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Ted of the d’Urbervilles

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Ted is an orphan, a young gay man living on the streets following the death of both his parents. Hope seems futile, though hope is exactly what he finds when a surprising email informs him that an unknown wealthy relative has died, that a reading of a will is soon to occur clear across the country. Ted will inherit something, but what that something is remains to be seen.

ebook, 195 pages
Published January 18th 2020 by JMS Bools
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Something different but uniquely Rob Rosen.

Loved it. It made me laugh. It made me feel. It's kind of crazy, but so am I. We fit.

It's also erotica with a story, and it's overwhelmingly feel-good reading.

There is a GFY relationship throughout, far from my favourite, but Ted and Benny are like the flipside of the same coin. Rob Rosen makes it work... I can't say anything more because that would be a spoiler. However, if you like your romance served up as one guy meets the other and that's it, th
What a pleasantly quirky read...

I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
I'm flabbergasted.

Is it an MM romance? Is it erotica? Is it a mystery?
I think so, but so different and so incredibly unique in its interpretation of what's familiar.

This is the story of Ted. Ted who became homeless at 17 after the loss of his last remaining family member, his father. It's been 6 years and he's... he's still alive, can pass as a hipster and has wifi connection. Things could be worse.

"You never hit rock b
Ulysses Dietz
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ted of the d’Urbervilles
By Rob Rosen
JMS Books, 2020
Four stars

I picked up this book because of a recommendation. As I started to read it, I had the terrible idea that it would actually be LIKE Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” I’ve only read one of Hardy’s novels, (Jude the Obscure), and quit that two-thirds of the way through because I realized (correctly) that it was going to have a horribly unhappy ending. As is Hardy’s wont. Fortunately, this book didn’t turn out the way I feared. On
Joyfully Jay
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

While there are some very serious themes in the story (homelessness, abusive parents, suicide), Ted himself is a rather bouyant character. He knows his lot sucks (he’s living off ketchup packets and other people’s leftovers or straight up dumpster dining). But he describes himself as having hope. I think this attitude is reflected in a lot of Ted’s actions. He thinks nothing of hitchhiking with strangers. He thinks nothing of derailing his schedule to help Benny
Sarita Chapdelaine
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is an amazing story that is well written, quirky, sweet, hilarious, gritty, intense, sexy, emotional, heartbreakingly sad, full of hope, has incredible characters and an intriguing storyline. I loved everything about it and I could not put it down. I was fully engaged from the very first page and I laughed and cried all the way through until the sweet and perfect ending. Ted embarks on a journey across the country after receiving an e-mail about a family connection he had never heard of. Al ...more
I haven't read anything by Rob Rosen before, but let me tell you, I won't hesitate in the future. First of all, a warning to those of you who might be looking for a "typical" M/M romance book - this is not that book. However, this is a great erotic no el, filled with humor, authentic characterizations, and a mystery. It's a very loosely based kind of retelling of Tess of the D'urbervilles.

Twenty-three-year-old Ted is living on the streets when he receives an email )on a stolen iPad) letting him
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kink, m-m, reviewed
Ted and Benny are homeless. They meet as Ted is trying to get to New York from California with six dollars in his pocket, to claim a maybe inheritance. Benny is a drug addict, he is also straight except when he needs drug money, then he’s flexible. They quickly become codependent. Neither man has issues with stealing whenever it furthers their travels to the city.

The book is odd to say the least. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. Benny continuously tells Ted he loves him just not that way an
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Has to be, bar none, the most unique M/M romance novel I've ever read. And though this story is about two homeless men, Rosen turns their plights into a beautifully rendered tale of hope and love, with a huge helping of humor. Not to mention, lots of hot sex, and a cool mystery that unfolds into an awesome ending. ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it seven stars if I could. Loved it! ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is brilliant! Ted and Benny are the kind of endearing, flawed characters you can't help but to cheer on, no matter how dubious their choices. I loved them to the point that I applauded their ingenuity and stretched morals,if only because they stayed safe on the streets.

Their journey put me through the whole gamut of emotions. And while the book might slightly border erotica, Ted and Benny have a deep,intense connection,and a relationship as unique as their personalities. With an added
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd one for me, really odd. I love the plot of the story but what made everything odd was the ‘friendship’ between Ted and Benny. Benny claims he’s straight and Ted is uber gay, but even though Benny only ever had sex for money, he has no problems doing it with Ted, but he supposed to be straight. It’s just so off. You will have to see for yourself.
The plot of the story itself, I loved. Ted is homeless and an orphan, after losing his parents. And although he’s 23 now, it’s still left
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Suze by: Won from author on JoyfullyJay
Well, not sure how you would categorise this book, but definitely a bit out there! Probably somewhere 3.5/4*
Easy to read and engaging as I have found all the stories I have read by Rob Rosen.
Ted surfs through life despite the shit hand he has been dealt. It could all go even more wrong than it has but he remains (naively) upbeat.
With the good fortune of meeting Giselle and Chuck, he then encounters Benny and becomes the saviour instead. Much luck and guile, from Benny mostly, they wend their way
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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From that review:Rob Rosen has given me werewolves, unforgettable drag queens, drag queens zombies apocalypse, romance and intergalactic oddities, and now it's his take on the classic Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Tom Hardy.  By that I mean a spin on family, society, class levels, and one's place within it.  Here woen heavily with sex, pathos, intrigue, and an ending Tess herself
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adorable, punny, fun. A there/their mistake, but otherwise, a fun romp.
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Multi-award-winning and best-selling author/editor/anthologist Rob Rosen is the author of Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, Midlife Crisis, Fierce, And God Belched, Mary, Queen of Scotch, and Ted of the d'Urbervilles. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. ...more

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