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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  105 reviews
When Daniel's invalid landlady asks for his help preventing a possible suicide from the clifftop near their home, he doesn't want to disappoint her. So he grits his teeth, picks up his camera, and goes out to play the Chinese tourist. He's done it before: befriended the lonely, lured them away from the danger zone, acted as a safety net. This time, the figure staring out t ...more
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Published September 22nd 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 2010)
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Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4 stars.****Review posted March 23, 2014

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His whole face had changed from the moment I'd handed him the camera. Back near Connie's house, apart from the brief flash of grief, his expression had been devoid of emotion. Now there was full focus. After a while the intermittent glimpses of almost frightening intensity whenever he lowered the Pentax became too much for me, so I gazed out to sea instead.

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"You're probably just like all the others--see the outside and assume the rest."
"But it's the
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
2.5 round up for the lovely cover.

I couldn't connect with the characters. I didn't feel the chemistry. The time frame of the entire story is less than 24 hours. It felt totally incomplete.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vio by: Td
4.5 stars
Loved it so much a beautiful and gorgeous romance with so many layers and treasures to uncover. Daniel absolutely smashed it with that brilliant diva queen performance it truly was perfectly done and hilarious too, exactly what was needed that little bit of fun to lift the mood. Thanks Td for the rec it was a lovely romance even if there were a few tears shed. Highly Recommended!
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I happened to snag this novella awhile back when it was a freebie. Safely tucked away in my ‘need to read’ collection it began to gather dust. Feeling guilty for the neglect, I pushed it to the front of the list. Now I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I think it was the blurb that left me feeling ‘meh’. It didn’t snag my attention or swoon me in any way. It should be noted that suicide is definitely a factor here, but it’s more the emotional aspect and the recovery of the survivors th ...more
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Lovely Red Cheongsam Stars!

“Oh, sweetie, you’ve made my day and I haven’t even started taking the hormones yet"

Dannii most definitely rocked that red cheongsam dress!

And when he struck that pose.....LMAO...making sure that the split in that dress continue to flow flawlessly.

Oh, yes, rocked it!

But, this book has more to offer than a sassy red cheongsam dress!

It has one the most beautifully writen poignant quotes I have ever read.

“Sometimes you don’t have to jump off a cliff to die. You c
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story idea, excellent execution, albeit a bit too fast-paced. Still, one of the most enjoyable and intelligent reads I had in a long while!
A.B. Gayle
Sep 23, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
As I wrote this book. I really shouldn't rate or review it. I do however want to say how indebted I am to my beta-readers Kei Chan for helping me find the right cover image and Don and Kate for steering me away from the cliff edge, keeping me to the path. Thanks guys. Finally to Dreamspinner Press for publishing it and being so supportive along the way.

I know Author's aren't supposed to "explain" their books, but a number of people have commented about the unrealistic element of the short time f
A.J. Llewellyn
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
What a wonderful book! I was 'caught' myself from the second Daniel spots a suicidal man lingering too long on a cliff's edge, but must change out of his "I'm two people short of a threesome" T-shirt before he goes to intervene.
He is quirky, unusual and totally captivating.
There is so much nuance in this story, so much detail, each weighted word works to put you in the hearts of this troubled pair.
I felt as if I were along from the ride when Daniel distracts a depressed, angry, suicidal Taylor
Kaje Harper
An excellent little story about a young man who goes out to try to be a Good Samaritan and lure away a possible suicide jumper, and finds himself falling for the man. Daniel is a wonderful character and Taylor, the man he tries to save from himself, has interesting depths and quirks. The sudden attraction between them, moving from pure sex to something more over a night of shared interests and emotions, is very well done. Another nice complete story that I wish had been much longer, just because ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Eepa
A very enjoyable story that takes place over a 24 hour period in Sydney, Australia. Daniel, a Chinese & US citizen is living with an elderly woman who's room looks out over a place that is commonly used by suicide jumpers. When she spots someone who appears to be very forlorn and a possible suicide attempt, Dannii assumes his role - that of an oriental tourist whose just strolling along taking pictures. When he connects with Taylor, he convinces Taylor to walk with him to a nearby lighthouse to ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved it!! The blurb gives the impression of an easy read, but it isn't.

Daniel is a funny, sweet and caring person. Due to tragic events, Daniel meets Taylor who is still mourning for the loss of a friend. During the whole read, I had the feeling of sadness and loneliness living in both characters. And guilt!! Daniel's guilt for being gay in an Asian family and Taylor's guilt that he couldn't save his friend. The turning point for me was when Daniel decides to rescue Taylor from his ex Graham.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
This is a tiny bit below 5, but since I don't have that option here...
Masterful, skilled, smooth-flowing writing. Two multi-layered, finely drawn characters - Danii was deliciously sassy and yet so thougtful, while Taylor had this stick up his ass but wasn't above looking at things from a different perspective. Instant lust turning into
instant love isn't a plot I'm overly fond of; at least they didn't IMMEDIATELY commit. All in all a very good and entertaining read, totally likeable characters
Most shorter length books leave me frustrated, but this was wonderful. I admire the skill it takes to say so much with so few words, every sentence adding to the story perfectly. I like that we see more of Daniel and Taylor in Leather + Lace, and I hope we see more of them in future books.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

(read in June, 2014)

I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy this book. As the blurb says, Danny and his landlady/friend, Connie, work together to thwart suicidal people from throwing themselves from the cliff that their ocean-side home sits next to. Apparently it’s a popular jumping spot for the desperately unhappy.

While suicide is definitely a part of the plot, it’s really about this lovely young Asian man who has convinced himself that he must hide his real self from the world. Dan
Sammy Goode
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A. B. Gaye was a new author for me. I approached this book full of anticipation as the person who recommended it to me was someone whom I trusted to steer me in the direction of a good read. I could not have been more wrong--a good read??? No, a FABULOUS read!! This was a soft, romantic story of two lives that had been broken by loss, regret, and ex-lovers who had failed to see their worth. Both MC's, Danny and Taylor, ebb and flow onto the page with back stories that have shaped their lives and ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing to see what this author could do in 122 pages with a story that takes place in roughly 36 hours.

Daniel, so sweet and willing to help. Taylor, fierce and bossy. Connie, the "mastermind" behind it all. Graham, so hateful and perfectly put in his place by Dannii. Ahhh, Dannii. My only regret upon finishing this story is that I would have liked to spend more time with her. The scene with Graham and Taylor is worth putting on film. I'd pay good money to see it acted out by someone with
Bryl Tyne
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very moving story. I must say, I was hesitant to read this, but after reading the blurb, part of me pressed to just go for it... I tend to avoid stories focusing on depression or suicide (for me, angsty stories should come with a warning label). I'm glad I did not avoid CAUGHT. I would've missed out on an amazing read.

I loved the complexity of the characters, depths I had to peel away in order to get to know more about them as I went along. Gayle's writing was near flawless, which was a plus. Bu
Lou Harper
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, aussie
Probably 4.5 stars, but I rather round up than down.

Caught is an exceptionally enjoyable story; the prose is deft and the characters are captivating from the start.

I enjoyed the peeling away the protagonists secrets so much, that even the insta-love aspect of the story didn't bother me at all. Danny and Taylor come across strong and sexy, without tedious descriptions. It's an added bonus that Danny is Asian. There should be more interracial pairings in mm fiction. And more Aussie stories. Yeah,
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This is an enjoyable shorter length story that doesn't feel incomplete. It has a nice location, Sydney Heads in Australia, atmosphere & a slight suspenseful air about it that makes you want to learn more about the characters. It takes place over a short space of time so it does have an instant love feel to it and Taylor's intensity & refusal to let go of Daniel would probably come across as a little scary in real life. But there's a dreamy quality to the story that makes this work. I read the au ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This story was a pleasure to read. Lots of emotion and heartache and ultimately a sense of hopefulness. There are also touches of humour and quirkiness.

I enjoyed the development of the characters over a very brief period as they open up to each other. It provides an interesting view of stereotypes and outward appearances, and looking beneath the surface. The detail provided by the photography and glimpses of emotion caught on camera, added another layer to the story.

This novella deals with suici
Matthew Vandrew
Oct 10, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked the whole setting - I think it was a brilliant idea. The connection between Danny and Taylor is intense and sometimes even a bit too much. Maybe the story didn't have to come to a conclusion so fast. The two characters were interesting enough to take their time.
More to like: secondary characters (Connie could have had more space!), sex scenes (surprise, surprise, I didn't skip them which means they were well written and were an integral part of the story), interracial relationship (there
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to SueM by: Mammarella
4.5 stars.

Although I usually don't choose to read shorter novels unless they're part of a series, this was chosen for me for a challenge. And I'm very glad it was.

Caught is a very good to excellent M/M romance novel set in Sydney, Australia. The main characters have excellent depth, and it is well written . Despite a story timeline of less than 24 hours, the author manages to make the rapid development of love seem possible, as the characters are thrust into a whirlwind of emotions, triggered b
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a novella I expected the events in the story to move quickly. The time frame is very short and the depth of the emotions the characters feel for one another moved as expected with in the time frame of a novella.

The characters are well developed, interesting, fun, sad and intense. The story revolves around suicide and the aftermath and how it affects those left behind. I liked the way the story started out vague regarding Connie's reasons for watching the cliff and why Danny is helping her. Th
Jess Candela
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, and found the strong connection believable. It had great internal consistency, so everything made sense within the context of the story. was a little too insta-lovey at the end for me. Either it needed to end with "we have a great connection we want to explore and see where it can go" or it needed to be longer to allow time for the connection to develop into love. ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to anyone who loves a great lgbt romance story
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I liked the premise of this book. Daniel lives near a cliff edge and works with his invalid landlady to help talk people down if they look like they might be contemplating suicide. Typically Daniel affects the aspect of a tourist since people are more inclined to open up to strangers that they know they will never bump into again.

This story revolves around Danny and his interaction with his latest "subject", Taylor. Taylor stares glumly at the cliff edge and Danny convinces Taylor to talk to hi
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Now this was good! I spent a sleepless night baby-sitting Rupert who is so not well and will visit the Vets this afternoon. Another Freebie download courtesy of DreamSpinners Press and unlike "Between Love and Honor", this novellette was extremely good.
Daniel, born in Australia to HK Chinese parents moves to the US as a child and returns to Australia as a young man. To take advantage of cheaper apartment rental, he assists an elderly lady, Connie in her "Suicide watch" from her apartment window
4.5 stars

such a touching and intimate story that let's the reader feel hopeful from beginning to end and rewards with an almost expected, but still perfectly sweet ending.

the sex was hot although very much not the focus of this story.

this is not a hardcore erotica or bdsm story. it does contain shadows of dominance and intimated kinks, but i wouldn't say they were primary in this at all.

this is a M/m *romance* and a very well written one. the darkness in this story has nothing to do with sex,
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tame by: Dreamspinner Press
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