The One Decent Thing, Eliot Grayson
Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Genre: Gay Romance
Tags: New Adult, Humour, Some Angst, Sweet and Sexy
Length: 257 Pages
Purchase At: amazon
Everyone says kindness costs nothing. It’s a lie. Kindness can cost you everything.
The only decent thing my high school bully ever did for me got him sent to prison. Aidan was a jerk, but he saved me from making the worst mistake of my life, and in return, my parents ruined him. Now that he’s out, I’m determined to make amends. No matter what he needs, no matter how long it takes, I will make it all up to him. But first I’ll have to figure out how to hide my attraction to my sexy, confusing new roommate.
Saving him cost me everything. I have nothing and no one—except Sebastian. He’s determined to make good on a debt I never asked him to repay. He’s offering me money, a place to stay, and help adjusting to life on the outside. But all I’m really wondering is … who can save Sebastian from me—the desperate, bisexual ex-con who probably wants more from him than he’s willing to give?
The One Decent Thing is an M/M new adult bisexual romance with lots of heat, angst, and physics jokes
No good deed goes unpunished could be the name of this book, but The One Decent Thing is pretty damn good because that absolutely describes the premise behind the MCs who become the couple in this book.
The blurb does a really good job of describing the story. I’ll just add that in some ways this shouldn’t be my kind of book. I don’t like a GFY storyline, yet Eliot Grayson makes it squarely about hearts not parts, so I relaxed into the story – in Eliot I trust.
To give the CliffsNotes version~
Some angsty moments… but really more uncertainty and understandable guilt and worry driving both characters’ reactions
Romantic and sweet
Awesome best friends and secondary characters
One nerdy MC, complete with some science humour and a nod to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sexy without pushing it out of the NA category
I had to add this because it’s one of those classic book moments… and because Sebastian went there~
Karen January 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm
Yes, indeed. I don’t like GFY. But I’ve read Ted of the d’Urbervilles, and I didn’t know it was but it was brilliant and so well constructed. Now, I’ve very much enjoyed The One Decent Thing. I still won’t be seeking GFY out though 🙂
Eliot Grayson is an excellent developer of characters and this definitely adds to her great track record for me of the books I’ve really enjoyed reading of theirs.
The plants were an awww moment for me too. You know how much I love my gardening. The quotes were fun organising.
Lisa February 1, 2020 at 10:49 am
I saw your review for this one a few days ago and decided to give it a try. Really glad I did. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. 🙂
Karen February 2, 2020 at 6:46 am
Really glad to hear that, Lisa. It’s a very enjoyable book. Definite rereading material
bhav June 23, 2020 at 11:53 pm
Thanks to your review I read the one decent thing and loved loved it and after I read the alpha’s warlock and loved loved it!
Karen August 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm
That’s so good to hear. I kind of love those books too, Bhav 🙂
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Like you, I normally shy away from GFY. When I see ‘high school’ bully I usually don’t even finish reading the blurb. I know you’re not a fan of either one as well, so it says a lot about how well written this book is because you really enjoyed it. This sounds really good. I can tell I’d really like all the characters.
I love the cover. I’ve read a book with this guy on it a few years back. I could look at him all day. 🙂
I had an ‘aww’ moment when you said what you did about the flowers. I’m a sappy romantic so I would’ve been all over that.
Great review, Karen. I love the visuals and quotes.