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Review: Life Underwater by Matthew J. Metzger

Life Underwater by Matthew Metzger

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Ashraf never thought he could fall in love. So when he falls hard and fast for marine biologist Jamie Singer, it’s a shock to the system—in more ways than one.

Even if he can wrap his head around what love is and how relationships work, Ashraf’s not sure this is viable. He’s hydrophobic. And Jamie’s entire world revolves around the sea. What’s the point of trying if so much of Jamie’s life is inaccessible to Ashraf?

But Ashraf has vastly underestimated the pull of loving Jamie. For the first time, he wants to face the water, rather than flee from it. He has underestimated the power of love in making people brave, stupid, or a little bit of both.

Maybe it’s time to take a leap—and sink or swim.

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I received a copy of Life Underwater from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

It’s so wonderful to have a diverse and well written book. Life Underwater is about Jamie, a Non-Binary student who uses they/them pronouns, and Ashraf , a university professor who thought that his asexuality would keep him from finding a partner. 

I love the positive portrayal of a Muslim character, the navigation of their age gap, and the book digging into some of the subtle discrimination the two of them face from ignorant and judgmental people around them. 

Life Underwater is a very slow moving book and did drag a bit, but I really appreciated the Diverse Storyline and Characters, it felt real and Genuine. Although not a favorite, it was well written, with enough of a connection made to actually care about the characters. This is the first book I’ve read that features a Non-Binary Character and I really enjoyed the representation in this.

Have you Read Life Underwater? What did you think of it? Let me know your opinions in the Comments!

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eArc Review: From this Window by Diana Jean

From this Window by Diana Jean

  • Published by: Dreamspinner Press 
  • Publication Date: December 2018
  • Genres: New Adult LGBT Romance
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 41
  • Date Read: May 4th 2019
  • Links: Goodreads | Netgalley |

Agoraphobic Lucas Davidson spends his days watching people from his window, taking detailed notes of what he thinks their lives are like. Occasionally he’ll go downstairs to the Da Vinci Café and fulfill his quota for human contact. That’s where part-time clerk Jeremy Roberts meets him. Lucas intrigues him, so Jeremy coerces him into attending a Christmas Eve party, and one night of fun turns in to a morning of choices. Can Lucas accept the colorful world Jeremy shows him, or do his introverted issues run too deep for anyone to help him?

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I received a copy of From this Window from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

The story was cute, but really just needed MORE, this is a short story so I wasn’t really expecting too much though. I wasn’t convinced from the beginning that I would get a full and satisfactory story. I’m pretty satisfied with the events, but I wanted more from Lucas’s character. I generally felt like I couldn’t get a read on what his feelings were about ANYTHING until the end, when Jean did a little flash forward of the next few months of his life. 

Not a bad read at all. Just don’t go in expecting depth really. I did really like Jeremy. I found him endearing, sweet and patient. Overall I wish the story was a little longer but it’s a quick, cute read for a wholesome M/M romance.

That’s all for this review! I don’t really have too much to say about this one as it was really short but I hope you still enjoyed this and let me know in the comments if you’ve read this and what you thought of it!