I was given a free copy of this story in return for an honest review.
Steve is a reformed bad guy boy who works every day at his Waffle Haus stand. TheI was given a free copy of this story in return for an honest review.
Steve is a reformed bad guy boy who works every day at his Waffle Haus stand. The highlight of his day is when the adorable guy who he affectionately calls Little Duck walks by with his possessive boyfriend at the same time every evening. When he discovers that the boyfriend is beating Little Duck, Steve threatens the boyfriend and tells Little Duck he can come to him for help any time. To his surprise, Little Duck, who turns out to be Joey, shows up, battered and bruised the next day telling Steve he left the boyfriend. It turns out things aren’t as easy as it seems. Joey’s ex is Topher, a major player in the cities crime family. Joey is working of a debt to Topher and he’s not likely to let Joey go until he’s gotten full payment. Steve offers to payoff Joey’s debts but Topher doesn’t want the money, he wants Joey. Through a mutual friend, Steve learns that Topher is involved in counterfeit paintings but not sharing the profits with the family. He uses his contacts to meet with Topher’s uncle, the head of the family, to let him know that Topher was cheating the family. A sting is set up to catch Topher and it’s successful. Topher is removed from the equation, Joey is released of any debts he had to Topher, and Joey and Steve live happily ever after.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was well written and seemed very polished with good grammar. It had good pacing and flowed well. It was easy to get into the characters. I felt like the characters lacked dimension but this was also the third book in a series and I hadn’t read any of the other previous books so I don’t feel like I can knock it in that regard. We may very well have been given more back story on Steve in the previous books that I’m not aware of since I haven’t read those. This is a bit of an insta-love story. Maybe not so much where Steve is concerned because he’s been lusting after Joey for months and has been building up a fantasy over that time. Joey, within a day or two, is all doe-eyed and very clearly falling for Steve. Although it was quick, I did find it believable. Overall, I found it to be a very good book that I would gladly recommend to my friends. ...more
I was given a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This story is set between 1942 and 1948 and is told in flashbacks that help seI was given a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This story is set between 1942 and 1948 and is told in flashbacks that help set up the relationship between Jim and Cal. They meet on a train on the way to Paris Island in 1942, where they become Marines. They end up going through WWII together and become the best of friends. Throughout the entire story we constantly jump back and forth between 1942 and 1948 to illustrate their times during war with them and their friends and to show the things they went through that brought them so close. We watch Cal begin to fall for Jim at a time when it was illegal for men to be in love. After the war, when everyone went home, Jim goes back to his wife and infant daughter while Cal goes back to Manhattan and his rich father who he could never please.
Then tragedy strikes and Jim’s wife is killed in a car accident and Jim is left with a young daughter and a toddler son and an apple orchard and no one to help him with either. So Cal immediately drops what he is doing to come live with his best friend and give him a hand. Immediately upon seeing Jim though, the old feelings of love come rushing back. It doesn’t take long for Jim to start seeing Cal differently. Jim isn’t as straight as he thought he was and Cal makes him realize this. Jim can’t stop himself from pursuing Cal but at the same time, he thinks what they are doing it wrong so there is a lot of angst and turmoil. Cal is in love with Jim and can’t believe Jim seems to be returning his feelings, but he also doesn’t feel like they are doing anything wrong and finally decides he won’t accept anything from Jim if Jim can’t accept them both together as something good. So Cal takes drastic measures. This is the wakeup call Jim needed. Of course it works out in the end though.
This is a really good story and is one I would recommend if you are looking for something outside the ordinary. It is set in a time when homosexuality is illegal so they must be very careful and guarded about their feelings. They are in the military so men have to be extra careful about their feelings. You wouldn’t simply be kicked out, you would be arrested. There is a fair amount of angst if you enjoy it but it’s not too heavy and it’s definitely resolved. The characters have good dimension with a fantastic story arc. All of the characters, including the supporting cast are very likeable. The setting is described very well so you can easily fall into the story as you read. It’s an all-around good read. ...more
This was an absolute joy to listen to. The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie. I can recite the lines of the movie as I watch it. I have noThis was an absolute joy to listen to. The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie. I can recite the lines of the movie as I watch it. I have no idea how many times I've seen it. I've lost count. Cary does an amazing job of capturing the magic of the movie in telling how it is made. I laughed out loud so many times at the antics and stories of the actors behind the scenes. It's clear that all of the actors and crew hold being a part of the making of this movie as the height of their careers. Anyone who is a fan of this, one of the best movies ever made, should definitely read this book. Cary is as talented a writer as he is an actor. ...more
I received this anthology for free in return for an honest review.
It contains thirteen stories by thirteen authors. For the most part, the editing waI received this anthology for free in return for an honest review.
It contains thirteen stories by thirteen authors. For the most part, the editing was fairly good, but I felt like the stories were individually edited and then put into the book. Some stories had good editing and then others left something to be desired.
The stories all involve military men in one branch of the service or another in the US, Canada, and Great Britain. The topics of the stories are varied enough to keep the reader interested: soldiers dealing with PTSD; Rangers surviving in the Arctic; BDSM; best friends to lovers; and adoption among others. There is plenty of angst to go around.
I didn’t like every story but on the other hand, there were several that were fantastic. I’m not going to point out the ones I didn’t care for because I don’t want to be unfair to those authors. My dislike for the two or three stories wasn’t due to poor writing or anything other than it just wasn’t my kind of story. Overall, this was a well put together anthology and I would recommend it to others. ...more
The dialogue felt stiff and a bit formal. I didn't feel the scenario was very believable the way it is set up. Since it was fluff as another reviewerThe dialogue felt stiff and a bit formal. I didn't feel the scenario was very believable the way it is set up. Since it was fluff as another reviewer described it, there is no emotional connection between the characters so there is no heat between the two that the reader can really pick up on. At least with PWP you have wicked hot sex, but this is just college kid claims not to know much about sex and wants friends hot gay dad to show him the ways. Not much to it, in any manner if speaking. I've read other books by this author though and they are good so it's not the author. This story has good potential, it just fell flat for me....more