So a few more freebies I've been reading. You really can't go wrong with free. Oh wait, once I did, but in general even if it's only "ok" or "decent" that's still pretty damn good for free.
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger (180 pages - I think)
Okay, technically this wasn't "free" but Lily let me borrow it, it's a "real" book, made from paper and everything and she mailed it to me so I could read it and it's on it's way back Lily. So sort of free.
Craig and Travis met in high school and fell in love, but they went their separate ways after a summer of living together in NY for college and lost touch. Twenty years later, Craig is in a long-term relationship with Clay and thanks to Travis' influence in high school, is a lawyer who takes on discrimination cases, mostly based on sexual orientation and Travis is teaching college history using baseball analogies (taught to him by Craig) to help get his point across. Suddenly Craig decides after a disastrous 20 years of dating that he has to find Craig again because he is his one true love and thus begins his cross-country trip to find him. This book uses journal entries, comments from the students in his class, memos, phone call transcripts, etc. to tell their story and it flips back and forth between Travis' quest (car breaking down, hitch hiking, getting arrested, finding new friends) and Craig's life with Clay, getting asked to run for state politics, handing some family law cases, etc. So it's told in a very unusual manner but everyone in this book is freaking hilarious. Travis lives with his high school friend Gordo who tries to keep him on the straight and narrow, AJ, the restaurant owner who ends up bailing him out of jail is hilarious, everyone is just so damn funny. I literally laughed out loud on the bus and got a "look". If I had any niggles it was the whole thing of Travis going to find his love (who you see is still a bit hooked on him too) who is in a long term relationship with a great guy who loves him. Hmmm. In the end it works out, although it was all a bit vague at the end and it took me a while to figure out exactly how it all worked out, but the two main characters and the supporting cast that tries to keep them from flying off into space are really worth the read. Like I said, when it makes you laugh out loud in public, you know it's funny. So despite the niggle about Clay and how it ended, it's still so worth the read. Thanks again Lily for sharing. Mwah.
Waiting by PD Singer (7 pages)
This was a freebie from the GLBT Bookshelf. Daniel and his boyfriend Rick are going to Mexico for spring break. When they get there Bree is waiting and she's all over Rick, hugging, kissing, holding hands and he's not pulling away. Daniel is PISSED and Rick knows it. Later you find out who she is and why she's there and there is a good reason but I'd be pissed at Rick too. He didn't want to tell her secret but he didn't even mention to Daniel that she might be there and he could have said she's a family friend (which she was) or something. Instead he told him nothing. People who haven't a lick of common sense and courtesy (like we're sharing the condo honey) tick me off. It's an okay story, I just was left a bit snarly at Rick and Bree too who could have solved it herself as she knew Daniel was upset. (Oh wait, they're fictional, get over it Tam.)
More Than Just a Good Book by Sloan Parker (15 pages)
Scott's a library nerd and when he's kicked out of his seat by one of the football jocks it's just another day in paradise. However library employee (and Ph.D. student) Mark kicks the guy out for being an ass. Scott is totally smitten, he likes his men dominant in the bedroom and smart but hasn't had much luck. Mark has seen Scott around for the last 3.5 years but never made a move. When he sees Scott's interest he invites him up to the special comic book collection area (Scott is reading a comic book) and has plans to make it a bit more than book viewing in one of the private reading rooms with a yaoi (I presumed by the description). Holy crap. This is one of the steamiest 15 pages I've ever read. Smoking hot. This was from Sloan's website.