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- ASIN : B08BHP4XY8
- Publication date : July 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 906 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 422 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,721 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are amazing. I’ve never read a book anything like this with Ricky and Rosie. I love how the author made it clear both were vital. Then Ian stole my heart from the very first moment. I’m a huge swimming fan and Brigham Vaughn did an excellent job there. The relationship between the two characters tore at my heart and even demanded Kleenex at times. Not only that but the author truly added depth to each of them individually. Their stories touched my heart. The world-building was flawless and vivid.
The storyline is captivating. It wasn’t predictable and I love the author’s ability to weave such a tale. This is the type of love story I want to read, where the characters are so realistic and nothing is taken for granted. While it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend the entire series. I enjoyed every cameo in this and I’m already waiting for whatever the author publishes next!
5 stars for a beautifully crafted read
ADVANCE AND RETREAT is book 4 in the "Midwest Series" and this is my favorite couple. Ricky has been a thread in the previous books and I have liked him from the beginning. Rosie and Ricky and I would totally be friends IRL.
What I loved about this book in particular is that it had a realness about it. I think because of a few of the secondary characters are a little older there was a different depth to this story (Irving, I'm talking about you!!! I want to read his story too)
While this is book 4 in a series, it can ABSOLUTELY be read as a stand-alone. You will not feel left out or feel like you are missing anything.
tags: mm, lgbtq+, booksprout, sports romance, 5 stars
This is the fourth book in the Midwest series. It may be read as a standalone but a lot of characters from the first four books make appearances, especially Lowell and Micah. I found this book quite interesting because I don't really find myself reading a lot of novels depicting romance and drag queens. I don't know if this is the lack of finding these types of books or my own lack of looking; but I found myself intrigued by how the relationship between these two men progressed. It seemed relatable to see Ian struggling to correlate Rosie and Ricky as the same person in the beginning - and I liked how we slowly got brought into Ian learning more about drag and the individuality of Ricky and Rosie. For someone in the dark about these topics it allows you to really see a different viewpoint and I really appreciated that. I would say that I really didn't find this novel compelling as for the romance between Ian and Ricky, it was a very good read to immerse yourself in drag culture.
As far as my opinions go, this book was very slow at some points and I really struggled to keep reading. However I was so compelled with Ricky's story I had to finish it. For that matter, I think Ricky deserved someone a lot better then Ian. Throughout the novel Ian is mentioned as being more mature and put-together because he has been competitive swimming since he was 12. I would deny this claim. Ian was misguided, mean, and he made wrong judgment calls often regarding his relationship with Ricky. I would saw his ego was very large - he had a hard time reconciling his past when he was growing up and the respect he had for his coach, to the man he knew know that was a bigot and homophobe. Ian let his coach walk all over him, he really let the coach walk all over his friend Andy too. I think what broke my heart the most though is that Ian was on his second chance with Ricky and he forgets Andy's goggles. Ricky brings them to the swim meet and obviously things go crazy from there. This part is where my heart shattered because Ricky's heart shattered. He is just such a good, honest and true character. I think Ricky did the right thing dumping Ian because Ian never put Ricky first, and there's only so much you can forgive a person for. When Ian denied Ricky at the meet I was done with him. The fact that Ricky took him back at the end made me angry because Ricky is someone that deserves the world!
In addition, I am very much looking forward to the spin-off series from this book. I doubt this will happen but a girl can hope - there was a joke in this book about Irving asking Ian if he had a brother and liking large black men. Ian said no, his brother is straight and likes tiny white women. I think it would be just magical if somehow Chase and Irving could cross paths and get together. I'm also very curious about Chase's mysterious secret he was about to tell Ian in this book - something that his ex revealed that caused issues at his work. What on earth could this be? I am very much looking forward to Chase's story!
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.