This is a beautifully written story, covering so much emotional territory in 84 short pages. I was excited even if a little apprehensive to read the first Bittersweet Dreams offering. This one delivers everything I'd hoped it would. Highly recommended.
Jan 15, Lesley Hastings rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m-romance. This is a beautiful and bittersweet tale of two men who are pushing against the boundaries of their lives, but don't quite manage to break free from them. While Max, eponymous night porter at a London hotel, is clearly quite tired of the endless cycle of one night stands with lonely guests, Robert is bound by a life of celibacy-until-heterosexual-marriage -- a life that doesn't really have room for his attraction to men.
The connection between Robert and Max is palpable, and readers are constant This is a beautiful and bittersweet tale of two men who are pushing against the boundaries of their lives, but don't quite manage to break free from them.
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The connection between Robert and Max is palpable, and readers are constantly teased by what might be, if only they manage to break free. The writing in this novella is excellent, drawing one in from start to finish. My only real complaint is that the sex scenes, while generally hot, do seem to ignore the issue of refractory periods sometimes.
While I appreciate that these guys are horny and really into each other, it does pull me out of the narrative when they're able to get it up again within minutes of orgasm. Unless the person you're writing about is Jack Harkness, I'm not buying it. Nonetheless, this is only one small complaint, and otherwise, I only have praise for this work.
As part of Dreamspinner Press's "Bittersweet Dreams" line, it's no spoiler to say that this book doesn't have a happy ending -- but what I do love about it is that even though the ending isn't happy, it's not without hope. The narrative is left slightly open, allowing readers to hope that one day Max and Robert will break free of their constraints -- whether it is together, or with somebody else. I was left weeping at the end.
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Max I fell desperately in love with. He is who I wish I could be - someone who, even after his heart is broken time and again, remains open, caring and vulnerable. Robert was something else entirely. He led me to believe he was kind and generous, honest and loving but in the end proved himself to be none of those things.
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And yet he had the potential to be all of those things and I found myself mourning the man he could be. Brown is to be commended for bringing us such a well crafted story, inhabited by 3-dimensional characters Mar 04, Jackie Mckenzie rated it it was amazing. Man it was hard to give this 5 stars!!! I don't like movies without them ie. Well, except for this one.
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I really do think the book Light of day helped a little, but this story was beautiful. We watched these men fall in love, as crazy as it seems, it almost seems ok in the end. I am overlooking the end and sticking with the positive, the better to have loved and lost, than to never love at all, Man it was hard to give this 5 stars!!!
I am overlooking the end and sticking with the positive, the better to have loved and lost, than to never love at all, I am just glad I was along for the ride. Thank you Ms Brown for the book and thank you even more for the sequel for soft hearted girls like me that want everyone to be happy and loved. Jun 23, Lisa Worrall rated it it was amazing. What can I say? Considering this is not the conventional happy ever after, you might feel a little deflated at the end You feel so deeply for these two characters that you can't help but love every single word.
Ms Brown is one of my favourite authors in this genre and yet again she has pulled the rabbit out of the hat and delivered a story which has left me both smiling and crying at the same time. Jul 24, Lee rated it really liked it. The Night Porter is one of the best view spoiler [not a happy ending hide spoiler ] books that I've read this year. The two MC are beautifully written and the chemistry between them permeates and burns up the pages.
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Fascinating story with an uncomfortable sense of desperation throughout. There's the tiniest sliver of possibility at the end that keeps it from being completely bleak, but it's a near thing. I'm not sure if I liked this or not I was challenging my overdependence on HEA endings , but it's well-written and I devoured it in one anxious gulp, so surely that's worth 4 stars. Jan 29, Eli Easton rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this despite the lack of an HEA. Very sexy and ya gotta love London. Like many others before me, I did also know that this wouldn't have a happy ending, but I still read it anyway.
Still, I was hoping that eventually Max would find happiness with another person. Jan 19, Arzu rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-romance , ebooks-owned , contemporary. I don't want to say too much Mar 19, Fernanda Parente rated it really liked it. Needs a HEA Jun 10, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: , done , gay , ebook , romance , short. How did I not notice this was a Bittersweet Dreams title?!
Very good, but Dec 10, Karin Wollina rated it really liked it. I sooo would have liked a happy-end! But maybe it is more realistic this way.. View 2 comments. Dec 13, Feliz rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m. Max Whiteley is an expatriate Texan, working as a night porter in a small, old-style London hotel.
Many of those men seek out a last sexual adventure before they get married, some at one of the nearby clubs, and some Max Whiteley is an expatriate Texan, working as a night porter in a small, old-style London hotel. Many of those men seek out a last sexual adventure before they get married, some at one of the nearby clubs, and some — with the good-looking night porter. Every step of the way, as it turns out, since the two men keep running into each other, until they end up spending an entire afternoon together with Max playing tourist guide for an excited and wide-eyed Robert.
It is during this afternoon that Max realizes he could easily fall for Robert. Max and Robert are polar opposites. He has obviously never dared to explore his own sexuality, although he seems to be tentatively interested in men as well as in women. It is Max, though, who should have nipped the whole thing in the bud.
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Still, Max sends out mixed signals to Robert. It is painful to watch how Max drifts off into his dream world where he can have a future with Robert. It is not so much Robert who walks out on Max, but Max who shoves Robert out of the door and into the arms of his fiancee. Max, as a character is not easy to take to. Right, while at the same time putting up with Mr. Wrong more often than not.
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He comes across as a coward, not least because there is obviously no reason for the way he lives: he is good-looking, educated, from a wealthy family. His reasons remain veiled. Robert, on the other hand, is easy to like; very much like a big bear cub. He is rather naive although he goes for what he wants with determination. At times, it seems that Robert is the one who falls prey to Max instead of the other way round. Forced separation is often used as a plot device, although it has usually happened in the past with the respective story starting when the heroes meet unexpectedly, years later.
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