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Yes [PDF / EPUB] Yes What if youth wasn t wasted on the young On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but What if youth wasn t wasted on the young On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store then wakes up from a nap two decades younger After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark s help, he devises a plan to start over With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza He pursues Bartley as Ian s twenty one year old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off ramp to happiness.

  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • Yes
  • Brad Boney
  • English
  • 04 February 2019

About the Author: Brad Boney

Brad Boney lives in Austin, Texas, the th gayest city in America He grew up in the Midwest and went to school at NYU He lived in Washington, DC and Houston before settling in Austin He blames his background in the theater for his writing style, which he calls dialogue and stage directions His first book was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist He believes the greatest romantic comedy of all time is First Dates His favorite gay film of the last ten years is Strapped And he has never met a boy band he didn t like.



10 thoughts on “Yes

  1. says:

    The blurb lead me to believe that this book is a standalone, but that is not entirely the case Characters from Boney s three other books play a fairly big role in Yes.I have read The Nothingness of Ben and The Return, but not The Eskimo Slugger, and there were moments I was confused, as Topher and Stanton s relationship had clearly progressed beyond the end of The Return.In other words, this book is part of the Walsh brothers universe and best read as part of a series Quentin, Ben s younger br The blurb lead me to believe that this book is a standalone, but that is not entirely the case Characters from Boney s three other books play a fairly big role in Yes.I have read The Nothingness of Ben and The Return, but not The Eskimo Slugger, and there were moments I was confused, as Topher and Stanton s relationship had clearly progressed beyond the end of The Return.In other words, this book is part of the Walsh brothers universe and best read as part of a series Quentin, Ben s younger brother, is now in college and is a regular at a coffee shop owned by Ian, a 40 year old man who s view spoiler HIV positive hide spoiler and has given up on romance Even though he has a successful business, a nice home, and some good friends, Ian feels disconnected and doesn t dare ask out the younger, gorgeous Bartley, who frequents the shop The summary of the story is in the blurb, so I m not going to go intodetail regarding the enchanted, THC laced chocolate kiss called Manick Butter view spoiler hint it s an anagram hide spoiler that Ian eats right after he makes a wish on his 40th birthday Boney always includes magic and a sense of the spiritual in his books I find his plots to be creative, and his books undoubtedly make me think This one s no different Ian gets his wish, but does turning back time and being allowed to make different choices guarantee happiness Ian has made mistakes, including one that had dire consequences And who wouldn t want to wake up 20 years younger When he wakes up as a 21 year old, Ian jumps into making wrong decisions almost immediately He has to pretend to be his nephew Ryan in order to fool his employees and friends, but Bartley, the one person he most wants to impress, doesn t respond to Ian Ryan s advances What bothered me here is that immediately upon becoming his alter ego Ryan, Ian jumps on Grindr and has a hookup at his house He then has sex with one of his employees sans condom They both confirm that they have tested negative and go at it THE HELL And this from a man who wants to be with Bartley and view spoiler is HIV positive at 40 hide spoiler There is almost no steam in this book The couple scenes that are included involve Ian having sex with other men, NOT Bartley Indeed, Bartley and Ian have only a couple scenes together and do nothan kiss, which is disappointing Boney is a strong writer and incredibly well versed in pop culture He loves to include random information in his books to the point that in Yes he builds in a game of Trivial Pursuit that goes on for pages I got a kick out of that.Ultimately, this is an uplifting story about appreciating what we DO have and making the best out of the life we made for ourselves We can t turn back time, but we can LIVE in each moment I applaud Boney for writing about two men who aren t perfect by societal standards However, I just didn t feel the connection between the MCs and found Ian s behavior as Ryan truly troubling

  2. says:

    Sometimes you don t realize what you ve got til it s gone.So this isof a finding oneself than a romance Sure there s love, but the real conflict is Ian accepting himself Kinda of a Catch 22 here Ian has a Tom Hanks Big moment after making a wish Except, like in all time altering scenarios, there s a twist Turning forty and feeling like he s missed out on so much, wasted so much time, and made HUGE mistakes Ian makes a wish And with a little help from some righteous Denver THC food Sometimes you don t realize what you ve got til it s gone.So this isof a finding oneself than a romance Sure there s love, but the real conflict is Ian accepting himself Kinda of a Catch 22 here Ian has a Tom Hanks Big moment after making a wish Except, like in all time altering scenarios, there s a twist Turning forty and feeling like he s missed out on so much, wasted so much time, and made HUGE mistakes Ian makes a wish And with a little help from some righteous Denver THC food products changes his life So there s a paranormal element here that s not as extreme as you might imagine I played along with it because I found Freaky Friday, Big, Shaggy Dog entertaining The MC has musical partners going on here for those who are sensitive to that take note Frankly, made complete sense to me in the context of the story though the involvement with one character seemed a bit rushed.The interesting part of the story to me was would you really want to be you and do it again Sure, the initial fun and crazy of doing it all is great, but what about when you realize the traps Everything s changed, people treat you differently, and even though you re the same and want to keep some things constant they re not It all shifts like a kaleidoscope, and you have to shift too There are gains and losses The ending was a bit quick in the wrap up, which was surprising since it s the hardest part and it jumps really fast to resolution One last thing, I appreciated the HIV positive story line and the inclusion of drawbacks, balancing risk, and the discussion of the pariah status and generational difference in discourse That was actually fascinating to hear Mark and Ian s take on things versus Matt If you approach this as a man vs self book, then you ll be happy, but if you go into it expecting a grand romance you ll likely be disappointed Overall, entertaining romp that has a few serious moments and a couple epiphanies

  3. says:

    No rating, as I did not finish this book I am a fan of Boney s work The world of The Nothingness of Ben, The Return and The Eskimo Slugger are favorites of mine with great characters who were lovely to see pop in and out of this story Though you can read this as a standalone, I always like the nuggets given by authors to their readers.But I have to admit that this was hard for me to get into, I kept picking it up and putting it down in favor of something else to read I liked the idea o No rating, as I did not finish this book I am a fan of Boney s work The world of The Nothingness of Ben, The Return and The Eskimo Slugger are favorites of mine with great characters who were lovely to see pop in and out of this story Though you can read this as a standalone, I always like the nuggets given by authors to their readers.But I have to admit that this was hard for me to get into, I kept picking it up and putting it down in favor of something else to read I liked the idea of the story but this one didn t suck me in and make me fall in love the way the authors work had done before I couldn t connect with Ian, not when he was 40 and not after he ate the chocolate kiss with the Manick Butter There was something off about him and I couldn t engage nor feel invested in him at all I hoped that would change sadly it didn t.I get that Ian has this chance, a do over, if you will and I know he is a dude so the first thing he would do is go for a hookup but the way he lamented about Bartley in the beginning, this didn t mesh well I didn t connect with Ian and I surely didn t connect with Ryan I made it to 45%, with a lot of skimming, and decided to call it quits.It could be my mood It could be the overabundance of porn stars in the book that doesn t have a porn star in it I am not sure It could be Ian s health and I won t even go into that, I can t get into that without getting a tad ragey This book sadly just didn t work for me I honestly don t care who Ian ends up with at all it s just meh for me at this point

  4. says:

    3.5 StarsI love magic, and the fact that this book involved magic in any way was very exciting for me I know that when I m looking at a Boney s book I m gonna get a creative, fun read, with a very heartwarming touch I guess this book is in some way a kind of spin off of the Walsh kids universe, and unless you want to be left with a constant huh who s this kinda face I would recommend you to read the other three books by this same author before getting to this one The Nothingness of Ben, T 3.5 StarsI love magic, and the fact that this book involved magic in any way was very exciting for me I know that when I m looking at a Boney s book I m gonna get a creative, fun read, with a very heartwarming touch I guess this book is in some way a kind of spin off of the Walsh kids universe, and unless you want to be left with a constant huh who s this kinda face I would recommend you to read the other three books by this same author before getting to this one The Nothingness of Ben, The Return and The Eskimo Slugger.I m kind of conflicted about this story On one hand there were things I loved and enjoyed a lot, but then there were others that didn t really sit well with me.We have Ian, a 39 years old man who has made some mistakes in his life, and some of those mistakes had terrible consequences Ian owns a cafe in Austin, Texas For his 40th birthday, his friend Mark takes him to Denver so they can celebrate Ian s birthday there pot is part of the deal, of course So they go to this little store and there Ian gets a chocolate that is supposed to make him so very high The name of the chocolate is Manick Butter the whole thing around the name of the chocolate was interesting and fun to read He decides to eat it in his way back home Austin , and so the magic begins.Have you ever wondered what would you do if you could turn back time Or what would you do if you had the chance to wake up one day being 20 years younger I don t know about others, but I know I have So Many Times Unfortunately having the chance to do this comes with a price Everything changes, no matter how much you want things to follow the course they used to have before you went back to be 20, all what you have is somehow lost, and you have to start over So, yes, you may gain many great things, but at the same time you lose too many amazing things as well including you, the real you , so the question in the end is, is it worth it.When Ian wakes up after eating the magic chocolate he s 20 years younger He has to come up with a cover up story and a new identity Ryan.I LOVED Ian, but I had major problems with Ryan You see, in the beginning of the book we have Ian being completely smitten for Bartley, a hot architect that is a regular costumer at Ian s coffee shop La Tazza Magica Ian, however is insecure, because Bartley is like 9 years younger than him and thinks that the architect is into younger men So, when Ian wakes up being younger he thinks he hit the jackpot, and decides that this is his chance with Bartley Things take a different road, though, and Ian really starts behaving like a 21 year old This annoyed me because in reality he has the mind of a 40 year old man He starts doing things that tell me nothing about the feelings he supposedly had for Bartley.The whole idea of having a second chance is not fuck up the way you did the first one, and I don t think this happened here view spoiler Ian is HIV positive When he wakes up as Ryan he isn t any, and yet he goes bareback, again While it didn t have any consequences, it annoyed me, a lot hide spoiler I found the secondary characters quite likable, to be honest, however the treatment of Ryan to some of them, especially Matthew was a bit of a turn off view spoiler Matthew is a young guy who works in Ian s cafe They get invovled with each other, have sex, and Ryan has Matthew believe that there s something between them while trying to get Bartley at the same time I didn t like that For me, it felt like Ian Ryan was trying to have his two candles lit If he got to be Ian again he would go for Bartley, but if I didn t then he had Matthew It was kind of a dick move hide spoiler There is on sex page, but the scenes aren t Bartley Ian scenes They are Ryan Insert hookup scenes This bothered me, because I was expecting somethingbetween Bartley and Ian, since that s what the blurb says I can t explain how I felt about the whole Ian Bartley thing In some way i could feel something between them I felt that the phone calls and stuff kinda made me buy the story, but when Ian acted like Ryan all the beliefs I had went flying through the window In the end things work out The writer gave the whole story a wrap up that worked very well for me and made me feel much less enraged with Ryan that I d felt while reading If the story had gone along the same line that went through most of the story I don t think I would have liked it, or felt good with it As usual, Brad Boney is great with including pop culture into his stories and making it highly enjoyable to read In this installment we get tons of TV Shows, Movies, and some music references I also learnt a LOT about the history of gay porn I even have a bunch of names and films that I m curious to look up hahaha All in all, this was a good book It would have been a solid 4 Stars for me if I hadn t had so much trouble with Ryan I think I may have seen a couple of lines there about some of the pairings in the book that I think could make an interesting and fun plot I have no clue whatsoever of Mr Boney s plans I d love to read about Jeremy and Sam, tho. hint hint Wink wink , and also Matthew I would like to read about him, and I would like to see him find his happy ending

  5. says:

    I typically love Brad Boney Like a lot Two of his other three books have been 5 stars for me This one gave me mixed feelings Parts of it I just loved There is something about the author s storytelling style that I really enjoy I love how his characters always smoke pot in at least one scene sshh.don t judge me I love how his characters always have a topic they discuss within the story music and baseball in past books This one was gay porn and m m TV shows from other countries Ca I typically love Brad Boney Like a lot Two of his other three books have been 5 stars for me This one gave me mixed feelings Parts of it I just loved There is something about the author s storytelling style that I really enjoy I love how his characters always smoke pot in at least one scene sshh.don t judge me I love how his characters always have a topic they discuss within the story music and baseball in past books This one was gay porn and m m TV shows from other countries Can I just tell you how many hours of Googling I did while reading this book I loved the whole concept behind this story Regretting the choices one made in life and getting a do over Who hasn t wished for that at some point I also loved that we got to see the guys from previous stories and I swooned a little every scene that included Stanton and Topher Lastly I love his pop culture reference in his books Tons of them in this book made me laugh out loud My favorite I think. Think about prison at your age Have you ever see Turned OutOr Oz Sure, I know it looks hot when it s Chris Meloni, but this isn t fiction young man So I loved all this Where did it go wrong for me Our MC Ian I didn t like him I did at first but when he went back to a younger age he lost me I thought he was selfish and I thought the whole point for the do over was to learn from your previous mistakes It didn t seem to me that he did that at all He had a single mindedness in pursuing Bartley that didn t really make a lot of sense to me as they had never actually gone on a date or had serious moments together and I thought Ian s treatment of Matthew was just horrible Yes he was in the body of a 20 something year old but his mind was still 40 I felt he should have hadrespect for a young man who he knew cared for him AND was his employee Nothing about the relationships between Ian, Matthew and or Bartley felt real to me I didn t feel any of their connections.I also had a really big personal issue with one of the events in the story I m going on a mini rant here so be prepared if you look under the spoiler tag view spoiler There is a scene where two characters who barely know each other choose to not use condoms based on each other s word that neither have anything It really bothered me Is this based on my personal opinions and beliefs Totally But still it really effected my enjoyment of the plot I thought it was really irresponsible behavior on the part of the MC The MC has HIV Now because he s gone back in time he s not infected with it at the time of the unprotected sex but in his real life he lives with the disease and the medicine and the side effects everyday Why on earth would he then have unprotected sex with a stranger in his do over I just couldn t get my head around this And it s not just about HIV It s about Hepatitis, HPV and any number of other sexually transmitted diseases I work with terminally ill people every day and I ve seen too many lives ruined by these diseases Any time I read a book where condoms are not used in casual relationships hook ups it bothers me It s always a deal breaker for me hide spoiler So I took the parts that I loved that were 5 stars for me and then averaged my dislike of Ian which was a 2 star Kind of rolled it all around in my head, decided I still love Brad Boney a lot, and gave the book a 3.5 stars

  6. says:

    view spoiler I decided to read this sooner rather than later because one of my friends gave it a one star rating I really like Brad Boney s books so I wanted to see how I d rate it Where do I begin Let me say that I didn t like Ryan at all And I didn t understand some of Ian s choices At one point I actually thought I might have to DNF I m not a man and will probably never understand men but I find it hard to believe in this day and age that people use Grindr and Craigslist for hookups view spoiler I decided to read this sooner rather than later because one of my friends gave it a one star rating I really like Brad Boney s books so I wanted to see how I d rate it Where do I begin Let me say that I didn t like Ryan at all And I didn t understand some of Ian s choices At one point I actually thought I might have to DNF I m not a man and will probably never understand men but I find it hard to believe in this day and age that people use Grindr and Craigslist for hookups 40 year old Ian is HIV positive but he gets a chance to relive his life and make better choices, one would think Well as 21 year old Ryan he meets Jeremy on Grindr and they have oral sex the first night they meet As my friend Rebecca mentioned in one of her reviews, you can get HIV from oral sex the chances are slim, but it can still happen I didn t like that Ryan and Jeremy hooked up.Another thing I didn t like was I didn t know who the love interest was gonna be Since this is in the Walsh world, I was expecting it to be the other gay Walsh brother but then I realized he already had a boyfriend I thought Matthew was a really smart character and I really liked the advice he gave Ryan but then Matthew and Ryan hook up and decide to have bareback sex WTF People lie Why would you take someone s word that they re negative Also there are other diseases out there beside HIV that you can get that would make finding sex partners not so easy Why don t they ever talk about herpes, genital warts, hepatis C and such Some of this was fairly predictable and that surprised me a lot I figured out that Bartley would be HIV positive as well I don t know how I feel that this turned out to be a dream sequence This was not as special as the other books Oh before I forgetsome things were pretty tedious All that talk about the porn stars I watch porn but I don t know their names I did google some of the names to see what they looked like Also the Jeopardy Trivial Pursuit game went out a bit long.Alexander Marlow did make an impression on me I like him a lot Weird and quirky I d like to read a book about him and Matthew Sam and Jeremy I couldn t care less hide spoiler

  7. says:

    I tried, I really did The writing isn t poor quality by any means but the plotline has so much potential and frankly it wore me out mentally I knew in my heart of hearts where it was headed and decided to stop early.This book just didn t do it for me I will however give some of the authors other works a try in the future.

  8. says:

    Ian Parker lives a comfortable life, he is a successful business owner, has great friends and is liked by pretty much everyone he meets A mistake he made a decade ago changed his life irrevocably and Ian lives with that everyday, but with his fortieth birthday approaching he s feeling a little nostalgic On the plane back home after a trip to Denver, Ian has a chocolate kiss that promises to be magical, then wakes up twenty years younger Once he convinces his best friend Mark that he is, in fa Ian Parker lives a comfortable life, he is a successful business owner, has great friends and is liked by pretty much everyone he meets A mistake he made a decade ago changed his life irrevocably and Ian lives with that everyday, but with his fortieth birthday approaching he s feeling a little nostalgic On the plane back home after a trip to Denver, Ian has a chocolate kiss that promises to be magical, then wakes up twenty years younger Once he convinces his best friend Mark that he is, in fact, Ian and stops Mark from having him arrested, or committed, they set a plan in motion for Ian to have a do over You know how we always say, If I knew then what I know now well, Ian is about to learn the truth of that statement Ian becomes Ryan, Ian s nephew, to explain the resemblance and comfortably inserts himself into Ian s life, and he is just as friendly and liked as his uncle Ryan is thoroughly enjoying all the attention his younger, fitter body affords him From pizza delivery boys to grindr hookups, the barista at the coffee shop and the elusive architect that Ian had his eye on before he ate a jacked up chocolate kiss and woke up twenty years younger Ryan has always been under the impression that Ian was gone for good, that this second chance at life would be the rest of it for him But as he gets to know Matthew and Bartley he becomesaware of himself and what it is he truly wants in life He comes to realize that his second chance at life could cost him his chance at true love This book is full of twists and turns, mostly with the Ian Ryan character and what he wants, but doesn t really want, but does want Yes, it is a little bit confusing at times, but then Boney s books are always full of this type of story line I absolutely loved the moral of this story though, the grass is not always greener you know Ian lives with HIV, he is very responsible and conscience about it, but of course he wonders what his life would be like had he not made that mistake When given the opportunity of a life free of the disease, would he make different choices, you d like to to think so What if the right choice is back where you started Full of strong secondary characters that help keep the story going, and there are a lot of familiar faces from the Nothingness of Ben world So I really enjoyed the chance to catch up with Quenten, Topher and Stanton, see how the Walsh boys are doing and how marriage is working out for Topher and Stanton This is a story rich with dialogue and full of musical, TV and movie pop culture references There are conversations about the guys favorite gay porn stars as well, which was quite hysterical Overall this was a fun read for me all about appreciating what you have and living life to its fullest A different kind of love story for sure, but I quite enjoyed the ride

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have grown to love Brad Boney I know in the past I ve been hesitant to start his other books because I didn t know how much heartache I would be dealing with I haven t been let down yet I absolutely adore it s one of my favorite books ever and to see them pop up all over his books makes me warm inside I love that he is able to build this magical world, his writing is always whimsical I like that he deals with real life topics on top of the romance aspect In this book we meet Ian, fo I have grown to love Brad Boney I know in the past I ve been hesitant to start his other books because I didn t know how much heartache I would be dealing with I haven t been let down yet I absolutely adore it s one of my favorite books ever and to see them pop up all over his books makes me warm inside I love that he is able to build this magical world, his writing is always whimsical I like that he deals with real life topics on top of the romance aspect In this book we meet Ian, forty year old coffee shop owner of La Tazza Magica, who s in a slump and has a major man crush on Bartley James Right off the back I fall in love with the characters Ian and his best friend Mark travel to Denver for some debauchery and it s hilarious I won t give away what happens Enter one Ryan Parker who I really liked except for him making one of the dumbest mistakes in his life I was so mad at him, did you not learn anything from your uncle Ian I m so happy Mark said something because I was thinking he couldn t be that careless Of course Boney paints this magical time with an abundance of gay porn history I knew nothing about but I definitely Google some things and can I say Hello Al Parker All in all I like how everything ended up, my only thing was the ending with Matthew I didn t think it was fair to him how it ended seeing as his feelings for Ryan I didn t believe that he would just accept what Ryan said I loved the Walsh clan, Stanton Topher, Marvin and the Dime Box grew all making a presence in this book I am certain that Brad Boney just gave my friends a new game night game it was totally fun with that scene as well as that amazing shout out to Teen Wolf

  10. says:

    I actually finished this book Friday, but didn t have to write the review until today.I was going through the March 2015 M M release list and came across this book I loved the premise Like the movie Big but in reverse, and gay, as one of the characters says at one point The preview was also really engaging, and so I decided to give it a try.I really wish I d re read my review of The Nothingness of Ben before I d said yes to Yes, though.This book is a giant disappointment and mess of unful I actually finished this book Friday, but didn t have to write the review until today.I was going through the March 2015 M M release list and came across this book I loved the premise Like the movie Big but in reverse, and gay, as one of the characters says at one point The preview was also really engaging, and so I decided to give it a try.I really wish I d re read my review of The Nothingness of Ben before I d said yes to Yes, though.This book is a giant disappointment and mess of unfulfilled potential, even worse than the aforementioned book.It starts off interestingly enough Ian is about to turn 40, successful owner of a bustling coffee shop near the University of Texas campus in Austin called La Tazza Majica the magic mug , but he s unhappy He s view spoiler HIV positive hide spoiler , has no romantic prospects, has a huge crush on a man named Bartley who he s convinced is way out of his league, and is seriously depressed He feels like he wasted the best years of his life, and so, alone in his apartment, he makes a wish on a cupcake that he could go back and do it all again.He then goes to Colorado with his best friend Mark to celebrate the first 4 20 festival, and they end up stopping by a cannibus candy store In addition to the selection of gumballs and brownies and other THC laced sweets, the store also has featured a special, single, 100 kiss made with Manick Butter, apparently made by a woman who is known for making one of a kind creations that will find the right buyers Figuring he has nothing to lose, Ian takes the plunge However, he ends up forgetting about the special chocolate until they re about to head back home, and not wanting to risk getting arrested, he eats the special treat before boarding the plane.He ends up falling asleep, and when he wakes up right before they land, he finds he s 20 years younger His best friend doesn t recognize him, but Ian is finally able to convince him by the usual things only Ian would know routine Evenamazing, it looks like the clock has truly been turned back Manick Butter is apparently an anagram for Turn Back Time view spoiler and Ian is no longer HIV positive hide spoiler Ian really did get his birthday wish a second chance and a new start.Of course, Ian has to figure out a cover story, so he and Mark decide he s going to be Ian s nephew Ryan, who s come to take over the coffee shop while Ian is in Arizona taking care of his mom, who suddenly got sick So Ian has to balance the double life of being Ryan and still being himself, and wondering if he ll maybe lose Ian along the way.Sounds amazing, right And for the first 1 3 or so, it really is But then it starts to fall apart.The first major problem with the book is the author is clearly evenconfused than Ian Ryan is about who the love interest is As Ian, Bartley is the love interest, but he s not interested in Ryan, so Matthew who is a 20 something working at the cafe quickly emerges as Ryan s love interest The book could have done a really interesting job of creating a viable conflict between Ian and a developing via phone relationship with Bartley and Ryan and a relationship with Matthew, but that doesn t really happen Instead, the book focuses largely on Matthew and Ryan, which actually has some lovely moments, but doesn t end up panning out in the end, leaving me confused as a reader Why did we spend so much time with Matthew if he d not the love interest, and so little with Bartley, if he is The whole time we re led to believe that Bartley is kind of a jerk, and we never really get much time to change our minds about him because we just don t get enough time with him.The other problem the book has is pacing While I appreciate that the author tried to step away from his dramatic roots and give usexposition and scene setting the setting of the coffee shop really came alive, for example it s painful how much we get the same information repeated over and over with different characters without anything new being revealed For instance, something will happen to Ian, so we ll see that Then we ll see him talk to Matthew about it, then we ll see him talk to Mark about it, and then sometimes even see a fourth discussion of the same events This happensthan once in the book and is extremely tedious I could forgive that, but then about halfway through the book when the reader is beginning to realize the author is confused as to who is the love interest, we get this excessively long and unnecessary scene in which Matthew, Ryan, and Mark have an academic discussion of gay porn I didn t count the number of pages, but it felt like 25 It went on forever, and it contributed absolutely NOTHING to the book, especially since Matthew is not the ultimate love interest I skipped ahead during this part and debated making this book a DNFthan once as this scene went on and on and on without anything happening.Later, Matthew and Ryan hookup and we see Ryan Ian making the same mistakes he made in the past Instead of using a condom when they have sex, he doesn t, because Matthew is hurt that Ryan doesn t trust that he s clean After the huge deal that is made about all of that earlier in the book, that felt strange to me I m not saying it s not unheard of for people to get caught up in the moment, especially young people, but that whole scene left a bad taste in my mouth, and the fall out from it was even worse Matthew becomes enormously clingy after, which seems out of character, but then the next minute, he s totally cool with Ryan jetting off to Thailand or wherever when Ian comes back to himself.Confused yet You should be Don t even get me started on the seemingly inconsistent use of Ian versus Ryan in the narration, either To make things worse, there s this whole date thing at a concert that Matt and Ryan go to that makes no sense except to apparently A insert all these extraneous characters from other books by this author and B to add somemysticism The fact that the relationship with Matthew goes no where made plowing through those horrible moments so frustrating in hindsight on top of everything else This book is sold as a standalone, but especially during the concert scene apparently every character from every book this author has sever written suddenly appears and even though I d read one of his books I got lost in the swell of characters because everything is written like you re supposed to know who everyone is It s enormously confusing and at this point didn t really feel like it was worth the effort to slog through.Oh, and let s not forget the Jeopardy trivia tournament thing where we see EVERY SINGLE question and answer Ultimately, as you ve probably figured out, Ian realizes that while it was fun to be Ryan for awhile, he wants to be with his one true love Brently view spoiler Because he s HIV positive too hide spoiler And speaking of which, what was with the whole thing with Ryan wanting to be a carpenter Yeah, that never amounted to anything either Ryan decides he wants to take some carpentry classes, and at one point he goes to a party with Brently to meet someone who teaches them, but then I guess when he goes back to being Ian he forgets he wanted to learn So anyway Ian decides he wants to be Ian again so he finds a way to reverse the spell, and he confesses everything to Brently or whatever his name is although he had to tell a couple other people first so that he d believe him and then he view spoiler wakes up on a plane like it was a dream, only it wasn t a dream because a lot of what he saw in his dream was true hide spoiler So, ultimately, he never actually used his second chance for anything other than to have sex a couple times and have some really boring conversations about the history of gay porn and what it says about sex off camera.Anyway, the point is the concept was great, and it started off great, but the execution was terrible I definitely can t recommend this book, unfortunately

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