Only with You
(Only Colorado #1)
Abuse , BDSM , Bigotry , Business & Financial Services , Consultants , Disowned , Emotional Abuse , Exhibitionism , Geeks , Hurt/Comfort , Neglect , Retail , Shy , Voyeurism
December 5th, 2017
Self-starter and business analyst Zach Keller is living his dream life. He spends his days working from home in his favorite Tolkien t-shirts and pajamas while mothering his best friend-slash-roommate. The fact that his sex life is a bust and his love life is nonexistent? Unimportant. After his college boyfriend berated him for his unconventional desires, Zach doesn’t plan on sharing that part of himself ever again, anyway.
“I’m tired of feeling like I missed out on something by not going to college.”
Craig Pela isn’t lonely. He has tons of friends and weekends packed with activity. He hasn’t needed anyone since he left home at eighteen and never looked back. But everyone around him is moving forward in life, while he still works the same retail job at the same video game store, and it’s making him question his life choices. After all, he doesn’t want to be the loser still playing video games at fifty, does he?
As their relationship develops, Zach’s shy nature melts away to reveal an irrepressible geek that charms the pants off Craig. And Craig’s kind patience and ability to match him obscure quote for quote leaves Zach wondering if he’s finally met the man he can be his true self with. After all, how can someone else love you when you keep a part of yourself hidden?
- Generic but attractive
- Memorable after I put it down for a few hours
- How Zach tries to get Craig to vent more instead of keeping his feelings to himself
- Zach seems to have told Craig what he wants in bed…
- Despite Zach's interesting kinks, there's no 'haze of sleaze' surrounding this story; I have seen neither cuckolding nor a gangbang in a typical romance before, and I'd like to again*
- I was glad to see that Parker was a stand-up guy, after all, and grew tired of his wife tearing down Zach who'd been nothing but kind to her along with everyone else in her life
- Craig's (horrible) serenading of Zach
- This book was funnier than I expected
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Very few/no typos
- Plasma hot
- Excluding Zach's dad, his homophobic mom and sister-in-law seem really focused on his cousin Parker's accomplishments and enjoy rubbing them in Zach's face; I don't know why he doesn't avoid family dinners since things can't get any worse
- ...but it wasn't a confession; it just came out when he wasn't paying attention
- Plenty of problems could have been solved with adequate communication; there are about three 'big misunderstandings'
- All the serial blushing...it gets really old
- Weakly emotional
- Abuse (emotional - neglect, major, one, past)
- Drug use (consensual, alcoholism, minor, one, past/present)
- Kink (namely exhibitionism/voyeurism, cuckolding, gangbang)
- Character death (minor, one, present)
^The cover has a decent layout, is generally inoffensive, and I’m not sure I’ve seen this particular model before
*Just shows that it CAN be integrated into a decent plot and tastefully done with love instead of the typical boring dehumanizing/humiliation, but I’m not holding my breath.
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