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In From the Cold: A Courtland Novella (Courtlands: The Next Generation series Book 0): M/M Romance, Gay, New Adult, Interracial/Multicultural, First Time, ... - The Next Generation) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Cat Grant

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For all the Courtland fans clamoring for the next generation…

Cold and sick, Seth Thompson must fight through a snowstorm to get home. Seth’s unconventional upbringing taught him to always reach out to strangers in need, and Iranian engineering student Bilal al-Mansoori is no exception. Being trapped together leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a feverishly hot night under the covers.

But Bilal needs more than simply a rescue from the weather—he’s trapped under lifetime of cultural pressures. His strict Muslim father and fellow Iranian students have no clue about his inner torment. His attraction to Seth isn’t a welcome discovery—instead he’s trapped between the existence he’s always known and the prospect of living and loving openly for the first time in his life.

(Note: This story stands-alone—no need to have read the prior Courtland books.)

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  • Editeur : Cat Grant Books (15 septembre 2014)
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Award-winning author Cat Grant's been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs.

Spring 2013 marks the release of The Arrangement and Triad, the last two books in her bestselling self-published Courtland Chronicles series, and Flawless, Book #4 in her Irresistible Attraction series from Riptide Publishing.

Keep your eyes peeled for Black Dog, the first novella in her new Bannon's Gym series, coming August 2013. And in early 2014, my first collaboration with the awesome LA Witt - The Only One Who Knows, a hot military romance from Samhain Publishing.

Drop by her website at: http://www.catgrant.com
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Read her blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1912055.Cat_Grant/blog

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Short... left wanting... 24 octobre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review ***

This is probably a bit less than 4 stars, but I rounded up.

I'm glad I didn't know that this was part of the Courtland Chronicles series when I picked it up. There was an element to those books that I couldn't get past and I never completed the series. This book, however, I was able to get into and enjoy, and then... it was over. More of a tease than anything else. This book touches on a lot of things, but never really delves into anything.

Seth and Bilal meet at a clinic, both suffering from the flu... Seth a down-to-earth rich kid, Bilal a biracial Iranian/English student with a strict Muslim upbringing. The interactions between them are relatively brief: a weekend snowed in, a night in New York... mostly "getting to know you" time, with just a tiny bit of steam...

While I must admit my ignorance beyond the general facts of the Iranian culture, this book paints it on a whole in a negative light. Besides Bilal's sister, the other Iranian characters are portrayed in a borderline villainous way... And while there is no denying that there are some laws/beliefs/acts that are unimaginable and unforgivable, i.e. the killing of gay men, there surely must be some beauty... yet it seemed as though Bilal felt as if being Muslim was a burden more than anything else. It got in the way of his studies... None of the positives were ever mentioned...

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That being said, I was relieved when Bilal decided to stay in the US. The book wraps up, but still, it felt very open ended, and left me wondering... what about Bilal's father... and did anything happen because of Aziz?? (A character that popped up menacingly a couple of times but never long enough to influence anything).

It was a good story, and I'll probably read the next book if it focuses on these two characters... though i hope the next book cover doesn't use a model with chest stubble... I love me some stubble, just not on a guy's chest... =)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I very much enjoyed this story 20 octobre 2014
Par Dan Mitton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
How do I start? I know….I’ll start with a direct quote from Cat Grant from the author’s Afterword. “I know what you’re all thinking right now. ‘But, but…we’ve been waiting for a new Courtland story for ages, and this is it? Twenty-three thousand words? That’s all we get?’”

My reaction was a little different than her prediction. I burst out with “WHAT, that’s it!!!” and a few other non-repeatable mumbles and grumbles. The feline that lets us live with her is still giving me the stink eye for scaring her with my outburst!
Humor aside, let’s get down to the review. I very much enjoyed this story. Two university students from very different backgrounds meet at the university health center, where they both are seeking treatment for the flu.
A huge storm hits the campus and when Seth finds Bilal on his way home, far outside the area where Bilal’s dorm is, Seth takes Bilal “in from the cold” and they are thrown together in Seth’s apartment to ride out the storm and hopefully get past the worst of the flu. What follows is a story of discovery, as they both learn things about each other and about each other’s culture, background and families. One of the young men, Seth, comes from a very well to do American family, the other, Bilal, is a Muslim from Iran, a country that executes gay men. Though they are both students at Cornell, their worlds are diametrically opposed. In addition, there are severe prejudices from both cultures towards the other which are highlighted by the actions of various individuals throughout the novella.

Take this novella, as I did, as a bridge into the next generation of the family in the Courtland Chronicles. I’m expecting we will see more of Seth and Bilal soon. I’m truly hoping so, I like these characters and want to see what happens next. What happens with the big mean Aziz guy in Bilal’s dorm, what happens with Bilal’s father….I could go on and on…..I have so many questions!
I can’t honestly tell you much more without this review becoming a “CliffsNotes” version of the novella! In her Afterword, Ms. Grant goes on to say that we should calm ourselves, and that another novel is on its way in late 2014 or early 2015. I hope so! I’m rating this novella a 4.0. I like it, I would have loved it if it was about 200 pages longer! I recommend you read this novella so that you’re ready, like I will be, for the continuation. (originally reviewed for Love Bytes Same Sex Romance Reviews)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic 15 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Yes a new book from Cat Grant and one from the Courtland books. This story had me from from the first line right to the last and even then I was screaming noooo I want more what's next.

I love the dynamic between Seth and Bilal and how they come from two different worlds very different cultures yet they find each other.

Cat truly wrote this from the heart and it shows through each and every words you will read. I don't want to give anything away by saying more.

This is a MUST read you will get everything you love in this story.

I for one cannot wait to more if THIS story and other Courland books.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartwarming fledgling love story 7 octobre 2014
Par V. Rundell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Seth is a college senior at Cornell, an art major, and a probable gay man. I say "probable" because he's never had a relationship and had sexual encounters with both men and women which were not particularly satisfactory. Seth is ill and in the health clinic at college when he meets Bilal--an Iranian student who is also sick. They exchange a few words--commiserating over their illness--before Seth grows home. On his way he stops for groceries and then finds Bilal fever-struck and half-hallucinatory, swaying on a bus bench. Realizing that the weather and their conditions are worsening, and with no strength to get Bilal to his dorm, Seth invites him to stay at his apartment.

Bilal cannot believe the concern and compassion he is experiencing from his American. He's been in the country three years and never made an American friend. He's been slighted many times, and sticks with his fellow Iranian students, isolating to reduce the chance of injury. Of course, he also,sacrifices the chance for connection, too. Bilal has been warned by his father not to adopt a Western life, and. I'll believes this is because his father suspects his homosexuality. Bilal has strived to contain his urges all this time--as,is sure that returning to Iran would sentence him to a loveless marriage, or death if he expresses his true desire.

The men are ill, and nothing happens for a bit except the exchange of kindness and pleasantries. A snow storm keeps them housebound over the weekend--and as they recover health there is an undeniable attraction. Tentative steps toward a connection are made, with the plan to spend more time the following weekend on a trip to NYC. Seth gets Bilal's reticence to acknowledge his homosexuality, but thinks he should experience more of the US than his sheltered life on campus.

This is a slow burn of a romance novella, with good characterization and an intriguing couple. Seth and Bilal set the groundwork for what promises to be an interesting relationship and grand complications, religion and cultural expectation being paramount in that mix. The smexytimes are subtle and brief, with the weight of the story being the emotional connection between these very different men.

There is a cameo by Seth's father, Nick, a man in a polyamorous relationship that must have been described in a previous book I have yet to read. Seth's unconventional family is a point that Bilal (and I) struggled to understand. (The math didn't add up for a bit, for me, whereas Bilal simply couldn't comprehend a woman with two husbands.) Still, it didn't detract. This novella stands on its own, and will spawn a Seth/Bilal novel based on the author's notes. I'm looking forward to more of their story!

I received a copy of this book via Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Cute but not perfect 29 septembre 2014
Par Heather K - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Wow, this book really tried to do a lot in just 90-something pages, huh?

In From The Cold is a novella in the Cortland Chronicles series(which begins with By Chance), but you don't need any knowledge of the Cortland characters to get into this story.

Seth is sick... really sick. And while at the campus health clinic, he runs into equally sick Bilal while getting treatment. After seeing the doctor, Seth finds Bilal stranded as a snowstorm picks up and chivalrously invites him back to his place to weather the storm (bow chica wow wow!). Actually, the leering music belongs in my dreams because there is very little sex content in this story.

What there is a lot of is angst. Bilal is a fairly religious Iranian Muslim with a very strict father, and he is riddled with guilt over his slipping orthodoxy. Also, there is that pesky same sex attraction to Seth that he can't seem to shake...

Overall, this novella is pretty good. Nice writing, nice characterization, and a well edited, well conceived story. However, it touches upon some pretty heavy concepts and doesn't really delve into any of them throughly. Bilal's struggle with his Muslim identity is something that multiple books could have been written about, but it sort of peters out as the book goes on. Also, Bilal's lack of friends and his whole roommate situation could have been investigated a lot further.

But for me, the biggest issue was a lack of chemistry between Bilal and Seth. They seemed to move VERY fast for a couple of guys who barely knew each other. I felt like I didn't quite understand why they liked each other and I didn't get the connection between them.

Still a solid effort but not a home run.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
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