JD Chambers-Only See You

JD Chambers has written a beautiful book that I think is one of the best ones I’ve ever read. I hope that when I am done, you think so too.

Only See You is the second book in JD’s Only Colorado series. One of the main characters in this book is Mal. Mal is one of my favorite characters ever. I’d want them to be my book partner, but I don’t have the plumbing that they are interested in. So, maybe my book friend. Mal is a non-binary character. That means that they don’t identify as either male or female. He/she pronouns would be misgendering to them, the appropriate pronouns are they/them. Gender is what’s in your head and isn’t an either/or choice. There is a whole fluidity and spectrum when it comes to gender. It’s a whole tangled mess, and I’m definitely not going to be untangling it here. Suffice it to say that Mal knows who they are, what they want, and is happy that way.

We first met Mal in the first book. They are a friend of Craig. When Craig asks them to help he and Zach move, Mal agrees because they are hoping to see Zach’s hot roommate. But, roommate hottie wasn’t there. Mal figures it was a wasted trip, right until they see Parker, Zach’s hot cousin.

Parker has been staying Zach while he gets his life back under control. He is in the process of divorcing his bitch of a wife, whom he had finally had enough of. She was always an evil nasty person, but Parker just kind of went along with it. He didn’t agree with what she was saying, but he didn’t stop her from saying it. That is, right until she accused Zach and Craig of causing her miscarriage, after using Zach quite terribly.

Parker can’t get Mal out of his head. Parker knows he’s straight, he was married to a woman after all. But that doesn’t mean that he’s not attracted to Mal. They seem to have taken up permanent residence in his head. When Mal goes out on a date with Ben, roommate hottie, it doesn’t work out well. But Parker is there when they get back, and Mal and Parker get real up close and personal, which is when Parker really starts wondering about himself. Maybe he’s not as straight as he thinks he is. But what does that mean about who he is and his entire identity?

This book. Wow. It’s all about discovery and exploration. It’s about finding out your truth and living it. Parker learns that what his truth is at 8 doesn’t mean it’s the same at 18 or 28. Who you are changes over your lifetime as you mature and as you experience life. You aren’t an immovable and unchangeable┬ástone. What’s important is that you figure out who you are, no matter how long it takes, and that you live your truth, no matter what it is. I also think that it’s great that we are seeing more queer representation in romance and that it’s becoming more mainstream. Representation is always important. Everyone wants to read books or watch movies that have someone like them in it. I applaud JD for the choice of Mal and for how well Mal is handled in the book. One of the things I like best is that Parker asks Mal if it’s OK to ask them questions for a better understanding, and then shows that he had done some research into the matter. Good on Parker.

OK, here’s my picture of what Mal looks like in my head, minus the facial hair. This person is just beautiful though. I love their eyes.

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I’m glad that the nasty ex gets hers, because damn. If I could’ve walked into that book and smacked the holy hell out of her, I so totally would’ve.

Mal is so good to Parker’s mom when they and Parker go visit. They really help Parker to come to grips with a difficult situation and one that could be heart-breaking too. They also helped Parker make up his mind about all his decisions. I think that the pair of them are perfect together and I hope that they are together forever.

I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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JD Chambers-Only With You

JD Chambers is a debut author, and this is a great debut book. You see a lot of debut books that are clunky and the author needs help coming up with well-rounded characters and a good story. That is not the fact here.

Before I get started, I’m going to let you know that Only With You is a M/M book. If you don’t care to read M/M books, make sure you pass this one up. No judging one way or the other, we all have things we like and things we don’t. I just want to make sure that you find books that you like.

Zach is one of those cute nerdy boys who is just an overachiever. You know the kind, the one who could be really annoying, but the fact that he is shy and social awkward keeps that from happening. He went to college in 3 years, has a couple of degrees, has his own business, and loves what he does. He also has a family who I would gladly knife. His mother seems to love his cousin more than she loves Zach, but he still does everything she wants, trying to make her happy. He has no love life, and worries that he never will, especially since he has things he wants that seem wrong.

Craig is a little more mellow. Scratch that, a lot more mellow. He works at a video game store and he loves it. He acts like he has his life together, but we all know that’s just an act, right? He has his own secrets in his life that he hides behind and doesn’t let anyone get to know those issues. Ben, Zach’s roommate, works with Craig at the video game store, and on his first day, he forgot his lunch at home, which meant that Zach had to take it to him. When Zach meets Craig, he gets all tongue-tied and blushes like crazy.

One night, Craig is out with his best friend and is more than a little squiffy, and in walks Ben and Zach. He says something not quite so nice and upsets Zach. Ben makes him apologize to Zach, and then things start happening.

OK, so here we part our ways. The romance is truly lovely. It’s not really an instalove story, so we get to see all the struggles of a relationship as it just starts, including the whole is this a date kind of thing, plus the whole does he like me or not? We also get the whole is he gay or not bit of worry. Instalove stories are fun, but this is a contemporary story and true instalove with no struggles isn’t the best thing here. All those struggles, worries, and questions are so relatable. It really helps me feel like I know the boys and have been in the same kind of place. The sex is hot, and the kinky bits are smoking. I mean, wow.

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There are parts of this book which really hit home in a different way for me. I am a bi woman. I am mostly out unless you count my extended family. They are religious and I know how they would react, so they just don’t know. We have other family members who are gay who have never been able to bring their partners with them to family gatherings. I mean, I’m lucky enough that my partner is a man, so bringing my partner to family gatherings isn’t a problem. All that means that the way that Zach’s family treat him really affected me.

I also really related to Zach and his kinkiness that he feels like he has had to keep hidden or risked being judged again. It can be really hard hiding a part of yourself, so letting him get what he needs is so super awesome. I loved that part of the story. It was so great to see Craig’s love for Zach and his overall protectiveness for Zach. I adore these two so much.

OK, that’s all for this book. There’ll be another book later on this evening, so keep watching! Meanwhile, happy reading!