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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Witty

    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Witty and refreshing!

    I loved this book so hard. It made me cry, it made me grin like an idiot, but mostly it kept me smiling. I thought that Choices and Changes was well written, witty, and refreshing.

    Bo Sanford's best friend Mac nags him into going to a college party. Once there he sees a girl from a distance, time stops, and he immediately falls in lust. A few seconds later he realizes that the lust of his life (who he had already decided was the future Mrs. Sanford) is a man, and that he should have worn his glasses to the party. They make eye contact, Bo discovers he is still very attracted to the mystery man, and naturally he turns tail and runs. Slow clap for a dramatic exit.

    Our mystery man, Erick, is amazing. Even though he is understandably wary about the whole situation with Bo, he finds him later on, calms Bo's nerves, and they throw back some brews together. Eric is so nice, calm, and collected. He handles Bo really well, and I love him immediately. Erick comes off as completely put together, almost perfect. However, as the story progresses it becomes clear that this isn't the case at all. Erick isn't perfect, he has his own damage, and he is just scarily contained.

    Bo is a rude prick in this first encounter with Erick. He has this whole Jekyll and Hyde, I'll occasionally be abrasive--no wait I can be nice I think I lust you--no wait I'm confused so I'm going to lash out, thing going on. It didn't get to the point where it was irritating because it didn't last needlessly long, and Erick deals with it perfectly. Bo's reactions were understandable, life-changing realizations and all. Although, he did have me questioning whether or not he was going to be a likeable character. Thankfully, Bo redeems himself quickly. He ends up being wonderfully self aware and able to grow as a character. Character growth gives me a lady boner so I was pleased. My absolute favorite thing about Bo is that he has these moments where he info dumps all over people. They are such satisfying explosions of emotion, and they are epic.

    I'll admit I was skeptical going into this. I love a good GFY, but the whole "thought he was a girl at first" thing makes my eyes squint. Only because it drives me slowly insane when the confused party has the tendency to obsessively compare his interest to a girl. I find it really distracting. Bo only did this a few times, it was in the beginning, and I suppose it ended up working with the progression of his character since the comparisons dwindled as he came to terms with his feelings. Anyway, I'm glad that I ignored the skepticism and read this because I loved it.

    Bo's feelings were written in such a realistic manner. They progressed naturally. Their relationship grew over time. Which allowed Bo to deal with how he was feeling. And he was nowhere near perfect in how he did. He was abrasive at first due to his initial shock. Once he decided to be friends with Erick that subsided, he stopped snapping, and s*** got real.

    The more time Bo spent with Erick the more I felt like I was being attacked by a serious case of butterflies. There isn't a lot of sex in the story. There are some really hot moments, but mostly the sexual tension in this is subtle. It builds slowly, but it's there. I thought it was all really sweet and heartfelt. I kept sighing. They were good sighs, but I'm embarrassed, because who does that? Anyway, it all fits well with the tone and events of the book, and anything more probably would have made me cringe due to some of the circumstances.

    Bo and Erick talk a lot. I mean A LOT. I thought it was great. The dialogue was lovely and succinct. Erick and Bo communicate from the very beginning. It was SO REFRESHING. They read body language, asked questions, and worked that s*** out. Choices and Changes focuses on Bo, Erick, and their relationship. It is very character focused. But it was still intense. They have to deal with problems involving secrets, friends, family, abuse, and evil fathers. I couldn't put the book down, I was too invested in both characters and their relationship. This was such a great story.

    4 Stars

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