Thursday, 14 May 2009

Review – Love, Jamie – AKM Miles

 

 

The Blurb

Will Jamie and Grant's new and exciting love for each other be able to withstand Donnie's violent acts of jealousy?


Jamie Taylor meets Grant Stevens through his work as a tech at a physical rehabilitation facility. Sparks ensue and Grant comes out of the closet for Jamie.

Things would be just great if it wasn't for the fact that Jamie has this stalker problem. The administrator's son, Donnie, has a thing for Jamie and doesn't like Grant showing up and horning in on what he considers his territory. Donnie makes his feelings known in a variety of violent ways. He preys upon everyone and everything that Jamie loves. Soon, that includes Grant.


It's hard to get a relationship started in good times, but with Donnie creating mayhem around every corner, it is even more of a challenge. But, Donnie's hate is not nearly as strong as Jamie and Grant's love.

 

 

The Review

Character

Jamie Taylor – The guy with the personality to match the lovely face he has. Works at what he loves and he loves everyone he works with – and they love him right back – some more than others.

Grant Stevens – Feeling low and dishearten by the turn his life has taken, he is alone and feeling it – when a miracle happen, he’s not even sure what was happening – he only knows he has to hold on and never let go.

 

The Plot

Jamie Taylor works as a tech in a rehabilitation facility and not only does he loves his job, but the patient and staff absolutely adores Jamie. Jamie has a special affinity to the people who come into the centre broken and in need of that bit of positivity to get them through their day.

With his ever present optimism in place he meets one of the newest arrivals at the centre, who was not taking the changes in his life all that well. Jamie being Jamie – push and prod but always remembering that Grant Stevens is a man with pride and this is more or less a bump in the road for him – he just needs to get with the program and get back on his feet.

During Grants stay at the facility Grant develops a friendship with Jamie that somehow feels like more. When Jamie reciprocates his feelings, he is a happy man.

Grant is carting around his own set of baggage and meeting Jamie feels like the best thing to have happened to him in a long time. Not all is well in their world however, as someone is out to not only get Jamie but to hurt as many people as they can in the process.

 

“If I need something when I come back, I’ll ask, okay?” She looked up at him as he unlocked the wheels on her wheelchair then rolled her out the door to the gym.

“Okay, darlin’. I just don’t want you to hurt any more than you have to.” “You’re a sweetheart. Hey, speakin’ of…you got a sweetheart?” she asked, as they passed the cafeteria.

“No, ma’am. I’m too busy here and taking classes to think about anything else.” Jamie was going to night school to get certified in physical therapy. He worked as a tech now, just to make ends meet, and it was the best training he could get.

“Well, don’t let too much time go by. Enjoy love while you’re still young,” Miss Wilhemina advised.

Jamie didn’t feel it necessary to inform her that if he did have a sweetheart it wouldn’t be the sweet young girl she imagined. No, he was definitely for guys, but if anyone here knew about it, Jamie wasn’t aware of it. He’d certainly never said anything, preferring to keep that part of his life totally separate. Not that there was much going on in that part of his life, for sure. He couldn’t remember the last date he’d gone on. He hadn’t even been to a bar or out with friends in…way too long, come to think of it.

The only other gay person he knew here was Donnie Wilkins, and he avoided Donnie like the plague. Donnie was the son of the man who owned this rehab facility. Jamie just didn’t like him. Donnie had latched onto Jamie right after he’d started working here a couple of years ago and he acted like there was something between them, but there so wasn’t.

Love, Jamie – AKM Miles

 

Surprise Element

The book starts off easy enough but i have to admit the pace surprise me alot – it was so well pace, so full on that by about a third in i almost miss some of the major details of the book. I love a book that just holds you and shake you up before the end.

 

Predictability

Yes there was some predictability, cute, nice guy meets lonely broken or broken hearted man with some sort of evil lurking in the mist – with me so far. Ms. Milles steps right in then and she gives it her all – the fine print are so distinct, they are accurate and she deals with a whole slew of issues that really makes this book a wonderful read.

 

Smut/Ick Factor

As always not enough, the good thing about the smut in  this is that it was a built up process – there was too much going on and the guys had a level of integrity to them that i am very pleased that they dealt with other issues before they got their smut on.

The scenes themselves are hot and too few in my opinion – these two have a genuine chemistry between them

 

Positive

LOVE, JAMIE is a thought provoking book that shows not only the strength of Ms. Miles writing but also the intensity of her imagination.

Jamie is a lovable character wanting only the best for the patient he interacts with daily, some he wraps up in cotton wool while others he is aware enough to push just that little harder. When he meets Grant, it is an eye-opening experience for him and he makes the most of it and his upfront and honesty about his feelings from the moment he becomes aware of what is happening between them is refreshing.

Grant feels lost, not only is he flat on his back but he is alone. Jamie gives him that stability that he was desperately in need of and it is a process that was nicely written.

This was really a short read – but the pace was so perfect – slow at the beginning and then it picks up and not in a madding rush either – but at a steady pace that definately kept me interested.

The mystery was not bad either – the bad guy was so creepy and I thought the description of him was well done as well – you really had to hate him.

The support characters were lively and loveable – there was a cross section of people that really made the difference to this book and also shows the author strength in mixing and matching characters together to get the perfect blend.

The issues dealt with in this book are some of the usual (loneliness, fear, ugly undercurrent, privacy issues etc) – they are ugly and there are alot of destruction, but with the pace, the characters and the main focus being on the relationship, i really like how Ms. Miles worked it – lots of food for thought.

The highlight of the book for me was really the development of Grant’s character, his journey to finding himself was not only heartfelt but very emotional as well.

LOVE, JAMIE is a must read, new readers to AKM Miles works you will be pleasantly surprised. Readers following her work – this is another brilliant production from Ms. Miles.

 

Negative

The mystery was a  little bit stilted in places, however as that was not the key focus of the book – it took nothing away from the growth of grant as a person and the development of  their relationship.

 

Cover

I like a lot – big strapping guy with lots of body parts showing – what’s not to like..

 

8 Speak To Me:

TheChicGeek on 15 May 2009 at 01:29 said...

Nice review, E.H. It sounds like the characters are interesting and a good read with a good cover :)
The violent stalker part I don't like, but I suppose it gives the reader something to think about.

Happy Reading, E.H. :)

Jamie Hill on 15 May 2009 at 03:39 said...

I liked this one, too. Nice review, EH!

Jamie

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 05:41 said...

@ ChicGeek..

This was a brilliant read - I like it a lot. I have to admit I know you have your reasons for hating the stalker bit, but it really made the story.

And it does have a lot to think about in this one.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 05:43 said...

Hey Jamie..

I saw your commentary on Goodread - I liked it, these two guys are great together..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 15 May 2009 at 06:06 said...

Morning EH,
A must read you say, since I haven't heard of her before I shall put her name in somewhere in my head. Pretty crowded in there but :)

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 06:42 said...

Morning Hon,

You are bright and early today..

Ms. Miles is definately a must read.. Loads to love about this author.

E.H>

Lily on 15 May 2009 at 23:40 said...

I've got this one in my to read list and I'm looking forward to it. I love AKM's writing style. I've read her other books and enjoyed them immensely. Thanks for sharing another great review!!

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 23:57 said...

Hey Lily...

Ms.Miles is certainly one to watch - hope you get to it soon...
my pleasure sharing my thoughts - especially when we have such wonderful works to choose from..

E.H>