Worth Waiting For

Worth Waiting For A small town in the Deep South isn t where most gay men would choose to go looking for love But open hearts will find a way Growing up in the Bible Belt Paul Dunham learned from a young age to hide h

  • Title: Worth Waiting For
  • Author: Wendy Qualls
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A small town in the Deep South isn t where most gay men would choose to go looking for love But open hearts will find a way Growing up in the Bible Belt, Paul Dunham learned from a young age to hide his sexuality Now he s teaching psychology at a conservative college in Georgia and still hiding who he really is If Paul hopes to get tenure, he needs to keep his desires oA small town in the Deep South isn t where most gay men would choose to go looking for love But open hearts will find a way Growing up in the Bible Belt, Paul Dunham learned from a young age to hide his sexuality Now he s teaching psychology at a conservative college in Georgia and still hiding who he really is If Paul hopes to get tenure, he needs to keep his desires on the down low But when an old college crush shows up on campus looking gorgeous than ever Paul s long suppressed urges are just too big for one little closet to hold Brandon Mercer has come a long way since his freshman year fumbling s with Paul Now he s confident, accomplished, proudly out and the sexiest IT consultant Paul s ever seen When Brandon asks Paul to grab some coffee and catch up, it leads to a steamy reunion that puts their first night of passion to shame But when Paul s longtime crush turns into a full time romance, he receives an anonymous email threatening to expose their secret to the world If Paul stays with Brandon, his teaching career is over Yet if he caves under pressure, he risks losing the one true love he s been

    One thought on “Worth Waiting For”

    1. 1.5 StarsI was really keen on reading this from the blurb. I was hoping for a great "Out For You" story about a second chance love and reconnecting with first loved I sort of got it?Told from the single POV of deeply closeted Paul, his very carefully ordered life is thrown upside down when his college freshman crush, Brandon, is hired as an IT Security consultant for the college and Paul is ordered to work with him. Brandon immediately comes on to Paul and offers a no-strings-attached affair, wh [...]

    2. I enjoyed Save the Date, Wendy Qualls' collaboration with Annabeth Albert. Unfortunately, sans Albert, Qualls' writing sinks into the trite and awkward. Worth Waiting For is told from the perspective of Paul, a professor at a Christian college who's in the closet and wants to stay there. When his college crush, Brandon, arrives in town to work as an IT consultant on campus, Paul can't stop thinking about him. Brandon suggests they get together, for dinner and more. But Paul is scared and gives o [...]

    3. I've made a very conscious effort this year to DNF books instead of pushing myself to finish something when I'm clearly not having an enjoyable reading experience.I made it to 10% of this book. And while I wouldn't say the story and writing is bad, it's definitely not good.The writing is really jarring. If it's not the word choices, it's the sentence structure, and it's multiple times on each page.Cripes.TwitterpatedThe barista at the campus coffee shop when he finished his walk - a rainbow-hair [...]

    4. This is technically my second read by Qualls but as my first exposure to her was a co-written effort -- with one of my favourite m/m authors -- I'm going to count this as my first true Qualls' experience. And honestly, in all probability, it's likely going to be my last.I don't know if it's because I now associate Qualls with Albert but this read more or less like the discarded plot to one of Albert's books. And definitely echoed some of the backstory of one of her #gaymers characters (STATUS UP [...]

    5. A highly enjoyable story about Paul, a closeted professor working at a very conservative Christian college who, after ten years, accidentally reconnects with Brandon, the man who made him realize he was gay. I noticed "Worth Waiting For" mostly because of the cover, which I like even more now that I have read the book because it captures the story and its atmosphere perfectly. Despite the subject matter and while there were some angsty moments, overall it had a lighter feel than I had expected, [...]

    6. This story left me feeling so dissatisfied. Paul as a character makes no sense. He's deeply deeply closeted yet jumps right in to a sexual relationship with Brandon like it's his every day norm. They go away for a weekend and he's holding Brandon's hand in public, meeting Brandon's family as his boyfriend, participating in PDA - it just doesn't make sense for how his character is written. And don't get me started on Brandon. He totally admits he's never been in a relationship and doesn't want on [...]

    7. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the ARC.There were formatting problems which I hope will be sorted out before publication. I eventually read mine downloaded via Adobe Digital Editions which was relatively error free.However, I had other issues with this novel. The premise looked good- Paul and Brandon renew their friendship after a ten year gap and with unfinished business hanging in the air. Brandon has avoided commitment and Paul has had one failed relationship. Unfortunat [...]

    8. Paul and Brandon's story is a blend of sad angst and near-perfect romance. I have many questions about characters' actions and authenticity, and when I find myself second guessing like that I know I am thrown out of the story.Paul's boss, for example. Why does he dislike Paul so much? How does the mystery stalker get away with as much as he does? And Paul's parents? Are they believable?I did like Brandon, but he was a saint for putting up with as much hot and cold from Paul as he does. Overall, [...]

    9. I received this as a gift from a friend and I figured I'd crack it open. Reviews don't encourage a lot of faith, but I always (always) like to decide for myself! Also, I want to clear this from my "currently reading" queue. So here we go

    10. ✩ ✩ ✩ THREE-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Two men holding hands in an awkward position while sitting on a bench. Nothing overly eye-catching. Weak title font for the room provided. Nice placement of Author name. The synopsis was not something that would normally draw me in either, however, I'd read a book by this author when she paired up with Annabeth Albert and really enjoyed that book, so I was intrigued how well this author would do on her [...]

    11. 3 StarsPaul and Brandon met their freshman year at Saint Benedict, a strict Christian college both were attending. They skirted around their attraction for one another for quite some time, until eventually they shared a night together. When Brandon leaves for another school afterward without a word, Paul locks himself securely back in the closet. Now, ten years later, the two meet again when Brandon returns to Saint Benedict for a short time as an IT consultant. Brandon runs into Paul, who is wo [...]

    12. I’ll get straight to the point with this review. Dr. Paul Dunham is one of the most tediously boring protagonists I have ever attempted to engage with. Even after finishing Paul’s story, I still have no idea why a gay man would spend more than ten years of his life studying then working at a conservative Christian college. Paul admits several times in this book that he has no interests, hobbies or friends. He lives for his work and his closest relationship is with his twin sister who lives o [...]

    13. **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**1.5 starsDNF AT 12% I was quite excited about this after reading the blurb as it is my type of book. However I am disappointed to say that the expectation didn't meet the reality. Firstly I found, what I did manage to read, incredibly difficult due to the formatting issues within the kindle edition. For example the end of the first page read as follows:"There have been some complaints about you," Dr Kirshner announced. "Sorry?"he slid a stapl [...]

    14. I was introduced to this author via Save The Date, which was cowritten with Annabeth Albert. I was looking forward to this story as the blurb sounded interesting. Unfortunately, the book fell short of good for me. There was so much promise from the blurb with a closeted Paul who works at a conservative, Christian college when he reconnects with an old flame who happens to be at the same college for a consulting job.The book as a whole was banal. Cliched. I feel like I have read this story before [...]

    15. I received an ARC from NetGalley. Not a big fan of this book or writer who I've not heard of before. The writing was really boring and awkward. I did not feel a real connection between the two main characters like ever throughout the book which was sad because I think it could be a better book, maybe ion first person? Not sure. The plot was really blatantly apparent to me and easy to figure out, the more I read. Paul and Brandon had no chemistry which, along with the fact that I figured out the [...]

    16. Content warning: homophobia (religiously motivated)Wow, this was an angsty, all-the-feels read! I cried angry tears, sad tears, and happy tears, all in the course of 300 pages!“How did you” Brandon seemed to be picking his words carefully. “How was it for you? Staying?”“It wasn’t anything, really.” Confusing and frustrating, but that was nothing new. “I just went back to not doing that. Nobody thought anything of it. Plenty of students here don’t really date.”Paul is securely [...]

    17. *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*Normally when it comes to books I avoid other reader's reviews until I've read the book by myself - mostly not to spoiler myself with details or opinions. This time though I took a look and was a bit biased by the reviews and the general ranking on . Still, because I judge books and be able to value things by my own and maybe differently I started this book with ignoring/blind out the other reviews.Whereas I don't a [...]

    18. A new author for me and I liked this a lot.Worth Waiting For is the first book I've read by Wendy Qualls where she didn't have a co-author. I liked this story very much and I'm a bit frustrated by the negative comments I've read in other reviews. Specifically, where people complained about formatting errors in the copy they got from NetGalley. Here's what NetGalley has to say about formatting errors: Formatting errors are highly dependent on the formatting of the PDF - the fonts, margins, graphi [...]

    19. Good debut from a new author. Her prose is very clear and her characterizations are solid. It's obvious she knows her stuff (she gets details correct for different flavors of geeks, different flavors of gay men, different flavors of Southerner) and that she's actively thought about what she's writing (the detail of how annoying shower spray is in your face during, er, fun times, made me smile). The two leads are delightful; I sympathized with Paul and fell in love with Brandon. (Who is an IT guy [...]

    20. 3.5 Stars.Paul and Brandon connected in their freshman year of college. It was a conservative school, and Paul was scared into the closet, lest his secret attraction for another man cause him to be expelled for indecency and out him to his family–who he expected would disown him. He’s had one pseudo-relationship sicne, with a self-loathing man who was deeper int he closet than himself. Brandon moved on to a different college–one that was more open to diversity, and he’s been an out-gay m [...]

    21. 3 - 3 1/2 starsWorth Waiting For is the first book in the new Heart of the South series by Wendy Qualls. It's a sweet, sexy M/M romance with a touch of mystery and suspense. With the interesting storyline, complex characters, sexy intimate scenes, intense situations, and surprise twists, it's a really good beginning to this new series. There was a lot that I liked about this story, as well as the characters. It had a good plot, the characters were interesting and developed, and the mystery/suspe [...]

    22. This was a touching story of two men who were given a second chance to find happiness after a long time apart. Neither knew they'd find one another again and thought their past was just a great memory and also a great secret. With a lot to lose, they take a chance. Unfortunately, other people do whatever they can to tear them apart.The way they find resolution was a bit over-the-top as well as the big forced reveal, but their chemistry was there. Something that was not so awesome was the lack of [...]

    23. My Review:The hard thing about writing book reviews is figuring out why sometimes a book works for you and sometimes it doesn't. This was a book that didn't work for me. I'll be honestI almost DNF'ed it several times in the last 25% of the book, but by that time, I'd already put in so much time to reading it. But the question iswhy didn't it work for me. I think the answer is thise main hero, Paul. This book is told entirely from Paul's point of view and Paul is really not that great of a charac [...]

    24. Oh God, I just can't with this book. It's so bad, so very, very bad. Bad as in boring, so boring! And that is why I had to FORCE MYSELF TO FINISH IT. I wanted to like it, and the blurb was good. It's just that its execution was sorely lacking. Lacking interesting, vibrant characters. Lacking entertainment. Lacking everything. Ugh. Just ugh.Paul is a deeply closeted professor of psychology in the Bible belt. His boss constantly is on him about his morals clause and Paul knows he could be fired at [...]

    25. 3.75 Stars for this sweet second chance romance. I liked the reconnecting of Paul and Brandon very much. They'd briefly connected freshmen year of college, but once Brandon transferred to a less conservative school the two lost touch. When they meet again ten years later it seems neither forgot the other. I felt for Paul living in secret and almost trying to deny who he is. Being around Brandon again brought out feelings he'd tried to bury and new knew that begin to make him happy. The stalking [...]

    26. Worth Waiting For,by Wendy Qualls,I must say that the formatting is a nightmare,very unpleasant to read.I missed the posibility for an epube story about coming out,second chance was a nice one.a bit rushed,I kept feeling that I was missing out on the guys was a bit chunky,the mistery was not a mistery at all.but I liked the story enough,Too bad I could not give a 4/5 starrating.Wendy Qualls has talent,but it need more bite.r my tasteis is not a book I will be re-reading.but I was happy with the [...]

    27. This had potential to be a good storyI did find myself liking the characters for the most part, but while I can typically get over the writing if the story is good I just couldn't with this book. I tried really hard but it just didn't work for me.I didn't even finish the book but I will say that I got about halfway through it, hoping something would change. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

    28. ARC received for an honest review. Picked this on NG bc I love everything Annabeth Albert, and they've done some duos. Not only was it not what I expected, but the plot and characters were just lacking for me. I will admit the ARC formatting was distracting to read. Will definitely continue to read Wendy's works and may even purchase this one too give it another shot with the final product!

    29. My Recommendation: If you're looking for a fun and tantalizing beach read then this is a great option. Like I said in the opening I got exactly what I was looking for. Sure there were some weird choices, but the story was sound enough to make me blaze through it and wonder what Qualls will write next.My Response: This isn't the first and won't be the last time I say this, but I'm not sure what sort of literary gem the readers of expected when they picked up this M-M romance.I know when I reques [...]

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