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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615810595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615810598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the U.S. and traveled throughout the world. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world's most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 16 April 2010
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This is the prequel to 'Love means no shame' and takes us back in time to when Geoff (the hero of the first book) is a nipper, living with his widowed father, Cliff. Into their lives comes Len, a single young man who had a crush on Cliff at school, when the two had a stolen kiss. In the meantime. Cliff married while Len had a passionate affair with an older man. Len goes to work for Cliff, thinking that his crush on his former school buddy, will remain unrequited. Dream (and read) on. The storyline is not especially original and includes the two guys' struggle for acceptance by others in a familiar form. But it is a sweet love story and the passionate sex the two guys have is portrayed with a compelling mixture of tenderness and eroticism.
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Another great Andrew Grey book - simply written love story of the best type. Its not all a bed of roses by any means but it shows the courage that love sometimes demands from us. Not just courage for your lovers but courage to stand up for who you are and everyone you love. OK, there isnt any hidden surprises but it is the best kind of feel good book set in a world that sometimes feels like it is trying to beat your spirit. Len and Cliff are great characters that you warm to easily from the first point you meet them. Most of the other characters are also loveable in different ways with the exception of one or two who make the whole thing interesting and hold the stoty together. Right... I better buy my third Andrew Grey book!
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Fantastic book - read it very quickly and thoroughly enjoued it - this was the second in the series I have read and recently also read the third - now about to buy others!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Love Means Courage" is a good, solid read, masterfully written, and an invitation to more works by Andrew Grey. 11 Dec. 2009
By Gerry A. Burnie - Published on
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"Love Means Courage," Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press, 2009) is the first Andrew Grey novel I have read, but it definitely won't be my last. Grey writes in a very straight forward narrative with just enough poetic description to make it colourful. I like that. I also like the way his characters are developed; strong, distinct and consistent throughout. Even two-year-old Geoff Laughton is a strong personality is his own way; although the phonetic baby-talk is a bit disconcerting at times.

I also like the way the story develops--especially the relationship between Len and Cliff. Everyone who has ever written a `coming out' story will readily admit that it is a tricky business to get the mix of credibility and pace just right; too fast and it seems contrived; too slow and it appears coquettish. Happily, Grey strikes an agreeable balance.

Similarly, the events of the story unfold in a logical sequence, and with a fair amount of credibility going for them. This is particularly true of the faming scenes, which leads me to believe that Mr. Grey has spent some time on a farm in his background.

"Love Means Courage" is a good, solid read, masterfully written, and an invitation to more works by Andrew Grey.

Gerry Burnie
Gerry Burnie Books
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great prequel 24 Oct. 2009
By Gabriele Baron - Published on
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I loved this book. It is yet another story by Andrew Grey that completely swept me off my feet. Even knowing what was going to happen (since I'd read Love Means...No Shame, which takes place 20 years later) it more than kept my attention. Mainly because of its focus on the developing relationship between Len and Cliff. The setting on a small farm had just as much charm as the young Geoff's antics. The setting is 25 years ago, so there are a lot more obstacles for them to overcome than there might be today. Once they both get up the courage to admit to themselves what they feel for each other, though, they don't leave the rest of the world much choice but to accept them. The strength of their conviction was heartwarming.

If you liked 'Love Means...No Shame' you will also like this prequel. If you haven't read Love Means...No Shame yet, maybe you should? I definitely recommend both books!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love Means Awesome Book 8 Dec. 2009
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Andrew Grey has outdone himself again with this book. This is the prequel to Love Means No Shame and is a book about Len and Cliff. Cliff is Geoff's father and Len is his partner.

Len has always had the hots for Cliff but didn't do anything about it. When tragedy strikes Len is there for Cliff and Geoff. This book tells about the relationship between Len and Cliff and even Len and Geoff. They have to deal with closed minded people and even a relative.

Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I also liked this book as the love scenes were very real and Andrew show's us how vulnerable people are. This is about real people in the everyday world.

Kudos to Andrew on another awesome book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love Means Courage 26 Mar. 2010
By Melissa - Published on
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In high school, Len Parker nursed a secret crush on Cliff Laughton. He never expected anything to come of it, despite a kiss they shared at a party. He moved on with his life, and Cliff later married his best friend, Ruby. Len goes to the wedding and rediscovers his friendship with Ruby. Then Ruby is killed in a car accident, leaving Cliff alone with their little boy, Geoff.

Not long afterward, Len loses his job, and Cliff's sister tells him Cliff needs help at his farm. Len takes the job, but soon finds he's bitten off more than he expected. Cliff is shattered by Ruby's death, and it may take a lot more than Len expects to bring him out of it. On top of that, Len's old feelings for Cliff seem to be returning. Can Len help Cliff get it together without losing his heart?

Love Means Courage is a sweet story of holding onto love no matter what happens. It was impossible not to like Len, whose caring and concern help Cliff find his way back to the world again. Cliff is pretty great too. He's a wonderful father and a good man. Secondary characters, such as Cliff's family, Len's supportive mother, and Cliff's adorable son Geoff, are well-drawn and add a lot to the story. Watching Len and Cliff find a way to be together is enjoyable in part because it's so sweet, and also because the emotions feel authentic. They ease into a relationship after a few fits and starts, which makes sense. It couldn't have been easy to come out in the early eighties, in a small town / farming area. While some of the conflicts are resolved a bit too easily, and there's less resistance to Len and Cliff's relationship than I would have expected, Love Means Courage won me over with its easy pace and sweet romance.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another extremely well written romance novel... 29 Mar. 2010
By L. Topash - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Love Means Courage", the prequel to "Love Means No Shame", is another extremely well written romance novel by Andrew Grey.

Similar to the rest of Andrew Grey's novels, "Love Means Courage", was difficult to put down at times! I found myself wanting more of Len and Cliff as they journeyed through their lives, experiencing newfound love, and ultimately emerging in a beautiful, lifelong relationship with one another.

I would highly recommend this book as a follow up to, "Love Means No shame", and to anyone who believes in true love or is as much of a hopeless romantic as I.

Thank you, Andrew Grey. I look forward to many more beautifully written novels!
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