From the reviews, I'm out of step on this one, but the more I think about the book, the crosser I get.
Tiny stuff first; some inexcusable typos, sadlyFrom the reviews, I'm out of step on this one, but the more I think about the book, the crosser I get.
Tiny stuff first; some inexcusable typos, sadly standard for this publisher. Discrete/discreet, chord/cord caught my eye along with sentences so long and convoluted I couldn't make sense of them without rereading.
This author is new to me. I loved the blurb and started it expecting humor and some in-jokes. I got it at first, then everything turned sour.
The women set up the club to discuss a new genre of books. They didn't ask the guys to come (not sure why there were flyers up for it in the first place to be honest) and the initial hyphen mistake seemed a thin device to get them there. What did they do? Rory tells them what to read. Scoffs at their books by labeling them gay Mills and Boone. Pushes Brokeback Mountain on them, derides their opinions on it, then decides they can spend months reading a tame series he owns and likes.
There isn't a single real, sympathetic female character in the book. They're either ridiculously stereotyped SJWs or ditzy old women each with a carefully described quirk that defines her. The Cat Lady, the Dog Lady, the Deaf Lady... There's way too much soapboxing about the current education system in the UK, Syrian refugees, political correctness, gender fluidity. I was left feeling lectured to.
And who saves them all in the end? A man. They tried to do it themselves, poor dears, but silly-billies that they were, they didn't stand a chance. And I'm kind of including Rory in with the women at this point because he's written in such a way that makes it clear being sensitive and romantic is a bit limp-wristed, don't you know.
The book couldn't decide what it was. Parody? Satire? Genuine gay romance? Things made no sense. How was a huge farm run without help? We didn't see any other workers. Why would an army man let the place get so filthy? And if they're early twenties, would they be a teacher and a Major? Isn't that a bit soon? Rory's insta-love had me boggling. What was it based on? Adam was an asshole and completely incompatible with him. Or is that intentional and this was poking fun at the trope?
It ended in a weird, inconclusive way that seemed to indicate a sequel. No. Please no....more
This early days m/m romance started off a five star read for sure. I was enchanted by the vivid, insightful descriptions, the dry humor, the grittine This early days m/m romance started off a five star read for sure. I was enchanted by the vivid, insightful descriptions, the dry humor, the grittiness...then it went off the boil. Too drawn out, the men became sentimental to the point of sappiness, realism was lost (I cannot buy an FBI agent encouraging a romance between a witness and a hitman the way this one did or the lack of condoms) and it fizzled. D's written-out accent began to get on my nerves too. Plus, those multiple endings? No. Just no.
Would love to read a tighter edited version and to see more from this author though; unless she writes under another name?
ETA Ohhhhh. It was a P2P Brokeback fanfic. That explains a lot. Sheesh. I have a rule not to buy P2P. Oh well. My bad....more
I read the first book and it wasn't bad, if unrealistic and over-written in parts, but I got maybe a third into this and gave up. One reason the heroI read the first book and it wasn't bad, if unrealistic and over-written in parts, but I got maybe a third into this and gave up. One reason the hero left was because everyone thought he was gay for wanting to be a fancy French-style chef. Yeah. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that too in this day and age. But there was never any indication that hero or heroine saw this as anything but an insult, a slur on his character. Jill tells him now he's back he can prove how red-hot sexy and manly he is. Gay men can be manly too, dear.
Then she attacked an old friend (Pete) for daring to end a relationship with someone who got killed a few months afterwards in the previous book. You're allowed to do that. It happens.
Bleh. Childishness doesn't appeal to me in a heroine....more
I had this on my reader and though I really didn't like the other story I'd read by this author I decided to give this a chance. That'll teach me.
I giI had this on my reader and though I really didn't like the other story I'd read by this author I decided to give this a chance. That'll teach me.
I give it props for not messing around with setting the scene. Page one, find woman/mate for all eternity, page two, get her naked and inform her she's the one for you and your two brothers while taking liberties without asking with a hypothermic barely conscious woman.
Call her 'baby' EVERY TIME YOU SPEAK TO HER. Or 'honey'.
Make her first time something out of a porn movie with three men fucking her, no pain or discomfort involved and lots of oral.
Blech. It had this fantasy aura to it and I really hated all three men on sight and had no respect for Holly's wimpishness. It squicked me with the whole, our family has always shared a woman, tradition.
I've been reading this series for years but enjoying it less with each book. The massive ret-con in this had me sighing. And it was BORING. Huge chunkI've been reading this series for years but enjoying it less with each book. The massive ret-con in this had me sighing. And it was BORING. Huge chunks I simply skipped over and by the end I was skimming.
The focus was too heavily skewed toward Mrs Hudson. This version of her, anyway. Sherlock and Mary were made to look stupid and that goes against character....more
Haven't read it yet but...there is a typo in the blurb! That's shocking. The social 'whorl'? Really? If the blurb has errors what will the book be likHaven't read it yet but...there is a typo in the blurb! That's shocking. The social 'whorl'? Really? If the blurb has errors what will the book be like?...more
3.5 I enjoyed this to a certain extent but the heroine was so passionless she verged on comatose. And I wish American authors would get their books pr3.5 I enjoyed this to a certain extent but the heroine was so passionless she verged on comatose. And I wish American authors would get their books proofed by someone British if they're setting their books in the UK. We wouldn't refer to homicides, it'd be murders, and we wouldn't wade through molasses, it'd be treacle. I also got tired of every single dress she wore being described in detail.
Even so, it was smoothly written and mildly entertaining and I'd read another in the series....more
**spoiler alert** OMG, this book was repetitive. I mean, it was SO REPETITIVE, OMG. It repeated, OMG, how it repeated itself.
Just like that. It starte**spoiler alert** OMG, this book was repetitive. I mean, it was SO REPETITIVE, OMG. It repeated, OMG, how it repeated itself.
Just like that. It started well; I was gripped, interested to see what would happen, then I realized how many pages had gone by with filler in place of action. The central facts were hammered home over and over; Honor is a beacon of hope. To kill a bad man and then a VERY BAD MAN, and thus save thousands of lives, Honor needs to be handed over to the bad man who will then hand her over to the VERY BAD MAN, who will then rape and kill her and or hand her over to a terrorist group and they will torture, rape, kill her, blah blah. This is Awful and the hero and his team don't want to because Hope is a beacon of honor, sorry, Honor is a beacon of hope, but it has to be done because it will save thousands of innocent lives and hero has decided to make the decision she will be sacrificed without you know, asking her if she wants to be.
And he could've done because when he comes clean, she says yes, of course, happy to help save thousands of innocent lives by dying horribly.
My question would've been, at what point does VERY BAD MAN die and why can't it precede the rape and torture because if it happens after...uh what changed? That was never made clear to me. Why not wade in with a grenade, tortured hero, and take out VERY BAD MAN and yourself at the same time if you're so into noble self sacrifice?
Added into this is a jaw-dropping romance with the heroine, who spends approx 60% of the book sedated, is wounded horrifically, and yet finds time to ask hero to deflower her (because reasons) and then gasp wide-eyed during her first time (and OF COURSE his dick is huge) that he can't stop, no, something's about to happen, she's not sure what, OOOHHHH.
A nurse who doesn't know what an orgasm is and has never masturbated? Epic fail on anatomy, sweetie.
And then he tutors her in the way of the blowjob and the squick-o-meter hit 11.
Finally, I snickered at heartless stone cold killer uttering lines like, "Before I kissed you I didn't know what sunshine tasted like."
Too, too silly.
And my final peeve; they don't kill the VERY BAD MAN. I won't be reading any more of the series, but if he escapes b/c hero was too noble to pull the trigger and kills more of those innocents referred to on every page, I know whose fault it is....more
Absorbing, detailed, informative, and a sweeping, encompassing look at how far the US has come in a relatively short time when it comes to gay rightsAbsorbing, detailed, informative, and a sweeping, encompassing look at how far the US has come in a relatively short time when it comes to gay rights and how far it has yet to go. I teared up a few times, got angry at many others and couldn't put it down....more