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Coming In by Michelle Ogilvy
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About the Author
Michelle Ogilvy grew up in Adelaide, Australia. In primary school, to alleviate the boredom of putting spelling list words in sentences to explain their meaning, she started weaving them all into stories. She hasn’t been able to shake this writing thing ever since.
May 15, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at NineStar Press.
Jay and Adam have been sharing a flat, and a bed, since they moved down to Adelaide after high school a couple of years ago. Neither man considers himself gay or mentions the sexual nature of their friendship to anyone else.
Their arrangement doesn’t stop Jay from casually dating random women he meets through work and both men seem happy with the way things are. That is, until Adam meets April, a damsel in distress that latches herself onto Adam in a way that he doesn’t mind at all. Jay sure does, though.
As Adam gets closer to April, the friendship between the two men starts to unravel and for the first time in years, Jay is facing a life without Adam. If he wants to save their friendship, he will have to offer Adam a lot more than a spot in his bed. There’s only one problem, Jay doesn’t believe in love.
Friends to Lovers to Love
Coming In is an interesting book with a whole lot going on from the first word. Jay and Adam are both bisexual men who have been sleeping with each other as well as with other women since they left their hometown for the big city and a more metropolitan life. However, they don’t consider their relationship anything more than friendship until the green-eyed monster of jealousy creeps in. They have a codependent, extremely unhealthy relationship with each other, and I wanted to so badly to put this book down and walk away, but I simply couldn’t.
As difficult as it was to walk through their lives, it felt almost imperative that I keep going. The storyline is rife with angst, miscommunication, and complex main characters that I wanted to strangle – repeatedly. However, their missteps and foibles are part of what makes them so appealing. Their issues with growing up and becoming adults make them more endearing.
The secondary characters are a mixed bag. The main peripheral is Adam’s girlfriend/stalker, April. She grated on me from her introduction and I absolutely loathed her. Well done, Ms. Ogilvy – it takes a lot to elicit that strong an emotion from me with a secondary character! Conniving, manipulative, dishonest and foul, she creates more problems than Jay and Adam could possibly get into on their own. This character pushes the storyline, occasionally completely taking it over, much to my dismay. It occasionally felt as if she was the main character instead of a secondary.
There are other peripheral characters, most of whom are glanced over rather than really getting into the mix, with the exception of Jay’s sister, Julia. Strong, independent, and willful to a fault, she oozed confidence and demanded the respect she certainly received.
The chemistry between the characters was there, but was very much secondary. Because they were already established as lovers at the beginning of the book, I didn’t feel the kind of pull that caused them to be in love or for them coming together.
Written in third person past tense with a dual POV, you can really get inside the heads of both characters, something I really enjoy. In the end, I’m rating this at three stars. If you are into new adult and angst, you will probably quite enjoy this book – though you’ll still detest April. Give it a try!
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