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Merge Ahead

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Will doesnt know that his safe but unfulfilling life as a Call Center Supervisor is about to be turned upside down. Or that the man responsible is sitting next to him waiting for the same delayed flight.

Adam Summers is confident, successful, gorgeous, and about to sign the contract that will cost Will his job.

Corporate policy says they should keep their hands off each
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published June 4th 2016 by Tanya Chris Publishing
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Meags by: Jennifer☠Pher☠
3.5 Stars

Will works an unfulfilling job as a supervisor in a prominent Call Centre, though he dreams of a day he can quit the monotonous day job and pursue his writing full time. When he takes some time for himself to attend a cross-country writing convention, Will meets a dreamy guy at the airport named Adam and the two eventually hit it off, sharing contact details and the promise of connecting properly the following weekend.

Things are looking up for Will, until he realises his new squeeze is
Sneaky fucking book I love you. No seriously, I LOVE you.

Let me tell you a story about this book ok? So this is how it goes. This book Ive never heard of with an author Ive never heard of shows up on my feed one day. Free. I like the sound of the blurb and well, free, so I grab it. (Thanks Line!)

A couple days later Im working on my spreadsheet for the upcoming GRL and notice that said unknown to me author is attending so I make note to bump the book up if I can.

This morning I decided to give it
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, meh, mm-romance

I wanted to like this one. And while the writing style was smooth and I enjoyed it, I just couldn't reconcile myself to enjoy the story.

And that was because of Will, the single POV we get.

Will has issues.

To a certain degree, we are all products of our upbringing. However, that doesn't give anyone free reign to be an ignorant ass into adulthood. Do some self-reflection. Do some family reflection, if need be.

But don't be willfully ignorant.

Will is Puerto Rican and was raised by a very
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia
4.5 stars
This wasn't what I expected at all.

Low on angst and drama, the characters get together fairly early in the novel and remain that way till the very happily-ever-after ending.

The plot follows their relationship as it develops and evolves, through the workplace difficulties they face as the blurb implies, but also way beyond that.
I liked the focus on facing, questioning and overcoming gender roles, different upbringing and class differences, especially in combination with Will, the
Chasia Lloyd
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***I was a beta reader for this book!***

I'm a huge sucker for romances with workplace drama, and I read most of this particular M/M in almost a couple of hours because I was so glued to it.

MERGE AHEAD follows a Latino protagonist, Will, who is a fantasy writer wrestling with his self-image of masculinity. He meets a businessman, Adam, at an airport he's immediately smitten with - and he later finds out this same businessman is the CFO for the company his work is merging with.

Their relationship
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku
There was a lot more to this than a business romance or suit porn. Will is smitten with confident alpha-male Adam. But despite Adams reciprocal interest, they encounter several stumbling blocks as they make their way from airport acquaintances to serious boyfriends. Adam seems to have everything over Willmore power, more money, more future. Can their relationship find an equal footing?

Both characters are engaging, and there are enough work and life plot events to keep things interesting while
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m

3.5 stars
Will works at a call center as he struggles to become a writer. Adam works as CFO of a big company that happens to be taking over Wills. They start a relationship that is not exactly improper by company standards but frowned upon. To avoid potential conflict they keep their relationship secret but as it grows the harder it is to contain their love.
With Adam being in such power it makes will feel inadequate and less manly. Which is something that has been ingrained in Will's head
Ed Davis
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved this story. I couldnt put it down. The employee who falls in love with the CFO of his company and his struggle to feel an equal partner in the relationship. I actually got so tired of Wills feelings of inferiority that I had to give the book 4 stars instead of 5. Adam did nothing but try to make Will realize that they were each contributing to the relationship just in different ways. Anyway, it was still a great love story. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two guys meet at the airport and things develop from there. I enjoyed the journey, but one character was just too hung up on proper gender roles. To me the point was made one too many times.
Typos: A few missing or extra letters and words (e.g., "a while go"), lay/lie confusion. The past tense of lie is lay, not laid.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every bit of this.
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 not too angsty stars
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute and sweet gay romance novel, a genre that has become a favorite of mine over the past year. The story of Will and Adam and their romance is funny, sexy and sweet and they make a good pair. And I found myself relating to a lot of it. And I liked that Will is Puerto Rican and struggles with living up to the being masculine stereotype of his culture. That was an aspect that isn't always seen in literature and so I appreciated seeing it here. Not quite as erotic as other books I've read in ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, free
It was good, something I won't remember I read in a little while, but good. Will was starting to get on my nerves with the constant whining about Adam's money and how it made him feel like a woman. I get that was how things were in his life growing up, but I still got sick of hearing about it. Adam was super patient with all of it. I wasn't entirely comfortable with some of the other attitudes either, but maybe the author was trying to make a point in those cases as well.

I know I basically
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this book five stars. Ive never read a m/m contemporary romance and havent read a contemporary adult romance since high school!! I prefer historical. But I read a free short story on the authors website and decided to buy one of her books. I really LOVED the fluff and smut (if you will excuse the fanfic term) aspects of this book. The romance was so sweet and the sex was super hot and intimate with zero cringe factor. There were lots of scenes with people being gently taken care ...more
Kylie Hastings
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Realistic Romance

This is more than a romance. Sure, theres a meet-cute and sex but they are not the focus of the story. I identified with Will a LOT as he struggles with his upbringing and expected gender roles in society, and how that impacts his relationship. Also, the struggling between keeping a traditional job and trying to have a writing career is one I know all too well. It shows the back and forth that happens in relationships, realistic conflicts, and it flows smoothly. I highly
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Will is a manager of a call centre, but really wants to be a writer. Adam is a CFO, who flits where the work sends hm,so he never has a proper home.

They meet on a plane, neither of them knowing they belong in opposite sides of a company merger. Once they realize that, its a complication, but not a deterrent.

Adam works too much to look after himself properly, and Will wants and is able to look after him. They are sweet, and figure out the rest along the way. Fussy cat included.

Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy it.
It's so rare to find books without idiotic misunderstanding, unnecessary drama.. Here, they talk, they communicate, there is no hiding. There is some homophobic and sexist comment from side characters and those people aren't magically fix, aren't brought to the "right" side. It's refreshing to read because it's reality.
I adore Adam but Will was annoying to me.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Touches the heart, incorporates relevant societal themes

I dont leave enough reviews for authors whose work Ive appreciated, but this read made me get off the sidelines and show some appreciation for good work. Nobody needs a drawn-out book report to spoil the read for others, but Ill mention a few things that endeared Merge Ahead to me. Initially I thought the book would be good (I was right), but I didnt expect some of the topics that came up. Among those themes were gender stereotypes,
Lora Graham
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-sex
Adam was too good for Will, and it had nothing to do with money or status. I understand how he was raised, but being that he had been to college, employed and living on his own for quite some time, not to mention having dated other men, there was no reason for him to be so neurotic when it came to people who "might" have seen him as the "woman" in the relationship. When it came down to it, if anyone had this view, it was Will's caveman-ideal-wielding father; no one else. But what was also wrong ...more
Adele Steiner
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's writing.

I've devoured all the short stories that Tanya Chris has available for free and this is my first time reading a longer story. I always enjoy the character development and chemistry. For this one, though, I was right there with Adam frustrated and annoyed with Will's fixation on gender roles/norms and his machismo baggage. I couldn't tell if it was internalized homophobia or a form of misogyny and I know a lot of it was self-doubt, but it got old FAST. Adam was a lot
Wendell Hennan
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will's flight is delayed and after it is rescheduled for the following morning he accepts an invitation to spend the night at the home of the fellow beside him as opposed to sleeping in the terminal all night. The following morning, he is paged to the boarding station and told that he has been upgraded to first class courtesy of his host the night before. They exchange phone numbers but soon after Will realizes that his host is the CFO of the company merging with his company and he discards the ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm pretty meh about this book. The beginning felt very stereotypical and bland and it took me a while to get into it. The characters just felt very one-dimensional. Once the relationship developed a bit further the book is not too bad, their issues feel reasonably realistic, there is little unnecessary drama and any fights are usually resolved immediately, but I never got the feeling that the character develop in any way. The relationship is cute and nice, but nice is really the best I can say ...more
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019
Meet cute, hot sex, angst, more hot sex

The cover doesn't match the rest of the book, it seems to infer more driving than business. The book is well written, but so, so much angst. All the self-doubt and ingrained messages from childhood and anguish. Luckily there's way hot sex to soothe the emotions, with an undercurrent of lust that runs through most of the book, as shown here:

"There was a knock on his door. Will smoothed his damp palms over his sexiest pair of jeans and went to answer it.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is good

Its actually a lot better than I anticipated. Im a really tough grader too, but Id give this 3.75. The characters are likable and it doesnt go where you think it will. My biggest complaint is that one of the mcs is a bit slow figuring out hes screwed up about gender roles, or his perception of them. And then when he does the book just ends. Endings are really hard but I felt kinda ripped off by this one since it was such a pat ending and the rest of the book didnt go like youd think
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, well! Quite enjoyable overall, with funny and loveable main characters.
Merge Ahead was a relatively smooth read, but some of the early comments (before we, the reader, understand Will's family dynamic) felt totally bigoted, sexist and even homophobic. It was a very strange experience and never properly dealt with, which was my main problem.
It definitely lessened my love of what was an otherwise generally enjoyable book.
Misty M
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book

This was well written, I didn't like it as much as some of her other books, but that's just a personal preference. I just want fond of Will as a character, he was starting to get" my nerves with the repetitive whining. It was still a great book and I would recommend to others.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this

Always refeshing to read something effortless and drama free; there was tension and a little angst, but no explosions or closet skeletons.
I loved Adam and Will together and I particularly loved the discussions of gender norms and what they mean/whether they are important or true.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Great story, very sweet. I enjoyed the story line and I really liked that the drama was minimal. They workout their issues and act like rational humans. The pace is steady but their is one issue that made me want to shake someone. I do like the way it gets resolved, finally.
It's two people falling in love what more could you ask for.
sheri victor
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
These two are so sweet and lovable I couldn't put them down.

This was a great story. I couldn't get enough of Adam and Will. They had their trials and still built something to last. I would of liked to see some of Adam's POV. I love reading with both POVs, it helps me feel a connection as I get to peek into their lives.
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Tanya writes in a variety of romantic and erotic genres, being an avid follower of many of these genres herself. Some of her favorites are M/M romance, MFM threesomes, and BDSM with male submissives.

Tanya lives in New England with her boyfriend and her cat and has participated in many of the activities about which she writes, but not all of them. It's left to the reader to decide which are which.

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