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A Senses and Sensations StoryFootball player Bro Sumner and genderqueer Lacey Adair are an exclusive item. Though their high school years have been mostly happy, they continually face dangerous opposition—including a bully on Bro’s team and Lacey’s violent alcoholic father—because Lacey won’t live the traditional gender role she was born to. She chooses to wear dresses andA Senses and Sensations StoryFootball player Bro Sumner and genderqueer Lacey Adair are an exclusive item. Though their high school years have been mostly happy, they continually face dangerous opposition—including a bully on Bro’s team and Lacey’s violent alcoholic father—because Lacey won’t live the traditional gender role she was born to. She chooses to wear dresses and makeup and appear female; underneath the wrappings, she’s content with physically being a male in a gay relationship with Bro, and she doesn’t want that to change.Their differing plans for the future after graduation, however, may create changes they can’t weather. A compromise with the help of relatives and friends means Bro and Lacey can go to school only an hour apart, but they still miss each other. It’s not long before they make new friendships and discover new romantic possibilities. Temptations, jealousies, distance, and expanding horizons could sever their relationship forever unless they can keep their dream of a life together alive in their hearts....

Title : The Sweetest Scent
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ISBN : 9781627980135
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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The Sweetest Scent Reviews

  • Nikko
    2019-03-13 02:38

    Just one word for this book.. Awwwwwwwww..

  • Helyce
    2019-02-25 06:43

    Previously posted here: My favorite quote: “Because you’re mine. And I know you, heart and soul. I’ve never known anyone as full of light as you. You shine, baby. You blind me.”I was so intrigued by this book's blurb, I had to read this story and I’m really glad I did. Ms. Laine is a new to me author and while I’ve read adult m/m I had not read one set in high school with a transgender teen. Goodreads notes on it’s sidebar that this is a YA, but there are detailed sex scenes in here which I don’t think fall under the YA umbrella.I very much enjoyed our lead characters, Bro and Lacey. I couldn’t help but be moved by the way the author depicted the very real struggles these young people faced every day. Both teens have had troubled childhoods, each having lost one or both parents. But even so, they find a way to be true to themselves. They are out and proud and have good friends and a strong support system in Bro’s brother Sebastian and their extended family. Lacey lives with her father, though he struggles from depression since his wife’s (Lacey’s mother) death and has much difficulty accepting Lacey’s choice to dress as a female. From the outside looking in, you’d think Bro and Lacey were any other high school couple. Bro is a jock, plays football well and hopes to make a career of it. Lacey, in her sundresses and pink lip gloss plays the violin and fully expects a scholarship to a college with a strong music program. Just like any other high school seniors with their future ahead of them as it should be. But that is not always the case for Bro and Lacey. While the author shows us events with bullying and prejudice throughout the story, she also shows love and acceptance in so many ways that I kept thinking how much pain and hurt could be avoided if people could just get over themselves and just accept people for who they are and stop being so judgemental.Throughout the story, it’s clear that Bro and Lacey have an intimate relationship made easier when Lacey moves in with Bro and his brother after an incident with her father. I had a little trouble accepting the fact that there was no question that Lacey would move in with Bro and share his room. Had she been born female, I imagine this would not have been allowed so easily. I can’t remember if Lacey or Bro’s exact ages were ever stated and while I know kids are having sex younger and younger these days, I couldn’t help but think that certain liberties were taken here just because Lacey was actually a boy. I pondered this a lot but just continued to have more questions. Told in two parts, we follow Bro and Lacey through high school as our H/H deal with falling in love, family issues, and deciding on what to do for college. Neither wants to be away from the other, but circumstances like finances, not to mention career choices, make going to the same school impossible. The second part shows us how they manage their relationship while going to different colleges, it not being exactly as they expected, making new friends and developing those relationships, and then dealing with some typical jealousy and misunderstandings. While I truly enjoyed Bro and Lacey’s story, there were a couple of things that would pull me out of the story on occasion. The switching of pronouns when referring to Lacey was a bit of a challenge at times. Lacey is mostly referred to as “she” except when they are intimate and Bro considers him a “he” for obvious reasons. I also had a few instances where the dialogue bounced me right out of a scene. I just don’t think that teenagers of this day speak to each other this way and it made some of the dialogue corny.All in all, I liked this author’s take on a same sex couple and the very real issues their relationship experiences as it grows. I enjoyed the secondary characters, friends and family both, who provided a wonderful support system. Even though I had a little trouble with the easy acceptance of a young couple being allowed to “live together”, I found that the obstacles that they faced, how they overcame them, and the fact that their relationship survived-not to mention the HEA we are given, made me believe that Bro and Lacey were in it for the long haul.

  • Amber
    2019-03-22 03:52

    I really liked this story. It was a nice story of young love, and overcoming an abusive parent. I haven't read a lot of transgender novels but I do think this one does a good job of Lacey's character. Of making her feelings understood and different parts of being boy yet identifying as a girl. The first part of the book deals with Bro and Lacey's high school time with the local school bully, deciding how far they want to go sexually, their future and where they will go to college, and Lacey's grief stricken abusive father. Bro's protectiveness with Lacey his heartwarming and I love Lacey's mixture of strength and weakness while trying to deal with a father she once loved that has changed so much with the death of her mother.The second part of the book deals with them at college. It is a little less trouble ridden the second part seems like a settling in for the two characters as old friend fade into the background and new friend, who cause some problems, appear. Yet both Lacey and Bro remain together and work through their jealousy and worries about the future. Overall a really nice book with a good mixture of sex and plot.

  • Amy
    2019-03-01 02:42

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series, the third was okay but this one was not for me. I was bored by the majority of it, uncomfortable with reading about younger characters in more intimate scenes and just didn't connect with either Bro or Lacey. The writing felt, at times, a little juvenile too. It's YA, but that doesn't mean it has to be dumbed down.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-18 03:37

    I loved this book. Both Bro and Lacey are sweet and great characters. I can't wait for more books.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-01 02:45

    This review is available on my blog.

  • Suzy
    2019-03-08 01:47

    Loved Bro and Lacey as a couple x

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-03-18 00:33

    2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Trish Alvarez
    2019-02-26 07:40


  • Riayl
    2019-03-20 03:37

    I didn't think it would ever end. *whine*There were some great moments in here but they were weighed down and overshadowed by all the boring, extraneous...junk surrounding them. This book made me tired.

  • Marlys
    2019-03-15 08:48

    As part of a serie, this book is a sweet read ...a bit long for my taste, but still I liked it.

  • Roclaf Alter -Ego
    2019-03-05 06:44

    A cute, fun M/M teenage romance.