It’s Like This by Anne O’Gleadra ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

5 Glorious, I’ll Never Forget You Stars

anneogleadra_itslikethis Title: It’s Like This

Author: Anne O’Gleadra

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A brave and funny love story about the anxieties, insecurities, and heartaches that drive people apart and bring them back together, It’s Like This is the journey of Niles and Rylan, as they learn to communicate in the shadow of a life-changing illness.

Niles and Rylan have been together a long time. They have great sex, they are deeply intimate, and Rylan never holds back on displaying his affection. As far as their family and friends are concerned, they’re an established couple, and yet, after three years of being “together”, Niles is still unsure if they’re actually in a relationship.

As their sexual intensity reaches a dangerous tipping point, Niles must find the courage to articulate how he feels in order to try and keep the only thing he has ever wanted. Emotional and compelling, It’s Like This is a must-read for true romantics.

My View:

Remember when you were a kid and you went to your grandma’s house and maybe you hadn’t seen your grandma in a long time and she would hug the bejesus out of you and kiss you all over your head/face until you wanted to say, ‘Awwww grandma, C’mon!’?

Remember that?

I was the grandma in this little scenario. I wanted to squeeze the stuffing out of my kindle more than once but that would’ve been counterproductive.

I’m going to make a concerted effort not to type your face off. I know I can get a little… wordy. Periodically. In short, LOVED IT. I’D TOTES READ IT AGAIN. YOU SHOULD SO READ IT! LIKE NOW.

Niles/Nigh is a fantastically quirky, weirdly insecure, obsessive and neurotic character. He’s adorbs and will fit nicely in my pocket. I’ve already made room for him. It niggled me a bit that he’s cast as such a people pleaser that he’s afraid to use his voice considering he and Rylan/Ry are in a BDSM relationship. BUT he’s 19. I may be chalking too much up to his age, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Ry is quite a talented little sadist. I gotta say. He’s a kinky, dirty talking little bastard who sets Nigh on fire AND baffles him. I did think it was somewhat odd that they’ve been in a relationship for three years and have never defined their relationship. The time/lack of communication does get addressed but… THREE YEARS!!!!! I’ll throw in money to the take-some-initiative fund, boys. Damn.

The entire first half of It’s Like This is Nigh obsessing about their relationship because they never talk about their relationship, and he’s concocted all these farfetched ideas that are making him crazy. I was this close to going into my kindle to facilitate the ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting. They avoided it by the narrowest of margins. After the pow wow it is painstakingly obvious just how good Ry is for Nigh. He’s patient and persistent and for a 19 year old he’s quite insightful and perceptive.

I know people will be put off by the writing style (first person present). You know what I have to say to them? Your loss. Others will be put off by the kink and they probably have a case. I thought it was ridiculously hot and the trust Nigh has for Ry is clear as day. Plus… the begging. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph… the begging. I’m sure their play has evolved over three years; I’d be willing to bet they didn’t jump into the deep end. They are each other’s first everything, Ry is quite observant on top of his other qualities and in three years he’s made one quasi mistake. Maybe I’m rationalizing but I didn’t think it was anywhere near dub-con. I thought their power dynamics were a perfect fit for them.

Even the secondary characters added to the appeal of this book. The little sister, Kya, is hilarious. The best friend, Shona, is the catalyst oftentimes. I’m kind of a sucker for the ‘you make your family’ thing and Ry certainly needs it because his parents level of suckitude is sky high.

As an aside, it does sort of niggle that apparently this was pulled to publish fanfic, though not enough to lower my rating.

I totally loved It’s Like This and it’s now safely ensconced on my favorites shelf. I’ll definitely reread it. If you decide to give it a whirl, I hope you love it as much as I.

Buy Links

Beaten Track Publishing
Amazon US
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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