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Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he’s glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing.

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Published December 13th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
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Trisha Harrington
This book was amazing! I'm becoming a huge fan of this author and I can't wait to read more from her in the future.

This book is different from A Casual Weekend Thing, but there are a couple of similarities, I guess. Sex & Sourdough is about Anders and Kevin. They meet on a hiking trail and because Kevin is quite experienced, he offers to help Anders on the trail. From the beginning there is an attraction but Kevin is sick and he doesn't want to do anything. He doesn't do serious. And Anders
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Sandra
So close to 5 stars, but a couple of issues that I had to question. Some excellent themes in this book, with great primary characters who are flawed but good for each other. 
 
I really liked the slow burn of the relationship between Anders and Kevin. I liked how there was a bit of a spark from the start, but neither acted on it, for differing reasons, though I could tell that Kevin was quickly feeling protective of Anders and acted accordingly. 
 
It's a sweet M/M romance at the core, with a well-r
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Kaje Harper
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
I'm finding that I really enjoy A.J. Thomas's writing style. There is a realism to it, and yet it's not dry. The locations are well-described and frame the story effectively. The guys are nicely flawed and yet very appealing. The secondary characters are (mostly) three-dimensional and add a lot to the story.

Really, the only reason I didn't give this five stars was the crazy/jealous/nasty ex-lover trope, which I felt was almost a distraction from the rest of this wonderful story. The author pulls
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
3.5 stars

The first half of this book was worth 4 stars. We meet Anders, a novice hiker dealing with a manipulative, abusive boyfriend, and Kevin (aka, Sourdough), who's hiking to escape and to prove that he can. When Anders' boyfriend ditches their hiking plans and expects Anders to follow suit, Anders decides to hike on his own. He is totally unprepared for the trail, but Kevin, who earned the nickname "Sourdough" with the family-recipe bread he bakes on the trail, takes Anders under his wing a
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Vanna
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars! Let me start by saying that I'm a fan of A.J Thomas; I loved her "Least Likely Partnership" series and other books too. I had been postponing reading this book, because the blurb mentioned the MC as having a chronic incurable disease which degenerates the body and it hit too close to home. However, when I started reading the book, it was a massive surprise to read such an uplifting story. Both the MCs, Anders and Kevin are genuine and likable; despite health issues "Sourdough" doesn't p ...more
Jenn
I’m not really sure what the author was going for in this one, which was a slight letdown considering how much I loved her first book, A Casual Weekend Thing. However, this had a lot of great parts and plenty of build-up for the couple, so it’s not a complete miss.

Anders Blakenship lives in Florida, will soon get a business degree and his father wants him to follow in his footsteps to succeed, whether it’s a path that Anders actually wants or not. Anders decides to take the summer off and plans
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Ami
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Lada
3.75 stars rounded up

Only my second book of A.J. Thomas, since my friend Irene again told me to read this one. I have similar opinion with quite a number of reviewers who love the first part of this book but doesn't adore the drama on the second part. Clearly when Anders' ex turns (view spoiler) it jumps a little too far for me.

But, I loved the hiking part of the story, where Kevin and Anders build their friendship first and lovers a bit later. It sort of feel li
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Tina
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like to use my privilege as a reviewer to try out new (to me or first-time) authors. You never know how it will turn out, as it’s kind of like a roll of the dice. This time I was most definitely a winner. A.J. Thomas has rolled “snake eyes” with Sex & Sourdough. This is Thomas’s second book and I will definitely be reading the first, A Casual Weekend Thing as soon as I can.

Anders and his boyfriend of several years plan to hike the Appalachian Trail together over the summer. Anders is being
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Those of you familiar with Thomas's Least Likely Partnership series will likely go into this one with certain expectations, or at least I did. This didn't meet that expectation. It's not nearly as intense or in depth, and really is more of a contemporary romance than anything else, which is why it kind of threw me out of the book in the last half as Thomas moved the story into a more similar themed direction as the LLP series and it doesn't really fit.

I really liked the first half with the hiki
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Cindi
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.


After reading A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas, I was eager to read Sex & Sourdough. It's a nice story about hiking, sourdough bread, illness, a stalker ex, demanding family members and two men who meet in the middle of nowhere who must work hard to find their happily-ever-after.

An enjoyable read.


This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anke
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book felt like the never ending story! I read on and read on and somehow didn't move along page-wise. And that was funny, because I really liked it. Not as much as 'Casual Weekend', but it was a slow moving, relaxing story, interesting to follow Anders along from being intimidated at the beginning to gaining more self-assurance on his trail in the company of Kevin. Not only learning how to do this hiking, but also realizing that Kevin was more than just a hiking buddy. Yes, I liked it a lot ...more
Susan65
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really a great story. Well written, informative in an interesting way, likable main and secondary characters, an unexpected twist about 75% in, and a great ending.

I love it when the title is explained...and no it's not a sex-fest.

Highly recommended.
Jenni
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Have you ever had a day where you just want to take a load off and enjoy a good read? You're not looking for something heavy or life changing, and definitely not anything that'll make you feel stressed or sad. Take it from me: next time you have a day like that, you should pick up Sex & Sourdough.

This book ticked all my boxes: hiking and the great outdoors, smart MCs with interesting back stories and great chemistry, bread (yay, carbs!), sexy time, and just enough angst to move the story fo
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Mercedes
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I enjoyed this book so much that I have spent the last couple of days doing three things:

1) watching videos of people sharing their Appalachian Trail hiking experience on youtube
2) looking for hiking trails near me
3) researching sourdough starter recipes so I can start making some yummy bread!

A book like this is the reason I LOVE reading. I want to read books that transport me somewhere else and inspire me. And while hiking and making sourdough bread are not the two main topics of this book, the
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Marissa
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really loved the slow progression of Anders and Kevin's relationship. I was beautiful to experience, especially in the settings they traveled through. I just wish they never had to leave the trail.

PS I immediately became intrigued with and started scouring for info on The Appalachian Trail. I can dream, right?
Diane Dannenfeldt
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 200-300_pgs, m-m
4.5 stars.

OMG I loved this book. I loved the whole hiking the Appalachian Trail. I loved Kevin & Anders together and the way that Anders accepted Kevin, his illness, why he walked away from his family and pushed Kevin to realize that he was missing so much in his life. I loved how they didn't immediately jump into bed that they actually got to know each other. I loved the people that they met on the way. Joel, and he is why this was not a 5 star rating for me. He went from a controlling ass
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Pjm12
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This begins seeming like a sweet romance - two boys, Anders & Kevin, meet while just about to start a long hike through the Appalachian Trail. Then it morphs into the possibility of 'A Love Story'.

Then it twists around some more, and we have crazy stalker dude being all creepy and scary, and I had visions of hostage taking and monologuing and although it didn't quite go there, it sure went down that path a mile or two.

Am I even making sense? I am remembering Kevin's illness, but thinking abo
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Natalie
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I like this author's writing style (and I really enjoyed A Casual Weekend Thing). The first half of this book was great. I love stories where the main characters are thrown together for the pursuit of a shared goal and get to know each other gradually, so the hiking plot was wonderful.

Where things went off the rails was during the second half. This is mostly just a personal pet peeve, but I hate stalker plots. They're tired and over-used, and if I never read
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GayListBookReviews
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
B+

This is a beautiful story.  There was so much more than the blurb had lead me to expect.  Layers that built over time and created a tapestry of love, acceptance, endurance, family in all of its flavors and nuances, strength and the appreciation for the simple beauties in the world.

The Appalachian Trail and the people who hike it were characters all their own.  The world of long distance hiking was amazing and beautiful.  I want to walk those paths that these men journeyed.  See the breathtakin
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Dianne
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Excellent writing featuring very real and captivating characterizations. I certainly appreciated the length of this story, as it allowed for an unhurried and naturally flowing progression of the relationship between Anders and Kevin - all the while keeping me fully engrossed. The Appalachian Trail setting was remarkable, I can't exclaim about that enough! Reading about the time the guys spent on the trail made me want to do more than the day hikes I've experienced along it, and it is ...more
Chutchy
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down once I started.

Anders was originally supposed to hike with his boyfriend who opted out at the last minute and expected Anders to also give up their plans. Anders decides to go it alone and he meets up with another hiker Kevin who is no novice to the Appalachian Trail. Friendship develops into more. The saying is people hike there to get away and to solve problems, or something along those lines. Anders is escaping a controlling ex, and Kevin, who trail nickname is Sourdough
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Ari
One thing that crossed my mind after finished it is I wanna go hike! \^..^/
Yeah, people need to hike once or twice, to escape from their abusive relationship, or from boring life, or from stupid city with hellish traffic -.-

I love this story, I'll give it five stars if it's not a bit too long.
When I read the the title I was thinking this must be another sexfest story. Yes, there's sex scenes, but the relationship between Anders & Kevin built in slow pace. They're moved from buddy-hike to fri
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Indra Vaughn
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aw man, I want to go hiking, I want to backpack through forests, I want to learn how to make sourdough bread over a campfire, but most of all I want to hug these boys. Even though the story really does feel complete, I'd love to know what happens to Sourdough, and how Anders and Kevin get on in life. (Anders means 'different' in Dutch btw, which I thought was very cool.) I will definitely reread this one. Great writing, understated but heartfelt storytelling, fantastic characters, mmm yes. More ...more
Mary
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book... loved her style of writing...loved how the attraction between Anders and Kevin grew over time...not "not insta-love attraction"..i felt like I was there walking along side them as they hiked the trail....this was my first by this author will definitely try another by her in the future...
Elena
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Well-written, with solid characters and a fascinating setting.
The premise is original and the story development didn’t disappoint; it even managed to avoid a cliché that I was sure was coming. And the secondary characters were great, too.
Aelfwina
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
Lost one star for the ending (really? in the age of CSI the author couldn't be bothered to do SOME research? and why even go there in the first place???). Lost another star for the author's inability to decide good parents or bad parents (and a few other plot loopholes along the way).
Simsala
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
This is the unfair-est rating ever - I hate sourdough - can`t even smell it.
Story was kinda nice though. Mystery a bit over the top, appealing characters, well written - but the sourdough....that`s why it took me so long to finish the book, the pages were glued together. :)
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~RMG
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Liked the story and the characters, though I did feel the bit at the end with the ex turned stalker was kind of an overkill. Still, an enjoyable read.
*Nan*
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to *Nan* by: Susan A
Loved this story and would like to see what happens in the future!
L.E.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read
I found this to be an easy and enjoyable read. I loved Kevin and Anders, their adventures, and the people they meet during; wasn't fond of Anders' creepy ex (who wouldn't be) and the ending was a bit of a 50/50 shock.

Kinda procrastinated reading this... I think I read the first couple of pages and put it down because I wasn't too sure I wanted to read a hiking book, but once I picked it up again I couldn't stop reading and wanted more when it finished.
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A.J. Thomas writes romantic suspense. She’s earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Montana and worked in a half-dozen different jobs from law enforcement officer to librarian before settling down. Life as a military spouse has tossed her around the country so many times she doesn’t know how to answer when people ask her where she’s from, but she delights in living as a per ...more