Sunday, December 10, 2017

Release Review: Only With you by JD Chambers


“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?

3.5 Stars

Zach is content living his life working from home and hiding his desires from others. When he meets his roommate's coworker Craig, he starts to think maybe he could share that part of himself with someone else. 

I liked Zach, he was a nice guy overall, yes, he had some very unconventional desires, but truly, who doesn't? It wasn't like it was something that would hurt anyone, they were just fantasies. Now, Craig was another matter altogether. He was patient and seemed kind, but I wasn't too fond of his penchant for going MIA on Zach when he couldn't handle Zach's revelations and he didn't do it once, but twice, so that really made it difficult for me to like or connect with him. He was willing to help Zach live his fantasies and they were hot together for the most part and even if Craig kind of pulled his head off his ass enough to come through for Zach in the end, I just don't feel like he was the man Zach deserved.  

I really loved Ben! He was a great friend and a fantastic support system for Zach. I didn't like Zach's parents, especially his mother, but worse than her was Zach's cousin's wife, that woman a first class bitch and I hated her with the fire of a thousand suns! 

All in all, this was a good, enjoyable debut novel. Even if there were some things that didn't work for me *cough Craig cough*, the writing was pretty good, the flow was consistent for the most part and the progression was natural, even if there were a few hiccups along the way. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author. Recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

About The Author:

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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