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Jamie Chadwick is straight. Determinedly straight. Or so he keeps telling himself. His small conference business is doing okay and, even though he looks after his ailing father, he loves living in the countryside and life is good. Sort of. But the arrival of old college friend, David Fenchurch, who’s just come out on the distinctly camp side of camp, together with Lucy ReiJamie Chadwick is straight. Determinedly straight. Or so he keeps telling himself. His small conference business is doing okay and, even though he looks after his ailing father, he loves living in the countryside and life is good. Sort of. But the arrival of old college friend, David Fenchurch, who’s just come out on the distinctly camp side of camp, together with Lucy Reid, his father’s sexy new physiotherapist, sets Jamie on a path he’d never dreamed of taking. On top of all that, the unexpected return of long-lost family friend, Robert Trevelyan, himself openly gay, means that Jamie can no longer ignore the past he’s kept hidden for six years. When Robert and David get together, Jamie’s feelings begin to surface in surprising ways. Who, amongst the crowd of people set to blow his life apart, will make it onto his fantasy hit list? And in the midst of Jamie’s own emotional battlefield, how can he keep things together at all?...

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The Hit List Reviews

  • Sonia189
    2018-11-22 11:48

    From my blog Another book that has been in the pile for years...not many, but some. I try to mix in current releases to books getting dust in hidden piles but it's complicated to update my TBR list to a reasonable size, but...I try.In this story we meet Jamie Chadwick, a young British man who works at home, he has a business he can run from his father's house even more so because he need to help his father. His older brother is away in Japan and it's up to Jamie to do everything but it's getting complicated, his father is old and has some health issues.But what concerns Jamie the most is the need to convince himself he is straight and to help that he tries to date women, not always feeling what he did with Robert, a friend of his older brother he kissed years ago but that he never saw again.The return of Robert, the community relationships and connections that stress him out, the worry over his job and an important contract, proving to himself he isn't gay and jealousy make him start a fake hit list and that is Jamie's escape valve. But what about realistic life goals and personal wishes?This story begun very weird and difficult to go through. The first chapters were confusing and I felt the lack of aim or structure. This is the first book by this author I try and I have to say the beginning wasn't very impressive.Jamie's behavior and weird hit list - the idea seems quite over the top, to be honest - also made it hard to stay focused because I didn't feel this interesting enough.I kept going and from the middle of the book onward things were looking up, mostly because I could glimpse the emotional effect trying to deny reality and fake things was doing to Jamie.The concept of the story is confusing. Jamie starts the hit list to let go of some stress and impotence to change what he considers unfair situations in his life, namely the fact he's stuck taking care of his father and that he can't stop thinking he might be gay. His relationship with his brother isn't good either and although his work is going well, a major job he has to deliver makes things even worse.There are a lot of emotional layers to peel of but at first Jamie just seemed obnoxious, stubborn and silly. I get his reasons but his behavior wasn't what I expected from someone doubting himself. His relationship with Lucy, to convince himself he wasn't gay had its moments but wasn't always very believable. Or maybe it's just part of the British culture...When things start to get out of Jamie's control and Robert's presence more constant, it becomes obvious to us something happened between them but it's already well into the story we get to know exactly what was that. I can understand Jamie's fears and doubts in the past and the emotional weight it must have been for both was well done. I think this book is positive enough just for the interesting emotional situations and elements included. Towards the end, Jamie's true feelings get more and more obvious. Of course we'd always like fictional characters to act more quickly but I kind of liked how challenging it was for Jamie to confess or admit whatever related to Robert and some of his fears about other things as well.I don't think this book is completely successful to me only because there are too many pointless characters and situations that get some focus out of where it should be. For quite the intelligent and driven character, Jamie often has weird actions I can't understand why would matter at all.The writing is also boring at times, I suppose it's the way it is, but I struggled to always be focused on the book.Apparently, this is considered a comedy but I didn't find it funny. In fact, what made it good for me were precisely the challenging and darker emotions portrayed here.I liked the HEA presented and would have liked to see more of it, after all the indecision we had to go trough in the story. Anyway, a good enough story, interesting elements but in my opinion it surely could have used some more editing.And another word, writing aside, this particular cover seems too much in the funny side but without looking as captivating as it could.Grade: 5/10

  • Kassa
    2018-11-18 10:37

    The Hit List came in for review described as an m/m romantic comedy, which suited my reading desires perfectly. The typically zany and quirky style I was expecting from the author – having read Pink Champagne and Apple Juice – is definitely in full force in The Hit List. Unfortunately it doesn’t really deliver as a romantic comedy since the humorous elements taper off early on and the story is really the main character’s struggle to understand his sexual identity while dealing with family crisis. The light touch to the writing and quick pace makes this lightening fast to read despite its almost 400 page length. While not entirely successful on every level, Hit List is nonetheless a warm, enjoyable, light read.The story is about Jamie Chadwick, a twenty five year old young man living at home and taking care of his aging, ill father. He also works out of the home running his own business in a very small town in the country. He’s content with his somewhat lonely, isolated life but struggles with a deep well of resentment over his father’s obvious preference for an older, absent son named Mark. When Jamie’s old friend appears, his life is thrown into turmoil with several possible love interests, old family friends reappearing, sudden business deals, village responsibilities, and his aging father’s declining health. All of the stress forces Jamie to live out a fantasy hit list in his mind, but he can’t escape reality for long.The plot is very character driven even as there is a lot of action that occurs. Jamie is the third person narrator as he struggles from one event to the next in a rather natural, if busy, progression. The story takes place over almost a year or so thus making the never ending stream of events seem more reasonable and that Jamie is just having a really rough year. There is nothing slow or boring about this plot. There are a few too many elements thrown in which dilutes a main purpose to the story and instead focusing of on Jamie, the story and reader watches as he struggles from one problem to the next with an eventual solution to everything that’s a bit too neat and wrapped up. It’s not over the top by any means, but I think sometimes all the action that keeps the story moving ends up sacrificing the romance and characterization of the book.On the one hand, the various things that happen from Jamie’s attempt to woo first the vicar’s daughter and then his dad’s physical therapist to his struggle with being a sole caretaker with a very busy job and conflicting feelings for a family friend help show a complicated, busy life. There are also so many people in and out of scenes that beyond Jamie, none of the characters are well defined. There is a pretty large cast of people that are all important in some way and it’s a real testament to Brooke’s skill that all of the characters are memorable and not easily confused with each other. The flip side to that is that beyond their basic purpose, none of them are fully developed. There are Jamie’s female love interests in Carina and Lucy who are very different yet their motivations are completely hidden, especially Lucy’s. Some of their actions didn’t quite make sense especially the end resolution with Lucy, but there is little time or space to dwell on this with so much going on. There is the catalyst in Jamie’s friend David but his later changes are also not fully explained. Beyond the complicated, complex mess of Jamie, his maturity, and sexual identity, the others exist to prompt scenes and important discoveries.Again this isn’t bad per se for the majority of characters since they are distinguished from one another except Jamie’s eventual gay love interest in Robert is perhaps the most mysterious. The two have a past interlude but this is kept secret from the reader for a short while and he is the impetus for Jamie to really explore his sexuality. Jamie is still very young and somewhat emotionally immature. He frequently lashes out at Robert out of fear and confusion. Turning his comfortable life inside out and exposing his true desires to a small village is terrifying for Jamie and he often reacts viciously. Robert responds to such attacks with calm understanding for the most part, but why they fall in love and more specifically why Robert likes Jamie is never really explained well given Robert’s older age and maturity. Especially given how afraid and confused Jamie is initially to embrace and understand his sexuality, Robert’s continual support and understanding never makes total sense.While some of the story stumbles and the action is not really comedic in my opinion, the book does shine with some delight prose and a light handling of the matter. Given the dysfunctional relationship between Jamie and his father – one no doubt many readers can relate to – the story could have turned very intense and dark; instead the very British prose and interesting situations keep the story entertaining. While not especially funny for the most part, the language is easy to read and engaging as the book flies by incredibly fast despite its 400 pages. The hit list Jamie forms is a deft touch as a much needed stress reliever and very relatable. The various characters are all eminently likable and interesting. Although Jamie struggles with his sexuality and does date two women in the book, including having sex, there is no on page sex at all. There are a few very mild m/m scenes but nothing with female bits on page to turn away any hard core gay romance fans.Overall Hit List focuses on complicated relationships – father/son, friends, romantic, brother/brother – and for the most part succeeds. It stumbles here and there and there is enough material to have been an entire series, but the delightful prose, great narrator, and fast past will keep you fully engaged in the book. The story feels effortless, a skill Brooke really exceeds at translating across the page, so be sure to pick this up. You’ll be glad you read it.

  • Eric
    2018-12-14 09:52

    At the outset I have to say that I found this book intensely irritating and neither romantic nor erotic, but read on to the end.It was far too long .I guess most people would be reading it for the story of Jamie’s emotional/sexual relationships rather than the family sagas/slice of English country life angle. Both of these were quite interesting in their ways but the balance seemed to be all wrong, leading me to think that really there were two separate books here. While I did not find it difficult to hold onto the characters and the different strands of the plot, sometimes people seemed to disappear for no good reason and important parts of the story seemed submerged by detail which did not do much to further the plot.The main character, Jamie Chadwick was strangely elusive and I found it difficult to form a clear picture of him.He is about 25yo, a redhead, 5’.7” tall, fiery tempered.He is basically not very good at sexual/emotional relationships, not understanding what makes women or men or, importantly, himself, tick. He runs a successful business from home while caring for his elderly father.The novel tells of his relationships with his father and his brother, Mark, with Carina and Lucy,his girlfriends, with his friend, David and , most importantly, with Robert.In the end, most of the problems in these relationships are resolved one way or another, some more convincingly than others.I downloaded the book free from Amazon.

  • Arlena
    2018-11-22 10:41

    Title: The Hit ListAuthor: Anne BrookePublished: Amber Quill PressReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 4Review:"The Hit List" by Anne Brooke good contemporary read. You will find that this novel of the main character is trying to 'understand his sexual identity and also dealing with family crisis.' "The Hit List is a fast pace even though it is rather long. We find Jamie Chadwick is living a home taking care of his 'ill father' and also working from home. Things come to head when Jamie's friend from college announces he is gay. What all will come of this? Even though by the end of the book Jamie still hasn't told his ill father about his issues. Has Jamie really come 'out? And then we have David changing his mind about being gay. Wow, this was some read of change or was it? As I kept reading I saw that Jamie lacked 'social skills, not particularly handsome, desperately wanted to marry someone...then he writes 'The Hit List' which was people he wanted to kill. Now, why was this? I really didn't see "The Hit List" as a true romance. I felt like this was more of the 'comedy of life.' Now what does this mean? I got this from a quote: "The choices people make (or don’t make), the consequences thereof, and the inherent complications and confusions that come of relationships." To me that says it all. To get your thoughts you must pick up this read and see for yourself. It may start out somewhat slow but keep reading and you will see which way this author is leading the reader. The characters were all pretty well drawn like Jamie, his father, David, Robert, the vicar and his daughter, the village fete, to the nosy landlord, but all in all I found most of these characters were a very interesting group of people. This story gives off the presents of being so very 'true, heartbreaking and very sentimental.' So, if you don't mind gay issues and above all 'The Hit List' then I would recommend this touching read for you.

  • Suze
    2018-12-12 06:49

    A feel good story with enough British country village parodies to keep us going for a year. I really enjoyed the story. After the first few chapters I wasnt sure if it was for me but as the story progressed, I really got into it, especially the poking fun at nosey small villages, the village fete etc - not sure those bits will be fully appreciated by non Brits ( but then we have to look up baseball terms etc!). the MC Jamie could have been an annoying character but I was actually concerned that he wouldn't have anervous breakdown with all his problems mounting up and was rooting for him by the end - though Robert did seem to be very patient with him. The character i didnt get was Lucy, she seemed more annoying in her dithering than Jamie. if you are looking for detailed sex scenes, you wont find them in this book. However, the scenes that are in were still emotively written and in context with the rest of the book. A really good read.

  • Rosie
    2018-12-09 08:32

    3.5 stars rounded up. This was a hard book to mark. At 18% into the story I actually deleted it off my kindle. I was bored to death and really didn't think I could get into I deleted it. But for some reason the characters wouldn't leave me, and two days later I reinstated it and started reading again. From that point on I couldn't put it down. Truthfully, I didn't find it much of a comedy at all...and I would have liked more of the romance at the end. I liked Jamie's struggle, and I really loved the Robert character...but I would have liked a bit more of the happy ever after at the end if I'm being honest. I feel a bit cheated that it ended so quickly once Jamie decided what he did want.

  • Brandy
    2018-12-04 10:30

    I have a hard time not finishing a book once I start it, so I did finish this even though I couldn't get into it at all. I'm sure it would have been a great story, but I found that some parts were not relevant to the story and just kindda drug the book out longer than it should have been.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-08 09:57

    This is the first book I read by this author. I must say I enjoyed it. At times it was a little slow, but a good story. The main character Jamie Chadwick needed to find out who he is. A hard choice to make in his life. This was a free read from Amazon.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-12-08 09:40

    2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Laurie Ather
    2018-11-24 04:34

    Very slow moving story. I kept hoping to actually start caring about any one of the characters but I never did.

  • Andy Frankham-Allen
    2018-11-25 07:32

    First of let me just say, Amber Quill might wish to rethink how they package their books. On the spine it says this is a Gay Erotic Romance, and it really isn’t. There’s very little in the way of erotica, other than a few references to sexual encounters between Jamie and Robert; the one time Anne Brooke does write a full blown sex-scene (if you can call it full blown), it’s done with such finesse and discretion that there’s very little chance of it being erotic. Which works way better, anyway. If anything this book is a Comedy of Life, because that’s what ‘The Hit List’ is all about; life. The choices people make (or don’t make), the consequences thereof, and the inherent complications and confusions that come of relationships. The book is told entirely from Jamie’s point of view, except for one curious incident where we’re being treated to Robert’s point of view briefly, and as a result every character we meet along the way is introduced via Jamie’s own unique view of the world. Well, I say unique, it’s not really. I’ve met many people like him. When it comes to work he’s a whiz; focussed, hard working, and knows his shit. There’s very little about his work life he can’t deal with. But when it comes to relationships, emotions, and sexuality... well, Jamie is screwed. Although rarely literally. He has an awkward sociability about him, an unawareness of those around him and how his life touches theirs. As a result there’s plenty of scope for real touching comedy; moments where you think, ‘yep, been there’. All the characters are well drawn, and most importantly they’re very real. Some people bitch about the change of fates at the end of the book, when certain characters decide on their sexuality, and how one man only wanted to be gay to be different, and because he liked the colourful clothes. Truth is, such people do exist out there. And that’s the biggest pull of this book, you feel like you know these characters, that you’ve met them in your own life. Certainly I’ve met people who don’t want to be gay (indeed, I know one of them very intimately), and would rather be straight, not only for the sake of others, but because it would make life so much easier. Alas, such things can’t be escaped. You are what you are, and sometimes you have to have the balls to accept that, as Jamie discovered the hard way.A touching book; in turns funny, true, heartbreaking, and sentimental. The measure of a book, for me, can be judged by the answer to one question. Can I walk down the street reading it? Is it so interesting that I can’t put it down when the train reaches the station, that I need to carry on reading it for the rest of the walk home? The answer with ‘The Hit List’ is yes. Absolutely! And I did.

  • Josephine Myles
    2018-11-14 07:50

    4.5 stars.This was my first Anne Brooke novel, and I wasn't disappointed! It was a fun read with lovable characters, and a Suffolk village setting that recalled the Archers many times (but without all the actual farm-type stuff, because Jamie knows nothing about nature). There's the vicar and his daughter, the village fete, the nosy landlord, and everyone knowing each other's business. In this close knit community, Jamie not only has to deal with running an expanding conference organising business and care for his ungrateful father, but also ends up grappling with his sexuality when he realises how attracted he still is to old friend Robert.There was much to enjoy in Jamie's slow unravelling with the stress of it all, and some moments of high comedy.So why not five stars? Maybe it's a personal thing, but I found the struggles of two different male characters to decide whether they were gay or straight to be missing a vital element - that they were both bisexual. I just couldn't understand why Jamie didn't even consider this an option, since he was still clearly sexually attracted to at least one woman. I don't like bisexuality to be ignored, so this really grated with me, although the book was otherwise quite excellent.The other thing I found odd was that the book says "erotic romance" on the spine. This is not an erotic novel - the few sex scenes are written discreetly. This is no bad thing - it fits well within the narrative, but it does give you a false idea of what to expect.Still, Anne's a great writer, and those quibbles aside I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

  • Eyre
    2018-12-11 03:54

    This one is really a 2.5. I bought this book because it was described as a romantic comedy. That description was misleading. While the book was well-written and I could sympathize at times with the main character, I spent most of the book being frustrated with him, with his father, and with the people surrounding him. The amusing moments were few and far between. I think that some of the things that were meant to be funny just made me uncomfortable. Jamie, the protagonist, is struggling with his sexual identity. He even spends over half the book in a heterosexual relationship. David, his friend from college, comes to town and announces that he has realized that he (David) is gay. David starts wearing bright, mismatched clothing, and turns himself into the stereotypical flamboyant gay man. By the end of the book, Jamie has come to terms with being gay, but he still doesn't want to be out to his elderly father. His love interest, Robert, seems to have accepted that Jamie won't truly be "out." For me, it just doesn't feel like a true HEA. David, on the other hand, has decided that he really isn't gay and that his relationships with men were just because he wanted to "be different"; he does admit that he really liked wearing the flashy clothes. Apparently, men can only wear colorful clothes if they are gay.

  • Holly
    2018-12-15 04:52

    I am not fond of books where the MC dithers around unable to decide whether he’s gay or straight. And I prefer the main love interest to be there from Act 1. And I like sex scenes to be hot. So I was pretty lukewarm the first couple of chapters. Almost put the book down. That would have been a serious mistake. I think it was the humor that kept me going and then I just got caught up in the complex, claustrophobic, angst-driven world of Jamie Chadwick.Jamie lives at home with his father. He lacks social skills. He is often unbelievably rude and unsympathetic. He isn’t particularly good looking. He worries about his lack of height (5’ 7”). He is desperate to marry either the vicar’s daughter or his dad’s physiotherapist. He writes a “hit list” of people he wants to kill.Jamie is the most wonderful character. I love him to death. He can be mean and hurtful and generous and inarticulate and dreamy. I want to shake him when he’s being exasperating and hug him because he’s got sad, difficult times ahead. I wish books didn’t have to end.This isn’t really a love story. And I would have liked to know more of the secondary characters. But I’m putting Anne Brooke on my list of favorite authors.

  • Anncleire
    2018-12-14 09:39

    The hit list è quello che sembra, una black list, una di quelle liste in cui scrivi le persone che odi e di cui vorresti liberarti.In realtà è l'interessante storia di Jamie che in circa un anno, il tempo di svolgimento della storia, in qualche modo riesce a crescere. Lo potrei definire un romanzo di formazione visto che in qualche modo il protagonista compie un viaggio dentro se stesso, un viaggio per scoprire, accettare e vivere la sua sessualità con Robert che diventa il vero catalizzatore.In realtà ho finito di leggere grazie alla regola del dieci. Se supero le prime dieci pagine, non importa cosa devo finire il libro. E tutto sommato ne è valsa la pena. Il voto non è altissimo per il semplice fatto che lo stile non è molto fluido, molto spesso infatti ci si deve fermare e non è molto semplice seguire i giri della Brooke. Un altra tematica interessante risulta quella dei rapporti familiari, ma soprattutto con un padre che sembra preso da tutt'altro fratello. In realtà veniamo a sapere che il fratello di Jamie,Mark non è poi così benedetto dalla sorte e dal loro padre.Nonostante tutto il libro lascia qualcosa, ti induce a riflettere e in definitiva vale la pena.

  • kasjo_peja
    2018-12-02 08:39

    DNF at 20%. The part I read was confusing and chaotic. No clear direction of the plot, too many characters (I counted four new people coming to the town and causing major changes in Jamie's life) and writing style like verbal diarrhea. Most of the characters were two-dimensional and unlikable. The idea of Jamie's fantasy hit-list was not funny and didn't bring anything to the story.2 stars and among them one solely for some interesting women characters.

  • Anne Barwell
    2018-12-07 10:29

    I enjoyed this story and liked the characters although I felt more sorry for Robert than I did Jamie. The thing about David not really being gay at the end but 'liking the clothes' irked me though. I felt it would be more realistic with him being bi, but that could be just me. Giving it four rather than five stars, because although I did enjoy it it wasn't a must read NOW story but more one I took my time with.

  • Sj Heckscher-Marquis
    2018-12-03 10:38

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I personally know and understand the frustration of looking after an elderly parent that one loves but doesn't quite have the best relationship with. I could definitely relate to Jamie. It's also a well written and engaging read that zips along at a great pace. A real page turner.

  • Snowtulip
    2018-11-20 11:46

    Like: Struggles of life - internalizing can lead to break down Learning through struggles Robert - wonderful mature gentlemanDislike: Jaime - love/hate with him; drove me crazy most of the time Just didn't leave me with a strong vibe

  • Faye
    2018-11-21 04:51

    Had a hard time getting into this book.

  • Chris Smith
    2018-12-05 08:50

    Brilliantly funny - it hit my black English humour button on the nose!