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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (11 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603708545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603708548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,941,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thomas on 3 Oct. 2011
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An interesting idea - a secret society founded at university by a group of gay men promising help and support to one another both at university and afterwards. Spoilt by rather gratuitous porn.
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This is a great story esp for those of us who never went to Uni and discovered the closeness of Frats - although this goes one better than Frats - a secret society creating a family for those who needed it and to feel safe and accepted and above all loved in its deepest sense of brotherhood for each other. Sad in parts - get the handkerchiefs ready near the end but a delightful ending. Little too much unnecessary sex unfortunately but very realistic characters. Acquired Tastes
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skargasm on 2 Oct. 2010
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This is the fourth Chris Owen book I have read and it doesn't disappoint. The storyline is really interesting - a secret society like a frat house but not - but it mainly looks at the relationship between Harper Lee and Joey. It's not a perfect relationship, not easy,but it is so worth it and that's what comes through in each of her stories - it's worth fighting for.

The sex scenes are hot hot hot (like reread them several times hot *blush* ) and I'm online to see if I can find some more of her ebooks because I have no patience even with next day delivery.

A well worth 5* from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well Written and a Bit Different Than Most M/M Romances 8 Jun. 2010
By Nllbooks - Published on Amazon.com
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Lee Sutton is a hardworking, poor doctoral student. He keeps a roof over his head and a small income by working as the management/landscaper/repairman for a group of condos. Dr. Joey Reed lives in one of the condos and, while he is very handsome, Lee doesn't feel like they have anything in common except for them both being gay. When Lee finds a ring in the bathroom where he is trying to unclog the sink, he realizes that he and Joey have more in common than he realized! It turns out that both of them belonged to an exclusive club in college, though in different years. While this common ground should lead to a smooth courtship, Lee cannot let Joey pay for everything, even though he is a successful chemist. He also feels guilty as Lee feels that he is betraying one of the basic laws of the club: do not have sex with any other member. When news that one of the members in his year committed suicide, Lee is drawn back to the university and cannot stop the memories of the family he discovered while away at school.

This is a good m/m romance that is well written and thought out. The romance is mainly limited to the beginning of the book, when both Lee and Joey are isolated in their own small area. When they are pulled back into the club and its rules, the focus shifts to suicide and its aftermath. The background of the club was interesting to learn about, though, and it is nice to believe that small, exclusive clubs like this exist that offer support and a new type of family for those who don't really have anyone else. In this club, there are 5 members chosen each year by seniors who are graduating. They have a safe haven in a home off of campus and can get help including passing classes, food, and moral support, all of which Lee is in dire need of. To foster the feeling of family, they do not allow intimate relationships with other club members. Lee still keeps in touch with some of the members and it was nice to see him get some support as otherwise he would be completely alone.

The focus of the book is definitely on the club and Lee's memories of it rather than being a true romance between the 2 lead characters. There are a few sex scenes, but not as many as one would expect for this being termed erotica. This book is more a work of literature than a quick, erotic read. Anyway, this book is well written and I almost always enjoy Chris Owen's works. This one is a bit different than other books I have read, but is an enjoyable contemporary gay romance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thought the secret society stuff was a little silly, but I liked the romance 23 Mar. 2011
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on Amazon.com
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

PROS:
- I really liked the romance in this book. It progresses quickly but believably, between two lifelike and three-dimensional characters, and I truly believed at the end of the book that their relationship was settled and could last for a lifetime.
- Owen does an excellent job of including little details here and there that combine very quickly to create a solid picture of what kind of person a character is. There's a paragraph at the beginning of the second chapter, for example, that manages to convey in two sentences that Lee is a determined yet poor college student as well as a thoughtful and devoted grandson...all without ever using any of those words to describe him.
- All of the members of the secret society--and thus, all of the main characters in the book--are consummate gentlemen. One byproduct of this is that they're all supportive and earnest with each other, and another is that Lee and Joey decide to "date" before jumping into bed together. (After an initial drunken slip, that is. Which is rather funny, all around.)
- Owen's writing style flows well and is easy to read quickly and almost mindlessly. The tender moments are sweet, the suspenseful parts are suitably tense, and the sex scenes are hot. I never find myself having to go back and reread things with this author because I've lost my place.

CONS:
- I thought that some of the details about the secret society were interesting, but I couldn't help rolling my eyes at them more often than not. This is, I suppose, no fault of the author's; I just tend to think that super secretive code words and disguises and such are a little silly. In fact, I grew more than a little bored by the flashback chapters that detail Lee's years in college.
- I'm the sort of reader who's always trying to piece together the timeline of whatever story I'm reading, and I found that particularly difficult with this book. Lee was in undergraduate school for (approximately) 4 years, then he says at one point (perhaps jokingly, I'm not sure) that graduate school was "six years ago," which I took to mean that it had been 10 years since he was a freshman. But then there are indications later that make it seem as though it's been only a few years since Lee graduated.

Overall comments: Although I wasn't very interested in the chapters dealing with the secret society and Lee's past, I liked the book quite a bit overall. Owen does a great job of capturing the joy of two people who are falling in love and who are both sure of the other's affection. Lee and Joey are constantly laughing, smiling, and being all-around excited around each other. There is a bit of sadness toward the end of the book, just to warn you--although it's nothing to do with the men's romantic relationship.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Something different and unique! 24 July 2010
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is definitely not the usual M/M romance. The focus is not on the protagonists even as their romancing takes up a good part of the book but on a club of gay men they joined in their college years. There is always the mention of their club and their club "brothers" which is so well intertwined into the guys' "getting to know each other" story. So much so that I feel impatient with their sex part and just wish the story to shift back to Lee's experiences in the club whether in flashbacks or current contact with his club "brothers". Don't get me wrong. Lee and Joey are likable even if Joey come across kind of dull and their romance is sexy but they are overshadowed by the setting and the idea of this group of young gay men in college years looking out and caring for each other. And when one of these brothers died, the writing is excellent and deeply meaningful as the brothers ranging from old men to freshmen gather together to reflect, say good bye, but most importantly try to prevent such tragedy from ever happening to any one of them again. Acquired Tastes is a distinct story with a serious and thoughtful plot. Even as I picked this up because it is a M/M romance I could not help but wish Chris has pruned back the guys' sex and romance and expanded on the club brothers experiences. And I do find several of the club brothers much more interesting characters than Lee and Joey.
Acquired Tastes 7 May 2010
By Norma Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book by Chris Owen to be extremely good. I loved the story behind the story of what it was like and the bond that these men held for each other that started in college and followed them throughout their lives. Lee and Joey were two very interseting characters that let us in to glimpse their lives... I have read this book numerous times and will do so again as it truly is a book that needs reading more then once. It amazes me that two very different men where able to come together through their shared secret society even though they had never personally been in their at the same time... it proves beyond a doubt that family is who you choose to be a part of your life. Though it was sad that tradgedy was what brought everyone back together in the end. I loved this book.
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