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Talker's Redemption

(Talker #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,996 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Tate Walker's past is too painful to just disappear, even if his dream boy, Brian Cooper, is there to hold his hand. Brian does his best, but Talker-always good at avoiding his own pain-is having a hard time facing the truth about what happened when he trusted the wrong man at the wrong time. When that truth resurfaces and lands Brian in the hospital, Talker is forced to m ...more
ebook, 92 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 18th 2011)
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Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-gay, romance
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I'm trying to do a joke about something very serious....because if I don't do it I'll never stop crying.

The first book is all about Brian feelings and his point of view was amazing Talker (Talker, #1) by Amy Lane

Now the second is cruel... It's Tate, aka Talker time to tell his story, and it's all about that.... The courage to go on, when you are down and thinking is time to give up you must look around, and find something that will give you courage... To live and to love.

Perfect book. Seems impossible but
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Ok, I thought the first one was sad and a heartstrings-tugger ( is that a word?) anyway, I was wrong, that was nothing compared to this one.
Talker is finally (forced) to really work through the trauma and pain and despair from book 1 and then as if that wasn't enough, evil incarnate comes back again to wreak even more destruction on Talker and Brian.
Like the first book, it is told alternating between the here and now and the past.
*sniff* book three better be worth it, I want a huge payoff f
Okaaaay, this just upped the ante.
I thought my heart was hurting before but I had no idea what was coming....
Talker's past collides with his fragile future.
Brian pays the price.
Talker must dig deep and find strength he doesn't know he has...but when it comes to Brian he will do ANYTHING.
This was hard but worth it.
Book 3? Yes please!
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Talker was one of the strongest and the most beautiful stories from the pen of Amy Lane that I have read so far. The first book tells the story from Brian's point of view (using 3rd person writing) as he falls in love with Talker and desperately tries to save him ...

This second book, in alternate, tells the story from Talker's point-of-view, six months into their relationship. Brian is trying to help Talker to deal with his Worst. Date. Ever (Talker's way to talk about his date-rape wi
Wow. I really loved this book.

It was great seeing Talker's side of things from what happened in the first book, Talker. Actually, I take that back, it's not really Talker's side of things from the events that happened in Talker it's much more of the aftereffects of what Talker went through. The consequences of a decision Brian made in the previous book and how it comes and bites him in the ass leaving Talker to go through a boat load of emotional trauma because of it on top of the emotional trau
Good lord that was painful. Painful but needed and just ugh and ouch.

Damn you Amy Lane with all your deep emotions.

I have no real words for a review so I'll just leave this here because it sums up this book for me...

“You love Brian, Tate?”

"More than anything,”

“Even your pride? Even your pain? Are sure you really love him?”

“I’d die for him!”

“Good. I’m glad to hear it. Now would you tell the truth for him?”
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Talker’s Redemption is a stunning sequel to the wonderfully moving and emotional Talker. This sequel has all the charm and heart wrenching intensity of the first book and although can be read on its own, I wouldn’t recommend. Definitely read the first book from Brian’s point of view and then pick this up from Talker’s perspective. Lane delivers another engaging, well written, and absorbing story that you don’t want to end. Once again I wish this had been combined with the original Talk
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

This time we get Tate’s POV and Talker's Redemption picks up a few months after the events in Talker. Talker, along with Brian, has been seeing a therapist but it’s been a rough go. Talker still refuses to really talk about the “Worst Date Ever” and though he’s gotten better at being with Brian it is obviously still affecting their lives. Trigger Warning: (view spoiler)

This story damn near broke my freaking heart.


After Brian is
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jewel by: Karen
Talker's Redemption picks up a few months after Talker leaves off. Talker has been seeing a shrink to help him get through his issues, and Brian has been steadfast, always there with him. Talker's fighting the process, though. He's terrified to face it. Like he really does think his being raped was his fault and he's afraid that the shrink and Brian will come to see it that way, too. That's how damaged this boy is. It's heart breaking.

In this book, Talker is forced to face his demon's. They don'
Valentina Heart
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Valentina by: Tj
Shelves: glbt
I really recommend this to everyone. It's a powerful story about coping with your pains and healing your wounds. In short, it shows the side of life we'd rather not think about and yet, it happens. It doesn't matter just how tough or weak the blows get, they knock us down and it's up to us to pick up those pieces and be stronger for it. Still, sometimes, there are those willing to stand by us, through every tear and breakdown, and even when there is no sunshine cutting through the clouds, those ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another heartbreaking story.

This time we learn what really happened to Tate on his Worse Date Ever. And how Brian proves again just what an amazing guy he really is.

3.5 Stars

I don’t even know what to say right now. Parts of this book infuriated me. Not the storyline, not the actions of the MC’s; that was all fine. But the attitudes of some of the minor characters (view spoiler) were just preposterous. I understand that there are assholes in this world, but I'll be damned if I want to deal with such ignorance in my books, at such an extreme level that borders on unrealistic.

Ok, breathe…

So, what I
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: grumpybybirth
This is the sequel to Talker and it tells about Tate and Brian's love story after they got together. This time it's Tate's turn to tell their story. At the end of the previous book Brian decided that Tate needed counseling and we see Tate trying to cope with his past, especially the Worst.Date.Ever. The writing is clipped and fast as I imagine Tate's talking is and it's disconnected, taking unexpected turns, following Tate's mind and his recollections and denials.

Tate's memories are something th
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book broke my heart! [Recap book one: (view spoiler)

This book however, is told from Talker's perspective and tore my heart out. For me it was not quite clear how traumatic the experience was for him and what really h
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Actual rating: 4.5/5

This series is so great. Tate and Brian have such a deep relationship and have been through so much. They continue to make me cry, and I am so glad that they have each other while they go through all this.

I had trouble following all the flashbacks in the first installment, so I am glad that in this one the flashbacks are all written in italics. It made it a lot easier to follow. And while the first book was entirely in Brian's POV, this one was entirely in Tate's POV, so we
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with book two after loving book one. I know it's so disjointed to reflect the chaos swirling through Talker's and Brian's lives that have been violently upended and I can appreciate that but it was just too stilted for me. I don't usually mind books jumping around in a non linear fashion but this was just too much. It was a real let down after book one
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally difficult book, and definitely made me cry, but it was a testament to the wounded souls out there who find the strength and courage to make it one more day. Both Brian and Talker, just love them.
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I think I liked this story more than Talker. I can't say I enjoyed it more, because at times it was heart-wrenching to read. was beautiful, and sad and...full of hope. I think that's what I love about Amy Lane's books more than anything else, the sense of hope that pervades them. ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
In general, it was not bad. For Amy Lane, it was just “meh” in my opinion. Yes, we know Talker is damaged and traumatized, yes we know Brian is too. However, Talker’s tendency to fall apart and disappear into his fugue states are simply not something that leads to a normal life. Whatever may have happened to him in his childhood and later on in life, unless he addressed those traumas he was putting his life at risk (imagine a fugue state while crossing the street, or taking a step too far while ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author is killing me with this series. The boys' lives are changing. They are learning how to function in their new norm. There is self doubt, revenge, fear, and a little bit of everything. However, sometimes you have to go through the valley to get to the next peak. On to book three. ...more
I just love these two guys. This second book is written from the POV of Talker. It's a little heartbreaking but mostly it's full of heart. It seems to start about 6 months after the first book. And although things have moved forward you find that Brian and Tate may be a little stuck in that way people get stuck because they don't quite realize they are. There are flashbacks, like in the first book and it took a couple before I quite got my bearings, but once I did it was all good. At o
Barb Manning
Talker's Redemption begins some six months after Tate realizes Brian is gay. The two of them are undergoing some serious therapy sessions with paunchy Doc Sutherland, a colorful psychiatrist with a penchant for knitting cardigans. Brian is Tate's Prince Charming, his knight in shining armor. What happens when events carry the knight the field? Is Tate going to step up to the plate?

Amy Lane handles the second book about this sweet couple with much skill. Lane tells much of the Talker's Redemption
Lois - Who Reads
This book is not for the faint of heart, in fact there are parts of this book that might hit trigger level for some readers. The prior book let us know what happened during The. Worst. Date. Ever., but did not go into the details. During this part of the story Talker has to face, and talk about, what happened. I loved that Brian quickly realized that Talker needed help way beyond the love and support that he could offer and looked for professional help. Luckily for the two poor students, the sch ...more
Eden Winters
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Heart-wrenching and emotional, the story of Tate and Brian continues from "Talker." Both young men were damaged in their own way, feeling alone until they found each other. In this sequel, they realize that the two of them aren't as alone as they first thought. It's particularly poignant that they, as a new couple starting out, struggle to make ends meet, and pay their bills, and anyone who's had to make hard budgeting decisions can identify with them.

This book may not be an easy read for
OK, this is dissembling, bec Amy Lane did not write this book. It says Jim Brown. His style is close to Amy's, but he just doesn't have her airy feel for the charactars. He makes his m points more ham-handed, and the dialogue is clumsy and doesn't have the rhythm of real speech. I also can't see a male therapist being comfortable with these guys. Amy stretches believability anyway, but this is just so awkward, it's like seeing the man behind the puppet stage. Just doesn't have her grace. It's cl ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-own, m-m
This was a great continuation of Talker and should really be read right after reading Talker. (This book definitely should NOT be read without having read Talker first.) I let a couple of months go in between reading the first book and this book, so it took a while for me to remember the storyline and to get back into the way this book is written (jumping back and forth from the past to the present).

Talker's Redemption is heartbreaking, learning all that Tate and Brian have gone through and are
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book better than the first book simply because Talker and Brian's relationship is growing by leaps and bounds. I loved Brian in the first book and love him even more now. Talker is still traumatized by the events in the first book, and this book is written from his point of view. That was an interesting change and I can't say that I enjoyed it more or less, but it was good to get inside Talker's head.

Brian's loyalty and protectiveness come into play in a big way in this book, and
I can't work out if I like the covers for being a really accurate portrayal of how the characters are described or I hate them because they're super awkward looking.

From Talker's point of view and though annoyingly short I enjoyed it more than the first one.
It's odd though, it feels like almost the bare bones of a story. Amy Lane hasn't fleshed it out. I have trouble connecting to the characters and their situation.

I almost want to steal the character of Talker and write him in his own full l
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)

This book is a really quick yet very emotional read. I almost wished it had been longer but then I realized that it was enough the way it is. We were already connected to the characters from the first book and this book picks up where that one left off and we just continued on with the story.

We get this book from Talkers POV....yay! heart breaks for him, he's getting stronger so now maybe it's only an ache. I just want to hold and hug him, I guess I'll leave that to Brian!

this book is even more touching than the first one!
it made me cry!
I love this book as much as did the first one,
the problem aren't sugar coated and Tate (talker) has to confront what really happened to him in order to save Brian and put Trevor in jail,
it very realistic the way he's struggling to find a solution and to confront things head on because of the person he loves!

am glad that even tho it was rough for Tate and Brian they still love each other unquestionable and that they get a good end
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“I'd die for him!" And he would. Say the word, there's Tate Walker, lying down in traffic and throwing his worthless life away so someone as good as Brian could cross the street.” 2 likes
“It was... it was like all the girls I was with. They were fun, and I liked their company, but their touch didn't... didn't make anything get warm. Didn't make it pop or zing or ache." The hand moved up to Talker's neck, so that his pulse throbbed against Brian's palm. "Didn't make me feel any of the things I feel when you touch me or smile or... you know, sing in the shower or leave your shoes in the hallway or have conversations with the rat when you think I can't hear you.” 1 likes
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