Blems are hard to find because they re so locked up in ther people s minds and heartsLessons about themselvesit s a trap Vivien Leigh of mywn making I want the attention you see but I m scared to death when it s thereAnd lessons about loveas if love was a great blanket we were slowly unfurling through the night appreciating every stitch and every thread Every intricate and uniue pattern We kept By the Book ourselves warm wrapped up in itThis isne The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of those books that is like that great blanket I take it and appreciate it and wrap it around me and learn about myself some tooAnd thenShe nodded her head in approval and hesitantly shut the book breathing a reader s sigh That wonderful inhaleexhale reactionne does after finishing a book that has somehow touched you Completion Inner peace Separate peaceSo did I It didTom Excellent gay fiction with romantic elements about an author who lives a very predictable safe life ruled by lists and habit until his attractive new editor shakes things up As with so many books by Eric Arvin this book was simultaneously fun funny and thought provoking pretty much like life itself 45 rounded upFirst ff I must admit to being a bit perturbed by some f the ther reviews indicating there is cheating in this book r at the very least an pen relationship Those that know me know that cheating is not something I take lightly when reading MM and it truly does take a master to make me see past that That being said there is no cheating in this book There is no pen relationship in this book What there is in this book is a journey f self discovery Arvin s characters never end up in the same place they start in typically with life changing realizations that don t always depend n someone they fall in love with That s why I enjoy his books because the MC doesn t need a man to make everything better he needs to learn to trust in himself to make things betterArvin s wit and humor are n full display here throughout the novel from fanged vaginas to computers taking ver the world I TOLD YOU I enjoyed the second half as much as the first when it turned into almost a travelogue story as the MC heads to Europe The supporting cast is eclectic and uirky and I especially love the side story with Janey and the war between the religious boys in her neighborhood That resolution The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel of that sub plot was hilarious house fires and religious three waysThere was a bitf deus ex machina about the last uarter f the book and ex just happens to be in the same city in Europe that the MC is and imparts lasting wisdom at a critical juncture but I was able to verlook this given that you hear stories like that all the time a person was far away from home and they just happened to run into someone they knew Life can be weird like that sometimesAll and all another Arvin winner Highly recommended Hilarious start and lots f ddball humour I was chuckling for the first half The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory of the story it was so funny and engaging But disappointingly the second partf the book didn t continue in the same vain it got a bit boring and I was disinterested about the end result Brock and Logan were not your average romantic couple and for me there was no burning hot chemistry between them and they never really appealed as a couple still an nice enough read too bad about the last half Anonymums of the story 3 35 starsLoughut loud funny in the first part f the book with hilarious dialoguebanteruotes and uirky characters got increasingly tiring in the second partHere the humor felt forced and repetitive there s a reason why slapstick moviesstories are r should be short and couldn t cover the weak plot any nly so much to tell about writer s block and falling in love with the editormade it hard to keep me interested and to finish the storyslightly disappointing This review contains major spoilersBy way f a prologue I would like to say that this is my first book by Eric Arvin and I truly find the man has potential for greatness He can be funny and witty and emotional and he can write Which is not a given for many published authors So I will keep an eye Practical Ventriloquism out for Eric Arvin sther workMy issue with this book though was that it seemed to want to say and achieve too much ending up being all ver the place And it was like it was written by two different people the first half by Noel Coward and the second half by Paulo Coelho Also it felt like it wanted to be a movie directed by Blake Edwards and with the theme music composed by Henry Mancini but had to make do with Nora Ephron and a soundrack f non riginal pop hitsMy pick My theme song for the first half f the book would be Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds It describes Logan Brandish s situation pretty accurately With his mildly successful career as a romantic writer and his neat predictable monotonous life his clean cut boy scout On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of a boyfriend Curtis who loves cardboard boxes and that s pretty much all that excites him and the uiet completely unexciting small townf Adbury where he lives in a big Victorian house with his bestie Janey who has this thing for Jehovah s witnesses and Mormons By the way I didn t get if the Mormons and the Witnesses were there to help Janey release her pent up sexual energy Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) or for somether profound reasonBut Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat one fine day humdrum Logan who s also suffering from a bad casef writer s block meets cover model handsome and funny and riproarious Brock Kimble his new editor who s also determined to make his next book hit first place Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home on s Gay Lesbian bestseller list Brock is so different from anyone Logan s ever met and he rocks Logan s world They chatn line and they exchange emails and funny videos and they have coffee at cosy little romantic cafes and they even chase an unruly umbrella in Logan s garden during a rainstorm They soon end up having mind blowing sex and thank Heavens Logan had the sagaciousness to break up with Curtis before that happened Or was it Curtis that broke up with him first to chase his cardboard dream around the world Who cares What matters is that the time Logan spends with Brock the deeper he realizes his emotions are for the man But Brock isn t the relationship type r rather he can t commit to a relationship right now so they part ways Now not nly Logan has to nurse his semi broken heart but he also gets assigned to a new editor Miss Frances Barlow who s the polar pposite f Brock She s lder and she s stern and she could be Linda Hunt s twin sister r Imelda Staunton s double in Harry Potter and the Order Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of the Phoenix and she seems to hate both him and his work Which takes us to the second partf the book I got two theme songs for this Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer one You ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman and Don t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrinWhen even Logan sld arthritic. Window Faced with real passion for the first time Logan becomes restless and agitated and soon his life and his new manuscript a work in progress he’d always thought would be completed are in a shamblesBut as Logan is learning you can’t always get wha.
Disclaimer the spoiler below is uite real not just a scene Night's Pawn or two If you read it you ll know the story line completelyview spoilerLogan had a nice stable life He had a stable albeit boring boyfriend Curtis had written some popular romance book Trouble and a female best friend Janey He hit a writer s block and at the same time the publisher sent a new editor Brock The gorgeous new editor kept telling him how crap his new book was even the manuscript that Logan felt good in writing was trashed so he abandoned it Brock told him to be gay andpen to new horizon But that s not Logan so he hit identity crisis Since he s attracted to Brock Logan broke up with Curtis which was not difficult since it turned Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) out Curtis was assigned to be somewhere else by his company Logan and Brock started to sleep together However after bringing Logan to meet his family Brock told him that he s not ready for any relationship and it s better if Logan got a new editor They did that and kinda broke upThe new editor a sternlder lady again trashed Logan s manuscript which again threw Logan ff Remembering what Brock told him he decided to take vacation to Europe There he involved in sexual encounters with several Italian hunks and even two f them at the same time He forgot about his writing until ne day he met Curtis his ex boyfriend Curtis asked him what he s doing in Rome and why he didn t write any This made Logan realized his situation He called his editor and his best friend Janey saying he d stopped writing and abandoned the book completely Janey then came to Rome with Brock Brock said that in the past he pushed Logan when actually he was the ne who needed a new horizon Soon enough Logan s current editor also appeared in Rome not accepting Logan s decision to abandon the book It turned The Secret Child out she actually liked Logan s writings Like Brock before she just wanted to push him a bit to the directions she wantedLogan start to write again and be with BrockThat s it The endIt s not bad but I m not wowed by it Far from it Brock idea that Logan needs to change because he s not gay enough is horrible IMO After all gay people and those who are sympathetic to their cause always argue for diversity Here Logan had to change and conform with certain ideasf how gays supposed to be if he wanted to be authentic gay Uh Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook oh The idea that people have to be shaken and change themselves to get new perspectivef life doesn t resonate with me especially here where change f life is associated with Logan s writer s block Both Brock and the current editor pushed Logan for no ther reason but to satisfy their wn wants Logan s previous book was a best seller There is no proof that his abandoned manuscript wouldn t be either since the reasons both editors pushed him had nothing to do with the writing itself as it turned ut later So his identity crises were the utcome f two manipulative editors with issues not from his writing Yes he had a writer s block but everyone whose job involved constant writings can attest that it happens a lot and it doesn t need a shaking to Death by Inferior Design overcome it Now if the successf an author is measured by 1 How much the author expresses himherself in the book and 2 the number f copies it s sold then with the abandoned manuscript Logan would be actually fine with 1 because he enjoyed writing it and possibly would get 2 as well So what s the identity crises are about to Logan as an author One f my pet peeves in any stories is deus ex machina Here there are two Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of them Curtis suddenly showed up in Rome and made Logan realized what he s doing and Brock conveniently showed up after everything with Logan s life had been uite stable following crises due to the editors suggestions Onef the main thing that gay people have to suffer from is bullying Bullying takes many form it doesn t always in the form f physical it can be emotional bullying Not necessary from direct bad words but also from being the bject f jokes f people who are making fun A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of them Throughout the book the author makes funf Jehovah Witness and Mormons I don t belong to those religions but I cringed when I was reading this book Oh come The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified on Arthur it s just a joke Can t we have fun then So if some people enjoy making funf gays it s fine for them to do so I thought we re about respecting different way White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of life I just wish I knew it involves multiple partners Nothing wrong with that just not my cupf tea I wouldn t have bought this book if I knew it in advance The writing is f the book not consistent I felt a break between the early chapters and the later nes hide spoiler Logan Brandish is a successful accomplished writer Not a mega star but with enough imagination and talent to have a nice career But lately he has been in a bit Scab of a rut His writing has stalled and he has been running though editors And meeting his newne he hoped to present a good front and maybe fake his way through itIn walks Brock Kimble a man as unlikely as his name Good looking hot smart unexpected And he pulls no punches in shaking things up for Logan Telling him that lately his is crap and challenging him to do and better And flirting all the time Keeping Logan In a World Created by a Drunken God on his toesAnd Logan reacts Changes up his writing Breaks up with his safe and predictable boyfriend Start us an affair with Brock Starts to fall in loveOh hellLogan s writing is tied to his moods When it is going well it flows Then when things start to fall apart so does his writingAnd when it all goes to hell his love life his writing his mind he jumps ship and hauls tail to Europe and lands in ItalyWill breaking his routines revive Logan s writing Will he getver Brock Will he ever go home againEric Arvin doesn t fool me Indo No Kao one bit He is an unabashed romantic This hilarious rompf a book is also ne f the most insightful and touching books I have seen in a while All the while he is tickling Giant Peach Yodel our funny bones he is aiming forur heartstrings And damn but he succeedsLogan is a wonderful character snug in his safe world safe little town safe home safe relationship safe career All the while thinking he has everyone fooled perhaps even himself he is really an Sinai and Zion open book for anyone who cares enough to see to readAnd Brock All that energy fun and sparkle masking a sad and lonely work in progressAnd both men yearn for the connection for the love and passion When it it right in their hands right there for the taking both bail and run away so fast their heads spinAnd along the way these two learn so many lessons Lessons about relationshipsIn real life kisses are never as sweet and assholesnly stretch so farLessons about lifeif he could just stare a little bit harder at a problem he might find the solution But solutions to those types f pro. Fiction writer Logan Brandish is perfectly happy in his peaceful small town routine with his best friend his cat and his boyfriend until he meets the editor f his next book the handsome Brock Kimble and the lazy uiet f everyday living goes flying ut the.
Neighbour Grace who kinda jumps from the roof f her house just for the adrenaline rush unceremoniously tells him he s boring and urges him to do something about it r else he ll end up like Miss Barlow the self professed spinster Logan decides to step ut f his comfort zone and seize the day like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society So he takes a trip to Europe That s where he meets Lady Vera and Miss Cassie Bloom who are friends f his ex porn star friend Cliff and who could easily have lived in The Birdcage before hijacking the second part f Galley Proof So They all head to Rome where they paint the town red n a daily basis and where Logan meets Marco straight ut f the movie Il Postino and Roberto the romantic bouncer who also enjoys to be spanked from time to time his new playmates who fill his international void both alternately and at nceThere s also this very famous and very popular and rich but in reality very lonely author Bradley Homlick who kinda reminded me Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of Elliot Gould in Ocean s Eleven Bradley lives in this 17th century mansion somewhere near Rome with the added plusf a nearby beach Logan knows him from the Internets and he visits him to ask for advice about that book he s still struggling to write But alas not nly does he leave the place none the wiser but he also stumbles upon Curtis yes the ex boyfriend frolicking n the beach with a couple Livin' de Life of guys who enjoy groping his bubbly thong clad ass And then Logan with some help from Curtis has an epiphany and he realizes life is too precious to spend it doing things you don t like and decides he doesn t want to write that book after all and that he ll save himself for Brock but he doesn t want to go back to Adbury and have to put Janey s firesut So he invites Janey and his scatterbrain mother The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter over instead And guess who Janey brings along Exactamundo BrockThen they have this huge party at Logan s place and everybody s there even the evil Frances who guess what doesn t hate Logan after all And they all live happily ever after Dreamspinner Press kindly provided me with an electronic copyf this book through NetGalleycom in exchange for an honest review I have to say I read some Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of the reviews below and I m sorry I did I have to wonder if these people even read the same book I did Not a romance What It was the best romance I ve read in a long time Open relationships and cheating Huh Nonef that either What there was is loads Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of character development great dialog and humor with a sidef wacky friends Sure there are some unbelievable coincides but this is fiction and if it s done well as it is here it s forgivable There were uite a few laugh The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta out loud moments and nice happily ever after as a reward for taking the journey If you re looking for an intelligent and humorous romance you ll find it here but if you want a typical storybook romance I d look elsewhere 20 25 stars The beginningf this book had so much promise it had me laughing and really looking forward to getting to know Logan and Brock Unfortunately midway through it became a struggle and I found myself skimming through a lot f the book To me there was no chemistry between Brock and Logan the storyline with Janey made absolutely no sense as it did not add anything and seemed ut f place I thought when Logan took ff n his adventure it would pick up and the humor may return however I was mistaken and to me it was just a confusing mess f characters at the end Everybody has read those books usually they come with horrendous cover art that start with an apparent self ironic scene that tries to justify using a clich It s some trope that has been beaten hit struck battered hammered trashed pummelled and flattened to the ground ages ago And for a while it works The author works his ass ff and makes the first person past tense voice f his character sound like something hilarious something new refreshing and witty Then he crosses the line from a fine comedy to unadulterated spoof and ruins the effect If you the reader are very lucky the narrative still sounds entertaining enough to carry through to the end and lets you finish a book instead Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of feeding your DNF pile If you re very extremely exceptionally not that uncommonly at all unfortunate you ll end up with a WTF face and whole lotf wasted hours Hours Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of your life that you ll never be able to reclaim At which point you either decide to moven and give this author a wide berth in the future The Witches Ball or you decide to give something back to the reading community and write a longwinded review that starts with a handfulf meta paragraphs sure to annoy innocent review readersWelcome to my lifeThis book reads like an autobiography trying to be self ironic and falling short by miles It s like the author decided to skip coming up with anything Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book originalr fictional and instead document his day to day life in the publishing world Maybe his editor told him to throw in a few utrageous characters and give them the kind f urban legend lives you nly hear around the water cooler r wherever the workers go to smoke illicitly Maybe the author was bored and decided to imitate a handful The Deadline of his idols inne bookWhatever led to the creation and publication f this book is everything that s wrong with the publishing industry today This book is unbalanced tactless and inane If it had to be published why couldn t it be an in house newsletter to amuse the people who are able to recognise and appreciate the publishing jokes If it had to be published as a gay romance novel r erotica wannabe why not write Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling one If this had to be published at all why not just do it and NOT market it as something it s notThis book is mislabelled as a gay romance It s mislabelled as a romance There s no romance here There is simply a stringf sex scenes and fuckbuddies without anything resembling a plot Also Arvin went there He had the ex editor fuckbuddy friend attack comment Ready to Restore on ane star rating review How is this any better than the author still talking about the book characters just want to make it clear for Goodreads staff himself commenting n a negative review Just having it in the book is like condoning bad behaviour and I ve had my limit I would have given this book ne star regardless this just removed any guilt I might have feltHad Galley Proof been shelved under general fiction I might be forgiving to the abrupt style changes and the utter lack Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of the thin red line that connects it all but it wasn t and I m not Ifnly Arvin had said what he made his character say I have decided it s not worth my time to write nor is it worth her time to readI received a copy Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of this book from the publisher via NetGalleyYou can also read this reviewn Sandra s My Fiction Nook blog. T you want at least not right away To take his mind ff the mess he takes a trip but even the beautiful Italian um scenery can’t keep his thoughts from his erstwhile editor for long Logan just might have to admit there are some things you can’t run fro.
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Eric Arvin resided in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History He has lived for brief periods in Italy and Australia He has survived brain surgery and his own loud mouthed personal demons Eric is the author of WOKE UP IN A STRANGE PLACE THE MINGLED DESTINIES OF CROCODILES & MEN SUBSURDITY SIMPLE MEN and various othe