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Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he's excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton - the first love he's never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn't take Ben long to realize he'll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it's starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
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By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 10-14-15
Fun, emotional, slightly angsty read.
What did you love best about Newton's Laws of Attraction?
Watching Ben realize the mistake he made and do everything he could to remedy it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ben, see above.
Which scene was your favorite?
The Art Gallery at the end.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Love will find a way.
Any additional comments?
Rory and Ben have been friends ever since the day Rory moved in next door to Ben when they were still kids. Over the years they grew up together and something more than the simple bond of friendship developed between them. Just before their senior year, both young men came clean about their mutual feelings and swore they would love each other forever. But high school, peer pressure and the need to fit in got in the way. A decade later and Rory winds up in Ben’s path again, just like before, but he wants nothing to do with giving Ben a second chance.
I was drawn into the story from the start when a very young Ben got jealous and kicked Rory in the shins. When forced to apologize it was the first of many times Ben would be mesmerized by Rory’s smile. Then the story jumps to present day and, I was a little confused at first, but the time jump quickly clears itself up and Ben explains to his now best friend exactly what a tool he was in high school. Ben feels like he is being given a second chance at that first love, the one that got away, and the one no one has ever been able to compete with. But Rory is stand-offish and resistant from the start. As the story progresses, the friendship slowly slides back into something similar to the past and the two men become inseparable again. Ben goes into the situation realizing it’s just a friend’s with benefits type of situation, but is no less heartbroken when that nail is forcibly hammered home.
There was a lot of angst, but both men are still in their late twenties, so it is to be expected. What I enjoyed the most about this audio was getting to watch Ben and Rory navigate through all that pain, anger and hurt and try to find their way back to each other. Neither having been whole since they have been apart. But Rory doesn’t make it easy, and why should he, Ben broke his heart.
Narrated by George Somerset, my first party with him, but I’d be willing to accept another invitation. I loved the voices he gave the characters and I could literally feel Ben’s pain there toward the end of the story. This was a fast, emotional, slightly angsty read and overall, I really enjoyed it.
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By JC on 04-20-15
Sweet, angsty-y, friends to lovers
I adored this the first time I read it as an ebook a few months ago. The opening scene was one of the cutest I'd read in an MM romance because I've always had a weakness for childhood friends becoming lovers.
The audiobook version... Sort of a mixed bag. The narrator does a fairly decent job with the narrative and Ben's voice, but I just found his voice for Rory completely unpleasant and it grated on my nerves because he made Rory sound like a cartoon villain or a serial killer. It was too rough and deep and really not the kind of voice I want to listen to.
If you want a cute friends to lovers, bad breakup, reunited as adults type of romance with some angst, and don't mind one of the MCs sounding like he gargled a bucket of rocks and chased it down with 100% proof whiskey, then you might enjoy this. Not much in the way of plot, but it does have very likable characters.
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