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Beggars and Choosers

(Beggars and Choosers #1 )

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  107 reviews
After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets som ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 21st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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4.5 stars.
At first I didn’t think I would love it, so when the story progressed more I was glad I stuck with it, a satisfying journey which I followed eagerly. I really enjoyed the interesting way the book was written, the monthly points of view over the years was a great build up for Cory and Brett’s friendship and slowly eased the way into a romantic relationship. Brett and Cory are worlds apart but they have one big thing in common, they are all alone with no one to look out for them. Brett h
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Both Cory and Brett are such strong characters in their own right. I like that Brett is so committed to Cory's welfare, even though his idolization of Cory can be a bit wearing, it is understandable considering the way Brett grew up. I liked that Cory is far from a perfect little angel, and that they both helped each other cope with their lack of family support, and love. I wasn't wild about the way Brett's accent was written. It was a bit much to ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Vio
DSP and their constant rebates! LOL I keep saying...this is the last one I'm buying....then the next discount code comes and ....I have no willpower..none..

Ok, I finished...and for some reason this felt like a very long story, maybe because it is told from both Cory and Brett's perspectives ( and I think one scene from Maura and one from that Steven Percy guy).
Brett's manner of speech took a few pages to get use to, but after a bit I quit noticing it.
The story takes place over 4 yrs ( I th
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick is the journey of two young men with painful pasts. Brett is known as a trouble maker and high school drop out. Cory is a bright young man just starting high school. Brett runs into Cory one evening while the young man is dumpster diving for school supplies for a project. Since Brett never had anyone there for him, he makes it his mission to always be there for his little buddy.

This has one of the best relationship developments I've ever read. The author takes
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book really deals with some really ugly issues and the not so savoury side of life and human nature. It had me really wanting to look away at times, taking me way beyond my usual comfort zone, but hoping that good will win through in the end. It may sound terribly clichéd but the author deals with the subject very sensitively but realistically. As ugly as some of the story was it was therefore all the more beautiful. It was a stark contrast between a love that was all encompassing, strong a ...more
Kaje Harper
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intense, m-m, ya
This book reminds me somewhat of a Young Adult Zero at the Bone, not in plot, but in both the dialect and thought processes of one of the MCs and in the development of the relationship. That dialect was a little bit of a stumbling block at getting into the first chapter, and reminding myself how much I came to love D in Zero helped. Brett's voice is not as consistent and believable as D's, but it's well done.

I was pulling for these boys and their relationship. There is a moment of violence, and
Serena Yates
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
Are you ready for an intense, emotionally draining, angsty roller coaster of a ride? Then give this book a try. It’s the story of two men, both in need of attention, acceptance, and love. The slow pace and alternating points of view give a great look at their lives and past history, while letting the growing relationship build almost unnoticed. The voice of this book, due to Brett's accent, is very unique, but may not be for everyone.

Brett has an awful past, a mother who has emotionally neglecte
4.0 Stars

Brett Taylor is a high school drop-out, prone to fist fights, and the resident "bad-boy." He is resigned to live a solitary life because past experience has taught him not to trust anyone. That changes, however, when he meets the unflappable Cory Butana. Despite being unwanted by either of his parents, Cory's sweet nature endears him quickly to Brett. Over the next five years, their relationship slowly evolves into something much deeper than either expected or hoped for.

I really enjoye
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romance
To be sincere I have mixed feelings about this storyline. In general I did like it and was really absorbed with the story, but come one, this dramatic twist with Cory and Steven Percy, was partly unrealistic and made the whole story worse. I enjoyed this slow paced love story between Brett and Cory, because it was full of romance, friendship and intentions of becoming a couple. So yeah, it was a fine story, but I'm definitely sure this dramatic twist with near rape and beating could be dealt bet ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, kindle, mmr
I am having trouble writing this review, I have started it a few times, and just can’t find the right entrance.
I tried with saying that this story was beautiful, because it was, bittersweet at times, but beautiful none the less. I tried with humor, because I just can’t not point out the Fabio hair on the cover, I mean I expect it on the bodice rippers I used to read in High School, but not on a mm cover.
Now here is the difficult part, trying to express my feelings about the main characters. In
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This made me cry. Lots. But it was so worth it.

I just wrote a really long review and then it disappeared! Now I want to cry again :(

Here's the abbreviated version. Two boys meet. They each have had a really shitty home life. Brett at 19 is a high school drop out. Living in a boarding house, he's happy to have a job as a bus boy. Doesn't want to get close to anyone for fear of having his heart broken. He's never had anyone love him. Cory is 16. Living with, and basically taking care of,
☆ Todd
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book, but Brett's 'hick speak' nearly drove me out of my tree for quite a bit of the book. To supposedly be from New England, he sounded like some sort of redneck from East Bumblefuck, Alabama.

But it was a good book. : )
T.A. Webb
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brett Taylor-Bad News Brett Taylor-is back in town, and hoping to find some peace. He's tired of the logging job the kept him in the woods for the past year, away from showers and indoor plumbing, but it was far away from his mother and high school and, he hoped, his memories. Just having found a job as a busboy, the last thing he thought he'd find was a kid dumpster diving.

Cory Butana was only looking for some wood to use as a display for his science project in the dumpster, but what he found w
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the first part - liked the different POVs, but once the romance was shaping up it became very, very sappy.
And I have to say it read a lot like m/f with the beautiful, dainty damsel in distress.
2-3 StarsThe dialect writing put me off at first. I read a page and thought this is too much work and put it aside. I picked this up again recently and...I still don't like reading this dialect but I adjusted to it. My big problem is why Brett has this dialect while Cory doesn't. They grew up in the same neighborhood. Both had family problems. The only difference is Brett dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. Oh well to me it's silly but I let it go for the story.

Other than that, this b
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

I thought this was a beautiful story of two very broken people. We discover the back story for Brett and Cory through out the first two thirds of the book, then an event happens to Cory that just did not work for me. It seemed unnecessary to add this trauma to Cory's life and some of the characters that pushed this situation seemed out of character. With that said, I had hoped for a better resolution for the Cory. The story kept me engaged and I wanted them to have their HEA. I have mixed
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shannon by: Mistral
I think this may be the sweetest fucking book I've ever read. And not sappy, this is making my teeth hurt, sweet. Maybe pure would be a better word. I felt that there truly couldn't possibly be anyone else more perfect for Brett and Cory then they were for eachother. And it made me cry. A lot. And it was painful and beautiful and made my chest hurt and I wanted to just keep reading about these two. The only part I wish was different was that dickhead Perry would have gotten some kind of payback. ...more
Valentina Heart
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt, hearts-on-fire
This review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.

Beggars and Choosers follows the life of two characters over a span of a few years. From their young years to going away to college when things finally come together and you realize all that angst was well worth it.

Brett is someone who’s had a rough life. Years of abuse and lack of education shaped him into a young man who has a terrible opinion about himself, is impulsive and often violent but still manag
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This book felt like a book of two halves to me, one half I loved, the other half I didn't hate, but I certainly didn't love either.

The first half was lovely. I enjoyed the slow build-up of Brett and Cory's relationship, although I found it a bit frustrating that they took such a long time to finally get it together. So many missed opportunities - I kept thinking ooh, they're gonna....they're gonna...they're gonna...oh damn, they're not >:/ but that's ok, nothing wrong with a sweet relationship t
John Ames
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

I have to be honest. I really wanted to like this novel, but a huge part of me, didn't like it or didn't connect with the story. Beggars and Choosers stars Brett and Cory. Two very different boys sharing the same problems.

I loved Brett. I found him to be interesting and unique. Brett was a school dropped out and lived alone in a small apartment after his mom kicked him out. She was a very popular prostitute and drug addict. He got a job at a small pub and it was there where he met Cory. I s
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars.

This was a sentimental and slow read but very sweet. It was a story about two kids Brett and Cory - and I'm calling Brett a kid too even if he was already 19 when he was introduced. Cory was as young as 15 at that time. Both of them had little or no childhood, Brett was content of being the ultimate loser for the rest of his life until he found Cory in a dumpster behind his new work place. The broken teens found a safe place in each other. Both of them needing the other was so preciou
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great story of two young men struggling to beat their circumstances and finding safety in the other. i loved that it took place over time so you could really see the relationship grow and be confident in the happy ever after. It also did not have any easy solutions to their troubles or pat answers. They had to struggle, grow and survive while trying to accept and trust that life was easier with the other at their side.
Trisha Harrington
It was a sweet but sometimes sad romance. I really liked this a lot and think people should read it :)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

It was okay but the author repeated herself over and over again with the same points of the plot and the same things being said by the characters
Jess Candela
1.5 stars
Review Summary: I'm in a minority that disliked this book, but disjointed narrative, strong dialect, Big Misunderstanding, and lots of unlikable characters made this story difficult for me to read.

Review: This was a particularly challenging review to write, because I hated this book when I thought I ought to have loved it. So many people with tastes similar to mine rated it highly, I felt like I must be missing something. And the premise was so promising, I ultimately bumped my rating u
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars I actually really liked most of this book despite the rating. The best friend to lover story in this book was wonderful. It was a long wait but so worth it. I fell in love with both of the MCs and found myself truly invested in them as not only a couple but also as individuals. Not that they would have been happy without each other because Brett and Cory’s lives were better from the moment they met.

Brett’s POV definitely gave the story a distinct voice. He’s been physically and verball
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, m-m-read
4.5 Stars

This book was so sweet and so sad at the same time.
Caroline Brand

This was a re-read for me and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed Brett and Cory the first time round.
This story takes place over a four year period and once you get to grips with the way Brett speaks you can’t help but fall for him. He is the son of the town whore and as is typical in small towns everybody knows his business.

What they don’t seem to realise, or maybe they chose to ignore, is just how much abuse he lived with as a child and how it’s still affec
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abuse, ya, contemporary

Setting aside the puzzling detail that Brett sleeps in his jeans on a regular basis, this story made me raise my eyebrows a few times, frown some other few, and occasionally smile or even laugh. And I’m conflicted. The same things that I found endearing in one part of the story, angered me in another.

For example:

1. Brett’s manner of speaking – I liked it at first. It was fresh and expressive. But reading on I realized that some accents work in writing better than others (wouldn’t it be amazi
Cathy Brockman
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the unique take of how this story is written in months and years not chapters since it makes it easier to follow with all the time jumps and it is in both Characters views.

The story starts out with Brett at 18 on his own and getting a new job in the city instead of lumber-jacking, for him this is moving up and trying to put his past behind him. After his interview he hears a noise in the dumpster and finds a kid rummaging around. This brings back memories and he pulls the kid out finding
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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