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(Alt Er Love #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  57 reviews
As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.

On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon
ebook, 123 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Xio Axelrod LLC (first published June 18th 2017)
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☆ Todd
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: boy-babble

Ummm, I couldn't really tell if this was a romance, or simply erotica with a good bit of mental badminton over a very short-lived affair and past desertion.

I found it pretty difficult to get into the story to begin with, as instant infatuation immediately seemed to turn into insta-love.

Plus, the wording wasn't flowery per se, but it felt right on the cusp to me, which I found distracting. That tendency seemed to dissipate a bit as the story progressed, or maybe I had just gotten more used to it,
I don't mind insta-love stories. I'm a believer. There are so many ways to fall in love.

For Ian and Jessen the connection was immediate. They got caught up in each other quickly and at a young age. Their nights together fogged up the glass on my e-reader.

What I don't like in my romance stories are long separations. I mourn the lost years that can never be recovered. I also think people change over time. "If you don't grow together, you grow apart." I couldn't tell you who originally said that, b
I really liked this story as I began reading it, and by the time I was done, I was confused and a bit exhausted. It's as if the author took a handful of romance tropes and tossed them together into this story. I felt like I was reading a soap opera - you know, one of these scenes where the characters say things like "If only I could tell you why ....." and "Why won't you listen to me ...." but neither character tells or listens, and it's all a lot of staring off into space looking vaguely distre ...more
Mike Oaks
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Beautiful short story of falling in love, heartbreak and choices. I didn’t feel the sex on the page was sex. It was love. 4.0 for music rooms.
This was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This review will contain a few spoilers.

Ian is a little genius. He finished school at thirteen and has been the youngest professor ever employed in his university. Great life? No. Ian had a shitty childhood and seven years ago his heart was broken when the man of his life, the rock star Jessen Sorensen, abandoned him with nothing but a note made of two words on a piece of paper.
And our story begins when Ian, who hates parties, is dra
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Review of an ARC provided by NetGalley*

This story was emotionally intense, and the sexytimes (I like the term, don't judge) were really, really satisfactory- the chemistry between the characters was ridiculously insane so that helped, too!

There was also some very nice secondary characters- okay, there were two characters that were kind of present (outside of Jessen's brother Matt), but they were great, so that's it.

Look, I know here on Goodreads people love to hate on instalovey stories, okay?
Mari  Cardenas
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!!

The last thing Ian Waters expects when he goes to his friend's party is finding Jessen Sørensen, the man who left him 7 years before with just a note saying "I'm sorry" slipped under his door and who just about destroyed him. But there he is and he says he's back for good and wants Ian back and even if Ian hasn't been able to forget him all these years, he's not sure he can just forgive the callous way he left or believe he won't do it again.

I absolutely loved Ian, even if he was alr
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This steamy romance novel was a thrilling reading adventure, spanning from past to present, with deep connections that did not waver in seven years apart, but I am curious about feedback from men with actual lived experience of relationships with men.
Debra Crosby
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story, the romance, the heartbreak, the sex. This is a very quick read, that made me feel like I was sharing private moments between the characters.
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast Forward, An Alt Er Love Novella, Xio Axelrod

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews


This is a short read at just 123 pages, and I usually avoid anything novella style. They rarely hold enough emotion for me, but it sounded very promising from the synopsis so I went for it ;-) and loved it. 

Ian is 26 now and yet still feels like a teen. I often wonder about child prodigies like him, we hot house them, push them into academic positions they aren't mentally or emotionally ready for
Les Joseph
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always get so excited when an author I really enjoy tries something new. Whether it's writing a different type of story, say sci-fi when they normally write historical or when an author whose written some pretty fabulous MF books writes in a new genre, like MM. To say I was super happy when I found out that Xio Axelrod was writing a gay romance is an understatement if there ever was one, especially when I read the blurb. A nerdy physics prodigy who falls in love with a rock star? Sign me up! I ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, m-m
Ian is a young professor at the University of Philadelphia whose life is interrupted by the reappearance of the man who broke his heart seven years ago - Jessen, brother to a famour rockstar and a successful musician in his own right.

This may have had potential, but didn't work for me for several reasons.

First of of all, novella or not, it was too short and felt more like an excerpt of a book than the book itself. That may explain my second issue with it, which was the way the flashbacks were
NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
“You’re the one who got away.”

Ian has spent the past seven years trying to forget Jessen, but Fate has a way of bringing soulmates together…no matter the cost. “Jessen was not a god. Jessen was a man. Just a man. A man who looked like a god. Fucked like a god. Tasted like Heaven. And left Hell in his wake.”

Honestly, I wish I could give this story more than 5 stars! I absolutely loved it! It has everything I could possibly want in a romance…friendship, humor, sex, love and heartache…it has it all
Stacy Mahon
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautiful love story between two people. It broke my heart a little bit when Jessen left Ian. The love that they have for each other is overwhelming
S.C. Mitchell
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A deeply emotional fast read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.And it made me crave Pop Tarts.
Terry Hammoutene
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first M/M book written by this author, it hits all the points I look for in a M/M. It is short and sweet. The heat level is where it should be and the story is plotted out. It is a short book and reads best in one day.
The story is a one who got away story and it also mentions some people from her other book.s

** I received this book in exchange for an honest review**
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review**

This was the first book I have read by this author and it kind of left me a bit all over the place. I really wanted to like this book and the blurb made it sound really interesting. It's the kind of book that I normally read and I did enjoy it to begin with but as the story went on my interested kind of waned.

Although it started of well I didn't really feel like the MC'S had a genuine connection with one another, especially due to the fact t
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Xio Axelrod read and I thoroughly enjoyed this short book. It's a story of first love, heartbreak, forgiveness and second chances.

Ian is a prodigy and at only 26 he's well on his way to a tenured professor. He had it rough growing up and with him beginning college as a young teen, he hasn't quite fit in with everyone else or made friends easily. He's 19 when he first meets Jessen - a bass guitarist in a band that also has his twin brother as lead vocalist. Jessen is 21 at the
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I loved it at first. This started out so good, the writing full of emotion, the characters were people I wanted to get to know, and a story I thought I'd enjoy.

Ian and Jess have a story that gave me all the feels. A history that, when reveled, I was crushed. The road to the present where Jess is back, working to win Ian's trust again held my attention. And then the last chapter happened.

I'm not sure what possessed the author to change up the POV, and tense,
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book at all, it was a bit of a struggle to read. The story was ok at first, the writing left something to be desired but the characters were somewhat interesting at first, and it was a story I thought I'd enjoy.

But, after reading for a bit, I didn’t really feel invested in the relationship or the characters. The writing was a little stilted and the flow was a tad weird. Ian and Jess have a story that should have evoked tons of emotion but fell a little flat for me. A histor
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic short, my only complaint is that I wish it was longer because I loved every second of it! I have also started learning Norwegian and so Jessen from Norway was a lovely surprise. You can tell the author and narrator did a lot of research and put thought into the book because the Norwegian and the accent Tristan James uses is believable. I liked the heat between Jessen and Ian is unmistakable and fantastic to read- with Tristan’s silky voice that compliments it and makes ...more
Gyrithe Blichfeldt
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
first i must say that im from Denmark. we understand Norwegian quite good. We might not speak it. But we know how it has to be said. And when bouth the auther can make a caractor say things in Norwegian and a narrator kan say it so you think he knows what he is doing. then he is doing a good job.
a Norwegian rockstar sexgod who is not afraid of his own sexuality. who can say no to that. Ian cant. And ofcourse he ends up with a broken heart. So broken that when Jessen comes back in his life 7 year
Pamela Lilley
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Sexy Norwegian Stars
Aah, a lovely short second chance M/M romance/erotica that had me invested in both of the main characters, Jessen Sorensen and Ian Waters. Jesson had been Ian’s first everything when he was nineteen, introducing him to everything he never knew he was missing. After making countless promises to Ian about their future Jenson upped and left in the middle of the night with only a ‘sorry’. Ian was broken-hearted. Now, seven years later, Jessen is back and he’s not going to tak
Nanna Sander
I completely understood what I was supposed to feel with this book. I was supposed to feel angry with Jessen for leaving, and I was supposed to feel all of Ian's hurt. However, it all stayed pretty shallow, and I never really could connect with the characters and their emotions. There was an imbalance in their relationship that I felt was too great to make them a believeable couple. Jessen was honestly a little condescending, and I couldn't help but think of Ian as being much younger than he was ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't explain the level of intense this book was... because from the first few pages it was like sizzling heat all over. I wish the character had more fleshing out, part of them felt 2dimensional for me. However, that being said, the chemistry between the character was amazing. The romance wrapped in the story was sweet and heart wrenching and all I wanted to do was live in the world of Jessen and Ian.
Jessen broke Ian's heart and then had the nerve to pretend he didn't know him years later. I
1.5 stars Audio book: Good audio quality, Good narration
Although there wasn't a real story it was reasonably entertaining which made it suitable for commuting and tending to boring tasks that demanded some attention and focus. I would have rated it higher if not for the last 15- 20 minutes, when the point of view suddenly changes from third person to first person. I really found it irritating and it ruined the entire story for me.
Of course the book had also other problems:
Shifter style instanta
Misty Walker
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
*audio review*

Ian and Jessen had a 7 year separation. Ian is determined to keep them separated but Jessen had quite a different plan drummed up. Ian and Jessen are so different. Ian is an academic and Jessen is a rock star, yet they are so perfect for each other.

The story was slightly rushed, making it a little hard to believe the connection but when they finally got together, the connection was believable. Oh so believable because this story was HOT HOT HOT. So, so much.

Tristan James did Jes
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I read a lot of romances in multiple genres. I found Fast Forward to be refreshing. I haven't run across many Norwegian characters. I appreciated the original character. The second chance story line instantly brings a myriad of emotions to the surface. Axelrod kept my attention right up until the last chapter. At the end of chapter 13, Jessen admits to himself that they had a lot to work out. Chapter 14 abruptly starts in with first person narration from Jessen's perspective. The change is jarri ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rockstar, teacher
Ian was left behind by the love of his life, Jessen. When Jessen comes back to town, he has a hard time believing that everything will just go back to where it was. He no longer wants to go back. He has a bright future, even though lonely.

Jessen for all his faults, is honest. He still wants Ian, still wants to live close to Ian, and no longer travel the world. He has seen and done it all and is ready to come back to who he loves.

This story touched me since I had sincere respect for the character
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This novella was very difficult for me to rate. The writing ranged between 3/5 to 5/5 stars consistently; however, the plot and dialogue were ridiculous. The story was almost as bad as the Mary Calmes story, You Never Know. (Don’t get me wrong. I adore Mary’s stories and own nearly 40 of her audiobooks.)

I fail to understand the appeal of a man who claims his undying love, then abandons you without a word (for years on end no less), and then when he's had his fill of fun, success, drugs, sex an
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Xio Axelrod is a USA Today bestselling author of different flavours of contemporary romance. She also writes what she likes to call strange, twisted tales. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, no-so-secret name). She lives in Phil ...more

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