Beating himself up like that wasn't doing anything good for his state of mind, or his mental health issues. If I'm being honest, I didn't connect with either of these characters, and I'm honestly very surprised by that.
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To a certain degree, I could empathize with John and his depression, but I could not relate to Benji at all. I am a big fan of this author and usually adore the vast majority of her work, and her varied characters. I'm sorry to have to say that this book didn't work for me. However, that doesn't mean it won't work for someone else. I might not have loved it, but I didn't hate it, either.
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I'll still be very happy to jump into the next work of Bailey's that comes my way. Apr 11, Cat rated it it was ok. The plot of this is very muddy - I had a very hard time deciphering what the point of the book was, and the pacing is off because of it. Reviewed by Cat from Alpha Book Club Jun 04, Andrea Goodell rated it really liked it. It was a good story the first time around and to be able to read it complete start to finish instead of piece by piece was nice.
The downside was I remembered it so completely so found myself not giving it the full attention I would have a new to me book. Until the BBF screwed up the best thing he may ever have. John has been suffering from depression so is careful and his family is careful. Now John finds himself face to face with Benji, a pushy, and not so likable guy. I have to add, I was not a fan of Benji either time around. As John and Benji navigate the new relationship, John decides to stretch his wings and try some one night stands. Complete opposites but worked well together.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals many reviewers This is the story of John and Benji. John suffers from a mental illness, a chemical imbalance which causes depression. Benji has just moved in with his granddad due to his previous relationship breaking down. These two have instant chemistry but have their own roadbumps to sort out before things smooth out.
This is a story with many parts - you not only have John with his depression, you have Benji with his own issues, plus John's best friend Henry with his. You also have families thrown into the This is the story of John and Benji. You also have families thrown into the mix, the issue of having sex without protection, and a 'gay' church. I found it difficult to find any empathy with either of the main characters. I would lean more towards John as I have also suffered with depression and can understand his feelings. Benji didn't come across quite as Bailey Bradford wanted him to I think.
I'm glad these two are together, but they didn't 'grab' me like other characters of hers have. Apr 16, Ruthie Taylor rated it liked it. I think it served its purpose, in that it gave an insight into the effects of depression, the effects of the medication - and how easily everything can seem to matter so much, and equally so little.
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I didn't however, really get a sense of him as a person - even though we had lots of family times. As things developed with Benji, there was some indication of how he had behaved as he grew up, but not much depth. The matching-making moves from Benji's grandfather and lady friend were amusing.
Ms Bradford certainly knows how to write hot and steamy scenes, and we have a ringside seat to the pleasure these guys can give each other. Overall I am glad that I read this story. Do give it a go. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Bailey Bradford. Bailey Bradford. A few things about me I am a married mom of four who spends most of the day writing, either on stories or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick and irritate me.
And it's really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I'll just let y'all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there' A few things about me And it's really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I'll just let y'all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there's something specific you'd like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio:D All of them make one whole. John is a gay man who happens to suffer from clinical depression. Do not link one with the other. The treatment of his disease feels real as it has no easy or quick fix.
It is a real disease that he must deal with for the entirety of his life. The problem is he is letting his fear of a recurring episode rule his life. He lives in Texas, not a friendly place f This review will be for all stories in this series although I may refer to something from each individual one. He lives in Texas, not a friendly place for a gay man. San Antonio was home, but there were some days when John Weston wished he lived somewhere else. Somewhere cooler, with less humidity and perhaps not governed by a man determined to stomp all over John's rights.
John wasn't stupid - he knew the difference between fantasy and reality, but they were his fantasies.
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If he wanted to imagine himself lusted after by innumerable sexy men while he spent a restless night in bed, then that's what he would do. Besides, when it came down to it, he wouldn't leave San Antonio. His family was her, his parents, sisters and brother. Without their love and support, he'd have been lot a long time ago in the morass of depression and hopelessness that had once claimed him. It was with their help that he'd been dragged, at first unwillingly but then gratefully, out of the mess in his head. It was with their love that he'd come to accept, as much as he could, that he had bouts of depression and likely always would Perhaps not a stereotype, but still lost.
John had one friend, Henry, who really knew him, knew about the depression that had at times knocked John on his ass. Henry is also gay, but only and always a friend to John, a friend without benefits. John's family is supportive. His Mom wants him to find a nice guy to love and settle down.
All of her other kids are married and she wants the same for her son. No matter that Texas does not allow same sex marriages, to her the commitment and love is what is important. John's apartment neighbors are delightful characters. One has his grandson, Benji, staying with him. The senior citizen neighbors are matchmakers.
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Maybe I shouldn't answer. He'll go away soon if I ignore him. Of course, he wasn't going to do that. John called out, "Just a sec. Stunning, really, framed as they were with thick lashes that curled up at the tips, and features that all in all should have had the guy on magazine covers. John was tongue-tied in the face of the attractive man. Sparks flew but not all of them lustful. John hasn't had even a hook-up in two years. Benji has issues with commitment and anger and just being a nice human being.
Misunderstandings and miscommunications abound, yet an interesting short. Read all of them one after the other. Apr 08, Thomaidha Papa rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary , lukewarm , m-m , comedy. In this first one we get to meet John, a young man with a history of depression. His life prior is decision to change it was a long string of hook ups that left him dry and buried even deeper in his illness.
A new neighbor though will show up and his presence will shock John from his mundane life and challenge his way of thinking. Truth is that this story did spark my interest. John is a nice character and his personality draws you in somehow. It was Benji that made an impression to me with his behavior.
Beside the fact that he is the exact opposite of John, that character seemed on the verge of losing his balance between sane and insane. Scary one indeed. Other than the fact that there is a promise that the next part will be more interesting, this one was somehow dull. Almost like a prologue for a book and the end was quite a cliffhanger if there ever was one. Bottom end, while somehow weird, this story did make me want to read the next part. Apr 05, Crystal Marie rated it it was amazing.
As a complete fan of Bailey's work, when this first came out, I couldn't wait to grab my copy of it!! Yes, the story is short, but it is a great start to a mini-series and I personally cannot wait for more. She gave you enough to keep you interested, without giving away too much of the future story line. It's Not a Duck? Alice Cain. When Souls Collide. Kit's Return Lost Shifters Skye's Limits Lost Shifters Brothers in Arms.
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