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If It Ain't Love

If It Ain't Love [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Allen , Piret Mänd
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 128 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tamara Allen (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KV1EHW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,120 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Tamara Allen 23 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are not familiar with the work of Tamara Allen , then this (very) short story is the perfect introduction.

Set during the Great Depression, it brings together two men from different ends of the social scale, who have both fallen on hard times. If you are looking for overblown emotions, and overt erotica - move on. Allen's style is spare and elegant. Not at word is wasted. Her characters are fully evolved, complex individuals. This mini-tale is moving , humourous and well researched. Her depiction of the Depression with its flop-houses, breadlines and despair, are beautifully drawn. Better yet, even against this background she is able to find hope and romance between two very different men. It is an uplifting story.

All the Allen trademarks are there; attention to historical detail (including accurate speech patterns), sharp dialogue, and a genuine feel for male romance. The sex scenes are tasteful, and that makes them more erotic than the more overt ones to be found in other gay fiction.

I have read all her offerings to date, and can recommend Whistling in the Dark, Downtime, and The Only Gold, without hesitation. Try them, you will not be disappointed. She is one of the few authors who has raised m/m fiction to a higher level, and deserves a wider audience.
She has a unique 'voice' , and is an author to be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a sombre fairytale 17 Feb 2012
By Furio
Format:Kindle Edition
Other reviewers have pointed out much that is relevant to a story which might be short (40 pages?) but is deeply satisfying, and yet they failed to point out what I deem to be its greatest charm.

Set in a gloomy New York in the thirties, it does not exactly avoid the bleakness of that times but it sort of skips over it. The most unsavoury facets of those harsh years are just hinted at, as if in passing. When Peter and Whit meet in a squallid dosshouse, Ms Allen choses not linger on the poor surroundings but lets her reader marvel with them at the excitement of an unexpected encounter and at the fascination that slowly takes over Whit's mind as he discovers the mysterious stranger.

The two leads are not working class: Whit might have been in the past but he has made a name for himself afterwards and is clearly educated.
I do not know whether this lightness of touch was intentional or whether Ms Allen knew she lacked the skills needed to make a gloomier tone interesting for the reader. It does not matter either.
I only know that by suffusing her story with a hope that is realistic without being prosaic she managed a heartwarming fairytale in the form of a M/M romance between a despondent, disheartened but kind prince charming down on his luck and a sweet, scruffy knight in ink blotted armour. There are no villains here: all side characters have redeeming qualities to them and a happy ending of sorts is achieved without a single word sounding sappy.

The language is neat, never being in the way of a story filled with passion but nearly devoid of graphic sex which happens, of course, but is never indulged upon: a good thing as the little that there is on the page is not exactly memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if it ain't love 12 Mar 2014
By Rosie
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This story very good, young men making better for themselves, good job, and a very amorous pair. Good book to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Little Book 15 Sep 2013
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I really enjoyed this book.
Instead of a journalist with no scruples, Whit is a journalist that writes a nice story about a mis-understood man; the father of his new lover. Whit wants to tell the truth, instead of sell papers, which is a nice change.
This was a really sweet story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Sep 2013
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First class. Lent my kindle to my wife for a holiday but I don't think I will be getting it back
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short wonderful story! 3 Aug 2013
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Dear Tamara,
Thank you so much for such a beautiful piece of writing.
I don't normally go for short stories as I have this need for books that make me slowly appreciate the characters and the plot as my days go by.
I have to admit though that this was definitely a well worth try.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 2 Aug 2013
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Another fantastic book from Tamara Allen. You can't help but fall in love with the characters. My only complain that the story was too short. I would have liked to read more about the lives of Whit and Peter. But still a great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good romance 23 July 2013
By Sally
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A lovely story set in a gritty and desperate time in American history. Despite the darker elements of the story this really was heart warming. The chemistry between Whit and Peter was both subtle and believable. Well worth reading.
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