Author: Tara Lain
Book: Love You So Hard
Series: The Love You So Stories, Book 1
Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Categories: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance
Release Date: 17th July 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Ry Forest / Stephen Kurpis (Vitruvian Sound)
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.
Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.
Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?
4✨s – A short, sweet romance that does exactly what it says on the tin. Craig feels like he has no control over his life at the moment and everything seems to be going wrong. His one bright spot is the guy who comes into the cafe where he buys his coffee, once wearing a shirt that said ”I’d bottom you so hard”. Gathering up the courage he asks Jesse to be his tutor in being a top. The relationship between them builds quickly and their attraction is hot. It takes Jesse’s positivity to get Craig believing in himself which is nice to read the changes made. Jesse seems like a sweet guy, truly wanting Craig and urging him to trust what he’s saying. The moments between the two are hot, keeping your attention on the story and their connection. We focus on the two MC’s with it being a short story but I enjoyed reading it, not really needing extra characters. We have Craig’s mum who they visit and talk about and the workplace of Craig but the majority is Craig and Jesse together. The customary moment of angst occurs with things becoming clear for Craig towards the end. I’d recommend this for a short and sweet mm romance. The narration for this book is great! The general internal monologue is filled with enough emotion to keep us attached to Craig and the events going on in his life. The angst and worry coming from Craig is adorable to hear but also the development of his confidence. Jesse is so different from Craig, his sass and attitude are easy to discern, voices easy to identify. There’s a wide array of emotion needed through this story with Craig experiencing so much in a short time and Ry brings us along for the ride with him, easily portraying what is needed at the right moments and I think it made the story even more enjoyable for me to listen to. Ry was really good at keeping my attention throughout the whole of the book, at the good and bad times, just needing to know that all would be well for our lovable MC’s I’m really looking forward to hear book 2! I received this from the publisher and am happily giving a review
About Tara Lain:
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, and Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog (who’s a little jealous of all those cat pictures Tara posts on FB) in Ashland, Oregon. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says that on her tombstone, it will say “Yes!”
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