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3.5 starsThis book left me a little angry, sad and puzzled after reading it I believe maybe, if i read it 2 or 3 years ago the results would have been different.First of all, the writing is beautiful, i fell in love with it from the beginning My problem was i didn t connect with our narrator from the get go and by the end of the book i really didn t know him The same goes for the other characters too At the end of it all, i did shed a tear, because damn sad is sad Books like this really ma 3.5 starsThis book left me a little angry, sad and puzzled after reading it I believe maybe, if i read it 2 or 3 years ago the results would have been different.First of all, the writing is beautiful, i fell in love with it from the beginning My problem was i didn t connect with our narrator from the get go and by the end of the book i really didn t know him The same goes for the other characters too At the end of it all, i did shed a tear, because damn sad is sad Books like this really make me appreciate the discussions we get to have after reading Thank you my friends The story is taboo and i love the kind, what i felt between Ed and Alex was lust and obsession not love The writing got my attention, i will be checking out Thanks so much my lovely Vir for this gift 5 Amazing Stars Wow I m trying to digest this book in an attempt to write a review somewhat worthy of how strongly it affected me Edward is a 33 year old man living the life Great job, great wife, two beautiful children, living in a quiet suburb of London But all things aren t as they appear Edward s world is just sort of grayuntil the new neighbors move inincluding their 17 year old son Alec His life irrevocably changes that day This is a book about a man who fa 5 Amazing Stars Wow I m trying to digest this book in an attempt to write a review somewhat worthy of how strongly it affected me Edward is a 33 year old man living the life Great job, great wife, two beautiful children, living in a quiet suburb of London But all things aren t as they appear Edward s world is just sort of grayuntil the new neighbors move inincluding their 17 year old son Alec His life irrevocably changes that day This is a book about a man who falls in love with a boy It s taboo, I guess, but it s a tragic love story too Staged in the 1960s in England, it highlights the tranquil life of the average family Everything is polite, polisheda farce I ve never read anything by this author but I must say, the writing is impeccablealmost poetic, a prose of sorts It s written as if you re reading Edward s diary He s recounting to the reader, telling us the story of he and Alex I thought I was going into a book about some twisted obsession with an innocent teen boy Nope Not it at all And I got so muchI don t feel Edward is a monster, yet I don t know totally how I feel I d HIGHLY recommend this story for those looking for something different, something deep, that ll make you question where you stand morally, ethically where love is involved Who are we to judge If it s mutual love, is it wrong But the ending This is not erotica It s not dark Its not light It s emotionally heavy It s MM but the scenes aren t graphically drawn out Just tastefully done on every level This will be a book I won t soon forget I was given a copy of this from a friend I ve been told it s no longer available in ebook and the paperback costs..wait for itup to 2400 for a used copy When a friend posted that picture from AMZ, I about croaked It s good but not that good Don t believe me Here s the proof view spoiler hide spoiler brutally honest, and very, very brave.for some gay men of a certain generation, this book will feel like a hug from a friend who understands.some things are inevitable sometimes, you only need to exist to deserve your fate.this book could not have ended any other way.it hurt, but it was true, and small niggles did not detract from the grim satisfaction of a reading experience alive with authenticity, and compassion, and even despair.a remarkable novel, and one i recommend. Genre MM Historical FictionType StandalonePOV First Person MaleRating Edward Ed Johnson lived a seemingly perfect life in the 60s With a good job as a stockbroker, beautiful wife and good twin kids, he didn t know he needed something else until it was presented to him in the form of his new neighbor s teenage boy.Alex Charles was a shy but smart teenager with a bright future His particular hobby brought him closer to the family next door But when that connection started to become so Genre MM Historical FictionType StandalonePOV First Person MaleRating Edward Ed Johnson lived a seemingly perfect life in the 60s With a good job as a stockbroker, beautiful wife and good twin kids, he didn t know he needed something else until it was presented to him in the form of his new neighbor s teenage boy.Alex Charles was a shy but smart teenager with a bright future His particular hobby brought him closer to the family next door But when that connection started to become somethingthey took a risk that could easily ruined both of their lives.I have only read a handful of MM books because I am particular with the content I want angst, grit and soul searching story Thankfully, this book met the criteria I wasn t having a relationship with another man it was laughable I looked on it as a series of episodes, and I called it that in my head I refused to call it what it was Ed s life had been nothing than a facade He was content with playing his part until it wasn t enough any I felt both pity and angry with him when it came to his life before and when Alex entered his life But despite everything, I understood where he came from I loved his exuberance, his passion for life Nothing, for Alex, was impossible He made me feel invulnerable, and farspecial than I am Alex was initially portrayed a certain way I was surprised but glad his character quickly showed a different side I could feel the dilemma he faced being on the other side I was in my own garage, with my children and my wife on the other side of flimsy wooden doors, and I pulled that young man into my arms and I kissed him as if it was our last moment together instead of our first I love taboo stories and this book is definitely that inthan one way That was part of the thrill that added to my enjoyment of the story But most importantly, I like the morality aspect of it.Initially I was a little confused with the writing Then I figured it out, it was written like a journal It felt like reading someone s private sordid secret and it helped me to feel the narrator and the story The sex wasn t overly explicit, but enough to established the scenes Small lies seem nothing , and big lies even the biggest are no harder They shrink with time and with repetition Junction X follows the lives of two individuals trapped in a secret life It would appeal to readers who love MM stories with heavier content.Forreviews reveals giveaways visit This book is something else you need to be in the mood though as it s not an easy read but boy was it worth it Maybe not quite 4 full stars for reasons I ll explain, but I m rounding up because it had some serious strengths The narrative was brutal and beautiful, but without being purple prosey When I finished it a couple of days ago, I was torn on my final feelings about it beyond damn that writing tho But now I ve spent some time processing and discussing it, so I ll try for an actual review Elation is a bubble that lasts for tiny tiny moments but leaves something of its memory in scents an Maybe not quite 4 full stars for reasons I ll explain, but I m rounding up because it had some serious strengths The narrative was brutal and beautiful, but without being purple prosey When I finished it a couple of days ago, I was torn on my final feelings about it beyond damn that writing tho But now I ve spent some time processing and discussing it, so I ll try for an actual review Elation is a bubble that lasts for tiny tiny moments but leaves something of its memory in scents and sounds so that later, when you need that boost, you can close your eyes and remember happiness Junction X s story arc was dark and taboo, and the plot execution was on point What fell short for me was the character development It s hard to go into this without spoilers, but there was a particular twist that made sense for the story, but it felt hard to buy because of the lack of characterization leading up to it.Junction X was one of those that easily had 5 star possibilities, which makes the shortcomings chafe a bit It had the potential to destroy me, and I hold it against it that it didn t Having said that, it was definitely worth the read, and I liked it a lot, even loved it at times Erastes writing kept me engaged with every line, and I will no doubt be exploring others in her catalogue |DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♂ Junction X ☩ Set in the very English suburbia ofwhere everyone has tidy front gardens and lace curtains, Junction X is the story of Edward Johnson, who ostensibly has the perfect life A beautiful house, a great job, an attractive wife and two well mannered children The trouble is he s been lying to himself all of his life And first love, when it does come, hits him and hits him hard Who is the object of his passion The teenaged son of the new neighbours Edward s world is about to go to hell Both a haunting tale of sexual obsession and a stunning portrait of an ordinary man caught up in the throes of an illicit love and teetering on the brink of self destruction, told with pinpoint psychological insight and mouth watering prose, this is a splendid example of the storyteller s art, reminiscent of James Baldwin Victor J Banis, author of The Man from CAMP I read it finally I inhaled it, devoured it, gobbled it up I ve almost spenttime writing and rewriting this review than reading the book, so here it is before I pop a vessel It hurts, guys From different angles It is indescribably sad, yet it s all about happiness Unexpected, larger than life, bursting out of the page happiness Tainted by lies, guilt and fears, too Fleeting and ever changing Junction X is a piece of ambivalent humanity with its ability to love, fear and hurt, its I read it finally I inhaled it, devoured it, gobbled it up I ve almost spenttime writing and rewriting this review than reading the book, so here it is before I pop a vessel It hurts, guys From different angles It is indescribably sad, yet it s all about happiness Unexpected, larger than life, bursting out of the page happiness Tainted by lies, guilt and fears, too Fleeting and ever changing Junction X is a piece of ambivalent humanity with its ability to love, fear and hurt, its fragility, its cowardice, its moments of trembling, worshipping sensuality and sordid little arrangements It is uncomfortably honest and uncompromising in portraying a man awakening for the first time to love, sexuality, himself, in awe of the gift that he s been given yet overwhelmed by it, unprepared for it.It is a very brave, very well written piece of work, swallowing lovers, families and friends in a downward spiral, picturing a time, a place and a way of life that is as much to blame as flawed people and it could be anytime, anywhere, anyone, really.What s left when the tears are dried and the snot is wiped Quiet grumbles nothing s perfect, right , resentment and compassion, questions and thoughts, no regret and two quotesHow much do we know about other people Elation is a bubble that lasts for tiny tiny moments but leaves something of its memory in scents and sounds, so that later, when you need the boost, you can close your eyes and remember Like asking a drowning man to let go of a life line Let go Let go Please let go Can t I m drowning We re all going to drown, let go No No What hurts one, hurts us all.It hurt to see all the hurts our world is full of A desperate tale of forbidden love.27 Oct 2015 with Maya totally necessary reading this with you. The swinging 60s in the UK The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pirate Radio, Mary Quant, bell bottoms, The Avengers, Alfred Hitchcock, hippies, Twiggy, Afros all sounds familiar, right Gay in the 60s in the UK illegal, sexual deviant, arrest, imprisonment, behavioural therapy, aversion therapy, electric shock treatment, blackmail, hormone treatment, running scared, living a lie still sounds familiar Junction X is set in 1962 in the UK and if you were gay that was your future, The swinging 60s in the UK The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Pirate Radio, Mary Quant, bell bottoms, The Avengers, Alfred Hitchcock, hippies, Twiggy, Afros all sounds familiar, right Gay in the 60s in the UK illegal, sexual deviant, arrest, imprisonment, behavioural therapy, aversion therapy, electric shock treatment, blackmail, hormone treatment, running scared, living a lie still sounds familiar Junction X is set in 1962 in the UK and if you were gay that was your future, or you made sure you just didn t get caught Eddie is married to Valerie and outwardly they are the typical, 60s suburban family with two kids Inwardly their sex life is practically non existent and when it does happen it s a thing to be got over with rather than enjoyed and celebrated This was the fate of many gay men at this time locked into loveless marriages out of fear of the alternatives Being socially conditioned into believing that they were perverse in some way by harbouring feelings for other men This was a time that if you weren t married by a certain age then people would start asking the awkward questions and start talking behind your backLooking back at what I thought was nothingthan a mild deception, I see that I was attempting to be the man she wanted me to be.attempting to fit someone else s mould, even back then I suppose it s because people don t look for aberration where there is an established routine Ed and Valerie s former neighbours Claire and Phil have moved away and new neighbours arrive Eddie Discovers his latent gay tendencies due to Phil who is a little bit of a sexual opportunist in my opinion They basically use each other for sexual favours that they obviously can t get from their wives, but Phil is obviously the one that can separate the one from the other, much easier than Ed.When the new neighbours arrive with their seventeen year old son Alex then Ed s world is thrown for a loop and he finds himself slipping deeper into a world full of lies and deceit in order to keep the happy family pretense going at least outwardly and covering up his affair with AlexFor there wasn t a day after this when I wasn t lying to someone Perhaps because it was I d stopped lying to myself.There is definitely no HEA to the end of this story, it s a bittersweet and slightly melancholic tale of a love with no possible future True to the times of what being gay, even if the word existed in its present form then, meant in 1962 An attraction and affair that can only be doomed before it starts No gay man at this time would have been left with any other choice and that s what makes this story eventragic Although Alex was only seventeen at the time and a few months away from his 18th birthday, in 1962 it was a no go anyway, despite the age.The writing is beautifully done and you feel the internal struggle going on in Ed, fighting with his feelings of emotion and attraction against his social conditioning of knowing that this is not allowed and would never be accepted Love will out and eventually it does, but Alex plays a key role in winning Ed over with his exuberance and confidence I thought this was interesting seeing Alex, although younger, was the one who wasopen, sure of himself and knew exactly what he wanted after recognising what he saw in Ed was just not his imagination.There were a couple of things where I thought whether or not this could really have been Could a seventeen year old in 1962 really be so forward, sexually self assure, possibly a virgin, but knowingexactly what he wants than a 33 year old man But the narrative art of the story kept these questions at bay, making Alex and Ed totally believable as characters I loved the way Phil and Ed called their quickies episodes It made it seem all so detached and purely physical as it probably was, at least for Phil anyway They would very often have an episode in a compartment on the train commuting to work However, I did find myself asking about the risk of being caught, it s something I wouldn t really consider attempting today, let alone in 1962 on a busy commuter train old style trains with compartments or not I couldn t really imagine that they could be that alone and take that risk However, no risk, no fun Valerie, Ed s wife, also plays a central role in this story, trapped in a marriage that is less from satisfying it must have been just as bitter and disappointing for her too She may come across as someone who is cold and unaffectionate, but then she has a husband who can t really love her like she really should be loved Rough deal if you ask me.This book can only be described as a touching, intricate and beautiful story Deftly written using Ed as the narrator You read Ed s innermost thoughts, feel his longing and suffer his anguish, being able to sense the excruciating internal conflict in him up to the very end where there is only one way outElation is a bubble that lasts for tiny tiny moments but leaves something of its memory in scents and sounds so that later, when you need that boost, you can close your eyes and remember happiness The Sexual Offences Bill passed its Third Reading in the House of Commons on 4th of July 1967 It received the Royal Assent on 21st of July 1967 Thus lifting the illegality of gay sex between consenting males This left me sad thinking about how different it could have been for these two guys were they in the here and now Although this work is fiction how many men must have gone through a similar ordeal in those times This book has left me reflecting how lucky we are today and how muchstill needs to be done throughout the world in raising awareness Oh, and have the tissues ready for the end of the book, you might need them