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- Print Length: 345 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490997873
- Publisher: Carter Quinn Books (July 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DUPVNNK
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While there was no full on sex in the book, this was one of the most romantic stories I've read in a long time. ...A unique telling of a damaged young man finding his perfect love story. ~ Reviews by Jessewave
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In one word it is BEAUTIFUL. Reading Avery is like watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon. He is transformed and can finally live again and accept love. He can be beautiful, he can fly. ~ 3 Chicks After Dark
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I started reading it, and just could not let go of the book. It's tough, harsh, but also sweet and sensuous. If you're looking for a predictable m/m romance, this book is not that. It is so much more though. The writing is good, things evolve at a realistic pace, no easy, out of the blue, solutions here. Every setback, every flashback makes one's heart ache for Avery, every small step in the right direction makes one cheer madly with hopeful joy. I'm looking forward to reading more by Carter Quinn.
This is the story of a gentle giant, Noah, who with patience, understanding and love, helps Avery emerge from the blackness of his childhood. Nothing "insta" here at all - the story, the process, and the love take place over many months; it is a journey well worth reading.
Noah, at first, seems too good to be true, but given that he is a psychology major, it doesn't take a great leap of faith to accept his knowledge and manner of dealing with Avery about whom, given his history of childhood horror and abuse, one must wonder how he manages to even function at all in the world. In addition to Noah, Avery is surrounded by a small, select group of people - the Gossip Group - who befriend him and try to help him deal and heal in an otherwise heretofore friendless world.
The writing is flawed at times, with occasional misspellings, extraneous words and some awkward sentence structure that had me rereading to comprehend its meaning, but not so overt as to spoil the beauty of the story. The supporting characters - Sam in particular (an "adopted" big brother) - sometimes seem unbelievably insightful but they are a great bunch of people and help the story move along.
All in all - not a book for everyone but certainly an exceptionally good read if you do. If you are looking for a passionate tale replete with sex, however, this book is not for you.
This is my second book by this author and I look forward to much more of his work.
What I did like about the book was some of the interaction between Avery and Noah towards the end of the book. They had such cute, sweet moments that made my heart melt. Some of the dialogue between the two of them felt so real, like how a normal couple would interact with each other. The teasing and little banter between them felt relatable. I am pretty sure I have had some of those same interactions with my own boyfriend and so I really liked that aspect. I just wished this would have been the case all the time. One of the things that bothered me was that the dialogue when they were being serious with each other didn't fell real. It felt like I was reading a book with made up characters.. which.. I mean I was... but it's not SUPPOSED to feel that way.
I think part of the dialogue problem and the biggest problem I had overall was Noah's character. He was extremely flat. I really wanted to like him. Seriously I troed. I liked how patient he was with Avery and I wouldn't have a problem with him... if I could understand him. I wish It was told from his perspective as well because looking through Avery's eyes, I hate to admit, but I agree with Avery. Why does Noah like him? I just found it hard to believe why Noah was in love with him. Like right from the beginning, he doesn't know anything about Avery other than the fact that he obviously has experienced some trauma. Since it is told from Avery's perspective you just see this perfect guy, being perfectly patient and loving for seemingly no reason. I just didn't get why he would care so much and how he would know how to act around him. I mean he was studying psychology and his mom was a psychologist but that doesn't explain why he fell in love with him. I mean from the beginning Avery was nothing but rude to him. There are also several times throughout the book where Avery has these crazy mood swings. I understand that it comes with the territory, but from an outside perspective like Noah's, that is NOT normal, and yet Noah is perfectly understanding and not questioning? I just feel like if it was also told from Noah's perspective I could have understood what made him feel that way about Avery. Told as it is, Noah's character just seems too perfect and understanding to be a realistic character.
Also, a lot of his character was SUPER cheesy. Like TOO cheesy. And I happen to LIKE cheesy character's and moments.
The last thing that REALLY pissed me off was all the condescending pet names for Avery. He is a freaking adult. 23 Years old, not a little kid. Yet they kept calling him "buddy", "sport", "champ", or Noah's favorite "little one". YUCK. I HATED that. I literally cringed every time someone refereed to him as one of those. Which was a lot of the time. They gave him a cute nickname with "Aves" and I really wished they would have just stuck with that.
Anyway, this one wasn't my favorite. I feel bad because I kept reading and was really trying to get into it, but for the reason's listed above, I can't give any more than a 3 star review.
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I so desperately would love to see another book with these characters as there is lots that can be written of these guys...their intimacy still was to be developing and more inclusion of Noah's mother..Avery deserves to experience what it feels like to have a mother around who loves him and that would be great to see...banter and family moments for Avery with the Yates family along with his own friends. There is just such a lot of scope for another book as these characters were so amazing...and I would love to have it from both characters viewpoints...that is my only real tiny thing about this book...although not enough to knock off stars..I would have loved some chapters in between the ones of Avery, from Noah's view, I find this deepens my attachment to characters and adds a different dimension to the view, not only of Noah, but of Avery. This also gives opportunity for their friends views to be given across better when Avery isn't present..I would have loved that angle from the author.
However...an utterly deep, emotional and beautiful read and I would recommendation tissues.
Going to parts of the human psyche that are uncomfortable to read, dealing with PTSD, Mental Illness, Cognitive Therapy, extreme anxiety, paranoia and just life in general it had me gripped from the start.
When I read the two reviews left previously I thought nah... no tears for me. How wrong. 6% in? I was borderline blubbering like a baby. The author has done their research, it was absolutely harrowing in places. One scene in particular that stood out for me was set during a therapy session when Avery just combusted and broke down. I literally had to turn my kindle over, take a breather and re-read it. Amazing.
I don't like giving plots away in reviews and I won't here but the MC's - Avery and Noah are just stunning. As are the secondary characters, Kaleb, Scott, Kira and the rest of Avery's support network.
It's a beautiful thing reading a characters journey out of the blackness into the light and that's exactly what happens here.
Just buy it.
Avery had an exceptionally abusive upbringing and was discarded by his mother, but he loved her and wanted to be a good boy; no matter how hard he tried he could never be that person for his mom. He went into the system and due to his slight stature was the perfect target for the bullies that the care system seems to breed. He now faced abuse from his peers, until his saviour Sam came along.
This is the tale of how Avery is almost forced (out of kindness) to overcome his anxiety, panic attacks, his fear and lack of self worth. He can't trust or let anyone in for fear they will hurt him, he can't love but he desperately wants love, which he has from Sam but still believes that he isn't worthy or that Sam can't really means he loves him; this stems from the abuse he received as a child. If you tell a kid that he's worthless long enough he'll start to believe it. Noah's upbringing was Avery's polar opposite but he sees something in Avery that calls to him. I loved this story, hated the abusers.
I usually try not to give away the plot, but hopefully I've made you want to read this marvellous book. Wonderfully hopeful story, shows the good and the bad in all of us.
The story is totally believable and for once I just read the story instead of becoming disappointed with the writing.
I just hate Mom and Carl, more so Carl for what Mom became. And what made Tommy into the monster he became.
Being allowed into this world of abuse and damage is a privilege. What amazing characters Aves friends are.