3.5* I read a few reviews and decided this was right up my alley! I love Friends-to -Lovers books (also love Enemy-to-Lover books!), and this sounded3.5* I read a few reviews and decided this was right up my alley! I love Friends-to -Lovers books (also love Enemy-to-Lover books!), and this sounded so cute, so I splurged and clicked to buy. I was smiling as I read the beginning - the notes sent between Carter and Arizona were so much fun! They hated each other when they first met in 4th grade, said nasty things to one another, but then became the very best of friends. I honestly have never had a best friend like this - I have had (and have) best friends, but the way they spoke to one another, some of the things they shared, how they knew each other to a T - it was really quite wonderful, if not a bit unrealistic. Now grown up and about to graduate college, Arizona and Carter are still bffs, and their lives are intertwined to the point they see or talk daily, share all their thoughts and feelings, and Carter's few girlfriends have all been jealous of Arizona, even though the two of them insist it'll never happen! Until one day Arizona notices that Carter is drop-dead gorgeous - amazing face, hot bod, etc. Now I'm sorry - if she'd noticed but thought "nope, not for me, he's just my friend"I would have believed that but for her to never even realize how sexy he was? And about the same time (the same day?) Carter all of a sudden notices that Ari is smokin' - beautiful eyes, hot bod, etc. And again - ditto. So now these two friends have really seen one another and they don't know what to do about it. There is a bit of internal awkwardness until one night Ari gets drunk and Carter kisses her. The next day she tries to pretend it didn't happen - but then it happens again, and that leads to sex, which they again try to pretend didn't happen until more sex happens and next thing they know, they are in a secret hidden sexual relationship. Amazing to me that they were able to keep it hidden from her roomies and his friend Josh, but they do. Until Ari gets a great offer to go to culinary school in France and before she leaves, she confesses her love to Carter. Carter, knowing his friend would give up the chance of a lifetime if he admits to having the same feelings, says that he loves her but not "in that way" and it was just sex. Devastated, Ari gets on the plane and leaves. And for me, this is when the story fell apart.
So Ari is in France nursing a broken heart - she's devastated, she's not functioning well - and she's completely blowing off Carter. He texts, he calls, he writes letters by hand - and she ignores him or sends back 2 sentence replies or flat out lies to him. And I really kind of hated her for it. She was being selfish and unfair and not even giving their friendship a chance to smooth out. Carter had no idea what was going on with her, but he never gave up. He tried and he tried and he even wrote on the outside of the envelopes "URGENT: Please Open Me, Ari" but unbeknownst to him, she's not opening any of his letters and proving herself to be a lousy, crappy friend. She's also clueless, because a fellow student, who is a hottie too, asks her out and she doesn't get that he's interested in her. She doesn't see how gorgeous he is, she thinks that hours-long nightly phone calls and all night hang outs could not possibly mean anything. So she decides to give Sean a chance. Next thing we know she is on her way home - w/o telling Carter she is coming. Her mom asks Carter is Ari can stay at his place as her place is having work done - he says of course, figuring he'd finally get to see his best friend and they could talk - and she shows up at his house w/Sean, her boyfriend, in tow. At this point I wanted to slap her and scream You Bitch! But it's a book so I just thought it and kept reading. While home, she is complete bitch to Carter who keeps trying to talk to her. Finally he forces her attention and announces to the crowd at large that he loves her "in that way." This occurs of course about two minutes after nice guy Sean announces to Ari's friends and family that he lost all of his family and friends (a bit of explanation, please!) and wants to live in the moment and gives Ari a promise ring which she accepts. So not only is she a bitch to Carter but she's kind of awful to Sean. Side note...I don't quite understand how they are dating, he spent $ to fly to the US w/her, plans to stay w/her (and share a bedroom), gives her a promise ring - but they're not sleeping together? Sorry, hard to believe. Anyway, Carter and Ari finally talk after she reads some of his letters, and he explains why he did what he did (very noble). And they end up together. Except IMO, she does not deserve him.
Like I said, I wanted to love this - and I did, until I didn't. I have read a lot of Friends-to-Lovers books and I always go in with such high hopes. And usually it's the girl who blows it. She either develops strong feelings and is pissed when her best friend does not reciprocate, or she has strong feelings and she runs because she's scared, etc. I also would have probably enjoyed this more if Ari wasn't gorgeous. That may sound weird, but would Carter have loved her, have noticed his feelings, if she were heavy or plain or ordinary? That would have been a more magical book for me, vs two super gorgeous creatures who are friends and never notice how gorgeous each other are all of a sudden see the gorgeousness that's been in front of them this whole time. I also would have liked to see Josh find out the truth! And one last nit-pick...every time someone touched Ari they were "tunneling their hands (or fingers) in her hair. It was an oft repeated phrase that got on my nerves after a while.
So there you go. Others here loved it, and it is cute, and worth reading for Carter alone, but me...I was just disappointed. ...more
(Mar) When I first stared this book, I was not expecting much. I know it got a lot of raves in 2014, but the description just did not appeal - and whe(Mar) When I first stared this book, I was not expecting much. I know it got a lot of raves in 2014, but the description just did not appeal - and when I read a quote that said "you don't read this for the plot, but instead for the lyrical prose" I though - ugh! I read for plot, characters, dialogue - beautiful writing is a plus, but not mandatory! The first several pages didn't bode well - there were a lot of words, a lot of description and I just slogged along, skimming more than reading, not really getting what was happening. The book is split into sections - each one starts in the "here and now" - Werner is in some sort of hotel basement that is being bombed and Marie-Laure is in a house of some sort, alone, facing some sort of danger. We then go back 10 years, and segue to very brief alternating chapters which follow Werner, a German orphan living in an orphanage w/his sister and Marie-Laure, a young French girl who goes blind in the first few chapters. As the book progresses, each new section brings us back to the "here and now" and the subsequent chapters show us what happens to Werner and Marie-Laure as they grow up. Werner is a techo-head before there is such a thing - he discovers he is quite adept at fixing radios and this skill leads him to train with other boys who will ultimately go to war for Hitler and Germany. Meanwhile, Marie-Laure and her father, who works as a master locksmith at a museum, leave their home and end up living in a small town w/her father's agoraphobic reclusive uncle.
It took me about 20% before I finally felt like I was vested enough in the characters and the story to follow what was going on and by about 40% I was into it enough that it was hard to put it down at night. I kept reading, wanting to know where the story was going and if/when/how Marie-Laure and Werner would finally cross paths. There is a sub story about a mythical diamond that actually plays a more imporant role as the story goes on, and we follow a 3rd character, von Rumpel, in his search for the diamond. There is beauty, violence, innocence lost and courage found within the pages. There is, however, no real plot in a traditional sense - but Doerr makes it work.
I didn't love the way the book was written - I would have skipped the "here and now" and told the story in a normal timeline, as I found it really confusing jumping back and forth at first. I was, however, satisfied with the ending - I do love a book that ties up all (well, almost all) loose ends in a relatively neat little bow. While I didn't 5* love it, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. Vacillating between a 3* and 4*, I'm going with 3.75* which for a very (too?) long non-romance historical fiction, is a really good vote from me!
One last thing...I read a 1* review here that complained about the lack of authenticity in the book - for instance, this reviewer said that home "canned" fruit and veg would be in glass jars, not in cans, and when M-L and her father leave Paris, the trek they make is not realistic. She went on and on about the mistakes made by Doerr. Now, I have no idea about canning in Europe in the 30s, or air conditioning (did France have a/c in the 40s? don't know, don't care), or the the geographical layout of France, or even real specifics about how the war in France was fought - but I don't care. It read true enough for me (if there had been comptuers or cell phones, sure, I'd have been bothered!). If you are that specific in your knowledge and things like this will hinder your enjoyment of a book, don't read historical fiction (it's fiction - certain liberties will always be taken by the author). ...more
(Mar) Jodi works with Mark in his security company, and they date but it is a "just for fun, let's not get too committed" type of relationship. Howeve(Mar) Jodi works with Mark in his security company, and they date but it is a "just for fun, let's not get too committed" type of relationship. However, Jodi has fallen in love with Mark and is afraid he is getting ready to kick her to the curb. On her bday, which she thinks Mark forgot about, she is working a surveillance case. She sneaks in the house, and just as she's about to crack the safe, she's busted by the home owner. She then discovers that the home owner is actually Mark's old college buddy Sam, and Mark has shared Jodi's Sexual Wish List w/Sam, which includes a threesome. After a bit of convincing, Jodi agrees to the ménage. Mark is kinda shocked to find himself seething with anger every time Sam touches Jodi - which allows him to realize that he too has fallen in love - but not before a whole bunch of sexual high jinx take place!
If a bit of spanking and nipple clamps, a ménage that includes anal, and a HEA is what you are looking for, wrapped up in a quick and easy story, then this is for you! Not sure I have a burning desire to continue with the series, as I just envision it being more of the same. ...more
(Feb) This was a down and dirty quick Anne Stuart story. Constantine is an unapologetic hit man, who is forced to do a favor for a friend - sit down,(Feb) This was a down and dirty quick Anne Stuart story. Constantine is an unapologetic hit man, who is forced to do a favor for a friend - sit down, in a dark room, with a reporter who will ask questions about his job. During the interview, he gets...I don't know, a sense, maybe...of the woman reporter, and somehow a sexual spark is lit, sight unseen, anonymous though the interview is. Constantine might be able to forget her, but later that night, in the guise of a indolent playboy at a high end party, he sees a woman and knows it is his mystery reporter. Maddy, our reporter, has a boyfriend, but she too felt the sexual frisson between her and her secret interviewee, but does not make the connection when a sexy playboy with an accent approaches her at the embassy party. He gives her a lift home, and she goes home, feeling out of sorts, thinking about her boyfriend, and feeling uncomfortably aroused. She is unprepared yet not really surprised when the playboy shows up at her place, sexes her up all night - until she somehow (women's intuition?!) realizes that sexy playboy = dangerous sexy mystery hitman. As with most vintage AS gamma hero books, you don't really see the love, yet you don't really doubt it, and you believe that they will ride off into their HEA - assuming the hero does not kill her along the way!...more
(Feb) Whew...what a long haul to finish this serial. I've been complaining about these since I started them - but I got sucked in by the first freebie(Feb) Whew...what a long haul to finish this serial. I've been complaining about these since I started them - but I got sucked in by the first freebie in the series and really wanted to know how LStG was going to kill off the evil Gypsy brothers. While not well written, the first at least sort of hooked me, or at least piqued my interest enough that I was willing to spend almost $20 to buy the sequels, even though I really resented having to do so. The entire serial was about 750 pages, give or take - if you take out the unnecessary parts that were somewhat recaps, you could have easiy made this a trilogy, or even a part 1 and a part 2.
So by this point, Julz has killed most of the brothers, has been gruesomely tortured, has lost a baby, and has now been kidnapped. It's really an awful lot for a 21 year old! She and Jase manage to escape, with some help, and finally, after a lot of boring running around and some gross stuff w/Donny, the last remaining brother, she is face-to-face with Dornan, the instigator of all her problems. If you haven't figured out yet that, in the end, she lives and Dornan dies,sorry to ruin it for you but come on - what did you think would happen at the end of 700+ pages?!!
LStC says this book is really about Julz's journey and her story with Dornan. Fair enough. But readers supposedly are crying out for more of Julz and Jase's story. Not sure why - they are left alive and presumably will have some sort of a HEA - they will figure out what to do and where to do it, although it sounds like they will always be looking over their shoulders. She is psychotic - I hope they never have children, as she should never be allowed to be around normal sane people. Because, let's face it - she's crazy. I mean fucked up, bat shit, padded room crazy. The best revenge she could have had would have been to go and live a normal life, with the hidden money. Instead, she sought out blood thirsty revenge, reveling in each and every death she caused. In a way, she is no better than the Gypsy Brothers - she took such sadistic pleasure in watching Donny get raped "by a guy with a huge dick." Really, Julz? Really LStC? I have never been a fan of revenge stories - so many people in the world have lived through physical and emotional pain, loss of family, etc., yet they manage to go on and live full lives. Revenge does not strike me as badass or whatever - it comes across, more often than not, as pathetic. The bad guy essentially wins, since he's forced you to spend your life in pursuit of something that will never bring back what you lost. The only revenge that has never bothered me wsa Inigo Montoya because - well, that was noble and, as far as I'm concerned, The Princess Bride can do no wrong. But even when the 6-fingered man is finally dead, Inigo is bewildered - he's spent 20 years pursuing revenge - and now that it's over - well, his father is still dead, a large portion of his life is wasted, and he has no idea what to do now.
I see that LStC has written a prequel, following Dornan and Mariana - why? He's disgusting, and we know even if their love is one for the ages, they end up parting since she runs off (or tries to) with Julz's dad, and ends up dead at the hands of Dornan - so why on earth would anyone want to read about them?!!
So Julz and Jase - I wish you luck, because you are young and you will need it. Maybe one day you will both find a modicum of sanity and normality. Or maybe you'll end up like Bonnie and Clyde and go down in a blaze of glory. Whatever, I'm just glad I'm done with you....more
(Jan) This was good, not great. There are plenty of descriptions of the book here, so I'm not going to recap. The story of a wealthy white woman in th(Jan) This was good, not great. There are plenty of descriptions of the book here, so I'm not going to recap. The story of a wealthy white woman in the early 1800s and her black slave, this book was told in alternating chapters from each of their perspectives. Handful, the slave, is by far the more interesting character. Watching her life and the lives of the slaves around her made for a interesting story. Unfortunately, Sarah Grimke's story was a little less captivating and, once she gets to PA and gets more involved in the church, a lot more boring. I had no idea that Sarah Grimke was a real person. I know it's a very common literary device to write fiction around a real person's life, but for some reason it just didn't sit well for me in this book. Maybe if I'd known going in it would not have bothered me as much, but once I learned she was a not-well-known (today, at least) woman's rights vocalist as well as an abolishinst, I looked at the book differently. It made me - uncomfortable? - having SMK write dialogue that made Sarah's famliy look like they didn't really love her, how she made up the reason for Sarah's speech impediment, etc. Not sure if I'm explaining it right, but idk, I just was really bothered by it! The e-copy I read was filled with Oprah's Notes, some of which were interesting, but most could be skipped. The author's notes at the end were more interesting than much of the second half of the book, which was just too long, drawn out, and sloggy. If you do read this book, definitely read SMK's notes about the real Sarah Grimke and how she came to write this book. ...more
(Dec) Miss Congeniality: 4* I read this years ago - one of my first SL stories I think. I loved it then and loved it now! Irene is a typical SL heroin(Dec) Miss Congeniality: 4* I read this years ago - one of my first SL stories I think. I loved it then and loved it now! Irene is a typical SL heroine - cold, bitchy, funny without realizing it. Van was funny, sexy, clueless and just a lot of fun. Not her best story, I still found this one enjoyable and like to go back and reread it every so often. I liked it wsa well when Irene and her family appear in Miki and Conal's story.
Wicked Ways: 3* I think this is the first (and one of only a couple of) Cynthia Eden story I've read. I liked it, but didn't love it. Cain and Miranda were a nice couple, but the story seemed too repetitive for such a short story. I did like the mysterious vamp who showed up towards the end but I don't know if he ever got his own story - if so I would read it. ...more
(Dec) I read the first in this series, about the cousins of this branch of Sullivans's, and was annoyed at how amazingly hot, successful, perfect all(Dec) I read the first in this series, about the cousins of this branch of Sullivans's, and was annoyed at how amazingly hot, successful, perfect all 8 kids were. Well, it appears this branch of Sullivan's is just as successful. Every one of them seems to be the best in their chosen career, from PI to house restorer to business tycoon to real estate agent, etc. So here we have Rafe, former cop turned PI, who buys his family's old lake house. He gets there and lo and behold, the little girl next door is still there, all grown up. There is an instant attraction, she begs him to sleep with her, he says no, they fix up his house, he says yes, he's leery, she's pushy, they sex it up and fall in love and live HEA - all in a week. It was all so quick it would have worked better as a 100 page story in an anthology, they type where when things happen fast, it makes more sense.
I don't always have an issue with love at first site. But here there was nothing but sex and really old memories to hold them together. They had nothing in common - well, maybe they did, but they didn't seem to talk all that much about themselves or the minutia of their lives. Every conversation seemed to be so heartfelt and dramatic and repetitive. Brooke seemed intent on saving Rafe from his cynical and negative self, and Rafe saw Brooke as a good girl who would be forever ruined by his wild and kinky ways (kinky in this book was using scarves to tie up Brooke for about 2 seconds). If you begin the relationshp by planning on changing the other person, it is doomed to fail. Said it before and say it again - Men go into a relationship hoping the woman will never change, women go into a relationship hoping to change the man - and usually they are both disappointed. Here we see Rafe jumping through Brooke's hoops to change to be what she wants. Is that what he'll need to do the next 40 years?
My other issues were:
1) He's a 32 year old PI. Why wouldn't he investigate Brooke? People Google their prospective dates all the time. He's got the tools and the means and what is the big deal? She says "you know me, I'd tell you anything!" But he's known her for a few days. She could be a black widow for all he knows, or a reformed thief or drug addict or professional liar. And to call upon their friendship? Really??? She was 8 and he was 14, they probably spoke 10 words to each other during the summers Rafe's family spent at the lake. 14 year old boys don't talk to 8 year old girls. Honestly, it's been 18 years, they really should barely remember each other, certainly not think of one another as best friends and have all these strong memories about time shared. And for Mia to get so excited about "finding Brooke" - in today's world, if Brooke had ever been a thought in her mind she could have found her on FB or any one of a number of other ways. They were friends when they were in SECOND GRADE, and only summer friends at that - not really a life long bond. So yeah, I'm totally on board for him doing a backgound check on her - and her business partner (he thought he was doing her a favor - which he was). And him being paranoid enough to insist on her having a deadbolt. I mean is Brooke so innocent that she does not realize bad things happen everywhere, especially for a young woman living alone in a secluded area??
2) The sex was so boring. It was the same thing over and over. I first read Bella Andre years ago - can't think of what it was, but she was an erotic writer who was wonderfully descriptive with body parts and sex acts. While there was actually way too much sex here for the length of the book, they were not descriptive scenes - I felt like I was watching through a fuzzy screen, there was no clarity of exactly what was happening. Dull and repetitive.
3) I don't know much about owning a home cooking business, but can she really run a business out of the kitchen of her personal house, having sex on the counter where she makes the candy she sells to customers? Just doesn't seem hygenic or realistic - aren't there rules and regulations you have to follow if you are selling food to the public? And now she's expanding - but will be continue to make candy for mail order and a store and supply other stores all out of the little lake house kitchen in her grandparent's old house?
4) Where exactly will they live? This made it seem like Seattle, where Rafe lives and owns a business, is quite a drive away. Will she move with him to the city and they'll just visit the lake occasionally? This was left quite completely undiscussed.
I may read a few more Sullivan books from either series, but I'm not sure this is the right series for me. Glad I got this as a Kindle freebie a while back. ...more
(Nov) This was a sweet story about Jeff, an avowed heterosexual Dom who meets Eddie, a kinky pain slut gay sub. Eddie volunteers to teach Jeff how to(Nov) This was a sweet story about Jeff, an avowed heterosexual Dom who meets Eddie, a kinky pain slut gay sub. Eddie volunteers to teach Jeff how to be a good Dom, and while Jeff is at first unsure about the idea of working with a man, he soon gets into his training and along the way discovers that maybe he's not as hetero as he'd always believed. There's plenty of painful kink in this book, as well as charm, and while I found the whole "hey, I'm actually bi" realization a bit quick, and the acceptance of his new status a bit unrealistic, it was overall a nice read - one of those books where you just truly wish the couple a long and well deserved HEA. ...more
(Nov) Eh - I was unimpressed with this one. Laura tells her story of how she met 11 year old Maurice and the relationship they developed. Maurice is a(Nov) Eh - I was unimpressed with this one. Laura tells her story of how she met 11 year old Maurice and the relationship they developed. Maurice is a black child, begging for money on the streets of NYC. He lives with his drug addicted mother and various family members, in a poor, dangerous neighborhood where violence permeates every aspect of life. Laura goes out of her way throughout the book to say how she didn't save Maurice's life but instead he saved her, made her more aware of life outside of work and the trials and tribulations of the poor and disadvantaged. I was particularly put off by how easily Laura cast Maurice out of her life when her new boyfriend (later husband) didn't approve and was not interested in having Maurice be a part of their life. However, while we get glimpses into both Maurice's family background and Laura's (alcoholic abusive father who terrorized his family when drunk), it still came across as "look at me, look what I, a well off white woman did for this poor black child." I think the book would have packed more punch if it'd been written by Maurice - less self serving and more interesting.
(Nov) This was my first Diane Chamberlain book. When reading the descriptions of her books, they always sounded a bit Jodi Picoult-ish to me, who is,(Nov) This was my first Diane Chamberlain book. When reading the descriptions of her books, they always sounded a bit Jodi Picoult-ish to me, who is, for me, hit and miss. I was not sure what to expect from this, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I found this quite gripping in parts and really had a hard time putting it down, as I really did't know how the various storylines were going to intersect and wrap up together.
Laura promises her dying father she will check on an older woman - a woman Laura has never heard of. After mentioning this to her husband, he begs her not to go see the woman, but does not explain why. She goes anyway, and thus begins a crazy spiral in her life, one that leaves her husband dead by his own hand, her young daughter mute, and the reintroduction into her life of her daughter's biological father. There were times in the flashback portions of the book where I was truly on the edge of my seat, fearful for what would happen next, particularly with one character who made a very yound and idealistic (but incredibly stupid) decision that would change all of their lives. I thought the story wrapped up well and while there were a few small points that bothered me (just seemed too unrealistic), I really enjoyed myself while reading this. Not sure I'm going to read others by her as not too many of the synopses are that intriging to me, but this one was really very good.
(Sep) Ok, so I'd heard about twincest - I'd even read a Dear Prudence (advice column) letter about it a year or so ago. But I wasn't sure about readin(Sep) Ok, so I'd heard about twincest - I'd even read a Dear Prudence (advice column) letter about it a year or so ago. But I wasn't sure about reading it. Finding it no longer for sale on Amazon made me think it wasn't supposed to be. But then I found it on B&N, and it was cheap and I figured "why not?"
Kevin and Kyle and 19 year old sexy high school football-player identical twins. One night, on the bus ride home from a game, Kyle is feeling pent up and needs release. Kevin is sitting next to him, tells him to go for it, and next thing you know, Kyle is pumping and Kevin is slurping and we're only on page 9! Mercy Celeste writes hot sex, there is no doubt. And for those who complain that the boys telling one another "oh you're so hot" is narcisistic - if you are truly good looking you know it. And while neither seem to give much thought to their own looks, they appreciate the other's looks - seems fair to me. Anyway, so while their parents are away taking care of an ailing grandmother, the boys take their sexual experimentation farther and farther. Kevin admits he's gay and has a bit of experience, but both are virgins. A lot of sex happens, but they are really incredibly careless and they end up getting caught.
There was something really sweet about this story, which really doesn't make sense when you think about the topic. But while the boys were kind of bland in the personality department, they were both sweet and sexy and in love. What can you do? I give MC credit for infusing a bit of a plot in what otherwise could have been just a balls-to-the-wall sexfest. But for me, the plot was weak. Jerk father, marriage falling apart, friends and adult figures not only find out but accept w/o any real judgment, evil cheerleader bitch...just seemed like MC created stock characters to fill pages.
This ended w/a HFN, which is about as realistic as a book like this can get. If they were just brothers, they could hide their connection and just be boyfriends. But where can they go (except maybe a Maya Banks conceived land where anything goes as long as the relationship is loving!)where they won't be judged? And also - why is it whenever you read a GFY or just coming out type of book it turns out that everyone they know is also gay, has just been hiding it, or it's all around them? Maybe I'm uber sheltered, but at 50 I've had one outwardly gay friend for about a year right after college, and know maybe 2-3 other gay people. My kids' don't have out gay friends, nor do they have friends w/gay parents. Am I missing something?!...more
(RR 8/14) I read this years ago, but every so often I find myself rereading this trilogy (which cries out for future books, but I don't think we'll ev(RR 8/14) I read this years ago, but every so often I find myself rereading this trilogy (which cries out for future books, but I don't think we'll ever see anymore). Sara is an orphan, raised by a crazy grandmother. Her two best friends are a bit crazy, but the three keep each other grounded. One day a bunch of bikers show up in the shop where Sara works. Among the pack of bikers is Zach, who she realizes she kissed the night before in a drunken haze. She's attracted, but afraid of her attraction. Sara is unaware of her shifter half, but is finding herself more aggressive, more sexual, and not sure what is happening to her. Zach knows who and what she is, and realizes she's the woman he's always wanted. The sex is scorching, the humor prevalent, and the sequels even better than this one (but you do need to read this for the next two to make sense). What can I say, IMO SL can do no wrong (well, hardly any wrong!). ...more
(Aug) This was just a lot of fun. Paul is a slightly hefty, kinda neurotic 30 year old gay man. His family is suitably wacky, as is his friend who moo(Aug) This was just a lot of fun. Paul is a slightly hefty, kinda neurotic 30 year old gay man. His family is suitably wacky, as is his friend who moonlights as a drag queen. Paul has never had a relationship, and cannot believe that new hire-at-work Vince, gorgeous man, could possibly be interested in him. Vince is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's very sweet and earnest. He works hard to prove to Paul that yes, Paul makes his motor run. I could see some people getting tired of Paul's wild musings and internal monologue, but I enjoyed him. The first time Paul and Vince get down and dirty, there is a scene that for some reason struck my mental funny bone and I laughed until I cried - my daughter made me leave the room as I could not stop for a good long while and she was over me! There were many other times I LOL, and as I've found with other TJK books, a couple of times I cried. This may not be for everyone, but I have officially become a TJK fangirl...the over-the-top way he writes, what can I say - it really works for me!
One thing though - his book covers are pretty awful!...more
(Jul) I loved this as much if not more than the first one (and found the cover even worse - I mean blech!). I felt a few more things were explained, a(Jul) I loved this as much if not more than the first one (and found the cover even worse - I mean blech!). I felt a few more things were explained, and I loved seeing Bear, Otter and Kid become a family. Watching Bear finally explore the world outside his insulated makeshift family was a kick - seeing him hit on, watching him discover that he's not GFY but actually Gay, his experience at the gay bar and with Otter's family, etc. - all so, so, so good (and the dinner scene - OMG, loved it!). I loved seeing Ty find a new friend but I'mnot sure how I'd feel about a kid w/issues who is 6 years older than my son being his constant companion. 6 years is a lifetime in kid-time, and seriously - you find me a 15 year old who wants to play with a 9 year old, even a super smart one! Mrs. Paquinn got on my nerves a bit as she was barely a bit player until the end of the first book but here she's completely family and crazy (in a kind of stupid way, not in a fun way). One thing I didn't get (view spoiler)[Bear is horrified to discover his mother has had a child,wondering what kind of mother she is and why she is choosing to raise this child when she walked away from him and Ty. Yet at the end, when he gets custody, he barely gives his sister a passing thought. You'd think he'd want to see her, to get to know her, even if that meant being around his mother - or at least make sure she was ok and let Julie know he'd take her too if need be - because she is his and Ty's sister. But I guess that would open a whole new can o'worms. IDK, it just bothered me a bit that Bear didn't care about this child being raised by a woman Bear knows is no good. (hide spoiler)] But I laughed a lot, cried a bit (damn you TJK, I'm not a cried, but every book so far has made me cry!) and really loved this book.
I gotta say - I'm so leery about reading the next one. Why, if I loved the first two so much? Well...
(view spoiler)[I really,really, really hate that Ty is gay, or gfy. I find it hard to believe that both brothers are gay. Sure, I'm sure there are plenty of families that have more than one gay sibling, but I feel like this is the sort of thing conservatives would point at and say "see - homos raised this kid so now he's gay too!" I know, it's fiction, but it just bothers me - I feel like Ty's book is going to be Bear/Otter 2.0. I already know his lover will be Dominic, a boy several years older than him, just like Bear and Otter. I also don't want to see Ty with issues or problems or angst - I don't want to know he washed out of school and ended up an addict - how depressing for a sweet, light, loving and lovely little boy with so much potential. Again, I know it's fiction, but I'm a bit heartsick about it all! (hide spoiler)] But I probably will - and soon, too! If it's awful, I'll just pretend it never happened and their story ends here. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
(July) I continue to take one for the team by spending $ and reading this not very well done series. The first was kind of intriguing, the second move(July) I continue to take one for the team by spending $ and reading this not very well done series. The first was kind of intriguing, the second moved things along a bit, but here I just found myself bored and annoyed with Julz and not caring what happens. I assume she and Jase will end up together at the end (otherwise what a waste of time) but how they'll get there is still a mystery to me. In this installation we lose two more brothers (but this time they don't know who Julz is as they die), Dornan is still a psycho dickhead, and I still don't know if we are supposed to feel badly for Julz or think of her as a kickass heroine (she's neither kickass nor a heroine, IMO), or see the lost little girl she has cowering inside (meh). There are two more installments out, with #6 due in Sept and the final in November. I think I might take a break for a while - sounds like things get quite violent in the next one. I will say I appear to be in the minority - most of the reviews are OMG 5++++++***** - what can I say? I hate the gold digging money grubbing concept of a serial (this could easily have been 2 or 3 books for $1.99 each - I will end up spending almost $20 on this crap), it's not that well written, and the characters are just not appealing, good or bad (because I can totally love a book with shitty characters if they are interesting - and I just don't find Julz interesting). ...more
(Jan) It was so nice to get back to these old friends. John and Suzanne (Mignight Man) and Allegra and Douglas (Midnight Angel) and even Bud and Clair(Jan) It was so nice to get back to these old friends. John and Suzanne (Mignight Man) and Allegra and Douglas (Midnight Angel) and even Bud and Claire (Midnight Run) feature prominantly in this story of Jacko and Lauren. Lauren is on the run from bad guys. Jacko falls hard for her the first time he meets her. Planning on disappearing, Lauren invites Jacko to spend the night, he figures out she plans to run again, and helps her vanquish the bad guys. Jacko comes across a bit super-human, but then again, don't most of LMR's heros? The sex here was a bit of a let down-I'm used to hotter more descriptive love scenes from LMR. But it was a quick, enjoyable story (nothing compared to Midnight Angel, which is my favorite)and I definitely will read the next, featuring Metal and the mystery internet girl. ...more