As You Are
Operation Danny… that’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he‘s in love with the boy next door: The one in next room to be exact, his roommate Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used text book store just off campus and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that…a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t seem to think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill. But has he given up too soon?
Okay, I’m admitting to you here and now that this is the FIRST Ethan Day book I’ve ever read. Not because I never wanted to but because I haven’t found the time to read him. Well, I’m so happy I got the opportunity to finally read the famous Ethan Day!
This particular book is told in the first person. I don’t have a preference when it comes to reading POV, just as long as the dialogue is there. I don’t want to spend an eternity in the person’s head the whole time and Ethan did a wonderful job breaking that up for me.
As You Are is a contemporary romance story about a young man Julian and his love for his roommate, Danny. They’ve been living together for a year when I met them, and this is where the story begins. Julian wants more than anything for Danny to notice him, to think of him of more than just a friend, and for Danny to stop acting like a slut. Danny is a successful used book store owner. (I’m jealous) And Julian is in school trying to figure out what he wants to do with his future. I don’t think we ever got to figure that out but what the hey? The story is about his love for the flighty Danny.
Julian does everything he can think of to get Danny to take him seriously and open his ding dang eyes but it seems as if Danny was “blinded” by the light. I did spend some time in Julian’s head and he made me laugh quite a bit. He has a quirky mind, full of fun and confusion. I got to experience all of that through his minds eye. He did have a nasty habit of jumping to his past quite often and honestly I did get a bit confused in one scene trying to figure out was he remembering this or was it happening now? I had to flip some pages back and do a re-read to figure it out. Once I had it figured out it was a very sweet scene.
They have a wonderful relationship with one another, as friends. And really, Julian wants Danny as more than that but Danny doesn’t seem at all interested in him. He brings home loads of different men and it about kills 28 year old Julian each time. Then one night, Julian meets Andy Baker and this is serious stuff. Just wait till Danny sees this!
All in all this was a great romance with a HEA ending. The dialogue is super, the plot done well, I wanted a little less of the remembrance stuff but it all worked out. Ethan can add another fan to his long line.
Review by Michele