Writing Style Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Storyline Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Heros: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Chemistry between h/H: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Smut Factor: 🌟 🌟
Overall Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Those of you who have been following my blog know I have become a bit of an M/M fanatic. Most people have the misconception that if you read M/M, it’s for the sex. Hell, most people think if you read romance, it’s for the sex. Don’t get me wrong; the sex scenes are hot, but that’s not why I read romance or M/M. Down to my bones, I am hopelessly romantic. I yearn for the story between two people where you find out what brings them together, what pulls them apart and when a well-written scene gives you so many butterflies they seem to want to burst from your fingertips. So with M/M it’s even more than that, the dynamic between two male characters falling in love intrigues me and when written with not just affection but respect for the characters the book can melt me.
Gabrielle G.’s perspective of M/M romance in her new release Often & Suddenly might be a different look for someone who hasn’t read a lot of M/M romance. She digs into the soul of her characters and gives you not just the beautiful parts of these two men falling in love but all the ugly as well.
I want to recommend to anyone who hasn’t read the first two books in this series that you do so before reading Often & Suddenly. The first two books are not only excellent, but they will help to set up the story for Dex and Luke. I feel you will have a better connection and understanding to the characters if you do.
Dex Crawford and Luke Gritt couldn’t be more different. Dex is an uptight control freak lawyer who feels he has to fix all problems that his family or friends find themselves in. Luke, on the other hand, is a laid back, up state New York farm boy turned L.A. tattoo shop owner who lives his life without worry. Their friendship started more as acquaintances both having been thrust together through mutual friends. Slowly and almost unbeknownst to them their quasi friendship moves to true companionship where Dex realizes Luke doesn’t need him to fix anything for him.
The road to together isn’t one easily traveled for Dex and Luke, but Gab does a fantastic job of putting all their baggage out there in a way that has you rooting for them even before you might want to. Dex is easily my favorite male character to date. To put it bluntly, he’s a dick. No beating around the bush, no sparring your feelings, and it’s all utterly him. Yes, Dex has his own set of issues, and he pushes away anyone that could be a potential life partner, he is just a dick. And I absolutely loved him. If Dex seems like the worlds biggest asshole, Luke is the best friend you always wanted. He’s caring and helpful, loves his family and close friends but isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re an idiot. And when you throw the two of them together, you not only get high heat chemistry but they make sense in the most perfect way.
Gabrielle G’s books are a breath of fresh air in the romance world and Often & Suddenly was no different. She isn’t afraid to write about the topics we sometimes want to hide from and always shows us the beauty of fighting your way out.
Writing Style Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟