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                    [brt_text] => I just completed the 5th book. I feel like the series is finally FINALLY filling out. I’ll be honest, I nearly walked away after the first book. I mean it felt like I was just reading some form of porn. I stuck it out though bc I’m ocd about finishing books I start and the audio I have paired 1&2 together.  So I continued. 2 felt the tiniest bit better so I read 3 hoping the author would catch their stride.  Book 4....  what the heck do I just read/listen to?    Anyway, there is a book series I absolutely loved that was split up the same way this one was. I read somewhere that that series the first several books were meant to be one but the publisher insisted it be split up. (Idiotic).  The thing about that series though, was that the first 4 were meh until book 5 (the first that didn’t get paired. Book 5 their was where I really felt the story began to move and progress but none of book 5 would have been nearly as good without the background from the previous four.  I know it seems like I’m rambling but I have a point.  By book 2 I decided to view this series the same way. 

In my head I told myself the paired books (1 2,3 4, & 5 6) really should be just 1 really big book. As individual books, each of the first four would have annoyed me. But by looking at them as parts of one, I think I mostly liked it... (the chaos at the end of 4 throws me a bit). Book five finally felt like a full single instalment. The start was still a bit drawn out but it almost had to be to give the basic “intro to next book and reminder of prev” info dump. I also appreciate that while there still is a TON of sex, it feels more like those moments serve a purpose in the story rather than sex just to up the word/page count.

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Ok, based on the description and comment on the book cover, I expected this book to be some kind of m/m cinderella story. NO!!!! It barely even fits as a rags to riches type. What it is, is two characters from extremely different worlds who are both filled with loneliness and pain that find themselves brought together. It is about two men learning who each other are and what they want for their futures. Mixed into it all is the intrigue and mystery created by lies and coverups. These two men have to figure out if they can accept each other and whether or not they'll survive long enough for the choice to matter. [br_workcode] => 8512116 [br_stamp] => 1586939390 [books_id] => 181687275 ) ) [181687271-3] => Array ( [type] => 3 [stamp] => 1586939386 [data] => Array ( [br_bookid] => 181687271 [brt_text] => It’s an ok story. Def. cute relationship. I just got annoyed with the constant sex. I listened to the audio. I think at least one scene lasted 10-15 minutes. It felt to me like it was throwing off the pacing some. To be fair, I do realise most people would give the book more starts for those same scenes so don’t judge it too harshly. :). The story was sweet and does a good job giving a glimpse of what families look like after someone has come out but before they have fully been accepted. The couple balanced each other well. [br_workcode] => 5154272 [br_stamp] => 1586939386 [books_id] => 181687271 ) ) [181687094-3] => Array ( [type] => 3 [stamp] => 1586939138 [data] => Array ( [br_bookid] => 181687094 [brt_text] => This isn’t so much a new addition as it is a retelling and adding to of the first. This is far better when it comes to world building, character development, plot depth, etc.

I stand by my rating of the first one. But I did enjoy this one even more.


I’d still say read the first one first. There are some little things that changed and conflict slightly but there are others that didn’t fit in the retelling but still knowing them adds to the story. :) [br_workcode] => 17904025 [br_stamp] => 1586939138 [books_id] => 181687094 ) ) )