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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Contemporary Gay Male Romance.

Konner was looking forward to learning more about his family heritage. What he found was his entire life was a lie. Even the worst mistakes can be forgiven

Konner O’Flattery, a passionate amateur genealogist, has finally gotten back the results of the DNA test he took. He’s been waiting months to uncover what mysteries his DNA has lock

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Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published September 28th 2018 by Eric Huffbind
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Karen Wellsbury
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, ku
I am struggling to know how to describe this book.
It could have been a lovely exploration of how finding out your adopted as an adult could lead to loss of identity and questioning what family means, adding some romance along the way - it wasn't.
The writing is very literal, there is no allowance for reader thought or understanding, so there are explanations of what is PTSD, what is kosher, how some Jews lived in Europe, just in case you didn't know these things.
The romance is also very bizarre,
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Emily Seelye
Sep 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: arc
DNF at 30%

Made it to first sex scene which came out of nowhere and had me laughing and cringing at language
Kathryn Manzella
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When taking a geneology site's DNA test, Konnor never thought it would lead him to finding out he was adopted and the last 30 years of his life was a lie. He also didn't expect it to lead to lead to a distant cousin who is a celebrity... and sexy, gorgeous, sweet and caring.  Aaron is willing to help Konnor trace as much of his family tree as possible in hopes of finding his new self identity. As they work together and get to know each other, the connection grows strong... and steamy.

A very int
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BOOKSISTERSWORLD BOOKSISTERS
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorit books in the contemporary romance world. The beautiful description of characters and the incredible attention Eric has for the emotions and intersections the characters experience, this story is an outstanding work of art. I loved how the DNA test and all the incredible expectations an the epilogue it has, are given a touch of humanity and a delicatessen that makes your heart flip flop all the time. Thank you for this amazing story, for the way the music and the pe ...more
Linda
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story.
Konner is looking to find his family after discovering he is adopted after getting the results from a DNA test. Aaron reaches out to Konner telling him he is a distant cousin. The two embark on a journey to find Konner’s family by finding which family member they share. An intense romance and a few dead ends lead to a surprising result.

I received this book as an advance reader copy and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review
Ann
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Konner is tracing his ancestry and decides to take advantage of a special offer DNA test to help him in his search. However, when the results are returned he is in for a shock. Now begins a search for his real past, dealing with what he considers to have been deceit and lies and making some surprising connections along the way to finding truth and love.
A beautiful story of heartbreak, love and forgiveness.
Karolina Cebula
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, in-english
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

*3.5 - 4 stars*

When Konner O'Flattery decided to take an Ancestry DNA test that would help him learn more about his family roots, he did not even suspect how important for him the results would be. Within an instant his whole life turns out to be build on a great secret that turns his entire world upside down. The young man begins to question everything he believed to be certain and true so far. For thirty years his parents hid from h
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Natosha Wilson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good read but I have to be honest and say that some parts of this read where on what I dare say as cheesy. That is not necessarily a bad thing but that did help to bring my rating down to a four instead of a five. The other factor was both of the main characters at some points in time ms or he other seemed mentally much younger then they actually was. But Konner really took the cake on that out of the two charcters. He reminded me more of a 18-19 year old on the temper tantrums he thr ...more
Grammy 1
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 ****Stars
Book: Distant Cousins
Author: Eric Huffbind
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rated: Mature M/M
Release date: Sept 28, 2018
Pages: 247

I saw this book on my Amazon feed. Distant Cousins looked interesting…I have never read a book from this author….annd Free on Kindle Unlimited!

It is Christmas time….I am writing this review December of 2018. As I write this review, I hear on my TV a commercial for ‘23 and me’ a company selling DNA information for 30 per cent
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Rick Lunkenheimer
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DNA test changes Konnor’s world

Konnor is a well-adjusted gay man with loving parents and four loving younger siblings. But then he takes a DNA test. Instead of the Irish Catholic he was raised to believe he was, his ancestors were Jewish, and he learns he was adopted, a secret his parents kept from his parents and siblings.

Feeling betrayed and out of place within his family, he goes on a journey to find his biological family through online ancestry boards. He receives an email from Aaron, a dist
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Jenn
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall I deeply enjoyed this book, the interplay of relationships, the very close knit O’Flattery family, the bond between Rebecca and Aaron ( then Rebecca, Benjamin, Simon & Aaron), Anna & Kenneth and lastly Samuel & Barry. I loved learning about genealogy and some tidbits of Jewish culture. But the relationships between the O’Flattery siblings and the blossoming to passionate love of Alex/David & Konner. The way they held each other up, called each other on their faults and stood by each othe ...more
Cheryl
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Konner had got the results in of his DNA from ancestry site. When it comes back with a surprising fact of his background, he goes to his parents for advice about it. Going on a goose hunt was how he felt when at first he was blocked from the St. Patrick's adoption agency closed then told him by state law both parties had to agree to release the information. When meeting Aaron a fourth cousin and also famed singer, togethe ...more
Faye K
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
💖 A beautifully written story about family secrets which eventually come out. Konner discovers something his family hid from him for 30 years tearing his world up side down. This story is so well written even I learnt things about DNA and genealogy which I'm very familiar with.  The emotions that Konner goes through in this story is everything from anger, sadness, trusting, love and more.
What Konner finds at the ends is a lot more than he thought he would. He also finds Aaron which he joins in
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Sharon Cox
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-relations
Three and a half stars

I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I had asked if I could review this book as I had just done my own DNA and found relatives I didn’t know that I had. The whole idea of using DNA to work out where we came from as well as finding relatives we knew nothing about intrigues me so I wanted to see what Eric Huffbind could do.
I quite liked the story but I did find it heavy reading. We are given a lot of information in this story but I think that I
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Dale
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know I was always loved unconditionally, but. Wow! What do you mean I was adopted?

This was a well written and a very emotional story. Being adopted I could identify very easily withe the characters. I thought this was a great story. This book made me laugh and also made me cry several times. It is amazing when adoptees are able to find their biological parents and siblings. Usually it is good, but sometimes not so much. This book however revealed the love and the strength that can develop in t
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Ann
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Main Characters: Konner & Aaron
I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author.
4 out of 5 stars
This is an m/m contemporary romance. Konner is 30 years old and just recently sent in his DNA kit. He has been raised in an Irish Catholic household with younger siblings. What a shock when he receives his results. This was a sweet romance when he meets Aaron who turns out to be distantly related to him. I like genealogy and this books contains some interesting
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Ken Cook
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here's a story that any one delving into genealogy would find fascinating. When the gay son gets his DNA testing results back, he finds he's adopted, which neither he nor his siblings knew. Shutting out his parents, he seeks his birth family through the relations that the genealogy site reveals. Distant cousins have similar interest in learning about thier family, so work wih the protagonist in uncovering his birth parents and half-siblings. Sett in California, particularly LA, tied into the voc ...more
Sallyann
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really really wanted to love this book, the story had such great potential but the mc’s were just so annoying. Konner acted like an absolute brat when he found out he was adopted, he was just awful to his parents. Then we have Aaron aka David Kirkman,pop star, mister call be Aaron I just want someone to love me for me, I’m jus a man then in his next breath I couldn’t possibly travel coach and “we’re stopping at the presidential suite”. I just couldn’t find any sympathy with either of them, whi ...more
Dara Nelson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
This was so intriguing and had a lot of potential but it fell a little short for me due to how clinical it was at times and at others the language was a little strange. The story is what I'd call a 'surface' tale - it's superficial and doesn't really delve deep into feelings or what's going on in the minds of these two men. This makes it feel a bit naive but it's still a worthy read and I did enjoy it. ...more
Crystal
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
This was an interesting story. The writing was very detailed, sometimes a little too detailed, but overall it was a good book. I learned a lot about DNA testing and how looking up your ancestry works and quite a bit about the history of the jewish background that I didn't know. My heart went out to Konner when he found out he was adopted and I was glad to see that he was able to find himself again. ...more
Charles Cohen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the truth makes life complicated

A 30 year-old man learns for the first time that the parents who raised him had adopted him at birth. Furious about what he believes to be their deception, he embarks on a journey to find out who he really is.

The author writes very well, avoiding most of the cliches often found in this genre. Although the book bogs down a few times, that doesn’t detract from its entertaining and meaningful story.
Brenda Moser
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book with strong characters and an interesting story line. The author does a great job building the story and pulls at your heartstrings dealing with adoption and wanting to know your heritage. He brings a sweet romance filled with tons of steamy passion along the way. It moves at a steady pace and is an enjoyable story.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given
W.S. Long
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Solid 4.5 star story

I loved this story. Although it started slow, the conflict between Konnor and his Irish Catholic parents after discovering who he really was what kept me turning the pages. This book had a touch of Jackie Collins’ story arcs. I wouldn’t be surprised if the author loved her books. There’s one scene towards the end that’s extremely moving, and rewarded the persistent reader, so bravo!
Book-Lovin-Momma
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Distant Cousins was a good M/M romance about family and love. I enjoyed the story, although at times the scenes were drawn out a little too long, maybe too much unnecessary detail, and some of the word choices were a bit awkward. But the story itself was good, and the message was a good reminder about unconditional love.
Garth Mailman
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The thirty-year-old oldest son of Irish parents discovers through a test that his DNA is 97% Eastern Jewish. Someone has some splainin’ to do.

The concept seemed good, the book is well edited, but the execution failed to draw me in and about a quarter of the way in I just lost interest. Somehow I just didn’t care about these characters and decided I had better things to do with my time.
Barbara M.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Distant Cousins: Contemporary Gay Male Rom...

OMG, what a wonderful story, it was absolutely amazing! Definitely a must read, you'll cry, laugh, and have a great lesson learned. Love is Love and there is no way around it. I absolutely love this Author and plan on reading more of his amazing writhing! So many thanks, Honey Bee 🐝📚💙🎶
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tammy rufo
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Konner and Aaron's story, especially what Konner went through, very original. i've had my dna done and nothing exciting happened. lol this was a really great read and i would def recommend. ...more
R M
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Campy and juvenile

Stopped reading at this: "Sweetheart, you have one hot dick and I've missed it. Tell me, how did you wind up with such a big penis." True story....that's after an I love you on the first date. I just can't.
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Maria771
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Konner and Aaron. Interesting plot. It took me awhile to get into the story but I liked it when it hooked me. Chemistry between them is amazing. Emotional ups and downs.

I received this book as an Arc.
Kaila
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
bein adopted this story pulled at me.. it was good story.. well written and had so many emotions. very good story
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Eric Huffbind is a man of many talents. He is a hopeless romantic, licensed registered nurse, has been a travel agent, and the eternal social butterfly. Among his passionate interests are history, genealogy, romance, and travel. Like so many other individuals, he has a long bucket list. On the list, to no surprise, was writing a novel. He pulls from a lifetime of raw emotions: be it love, happines ...more

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