Way too short and raised too many questions for me to fully enjoy this sci-fi MM romance. The Avvarians have their own form but what this is exactly,...moreWay too short and raised too many questions for me to fully enjoy this sci-fi MM romance. The Avvarians have their own form but what this is exactly, isn't clear. They took on human form to be on planet earth and penises are alien to them so I couln't help asking how Avvarians had sex. These two alien guys also fucked like they'd had human forms before but they'd just got there for the first time so I can't help but wonder how they knew to do it as if they'd been having sex the human way since forever!
Leo, the 3rd guy, is human, however, and in pain due to injuries when a BDSM scene went wrong. Hiding away from real contact, he has a cyber relationship with Sirras, not knowing he isn't human. The three meet in the real world and they decide to transmorph Leo so that he can travel the solar systems with them.
I thought that was so romantic and so full of potential and am disappointed that the author made this such a short story that it was terribly half-baked.(less)
This was wa-ay too long. Would have been better if it was cut by half because there were good parts but these were separated by passages and passages...moreThis was wa-ay too long. Would have been better if it was cut by half because there were good parts but these were separated by passages and passages of nothing in particular. The first half of the story was slow and I didn't really find it interesting until Eric came into the picture. That perked it up then it reverts to the wordy narratives, fast forwarding in several places so that while it's supposed to give me the impression that Drew's, Scott's and Eric's relationship is one that's developing naturally, I ended up skipping these long and frequent portions looking for an interesting scene.(less)
The 'suspense' description on Loose Id attracted, as it always does, and I pounced on Sloan Parker's debut offering, hoping it would give me what I ha...moreThe 'suspense' description on Loose Id attracted, as it always does, and I pounced on Sloan Parker's debut offering, hoping it would give me what I haven't had in awhile - PWP.
I love long books but the first few hundred pages had the three characters having so much sex, I was exhausted. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. Luke, Matthew and Richard are clearly made for each other and every time they come together, it's a complex mix of emotions, baggage and hopes. Fulfilling for each other - and me.
I didn't get my suspense fix until towards the final stretch and is the reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars. That, and the evil insane senator-father plot device which I find a little trite. Add Fowler, his evil goon, to the mix and it was a tad over-done.
Nonetheless, it was a satisfying read and wonderful intro for the author. I'll definitely be looking out for Sloan Parker's next book.(less)
A 2.5 from me but it could have been a low 4 if not for my being rather confused by the sudden appearance of Lon and Taggert fucking an Alec. I was li...moreA 2.5 from me but it could have been a low 4 if not for my being rather confused by the sudden appearance of Lon and Taggert fucking an Alec. I was like, who the heck are these guys? I thought there were only four protags? So I suspected the other guys appeared in the previous Bodyguard books but perhaps not? I'd tried reading one Bodyguard book before but stopped when I read the protag had a soul patch - which squicks me out for some unknown, irrational reason. I recall the names of some of the guys mentioned, like Abram and Seb, maybe even Joe Dunn but not a Lon and a Taggert. Alec is the cousin of Addy, the woman the BDF are protecting so he's new but I got her confused with Maria (I think that was her name) whom the BDF was protecting previously but was killed and that failure caused the men's budding 4-way romance to come to a halt. I got that easily but the picking up of where they left off, I'm not satisfied with. Unlike the other Carol Lynne books, I was unable to be emotionally-invested in the four protags' relationship either. They were all four involved before but the explanations and references did nothing to help me resonate with them. The closest I got to was Jack but it stopped there. I got a little feel for him but there wasn't enough for me to get into his relationship with Lobo, much less with Renaldo and Carlo. I didn't get a feel for the last two! They felt so disconnected to me and ought to have just had a book on their own.
I needed that story where the four first met and fell in love before reading this one where they get back together - and read it back-to-back. I don't even know if a book with that first story exists, hence my feeling a very lost when suddenly everyone's coming out of the woodwork in this book. There's also a typo error where Carlo's name is spelt 'Carol' and I automatically went, "who the f...is Carol now?" before I realized it was a typo. (LOL!)
The story was also all over the place, involving too many characters and back stories that I was ignorant about so do bear this in mind when looking at my 3 stars - if you've followed the series, you might enjoy this a lot more than I did. It was only at the Epilogue that I felt connected to the BDF which is a pity because when Ms Lynne gets her men together with nothing to distract them, she does it so well.
Looks like the next Bodyguard book will be Gavin And The Sheikh but I'll have to go back and read the series from the start before I read the next installment. (less)
It was difficult for me to like Rush and I was relieved he redeemed himself towards the end. It just took a lot to get him to that point and I, the re...moreIt was difficult for me to like Rush and I was relieved he redeemed himself towards the end. It just took a lot to get him to that point and I, the reader, was losing whatever sympathy I had at the start. As a result, the romance between Rush and Brian did not command the same attention as Brian's assignment to locate Sammi's family and uncover his past. I'd commented that I didn't care for the phone sex and so I skipped all of those. I was itching for more 'action' on the developing relationship face-to-face rather than quickies over the phone.
Having enjoyed Sammi's and Mitchell's book, I was happy to see they figured prominently in this second instalment and agree with one of the reviewers that they almost stole the show. As far as I'm concerned they did as most of the time I was wishing Brian would dump Rush and the book would continue with Sammi's story.
Anyway, boring phone sex and the cowardly repetitive Rush aside, Brian's investigation helped me turn the pages. Suddenly, towards the end when I was rather happy about the resolution to the protag's dilemma (will Rush come out for Brian? Will Brian give in and go back in the closet for Rush?) I go " - what the hell?!!!".
Inserted in-between the protags' resolution and the winding down towards the HEA, is the oddest piece of writing I've read so far in romance. There was no build-up of any attraction or desire between the four men, except between the respective couples but the author has them engaging in group sex. Why? Why drop something so out of the left field? If Sammi and Mitchell had been portrayed as a couple open to including others and if we'd known Sammi and Mitchell were attracted to Brian way back in the first book, if Sammi and Mitchell are also shown to lust after Rush and have hopes for a foursome, then when it happened, it wouldn't have been so weird and out of place...yet if we had all that background already written in then Common Powers would have been a vastly different type of book.
As it now stands, Rush in the Dark is an aberration because each book is about the couple who are in an exclusive relationship. Unless in Edward Unconditionally, all six of the protags get together? I detested this group sex portion, to be frank, because it just didn't fit the story.
I now have to "correct" that by reading a book which is about group sex. Maybe A J Llewellyn's Deep Probe?(less)
Loving Edits broke my meh reading spell with its characters, specifically Paul, the wealthy publisher and Tono, the sexy, hot Spanish Jai Alai player....moreLoving Edits broke my meh reading spell with its characters, specifically Paul, the wealthy publisher and Tono, the sexy, hot Spanish Jai Alai player. Those two were combustible together.
Mick is in love with Tono. Mick's current partner, Tono, loves him with a till-death-do-we-part kind of love. Mick's ex-partner, Paul, still loves him. Paul is disdainful of Tono. Tono detests Paul.
...I had a blast watching those two fall in love, kicking and screaming all the way.
As for Mick, he stays in the background in a sense, even though he's a main character and this book is a menage - so be warned, those of you who dislike them. But what a menage! I'd say this is my favorite menage evah because it isn't about sex. It's about a dying man wanting to help his partner cope with his impending loss and ends up giving him more than all three expected. Loving Edits is funny in parts with some hot breathless sex scenes, filled with love and a tinge of bittersweet at the end.
It was a wonderful story for me. I don't think the author participates on GR but thank you, Ms Ashling. (less)
This ended slightly short of 4 stars because by the end of it, I had a little too much of the sweet lovey-dovey, 'you-poor-baby' stuff between the two...moreThis ended slightly short of 4 stars because by the end of it, I had a little too much of the sweet lovey-dovey, 'you-poor-baby' stuff between the two men and Cael. It was great at first and Cael tugged at my heart strings but by the time I got 3/4 through, those strings were badly in need of tuning!
So I've run off to read Jez Morrow's Sovereign's Gladiator.(less)
**spoiler alert** It's a good thing I noticed this was a menage before I started reading it because despite the HEA, I didn't buy into the 3-way relat...more**spoiler alert** It's a good thing I noticed this was a menage before I started reading it because despite the HEA, I didn't buy into the 3-way relationship. This may be just my personal quirk, of course, and menage-lovers may not mind at all but throughout the story, I felt Bryce wasn't ready for any long-term relationship much less a menage a trois.
Bryce has loved Stanley as a best friend for years and when Bryce finally decides to try out his gay tendencies to see if they're for real, he ends up in a relationship with Stanley. BUT, he also meets his godfather whom he hasn't seen in ten years or something and has sex with him, too. Then Bryce is torn between these two men because he loves Stanley but wants to keep fucking his godfather, Ray.
The only character I felt was real and likeable was Bryce's uncle Joe who is Aunt Tacky and does drag performances spoofing celebrities. All three men, Bryce, Stanley and Ray felt contrived as was their eventual menage.(less)