Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Review: Only with You (Only Colorado #1) by JD Chambers

only with youTitle ~ Only with You (Only Colorado #1)

Author ~ JD Chambers 

Published ~ 5th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





“I guess if the worst thing I’m doomed to in life is mediocre sex, my life isn’t too bad.”

Self-starter and business analyst Zach Keller is living his dream life. He spends his days working from home in his favorite Tolkien t-shirts and pajamas while mothering his best friend-slash-roommate. The fact that his sex life is a bust and his love life is nonexistent?  Unimportant. After his college boyfriend berated him for his unconventional desires, Zach doesn’t plan on sharing that part of himself ever again, anyway.

“I’m tired of feeling like I missed out on something by not going to college.”

Craig Pela isn’t lonely.  He has tons of friends and weekends packed with activity.  He hasn’t needed anyone since he left home at eighteen and never looked back.  But everyone around him is moving forward in life, while he still works the same retail job at the same video game store, and it’s making him question his life choices.  After all, he doesn’t want to be the loser still playing video games at fifty, does he?

As their relationship develops, Zach’s shy nature melts away to reveal an irrepressible geek that charms the pants off Craig. And Craig’s kind patience and ability to match him obscure quote for quote leaves Zach wondering if he’s finally met the man he can be his true self with. After all, how can someone else love you when you keep a part of yourself hidden?


Cheryl’s Review

Zach and Craig are both nerdy and even get each other’s obscure references. Plenty of those references are left hanging to torment the nerdy reader and I was totally enchanted to find a Malec shipping comment (a framed sketch – swoon). I’m definitely nerdy enough to get them all, I think.

Of course, you don’t need to be a nerd to love this book. It’s an easy read with plenty of depth and a hint of darkness, much of it supplied by Zach’s horrendous family. He honestly has the patience of a saint to still even be in touch with them. He could have been God and created the world in six days, and his mother would have complained about the colour of the sky and asked why he hadn’t been able to do it in five – then taken credit for everything she likes.

Craig, by comparison, has no family to act as a weight around his neck. He never knew his father and his mother was a drug addict and alcoholic who pretty much left him alone to bring himself up. This disparity in backgrounds as well as some self-image issues lead to difficulties the pair have to struggle to overcome and they cause some heartache along the way.

One thing that threatens to come between them, big time, is Zach’s fantasy of having sex with more than one man at the same time. Initially, Craig has difficulties with this, seeing it more as an open relationship than couple play. However, once he gets over that fear, he organizes a birthday surprise that Zach will never forget.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation recommending it to others who like easy reads with no major angst and just enough conflict to keep it popping along. The writing is fairly good, and fluid and the writer has definite skills in characterisation as all the characters have individual voices and are three dimensional and engaging.

The story arcs are well rounded and everything fits in and makes sense. I loved the playfulness and all the geeky references, as I mentioned above, but I also loved all the sweet little touches, like Mrs. Hall and her dog, Toto, the 4th of July parade and ties in the epilogue.

This is very much a feel-good book and one that could probably be read in one sitting if you get so hooked you can’t let it go. I did it in two and while it wasn’t the kind of book that has me barely able to turn pages at four in the morning it is definitely one that will stay with me and make me smile fondly with memory. I will probably read again and I have no doubt I will find more hidden depths when I do.

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Meet JD Chambers

JD Chambers wanted at various times to be Indiana Jones, Pat Benatar, and Wonder Woman when she grew up. She never considered writing down the stories she crafted in her head. They provided nothing more than entertainment for long drives or sleepless nights, until one particular story insisted it didn’t want to reside only in her noggin.  She hasn’t stopped writing since.

JD finds unlikely heroes, humans courageous enough to be themselves, and spreadsheets incredibly sexy — the last one much to her husband’s chagrin.  Together, they raise three teenagers and the world’s most mellow Chihuahua on the Oregon Coast.


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