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review 2017-11-10 17:45
Clique (Heartsville) by Jayden Brooks Review
Clique (Heartsville) - Jayden Brooks

Adam Locke’s youthful looks aren’t the blessing everyone seems to think. At twenty-eight, he’s a successful photographer with his own studio and respected by his peers—but that doesn’t seem to matter to the men who catch his eye. Instead, he’s brushed aside like an underage twink with a daddy fetish.

When a hot, bearded stranger stops him from accidentally walking into traffic, Adam looks up and finds the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, his first meeting with Brandon ends with him being dismissed as a kid. Again. Adam can’t help his annoyance. He also can’t help staring (and drooling) whenever he spots Brandon walking through the neighborhood with a different dog.

He watches from afar, wondering about Brandon’s story—until the day he’s dared to take another chance. It’s just the push Adam needs, and finally, he catches Brandon’s interest. Now if only he could figure out the key to getting taciturn Brandon to open up and let Adam in. But Adam knows sometimes all it takes is a little patience for the last piece to click into place.




There are parts of this novella that are really, really good . It is super funny in several places. I like the characters and the world.


Then there are places that the writer just doesn't follow up so we get a lack of connection which makes the romance less powerful. (Like Brandon's past)


And then there is conflict that is kinda dumb.


I will read more by this writer because the funny and charming parts.

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review 2015-11-22 00:07
Clique by Jayden Brooks
Clique (Heartsville) - Jayden Brooks

“Photography is a tough life: you can be taken, framed, exposed, shot, captured, and hung all in the same day.” ~Author Unknown

As unfair as it is, people judge someone's abilities by how young they look. Adam Locke, of 'Clique' by Jayden Brooks, has worked hard to keep the business his aunt passed down to him successful and, doing so, gained the respect of the good people of Heartsville. Even though Adam is attracted to him, when a handsome stranger, Brandon, is condescending to him, Adam is hurt and insulted. He tries to forget him, but can't seem to get him out of his mind, especially when Brandon seems to appear wherever Adam goes.

Adam is still very angry at Brandon for dismissing him before he even knows Mark. He confides in his best friend, Mark, who owns Bookmarked, Heartsville's book store. Mark is understanding, but tells Adam to give him another chance. Against his better judgement, Adam approaches Brandon, who by now, realizes that Adam is no kid; he's an established member of the community. With this new knowledge, Brandon's reaction to Adam is much more open. Since Adam is the forgiving type, he decides to go with it instead of continuing to make himself miserable and things begin to look up. Brandon has some confessions of his own that explain why he's moved to town and why he's dog walking. Adam and Brandon get into a discussion about why Adam doesn't have a dog, which is apparently a game breaker, especially for Brandon's mom who runs a dog rescue. Adam promises to rethink his “dogless” state.

This a great addition to the Heartsville series. Even though the stories can be read separately, I love that they are linked together by having characters from the other stories in them.  Although young and handsome, Adam's wit was a big part of his charm. Reactions like this made me laugh: “My body and brain finally synced up in a chorus of hallelujahs.” The story had lots of light, amusing parts, but it also had a few bittersweet ones, like when Adam talked about his aunt and how much she helped shape his life, it was beautiful and made me cry. Of course, Lulu, the Weimaraner puppy's antics, stole the show. If you like stories with handsome men, best friends, pumpkin ale, dogs, and photography, then you may enjoy 'Clique.' Thanks, Jaden, for an entertaining, feel-good story.




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review 2015-11-04 00:00
Clique (Heartsville) - Jayden Brooks

This is part of the Heartsville Series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

The whole series is absolutely right for you if you're looking for something light, sweet and sexy, that is well written and highly entertaining.

Meet Adam, super-bubbly, super active, and still looking like he's barely able to vote, let alone drink. And he runs into Brandon. The serious dog walker, with a somewhat troubled past, who thinks he's stalked by a kid throughout the gayborhood. Which Adam doesn't, not really, but getting this misunderstanding cleared up and the deveolping tentative relationship after that, was really fun to read about. The over-the-top jealousy at one point really wasn't for me, it felt a little bit like being back in the 50s. Other than that, it was funny, a little sexy, and really sweet, and I absolutely adored Adam. 3.5 stars all around.

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review 2015-10-30 20:40
Clique (Jayden Brooks)
Clique (Heartsville) - Jayden Brooks

2.5 stars

My biggest problem was the change in perspective, I guess. The previous three novellas focus in one narrator but using third person POV. This one is in first person POV.

See, I first read about Adam (and intrigued by him) in Piper Vaughn's Bookmarked and somehow reading Adam's thoughts in first person narrative just didn't fit with what I had in my mind about him. I was tired of his thoughts actually, and he no longer appealing for me. I also didn't feel the chemistry needed between him and Brandon.

I did like the dogs. So yeah, just another meh read.

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review 2014-07-01 00:00
That's Who I Am
That's Who I Am - Jayden Brooks That’s Who I Am is Jayden Brooks’ contribution to the Dreamspinner Press Mended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology. It is Ms. Brooks’ first published work and it shows the promise of a very bright future for this writer. An amazing debut short story which, while being a little over the top in the depiction of Jared’s family, was deeply moving and redemptive. Very powerfully written.

Poor Jared. He’s not stupid, he really isn’t. He just doesn’t think clearly before he speaks. Many of us, myself included, can empathize with this ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome because we either have a colander where our brain to mouth filter should be, or are missing said filter altogether. And Jared’s family, including his twin brother, have used this to bully and abuse Jared his entire twenty-three years of life. I have never seen a collection of people so unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions. Since Jared makes such a handy donkey on which to pin the tail of blame, they do so at every opportunity.

When Jared is woken from a deep sleep after working all night, he says the wrong thing to the wrong person, and hell rains down on him in the form of his father’s fists and feet. Of course, this is supposedly Jared’s own fault. Jared is literally broken.

Thankfully Jared’s brother Conner’s ex-girlfriend and her brother step in and become the family Jared should have had all along. Sophie and Donovan are by his side while he is in the hospital and rehab. Then they offer him a home with them. The entire time, he is having a hard time trusting that it is for real. That the feelings he is developing for Donovan are real and that the signals he is getting from Donovan are real.

It was so lovely to see Jared come into his own. He gained confidence through finding work that he was good at and that satisfied him to plan to go back to college. He gained the confidence to love Sophie as a sister and care for her in ways his brother wouldn’t. And he found the confidence to approach his feelings for Donovan as he would an equal.

The slow, teasing, hot build of Jared and Donovan’s relationship was wonderful. It was sweet and hot and loving. Once they were on equal footing emotionally, they were perfect together. And Donovan’s red hair and hairy chest didn’t hurt the reading experience for me personally!

A great start for a new author from whom I hope to read many more stories. I highly recommend this story of redemption to everyone.

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