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Alternate title: "Adam and Holden"They were star-crossed lovers from the start.Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden's dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men togetAlternate title: "Adam and Holden"They were star-crossed lovers from the start.Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden's dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out-- by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything--including Holden Worthington--into the open....

Title : In and Out
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ISBN : 9781601682888
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Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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In and Out Reviews

  • Ingela
    2019-06-10 23:48

    Written December 5, 20143 1/2 Stars - Nice and fun but maybe not stunning captivating - nevertheless amusing for the momentBook #4Adam and Holden is my fourth story about all these adorable gay lovebirds (usually mature men) in Smithfield. I have been listening to the 6:20 hours audio edition. Once again narrated in a splended way by Shannon Gunn. ~ A husky-voiced favorite (gay-steam) narrator by now.(Finished a week ago and at last a review...)I got what I expected and I'm on the whole quite happy and satisfied. Not the best book in the series but good enough.***********************************************************Holden Worthington's days out in the world are over. Holden hasn't ventured past his own front door (in his huge old mansion like city house) in more than a year. His globetrotters days are over and with them his old partner and boyfriend. Then he get a sexy new young gardener, Adam Golden, and something stars to sparks in Holden. Feeling he hasn't felt in a very long time. He even start to feel an interest in the world outside his window.The plot here is when Adam one day discovers a dead body on the grounds of the estate and the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive, and to be fare, quite odd Holden. The male corpse turns out to be a former boyfriend's former now dead lover. It gets more and more messy and Holden's sister in law (soon to be former) turns up and his brother disappears. It is becoming increasingly complicated, cluttered and the crime mystery thickens. While, at the same time, the emotions, lust and love begins to sprout tender and so very sweet. A romantic hot and cute romance slowly begins to blossom.***********************************************************These Men of Smithfield stories are all smexy steamy, pretty emotional and with that nice light and easy feel I like. The men are usually pretty interesting (feels real ordinary..) and the plot often begins with anger and disappointment. Feelings which later disappears when it pops up an interesting new sexy man to put emotion-commitment on instead. All four audio books have made me chuckle, giggle and yearn for another series part. Not heaven-storming world-changing grand good, but safe secure romance entertainment. Fun and well made, and it is often good enough.You don't need to read them in order - just pick one and enjoy. My reviews so far: (view spoiler)[• #1 - Mark and Tony (3.3 stars)• #2 - Finn and Max (3.6 stars)• #3 - Seth and David (3.8 stars)(hide spoiler)]***********************************************************Another fun and enjoying L.B. Gregg romance. Applause for a great audiobook series. I hope the fifth book Men of Smithfield: Sam and Aaron also soon becomes an audiobook narrated by this fantastic Shannon Gunn narrator.I LIKE - sweet and nice told in a great way["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2019-06-14 18:57

    Audible + ebookRounded up to 4 starsI don't know if I would have enjoyed this book more or maybe even less if I had had enough time to read it in one sitting. But the previous week was pretty busy for me, and I needed almost 5 days to finish the 150-pages-long book, in spite of the fact that I tried to speed up my reading progress switching between the audio and the ebook. *** I have a weak spot for writers, as a MC. And Holden, a 40 year old wealthy, sarcastic and eccentric, openly gay, agoraphobic writer with a weak spot for cooking, single, who has been trapped in his house for several months after a painful separation, and who finds himself charming and funny, fits perfectly in my favourite book characters. *** Add a young attractive gardener with a difficult family background, who is sort of literal because he doesn't understand when people are kidding or making jokes, and who is not actually in the closet but who is totally unaware of his sexuality and utterly innocent, because non-verbal language is foreign to him. *** And a dead body in the backyard of this huge house, the hub of all main activities. *** Add HOT sex scenes, funny dialogues and you have it. The best instalment for me in the series until now.

  • ttg
    2019-05-21 00:50

    **Review of Audio VersionFor audiobook week at Boys in our Books, I pondered what to pick. This would be my first foray into listening to m/m romance by a narrator. (“How awkward are sex scenes to listen to? If the writer included written-out sex noises like “Unngh!” or “Ahhhhh!”, does the narrator then do the sex noises? Am I going to be listening to sex scenes on my crowded bus commute?”) These are the things I pondered. Finally when we were all picking books, I opted to try to adhere to my reading challenge—read what you already own—and picked an audio version of a book that’s been on my TBR pile for a while—the fourth book in LB Gregg’s Men of Smithfield Series, Adam and Holden.I’ve really enjoyed Gregg’s Romano and Albright series (and good news for fans, she’s working on the third book now). I’ve felt more lukewarm to Men of Smithfield—a series of novellas and short novels that revolve around various gay men living in the same picturesque small New England town, except this one had a small pile of small town mysteries to sort through. Book 1 and 2 (Mark & Tony, and Max & Finn) were okay reads for me, and I enjoyed book #5, Sam and Aaron.How was book 4? This is my favorite of the group so far. The contrast between wealthy, experienced, and agoraphobic Holden and young, guileless, and achingly sincere Adam was a nice mix. For Holden, Adam tapped into newly developed needs to both protect and teach (since Adam is a virgin and also doesn’t understand many social cues) and also to be protected and cared for (as Adam is also very caring and strong.) It is hard to not love Adam, who is so honest and sweet, especially when he’s confused about a joke or sarcasm. I appreciated Holden more as he came to understand Adam and how best to communicate with him.The mystery itself was fun and like other Gregg works, a little kooky, and since Holden has a hard time leaving the house, the story is close to being a closed-room mystery, where most things happen around Holden’s lavish home or yard.How was the narrator? Overall, I thought he was great. His version of Holden was an interesting direction—at times I felt like I was listening to a gay man’s version of Katherine Hepburn (with that upper-class Yankee New England drawl.) Sometimes it made it difficult to picture Holden as also the burley strong adventurer that he was, but then I thought I should check myself, and that burly adventurers could talk like a male Katherine Hepburn, just coming off a yachting trip on the lake if he wants to. Why not? The narrator also did voices for the other characters, and changed into them seamlessly, whether it was Adam’s earnest young tone, or Officer Tony’s brusque deep voice. I could picture all the characters speaking and it was nicely distinct. I thought the narrator was pretty splendid here.How was listening to M/M in audio? It was fun. I don’t know if I’ll do audio a lot, but I definitely found the niche. At one point after work, I was so tired and a bit stressed, and I couldn’t “land” on reading, so I turned on the audio book instead, and was able to settle on listening. I was tempted to multi-task and listening while cleaning worked well, but listening while web surfing was too distracting, so I have to really pick my activities or else I’ll miss whole sections of the story.Do I recommend this one? Very much so. Not only is the price great ($2.99!), but the story was also a lot of fun.Can you dive into this one cold? Maybe? It’s hard to say since I’ve read three of the other books, but the mysteries are all stand-alone and only linked by the setting of Smithfield and some of the same characters (like Tony) pop up. I started reading at book 2, Max & Finn, so you probably could enjoy this one as a start although you may want to go back and check out some of the other stories as well.I’m grateful that audiobook week helped show me that m/m romance in audio is a fun and relaxing way to get some reading down. Now what to listen to next…?

  • Amy
    2019-06-11 16:42

    4.5 stars!! This was so different than the rest of the series. More of a murder-mystery storyline. And I loved it! Definitely my favorite in the series. Holden is a former TV star turned recluse because he has agoraphobia (which is a disorder that fascinates me). And Adam is his new gardener. He's much younger than Holden and from the wrong side of town. I just loved the two of them together, plus all the secondary characters were a hoot.... Mrs. Henderson, Father David, Porter, Mitzie, Kipling, Adam's brothers! I loved it all and am so glad I continued with this series :)

  • Jenre
    2019-06-10 19:56

    In and Out is the fourth and final book in the Men of Smithfield series by LB Gregg. I've enjoyed all the books in the series so far, but I have to say that this one will probably turn out to be my favourite as I found both heroes to be completely delightful.The book opens with our hero, Holden, ogling the new hired hand, Adam. Holden had a successful career as a travel writer, explorer and television presenter before he was outed on live TV by his ex-lover and friend, not only as a gay man, but as a writer of steamy gay porn novels. In disgrace and crippled by agoraphobia, Holden hides away in the family pile in Smithfield writing his travel cookery book and generally living in fear of a re-occurrence of the media-fuelled days following his outing. When Adam discovers a body in the compost heap, that fear becomes a reality as he battles with sarcastic police offers, intrusive TV cameras, Adam's lawless brothers and the local Catholic priest in order to try and regain some of the peace and quiet he craves. Alongside this, Holden is also fighting his attraction to the much younger Adam, acting as mediator to his brother and soon-to-be ex-sister in law, and providing shelter for his back-stabbing ex.As you can probably deduce from the above plot summary, there's a lot going on in this book. There are a whole host of different characters who populate the pages of this book, and whose own lives directly affect Holden, our first person narrator. When we first meet Holden he is a rather lonely, and perhaps pathetic figure. He's only 40, but due to his illness cannot leave the house. Thus he spends his days pottering around his huge house, swapping snidely affectionate remarks with his ageing housekeeper and helping his womanising drunkard of a brother up to bed each night. The arrival of Adam proves to be a catalyst for change and, just as the book is set in spring and contains images of renewal and hope, Holden slowly changes as the book progresses, as circumstances and the gentle prodding of Adam begin to help Holden overcome his illness. The portrayal of Holden's agoraphobia was compassionate and realistic. I thought the mix of Holden's frustration at his limitations and his fear was handled well, and those readers who long for a sympathetic character with an illness of the mind can't go wrong with this book.Before Holden gets to the end of the book, he has to go through an awful lot of inconvenience, deal with many difficult people, be accused of murder and have his whole life turned upside down. Throughout the whole experience, Adam is there offering a whole lot of support in a quiet and unassuming manner. I liked that, although Holden feels a little guilty about the age gap between them (Adam is 24), the decision as to whether Holden should act on his attraction to Adam wasn't made into too much of a big deal. There's no angst or pages of soul searching, it just happens and Holden accepts it and then can concentrate on the other crazy stuff that's happening to him. I think it helped that Adam is generally a calming influence on Holden. In fact they are opposites in many respects: Adam is quiet, thoughtful and has a condition which means he has difficulty understanding humour or sarcasm; Holden is witty, charming and relies on humour to diffuse a situation or hide behind. Because he has to be very literal with Adam, that strips away some of Holden's protective layers and allows him the luxury of honesty and straightforwardness which means their affectionate feelings for each other develop quickly. Despite this I felt that the feelings that develop between them were genuine. It's not just lust - although there's plenty of that, as well as intense sexual tension - but also that there's respect between them which leads to deeper emotions.Many of LB Gregg's books are packed with humour and funny situations. This was perhaps the most serious book I've read of hers. That doesn't mean that the book totally lacks humour, far from it. The whole situation with Holden and the sheer number of different characters gives the book a slightly mad-cap feel on occasion, and the way that Holden lurches from one situation to another reminded me of those shows like The Phil Silvers Show or Abbot and Costello, where one problem would be partly resolved only to have the next character/problem arise until a final showdown at the end. There are also a number of comedy lines which had me snorting with laughter. Having said that, there were many quiet, reflective moments in the story too, such as when Adam takes Holden out for a drive, the first time he's been out the house in two years; or the moments when Holden remembers his dead brother. This mix of pathos, humour and quiet reflection appealed to me, and shows a depth of maturity in the writing that perhaps was missing in her earlier books in the series.I could go on and mention a whole lot of other things I liked about this book, such as Holden's relationship with his brother, housekeeper and friend Tony (the hero from the first book Gobsmacked); or that the mystery was satisfying; or the way that the town of Smithfield and its residents play just as much of an important role as the main characters. However, you'll have to discover that for yourself, or this review will run to several pages!All that remains to say now, is how much I enjoyed In and Out. It was a fittingly super end to a very enjoyable series.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-22 19:40

    This was not my kind of book. Really, I shouldn't have enjoyed it at all. And yet, I did. Adam was sweet and Holden was a Character with a capital "C". The whole thing was like reading a French farce with a tangled mystery and a revolving door of over the top characters. As I said, normally not my thing, but this time around I was digging it. *shrugs*

  • Karen
    2019-06-10 23:07

    Ok so this is a really bizarre experience because I've listened to the first 3 books in this series and they were all narrated by Shannon Gunn and I enjoyed them so because I've read the books and this is just me listening to the audio books because I wanted to revisit a series that I had enjoyed years ago...until I got here and things kind of tanked a little for me.Once again Shannon Gunn is the narrator and while I his idea of Adam's voice and the rest of the characters were ok, I can't lie Holden's was...let's just say it was not my idea of how Holden would sound and I might have found it a teensy bit annoying because truthfully for me it just didn't sound like a 40ish year old man but someone who was definitely older and at times the voice for me had a bit of a pervy undertone to it...sorry, but no...for me Holden's voice was just wrong and so for that reason and because he's one of the MCs the story can keep it's 4 stars but the audio only gets 3 stars from me.

  • JenMcJ
    2019-05-23 20:49

    I enjoyed the 4th book in the series the most. Ironically, as damaged as Holden is, he is the least of the men in any of the books that needs therapy/anger management. He handled the crisises (sp?) around him with aplomb even if he was limited in his scope of movement. Adam did not resort to angry violence at any time and there weren't any wacky meltdowns. This was a story of two men with unique needs that really seem to live up to the idea that there is someone in the world that is perfect for someone else. Even the most unlikely pair can be made for each other.Oh, and I can't tell you how glad I am that the bad guy didn't turn out to be who it appeared at times. I wasn't shocked at who it was, that was fairly easy to surmise. Had the author chosen to go in the other direction, that cliche would have ruined it. For once it was nice that even dysfunctional families function in their own way.

  • Nic
    2019-06-03 21:51

    While I spent a pleasant afternoon reading this book, it wasn't one that I fell in love with. I am not sure if it is because it is the fourth book in the series and I have perhaps overdone it, but it didn't stand out as anything special.I hate to admit it but I didn't particularly warm to Holden. I really wanted to but found it hard to garner sympathy for his situation - a lonely house-bound agoraphobic with a ruined career, lost love and problem brother. I did like Adam though!The story involved a lot of characters, a dead body and mystery to be solved. The plot kept me involved, the romance not really.

  • Deeze
    2019-05-30 21:04

    I think this is my favourite book of the series. Probably more a 3.5 than a full 4The story in this one is much more fleshed out, the mystery is pretty mysterious lol, it certainly kept me guessing.The cast of characters were all worth reading.My only problem with this one is the same as the others, I just don’t feel any real emotional connection between the MC. While I liked Adam, he came across as sweetly vulnerable, Holden just came across as a pervy old man. In fact I think I could of happily read this one with all the sex taken out. For me the story just didn’t need Holden’s creepy perverse thoughts.

  • Susan
    2019-06-09 00:46

    Book 4: Adam & Holden - 3 starsSERIES REVIEW HERE:

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-05-26 21:07

    I loved this book. I really love the entire series but this is my favourite. Holden, 40 years old is a recluse. He used to be a well known explorer and something if a globetrotter but all that came to an end when he was betrayed by a former colleague and lover. He is now unable to leave his house but he manages his life by writing books and with the help of his rather impolite housekeeper. Now a dead body has been found in his garden by his new, much younger, much hunkier gardener. And so a mystery needs to be solved. Throw into the mix: a brother who likes to drink, the brother's lovely but soon to be ex-wife, a puppy, the lying cheating and on the run ex, and the hunky but socially awkward gardener and you have the makings of an incredibly funny and interesting story.I loved the way things developed between Holden and Adam (hunky gardener). They suited each other. Both of them had difficulties that they needed to get through but they did this together in a way that just seemed to work itself out step by step. All the secondary characters are great and give the story both humour and mystery. Both men have sadness in their past but it doesn't overwhelm them, instead it adds to who they are and brings colour to their relationship with each other. Holden is polished and used to the good things in life. Adam has had a difficult upbringing and is rather rough at the edges but is unapologetic and gutsy and able to deal with life despite his social difficulties.Then there is the mystery. Who is the dead man? Why is he in Holden's garden? And who killed him? And why oh why is the irritating ex hiding in Holden's huge house of many rooms and dodging the police? As usual there is the background of the familiar town of Smithfield with Tony Gervase as the usual town cop alongside a few new characters. Of course by the end of the story the mystery is solved and Adam and Holden are together but the journey to get there is an entertaining one.I really like the Men of Smithfield. It is a simple series of men finding love in a small town but the tone of each book is comical and engaging. Unfortunately I have now come to the end of this series but will definitely be checking out the other series from this author.

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2019-05-24 22:00

    A very good story.The 1st person narrator, Holden, is a 40 year old former adventurer and writer who is agoraphobic and lusts after his sexy young gardener. He lives in his family's old mansion with an austere housekeeper, his alcoholic brother (who has his wife/ex-wife in tow as well as his best buddy) and his ex-boyfriend "visiting" him. It is a animated, lively coming and going in this house and the murder mystery is smack in the middle.When Adam, the beautiful young man who tends to Holden's garden, finds a body behind the shed not only the police investigation starts - the love story also is kicked off.I liked both main characters, Adam and Holden. They were very different, both broken in their own way, but without this "oh woe is me" - no self pity, nothing OTT. Just two people with problems, history and quirks. The side characters were also an intersting bunch and really helped the story along.What I especially liked was the way Adam and Holden communicated. This and the humor made this a very enjoyable read.

  • Camille
    2019-06-05 20:55

    Audible version.3.4Holden's voice and characteristion as "flaming", fussy and WASPy took a little getting used to. I liked Adam and the voice Shannon Gunn uses for him, however. Plot wise, my desire for greater cohesiveness never really abated throughout the entire read. There were some elements that needed tightening and that sometimes seemed a little messy bordering on irrelevant. The mystery was okay and the reveal felt a little anti-climactic. But it was all still readable with some entertaining parts.As for the relationship, by the end I quite liked Adam and Holden together -- the balance the two brought to each other and the way that Holden loves him, feeling that he's waited for Adam these many years. That's beautiful.

  • Chris
    2019-05-26 17:00

    Very good m/m romance about a disgraced and now agoraphobic writer whose sanctuary is breached by a gardener, a corpse, his ex, and more! I was late to work yesterday morning because I had to finish reading it. :) LB does such a nice job balancing the tender with the madcap, while managing to infuse both with plenty of humor. (I also liked the tie-in to Gobsmacked.)

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-05-18 00:07

    Ha! Holden wasn't really a dick at all. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. I loved the story, very mystery like, lots of players and I loved Adam and Holden. I was left with a few questions but really I think I kind of have been with all of them. On to the last one.

  • Тамрико
    2019-05-30 20:41

    That was absolutely amazing! :) Definitely a favourite.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-05-23 20:03

    Holden Worthington is a former television superstar who was once a very successful reality show travel explorer. Holden now hides away in his home because he suffers from agoraphobia. This condition came on because of a scandal where his former lover ousted him on television as an author of steamy gay novels. Now Holden spends his days drinking away his sorrows, lamenting on his less the thrilling life and ogling his new lawn boy, Adam Morgan. Adam is a strapping twenty-four year old who Holden wouldn't mind having his wicked way with him. But, Holden knows nothing can happen between them because he is sixteen years older than Adam and feels he's less than ideal. Holden is in for a big surprise when Adam finds a body behind his shed. Now, not only does Holden have to deal with his brother Porter, who comes for a visit to hide away from his soon-to-be ex-wife, but the local priest thinks he needs to save his soul because of his sexuality. The media has camped out on his front lawn, salivating for any dirty gossip because the body may be John Paige, the one who unmasked him.When Holden finds out that John is alive, he thinks everything can go back to the way things were. But neighbors and friends keep butting their nose in to his business including a living and breathing John, who wants to make amends. Holden can barely keep it together because his every waking thought is for his younger hired hand. Adam is there to protect Holden, but Holden has incredible guilt because he wants Adam badly. And when Adam admits his feelings for Holden, these two act on their desires, but of a more tentative nature, because Adam has never been with a man before. Holden welcomes Adam, but with some reservations because he thinks they can't be permanent due to their age difference and the fact that the town of Smithfield seems to be watching every move Holden makes. Both Holden and Adam slowly form a bond, as well try to figure out if Holden was framed for the murder and why.In and Out is the forth and finale book in LB Gregg's Men of Smithfield series. Gregg can sure combine a great small town feel, along with characters who stay with you long after you finish reading. Holden Worthington first comes across as a sad alcoholic who feels he has lost everything he has worked so hard for. When Adam enters into his life, he feels rejuvenated, and is overcome with need for this younger man who treats him with respect and gratitude.The subject matter and issues in In and Out may seem heavy with Holden's agoraphobia, Adam's reputation that has been blown way out of proportion, and the angst that surrounds Holden because he feels so lonely and thinks a young man like Adam would never want to be with an old, washed out former celebrity. But Gregg injects incredible wit and laughs, especially from Holden's point of view about himself and how he feels for Adam. I can't tell you the number of times I found myself overcome with laughter.The mystery and secondary characters who pop up really bring great interactions with Holden. Even a familiar face stops by who was one of the main protagonist in the very first book in this series. The love scenes between Holden and Adam are so very well written with a nice combination of sweetness and sensuality. I can say with utmost certainty that LB Gregg continues to get better with every book she writes, and In and Out is no exception. This is one well-written, thought out book that really connected with me and shows perfectly how two different types of men can be so perfect for one another.

  • Kris
    2019-05-24 16:58

    One of my tastings to come soon. Hopefully. Definitely! :)Here it is...My Tasting:Why I bought it:It was an ARC. *Apparently I meant to do reviews occasionally. Did you know that? Cos I sure as hell didn't.*Dislike/like (ending on a high note):Dislike~ More of a warning~ Fans of L B Gregg will be used to this author's trademark wit and humour. Don't worry; I'm not telling you it's disappeared in In and Out altogether. It's there; however, it's been toned down in consideration of the more serious themes in the book, especially those associated with the main character's, Holden's, agoraphobia and anxiety as well as his relationships with love interest Adam, brother Porter, amongst others. So, more subtle, but still typical L B. :)Like~ Some of you can probably remember me ranting on about wanting more stories with characters who have a mental illness. Well, this was one of the books I was looking forward to reading because of this - and it delivered. Holden totally resonated with me. Or I did with him. Whatever. While I don't have agoraphobia, my depression has caused me to spend days hiding out in my house (aka Kris' womb) pretending the world doesn't exist. Also, the anxiety Holden felt when trying to challenge the boundaries of his mental illness and the self-deprecating way he talked about it, including to himself, is stuff I do all the time. I read this thinking 'finally, someone gets it'. It was both terrific and eye-opening.Dislike~ More of a warning~ Further to the above, I imagine some readers may find Holden's forays 'outside' to come a little too soon after the beginning of his relationship with Adam. I admit it gave me a bit of a niggle at first, but the reason why it ultimately worked for me was that it was Holden's choice, thereby making it realistic. Even more importantly, there was no sign of 'teh healing buttsecks'. Thank fuck. I hate that 'twu wuv sex is a cure all' shit with a passion.Like~ I was quite surprised to find I enjoyed the May/December relationship. This pairing is more miss than hit with me so my expectations were, to be blunt, low. *Erm, sorry LB.* Anyways, two reasons why it didn't annoy me as much as it usually does: (1) Adam was very mature for his age; and, (2) Holden was forced - not telling you why - to actually open up and explain what he meant and how he felt to Adam. Thankfully, there was none of the tired Big Misunderstanding Age Gap Angst in this story. Yet, another theme which apparently gets my back up. *I seem to have a lot of them.**ahem*So, what I think: Me, I reckon In and Out is the best of L B Gregg's work to date. As soon as I finished it I knew this would be a book; probably the one out of all her books so far, that I would be reading over and over again. Just terrific.==================================================‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

  • Elizabetta
    2019-05-18 23:05

    4.5 stars(A note: the books in this series can be read as stand alone and out of order. There are some recurring characters but not a lot is lost if read out of order.)Wow, this is my favorite in the series. Definitely. This author really knows how to shape entertaining characters with engaging voices— how to bring the funny on. Yet, each guy in the Smithfield series is unique with something new to bring to town. Once again, it’s the deliciously depraved bad boy that I love— that world-weary, acerbic, been-there-done-that character with a hidden heart of gold. Somewhat tarnished gold, that is.We get that and more with Holden Worthington. Even the name conjures up a certain kind of guy… privileged, silver spoon in mouth. But he’s also self-made, a famous outdoor adventurer with his own TV show and book deal. Think Bear Grylls. And he's a self-described ‘flamer’. Think Carson Kressley? I dunno, I didn’t feel that so much from him. To me, Holden didn’t come across as much a flamer (I mean, really?, just because he likes to cook??!!!) as he does a guy with huge appetite for life. But things went side-ways for Holden a couple of years ago. He’s trapped in his huge estate home, a victim to crippling agoraphobia. When the story starts, Holden seems to wake up with the appearance of his new and very comely gardner, Adam, a creature of the out of doors.What I really like in this is the connection made between Holden and Adam. Holden’s agoraphobia holds him hostage from the very thing that gave him life and purpose— the great outdoors still calls to him. Adam finds solace in working with his hands, working the soil and nurturing plants, bringing Holden’s neglected, overgrown grounds back to their potential. How clever that Adam is the link to helping Holden overcome his mental issues. That, and some lovely descriptive writing made the story for me.Holden and Adam are a lot of fun, a well crafted couple. The strength of the story rests on them mostly. The other plot about a dead body turning up in Holden’s garden is smaller and easily solved but gives a good foundation to their story as well as some nice secondary characters (Tony from book one makes some appearances). But, it also allows us to see Holden as more than a helpless victim. We see some of the brave risk-taker that has to be there in him still. The town of Smithfield is home to some very entertaining characters. There’s one more book in the series, and I’ll be sad when it’s all over.—A couple afterthoughts… It was never really clear what caused Holden’s agoraphobia. The surprisingly perspicacious Adam hints at something at one point in the story, but we never really know. Also, I wished for something a bit more at the story ending… (view spoiler)[It does seem that Holden is working through his agoraphobia and with Adam’s help, too. While it's implied that he will eventually take that definitive step out into the sunshine, I really wanted to see it. That would have made for a stronger resolution, imo. (hide spoiler)]

  • DaisyGirl
    2019-05-22 22:52

    2.0 StarsThis book just didn't do it for me. I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out why and I think it's because I didn't care for Holden. He's agoraphobic and, as a result, a recluse; I felt for him there. He suffered the betrayal of his long-time lover, John, and was humiliated to be outed as a gay porn author. He is trapped in his sprawling nine-thousand square foot mansion with only the housekeeper (Mrs. H) and his philandering and alcoholic brother, Porter, to keep him company. When sexy, smexy Adam, the gardener, discovers a dead body in Holden's back yard, Adam and Holden fall under suspicion especially since the victim is Holden's ex-boyfriend's main squeeze. Unfortunately, Holden is mostly concerned by the media attention the crime is garnering. Ugh.To make matters worse, Holden - in his infinite wisdom - decides to allow everyone and their mother to stay at his house and traipse in and out without a care in the world: Porter and his best friend, Kurt; Porter's current but soon to be ex-wife, Mitzie; Kingsley, Porter's puppy; John, the bastard ex-boyfriend; Adam, Holden's current BF; and Mrs. H, although she's only there during the day. WTF?!? Porter disappears when his current wife shows up to stay. Where does he go? I dunno. John is there but disappears when the police show up looking for him. Holden catches up with him a number of times but doesn't turn him in. Again, why?!? Again ... I dunno. Instead, Holden lets John continue to come and go as he pleases. Adam is sweet and caring but gets caught up in all the shenanigans because Holden is so lax. Bleh. This book was aggravating: the writing irritated me; Holden irked me to no end; and, the mystery was absolutely frustrating. Most of the characters acted or behaved so unreasonably, trying to solve the who-dunnit was an exercise in futility. I really liked Adam but that's about it. I didn't care for any of the other characters. This book would have garnered a 1.5 stars but I gave it a 2.0 because L.B. Gregg delivers some hawt, smexy love scenes. My enthusiasm for and interest in a book is usually in direct correlation with how quickly I finish it. Case-in-point: 3 1/2 days to finish 150 pages!?! That's eons. Nuff said.Bottom line: A disappointing end to an otherwise entertaining series.

  • Elyxyz
    2019-06-14 21:45

    Voto: 3.75Quarto capitolo della saga, stessa cittadina impicciona e nuovi personaggi coi loro patemi, anche se ho un debole per Tony e ritrovarlo, dopo il primo libro, è sempre un piacere.Rispetto ai precedenti, qui c’è un vero e proprio giallo da risolvere, di tutto rispetto, con un peso rilevante nella trama, cosa che ho gradito parecchio, anche perché fino alla fine non avevo capito davvero chi fosse il colpevole.Ancora una volta, però, quest’autrice ha l’insana capacità di farmi prudere le mani e ho ancora voglia di prendere a ceffoni un paio di suoi personaggi.La casa di Holden sembra un albergo – beh, strutturalmente potrebbe esserlo, e anche di lusso! – in cui tutti vanno e vengono – gente che scompare, riappare, si nasconde, bivacca – senza problemi né rispetto delle minime regole di convivenza civile. Ad un bel mentre, la cosa mi sembrava così assurda da sfiorare la parodia e no, non è un complimento.La storia d’amore fra Holden e Adam è abbastanza interessante. Anzitutto, abbatte dei tabù classici: la differenza d’età fra loro; poi quello di classe sociale: lo spiantato e il riccone; infine, ho un debole per il verginello e lo scafato, che gli fa da nave scuola. Adam è dolce nella sua ingenuità, nell’assoluta mancanza di capacità nel cogliere sottintesi, ironia e ammiccamenti. È un bravo ragazzo, che si è mantenuto tale, pur crescendo in un contesto svantaggiato. È perfetto per Holden, perché si capiscono alla perfezione e, insieme, possono offrirsi vicendevolmente amore e sostegno, che finora sono mancati ad entrambi.Holden, l’ex star giramondo, adesso prigioniero agorafobico, scrittore di porno e cucina, ha una caratterizzazione interessante, anche se avrei voluto più approfondimenti sulle cause del suo disturbo e, conseguentemente, su altri personaggi poco sviluppati, tipo il suo ex.Ne esce una storia carina, senza troppe pretese, che sa intrattenere piacevolmente, sia per la parte investigativa che per quella romantica.

  • ElaineY
    2019-05-24 18:57

    REREAD & REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 17 2013Narrator: Shannon GunnI enjoyed this a lot more in audio than when I read it 3 years ago. This despite the narrator's slightly Southern accent (correct me if I'm wrong since I'm no expert on different US accents) which made Holden sound like a dirty old man - who's 80 rather than just 40! It was a little icky at times but I managed to handle it.I still enjoyed the romance and I liked Holden's sarcastic internal wit. I love that he is tender and protective of Adam and their romance felt natural and I could buy into an HEA for them despite Tony's reservations.Speaking of Tony, I did not enjoy his book (Mark & Tony). Not when I read it as the original Gobsmacked, nor again with audio under the new titles - which confuse the heck out of me! I did not bother to read the other two after the uninspiring first book but I'll give them a try since I did the entire series in audio. They're still a steal at $2.99 even if the narrator isn't the best (there are much worse!)----------------------------------------------------------------------REVIEW JUNE 2010:Not quite 4 stars if I compare it to my other 4 star reads. Adam and Holden get all 4 because I was fully invested in their romance and each man individually. What would have been a strong 4 stars was nixed by an uninspiring cast of secondary characters and a murder mystery that, like the story, was made lacklustre by the annoying presence of those characters.

  • Leanne
    2019-05-22 16:42

    Listened to the audiobook version and I'm thinking a read could probably push this into 5 stars. Acerbic and self-deprecating, I found Holden such a fascinating character. Not easy to like, but when the tough exterior is stripped away by Adam (who almost certainly has some form of Asperger's) what is revealed is a deeply hurt and vulnerable man who has really no defenses against the sweet, naive young man. Opposites attract mixed with snarky hurt-comfort made me sit in the dark, in my car outside work every morning, trying to eke out a few more minutes! :DShannon Gun narrates all the Men of Smithfield books and he's done a very credible job so far (I'm currently listening to my third) but I just had one niggle. The whiny drawl he gave Holden did get on my nerves a bit, but didn't detract much from the story.I really loved this!

  • KatieMc
    2019-05-31 17:47

    This series seems to have an affinity for odd pairings, and Adam and Holden are the oddest of all. Adam is a young good guy who has trouble interpreting basic social cues and is victimized from poor parental choices. Holden is a best selling author and TV personality (and part time porn writer). Really well done! But... the narrator of the audio book really channeled the voice Paul Lynde for Holden.I can't decide if this was genius or horrible typecasting. Fortunately I don't have a cookie cutter image of Adam and that's probably a good thing.

  • Betryal
    2019-05-18 19:04

    Nifty little mystery on guessing who'd done it. The guessing throughout was the fun part and highlight of this book. The rest fell into line like a set-up of dominoes. Another all's well and another well written story for L.B. to add to the Greats list.

  • Mickie Ashling
    2019-05-22 22:40

    Very enjoyable book! This author is like comfort food for me. When I want to laugh, and cry, and lose myself in a wildly convoluted but terribly romantic story I know where to go. A highly recommended 5 star read.

  • Anna Zedda
    2019-05-23 18:41

    3 stelline e mezzo

  • Walford
    2019-05-30 20:54

    Boy, I am eating these up. Gregg is so good (and funny!) at describing people behaving badly in spite of themselves who completely win us over in the end.

  • Kaetrin
    2019-05-18 21:58

    Why I read it: I picked this one up from NetGalley. I have enjoyed the others in this series and I like LB Gregg's writing style.What it's about: (from Goodreads) Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time—an interest in the world outside his window.Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely interested Adam Morgan has Holden longing to conquer his debilitating anxiety and live again. After a grisly discovery on the grounds of the estate, the town of Smithfield turns a suspicious eye on the reclusive Holden—and the two men must trust in each other to bring the truth out in the open.What worked for me (and what didn't): LB Gregg has a quirky writing style which mostly suits me I think. Even though her characters are very different from book to book and series to series, there is an overarching authorial style which bleeds through. The style is simple and direct and easy to read and funny, sometimes in unexpected ways which make me back up and re-read to fully appreciate it. The dog gave a miniature bark. "I need to take the dog out," my brother said as if he owned adog. "Holden, I got a dog."I suppose that Adam has Aspberger's syndrome but it isn't explicitly spelled out. He has difficulty reading social cues and this has made it challenging for him to be openly gay as misunderstandings can lead to fist fights. What it did though, was force Holden to be direct and specific so that Adam clearly understood his message. (I actually heard someone on a podcast recently suggest that all men would benefit in being spoken to as if they had Aspberger's because it would stop a lot of misunderstandings). Adam wasn't weak though - it is Holden who can't leave the house. It made for a nice balance between them and gave an opportunity to show Adam as being strong and smart when he was the younger (by 16 years) and less experience partner. Because both of them had their weaknesses, I found it easier to believe they would also see each other's strengths and the age difference would therefore not have a huge impact. I think if Holden hadn't been agoraphobic he could easily have seen Adam as less than equal. As it was, he was forced to acknowledge his own weakness and Adam's greater ability in that area and that evened things out I think.I like how the Men of Smithfield series is only loosely linked - you could really read any one of the books out of order and miss nothing of any significance. Trooper Tony Gervase only appears when he has a job to do in the story and there are no cameos without a plot driven reason, which is nice to see.The mystery made sense and had a satisfying ending and by the end of the book, I was confident that Holden had started to get a handle on his agoraphobia and would eventually be able to enjoy life outside even if I wasn't convinced he would ever be a world traveller again. The story does take place over only a few days so there is a bit of suspension of disbelief necessary to accept the mutual "I love you" exchanged so early, but I was prepared to go with it.I don't quite have a picture in my head of how big Smithfield is but I hope it has a large gay populations because I'd love to read more stories set here. What else? There was one thing I found a bit difficult to reconcile. Holden describes himself during the course of the book as a gay man who "flames" and also as a "rugged and manly" man. He also doesn't like gay men who "swish". I thought flaming and being swishy were version of the same thing but I'm no expert on the subject. I can't quite get my head around a rugged flamer combo. This made it a little difficult to get a handle on Holden actually. I felt my mental piture of him was unclear. It's a small niggle really I guess and I did enjoy the book even if the whole romance was tremendously fast.Grade: B