- File Size: 2116 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: M/M Romance Group (October 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OKZ59NE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,221 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Bleach, yellow rubber gloves, and clean cloths. It had to be clean and perfect.
Brown haired, blue eyed, skinny, Jude, works from home as a Travel Planner, has OCD, and doesn't leave his apartment. His new neighbor is tanned, tall, muscled, dark haired, Devin, who is a Swim Instructor. Devin has a big smile and a way to engage Jude to get him slowly out of his self-imprisonment. With hallway visits, meals, reading and long talks, it is gradually working. It's a terrific journey and we discover so much about these unique men. We get the culmination of Devin's efforts, Jude's online friend, and a Psych Doc, to bring about the finished result. We see bravery, resolve, and sexy time.
This is a beautiful tale that feels complete and hopeful. HFN.
Jude is in his twenties and works from home as a travel agent. He helps his customers set up complicated trips to far off places. Places Jude has never been to. Because he can't leave his apartment. Jude suffers from OCD and social anxiety disorder, which came on about the time his father left. His mother is just as much to blame as she encourages Jude not to try to get better. Everything was fine until a new neighbor moved in. Devin is everything Jude isn't. He is outgoing, friendly, tanned, charming. He introduces himself to Jude and won't go away. Devin likes Jude and as a swimming teacher to little kids, he knows how to motivate others. He wants to know Jude, but Jude is nervous. Jude notices that his schedule isn't so rigid since he met Devin. But Devin's friends showing up at a pivotal time and his mother tearing into him about meeting Devin shake his new foundation. When Devin does something that crosses Jude's boundaries, Jude flees back to his apartment. Will Jude find a way to get past his situation? Will the new doctor be able to help him? Will Devin even want him anymore or will he have moved on with someone normal before Jude can make progress? This book will gut you, but the story is important. Jude is important. This is a great quick read and I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
Little details I loved: the blue bouncy ball, the skateboard to slide back and forth with meals on it, and the single, first person viewpoint that give us, the reader, the opportunity to see the story, which is entirely Jude's story, from a deeper perspective.
Do yourself a favor. Read this author!
Yes there are things I wanted more fleshed out, but even in its simplicity it worked.
Jude is lovely and Devin even more so. So persistent and caring for someone he just met but wanted so clearly to help.
Perhaps things resolved a bit fast, Jude was severely ill with his anxiety and OCD. But still, it was a lovely story.
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The story revolves around a young man with OCD and Social Anxiety disorder and the slow, gentle way his neighbour helps him overcome his disorders. There are setbacks, but Devlin's patience with Jude is never-ending and he finds ways to communicate and gradually bring him out of his shell.
As another reader suggested, I thought the end was a little rushed, although the final 'get together' was beautifully written.
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I felt the transition for Jude was rushed at the end. I would have like to see more of his progress but I really enjoyed this story.
I did feel that the sex scene at the end was unnecessary and actually detracted from the story.
The way Nash Summers portrays Jude's psychological issues were amazingly detailed and accurate, and the form Devin found to approach him was amazing. I was always "ooh" and "nhoooin"-ing for the things he did and said as he moved closer and closer to help Jude overcome his fears, anxieties, lack of self-confidence, and all of his other limitations. Also, I like how all of the characters are shown as flawed, even if they are foil characters. It shows the book was throughly thought out and planned, instead of just being put out there - which is increadibly rare nowadays.
I have no other choice besides giving it a 5/5 and crying inside because none of my friends has read it yet!