- File Size: 3402 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075L266KH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Exposure (Drawn Together Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked getting the family dynamics as Sam and Ben navigate their way through the weekend and I liked the back and forth, does he or doesn’t he, can it be real or not, vibe. However, at times I just wanted them to ASK HIM ALREADY! Sam doesn’t care that Ben doesn’t have money and that he’s a struggling photographer and Ben is just so happy about that. As the two get closer, they bond in a lovely way – over being themselves.
Of course, Sam’s lies have to come back to bite him and so one big one does. It is made particularly bad since Ben has a similar experience in his past that makes it so bad for him. I had some questions when I finished, such as I didn’t understand the animosity Sam had for his family, who definitely weren’t perfect but didn’t seem nearly the way he portrayed them. I have to say, I felt the blurb tells too much of the story but I did like it. This is a very angst-free story with sweet characters. This was my first book by this author and I will be trying another one.
I was instantly drawn to the MCs and wanted to see what path they were going to go down. They were extremely relatable. Most of us have been in Ben's shoes and been desperate for a way to get closer to and spend time with a crush. And although most of us aren't super rich like Sam we can understand sometimes feeling out of place even within our families. Author does a good job of not making Sam into a poor little rich boy character. I totally saw where Sam was coming from but I would have liked to have seen a bit more on the page examples of his difficulties with his parents, the things that lead him to be estranged from his family and the issues they've had. Just in order to fully appreciate why he did what he did, so I won't want to kick his arse for hurting Ben.
This is the author's first time writing contemporary MM. It was really well written and an enjoyable read. Look forward to seeing what Aly comes up with next.
So why did it not meet my expectations? It was small things, really, and not even enough to base a full rant on. I can honestly understand the hurt caused by lies. I know that Sam was wrong to say what he did, but I never doubted his heart. I feel like Ben was blind to that heart because of a dick for an ex. Yes, that's absolutely valid. But did it excuse Ben from making an awkward and hurtful situation worse? No. I'm not a fan of how he reacted. Sam knew what he did was wrong and knew he only made things worse by not coming clean early on, but who could blame him? He was constantly made to feel less-than by his parents and wanted to make them at least a little proud of him since his lifestyle wasn't something they understood or approved of. They might have meant well, but the way they went about things was upsetting to say the least. He padded the boyfriend brief because he wanted them to be satisfied and also to pave the way for them to like the not-so fictional boyfriend. Those intentions were a bit cowardly but also honest from a hurt little boy's perspective. It doesn't make it right, but it does make it understandable and not a little sad.
Why couldn't Ben look beyond that to see what Sam's intentions were, to see the truth beyond the words said to parents long before the weekend ever came around? Ben was pig-headed and frustrating because he hurt Sam worse than the lie could have hurt Ben. He also got so many people on his side to hurt Sam even further. A place that was a home, a haven for Sam became a place of derision and insults. He deserved some of what he got, but not everything they dished out on him.
The way that Sam groveled was really the best. He was honest and his words were heartfelt. There was no way to misunderstand his apology and he really tried his best. That best was pretty much trampled on by Ben and Peter, but his heart was so visible, so vulnerable. He eventually got his point across, though, and Ben's acceptance, though grudging at the start, was complete and open by the end.
These two men came from very, very different backgrounds and have a hard road ahead when they have to deal with those differences but their determination to make things work is commendable. I have great hopes for them because I know how much they want each other, that they are also committed to being honest. It helps that Sam's family is warmer to Ben and Sam after all the frustration that was caused by Sam's exaggeration of circumstances. I'm also glad that Sam had people like his grandma and his brother-in-law on his side to love him, accept him, and to give him the kick he needs to be better. Everyone needs support like that and as Ben and Sam make their way together that support will continue and help them grow into what they have every potential to become.