- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 154463448X
- ISBN-13: 978-1544634487
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really enjoyed the book. I loved, as I always do, the utter Englishness of your voice.... a really sweet love story that asked some deep questions without seeming to do so. - A recommended read from Dear Author
I can't recommend this story enough, I reread it when I'm in a bad mood and need a lift and a smile, when I finish I always feel like I've just had a really good hug! -Hearts on Fire Reviews
The romance was well paced, imaginative, incredibly funny, hot, and so heartfelt and sensitive in the way that Larry and Al dealt with their own insecurities I marvelled at the author's skill in writing such well crafted characters...I can't express how much I adored it - Jessewave
I adore every single thing about this book and hope everyone else does too. It's so heart warming, genuine, funny, romantic, sexy, caring, sensitive, witty...easily one of my favorite books of the year - Whipped Cream Reviews
It's engaging, interesting, and heartwarming. Sometimes it's tinged with sadness but more so with the kind of emotion that tugs at your heart strings. I simply adore Al and love his relationship with Larry... Overall there are so many things to recommend this story I can't recommend it enough. - Kassa
an absolutely lovely romance. Tender moments, great dialogue, and sensual encounters, as well as a solid plotline make Muscling Through a treasure to read - Joyfully Reviewed
This is such an amazing book... It is touching, sweet and made me cry and smile at the same time. I cannot recommend it enough! - Serena Yates, QMO.
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So brilliantly written, such an amazing tale. WOW !! ENJOY !!!
But beyond having two marvellous main characters, the book is chocked full of amazingly transparent 'Awww' moments. You see, Alan's simplicity (and lets face it he's as dumb as a box of rocks) grants him the right to utterances that would, in the mouths of more intellectually capable individuals, ring false and possibly even Machiavellian. But there is no guile in Alan. You feel it. You trust it and all those wretched sappy-sweet gag reflexes relax as unneeded.
But there is also A LOT of humour. Insults and ill intentions bounce off Alan like Teflon. He's untouchable in his savant-like serenity. He often lets things go as unimportant, but just as often he lets them go as not understood or misunderstood. More than once I had to set the Kindle down until my laughing fit passed. There are just too many examples of stupid-happy resulting in priceless humour. Only made even better by the fact that he's usually completely oblivious to it.
The writing is almost painfully straightforward, as it should be when narrated by someone as literal and uncomplicated as Alan. And it's short, but the right length for its story. So, while I want, want, want more, I admit the author knew better than to give it to us.
This is one of those books I'll mourn the end of. I wish I was the sort who read books more than once. This would be a re-read. Highly recommened.
(I was, however, annoyed when the book ended at 86%. I expected there to be more book to the book, if you know what I mean.)
This is Al for Larry and Larry for Al.
Al literally shines a light on Larry's heart, making it impossible for Larry to do anything but fall for Al, all of Al. He breaks down what appear to be the last barriers between Larry and his own contented happiness.
Larry shines a light on what even Al's Mum doesn't 100% recognize: Al is beautiful. Gorgeous. This time, it's the outside that deserves fresh recognition. Al's insides shine unfailingly bright already.
Al may not understand all of the veiled, or not so veiled, references that some people let flutter and fall around them. He doesn't need to. Sometimes I wish I didn't need to understand. That junk is exhausting. What Al does understand is how those same people are feeling. If he knows them well, he's connected and reaches right in, showing them their own heart and that he wants to protect it. That he can and will protect it.
Maybe even more importantly, he knows how he feels and is honest about that. I think that's a big reason as to why Larry falls so deeply for Al and is adamant in his feelings for him. Even when Larry fails to understand (yep, it's Larry who fails to see the truth for awhile, not Al), he does not hesitate in telling his family what Al means to him. This only happens when Larry allows himself to truly acknowledge Al's complete honesty, that it doesn't change as circumstances change.
Is there repetition in the number of ways we're shown why and how Al deals with the world and all of the beautifully odd people in it? Yes. On the flip side, his voice is incredibly and consistently written. You'll know Al as well as he knows himself. How often does that happen? Not often. And it's how Al lives his life, as well. He's an open book with depth, tenderness, trust and love.
Simple does not equal stupid. Simple does not mean unaware.
Simple is one way some people make their way in the world, letting us see them, and they letting us see ourselves.