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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Between raising his daughter Camille, his work as a full-time pastry chef, and his hobby of capoeira, Baz’s life is pretty full. He may be a little lonely, but he’s too busy to think about it all that much.

When his cousin Alaina introduces him to Terry, another capoeira student, Baz is instantly drawn to him. Though quiet and withdrawn, Terry ends up being a fun, interesti
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Published August 21st 2017 by NineStar Press
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3.5 stars This was a very nice little story. I forgot it was novella length, so I was surprised after a day of traveling to see I was already at 84%. But the length worked well for it, it didn't feel rushed and things wrapped up completely.

I liked these two together and thought that they had good chemistry, although maybe a little more from Baz's side. It was hard to get a read on Terry since we didn't get his POV. I liked him, although honestly all the insecurity got to be a bit much. While I
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Between his daughter, his job as a pastry chef, and his friends from his martial arts training, Baz’s life isn’t half bad. At least he doesn’t think so. Then Terry walks into his life and Baz can’t help but admit that while he is certainly content with the hand he has been dealt, he is also missing something. Whether that something is Terry, Baz doesn’t know, but he would sure like to find out. Terry is fun, if a bit shy, and Baz lights up when he is around the man. He kinda hopes he might do th ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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a short, m/m romance with a trans boy LI and a happy end, awesome. i love that. it's just. the story and i didn't really click? i think this is Waynes longest book so far and i actually thought sometimes it dragged a bit. i love that the main character is a single dad because we don't get to see that often, but our lives couldn't be more apart. i don't want to have kids at all so every time he made it clear how much his life revolved around his little girl i was just thrown off. not that it's no ...more
3.5 stars

From all of LGBT spectrum, I'm the least educated with trans* person in real life. So reading about Terry's characterization in this book becomes another way for me to learn. Terry's insecurities, concerns, the problems he's facing because he goes off T, as well as the choices he makes regarding the medication humanizes Terry, and makes him so endearing. Even if the novella is written solely from Baz's perspective but I found Terry to be quite layered of a person. I appreciated Aidan Wa
Heather Martin
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Baz is a busy man working as a pastry chef, being a single father and spending his spare time doing capoeira. For those who don't know (i.e. Me!), Capoeira is Brazilian martial arts that combines dance, acrobats and music. I had no idea what all the talk and discussion was about in this story regarding capoeira and should have looked up the definition while reading, instea
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
6/10 stars

"So I would say the rep was nice, the story was nice, I was super interested in the detail about capoeira and tae kwon do, but…" - Matt

"I wanted to love it more than I actually did. Which might have been totally me and my taste, so 3 stars it is." - Maria

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Aidan Wayne always has something interesting on the books I read. I'm getting familiar with their writing style; the candid straightforward way the story goes and the slow burn romance.

Grounded is a sweet, unhurried and non-steamy romance starring pastry chef Baz and voice actor Terry. Baz is juggling between his job, capoeira and raising his five year old daughter Camille. He's intrigued by Terry the first time they met. Terry is quiet and shy, even a bit insecure on being a trans man. He's bo
3.5 Stars!

I liked everything that was in this book but to make this romance really sing I need much more to make an emotionial investment.

I like the slow unspooling of Terry's character. I enjoyed the details of how Baz's manages single fatherhood and the scenes with his daughter. The details of each hero's job were were well done. I like how sexual desire and romantic affection is handled.

I like Baz and Terry and their courtship and relationship.

However, so much floated in this story that I
Joyfully Jay
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

This book is built entirely around the Baz/Terry relationship. Wayne’s careful attention to their characters helps elevate an otherwise pretty low-key story into one that is a bit more memorable. Both main characters have interesting jobs—Baz is a patisserie and Terry is a voice actor. Their jobs add a bit of dimensionality to them as characters and, arguably more importantly, introduce an element of conflict in the schedule. This, in turn, helps drive the plot a
I.M. Flippy
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet little romance, it just didn't have quite as much depth as a I like. Or...well, maybe not depth, just something that wasn't quite there for me. But it wasn't bad.
Very minor note with a mild spoiler- at one point Terry cancels plans because he has cramps and Baz surprises him, coming over with his daughter to spend time with him. If somebody "surprised" me by coming over after I'd canceled plans due to cramps I think I would murder them lol.
Elizabeth Hanelt
This was fun!

I really like the characterization of the family dynamics. I like how careful and respectful Baz and Terry are of each other. I like how this is looking at a relationship in its context as part of a community.
Heartwarmingly sweet.
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Full RTC

I enjoyed this novella and how Baz and Terry were cozy and adorable together. 💗

Camille was an adorable child & I loved how Baz was such a great father.

Terry's vulnerability and lack of experience is nicely told and I really loved how he was displayed. 💗
Riska Sleepless
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was the cutest thing, reading it made me feel so warm inside
Mary Lou
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a completely delightful romance! Single dad meets a shy, quiet guy at capoeira and things just unfold from there.
Laura ~Passion flower
Grounded (ARC) was graciously provided to me by IndiGo Marketing & Design for an honest review.

"Amour, acceptation, et macarons.."

I just finished reading a new book that was such a sweet story; one that was overflowing with wonderfully adorable and realistic father daughter moments, eye-opening and peaceful revelations, which were also interlaced with acceptance and support from friends and family members, all of which was made even sweeter by the various sprinklings of delicious yumminess cr
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was a very sweet story. Baz hasn’t dated since his daughter was born, allowing her and his job to take up his life. When he meeting Terry he is intrigued and begins with starting a tentative friendship with the shy man.

Baz is willing to push Terry for them to move into a relationship but doesn’t want to scare him. He is so understanding with Terry, almost unbelievably so, and the bumps along the way to build
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Aidan Wayne has been publishing LGBTQ+ fiction since 2016. While they usually stick with contemporary romance (both adult and YA), some soft sci-fi/fantasy has been known to sneak in as well. They primarily write character-driven stories with happy endings, because, dammit, queer people deserve happy endings too.

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