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Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leatheZach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping. Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine....

Title : When Love Takes Over
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ISBN : 9781627980234
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Number of Pages : 270 Pages
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When Love Takes Over Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-31 14:07

    Okay, I'm just going to come out and say it: I hated this book. In fact, the more I listened, the more infuriated I become. Zach was a weird character. He oscillated between this clueless, dorky, clumsy (BTW, I'm so sick of "clumsy characters" that trip like, once, and then are labeled as "the clumsy one" to be cute) character and this user, judgmental man-whore. Now, I'm all for sexual freedom and, well, man-whoring, but Zach was this strange mix of liberated and self-loathing. He would be like, "yeah, I can have sex right on the dance floor!" and then would whine, "oh, that's really not me! I'm not like that." He was supposed to be shy but then was sometimes this exhibitionist... it went back and forth and didn't mesh well. Zach was annoying and made no sense to me as a character. Also, like I said, he was sooooo judgmental! GAH, I wanted to nads punch him sometimes. When Zach hooked up with a guy with a third nipple, he went on and on about how gross the guy was and how much he repulsed him, and then banged him anyway. He was a user and not very nice, in my opinion. On the topic of third nipples, I think Jacob Flores could use some education on the beauty of a man with supernumerary nipples. I give you exhibits A, B, and C:A: Mark WahlbergB: Zac EfronC: Harry StylesGross, right guys? I mean, those guys are known for their nasty bodies!I also hated the whole "She's All That" makeover scene. Supposedly Zach and his ex-boyfriend had issues because his ex tried to change him, but five seconds later he is willing to embrace the skimpy P-town clothes and go hog wild? I don't think so. I didn't like the insta-love (one meeting and the guys barely talk yet they want to change for each other... bleh), I didn't like the side characters, I didn't like Van, I didn't like the cheesy dialogue... this book made me so crabby!The only think I liked about this book was the narration. It says that the narrator is T.J. Jamesin but I could have SWORN it was Tristan James. Whoever it was, he did a very nice job with the different voices and styles. The narration was the only thing allowing me to continue this story. I don't know if this author and I don't mesh well together or it was just this particular story, but I'm going to avoid all things Jacob Flores for the time being. Maybe it's just me and my tastes, but this book and I were not compadres. *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-02-15 20:57

    A summer romance. We’ve all experienced this in one fashion or another at some point in our lives. That instant connection that you just don’t seem to find at any other time of the year. Summer romances are filled with fun times, sharing, laughter and sometimes even love. And when the summer is over they also always lead to heartbreak as you part ways. But what if… what if there’s more? What if you have the chance to keep going? What if your love is so deep, so profound that it transcends the common summer romance?Zach Kelly is lost. He has just been dumped by his boyfriend of three years and is set adrift in the world. He has nowhere to go. From the pain and sorrow of his breakup he makes the snap decision to take a vacation to Provincetown, hoping it might cheer him up.And his life is changed forever.Once there he meets a gaggle of high-spirited and eccentric people who immediately welcome him into their inner circle. So introverted, Zach at first balks at all the changes they seemingly force upon him but after a bit he learns to let go and ends up going hog wild. Then, in a clumsy and hilarious encounter, he meets Van.Van. Oh yeah, Van. What can I say about Van? Van of the Golden Body. Van of the Porn Star notoriety. Van is beautiful, inside and out. He brings out the best in Zach. Zach can’t help but immediately fall in lust. They spend 48 amazingly intimate hours together and both feel on top of the world. But it can’t last. It’s just a summer romance. Right?Zach has a decision to make. Maybe the most important decision of his life. But considering his past relationships with both his father and his ex and how they treated him, he is at a loss as how to make his choice and if it is the right one to make.“He’d been living for others for so long that he simply stopped living for himself.”I adored this book. It made me laugh out loud and I think that scene with Dylan was one of the funniest I have read in a long time. At first I thought this was just going to be a light and fun read but after about 75% the book turned into something more heartfelt and emotional and I got sucked right into all the feels. The story was well paced and the words flowed beautifully. I cannot wait to read the next in the series!

  • Shelby
    2019-01-29 16:24

    I’m gonna put this disclaimer out right now…This rating has nothing to do with the actual writing, grammar, plot holes or anything of the sort. This rating is purely based on personal preference and is really more of a 2.5 stars. This is just not my cup of tea.From porn, to three nipples, to a town apparently based around casual sex, little of this story appealed to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for hot sex, in fact I’m more than a little bummed if it’s missing from my romance novels. But that’s just it; I like the romance aspect of a romance novel. The first half of this book is just twisty, porny, random hookup, meaningless sex. Zach Kelly’s just been dumped, and not very nicely as a matter of fact. His boyfriend of three years just threw him out and basically told him he was worthless. So what’s his plan now, well how about a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts where every gay boys dream can come true?Van Pierce loves his life. Tired of being stepped on and mistreated by lovers he’s taken his sex life into his own hands. As the infamous porn star Hart Throb he can be the bottom he loves being, but leave all the emotional entanglements out of it. But the gorgeous redhead that just stumbled into the leather fetish shop he’s hiding out in to avoid his adoring fan might just be what it takes to change all that.Ok so my one, actual technical bad writing thing is this: Zach Kelly makes no sense as a character. One minute he’s the cute bumbling redheaded klutz that has the potential to be the most adorable thing ever. (And most definitely a bottom.) He’s shy and vulnerable to top it all off. This guy I liked. The next minute he’s all Mr. Throw My Morals to the Wind, fuck anything in sight. Then it’s hello I’m a super aggressive top that’s going to slide into a little bit of BDSM, that never really goes anywhere, and tell you what to do in bed. The pieces of him never really seemed to fit to me. The shy sweet guy always seemed the closest and all the other aberrations just clouded the issue. I get that he was having a personality crisis but his reactions to things never seemed as genuine as they should have been for who he was as his base character. I felt like Mr. Flores took someone who was at heart a bottom and forced them into being a top. Van I didn’t have as many issues with (though his pushy bottomness could easily have been translated into being a top). Still his character didn’t jump all around in what he thought and felt. He didn’t seem to have the same split personality I saw in Zach. I probably would have liked him a lot more if I wasn’t innately turned off by the porn star story line. I don’t know what I have against this as a plot device really. I don’t have anything against porn stars. I think it’s just that I like my characters to be devoted to each other and not stray. Being a porn star is the antithesis of that. Granted in this book all the sexual misconduct happens around the time that Van and Zach are together which definitely helps my opinion of this book a bit. Still since it all occurs in a 4 day period essentially, being monogamous for 2 days isn’t exactly challenging.As for the sex scenes here I had two little issues. 1. The dialogue was ridiculously cheesy, but oh well I can live with it. 2. Pits are not sexy. I’ll repeat it again…arm pits are not sexy. Rolling around in some guys pit for days on end and getting covered in his sweat just makes me go ewwww. Definitely not, oh yeah give me some more of that. Altogether there’s nothing terribly wrong with this book if you can get past the idea of a town whose very Mardi Gras style nature makes for lots of public sex and lewd acts. It just isn’t for me. Still, I loved all the secondary characters, sorry Quinn but even Penny is awesome! They were what made the book bearable for me. Also, there was one scene that stood out, which actually felt like it had the heart this book should have had throughout. When Zach goes to make up with Van and he’s at work…now that was just beautifully written. Only place in the whole story where I felt true emotion. Everywhere else essentially, I felt like I was reading a bad porno attempting to pass itself off as a real story.

  • Cole Riann
    2019-02-13 17:04

    Review posted at The Armchair Reader.No matter how much I've wanted to read Jacob Flores' prior books, this is the first one that I really had the time to read. And I'm so glad that I did. More than anything, more than the fact that I found some parts of this book less to my liking than others and I didn't think it was perfect, it intrigued me. I immediately put back all of the books I have of Jacob's back onto my Kindle and I only hope that I have the time to read them soon.Prepare for a LONG summary. Sorry about that, but I think it's worth reading ;)Zach has always done what everyone told him too. Submissive to almost an extreme in his life (though not in the bedroom), he first allowed his father to dictate his life and self-understanding and later his partner of three years, Ben. The start of When Love Takes Over sees Ben unceremoniously dumped by Ben -- with no reason or explanation -- simply a get out. Zach is tired of being shuffled around and taking it, doing everything he can to change himself into the man that Ben wants. So he does the most impulsive thing he's done in his life. He takes the small bag he left with from Houston and jumps a plane to P-Town.Zach has never been to Provincetown and the place dazzles him. There are men everywhere, half naked in the streets, holding hands and kissing. The place seems like freedom personified and there's no better introduction to the wonders of P-Town than the owner of the condo he's renting for the week, Gary. Gary and his partner Quinn convince Zach to take advantage of all P-Town has to offer, not to stay in his room and try to work on his novel. Zach still doesn't understand how his life took such a strange turn, but his writing seems to have suffered in relative fashion. Perhaps a change will be good for him.Van is also at a crossroads. He's had a bad time in relationships and it seems like every time he gives away his heart, which always seems to easy for him to do, it gets pummeled and thrown back at him, damaged more and more every time. After his last relationship with a man named Jason who drove him into a terrible dehumanizing spiral of sex and pain, Van took it upon himself to never face that kind of damage again. That is how Hart Throb was born. Being Hart Throb on screen for thousands of horny gay men gives Van a rush and a self-esteem boost that he needs. He can do porn and still enjoy sex, even being pounded by multiple men, without the emotions that ended up crushing him before. As a power bottom that has quickly amassed a huge fan following, he has the power to call more shots and he's the one in control, not the men on top of him.It's almost enough to convince him that he doesn't need an emotional connection at all. The pain of the past and his creation of his more powerful alter-ego have slowly started to shift his two identities and Hart Throb looks to be taking over. When Van runs into a geeky, shy and pale ginger beauty named Zach in a leather store, his previous conviction falls to pieces. Something about Zach -- perhaps his bumbling and sweet nature with mismatched clothes and messed up hair, or his personality which seems to be completely free of artifice in a town where looks and sex are all that matters -- appeals to Van. Even though their meeting is short, he can't get Zach out of his head and his feelings about someone that he doesn't even know only highlight that Hart Throb can't fully sustain him.A makeover on the outside from an excited Gary and female friend Tara prove to Zach that he does have worth. He believe that it just might be possible to break out of his shell, leave the old, boring doormat he was behind and embrace P-Town. That's what everyone keeps telling him to do, after all. Embrace P-Town, because it will change you. And now that he's seeing other men, hot men checking him out and finding him very worthy of their attention, the sexually adventurous nature he always repressed starts to peek out. But no matter how much he embraces the sex in the air (with some very public and exciting naughtiness!) what he really wants is to find Van again. But will Van even recognize him? Or did P-Town get to Zach before Van could, changing him in ways that ultimately aren't good for him?Whew! First of all, if you made it through that -- thank you! You deserve a chocolate or something :) Second, you saw just how long that summary was. I'd say that even though I did a bit of a character introduction to you as well, that summary probably only covers the first 1/4 of the book. The pace in this story moves rather quickly. I like that this author makes decisive choices for his characters. They don't dawdle, but the story moves along without pause. I appreciate that because no matter how you feel about those decisions, there's nothing worse than an author refusing to make them and then the characters stall. Van and Zach go through quite a lot to get their HEA, and it's hard-won, that's for damn sure! You can see just from the summary I wrote that the angst is already building. Wherever both Van and Zach go in this story they always seem to be looking for one another but at the same time moving in opposite directions, like passing ships in the night ;) When Van looks for the geeky guy he had a moment with in the leather store he finds just another shallow guy tricking. When Zach continues to look for Van, he finds what he thinks is a guy with a boyfriend. And no matter how annoying that was at the time, because I wanted to smack them both and tell them to actually communicate with each other, this author ultimately brings the story around so that their actions and thoughts make sense to the character.I really liked both Van and Zach. Zach is someone who I felt like I could understand on a personal level:He found it almost impossible to simply be who he was. He always felt the need to apologize for himself and change whatever people didn't like about him until he'd become whatever they might need.The thought that he devoted three years of his life trying to conform to an impossible ideal for Ben haunts him, especially considering that Ben seems to have no appreciation of that fact. P-Town is important to him. His outside makeover soon starts to make him over inside and having men look at him as if they'd be lucky to have him is something that he's never really felt. This is why this book worked for me on this level. We have a tendency in the romance genre to equate the characters and their choices with the quality of the book. But, it's important for a character to grow and Zach needs to embrace his slutty and hedonistic side, no matter how shallow it makes him or that he becomes a bit of an asshole for a while, and he needs to fuck things up so that he can learn to be an active participant in a relationship. By definition, the end goal in romance is the HEA. The direction is important, but honestly, the journey there is the real point. This book is a good example for characters that you might not like at certain points in the book, but which (to me, at least) should have no bearing on the rating of it.I think the real reason that I was intrigued about this author's writing from reading this book is the tone and mood of the story. The mood is festive and reflective of the setting, but the tone of the writing often seemed just a little bit campy. The tone seemed campy, mind you, not the plot or characters (except for Gary! and Penny :D). This gives the story a lift. Right away it draws you in. No matter the subject matter there's always a glass half-full feeling that carries through the story. It's a hopeful tone. I felt like that little bit of campiness was so right on to how I've felt before in settings with lots of gay men and a party atmosphere. Sadly, I've yet to visit P-Town, but the setting and tone gave off a sense of inclusion and freedom and that thread ran throughout the story, the tone affecting all of the book in subtle ways.Originally, I gave this book a Pretty Good rating. I had some trouble with the ending, specifically the part from the ending of Zach's novel to the upstairs of the porn set setting. That conversation between the two was the culmination of the previous chapter or two where Zach starts to think in a kind of writer affectation. Everything became a bit melodramatic and I wasn't quite sure how to take it. Seriously? Or, as a subtle importation of his writer's mind? With an added day or two of reflection, I found those parts less important in my memory than the whole. I don't think this book is perfect by any means, but I cared less about those trouble spots for me and more about the overall story. And that is of two characters that I felt were explored rather well and of writing by this author that I grew increasingly fond of while reading. I can't wait until he writes something new. Or until I can get off my ass and read something off of his backlist. Recommended.

  • Debra
    2019-02-06 14:14

    Zach Kelly needs to find himself. Dumped by his boyfriend of 3 years, struggling with a writing career that has stalled, Zach makes the impulsive decision to spend a week in Provincetown, MA, a paradise for gay men. Zach is clumsy and with a low opinion of himself he has turned into a self-described doormat and has spent a good part of his life trying to change to conform to what others wanted him to be, pushing down his own urges and desires. Van Pierce aka Hart Throb is a power bottom porn star, and currently the hottest commodity his studio has. Tired of being used by the men he loved, he turned to porn so he could have his sex the way he wanted it without the dangers of falling for someone. When Zach accidentally stumbles into his life, having no clue who Hart Throb is, Van is instantly attracted to not just the hot mess Zach outwardly is, but to something he sees inside.Set in a town where pleasure knows no limits, the men find themselves struggling to accept what is happening between them as more than just sex. A few days after meeting, the two share a hot hot hot 48-hour "non-date", but the reality of Zach eventually leaving P-town hits them both and things get ugly. Zach decides that he can't possible leave P-town more devastated and alone then when he got there.This was my first Jacob Flores book but definitely won't be my last. The book was very well written and both the characters and the setting came to life for me. The juxtaposition of what turns out to be quite an emotional story, on the backdrop of a hedonistic atmosphere really worked. There was a lot of humor to balance out the more serious turns, and the sex was crazy hot. While the whole story takes place in the course of the week, it did not read as unbelievable insta-love. The secondary characters were vivid and entertaining and I am looking forward to continuing with the Provincetown Series.

  • Nic
    2019-02-10 20:05

    "When Love Takes Over" Book Trailer"What happens in P-town is supposed to happen. This is a special place, It changes people's lives. The problems and worries that you bring with you don't mean as much."Zach has been dumped. He is lacking self confidence, shy, clumsy and with a poor image of himself. He is re-evaluating his life, wanting to get back into his writing and Provincetown provides his escape.For Zach, P-town is like the ultimate fantasy escape. Under the guidance of new friends Gary and Quinn, he undergoes a makeover and starts to experience a side of life that is very new to him - parties, drinking, dancing, sex...Van has lived in Provincetown for years. His bad experiences with love have resulted in him escaping into his porn star persona and protecting himself by not getting emotionally involved.Van is attracted to the pre-makeover version of Zach, the slightly geeky and sweet man, who seems quite different to the typical men he encounters so is disappointed to see Zach behaving in party-boy fashion. Zach is instantly attracted to Van. He makes the most of what Provincetown has to offer but can't stop thinking of him.Over the course of Zach's holiday (yes, the romance is a quick one), Van and Zach come to mean a lot to each other but the road to true love is fraught with emotional ups and downs. The story has quite an emotional element which is interestingly set against a backdrop of casual partying and good times. It delivers a strong message of love and acceptance. Zach comes to understand that he doesn't need to change, that he is worthy of love exactly as he is and that Van's career choice doesn't impact how he feels about him.The secondary characters in the book are fabulous, the setting is gay man's paradise and the sex is lots and sizzling! The whole Provincetown location had a real 'fantasy island' feel so it was easy to accept the insta-love and the grand-gesture happy ending.I now publish all my m/m reviews on my blog so if you want to see all my m/m reviews in one place come visit at Because Two Men Are Better Than One!

  • DaisyGirl
    2019-02-17 15:03

    2.5 StarsI wanted to like this book. And, to be fair, it was sorta entertaining.On the plus side, there were some funny moments. And, the sex was pretty hot. But, too much inner monologue bogged things down. The book was slow in several places. And, while I enjoyed Zach, I wasn't enthralled with Van. I liked him at the beginning but towards the end, he was a doof. The porn thing was glossed over and glamorized. Being a porn star would be a serious buzz kill to a guy looking for a monogamous relationship. Period. Zach repeatedly saying to himself that it doesn't matter wouldn't make it so.Lastly, too much sweaty butt cracks, musky armpits, and dried cum. Not enough showers. Yuck!Bottom line: Okay but slow and Van was irritating.

  • Day-thief
    2019-02-16 21:08

    What was I thinking? The cover alone should have tipped me off.This was one badly written book, very simplistic, cheesy and inconsistent. It’s also obvious that the author doesn’t think very highly of the intellectual capabilities of his readers because he has to tell us the same stuff over and over:- i.e. that Zach has no self-worth whatsoever , is really shy and a klutz (but of course is one hot bunny everyone is drooling over)- i.e. that Van doesn’t look for a relationship, was deeply hurt, but is already tired of his 1-year stint as a porn star (of course, he instantly became a star)- What a great place Provincetown is: “Did this town somehow cause people to be friendlier and nicer to each other? Did being here somehow connect everyone and make everyone feel less alone?” Yuck. (Not that I have anything against P'town. I simply find the notion of these mystical happy places where even dog shit is probably covered in glitter really, ahem, unrealistic?)The pace of the book was overwhelmingly slow, too: after 40%, both MCs have met exactly once, and briefly. But it was enough for both of them to fantasize relentlessly about each other for MANY, MANY pages afterwards.Obviously, this was not my kind of book at all. Didn’t find it funny, interesting or very sexy.

  • Rick
    2019-01-24 20:20

    Oh my gosh! Oh Lordy I loved this book! Jacob Z. Flores takes me places with his writing. His characters are so true and the situations are so believable.I adored the klutzy Zach. The poor guy had no sense of himself, fashion or well much of anything.Van was a character I related to on so many levels, how he wore his heart on his sleeve for one and not doing very well in the past with relationships.Their initial meeting was so bloody brilliant I couldn't stop laughing because sadly I could see myself as Zach in the situation. One thing wrong after the other like a major domino effect, yet somehow that somehow endeared Zach to Van and vice versa.I love gay romance novels but for me the sex scenes usually make me wonder how the guys could get in that position or why the heck are they doing that type of thing. Jacob Z. Flores writes sexual scenes that are totally believable for me anyway. If you don't get somewhat aroused ........I know; well TMI!!!I've put the rest of the Provincetown series on my TBR list and always look forward to opening on of Mr. Flores books. They suck me right in... ;) Pun intended!Happy Reading!

  • Christy
    2019-02-17 18:58

    I was so excited to start my very first Jacob Z. Flores book. Truly, I'm not sure you understand. He's been on my wish lists for quite a while but I hadn't gotten around to him. Finally, I decided to begin his 'Provincetown' series with the first book 'When Love Takes Over'. I can tell you from the first sentence I adored Zach. Something about his daydreaming, slightly scattered self hit true with me, and that, folks, is all she wrote. The fact his ex dumped him so meanly right off the bat just made me want to hug him and make everything better. Well, that, and do something nasty and reprehensible to the ex. *grins* On a side note let me just say how very much I loved the rhythm of the author's writing straight from the get go.Zach has lost himself. He's not even sure he recognizes this person anymore and his spur of the moment trip to Provincetown is his attempt to find that person, who wasn't a doormat, inside himself again. Van created his porn star alter-ego a while ago in order to hide himself. Now, he isn't sure why he's been feeling so lonely and restless just because his fans only see the porn star and Van wants someone to really see "Van". Who could've guessed that the real Zach he's been hiding from all these years and keeping in control is just the man that Van needs to see? It was interesting to watch these lost souls find each other. Van's history of severe rejection and debasement by prior boyfriends is what ultimately led him to doing porn. Van wants to be needed as much as he needs the other person. Zach spent his whole life trying to be perfect in his father's eyes. When his father's true nature was revealed, Zach's family fell apart, and Zach was left adrift no longer sure of what he was doing. When Zach's three year relationship ended he realized how long it has been since he let his true desires and feelings have free rein. Maybe P-town is where it can all happen for both Van and Zach? But, what happens when the week is up and it's time for Zach to go home and for Van to get back to work?I absolutely 100 percent loved this book. I fell head over heels in love with Zach, Van, all the cast and characters, and, most importantly, I fell in love with Provincetown. I might have also fallen just a bit for the author. Anyone who can tell me such a wonderful story, brilliant in its simplicity, and written in a beautifully lyrical manner, deserves to be loved. Thank you, Jacob, you made my day.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-02-08 19:13

    I have a pile of unread books by this author on my Kindle but never had the time to get round to them but I am so glad I finally got round to this.I really liked this story. It has great emotions, a fantastic set of characters and an amazing setting that just draws you in. The story is about Zach who has just broken up with his partner of 3 years, and Van who is a porn star. Both men have insecurities and pains of the past which have shaped the way in which they live their lives. Zach feels that he doesn't fit anywhere and has nowhere to call home. Van doesn't trust anyone, doesn't want to have a relationship and finds emotional and sexual satisfaction in his porn roles. Both men find that time in Provincetown changes them and when they meet each other they both embark on a journey of discovery. They discover themselves and they discover each other.I discovered that I had allowed this book to sit on my Kindle for far too long, but I discovered it at the right time because this book is the first in a series of three. Big smiles from me as I anticipate the delicious reading time ahead!!A few months ago I came across another book set in Provincetown and although I really liked it and thought it was excellent it didn't touch me in the same way as this story. I could experience Zach and Van's emotions and the way in which they came together. I could also feel their hurts and fears and laughter and friendships.The story also has an amazing set of supporting characters who enhanced the book. And on a totally separate point I am so pleased the author uses 'tested negative' instead of using 'clean' as so many authors do, not realising the implications of that phrase for positive people. I am glad I read this and I am very glad that book 2 of this series is lined up on my Kindle and ready to go.

  • Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
    2019-02-07 16:58

    This book is very honest, raunchy and hot.I had a lot of fun with the shy author discovering his sexual side after being dumped and the gay porn star, who has a painful past. P-Town is a gay haven and you get to see many different types of relationship. I must admit I did not alway like the MCs. They aren't perfect, but that makes them human. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters and they all have a lot of charm, as does the location which is its own character.

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2019-02-18 16:17

    4 StarsI think listening to Tristan James narrate this made me care less about the things that bothered me...to the point that I can barely remembered them. I guess they weren't deal-breaking irritations.The annoyingly oft-repeated "challenge accepted" phrase is one that I can't forget, though; let's leave that to Barney from now on, mkay? Also, I'm not one for "man-stink" and while the rest of the sex was smoking hot, all that scenting and smelling really didn't do it for me. But, YMMV.

  • ElaineY
    2019-01-29 22:01

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, APRIL 29, 2015Narrator: JT Jamesin (Tristan James)Narration first: I don't know, for sure, whether JT Jamesin is Tristan James but that was what pricked my ears up when the narration began. I had look at the narrator's name again to make sure I hadn't read it wrong. Nope. Says JT (Tristan James?) Jamesin but anyone who's familiar with Tristan Jame's voice, would recognize in a heartbeat.TJ was excellent and his narrating skills played a large part in making this book a surprising win for me. I immediately bought the rest of the series without hesitation since TJ narrates them all:). There was a small bit where the names were said wrong - Zane instead of Zach and Vic instead of Van. This was only 3 or 4 times in consecutive sentences so I suspect it was in an uncorrected manuscript that was published by DSP. I do not have the ebook so I can't check but I'm surprised the errors weren't corrected when the book went to audio. It was so noticeable that any narrator would have noted it and I expected the audio production team to have caught it.Small niggle and easily ignored. TJ's narration was really good here. He gave the characters distinctive tones and added so much to the book. Much better than his performances in Avril Ashton's Brooklyn Sinners series.Narration aside, the story truly surprised me because I had avoided the audiobooks when they came out as I had the impression they were pure erotica. But I decided to give it a try after the disappointing Guarding Morgan (by RJ Scott) I listened to the day before.I took to the story instantly! First, by the surprisingly yummy narrator I'd never heard of...then, as I got sucked into the story, realization dawning...it's TRISTAN JAMES! Squee...then, thinking, hey this isn't erotica.No, it's a romance but set in the midst of what could easily have made it a piece of erotica since there's porn movie shoots, lots of easy sex that's talked about but, on page, not much. The sex scene between Zach and Van was long but not exceptionally so and yes, it was hot. My erroneous perception that this was erotica came from glancing at some reviews, perhaps, and because the reader is introduced to Provincetown as a kind of gay paradise and and we're engulfed by the 'P Town' atmosphere. I found myself totally engrossed by the MCs - Zach Kelly, a newbie writer struggling with his novel, and Van Pierce, aka Hart Throb. Zach is coming off from just being dumped and is suffering from a bad case of low esteem. His relationship with Ben has left him insecure about himself, his appeal (or lack of it), and when thrown into P Town's culture where looks and sex appeal are just about everything, he's totally clueless as to how to fit in. I loved this vulnerable side to him and how the author showed it - by having Zach fully aware of his contradictory behavior and arguing with himself over it. Most times these internal monologues are tiresome to me but not here. It enabled me to understand Zach well and it made him one of the most fleshed-out characters in the MM romances I've read. I love it when a character acts out-of-character and the internal turmoil that ensues. Often, authors don't seem to realize their character is OOC (but the reader always know) and the story carries on obliviously. Here, Flores has Zach doing things that he would never think of doing and letting me see how he deals with this.Van Pierce is just as well done. I got to see his desire to be liked and loved as Van Pierce, not solely as Hart Throb, much as he appreciates the adoration of his fans. Others authors would have me see how much he hates what he's doing, how he was forced into it, etc. Not in this book. Going into the porn business was a conscious choice on Van’s part. This works for him. Until he meets Zach. Like Zach, Van is a man trying to find true love for his true self yet does it by running away. Their denials bring out the traits that make them 3-dimensional, flawed humans. While others may have been turned off by the contradictory behaviors, I found they made both men real. I liked, too, that the MCs weren’t “kept pure” just because this is a romance, but were allowed to be real and consistent with the P Town culture – Zach does have sex with someone other than Van and, in fact, he and Van do not hook up until way into the book. Van, despite his need to be loved for his real self, isn’t hypocritical about the porn business but is very matter-of-fact about it.While romantic suspense, murder-and-mayhem, and police procedurals are more my thing, I thoroughly enjoyed this character-driven story. It was engaging and I was fully invested with the characters and their inner struggles. I loved that Zach and Van got their HEA and that they sat and talked. And when that wasn't enough to get both of them on the same happy page, they did something about it.The audiobook is 9 hours long and sufficient time to develop the MCs' characters. With Tristan James narrating, this is one sudiobook I will be listening to again in the future.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-12 18:02

    Zach Kelly is a big, timid, ginger guy from Texas who gets dumped and flees to P-town for a week to recover and lick his wounds. He's chosen Provincetown because he's always been a bit sheltered and a bit clumsy and awkward hopes to maybe turn over a new leaf. There he meets porn star Hart Throb without recognizing him. They meet when Zack slips into the first available store to stem a minor attack of agoraphobia. There he sees a cute young guy who calls himself "Van" and Zach is smitten. But then in his typical, clumsy fashion he upsets a display of leather harnesses, and a pyramid of lube which creates a mess. But Van helps him clean up the mess and an unlikely romance begins.The sexuality in the book is a bit more earthy and unrefined than I'm used to. The author clearly has some hot buttons involving man-scent that I don't share but the story is well told for the most part. The scene where Van reveals his past and explains how he got into the biz is particularly poignant and well written. The writer does a great job of evoking the hedonistic atmosphere of Provincetown and given the dance-floor BJ scene set at the Boat-Slip, I'm guessing that the place hasn't changed all that much in the three decades since I was there last. The night time walk down Commercial Street and the over-the-top drag shows also rang a few bells. I'm guessing that this is an M/M story that might appeal more to men than to women as the focus on the sex scenes is high on sweat and physicality and kinda low on romance. Also the author is an English teacher and there are spots in his prose that are over-written but by the time one gets through the "ginger bull in a P-Town china shop" meeting of the two M/C's those moments are mostly behind us and the story flows a bit more naturally. The audio-book version of this is narrated by Tristan James who does a good job with the basic narration, makes the main characters voices distinct enough to tell apart and does a pretty credible job with the voices of the women and drag queens in this one. If you'd like to visit (or revisit) P-town and don't mind a bit of sweat with your sex, by all means check this one out.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-12 22:15

    Zach is dumped by his boyfriend of 3 years and decides to take an impromptu trip to Provincetown. He is a clutsy man with low self esteem, but of course he is beautiful under all his baggy clothes. He runs into Van (who happens to be a porn star, feeling sorry for himself that people only ever see the porn star and not the man). Van of course finds Zach cute in his awkwardness (and wouldn't you know that Zach has never seen any of Van's pornos??). The condo owners decide to take Zach under their wings, redress him and take him out on the town. Of course this changes Zach into a sex machine, but only until he runs into Van again.There is so much angst, like too much, like repeating and repeating the same arguments....."But we live so far apart....but he's a porn star, but I'm a teacher and a terrible author". Way too much of that and too little meat (snicker) of the story. I really didn't connect with these guys.Things I did like....Van's best friend, Nino-he will hurt you if you hurt his friend!Gary/Penny and Bobby Quinn - An otter and a sometime drag queenTara - she's a little biRam Steele - he had like a huge cockTea Party - Yes they have these daily, I'm not sure if there is really any blowing on the dance floor, but there are plenty of sweating half naked men!Underwear Party - Yep they have those too!The dick dock - they actually do call it that!Ptown - I can't get enough of Ptown! Although these days I go during family week with my wife and kids, and there are plenty of male families around too...and it is a lot calmer! Ptown is wild and crazy, but it is also filled with culture and art and fine food! And some really amazing people!My least favorite thing...Sweaty smelly arm pits rubbed on beards, many episodes of come on bodies and no showers for days....Ewww just ewwww.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-02-14 19:04

    This book was much better than I had expected it to be. To be honest, I picked it up because it is a high point Scavenger Hunt book. It's my first from this author and I may not have heard of it if not for the SH. But I'm not the least bit disappointed. I enjoyed Zach, from his self-imposed, downplayed aggressive tendencies and his bumbling, goofy self to his emergence as a more confident man, aware of his limits but willing to push them. And I enjoyed Van, on the surface, a playboy, slut, porn star, with a hidden depth of emotion and character that we readers got a chance to meet. The two spend a few glorious days together, but Zach, being a realist, dumps Van a few days before he has to return to the town where his ex-boyfriend is living. Van, who was willing to let Zach see the real person beneath the porn star, retreats back into his porn star persona, Hart Throb. (view spoiler)[ In a sweet, dramatic and romantic scene, worthy of old Hollywood, the two finally come back together and get their HEA.(hide spoiler)] I may be sappy, but I liked that ending.

  • Leisha
    2019-02-05 20:05

    Rating overviewWriting: ★Story: ★Characters: ★Overall: ★ (1)~~~Sorry but no, just no. When the talk of stink came into the mix, this one was completely gone for me. I wouldn't even have finished it if it hadn't been on audiobook and for a challenge.I looked forward to this too - it had promise to be a sexy good time but fell so short for me. Zach became more ridiculous by the minute and overall, the story just wasn't anything to write home about, other than the fact that it's been one of the first that actually made me shudder in disgust. I also didn't appreciate the randomly (and badly) introduced BDSM play or the (view spoiler)[bareback sex without any prior testing (What's up with that? He's been a porn star for goodness sake!). (hide spoiler)]I'm sorry, this is an extremely negative review but I simply have nothing positive to say about this.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-06 20:18

    2.5 It was fun though I was glad it wasn't scratch and sniff with all the scenting and stinking going on. I haven't seen two people get off on each other's "stink" this much outside of a shifter novel. Sex was raw and dirty (though mostly safe!) and I felt that they truly cared for each other.

  • Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
    2019-02-14 18:25

    A wonderful sweet sexy read.

  • Nico Jaye
    2019-02-11 17:55

    The Christmas elves have been so kind! Thank you, Cuppers! ♥

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-02-18 19:03

    I think both Zack and Van were amazing characters. There were times when I wanted to scream for them to get over their insecurities but that is the sign of a well developed character. Bravo Mr. Flores. I enjoyed the feel of Provincetown. The sex was great and enjoyable to read. Definitely a character driven story and one that made the grade.

  • Thomaidha Papa
    2019-01-24 17:13

    4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book Reviewshttp://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/With this second book I’m reading from Flores I’m getting more and more convinced that he is a very peculiar writer. Again the ability to ensnare you with his words and trap you in a story you can’t escape unless you’re done reading is obvious. There is this uncanny skill he has that drives you crazy with his text, makes you hot, makes you laugh, makes you dream…In this book he writes about love coming when you least expect it and rising above every insecurity and step that might block its path.Zach, a seriously screwed up character in my opinion, has reached rock bottom, again. His tyrant boyfriend of three years breaks up with him out of nowhere and Zach finds himself in limbo. Not understanding why every relationship he has gets ruined despite the fact that he tries to become everything his partners want him to.Quite literally Zach is at the start of this book what his ex calls him – and I agree – a big baby, with his ex making every decision in the relationship from what he wears to what he eats. I didn’t like Zach much. His insecurities, while having deep roots stemming from his relationship with his father, made him too weak in my eyes and held no appeal. But that soon changed when he makes a spontaneous decision and heads to Provincetown. In his search to find and center himself as a person and a writer Zach falls prey to P-Town’s magic and changes his entire life.Meanwhile in P-Town a hot, steamy, and sexy porn-star is living the live he pursued. Van having been used and made feel worthless from every relationship he ever had, made the decision he’s going to fuck who he wants, how he wants, without the fear of breaking his heart again. Being a power bottom for a very respectful studio gives him all the perks and a safe place for his heart. Everything is just perfect until he meets a very clumsy, adorable, and sexy red-haired man, who is not only completely out of place in P-Town with his baggy shorts and two sized bigger t-shirt, but he doesn’t even recognizes him as his alter ego Hart Throb, meaning he only sees Van as Van. What a heady feeling, how very rare nowadays that a man will look at him with such innocence. Could he be real or is that just a mask and he’s in danger to fall once again a victim of a cruel man out for his heart?A man, I loved it. The plot was from serious, to hilarious, to fun and games, and sexy and romantic. It was so wholesome my head is still spinning. The way Zach came to Town, his interaction with Gary and Quinn and Tara and (omg) Penny!!! I loooooved Penny Poison, I died a little bit every time Penny came in view. And should I mention his trip down the “wild and daring” lane? And good God, Dylan. What a scene, what a feeling. Between gagging for breath from such a strong fit of laughter and trying not to wretch from gross I have to admit that scene was so powerful it made my head spin with the dual emotions battling in my head.And then came the amazing sexual marathon scenes, and oh dear me, I had to fan myself with what I was reading. Yes, this couple was so strong and fierce, and Zach had at this point done such a 180 turn, that they were fantastic together. Too hot! Now there was a serious smell/sweat fetish there, as in a serious, serious case of rubbing in the other sweat to smell like him and such, so heads up, don’t say I didn’t warn you. As for me, well that’s one of my kinks so not only it didn’t bother me, but it made the read stronger somehow and spicier.What I found over the top was the drama in the end. I seriously dislike when a character goes from friend to friend and apologizes to the entire cast before he finds the person that really matters. By the end of the read I had to read the same thing, oh I don’t know how many times. He went to Gary and Quinn, to Nino, and of course there was Van and the book. Meh, quite melodramatic and sappy, the part that took me down a bit from the heights I was floating in. Plus, me being always in favor of a bit of vindication I absolutely hated that there was no damn closure with Ben (the ex). You cannot imaging the fit I threw when I read end, and no revenge over that idiot was taken. Agrrrr!!! Yeah not very mature of me, but come on, vindication is the icing on the cake, why did you take the icing off dear author? *sniff*And here I draw my line. I’m done. It was a fantastic read I urge you to read and I bet not only you’ll not regret, but you’ll have the best time you’ve had for a while. It’s a seriously great read. Enjoy!Thommie

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-02-01 18:01

    4 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewThis was a book about some very dirty boys finding love. I’ve never personally been to Ptown so I can’t tell if it’s really like that or not. I’ll assume the author knows since he’s a gay man but everything did feel amped up or exaggerated. I’m thinking the author did this on purpose for humor or excitement. And let’s face it, its fiction and we like it that way! I’m just saying if you’re thinking of reading this book, it is for sure a good love story, but be prepared for some raunchy and slutty boys.Zach is ceremoniously dumped in the first few pages of the book. It hurts. His now ex has been his life for three years. Zach is so angry and confused that he kind of zones out for a bit. He then decides to go on the trip to Ptown he was planning to surprise his ex about by himself. Why not? He has nowhere to go and some time away to write would be a good thing. Zach gets lucky when a cancellation allows him to rent a condo owned by a local couple in the vacation town. They basically adopt him and force him to get out of his room to enjoy the “experience” that is Ptown. Zach knows he’s really not the typical gay guy on the island. He dresses terrible and isn’t into casual sex. That all changes pretty quickly with the help of his new friends. One makeover and a blow job on the dance floor later awakens the wild side it seems Zach has been suppressing. Or is it just a normal reaction to his surroundings and the break up? Either way, he seems to be wanting one man in particular. The tan and gorgeous Van he met at the leather shop the night before.Van likes his job as a super bottom porn star. He’s good at it and it gives him all the sex he could want without the worry of giving his heart away again. He’s known as Hart Throb to all of his fans. Although new-ish to the industry he rose quickly and is a fan favorite. One night escaping a crowd of adoring fans he meets Zach. He’s immediately attracted to Zach. He’s not put together like every other gay guy in town but he likes that. They part ways with Van hoping he’ll see him again and he does. The next night he sees him on the dance floor getting sandwiched between a couple with one on his knees . Van’s jealous and disappointed that Zach isn’t the guy he’d thought he was.Zach goes through a couple of guys in the next 24 hours but he wants Van. He finally sees him again and is determined to talk to him. Their mutual friends force them to go to a party after Tea. It feels like a date but neither really wants that. It puts too much pressure on them. They decide to get to know each other. Both men are interested but Van doesn’t tell him what he does for a living. No way could a guy want to date a porn star as more than a conquest. The time constraints of Zach’s vacation, the fact that Van doesn’t date and Zach just getting out of a long relationship should mean the guys know it’s just a week of fun but that’s not how things go.I liked this book. There were some OTT characters that were fun to read about. I enjoyed the build and smolder of Zach and Van’s relationship. Ptown seems like a pretty wild place. I’d probably love it! I’m thinking, hoping, that this will be a series? Van’s best friend, Nino, needs to find his match. That man is such a HO but so good to his friend.One thing that did squick me out was all the spunk and funk kink going on in this one. I totally admit that’s my issue but it has to be mentioned. These boys were really into manly smells and fluids. ;) Also, lots of crude talk, which I’m totally fine with, but others may not be. I’m thinking it’s meant to be shocking and fun and that’s how I took it.I enjoyed the growing both Zach and Van did as the book progressed. Both men figured out who they were and found someone to love them the way they are. Be prepared for lots of sex and not all of it is between the MCs. It’s never cheating so no worries there. They just both like sex. Once they find each other they really only want each other but there are other issues to work out. It’s a pretty damn funny book. If all of this sounds like something you’d like, check it out.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-01-29 19:02

    Please leave comments for Jules Lovestoread's 4 sweet pea review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....Maybe that was what he needed. To find the person he once was. And maybe he’d find him in Provincetown.This is the first book that I have read by Jacob Z. Flores, and I have to say that I really liked the easy-flowing, descriptive style of his writing on this one. The story takes us to Provincetown, Massachusetts – or, P-town, as the locals call it – and Mr. Flores absolutely brings the town to life for his readers. His descriptions of the events and the people that can be found there make it sound like a fabulous place that it is no surprise people flock to summer after summer!Zach Kelly, a seemingly shy and insecure teacher from Texas, has been dreaming of going to P-town since he read about it in his OUT magazine. When his boyfriend of three years callously dumps him, he hastily packs a few things and decides to make that dream come true. Zach is also an aspiring author, and hopes to find some inspiration for his writing, while licking his wounds on the Cape.Van Pierce, a resident of Provincetown, and also a porn star known as Hart Throb, isn’t expecting the reaction he has when Zach literally falls into his life. Van is also nursing some wounds from his past, painful relationships, and hasn’t been on a date, or allowed anyone into his heart for quite a long time. He can’t help the connection he feels to Zach from the moment he sees him, though.The story takes us through Zach’s trials and errors in going about finding the man he once was. He does some things that are uncharacteristic, and that he is certainly not proud of – this is P-town, after all – and almost loses a shot with Van in the process, but they eventually find their way to each other.Van and Zach open up to each other, and become closer than either of them thought possible in just a few days. Their attraction is palpable, and some of their scenes are among the steamiest I’ve read!When Love Takes Over also has some extremely funny moments. There are a couple of scenes or lines that literally had me giggle-snorting while I read. The ensemble characters that make up the rest of the cast are also fantastically written, and just spring to life on the page. You will particularly love Quinn and Gary, and the few cameos made by one Penny Poison.Ultimately, our couple hits a road block, and needs to see if there is a chance for them to find the way back together. I found the telling of this part of the story to be so heartfelt and satisfying. The last third of the book was really fabulous; I even got a little bit teary at one point.For the most part, this was a fun, light-hearted, very entertaining read that I would definitely recommend to others. I also learned quite a bit about the porn industry, Tea Parties, leather shops, Planters Punch, and sex in the dunes. Bonus!!!A side note to the author: Zach’s sexual urges, that he has had to repress for many years, are mentioned several times. You sort of alluded to this ‘baser nature’ in him but then, I feel, just barely touched on it again. I really felt like, from the times it was brought up (particularly in the leather shop), that more background would have been nice on what was meant by things like: “The raw sexual depravity on display had called to the part of him he’d spent years getting under control…” and “He’d exited the store and promised never to return for fear of releasing a part of himself that needed to remain checked.”I know you are writing more Provincetown books – hopefully at least partly about Van and Zach! – and I’m curious as to whether you plan to explore this area a bit more.Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MrsConditAnd...Follow us on Twitter @MrsConditReview

  • Dani Elle Maas
    2019-02-06 22:21

    When I heard about this book I was so excited! I loved the blurb and couldn’t wait for it to be released.I finally had some time to read it and although I won’t lie and say it was fantastic, it did manage to grab me and had me wanting me to see where it would lead. The author had a certain way with words that gets you very interested in what he is going to pull out next in the story. It flows well making it easy to read and the author makes sure you feel humor, drama and hotness throughout the story.The big problem I had with this story is that you have an aspect there that the writer keeps returning to and that could be something that you just don’t find attractive. Without spoiling too much, I can say that both main characters are very attracted to each other’s smell and where I can overlook that once or twice I have to be honest and say it really started to bother me when I kept reading it over and over.Yes of course it could be personal taste but regardless of that I don’t like things repeating over and over and this writer did that a lot in with this detail.I think that for me was the biggest issue in this story. Like mentioned before, I liked the easiness how it is written, the building of the story and the personalities of the main characters as well as the side characters.I love P- Town, where the story takes place. Zach decides to go on a holiday there after his breakup with Ben, his partner of three years. Having little to no self-esteem, he starts to find out that there is a different way of living and looking at himself and towards life.With help of friends that he met the moment he came to the town ( Gary, Quinn and Tara), he learns more and more that he is his own person.The difference between the main characters is humongus and it plays out in the story perfectly. If you cannot connect with Zach, you sure can relate to Van or find a very fun character in his best friend Nino. Or maybe Van’s alter ego Hart, the hot and sexy porn star and hottie of the town will stir something in you. Best to remember though if you are going to read this that P-town is anything but monogamous, so prepare for some serious action all over town. Ok i admit i would love to visit that town :) In the end I have to say this book was an easy read. It had some drama along with some great hotness and if you can overlook the one aspect that bothered me, it has a story to tell. It even made me seriously wonder about how Gary and Quinn came together and if Nino will, as mentioned somewhere in the book, finally meet his opposite and fall head over heals.Overall a good 4 stars for me.review posted at :http://sidlove.wordpress.com/2013/09/...

  • Cookie Moretti
    2019-01-24 18:59

    Provincetown by Jacob Z. Flores (MM/Romance)A copy of this book was provided to me by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.***3 STARS***So, Jacob Z. Flores is a new author for me and I get to read 4 of this books in one bundle package. "Provincetown" was an interesting place. It's very gay friendly, with the LGBT community outnumbering straight couples, but everyone seems to be accepting. It sounds like a cool place to hang out...however, the place is odd. IDK...the author tries to make the town seem like a charming, exciting, mysterious place to live, but it seems like it's too exciting. Like the town is a 24 hr party town with every gay man wanting to bone each other with no limit. It's a fictional town, but I don't think I'd want to live somewhere like that 24hrs. lol The first story was about about Zach, a guy who gets dump by someone he's been dating and living with for 3 yrs. Apparently the breakup came out of nowhere. So Zach heads to Provincetown, a random decision cause he saw the ad for that town and decided that it seemed like a good place to chill and nurse a broken heart. There he meets Van, a porn star. I tried hard to like this couple, but it really wasn't working for me. Idk, maybe it was just me. I couldn't get into the flow of their story. Maybe cause the first time Zach went out, he got sexual with a couple on the dance floor. I was like..."really?" The second book was about Zach's father, Gil and how he fell for Tom, Zach's best friend, a much younger man obviously. Their story was a bit likable than the first, but it was still a struggle for me to get into the story, and it wasn't even set in Provincetown. Gil cheated on his wife with men and she discovered it, making their hometown turn their backs on Gil. Tom has been in love with Gil since he was a kid and it didn't matter to him what Gil had done in the past. Just what he'd be in the future. I just went with the story and read it. I liked Tom, Gil, not so much. I gotta be honest and say I didn't read the other 2 books in the bundle. I gave this a 3 because it does have 4 stories in a bundle and Provincetown does sound interesting. Will I read the other 2 books? Maybe.

  • Pamela Su
    2019-01-22 17:05

    Take Mardi Gras and make it into an all-year-round party down in Massachusetts and you will have a pretty good sense on the feel of the book. Add in a porn star with a heart and a klutzy, shy but oddly aggressive guy who has just been dumped and it's basically a crapshoot which side you'll end up on.I liked this book. I thought it was funny and silly. Romantic? Not so much.Zach's had his heart broken and he goes to Provincetown to lick his wounds and regain his confidence. Having never been to Provincetown, I have no idea how accurately the lifestyle there is portrayed. It seems like a lovely place though.Some of the sexual acts in this story might not sit right with some readers, seeing as they are promiscuous hookups with total strangers. Didn't bother me too much because, hey, like Gary said, "we don't judge."What did bother me was the ending. Not the bit where Zach goes to Van's workplace because wow, that was the most touching scene in the whole book! I was really moved. No, the bit that bothered me was after that, how the story resolved itself. It was just too pat an ending. I really didn't like where it went.The real stars of this book were the people surrounding Zach and Van. These guys are so lucky to have the friends that they do. Every single one of the friendly side characters stood out for me. Even sweet, massively hung Ram. A fun read, but be prepared to leave your inhibitions at the door.

  • Dre
    2019-02-08 16:02

    I'm not going to rate this book because I should have DNF'd it at the beginning. It was slow in getting going, but I chose it for Bingo and thought since I'd slogged through the beginning, I should see how it ended. Most of the dialogue throughout the book was ok, but when it came to the sex scenes between Van and Zach, the dialogue was a little cheesy. I know Van was a porn star, so maybe he's used to cheesy talk, but he wasn't a porn star while in bed with Zach, and Zach was pretty cheesy himself. And all of the talk of and love of sweaty smells and licking, biting, rimming, and rubbing your face in sweaty armpits and butts, and anywhere else possible to smell like someone else and then enjoying the smell stuck in your beard afterwards... just not for me. I don't mind when characters talk about enjoying the smells of their partner, but this one was over-the-top, and it just didn't work for me. I also felt like both MCs personalities were all over the place, esp. Zach who at times came across as painfully insecure and klutzy/dorky, but then was getting off publicly and jumping into bed with someone new hours after being with someone else and not caring, then telling everyone he's not really like that and reverting back to his insecure self. The whole book just came off as a bit all over the place to me.

  • Lumina
    2019-02-16 19:16

    Story itself: 3 StarsTristan James: 10 StarsI'm not sure where to start with this. Some things in this books felt silly, while others were great. One thing is sure though, Tristan James lifted this one through the roof. Me crushing on him may have something to do with it though. Don't hold it against me. He's awesome!The book was lighthearted and angst free which I realized recently that I enjoy quite a lot. The MC's may have been a tad too perfect but I think it went well with the over all story. I've not read a lot of books in a sex-industry setting but this felt a little stupid. There may have been one or two too many sex encounters with other partners than the MC's, something I don't really need nor enjoy.If I had read it myself I probably would have skipped some of the sex scenes...