Review: No Such Thing by AM Arthur

no such thingReviewed by Jen

This is a sweet little love story about two men who have never had a real relationship.  Alessandro has had plenty of sex, but love has never been part of the equation.  Jaime has never even been kissed.  And while the story starts out following Ale’s plan to teach Jaime about physical pleasure, it ends up showing us how they teach each other about love.

Ale is back in the small town where he grew up, in order to help his foster mom after her husband’s death.  He was a troubled youth, but he has turned his life around.  Now, he needs a job. Fortunately, he stumbles across an opening at small bakery and manages to snag the job.

Jaime has led a very sheltered life, due to a nearly fatal bout with heart disease.  But he had a transplant two years ago, and he is finally free to live the way he has only dreamed out.  His sister, Shannon, owns the bakery where Ale finds a job and that brings the two men into each other’s orbit.

Ale and Jaime are attracted to each other right away, but Jaime barely knows what to do with his feelings. Fortunately, Ale knows exactly what to do, and they embark together on Jaime’s voyage of sexual discovery.  Somewhere along the way, though, they find they actually really like being around each other.  And the longer they are together, the more they realize that their plan to keep it physical is becoming less and less realistic.

I liked the story. Jaime, especially, was very likeable.  Due to his circumstances, his inexperience is actually believable.  But beyond that, he’s just a good guy. He doesn’t play games. He says what he means and he is good to Ale.  Ale is a little rougher around the edges. He’s got some issues still percolating from his youth, and they rear up over the course of the story.  None of them kept me from liking him, but I felt like he kept hold of his secrets a little longer than it rang true for me.

This is the first installment in a series as these two pursue their relationship, but I felt like this installment had a satisfying ending.  I didn’t feel very emotionally invested in either male lead, but I enjoyed the book on a superficial level.  It was sweet with some good sexy times, just not overly emotionally gripping.

Rating: B-

 *ARC Provided by Carina Press

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No Such Thing
by AM Arthur
Release Date: February 17, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press

Comments

  1. Ah, I loved this book — it popped my M/M cherry, and I found the two men were perfect for each other. Though I do see what you mean about Ale and some of his secrets, though at the time they didn’t bother me, I was too happy with the overall story. :) Great review!

    Enjoy,
    TBQ

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