Thi was a sweet romance but the "suspense" was weak - it took a mere 3 pages for Valor to be abducted and rescued but the perp was a bit of a surpriseThi was a sweet romance but the "suspense" was weak - it took a mere 3 pages for Valor to be abducted and rescued but the perp was a bit of a surprise so that was good.
Valor was inconsistent, alternating between sounding like a kid and the young adult he is. I enjoyed the romance but once again, the little dash of suspense was insufficient for me. There was hardly any time for me to develop a sense of danger for Valor before Shane-the-hero saves him....more
REVIEW OF REREAD; MAY 2, 2014: 5 STARS I reread this as I wanted to refresh my memory before I started on the sequel. I liked it even more the second tREVIEW OF REREAD; MAY 2, 2014: 5 STARS I reread this as I wanted to refresh my memory before I started on the sequel. I liked it even more the second time around:) because the banter between Thomas and Cooper is just grin-inducing:D
I started on the sequel, Clarity of Line, today. The third installment is already in my Kindle, waiting. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW NOVEMBER 5, 2013 : 4 STARS I enjoyed this and as I turned off my Kindle, could see why there is a sequel - and why I will be reading it:)
I had a great time going along on the first part of this, hopefully just a two-part story (I do not see the need for a third) mainly because I love the thrill of the chase, that delicious tension that only a first-time encounter can give (that's why I'm not a fan of established relationships).
Everything was right for me in this little romance except two things but they aren't major: 1) I, too, do not understand why Cooper felt the way he did about their relationship; why he could not have known he was special to Tom. Wanting to hear the Three Little Words is one thing. Taking off and hiding away as Cooper did was not commensurate with the way their romance was going. It was rather angst-free, IMO. 2) there were a couple of weird grammatical errors and phrases, either real typos that weren't caught or the author is great at telling a story but not so good at the technicalities of the language. For example, "Watching him come, feeling him in my hand, brought me undone." I'd say, "Watching him come, feeling him in my hand, made me come undone." would be more apt in the context. I can't remember the others but they were the wrong tenses, not the way something was phrased.
I'm at 60% but not going to finish this even though I've enjoyed what I've read and am giving that 4 stars. I'm in the mood for something with a plotI'm at 60% but not going to finish this even though I've enjoyed what I've read and am giving that 4 stars. I'm in the mood for something with a plot and am moving on to Until Thanksgiving. I haven't ditched this and plan to come back to it when I'm in the mood for PWP - no, this is more than PWP. It was easy to sympathize with Evan, the poor ol December in this story because young Jamie is an evil, delectable sub especially because he doesn't realize that. Yet.
If you're in the mood for something sensual, relaxing (in a way) with a likeable MC in Jamie, I do rec NHKtT. To those who are familiar with BDSM themes, this story doesn't offer much by way of actual kink, at least the 60% I read. However, if you're like Jamie who's straight and whose idea of kink is associated with Perverts Central, this is a fun story with sensual moments. I haven't even reached the point where Evan fucks Jamie yet but I'm reserving that for another day.
NHKtT came to 341 pages on my Sony PRS 600 and it's free so there's no excuse for any MM romance lover not to take advantage of this gift from the author....more
REVIEW FOR DNF'd AUDIOBOOK; MAY 23, 2015 Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Note: 1 star because it was a DNF.
This started off very well and I was fully engaged.REVIEW FOR DNF'd AUDIOBOOK; MAY 23, 2015 Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Note: 1 star because it was a DNF.
This started off very well and I was fully engaged. Then it suddenly shifted to a chapter-long flashback of Jason's teen years and the author lost me. After a minute or so, I fast-forwarded through the audio until the flashback (in the form of a dream) ended and while it was 'just' a chapter long, on audio it felt interminable.
I wanted to get back to Jason and Jules - here's another thing I wish authors wouldn't do: giving their characters names starting with the same alphabet - but by the time I skimmed that chapter, I couldn't feel the magic. I didn't finish it....more
I lined up several May-December romances to read and this was the first. Age-gap : 25 years - Professor Vince Norton reaches his 47th birthday in the bI lined up several May-December romances to read and this was the first. Age-gap : 25 years - Professor Vince Norton reaches his 47th birthday in the book while Rob is a 22 year-old student.
Low angst (if any), sweet, comfort read. Nothing to lift it out of an average read but if I have to give stars, then 3.8? I liked this not so much for what it had but for what it didn't have - no heavy issues, cheating, love triangles, menages (worrying if the third gets bumped off the relationship in the end, or one MC feeling insecure when the third is brought in).
I don't recall how much older than Matthew Andrew is but I wouldn't have categorised this as a May-December (which I, somehow, have) because Andrew, dI don't recall how much older than Matthew Andrew is but I wouldn't have categorised this as a May-December (which I, somehow, have) because Andrew, despite being a divorced father as well as Matt's lecturer, doesn't sound more than 5 years older. I've read May-December books where the age gap is brought up, sometimes the reason for the older protag rebuffing the younger. In this book, there's no mention of age except that of Henry, Andrew's son, who is ten or eleven, based on Matt's guess - not a teenager, as stated in the book's blurb.
BCoLY is a straightforward, angst-free romance set in the UK. Andrew is an American transplant and Matt's lecturer. The medical aspect was well-done and despite the abundance of medical terms, they didn't overwhelm what is, essentially, a student-teacher romance. Andrew's and Matt's romance begins and continues without a hitch. No tears, no heartaches, no Big Mis. It's a smooth ride for these two all the way from page one to the end. Even Andrew's ex is nice. His son is nice. Everyone's nice here and the only ogres - the hospital administration - don't even put a dent in Andrew's life despite their retaliation against the doctors' strike.
I enjoyed this book, my first by Ms Cairo, and I'm glad I finally got down to reading it....more
When I do buy a May-December romance, I check first what the age difference is. In the case of Allegro Vivace, the 25-year gap stopped me from buyingWhen I do buy a May-December romance, I check first what the age difference is. In the case of Allegro Vivace, the 25-year gap stopped me from buying the book but Erotic Horizon's review was too tempting not to give it a go.
AV turned out to be the best May-Dec romance I've read and now I want to read Cat Grant's backlist which I bought some time back.
I agree with everything in Erotic Horizon's review so no need to repeat them. However, unlike EH, I did not have a problem with Matt's issues over his Dad and I felt it was adequately covered. For me, the issues were addressed and though quickly resolved, I preferred it this way in this case. Any more and it would have detracted from the main story which was Aaron's issues with Matt - their age gap and their romance which was such a feel-good one despite a few hiccups.
I thought the pacing was just right and the story flowed flawlessly for me. I clicked off my reader utterly satisfied....more
If there's any book that could draw me back to historicals, TG&TR would be the one!
This book engaged me from the beginning - Baronet Alan WatleigIf there's any book that could draw me back to historicals, TG&TR would be the one!
This book engaged me from the beginning - Baronet Alan Watleigh decides to give in to his forbidden desires just once, before committing suicide. He has decided life is not just worth living and I was hooked right up to when he discovers he has someone he wants to live it with.
Jem, his savior, is very, very lovable. Street-smart, as expected for a male whore, but with an innate sense of goodness. He possesses a zest for life which causes several annoying moments for Alan for Jem can't understand why a man like Alan, who lives in comfort and security, would be filled with such melancholy. He tries to discover the cause as well as help the man whom he has become very fond of, and who, he believes, returns that sentiment. I loved the nicknames he gave Alan - Lord Doom and Gloom, Lord BumBuggery...!
Despite Jem's sunny personality and optimistic streak, he has moments of insecurity, thinking Alan will throw him out. After all, Alan had only brought him home for one night's pleasure and the man's overall demeanor didn't look like he'd want a whore living with him permanently, even as his valet. The first half of this story is dedicated to the formation of this tenuous relationship, to Alan struggling to face his homosexuality in a time when it was a hanging offense.
The second half brings in the suspense and action and which earned the 5th star from me. Up until then, TG&TR was only just managing 4 stars, already a big thing for this reader who doesn't normally enjoy historicals.
The suspense sequence in the latter part of this M/M romance which had already captured my heart gave me my piece de resistance, bringing the story to a satisfying HEA. If all M/M historicals were like TGTR, they'd be auto-buys for me. I usually bypass a book as soon as I see the label 'historical' but somehow this time, I stopped to glance at the synopsis and read the word 'valet' and thought this would be a plausible situation for an M/M relationship to flourish.
I'm so glad I thought so because Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon certainly delivered. I'll be buying the next book and will check what other titles they have, if any....more
A little more than 3 stars. Not one of my favorite Manlys but still readable. Very uncomplicated - 22 year old Patrick falls for his best friend's DadA little more than 3 stars. Not one of my favorite Manlys but still readable. Very uncomplicated - 22 year old Patrick falls for his best friend's Dad when they visit during the summer vacation. Dakota is just as smitten but there are reasons holding him back. These get resolved really easily. End of story....more
A most heart-warming romance. Again, one of the few books that manage to capture all my (good) senses from the start and leave me feeling oh-so-satisfA most heart-warming romance. Again, one of the few books that manage to capture all my (good) senses from the start and leave me feeling oh-so-satisfied when it ends.
I thought it would take a long while before Finnegan thawed a little but, thankfully (to me, anyway) he did let Rowan enter and not slam the door in his face, as I was expecting him to do. Some readers might find Finn and Rowan jumping each other's bones a little too fast considering Finn's personality even if that's more rumor than reality. I think I would have liked the sex to have been held off just a teeny bit longer - like maybe one more growl, one door slam or something.
That said, once Rowan gets in the door (and comes back) and Finn gets in Rowan (and just comes), there's no turning back for these two. I adored Finnegan and wish there were more m/m romances featuring these older men who are big, sexy and nasty but downright protective and tender with the one who's captured his heart. Finn and LITL are the quintessential example.
This is my first Fae Sutherland and what an intro!...more
Having indigestion all day and until after I finished the book did not help.
All told, there isn't much I canI held my breath through much of the book.
Having indigestion all day and until after I finished the book did not help.
All told, there isn't much I can add to the existing reviews that's new. I totally agree with everything but would caution those who have never read any BDSM themes before, Do. Not. Start. With. This. Book.
There's nothing that horrifying, unlike one nailing-tongue-to-the-table incident from a book by Laura Bacchi (IRRC) and everything that transpires between Gabriel and Rase is consensual. Rase begs to be hurt. Gabriel's tenderness and protectiveness in between those bouts is touching. I did screech and suck up my imaginary balls when Gabriel used Rase's belt and hit Rase's balls with it.
There isn't any plot, really. The whole holding-my-breath bit revolves around the sex play. It's just a simple story of a wealthy and successful forty-plus masochist whose chance meeting with a lowly employee gains him the partner he's been waiting for but never imagined he'd ever find, much less have. There's no mystery to solve or Big Mis to resolve and Gabriel and Rase simply move towards a quiet, promising HFN....more
I did not like it, not because it's badly-written but because I've gone off British romances. They were something I read as a young teen before the AmI did not like it, not because it's badly-written but because I've gone off British romances. They were something I read as a young teen before the American invasion of the Romance genre which means I haven't read ANY British-themed romances in decades! So when I found myself reading about taking the Tube and London scenes, I felt like I was back in school in London and reading Jilly Cooper's romances on the typically gray London days.
Maybe it could be that I don't care for the typical older male top and younger male bottom in yaoi romances but Cameron Dane's Finding Home features the same sort of seme(dominant/top in relationship) and uke (younger, feminine bottom) characters so perhaps it's the story and setting after all.
I did not find Steven and Mark a couple that drew me in and the sex between them was very cold and clinical, consisting of a few quick fucks over Steven's desk at work. I waited and waited for Steven to invite the younger Mark back to his home for the weekend but I'm near the end of the story and these two are doing nothing more than grabbing quickies at work. Not worth finishing so I'm going to ditch the gray London weather for Claire Thompson's Caribbean Island of Temptation....more