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Hervé has Asperger’s, a specific kind of autism that makes him unable to interact with other people.

Luc has been severely scarred by fire and flees human presence to avert the way people glare and frown when they see him.

It was impossible for them to meet, but life sometimes likes to cheat the odds. Is it just a trick or a way to bring together two men who could be each
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Published January 6th 2020 by NineStar Press
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


Love on the Spectrum is a lovely, poignant story about two men finding each other in the most unlikely manner, falling in love, and sharing their imperfect lives together. As the parent of an adult son on the autism spectrum, I was compelled to read this story. Would I like it from a general reading standpoint? Would I like it from the perspective of someone intimately familiar with autism? Would it be an accurate portrayal? And how would it affect my enjoyment
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Tzipora
Oh, what a sweet and beautiful story! Hervé has Asperger’s and had been dumped by his last boyfriend due to his differences. He struggles with eye contact and the sounds and chaos of everyday life. Personally, I’d also say Herve has a serious anxiety disorder as well, something that often goes hand in hand with autism but in Hervé’s case seems particularly challenging because he stresses so much over his interactions with others and if he’s made a social faux pas or misunderstood someone. Both ...more
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We follow Hervè and get to see how he was when he was young, how he is now - how he meet Luc, we also get to know Luc and how he is and what life he's had. This is a story about two men finding each other in sort of impossible circumstances and fall in love with each other and share their lives together. Hervè and Luc has their own struggles and we see how it affect the both of them, and that love is strong no matter what, and i loved every page and seriously wish there where more!

As a added
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Emilie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I felt like this was written by someone for whom English was a second language. Indeed, Monsieur Nortan's first language is French. There's some phrasing I think would have been smoother in French, but perhaps a translation would not have gotten certain points across so well. The word susceptible or susceptibility was used in such a way that I think it means something quite different in French. The difference between "disfunction" and "dysfunction," important to a certain chapter, would not have ...more
Priscila
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll try to be as straightforward as possible, therefore I'll present you my review through bullets.

•This is Hervé's story, the story of a man in his early thirties that begins at the end of his relationship with Pascal, a person of whom we don't get to know much other than the fact that at some point he just couldn't bear with Hervé's condition. From the beginning we're told that our main character is a gay man with Asperger's syndrome. That's his condition.

•The way this story is narrated isn't
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Stacey
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at Pan/Cis LGBT2SQ+ Romance Reviews (https://pancis.wordpress.com/2020/01/...)


Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library LGBT2SQ+ romance ebook collections or neuroatypical ebook collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.

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Number of titles I have read by this author: 1

Love story speed:
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The Resistance Bookclub
* I received an ARC through Netgalley in return for an honest review *
This is probably the toughest review so far and it was only complicated by finding out the author has recently been diagnosed as autistic as well.
First the good things: It's a gay love story between an autistic and an allistic character which is very sweet, includes a meet-awkward and both of them help each other and genuinely like each other.
Now for the bad things: While the author sometimes gets things incredibly right or
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Charlotte
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hervé has Asperger's. He's working, living on his own...but still challenging himself daily with tasks his psychologist gives hm. Hervé struggles most with social interactions and physical contact. When he's overwhelmed by the sound and sensations around him, he shuts down.

Luc is recovering from an accident that has left him disfigured. When he first meets Hervé he won't go out unless he's wearing a hoodie. He's been called names, and the stares and expressions on peoples' faces are impossible
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Charlotte
Hervé has Asperger’s. He’s working, living on his own…but still challenging himself daily with tasks his psychologist gives hm. Hervé struggles most with social interactions and physical contact. When he’s overwhelmed by the sound and sensations around him, he shuts down.

Luc is recovering from an accident that has left him disfigured. When he first meets Hervé he won’t go out unless he’s wearing a hoodie. He’s been called names, and the stares and expressions on peoples’ faces are impossible for
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Zahira⚡️
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.*

This is a story about a grown accountant adult Hervé who struggles with Asperger syndrome. We follow his story -we kind of get a glance of his childhood and how he was treated at school- and his first meeting with Luc, a character living with scars on his face due to an accident. These two adults suffer a lot from their own trauma but their friendship helps them be a better version of themselves. It
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Sonja
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Hervé, a man living with Asperger syndrome, and the friendship - and eventual romance - that he develops with Luc, a neurotypical man who faces struggles of his own in the aftermath of a serious accident.

As the narrative shifts between Hervé’s childhood and his present-day life, a picture emerges of a person who has spent a lifetime being misunderstood and misunderstanding others, often with agonizing consequences. At work, he awkwardly tries to make a joke that is
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Amy Dufera
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alec Nortan's Love on the Spectrum expertly explores the difficulties with being on the spectrum; socially, work wise, and with dealing with the public. It's written with compassion and understanding, and includes some flashbacks to show Herve's struggles when he was younger.

The author does fantastic job illustrating the need to withdraw, and a few of the ways one can refocus to avoid a complete meltdown. I found myself impressed throughout.

This is a short story of two men who are different,
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Sam B
Jan 14, 2020 is currently reading it
I struggled a bit with this book. I went into it thinking it would be more about the developing romance between two characters and while that was a part of it, it wasn't necessarily the main focus. The main focus was Hérve and his Asperger's Syndrome and how that affected his everyday life. Not necessarily a bad thing, as it was well written, but not necessarily what I wanted from the story. I did also find bits a bit unbelievable and things seemed to happen for the effect of added drama (and in ...more
Stephanie Panach
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored this sweet story. Herve is an accountant living with Asperger’s syndrome. He is extremely smart and detail oriented but struggles significantly with social interactions and anxiety. The book gives us an in depth look at his life and everything he deals with.

Luc was in a serious accident of some kind that resulted in serious burns on his face and arm. As a result he has become essentially agoraphobic. When he meets Herve, he finds Herve’s directness and honesty to be exactly what he
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Ankita Singh
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Love on the Spectrum was absolutely adorable. Hervé's character was beautifully written and relatable to me in a lot of ways.


Hervé and Luc's relationship was sweet, endearing and so good. I loved reading their interactions, right from their first meet.


The narration was well-paced and engaging, both in the first person and the third person parts. Though I didn't think the scenes from Hervé's past were really necessary, I guess it gave me a deeper understanding of his character.


The only thing that
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Lala Albert
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. I love reading stories about neurodiverse characters and this one was very well done.

This is novella-length and it isn't steamy at all, but the characters were so well written and their relationship progression was incredibly heartwarming so this book had all the feels.
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A cute story about finding someone who loves you for who you are. The story is a bit rushed, but that's to be expected with the length. The insights into Herve's brain were interesting and educational. The little jumps to past events were a little weird but I can see why they were there.
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