The One That Got Away
When David Carmichael suffers a migraine and a broken shoulder, Trace Jackson, his best friend, simply moves in to take care of him. Their easy camaraderie is threatened when David discovers an undercurrent of heat and tension flowing between them. Despite knowing his best friend is straight, David is not-so-slowly falling in love.
Trace has never desired another man. He's...more
Though the blurb is pretty accurate on what this book is about, the execution of the story was just kinda awkward.
Trace and David are supposed to be best friends, yet it felt like they didn't really know each other. David was openly gay, yet Trace didn't know that he was? They didn't know each other's friends, or very much about each other's lives beyond the basics.
Trace was "straight" but didn't question sleeping in the same bed as David, or waking up in the man's arms....and en ...more
Regardless o ...more
There were so many flaws and discrepancies in that book, it was impossible for me to like it at any point.
God, I wish I could post my amazon review here, but it's in German and I don't feel up to translate the whole thing right now.
I'll give you a few examples in order to underline what I did say earlier:
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While I loved it the second time, I was just a little more bored than when I read it the first time. But it's still a very sweet story.
Absolutely angst free!
This was an incredibly sweet GFY friends to lovers story. I adored this book.
When David falls and hurts his shoulder pretty bad, his best friend Trace is there to help him out. Trace simply moves in and takes care of David. But what neither men expected was that their friendship would grow into som ...more
I was ready to DNF at around 10%, but then (for research purposes only, mind you) managed another 10%. No, it didn't get better. It got worse :/
What's this book about?
A guy with a migraine, a broken shoulder and on serious meds & his klutz of a friend getting together, drinking scotch and playing strip poker. Cause that's what you do when you are injured and are high on Oxycontin. Fun times. By-by liver and ...more
This review rated the 2nd Edition which has an additional "15,000 or so words" compared to the 1st Edition. Plus the 2nd Edition has a better looking cover, imo, by the artist Paul Richmond.
The One That Got Away is a Gay-For-You story. Readers who dislike the GFY theme should avoid this book. Readers who are selective about their GFY story should know this story lack "omfg, am I gay?" identity-crisis drama...and, to an extend, drama overall. Here's a perfect examp ...more
Slow Burn-Friends to Lovers....LOVED IT!!
It is what it is...Friends stepping over that line they never imagined they'd cross. I liked the fact that they didn't jump all in right away tho. They both felt out everything but when they connected (even just the kisses and roaming hands) the chemistry was amazing!
If you're looking for a quick, sweet/tender moments but supa hot chemistry...check out this book!
In this book, they flirt and seduce almost innocently, and when they realize, their love is much more than friendship!
Right out of the gate it didn't make sense. These two are supposed to be BEST friends. Best, best, best friends. Total BBF. If you're confused about how bestie they were the author's tell you no less than 15x. They're BEST friends. But.....David has never told Trace he's gay. What??? Also, it mentions that they've ran into each other with dates out around town. But again, ...more
The whole thing is just so boring and stupid and unrealistic. And a simple torture.
It is annoying when the author doesn't paying attention to his/her writing. For example: the MC takes off his clothes to sleep on the couch. The couch is uncomfortable so he goes to share the bed with his friend. And there he takes off his clothes again (?!). Then, the next morning his shirt is a ...more
Trace was a puzzle.How does he handle having a relationship with a man? What happens when people/friends call him gay? They worked on ...more
I like the progress from "straight-to-gay" that Trace experiences though. I mean, a number of GFY stories that I read sometimes jump a bit too fast on that matter. But David and Trace's relationship getting closer after ...more
I liked reading this book because:
- it's my favorite plot: friends to lovers
- The chemistry between the MCs
- the MCs are not young anymore for the m/m romance standard. As a result, when they want a relationship, it's believable that they'd last quite long.
- GFY, yes, but the development is quite slowly. Only when David got sick that he and Trace started to ope ...more
I'm all for low angst books but they have to keep my attention. These guys are in their early 40s but they came across as early 30s to me. I don't think I got to know either of the guys very well. At least they got out ...more
I really loved this one. It was such a sweet, slow romance and you got to know the characters and their intentions before the romance started to happen. It also helped that the MCs were best friends before they became intimate. Not to mention one of them is actually straight. That is why I loved this because it wasn't a 'jump right in even though I'm straight' type of story but a 'let's take it easy so I can wrap my head around what's happening' type of one. It was just great.
There were ...more
Es verdad que es difícil no querer a estos dos, pero es que además, el modo en que van sucediendo las cosas termina ayudando a que los veas co ...more
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- Most “Gay for You” stories move so quickly from normal friendship to love that I find them terribly unconvincing. I wasn’t ever convinced that Trace was straight, but his reactions toward David do move very gradually from friendly to sexual, which I liked.
- Aile and Urban do a good job of portraying David and Trace’s closeness by describing not only their though ...more
As they spend days and then weeks together their friendship deepens and then begins to change. From best buds used to hanging out together they find much deeper feelings growing between them.
And you know ...more
"Oh, living room, definitely. Closer to the scotch too," David muttered as he stood and walked in that direction, ignoring the small smile he'd seen on Trace's face.
He collapsed on the couch, telling himself to grow up. Being a big baby would annoy Trace, who'd leave, and where would that leave him and his barely healed shoulder? He rubbed at his eyes and told himself he needed to suck it up.
"Sling off, please," Trace said as he walked in with the piece of paper the therapist had given David to take home. Taking a deep breath and steeling himself, he slid on his glasses and started studying the diagrams. "This shouldn't be too bad."
"You're not the one with the broken shoulder."
Trace didn't respond to the jibe as he sat down next to David.
"All right. First exercise. You're going to hold your arm, elbow bent at ninety degrees, and lift it up and out, away from your body."
David watched as Trace copied the movement drawn on the sheeet, and he had to stifle a laugh.
"What?" Trace glanced up at him.
"You look like a chicken," David snickered.
"Well, I am the cock of the roost, C'mon, chickadee. Flap that wing," Trace instructed with a wink.”