Series: Brown County #4
Author: Amber Nation
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Unconditionally is a novella part of a series but can be read as a standalone complete with a HEA. May not be for all readers as it contains M/M situations.
Toby Morgan grew up the black sheep in his illustrious uppity family due to his sexual preferences. He didn’t see how being gay was a hindrance in any light.
Being an accountant by day, a kickass singer for The Nation’s Capital on the side, and a fashion and makeup extraordinaire by night, he tried to face every obstacle he encountered with perseverance and positivity.
Always being one to bask in the limelight and being the center of attention, but what everyone didn’t see was the scared and insecure little boy lurking inside and behind closed doors.
He had waited his entire life to find love and his happily ever after and just when he thought he had grasped his dreams head on, doubt puts a screeching halt in his happiness.
Now it seemed that there were two different men with their sights set on him and they were both vying for his affection.
In the end, will Toby find his one special someone who will love him unconditionally?
*was generously provided a copy in exchange for an honest review
UNCONDITIONALLY by Amber Nation is the 4th Novella in the A Brown Country series. It is a M/M relationship novella and is suppose to be a stand alone, however, I think I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had read the whole series. I did not realize that it was a part of a series when I agreed to do the review. I hate picking up books in the middle of a series. I do not necessary think I can give the story a fair chance when I am trying to play catch up.
Ms. Nation does an excellent job explaining who everyone is but I just felt I could not really get attached to Toby because I came in right in the middle of his anguish. I really liked the writing style but my whole issue was that I just felt like I was reading Toby’s journal where he whined a lot. I am sorry but I just could not get over it. I loved his friends and saw a great story starting to emerge but I felt Toby had too much self reflection and it was not enough story.
Now I did LOVE Ethan. I loved the banter between Toby and Ethan. When Ethan was around, I felt the story had some substance. I wanted to love their story. I really did. I mean I was rooting for Ethan and wanted so much more of his story.
Please do not hate me for this review. I think that anyone reading the series and has Toby history will love it and I saw so much potential from Ms. Nation. UNCONDITIONALLY was just not a home run for me. I really, really wanted it to be. I would really love to have more of Toby and Ethan together.
UNCONDITIONALLY receives 3 out 5 Platypires!!
Texas Hugs and Happy Reading!!
EXCERPT and TEASERS:
“Coming right up,” bartender number one spoke before he went about pouring my gin and vermouth into a silver shaker and giving it a liberal jerk of his wrist. Seeing the action had my cock stirring in my pants and images of him wrapping his hand around me moved to the forefront of my mind. I needed action and in a bad way.
He placed a Martini glass in front of me on a hot pink napkin and tipped the shaker up, straining and pouring my cocktail before adding an olive as an embellishment.
Giving me a sexy wink before he turned and made his departure towards the other end of the bar, I picked up my enticing drink and before taking a hefty sip, I said partially under my breath, “Happy birthday to me.”
Feeling the cool liquid slide so smoothly down my throat, I had to close my eyes at the exquisite taste of the perfect combination. It was utterly refreshing.
“So it’s your birthday, huh?” I didn’t even notice that someone had taken a seat beside me. This voice was oddly familiar and came out as a deep rumble.
Turning my head to the side I was surprised to see it was Deputy Ethan Bradley. I had never seen him around here before, let alone anyone really from Brown County. Although I remembered hearing something about him being gay, it was just weird seeing him on the opposite side of the spectrum.
He was sans uniform and in a pair of dark denim jeans, with cowboy boots peeking out from beneath his pant legs. I realized that I was taking entirely too much time perusing his ensemble. So I was already going this far, I might as well check out the rest of the package.
Continuing to skim my eyes over his extremely fine exterior, I took in that he was wearing a rather snug fitting polo shirt that was tucked into those amazing jeans, and it was topped off with a silver belt buckle. With the dimmed lights in the bar it was hard to tell exactly what his buckle said, but I imagined that if he was anything like me, it would be something naughty.
I picked up the toothpick that held the green olive from my glass and leisurely placed it in between my slightly parted lips, sucking the remains of my martini from the meaty, bitter garnishment.
Ethan couldn’t take his eyes off of my mouth, so I supposed I was being a bit seductive in my act to eat the olive. No harm in that, right?"
About the Author:
She is the author of the contemporary romance Brown County Series, titles include Not Alone, Runaway Love, How To Save A Life, and Unconditionally (M/M).
Other Titles by Amber Nation:
Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/EzspmW
Amazon UK; http://goo.gl/AhBiwo
Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/045fhK