This is a well written mystery set in Hawaii. The main character, a cop who has recently come out as gay, is sent to do an undercover job on the NorthThis is a well written mystery set in Hawaii. The main character, a cop who has recently come out as gay, is sent to do an undercover job on the North Shore of Oahu to find out who's killing surfers.
Neil Plakcy has created an interesting character in Kimo, a man who is still struggling with being out there as gay and finding his way in the gay world, while at the same time, dealing with hostilities in the force due to his coming out.
The mystery part of this book is very well done and keeps a good pace and balance of investigation with what's revealed, with the killer way ahead of Kimo until the very end.
As far as Hawaiian culture goes, the author clearly knows what he's talking about, with places being very specific as well as language and cultural norms being well done.
I'll definitely pick up the other books in this series....more
Oh what a hilarious, campy book! I've read some of the reviews and I see that there are so many takes on it. For me, I took it as a tongue in cheek, oOh what a hilarious, campy book! I've read some of the reviews and I see that there are so many takes on it. For me, I took it as a tongue in cheek, over the top use of erotica in a story. Like it was almost making fun of the genre.
Mitch is one of those protagonists that cracks me up. He seems to have no scruples and enjoys a good romp whenever he can get it, which seems to be with anyone and everyone. He's also not adverse to a little conniving and manipulation to get his rocks off as well, although he's not cruel or aggressive. He's so easy going and comes across as making fun of his own follies, so it's easy to like him.
The mystery plot seemed also a spoofy take on the genre with outrageous actions and implications stereotypical to the genre. I know many are calling it Agatha Christie meets gay erotica, however, it was too comical for that. I'd compare it more to the the movie "Murder by Death" meets gay erotica.
As far as the sex goes, while written to titillate I'm sure, I found myself laughing at how deliciously campy and obscene it was. The fact that everyone and the maid were gay or thought nothing of getting buggered even when straight was too preposterous to take too seriously. Ergo, it was more fun rather than a turn off.
And the language being quite raunchy and coarse added to that overall effect of making this a humorous story.
I got the feeling that the author in the case said "fuck it" I'm going to write the most ridiculous erotica out there and it totally worked for me.
"Pure Folly" is pure hot m/m lurving with a ghostly gothic twist to it.
Poor Alastair has been pining over Jude for a long time but sees no hope of ev"Pure Folly" is pure hot m/m lurving with a ghostly gothic twist to it.
Poor Alastair has been pining over Jude for a long time but sees no hope of ever fulfilling his desire as Jude is engaged to his cousin and it’s, well, a love that’s punishable by society and law. Unfortunately for him, his cousin has made a bet that he and Jude cannot spend the whole night together in the very haunted Folly on his family’s property.
Alistair has already had a run in with the spirit haunting the folly when he was a child and is not too happy about this, but fears he will be called a coward by his cousin and Jude if he reneges. Along with this fear though, is his bigger fear that he will not be able to control his sexual desire being in such close proximity to Jude all night.
Jude doesn’t believe that there is anything haunting the folly and makes light it, actually pushing Alistair’s fear. He has some plans of his own for Alistair though. Jude has been aware of Alistair’s attraction and wants him back, but needs to find a way to initiate sex. When they find a secret room full of drawings of naked men in all kinds of sexual acts together, the door opens for them to get it on.
I’ve read just about everything that Madelynne Ellis has published and while not as dark and intense as her usual, this story was unique and hot none the less. Jude and Alistair burn together as they finally unleash their lust for each other. Both have secretly wanted each other for so long and it’s a juicy first time sexual encounter. Although Jude has had some experience with men before, Alistair is a virgin on that level but figures things out quickly in his excitement.
I love ghost stories and that element in this story was a unique and trippy take on it. The ghost is the spirit of a man was in love with Alistair’s ancestor and since Alistair looks just like him, the ghost takes over Jude’s body to finally fulfill his eternal desire to have sex with him, which was denied him when they were alive. While this could have gotten hokey, it doesn’t, but makes things even more passionate between Jude and Alistair.
This being a historical set in an old, decrepit folly, plus: a haunting, secret rooms, pent up forbidden love, juicy sex, and an HEA, all made "Pure Folly" a delicious read. ...more
Yowza! Miki was my favorite character from the first Copsucker book and he's back in full force in C*cksucker II.
Barbara Sheridan really created a yuYowza! Miki was my favorite character from the first Copsucker book and he's back in full force in C*cksucker II.
Barbara Sheridan really created a yummy character in Miki. He's such a delicious Dominant with a heart.
Miki is a Japanese detective whose case brings him back to NY. Again, like 20 years ago, he sees a young detective, Dave, who grabs something in him and he seduces this detective.
Like the last book, the focus is more on Miki, who he is, than his partner. But it's all good since Miki is such a complex character.
As both Miki and Dave work together to find the killer of Dave's surrogate mentor/ mother, Miki shows Dave that what he really likes is being a sub.
One of the reasons I loved this book so much is that Barbara Sheridan really pulled off the D/s relationship between Miki and Dave in a way that worked for me. When it comes to BDSM themed or D/s relationships, I often get turned off because I think many authors don't know how to pull that off without the Dom being controlling jerk, or it coming across as too ridiculous and laughable. In this book though, I totally loved it as neither character took their end too far and became a caricature.
I've read quite a few of Barbara Sheridan's books and one thing that strikes me through most of them and this one as well, is that there's a subtle tongue-in-cheek quality to her stories and characters, which I felt again in this book. It's almost like her characters don't take themselves too seriously, but are written in a very realistic way.
She also managed to be so creative in this book. I mean Miki dressing as a woman, in both the last book and this book, to seduce a man and looking so hot while doing so and... having Dave be her pet in a sting, was just so outrageous and delicious.
Hawt smexxing with a HFN love story ending made this book a fun, juicy read!
I first read about Adin, Jackson and Celia in K.Z. Snow’s book Obsession. I loved, loved that book and the complex relationship dynamics in that storyI first read about Adin, Jackson and Celia in K.Z. Snow’s book Obsession. I loved, loved that book and the complex relationship dynamics in that story. All three characters, but especially Adin and Jackson, are intriguing and beg you to find out more about them.
In To Be Where You Are, Adin and Jackson have decided that they want to be together for more than and weekend here and there and must deal with Celia, who is still part of the mix as Adin’s live-in partner until now. Adin has reached a point where he just wants out of that story, his need for Jackson so deep and intense.
Unfortunately for Adin and Jackson, Perez the partner of another wizard Noah, has gone MIA and to get Jackson to help him find Perez, Noah has put the kaibash on Adin and Jackson’s plans with some bad magic. Having no choice, Jackson agrees to help Noah find Perez to save his relationship with Adin.
The relationship between Adin and Jackson is very sweet and we get to see how they really cannot stand to be without each other. Especially Jackson, who was a reluctant partner in Obsession but turned a corner in InDescent, becoming the one who discovers he’s more gay than he thought. In this story, he finally openly gets that he’s gay and not bisexual and fully wants to be with Adin, no reservations.
Celia comes across as very accommodating and I actually liked that. Many might find it hard to believe that she’d be so easy about it all considering that she really loves Adin, but I think the fact that she also loves Jackson made it an issue that she could come to terms with without making a big scene. I could really believe that she loves Adin enough to honor his needs and wishes knowing that that’s what he truly feels.
One thing that did bother me was Adin’s anger at Celia when she starts getting snippy with him about Jackson and stalling on talking to Jackson about how they were going to work things out. Adin starts to treat her in very disrespectful way, acting pissed off like he should have his way, which I felt uncalled for. He was the one stepping out, and until that point, Celia had not tried to stop him from seeing Jackson or complained about their meeting for weekends of sex. I don’t know, but I felt he should have been more respectful to her considering he did love her in his own way and thought all along that she was his love. That kind of knocked what I felt to Adin down a few notches.
Even after he finds out that it’s not her fault really that she’s acting more strangely, his need for Jackson at all cost is such that he does act the shit. Although, I will admit that it’s a very real and honest reaction, which is one thing I do admire about K.Z. Snow’s writing. Her characters are very real and act in very real ways even if it’s uncomfortable.
Jackson cracked me up a bit in this story. He’s a master wizard, very powerful and can manipulate many things. But I loved his vulnerability and angst about Celia coming to see him to talk with him about Adin. He was so nervous as if he might get chastised from a parent. It was just so delicious to see him squirm and fear what she might say, and then to be completely shocked at what she had to say. I loved it. It was all so right on because he does have a heart and worries about her as well.
On the rest of the story, damn, but K.Z. Snow can take you to really wild and different places. In a world full of paranormal that have all become so ho-hum the same, K.Z. Snow comes up with something completely different and unique every time. The side story, or minor foil if you will to Adin and Jackson finally getting to be with each other, is such a fun story line. Perez is such a delicious, flamboyant character, who I could see would totally get into the predicament that he did. It was so creatively written and a nice diversion or addition to what could be a boring story of just two people finally getting together who’ve had their “exciting and new” romance beginning in prior books.
I think you could probably read this book without reading the others first, but reading the others first would make this one more understandable and enjoyable since the back story and the actual romance part are in both Obsession and InDescent.
As per usual, K.Z. Snow’s writing is superb. She really gets into the heads of her characters, which always makes me feel like I have an intimate relationship with them. To Be Where You Are is another great installment to the Adin/Jackson love story. ...more