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Refraction

(Collaborations #1)

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Texas artist Tucker Williams arrives in New York City for a gallery showing of his work and finds the city blanketed in snow. He meets free-spirited underwear model Calvin McIntire on the steps of the Midtown library and is captivated by a wild beauty that manages to compete with the demons that occupy his soul and fuel his work with their lust for blood and erotic ...more
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Published June 12th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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Truuss / Loveislovereview
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, m-m
5 BIG stars This is an amazing story and is as intriguing as the title suggests.

Tucker and Calvin meet for the first time on the stairs of the library. It’s cold, a lot of snow and no cab or other transport in this weather. Calvin offers the man from Texas a hot coffee and they talk and talk. Both very smitten with the other. They learn that Tucker is an artist and Calvin is a model. Soon they are inseparable.

The dynamic between the men, actually the dynamic of whole story is so powerful I can’t
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Karen
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An artist and a model...met at the library one day...

and the rest as they say is history...

Tucker Williams is in New York for a showing of his work one find winters day and as he stands on the steps of the midtown library who should appear but one Calvin McIntire. Tucker and Calvin are drawn to each other and their attraction is strong...yes, that's right this one's a case of love at first sight even though neither man is ready to admit it for a while.

Tucker's held prisoner by the demons who
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Cathy Brockman
Tucker is a reclusive artist from Texas that paints strange pictures of demons and other odd pictures. He does quite well though. He finds himself in New York in the snow at the library where he meets Calvin a gorgeous underwear model. Both men have their demons to battle but will it wreck their newfound relationship.

Refraction is a unique story about two very different young men. Calvin has t maintain his weight and body image for his work and sometimes doesn't eat for days. I never really
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Mere Rain
[note: no actual demons]
This was really hot and fun, with less intense angst than I was afraid there might be.
Kristin
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Refraction and Syncopation (book #2) can be read as standalone’s. There are some overlapping characters, but the story lines are completely independent.

I love it when a book blurb is spot on – very much so in this case so I won’t rehash the plot. This was a wonderfully languid read that pulled me in and kept the pages turning. There is something about the cadence to the authors collaboration that works well for me. There is humor, there is a perfect amount of angst, there is real life to
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Shaz
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
I had one issue with this book: life kept getting in the way of me finishing it! If my family had only been able to look after themselves for a day, work hadn't interfered or all those other expectations that life has had left me alone, I would have devoured this book in one sitting.

It's a tale of two complex men. Both have their own demons to fight and neither of them feel completely comfortable in their skins. Tucker has a dark side and is haunted by demons. Calvin never feels beautiful
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I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
I couldn't take it anymore, the writing annoyed the fuck out of me!! The amount of times one of the characters tacked on "honey" as a suffix to practically EVERYTHING he said was aggravation inducing [spoiler alert: it was about 147 times]!! I don't know of anyone who says "honey" that much, not man OR woman, so I have to caste a dubious look at Jodi Payne for this one, and if SHE or anyone she knows speaks this way, HOLY SHIT!! I swear it qualifies as a justified cause for some serious ...more
Serena Yates
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2018
Two tortured souls, one an artist and one a supermodel, make for a very difficult relationship. Not at first – Texas painter Tucker and New York City model Calvin meet and fall into bed within days. The magnetism between them keeps them coming back for more, but there are underlying issues on both sides that might ruin everything once they begin to consider becoming serious. I could feel their pain as they opened up to each other, but the suffering when they were apart was worse. They have a lot ...more
Nat ReadingAllNite
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
2.5 Stars Possibly a “me not the book” situation. I could not make sense of what the big deal was with Tucker’s “demons” nor Calvin’s aversion to being painted. Too many sex scenes felt like filler. The break up was illogical to my mind. Tucker felt like a misguided attempt to portray a tortured artist and Calvin never really came across as the poor little model very well. (And seriously, an underwear model named Calvin?) I’ve liked a lot of B.A.’s stuff but Tucker sounded too much like most of ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Tucker Williams is just looking for a cup of coffee. He’s an artist from Texas who finds himself in snowy New York City, and lucky for him, Calvin McIntire happens by and offers to guide Tucker to a coffee shop.

Calvin is a model, and he and Tucker get to share what keeps them busy. Tucker finds it hard to resist the enthusiastic Calvin, and they immediately hit it off, from coffee to a snowball fight, then dinner, and things heat up quickly. Calvin and Tucker are smitten with each
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RE Reader
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this, and I'd give it 3.5 (because of my slightly less enjoyment of Calvin) stars rounded up to 4 (because of how much I loved Tucker).

What I especially liked:
~Tucker -- he's a great character, and although I thought the tortured artist might be a bit over the top, I still found him sympathetic and unique. I enjoyed spending time with him, basically, so I was willing to overlook the additional drama (that I didn't find that realistic).
~ the connection between Tucker and Calvin
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Gail
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I almost didn’t pick up this one bkz the cover is really not a grabber. However, when I realized one author is B A Tortuga, one of my favorites, I went for it. Glad I did. Totally enjoyed it! There is only a little angst and it’s short lived. The MCs are both “characters” who smooth each othere’s rough edges and have lots of hot sex. Minor down side, I would like to have had either more of Tucker’s relationship with his mother or have left it out. It felt incomplete to me.
CB
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining read. Low angst, lots of sex - just a fun story about 2 sexy guys who are pefectly imperfect for each other and meet, literally by chance.

There are 2 books in this series but the only thing that ties then together is the roommate Timmy and New York City so really, they are more stand-alone (until a book about Timmy comes along?).
Stephanie
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great story about two guys fight their demons. It is great to see how Tucker and Calvin's relationship grows and how they face each other demons. Once I started this book I had to continue. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series.
Sylvia
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5

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JODI spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She, therefore, is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but ...more

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