Giveaway: The Bones of You by Laura Stone
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THE BONES OF YOU
by Laura Stone
Oliver Andrews was wholly focused on the final stages of his education at Cambridge University when a well-meaning friend up-ended his world with a simple email attachment: a clip from a U.S. morning show.
The moment he watches the video of his one-time love Seth Larsen, now a Broadway star, Oliver must begin making a series of choices that could lead him back to love—or break his heart.
The Bones of You is full of laughter and tears, with a collection of irritated Hungarians, flirtatious Irishwomen, and actors abusing Shakespeare that color Oliver and Seth’s attempts at reconciliation.
They walked into the house, laughing (“I haven’t seen one tweed cap, Oliver. I feel cheated.”), and realized that Janos was home. He was watching a football game, and looked over the back of the sofa at them and held a hand up in greeting before turning back to the television.
“He’s not what I expected,” Seth whispered as they moved into the kitchen with their food.
“Oh? What did you expect?” Oliver asked, pulling out two plates and silverware.
Oliver grabbed the edge of the counter and laughed loudly.
“American television has done the Iron Curtain a major disservice,” Seth whispered, jerking his head in Janos’s direction. “I expected a sallow complexion and a black unibrow, not, well… that. Why are the good-looking ones always the homophobes?”
Oliver bit his lip to keep from laughing again and motioned for Seth to take his plate to the small table against the far wall. “Janos,” he called out, “there’s enough for you, if you want any?”
Janos turned and looked their way, giving Seth a thorough once-over. “No, thank you,” he said; his voice sounded mildly disgusted.
Seth went still briefly and bristled with visible indignation. “Don’t worry. We didn’t order it with a side of homo, so you should be fine. Although it seems like you had a helping of jackass earlier; no wonder you’re not hungry. Must have had seconds.”
Janos twisted on the sofa, his arm draped over the back as he gaped at Seth. Oliver was momentarily shocked into silence, but Seth had never really needed assistance in the face of bigotry—only support.
“Van egy nagy heréje, akkor a buzl. Én szeretem.”
Oliver and Seth both narrowed their eyes at him, Oliver trying to figure out what the hell Janos just said.
“Translate. Now.” Seth’s voice was positively icy; he vibrated with anger. “Or you’re going to learn in a very painful way that I’m a hell of a lot tougher than I look.”
Janos seemed to pick up on this and answered quickly, with his hands up in surrender. “I say: for a f-, uh… homosexual? You have… what, balls? Testicles.” He grabbed his crotch and continued. “I say I very much like this about you.”
With as droll a voice as Oliver had ever heard, Seth replied, “Isn’t that interesting that you’re fond of my testicles so quickly; normally it takes until the third date for me to hear that.”
I enjoyed this book, it was….sweet….for a M/M book, they do, on the whole tend to be more….more….UH! Can’t find the right words. It was full of emotion, sometimes overwhelmingly full, and its written entirely (grrrrrrrrrrrr!) from Oliver’s POV, so that was a bit of a let down. I do so LURVE multi person POV’s. I would like to have heard Seth, especially during the more difficult times as Oliver was telling his story, the original break-up being the main one.
The book has laughter and tears, some interesting characters that made the book, Janos, Oliver’s house mate, and Moira! Oh I love Moira! She really did make me laugh! But she was also a sense of reason for Oliver, a clear head that made him, eventually, see sense. Via a pint or nine!
I hate when I cant figure out what wasn’t quite right, for me, other than the single person POV, drives me nuts, but all I can say about this one….it was nice. and THAT kills me. Because its better than NICE, for someone, some one will LOVE this book, but I just can’t.
so, 3 fangs.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A life-long fan girl, Laura Stone takes a leave of absence from the glamorous life of motherhood while the kids were in school, devoting her days to writing full-time. In the past she’s worn the hat of actress, Master Gardener, and computer geek, but now sticks mostly to a Texas Ranger’s ball cap as she raises her children. They’re not fully raised, but then again, she would say that she isn’t either.
She began telling stories to her parents at the age of four. She was so successful in catching her parent’s attention that her father actually dislocated his back, trying not to sit on her imaginary cat, Doka.
She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not totally populated by hard-line right-wingers—and because that’s where the good tamales are from.
Connect with Laura:
Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573725.Laura_Stone
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