LOVE LIKE WE DO Side A By Lori Otto Release / Review

The wait is finally over! If you preordered Love Like We Do (Side A), it should be waiting for you on your Kindle or iPad right now! If not, it’s available for sale on Amazon, iBooks or Nook. (If you read on the latter two platforms, you only have two days to buy the books! After that, they’ll be going into the Kindle Select program for 90 days.)


Haven’t heard of the Love Like We Do series yet? It’s a coming-of-age, com-ing-out story of two 16-year-old boys. Don’t go labeling it right off the bat, though. This series isn’t simply for teens, and it isn’t only for LGBT readers. These books are for everyone. They’re about confidence, self-awareness, acceptance, truth, misconceptions, bigotry, friendship, family, and–most importantly–love.


Trey Holland has been friends with Max Rosser and Callen McNare for years. While Trey and Callen both date girls from their private school, Max always has known he was different; and last year at his public school, his teammates began suspecting he was, too. Even though Trey has always been the common link between Max and Callen, he’s unaware that something more has been happening between his two best friends. When the news finally comes out, all of their relationships are tested.


After their secret is exposed one night, Callen disappears. Max confides in his oldest brother that he suspects Callen ran away, unwilling or unable to accept the fact that he’s gay. Jon Scott, Max’s brother, helps to guide him through the most crucial time of his young life: coming out to their mother, to his father, and to his best friend of eight years. It has also become Jon’s re-sponsibility to ensure Max’s safety in an environment that’s still unwilling to fully accept Max for who he is.


With the help of his brothers and friends, Max learns that he is much stronger than he once thought he was. Love Like We Do (Side A) is the first of two books in this se-ries. This novel tells the story from Trey and Jon’s points of view–the outsider’s perspective.


Tomorrow, Love Like We Do (Side B) will be released. It will give you Max and Callen’s side of the story. The frustration of their hidden relationship burns steadily at the beginning. Once separated, the boys understand how their past way of doing things won’t work in the future. Callen watches from a distance, admiring the courage that Max displays in dealing with the fallout back home. He wonders if he has the backbone to stand up to his parents and the confidence needed to move forward with a relationship with Max.



3 Stars

I want to start off by saying that I love Lori’s writing. Her writing style just draws you in and truly wraps you in her characters world as you read on through her books. It truly is amazing.

Having read this whole entire series… This book felt like I was home. This book kind of picks up from where the last book left off in the Choisie series. It truly felt like a family reunion in the beginning. Then it started to feel more like this book should have been a continuation of the Choisie series.

Don’t get me wrong…
I was really happy to see how everyone’s life changed since the last book. The new people introduced in this book was a great surprise! And I loved it….

So… Why the 3 star rating.
As I was reading I kept waiting for the main characters to show up. So far it’s been all about Trey & his girlfriend, Jon & Livvy and their new added addition, & Jack & Emi.

Where are the main characters? I’m well into the book and only a hint of something has been brought up.
I had to keep going back and read the synopsis to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
This book felt like it was more about Jon & Will and how strained their relationship was towards each other.
I understand that this is all in Jon’s & Trey’s POV’s.
But I was expecting something way different.

There are a lot of things going on in this book. Too much I felt. And not enough of the main characters story.
And… I had a hard time liking Callen. What he was doing to Max was just wrong. And I felt Max need to stand up for himself. And not just accept that things had to be the way they were.

There was so many people involved in Max & Callen’s relationship. It truly felt unreal. Group meetings involving all these people.
I mean… I just wanted more of Max & Coullen already.

Overall… If I were to rate this book as part of the Choisie series… this book would be a solid 4-4.5.
But since I went into this book thinking I was reading a M/M YA coming of age and a coming out story.
This book fell short for me. Way short.

This book felt like Max and Callen story was the side story…. and not the main story.
I needed the main characters to interact. That didn’t happen to way later in the book. And there wasn’t a lot of it.

And I know Lori says this book can be read as a standalone…
But I would have to disagree with that. Having read all these books in this series. You will most definitely feel lost and left out with all these characters being thrown at you. And all their little inside jokes.

And to be honest… I was hoping that there wasn’t going to be a lot of the Holland’s in this book. That they would be more in the background in this book. And that this book would focus more on the kids…. Not the adults.

This is really hard for me to write! Because I truly loved Lori’s other books. Her writing is spectacular! Attention to detail is amazing.
But… This story just fell a little short for me.

*ARC provided by author for an honest review*

To get your copies of Love Like We Do, click the links below!

Oh! One last thing! If you’re a Choisie series fan, the ebook of Love Like We Do (Side A) has a 7500-word short story of the day that Isaiah learns the news that he has a daughter!! You won’t want to miss that!


About this author

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.

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