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  1. LD Stratton

    Chapter 3

    Curious how the Ben and Pat thing would work out. Actually I would hope they both are miserable but it would be a fertile field for some drama.
  2. Excellent and well written. Characters were well developed and the entire story was captivating.
  3. LD Stratton

    Complete Story

    "I chocked on a sob..." This should be "choked". I see this error over and over in GA. Please google 'chocked vs choked'. RANT OVER.... I loved the story and the rapid-fire delivery. I literally had to stop reading and step away for a few minutes to catch my breath. Wonderful, exciting writing!
  4. LD Stratton

    Chapter 13

    Finally a story that isn't so damned depressing. As if gay reality isn't hard enough we are frequently bombarded with stories of loneliness, loss, depression, conflict, isolation, etc. I certainly don't expect every story to have the prince kissing the pauper as they walk into the sunset happily ever after but many stories seem to infer we LGBT+ are a sorry fu-ked up mess. Dabeagle has given us a story that is well constructed, well written and, to my point, one of inspiration and knowledge that maybe, just maybe a prince can kiss a pauper.
  5. LD Stratton

    Chapter 19

    Excellent story. I had to keep reading even though it was late at night. Just had to know what was happening next. The one bit of concern is the last conversation between Terry and Justin. I think Justin has a bit of 'wanderer' in him, perhaps sexual curiosity. That does not bode well for the future of Nathan and Justin.
  6. I loved/hated this story which was beautifully written but contained so much pain and hurt physically and emotionally. It was particularly poignant for me as I have volunteered on the domestic abuse help line for years. I've heard so many awful stories, have had to testify in court about the calls, bad memories. For myself there are rules before I even start a relationship, no cheating and no abuse. One hit and that's the end. I was happy to see the guys sought help. Excellent story CassieQ!
  7. Original: "As for story construction and a good use of the English language, a pet peeve but then I taught English/English literature, were outstanding." Sorry, my sentence didn't clearly say what I meant. Let's try this. "As for story construction and good use of the English language this story was outstanding." My comment about teaching is irrelevant to the review.
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    Musings: Liam mentioned he bottomed on occasion. I wonder if he had enough love and trust to allow Seth to to top. Kris needs a story of his own. Dark, BDSM, tragic (maybe joyfully a butt-boy in prison), a psycho, would make for interesting reading Michael, possible he became trans?, in any event his story with Marcos -- another love story. End Musings I loved this feel-good story.
  9. What a terrific story filled with a lot of humor, wonderful characters and a huge abundance of love. This is very much a feel-good story that will keep the reader laughing and loving Seth and Liam as well as the unpredictable Michael. I read it in one sitting.
  10. LD Stratton

    Long Road

    A nice story giving us some insight to travel in Western Australia, the craft of farrier and a brief look at Aussie rodeo. Although labeled as adventure, drama I didn't see much of either. It was pleasant enough read.
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    Well Fuck! Sorry but 3 close friends have diagnosed with glioblastoma. This is supposed to be a fairly rare form of cancer but I've been cursed to watch 2 of the 3 die from this. The 3rd is my ex. We separated a few years before his diagnosis and yes, he's still alive but his mind is gone. I met with him 2 years ago. His memory was sketchy but he did remember a few things from our shared past but then he would ask where I was (I was sitting in front of him). With survival rate only 6.8% after 5 years I guess he is one of the 'lucky' ones 9 years after diagnosis. He does have a very loving and devoted husband so that is good. There is nothing left of our relationship even if it lasted 15 years but I can't help but hurt for him and my other 2 friends.
  12. I'm still not happy with Brian but Snow lives forever in my heart. What a very special character in this story. I'm very pleased with the last chapter. So often stories on GA go through all the drama, angst, hate and mistrust then via a 'deus ex machina' end even though so much is left unanswered. Frequently one doesn't know if all amends have been made and they live happily ever after. Considering all that drama characters endure in most stories one doubts that these relationships last much longer. Yet, what the author has written in this last chapter the reader knows that Brian and Snow were truly soul mates and ended a long and happy life together.
  13. Perhaps because I'm a stickler for monogamy but this whole incident with the Loft fiasco I lay solidly at Brian's feet. Snowflake was open enough to tell Brian about his attraction to Krist but it was Brian who admitted his attraction to Jimmy and then gave the flawed justification that it was ok, not only to fantasize about others but to act on it. This concept of 'open relationship' is seldom healthy. Snowflake was very apprehensive about the Loft experience and realized he loved Brian to much to go through with it. Brian on the other hand had no problem to being fucked by Jimmy right in front of Snowflake. So, Snowflake bolts but I didn't read or read into Brian's reaction other than to call out to Snow. So did Brian go back to 'ass up'? Did Brian chase after Snow? Did Brian realize he just totally messed up what he had with Snow? And yet, in their reconciliation somehow this mess was blamed on Snow. I don't like or trust Brian.🤬
  14. LD Stratton

    Chapter 7

    What a good read, an intelligent read. Off to find what else you've written.
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