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(This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B07FG1T414.) When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him. Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song? Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donava (This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B07FG1T414.) When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him. Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song? Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donavan, his brother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that Scott hadn’t seen Marshall in years. Nor did it matter that Marshall never belonged to him or even that Marshall was straight. Scott never managed to stop thinking about him. When Scott got a call from his manager asking him to submit a song for a movie and a call from his brother Abe informing him of Marshall’s engagement to Julia Sterling on the same day, Scott took it as a sign. It was time to say goodbye and forget Marshall Donavan forever. Submitting ‘Just Be You’ to the movie executives was supposed to be Scott’s way of letting go—of forgetting, of saying goodbye. But his plan backfired when the movie became a box office success overnight and his song was nominated for a Grammy. There was no way he’d ever be able to forget. The song would follow him for the rest of his life and so would his unhealthy obsession with Marshall Donavan. It didn’t help things when he found himself face to face again with the man who had consumed his thoughts for years. No, it didn’t help at all when he saw the still very sexy and very straight Marshall Donavan for the first time in eight years. It didn’t matter what would happen between them. As soon as he saw Marshall again, he knew that giving up his obsession wasn’t an option… Just Be You is a standalone, full-length, ‘brother’s best friend’ romance novel. It has ‘gay for you’ and ‘first time gay’ themes, is stocked full of STEAM, heartache, laughter, and has a guaranteed happily ever after ending.


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(This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B07FG1T414.) When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him. Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song? Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donava (This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B07FG1T414.) When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him. Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song? Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donavan, his brother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that Scott hadn’t seen Marshall in years. Nor did it matter that Marshall never belonged to him or even that Marshall was straight. Scott never managed to stop thinking about him. When Scott got a call from his manager asking him to submit a song for a movie and a call from his brother Abe informing him of Marshall’s engagement to Julia Sterling on the same day, Scott took it as a sign. It was time to say goodbye and forget Marshall Donavan forever. Submitting ‘Just Be You’ to the movie executives was supposed to be Scott’s way of letting go—of forgetting, of saying goodbye. But his plan backfired when the movie became a box office success overnight and his song was nominated for a Grammy. There was no way he’d ever be able to forget. The song would follow him for the rest of his life and so would his unhealthy obsession with Marshall Donavan. It didn’t help things when he found himself face to face again with the man who had consumed his thoughts for years. No, it didn’t help at all when he saw the still very sexy and very straight Marshall Donavan for the first time in eight years. It didn’t matter what would happen between them. As soon as he saw Marshall again, he knew that giving up his obsession wasn’t an option… Just Be You is a standalone, full-length, ‘brother’s best friend’ romance novel. It has ‘gay for you’ and ‘first time gay’ themes, is stocked full of STEAM, heartache, laughter, and has a guaranteed happily ever after ending.

30 review for Just Be You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*It's started out good and then...*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The story centers around Scott ‘Scottie’ Russell Cohen (26) and his brother's best friend, Marshall ‘Marsh’ Maxwell Donavan (30) who he hasn't seen in eight years. That all changes when both ends up in the cottage to hide without knowing the other one would be there. The rest is history. This book had so much potential. It was cute, funny and fast forward. But it was too fast forward. I was expecting a 'gay for you' romance novel, however what we ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*It's started out good and then...*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The story centers around Scott ‘Scottie’ Russell Cohen (26) and his brother's best friend, Marshall ‘Marsh’ Maxwell Donavan (30) who he hasn't seen in eight years. That all changes when both ends up in the cottage to hide without knowing the other one would be there. The rest is history. This book had so much potential. It was cute, funny and fast forward. But it was too fast forward. I was expecting a 'gay for you' romance novel, however what we got was a day upon meeting each other again after eight years, Marshall blurts out that he's gay. One day. Yes, you read correctly. I had expected a story that was slowly leading up to the 'straight' character realizing he was falling in love with a man, too see him struggle since he's supposed to be straight, yet here he is wanting to be with a man so much he can't breathe without him. Well, yeah, it wasn't what we got. At all. Because all it took was one day. One day to see the 'missing' piece. One day. That annoyed the crap out of me. But still, it was cute and made me smile, but the fact that the one little thing kinda ruined things for me. “It was my fault. I should have known better. I shouldn’t have picked violin this year. I’m so stupid.” Marsh’s eyes filled with anger. “Stop it, Scottie. This isn’t your fault. Lewis Braxton is a fucking coward and a pretender. Don’t change. You got it? Don’t try to be something different for those assholes. Okay? Just be you.” He ruffled my hair. Other characters: ↦ Lucas Todd (35), Scott's manager. Signed with him while he was still at Julliard in New York. He’d been my manager for five years and he was a notorious flirt. (view spoiler)[He and Scott dated for a year, but one the night of the Grammy pictures of Lucas cheating came out and Scott fired him. (hide spoiler)] ↦ Audrey, Scott's only real friend in L.A. They became best friends in high school. Somehow, they both managed to get accepted to Julliard. They’d been practically inseparable for the last ten years. She’d moved to L.A. a few months before he had, after accepting a job with one of the biggest PR firms in the music business. She also becomes Scott's publicist. ↦ Abe Cohen, Scott's older brother. Rachel 'Rach', was one of my best friends and Abe's wife. ↦ Dr. Margo Cohen, Scott's older sister. ↦ Julia Sterling, Marsh's ex-fiance. Brett Sterling, her dad and one of the biggest tech owners in the country. ↦ Saul and Barbara Cohen, Scott's parents. ↦ Hugo, Scott's little white dog. “I should make you return that piano,” I told him. “Not gonna happen.” I smiled at him. “Good, because playing that thing is almost better than sex.” “Hmmm…maybe I should return it.” I fake gasped, “You wouldn’t!” He winked at me, “Never.” Quick basic facts: Genre: - (Adult) Contemorary Romance. Series: - Standalone. Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)] Favorite character? - Marshall ‘Marsh’ Maxwell Donavan, I guess. Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Not really. Would I recommend this book/series? - Not really. Will I read this again in the future? - No. Rating - 2 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    For the first half this book ticked all my boxes. A cute insecure guy with a crush on his brother’s best friend with lots of pining. Then the two end up in a remote cabin together where said best friend turns out not to be so straight after all. Oh yeah, I was in heaven. But…. I could see the angst coming a mile away. And since I had 50% to go, I was wondering what the author would use to fill the rest of the book. So yes, we got unecessary angst. I was not happy with that. Scott has had a crush For the first half this book ticked all my boxes. A cute insecure guy with a crush on his brother’s best friend with lots of pining. Then the two end up in a remote cabin together where said best friend turns out not to be so straight after all. Oh yeah, I was in heaven. But…. I could see the angst coming a mile away. And since I had 50% to go, I was wondering what the author would use to fill the rest of the book. So yes, we got unecessary angst. I was not happy with that. Scott has had a crush in his brother’s best friend since he was 12 and Marshall was 16. The two always seemed to share a special bond, but when they got older they grew apart. Scott has never been able to forget about Marshall, even though he hasn’t seen him in 8 years. When his manager asks him to send a song for a movie in, Scott knows the perfect song for the movie. He ends up sending in a song he wrote when he was in his teens. The one inspired by his love for Marshall. Scott never would have thought the movie, and his song, would be such a hit. He even won a Grammy! But just when he told the press he is indeed involved with his manager, pictures of his manager in a compromising position show up. Scott is not happy with the fall-out of this, so he ends up at his parent’s remote cabin. Meanwhile Marshall has just broken off his engagement and needs a place to just be for a while. He doesn’t know Scott is at the cabin too when his best friend suggests he go there to decompress a bit. Scott doesn’t mind Marshall being there at all. The two reconnect and spend all night talking. When the power is out, they grab all the blankets and pillows and fall asleep in front of the fire place. When they wake up pressed together it is clear there is more than just friendship going on and Scott takes a risk to kiss Marshall… I really liked how these guys got together. I liked how they talked about Marshall freaking out and how they got past that. But…. I most definitely did not like the angst in the second half. (view spoiler)[I hated when Scott broke up with Marshall because Marshall needed to play the field a bit more as a newly discovered gay man. (hide spoiler)] That is a plot point I never agree with. There was also a slight misunderstanding thing in the second half that added nothing to the story, just added more distance between them. Yes, things were solved pretty fast and it wasn’t dragged out, but it still really brought down my enjoyment of this book. Overall I thought this had an amazing start, but slowly fizzled out due to unnecessary angst to drag the story onwards. ------------------------------ An ARC of Just Be You was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Line

    Your gay, Harry! All the sudden, there shined a shiny demon... *ugh* This story wasn't bad, BUT when I notice (and get annoyed about) the language and spelling mistakes, I don't even want to think about what my clever, educated friends here at GR will think. And I am not a native English speaker, but this was so SO cringeworthy at times. And can we just... I hate it when authors use the expression: 'another thing coming', it's 'another THINK coming', but at that point I just accepted that this autho Your gay, Harry! All the sudden, there shined a shiny demon... *ugh* This story wasn't bad, BUT when I notice (and get annoyed about) the language and spelling mistakes, I don't even want to think about what my clever, educated friends here at GR will think. And I am not a native English speaker, but this was so SO cringeworthy at times. And can we just... I hate it when authors use the expression: 'another thing coming', it's 'another THINK coming', but at that point I just accepted that this author didn't have an editor!? Yes, you can use the other expression as well, but linguistically I'm sticking to the original saying So, I did end up giving it 3 stars and that is because of Marshall and the fact that it was kind of cute at times. Marshall's reaction to his own sexuality and his grown-up responses to their situation made me happy, though Scott was annoying as fuck. Scott acted childishly more than once and his high-handed approach to Marshall and THEIR relationship and how Marshall was supposed to 'find himself and fuck a lot of dudes', pissed me off. 'Of course' we needed the 'relationship-angst' and the crisis for the MCs to overcome. But Marshall was in his thirties for fucks sake! At some point you (Scott) need to stop and just listen to what's being said. Another issue with this (and this is a personal pet peeve of mine, so some won't find this ridiculous) was Marshall and his parents and their abuse. For reasons unknown everybody hugged and loved and laughed and forgot that Marshall's dad use to be an abusive alcoholic, who smacked Marshall around during all of Marshall's childhood and teenage years. "Luckily" Marshall's dad is on the mend from his fucked-up kidney and will be there to hang around Marshall and Scott's future kids... /S *deep sigh* whatever... I do not buy this 'forgive and forget-crap' and I do not understand how Marshall can just hang out with his dad, like it 'ain't no thang'. As I mentioned there was the 'normal' conflict at around 70% (with heaps of miscommunication and no-communication), but all in all it was a sweet romance with some great characters (Abe and Audrey for example) and an okay 'first novel' for this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JenMcJ

    This appears to be a first all m/m book for this author. The writing is solid and the editing was ok but had issues. I liked this one and I'll commend the author for writing very good emotional connection on one side of the couple. I believed Marshall was in love but the effort with Scottie was unbalanced. I just didn't get the same warm fuzzy for Scottie even though he was the longest invested in his feelings. He just never seemed to grow past the original "crush". Even though I did like it des This appears to be a first all m/m book for this author. The writing is solid and the editing was ok but had issues. I liked this one and I'll commend the author for writing very good emotional connection on one side of the couple. I believed Marshall was in love but the effort with Scottie was unbalanced. I just didn't get the same warm fuzzy for Scottie even though he was the longest invested in his feelings. He just never seemed to grow past the original "crush". Even though I did like it despite the uneven character development, it was still another predictable later life gay realization with the requisite unnecessary and undeserved self esteem issues and lack of communication from both sides but mostly Scottie. Scottie really needed to grow up. It's hard to write a new spin on any type of romance book but you still have to try.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ❤Bibi's Book Blog❤

    ***I was lucky enough to BETA read this amazing story, and received an advanced copy. I did love the book so much, that I purchased my own copy today*** Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dreams did come true? If the guy you’ve been in love with for years and years suddenly realises he wants you too, would it be the happiest day of your life? Or would you be too scared to believe in your luck? Would you dare to take the leap of faith? Ever since he was a kid Scott have dreamed of his ***I was lucky enough to BETA read this amazing story, and received an advanced copy. I did love the book so much, that I purchased my own copy today*** Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dreams did come true? If the guy you’ve been in love with for years and years suddenly realises he wants you too, would it be the happiest day of your life? Or would you be too scared to believe in your luck? Would you dare to take the leap of faith? Ever since he was a kid Scott have dreamed of his brother’s (Ape) best friend, Marshall Donavan. But even though Marshall at times seems like Scott’s Knight in shiny Armor, he knows it can never be. Marshall is straight. He likes girls and would never look at his best friend’s little brother that way. As time passes the inevitable happens, the boys part and start their individual futures with college, boarding school and then careers. Scott moves to L.A. in the hopes of making it as a song writer, while Ape and Marshall moves to New York and launch a successful tech company. Even though, Scott and Marshall don’t have any contact, Scottie is still dreaming of Marshall and the day he saved him from getting his geeky arse kicked, the day he told him to never change. His exact words: just be you. In present day Marshall has just gotten engaged and so, when Scott gets the opportunity to submit a song for a movie, he writes a heartfelt goodbye letter in his journal where he says goodbye to the dream of Marshall. Scott’s song makes it big, so big in fact that he’s nominated for, and wins, a Grammy. His “thank you” speech is just about the most beautiful speech I’ve ever been so lucky to read. It shows a lot about this character; his personality, family relations, goals and dreams. Due to a twist of faith and unhappy breakups, both Scott and Marshall need to get away from everything for a week or so. And it turns out that the perfect getaway place to lay low, is a cabin owned by the Cohen family. Neither of them knows each other are there, so when Marshall opens the door, the last thing he expects is to see Scott who he hasn’t seen for eight years. This gay Romance story swallowed me whole and put me through every imaginable feeling. I was ugly crying. I was laughing. I felt my heart break into a million pieces and be put back together. In short; I was with Scott and Marshall every step of the way and I loved their story so much. I usually don’t like to compare authors, because every voice and message is unique. However, this reminded me so much of Song of Achilles. “Just Be You” has nothing to do with mythology or anything like that. No, it’s the relationship between Scott and Marshall that reminds me of Patroclus and Achilles. Obviously, SoA is different on so many levels, but the pureness of the relationship between the main characters in this book was, in my humble opinion, just as beautiful and well written. Personally, I love the attention Ms. Parker gives to all her characters – main and secondary characters alike. And I especially enjoy that her development of said characters doesn’t mean they change personality, she’s awesome at helping them overcome their fears and/or shortcomings in a way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nanna Sander

    3.5 stars Cute and fluffy story about childhood friends who meet again a decade later and fall in love. At one point, I thought it was gearing up for The Big Misunderstanding, but luckily that quickly wound down again. The first half was near perfect, but it lost a little bit of its umpf along the way. The story covered everything to create a well-rounded story- and timeline, but all encounters (and to some extend characters) lean more towards the shallow side of the shallow-depth spectrum, which 3.5 stars Cute and fluffy story about childhood friends who meet again a decade later and fall in love. At one point, I thought it was gearing up for The Big Misunderstanding, but luckily that quickly wound down again. The first half was near perfect, but it lost a little bit of its umpf along the way. The story covered everything to create a well-rounded story- and timeline, but all encounters (and to some extend characters) lean more towards the shallow side of the shallow-depth spectrum, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on your preferences, I just prefer mine a little more three dimensional and deep. There is a serious need for another round of editing as there are quite a number of mistakes here (your/you're, we're/were, missing words etc.), and it almost lost the half-star because of it, because it happens frequently enough to make it impossible to ignore (at least for grammar nazis such as myself). One thing I was never in fear of was misunderstanding which character says what as each and every sentence in the dialogue is peppered with the other's name. "Uh, Marshall, what is this?" "Well, Scottie, it's *insert whatever here*" "But Marsh ..." "I know, Scottie, but.." and so it goes... A little bit of a pet peeve for me, but I was pulled enough into the story to get past it most of the time. Oh, and did you all notice just how sparkly Marshall's emerald eyes were??

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    what a beautiful discovery! I discovered this book by chance but the plot struck me immediately and I bought it. Really loved this story!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bati

    This book is like strawberries with whipped cream, a bowl of beautiful juicy red cherries, lemonade on a summer day. Sweet, charming and lovely story about the song with a very important message, that always worth just be yourself and nothing is impossible. Even Marshall Donovan and his dimples ;)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    I would've rated this higher, but unfortunately there were a bit too many grammatical errors that I wasn't able to disregard them anymore. Initially it was just my finicky problems with punctuation, like misplaced or missing commas, that sort of thing. But eventually there were mistakes with the pronouns - like the classic "you're" and "your" mistakes - which I really hope would've been spotted during the editing and proofreading processes. Also, I couldn't enjoy it as fully as I hoped because of I would've rated this higher, but unfortunately there were a bit too many grammatical errors that I wasn't able to disregard them anymore. Initially it was just my finicky problems with punctuation, like misplaced or missing commas, that sort of thing. But eventually there were mistakes with the pronouns - like the classic "you're" and "your" mistakes - which I really hope would've been spotted during the editing and proofreading processes. Also, I couldn't enjoy it as fully as I hoped because of the unnecessary drama. The angst was terribly manufactured. It wasn't even a case of lack of communication. Rather, I felt like the angst was due to Scottie not wanting to hear Marshall out and deliberately misinterpreting Marshall's words. In some way, I understood Scottie's misgivings, especially because all his life he believed Marshall was straight - but you would think that at that particular point, Scottie would've had a little bit more faith, given Marshall's actions and words. It was just a frustrating situation, which thankfully didn't last long. That being said, I liked the premise a lot, even if the execution and the technicalities were a little lacking. (Slight spoilers but, why would someone with a concussion use electronics and watch Netflix?) Marshall is also such a sweet main character; he had his own flaws and insecurities but deep down inside he is refreshingly introspective, and he knows what he wants and isn't afraid to reach out for it. Even if he kinda was a little dumb too, when it came to Abe. Pretty enjoyable read, overall. I'd like to know the lyrics of "Just Be You" though!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars I read a shorter, erotic book from this author recently and I was interested to see what she would do with a longer novel. The book focuses mostly on Scott and then Marshall as they work toward a relationship. Scott has always been enamored of Marshall ever since he was a kid. It’s part first crush and part hero worship, but even though Marshall is Scott’s brother’s best friend, they had their own friendship. It’s now years later, and while Scott is living his life A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars I read a shorter, erotic book from this author recently and I was interested to see what she would do with a longer novel. The book focuses mostly on Scott and then Marshall as they work toward a relationship. Scott has always been enamored of Marshall ever since he was a kid. It’s part first crush and part hero worship, but even though Marshall is Scott’s brother’s best friend, they had their own friendship. It’s now years later, and while Scott is living his life and has dated, he has never forgotten Marshall. Through a series of events, Scott and Marshall wind up snowed in together at Scott’s family’s cabin. Marshall had been attracted to men in the past, but growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father had him locking that part of himself away so tightly, he never acknowledged it was there. Until he sees Scott all grown up. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This books has the potential to be very good. This is my opinion only but for me there were a few problems. 1. Editing - I'm not a person that freaks out about this and I usually overlook it especially if they don't throw me off. Here though they threw me off and stood out. 2. The unnecessary 2nd half of the book. The book was on it's way to being a winner at roughly 50% but took a straight nose dive into unnecessary bullshit. 3. Character flaws - Scottie has been in love with Marshall his entire This books has the potential to be very good. This is my opinion only but for me there were a few problems. 1. Editing - I'm not a person that freaks out about this and I usually overlook it especially if they don't throw me off. Here though they threw me off and stood out. 2. The unnecessary 2nd half of the book. The book was on it's way to being a winner at roughly 50% but took a straight nose dive into unnecessary bullshit. 3. Character flaws - Scottie has been in love with Marshall his entire life. There is no way on gods green earth he would have behaved the way he did after they come together. Anyway that's my list. There are good things. 1. The buildup. 2. The history shared between the two MC's and the glimpses we get of it. 3. The sex. 4. The acceptance and understanding of Marshall and his important people. Solid but needs work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ula'ndi Hart

    I only read 100'ish pages of this book. So NO rating. Cause that wouldn’t be fair. I don’t want to DNF it either. I don’t think it deserves that either. What I want to say is this book has it all. If you read the description, it makes you want to read it because who won’t like this angle? You’ve got Scott, in love with his big brothers BFF since he was knee high, and he writes these letters to Marshall. He has journals full of them in fact. It immediately got my attention. Then you’ve got Marshall I only read 100'ish pages of this book. So NO rating. Cause that wouldn’t be fair. I don’t want to DNF it either. I don’t think it deserves that either. What I want to say is this book has it all. If you read the description, it makes you want to read it because who won’t like this angle? You’ve got Scott, in love with his big brothers BFF since he was knee high, and he writes these letters to Marshall. He has journals full of them in fact. It immediately got my attention. Then you’ve got Marshall. Straight and engaged. Unhappy. Problem is now I’m 100’ish pages into a 295 page book and I’m seeing the train smash a mile away. (the unnecessary train smash - that being the problem) I’ve just read a epic book and I’m thinking this is just my inner bitch reeling from a terrible book hangover. I’ll finish this sometime later and let you know what the verdict is. But at this moment it’s not cutting it for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cullinan

    Loved this book! What a pleasant surprise! I’m saying that because I decided to randomly pick a book from my almost 800 + unread books on my iPad’s kindle app. Scottie, who has secretly been in love with his older brother’s best friend since he was a kid, knows it was all for naught considering Marshall is straight. Fast forward twelve years—Scottie and Marshall as well as Scottie’s older brother, Abe, are all successful in their own right. Sometimes success comes with a price though. The two of t Loved this book! What a pleasant surprise! I’m saying that because I decided to randomly pick a book from my almost 800 + unread books on my iPad’s kindle app. Scottie, who has secretly been in love with his older brother’s best friend since he was a kid, knows it was all for naught considering Marshall is straight. Fast forward twelve years—Scottie and Marshall as well as Scottie’s older brother, Abe, are all successful in their own right. Sometimes success comes with a price though. The two of them each wind up in separate situations, leading them to Scottie’s parents’ cabin unbeknownst that the other will also be there. What they find out about the other, and how they explore this new side of something that was always there is sweet, sexy, heartwarming and awakening. Love the storyline, and the characters (supporting cast as well) were funny and lovable. Definitely recommend this one. I’m glad I chose it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase

    Scott has always had feelings for his older brother's best friend Marshall. But it is not until his song that he wrote about Marshall is used in a movie and winning a Grammy for that song does Scott realize the feelings never went away. He needs to let it go - as Marshall is engaged and is not gay. Getting away from reality and spending time at his family's cabin in the woods is supposed to be Scott's private time, but when Marshall shows up after his engagement break up, Scott gets more confuse Scott has always had feelings for his older brother's best friend Marshall. But it is not until his song that he wrote about Marshall is used in a movie and winning a Grammy for that song does Scott realize the feelings never went away. He needs to let it go - as Marshall is engaged and is not gay. Getting away from reality and spending time at his family's cabin in the woods is supposed to be Scott's private time, but when Marshall shows up after his engagement break up, Scott gets more confused. When sparks fly and passion ignites, the two partake on an emotional and sexual journey that makes Marshall admit he has never felt love with women and he is in fact gay. Can the two continue away from the cabin when the rest of the world is involved? Or will it be a weekend tryst that ends when they go back to their separate lives? With awesome characters that I fell in love with from the first chapter and a storyline that had everything: emotion, honesty and an overall sense of completeness, this book should not be missed. Once again, M.E> Parker does not disappoint.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Earlyn

    Marshall and Scott What a well written romance. This is a friends to lovers story. Scott has always loved Marshall. The day Marshall saved him from a bully cemented that love. Fast forward right years, later because of circumstances they ended up in the cabin together. This gave them time 're ignited their attraction. Lovely sweet summer reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Em

    1.75 stars I ended up skimming through big chunks of this. I found the characters to be very boring and bland, making me feel a sort of disconnect to the story itself. The writing style was a bit off putting as well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Akknieszka

    Słodka jak miód :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    sinayel

    I was really liking this one but the overdramatic aspect of the book was a bit of a let down for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Krumlová

    4,5* sooo sweet

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    3 and a half *s The story was okay but the editing really let it down. Missed words and words spelt wrong

  21. 4 out of 5

    BookNerd

    Rounding up to 2.5 because of the first half, the last 50% was just okay for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    I really thought I would love this.. but sadly enough the way Scottie pulled back so much was a huge turn off. If you have loved and trusted someone that long then why when finally things were happening would you be willing to throw it all away. And I never understood why Marshal kept saying sorry when he really didn't do anything to be sorry for. This just didn't work for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wannamaker

    Just Be You- is a fantastic title for this story. I have the great pleasure to read this. **arc received by author for my honest opinion** This story is a coming out and discovering yourself, acceptance and reaching out for what you need. It’s about finding love, even if it challenges everything you know. This coming out story arrives in a better time when people are more accepting, and a great tribute to the challenges most face especially coming out and wanting your same sex relationship and o Just Be You- is a fantastic title for this story. I have the great pleasure to read this. **arc received by author for my honest opinion** This story is a coming out and discovering yourself, acceptance and reaching out for what you need. It’s about finding love, even if it challenges everything you know. This coming out story arrives in a better time when people are more accepting, and a great tribute to the challenges most face especially coming out and wanting your same sex relationship and orientation accepted by those closest to you. Scott- has spent so many years secretly in love with his brothers best friend- Marshall. Marsh has been his friend, his protector and confident. Then they went a few years without talking except through Abe (Scott’s brother). Scott is a talented musician and composer. He gets the chance to say goodbye to his secret love in a song. That very song launches his career into space. Marshall- has been battling the guilt of being with someone your not happy with, worried about it. It’s not necessarily the sex more of the person and lack of him ever feeling in love with them. But he’s engaged, and someone who is daughters to the person he does business with. His best friend Abe and business partner let’s him off the hook and sends him to Abe’s family cottage to lay low when the break up blows up. Scott ends up at the cottage too after a similar down fall. Finally they get to connect. I really loved this story. It’s about discovering yourself, acceptance and receiving the best gift- love. It’s about finding the person right for you no matter how much this changes things. Yes there is a sexual orientation awakening, yes there is a baby gay learning all that he needs to know about sex in a new way, and yes there is some internal conflict on when to tell their world. It sucks that there is a coming out event at all. When your straight it’s default, but when your not it’s a story told or not. I think this story was both hot, steamy, and beautifully crafted. One of my favourite quotes is: I don’t want it to be a one-time thing. I want more. I want so much more. I feel like I’m just waking up for the first time in my life. I want to find everything I’ve been missing. With you. I want to find it with you. And I don’t know how to stop wanting that. At the same time, I’m terrified that it will mess everything up between us, that I have already messed everything up. I’m terrified that I’ll lose my best friend. And even with all that’s at stake, I still want to be with you. That’s why I freaked out this morning. That’s what I’m most worried about.” Great epilogue, humour, sass, self discovery, tears, and romance. Yes it’s a gay romance, but even if your not into such it’s still a great romance. Falling in love has no identity but what’s in a persons heart, mind and soul.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Wade

    Some people say romance readers are easy to please. I look at my own reviews and tend to think they're overly picky. Then I see so many rave reviews on something like this and understand what people are talking about. This book is the definition of mediocrity. It reads like the author had the premise (the old trope: crush on straight friend who turns out to be secretly gay) and then just freewrote. That's not how novels work. Romances have beats that must be hit. Novels in general have well-defin Some people say romance readers are easy to please. I look at my own reviews and tend to think they're overly picky. Then I see so many rave reviews on something like this and understand what people are talking about. This book is the definition of mediocrity. It reads like the author had the premise (the old trope: crush on straight friend who turns out to be secretly gay) and then just freewrote. That's not how novels work. Romances have beats that must be hit. Novels in general have well-defined structures that lead to character arcs and theme development and progressive complication, etc. This book was a structural mess. A premise does not a novel make. Then there's the issue of "typos." I hope other reviewers are just being nice. These aren't typos. Typos are accidents that happen once and easily overlooked. These mistakes are gaps in the author's knowledge about fundamental aspects of writing. I don't ask that writers memorize the Chicago Manual of Style or something, but if you're going to be a "professional" by charging money for your work, at least act like a professional and educate yourself about basic things every fifth grader knows. There's hundreds of books and youtube videos entitled things like "common beginner writing mistakes." Perusing those for an hour or two would greatly improve Parker's writing. If this author isn't even willing to put an hour of education into their work, why should we be willing to pay for their product? It would be like a plumber showing up at your door and asking how to hold the wrench, because in studying the pipes, they never realized they'd actually need to _use_ the wrench to fix stuff. Overall, the book is okay. Like I said: the definition of mediocrity. Books like these are the reason self-publishing gets a bad reputation. But I'm giving it 3 stars, because it's somewhat enjoyable despite its flaws.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is tagged as a GFY. Which is fine except, I personally, have a hard time putting it in this category due to the simple fact .... mentioning of past thoughts or feelings towards the same gender. Even if theres no prior action taken. Again, maybe thats just me. I've read other books with same circumstances, though it does nothing to deter me from liking it or not. I just don't connect the 2. Speaking of which, I loved this book honestly. I know I only gave 4 stars. For me, that's high/top. I r This is tagged as a GFY. Which is fine except, I personally, have a hard time putting it in this category due to the simple fact .... mentioning of past thoughts or feelings towards the same gender. Even if theres no prior action taken. Again, maybe thats just me. I've read other books with same circumstances, though it does nothing to deter me from liking it or not. I just don't connect the 2. Speaking of which, I loved this book honestly. I know I only gave 4 stars. For me, that's high/top. I rarely star 5 unless it blows me so far away I'm telling my family don't bug me til I'm done with the book and will not walk away. Or it effects me in a really STRONG way. I loved these characters, the story line, all of it. ONE thing that always, always grabs me is when the title of a story is in the story itself. I don't know why... it is just something that I absolutely love and get enough of. That and friends to lovers are some of my favorites. Put that together with simple things that are fictional yet can happen in real life and I'm hooked. I strongly recommend this book to those who like these similar things.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Rawlinson

    Awwwww, this was such a sweet read! Scott had a crush (put mildly) on his big brother’s best friend, Marshall, in high school, but hasn’t seen him since graduation. He’s made a successful life for himself as a musician and songwriter in LA, on the other side of the US to his hometown. His brother and Marshall have stayed closer to home, running a firm in New York with their own success story. Due to an….interesting….set of events (involving two separate ‘scandals’), Marshall and Scott both find t Awwwww, this was such a sweet read! Scott had a crush (put mildly) on his big brother’s best friend, Marshall, in high school, but hasn’t seen him since graduation. He’s made a successful life for himself as a musician and songwriter in LA, on the other side of the US to his hometown. His brother and Marshall have stayed closer to home, running a firm in New York with their own success story. Due to an….interesting….set of events (involving two separate ‘scandals’), Marshall and Scott both find themselves in need of a sanctuary far from the nosy public, and independently end up at Scott’s family’s cabin. Being snowed in and in need of a break, they end up getting to know each other again and finding that connection that made them get on so well as kids/teens, with Scott’s crush waking up too. But Marshall is straight….right? I don’t usually go for prologues but the one in this book was perfectly judged, the two main characters were well written and sweet and the supporting cast were the slightly sassy, straight-talking friends (mostly) and family that everyone deserves to have. Yes, resolutions to issues such as coming out and geographic distance were perhaps a little too easy, but hey this is a feel-good book of the best quality. Recommended for your duvet day or blanket fort weekend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Edwards

    Scott Cohen has had a crush on his brother's best friend, Marshall Donavan for as long as he can remember. After saving him the first day of his freshman year in high school, Scott wrote a song, "Just Be You," a song with a lot of heart and meaning. A song for Marshall. Marshall Donavan hasn't seen Scott Cohen in 8 years; in fact, he didn't even know he was so famous until he watches him receive his Grammy Award on TV. After the breaking off his engagement, he decides to take time off and stay a Scott Cohen has had a crush on his brother's best friend, Marshall Donavan for as long as he can remember. After saving him the first day of his freshman year in high school, Scott wrote a song, "Just Be You," a song with a lot of heart and meaning. A song for Marshall. Marshall Donavan hasn't seen Scott Cohen in 8 years; in fact, he didn't even know he was so famous until he watches him receive his Grammy Award on TV. After the breaking off his engagement, he decides to take time off and stay at the Cohen cabin to get away and to let things die down. Things also take a turn for the worst for Scott when he ends up firing his manager and to escape it all for a little while, he also ends up at the Cohen cabin. Scott and Marshall come together at the cabin and things heat up nicely from there. This is the first book I've read by M.E. Parker and I totally loved it! This was such a great story! The connection between Scott and Marshall's characters was fantastic. I devoured this book in a day and I highly recommend it!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy Chichi Hsiao

    After reading the whole book, I had to give it one star instead, as the second half of the book is total waste of time with meaningless plots and repetitive lines. (view spoiler)[The accident indicates very bad story telling, as it's basically not related to the whole story at all. Just a random stuff for convenience. I'm not saying accidents can't happen in stories, but they should come with a purpose, not for mere convenience. (hide spoiler)] Also, the character building, despite a nice start, w After reading the whole book, I had to give it one star instead, as the second half of the book is total waste of time with meaningless plots and repetitive lines. (view spoiler)[The accident indicates very bad story telling, as it's basically not related to the whole story at all. Just a random stuff for convenience. I'm not saying accidents can't happen in stories, but they should come with a purpose, not for mere convenience. (hide spoiler)] Also, the character building, despite a nice start, went very weak and never really fully developed in the book. And you can really tell the author was deliberately stalling the actual sex just because that's convenient for the final climax, not because it makes sense. Childhood friends, domestic abuse, long separation, interaction in secluded space...these elements all come with great potentials but unfortunately none were shown in the book. Instead, there are tons of repetitive empty phrases about love that could basically be done with copy and paste. It's just writing. It's copy and paste. I've read some really touching MM romances, bit this is obviously not one of them. I will not attempt any works by this author for some time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Schoenauer

    I think this is my favorite book so far by this author. I absolutely loved it! I loved getting to know Scottie and Marshal and witnessing Marshal's discovery of his true self. I've always loved older brother's best friend stories but this M/M version of it was a first for me and it couldn't have been written any better. Both of these hero's had such a great support system, especially Scottie. The road start off rockie for each of them as they both had just gotten out of relationships that just w I think this is my favorite book so far by this author. I absolutely loved it! I loved getting to know Scottie and Marshal and witnessing Marshal's discovery of his true self. I've always loved older brother's best friend stories but this M/M version of it was a first for me and it couldn't have been written any better. Both of these hero's had such a great support system, especially Scottie. The road start off rockie for each of them as they both had just gotten out of relationships that just weren't any good for either of them but I'm so glad that they were able to find each other and to find such true love. Love knows no bounds and this story really emphasized that. Just be You was a perfect title also! Oh and on a side note, I have to say that I loved Abe too. He was a great best friend and the most supportive big brother. Not to mention his rules for Scottie and Marshal (he had me laughing). *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I read the reviews of this one and almost didn't read it because of them. I'm so glad I decided to ignore them and decide for myself. I will agree the editing errors were plentiful and annoying and some of the things Scottie did were childish but overall I really enjoyed this. Scottie has been in love with his big brother's best friend, Marshall, since he was 12 years old and seeing his pain at the beginning actually made me cry a little bit. I agree with others about Scottie's behavior at the c I read the reviews of this one and almost didn't read it because of them. I'm so glad I decided to ignore them and decide for myself. I will agree the editing errors were plentiful and annoying and some of the things Scottie did were childish but overall I really enjoyed this. Scottie has been in love with his big brother's best friend, Marshall, since he was 12 years old and seeing his pain at the beginning actually made me cry a little bit. I agree with others about Scottie's behavior at the cottage but also understood where he was coming from. Marshall was just the perfect boyfriend and eventually Scottie does realize this. There was a bit of unnecessary angst and I did want to punch the both of them a couple of times but that's pretty normal for me. I took a star off for the editing issues and the lost opportunity to have some smoking hot, gay virgin, exploratory sex. It was bad but it could have been sooooo much hotter. Overall, I loved it.

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