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Learning to Love: Josh & Chris by K.C. Wells

The Learning to Love series

  • Learning to Love: Michael & Sean (book #1)
  • Learning to Love: Evan & Daniel (book #2)
  • Learning to Love: Josh & Chris (book #3)

Learning to Love: Josh & Chris (Learning to Love, #3)Learning to Love: Josh & Chris by K.C. Wells

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

When Chris Andrews gave evidence against the men who manipulated him into taking part in a homophobic assault, Josh Saunders was his rock, and his support gave Chris the courage to come out. Now that Chris finds himself sharing a house with Josh, he wonders where that strong, sexy guy has disappeared to. Chris wants him back—but he can’t wait forever.

Josh has been attracted to Chris from the get-go, and the more time they spend together, the stronger the pull grows. But he needs to make sure Chris feels the same attraction, and not just gratitude. Josh bides his time, waiting for the right moment… and misses his chance when Chris starts seeing someone else.

Somehow Josh has to convince Chris they are perfect together. But first, he needs to figure out who has been sending Chris malicious letters, threatening him over the phone, and writing hateful slogans across their front door—and persuade his own ex, who seems determined to win Josh back, to get lost. In fact, Josh’s life may depend on it.

So what did I think?

Josh & Chris’ story is the third in the Learning to Love series and is pretty much similar to the earlier books – lovely characters, sweet romance, lots of sex and some drama.

Sharing a house are the couple from the first two books – Michael & Sean and Evan & Daniel – plus Josh and Chris. They all make an appearance in this book as they gather to support Josh and Chris but also have their own story lines.

Chris is still doing community service for his part in an attack on Michael. But because of the forgiving nature of all these boys/men and because he testified against the others and outed himself at the trial, he has been welcomed into the home. He is still struggling with his sexuality as his parents have threatened to cut him off. He is still a virgin but has strong feelings for Josh. Believing these feelings could surely not be returned, he starts dating another man.

Josh has put his nursing career on hold to study medicine. He has strong feelings for Chris and has yearned for him for a long time. Everyone, including his father, are aware of it, expect Chris.

What I enjoy in this series is the open love and affection shown by these men. They are truly a family, offering love and support to each other. They are very physically demonstrative about their love and also quite vocal. They are not afraid to let each other know how much they care and share feelings (of course, accept for Josh and Chris with each other because that would be too easy!). I like the blend of friendship, romance, sex and drama.

The sex is interesting because in some ways it greatly contrasts with the characters of the men – just because the men are so sweet and lovely, it doesn’t always mean the sex is gentle and romantic. Daniel and Evan in the epilogue are a prime example. They also don’t seem to require much privacy and with their high sex drives, there always seems to be someone having sex while the others can hear.

What I don’t like so much is the total overuse of endearments – sweetie, honey, love (here is Australia “Love” is an endearment my grandmother would use, it isn’t romantic) and some of the dialogue has a slightly unnatural feel to it. I just can’t imagine men speaking to each other like that in real life. Here is where I suspend worrying about reality and just think what nice guys they are! I also think the marriage thing is a bit overdone with ALL these really young men making this commitment so early.

This book does contain some violent acts so we get a real contrast between the sweet loving and the violent abuse. It is handled well and it is good to see that the character undergo appropriate therapy and have support to recover.

The ending leaves a few things open so hopefully another book won’t be too far away. I would like to find out what is going on with Sean (I have my suspicions) and it would also be nice to see the character of James re-introduced. James is the guy who was dating Chris and seems so lovely. When Chris breaks up with him he is so nice about it and encourages Chris to talk to Josh. I would like him to have a happy ending too.

Overall I think I enjoyed this book slightly more than the others in the series, perhaps because I knew what to expect in terms of the writing style.

4 Stars

To find out more about K.C. Wells and her books visit her website.

My review of  Learning to Love: Michael & Sean can be found here.

My review of Learning to Love: Evan & Daniel can be found here.

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The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey

The Bottled Up series by Andrew Grey consists of 8 books which are centred around a group of friends who live in the same town.

Reading Order

  • The Best Revenge (book #1)
  • Bottled Up (book #2)
  • Uncorked (book #3)
  • An Unexpected Vintage (book #4)
  • Legal Artistry (book #5)
  • Artistic Appeal (book #6)
  • Artistic Pursuits (book #7)
  • Legal Tender (book #8)

The Best Revenge (Bottled Up, #1)The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb….

Tyler O’Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark’s mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date’s success and their mutual attraction, Mark’s happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler’s doorstep and finds shelter.

Tyler’s encouragement and support help kick-start Mark’s career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they’re daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler’s budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.

So What did I think?

I decided to read this book because I wanted to read a book with nice characters and filled with gentle romance, knowing that Andrew Grey would deliver this.

This is a sweet story of Tyler, who runs an antiques shop, and Mark, an artist. This is the first book in the series and introduces a number of characters who are friends of Tyler and Mark but most of the story directly involves the couple themselves.

Tyler ‘rescues’ Mark when he is tossed out of home by his homophobic mother and brother. They pretty much fall instantly in love.

These men are very vocal with their feelings and the book is filled with declarations of love and romantic gestures. There is also an awful lot of sex between the two men. I love a good sex scene but found there was just a little too much for my liking in this book. Maybe because the scenes seemed a bit too repetitive.

The story follows the men as they come to terms with family rejection, harassment, and violence in terms of property damage, all while developing their relationship, building a home, growing the business and establishing Mark’s painting career.

There are some lovely scenes describing Mark’s artwork and how he manages to capture emotion. “In all my life I have never seen such a visual expression of love.” I would have loved to see what these portraits looked like!

My main negative feedback for this book is only a small thing. The dialogue often seemed too formal and I think would have benefited from use of more contractions.

I would highly recommend this book for lovers of sweet romance.

3 Stars

 

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For more information on Andrew Grey and his books, check out his website.

I have also reviewed some of his more recent books: A Wild Ride and Organic Chemistry.

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Grand Slam by J.T. Cheyanne

Grand SlamGrand Slam by J.T. Cheyanne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story where “Somehow, the geek had gotten the jock.” I have a soft spot for books about athletes and celebrities so this hit all the right buttons.

This story was a bit unique in that Spencer was an openly gay baseball player and was largely accepted by his coach and team.  The story wasn’t the typical story of a jock trying to hide his sexuality. Rather it focused on sexual harassment and deceit within the sport, abuse and family.

The inclusion of the children (Brock’s niece and nephew) and Brock’s own desire to have a family was wonderful. However I am not sure the ‘voice’ of the children was captured correctly. There was a lack of consistency in the language used by the youngest who slipped between bad grammar and use of some adult phrases. The 4 year old also made reference to “He doesn’t make you upset like that bad Nolan did.” , referring to a relationship Brock had had a couple of years before. If I read correctly she would have only been 2 years old and not remember it even if she understood that relationship.

Regardless of this small issue, the story got big ticks for dramatic events, misunderstandings and depth of feeling. Loved it when Spencer realised Brock was more important than baseball. “He didn’t want to think about baseball. His first love since grade school jeopardized a budding new love. One that threatened to be as powerful, if not more so, than the first.”

4 Stars

Find out more about J.T. Cheyanne at their website.

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