Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/17/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Romance
y twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
If I may speak from a purely sentimental place…there’s not a single thing wrong with this book. There just isn’t. It’s funny and fun, loving and strong, frustrating and wobbly and joyous – everything you could ask for in a story with two neuro-divergent MCs.
Without verging into spoiler territory, I will say that I took part of a star off because of the unbelievability of a certain plot turn in the back half of this novel. I thought about it from several angles and couldn’t figure out how anyone who…did what this bad guy did…would later act/speak the way they were portrayed. There was a reason given, but it didn’t work for me at all.
That small issue notwithstanding, Ms. Loveless’ clear writing and steady pacing make this a title I will no doubt be recommending for years to come.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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