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- Print Length: 300 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545520313
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DQED9F4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had mixed feelings about the scenes with his ex. She was definitely in the wrong but his attitude was rather cruel and vengeful, and that aspect came out again later in the story against another character. It was a slimy character and he did have a negative impact but I don't care much for the retaliation, which ended up seemed rather petty.
The death of Noah and Julian's family was very sad but wasn't made overly dramatic. The process of mourning wasn't long and detailed either. Noah and Julian had never been close or spent much time around each other, even after the funeral, so there also wasn't any sense of taboo. I thought that was written and conveyed well. Julian showed up at Noah's a month after the funeral and their interactions were supportive for each other, until they began platonically sleeping in the same bed because of nightmares. After weeks of this, they finally have one night of sex. Then somehow they manage to stay roommates for nine months. That was skipped completely in a time jump. I would have liked to see some sexual tension and more of the interim interaction. It was reduced to telling, not showing.
The balance of the story is largely about working on filmmaking, their various actor, director, movie industry friends and both MC's getting some therapy. Then Noah and Julian concede their feelings for each other and it is leavened by some seriously hot sex scenes, including role play! This doesn't happen until the latter half of the book. There is some private angst, public scrutiny, and friends involvement...and lots more movie making stuff. Even though there was a period where they started communicating more, and scenes of them spending time together, I had a hard time seeing real depth to them as a couple.
One more point that annoyed me a bit was the dreaded "I don't label myself, but I guess I'm straight, since I only have sex with men but date women". Not once does Noah cop to being bisexual, even after getting with Julian. Julian was gay and didn't come out of the closet for a while. Along with that, Noah perpetually called Julian "kid", and that was what felt creepy. Yes there's a big age difference but, eewww.
So points for interesting characters as individuals, even if I never warmed up to Noah. I did like that the parts about film making weren't overly technical, but I could have done without some of it. If the author had a purpose for including so much of the movies story and the details of the scenes being filmed, I didn't get it. It was mildly interesting seeing the actress changing from their friend into the film character. I am giving credit for the quality of the writing, character building and world building. I did also notice quite a few editing errors.
I really enjoyed Noah. I was on the fence about reading because other reviewers mentioned being deterred by angst levels and I do not do angst. But I figured since the angsty events occurred in the very beginning of the story I had a decent chance of not having a strong emotional reaction since I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to really connect with the characters yet. I was right. There were definitely moments of sadness and I might have teared up here and there – but definitely no ugly, gasping for breath, choking on snot crying.
B-list Director Noah Collins finds himself single after returning home a day early from his latest project and finding his live-in gal pal of 4 years in bed with a dude she met at the grocery store. The next day a plane crash wipes out his entire family – mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew” – who were on their way to meet him for a family reunion. The universe is conspiring against Noah, so he takes to his apartment with a bottle of booze and stays there – despite the concerns of his good - film-industry- friends and fairly well-developed secondary characters. And there he stays until his 23 year old “nephew not really his nephew” Julian shows up looking for a fresh start and a temporary place to crash.
Both Noah and Julian are likable characters. Noah is mostly straight but has had his “fun in college” with the same sex. Julian is gay but kinda sorta in the closet and dealing with depression and self esteem issues – but also mature for his age. They both find comfort in being the only “family” they have left despite that they’re not blood related and never actually spent any time together and thus never had an uncle/nephew relationship. But still the pseudo-taboo-ness of their relationship adds a little innocent vanilla spice. As does the 17 year age difference. The entire story takes place over a couple of years with time jumps from 2 weeks to 9 months from Noah’s perspective (additional free epilogue on writer’s website from Julian’s).
There’s not a lot of heavy relationship angst between Noah and Julian but there are definite issues they need to work through and they’re apart for a chunk of time – which luckily thanks to time jumps I didn’t have to suffer through much of with them. They’re absolutely adorable together, have great chemistry and I’m proclaiming the sex – pretty darn hot. I was almost committing to 5 stars but I’m going back down to 4 (+1/2 really) because there was just a little too much minutia. I love relationship driven stories if the chemistry is there; and if I like a couple I can read 1000 pages of running errands as long as there is witty banter. Noah (the book) just too often went off on a tangent about the film that Noah (the character) was directing; and all the film talk was sort of interesting to a degree – but it was just a little too much. I honestly wasn’t all that interested in the plot of the film which was apropos of nothing. Other than to note that Julian – who double majored in art and music and is a very talented musician – wrote the score.
All in all – a very sweet love story with a firm HEA.
Top international reviews
shared grief leads to a complication Noah does not want. Not knowing that said 'nephew' had..has a long time crush on him since he was 16 and crush turns into love.
Such a good read. Recommend it.
Guys this story broke me, it is such an emotional and heartbreaking read.
Noah and Julian come together in the most heartbreaking way, they both lost their family in the same plane crash. Noah is Julian's Step Uncle and have been basically estranged since Julian was younger yet this tragedy brings them together again.
The relationship starts off as just one person who understands what the other is going through, and they seem to make each other push forward and start living again. Then as they become closer is when maybe, just maybe Noah and Julian believe there can be something between them.
This story is amazing and I am going to recommend anyone that loves a fantastic age gap, hurt/comfort and some incredibly fantastic character that you give this story a read. You will not be disappointed.
Why I keep giving my money to authors that have disappointed me in the past, that's a mystery by itself.
Noah, oh, Noah...I wish I could say that you brought me to tears from boredom, but that implies some kind of reaction to what I was reading, but, alas, I kept reading...with no emotions...unblinking...in semi comatose state... till survival instincts kicked in, and said to myself 'what the f... are you doing? what did you do in your life to deserve this continuous torture?
And that was that!
I wish I could take my money, my time, and my brain cells back. Not necessarily in that order.
Durante il funerale Noah lo invita a passare da lui qnd vuole, e nel frattempo decide di consumare il suo dolore nell'alcool.
Dopo qualche settimana Julian arriva a casa sua e gli chiede di potersi trasferire, per vedere se riescono assieme a superare la grande perdita.
Man mano che passa il tempo la loro complicità cresce ed inizia a serpeggiare anche una leggere attrazione che sconvolge un attimo gli equilibri di entrambi.
Storia narrata dal punto di vista di Noah.
Non ho dato cinque stelle, perchè secondo me verso il finale la storia perde un attimo il suo fascino.
Nel complesso comunque un'ottima lettura.
When two people fall in love it is a blessing. When two people share a common tragedy it is heartbreaking. This is such a story and I loved it. As is usual, this author has given us a special story of Noah and Julian. They will face countless obstacles in their search for an HEA.
I definitely look forward to anything else she writes!
I enjoyed the character of Noah so much, his no nonsense, down to earth attitude just did it for me. Julian too is very well written, he is the more complicated character, his vulnerability is tangible. There's a lot of grief in the story but it doesn't drown in it. The way in which Ms Dee handles it is very real and very well done. I hate books which are overly angsty, and this one didn't go there, even though, due to the subject matter, it had every right to.
The development of the relationship between the two MCs is excellently executed. Both are drowning in grief and help each other through it. They grow close and support one another. There is a hitch between the two of them, but when they finally get together as lovers proper, its beautiful.
This is such a great book, so well written, with characters that are honest and fallible. I really cannot recommend it enough. It's definitely a keeper and one that I will read again. 5+ stars.