10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
It's not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed - sometimes with Van's camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
Chase Rogan and Mason Finley fell in love as kids and had their happily-ever-after at eighteen. Or so they thought....
Nick's demons are complicated and heart-wrenching. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness - even with the one man who's always owned his heart....
Thanks to Paul Sturgess, his long-time family friend and benefactor, Mike Sloan has lived a comfortable existence during college as a record-breaking swimmer. He's looking forward to finishing his senior year, followed by graduate school, then a high-powered career. That's what he thinks anyway, before he meets Hank Schechter, the awkward, shy, new-transfer student swimmer. Mike senses a sensitivity to the withdrawn young man, and makes it his personal goal to bring Hank into the fold. While helping Hank to become a member of the team, Mike finds himself falling for the new guy. Mike's dear childhood friend, Rachel Levange, who is running her own private law practice, announces she's ready to become a mother. And she wants Mike to be the baby daddy. Mike may be a gay man, but he too is experiencing a sudden desire to become a father. How will he reconcile it all?
After a night with no sleep because of this book!!!! this is my review...( with no spoilers as always) before everything I need to say this book is not for everyone....
this book!!! Oww this freaking book !!!
when I was interested in this book I never imagined I would get this kind of story! this kind of feeling's! this kind of humanity!!!!!
you may think this is a usual gay romance but it's not ...not at all!
it's a story without labels, it's just a story that tell us about humans.... humans with mistakes, humans with false, and humans with feelings. maybe this book is not for everyone, because it sure as hell I was shocked!
it's a book about a man, a young man that is a struggle to finding one thing ...one special thing that we are all looking for. love!
Michael is an amazing character. Hank is much more than amazing and sweet, so freaking sweet. the illness was so well described without even telling us the readers What Hank problem is.
and we knew did the problem is serious, we didn't knew he has disabilities.. but we knew that something is wrong. very very, wrong ...
every and each character in this book was in place.
it was amazing how everything collided in an amazing frustratingly good story.
I can't say everyone will love the story. I can't say everyone will say it's a good one.
no people will struggle with this book, this book is very special.
and I thought I knew the famous genre of gay men stories. but I was mistaken so much, and so badly!!!
because when I got this one I have learned the sex is just an act... an act that you can do with a woman and enjoy it with a man and enjoy it and you don't need to label. the feeling that they were looking for is love... yes they were looking for sex (like all humans)
but this book in specific is incredible and frustratingly annoying.
I don't even know how to describe it! and I don't know if everyone would love it. but I couldn't switch off the narrator for one second, I didn't sleep, I couldn't work properly until I finished this specific book.
I was thinking a lot about the score I will give this book, but I can't give anything below 5 stars... because this book made me anxious, made me mad, I felt the sweetness of Hanks disease... I felt the struggle of Mike's life.. I felt in every syllable, in every word, and in every sentence!!! what the author I meant, when he write this book!
the narrator was quite amazing... I didn't knew anything about this narrator and this writer until I heard this book, and I'm sure I will get another book from this writer even though this book was frustratingly annoying and frustratingly good. everything that happened will piss you off, it pissed me off so badly ....but I couldn't stop myself and I couldn't stop wishing that everything will be okay it just was so good I will definitely wait for more books from this author. and I will search another books of this narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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***I was given this book for free for an honest review***
I enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were multi faceted and relatable. Mike's protectiveness of Hank was touching. I sometimes actually winced at some of Hank's awkwardness but would then beam when Mike would stick up for him or encourage him, thus getting the other guys off his back. Hank was rather lovable in his awkward way and Alex Alvarez did a great job getting that awkwardness across. I recommend it.
This book was really conflicting for me. I believe the narration really helped me pull through parts I had otherwise found difficult. Alex Alvarez has a pleasant voice and he seemed to really put his all into each character. His depiction of Hank was captivating and strange at the same time- an emotion Mike has identified with throughout the story regarding Hank. In that sense I think the narration really brought the story to life in a way that made me want to continue reading despite my reservations.
I like that fact the author incorporated a character with Aspergers and it looked like a lot of research has been made into making that subject accurate. I did have an issue with the lack of attention and counseling Hank got, that really affected my ability to connect with the story. Mike keeps saying he just wants Hank to be a “normal person” and makes it his “mission”, that really bothered me because if you choose to deal with such a complexity in a story you can’t that brush it off as Hank being “not normal”. I also was really bothered by the fact Hanks mental state was just declared as Aspergers without any professional taking part in that assessment (just Paul’s opinion base on some relative that had it). It made it appear almost pasted into the book and not really an organic part of the story. And how come no one thought to take Hank to someone that could help him, I found it strange. Another issue I had with the book was that all the relationships revolved around using people, no real connection but just “business”, and then trying to make it romantic. It was at times disturbing, like how Paul started supporting Mike, its twisted and wrong. And then you add Hank into the mix, which is bad enough, and he has Aspergers that means he has trouble responding to people emotions and intentions. It made him almost easy pray at times, his naivete in entering a friendship and physical relationship with Mike was almost assault to me. I could not get over those undercurrents in the plot and they muddled every other part of the book to me. Also portraying gay characters that then contradict that was a bit off putting because I could not find a reason for them behaving thus. The book had very complex situations and characters while remaining flat and almost too melodramatic by choosing to put these characters together. I think there were too many details and topics, not enough dealing with them individually (because there was just no room to do so).
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review
'Breaking Out' does have a good premise, dealing with some important issues regarding acceptance of the LGBT community in competitive sports and in general. Mike was quite lovable and following his story was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Interesting secondary characters, some added to the story, some not so much.
The flow was not quite smooth, jumping from one scene to another, some feel rushed and some of the expressions used in the book snapped me out of the story.
I enjoyed listening to Mr. Alvarez's voice, versatile and with good modulations, loved most of the voices chosen, but the delivery fell short for me. Some of the voices were switched, also not sure if this was intentional, but female's voice used for a male character and male voice for female character are not good.
I was given this free review audiobook at my request and this review is voluntary.
Breaking out was good, it was like nothing I had read before. I though it was an mm romance, but it's more like a m/m m/f. It starts off with Mike and Paul. Paul is older then mike, and has given mike a pretty good life. Mike is a swimmer, he dreams of making the olympics. Paul supports him a 100%. He basically pays for everything. They have a sexual relationship, Mike doesn't feel the same way Paul does. Mike then meets Hank. Hank is awkward and shy. Mike and Hank have an awkward hookup, but nothing really develops. Then we meet Rachel. Rachel and Mike have been friends since they were kids. there is some drama between Rachael and mike, but in the end Rachel saves the day. I don't think breaking out is a romance. There are some 🔥Scenes, but I think it was more about finding out who you really are. The narrator was ok.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
This book is so very good, I've read a lot of mm genre, this is on another level.
Michael Character was wonderfully written,
Hank also another fabulously written character, without going into details, Hank has something serious wrong with him. He a sweet guy.
Once I became invested in the book. I was hooked. Not your average MM book. It's more.
The characters sometimes are frustrating, I wanted to say to Michael for crying out load, on a lot of occasions.
This author is new to me. But I will be looking for more books by them.
Beautifully written, great details to these characters.
I will definitely be listening to this again. Very entertaining p
I was given this audible for a honest review. Which I can truly say I have.