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(High Rise #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Jeremiah Stewart’s sexuality is no one’s business. Not that he’s hiding it. When—if—he finds the right one, he’ll absolutely introduce him to Mom. But a late-night brush with a sexy stranger in too much lip gloss has him rethinking nearly everything…

To Collin Galloway, direction is a four-letter word. Sure, he hates his job, he hates living with his parents and he really
Published January 6th 2020 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Jeremiah grew on me over time, and though I struggled with the first 35% or so, I started to really enjoy it the farther along I read and the more I got to know these characters.

I've never read a book from Jayce Ellis before, and I found her writing style to be a bit clunky at first. Lots of telling and internal monologues, and lots of similes and metaphors that made passages feel a bit wordy and awkward. The plot is pretty slow, so I was struggling to get into the story for some time.
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: High Rise #1
Rating: 3 stars - it was good

One Sentence Summary: The first time Jeremiah Stewart sees Collin Galloway he's attracted but Collin pushes him away, that is until they keep running into each other everywhere they go.

Jeremiah was an interesting read, but I definitely liked the second half a lot more than the first half. The beginning just felt a bit lost for me, like there was another story going on under the surface (that we weren't being told) that made it hard to understand
Joyfully Jay
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I picked this one up because the blurb definitely piqued my interest. I’m a sucker for an MC who is only partially out, not ready to take that step with his family for a particular reason until he’s found someone he wants to really be with. Jeremiah embodies this as a character. He’s confident in who he is and what he wants, but he’s close with his family, and considering the history, it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to cause turmoil until it really mattered.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

DNF @ 26%

Content notes to 26%:
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Oof, okay, I’m getting real tired of DNFing arcs but I brought this one on
Cee Brown
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
(.*..•`A good read.*..*ˑ

Jeremiah. A book that had me all over the place. An interracial tale of a man who by sheer luck, fell for a man who was transitioning in life.

Collin met Jeremiah when the other man helped he and his friends one drunken night. From then on there were instances of meetings and wanting to get to know each other. However, both men were trying to find their way. Jeremiah, finding a job when his was about to go south and Collin, trying to navigate friendship, parents and HIS
Kate Douglas
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
A couple of nights ago I was scrolling through Twitter, trying to catch up on all the drama at RWA when in the midst of all the tweets, I spotted one by an author I’d not read before named Jayce Ellis, who tweeted, (and I hope it’s okay to quote her): “So, things around us continue to burn, but this is FINE! Why? Because my debut novel, Jeremiah, is live!!”

And after all the negativity I’d been reading, her comment just resonated with me, because, as writers, that’s what it’s all about. Getting
This is my first Jayce Ellis book, and honestly it took me a while to get into her writing style, as well as the overall flow of this book. There is a lot going on here, and it feels like only part of it makes its way onto the page. There is backstory and history hinted at, but not always revealed.

Jeremiah is a great character - he's an EMT in the Washington D.C. area with a large loving family. Jeremiah is out ... except with his family and while he is certain he'll one day proudly introduce
Content notes: Homophobia, scene of hazing

Jeremiah is book one in Jayce Ellis’ High Rise series and was a delightful story all about coming out, starting over, and keeping on. While the first half was rather rocky for me, the characters really shone through in the latter half.

I loved Jeremiah, in particular. His confidence in knowing what he wants--or going after what he may want in the future--just drew me (and Collin) in. He has to decide if coming out is worth the potential backlash from his
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This story manages to be both playful and gritty at the same time. It’s the story of a romance that builds between two New Yorkers from very different worlds. On the surface, Collin and Jeremiah couldn’t be more different. Collin is a rich kid who has spent his twenties underemployed and probably partying too much. In contrast, Jeremiah had to grow up far too fast. He works hard as a paramedic while supporting his
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I struggled with the beginning of this book. I might have dnfed it, but when I have a review copy I only do that if I absolutely cannot get through it. I’m so glad I held out because this book definitely picks up steam as it goes on. First off, what pulled me to this story in the first place is that one of the MCs is a POC, and that is so rare in the MM genre and really really needs to happen more often. It also didn’t feel like I whitewashed version of a POC character and that in
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
Sparks fly immediately between Jeremiah and the the cute, sparkly lip-glossed wearing white man Jeremiah meets as he helps get his drunk friends tucked safely away at home. But, duty calls and the overworked EMT doesn't catch the man's name. Well, at least not until the reconnect after one of the friends again needs medical assistance and a trip to the ER on the 4th of July.

Colin and Jeremiah both have huge decisions to make and dreams to catch in this lush debut romance from Jayce Ellis. The
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This story was right up my alley. I love reading about regular people with everyday jobs and lives. Jeremiah and Collin are dealing with problems in their lives that plenty of people deal with. Things like family expectations, feeling left behind as your friends move on to a new stage in life while you are stuck where you are and dissatisfaction at work. Things that were easy to relate to. The difficulties Collins has with
Shades N Pages
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jeremiah Review

Thank you Carina and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Jeremiah by Jayce Ellis. I loved the story and the journey it took me on.

Jeremiah is a MM interracial romance. In this story, Jeremiah is a paramedic living a double life. Due to a secret he stumbled upon as a kid, he keeps his sexuality a secret. With the exception of his sister Storm, his family isn’t aware of his life as gay man. While in an elevator, he meets Colin and their attraction is instant. Colin is a 29 year
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Jeremiah and would read more in the series. Interesting and likable characters. My only question/concern is that I got the idea that the author wanted race and culture to have an impact in this story but I didn't really feel that came through enough. There were brief plot lines that suggested this but none were explored too deeply. (Not that race needed to be an issue, by any means.) Good storytelling.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest
Veronica of V's Reads
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeremiah Stewart is in his mid-30s and an experienced paramedic working in the Washington D.C. area. He’s a black man who became the “man of the house” at the age of 6 when his father disappeared from their lives leaving his mother to raise the four kids, seemingly on her own. He is gay–out only to his best friend–and lives in a high rise condo. One hot June night he’s arriving home and finds a slender whit man with booty shorts, eyeliner, and lip gloss wrangling two drunk friends into the ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I mostly liked this romance, although the insecurity of one of the main characters was a little over the top for me at times.

The title character, Jeremiah, is a paramedic in DC who first meets his potential love interest, Collin, when Jeremiah winds up helping Collin get his drunk friends home safely to their apartment in Jeremiah’s building. Their paths keep crossing, and eventually they start a casual relationship. Jeremiah quickly realizes that he wants to a lot more with Collin, but there’s
A hard won 4 star read. The beginning was rather uneven reading. Really couldn't connect with Collin until almost 80% and then it was grudgingly. Not sure why. He was whiny, insecure and frankly, I didn't see Jeremiah's attraction. Also didn't quite get the family dynamics between Collin and his parents. It was never clear to me exactly what was driving the animosity. But Jeremiah! Loved him. Confident, funny, conscientious, family-oriented and uber sexy. His thing about waxing.. Whew! Has it ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to begin by saying that Jeremiah and Collin have one of the best meet-cutes. Jeremiah, who works as a paramedic, sees Collin struggling to get his two drunk friends back to their apartment. Not only does Jeremiah help, but he carefully puts Collin’s friend’s heels on top of a shoebox.

That’s when I knew that Jeremiah was a sweetheart, even if he and Collin didn’t immediately fall in love after that one scene. All I needed to know was that even though Jeremiah was exhausted, he still took
Paramedic, Jeremiah happens upon a sexy man one night when they're both returning home. Colin is trying to get his two drunk friends into their apartment. There's fire between the two of them when their eyes meet...but Colin, with his sexy lip-gloss seems reluctant to get involved.

Fast forward... and Jeremiah finds himself needing to look for a job due to takeover. In a twist-of-fate, he ends up bumping into Colin again and they agree to meet up to work on Jeremiah's resume.

I felt like this book
Becky Baldridge
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled with this first High Rise book in the beginning. Well, more like about 60% of the way through. There is a lot, and I do mean a lot, of internal monologue. So much so that it felt like I was never going to get to the romance. Jeremiah and Collin clearly have sexual chemistry, and I did start to warm up to Jeremiah when he seemed to prefer taking things slowly with some build-up to intimacy. The blurb hints at an out for you story, but really, the only time Jeremiah seemed to be ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great contemporary romance set in Washington, DC. I loved the characters about how they felt like it could have been a couple of my friends I was reading about. The voices of the characters felt like I was among friends. The setting of DC was well used in order to further the plot line. The various conflicts found through out the plot didn't feel forced or shoved in to create drama but rather reflected current day and pushed the characters to address themselves before carrying on with their ...more
Elaine Gray
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeremiah is a great book. I have never read a book by Jayce Ellis and they did a great job. Jeremiah and Colin are attracted to each other from the moment they meet. They both have issues. Jeremiah is not out to his family and Colin finds it hard to trust people and doesn't believe that anyone wants him especially Jeremiah.
They have great chemistry and their interactions make this a sweet and romantic book. There's some intense moments, especially between Jeremiah and his family. Chucky is a
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this one almost in one sitting and felt wonderfully satisfied at the end. I liked the leads and their romance, very nice balance of hot and tender and passionate and considered. I absolutely adored the rich world of secondary characters, friendships with real heft and emotional impact, awkward blossoming work friendships, family relationships that are both loving and challenging, all that was superb. I’m eager for the next book in the series.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable read. I really liked the personalities of Jeremiah and Collin. Their stories are relatable. Jeremiah’s open affection for Collin was so adorable to read.

Thank you Carina and NetGalley for the ARC!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. I was a little confused at first over Collin’s mixed signals, but it was worked out eventually.

I liked how Jeremiah and Collin got to know each other and grow closer.

TW for homophobia from both sets of family members, one that becomes violent
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Carina Press Romance Promise, Contemporary Romance, Male/Male, Male/Male Romance, Multicultural & Interracial Romance, LGBT Romance
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Sepia Reece
This book was well-written, has a good storyline, and likable, well-developed characters. I really enjoyed reading it.
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