Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book Brief: About Last Night (A Thornwood Novel) by Caitlin Ricci

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Title ~ About Last Night (A Thornwood Novel)

Author ~ Caitlin Ricci

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 4th April 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn't have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.

Freya’s Book Brief

Thomas is pretty matter of fact about sex. On the night before he starts college, he purposely goes out to lose his virginity to a stranger. The blurb before this article pretty much says it all. Anyhow, Thomas and Rem become friends with no strings benefits. After all, it can’t be anything else since Rem has a girlfriend and a budding professional football career. Being ‘out’ would be professional suicide.

However, things don’t go as planned when Rem’s girlfriend, Angela, ends up pregnant, and Thomas falls in love with Rem. What a mess. Thomas leaves and surprisingly Thomas’s parents end up adopting Angela’s child.

What makes a person form an attachment to someone? I guess it’s different for everyone; because as far as I could see, Rem doesn’t deserve the love of Thomas or Angela. And for the first time, while reading an M/M novel, I felt more for Angela than I did for the boys. But, the heart wants what the heart wants, and that first love always holds power over someone.

Sex is a dominant factor in this book, especially at the start – sex definitely came first (excuse the pun). I understand men are sexual beings, but the argument of ‘I can’t help it,’on the frequent occasions when Thomas gave in to Rem, left me needing more persuading. There are aspects, too, in this story that left me with whiplash, as actions didn’t match thoughts and some words. There were many cases of, “I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m going to do it anyway.” Willpower had minimal place in this story, too.

That scenario of – I’ll say this but do that made me question aspects of this story. Like how come a daughter can keep her pregnancy away from a Senator father. The press are too nosey to pass that up. There were other aspects too that I found a stretch to believe. But, that’s what stories are all about.

The thoughts and choices in this story are interesting and aren’t what many would make, or be advised to make. But, our differences are what make the world go around. There were parts too that hit me emotionally.

If you are a person that likes something a touch different from the norm and jigsaw type stories where all the pieces don’t quite fit, you are going to love this.

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Meet Caitlin Ricci

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful husband and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

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