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Posted October 31, 2013
Reviewed by Melissa D
Book provided by The Wild Rose Press
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Ripped by Mia Downing is not part of a series by Mia Downing but it is part of a collection of stories by the publisher called ‘Boys of Summer’. I chose this story because I have not read a bad story by the author, Mia Downing, yet.
Erick and Gavin have been friends since they were very young, but since high school, Erick has been in love with Gavin. Erick has assumed it was one sided and never acted upon his feelings. The author does a fabulous job of letting us know the backgrounds of the two main characters without it becoming a focus of the story.
I enjoyed that while Erick and Gavin have known each other a long time they are still learning more about each other. I loved Erick’s realization that Gavin has feelings for Erick he cannot truly love Erick until he can love himself. I also enjoyed there was not one size fits all solution to solve the problem.
The chemistry between Erick and Gavin is off the charts. The sex scenes are amazing. The only scene that I was puzzled by was the riptide scene. Maybe it is because live near the ocean, but a big deal is made on how to successfully escape a riptide. I found it hard to believe that if Erick goes to the beach as much as he does but he does not know how to escape one.
There is nothing in the that I would fix. I would like a sequel. I would like to see how Gavin is able to conquer his inner demons. Overall, I loved this story; this is another winner by Mia Downing.
Posted October 14, 2013
Absolutely brilliant! My only complaint...too short! I wanted more of them! I loved the characters, so strong yet so flawed but even
with their flaws they opened themselves up to love. The interaction with Erik's family was wonderful, it added a full and rounded feeling
to the book showing that it wasn't just about these two hot/hunky guys, that they were deeper than just that. Gavin was so damaged but
not so badly that he didn't recognize love and cling to it and that growth was truly beautiful. Like I said before...only complaint...too short.
This story was perfection!
Posted August 5, 2013
This was a fantastic m/m read and felt it was complete even with it being a quick short read. I was surprised by how deep and emotional this story was with the two characters, Gavin and Erik, who have been friends since childhood. What really got me about the story was just how real it felt to me on an emotional level. Gavin has some very deep emotional scars, and if only he would allow him, Erik could help him truly heal and move on from the past. The sex between them is sizzling hot, but that definitely came from how very emotional the scenes were. Nice job Mia and I really look forward to reading more from you! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 5, 2013
OMG! I LOVED this book. Mia Downing has painted a beautiful picture of two men who grew up together. One is a jock and the other a geek. Now they’re all grown up. The jock is now a lifeguard and elementary school teacher. The geek is still a geek. They love each other and not just as best friends, but will they ever be together. Will they ever tell each other how they feel?
I loved Gavin. He’s been through so much in his life. He’s carries guilt he shouldn’t carry and while he loves hit best friend Erik, he doesn’t feel he deserves that love.
Erik is just as loveworthy to me as Gavin. He’s loved Gavin from afar and since he can’t have Gavin like he wants, he’ll move to California. Let Gavin live here and maybe, Erik will be able to start living his life.
It was amazing to watch Gavin come to terms with what’s happened in his life and realize Erik wasn’t going to leave him. At least he hopes not. Gavin realizes he hasn’t been giving Erik what he needs and plans to try.
I really liked how Mia brought all of this around. None of it was easy for either one of them. They had to fight to bring their feelings to the front and admit them to each other. It wasn’t a walk in the park. I also liked that everything was in baby steps. There were no “OMG you’re right and I’m all better in one word moments”. They had epiphanies and acted on those but it wasn’t easy. Life rarely is.
Male-Male romances are something I’m just getting in to. As I find authors that write amazing M/M stories I’m starting to fall in love with the genre. Mia Downing definitely does that!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 26, 2012
Okay, it's official...Mia Downing now holds the spot as my favorite author who writes emotional angst. This book broke my heart with the depth of feeling between these two guys. They've always been best friends, but that's been tested since Erik unexpectedly kissed Gavin a month ago. As far as Erik knows, Gavin is straight, but Gavin has spent his entire life hiding just about everything from Erik. Erik has no idea what the true reason was behind Gavin's reaction to the kiss.
Gavin is a tough character...he has such deep emotional scars and he's well aware of it. As a result, he knows he's not good enough for Erik no matter how much he wants him. And he does want him, although he's never let on to Erik that he's gay. The closest he's ever come to that truth is through his art. Erik is his favorite model to paint.
There are a lot of layers to the emotion in this book. First, there's the pain of the anniversary of Gavin's sister's death. This is what brings Erik back into Gavin's realm. He knows that Gavin is going to have an issue with the date, but there's so much more to the story than Erik knows. Then there is the simple secret that Gavin is gay and his true sexual orientation...Erik has no idea. But there's also Gavin's addiction which can be traced to a history that again, he's managed to keep hidden from Erik his entire life.
Despite all that, Erik loves Gavin desperately, but he knows that unless Gavin can love himself, then there's no true hope for the two of them. I'm telling you, it's heart-breaking. There were moments in this book that I just wanted to sob for one or both of them. Their feelings are so true and pure, but there is so much standing in their way...mainly Gavin's mental state.
It truly is an amazing read...so beautiful in the emotion of it. I fell in love with these two guys and their romantic story. I especially loved the moments between Gavin and Erik's mom...so sweet. He deserves so much love. *sigh*
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Posted October 23, 2012
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