No Apologies

Tibby Armstrong
No Apologies
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Release Date
April 2011
Book 1 of Hollywood
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Aaron Blake has never met a puzzle that intrigues him more than brooding Greg Falkner. When a reluctant friendship turns into a budding romance, can the two keep their feelings secret from their classmates? Or will their newfound love destroy them both?

Or so goes the story screenwriter Greg Falkner spins for audiences and his longtime partner, Aaron Blake, in No Apologies. Loosely based on their lives together, the film rocks Hollywood with its blatant portrayal of two teenagers falling in love and coming of age in a world that struggles to accept them, while they in turn struggle to accept themselves.

Will Greg's risky venture break a relationship that's already foundering? Or will the real-life Greg and Aaron also find their happily ever after with No Apologies?

Book Review by MamaKitty (reviewer)
May 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
239 people found the following review helpful
When NO APOLOGIES opens, Greg and Aaron are talking about going to a movie premiere, but Aaron is upset with Greg because they're supposed to arrive in separate limos. Why? Because Greg is afraid of the whole world finding out that he's in a relationship with another man. Personally, I don't blame Aaron one bit for being upset. I wouldn't want to be anyone's dirty little secret either. Greg gives in, but only after Aaron breaks up with him, and they ride in the limo together, but Aaron is still so upset with Greg about the whole situation that he barely speaks to Greg. Again, I totally don't blame him. I probably would've been giving him the silent treatment the entire way there but I guess Aaron's a better person (so to speak) than I am.

It turns out the movie (that Greg wrote) is all about their relationship. And it's beautifully done, with Greg baring his soul through his fictional character Grant. There were so many times my heart was literally breaking for him because of all the pain he'd been through in his short life (the movie was set during their teenage years). Of course, there were also times when I wanted to beat Greg's head in because he was being so obtuse about everything. You like boys, so what? More power to you, brother! Stand tall, be proud, and give that hottie Aaron a big smacking kiss on the lips for me while you're at it.

I loved that Aaron was more willing to accept who he was, but I think a lot of that had to do with the way he was raised. Even though he came from money and his parents weren't accepting of the fact that he was gay, he was raised in a loving household and that counts for a lot when it comes to the person you'll grow up to be. Case in point: Greg's parents were absolute jackasses and made him afraid to be himself. My motherly instincts took over every time his parents were even mentioned and I wanted to take him away from it all and give him a hug.

The secondary characters were well drawn out and believable. I could totally see both Greg and Aaron's parents in my mind (especially Greg's parents, since we saw more of them). My favorite of all the secondary characters had to be Nan (Greg's grandmother), because she wasn't what you'd expect a rich old lady to be like. She was a little crass when she wanted to be, she was fun, and most of all she was both loving and accepting.

I did feel that the ending was resolved a little too easily, but in all honesty, it's obvious that Aaron and Greg are madly in love with each other and they belong together.

I loved this book so much that I actually emailed the author (something I've never done before) to gush over it. Sorry Tibby, I'm not insane, I promise. :)
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