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I loved Mark and how he went from such an insecure man to one who was proud of all he'd accomplished and could still accomplish. I also do love how, in the midst of all his insecurities, he was still able to step out of his comfort zones (yes zones).
His friends, Oliver and Jason, goodness gracious, were so lovely and supportive; the kinds of friends you'd wish for yourself. Those who'd lift you up when you're down and keep cheering you on when things are going well for you.
There were lots of "laugh out loud" moments in this book, as well as "OMG" and "WTF" moments. This book was such an enjoyable read for me and I'm, for one, glad I took a chance on this new author.
I believe my favorite part of the book is that it doesn't read as a "gay" book. Instead, it reads as a book about two people, who happen to be men, navigating this wonderful and scary thing called love/relationship.
Mr James, I loved all my feels while reading this book and the fact that you've got me feeling empathy for the villain is a worthy feat.
Congrats on a wonderful debut!
Mark is an extremely attractive man filled with insecurities on the inside. Being impossibly gorgeous isn't all it's cracked up to be. He's tired of other men only looking at his outward appearances instead of what's on the inside. The author does an excellent job of conveying Mark's insecurities through his writing and my heart broke for him. Deep down, it's simple: he just wants to be loved for who he is, not what he looks like.
Mark's best friends are Oliver and Jason. They cracked me up! The humor they brought to the story was the perfect balance to the intense emotional aspects. You really get to know them during the book and see just how much they love their friend. The relationship the three friends share is one I'm envious of. They are there for one another no matter what and nothing will ever change that. Those kinds of friends are few and far between.
Matthew is a mysterious stranger whom James comes to know and eventually love. Their relationship was endearing and sexually exciting too. (yes, there is hot sex, but that's not the main focus of the novel.)
The plot line is unique and I won't ruin it here. I'm from a part of the country where I'm surrounded by ultra-conservatives and same sex relationships are either hidden around here or they move to more accepted areas. This book gave me a glimpse into a world I haven't experienced before. My heart went out to Mark, who was bullied and ridiculed for his sexual orientation all throughout his life. I can't even imagine how difficult that is, and it isn't just a story in a book. That's real life, for too many people.
If you give this book a chance you'll see that you forget that it's an M/M romance...it's simply a heartfelt love story, and the gender of the characters and who they choose to love is irrelevant to the feelings in their hearts and towards one another.
Mark is a ruggedly handsome man who’s worked hard to become as buff as possible, a determined reaction to an early beating from a homophobe in high school. His friends Jason and Oliver are close, and all three of them seem to be searching for more than the casual sex they all indulge in almost as a way of life.
At first reluctant to be a stripper, Mark is driven to it by a need for money. He finds he’s very good at it … so good, in fact, that his stage act causes the conflict, the very drama of the story.
I will not give away the plot. Suffice it to say that happy endings really ARE what they’re cracked up to be!
I enjoyed this novella very much. The main characters are likable, the story has a nice flow, the sex is very male-oriented and raw. It has a frothy lightness to it, and at the same time a kind of earthy reality.
I look forward to more from James Lee Hard. And kudos to this author for taking the time to re-edit the book. It is sparkling!
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The plot is good.
I really liked Mark, Mathew, Jason and Oliver.
The fainting scene was a little over the top.Read more