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ASIN BGKBHIS moved to new edition found hereTwenty two year old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do With no degree and a delinquent s reputation, he s lucky to have landed a job waiting tables But not everyone is happy he s back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss s hot brotherJaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he s still a virgin at twenty three Until the new waiter in his sister s diner awakens desires he d long ago given up onThe last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime And Jaime may have a new heart, but he s scared of what giving it to another person would mean Their no strings attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro s past forces them to confront their feelings in the present


10 thoughts on “No Such Thing

  1. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ says:

    So the cover Sucks One of the guys is supposed to be Brazilian and dark Um, which one would that be The story Is cute, almost N A with some definitely steamy bits including a foursome lite, mostly involving voyeurism The plot Is only slightly on the angsty side There s an incident from Alessandro s past that comes back to haunt him that added some drama, but it was rather underwhelming view spoiler Why would Justin stick around in such a small town where he d raped a girl and fathered So the cover Sucks One of the guys is supposed to be Brazilian and dark Um, which one would that be The story Is cute, almost N A with some definitely steamy bits including a foursome lite, mostly involving voyeurism The plot Is only slightly on the angsty side There s an incident from Alessandro s past that comes back to haunt him that added some drama, but it was rather underwhelming view spoiler Why would Justin stick around in such a small town where he d raped a girl and fathered a child If he has so much family money, why not leave And why make the whole thing worse by bullying and threatening the guy who saw you driving on a road First, that was no proof at all And, second, hello, it just draws attention to the whole thing No one is that stupid, surely hide spoiler There were also a couple side plots involving Alessandro s foster brother and homophobic pranks that turned violent The MCs Both Alessandro and Jaime were 22 Jaime was a virgin gay first time he d needed a heart transplant, so he had missed out on some of the excitement of youth He s living at home with his sister and going to school Alessandro comes back to help the foster mom who raised him following the death of his foster dad he sexperienced and jaded than Jaime There s a familiar theme of I ll teach him what I know it s just sex that s been done better in other books It s clear the two guys care about one another, but I m not sure what they had in common besides sex I liked how caring Alessandro was with his foster siblings and his foster mom Jaime s sister was great, and I thought his relationship with her was nicely developed and realistic The ending is a HFN there s a book 2, so this book didn t feel complete Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


  2. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    60% price drop to 1.99 atUS, 12 8 14 3.5 stars I always like books with MCs that have some sort of disability or illness It is like rooting for the underdog for me I m always like, GO YOU really loud and annoyingly I felt like I was doing that for this book Sweet, virginal, used to be ill Jamie was a character that I could really get behind I loved seeing that boy start to live, you know Former foster child, Alessandro, was a little too earnest for my taste I think he coul 60% price drop to 1.99 atUS, 12 8 14 3.5 stars I always like books with MCs that have some sort of disability or illness It is like rooting for the underdog for me I m always like, GO YOU really loud and annoyingly I felt like I was doing that for this book Sweet, virginal, used to be ill Jamie was a character that I could really get behind I loved seeing that boy start to live, you know Former foster child, Alessandro, was a little too earnest for my taste I think he could have been a little bit grittier However, his romance with Jamie was adorable My favorite part of the book was the scene in the club and the one right after I mean, just smoking hot I can see a series coming out of this story because a few new characters were introduced that I would love to get to knowMy least favorite part of the story was the mystery I don t tend to love mysteries in my romance I know, strange and this one felt a little dramatic for my taste However, I thought that the story was really satisfying overall and a great intro to a new to me author Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  3. Ami Ami says:

    I am thinking that I am probably the wrong target reader for this The thing is, I have been reading MM for 5 years and in that time I ve read so many contemporary MMs Because of that, I feel like what this story offers is nothing new.I can t get myself excited with the idea of a young man teaching another young gay virgin about the joy of gay sex I can t get myself interested with the fact that this young man thinks that the relationship will be just temporary, that it s all about I am t I am thinking that I am probably the wrong target reader for this The thing is, I have been reading MM for 5 years and in that time I ve read so many contemporary MMs Because of that, I feel like what this story offers is nothing new.I can t get myself excited with the idea of a young man teaching another young gay virgin about the joy of gay sex I can t get myself interested with the fact that this young man thinks that the relationship will be just temporary, that it s all about I am teaching him the experience and then I will let him go to discover the world himself It s a nice plot, but it s quite humdrum for me.Throughout the book I just felt indifferent with everything plot, characters, sex scenes oh, there is one involving voyeurism and light foursome, part of Al teaching Jaime of the gay club scene, if you like that sort of thing In addition, I do wonder whether Al and Jaime make the connection because they are the only gay kids in town I wish I believed in them a little bit .There is another side plot with the high school bully, who seems to have at it for Al for an event that happened a few years back It is probably aimed to inject drama to this story Unfortunately, it is also not appealing to me Maybe I would like it better if this was a 100% contemporary OR a complete mystery Or maybe not.Having said that, I did like the parts where Al and Jaime connected with other people Al with his foster mother and foster siblings or Jaime with his sister In fact, there is one scene where Al calls Eunice Mom and I immediately get all choked up I m a sucker like that The idea of foster family is not something I read a lot in this genre and I enjoy a dynamic where the foster family is a GOOD family, you know, not the evilIf you ve enjoyed A.M Arthur s writing before, I think you could enjoy this Even if you haven t, maybe give it a try anyway It is still a nice story and the two young men are likable It just doesn t rock my boat, that s all, and I probably will forget about this in a week s time The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received.


  4. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    in the mood for some small town dafuqery.also WHITEWASH not just for your fences


  5. Kelly H. (Maybedog) Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review No Such Thing was a surprise for me It looked like a general rite of passage kind of novel, you know the kind where the characters have to figure out where they belong and how they relate to each other, a coming of age novel about adults But this book was so muchEverything I look for in a novel was here complex and unique characters, main characters I can love, a plot other than just the rite of passage thing, a little ac I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review No Such Thing was a surprise for me It looked like a general rite of passage kind of novel, you know the kind where the characters have to figure out where they belong and how they relate to each other, a coming of age novel about adults But this book was so muchEverything I look for in a novel was here complex and unique characters, main characters I can love, a plot other than just the rite of passage thing, a little action, a little drama, a little danger and excitement, and some hot sex The secondary plot around the secret Alessandro has been keeping was actually pretty exciting and gave the story that extra something that made it really work for me The pacing was excellent, keeping me enthralled and unable to put the book down I really appreciated how foster care was portrayed in this book Some of the children in the novel had been moved around too much or mistreated in previous placements, but others were moved around because of behavior which is the most common cause of children being removed from a home While extreme behavior is understandable considering what most of these children have been through, it s hard for a family to deal with that 24 7 Alessandro explains to one child that the boy s continually worsening illegal behavior will ensure that the child is moved because sometimes the state makes the decisions when they think a foster parent can t handle the situation It s true that many foster parents are not good parents and have horrible reasons for taking in these children, and it s also true that many give up difficult children at the slightest provocation But most are good people There are foster parents who can and do take in and keep these children and the foster mother in No Such Thing is one of those She is one of the good ones, and as I said, there are bad ones mentioned, too As a therapeutic foster parent who does take in the most behaviorally challenged children, I was overwhelmed with appreciation for this honest and realistic depiction It is so frustrating to see substitute caregivers like foster parents and relatives constantly vilified in the media, particularly in television dramas and books The compassionate take on foster families made the storyvivid and real to me.How the foster children were presented was also very knowledgeable Shannon didn t have that look on her face That look of disappointment and suspicion he often saw from people who immediately distrusted folks who d grown up in the foster care system, as though the system bred criminals Some foster children in the book would be described as hoodlums, and others were normal kids Acting out and inappropriate behavior are common to children who have been abused and mistreated so this behavior is perfectly reasonable considering what these children have been through, including being ripped from the only homes they ve ever known and forced to live with complete strangers As a youth, Alessandro got into trouble from possessing a deadly weapon a knife and going to juvenile hall, to self mutilation from his bouts of with anger and depression but he still turned out okay Unfortunately that doesn t happen as frequently as we would like, but it does happen The one problem I had with the book is that the characters treated homosexuality like it s an adult topic It s not Being gay isn t about sex, it s about love Children of straight parents know their parents love each other, kids of gay parents know their parents love each other, so why can t children of straight parents know that men can love other men and women love other women It would surely help with bigotry and hatred if these kinds of issues were dealt with early on if people are exposed to these ideas from an early age t sure would make it easier for a kid to come out knowing that their parents were fine with homosexuality Yes, I know that supporting rights for gay people doesn t always translate into tolerance in a parent s views for their child being gay believe me, I know this first hand , but it s a start One passage that particularly bothered me came after a ten year old boy says, They said Jaime Winters is queer A seven year old girl asks what that meant and the boy replies that it meant Jaime likes boys instead of girls When the girl says, So , the mother who does know that Jaime is gay and is fine with it steps in and says, This is not an appropriate dinnertime conversationPlease do not repeat idle gossip They never revisit the topic until after something awful has happened and it is forced into the forefront They never explain that the word queer is usually derogatory when said by a heterosexual, nor that hatred isn t okay, nor what gay means How is this not appropriate at that time When else would they discuss it with the whole family Any other time would be a family meeting or something like that which generally lends an air of negativity One of the reasons families that have dinner together arelikely to have children who do well in life is because people talk with each other during dinner I have to wonder what the reaction would be if the boy said, They said Jaime Winters is dating a n r What parent wouldn t jump on that Would a good parent just say that wasn t any okay word and move on or would he or she also say that it is okay for people to date people of different colors, etc., and that everyone is equal or something I d have an internal conniption fit but externally attempt to educate calmly I can understand not wanting to out Jaime, but this woman is supposed to be an amazing parent and that response is just unacceptable At the very least, it should have been discussed as soon as dinner was over.What was particularly shocking was that this wasn t dinner table conversation but no one protects the children from hearing explicit and rather graphic details of the injury of someone they know and are worried about I was horrified at what they were allowed to hear Society in general has this backwards kids can know about incredible violence but not sex, but in this instance the violence was personal, which is terrifying, and the other issue wasn t sex but love.Despite these pieces that bothered me, over all the story was wonderfully gay positive and affirming Alessandro does a great job of initiating Jaime into the gay world He makes sure they use condoms even though Jaime was squeaky clean as a surgeon s table, but if they were doing this, they were doing it right from the start And that meant getting used to condoms every single time He takes such good care of Jaime, making sure the man feels safe and comfortable no matter what they re doing When Jaime says stop, he stops immediately, no pushing, no judgments Alessandro is concerned that Jaime not become attached to the first person he has sex with Jamie needed to get out and experience other partners before he even thought about settling into a relationship He takes him to a club to expose him to some gay culture How the club was depicted fit my own experience at such venues and read very real to me Seeing it from the point of view of someone new to the gay club scene, would, I think, help a reader unfamiliar with the experience.There were all kinds of little details like this that were important and added depth to the story without bogging it down Often these were simple things like not just opening a door but opening the screen door, too, or taking a duffel bag along to spend the night, or a character noticing a couple of corny things on a front stoop to show the place as being quaint and homey.These details were particularly helpful when trying to describe the men s room at the gay nightclub This isn t something most of M M romance readers are familiar with The description made the scene come alive The bathroom had a long trench urinal, instead of individuals, and about half the length was occupied Six stalls lined the opposite wall, four doors locked shut Two of them hadthan one pair of feet visible beneath the door This was a very simple description that told me that the bathroom was often very busy and that the extra urinal space was needed because people were frequently having sex in the stalls Showing rather than telling can often be short and succinct and I think the author managed this well.The sex scene after the club was one of the hottest scenes I ve ever read I wasn t always quite sure that the reactions were realistic for the characters but they were certainly typical of gay men I liked that it was written this way, with men who don t know each other very well being very sexual with each other and just slipping into a menage a quatre voyeur exhibitionist scene You just have to read it, it s actually sweet It was particularly gratifying that this way of thinking, rather different from that of most women and therefore most heterosexual couples, was included and written as natural, not weird or unusual About that scene only spoils stuff that happens in the scene view spoiler Usually menage scenes are relegated to books about menage partnerships and the people usually aren t picked up in bars for casual sex first In fact, casual sex in general in romance novels is general portrayed as abhorrent Men who participate in such are in emotional trouble and end up leaving such things behind when they grow during the course of a novel While I do think maturity tends to mean a lesser dependency on the club scene, from my experience gay men are generallyopen about casual sex and friends with benefits, even those in established relationships This scene managed to portray these things without detracting from the romantic ideal of a couple committed to each other and only each other Don t worry, the MCs really only have sex with each other hide spoiler From the teenage Alessandro s perspective, the issue with Justin felt a lot bigger than it turned out to be Alessandro feels guilty for what happened but I personally don t see what a messed up teenager was supposed to do differently I actually said out loud, That s it Granted, I m not averse to saying things out loud when I m reading, but still Later, whenof the story came out, yes it was a huge deal, but that was after Alessandro had felt guilty for years without really knowing anything.I was a little annoyed that there were some TSTL moments at the climax of the story However, I understand it was needed for the plot, and I can live with it.The end left me wantingand I am extremely excited that there is a sequel coming out later this year I am eager to readof Jaime and Alessandro s story.4.5 stars rounded up


  6. Nic Nic says:

    This is a story of the choices you make in life and following the right path.Alessandro has had a difficult life with his early years spent in trouble and his reputation still haunts him when he moved back to his small town to take care of his recently widowed foster mother and her current foster kids There is not a sign of Alessandro s past in the man he is now He is honourable and trust worthy and places his family first.Jaime has also had a hard life, losing his mother to the same heart dis This is a story of the choices you make in life and following the right path.Alessandro has had a difficult life with his early years spent in trouble and his reputation still haunts him when he moved back to his small town to take care of his recently widowed foster mother and her current foster kids There is not a sign of Alessandro s past in the man he is now He is honourable and trust worthy and places his family first.Jaime has also had a hard life, losing his mother to the same heart disease that resulted in his own health problems He missed the last years of high school as he waited a heart transplant In the following years he has been afraid to catch up on the things he missed out on dating and sex are frightening to a young inexperienced gay man.Fate intervenes and brings Alessandro to the bakery owned by Jaime s sister and a beautiful relationship follows What initially starts as a journey of sexual awakening for Jaime and a no promises relationship for Alessandro obviously turns into somethingalthough both men are slow to acknowledge it.This is a story with lots of drama violence and mystery as Alessandro s past which comes back to haunt him and Jaime It is also a story of intolerance as small minded people ensure their opinions on being gay are noted in a major way Family plays a key role and I adored Jaime s relationship with his sister Shannon I do hope she finds a boyfriend soon I loved Eunice, Alessandro s foster mother such a strong and accepting woman.I loved Jaime and Alessandro and the tender way they treated each other There are some sizzling sex scenes and lots of sexual energy and tension, particularly when they hit the gay bar and meet some of Alessandro s friends Great mix of hot and passionate and slow and loving throughout this book I am very much looking forward to book 2 when it is released.4.5 stars A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in return for my honest review.I publish all my m m reviews on my blog so if you want to see all my m m reviews in one place come visit at Because Two Men Are Better Than One


  7. Karla Karla says:

    3.75 stars


  8. Karen Karen says:

    No Such Thingas what I m always a little frustrated when I read a book and I don t get the connection between the story and the title So while I really enjoyed this story, I m left wondering no such thing as what I feel like I missed something in the story I m pretty sure I didn t but still the thought is there bouncing around in my brain Alessandro Jamie meet when Alessandro goes into Jamie s sisters coffee shop after seeing a help needed sign in the window They begin a tentative No Such Thingas what I m always a little frustrated when I read a book and I don t get the connection between the story and the title So while I really enjoyed this story, I m left wondering no such thing as what I feel like I missed something in the story I m pretty sure I didn t but still the thought is there bouncing around in my brain Alessandro Jamie meet when Alessandro goes into Jamie s sisters coffee shop after seeing a help needed sign in the window They begin a tentative relationship that s based on mutual attraction and Jamie s desire to make up for the parts of his life that he feels he missed out on because of his illness Alessandro agrees to be Jamie s mentor and help in experience all the first time things that most gay young men his age have already discovered Ale comes with a past one that s determined not to leave him alone Things click and before they realize it these two men begin to fall for each other and what was friendship and attraction starts to become something deeper Something Alessandro swore he wouldn t allow himself because he wanted Jamie to be able to move on and experience all the things he d missed out on until now What he didn t count on was that the experiences Jamie wanted were all with him No Such Thing was a story about a young man coming of age, it was about facing your past and doing the right thing in spite of the dangers that it presented and it was about finding love even when you weren t really looking for it I love A.M Arthur s stories and the wonderful characters she brings to them so much so that once I get this posted I m off to get the next book in this series it s about a character that was introduced in this story and I liked him a lot, so I m really looking forward to finding outabout Ezra And on the upside Ezra s book is called Maybe This Time and based on the blurb, I think I get the connection between the story and the title already so I m feeling very optimistic about things.3.5 stars rounded down for GR


  9. Debra Debra says:

    A bit lighter than the angst I m used to from A.M Arthur, which was fine I really liked both main characters, and especially enjoyed Jaime s catching up on the things he missed out on I also loved that this was a foster family that worked.I didn t love the side plot with Ale s HS nemesis rich family ruling the small town but overall this was another enjoyable story from A.M Arthur and I m looking forward toof this series.


  10. Camille Camille says:

    DNF at 21%I can t go down no communication big misunderstanding self sacrificing wooby trope lane today I just can t Not for me Recommended for m m beginners and the unjaded.