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A Road Not Taken

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"Taking the road less travelled may lead you home. "

Eco-house builder Jascha doesn t think twice about taking in stray animals. Stray people? This would be a first. But there s something about the stranded young man who s carrying nothing in his car but a hidden gun that warns Jascha not to leave him alone.

Stuck in a soul-sucking bank job, Peter has given up on finding mea
ebook, 111 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Enjoyable novella about an eco-activist Jascha who takes in a suicidal young man he finds broken down near his home. They spend a few days together and Jascha's open heart and affection give Peter hope. But they are separated when Jascha is sent overseas to help victims of a tsunami.

This story starts off well with engaging portrayals of Peter's sadness and Jascha's eccentricity. But I had trouble at about halfway when, after only 3 days of knowing each other, and no promises or plans about a lif
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, gay, ebook, romance, done
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about an eco-house builder who finds a depressed young man along the side of a road in a broken-down car, takes him home, and puts him to work. Things proceeded between them pretty fast - I think it would've worked better in a slightly longer format, with more time for their relationship to develop.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I'm between a 3.5-4.5* on this story.
The end of the first chapter totally grabbed me by the throat
Jascha lives in a kind of commune and all the Eco housing and growing of their own food was pretty interesting, he also has a pretty cool background that we learn just enough about.
Peter , poor Peter, he is sad, depressed and suicidal, and Jascha knows it and wants to help.
There isn't one huge big reason for Peter's depression, and there is no great reveal, which I actually liked, because that's how
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novella, drama, romance
Here we have a light romance between Eco-house builder Jascha and suicidal young man Peter, who lost meaning in his own life. In my personal opinion Peter depressing state wasn't explained enough, or as it should be. I was asking myself a lot what was the mystery behind Peter depressing state, but heck there was non, he was simply a weak character. How boring....
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
4.75 stars

From the first sentence onward, I felt drawn into the story. The setting in an eco-house building commune was unusual and fresh, and I learned a lot about eco-house building, hydrological cycles, and indoor farming without ever feeling hit over the head with facts. Not to mention the commune’s desert environment, which also added to the strong sense of place. Moreover, it’s just the kind of place where I can see someone like Jascha thrive quite happily, barely aware of his emotional vo
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, kindle
This is SO my kind of book, or so I thought. I am a hippie ;) The thought of a eco-friendly home/community appeals to me so much. So much so that my husband and I (along with our 2 kids) are currently marking up plans for a passive solar home. Complete with a composting toilet, radiant heating flooring, solar powered water heater...basically living off the grid. So I thought this book was right up my alley, especially a guy with dreadies. HELL YEAH!

Ummm...this book fell flat for me :( Why was P
While I did enjoy this, I didn't feel anything like the level of emotion I should have felt given the subject matter. The characters were a little one-dimensional, and there was a huge gap in which everything was 'fixed' for Peter that we missed seeing.
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Peter and Jascha meet on what Peter thinks is a deserted road; Peter is depressed and has decided that it’s time to end his life. Jascha drives along and convinces Peter to come home with him under false pretenses, Jascha senses what’s going on with Peter and he tries to offer Peter a different outlook on life. There’s an instant attraction between the men but I think for Peter it’s more of a distraction/infatuation than Peter having any ki
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Basically there's nothing bad about this story, it's written smoothly enough and the concept is good but a lot of the key elements in the story appeared to be rushed. For example Jascha finds peter in the desert distraught, obviously contemplating suicide, takes him home, they spend a couple of days together form an attraction, have sex and then on that same night have an argument over something that at that early stage in the relationship shouldn't really be an issue, Peter walks out and then b ...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
A dreadlocked hippy?! I am all over this when it comes out.
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Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, but quick read. Angsty, but in a good way.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this story was a bit clunky for my liking. The prose was a little stilted when it came to describing the setting of the story. This story is about a Eco-friendly community, and thus the author tried to invoke a lot of imagery to explain the setting. In my eyes it was rather mundane and did nothing to add flavour. The length of the story really affected the story telling, whilst everything was written well, I felt in a novel length more could have been expanded, explained and dev ...more
The first 30-40% of the story was mostly "blah, blah, blah" for me. There were so many untold stories behind why the MCs were acting the way they were and it was kinda frustrating because every time something would be really close to revealing what that thing was, it would get cut off... And Peter was being suicidal because of what exactly? The high expectations or the inferiority complex? There wasn't really anything substantial to cause such a deterioration in his mental health to lead him to ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
The most fascinating character was the house. Earthships were also featured in Sarah Black's The Legend of the Apache Kid (which I loved, btw) and I ended up reading about them for hours in the internet. I so want a house like that! But the MCs, especially Peter, were rather meh. The reasons the author gave us for Peter wanting to kill himself didn't convince me at all and I'm not a big fan of the "love cures everything" trope either. But it wasn't a terrible book either, so I'd give it 3 stars.
Josephine Myles
Nice to read an m/m romance story featuring a genuine eco-warrior, dreadlocked hero! I wish this had been longer as I'd love to have more filled in about their world, especially the eco-houses Jascha builds.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
3.25 stars
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
enjoyable short story with interesting characters, but I'd liked to have seen more of Jascha's environmental house building. The ending felt like it was a little rushed to tie up all the lose ends.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbt
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