Author: Tibby Armstrong
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Word Count: 55,510
After being together for a decade, without ever admitting the truth of their relationship, screenwriter Greg Faulkner hopes that he is able to convince the one person in the world that means anything to him, to stay with him – even if that means addressing his biggest fear and admitting he’s gay. His partner, producer Aaron Blake is tired of hiding and doesn’t think that their love is enough anymore. He reluctantly agrees to attend Greg’s most recent and personal film project, with the promise of this being their last act as a “couple.” What unfolds on the screen is the history of their relationship together – out there for everyone to see.
I was rather surprised by this book, particularly in the manner in which it was told. To be honest, I’m a bit tired of flashback romances, and I was not very eager to read another one. However, this wasn’t nearly a flashback – it was their love story being told through the eyes of a movie. It was a very interesting tale and struggle, and one that unfolded quite gracefully as though a movie/screenplay would. The characters were well-written, although I did have some trouble reconciling some of their personality traits within the movie, to the actions in person. I would say this would be the only thing that was a bit confusing – the movie was not exactly their love story, but you didn’t find that out until the end leaving the reader to wonder what actually did occur between the two lovers. That being said, it was a quick read and a unique perspective of storytelling.
The sex was placed throughout – almost hard to read at first due to the young age at the time. But there was definitely love between both characters and their love was communicated and displayed through their sexual interactions. The sex wasn’t graphic or detailed, but definitely passionate and vanilla.
This was a good read, and an even better story – I can almost see it being a real movie (has Armstrong thought of that?). I wished they were a bit older, but I’m guessing that’s my own personal preferences. It was an easy story to get into and hard to put this one down.
Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥
Read this book if you are looking for a new story and perspective; enjoy reading about young love; or watching the struggle of admitting who you are to yourself. This would be recommended for newbies to the m/m genre up through experienced readers. This is more of a romance than an erotica tale, but there is still some good sex throughout!
6 thoughts on “No Apologies – Tibby Armstrong”
I have been meaning to buy this one.
As you can see, I think you should! It’s a great read… Enjoy!
Thank you for reading and reviewing No Apologies. I’m pleased you enjoyed Aaron and Greg’s story. 🙂
I did enjoy it – the only negative, was that I felt “fooled” by the ending; I wish it WAS their story as it was such a great one!
I agree that this was not a M/M erotica. For me “No Apologies” was a way deeper story. It was thought provoking and in many cases made me very angry with society. I personally do not like to read young M/M erotica because I have teen sons and that just wigs me out. Not because of the M/M, but because of the teen factor.
For me the story was about the boys coming to terms with who they are and how they fit into this world. I ached for them. The heat added to the book was just the perfect level to match the story. It was their discovery.
For me, No Apologies is a truly memorable story that I seem to remember over other books that I’ve read and reviewed this year. I love to read other blog reviewers thoughts. I agree that if you are looking for a hot M/M, I’d not look to this book as you will be disappointed. If you looking for a gay thought provoking story about discovery, then No Apologies if perfect.
Thank you for your comments – I completely agree with you. This is a deeper story, which makes reading Tibby’s prose, even more thought provoking. I can’t wait to check out your site as well. Thanks for stopping by!