Get ready to cry. Within a few chapters, I was already getting stressed and worried, and by the end, I was bawling my head off. I4.5 stars rounded up
Get ready to cry. Within a few chapters, I was already getting stressed and worried, and by the end, I was bawling my head off. I don't like to cry when I read. I read for pleasure, for escape from that which makes me cry, but I still thought this was a great book. It's not one I'll read again, but I do recommend it.
It helps that the book is really funny in parts, particularly the pieces that occur in the present. For example, I loved the opening:
It was a dark and stormy night. "Of course it was a dark night, you dumbass. Is night ever anything else?"
The mystery was interesting. Although most of it wasn't too difficult to figure out, it was uncertain what really happened until the nail-biting end. The part in the past in particular was really interesting and propelling.
I absolutely loved the characters from the past. They were a beautiful couple, and I was much more invested in their story than the one in the present. But it was all about homophobia, which is the main reason I can't handle historicals. It was very clear what was in the past and what was in the present as well, so that made it easier to read.
The plot in the current time was much more predictable but there was a little bit of "What's going on?" in the beginning. Jonah made some odd assumptions about it, though. Such as, Buck seems sort of maybe interested but reluctant, then Jonah surprises him with a kiss as he's leaving. Buck rushes out. He's really interested in the mystery, though, and he comes over the next day just to some new information Jonah's found, but he doesn't want to stay for dinner. Jonah is upset and confused thinking Buck is giving him mixed messages. My assumption in his place would have been, "Oh, I moved too fast," or "Maybe I misread Buck," followed by "He's probably uncomfortable and worried I'm going to jump him. He wants to stay friends but wants to make it clear we're not dating."
A couple of nitpicks:
There were a couple of places where it was hard to picture what was happening, and some that were just impossible. For example, in the middle of penetration,
"Beautiful," xxx muttered, leaning forward, resting his forehead against the upper swell of yyy's ass.
Unless he's a contortionist, I don't see how that's feasible.
They talk about a pediatric nurse not having access to any drugs for sale with one joking, "You never know. Some ADD=plagued crack pimp somewhere might give you a good price on it." There is a street value for Ritalin because it's basically speed, so do be careful with it.
How do you peak in the windows of a penthouse?
As is so common in M/M romance books, Jonah believes that because of his "biology," he'll never have kids of his own. His biology isn't preventing that at all, nor is his sexuality. He may not be able to have biological kids that are half him and half his partner, but there are plenty of options for having kids, including biological ones. This way of thinking drives me up the freakin' wall.
Overall, this was a really good book. The mystery and romance parts were equally important, although the mystery surrounded a romance as well. It was funny in many places, heartbreaking in others, but if you can handle a good cry, then I highly recommend the book....more
This is a review of the recently released revised and expanded second edition only available on Amazon at this Also posted at Affairs of M/Men Reviews.
This is a review of the recently released revised and expanded second edition only available on Amazon at this point.
This was one of the sweetest books I've ever read and I highly recommend it. The protagonists are adorable and real and they took a long time to get together. No instalove here. There was so much sexual tension I was chomping at the bit, and I am usually fine with waiting for the sex. One of the hottest scenes was when Julian turns around half dressed. I didn't know whether I wanted to hug these damaged men or jump their bones.
The author really did her research. I was very impressed with the detail about restoring a house, such as what order things have to be done in such as waterproofing a roof in order before anything else, roughing in the electrical in order before the inspector comes so he/she doesn't have to come twice, etc. Overall the house repair was interesting and I really liked what it was going to be and how meaningful it was to the rest of the story.
There wasn't a lot of plot, it was basically working to get the house done and falling in love, with family drama to add a little seasoning. But most people are okay with that and it worked as well as any of the other similar books out there whose only plot is falling in love that are also five star reads for me, like Faith & Fidelity, Glitterland, and Choices & Changes. (I loved all three.)
There wasn't a lot of excitement, no danger or anything, but there was a little drama and a lot of concern and shows of love. The pacing was excellent; I didn't put it down until I'd finished it. Most of the characters were wonderful and complex. I wanted to strangle the mother (who was a little too evil) and I was non to happy with the father, either.
The MCs weren't stereotypical, either. (minor spoiler) (view spoiler)[The one who had been to prison wasn't from the streets and the one with money, wasn't raised a rich kid. (hide spoiler)] I really liked how they were different in so many ways and yet their relationship really worked. The two were so beautiful together; I've added them to my favorite couples of all time list.
The couple was very romantic. They had a specific way to express their love:
"I love you, Matt," he said then softly pressed his lips to Matt's in a tender kiss.
When they separated, Matt was smiling, his eyes bright with emotion. "I love you more."
That was a great element that was beautiful and created a common thread throughout their relationship.
There were some places where I was confused. I had a little trouble picturing the house because their rooms and office were supposed to be upstairs and yet the upstairs hadn't been done yet when they started and the office was on the main floor. The rooms just didn't make sense. I also was confused about the number of brothers Matt had because I felt there were inconsistencies.
I was also frustrated with grammar at one point. A well-educated man like Matt would use adverbs properly. "I'm taking things slow." I see this so often but usually I forgive it in dialog. But not for a highly educated man. This kind of grammatical issue drives me crazy. But other than that, the writing was very good and I didn't notice it which is a high compliment.
Another weird thing is that one character faints and the others just take him home without waking him. That's bizarre since fainting is unusual and dangerous, even from stress. If the person isn't waking up, that's a problem, and either way, waking the person up is necessary.
But these things pale in the shadow of this wonderful book. I just loved it. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
They're talking about Aden as if he isn't right there and he doesn't even react.
Not having Gallen's phone number is not an excuse. He could havNotes:
They're talking about Aden as if he isn't right there and he doesn't even react.
Not having Gallen's phone number is not an excuse. He could have gotten it from Carey. Gallen forgave him too easily.
No chemistry. Aden's behavior is confusing.
A gay man didn't use condoms in 1898.
High point was short, boring, too simple, and the heroes didn't really do anything, (view spoiler)[the dragon (hide spoiler)] saved them. The climax was rather anticlimactic. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more