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3.20  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather. Damien finds Jake ins ...more
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Published July 15th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Arcanavi Yeah, I didn't like it. It seems to be the whole "you just haven't met the right person" idea, which is just plain wrong. The only thing in this book …moreYeah, I didn't like it. It seems to be the whole "you just haven't met the right person" idea, which is just plain wrong. The only thing in this book I found sort of relatable was that it might take some more extreme fetishes to turn you on sometimes, but that doesn't mean you'd wanna sleep with another person or that you feel attraction because of it. Maybe if this book tried to portray a gray-ace or even a demisexual person, I would have been more accepting of it. But it clearly stated in the title that he's supposed to be ace.(less)

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Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it

I've seen some reviewers condemn this book because of its blurb. It sounds like it's all about Damien's sexual needs and how all he wants is for Jake to just stop being such an asexual, doesn't it?

Were you told that the blurb doesn't reflect what is in the book?

Well, fuck that noise. It does, it's all the bullshit of the blurb and more.

This book is mostly about the sexual needs of Damien who thinks he is entitled to sex with Jake and tries to pressure him into sex starting from the first date.
Patricia Burn
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There has been a lot of talk about this book; most of it preposterous and by people who haven't read it. Let me start off my nailing my colours firmly to the mast; I have read this book and I love it. I find it a sensitive, thought-provoking and thoroughly credible exploration of the thoughts and experiences of the one gay asexual relationship explored between its sheets. Jake, the protagonist of this book, does not set out to be a spokesman or template for every asexual on the planet; he is one ...more
Anna Kļaviņa
Jul 15, 2015 marked it as not-my-cuppa
Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan.

If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.

Serena Yates
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, asexual, read-2015
Labels can be dangerous, and in this case, calling Jake “asexual” in the blurb may simplify the situation at first glance, but it is not doing the multilayered truth that slowly unfolds in the novel any favors. And while I am by no means an expert on the topic, from what I have found out by reading about and talking to asexual people, two things stand out. One, not every asexual person is like every other asexual person. This should not be a surprise, since every other label in the GLBTQ+ spectr ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this story or romance worked. Jake is asexual. Damian is very sexual. He keeps pushing Jake sexually. And tries to emotionally blackmail him into doing more sexual things all the time. Damian continually sees Jake's lack of sexual response as rejection.

Finally Jake is pressured into having sex with Damian. The end. He's still not really interested in having more sex. Damian wants it everyday now. How is that going to work?

I thought Byrne did a good job of depicting the two charac
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I know people overuse this sentence - but its not gonna be the last. I know this because I will personally track him down and extract his fingernails if he doesn't give me a sequel. This is one of those books that sneaks up on you. meaning you're half way through before you realize it and there's no way you're going to put it down before it's done.
I'm not going to give spoilers or rehash the story because that's not fair (and there's so many p
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Interesting! Liked it a lot.

REVIEW @Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

ACE was my first novel by Jack Byrne, non considering the story done for the A Taste of Honey anthology (still waiting for the sequel BTW!). I know he usually writes historicals and in fact his Bushrangers series is next on my reading. I picked up ACE because I was really curious about the asexual aspect, as last month I read another book on the same subject and really liked it.

I read ACE and soon loved it. It’s well written b
Myfanwy Browne
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bloody loved it. If you're an adult Asexual you'll get this book. If you're just cock-shy or don't like touch or are hung up on everything and don't know what you are and are hiding under the ACE banner you'll hate it and run screaming from the room like a blushing pre-teen.
Don't get hung up on the blurb on the back that apparently got written by the production company not the author. Give the man some credit - Jack Byrne really knows how to write and he knows his subject matter here, inside ou
Love Bytes Reviews
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Heart Review by Amber

Honestly, this one worried me from the blurb. When I first initially read the blurb I think I thought this would be a story about a guy playing hard to get having had no prior knowledge to what asexual meant. I thought it would be about one MC who never really had sexual interest in anyone UNTIL he met the other MC. This is not that story. This story is so much more complex and I am so happy I put aside my issues in regards to the books I read to give this one a shot. I wa
Jordan Lombard
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asexual, m-m, own, y-2015read, ebook
Couldn't put this book down. I did have a few quibbles with it, but knowing every Ace experience is different, it's hard to get too upset over them. The very end explains so much, as well, and makes me happy, makes me feel better about where Jake is going in life. Though I almost wish that Jake's revelation had come a little earlier in the book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I do strongly recommend it to other Aces and non-Aces. Just remember, that the term "Asexual" covers a wide rang
BWT (Belen)
Apr 11, 2016 marked it as dnf-or-hated  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
***Audiobook*** I didn't really connect with this story. Not the storyline, the characters, or the narration. I picked it up because I was intrigued by the blurb and have never read a story with an asexual character. But this just left me feeling frustrated.

I didn't like Damien at all. He didn't seem to be particularly understanding. He was so hot and cold, sending mixed signals, repeatedly trying to pressure Jake into sex, and I honestly can't figure out what Jake saw in him. I did feel bad fo
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been on the look out for books with ace characters so was eagerly awaiting this one. Can't say I was impressed with the blurb, but I really did enjoy this book. For Damien, who seemed to equate love and sex, romance and sex (is this how sexual people feel?), it was interesting to see him struggle and try and understand someone who does not need sex. I hope to see more of Jake and Damien. ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting an intelligent story
Jack Tanner is gay and asexual. He leads a quiet life in a small town. On his way home one evening, Jake finds a lost dog. He finds the owner and is rewarded with dinner at a local pub. Jake notices a handsome biker, in the pub, who shamelessly winks at him. Jake is puzzled by the biker's behavior. That wink will change Jake's world. The bike turns out to be his best friend Diane's adopted father.

This is a very unique story, in that it explores asexuality. Jake's feelings about sex are alien t
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. 9/10 pots of gold. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I started reading and reviewing m/m romance, I’ve been really interested in reading or learning more about the other letters that make up the LGBT spectrum. LGBTQIA for others. I have read plenty of gay and bisexual stories, one transgender, and recently one intersex. So I was excited when Ace was released and I could learn more about asexuality. Yeah, I could look it up on the i
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, m-m, stars-5
I wasn't quite sure how a romance book about an asexual guy would work out, but I really enjoyed the story. I read up a bit on asexuality to find out it is not necessarily a person who doesn't have sex, but more about one who isn't sexually attracted to others for the most part. And that the term asexuality covers a range of feelings and attraction just like other human emotions, so that one type of asexual person could be attracted to someone once he has come to know and love him. Forgive me, I ...more
Wendy Schuffert
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I can see where some people had issues, but I loved this book. Yes, Damien loves sex and tried pressuring Jake, but he also in my opinion tried to understand how Jake felt. Its hard in a way. I know how Jake feels.

Jake to me seems to an Autochrissexual, because of how turned on he got from leather, the riding crop, etc. He then started to learn more about Damien. To which makes me think that Jake may be a demisexual, which means once a bond is established that is when the
Chris, the Dalek King
Honestly it was just ok. I love stories where at least one of the MCs is Ace, but this just didn't work for me the way I wanted it to. Mainly because I am not at all comfortable with how Damien basically guilted Jake into having sex with him, even tho it is pretty fucking clear Jake doesn't want to.

The ending was also really abrupt, and it didn't feel like any of there problems got solved. Is Jake just supposed to keep having sex with Damien to keep him around? Is Damien gonna keep being an ass
Lin Simpson
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
I love this book! Why? Mainly because the two main characters are so fully realized, complex, and interesting. Do not be misled by the cover blurb. This is not simply a story of an asexual man who meets Mr. Right and immediately (or even eventually) becomes enthusiastically sexual. Although both men are immediately drawn to each other, that doesn't mean that their essential natures change as a result. And asexuality is just as essential or inborn as being gay, lesbian, bi, or straight. So yeah, ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars, rounding up for reasons

I have very mixed thoughts on this book. There seems to be a lot of love for it, but I had trouble throughout much of the story. Not so much with the story itself, but with the behavior of the characters. Behavior that felt inconsistent, forced at times, and puzzling. For me, Jake and Damien didn’t fit most of the time. When they did gel better, things still felt off and inauthentic. A spark of interest that seemed far fetched at first, builds into a strange sor
Lillian Francis
Jul 15, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I couldn't read any more. See status updates. DNF at 42%.
Even the title doesn't do this book any favours.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jake Tanner is young guy who works on his own as a farm manager and owns his own place. One day, on his way home, he stops when a dog is in the street and ends up taking her home. He calls the local animal shelter to let them know and a few days later, the owners come to get her. She’s gotten along well with Jake’s dog, but he’s happy to see her home with her elderly owners.

In thanks, the owners invite Jake to dinner at their son’s restaurant/bar, and Jake accepts. While he’s there, a very hands
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I give this one 4.25 - 4.5 stars. It was a very good read and I have a feeling that I'll be rereading it in the future.

Jake Tanner seems like a simple man who wants to manage the farms that he works on. He has his own small farm and a dog that he loves. What you don't realize is just how complex he is; there are layers upon layers to this man. While I don't want to give too much away, through a series of events, Jake happens to see Damien Jamieson in a pub one day. It's clear that Damien is int
Sarah Meerkat
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 rating waffling on 4 stars. I would like to start off with that if the blurb had stated that Jake was questioning and did not know that he was homoromantic demisxual like the author says in his blog I would have not have had so many issues with the first 25% of the book. The blurb makes it out (especially if you dont know the authors blog post about this until later) that Jake knows he is demi. Second issues is what I perceived as the awkward random use of kink in this. I give a lot of point ...more
L.J. Harris
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first I have read with an asexual character. The attraction between Jake and Damien is immediate, but it quickly becomes clear that a relationship between the two would present a very unique set of problems.

On one hand you have Jake - a man who wants everything a relationship has to offer except sex. Then you have Damien - a man who can't deny his desire for Jake.

As the story unfolded, I could sense the frustration in them both building (and sometimes wanted to slap Damien - after al
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comtemporary, m-m
2.5 stars
I like Jake but I'm not a fan of Damien. His focus on sex in stead of trying to understand Jake didn't endear him to me. I didn't feel the connection between the MC's and the kink was just puzzling.
What happened at the very end should have been the start of something, of communication, of understanding, which made it feel like a cliffhanger. It should have happened much earlier. I want to read about how it helps Jake to know that it is a thing, it has a name, and he is not alone. I wan
Inked Reads
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Jake is asexual and he loves dogs. What a combo right? I had to admit I was confused and frustrated right along with Damien most of the book. Being asexual is real and can be hard to understand and comprehend. The author does a great job telling the story and letting the reader see both sides of the story. I loved Damien an I felt his pain and frustration. This was a great story of true love and all of its ups and downs.

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked R
Zane Kage
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5
3.5 stars

Different from anything I have read before. The POV was fascinating and I mostly enjoyed it, though the abrupt ending threw me off and left me wanting.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book was complicated. I felt confused at times and then I thought I would understand Jake's POV. That being said, if you have the time to its not too bad. ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Against everything I've known and learned about asexuality. ...more
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