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ARC from A Novel Take PRDNF 54%, so no rating.I always say that you can tell so much about the main characters by who they surround themselves with Well aside from the token one good friend, both of these men have surrounded themselves with such jerks And the whole woe is me for being broken up with when you should have done the breaking up ages ago is overdone I don t need characters who are feeling bad for themselves and presented as having to fight the world to be together I feel li ARC from A Novel Take PRDNF 54%, so no rating.I always say that you can tell so much about the main characters by who they surround themselves with Well aside from the token one good friend, both of these men have surrounded themselves with such jerks And the whole woe is me for being broken up with when you should have done the breaking up ages ago is overdone I don t need characters who are feeling bad for themselves and presented as having to fight the world to be together I feel like I ve read it 8000 times, and it s just not my thing There is enough of an obstacle between these men with their shared past Ain depth look at that could have been interesting A good potential plot, but it fell flat for me A Joyfully Jay review 2.5 starsI am often up for trying out a new author and while the outline of this story was good, it never fully came together for me The story opens with Florian and Enzo in present day as they are both coming out of messy breakups Both of their exes were portrayed as awful, yet both Florian and Enzo continually gave them the benefit of the doubt and both exes were too present in the story.When the men meet again, we quickly learn they had a history, but the chemistry wa A Joyfully Jay review 2.5 starsI am often up for trying out a new author and while the outline of this story was good, it never fully came together for me The story opens with Florian and Enzo in present day as they are both coming out of messy breakups Both of their exes were portrayed as awful, yet both Florian and Enzo continually gave them the benefit of the doubt and both exes were too present in the story.When the men meet again, we quickly learn they had a history, but the chemistry wasn t there between them from the start The story read as disjointed to me as flashbacks were added in to show what happened to both Enzo and Florian and the flow of it was not a smooth read.Read Michelle s review in its entirety here 3.5 stars It s a nice contemporary MM romance with a second chance love trope Enzo and Florian are both in their mid twenties and each dealing with a past relationship that went sour When they meet after an eight year separation, they click right away again, remembering their shared past, learning who they have become, getting some light about what set them apart and what kind of struggles they overcame or have still to deal with It s done nicely, with a satisfying pace for me and some goo 3.5 stars It s a nice contemporary MM romance with a second chance love trope Enzo and Florian are both in their mid twenties and each dealing with a past relationship that went sour When they meet after an eight year separation, they click right away again, remembering their shared past, learning who they have become, getting some light about what set them apart and what kind of struggles they overcame or have still to deal with It s done nicely, with a satisfying pace for me and some good steam And along this sweet romance with endearing characters, each in their own way, with their flaws but also with their strengths, some issues are addressed such as the bias against the hearing impaired community, homophobia, and bi erasure.I felt some parts could have beendeveloped so that I could bedrawn by this romance, and my sappy side prefers an HEA rather than an HFN, but it was a pleasant read nonetheless, especially as I got really fond of the character of Enzo My only niggle no sense of places If not from a few mentions of the story being set in Nancy a beautiful city located in the North East of France or some French words sometimes used, I might not have noticed the MCs are French nor that the story takes place in France It was mostly nondescript on that front ARC of Rewind was generously provided by the author publisher in exchange for an honest review. What a shining gem this is Florian was hurt in his past and his self esteem is low His ex took advantage of that, misused him, threw him away and now he feels even lower.Enzo lost his hearing eight years ago and recently also his partner who moved on without him.When Enzo meets Florian in a bar we get to understand they have a history together and that goes back eight years So here s their story Be prepared for a beautiful and heartbreaking journey When the puzzle pieces slowly turn into a p What a shining gem this is Florian was hurt in his past and his self esteem is low His ex took advantage of that, misused him, threw him away and now he feels even lower.Enzo lost his hearing eight years ago and recently also his partner who moved on without him.When Enzo meets Florian in a bar we get to understand they have a history together and that goes back eight years So here s their story Be prepared for a beautiful and heartbreaking journey When the puzzle pieces slowly turn into a picture, we get to know what happened with them and why Florian disappeared without a word, why there is a deep scar on Enzo s cheekbone and soul, and the scar on Florian s soul may even seems deeper.First I thought Enzo was a softy but ha he is a teacher with a clear vision about teaching deaf children and volunteers atthan one job, he has his opinions and stand tall for them He got a mouth so witty I loved it Florian, dear Florian, what he has to go through, my heart hurts.This story was absolute amazingly written, detailed environments and detailed with all the feelings I felt all the emotions This journey was clear and had a beautifully build up, every time a piece was revealed my mind shuddered, I was speechless The alternating between past and present was so well done Also seeing it all through Enzo and Florian s state of mind was ultimate moving.The author takes us in an excellent way into the world of the deaf Enzo voices it all so well, we can understand some ins and outs how he lives with his deafness, it s all fascinating I always wanted to learn ASL and now even.The whole story was so realistic, the natural way of rebuilding a relationship, flawed characters, failing lovers and failing friends and families, also a lot of good discussions about life and the purpose of it Last but not least we can enjoy some delicious bed bathroom shower couch scenes The moments where beautiful French words were spoken was incredible romantic.A widely written story, in a comfortable pace, wonderful developed, it had a clear intelligent vision and beautiful woven sentences It had touching passages, witty comments and a good sense of humor There are heartbreaking moments, all deeply moving illustrated.The story is about second chances, annoying and cruel ex partners, lovely friends, trust, letting go, giving over and finally be free to stand up for who you are and love the one you love.Highly recommended This is my first time reading this author, and I can say that they have done a wonderful job on shining the light on the bigoted attitude towards bisexual people within LGBTIQ community as well as out of it Told from dual POV, this story is about two young men who find each other despite the tragic accident that tore them apart years ago It s light hearted, slightly angsty, funny and steamy read about second chances, having courage to come out and love oneself no matter what Florian is at cro This is my first time reading this author, and I can say that they have done a wonderful job on shining the light on the bigoted attitude towards bisexual people within LGBTIQ community as well as out of it Told from dual POV, this story is about two young men who find each other despite the tragic accident that tore them apart years ago It s light hearted, slightly angsty, funny and steamy read about second chances, having courage to come out and love oneself no matter what Florian is at crossroads After walking in on his best friend in bed with his girlfriend, he starts questioning his decisions and his judgement A chance meeting with a boy who was his first love makes him believe that he has a second chance at his happy ever after Only Enzo is not a boy any but a man with his own pain that needs time to heal.Enzo has been dealt a hard blow in life But he got back up and made his dreams come true except for that someone special to love him Since his break up with a no good cheating boyfriend that he can t get over still, he feels adrift But what he does not expect while out with his best friend is to run into one boy he never forgot, one boy who left him when he needed him the most But past lies can not be hidden forever, and what he discovers rocks him to his core Even though he lost his hearing and Florian, Florian didn t escape unscathed either After both young men find out the truth, they can not deny the feelings that never went away So they both decide to explore what can be between them It was heart warming to see how nice and understanding Florian was I really liked Enzo s strength to stand up for himself at the crucial moment And despite minor tribulations, both men soon saw that they couldn t imagine living without each other It was sweet, romantic and s exy read What would have made it great for me personally, would have beenexposure to the deaf community because Enzo was pretty much around hearing peoplethan non hearing I wished to see him immersedinto it Another sore point for me was the feeling that all the nasty characters got away scot free after everything that happened to both Enzo and Florian I feel like there was no closure on this point either for the guys or for me But despite all that, I enjoyed their refreshing banter, French sights and all the side characters that added to the book s loveliness I recommend it Copy provided for honest and unbiased review 3.5 stars rounded upOverall, this was an enjoyable read for me I really loved Florian and Enzo together and they were both great characters But what brought this down for me was ultimately except for a few characters here and there the secondary characters I know MC s are the most important part which is why I ultimately still liked this book and rounded up instead of down but a lot of the secondary characters were almost writtenkinda of cartoon villain like Florian walks in on his 3.5 stars rounded upOverall, this was an enjoyable read for me I really loved Florian and Enzo together and they were both great characters But what brought this down for me was ultimately except for a few characters here and there the secondary characters I know MC s are the most important part which is why I ultimately still liked this book and rounded up instead of down but a lot of the secondary characters were almost writtenkinda of cartoon villain like Florian walks in on his girlfriend fucking his best friend, and the first thing she does when she sees him is smirk sadistically Immediately it was likeokay, what the fuck I know there are people who don t feel bad about cheating, but are they ever almost freaking evil about it I don t know It was off putting Then she s blaming Florian for her doing it second strike Although not unusual for people to do that too, it was the way she did it How nonsensical she was then she ultimately blamed it on his bisexuality which was justbleghhh And again, I know there are biphobic people, butit doesn t make sense that she knew since before they got together, they were together for over 3 years, and she was that biphobic and homophobic, and they lasted for 3 yearshow In a flashback we see her being biphobic and horrible to Florian and it s likehow did he stay with her for 6months It just pissed me off.And of course Enzo s ex boyfriend was horrible too He d been cheating on Enzo as well probably the whole again, 3 years they were together, and he grew up with a deaf mother but was horribly ableist and thought deaf people should accommodate to the hearing world, not that hearing people should try to change their attitudes and understand what deaf people go through and be kind and respectful Like wowI feel sorry for his mother if she had to deal with this attitude of his all these years.Enzo s best friend Patrick got better near the end of the book, but he never apologized for the biphobic shit he said earlier in the book at all, so fuck him And I know LGBT people face homophobia and so on everyday, in small or big ways and it s never easy, but it feltalmost excessive in this book I know that s weird to say, but it seemed almost everyone they met or knew outside of a few friends said either homophobic or biphobic shit, and it was pretty obvious, in your face phobic shit too At one point Florian and Enzo run into these girls and one of them says she has a cousin who is gay and do they know him And I know shit like that happens, I know people have those attitudesbut they are literal strangers to this random girl and she would think they know each other Really I meanif this has ever happened to someone, then never mind and if that hasthen wtf is wrong with people You have never met this person in Paris at that, a huge city before and you think they ll know your gay cousin Ugh people I swear to god.And I m not trying to say that things are so amazing and perfect and LGBT don t face this shit, they absolutely do But it felt like one thing after another in this book and I was likeare there no good people around these two There was only like two or three friends of theirs that were cool and understanding Even Patrick, who should have been awesome, was biphobic, so and yes he comes to like Florian and try to help them get back together, but stillnever apologized Enzo s sister was okay, but we only saw her in like two scenes Enzo s parents were cool about his sexuality as well, but then with what they did with no real explanation as to why after the attack happenedthey were another set of assholes in this book but for a different reasons There was no hope for Florian s parentsI was justthese two seemed to get completely beat down with no respite and I don t want to go and say everything is peachy for LGBT people, but stillI feel like there are good people out there and not everyone is so bad Or maybe we could have just gottenpeople around these two great characters who were supportive and nice and kind, is all I m saying, if that makes sense But anyway, Florian and Enzo themselves were awesome and I loved them together They were both so good to each other and so in love with each other They had great chemistry too and they really are what saved this book for me, and thankfully they were the main focus so they drown out all the other nasty secondary characters So I rounded up for their great relationship, but there was just too much that bothered me for me to give this a full 4 stars I would recommend this just for Florian and Enzo s relationship, but just be prepared for the assholes all around them when going into this Important update at 59% This author is breezing through this story, as if going through the paces, just to get through them I don t see much development in terms of the MCs themselves, and it s a shame I m not feeling the chemistry at all, though it s clear they do want and love one another It s just this feels way too wham, bam, thank you, ma am , and the story is suffering for it I m thinking this is a debut novel and MEH This story could be good if the author actually took th Important update at 59% This author is breezing through this story, as if going through the paces, just to get through them I don t see much development in terms of the MCs themselves, and it s a shame I m not feeling the chemistry at all, though it s clear they do want and love one another It s just this feels way too wham, bam, thank you, ma am , and the story is suffering for it I m thinking this is a debut novel and MEH This story could be good if the author actually took the time to develop the plot and flesh out the characters Also, why set or make a point of mentioning this story takes place in France, if you re not going to insert geographical descriptors that are decidedly FRANCE Tell us about France, make your reader FEEL like they re in France, present a clear distinction between France and every other country they could possibly be in Throwing in random words in French for dear and sandwich are NOT going to fucking cut it it just sounds lazy, sloppy, obnoxious, and ignorant France is an energy, it s an ambience, it s an atmosphere, it s history As far as this book is concerned, it could have been set ANYWHERE and the reader wouldn t have noticed a difference Meh, I am not impressed and while I ll probably skim through the 2nd book because I own it had I known then what I know now, I d never have bought it or had such faith in this series The writing is very bland, lacklustre, unimpressive, and quite juvenile I am totally and completely done with this author life is too short to waste on shitty writing I wish we didn t have such a wave of crappy authors trying to be a part of the M M community o I love a second chances story and this one was breathtaking Written just beautifully Enzo, I never moved on Gah Enzo and Florian were best friends and lovers in high school They were sneaky about their relationship until they were caught in public and assaulted Neither of them were the same after.The story is told in third person with dual POV s, which is my favorite, so bonus for me After the assault, Enzo becomes deaf His life is impacted and altered with this new condition and the way I love a second chances story and this one was breathtaking Written just beautifully Enzo, I never moved on Gah Enzo and Florian were best friends and lovers in high school They were sneaky about their relationship until they were caught in public and assaulted Neither of them were the same after.The story is told in third person with dual POV s, which is my favorite, so bonus for me After the assault, Enzo becomes deaf His life is impacted and altered with this new condition and the way he embraces this and overcomes it is just magical He was so heroic The character of Enzo was written so amazingly well, he was so full of humility I fell in love with him instantly.Florian was full of past pain and had so much lingering hurt, it was awesome to see how much he grew and opened up when he was in Enzo s presence Their relationship was so inspiring.I really loved so many things about this story The characters were so sincere and lovely The writing was engaging and meaningful It was just a great tale full of feeling and joyGalley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Cross posted to This was lovely This is a very well done story about young love ripped away by tragedy only to have a chance encounter that leads to a beautiful second chance at love.It was lovely but it was not easy The entire feel of the read was a bit melancholy It wasn t dark although some of it was pitch black or even really sad even when it was very sad but there was just a tone to it that didn t let it feel easy, breezy It worked though The tragedy from their youth could not be taken lightly or This was lovely This is a very well done story about young love ripped away by tragedy only to have a chance encounter that leads to a beautiful second chance at love.It was lovely but it was not easy The entire feel of the read was a bit melancholy It wasn t dark although some of it was pitch black or even really sad even when it was very sad but there was just a tone to it that didn t let it feel easy, breezy It worked though The tragedy from their youth could not be taken lightly or even be recovered from completely It would have changed both of these boys without everything else that came after And believe me, a lot came after.Some of it was almost too much for me Some of the subject matter was difficult to read Some of the people were beyond evil and I couldn t stand their parts I hurt and hoped.It was very well done though It took the sad, bad and at times criminal and twisted it with relief, love and acceptance Hope and happiness This was a perfect blend of the grit of real life and my kind of super hot and super sweet romance.If anyone deserved another shot it was these boys I think this is a debut Wow.I can t wait for the next oneARC provided by the author via A Novel Take Promotions in exchange for an honest review ^FREE DOWNLOAD ↲ Rewind ⇛ The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him downuntil the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heartFlorian Beaudry had his whole life figured out His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last Or so he believeduntil he walked in on his girlfriend and best friendStill on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian The one person he thought he would never see again The one person he missed the most Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start REWIND is a bisexual romance novel set entirely in France Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhangerWarning for readers triggered by homophobia and biphobia as well as emotional abuseCheck the Interactive Pages in the book for the complete glossary, maps, list of characters, and