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A Package Deal

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father's macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s ...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 31st 2013)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

This book was nothing like I expected. I'll start with what I liked about it and go from there.

The positives:
This book is hurt/comfort to the nth degree. It really is a very sweet premise and a sweet story. It is about a damaged boy (Tristan), who has been physically and mentally abused, and his path to becoming healed. I liked that it was set in my old stomping grounds (outside of Boston, where I went to college) so it felt comfy and familiar to me. I think that this book had som
Oh, I have such conflicting emotions about this book!

I was absolutely enamored with the first third of this book. Experiencing most of it through Robby's eyes, I felt constantly off balance and almost... itchy. Yearning. Like if only he/I could wrap his/my brain around this intangible thing that was going on between him and Tristan and Savannah, that that would be the defining moment of his life. As a reader, it was so exciting to be on the cusp of this discovery!

In general, there were aspects
Oct 11, 2013 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
Shelves: mm-contemporary
A friendly little birdy told me:
And don't be fooled by the cover - this book has little to no sex in it. It is all fade to black and written in a very "PG" style (like using descriptors like "privates" and such).

Not for me at this point in my reading journey.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 1/2 stars

I don’t want to be rude but was the author on acid when she wrote this? I’m not sure what’s worse, the original idea or the fact it actually got to the point it was published. See, I like Kerick and I think she’s an excellent writer. Her writing in clean and straight forward but she does tend to overdramatize things. In this story she concots such an unreal scenario that no amount of disbelief suspension allowed me to even come close to considering the story real. Moreover, the book j
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You've guessed it - review soon...

note to self..catch up on reviews...
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

Get ready to suspend belief. This “romance” is just bizarre. Robby Dalton is a successful businessman, a contractor in the Boston area, and supposedly straight. When he meets and begins to date Savannah, a gorgeous blonde grad student, he finds out that she’s currently living with another man. Eventually, he finds out that the relationship is platonic, though they do love
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
No. Sadly this book didn't work for me. Tristan is worth the rating for this book, but just one character can´t carry the load of making this book a better story.

I felt cheated. The cover is deceiving, the blurb is unclear. The characters lack any redeeming qualities. Robby and Savannah, I just couldn't relate to them, I didn't care for them at all.

My only feelings and emotions were for Tristan, who seemed to be the more developed one out of the three and the one with the responsibility to glue
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, abuse
I enjoyed this book--I like to read stories of finding love and a safe emotional place for characters who have suffered abuse. It gives me hope that real life can have HEA's.
I thought Tristan and Robby were perfect for each other. Robby was patient, kind and sincere, really a calm and gentle man which Tristan needed and Tristan opened Robby's eyes to some of the bad things that happen in life and made him resolve to grow and improve his own social interactions with those less fortunate. While i
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mia Kerick's A Package Deal is first, a sweet love story. And the cover does a nice job of capturing the depth and seriousness of the love between the two main characters. Although there wasn't too much sex in the book, Robby and Tristan definitely developed an emotional intimacy and I found that the passion of conflict throughout the book was what made it hot. Robby, while finding out who he was and not necessarily pleased with what he found, realizes that he is falling in love with Tristan, an ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Kerick's other novels, I was eager to read A Package Deal, and had the opportunity to beta read this latest novel. A Package Deal is different from most books in this genre in its use and inclusion of a feisty, generous, big-hearted woman as a facilitator of the romance between Robby and Tristan. This woman, Savannah, is a meaningful character in her own right. I liked seeing a female character, fully developed, playing a real role in the story. As in her other books, Kerick demonstr ...more
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I honestly didn't like any of these characters. The way they handle situations are just stuck me as odd and in Tristan's case, overly stupid. Robby seemed to pick and choose when to have a spine and I dont understand why he would keep someone like Mikey around. Keeping a grade-A dick and psycho around because youre a poor conversationalist is fucking dumb. On top of that people seemed to have issues with just saying what they mean, instead they'll just hint and manipulate people into their motiv ...more
I'm not even sure what to rate this book. So many things in this story made me go description

I wanted to ask all the characters description

After finishing this book I had to say
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holy fuck!! What an emotional story. I had a few issues so not quite five stars, but this was truly great.

Full review on booklikes and my blog.

Also, the cover is seriously misleading and even cheapens the story inside. No bueno.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Package Deal by Mia Kerick is an intriguing read. Readers will be surprised by the premise she sets up, and then discover an out-of-the-box resolution for it at the end. I have always enjoyed the various permutations of troubled teen lives that the author has constructed in her past stories, and I find this one a resounding success: A Package Deal is a sweet story that moves the heart.

To the rest of the world Robby Dalton has an enviable, upwardly-mobile life. He has all-American good looks,
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at TWLIB Reviews

What I love about this story is the concept of family and what Savi and Tris have together is juxtapose to Robby’s traditional family. It’s the idea of family that holds Savi back from moving forward with her life. Tris is the one person she loves and he means everything to her. The narrative will reveal through short burst of flashback details just how far Savi and Tris have come, from child and sexual abuse and homelessness to their present day lifestyl
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first exposure to Mia Kerick's writing, and A Package Deal has me hoping for more good things from this promising author. What a surprisingly engaging story! It centers on three very different people: Robby Dalton, a good looking all-American boy raised in a loving family with some dysfunctional relationships; and runaways Savannah Meyers and Tristan Chartrand, both of whom managed to escape really screwed up families and situations. Savannah ran away when she was 12 from her mother's ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read a couple other Mia Kerick MM romance novels. Her writing is not on the heavy sex side, but more on the heavy emotions side. A Package Deal met my expectations as it is a really good story highlighted with a little bit of sex. I call it sweet. Personally, I like this and that is why I keep on reading her books. But Mia Kerick's voice is definitely a little bit younger than lots of the other MM books I read. She writes Young Adult, too. Maybe this book is New Adult.

Robby is an athletic,
Caroline Brand


Every now and again at Prism a reviewer will take a book from our extensive list to review and quickly figure the story is not for them.

We have a very simple process where we can just ‘throw it back on the pile’. We are quite a diverse group in our tastes so there will always be somebody else to pick that book up again.

With an audio book it is not quite that simple.

The short of it is this book just wasn’t for me. After a few days consideration I decided not to
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this book surprised me over and over again. From the blurb, I expected this to be a straight forward M/M book with a “gay-for-you” theme. Boy, was I off the mark. Basically, this story starts out with Robby meeting his “dream girl”, Savannah Meyers. She is the first woman in a long time that inspired any kind of reaction from Robby. When they went on their first date, Robby was slightly confused by the arrival of Savannah’s roommate, Tristan Chartrand. The most confusing part was ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how attached I became to the characters of this wonderful romantic story! Robby owns a small construction company and one day meets lovely Savannah. Robby finds himself fascinated by her and her roommate, Tristan. Robby is surprised to find his fascination with Tristan to be sexual as he never believed he was gay. Savannah is looking for someone to love and care for Tristan more so than herself. Tristan is a man with a traumatic past but he doesn't let that keep him from being ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, I really liked this. It's not what I expected at all, given the blurb. I mean, it is a story about a girl looking for a boyfriend for her roommate, but there was a lot more. Admittedly, I did have a hard time at the beginning because it was clear that the book was taking a very unexpected direction, and I was confused. But, as I kept reading, I started to see it for what it was. The love that Tristan and Savannah have is pure and beautiful. They support each other so well, trust each other ...more
Lucy Smith
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Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just turned the last page of this book. The way it ended was very satisfying. Robby's and Savannah's loose ends were tied up, and Savannah's narration to close the story was heartwarming. I liked the idea of this story, as it's not a conventional 'guy meets guy' or 'guy meets girl' romance novel. Robby Dalton finally figured out who he was and became a better person by meeting the beautiful Savannah and Tristan, two former street dwellers who had nothing but each other (until along came along Ro ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. My favorite character was Tristan - he was very sweet and quiet and had a very hard life and sacrificed a lot for Savannah. Robby gave him so much of the stuff his life was missing. I got mad at Robby sometimes though because he wasn't strong enough. However, I liked how Robby and Savannah worked together to make a family for Tristan. And by doing that, they made a family for themselves.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. Not an MFM story in the real sense. So much heartache and bitterness in the MC's pasts but as usual love was able to reign supreme. There were some parts that I found very uncomfortable, but somewhere what happened to these characters continue to happen to someone unfortunately. I enjoyed the evolution of the two male characters where they both found themselves in the end. I have always enjoyed books by this authour and she did not disappoint.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars--I know this is a very well liked book, but it just did not do it for me. I never really connected with the characters, and I only made it to the end because I skipped a significant number of pages in the second half. This is the first book in a long time where I wish I had opted to try a sample before purchasing.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was such an emotional story. Hats off to Mia Kerick for crafting such a passionate novel.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Major emotional ride! I'm going to read this one again!
Amy Dufera
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A Package Deal, by Mia Kerick, is a complicated and messy romance.

I found the beginning to be a little difficult, as I was having a tough time caring about Savannah. As I wasn't interested in reading a M/F romance, I was weary. But, later, it gets so good and was definitely worth the read.

I love the slow burn in which Robbie truly falls for Tristan. Once they really connect, it's with such intensity, and an all-consuming need. In other words, it's passionate and hot, jumping off the page. It a t
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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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