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Last Chance Charlie (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Loveless
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Charlie Corcoran is the best thing about twenty-five-year old Zach Prentiss's life. Sure, they've never met. Charlie's never seen Zach from the neck up, but because of Charlie, for a few hours Zach can forget about his sick father, his falling grades, and his dwindling clientele who don't like that he's a rentboy who ages. With Charlie, he talks online about comics, cars, and movies. Then a new client arrives. It's Charlie wanting sex tips... for a date with Zach. Zach goes through with the appointment, convinced it's over if Charlie recognizes him. However, he doesn't have long to nurse his broken heart or worry about Charlie's before Charlie is back, wanting to take him out, introduce him to Mom, and treat him like he's decent.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 701 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 152 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Dreamspinner Press; Auflage: 1 (5. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #103.767 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Empfehlenswert 17. August 2014
Von KaHo28
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Unterhaltsames Lesevergnügen trotz des ernsten Hintergrunds. Ich habe das Buch in einem Rutsch gelesen und werde als nächstes Buch Wolf Hunter erwerben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Book Review by Brandilyn 15. August 2014
Von PrismBookAlliance - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
4 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

I enjoyed the only other Ryan Loveless title I read, so I had to pick up Last Chance Charlie when it was available. If you have read Ethan, Who Loved Carter, this story is different, but the emotions evoked harkened back to Ethan for me. I found myself with that little prickly feeling in the back of my eyes on at least one occasion.

Zach is not a completely lovable character, but there is something damaged about him that makes your heart just go out to him. You want what is best for him; you want him to be able to find better, but you see the fear that he harbors that he never will find that better. Charlie is absolutely adorable. I have no idea what he sees in Zach, and I would like to know a little more of why he is so in love with Zach. That being said; I felt the connection between them and wanted them to find their happily ever after.

The secondary characters in Last Chance were also very entertaining, I really liked Laurie and Michael, together and apart. Last Chance is a well-rounded, entertaining, and emotional read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting look at male prostitution and a sweet love story 7. August 2014
Von B C Brown - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Be warned - this has graphic details as to what it's like to be a male prostitute. If you aren't expecting that - this book will be disarming. Ryan is one of my favorite authors and her writing is really excellent. This is not one of her best works, though it is a good book. The love between Charlie and Zach is not nearly as deep as we saw with Ethan and Carter or Adam and Collin. It is a fascinating look into the life of a rent boy and sometimes very painful to read, but it did not warm the cockles of your heart as her previous work did. I enjoyed it, but I probably won't read it again and again as I have with her other works.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 3.5 stars 13. August 2014
Von Rosa, really - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
That's right. I cried. Shocks me as well. After reading a few reviews and the first part of the book I was convinced I wasn't going to like it. Or really dislike it. The blurb and the cutsey cover do not reflect the book I just read. I was thinking it was going to be all "Weeee! The prostitute and the virgin! Lurve, exciting and new!" Oh, the naivete! This book just wrecked me. I never want to read it again. But that doesn't mean it's bad.

The beginning of the book annoyed me. I got the impression from the blurb that Zach (the prostitute) and Charlie (the virgin) had an online emotional relationship beyond jerking off and talking about X-men. But I didn't get that idea at all. I saw no reason why Zach would even agree to meet Charlie in person -- why should he care that much about his jerk-off buddy?

"Charlie was one person in a string of online flirtations, but Zach liked him best. He was cute, maybe not Zach's ideal type--thick instead of slim, but he had an appealing earnestness that came through in his chats, an unabridged honesty Zach hadn't seen in a while."

This is very nice, but it doesn’t give me the impression that it's only while talking to Charlie that Zach can forget the hardships of his day.

So when Charlie hires Zach (who he doesn't realize is his online buddy) for sex lessons, it surprised to me that Zach got so emotional about it. It came out of nowhere. Loveless was trying to convey that Zach had no idea how wonderful Charlie was until they met in person. Okay. So why accept the $300 for a sex lesson? Again, I think Loveless was trying to express that Zach is so broken by his career that he fully expects any type of relationship to go wrong. Naturally, when Charlie shows up at Zach's door looking for sex lessons, he accepts the money, all the while dealing with a broken heart. Again, I could see what Loveless was trying to convey, but I wasn't convinced that Zach went from careless to brokenhearted within 24 hours.

Yet whether he's careless or not, Zach is the best part of this novel. I didn't mind that he was sleeping with clients while dating Charlie. Charlie knows Zach is a prostitute, he knows exactly what he's getting into. Besides, what choice does Zach have? Just because he falls in love with Charlie doesn't mean the sky will suddenly rain riches and he'll be able to quite his profession. His father, Constantine, had a stroke when Zach was 17. He can't speak and he can only move his eyes and fingers slightly. Zach's was a kid and he had no other support as his mother had abandoned them. How was he supposed to get a job that payed enough for him to live on as well as the $3-4,000 dollars per month that his father's nursing home cost? Later he goes to college to get an MBA -- because his father wants him too. He's selling himself--and there's one extreme instance of selling his ass that's especially hard to read--in an attempt to be a good son. That's the part that wrecked me. Here Zach is talking to his father:

"I guess I've been having trouble figuring out where I fit in....right now I'm trying to keep my head above water, and it's hard, Dad....Sorry. I shouldn't talk about this stuff. Don't want to worry you." Looking up, he forced a smile. "Everything's fine, I swear....So don't worry, okay, Dad?" [....] "Remember when you read to me? I thought I was too old, and I used to pretend not to pay attention, and then you used to pretend that you were reading aloud because you couldn't read any other way, and I'd sit by you and listen. Did you know I was listening, Dad?" He stood at the mantel, facing the hospital bed. "I heard every word, and I used to dream, you know? About making my own stories that you would read one day, and when you did, I wouldn't pretend not to hear. Because I'd have made you proud and I'd want you to know that I heard."

I'm ugly crying just typing that. Zach's in a relationship with Charlie at this point, but he still sounds so broken. Lonely. Love doesn't heal everything in this book. The father he's willing to sacrifice so much for is there, but he's not. Constantine is trapped in his own body and can't comfort Zach. Excuse me, I think I'm going to go hug my father now.

Okay, Charlie. He's sweet and cute and I really loved that he wasn't the usual perfect looking guy one finds in so many romance novels. He's a little husky. However, I just did not get him. Zach and Charlie are together for a full month before he asks Zach why he sells himself for money (other than the father and college situation). He wants Zach to get out of that life, but he portrays absolutely no signs of jealousy that his boyfriend is off blowing (ect.) other guys. At one point, Charlie and their friends need a place to study, so they use Zach's apartment even though a client is coming over. So I guess the study group, boyfriend included, move to the bedroom while Zach is, uh, messing around with a client in the kitchen. Alrighty. Charlie gets annoyed over Zach's health, he's angry when Zach attempts to break up with him for his own good but never once expresses any resentment over Zach's profession. I do not understand that level of understanding. Maybe it's a lack of empathy or imagination on my part but it feels completely unrealistic to me.

In the end, though it's a great idea for a book, Ryan Loveless didn't sell it for me. I love Zach but Charlie's character and the too easy ending left me feeling like Ryan Loveless didn't dig deep enough. More could've been done with this book. I can't even say if I'd recommend it or not. If you want to experience all the feels, I say go for it. If one MC sleeping with others while dating the other MC makes you stabby, definitely avoid it. Meanwhile I'm going to sit here clutching my tissues.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Slight Spoiler Alert 20. September 2014
Von Melissa Kleen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good book but what kept me from saying it was great was that I had to suspend reality a little more than I felt comfortable with. The characters were the best part of this book but some of their reactions were just too unbelievable. Zack and Charlie’s mutual friends Laurie and Michael provided most of the comedic relief in the story and were always there when either character needed them. Zack and Charlie themselves were two boys who needed to take control of their lives in different ways. Through this story we were able to watch them grow and learn to love and trust through hardships.

*Slight Spoiler Alert*

A good example of what made me fight with reality in this book was when Charlie’s parents found out that Zack was a prostitute and they just calmly approached him and told him to have no more contact with their son. We don’t see them throw any tantrums get really upset or give Charlie ultimatums it is all done very calmly and almost business like. I was a little unsettled by this. I mean granted Charlie is 21 years old and by no means a minor in need of their protection; it just seemed so clinical in its presentation.

I loved the character interaction and the ending was perfect I was just looking for a little more I guess. Overall a sweet book about self-discovery and reaching for what you want in life.
5.0 von 5 Sternen This Is Going On My Favorites Shelf! 13. Januar 2015
Von Andreams - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Blurb is a lot lighter than the book. This is a character driven story with bad events but their love sees them through it. Charlie is a sweet and loyal boyfriend with a steel backbone and I loved him. Zach sold his body, sometimes in painful ways, in order to support his father in a nursing home. Charlie was aware of it but was more concerned about Zach's safety and didn't consider it cheating.

This author's writing is very appealing to me. There are no wasted words, the style is crisp but nothing is left out.
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