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Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decidesAspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer.Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he’s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where—and with whom—his heart lies....

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Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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Wild and Precious Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-05-22 16:41

    This novella calls for the:BAD: all telling, no showing. The characters are wooden and exist in a sort of vacuum (no sense of place or community). The plot strains credulity (how the hell is a graduate student going to support himself in Washington DC without a job?). WORSE: emotional infidelity. There are three MCs and a ridiculous love triangle of sorts. Graham, Brent's boss, has a boyfriend he gazes at with adoration; later we find out he's been lusting after Brent all along. Well, hell, no wonder his boyfriend dumps him. Brent is firmly in the closet (to others AND himself) until he gets himself a boyfriend, Cody, a bisexual musician, and begins the Big Gay Experimentation. Which is ALL OFF PAGE. The first steamy scene goes something like this: Let's take this to the bedroom. End of chapter. New chapter begins a MONTH LATER when Brent is well-versed in the art of gay sex. FUCK. NO. WORST: (view spoiler)[The man Brent is with for 72 percent of the story is NOT the man he ends up with. So we get the "true MCs" for only a couple chapters.(hide spoiler)]Another face palm required:Two stars because the beginning was vaguely entertaining; there were no outrageous typos; and I liked the idea of Graham in all his fabulousness. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-05-03 13:07

    Once again, K.C. Kelly brings life to the characters. I love his drawl, tempo, cadence, and character voices. Honestly, the best thing about this story for me was the narration.As for the story itself, if I needed to use one word to describe my feelings at the end of this it would be "disappointed".Told from the POV of Both Brent and Cody, the bottom line is I didn't like Brent. In fact, I actively disliked him and his callous, careless treatment of Cody. The story is all tell, no show, with whole chunks of time missing from the story, including most of their relationship. However, the worst part to me, is the way the romance in the story is handled. I don't want to give it away and ruin anyone else's good time, but see my spoiler below if you want more details.Here are my notes: (view spoiler)[* All tell, no show. I want to read about their romance!* Sex (with exception of one hand job and one blow job) and relationship are off page. Brent is described at having learned and become very adept at gay sex, but there's no showing any of that. No good sexy times. I'm sad.* Brent keeping Cody a secret is making me mad. They've been seeing each other for months but Brent hasn't told anyone about him? For shame, sir!* Why is Brent spending so much time with his boss, Graham? Seriously, that's a lot of dinners and occasions out. Where's Graham's boyfriend?* Brent treats Cody so flippantly, callously, and carelessly. I feel so badly for Cody. Leave him, Cody! You deserve more!* Brent hadn't realized Cody cared so much? WTF? Are you serious? Douche bag.* "I should have thought how this was for you." You think? Jerk!* Why does this keep time jumping? First it's a month later, than four, then it's Thanksgiving, suddenly it's Christmas. I want some details, damnit!* Brent's a shitty boyfriend.* Brent is supposed to be a poet and fabulous writer. Why doesn't he ever have words? He has such trouble expressing himself.* Wait, now he's breaking up with Cody? I thought this was a romance?* Wait - BRENT ENDS UP WITH GRAHAM? Huh? Why did I get Cody's POV and their relationship at all then? (hide spoiler)]Though what's written is written well, and the characters were well thought out and really did seem "real" to me, which is I guess why I do feel so disappointed. I thought I was getting a different kind of romance story than what I got. However, I will definitely put Cody's story (There You Are) on my TBR, as I loved his character. Audio copy of Wild and Precious provided by Dreamspinner Press LLC in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-05-26 16:59

    Brent Granger is a bi-curious writer very attracted to his “gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford.” Brent starts dating bisexual musician Cody Bellstrom who gladly helps him explore his sexuality, but still harbors a strong interest in Graham. This story did not work for me - mostly because Brent is basically a bad boyfriend, who really treats Cody badly and didn't seem to realize his asshat-ish ways. There is little character development throughout and too much "tell" vs. "show." By the end of the book, I definitely wanted Cody’s story (and a HEA for him).

  • Sadonna
    2019-05-10 16:08

    This review can also be found at The Novel ApproachBrent is a young writer for a Washington DC Arts magazine. He likes his job a lot, but he really aspires to write his own stories and maybe some poetry. He’s 24 and he’s been on plenty of dates, but he really isn’t connecting with anyone – and in fact his dates seem to be getting worse instead of better and he can’t figure out why. On the weekend, he runs into his boss at the magazine, Graham, who is a 30-year-old out gay man that Brent just feels tongue-tied around. They end up doing things together and becoming friends outside of work – with Graham introducing him to different museums and restaurants and other unusual cultural venues. Graham is very outgoing, confident, extremely attractive, fun to be with, and in a relationship.Brent then sees a match on his dating profile from a bisexual guy who is looking for friends and quotes his favorite poet. He figures at least if he can maybe make a friend, he’ll be doing better than he has been. But what he does get instead, is an instant connection. He’s attracted to Cody, a musician, right away and he’s a little bit scared by that and a lot intrigued. What he ends up with is a whole lot more than friendship. He starts seeing Cody regularly, but he doesn’t tell anyone. He still has Sunday’s with Graham for the most part. Then a few things happen – running into a work colleague at a market and hiding the fact that they are together, finding out that Brent’s brother is getting married the next week – that make Cody think that Brent is indeed ashamed of their relationship and maybe even of being with a guy. This causes a strain in their relationship and Brent has some fences to mend. He does so in spectacular style – with some unforeseen repercussions. But all does not run smoothly, and despite pursuing his dream of becoming a writer with renewed vigor and success, things with Cody begin to wane somewhat. Brent is not at all sure what it is he wants or what he should do about it. The changes that he’s made may not still be enough to make things right for him. This is the first book I’ve read/listened to from this author – although I’ve had the book for a while, I hadn’t read it yet and when offered the chance for the audio book and knowing I had some commuting time coming up, I decided to try it – and I’m really glad I did. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. I thought the voice characterizations were definitive without being over the top and I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Kelly. I liked both Cody and Brent and my only small complaint was the brevity of the story – I simply would have liked more scenes, especially with Graham. I would have liked to have more time with Brent and Graham and Brent and Cody to get a better understanding of the relationship dynamics. This is a nice, low angst read about characters who are growing up and find themselves. I will say that I went right out and got the next story in this series and read it straight away. 

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-05-08 17:03

    Brent Granger has always been straight but something has been missing in his life. None of the women fulfil him and he is noticing his boss graham way too much. His boss keeps finding ways to talk to Brent and soon they are having lunch together and spending every Sunday together. One day when Brent’s friend is showing him new Match.com adds one catches his attention. They have a lot in common especially Brent’s favourite poem with a line about life being Wild and Precious. So what’s the problem? The ad is a guy seeking a guy. Secretly Brent calls and he and Cody become friends and more but he can’t get Graham out of his mind. I loved this story. It seemed to be the normal romance trope then Bam there was a twist I didn’t see coming. I loved the reference to the poem and how it fit the story so well. I loved all the characters. They are all so well written and intriguing I do hope we get to see more of Cody and his friends. If you are looking for a beautiful romance, coming out, friends to lovers and some sweet, hot but not overly explicit mansex this is definitely for you!

  • Amneris Cesare
    2019-04-29 16:41

    boring. abandoned

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-17 12:51

    Brent is in denial of his sexuality. He has a “man crush” on Graham – his openly gay boss – but doesn’t have the guts to admit it. He eventually decides to finally experiment with his sexuality after an intriguing ad he finds online catches his eye – from a guy – Cody.He and Cody don’t exactly click perfectly yet they become “boyfriends” – giving Brent a way to “experiment” while continuing to long for Graham.Meanwhile Graham – who has a boyfriend – secretly pines for Brent.UGH!Though I was thankful that Cody and Brent’s love-life was off page – it made my heart absolutely bleed for poor Cody. Luckily, I had read book two first so I know Cody gets his own love – a MUCH better guy than Brent – IMHO – so I wasn’t that crushed. But – I was disappointed that the author chose to have Brent do his experimentation with someone else but not show us how that happened other than to tell us that he became adept at being gay. Even if – as a reader – I wouldn’t necessarily want to see that – since the story starts from this point I think seeing that develop rather than hearing about it would give us a better picture of Brent’s growth. As it stands I never connected with Brent more than superficially and what I saw I didn’t really care for.Cody is the only likable character as he is the unwitting victim in all this. Graham is essentially cheating on his boyfriend – in thought if not deed – and when he and Brent do come together it’s neither particularly fulfilling or passionate. In fact they only get together in the very last few pages – so this felt more like Cody and Brent’s story – and an epic fail of a romance – rather than the positive romance between Graham and Brent.As a prequel to Cody’s story it has some merit but as a standalone for Brent’s story I can’t say that I liked him or his story much.But… KC Kelly did the narration for the audiobook and he is awesome! If I’d been reading this I’d have been more upset than I was – but KC saved the day because he adds so much to his stories and makes them enjoyable even with a storyline that isn’t.So… while I love Cody and was happy to learn of his backstory in more detail – I did not care for this story. I loved KC Kelly’s narration but he can only do so much for the overall experience.3 of 5 stars for the audiobook

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-15 18:58

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsThe tough job of a novella is being able to develop both the story and characters in fewer pages than a novel. In under 100 pages, Elliott succeeds in doing that fairly well. There are three main characters to consider here, along with secondary characters that all advance the story. Brent is the main focus here and his character is most developed. The story line flows well and pages are turned quickly to see how Brent is going to figure out his next moves in life. His friends really want him to find love and he has had a lot of first dates. He becomes increasingly attracted to his boss and decides to just take a chance on answering an ad from another guy. What attracts Brent to the ad is the use of a line from his favorite poet. The poem is a constant thread throughout the story and a throwback to the title of the book, but it is very convenient that so many characters all knew the poet and poem.There are some areas that did move fast and were less developed. For the number of pages, and three characters to address, the story is less predictable which is definitely refreshing. We see Brent and Cody meet and first get together. This is a huge step for Brent as he has never been with a man. The story line then moves to a month later when the guys are fully immersed in a sexual relationship and I felt it was a big transition to jump over. We spend time with Cody, some portions are in his point of view, and then towards the end, I would have liked a bit more closure for him, as there could be a greater story for him. As the book wraps up so very sweetly, bordering on toothache sweetness, Wild and Precious is a feel good read about finding yourself and finding true love.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  • Heloise West
    2019-05-09 11:01

    Poor Brent. The more women his friends set him up with, the more he feels he’ll never meet the right one. A few conversations hanging out with his gay boss Graham and Brent begins to see what the answer to his problem might be. He’s attracted to Graham, who is in a relationship and his boss, so Brent decides to explore bisexual, maybe even gay as his true nature. He changes his profile on match.com and meets Cody, who changes his life.As time goes on, though, Brent isn’t in love with Cody. He’s in love with Graham, whom he can never have. It’s painful to read through this aspect of the story, but in a good way—it has to end happily, doesn’t it? This is a well crafted story about finding yourself and finding, and keeping, love.review at [email protected]

  • Dutchgirl
    2019-05-24 11:57

    Brent has no luck with women, there is just never a real connection. He is working at an arts magazine and he begins to notice his gay boss Graham (Graham is in a relationship). When he sees and answers a personal ad of a (bisexual) guy named Cody he immediatly knows why he never connected with women he is gay! Now he has to figure out who he wants Cody or Graham.I loved this story, i enjoyed reading it and i would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a romantic story about finding out who you are.

  • Charley Descoteaux
    2019-05-22 14:00

    Last story read in 2014! Loved watching as Brent discovered who he was and what he wanted out of life. A feel-good story, full of hope but not overly sweet or sentimental--the perfect end-of-the year read!

  • k reads
    2019-05-15 16:06

    2.5 stars.Nothing compelling here but there are worse ways to kill time

  • Lulu
    2019-04-26 14:57

    Story: 8First MC: 8Second MC: 7Third MC: 7Secondary characters: 6Mystery: 3Sexual tension: 6Humor: 4Hotness: 5Product placement: 4Ridiculousness: 3Annoying: 3Audio: 8 (2h 34min)To re-read: 7...too sleep deprived to add anything more...

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-25 12:59

    AudiobookThe narration couldn't save this story. Very disappointing.

  • TracyG.
    2019-05-14 11:00

    Not a bad start to the series

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-05-26 14:45

    Brent is a young writer for a Washington DC arts magazine. He likes his job a lot, but he really aspires to write his own stories and maybe some poetry. He’s 24 and he’s been on plenty of dates, but he isn’t connecting with anyone. And, in fact, his dates seem to be getting worse instead of better and he can’t figure out why. On the weekend, he runs into his boss at the magazine, Graham, who is a 30-year-old out gay man who Brent just feels tongue-tied around. They end up doing things together and becoming friends outside of work, with Graham introducing him to different museums and restaurants and other unusual cultural venues. Graham is outgoing, confident, extremely attractive, fun to be with—and in a relationship.Brent then sees a match on his dating profile from a bisexual guy who is looking for friends, and quotes his favorite poet. He figures at least if he can maybe make a friend, he’ll be doing better than he has been. But what he does get, instead, is an instant connection. He’s attracted to Cody, a musician, right away, and he’s a little bit scared by that and a lot intrigued. What he ends up with is a whole lot more than friendship.He starts seeing Cody regularly, but he doesn’t tell anyone. He still has Sunday’s with Graham, for the most part. Then a few things happen—running into a work colleague at a market and hiding the fact that they are together, finding out that Brent’s brother is getting married the next week—that make Cody think that Brent is indeed ashamed of their relationship and maybe even of being with a guy. This causes a strain in their relationship, and Brent has some fences to mend. He does so in spectacular style—with some unforeseen repercussions. All does not run smoothly, and despite pursuing his dream of becoming a writer with renewed vigor and success, things with Cody begin to wane somewhat. Brent is not at all sure what it is he wants or what he should do about it. The changes that he’s made still may not be enough to make things right for him.This is the first book I’ve read/listened to from this author. Although I’ve had the book for a while, I hadn’t read it yet and when offered the chance for the audiobook, and knowing I had some commuting time coming up, I decided to try it. I’m really glad I did. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. I thought the voice characterizations were definitive without being over the top, and I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Kelly.I liked both Cody and Brent, though my only small complaint is the brevity of the story. I simply would have liked more scenes, especially with Graham. I would have liked to have more time with Brent and Graham, and Brent and Cody, to get a better understanding of the relationship dynamics.This is a nice, low angst read about characters who are growing up and finding themselves. I will say that I went right out and got the next story in this series and read it straight away.Reviewed by Sadonna for The Novel Approach Reviewshttp://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-05-24 11:56

    Aww, I really liked this story. It’s an easy read with characters who you immediately connect with. It was nice that there wasn’t the resident ‘baddie’ – it made it all that more difficult to decide who Brent should end up with!The story begins with Brent wondering why he keeps losing in the arena of love. His dates with women never progress past the first one, and when he develops a growing attraction to his handsome, older gay boss – the lightbulb goes off. He decides to throw caution to the wind and answers a personal ad from a guy named Cody because he quotes from Brent’s favorite poem (this is one of the ways the ‘wild and precious’ aspect ties in to the story). They begin dating, Cody shows him how good sex can be with the right gender and it appears they’ll dance off into the sunset together. Or not.This novella length book worked for me on most levels. There’s a love triangle involved, and since the three characters are mentioned in the blurb, I don’t see it as a spoiler by saying it’s between Brent, Cody and Graham – Brent’s boss. For a brief moment while reading I thought the story was going to jump the shark and turn into a menagé, but I was quickly reassured.Brent. Absolutely adored him. I actually would’ve preferred the entire book be in his POV due to the love triangle aspect and because I felt that the happenings in the book were his issues to work through. Not that everything didn’t impact the other characters, just that where and how Brent’s life was going to progress from him making the discovery he was gay to finding his true love was really more about his personal journey. When the POV left him, I felt it lessened the impact of his struggle and realizations about himself and his life.I really liked both Graham and Cody and I agreed with the author over who should end up with Brent – I was rooting for him. I also thought it was a great move to make both of the men so different from each other. It made me run the pros and cons of them being Brent’s love match through my head as I read along. There were moments of angst in this book, but nothing too over the top. There’s an enjoyable sweetness to it and I think it’s the perfect read for a lazy afternoon when you just want something to make you feel good.Overall, I really enjoyed Wild and Precious and give it 4 Stars. I also hope that the odd man out gets his happily ever after too – he deserves it!Reviewed by Michele for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*

  • Donna
    2019-05-14 18:09

    In general I’m not a fan of love triangles because you know that someone is likely to end up heartbroken and alone. Although this story isn’t quite a love triangle it has characters that are attracted to other people while in committed relationships. I’d read a couple of other reviews on this story before starting so I knew going in who Brent was going to end up with and, I must admit, that I’m glad I knew. But that’s just me. I’m one of those people who often peeks at the end because I really hate nasty surprises. I didn’t want to have my heart set on Brent with one man only to find out he ends up with the other.I was impressed that the author didn’t take the easy way out by making one of the men an asshole who deserves to end up alone. I really liked Graham and Cody both for Brent and I doubt that I’ll be completely satisfied until the man who ends up single at the end of this book gets his own HEA. I don’t want to tell you who that is but if you really want to know I promise the info isn’t hard to find.My full review of Wild and Precious can be found at Love Byteshttp://lovebytesreviews.com/2015/02/0...

  • Melanie
    2019-05-04 16:49

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words reviewFor the full review, visit http://wp.me/p220KL-6EU on 1/6/2016From that review: "Wild and Precious by CJane Elliott is one of those books where I wanted to either issue no rating at all or multiple ratings for various elements because at 80 pages this author has done so many things right that the parts where that irritate or pull the story down just don't count as much for me as they might with others.First, I'm going to start with my largest possible author peril of them all, the location of Washington, DC. CJane Elliot knows Washington, DC. This story is crammed full of the right streets and locations (yes, I knew where they are/were) and I can't tell you how often that doesn't happen. Jets land in Bethesda..not Oh, the howlers I've read. So to have an author get it right? Bonus points! Handing out the gold stars now."for more of our reviews, guest blogs, author interview and giveaways, visit http://www.ScatteredThoughtsandRogueW...

  • K
    2019-05-18 14:52

    2.5 starsOkay story during which the two characters who end up together are with other people (no cheating though). Brent has only dated women but after a string of failed dates and a fascination with his openly gay boss Graham he starts dating Cody, a bit man who has three girlfriends at once but fancies a change of scene. Brent and Cody date and Brent comes out to friends and family but it's not love. Meanwhile Graham and his long term partner split up, and when Cody leaves Brent and Graham finally get together (like in the last 15% of the story)

  • Molly Lolly
    2019-05-16 12:00

    Original review on Molly LollyFour stars!I wasn’t sure about the different relationships at first. However, I’m happy with how it turned out in the end. I was nervous for Brent when he came out on how everyone would react. I really enjoyed the side characters. They were colorful and fun, and brought a great dimension to the story. I want the story of the guy Brent didn’t have a happy ending with. He deserves a story too. I need it!

  • Inked Reads
    2019-05-07 15:49

    FourandHalfStarsThis quick, one-sitting read was sweet and fun. I enjoyed watching Brent unfold and become comfortable with himself and who he was, and I loved the way the relationship with Graham unfolded slowly.My only regret is that I wish the author hadn't put any of the story in Cody's point of view. Cody ended up feeling to me like a throwaway. It seemed like he was falling for Brent, and I didn't really feel like there was closure with him. Maybe the author will tell his story some other time.I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.~Amy

  • Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
    2019-05-26 12:11

    OMG! i LOVED this book!!!i was a little bit anxious for a bit when i thought there might be a love triangle here but it was absolutely perfect for me. graham and brent are absolutely perfect for each other and so sweet together. they are both literary lovers, artistic in their own way and beautiful. the writing was really good (i can't wait to read more by ms. elliott) and the secondary characters were perfect!

  • Louise Lyons
    2019-05-15 10:45

    I felt pretty sorry for Brent with everyone trying to set him up on dates. I was delighted when he met Cody, but there didn't seem to be much of a spark between them and I was sad for Cody as he clearly felt more at first. Then it all became clear - Brent's real love was waiting in the wings. I really enjoyed this, sweet and fast paced novella. I wanted to see Cody get his happy ending though, so I can't wait to read the sequel and see if he gets it.

  • A.M. Leibowitz
    2019-05-16 17:07

    This quick, one-sitting read was sweet and fun. I enjoyed watching Brent unfold and become comfortable with himself and who he was, and I loved the way the relationship with Graham unfolded slowly.My only regret is that I wish the author hadn’t put any of the story in Cody’s point of view. Cody ended up feeling to me like a throwaway. It seemed like he was falling for Brent, and I didn’t really feel like there was closure with him. Maybe the author will tell his story some other time.

  • Kat
    2019-04-25 15:53

    Dreamspinner freebie Nov 28, 2015

  • Maya
    2019-05-24 13:10

    3.5 Stars Audible Editon

  • Queue
    2019-05-07 12:58

    I adored this story so much. Brent was so realistic. I loved him right away. Cody and Graham are also amazing characters. Sweet story with some surprises along the way.

  • jules0623
    2019-05-06 14:03

    This review is perfect: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7...

  • GlamLawyer
    2019-05-07 11:01

    3.5 stars