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Endings

   (13 reviews)
Sub-genres: Drama, General Romance

Chase has had a tough couple of years, and just when he thought the clouds were lifting, he faces another ending, one that threatens to send him back to a dark place. Hank was his rock, his perfect partner and best friend, but in one short evening, Chase managed to screw everything up. How will he survive the loss… and the guilt?

Endings are a part of life, whether it's the death of a loved one, the loss of a friendship, the loss of your family or pet, or the loss of a relationship. How we handle those losses differs for everyone. This human drama touches briefly, and with sensitivity, on depression, and the fears that come with this often debilitating state, as two men navigate major life changes in their own ways.

Copyright © 2019 Headstall; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 1
  • Addictive/Pacing 11
  • Characters 20
  • Cliffhanger 5
  • Smoldering 5
  • Tearjerker 18
  • Unique 10
  • World Building 3

  • Like 26
  • Love 18

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Onim

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Another well written,💯 emotional piece...thanks Gary!!

Response from the author:

Thank you very much, Onim, for leaving such a nice review! It was a rewarding journey for me, and I hope for the readers as well. :hug: 

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pvtguy

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Such a wonderful journey that will engage your mind and your emotions.  This is a well written story that captivates from the first paragraph to the last.  From the mere number of comments where readers reacted and conversed with one another, you will find that your own passions are challenged.  It is one of the best I have read on this site!

Response from the author:

You are very kind, my friend, and I appreciate the terrific recommendation. The readers' comments made for a great experience. They are worth the read all by themselves, but I hope people will read the story too. :P  Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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NimirRaj

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is a twisting, bumpy, nail-biting journey that'll have you wanting to pop a dramamine, emphasis on the drama, before it's over. What really pulls you in is how relatable and realistic the characters are as you'll find yourself immersed in their lives from the very beginning. I don't want to give any spoilers lest it ruin the enjoyment of reading the story for yourself yet I will say that this story references the dangers of making assumptions. Communication is the true key to a lasting relationship and this story emphasizes that perfectly. This is definitely a must read...in like I dunno an hour because trust me you're not going to stop once you get started. 😉

Response from the author:

Thank you, NimirRaj! I couldn't ask for a better review. You make me want to read it. :P  Cheers, my friend. :hug: 

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Wesley8890

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

One thing you definitely need going into this story is tissues. Its a beautifully written piece of lierature. It has love, loss, regrets, betrayal, and more. Definitely worth reading again and again.

Response from the author:

Thank you, Wes! Having you along for this journey was both fun and rewarding. I appreciate the kind words about Endings, and I hope other readers will take your advice. I'm a little sad the story had ended, to tell you the truth. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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dughlas

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Hmmm, how to best word this ... You've really got to read this latest Headstall tale. Seriously, I don't want to give anything away but this is classic Headstall with a twist. The story is told from the viewpoint of one person, Chase. You get to watch as he grows and develops into the man he was meant to be. That's all I'm going to say except, the overwhelming amount of reader comments and discussion, some quite impassioned, is an indication of just how captivating this story is.

Response from the author:

Classic Headstall with a twist? I can't argue with that, my friend. And yes, reader participation was incredible, and very rewarding for this author. It was at times, a trying journey, but we made it, and I hope readers take your wonderful recommendation to heart. Cheers, and many thanks, dugh... Gary.... :hug: 

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Ullyssess

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This story of Headstall is beautiful.
It starts dark and sad. You hope that everything will be okay again, that the main characters can reconcile and that they can move on with their lives. What I found very well written is how the main character changes, how he takes his life back into his hands after a severe setback and again looks for a better life in which he can be himself to the fullest.

Response from the author:

Thank, you, Ullyssess, for sharing your thoughts on this story. It is kind of you to recommend it to others, and I'm really pleased you found it a worthwhile journey. Cheers! 

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Nana Atuwa

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is a story that about two people who lost their way from each other and still find their way back to each other despite their obstacles it’s a really beautiful story that lets you believe  love conquerors all

Response from the author:

Thanks, Nana! I so pleased you enjoyed this sometimes trying tale, and appreciate you recommending it to others. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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Danners

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Well, Gary’s done it again.

Endings was a journey of discovery and a cautionary tale of the havoc depression can wreak on our lives. Chase was damaged by the death of his mother and Hank was tortured by the apparition of parents he didn’t understand, and each wound festered until what was an undeniably loving relationship detonated in the span of a single night.

We watched as Chase struggled to pick up the shattered pieces of his life, rejected by the majority of his and Hank’s mutual friends. He found support in his sister and later his father, with true friends like Stacy — no ‘e’ — and Dawson, and learned valuable tools from his therapist. Without them urging him forward, he may not have overcome the guilt that drove him to punish himself over and over again.

While we caught Chase on the upswing, Hank’s downward spiral was unveiled to us over time. The perceived sins of his own mother, Lilah, weighed so heavily on his shoulders that he couldn’t help but nosedive after catching Chase in the very same position he did her, and he did so spectacularly. Whereas Chase’s biggest mistake was to drunkenly flirt with a sociopath, Hank willingly and soberly allowed himself to be pulled into the waiting arms of another man.

Cave-In deserves a dressing down of his own but he isn’t worth the effort.

Throughout their story, Chase and Hank’s orbit never really broke. Their love for one another may have been buried under tons of psychological baggage and months of emotional hurt from what happened between them, but it was there and it was real. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been salvageable. They laid their sins to rest and started anew, and this time their relationship will blossom into a love story for the generations.

One character we never had the pleasure of meeting was Chase’s dearly departed mother, Christine. Yet her presence was felt from the very beginning and her forethought actually proved invaluable in healing her sons. If the heartfelt dialogue and dynamic characters weren’t enough to demonstrate how absolutely talented Gary is as a writer, then let the gentle warmth of a mother’s love remind you that he was able to impart that without her saying a word.

Endings was a journey and a cautionary tale, all right, but it was also a testament to a mother’s love and the power it has to shape our lives. Gary showed us the meaning of redemption and taught us patience — and not only because he refused to post more than once a week — and had me terribly invested in his characters’ lives.

Though it pains me to know it’s over, as will you, I couldn’t ask for a happier ending.

Response from the author:

Wow, thanks, Dan! This part really got to me...

    "If the heartfelt dialogue and dynamic characters weren’t enough to demonstrate how absolutely talented Gary is as a writer, then let the gentle warmth of a mother’s love remind you that he was able to impart that without her saying a word."

You are very kind, and I hope other readers will be moved to give this story a chance. Cheers! Gary. :hug: 

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seakinklets

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Painful, beautiful, had me in tears so many times. 100% worth your time to ride along on this emotional roller coaster

Response from the author:

I love when someone new connects with this story. It was a tough story to write at times so it's very rewarding to hear from a reader that it's worthwhile. I truly enjoyed the journey, and I thank you, seakinklets, for sharing your thoughts in such a wonderful review. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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LD Stratton

· Edited by LD Stratton

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

"Endings" is a story of trust issues, forgiveness and down right stubbornness. Hank and Chase individually have demons in their past to conquer before they can move on  and in the process they each change. It is a long battle  with a few ups and many downs until they can come to terms with themselves. There is an intense beginning of the story and that intensity carries until the last chapter which I think will surprise you.  This is from one of my favorite GA authors and makes for an excellent read.

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Bft

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

A bit of a tear jerker of a love story, both Chase and Hank are stubborn and headstrong and it takes them along time to sit down with each other to talk without being bitter with the other man as to why they broke up.  Sometimes you just want to get both of them in a room and say talk about your issues with each other, but you would need to mediate for them, men we can be daft at times.  
Did the boys get back together or not? You will have to read the book to find out the answer to this question. 

Response from the author:

Thanks, Bft! It is quite the journey for sure. Thanks for taking it on and for leaving a nice review. I hope others will take you recommendation and read this one. Again, much appreciated. Cheers! 

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Story Reader

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

WOW! That was a AWESOME story! And now please write Book 2 cause I want to hear about their wedding! And see them go see Dawson and Brent! See their friends faces when they find out they are ack together. Also to see Charles and Lilah find out they reconciled!

Response from the author:

Thanks, Story Reader! I hope other readers will take your words to heart and give this story a chance. Book Two? You just never know. :) 

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Cachondeo

  

No spoilers, I swear!

Engaging, heartfelt and beautifully written cautionary tale of inner strength, forgiveness, self growth and the risks of assuming too much.

Treat yourself to this amazing story, you won't be disappointed in the least!

Response from the author:

Thank you, Cachondeo!!! :D  I appreciate you recommending this to others. It's a very special story to me for so many reasons. Cheers!

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