This was my first m/m/f romance and I can't say I liked it for a number of reasons - the men were too young and I only buy "rubenesque"-heroine romanc...moreThis was my first m/m/f romance and I can't say I liked it for a number of reasons - the men were too young and I only buy "rubenesque"-heroine romances by mistake. Other than my personal negative reactions to the book, it wasn't good enough for me to want to read David Campbell's stoty when it came out. Yet it was David (Sutter's father) whose character resonated with me. I think my icky feelings were because of David's inclusion and it was obvious he was secretly gay. I don't like family members included in my erotic romances and parents would be double ick even if there are no sex scenes involving them.
David's involvement is limited to his objection to Sutter's gay relationship so no worries about menages including Daddy. (less)
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & EBOOK; AUGUST 8, 2013 Narrator: Phil Gigante
Narrator review:I'm miffed that Gigante has not done any other romantic suspense...moreREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & EBOOK; AUGUST 8, 2013 Narrator: Phil Gigante
Narrator review:I'm miffed that Gigante has not done any other romantic suspense - only some Karen Marie Moning, which I do not read) - because whew! the man has a gorgeous voice, melt-my-knees voice!
Book review: Very disappointing compared to most of the old LHs I've read. As some of the (less enchanted) reviewers have noted, this was unoriginal, following a straight no-frills, no-suspense, no-surprise storyline.
I disliked the hero as soon as I saw that the less-than-conducive circumstances did not stop him from pursuing Marlie. What kind of Neanderthal thinks about seducing a woman who's only there because she has to identify her father's body and who just recently buried her mother? I'm not quibbling about the Neanderthal's positive response to Marlie but please, it would have been so easy to write in a scene so that he'd come across more sensitive.
The ho-hum story provided me no opportunity to revise my original opinion of Dane so this LH was a dud. I find it hard to believe LH wrote this because her book, after this, was After the Night which I loved.(less)
This turned out less than I expected, after getting so excited about Medina. He didn't live up to what I saw in Kill & Tell wh...moreFrom my 2003 review:
This turned out less than I expected, after getting so excited about Medina. He didn't live up to what I saw in Kill & Tell where he made an appearance. In fact, I found Medina rather bland compared to the villain who turns out to be not so villainous after all (and so isn't bumped off like they're supposed to).
I read one review about a sex scene that some might call disturbing as it bordered on rape but I liked this book and don't remember anything like that at all.
What I liked about the plot, though, is that it is one of those action, SEAL-types and not being able to wait for the next Brockmann, almost any covert operative story would do! I wouldn't give this another read, though, on account of Medina turning out such a limp rag.(less)
From my Dec 2004 review: After a dry spell lately, I was so relieved to be reading a Howard. This isn't as good as Open Season but compared to what I'...moreFrom my Dec 2004 review: After a dry spell lately, I was so relieved to be reading a Howard. This isn't as good as Open Season but compared to what I'd been reading, Kill & Tell rates pretty close to my fav Howards.
I liked how Marc did not cling to his initial negative impression of Karen. Some heroes hang on to it until I'm screaming for him to enter therapy before even shaking hands with a woman. In this book, both protagonists are normal and healthy in their reactions. Not usually enjoying books where the romance overwhelms the suspense, I liked the balance in this one and the best part - I got introduced to John Medina who grabbed my attention rightaway.
Oh yeah - Marc has a fabulous house in the French Quarter and he cooks.(less)
I probably need to take a break from erotic romance. I found nothing sensual or arousing about this book. It had good reviews on other sites (like the...moreI probably need to take a break from erotic romance. I found nothing sensual or arousing about this book. It had good reviews on other sites (like the one at Two Lips Reviews) but everything felt trite. You can have a character DO a trite thing like stick his eye on a telescope and watch your neighbor undress (as happens in Bad Girl) but what follows can be suspenseful or highly erotic. Not so here. It remains trite all the way with the most unappealing hero I've ever come across in an erotic romance.
I guess I was already put off by Sandy - she's a 'full-figured' sex-starved woman whose sex life consists of Peeping Tom moments everyday. Again, this being an erotic romance, Peeping Toms are "okay" but Sandy comes across truly pathetic. Or it could be that the heroine peeping at the neighbors and masturbating while she watches is not my favorite vicarious thrill.
Sandy gets caught by the hero, "Justice", who proceeds to blackmail her into having sex with him or he'll call the police to report her bad-girl habit. Ugh. Gimme a hero who doesn't have to blackmail a woman into having sex, any day.
This one-star rating is because I found it too horrible to go on reading. If the book does a one-eighty halfway through, then someone please tell me and I'll go back and finish it.(less)
This was another fun, easy read despite a couple of weak moments for the hero. I found it more sensual than some erotic romances I've read and while I...moreThis was another fun, easy read despite a couple of weak moments for the hero. I found it more sensual than some erotic romances I've read and while I was slow to take to the Wilde books, they kinda grew on me. (I enjoyed Scott Wilde's romance with Ashley St Claire in The Wilde Side which I read just before Wild For Him.) Yes, I read all the Wilde books out of order but Denison was a new author for me so I didn't have a clue what her books were like or that it was a series.
Wild For Him is not about a Wilde member, though. It's a spinoff series featuring the security specialist team from Joel's company. I will be waiting for the next book but I have to add that I hope Ms Denison pays more attention to the heroes' profession. It's a serious profession and bodyguards still need to have their wits about them even if they're in a fictional romance and even if the reader (me!) am reading it for the romance and can't wait to get nekkid with said bodyguard. But it's a small lapse and, hopefully, other readers can forgive him cos he's sweet and yummy.(less)
Very readable. A straight, fast-paced romance uncluttered by suspense that's just thrown in gratuitously. I enjoyed this and am now reading Wilde for...moreVery readable. A straight, fast-paced romance uncluttered by suspense that's just thrown in gratuitously. I enjoyed this and am now reading Wilde for Him and absolutely loving it!(less)
**spoiler alert** One of the best m/m romances I've read in that there's a lot more character development here - due, no doubt, to the book's length....more**spoiler alert** One of the best m/m romances I've read in that there's a lot more character development here - due, no doubt, to the book's length. This is one book I would have liked to have bought in print.
One thing I'm beginning to notice as I read more gay romances, is that the authors allow infidelity after the romance has begun. For example, in this book, Ren cheats on Cade during as low point in their new relationship. This is something rare in m/f romances. I've never read an m/f romance where either protagonist cheats and hurts the other after their romance has bloomed. Granted, they may be some that I haven't come across but in my opinion, they're rare.
I really like that Renecade is filled with so much emotion. The sex is much, much more explicit than many I've read so if this is going to be your first gay romance, be warned. Renecade brings to mind all the old romances once written - full of angst, psycho drama and the expected - and necessary - emotive HEA. They don't write these m/f romances anymore...what a pity.(less)