I love how the first as well as this second book both start out in the present time and then flash back to when Alex and Jared were first starting outI love how the first as well as this second book both start out in the present time and then flash back to when Alex and Jared were first starting out. They are one of the sweetest couples. This book has the perfect amount of angst. I love seeing Alex as he's growing up. His mother is absolutely vile. She better change her nasty attitude or I hope she gets what's coming to her in the next book. So far, this is one of my favorite series. Well worth the read. ...more
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is a fantasy set in a world with magical realms, magicians, and princes. I foI received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is a fantasy set in a world with magical realms, magicians, and princes. I found the story to be enjoyable, but somewhat predictable. At least if follows the usual pattern of similar stories. Havyn is the slave who Severin, Prince of Arcathia, buys in order to save him from slavery. They are immediately drawn to each other. It’s a somewhat predictable storyline. Severin is being forced by his father, the king, to marry a princess of a nearby land. Being gay, Severin has no desire to do so and wants Havyn. Havyn is magical has the ability to know whether others are being truthful so he begins an apprenticeship to become the kings wizard. When they reach the princess’s land, they find out that she has run away and they are tasked with finding her and bringing her home. Once they find her, they discover she has married the man. On the way back Severin convinces Havyn that they can be bondmates, similar to a marriage. One of Severin’s bodyguards becomes pregnant and plans to give the baby to Severin and Havyn, thereby solving the problem of Severin needing an heir.
The story was good and I was drawn in, but I felt like it needed a lot more. It could have used more fleshing out with the back story of Havyn being a slave. I never got the sense that he had a very hard life or things were all that bad for him. The prologue needed to be more closely tied in with the story. More magical use would have been interesting. It seemed to be building up to something with Havyn being the very powerful wizard but that didn’t really go anywhere. Severin’s father made a big deal about wanting to bring the two countries of Arcathia and Oscia together. I would have liked to have known more about why they were such enemies. It really could have been a longer story with many of the elements drawn out more and it would have been a much better story. Despite all of that, I found it an easy story to read and I did enjoy it. I would recommend it to others looking for a fantasy but with the warning that it has a lot of short comings. ...more
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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
I really liked the slow burn and angst of the relationship. Looking forward to reading the rest if the series to find out how things progress. They arI really liked the slow burn and angst of the relationship. Looking forward to reading the rest if the series to find out how things progress. They are really sweet characters and it has a great supporting cast as well. There isn't much sex in this one (only when they flash forward to present time). Most if the story is their reflection back to when they first met. If you want a really sweet story that isn't too long, this is a good one. But you'll want to read the next one right away. ...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
W-O-W! This is another one that I'd give 6 stars to if I could. This will go on my Absolute All-Time Favorites shelf. I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. to fW-O-W! This is another one that I'd give 6 stars to if I could. This will go on my Absolute All-Time Favorites shelf. I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. to finish it, because there was no way I could put it down without finising it. It was an absolute rollercoaster of angst and emotion. This is one of the very few books that I actually did shed a couple of tears for and that is a BIG rarity for me. I feel like I need to catch my breath now that I'm done, like I'm emotionally drained.
This story spans seven years in the lives of Andrew and Nathan. Andrew is a gay man who is married with a kid. He was forced into the marriage by his (abusive) homophobic mother at a young age because in her mind, that would make him be straight. So although married, and having gotten a son out of the marriage, he and his wife live separate lives, but are good friends. Nathan and is young pregnant wife move into the neighborhood and he and Andrew immediately become friends. But for Andrew, his feelings for Nathan run deeper, despite being warned by his friends not to fall for the straight, married, and very unavailable straight guy. Andrew and Nathan have a somewhat hot and cold kind of relationship. They bicker like lovers do, because before long, Nathan can't deny that they are like gravitational bodies that pull each other together, and it's not long before others start to notice and warn them to cool it and stay away from each other. Finally, one night at a gay club, Nathan sees Andrew with another man and is upset by witnessing the act as well as jealous which causes another big fracture in their relationship. The angst in this story is about as heavy as it gets. These guys want each other so badly that it hurts to read about it. Their pain is palpable. The grief that they feel over the times that they nearly have each other, only to realize that it's not going to happen then is heart wrenching. There are losses and pain and fiercely protective family and friends that surround both Andrew and Nathan. There are some plot twists and surprises. There is infidelity in the story and other reviewers have taken issue and I've seen some that didn't read the book because of that fact. I don't condone it, but is addressed by the characters and things do work out in the end and all of the characters get a HEA to some degree or another.
Now having gushed, because I seriously LOVED this book, I would like to take a moment to plead with authors to take "the older/younger man" phrase and wipe it out of existence. I find it obnoxiously annoying. It becomes repeated over and over throughout the book and pulls me out of the story. It just sounds funny. And in this case? Andrew was only several years older than Nathan so to me, he wasn't really an "older man". Why can't authors just refer to characters by their name? GRRRR!!! That was really the only thing about the book that irritated me. But anyway, FANTABULOUS book!!! ...more
Double Takes is the second book in a series featuring about rock bands by K. Vale. This second story was wonderfully told. It’s a story about a forty-Double Takes is the second book in a series featuring about rock bands by K. Vale. This second story was wonderfully told. It’s a story about a forty-year-old singer by the name of Giovanni “Gio” Savale whose band topped the charts in the nineties. The guys have cleaned up their acts and are now trying to make a comeback and have some small amount of success. Gio is also having to deal with his ex to get joint custody of their young son. She’s making the divorce and custody battle a nasty one. He grudgingly agrees to do a TV reality show that will help boost his bands ratings and help enable him to pay his legal fees. The only problem is that it features him with a boyfriend. The producers learned of his previous bisexual relationships from his younger days. Unbeknownst to them he only ever slept with guys when he was drunk or high on drugs. He’s been with a woman for nine years. He’s considered himself straight until he meets Lance, the store owner who he takes his exwife’s leftover belongings to to get rid of for him. There are immediate sparks between them. But Lance won’t allow any cameras inside his store. Meanwhile he has begun filming on his show with his “love interest”, Kyrie. There is no interest between them, but they become friends and do the best they can to make the show a success. The spark that started between Lance and Gio soon grows into something much deeper. We soon learn Lance has reasons for not being filmed, Gio finds himself faced with bad guys who are bent on ending Lance.
Lots of excitement with chases, double-crossing, and passionate sex keep the reader on their toes throughout the story. The characters from the first story make a brief appearance, but you don’t need to have read the first book in order to follow the second story. It is well written, fast paced, and gives us a fantastic HEA by the end. I look forward to any future books in this series and would recommend not only this story but the first in the series to anyone else looking for a fast paced, action story.
I was given a free copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review. ...more