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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (July 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603704116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603704113
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,327,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenna Jones is the author of m/m romance such as the EPPIE-nominated Chiaroscuro, Something Beautiful and the Apples & Gin series. She lives in the Wasatch Mountains, where she reads, writes and watches a lot of movies. She enjoys her imaginary worlds.

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I realize I'm focusing on the negative, and it really was a great book.
jeayci
On the other hand it is so easy to love Micah as this endearing character takes those huge steps in life and just grab the bull by its horns.
R.Parklane
The characters are well developed, so much so that you can easily picture them in your mind.
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Format: Paperback
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

PROS:
- I grow impatient sometimes when I read “friends to lovers” stories in which it takes a really long time for the men to admit that they’re into each other. That’s not the case here: Micah admits about a third of the way in that he’s interested in dating Dune, and I found that refreshing.
- I appreciated that the story shows the two main guys going through trials together and always finding their way back to each other.
- The large number of secondary characters provides a nice support system for the main characters. There’s a lot of conversation to be had with a variety of people, and they all create a sense of family and well-being when everyone’s together, even if they’re sometimes bickering with one another. (see cons below also)

CONS:
- (Possible SPOILER here) There is foreshadowing in the story that something negative will happen with one of the protagonists, and although I hoped against hope that it would NOT happen, it does, near the end. And in spite of my recognition that it’s not *entirely* his fault, I resented him for it, and it ruined the entire story for me.
- I had pretty high hopes early on with this story because the conflict between Micah’s homosexuality and his Christian faith is something that comes out in the very first scene, and I expected the book to explore that in a bit of depth since Micah’s father is a minister. It doesn’t, though. At all. In fact, the issue of acceptance with his family is a major theme of the story, but the issue of faith rarely comes up at all.
- There are a lot of characters in the book, and their relationships and histories are complex and intertwined.
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Chiaroscuro set a very high bar, and this book came close but didn't quite meet it. As others have said, Dune's sudden collapse didn't seem to fit his character. Even taking into consideration various past events and emotions, it just didn't make sense that someone as well-balanced as he seemed to be would fall apart so quickly and completely.

I was also disconcerted on a few geographic points. I've lived in San Francisco, in Berkeley, in Oakland, San Jose, Concord, Alameda...and there were a couple of times I found myself saying "Huh?" as some geographic thing or another didn't fit the reality I know. It was distracting. One example: Micah returns from Europe at 3am and plans to take BART. Really? BART stops running at midnight every day, except on rare occasions like New Years Eve and Halloween.

Also, Micah's trip from Europe to SFO took 30 hours...WTF, did he go by way of Japan? I've flown between San Francisco and Europe many times and various locations, and it's never taken more than 16 hours or so - even with multi-hour layovers. And, flying from SFO, I arrived in Bangkok 'only' 24 hours later. So what happened that it took him so long to get home? And how could he have any idea whether anyone was there to pick him up or not until he got to Baggage Claim? Presumably he's smart enough to know that anyone without a ticket couldn't meet him any sooner than that, and so wouldn't even start looking until he got there; instead, he'd given up looking by the time he got there. Huh?

I realize I'm focusing on the negative, and it really was a great book. But I figure it might help others to be forewarned about these things before you read it, then you might not find them so distracting. It is a book well worth reading, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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By M. Nix on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Micah Ferguson's three month, summer long excursion through Europe didn't go as he planned, especially the part where his boyfriend dumps him and leaves him in Europe all alone. Not wanting his friends and family to worry, Micah didn't go into great details about what happened until he returned home and was able to confide in his best friend Dune. Dune holds a special place in Micah's heart and Micah would like for them to be more than just friends, but Dune's reservation and the reappearance of Dune's ex-boyfriend pose insurmountable obstacles for Micah.

Dune has feelings for Micah as well, but he loves him too much to ruin what they have for sex. Dune feels Micah needs to live life a little more. The two of them starting a sexual relationship could be disastrous, but Micah's persistence becomes too much for Dune to resist. With Micah tempting him one way and his ex-boyfriend trying to get back in his life, Dune finds himself losing control of his life and what he truly wants.

Something Beautiful, the sequel to Chiaroscuro is a multifaceted ensemble story that evolves around Micah and Dune. I was impressed with Jenna Jones' writing style. She created some interesting characters and I found the sub plots to be as interesting as the romantic focal point of the story. As for the romantic aspect of the story, I didn't find Micah and Dune to be a good match up and their relationship seemed like a happy for now as opposed to a happily ever after story. I also found Dune's weakness where Gavin was concerned to be out of place for an otherwise strong willed character. For readers and fans of Chiaroscuro, Something Beautiful is a follow-up story worth reading. And although this is a sequel it can be read as a stand-alone.

Ley
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