REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; 15 SEPT 2013: 3 STARS Narrator: Paul Morey
When it's an author who's new to me or not on my auto-buy list, I'm always leery...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; 15 SEPT 2013: 3 STARS Narrator: Paul Morey
When it's an author who's new to me or not on my auto-buy list, I'm always leery when the book starts well, and seems to trot along nicely. Why, because invariably it trips and often falls down on its ass. Earth & Sky is a classic example.
Warning: this is another 'everything including the kitchen sink' book.
At around 20%, I was happy with it and there were enough moments for me to feel that it was a 5-star read/listen as far as MM non-suspense romances go. I even smiled at the thought of the two lusty cowboys making out in the open and the poor horse getting sprayed by cum (it was not intentional. This is not that type of book). Somewhere in the second half of the story, however, it went down to 4 stars because Grant allows himself to be used as a stud for a woman friend whom he barely knew (he's a drifter, never in a place or holding a job long enough to form any meaningful relationship).
This is just personal, of course, but I do have a dislike of MCs being used or offering themselves as stud service. Eg, in Special Forces, the seminal work (as far as free MM fic is concerned), Dan is used for that very purpose and I hated Katya because of that. Here, I didn't hate Christie since this isn't a book that delves very deeply into the characters, unlike SF where even the secondary characters evoke strong reactions from its fans.
Sorry, back to E&S...so this Grant fella, he's dropped a few notches in my estimation after lending out his studly cock BU..UTT I find out later he's done it again! To another woman. He's got 2 kids by the first woman and he had to fuck the 2nd woman for a whole year before she got pregnant. Eww. Yes, it's a personal ewww. I accept rentboys with more ease than studs but I'm still holding on to the 4 stars because I'm still interested in the story even if I've lost respect for Grant.
Unfortunately, it's a weak 4 stars and when the story morphs into a soap opera with a gleeful cackle in my earphones, believe me you have to read it for yourself to understand why my concluding description of said book is "as if Amy Lane went to bed drunk and woke up having written a cowboy book for Siren Publishing".
By the time I reached the last couple of chapters, I was tired of the melodrama, the absurdity, the pack of kids sired by Grant that descended on Hunter's ranch, the women, (oh, the women...no wonder they get called 'breeders' by snide twinks) the everything! I didn't even bother to finish those 2 chapters for fear of finding out Grant has sired more brats or the kitchen sink claims to be pregnant.(less)
Before you start, (view spoiler)[you might want to know that this story obviously isn't finished and there's a sequel - or there should be, because th...moreBefore you start, (view spoiler)[you might want to know that this story obviously isn't finished and there's a sequel - or there should be, because the MCs do not end up together at the end of the book. And being a romance, I doubt the publisher would have agreed to Lorcan settling for someone other than Quinn - which he does. (hide spoiler)]
Apart from the non-ending, the book was just so-so even though it started off promising. For me, it didn't quite deliver because while it revolved around Quinn's fear of being outted to the town's folks, there just wasn't enough intensity in his relationship with Lorcan for me to feel for him. In the end, a man whom I had initially perceived as the strong, silent Marlboro-man type, degenerated into a cowardly, needy character. No prizes for guessing who I think is a better match for Lorcan!["br"]>["br"]>(less)
REVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; JULY 3, 2013: 3.5 STARS Narrator: Jeff Gelder
The Narrator: Gelder was as good here as he was terrible in Mary Calmes' Bull...moreREVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; JULY 3, 2013: 3.5 STARS Narrator: Jeff Gelder
The Narrator: Gelder was as good here as he was terrible in Mary Calmes' Bullet Proof. He sounded experienced here whereas in Bullet Proof, I thought he was a new narrator as he made the typical newbie mistake of speaking too fast, rattling off the lines without expression.
This is odd since Bullet Proof was released 13 months after Touch Me Gently. In any case, at least I now know Gelder can be good and won't bypass a book as soon as I see his name.
The Story: I enjoyed this up to about 70% and then it got boring because it was just more of the same - Kaden's skittishness and insecurity and Logan hovering around like a mother hen, reacting to every nervous gesture from Kaden. It just went on and on like this. Very tiresome.
I skimmed through the last couple of chapters because the part about the little girl, Becca, dying in hospital was just more of the same - Kaden needing to be miserable about something!
This was my first book by the author and I'm in no hurry to read the other one I have, Chasing Seth, even though I bought the audiobook.(less)
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 Dad...moreA 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.(less)
As I had said, once I found out HCH is an MM version of the old Harlequin or Silhouette category romances, I wanted to read it. It's also been so long...moreAs I had said, once I found out HCH is an MM version of the old Harlequin or Silhouette category romances, I wanted to read it. It's also been so long since I read a 'reading-the-will' romance (can anyone give me the title of one of those books?) that I was looking forward to this.
While I still enjoyed this nostalgic ride, I can't say I found it well-written and hope that the next book, The Greek Tycoon's Paramour , will be a better book. I couldn't understand what bugged Tucker so much that he had to high-tail it out of the family ranch after he had sex with Micah. There was no problem in the family with him being gay; Micah was gay and Tucker did wait until Micah had turned 18 before he gave him to his desire for the younger man. I didn't get what was so wrong about their relationship, why Tucker felt they couldn't have a future even though he still felt the same desire years later when Micah goes to Dallas to fetch him home.
I also found his attitude towards Micah very unappealing and insulting, not over-protective. It made me wonder why anyone would want a man who infantilizes him/her the way Tucker does Micah. Or is this also part of the plan to emulate those old 60s/70s Mills & Boons romances?
So, in the end, I don't mind the Harlequin-type plot at all but I do mind that this book feels like the author is using that as an excuse not to flesh things out more. The glib manner in which the ending was written felt as if Ms Langley couldn't be bothered to write the ending, as if she could just throw us a casual bone of an epilogue and tell us who did what and....th-th-th-that's all folks!
The book's blurb also mentioned that this version has been expanded by 10,000 words (and I still find lots of gaps that could have been filled to give a smoother read). Like Jimmy Hanson, I, too, got lost amongst the several characters just thrown at me at the start without anything to help me place them in the story being told. I'm sure I still don't know who the heck A J is! And Duncan having run off with Tucker's mother (it is the mother, not the aunt or something?) is, IMO, worthy of a lot more than just a cursory mention!
Do I still want to read the next MM Harlequin wannabe? Yes, I do but if it suffers the same flaws then it'll likely be the last. (less)