- File Size: 2109 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074MGXGW5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henry gets an accidental text from Ash saying the phone battery is about to die, but the text was confirmation that the date was on for that night. Thinking it's a woman and that since the text didn't go to the right person, she'll sit all alone at a bar thinking she got stood up....he decides to go down there and explain what happened. And what do you know...Ash isn't Ashley....but ASHER, a man.
Told entirely from Henry's POV, I struggled with him a little bit in the beginning. He skated along that line of endearingly oblivious and "seriously, dude?" oblivious.
Could this guy seriously NOT see what was going on?? The way the evening progressed, the the direction his thoughts were going in....how he was feeling? He had very little "hands-on" experience in the love department, and even though his one serious relationship was with a woman, it was clear where his imagination...and his libido...was leading him. But by 1/3 of the way through, I really (and finally) started to warm up to Henry.
He was awkward and a tad uncomfortable around people, didn't understand social cues that well because his brain focused on the logical, the factual, the black and white....and if things didn't fit into the box he had envisioned in his brain, it just didn't compute for him. Until Asher.
Asher made things easy. He was fun, spontaneous, easy to talk to, and to Henry's surprise....he was very attracted to Asher.
"It was as though I'd lit a candle, only to discover too late it was dynamite. There was no extinguishing the flame now, and even if I could, I didn't want to."
Asher knows this is all new to Henry. He's understanding, he's patient...and he lets Henry set the pace of their budding relationship.
"I don't know if there's anything I've ever wanted as much as this...wanted as much as I want you."
Henry didn't have many friends and lived his life within a structured routine...but watching him blossom with Asher gave me all the smiles. The romance and intimacy that was growing between them was so sweet, so romantic....all the new relationship butterflies were fluttering.
"He wove and unwove his fingers between mine in lazy movements as I rambled, one idea connected vaguely to the next, as though being with him loosened everything in my brain and suddenly it all flowed out."
I would have loved Asher's POV in a couple of places. He was just too perfect at times, and I would have liked to know what he was thinking...especially during their first "date." Also, it was briefly mentioned that Asher wasn't a relationship type of guy, but none of that showed in his actions with Henry. If that plot point wasn't going to be explored, or brought in as a conflict, I wish it were left out.
There's no angst in this book. It's a sweet story of logical Henry, following his heart for once.
"I'd spent much of my life tackling problems from an academic perspective, but in the short time I'd known Asher, he'd proven that much of life cannot be experienced that way, that events are meant to be lived and not scrutinized."
Basically, this book is one that will have you smiling through most of it...especially when you get to that epilogue.
"For the first time in my life, when everything else was stripped away, this is where I wanted to be. He was who I wanted to be with."
Ash is short for Asher, not Ashley, and Ash is gay. Ash doesn’t do the same thing twice, including restaurants and dates. Until now. When Ash meets Henry he assumes Henry is also gay and after a kiss, which Henry liked very much, Henry doesn’t know how to tell Ash that he’s not gay. So, when Ash tries to call Henry the next day Henry doesn’t know what to do except not answer the call. Gradually, Henry realizes he really would like to get to know Ash and maybe even repeat that kiss.
This is a low drama story with very little angst and a lot of self discovery. Exactly what I enjoy reading. Henry and Ash discover what they like about each other, learn what makes each other tick, but when it comes down to where they go from here Henry realizes he’s going to have to come out to his family. When he finally does, again, very little drama because his family loves Henry and accepts whatever makes him happy. They also like Ash very much. A sweet little story.
Henry doesn't expect the stranger to be a guy named Asher Wescott. When Asher invites him to have a drink to thank him for his kindness Henry sees no reason to decline. The two end up having a nice time together. Then Asher kisses Henry at the end of the night and throws Henry into a bit of a loop. Henry isn't gay and being socially inept doesn't really know how to handle the situation when Asher calls.
I thought this was a cute read albeit rushed. The cute meet was on point and I loved it. Henry came to terms with his sexuality quicker than I expected him to. I enjoyed seeing Henry and Asher's reaction to each other and how much change they brought into each other's life.
An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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