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A Red-Tainted Silence

(Red-Tainted Silence #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  137 reviews
I'll never forget the first time I saw him--the wild shock of black hair, the beautiful blue eyes, the full lips with that perfected pout. Such a diva, even from the beginning. I was entranced, smitten, mesmerized. He had the face of an angel, and the voice of one, too--and almost from the start I began the pattern of losing Nicholas. I was good at that--I guess I never be ...more
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Published October 17th 2006 by Loose Id
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Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, m-m, contemporary
I have to admit I was nervous as I sat down to review this book because lots of people let me know that it was either one of their favourite m/m books or how much they had liked it. After that, I began to worry what would happen if I didn't like the book or had a lukewarm response to it. Fortunately all my worries were unfounded as I loved the book. Loved it.

A Red-Tainted Silence is proof that if a book is written well it can overcome even some of my most hated things about m/m books. For exampl
Elisa Rolle
This is the classic example of a romance that takes you in spite of yourself.

I buy nearly all the ebooks that Loose Id publishes in the M/M genre, and therefore I have bought also this book, moreover recommended by an American yahoo group which I participate.

I have bought blindly, without really reading the plot or checking the length, and it is this last one that shocked me: I opened the book, in electronic format, at 10.00 p.m., thinking, as usual, to read it in one session, and with my grea
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a love story of Brandon and Nicholas. Not a simple love story. It starts in present day, when Brandon decides that he will write about his relationship with Nicholas -- as his lover recurperating in hospital after being kidnapped and tormented for 6 weeks.

Part one of the story is from Brandon's point of view, as he explains how and why he falls in love with Nicholas. Brandon, from the very first time, decides that he will be Nicholas's white knight, his protector -- even if he is a year
*** I enjoyed reading this book just as much as I did the first time. ***

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This book tells the story of Brandon Ashwood and Nicholas Kilmain and their ten year relationship. Nicholas is an outgoing and vivacious singer and Brandon is a shy quite musician. As the story starts Nicholas is in a hospital recuperating from injuries sustained during his time as a kidnap victim. Brandon, who was the one to rescue him, is watching over him and thinking back on their life together and how
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Vio by: Td
I am annoyed and frustrated, what could have been an awesome read didn't happen. I did get drowned, in over the top drama and childish characters who whined and cried continuously. Jonathon was just creepy with the touchy feely thing going on with Nick. He must of secretly lusted after him, or else why would he cut Brandon his brother from his life? He goes off to support Nick, yeah that was totally believable.

There was repetitive dialogue that made the book drag and the angst OMG, was it necess
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Suong Doan
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 5 to 4.

The most incoherent review I'll ever write. What is it about this book that grabbed me so much that I couldn't put it down no matter what was happening? There are a lot of things here that I usually don't appreciate: the main characters (and everyone else) cry every two pages; the main characters go through so many painful things that it's just not possible unless God has specifically something against you; the story go
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, loaned-book
I found this book way, way over the top. There is lots & lots of crying, misery, torture, all manners of assault, physical & emotional distress etc. that are suffered by both Brandon & Nicholas, that it's just pretty much unbelievable. (examples of unbelievable--Nicholas was so charismatic that he had tons of friends, so dedicated that he held down a couple jobs & went to school, & so nice that he performed a major favor for one of his friends. Yet he was homeless which cause ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
OK I apologise in advance as this is going to be longwinded lol. But for me there were just too many things that anoyed or failed to make sence or were just totally unbelievable in this book for me to enjoy it.

(view spoiler)
Kaje Harper
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, intense
This is an intense story of two men who met as teenagers and were immediately drawn together by infatuation and then love for each other and for the music they wrote and performed. However there are secrets between them, and each is haunted by past traumatic events and current demands that threaten to force them apart. The story swings back and forth between flashbacks of their first years, and a current time in which they are both recovering from serious injuries due to a kidnapping and rescue. ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I knew this was considered a favorite of readers in the m/m genre and Jenre gave it a stunning review a while ago, but it still managed to surprise and delight me. This meaty story is full of angst, drama, pain, hardship, and it packs a heavy emotional punch. This is not a light read but it’s completely absorbing, engrossing, and interesting. This is definitely a story I’d read again and the length of the novel (500+ pages) may seem daunting but it’s the perfect length for the story, charac ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like men who cry--all the damn time and for no reason at all--then you'll love this one. Otherwise, it drags on far too long and the whodunit is formulaic at best. I wanted to drown these characters in all the tears they were shedding. This isn't the worst book out there, and apparently others have enjoyed it, but I'd rather read a New York City phone book than go through this again.
T.A. Webb
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I expected, based on the blurb and the reviews but My God, I never wanted this story to end.

Brandon is a young high school drop out, looking to create music. He is in a band with his brother and some friends, and looking for their big break. And a dependable lead singer. Oh, and yeah, Brandon is in the closet, afraid his family will find out he likes boys, and scared as hell to do anything about it.

Nicholas is a boy with a golden voice, certain to be a star with his charismatic
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
THIS is how it's done! It's been a while since I've been grabbed by the collar of my shirt and shaken to within an inch of my life by a book. The framing of the story, in written (and later read) flashbacks, between the past and present day saved me from being unable to continue reading many, many times. I cried so much I got a headache, could barely put it down to sleep. When I DID sleep, I dreamt of them. The main characters have become part of my family, the imaginary one I keep in my head. T ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was really hard for me to decide how to rate this book. I just didn't care for it in the end and thought it was ok. The overall plot was just so SO unbelievable to me. The stolen music that was later turned into a hit by the thief, the blackmails, the dead deer in a house in a gated community, etc. The fact that Nicholas was supposed to be so charismatic and loved and adored by everyone yet he is repeatedly described as pudgy and awkward, gets beat up and picked on constantly and he cries inc ...more
Wow, Wow, Wow...just WOW! I finished reading this last night but felt I needed to sleep on it before I could write my review. It's morning now and I am still no closer to being able to do this book justice.

The format worked for me - switching from present to past and back again, revealing the story in tantalizing tidbits. The first person POV, first Brandon then Nicholas, worked well. Amazingly, each MC was revealed more fully by the other narrator, painting a complex and detailed portrait.

Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
As the book continued I couldn't connect myself emotionally with MC.

I liked:
1. the parts where writer described Brandon's relationship to the music and what he feel while playing
2. party at Karen's house
3. part of Brandon's diary where he wrote about how he felt after they signed a contract with recording studio

The book was so long that I felt numb in the end. There were also too many supporting characters. And the main plot (blackmailer, kidnapper) and it's solving was over the top and just u
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: musicians
Really more like 2.5 stars. On one hand, this book was compelling enough to keep reading; on the other, the endless parade of very bad things that befall these characters is completely exhausting.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, abuse
It's been a while since I read anything that angsty. I'm good with angst. I like angst, but there can be too much of a good thing. And maybe that was part of the problem for me. 709 pages (as listed on Amazon) is a ton of angst. Don't get me wrong, Brandon and Nick are both likeable characters. Their story is completely tragic, yet strangely beautiful. It thoroughly answers the question, "What are you willing to do for someone you love?" You want to root for them from the beginning. Their love i ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story, even though I had the 'who done it' nailed right from the beginning (and I'm not the only one). My conviction barely wavered just once early, and that was only due to a misunderstanding on my part until that was cleared up a few pages later.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and there was a LOT of crying in this book (not from me - from the main characters), but I liked the story. I thought the mix of past and present was very well done and produced just the right amount of tensio
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was really conflicted reading this book. I ultimately gave it 4 stars because I was engaged the whole time, even though many things upset me about the story. I really enjoyed the Brandon narration and supported and related to his character, even with his flaws. But then the Nicholas narration kicked in and my mostly ambivalent feelings toward him turned into rage. He was such a selfish jerk in my mind, always thinking about himself first and how everything affected HIM, never mind the man who ...more
Jane (PS)
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
Reading this book during the lead up to Christmas was probably not the best idea. It is a book that deserves more attention than I gave it; however by 60% of the way through it, I wasn't game to read it at night before I went to bed, because the storyline and events kept me awake. This severely limited my reading opportunity. (Yes - I'm a bit of a wus.)

But the two issues that keep repeating in my mind are (during and after completion of the book):

*Do I live in a near perfect world and am I there
Stacey Jo
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twila
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Barb ~rede-2-read~
Oh good gravy!
700+ pages of pure angst.

So, I wasn't really digging part 1.
I wasn't connecting with Brandon as the narrator. It had a YA emo thing going on.
I looked at my progress bar almost every couple of %'s. It felt like it was dragging, we weren't getting to what I wanted to know fast enough. While I don't typically like flashbacks. And this book was a flashback with splashes of present day it worked out okay once the story line picked up.

So, I figured out who was behind the mystery ver
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
This is an 'after-the-fact' review, since I was reminded of this book as a result of the September BOM nominations...

A very good novel, and would have been a solid 4, except for some craft and plot issues (Miss Gray relied too heavily on foreshadowing, overdramatization, and the psychological crisis was drawn out to become an entire production. In addition, others have already mentioned the rather awkward transition from Brandon's POV/narrative to Nicholas' - it would almost have been preferr
This was a pretty great read. Characters are incredibly well done, great dialog, good pacing... I really liked it on a lot of levels. I didn't love the shifting between past and present day, but each transition was well done and clear so it wasn't confusing, I just felt like I'd get into one and then be pulled into the other so I never got truly engrossed until near the very end. In that respect it was like trying to read two books at the same time, which I hate doing. At the same time, though, ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's more like 4.5 stars but I will round up to 5.

This novel was angsty from beginning to end...but, I didn't cry. Is that good or bad, I'm not sure. I will say that the jump from the present to the past was giving me whiplash though. I prefer stories to run chronologically but it worked for this one.

Nick and Brandon has EVERYTHING going against them, absolutely anything and everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I hated Brandon's dad and his brother Adam. I also hated how there was no res
4.5 Stars....loved the angst and how the change of narrator added to the story.....I thought both characters were well written--especially Brandon. The only things I did not like so well were the excessive crying and I thought the ending was quite abrupt and should have had more descriptions of life after finding out who was responsible for the abuse all those years. Since the book centered so much on the feelings of the characters--I felt there was quite a bit lacking in this department with th ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-my-beer
I really didn't like the book, so the review is for the part I read (around 1/3 in). It had a lot "tell not show", redundancy in scenes, and as another reviewer so aptly analyzed constant foreshadowing and overdramatization. I couldn't get into it at all. I didn't like the dialogue, it really was soap opera level.
The plot sounded interesting, but the mediocre style sadly will prevent me from reading further.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good, emotionally draining m/m romantic suspense about two successful musicians, who've loved each other since their teens, and the outside forces and people that have torn them apart and nearly destroyed them. Constantly switching between the present and the past, half the story is told from one's perspective; the rest from the others.
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“I'll never forget the first time I saw him-the wild shock of black hair, the beautiful blue eyes, the full lips with that perfected pout.Such a diva,even from the beginning.I was entranced, smitten, mesmerized.He had the face of an angel, and the voice of one, too.And almost from the start,I began the pattern of losing Nicholas.I was good at that.I guess i never believed i really deserved him,what he would bring to us both.What we would experience because of him.What we would be because of him.What i could be because of the strength and belief he had in me. ” 3 likes
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