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4.63  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer became best friends the day they stood up against the schoolyard bully together. Life’s complicated enough with their friendship crossing racial lines in 1960s Charleston, South Carolina, but as time passes, they realize it’s more than their friendship that sets them apart from other kids. At first, Caleb denies his feelings for Hal could be mor ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 18th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Lyn
Two back to back awesomeamazing reads! I feel so lucky!

Loved, loved, loved this book!

The book is broken up in 3 parts. Each part starts with the present, which in this story happens to be 2023. The MCs are 70 years old at a family reunion in celebration of their 60 year-old relationship. During that reunion, they share part of their story.

I shelved this book under historical, because although each part starts with the present, the story focuses almost exclusively in the past starting from 1963 t
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Kaje Harper
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a journey through the history of two men, looking back from their old age, over recent eras in American life. Smoothly and clearly written, in steps through time, we learn how two guys from the south of the sixties, one white and one black, became allies, school friends, attracted, lovers, and eventually more. The Vietnam war era is a vivid piece of the puzzle, impacting their lives from several directions. Family expectations, social pressures, homophobia, racism, and fear of rejec ...more
Elisa Rolle
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards: Other Side of the Line by Marguerite Labbe
1) One word that comes to mind in describing this story is 'Beautiful'. It's the sort of story that leaves you satisfied once your reach the end and a story that'll stay with me for a long, long time. The life these two men carried throughout their entire lives is the life I always wished I had. The love of, first friendship, then, the pure love they felt toward each other in a time when it was considered a crime to befriend a person
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

This was a sweet, nostalgic walk down memory lane as Caleb Hudson and Hal Zimmer recall the first day they met sixty years before, and with the urging of their children and grandchildren, relate the long, sometimes painful road they traveled to find the balance necessary to merge that friendship with love and long-term commitment.

In 2023, at a family reunion held in honor of Caleb and H
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Fff
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Labbe for offering up your story.

At first, I was hesitant to read this book because I was not sure to like it. But in reading the glowing reviews from other readers, finally I decided to read it... fortunately, because it is a wonderful story, a book that I highly recommend.

This book is not just about a MM romance it is also and above all a hymn to friendship, a plea for tolerance and the understanding of the difference. “One
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Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

*Please note the review was originally posted at Divine Magazine and is crossed posted at Bayou Book Junkie*

I was shocked when I opened this book and saw the date. This story starts in the year 2023. Hal and Caleb are hosting a 60th family reunion. We sit a spell with them in the present, meet their kids, grandkids and some other extended family members. When I read a book I want a HEA, and I loved knowing f
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Stacey Jo
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Buy My Love reading review program in exchange for an honest review.

The story first starts out in the year 2023 with Caleb and Hal, an interracial married couple in their sixties. They’ve been together, or at least they’ve been friends, since they were in the fourth grade. The story starts with them waiting for their children and grandchildren to arrive for a family reunion. Caleb and Hal are given a memory book, w
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Bostjan
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
A great read with a well-written story and well-developed characters.

The story is a retrospective with the present set in 2023 and the main story looking back in time describing how two then early teenagers met in the early 1960s and how their friendship and bond changed over time.

One of the main characters is black, which shouldn't matter, but it does - as this is the time of (de?)segregation in the USA and he is the first black boy attending an otherwise all whites school. The bond he forms wi
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Wax
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, own-have
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hal Zimmer and Caleb Hudson meet at a critical time in history. Desegregation of schools in the South is occurring and tensions are high. Caleb wants to better himself so he is going to a mostly white school. He is bullied by classmates but knows better than to respond physically. Hal is a recent transplant from New York who is homesick and quickly alienates his Southern classmates with his Yankee ways. The two outsid
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Annika
A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. It was a humbling read, reminding you of the injustice and close-mindedness of the world, causing people to hide from who they love. It reminds you to never stop fighting for justice, love and what and who you believe in.

This is a slow building love story, where the HEA is known from the very beginning. It is the road leading to it that is the focus in the book, the 60 years of love that Cale
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Alison
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review

This was a very sweet, slow burn.

We are introduced to Caleb and Hal in the year 2023 at a family reunion. The men are in their 60s and they proceed to tell their story to their grandchildren and to the reader starting when they met as children in a desegregated school in Charleston, SC. Caleb is the only person of color in his class and Hal is a yankee whose father was transferred south for his job. The boys bond after a bullying in
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Anita
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the author through the Don't Buy My Love program via the MM Romance Group. Many thanks for the opportunity to read and review.

I have to say that I was somewhat nervous about reading this book. I am a person of color and lived through much of what is described in the book though I lived in the north. I was worried about it either being too preachy or inaccurate. So why did I want to read it - because I love MM romances that take place duri
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Darina
DNF, прочитала больше половины, но оценку ставить не буду, ибо автор не виноват, что я поленилась ознакомиться с аннотацией и сложила мнение о том, как должен развиваться сюжет по обложке (sic!) и первой главе. Начало было многообещающим: пожилая пара отмечает 60 лет со дня их знакомства. Ну, думаю, сейчас нам расскажут об отношениях длиной почти во всю их сознательную жизнь. Детская дружба, плавно перетекающая в нечто большее, осознание собственной сексуальности, первый поцелуй, первый раз, раз ...more
Kara
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This book was so beautiful... It starts of with Caleb and Hal in the future 2023, then it goes to the past when they were children and spans all the years of them growing up together to when they first admitted their attraction to each other. Usually I am not a fan of books that have a lot of past scenes in them but this book was so good!
They go through so much hate together when they were growing up to people thinking their relationship was not right at all. But they pushed through all of it a
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Zeoanne
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One word that comes to mind in describing this story is 'Beautiful'. It's the sort of story that leaves you satisfied once your reach the end and a story that'll stay with me for a long, long time. The life these two men carried throughout their entire lives is the life I always wished I had. The love of, first friendship, then, the pure love they felt toward each other in a time when it was considered a crime to befriend a person of color. Fantastic writing from an author who I've always respec ...more
Andrea
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre
The writing style and the characters pulled me in. I was connected to this book and its people in a way I rarely am but always hope for. Hal and Caleb came alive for me and I was emotionally invested in their well being. They had fascinating lives and interesting challenges facing them. I loved that some obstacles had to be overcome alone before they could deal with the other ones together.

4.5 stars
Lauraadriana
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED this book so much. It's been awhile since a book has grabbed me and kept my attention this way.

From the author's note, I fell in love with this story. Such a beautiful story of enduring friendship and love. Caleb and Hal will stay with me for awhile.

Cannot recommend this one enough.
Beth Kashon
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute delight to read. I couldn't put it down. It brings up many challenges that the lgbtq community have faced in the past and are still facing today. It was very touching and heartwarming. I loved every moment of the book.
Theodora IK
I want a sequel of this book where they started to build their family.
Lily
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.1 stars.
Tex Reader
4.0 of 5 stars – Touching Tale of a Love that Endures.
[Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest review]

This was a touching story, reflected in the title, about having to deal with the other side of multiple lines - gay, racial, gender, political, moral, familial, being outsiders - and the two MCs (Hal and Caleb) found themselves both together and on opposite sides of those lines, but still building a lasting relationship around it. A
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Dawn
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, dbml, favorites
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve had my eye on this book since it first came out. From the synopsis, it seemed like it had all my likes in a great story, friends to lovers, long-term HEA and takes place over significant time period and boy did it deliver! I read it straight through and had a stack of used tissues next to me at the end.

We immediately know that Caleb and Hal have succeeded in their happily ever after as the story opens with a scene from the year
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Anna.E
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book though goodreads mm romance group's Don't buy my Love for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I give this book 4 stars. I was wavering between 5 and 4. But I settled on 4. Anything from 3 stars up means I like it!

Hal and Caleb are setting up for their family reunion in 2023. They start to talk about the past and then when their family arrives the stories pick up. We flash back to 1963 when the boys meet.
Through this three part story the men remin
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Elisa
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, where to begin? This book follows two men, Hal and Caleb, from the first time they meet as 10 year old boys to a family reunion 60 years later where their children and grandchildren gather to hear their stories. The book moved through the years using scenes where the boys/men meet up and encounter some kind of conflict or life change. I thought it was a great way to show the development of the characters, as well as the change (and l
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Samantha
I generally enjoy this author, so I'm looking forward to this :)
Secretly Reading
Lovely story told in flashback of two elderly men who were childhood friends, then more. This isn't a erotic read but it's emotionally intimate and wonderful to read.
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