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Paper Planes Kindle Edition

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Length: 275 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (May 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058OITSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think that the book cover is misleading. The two men on the cover are too young and buff to represent the characters in this complex and beautiful book. This story tells us of the real and mature love that develops between Stuart, mourning the loss of his partner, and Dustin, a man with his own past tragedy. These two men are professionals who have rewarding jobs and do not need someone to "complete" them -- they just want love and companionship.

So often in romances I wonder why it is that people with several decades of life under their belts have never learned to treat their partners with respect; I wonder how these people had past relationships when they clearly have zero communication skills? Paper Planes has none of these cliches. Stuart and Dustin are men who have lead full lives and know what it is to love and be loved. When they meet and eventually start a relationship they treat each other well. All the work that the author does with character building pays off with some incredibly hot and realistic sex scenes.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with an honest portrayal of a relationship.
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Life is a series of serendipitous moments, which sometimes result in tragedy and others in finding happiness and love. Aedin creates two mature, multi-dimensional and sympathetic characters, who are both shaped and - to the degree that they can - shape those moments. Over time and distance, and despite the demands placed on them by their jobs and, more in Stuart's case, the effort to move on from loss, their relationship slowly unfolds from instant attraction to commitment, sometimes naturally, sometimes by lucky coincidence, and sometimes through one or the other giving it a slight push and moving out of their comfort zone.

Stuart is a pragmatic and humorous narrator, who doesn't like to wallow (and neither his therapist nor his butch dyke best friend, Mariluz, allow him to, when he does). Dustin is a 48-year old pilot, who participates in gay rallies but who's afraid of his mother, and who sends smiley faces in IMs. The two together are funny and hot and sensual and supportive and just about the most interesting couple I've come across in a long time.

A definite keeper and re-read!
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When you've read a lot of m/m books, certain topics appear repeatedly, and you start to take them for granted. For one thing, sex happens, fast and often, in romances, and is often the glue that makes the men get to know each other. This book is refreshingly different, in that both men have emotional histories which makes them diffident. Stuart is recovering from the loss of his lover Brendan, who is described so lovingly, that he is another character in the book. Dustin (never Dusty) and Stuart move slowly, almost awkwardly, into a flirtation. There are months between meetings and even when they start to have sex, they take things slowly. It was a really gentle, human story, completely believable and without external drama or werewolves or murders... it just grew and grew until we were yearning for them to get it together.

I highly recommend this book, as a realistic and beautiful love story, between 2 really normal, interesting men.
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This story started off really strong. Nice background, compelling story line. The writing was engaging and you started really liking the characters. That's not to say you didn't like them all the way through but the beginning half of the book was great. Other than the main still trying to get over the tragic death of his partner and his new love interest living in a distant city there wasn't a whole lot of tension. However at about half way through the 2 main characters finally sleep together. After that the story sort of disappears and it becomes one long sex scene after another with a few side exceptions when he is dealing with his family and friends. They meet, they screw, rinse, repeat. If she had continued as she started I would have rated this higher as it is.... I did get my HEA so I am giving it a 4.

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

Rating: 8/10

PROS:
- I liked the writing. There are sentences throughout that pack quite an emotional punch. They're not unusual or particularly sage or witty. They're just...true.
- Aedin does a great job of exploring not only the grief of having lost a loved one, but also the guilt at finding oneself attracted to someone else.
- Chance/fate/luck plays a fairly large part in bringing the men together, but the story doesn't rely entirely on chance encounters. I believe in fate, but sometimes when a story employs it too heavy-handedly, some of the magic dims for me. Now, fate combined with Facebook? THAT I can get behind.
- I loved the pace of the story. Time moves along at a crawl: the men get to know each other slowly, the anticipation builds, and they act on their attraction in good time, when both are ready for it.

CON:
- I found myself wishing often that I could see scenes from the non-narrator's point of view. What is it that Dustin sees in Stuart? When does he start to fall for Stuart? Etc. I really wanted to see whether Dustin was thinking about Stuart as often as Stuart was thinking about him.

Overall comments: This is a wonderfully sweet story. There's an unusual premise which is sad but manages not to wallow in self-pity, and both of the main characters are flawed and felt like real people to me.
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