A Hundred Thousand Words

Title: A Hundred Thousand Words
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre(s): New Adult Romance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!


Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.


Let me start off by saying: this is how you write a New Adult story!


I am such a sucker for NA but got kind of bored with the genre after seeing the same things over and over. One of the main characters needs to be saved or let’s throw every freakin’ problem we can think of at them in one book- let’s make it angst galore! This book was like a breath of fresh air. We have two men who have been in each other’s lives since childhood but while Tobias has always harbored a secret crush on Levi, Levi has only ever seen him as his kid brother’s best friend. Things change over a winter break from school- Toby realizes that maybe Levi is not the cocky guy he remembers and Levi notices that Toby is all grown up.

Well, as soon as this popped up I wanted to read it. I mean:

    College setting ✔
    Interracial couple ✔
    Best friend’s older brother ✔

I was all over this like white on rice! And it delivered on every level.

What I loved:

    *Toby and Levi. Complex characters with real problems who grow together throughout the story. Perfectly executed. The way she developed their friendship and their romance- I was in book heaven.
    *The plot. The blurb doesn’t do it justice- it is so much more than a story about having a crush on your best friend’s older brother. It’s about family, friendships, finding ourselves and our place in life. It was honest and heartfelt.
    *The story had a great pace. It kept my attention the entire time. It sucked me in- and once I started I didn’t put it down until the end.
    *It was humorous and sexy. The dialogue was great- I just loved the banter between them.
    *The epilogue. It left me incredibly happy.


To me, there was nothing that I find criticism in. It was perfect. I seriously can’t recommend it enough. It was such a beautiful story. It’s going on my favorites of 2015 and my comfort re-read pile. 5 Stars!

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant