This is a book that will get read so many times I expect it to fall apart. I ABSOLUTLEY lOVE this series!! The relationships are wonderful, I love theThis is a book that will get read so many times I expect it to fall apart. I ABSOLUTLEY lOVE this series!! The relationships are wonderful, I love the action and the war with the Lessers. J.R. Ward has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. I base all other books off of this series..this being #1!...more
REALLY liked this one. This was a very engaging story with very likeable characters. I didn't want to put this one down and read most of it in one sitREALLY liked this one. This was a very engaging story with very likeable characters. I didn't want to put this one down and read most of it in one sitting. Thomas Harrigan gets a law clerk job at a law firm owned by Clark Sterling. Despite his better judgment, and his friends well meaning warnings, he becomes involved with his gorgeous and openly gay boss, Clark. Clark is going against his promise to himself to never get involved with a co-worker ever again after getting badly burned by another but there is just something about Thomas. They are fast falling for each other when Thomas' resume ends up in the hands of the evil ex at his lawfirm who calls to gloat. Clark, once bitten twice shy, automatically thinks the worst and assumes that Thomas is screwing him over just like his ex and is possibly even in league with him too and refuses to give him the chance to defend himself and cuts him loose. The one who caused all the problems admits their role in it all and Clark and Thomas finally get their HEA. It's a sweet story with lots of angst, which is probably why I liked it cause I'm a sucker for angst. Hot sex but not too graphic or poured on too thick. They have good chemistry and make a great couple. I'm glad I read it. ...more
This was a really well written book, as are all of Shayla Kersten's books. I did, however, feel that it kinda fell into a cookie cutter kind of layoutThis was a really well written book, as are all of Shayla Kersten's books. I did, however, feel that it kinda fell into a cookie cutter kind of layout that was pretty predictable.
Paul was the All American, rich kid, quarterback, who had all the girls falling at his feet. Randy was the poor, kid, sorta goth, who was rumored to be gay. Randy also had a crush on Paul and little did he, or anyone else, know that Paul crushed on Randy too. So flash forward to the 20 year reunion now where too much alcohol gives Paul the excuse he needs to show Randy how he feels. And so starts their secret relationship. How to make it work when Paul has an overbearing homophobic father, and an evil scheming ex. And then there are the "understanding moms who always just knew". Although the sex was very hot, and actually delves into very very light BDSM/toy play, it did seem to get a little redundant by the end. Honestly, this really was a good book and Paul and Randy are really sweet and get a much deserved HEA, I just couldn't help but feel that the story was very predictable. ...more
This is a fairly short read, at just around seventy pages so it can be read in one sitting. I liked it. It was an engaging story that was intresting wThis is a fairly short read, at just around seventy pages so it can be read in one sitting. I liked it. It was an engaging story that was intresting with likeable characters and had an original storyline, but it's not one that I'm dying to read again soon, although I do recommend it to others. It's not a vampire story, or at least, not your typical vampire story. Judas, yes, THE Judas, has been cursed to live forever and is required to live off the blood of a certain family for his existence.
Hadi, who is twenty-six, is called by his family to be the next Keeper when his great-uncle dies. Up until now, the Keeper has only been a vague legend to him so he goes to Algeria to start his duties even though he has established a somewhat successful life in the fashion world as a designer in Italy. He doesn't want to do it, but to be the Keeper is an honor, and he would shame the family if he refused, so off he goes.
The other characters in the book are very minimal and really only at the beginning of the book. Once he gets to the Keeper's residence, it's pretty much just them the rest of the book except one brief scene later in the book, so there are really no other characters to add much to the story. The Keeper explains to Hadi exactly who he is and what his role is. There is quite a bit of discussion of religion and homosexuality and religion. Because Judas was a disciple, he gives Hadi Jesus' view of homosexuality. So I found it to be fairly heavy on the religious aspects but not in an offensive way and not overwhelmingly so. I know there are a lot of themes and such that escaped me because my lack of knowledge of religion but I'm just fine with keeping it that way. But it's not required that you have a great deal of religious background anyway to enjoy the story. I'm sure those who are more philosophical or who have a great deal more knowledge about religion might get more out of the book than I did.
There is a good amount of angst and for that, I'd actually give the book another half star and say 3 1/2 stars if I was able. It's very understandable that since Judas can't die, that he would want to protect himself in not falling in love with someone who is only going to eventually die. But love proves to be too powerful to deny and after denying it for a short time, he gives in to Hadi. This is sort of a gay-for-you book and definitely a first-time as Hadi is gay but Judas has never been with a man. It has a sweet HEA....more
I liked this one. It was my first foray into this particular topic but I wasn't iked out like I thought I'd be. Chris Owen wrote it in such a way thatI liked this one. It was my first foray into this particular topic but I wasn't iked out like I thought I'd be. Chris Owen wrote it in such a way that you could really feel the love between Paul and Jamie, who are twins. Yes, this is twincest. Although weird, their relationship, and the progression to what it has become is explained. The three work great together.
This one is H-O-T!!!! It's sex from beginning to end with BDSM mixed in. These three are hot for each other and always ready to go... again and again. Your book or ereader will be smoking on this one ;0)
I gave it 3 stars because although I like books heavy on the smexin, I also like there to be a bit more of a plot. Yah, this was, IMO, PWP, although very good PWP. it does have a point though in that one person is accepting another couple, despite however unconventional, or wrong, society finds them and falling in love despite that and standing up for that love and defending it when necessary. The guys are cute and loveable and very hot. If you're in the mood for something REALLY steamy with no drama, then pick this one up....more
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this story. It was an emotional ride from start to finish. I liked the change in perspective in that part 1 was in**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this story. It was an emotional ride from start to finish. I liked the change in perspective in that part 1 was in Brandon's voice, and the second half was in Nicholas' voice. I liked being able to see into the thoughts of the two main characters. Now to what annoyed me...Oh the endless crying >:o\ Good grief, the breeze blew and they were bawling! I mean, I like a guy to be sensitive, but to cry at the drop of a hat? No. After a while I was like, really? are we crying again? Just seemed a bit much.
I did like the whole mystery of the story on "who was tormenting Brandon", "who kidnapped and tortured Nick?" However, I found the end to be a little "anti-climactic". It was a pretty long story. There is a lot to read to finally get to the part where you find out "who done it" and then a short epilogue that really doesn't address the significance of "who done it". The book didn't need to be any longer, but I just felt like I was jogging along, then running, and suddenly the road ended. Really? The two talked on and on for what seemed like forever and neither one is going to address the significance of Adams role other than the fact that they were "healing and moving past it"? Maybe for some that was sufficient but for me it felt like a big cresciendo (sp?) building up to what amounted to a whisper.
Despite my couple of gripes, I thought the character development was well done. I cared about the characters, especially Sprout and Mutt. The pacing was ok although I was a little tired at the end due to all the emotion and crying but it did have the right amount of angst and suspense. There were only a very small amount of typos which is something I can't help but pick up on. I appreciate an author that takes the time to make sure their work is ready to be published before doing so. It was a good read, and time well spent. My house was a total wreck over these past few days :o) ...more
This book opens at the funeral of Michael Stricker's partner of 12 years, Phillip DiMartino, who died after living only a short time after a stroke. DThis book opens at the funeral of Michael Stricker's partner of 12 years, Phillip DiMartino, who died after living only a short time after a stroke. During the time that he was in hospital, Michael met Alan Stuart, the nurses aid. They became friends, and when Michael needed help reading the mail (he's blind), Alan offers to come over and help him. They become fast friends and sparks fly initially but it's obvious that Michael needs a lot more time to grieve over the death of his long time, and only, lover. While reading the mail, and in helping Michael get into Phillips computer, Alan discovers very damning evidence that proves that Phillip wasn't the faithful lover that Michael thought he was. He wants to tell Michael, but he also wants to save him the additional heart break so there is his delimna. But of course, big secrets are hard to keep hidden and this one rears its ugly head and Alan's good intentions bite him him the butt. Michael has to decide if the friendship that he's built with Alan is something he wants to risk loosing and he soon realizes that Alan was only protecting him and not treating him like an invalid like Phillip's well meaning family often did.
This was well written story that was sad but also uplifting. It was sad in that he Michael lost his lover and grieves deeply for him, only to learn that his so called husband/lover was an ass who cheated on him for what appeared to be several years. But it was uplifting because he finds Alan and is able to love again. Michael is blind, but is by no means helpless. He's a very strong character both physically and mentally and that was nice to see. Phillip's family was very loving with Michael, almost to the point of suffocating him and I could really feel his frustration. They frustrated me. Alan's brother was funny yet exasperating and the other characters added nicely to the story. It focuses on the relationships and is very light on the sex. It was an all around very good read. ...more
This is the second book is the Stockholm Trilogy by Richard Rider and more or less bridges the gap between books one and three. It spans quite a few yThis is the second book is the Stockholm Trilogy by Richard Rider and more or less bridges the gap between books one and three. It spans quite a few years; right at about five if I remember correctly without looking back for an exact count. This one was as excellently written as the first. There is quite a lot of character development in this one, not only for Pip and Lindsay but with Olly's character as well as Valentine/Pip's parents. It's great though, I loved seeing the characters grow and change into what they became by the end of this book, which isn't nearly as long as the first. This was definitly needed for the third book. We're also introduced to a new and very important character in Pip's life who is very sweet.
Pip does a great deal of growing up here, which stands to reason because he's now in his mid-twenties. He owns up to his part of his troubles with his parents. They are/were jerks, but so was/is he. He's also in a meaningful relationship that's much more nurturing than what he had with Lindsay so he knows now what he should and shouldn't take off of people. But through all this, Lindsay is the one he really loves. And we find that Lindsay has pined away for Pip this whole time, but we know what a stubborn fool Lindsay is, which is why he's not sought Pip out until toward the end of this second book. But once they do, they're like powerful mangnets to each other. And we know we will start book three with them back together.
This wasn't what I expected. I'm not sure what I expected exactly, but this was way better than I thought it was going to be. And what's amazing is thThis wasn't what I expected. I'm not sure what I expected exactly, but this was way better than I thought it was going to be. And what's amazing is the sequel, as well as the third part too. The dialoge is very sharp. The plot is tight. The whole book just flows seemlessly. The MCs are often somewhat twisted, yet very endearing at the same time. The BDSM elements are intersting. Lindsay and Pip definitley have an interesting sex life, or way of treating each other, or whole dom/sub relationship. It's interesting to watch the whole dynamics unfold. I also liked how it seemed that Lindsay almost seems to quietly fall in love with Pip. He may try to fight it or deny it, but he's very much in love with Pip. And I love how Pip is so wildly in love with Lindsay and wears his feelings on his sleeve. The book has a shocking turn of events toward the end that ends on a somewhat angsty note. You'll definitely want to pick up 17 Black and 29 Red as soon as you finish this one. ...more
OMG!!!! What a fabulously awesome wonderful book!! I couldn't put it down; an all-consuming page-turner. Ok, I'm gushing, but it's so well deserved. COMG!!!! What a fabulously awesome wonderful book!! I couldn't put it down; an all-consuming page-turner. Ok, I'm gushing, but it's so well deserved. Clearly, this book is going on my favorites shelf.
Lincoln caused an accident that killed a young woman and serves six months. He's consumed with guilt and has lost everything - his job, his partner. So he finds himself at the local bar where he meets a beautiful guy who has the same haunted, broken look in his eyes as him and they seem to be kindred spirits. After an erotic encounter behind the bar, the discover why. The guy is Jay Miller, husband of the woman Lincoln killed. They meet again because Jay is a compassionate person and has learned of the threats that Lincoln has been receiving so they team up to figure out who is threatening Lincoln and his family, becoming friends along the way and trying to deny they are falling in love.
Linc is so sweet and broken. Sometimes bad things happen to truly good people and this is the case here. It really was an accident and he has a hard time with his guilt over killing a young, newly married woman. Jay is a rare kind of person too. I know people are out there like him but tgey are few and far between. He was kind and compassionate and had an amazing amount of room in his heart to truly understand and forgive Lincoln and then to fall deeply in love with him. The two of the together was absolutely magical and were the healing balm that each needed to not get over, but to get through their hurts. A very beautiful relationship if not almost magical.
And the cast of characters was really great. Everyone worked so well in the story. All the characters had strong rolls and only added to the story. It was somewhat of a mystery in trying to figure out who was sending Lincoln the threats although I guessed right from the start, but it could just as easily been one of the other characters. This would make a great movie! If you are inclined to cry, you might need a tissue once or twice. It's a very moving story about the power of forgiveness and finding a soulmate (maybe for the second time)....more
Absolutely incredible!!! Could hardly put this down. This was so well written. I loved the story that the author created at the beginning that tells tAbsolutely incredible!!! Could hardly put this down. This was so well written. I loved the story that the author created at the beginning that tells the beginning of the Fels and Mals. That was fascinating.
The story has an element of mystery to it with the murder of Shaun's dad. We know whatdid it, but not exactly who. We avoid the whole "insta-love" phenom that annoys so many because Shaun and Rannon were in love as teens so they basically pick up where they left off, and the heat rolls off the pages. ML Rhodes knows how to do the smexin scenes right! ;0) thank you Ms Rhodes for indulging my love for well done, tasteful STEAMING HOT smexin' scene ;0D Shaun and Rannon are hot together. But you can also feel how much in love they are with each other. It's a story that really pulls at your heart strings. They truly were two halves of one whole: soulmates.
This was also a very interesting take on the relationship between vampires and shifters. Despite the current status of relations between the species, they are meant to care for one another, as the story at the beginning explains. The current situation, in turmoil, lends to the excitement of the story in keeping you turning the pages as they are on the run the whole time.
I'd love to see this turned into a series. The characters are beautiful and well rounded. There is definitely more story there. The world that ML has created is one I'd really love to read more about.
This was short and sweet. Aiden has lost his sight in an accident and his on-again-off-again boyfriend, Zane, has returned to take care of him. It's aThis was short and sweet. Aiden has lost his sight in an accident and his on-again-off-again boyfriend, Zane, has returned to take care of him. It's a sweet and tender love story. You also see Aiden coming to terms with his disability and scars. There are also light elements of BDSM, but it's very very light so if you don't like that kink you really have nothing to worry about. All of this is in a book that's i think 17 pages. Would be great to see more of them. They make a cute couple....more
This paranormal romance not only has werewolves but also has vampires, witches and seers. It did have a bit of a twist to it in that Seth is not yourThis paranormal romance not only has werewolves but also has vampires, witches and seers. It did have a bit of a twist to it in that Seth is not your typical werewolf. The book also delved more into the structure of a pack with some explanation which was nice. Rafe was a very interesting character. There seemed to be a lot of introspection on both characters parts. They both wanted to be worthy of each other. There was more to Seth than meets to eye in that regard. The book had some cute and sweet scenes and some very touching and emotional scenes as well as some good fighting and lets not skip over some really good smexin ;o) Would like to see some more of these guys. ...more
This was a cute but short read. Trey and Kenshin meet and do some flirting but Trey is straight. Ken gets Trey in the bathroom where he did a strip teThis was a cute but short read. Trey and Kenshin meet and do some flirting but Trey is straight. Ken gets Trey in the bathroom where he did a strip tease dance for a friends bachelorette party and shows him that he might not be so straight after all... under dubious consent. Trey can't get Ken out of his mind so he seeks him out (ken gave him means) and hot sex follows. Initially, it's under dubious consent. They admit their love at first sight and the story ends on what looks like the start of a good relationship and "adventurous sex". Fun, hot, and short, but stay away if dub con isn't your thing....more
This was a sweet love story about an older, established couple that is very well written. It's not mushy, nor is it very explicit. It is very clear thThis was a sweet love story about an older, established couple that is very well written. It's not mushy, nor is it very explicit. It is very clear though that Harry and Mike are very much in love with each other. There is a lot of introspection here, with Harry in how he sees his relationship with Mike and how he thinks others see their relationship. The supporting characters are well done. I really do agree with the other reviewers in feeling that something was missing. This would have been a good instance to use some flashbacks to give a few more glimpses into their past. It would be nice to have known a little more about them. Overall though, a very sweet book. ...more