Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can't help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that's just right. (They met in the bathroom - of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.
When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it's fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin's place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he's dreamed about.
But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden's romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and "improved" body - one that fits Caden's shallow friend Bobby's ideal, not Caden's. Caden doesn't know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn't the same Kevin he fell in love with - is it?
©2012 Rick Reed (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Get ready for the stereo type."
What can I say about a book that trots out the chaser stereo type? Give this one a miss - you're credit is better spend on something else.
"It has such promise too..."
Well...if you like me listened to the preview you probably thought you were going to get to read a novel with a fair amount of humor, good sex, and a little bit of angst...
Well..that is maybe the first 1/3 of the book...it was great. Funny, good sex scenes, real characters (with normal vulnerabilities, etc) and I was excited to see where the story was going and then we got to the second 2/3 of the book and I can say is that was just a HOT MESS!!
I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but the story really devolved and we are left with reading something that reminded me of YA novels (just with way more sexual references!).
Save your credit... much better books out there that deal with this storyline.
"Not What I Expected"
As has been previously stated, the first part of this novel was good. The characters were believable and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, things got weird. I'm sure there are people out there like some of the characters, but that doesn't mean I want to spend my free time hearing about them.
One of the things I liked about the book was the character development. These seemed like real-life men with desires and motivations to match their personalities.
The thing I didn't like about the book was that it reminded me a bit of an after-school special, but with a LOT more sex.
I will say that I liked this book a lot more than some of the others by male authors.
"good plot but drawn out"
the story is good however drawn out it is . way too much into the caricter thoughts makes them seem whiney u almost want to slap them for going off topic at times it interrupts the story
"There is more to love than appearances..."
This is such a good story. I was a bit sickened at times by some of the behavior of Bobby, but the two men who were trying to figure out if there was more to appearances that made their relationship was excellent.
I've never heard/read a Rick Reed story before but I really enjoyed the way he wrote the characters and the drama that they went through.
Really the underlying point of this book is that appearances aren't everything and love is more than skin deep.
John Solo did an excellent job with the narration as well bring together an excellent audiobook!!
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
"Some nice parts, overall, not a good story"
Caden is a very buff guy who likes bears (beefy, manly men) and he’s a little conflicted about this because he has a super vain friend named Bobby who only dates model types and gives Caden a hard time for his taste in men.
Kevin is a super sweet, beefy guy who’s going to school and meets Caden at a club and again later on the train and they hit it right off.
The two begin a hot love affair, both feeling the attraction strongly, when Caden suddenly has to leave for 6 weeks to help his family. While he’s gone, Kevin – feeling insecure – loses 40 pounds! (I know right?!) When Caden returns, he is no longer attracted to Kevin.
Kevin’s heart is breaking and the vain Bobby fuels the split by stealing Kevin’s phone and sending mean texts to Caden.
Kevin finally breaks down and asks Caden what’s wrong, they sort through their crap and agree that they still have feelings for each other.
I loved the first half of the book – everyone seemed really into each other, and it looked like it was going to be a great book about loving yourself as you are because there is always someone who can love you (if you love you).
For some reason Kevin gets on this health kick and loses a ton of weight and then Caden simply isn’t attracted to him any more.
In a way I get it. The two didn’t have much time to bond in any more than a physical way and Kevin changed into a totally different physical type. He lost 40 pounds! Like 10% his body weight. This is more than just being healthy, it’s a new life style and in a way I can see that as changing more than just your body. You’d have to change how you think to make a commitment to maintain that body, etc.
Of course, my heart was bleeding because I wanted Kevin to have his dream guy and the two did have some things in common, but they didn’t spend much time together before Caden left, and that feeling of them being “meant for each other” hadn’t really taken root outside the bedroom.
And then there’s the whole thing with Bobby the jerk. I’m not sure what his role was, other than to be another hurdle in a story that has plenty of hurdles. I think Caden’s body issues, Kevin’s body issues and the whole “chemical attraction” thing was enough to work with. Having that misunderstanding with Bobby just muddied the waters.
When Caden and Kevin get over the misunderstandings that Bobby set up, Caden seemed to “realize” that he still had feelings for Kevin and the two make up. But really, the issue of Kevin’s new body doesn’t get resolved in a satisfying way for me. I don’t think either of them addressed the nature of Caden’s original attraction (was it just the body, or the life style too that he was attracted to? Maybe he didn’t want someone to make him feel driven to keep his own perfect body. Maybe he wanted someone different than his gym friends. Maybe he didn’t want someone as body conscious as himself.) or the reason behind Kevin’s transformation (fear? A true desire to be different? A desire to be healthy?). Let’s just say they still have a lot to discuss, and to me an actual relationship to build. So for now we’ll call the ending a HFN and leave it at that.
Overall, the second half of the book essentially ruined the first half for me, and my rating went from a 4 or 5 to a 2.
I liked the writing, will definitely read more Rick Reed books, but I am not a fan of this one.
John Solo does a nice job with the narration. No over the top voices, good sound quality, I would look for him in the future.
3 of 5 stars
"My life in print."
I couldn't help but be haunted by this book. The author accurately captured my life. I would have been deeply affected by the weight loss too, as I love beefy men.
Cause I can
Kevin I feel I can relate to him the most!!
His narration was awesome I don't think you would have found the emotion of the characters as much if just reading..
For my friends,for my family,for myself
I can not wait for the second book to come come in audio it's bobby story which is good cause has to redeem himself. You can buy it to read but hoping john solo narrates it will be worth the wait!!
Nothing could have saved this nonsence
Yes. At first I thought it would be ok because ti was written by a man, but I stopped after the first chapter
No, the problem is the rediclious material.
boredom and a lot of eyerolling
The author just needs to stop writing, like forever....
"A Real Catch!"
Love isn't easy
I was flip-flopping between Kevin and Caden for most of the story, but in the end I would have to say that Kevin was my favourite - but only just!
This was my first time listening to John's narration of a story and he was brilliant (in my humble opinion). He definitely brought the characters to life and really made me care about them.
Without giving anything away, the last couple of chapters!
Initially, | wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the book, but with the combination of Rick's writing and John's narration I was soon won over and by the half way point I couldn't stop listening. Granted, this may not be for everyone, but I loved it!
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