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Taking you Home

(Boys of Summer #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The man on his arm isn’t nearly as scary as the man in the mirror.

Hunter Willis’s “Guy Town” passport was stamped and in as good working order as his Harley. Like a good Midwestern jock, he’d ride that manly machine to his construction job every day, even throw back a few beers with the boys. Hockey and baseball filled out his single-dude weekends.

Then, summer heat worked
ebook, 1st Edition, 177 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Samhain Publishing,LTD. (first published January 3rd 2011)
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☆ Todd

35% in and I didn't see the book taking that sharp left turn into cross-dressing.

Then it's Maxine, Maxine, Maxine, Maxine, Maxine, Maxine...



Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

A little more nostalgia...

Well this was an interesting experience. When I saw Cooper Davis's 'Boys of Summer' and 'Taking You Home' on audio I was just too tempted so I snapped them up and Brian Pallino was the narrator for both books and he did a solid job on both of these stories. I liked the voices he gave the MCs and the other characters were also well the interesting part for me was the story itself.

It's been a few yea
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Taking You Home is the sequel to the wonderful Boys of Summer. You can easily read this novel without the first one but you get more context if you read both so it’s recommended but definitely not required. The sequel is written in much the same vein as the original story where the conflict isn’t internal but external. The conflict isn’t within the relationship – nor was it last time – but now that Hunter is over his issues being labeled as gay, the two have to get Max’s family over the issues a ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m

The writing wasn't bad - but I grew deeply impatient and irritated with the tendency of the protagonists of this story to act like adolescent girls, or at least to act out many adolescent girls' fantasy of love, in everything from the clear "girl" of the couple saving his "virtue" for his one true love (though to be fair, that was primarily in the prequel) to tiresomely repetitive gushings of "I love you" every time they're in bed together, to the "bride" of the couple spending months poring
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, gay, romance, ebook, done
This sequel to Boys of Summer was a very good m/m romance that continues the story of Hunter and Max as they deal with Max's family and Hunter works to adjust to the idea of himself as not straight.
Feb 16, 2011 added it
Shelves: m-m, romance, contemporary
I picked up this book because I'd read the previous book, Boys of Summer and loved it.

This story takes place a few weeks after the end of Boys of Summer. Hunter, our first person narrator, has proposed to his lover Maxwell and they intend to get married in the spring. The story then takes us on that journey of about six months leading up to their wedding as the men deal with Maxwell's family and share their secrets with each other.

As I said, I really liked Boys of Summer. It's much shorter than
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
While I liked the first book "Boys of Summer", I find this sequel, sort of, redundant. It would have been better if it's a short story to let curious readers of the first book to find out what happened after the HFN.

I like Hunter's voice and narration and it's almost the one element that got me through the whole story. He's funny, loving, brave and sort of like a kid still full of wonders of life. But the story, while it carries some heavy, serious conflicts - coming out to your family, asking
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this sequel to Boys of Summer. There was a lot of depth to the characters and a lot they each needed to work through. Things that were just touched upon in Boys of Summer were delved into and fully resolved in this book. By the end, I really had the feeling Hunter and Max were truly meant for each other and that they would be together forever. I could feel how much they loved each other. And it had the same sweet romantic vibe as the 1st book. That being said, I felt the middle dr ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
4 stars. Really enjoyed this one (more than the first book, actually). Hunter and Max are just so much in love. I felt like the story dragged a little in the middle (not that it wasn't interesting, I just wasn't sure what else they had to work out between them). Loved the characters, the sex was smokin', and besides my slight niggle, thoroughly enjoyed the story. Recommended! (though you should read the first book in the series first!)
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt, fiction
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Morgan  Skye
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Boys of Summer and in a way it’s the bigger of the two books. In book one – we see how they met and the process they took to becoming a couple. We see a some of their angst – especially Hunter’s – as they go from identifying as “straight” to a gay relationship.

This is Maxwell’s journey. We meet his family, learn about his early forays into reading gay mags and wearing his sister’s dress. Together, he and Hunter face the family displeasure and disdain and then we see it gra
Stacey Jo
This is a fantastic sequel. Hunter has proposed—it was a very sweet proposal—and Max is excitedly planning the wedding. They couldn’t be happier in love and have a better life, until Max takes Hunter to meet his family. Hunter is the man of his dreams and he’s the happiest man in the world, so his family will be happy too, right? He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Despite Max’s dad trying to get Hunter out of the picture, and Max being broken hearted over his family not accepting him for who he i
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, way-too-hot, romance
uh, uh... What to say about this book? Well, let me be honest here - main reason why I read Boys of Summer and Taking You Home - I just wanted to understanand this whole homosexualty thing. How do you know that you like boys (or girls)? Why? Is it like when you're gay, you don't find girls attractive at all? And I'm still confused about crossdressing. (If you don't like girls, why some of you get all worked up over boys dressed like girls?) Maxine did help me to understand this topic better, but ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Taking you Home" is the follow-up of "Boys of Summer." I would highly recommend reading it beforehand, but Taking you Home is a stand alone book. (Note: I bought TYH not realizing it was a Sequel. Two paragraphs in and I'm thinking this is way to familiar.)

This is an enduring, heart-felt story that follows Maxwell and Hunter. Max is taking Hunter to meet his parents and announcing their engagement to his family. Let just say it doesn't goes as they hoped. Five Stars
Jan 07, 2011 added it
This is the sequel to Davis's first novel, BOYS OF SUMMER, and I have to say, I love TAKING YOU HOME even more! Layered, complex, emotional, passionate--it's everything I want in a romance. I'm savoring every word!
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
... plus 5 stares more - it's a great story that cries for a sequel...
Lane Hayes
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story. Meeting the family is always a nerve wracking ordeal made even more so when your partner doesn't conform to society's ideals. It's more than will they like me, will they accept me, but will they even acknowledge our relationship. This is the reality for Hunter and Max.

Max’s family are not convinced that Max is gay let alone in love with Hunter. Hunter hasn't even told his Aunt that he's gay, and now he has to introduce Max as his fiancee as they plan their marriage ceremony
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
While I loved the first one of the Boys of Summer, this one didn't work quite as well. Honestly at some points I had to stop and think about Maxwell - is this the same guy? The confident trader doesn't really make an appearance here. Lots of family drama that was resolved a little too easily for me as well.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-mm
3.75 stars
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book didn’t work for me at all!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Mediocre, overly dramatic story. Narrator has a nice voice--unfortunately, he rarely varies it, making it difficult to tell who is speaking.
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Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

5 Stars

I’ve been in love with Hunter and Max since the first time I read this book. Reading it for the fifth time only makes me love this couple even more. If you read my review for Boys Of Summer, you know that I read this book first and then discovered book one. While that normally would have upset me with these guys I read BOS knowing so much more about them and knowing how their story ends so it was pretty gratifying. Even after reading numerous M/M b
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent depiction of emotion, but I wish it weren’t so jumpy

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- Hunter’s mix of emotions as he navigates a lot of awkward, unfamiliar situations is well depicted.
- The book has quite a few pithy statements scattered throughout that made me pause to appreciate them. Example: “Sometimes I wonder if I’m nothing more than the sum of who they both were. Even worse, I worry that I don’t add up nearly so well, that
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually give this book 3.5 stars. This is the sequel to Boys of Summer, which I also loved. I was happy to see that this book was a lot longer than Boys of Summer.

This books a much deeper part of the that we didn't see in the first book. I was actually quite shocked to find out just how many insecurities Max really has. In Boys of Summer he came off as this debonair and confident gay man. In this book it is a complete 180. He has so much anxiety...not about Hunter but abou
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
It’s smooth sailing...unless life intercedes and life always intercedes.

I’m new to the work of Cooper Davis, but let me tell you, I’m glad I chose this book. Normally I’m not really one for reading first person POV, but in this book, Cooper Davis writes with such tenderness and emotion that I couldn’t put it down. I love a story with sticky sweet romance and strife. This book fits the bill.

Both men had me smiling and wanting to bawl in a good way. It was nice to get into Hunter’s head and see
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I usually don't read straight romances - I need me some ass-kicking action most times. But after reading the quick short story Boys of Summer, I wanted to learn more about Hunter and Maxwell's relationship. I really like the way this book unfolded because it starts with Hunter talking about their wedding, and then it steps back into various points in their relationship. From the first day they met and were introduced by Veronica, Hunter's girlfriend, and the fact that Hunter - straight
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Ana
I loved this sequel to Boys of Summer even more than I loved the original. These two are now on top of my favorites list.

Maxwell and Hunter are beautiful together. Now that Hunter has accepted that he's gay and in love with his best friend Maxwell, he's out of the closet, way out and happily in love. So in love that he and Maxwell are getting married. What happens along the way is what the story is about. We get glimpses of both of their childhoods and we get Maxwell's family of origin, both th
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This continuation of Max and Hunter's story was every bit as sweet and romantic as the first book. In this story, while preparing for their commitment ceremony, both MCs are still getting to know one another while also trying to accept those parts of themselves that they seemed to struggle with (Hunter is acknowledging himself as bi while Max comes to terms with his cross-dress leanings). At the same time, Max still looks for acceptance from his family, especially his father. I'm not sure why th ...more
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