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No Apologies (Hollywood Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tibby Armstrong
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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Contemporary

Cheerful and friendly, Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

Or so goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.

At the end of the evening, will Greg’s risky venture break a relationship that’s already foundering? Or will the real-life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, violence.


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A fast paced page turner full of powerful emotion. ~ Alex Beecroft

... Every page resonates with a collage of exquisite emotion ... I loved this story. It took my breath away. ~ A.J. Llewellyn (Read the full review on GoodReads.)

Ms. Armstrong really outdid herself with this wonderful story and she's quickly becoming a must-read author for me. ~ Bella at Fallen Angel Reviews (5-Angel Recommended Read!)

The writing was amazing. Tibby Armstrong in just two books has made my "click to buy" author list. ~ Michelle K. Canada at Another Look Book Reviews

"No Apologies" is the first book I have read by Tibby Armstrong and I am now a devout follower. ~ Doug at Night Owl Reviews (5-Star REVIEWER TOP PICK!)

From the Back Cover

Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

Or so goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.

At the end of the evening, will Greg's risky venture break a relationship that's already foundering? Or will the real-life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies?

Product Details

  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056C0AEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Told Romance July 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Write down this name, Tibby Armstrong, and don't forget it. I'll admit, I have a cache of "go to" authors, ones I will always buy their books no matter what because I know I'm going to get my money's worth and get a great story. Until I started reviewing for Guilty Pleasures, I'm ashamed to admit I didn't branch out very much. Mainly because when I did, I was disappointed 70% of the time. Since starting at Guilty Pleasures, my "go to" author list has tripled and I'm very happy to add Tibby Armstrong to that list. Today, I'm reviewing her book, No Apologies.

I've never read a book like No Apologies before and that's not a bad thing. While I guess it could be called a coming of age story about two young men who attend the same boarding school, it's not really that. You see, their story is told through a film written by one of the men, Greg Faulker. He's basically written and produced this movie as a love letter to his long time partner, Aaron Blake. The problem is Aaron is tired of waiting for Greg to admit his homosexuality. He's tired of being Greg's dirty little secret. He's tired of being ignored and he's decided that he just can't do it anymore. Greg realizes that it might be too little, too late but he's determined to make Aaron understand how he feels. The book opens with this look at Aaron and Greg ten years after high school and then we flash back as we "watch" the premier of Greg's movie.

Because of the way this book is written, we really don't see a lot of the Greg and Aaron of today. Instead we see Greg's version of their life at school and soon after. He admits it is part truth and part fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original And Beautiful October 28, 2014
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This is the first Tibby Armstrong book I've read, and while I had a few minor misgivings, I got so into the book and its complex characters that I read it straight through in one sitting.

Ms. Armstrong is a first class writer. Her prose is always believable and evocative, her characters have many layers that get peeled away as you read, and her locations and situations are virtually cinematic.

I was also deeply moved, in places.

No Apologies is the story of two boys who meet in.... well, military school? Why do I sound so uncertain? Because Ms. Armstrong wrote this book in the Shakespearean tradition of "a play within a play". Only the very beginning and ending are real, and take place in the present. The rest of the book describes a movie in exquisite detail so that you immediately forget that she is writing about a movie, and not real life. Only at the end are you yanked back into reality with the two boys (now men) pointing out the details that were not real, embellishments built into the movie to increase its drama and explain motivations. The movie is "sorta" autobiographical, but important parts are pure fiction. The two boys, when they grew into men, became part of the Hollywood elite. Aaron is a successful producer, and Greg, the son of a rich poseur, becomes a celebrated screenwriter. The book opens on the way to the Premiere of "No Apologies", with the couple breaking up in the car. After more than ten years together, Greg still will not come out and publicly acknowledge his love for Aaron and Aaron's had it. He refuses to be Greg's dirty secret for even one more day.

The movie picks up the story of the two meeting and falling in love in a military academy, with all its attendant humiliation and gay-bashing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving without leaving characters in the dust. September 27, 2011
By Beth
Format:Kindle Edition
No Apologies is a hot page turner that has many different layers - from the cultural blindness to LGBT life of many queer folk to the insight into the pressures inherent in single sex educational institutions, this relatively short work covers a vast territory of culture and emotion in a very tight package.

The characterization is solid, the passion raw and brutally honest. This is an excellent read all the way around. Tibby Armstrong avoids many of pits falls of genre writers, presenting a unique voice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and very well written book September 23, 2011
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I could not put this book down. I really appreciated how the writer framed the story of Aaron and Greg in two different fictional realities and how different and at the same similar their stories end up to be. There is so much chemistry, so much raw passion between "movie" Aaron and Greg and we get to know and see that "real" guys do have this passion in their hearts. I had a lot of fun reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Apologies March 2, 2014
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Okay, so I read these books out of order. It was still really good. It could have used a hair more emotion but the chemistry between these two is something we all long for and the sex hot. I enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great series to get involved in!!!! M/M Romance August 22, 2013
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A Well Developed, Long Term Relationship

Military School, Gay Dance Club, Hollywood Premiere, and sex on the beach. Tibby Armstrong gives a lot of story here, she wraps you up in scenes that range from tense to indulgent; distressing to devil-may-care. The way she handles youthful sexual exploration is well done as it develops realistically over time.

Ah, now here's a book, and a series, that you can get involved in. This is a well developed, long term relationship story with background .It's great to have reason behind the relationship.

I've previously read the first three books, but am doing a reread now of all three. I hadn't reviewed them before and I wanted them fresh in my head before I read the 4th book in the series, which is out now.

""He'd vowed never to expose himself or Aaron to ridicule again.
Except he'd written a screenplay virtually guaranteed to expose them both. Why?""

THE CHARACTERS

""Foreign emotions flitted through him as he transcribed [...]
Hurt. Confusion. Loneliness.
As if on cue, a scene manifested, so tangible he had only to pluck it out of the air and place it on paper. He sank into the warm cocoon of fiction--of a world he could control. He loved this headspace. It felt like getting high and getting a hard-on, all in one.""

Greg Falkner - Greg is a conundrum. Is he tough or scared? Brilliant or a fool? Awkward or sexy as h*ll? He'll frustrate you, rattle you and win your heart. Even if he stumbles over and over.

"...and you're not the social pariah. You're just not the dominant paradigm."

Aaron Blake - Wholesome, kind, loyal and golden gorgeous. He's the perfect boyfriend. Except he's not gay.
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More About the Author

Tibby Armstrong loves meeting kindred bibliophiles like you wherever she travels!

Writing stories with strong relationship threads, Tibby enjoys her romance with a healthy helping of steam. Currently she is branching out with an urban fantasy series as well as a time travel romance series.

Favorite novels include Maria V. Snyder's "Poison Study", C.E. Murphy's "The Queen's Bastard", Nalini Singh's "Angel's Kiss", Charlaine Harris' "Southern Vampire" series, Connie Willis' "Bellwether", Elizabeth Moon's "Vatta's War" series, Kathleen Woodiwiss' "Shanna", and Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".

You might wonder at such a long list, until you consider that Tibby is also a librarian. Please visit her profile on GoodReads and share what you love. She's always looking for a new book to devour!

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