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Love You So Special

(Love You So Stories #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he he
ebook, 141 pages
Published September 28th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This book was adorable on so many levels. I loved the juxtaposition of blue-collar plumber guy and delicate pianist getting together. Both men were sympathetic characters, and I was rooting for them.

Artie, especially, with his love of music and awkward attempts at Googling French words, was everything that's right with the world. I got a big kick out of his family too. When his mother revealed her secret reading pleasure, I giggled madly.

Tara Lain is an experienced author and writes with ease.
Okay, first of all I'm gonna start off by saying that this was an ARC I won in a give-away, and I feel really bad about my rating, but it was just not a good match for me, unfortunately.

I've enjoyed some of Tara Lain's stories, and when the give-away in exchange for a review popped up on the Facebook, I jumped on the chance because HOLY MOLY a nice cover and a good-looking cover model (I'm pretty blind to covers mostly, but this one really caught my eye!)
BUT back to the story and the things that
Emily Seelye
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Generally fluffy and sweet story about a plumber/construction worker who falls in love with the pianist whose house he is building. Reminiscent of Billy from Knight of Ocean Avenue, but no worries, that’s where the similarities between the stories end.

I really enjoyed Artie and Francois’ story. Artie wasn’t quite as clueless about his sexuality as Billy, but he was closeted and scared to come out. Once he meets and falls in love with Francois, he knows a love that special needs to be lived out
Oh my.

This story (and the narrator) spoke to the squishy underbelly of my heart. The bit that soaks up all the romance candy regardless of realism, in fact, that’s the bit that thrives on the fantastical OTT bits of romance. Tara Lain knows how to write those stories for me. They aren’t crazy OTT by any means, but they are heavy on the rom com feel so they are really fun to escape into and just flow with the love.

The Love You So series is all of this in a pretty, pretty nutshell. Firstly, ther
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m

Very sweet and cute, Artie is very special and I won't forget him. I thought the third act was a little rushed but over all good.-
Joyfully Jay
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Love You So Special is the third book in the Love You So series, but fully enjoyable on its own. This is a sweet little story that got a wee bit melodramatic for me. Francois’ agoraphobia is a real thing, and Artie becomes a bit of a protector to Francois—both at home and at the concert hall. Together they make sense, even though Artie is afraid to come out. The melodrama stemmed from some stalkers who can’t leave Francois be. So, it didn’t make sense when Francoi
Well this was a sweet way to spend an afternoon...full review to follow soonish!

Oh this was just adorable wrapped up in more adorable...

Artie's a blue collar worker and he knows there's so much more out there in the world, but it's not for 'average hard working people like him' but when circumstances conspire to present him with the opportunity to hear just a little of the music that makes his heart soar and brings him to life...Artie's no fool either he doesn't pass up the chance to . I rea
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really enjoyed so many aspects of this story, there were some things that just really bothered me as well. Overall, it was a very sweet romance that proves that opposites attract.

Artie is a blue collar kind of guy. He's the first in his house to graduate high school and he's built his life around hiding the fact that he's gay. From the clothes that he wears to his profession of plumber, no one knows. Well, that's not entirely true. His fish know everything about Artie.

Francois is a music
Niki Driscoll
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Another great story about not judging a book by its cover. Artie is a mans man, blue collar, works hard and drinks a bear now and then. However, he is in the closet afraid if he comes out he will lose his family he helps support and his job. Artie loves music, it talks to him and attracts him like a moth to flame. Francois is a sheltered composer/pianist who struggles with crowds due to a traumatic experience in his past. Francois is drawn to Artie because he listens to his music and understands ...more
The final book in the series, Love You So Special was another incredibly sweet, lower angst romance. I found the characters in this book to be a bit more intriguing than the previous couple, and I appreciated that the pull between them felt a bit more authentic this time around.

Once again the author pairs an unlikely couple who ends up fitting very well together. Love You So Special features two interesting characters with fully developed backgrounds, and I quite liked both Francois and Artie.
4.25 stars

This is my favourite so far in the series. It features Artie the plumber who we met in the previous book and it was lovely to get to know him better.

I loved how Artie and Francois got to know each other and how intuitive Artie was to understand the help Francois needed when things got out of hand for him.

Artie needed the little bit of self confidence that Francois gave him, it also allowed him to open his eyes and ears and hear it when people told him how great he was. I really enjoye
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say that Tara's books are a must read for me.

She is giving us another opposites attract love story that will make you smile.

Artie is a easy going normal guy who just wants to live his life. He is gay but not out and doesn't see any reason to come out. He works as a plumber and is at a job when he hears beautiful music that makes his heart sing. When he listens to it, it makes him think he can do anything. When he hears some beautiful music coming from a piano one night he wants to know
Review to be posted on release day :)

This was another lovely book in this series of guys discovering themselves and who they really are.
Artie hasn't had the breaks in life - he's just kind of done what's expected of him and taken care of his family as much as he can. He's good at his job and he likes doing it right. He's pushed down his attraction to men because he's been taught it will bring him trouble - with his family, with his co-workers, with his clients. He has this wonderful friend Don
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series so far and the different characters that we are introduced to.
Here we meet Artie, a plumber, general handyman and closeted gay man, and Francois, a famous composer and pianist who suffers from a fear of crowds and seems to have a issue with a fan.
Two very different men somehow come together over their love of Francois's music and the feelings they evoke in each other.
This is such a lovely story. You can't help but adore Artie, he just wants to help everyone. He seems se
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artist-creative, arc
Artie and Francois have my heart! I adored this story and these MCs. I knew I wanted Artie's story after he gave Dusty a wink and asked him out in the last book and I am so happy that the author put him with Francois. In each book of this series, the author does an amazing job of really assigning characteristics to characters who you may not think would have them. Artie was precisely one of those characters. He was a plumber, and while you could tell he was intelligent, he clearly did not thi
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute romance, but definitely a whirlwind one.

Once the MC’s start to have feelings for each other, everything just goes incredibly fast. I feel like they skip a few steps in the whole let’s get to know each other process. I would have liked it better if the author had given them a bit more time to fall in love.
François and Artie are very sweet together though, and do have a great connection, however fast it came about.

I did really like that music was so important to both men. It
Erica Fisher
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love You So Special by Tara Lain was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Two men two different worlds. Francois from an affluent life filled with music and his mother. Artie From a middle class life and family is a plumber by trade. Two men who may have never met if not for Artie working in a music hall and hearing what he heard as music of his soul before taking the job with Madame whose pickiness over those who were working on their guest house. Only to find the one who made the musi ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)


Artie's afraid to come out, but for Francois, he just may do it. These two opposites are perfect for each other - the pianist and the plumber. Sounds like a trite fairy tale but Artie and Francois are so sweet together that I couldn't help but fall for them and felt for Artie as he struggled with his identity.

ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for an honest review.

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Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tara has a really nice way of bringing to life such interesting and real people. I adored Artie, the plumber/ handyman/ knight in shining armor. He is a stand up guy just going through life doing the best he can. He stands up to the dragon - François's mom Juliette - and rescues Francois from evil kidnappers just like a knight should.

I rode the wave of super happy oh that's so awesome down to what the heck went wrong and then back up to awwww with this one. The writing is smooth, the storyline
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC in a contest and have not read the first two in the series.

However, it stands on its own two feet. Artie & Francois are a great couple of opposites attract at surface level, but what really made them click for me is that they have all kinds of commonalities under the surface. As Artie's fish show off one aspect of how colorful he really is in his constrained life so does Francois's personal music push the boundaries of conventions.

I liked how the characters mature
Kirsty Mckenzie
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book very much. Artie was one special character, he has a heart of gold and a mind like no other. Francois is a brilliantly tallented piano genius, I actually wished I could hear him play in real life, just by the way his music was described it sounded like it would make you cry.
I couldn't get enough of this book, what two sweet and beautiful characters it had just had me from page one. This ks is a book you should not miss because if y
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story from the beautiful man on the cover to the very last page. There are different kinds of smarts. Francois Desmarais piano prodigy was home schooled and introduced to the best life has to offer. Plummer Artie Haynes was brought up in a blue collar home and public schools. But Artie and Francois can each teach the other. I fell for these two young men and totally enjoyed their story. This story is filled with a terrific cast of characters and will leave you with a smile and a
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that I love about Tara Lain’s books are the characters from the very first line you just fall in love with them... There is very little angst and fun to read. In this one Artie is a plumber/carpenter and falls for a classical pianist. Two different worlds come together in a sweet fun read. Artie and Francois made me laugh and smile and cry. Well written and rounded characters and story.
Elaine Gray
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Love You So Special was so sweet and Romantic. Both of the MCs are insecure about certain aspects in their lives, and that makes them so hard to trust and love to someone else. Artie is the perfect fit for Francois, and Francois is the perfect fit for Artie. I love the fact that they both were able to bring the best in each other. I know Francois mother always had his best interest at heart but didn't know how to show it. I guess you can this rags to riches love story or enemie ...more
Cynthia Osborne
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story of two individuals falling for each other despite their roots. Artie is a blue collar working man and Francois is a musician of classical music and privilege. But together they show each other more of love and understanding than anyone else in their lives.

Recommend it to anyone loving on opposites attract.

I did get an Arc for a review
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gromance
This was very well-written and sweet. Perhaps not the most realistic storyline but nobody reads romance novels for realism. This story really shines with regards to its characterisation. Artie especially is a great character and a perfect match for Francois. I loved the detail of the characters' backstories and Don was an excellent secondary character, even better than Madame. I loved the slight twist at the end and the shout-outs to some other authors, it was a very nice touch. This is recommen ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series.
Great story and characters.
I hope there will be more books in this series.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Love You So Special is the third book in the Love You So series by Tara Lain. This book was just as cute as the first and second book in the series. And for another couple of hours, I was transported to the world that the author has created instead of sleeping like I should have been doing. But I regret nothing. Sleeping is overrated anyway, and I would much rather be reading a good book. And I know that I’ll always get a good sto
Morgan  Skye
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audio, reviewed
This was so awesome! The story is very sweet and very touching. I’m not always crazy about Tara’s dialog – her characters sometimes feel really old fashioned in their speech – but it didn’t bother me much with this one. She is really good at giving us the Blue collar meets white collar guy and this one reminded me a lot of her “Knight of Ocean Avenue” – which is one of my favorites!

I loved the music and color imagery as well as the surprising way everyone acted and turned out. It was a bit sugar
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