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Wallflower

(Rear Entrance Video #2)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  105 reviews
This gamer geek has a lacy little secret.

Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he's recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never be trul
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ebook, 209 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Riptide Publishing (first published October 19th 2013)
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Kat
Kudos for exploring gender bender in a m/m romance!

I'm a big proponent of blurring the lines in this genre, in order to allow for a broader aspect of the glbt spectrum to be dragged into the limelight. In Wallflower, the author toys with gender fluidity by letting her MC, Rob, a scrawny Chinese-Canadese gamer-geek, occasionally dress up as his female alter-ego: the confident and sexy Bobby. At the same time, I'm sorry to say that the story as a whole left me pretty much unaffected. But let's get
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SheReadsALot
A Boy Meets Boy Review

Quick! Can you find me 5 published MM books featuring both a Chinese and Inuit romance lead? I'll wait...

*starts filing nails*



Couldn't find any? Maybe one closer to none?



I KNOW. The popular MM romances tend to lean towards the less diverse main characters - white, hunky males with monster packages. You'd think in this diverse world we live in that there would be a better representation of all different cultures and ethnicities that are out there. There are authors that hav
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

Wow! Heidi Belleau produced such a super hot, interesting, out-of-the box story! Very nicely done, Heidi. I really enjoyed this but I had some issues that prevented this from being a home run for me.

Let's start with the positives about this story. I love that this book has both a minority character and a guy who is gender-questioning. In the land of macho men (aka, M/M romance-ville), the character of Rob really stood out. No muscle flexing and heavy lifting here, folks! Rob is qui
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MLE
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, kindle-archive, arc
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks.

I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure quite sure what to expect when I began reading, but I was interested especially since Rob plays an MMORPG, and so do I. Though I have to say WOW, I'm sorry I mean Kingdom of Elves, is probably not the best choice if the author was trying to establish gamer cred. I know it's massively popular, but it's not necessarily a gamer's game, and it is vastly ove
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Erika
Thank you, Heidi Belleau, for getting that ever elusive late teen-20 something voice right. Thank you for depicting them as their actual age, doing things that they would actually do and speaking as they would actually speak. Thank you for making them dress well (or not, even) but in such a way that it was relevant to the story and unobtrusive. Thank you for including things like Tumblr and gender positive porn and for, you know, actually doing your research on the subject that you're writing ab ...more
Debra
Heidi Belleau does a great job really focusing this story on Rob's exploration and coming to terms with his sexuality.

As we find out early in the story Rob has an online, female, alter-identity he calls Bobby. Rob is shy, and introverted. Bobby is more confident and outgoing than Rob and he feels comfortable when he is her.

"Rob wasn't a girl. Wasn't born one, not physically and not even on the inside. He just liked ... playing one. Dressing up as one.
Rob didn't want to trick anyone, and he e
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
WARNING: The following review may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Be advised.


I've already confessed my girl crush for this author. This book did not lessen the girl crushin'. Nope. If anything, it increased in intensity a titch. Why, you ask?
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She smashed some buttons.

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key smash-panties
A hint at future hair pulling *moans*
key depression/smash imminent-hair pulling
As well as biting. *groans*
key tickled-biting

Lordy, Ms. Belleau. UNCLE!

Oh no! She wasn't quite done with the key smashing. Not y
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This gets automatic five stars for both the Asian male on the cover and the fact that the main characters ARE NOT white gay males. Again I say, GLBTQ doesn't equal caucasian and I wish more authors would get that through their thick skulls. It's pretty telling that some are willing to write about a marginalized community and yet continue to deny the visibility of those in that community.

Okay, just finished this and while I loved it overall, it took me a long time to be good with Rob. The whole
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Nina
Alright, it's clear by now that I've fallen in love with Heidi Belleau's stories once again. I just read two of her books in less than twelve hours.

To be honest, I never really warmed up to Rob in the first book in this series. He seemed way too meek - and way too much of a tattletale - for my liking.
But in this story, I found him incredibly sympathetic and easy to love. His struggles, doubts and fears are fully understandable, conveyed in a way that is as clear as possible considering that they
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Chelsea
Re-read - November 2015 - My God I LOVE this book, watching Rob's transformation is just beautiful. It's so well written!!!

"Bobby Ng. Falamboyant, femme, part-time girl but all guy where it counts."


Also thought I'd add a quote from that last scene for your reading pleasure.

"Making it hard for me not to put my Dick in your pretty mouth, but I promised to fill your pussy tonight, and a promise is a promise."



Review

Ah.... so much happiness after reading that book! I love cross dressing stories, I
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Sandra
In this 2nd installmenet of the REV series (Rear Entrance Videos, a title that fits so perfectly), we get to delve deeper into Rob's life. You'll remember Rob as one of the roommates in Apple Polisher (which you don't have to read for this book, but which you should read anyway), who jumped in with Noah and Austin when Christian needed help, but not much else was revealed about him then.

Well, this book is all about Rob. And Bobby.

Rob is shy. Prefers to stay in the shadows, afraid to make new fr
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Experiment BL626
I thought this book would be a fun read. I thought WRONG. It was HORRIBLE. I thought, hey, what could go wrong with a main character who is Asian, an art student, and MMORPG addict, a cross dresser, and more importantly, Asian? Represent! Robert sounded like a cool person. Eeeeecccck. Not if he’s an emo. Oh My Gawd was he such an emo.

+ the main character

Robert Ng sucked. Reason number one, he had a Loser Complex the size of a stinking hill of manure. I would have felt bad for him were it not fo
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Christina Marie

So, I loved Wallflower. That love can pretty much entirely be attributed to Rob.

I’ve said it before, but I love Heidi Belleau’s characters. The way she handles character growth is AMAZING. I find her characters to be so realistic. They are conflicted, they delude themselves, and they don’t always posses high levels of self-awareness. But they grow, they confront their inner turmoil, and eventually it leads to these enormously satisfying, epiphany-like moments. I don’t know how else to explain i
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Heller
There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book. Rob/Bobby was the main thing that made this a fabulous read. I really enjoyed reading his struggle with how he perceived himself: male, female, a combination of both. His thought process, how he made his transformations all of that really helped to make this something unique and very different from any other M/M I've read. Unfortunately though, Dylan felt like a blank wall to me. I really needed to know more about what he was thinking be ...more
Sunny
I was confused through most of the story, confused by characters, by words, by actions, but there were moments of clarity...brilliant moments that made this worth a read.
Elizabetta
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

We’re back with the housemates and friends of book one, Apple Polisher, who all now work shifts at the Rear Entrance Video (I keep wanting to type ‘rear entry’) store, helping Christian and his ailing aunt with keeping the business running.

This time the focus is on Rob. We remember him as the shy, quiet, diminutive Asian guy who was always getting lost in the… well, he’s a wallflower. But, he has a secret, inner persona, a feminine side, just wanting to bust out and bloom.

It’s great th
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Mtsnow13
I actually really enjoyed this one! I loved the way gender identity was handled, and like that the author did not attempt a 'one box fits all' approach.

The idea that a Native-American and an Asian-American (Canadian:)) might struggle with the preconceived notions that others may place on them, and that they struggle each in their own way not to be identified by their 'race' or culture...well, I thought it was handled well. The fact that they are both art students was appreciated, too, with thei
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Jeanne
Thanks for trying, but ugh!

This was a tough one. After I stopped reading Wallflower I had to take a break to gather my thoughts. I wanted to explain my issues with it without just writing off as a huge offensive mess, because it isn't a bad book. However it does have some big problems. I'm going to do my best to tackle my issues with the book, while still giving it credit for trying.

To be fair, I went into reading Wallflower with the expectation that it was about an open/out trans/genderqueer ch
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Shirley Frances
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I've been sitting on this review for a week trying to make up my mind about my rating. On the one hand, it had all the elements I look for in a great book.

~Complex and compelling main characters that kept my attention throughout.
~A unique approach to an issue that is rarely dealt in books.
~Heidi Belleau's usual sizzling factor to her sex scenes.
~Humorous and engaging interactions.

Then there were the things that I couldn't overlook.

~Slow-paced start that made it a bit hard f
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Adam
3.5 stars

I've come to expect the following from Heidi Belleau: good writing, a sweet romance, some hot sex, and a bit of social commentary. 'Wallflower' delivers in every category.

It takes a while for the romance to get started. For the first 40% or so of the book, Rob and Dylan are practically strangers. They run in to each other a few times, either in a shared class or at the adult video store where Rob works, but their interactions aren't that long or romantic.

Instead, most of the first half
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Donna
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Just, WOW! This story so worked for me! Rob/Bobby grabbed me by the heart and just wouldn't let go! I freakin' LOVED this story! It was wonderful in so many ways and let's not look over the fact that it was HOT! But, that is not really why I am so crazy about this story... Ms. Belleau took a long list of "unusual" factors and put them together in such a way that you find yourself wondering why aren't there more books dealing with this subject... Rob's search for his true self wasn't an easy ...more
Xan West
This book contains a romance arc between 2 characters of color, a cis gay man and a non-binary gay man. But it centers the non-binary man's exploration of his gender identity as the *main* arc.

It seemed like it could have been well-intentioned, in that it was an attempt to not shy away from the ways racism impacted the lives of these two characters of color, and it imagined a caring chosen family for the central POV character and a HFN ending that included celebration of the central character's
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Nic
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be honest (not that I'm not usually!).....I wouldn't have chosen to read this book based on the blurb alone. I'm not overly attracted to stories of geeky gamers and Rob's 'lacy little secret' made me nervous. This book ended up on my Kindle purely because I had read book one in the series Apple Polisher and have an almost obsessive compulsion to complete reading any series I start. In this case, I am really thankful for this because I enjoyed the book.

Heidi Belleau provided a fascin
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Thomaidha Papa
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5~4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews


And this reviewer’s inner geek thrilled with this book.

So yeah, my former addiction with MMORPG’s is not hidden, the fact that I simply love those games and especially the ones that contain elves and orcs in there are my absolute favs. So when I picked up this particular book I was already biased, but add to that the cross-dressing character and a fabulous writing and damn, this was a very, very enjoyable read for me.

So yeah, the book starts a
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Kaje Harper
This book does a very credible job of showing us a main character who is gender-fluid. Rob is a gay man, and he likes that part of himself. But he also likes dressing up as Bobby and being a girl. His female persona is more outgoing and confident than Rob usually manages on his own. But he's confused, because he doesn't really feel trans, like he wants to change his gender. Fitting the parts of himself into one workable whole isn't easy, and we get to go along on the realistic and sometimes rock ...more
Sunne
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book with a touchy subject. Personally I would have said that Rob is genderfluid. It’s not called this way in the book so maybe I’m wrong in my perception. But I can say that from my POV Heidi Belleau did a convincing story for Rob, his “way” to find his own identity. And I loved that he - asides from his own confusion about his wish to sometimes be a girl but also be a guy - wasn’t the stereotype social awkward shy guy all the time. Because being shy and not able to communicate to strangers o ...more
Asher
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, queer
I was able to get and arc through NetGalley of this title, and I was thrilled. I recently read Apple Polisher, the first book in this series, and loved it! Rob, the main character in Wallflower, was well established within the first title. I wanted to see more of him and learn his story, and Wallflower delivered in giving that to me. I have no doubt in my mind I’m going to be reading the next novel in the series. I would have given this book 5 stars, save for the very end of it.

Wallflower broke
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Ariadna
Actual rating is 3.2

(The NB character uses male pronouns throughout the novel. Since the story's written from that character's POV, I'm following that character's pronoun preference in my review.)

I picked this one up as part of a reading challenge for the Non-Binary MC square. FTR, I haven't read many (if any) books with characters with NB gender so I was deffo game to read this novel. In addition, the NB character happened to be Chinese-Canadian and I thought/hoped the story would delve a litt
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Kathy
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wallflower, the second installment in the Rear Entrance Video series, is a wonderful journey of self-acceptance for Rob Ng. More serious than Apple Polisher, Heidi Belleau has written an insightful romance about gender fluidity with Rob exploring all the facets of his sexuality.

Rob is shy, insecure and socially awkward and more comfortable in the virtual world than the real one. Filling in at Rear Entrance Video is way out of his comfort zone but it eventually provides him the opportunity to dr
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Alicia Nordwell
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a fan of Heidi Belleau. Her writing feels ‘real’. That, to me, is what contemporary fiction is all about. Most people aren’t perfect with ideal lives or living in squalor and on the brink of complete meltdown. Yet those extremes are very well represented in MM fiction. Heidi takes stories about the average man, or woman, and makes them interesting.

Which leads me to Rob and Bobby. Okay, I’m not an online MMORPG fan. I’m not a game fan at all, but I love fantasy so I can understand the draw.
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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, graduated with a degree in history from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now lives outside of Edmonton, Alberta, with her tradesman husband and two kids. A proud bisexual woman, her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of queer characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialog ...more

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“So those are your roommates, eh? What're the odds of having three gay-or-at-least-bi guys in one house, do you think?"

"Who knows. Just too bad I couldn't have used those odds to win the lottery instead."

"You did win the lottery. The gay roommate lottery."

Rob turned his attention to his cereal. "I don't consider it a win unless I'm getting laid out of it.”
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