With internalized cissexism References to child abuse in the past Sex n the page Alcohol use References to having surgery hide spoiler 45 stars A Boy Called Cin is charming and marvelous romance novel about twenty year ld art student trans man Cin and forty year ld business genderueer Tom I adore this book It s so well written the romance is swoon worthy and so healthy and delightful I love both In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, of the main characters and their relationship It s a romance focused book with steady well developed romance with mutual attraction love and care for eachtherI love how important consent is in this story as it should be The clear enthusiastic consent is a must for any sexual activities The character discuss their limits and set boundaries and they are so so good with it I adore this aspect f the novel The book has frank conversation about gender bodies and limits although there s not much explicit sexual scenesAs the characters are trans there are lots f conversation about it but not in educational way They feel natural because Cin and Tom share their experiencesIt s important to say that the book has Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, ownvoices trans rep and diverse lgbt castf charactersThe Bambi and Me only thing I wish was clearer in the book is the time jumps The events takes placever the course Pocahontas of two years sometime intervals between chaptersr subchapters are couple Bala Santa of hours sometimes months I wish the book had distinct time signifiers Just a minor complaintIt s an amazing novel and I want everyone to read it I had the bestf time reading this book and meeting these lovely characters I m definitely going to read another book by Cecil Wilde Content warning dysphoria abusive unsupportive parents discussion Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies of past events parents don t have powerver the MCs transophobic parents I rather liked the idea Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack of this book as I rarely see bisexualr transgender characters let alone characters who are both let alone a supporting cast including trans characters As an exercise in exploring gender issues and dysphoria I appreciated the story Having characters frankly discuss their sexual preferences and negotiate how their sex lives together would progress instead The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, of making assumptionsr coercing each Wolfsong other was fantastic to see in a romance novel A would recommend to every romance author it s a good thing to have the adult characters discuss their sex lives like adults without judgmentr condemnation And with transgender and gender ueer characters too But this book fell flat for me as a story Tom and Cin felt like instructional characters when it came to sex and their actual romance felt like a 2 D wish fulfillment than a real relationship view spoilerMost Ultimate Memory Book of the problems that crop up Tom solves with moneyr influence Of course Tom is going to get Cin an apartment and pay for breast reduction surgery and we ll even throw in a new car I mean I get romance novels aren t always realistic and maybe the frank sexual discussion gave me false expectations Pelnrušķis un trollis of the restf the novel but come Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) on It felt like Wilde was trying to convince the reader that Tom wasn t a sugar daddy when allf his actions felt like that was exactly what he was It was like Tom had this How to Romance Transgender Edition checklist he was diligently checking O Mistério do Infante Santo off hide spoiler I picked up this book basedn a post Disgrace (Department Q, over at ueer Romance Month because the author s sensef humor hit me just right That s generally
"a pretty good "pretty good that I will get along with their books and in the case Monsoon of Cecil Wilde that playedut exactly as I expected A Boy Called Cin was an emotional romantic and sexy read that I couldn t put downFrom the moment Slice by Slice of the meet cuter is that meet pretentious and irritable Cin short for Hyacinth and Tom had me right away Cin is a university art student and Tom is a world famous software developer who happens to be guest lecturing at the college When Tom buys Cin a coffee they have a brief debate in which it is made clear that Cin definitely knows who Tom is and doesn t think much Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) of him Seeing as we re in Tom s head for this brief encounter we get a clear viewf how self aware and self deprecating he is which keeps him from being a badass billionaire prettyboy along the lines Ice Maiden of Christian Grey which he wouldtherwise be minus the BDSM Cin is sarcastic difficult to impress and completely wonderful He s also trans though we don t discover that until a bit later Plus Tom is about twice Cin s age which is complete trope catnip for me This very promising beginning is largely borne Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle out in the restf the book which is sweet funny sexy and utterly charming Despite working through some potentially fraught topics family stuff gender dysphoria transitioning it remains Seducing the Heiress overwhelmingly light hearted and angst free There s a sense that these are both grown ups and they pursue grown up solutions to their personal and relationship challenges There is a lotf detail about how these particular ueer characters interact with their And Cowboy Makes Three own bodies how they have experienced sex in the past and how they like to be touched It was wonderful to see them discover things about themselves and eachther in a largely safe environment All while falling convincingly in love It even ended in marriage which made my heart happyI was also appreciative Teasing Her SEAL of how Cin Tom s sexual relationship develops they take it slow with lotsf kissing and cuddling they talk about where they like to be touched and don t they explore together what s good and what isn t In the world Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of heterosexual romance Iften see scenarios where a young woman is tutored in sexual matters by an lder man who shows her
And Tells Her What Will Feel Goodtells her what will feel good her Even in cases where a woman has some sexual experience it ften wasn t fulfilling until she met her true love The same is true Paixão Sem Disfarce of Tom here thelder partner in a subversive shift who hasn t always had fulfilling sexual experiences but rather than magically knowing how to touch him and what to do Cin asks Tom uestions and constantly checks in during their encounters They actu. Tom's lecture all Tom knows is that he doesn't want the man slipping away a second time Agreeing to dinner with a man he nly knows from internet gossip columns isn't the wisest decision Cin's ever made but he wants to like the infamous Tom Walford and he can't do that if he doesn't give the man a fair chance to be likeable Which he is almost frustratingly so to the poi. I think this book is important because it s not written for cis people If you are cis I recommend this to you In books by cis people trans people are defined by discomfort pain gender dysphoria and this book directly addresses this issue This isn t the trans narrative that cis people are used toTLDR trans books written by trans people are very important Update at 44%Oh my The writing style is kinda really bad There is absolutely no flow between the scenes and the constant jumping to the next is totally putting me ff It s taking a lot away from my reading enjoymentOn the In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover other hand I appreciate thatur billionaire Tom is no alpha and that this book is not playing into the usual tropes But I actually wonder at this point what it s adding to the story Is it just a fun gimmick It is creating a little angst concerning a possible future for Tom and Cin but I could really do withoutThen I love that this book is so sex positive and gender non conformative There is so much freedom here and that is just so so good to read about I m actually peeved that I probably won t continue with the book and miss I Met Someone outn this partThe characters are Quantum (Captain Chase okay I guess but to be honest they are lacking depth and agency Apart from what they are working through with the sex and gender part I don t see muchf anything elseEven the kissing and cuddling is not doing much for me any While I found that really sweet in the beginning now whenever I start to bond with the characters again there s a jump in the scene and I feel cut The Other Islam offI feel so meh about mostf this book I think I will just probably move Last Man Standing on to something else That was pretty sweet I can t begin to explain how satisfying that was to read even so because it ended happily with none hurt Light, Gesture, and Color or dyingr mauled Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault or anything Might just bene f the best things I ve read focusing n genderueer characters and relationships in a long frigging time proper review coming Canada over the weekend This is a seriously beautiful radical trans and non binary centered romance that blows me away Cis gaze isnly in the book as far as the non binary character has internalized it and that s gently and firmly challenged by the trans love interestI just finished rereading this book for the third time about 18 months after my first read I picked it up at the end f a really rough gender day and have been slowly sipping it ver the course Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of several days as a wayf holding it close as a comfort read I mentioned picking it up again and a trans friend called it the ultimate trans comfort read I think he s right at least for me I needed this book this week and I m glad to have been able to hold it close I fell so hard for A Boy Called Cin because it felt like it held my experience closely than any DogFace other trans romance I d read that it was written for me as a non binary trans reader Partf that was because there wasn t a cis love interest It shaped the book What You Owe Me on a really deep level I was breathless and verklempt reading A Boy Called Cin It hits so many notes atnce in a very lovely way and feels very firmly written for trans r non binary readersIf you were hoping for a billionaire romance that centers trans andor non binary people getting their financial dreams come true this book is for youA Boy Called Cin takes these classic romance tropes like MayDecember romance and billionaire romance and shows what they might be like if they were trans and non binary centered Shows what a romance arc might look like if the cis gaze wasn t part f it except in the ways that trans andor non binary people internalize it and need to unlearn it It shows the critical importance f deeply consensual negotiated sex for trans andor non binary people how central that needed to be in rder for both characters to feel seen and respected in their genders It doesn t just center two trans andor non binary characters I loved the way even the secondary characters were pretty much almost all transI love it most for the way its so deeply trans non binary centered for the fabulous sexual negotiation that s deeply trans and non binary and especially for Cin I fell so damn hard for Cin right along with Tom his grumpiness his certainty about the importance f boundaries consent the way he really saw TomFor me ne Shining City of the most amazing things that can happen in sex and in kink is to have my partner see my gender and hold space for me to be who I am And it s incredibly tender for me to do that for my trans andor non binary partners That kindf recognition is rare enough in life it s even rare in fiction There was something so intense and beautiful about getting to read an entire love story that included those experiences f recognition in a larger romance arc It made
"me cry to "cry to Tom get to have that for the first time after years f not having it in his sex life To watch Cin get to A Boy and A Bear in a Boat offer that and be held and honored in return by Tom It felt like it had cracked scarspen and they were getting the light and air they needed to begin to heal It made me feel less aloneI know that this book will be read by many as fantasy wish fulfillment for Cin the whole billionaire thing And it definitely is that But for me as a genderueer reader Cin is a fantasy f
a dream lover who sees your gender holds space for you todream lover who sees your gender holds space for you to who you are It happens during sex as well which feels like such a gift to me personally I just swooned for the ways sex is working in this bookI am very grateful that A Boy Named Cin exists in the world This is a trans mnb romance that really touched my heart and gave me so many feels It gave me comfort n a day when I needed it and created a pocket St. Johns Wort of space that could really hold my gender I needed that than I knewA Boy Called Cin gives me so much hope for the kindsf trans andor non binary romance books that are possibleContent Warnings view spoiler Cin s parents are awful and transphobic There are references to Tom s previous sexual experiences feeling misgendering and disrespectful There are descriptions The Roman Family of dysphoria Tom struggles. On the search for a cupf coffee before the guest lecture he's giving Tom spies a tired half frozen young man who looks even need Hirvenmetsästäjä of coffee than him On impulse he buys the man a cup but an attempt to strike up conversation ends in the young man walkingff seemingly put ff by Tom Walford the tabloids’ favourite billionaire buying him coffee But when he reappears in. Ally have to communicate to find personal and sexual fulfillment It s hot but it s also emotionally rich and realistic Watching them learn to trust each ther and develop a relationship A Christmas Miscellany over the coursef what seems to be a bit Too Bad to Die over a year is somef the best most romantic romance writing I ve seen recentlyNot that the book is perfect The age difference which at 20 years is pretty significant rarely makes an impression OXENBOXEN on the coupler anyone else I probably Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) only noticed because it s a favorite tropef mine but I would have liked to have seen that explored a bit fully At basically the length f a category romance though you can t cover everything and the topics the book ended up working through in detail were ultimately sufficiently interesting to me that I wasn t too upset with the lack f age gap conflict Finally there were a few craft issues in the form f some head hopping and language misses Just little things but when the dialogue wasn t uite right it pulled me ut Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, of the narrative But it was all really minor in comparison to the strengthf the story played The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, outAll in all A Boy Called Cin was a terrific book that I ended up reading inne sitting What with the trope subversion wry humor and lack Reasoning and the Logic of Things of ueer stereotyping there s a lot to love Wilde has a fewther books The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange out and I m curious to take a look at them With such a compelling voice I suspect they may turnut to be a writer I will love no matter what they come up with Loads The Night Before Christmas: or, A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Heirloom Edition of things to love about this Cin is a delight grumpy and cynical and vulnerable and determined The relationship with Tom is very sweetly developed and the author can really write What I think I most liked though was the normalityf it This is a bi genderueer man with a bi trans man and dysphoriaits conseuences was an issue in their sex life but it wasn t a Big Traumatic Issue issue It was a thing like the The Queens Assassin (Queens Secret, other things you get in romance novels nor less A thing they negotiated and worked through and became stronger for I m cis and can t comment Space Calculated in Seconds on the accuracyf the handling but the characters felt real to me as May December billionaire Cinderella romances go bviouslyIn many ways this is a classic tropey romance in fact a feelgood wish fulfilment read I found it very sweet and ften funny The time jumps could be a little jarring at points but Digital Web otherwise a smooth fluent read Gorgeous cover too A Boy Named Cin is a luscious piecef wish fulfillment in which a character who is basically the amiable generous bisexual nerd programmer billionaire that probably has Steve Jobs as his Mirror Universe Evil Twin falls for a bratty young art student undergrad basically because said art student isn t groveling in front Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers of him like everybody else isThis is a deliciouslder man dream a billionaire romance that I actually saw the point War of Hearts of fornce I mean billionaire romances are supposed to be wish fulfillmenty and f course this was deliciously wish fulfillmenty I guess this is a wish that I can relate to And because the author put so much energy into making sure that both characters felt eually vulnerable they seemed to be real people rather than roles The Steve Jobs analogue is dysphoric about his gender but not in a way I d ever encountered before he doesn t seem to want to transition r even change his pronouns so much as just have deep discomfort with his AMAB bodyThis is contrasted with his young snarky boyfriend who gets a Cinderella transition narrative written from the inside the author is nonbinary So it s not Portable Operating for Amateur Radio older cis man saves young trans man it s the two men saving eachther and by the time the younger man accepts that kind Fer-de-Lance of help it s actually a big accomplishmentn the Procrastination Cure - How To Stop Procrastinating And Be Disciplined older dude s part to get him to trust him enough to consider it and what s he s not cis so that really changes the dynamicThe sex scenes were especially focusedn exploring comfort and discomfort within a relationship between two trans people and sometimes they didn t have sex either This book has a lot A Long Petal of the Sea of cuddling scenes and they felt totally natural you believe it as a reader that they re enjoying thatn its wn level and that sex would have felt weird for them at that moment In ther words the sex isn t just there to give the audience some frosting Gestin de documentos en la e-administracin (EL PROFESIONAL DE LA INFORMACIN) on the cake but are partf the characterizationYou also get a great supporting cast Falscher Glanz ofne MC s cis ueer girl bestie and the Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki other s trans sister They re adorable tooOne time when I was visiting my best friend when she was in vet school we went to a steakhouse where Irdered an improbably perfect dish It was a salad I love salad with steak While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, on it I love steak BEETSne Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel of the cheeses I can eat without taking a pill and I forgot what else but the point was that every item in the salad was something I love Usually that doesn t happen when you dineut You get a protein you want with some useless sides The Ho Ho Ho Mystery (The Third Pig Detective Agency, or you get a fantastic salad with all the veggies you love but no hopesf a protein beyond uninspired underseasoned grilled chicken This was different This was something that had all the elements I wanted without any f the stuff I don t likeGet the picture A Boy Named Cin was like that salad for me a perfect little book and pretty much everything I d want in a mm book with a trans man especially since I
like lder men I d been getting increasingly frustrated recently with the men I been getting increasingly frustrated recently with the that so many romances have that scene near the end where the couple nearly breaks up Every Child Needs a Mentor or does break up before their happy ending I just plainld don t enjoy reading that This book did not do the thing That s such a reliefTrigger warning that Cin s birth family sucks but they re really not in that much Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times, of the book TRANS ROMANCE NOVEL It got very gender 101 at times in the first half and the billionaire age difference thing isn t usually for me but god I loved it anyway The characters were cute and believable their romance was sweet if lacking conflict pretty much throughout the entire book and also TRANS PEOPLE IN A ROMANCE NOVEL WHO GET A HAPPY ENDING It made me so happ. Nt Cin wishes maybe he hadn't been so fair because he never had any intentionf getting attached to Tom who seems to come from a world far too different from his wn for anything between them to last Little does Cin know they’ve got a lot in common than he imagines including their shared discomfort with their assigned genders and all the complications that go with it.
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