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Emmett thinks he straight. Then, realizes he's bisexual. When in reality, I would say, he actually REALLY IS GAY. (Reasons for that later-on.)
I TRULY BELIEVE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK! IT DOES NOT PREACH ABOUT OR POLITICIZE THE ISSUES THE LGBTQ SOCIETY FACE AT THIS TIME.
Plus, it's not just a "romp in the bed" type of book, either. It's got great wonderful characters who interact with all the different spheres and levels of society…Jake's parents were a cool surprise… the storyline is intriguing, the writing pulls you right along so easily, it's all disappointingly over way too quickly, and the heat level, the unstoppable pull, yearning and need between the two main characters is written so well you feel every desire and need they have as if you were experiencing it with your own special someone and not on the outside looking in, just observing someone else's love, dreams and/or aspirations.
This book focuses a lot on the troubles, worries and everything else encompassed by being a popular, Straight, college football quarterback, who's hoping to soon be drafted into the pro football leagues, and what the world-view of him will be, as it becomes known he is bisexual. This all happens just as he is transitioning from straight to "bi" and struggling to come to terms with it, himself. No, that's NOT ACCURATE. HE ACCEPTS that he's bisexual. He's struggling to come to terms with what Might Happen to not only to his future pro football aspirations because, as he put it, "The sports world IS changing. Football ISN'T there yet.” Pro football is one of the last sports groups to really be accepting of gay players. But he also worries about the danger it Might put his boyfriend, and his boyfriend's family, in when - AND IF - fans/fanatics don't react well to this news. Emmett had planned on revealing his sexual orientation it at a particular point in his career. He had even written the "reveal" date on a piece of paper and had given it to his 'already out-of-the-closet' boyfriend Jake to hold, and to keep, as a promise to him that he really would do it when he believes his career can take the news without it also taking 'a hit' along with it.
But then, of course, someone makes sure the college, the press, the VIP pro-football folks and just about anyone that's an important figure in his life and/or his future - find out all about him, Right Now while it could hurt both him and his boyfriend Jake, the most. And, to make matters worse, the trader is someone in Emmett's (and Jake's) Inner Circle of "so-called" Friends.
These two men fit each other like Form-Fitting-Gloves. Their undeniable Want and, most of all NEED of each other is so Palpable, you can Nearly Taste It.
Ms. Dalling's writing style and ability is so phenomenal that it pulls you right in to their situation so much so, that you feel like you're there Wanting and Needing and Aching, right along with them. You really can just Feel the Angst they're going through. You can feel how it's eating away at them every minute and how tormented they are by what is, or what will be, going on in their life and how they struggle with what they can and/or can not control.
THIS IS NOT A HEAVY READ. It only brings these things up as THEY come across them in their every day lives. IT DOESN'T PREACH OR POLITICIZE OR OVER EMPHASIZE these problems, views or morales of our SOCIETY it only mentions them when they come up in these men's lives as just a part of the storyline. NOTHING.MORE.
I do think, however, that Emmett really was Gay-not just Bisexual-as he keeps saying, right up to the very end. I felt the author just kept giving us all these clues because she was leading up to Emmett finally realizing that he really was GAY. That the "signs" had been there all along for Emmett and he just never recognized or paid any attention to them.
I.E.: Just because he had had one long-term relationship, with a girl in the past, doesn't mean he's bisexual, now that he's with a man. Obviously, the past relationship was very, very unfulfilling because he just wasn't into women. Any woman, not just Tawna, his ex-girlfriend.
Listen to what he has to say about his relationship with her. Especially the SEXUAL part…
First he thinks: "Sex with his ex-girlfriend was…OKAY. Enjoyable, but NOT necessarily better than GETTING OFF ALONE."
Second, he thinks: "He can’t remember ever feeling this way with Tawna, THIS HIGH like the rest of THE WORLD HAS COMPLETELY FALLEN AWAY."
But yet it seems that, accidental as it may be, wrapping up this point WITH EMMETT, HIMSELF was forgotten about. You know he just keeps saying he's "bi" because it sounds better to him, than fully admitting he's completely gay. Also, if he truly was "bi" then Amber, the hottest, sexiest girl at school with a crush on him that kept pouring herself into his arms, lap, lips and,,,well,,,you get it. But, not once, not even in the slightest, does he give her a second look-let alone a first look. So, that too should tell him he's more than just "bisexual" and he should just accept the situation as inevitable…that it was ALWAYS this way…that.HE.ALWAYS.WAS.GAY!
THIS TRULY REALLY IS A GREAT READ! It's not as heavy as I made it sound. IT MN REALLY IS A LOT OF FUN! It really has good "first-time," gay sex. And, just plain ol', good ol' sex!
I really think you'd enjoy this book! It's not just a "romp in the bed" type of book. It's got a great storyline to go along with it, too.
It has the best of all worlds…GREAT STORY AND GREAT FUN AND GREAT SEX!
I am voluntarily reviewing this free Advance Reader Copy of "UP AND COMING" which I received from the author ANDREA DALLING.
**I voluntarily chose to review a copy of this book and I have not been compensated in any way**
This was a 3.5* read for me.
I enjoyed the story but wanted more communication between the MCs. Like a lot of books half the book could have been re written if they had talked to each other.
I would have also liked to see more of the draft process and Jake deciding on which grad school to go to. And also the progression of the relationship. It seemed like they finished college and then at least 3-4 yrs had passed for the epilogue I would have liked some story in between.
A well written story though.
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