Thursday, August 22, 2013

No Apologies by Tibby Armstrong 4 Stars

No Apologies (Hollywood #1)No Apologies by Tibby Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Available at: Loose Id Publishing and Amazon
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A Well Developed, Long Term Relationship

Military School, Gay Dance Club, Hollywood Premiere, and sex on the beach. Tibby Armstrong gives a lot of story here, she wraps you up in scenes that range from tense to indulgent; distressing to devil-may-care.

THE BLURB:Cheerful and friendly, Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. He wants to get to know his roommate, but it seems the only way past his shell is through it. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

Or so goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves. At the end of the evening, will Greg’s risky venture break a relationship that’s already foundering? Or will the real-life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies? Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, violence.

The way she handles youthful sexual exploration is well done as it develops realistically over time.

Ah, now here’s a book, and a series, that you can get involved in. This is a well developed, long term relationship story with background .It’s great to have reason behind the relationship.

I’ve previously read the first three books, but am doing a reread now of all three. I hadn’t reviewed them before and I wanted them fresh in my head before I read the 4th book in the series, which is out now.


He’d vowed never to expose himself or Aaron to ridicule again.
Except he’d written a screenplay virtually guaranteed to expose them both. Why?

THE CHARACTERS


Foreign emotions flitted through him as he transcribed […]
Hurt. Confusion. Loneliness.
As if on cue, a scene manifested, so tangible he had only to pluck it out of the air and place it on paper. He sank into the warm cocoon of fiction—of a world he could control. He loved this headspace. It felt like getting high and getting a hard-on, all in one.


Greg Falkner - Greg is a conundrum. Is he tough or scared? Brilliant or a fool? Awkward or sexy as hell? He’ll frustrate you, rattle you and win your heart. Even if he stumbles over and over.


“…and you’re not the social pariah. You’re just not the dominant paradigm.”


Aaron Blake - Wholesome, kind, loyal and golden gorgeous. He’s the perfect boyfriend. Except he’s not gay.

THE STORY


So turned on.
So fucked up.


The premise is of a screenwriter coming out in an autobiographical film debut. He just hopes his “jury of one”, his long time lover, doesn’t mind the reveal.

During the filming you see a fictional version of Greg and Aaron’s youth. Their trials and traumas are portrayed so well that it’s easy to forget that you’re watching a fabricated version of their lives. It leads to the reader wondering just how much they really know about the “real” Greg and Aaron. Which is a brilliant ploy, I think, to get you to read on in the series. There is much more to know. The happy-for-now ending doesn’t leave you hanging, but you will want to read more.

THE WRITING

The author can paint a scene and have you completely in the moment. At times I was so involved in the story that I ached, cheered and cringed right along with the m/c’s. However, there are areas, particularly in the beginning, that lead to an initial confusion. Since the story begins with dialog between Greg and Aaron it’s easy to not understand what’s going on. Stick with it, it all smooths out. In this vein, there were also times that I thought I was going to be left wondering “how” this or “why” that, but most everything is resolved to satisfaction in this book. That doesn’t mean that the author didn’t leave plenty to move forward with though.

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I would like to sincerely thank Tibby Armstrong and Loose Id Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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