Thursday 17 August 2017

✪ Ruth Clampett ✪ ENCORE ✪ #MMromance ✪ #BlogTour ✪

© Bianca Janeane

• standalone M/M love story
• 14 August 2017
• we already know Roman from UNFORGIVEN - he played big part in Jason & Dean's love story - you might want to read that first if you haven't yet! (The boys might even show up here towards the end ;) )
4.125 Stars
When shy programmer, Charlie, is dragged to a Hollywood male revue by his co-workers, the last thing he expects is to be pulled onstage. But when he’s approached by Ramon, a dancer whose only focus is to bring him pleasure, something awakens in Charlie that can’t be denied.

Heated attraction only goes so far when one man dreams of true love and a life finally fulfilled, and the other is still grieving the one he lost, and the mistake that cost him everything.

Can a realist and a dreamer from two different worlds move forward and build a future together, or will their painful pasts keep them from fulfilling their destiny?

Charlie lives in Los Angeles with his sister - Sasha is in a wheelchair after the accident that killed their parents.
By day he's a talented but very shy & geeky & awkward programmer and by night he's a guy who's creating his own apps and dreams of finally finding a man to fall in forever ever after love with.
But he doesn't think anyone would want to be with him - he doesn't see himself as this hot and cute gay guy. But he is.

Ramon is a barkeeper and dancer at a male strip club.
That's where Charlie sees him for the first time - and suddenly he feels like his life is finally about to start....
Can this mega attractive erotic dancer with big dreams really be interested in shy little Charlie?

Yes he can!
But poor Ramon is not without his own problems ....

What will happen with Charlie & Ramon?
Will we get a happily ever after??

Awww, that was cute!

This book was really adorable and heartbreakingly moving somehow.
Poor Charlie is such a sad and lonely person ... he has his sister and she's the best, but he worries about her. And he feels guilty for everything that happened.
He wants to finally fall in love! Only he thinks he's not really worth it. But Ramon is worth everything to him, and he tries so hard to finally get that HEA with him.
Ramon has lots of demons from his past life that followed him to LA ....
But, of course we'll get to that Happy End eventually.☺
It might take some time, but we'll have a great time watching those two boys fight for their happiness!

Great gay romance. Adorable and romantic and sweet and a bit naive new-adult-coming-of-age-ish.

That age part is also the part that bothered me a bit. I have no idea how old anyone in this book is.
I hated that a bit. It's never mentioned. I had no idea if Charlie is 32 or 22 - I'd go with 23 now because it was mentioned that his parents died 6 years ago when he was a junior in high school - no idea how old you are as a junior in the US, but I guess 23 should be his correct age now.
But his high school friend Leo is now a senior programmer at Google? Can you be that just one year out of college? No idea. I don't like it when authors don't tell us the ages. Almost as much as I hate not being in a real place - that's not happening here - we're in LA!!! ☺

I was also a bit unsure about the writing. This is only my 2nd RC book and like with the first one I didn't really love the writing. No idea what it is though. The way Ruth creates and structures some sentences is just weird.

But, don't worry, it's probably just me. I still loved the book!

It was an adorable romance with lots of sweet and sexy and fun and moving moments.

Lots of great characters too. Especially towards the end, where we meet the boys from UNFORGIVEN again ;) Ramon played a big part in their book - so you might want to read that first!

ENCORE was an adorable & moving new adult gay romance about two boys fighting for their place in life & love! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Charlie & Ramon - these two are MINE!!!

ARC received for an honest review

I haven't read anything by Ms Clampett before, haven't read the book Unforgiven or met the character Ramon, however this did not affect my reading at all, as this could be read as a standalone.

Charlie and Ramon's story  is cute and adorable, with a little bit of drama and suspense thrown in for good measure.

I adore Charlie right from the start. There is something a little naive about him that just makes him all the more likeable.  Plus, the way he looks after his sister just throws his man points right up there.

When he meets Ramon, well those sparks sure do fly.  He is so completely different from our Charlie, but that just makes it so much more right.

Now, one thing that bugged me about this book - how old is anyone?  I mean, I don't need to know about every birthday party they ever had, but I could only take a rough guess at their ages from things that were mentioned, however they just didn't seem to align with other things - this could just be me though.

I adore adore ADORE Charlie's sister Sasha.  She is just everything plus more that any woman could aspire to be like.

I did feel that this book did drag a little in the middle, and I did feel like I had to put it down and try to come back to it later. Not 100% sure why I felt that way though.

A cute and sweet and adorable story, I will be going back to read the first book.




Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.

Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.