Short, sweet, believable character dilemmasThese characters are such fun It s lovely to see characters working to keep a relationship going rather than beginning or ending one, and the things these guys go through are believable obstacles And of course, the steamy bits were H O T Definitely recommend LaQuette is a new author to me, but I took the chance because I am sucker for established couples who somehow lose their way That is the premise of this story, and it delivered in all the ways that I loved most.Brian and Justice have been together for many, many years, but the chaos of life has begun taking a toll on their marriage and relationship Brian is closeted at work at the NYPD, and Justice can t take it any He feels like he is playing second fiddle to Brian s career Sadly, Brian is a major part of their problem as he initially pulled away from Justice first These two have a lot to work through and overcome, but the only thing never in question was their love for each other.Many books about established couples involve boredom, or infidelity That is not the problem here The biggest issue was Brian s lack of communication about exactly why he couldn t be out at work We, the reader, get it, but Justice is left in the dark Fortunately, with the interference of Justice s crazy militant family, these two are able to overcome and become a loving and committed couple again It was a little nutty in some ways, as I was really thrown off by the interfering family dynamics, but in the end, it was all good.I never care whether my characters are white, black, or Chinese all I want is that connection, but many people are looking for books containing minority characters If that s you, then I m happy to present a loving and committed black couple in Brian and Justice Enjoy I did.The Blogger Girls This Is An Erotic Novella Featuring Graphic And Explicit Language And Sexual Content Between Consenting Adult Men In A Loving Relationship Reader Discretion Is Advised A Near Fatal Shot Through His Chest Teaches Lieutenant Bryan Smyth Of The NYPD Two Things He Wants To Live To See Days And He Wants To Spend Them With His Estranged Husband, JusticePoor Decisions Made Under The Strain Of Grief Split The Seams Of Their Marriage Now It S Up To Bryan To Show Justice There S Still Enough Of Their Love Left To Salvage From The Ruins, Still Something Worth The Battle AheadBryan S Shooting Has Opened Justice S Eyes To New Lessons Too The First, Tomorrow Isn T Promised, The Second, Life S Too Short To Live In Misery Justice Has Watched Bryan Shuffle Back And Forth Attempting To Balance The Man He Is At Home And The Man He Has To Be At The Precinct For Too Long Now, He S Done The Only Problem Is, Justice S Heart Is Having A Hard Time Adhering To The Exit Strategy In His HeadDesperate To Repair Their Bond, Bryan Does The Only Thing He Can To Keep His Marriage Intact, He Calls His Crazy Sister In Law, True To Stir Up Some Organized Chaos She S A Wildcard, Yes As Unstable And Deadly As Nitroglycerin, But She Gets The One Thing Bryan Needs Than Anything, ResultsThe Only Question Left Is Family And Fidelity Enough To Get Them Through Love S Changes, Or Is This Really The End This Book Is A Spin Off From The Queens Of Kings Series Featuring Bryan Smyth And Justice Amare Although Related To The Queens Of Kings World, You Do Not Need To Read That Series To Understand This One 4.5 Stars.This is something new literally and figuratively from author LaQuette, and I was delightfully surprised Authors who step outside of their comfort zones take big risks They can misfire and or lose fans But the one thing they can always say is I did that And guess what LaQuette did that This is not my first gay male romance, but this is my first AA gay romance, and I loved it This is the story of two, grown, mature, professional men in a loving, albeit troubled, committed relationship The story of Bryan and Justice was a satisfyingly romantic quickie.Bryan and Justice have been a couple for twenty one years and are on the verge of a painful divorce Bryan, a cop, is nearly mortally wounded, and that, coupled with the devastating loss of their daughter, and the fact that Bryan is still in the closet for the most part, sends Bryan into a downward spiral that Justice can no longer tolerate Reading how these two find their way back to each other is the good part.I love that this story focused on the love between Bryan and Justice and wasn t just another hyper sexualized gay romance Oh, but the loving is hot I really wanted hence my 4.5 stars because it felt like the story started in the middle I hope the author considers a follow up and take us back to when Bryan and Justice first met Great story ARC provided in exchange for review After NYPD officer Bryan is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest he begins to think about what he wants in his life, his estranged husband, Justice The only problem with that is that Justice is ready to call it quits and asks him for a divorce Bryan decides to try to attempt to win Justice back They both still love each other but Justice isn t sure that is enough He he tired of Bryan keeping their relationship a secret and pushing him away.For being a short novella I thought this one had emotion in it Both MCs were so broken This story really showed how different upbringings can cause deep seated fear and resentment that continue into adulthood Justice came from such an accepting and loving family, while Bryan was not so lucky My heart broke for both of them at times in this one I also liked that this story takes place after the MCs are married So many times in romances, marriage means happily ever after but realistically relationships always take work.This book is part of a series involving the Amare siblings Justice s family I haven t read any of the others in the series but I felt as if this was a good stand alone That being said, I think I want to go back and read about the other members of the family because you can t help but love them too I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own. I am SO glad I didn t read some of the reviews before I started this story SO glad I loved this story The guys have been together for 21 years, married legally for 5 of those years In those 5 years some real sad life crap happens to them The story is about how they work through it I ve seen some complaints that jealousy was used as a tactic for opening ones eyes The complaint is laughable because while it may be the oldest trick in the book side eye the manipulation continues to work haha I loved it As much as we want to believe our books, love is love, everyone should be able to be who they are and love who they want to love, its just not reality for every single person and Bryan s continued worry of the risks of being outed, because of his job, IMO are realistic I loved how the author delved into the guys loss, the reason Bryan struggled with that loss and how Justice had gotten it wrong I loved this story I was waiting for this story and in her usual flair Quette did not disappoint I wanted of Them of Their story I was happy with the care Quette took into sharing their story She was able to convey the Truth that, Love knows Love and Nothing else matters I was very pleased in the manner in which Quette took on this new step from traditional romance theme She handled it with substance for a novella We felt the love vibrate off the pages You wanted Jussy and Brian to make it, you wanted them to have the everlasting and forever They felt like family and to accomplish that in a novella, hats off to you LaQuette I look forward to the next and the next and the next great job as always LaQuette Love s Changes is set in the world of LaQuette s Queens of Kings series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone novella Bryan and Justice leap off the page, and you really feel for the two men and what they re going through I love reading stories that follow up on what happens after the HEA, because let s be real relationships are WORK They re up against external factors and the weight of everything that s happened between them over the years they ve been together Their story is inspiring, sweet, funny, and sexy The other characters are well developed and I m excited to read in this series. 38 year old Lieutenant Bryan Smith and his husband Lieutenant Justice Amare are at a crossroads in their five year marriage After tumultuous few years, Justice asked Bryan for a divorce Justice has been openly gay for most of his life but Bryan isn t out Justice cannot take being the secret any and if Bryan can t be open acknowledge their relationship, and then Justice is ready to move on from the man he has loved for twenty one years.Bryan loves Justice and doesn t want to dissolve their relationship But as a career marine, can jeopardize the respect, admiration and accolades he has garnered over the years I enjoyed this novella and the writing as this short story packed a quite a punch It featured broken characters and a broken relationship that was eventually healed because of love Bryan and Justice were able to mend their marriage and it was thanks to family I love stories that revolve around family units I really like Justice from the onset and later BryanLove s changes will happen whether we want them too or not But that s what love is change, evolution, growth If we don t change, don t adapt, we die, it diesThis story is a perfect example of how love and familial support or lack thereof affects the acceptance of one s sexuality I like how the author made the characters complex, but still likable Both men are obviously good people, they just need to find their way back to each other At the beginning, I was sad but I was quickly encouraged by the response of those who loved Bryan and Justice The author definitely left a thread of optimism to encourage the reader People can get to their breaking point and still find their way to love I haven t read the prior books in this series but the Amare families were great secondary characters I have to read them so I can get some of the background but the dad and sister added pizzazz to this novel This is definitely an engaging beginning to a new series. side eyeing all those stellar reviews What the author was aiming for A story about one tough cop and one Marine going through emotional turmoil, trying to save their marriage and their love with the help of their family.What we got A story about two emotionally immature teenagers trapped in a grown men s bodies going hot and cold over each other, keeping us in a suspense, since we never know which one is going to be Justice s family with theirinteresting namesand their living arrangement that for the life of me I couldn t figure out are they all living together in one house or everyone has its own apartment, or does Justice s father own a building, so everyone has a separate flat, but practically all live together I ve no idea.Can t recommend.
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- 75 pages
- Loves Changes (Losing My Way, #1)
- 24 March 2019 LaQuette