The Strength of a Man [NOOK Book]

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Kurt Dennings learned one life lesson the hard way: love, even between a parent and child, is not always unconditional. After coming out and experiencing a painful rejection from his parents and friends, Kurt feels as if he's lost everything that mattered.

James Theard comes into Kurt's life when he needs someone the most. A friend first and boyfriend second, James becomes his shoulder to lean on, a voice of reason and helps Kurt learn he is ...

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The Strength of a Man

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Overview

Kurt Dennings learned one life lesson the hard way: love, even between a parent and child, is not always unconditional. After coming out and experiencing a painful rejection from his parents and friends, Kurt feels as if he's lost everything that mattered.

James Theard comes into Kurt's life when he needs someone the most. A friend first and boyfriend second, James becomes his shoulder to lean on, a voice of reason and helps Kurt learn he is stronger and more capable than he imagined.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033296644
  • Publisher: Sara Winters
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 144 KB

Meet the Author

I read. I write. I talk too much and don't blog nearly as much as I should. And my muse consists of several voices in my head with a moody ringleader. Don't be scared of the voices. They mean well (most of the time).I write romance, erotic romance, fantasy, mainstream fiction and the rare spiritual fiction.
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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    (This book was received free in return for an honest review.) T

    (This book was received free in return for an honest review.)

    The Strength of a Man is an extended version of a short story entitled Starting Over. I had read the short at least twice in the past year and enjoyed it. The extension was a lovely addition to the relationship between Kurt and James. Kurt is dealing with the emotional fallout of abandonment by his parents and two prior miserable relationships. James becomes Kurt's shoulder to cry on and steady rock to hold on to.

    Additionally I liked the relationship that Kurt has with his friend Melissa, but I wanted to deck James' friend Blake. The story ended sweetly with themes of moving forward and reconciliations. It seems that there could be a lot more to these boys' futures. A HFN and perhaps a HEA.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This boo

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
    This book started off so beautifully. The first scene was very well written and left me with a clear picture of a man who is in the middle of some deep emotional upheaval. Kurt is on the swim team and due to his problems his performance is lacking. He thinks he's about to be tossed off the team. But instead his coach enlist James, a teammate to help him out.Their fist session is right after this first scene. Kurt goes from depressed to not being able to concentrate because James is touching him while giving technique instruction in an instant. At this point I had no indication James was feeling anything other than instructor/trainee feelings. From there the story went to a goodnight kiss and soon after they were boyfriends. I kept thinking I missed something.
    Kurt has had a few bad experiences prior to this and has a problem moving forward. James is really understanding and wants Kurt to see someone to talk to. And he does see a doctor -once-.
    One of Kurt's problems is that he came out and family and friends abandoned him. During this story his mom is trying to reconnect, but Kurt is too hurt to let her. I thought he was being a brat!
    The whole story is set during a period of several weeks, so to me it just didn't make sense. There was very little of James background to get a sense of him. I didn't believe the "'I love you's", and there really wasn't much in the story but the question of when they would go all the way.
    I needed more meat in this story.f

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    I received "The Strength of a Man" from the author thr

    I received "The Strength of a Man" from the author through the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Buy My Love Program. 




    This story is told in third person through the eyes of Kurt Dennings and James Theard two students on their college swim team.  This is a longer version of the 2011’s Don’t Read in the Closet short story, "Starting Over". I didn’t read the short story so I can’t compare this version with the other, but can give my thoughts on this one.




    I really liked this. The characters Kurt and James seemed believable, although James seemed a tiny bit too perfect. I wish we could have seen him a bit more frustrated with having to wait for Kurt to heal from the trauma of having come out to his parents and his two bad past experiences with the men he was with. The experiences were so bad, he was afraid that James would leave him right after Kurt slept with him and that the experience would be terribly painful. I would say that James almost qualifies for sainthood, that’s probably my only complaint of this story is that he was a bit too perfect.




    I liked how Kurt’s family issue was resolved and his character growth in the story. The author did a good job with descriptions with not overdoing it or underdoing it. I found this to be a very enjoyable book and the angst was at a level that I could deal with, not to heavy, but just enough.  I give "The Strength of a Man" 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Disclaimer: The author furnished a free copy of this book in exc

    Disclaimer: The author furnished a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Kurt Dennings is damaged goods. He’s just started his freshman year in college, but already his heart has been broken three times. Once each by the first two men he fell for; then by his parents’ rejection when he came out to them. Now, he finds himself falling in love with James Thearn. Will Kurt ever be able to confront and accept the pain others have inflicted on him? Can he grow to see himself as a good and worthy person? Will James become the love of his life, or be driven away by Kurt’s failure to cope? Can broken family relationships be healed, and at what cost? The experience of sharing Kurt’s journey toward the answers to these questions warmed my heart, made me laugh, made me cry (twice) and ultimately restored my hope for humanity’s future.

    Initially, I presumed that in this relationship, James was the strong one and Kurt was the weak one. Fortunately, the book’s title kept resurfacing in my mind as I read and led me to consider Kurt’s strengths, and the source of them, as well. Which brings me to the one thing I felt was wanting in this work—the element that would have earned a fifth star. Compared to the typical college dude, James is a saint. It isn’t that he’s too good to be true, but he is too good for there to be no explication as to how he came to be that way. There must be a backstory of events in James’s life that caused him to develop compassion and integrity to an extent that is unusual in one so young. Something tells me that this backstory could have been a juicy one!

    Despite that missing element, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading this book and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great love story.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This is good

    This is good

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