Tipping the Balance

A CalPac Crew NovelBetween his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business, Drew St Charles is in over his head What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects, and Drew knows just the man for the job Brad Sundstrom The Sundstrom family has been in construction for years, so Brad knows his way around a toolbox, and he desperately wants out fA CalPac Crew NovelBetween his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business, Drew St Charles is in over his head What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects, and Drew knows just the man for the job Brad Sundstrom The Sundstrom family has been in construction for years, so Brad knows his way around a toolbox, and he desperately wants out from under his sneering father s thumb.The close contact and the excitement of a career making renovation fan the sparks between Brad and Drew into an inferno Before long, the phrase working hard together takes on a new meaning It looks as if Drew s dreams are coming true, although Brad is far from out and proud But then Drew is savagely attacked in a hate crime, and Brad panics.Suddenly everything is in jeopardy When arson strikes Drew s dream project, Brad faces a crucial test he ll need to overcome his fears, save their work, and take his place at Drew s side or retreat to the stifling familiarity of the closet Don t miss the first CalPac Crew novel Rocking the Boat.
Tipping the Balance A CalPac Crew NovelBetween his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business Drew St Charles is in over his head What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects and Drew kn

  • Title: Tipping the Balance
  • Author: Christopher Koehler
  • ISBN: 9781613721476
  • Page: 237
  • Format: ebook
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    1. I don't think I put spoilers in this opinion, since what I write is already in the blurb, but I like to be careful ;pWhen I read Rocking the Boat, the first book of the CalPac Crew series, in March 2001, I wrote how Brad and Drew's story was too juicy to not being written. So I was truly happy when Christopher Koehler announced that there WOULD be a story about them. After I got this one and read it, I thought the blurb was too "simple" for what the story was all about. Sure, Drew ends up hiring [...]

    2. Nutshell: Out and proud gay guy falls for younger man so deep in the closet he can't even see the door and they go into business together. Cuz yeah, that's what you should do when you have an impossible crush on someone. ;-)I loved this story so much I read it twice. Even more than Rocking the Boat, and I rather enjoyed that one as well. Of all the "out for you" / gay for you / late bloomer / whatever you wanna call it plots I've read, this was hands down the best written that I've come across. [...]

    3. Up until about the halfway point I was enjoying this novel about the romance between Drew, a man who's always known he was gay and Brad, a man who has never really questioned his sexuality before meeting Drew. It's a slow build up between the two interspersed with details about their real estate job, construction project and rowing. It's a little different in that respect, from some other romance books.I didn't read the first book in the series, but it's made pretty clear that Drew met Brad when [...]

    4. 4.5 stars.This was a great book with great characters. Good character development. I see some reviewers talk about how slow Brad was on everything, but as a late bloomer myself I understand that it's not always so easy to figure yourself out. Especially if you're raised in a homophobic environment and you're new to everything (neither of which I had to deal with). Yes, Brad could have been more assertive in the disturbing conflict toward the end, but with how he was raised I found his insecurity [...]

    5. I already admitted Drew stole my heart in Rocking The Boat, that did not change, but Brad won me over big time, the big lug! I loved these two together. As frustrating as it was at times, I totally bought this take on the GFY/coaxing out of the closet angle. Nikyta and Ami said it all. Looking forward to Stuart and Jonathan?

    6. Whereas Rocking the Boat was stunted and rough, Tipping the Balance was most of the time an easier and smoother read even with the more than average editing misses. Brad and Drew, who we meet in Rocking the Boat, are two very different people. While Drew is an out and proud, sophisticated and sometimes prissy, gay man, Brad is a straight, laid back slob. They don't have much in common except their love for renovation and construction. They make an extraordinary team when it comes to Drew creatin [...]

    7. First of all - I loved this story. It's a very well-written and thought out book and I'd sure buy all the next stories from this author.Such an engaging story and the characters so real - I have a hard time letting go of them, seriously :) Also I can't believe it, but the slow building and the lack of sex for a good first half of the book didn't concern me in the slightest! Usually I quickly get bored when the porn romance didn't begin soon, but here I absolutely loved the slow pacing, the detai [...]

    8. The thing I liked most about this book was the depiction of a big man who had lost his self-confidence thanks to the overwhelming nature of his relationship with his father.People tend to assume that big people are naturally mentally tough, when in reality they've often had to suppress their strength for fear of hurting little people. I've seen this happen with children who are bullied by smaller, weaker ones because they know they can't retaliate.Long term this makes it difficult for them to be [...]

    9. I absolutely LOVED this book - perfect sequel to the first book, which I also really, really enjoyed. I loved Drew and Brad and their relationship. I kinda thought that the ending was a bit rushed, but still enjoyed every moment of these two guys together. I thought that this GFY with Brad dealing with what he was going through and what he felt for Drew was realistic and well written. And I really enjoyed getting to see Morgan and Nick again. (view spoiler)[Now I'm ready for Stuart and Jonathan' [...]

    10. 3.5 starsA good M/M romance between a straight boy brought up by a homophobic controlling father and a man who is out loud and proud. It's a story filled with angst provided by uncertainty - the uncertainty perhaps a little exaggerated at times - and poor communications, unknowingly aided by well-meaning but interfering friends. There are no real surprises in either plot or character, but it nicely filled the niche when I felt in the mood for such a story.

    11. I enjoyed the first part of this book but Brad's indecision became just way too annoying. And the whole "crisis" in the book was just too much. Not going to see him and check on him then 6 months pass and I just lost all faith in these two and didn't think either one of them deserved an HEA.

    12. Drew is a driven man. He is a successful real estate salesman, flips houses on the side, and has created a comfortable life for himself. He is out and proud, and has fought to be respected as such. His best friend Nick, coach of the CalPac rowing team, has found the love of his life in rower Morgan. More and more, Drew is seeing the hole in his life that not having a partner causes, and it hurts. He wants a man for himself.Brad was on the rowing team with Morgan, but graduated. He works for his [...]

    13. This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookwormThe BlurbBetween his job as a Realtor and his home renovation business, Drew St. Charles is in over his head. What he really needs is a licensed contractor to oversee his projects, and Drew knows just the man for the job: Brad Sundstrom. The Sundstrom family has been in construction for years, so Brad knows his way around a toolbox, and he desperately wants out from under his sneering father's thumb.The close contact and the excitement of a career- [...]

    14. Brad and Drew's story is an enjoyable follow up to Morgan and Nick Or at least 3/4 of it is! I was rolling along and thoroughly enjoying the story. Drew is very openly gay. Brad has played het all his life but Drew does something to him. Using the excuse of their housing/construction jobs they come together and Brad begins the journey towards self-discovery. Overall I think this was one of the most realistic Gay For You stories I've read. It wasn't easy and Brad behaved like an ass on many occas [...]

    15. This book gets only 3. 8 stars instead of 4.5 because I wanted to see the bad guy fall harder. A sequel to "Rocking the Boat", I read this one first and was intrigued by the realistic humanity of the characters. They were ordinary and had ordinary problems. The issue of Drew's emerging acceptance of his sexual orientation was interesting and revealing in the depth of its psychological detail. Also, this man doesn't look like an underwear model and has to work hard for his fitness; this made me w [...]

    16. I liked the book quite a lot. I was pleased that Brad didn't immediately jump into everything sexual with Drew once he admitted that he liked Drew. I think it was more believable that Brad would hesitate since he had no inclination towards men until he was 22 and met Drew. By the same token I felt that that story that same reason made the story drag a bit and I could have done with a few less passages with Brad worrying about being gay and what all that meant. The epilogue wrapped everything up [...]

    17. I absolutely LOVED this book - perfect sequel to the first book, which I also really, really enjoyed. I loved Drew and Brad and their relationship. I kinda thought that the ending was a bit rushed, but still enjoyed every moment of these two guys together. I thought that this GFY with Brad dealing with what he was going through and what he felt for Drew was realistic and well written. And I really enjoyed getting to see Morgan and Nick again. (view spoiler)[Now I'm ready for Stuart and Jonathan' [...]

    18. I liked how realistic Brad's questioning and hesitance seemed, given his homophobic contruction background. He didn't just accept it, but neither did I think he over-angsted about it. That said, I thought Drew's lack of return phone calls was beyond ridiculous and kept them apart unnecessarily. It caused me to really lose sympathy for Drew and decide Brad deserved better. Also, I thought it was setting up to have Brad figure out what his dad was up to and it seemed like a real cop-out to have it [...]

    19. While this was a great addition to the CalPac Crew series, it did not quite live up to Rocking the Boat. As with the first book I did a lot of skimming, but in addition to the sex scenes I also skimmed over the inner monologue. I did like the characters, but their thoughts quickly became tiresome and I just wanted to move along with the story. Still, I'm enjoying this series a lot and I can't wait to read the other two books.

    20. I really liked the relationship between Drew and Brad. The feelings Brad went through to come to terms with his attraction to Drew was some of the most believable I've read. And I must say Drew had the patience of a saint to deal with some of the things Brad said. I read this one first before I realized it was actually a sequel and went back to read the first one; I liked this book a lot more then the first. This is a really good story that focuses more on the romance and less on sex (though the [...]

    21. The "man slowly and reluctantly coming out to himself" story is one I've read a bazillion times and am generally ambivalent about, but this is a very nicely done story that treats its characters well, and I'm glad I gave it a shot. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more from this author in the future.My main complaint about this book is that I found the ending a bit abrupt. I really enjoyed the book up until then, though, and the ending was happy enough.

    22. I really liked the slow developing pace in this story. I admit Brad was a bit, but not to much, annoying with his attitude toward being an closed case, but then he was cute one. I simple loved him. And Drew was admirable with his calm, accepting attitude. Overall they both were great as a couple. I definitely enjoyed this book. Highly recommended story!!

    23. 4 1/2 StarsThere is an HEA for Drew and Brad that I expected but was happy to see. Someone needs to go to jail, someone needs to man up, and several someones need to talk. I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting Mr. Koehler’s next book, whether it is part of the Cal-Pac series or something new. This is a writer I intend to follow.

    24. 4.5 starsvery lovely story, GFY is one of my fav theme and this book has done justice to themeI liked the fact that Brad struggled to accept his new found sexuality.Could've been less drama towards the end of the book though but it was a good read nonetheless.Can't wait to read about Stuart and Jonathan though and will there be someone special for Owen?

    25. While the first 40% was an average "one out and proud, one bi-curious" type of romance; the story quickly descended into "a big misunderstanding" chaos of epic proportion. And frankly, one of the main characters (the closeted one) is just stupid beyond repair!

    26. I liked Tipping the Balance, but I wish the discovery of the one responsible for the arson, and possibly the beating, would not have been so glossed over. How could such a monumental thing not have more than a couple of sentences?

    27. wow. ok, so, first, this book dragged. it could have used some story editing. and then at 84%, it just got stupid. the sad oart is I live Brad and Drew. I liked them together, but geez, alright already

    28. So Much DramaNow it's time for Drew and Brad to get their turn. This one is very full of angst but it works. Brad has a lot to come to terms with and his sexuality is really just a part of it. It was great to watch him grow up.

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