- File Size: 550 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (January 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GB1T86
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've met men like Holly, bouncing with too much everything, needing containment. I was really glad for him that Nick finally woke up and saw the truth, and was able to contain him and love him. And as in all good love stories, their love made them both stronger. Charismatic characters with a good story arc, and great sex. Speaking of sex, I think the first sex scene is 62% the way in the book (I hate this no page numbers!) So this book is not a string of sex scenes with a little bit of plot and the gloss of a romance, it is an actual book about a relationship and the sex is the delicious spice but by no means the whole of it.
3360 locations - decent length novella, reasonably priced.
This was an interesting read, but probably not one for my 'keeper' shelf. To begin, the book was very obviously written by a woman (two women in this case). There isn't anything wrong with that, a lot of the m/m romance/erotica/bdsm I read is written by women. However, I tend to have a problem when the men come off as two women, with penises, as is the case in this novel.
A man named Hollister who insists on being called Holly is a little strange. I could see if it were a nick/pet name between he and Nick, his best friend, but everyone calls him Holly. Also, in this alternate universe, no one has a problem with Holly's gender neutral sexual proclivities, nor do they raise eyebrows at how SUPER affectionate he and his "platonic" friend Nick are. Add to the mix that Holly is needy, needy, needy and whiny and even I had a problem suspending my disbelief that Nick had no idea how Holly felt about him OR that he (Nick) is obviously gay, if not bisexual. Especially when Nick can barely keep from touching, stroking, or kissing (chastely) Holly every chance he gets. Meh.
Still, let's face it: some women like their men a little damaged - myself included and in this respect, this book was perfect. Holly is a train wreck of a human being and Nick is the ultimate enabler, he CRAVES picking up the pieces lol. Where was this guy in my twenties? Hell, where is he NOW? I really liked all the mushy sentimentality between Holly and Nick. Any opportunity I get to read about two hot men who like to cuddle and make out is a good one, especially when the sex is hot and descriptive. I also loved that it went both ways. I don't like it when one person is strictly top or bottom and the roles are always so stereotypical (big guy on top, small guy on bottom). It was nice to read about some `equal opportunity'.
For other books involving mushy boys, but more interesting or realistic male interaction try: No Souvenirs, Jordan Price Castillo's, Psy-cop series, Wings,A Fostered Love, or Off the Beaten Path
This book is co-dependency at its best. Holly is adrift in the world & needs boundaries to feel safe. Nick finds peace in creating these boundaries. Unlike other BDSM books where the TPE seems contrived & based on a sexual foundation, Nick & Holly's relationship was about serving each other's needs. Holly is a 'natural' submissive. Not because he is a weak person but because he delights in showing his love via his 'service' to Nick. Nick isn't all that Alpha but he delights in accepting what Holly is willing to give.
Other reviewers (on Amazon) have said that they found Nick's ignorance about his bi-sexuality unbelievable. I think this was nicely explained by his need to conform to the ideals of 'best practice' in life. He made CHOICES based on expectations from society & family; then suppressed his true needs & desires to live up to the choices he made. I don't think this is abnormal given the pressures people are under from society to conform.
I also didn't find Holly's subservience incongruous. He was described early in the book as affectionate & tactile. Given his barren childhood (aloof father, sick mother & resentful siblings) & his need for reassurance, his desire for 'petting' & affection is perfectly understandable.
Most books of the genre expect me to suspend belief & forgive major plot holes. This book was so well written that I could relax into the story & go along for the ride. Just lovely.
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