasn't the only thing I loved about him, but it stands out (in part because it makes me giggle to picture how much that would annoy him). ;)

I loved the dual start, and I think it was very effective for the story, and the way it then finished with the alternating th
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Gennie's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Red + Blue is the first book I’ve read by author AB Gayle, but I am sure there will be more in the future. This book is about two people finding their place in the world, figuring out how to use their individual voice, while also learning to ask for help along the way. The author chose an unusual style in writing this book, but it really worked for me. The book opens with first person from Ben’s perspective, then switches to Adrian’s first person perspec
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actuarial student Ben Dutoit is from Minnesota, but he has moved to the city to find his way and to live a gay lifestyle. He finds a mentor at his small insurance company, Carl Hausfeldt, has a friend with benefits, and is relatively content. When Carl suffers a heart attack, however, and Laurel Marchison the ice queen comes to take over, things start to take a turn for the worse. Luckily it seems that the Boss, Adrian Sydney Sutherland IV, is fair minded and occasionally takes his side.

My absol
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good contemporary story, with a slow paced romance. It's nicely done, there is a story, the characters are appealing and likeable. There is also some good sexual tention between them. I was wondering about the ending since some have writen, the story feels unfinished. Well, there is not much of a HEA but there is one, we don't know what will happen next, if they can make it work but truthfully I was satisfied with how it ended, that it didn't turn into a sugary concotion at the end. Then again I ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
What a freaking waste of my time... *cringes*

This was definitely nothing to write 'home' about.

This is your typical openly gay guy meets closeted older guy that cant be who he truly is, blah blah blah, the whole book Ben wonders if his beloved boss is really completely straight till he isnt, and then he's scared of coming out, daddy issues, queen B character, protective family, the cliche'd-ness (is this even a word? Im not making sense) of the story is not the issue, it was the poor writing an
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