- File Size: 1006 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976323495
- Publisher: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn (September 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075FRXF2Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We know Ben as the ex of Ezra in Paint the Stars and Xavier as Tobias ex roommate from A Hundred Thousand Words.
To find out what Ben went through when he left Ezra is not pretty and when he reaches out to the one boy he always trusted from his childhood., the boy who kissed him and who he pushed away out of fear we see how vulnerable he is.
Xavier has a tough exterior with his tattoos, piercings and eyeliner, but is just as vulnerable on the inside and Ben is the reason why he doesn't kiss anyone on the mouth.
This book is beautiful and I love that we get to see the boys from the other books again.
Ben and Xavier have been in Love deep down with each other since they were 14 but life had set them each on a different path .
Ben being raised to believe his sexuality is a sin his father being a minister preaching that he will be condemned if he didn't follow gods path . He was sent to conversion therapy to take away his gayness .
Xavier's greatest fear is rejection throughout his life that's all he's had when he first kissed Ben and Ben rejected him then his father paid him money to stay out of his life.
Moving forward years later Ben living in San Francisco decides to contact Xavier . Together both boys begin to feel what they have always felt for each other since they were young but each of them have insecurities they need to overcome.
Ben begins on a journey of self discovery and OMG the sex is incredibly hot and Xavier begins to allow himself to feel and slowly fall in love .
Life is not easy and things happen , memories are not that easily shaken off both boys are tested when Ben is called home it's then that self discovery is truly tested and Ben and Xavier find themselves back in each other's arms .
I loved Ben and Xavier's story it was heartfelt and the SEX well that was hot and plenty of it !!
If recommend this book to anyone who loves character driven stories where love always wins.
If you thought Ben had made some significant strides since his relationship with Ezra, as seen in Paint the Stars and the forgiveness he sought for their failed relationship and his deep personal shame, he definitely gained some ground in the personal growth department, but you haven't seen anything yet. Taught to believe that everything he feels and desires is wrong and dirty, Ben has some heavy baggage that he must shed before he can possibly come to terms with the man he is as well as the one he wants to be.
Xavier knows exactly who he is and what he wants and is unapologetically unashamed, but, spoiler alert, this sexy, confident guy that seems to have it all figured out, has baggage too. Guess what, we all do. These issues and fears actually make Xavier a better match for Ben as he can certainly relate to family problems, he is patient and supportive, and ends up being very open and honest with Ben at all times making this a story with little relationship drama and more emotional journey, for both men, some outward obstacles, and lots of fun and sexy times.
Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn, whether together or separately, always bring something just a little bit new, exciting, and different to the table with each new book. A man sexually repressed and ashamed of who he is because of the programming his family and church subjected him to? I've read a few of those books. A man looking for a no-strings fling in an attempt to overcome these feelings? Again, not that uncommon. Yet the thoughts and the actions that lead up to one momentous decision, the motivation and the purpose for this chance he is willing to take despite his hang-ups and fears, is something far different, far more complex, far more touching, and far more absorbing than most other friends-to-lovers, reconnection, opposites attract, bad boy, M/M, or any other stories, I've encountered before.
I can't tell you if it's the deep and lasting connection between Xavier and Ben because of their shared history, the intensity of what Ben is working through, the piercings and the tats, the kink factor, or all of this combined and then some, but this book seems to take hot and steamy to a whole new level. Xavier is hot with a capital T and he and Ben had me drooling from the get-go. From the first relatively tame encounter, this book had me sweating and squirming and just plain loving every electric minute of it.
Living Out Loud will have you swooning, sweating, and melting into a very satisfied, lovesick puddle. The best reconnection, the best experimentation, the best chemistry, the best collaboration, hopefully in a very long line of collabs still to come, yet. Complete with Christina Lee's signature pervasive message of being your own authentic self no matter the time, the circumstance, the obstacle, or outside pressures, this book is sweet and steamy with a beautiful and meaningful undercurrent of freedom, love, acceptance, and inspiration.