The Boy Who Came In From The Cold — Review At Jessewave

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Title: The Boy Who Came In From The Cold
Author: B.G. Thomas
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy Link: The Boy Who Came in from the Cold, Dreamspinner
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: Novel
Rating: 5 stars

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A novel that travels beyond the idea of a “good samaritan” and revels in the idea that to “pay it forward” is much more than a quaint cliche.

Blurb: Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn’t want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can’t pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.

Gabe Richards is a wealthy businessman with enough wounds of his own to make him afraid of ever being intimate again. But when he sees Todd outside his building, freezing to death, he takes pity on him and takes him in from the cold.

To their mutual surprise, Todd and Gabe find themselves drawn to each other. “One night” turns into a week. Maybe letting a man in from the cold can melt the ice around Gabe’s heart—and maybe getting evicted will turn Todd’s luck around.

Review: “But please remember this also, if nothing else. Remember the words of Albert Einstein: ‘There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’”

I will admit that I did not set out thinking this novel was going to be a five star read. I was worried, you see, worried that it might be a story based on some old tired cliche. You know, we’ve all read them: abused small town boy comes to the city with big dreams only to have them dashed…homeless, he finds a truer than life good samaritan and they fall hopelessly in love.

So, you see, I was totally unprepared for this novel, The Boy Who Came In From The Cold by B.G. Thomas. It was far from tired, and certainly no fulfilled cliche. Instead, it was poetry. A lyrical dance that carried me far beyond the story into the heart and mind of its heroes.

Yes, this novel was, at its heart, a lesson in how when a person decides to give back–to “pay forward” some of the charity that had been shown to them in their past, they will actually reap more. And, yes, at its core, it held the hint of a good samaritan parable; one man reaching out to help a stranger, to lighten his load and care for him in his need. But, you see, this story was so much more than that.

B. G. Thomas takes us on a journey. He goes inside the mind of a young man who has denied who he is for most of his life. Fighting back years of abusive behavior from his stepfather and the heartbreak of a weak and uncaring mother, Todd Burton has more, much more to fight than the cold and his poverty. He has to fight the man within who cannot allow himself to be what he is…a man who is attracted to other men…a boy who has repeatedly fought off the the idea that he could be gay.

However, that is not what made this story uniquely different. Please, I do not mean for this to sound unkind or cast aspersions on other stories that may have a similar themes, but what sets this author’s novel apart is how very intelligently it is written. B.G. Thomas takes what is an admittedly tried and oft told story line and infuses it with provocative language and characters that push against the stereotype.

Todd and Gabe don’t “fall in love”. Instead, they fight against it with almost every breath. One because he must deny who he truly is and the other because he has made the mistake of “saving” someone before and painfully lost his heart in the process. The author keeps us on the edge of our seat waiting for Todd to run away again, for Gabe to place yet another brick in the wall he has built around himself. Along the way, he tosses in quotes from notable sources juxtaposed against his own clever prose to remind us of our own frail humanity.

The Boy Who Came In From The Cold does not just encourage us to keep an eye out for the one who is in need, it reminds us that we all will at one time or another be that man in need. This story makes the bold move to believe there is hope in a jaded world of where men and women fight for basic rights; that there is within us the ability to be a “good samaritan”, if we only take the risk.

I highly recommend The Boy Who Came In From The Cold by B.G. Thomas. It is a five star read!

Original Link: http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2013/07/14/the-boy-who-came-in-from-the-cold/

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“All Snug” — A Review from Jessewave

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Presented here, a review of “All Snug” from the classic old MM website “Jessewave.” Not sure exactly what happned with them, and I am represnting here in case they take the site down. Hope you enjoy! I didn for the most part! *wink*

Title: All Snug
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (75 PDF pages)
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Original review can be found by Clicking Right Here.

A guest review by Lily

Review Summary

A sweet, fun story about two men wanting to buy the same present for their boyfriend. A friendly competition ensues with a lot more than an antique bed at stakes at the end.

BLURB

This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

Elliot and Shawn each want to buy the same one-of-a-kind item for Christmas—a very old and expensive antique bed—as a gift for their lovers. But when they both arrive at the store at the same moment, the proprietor tells them to figure out between themselves who gets the bed. Elliot and Shawn decide to hold a contest: winner buys bed.

And so the competitions begin, from selling charity tickets to cleaning out stables, and interpersonal tension and burgeoning attraction mount as the days until Christmas pass. But who deserves the gift more: Elliot, who can afford the expensive gift for his casual sex partner, or Shawn, who can barely cover rent, and the mysterious man he’s head-over-heels for?

REVIEW

Elliot and Shawn first meet when they arrive at the same time to buy a special Christmas present. Elliot is a successful businessman with money to spare who wants to surprise his sexy boyfriend with the antique bed he covets while Shawn, who is struggling to make ends meet, is also determined to buy the bed for his lover. When the shopkeeper says they have to figure out between them who’s going to buy the bed they decide to turn it into a competition and may the best man, and his boyfriend, win.

This is the first story I’ve read by B.G. Thomas and for the most part it was an easy, entertaining read. The storyline is reminiscent of one of my favorite holiday stories,”Gift of the Magi”, which is what first drew me to reading it. All Snug is told through Elliot’s point of view so he is the better developed character but enough insight was given into Shawn, through Elliot’s thoughts and impressions of him, that both men come across as likable and engaging. They are very different in terms of life experience and careers but they “fit” together well.

The competitions between the men were fun and entertaining to read and I liked that despite it being a contest there were no negative feelings involved. It was more of a lighthearted adventure as they look to divest someone of their girdle, sell some tickets and do a scavenger hunt of sorts based on the Labors of Heracles.

Even with the predictability of the storyline, it’s quite easy to figure out how the story will go from the very beginning, I was really enjoying it until the end. At this point one of my pet peeves occurred, and while it may not bother everyone, it did take away some of my enjoyment. Elliot and Shawn know each other just a handful of days so there is a bit of insta-love in the book but that really wasn’t the problem for me. What bothered me was that despite each being in a relationship with someone else for most of the story when they first have sex they do not use a condom, in fact it’s not mentioned at all. I actually went back and reread a few pages thinking I’d missed it somehow but no, it just was never talked about at all. This felt really wrong and out of character for both men.A wo

Despite that I did enjoy the story. The writing is solid, the characters engaging and the sex scene, aside from the lack of condom use, was well written and hot. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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A Word From the Author: A Word From the AuthorAnd now for a breif comment about comdoms. And I would love to here reader comments here! Am I responsible for having my chaacters use condoms or have safe sex? Some people say yes, other people say no. Me? Well obvioulsy from this story, my stance is “No.” Why?

Don’t most people read romance, MM or otherwise, for escape? To fall in love again? To be a part of the magick of falling in love? For laughter and feel good and happily ever after? We all know these stories aren’t real, right? As much as we want them to be and as much as we fall in love with the characters?

Well in my fantasies, we don’t have to wear condoms. I usually do find a way to explain why my characters don’t use always use them–usually the fact that they are virgins or know they are negative. I did learn in the writing of this story that many people want safe sex at least mentioned.

But for me it is as simple as this. Safe sex sucks. It really is like wearing a raincoat in the shower ladies, it cuts WAY bak on the sensation (for both partners), it ruins the mood and there is nothing sexy about safe sex. So in a fantasy world, I like to pretend they aren’t needed. Yes, now I address the issue far more often. But I do not beleive it is my duty to always have my characters performs safe sex. I am not responsible for two people being driven crazy with lust because they read this story and decided to have un-safe sex.

Un-safe sex is for fantasy. Safe sex is for reality! Always!

I welcome thoughts!

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