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 reviewer...moreThe 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.(less)
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 ar...moreI 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. (less)
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 f...moreW-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!!! (less)
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-...moreDouble 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. (less)
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is the story of a vampire hunter named Michael, told from first person point...moreI was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is the story of a vampire hunter named Michael, told from first person point of view. Michael is fairly new at hunting vampires. He’s looking for the vampire who killed his best friend, Scary Mary. We start out at a bar where Michael has a date with Gray, the vampire he’s been looking for. While he’s waiting, Wild Bill, a really hot guy starts hitting on him. Michael’s interested, but he can’t get sidetracked from his goal of killing Gray that evening so he brushes Wild Bill off. Michael ends up leaving with Gray, but Wild Bill’s leaves with them in the end and we are treated to a seriously smoking hot threesome. Things don’t quite turn out the way Michael plans, but he gets what he want. Great story! Short enough to read in one sitting. Excellent pacing. Very likable characters. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Definitely looking forward to learning more about Wild Bill.(less)
Poor Tat, at fifteen, wants to go on her first date. It's hard enough to go on a date with a protective dad but when you have three overprotective fat...morePoor Tat, at fifteen, wants to go on her first date. It's hard enough to go on a date with a protective dad but when you have three overprotective father figures it can make going out a real ordeal. (less)
Dan had a lot of demons he was dealing with from his past. Some of those made it hard for him to bottom. In this short, the three of them work out Dan...moreDan had a lot of demons he was dealing with from his past. Some of those made it hard for him to bottom. In this short, the three of them work out Dan's issues together. This one is an emotional one for Dan but turns out very well for him. This one is hot :o)(less)
Dan and Evan often have trouble getting along. They tend to argue a lot. Jeff is the glue between the three who soothes the way for them all. When Dan...moreDan and Evan often have trouble getting along. They tend to argue a lot. Jeff is the glue between the three who soothes the way for them all. When Dan and Evan have been having a particularly hard time, Jeff suggests they go on a date. They do, with good results. (less)
I had always wondered how Jeff and Evan got together. We finally get to see how they started in this short story. Jeff was very concerned about the ag...moreI had always wondered how Jeff and Evan got together. We finally get to see how they started in this short story. Jeff was very concerned about the age difference at first until he finally realized that Evan wasn't quite the kid he thought he was. (less)
Really loved this story. The author advises against reading it until after you read Dark Horse, the first official book of this series. I can see that...moreReally loved this story. The author advises against reading it until after you read Dark Horse, the first official book of this series. I can see that. (view spoiler)[The first part of Dark Horse was hard enough to get through. I could barely see my kindle through my tears. If I had know really known how much Justin loved Dan, and what a wonderful guy he was, I'd have sobbed my way through Dark Horse. (hide spoiler)] But it was really nice to get the back story of how Justin and Dan meet. And of course Chris is in there :0) (less)
Here we see Dan in his younger days. We also see his sister and his father. We get a pretty clear explanation as to why Dan has so many emotional prob...moreHere we see Dan in his younger days. We also see his sister and his father. We get a pretty clear explanation as to why Dan has so many emotional problems and some pretty good reasons why his sister turns out the way she does. Dan goes through a lot of ugliness in the beginning. (less)
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really well written. I thought the characters were well developed. If someone is looki...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book and found it to be really well written. I thought the characters were well developed. If someone is looking for a book full of hot steamy romance though, this is not it. It's pretty hot at the end, but that's not really what this book is about, which is ok. I found the first part of the book to be a bit emotionally draining though. I don't mean that to be bad though. Dan spends the first part of the book dealing with the guilt of moving on while his lover of 5 years lives on in a vegetative state. And then while he is away in California dealing with the possibility of "moving on" with his life, his lover dies. He deals with the guilt and a great deal of grief over loosing Justin and it was very heart breaking. Did part of him maybe want him to die so he could move on? There are some tear jerking scenes at the visitation, funeral, and also the scenes where Dan visits with Justin. The second part of the book is much lighter hearted when Dan moves to California. He still keeps Justin close to his heart and I appreciated that. But he knows he has to move on. The secondary characters all seemed to fit in the storyline very well. Everyone had their place and no one seemed to be filler. Evan and Jeff are very likeable guys. The 3 balance each other well. Evan being eccentric & a bit possessive, Dan wanting to be loved and Jeff being a solid cornerstone...the glue. I also liked reading about the horses and the competitions. I have owned horses so it was fun reading about them and I live very near Louisville and have family who live there and have been there many times myself so it's fun to read books when you have more of a personal tie to them. It helps the story to seem more real. I can't wait for the sequel to come out next week to find out what happens with Dan, Evan and Jeff's relationship.(less)
It was so nice to get back into this series. These guys are all so endearing. This one only features Cole and Jonathan, although Cole writes letters t...moreIt was so nice to get back into this series. These guys are all so endearing. This one only features Cole and Jonathan, although Cole writes letters to Jared throughout the story where he talks about Zach, Angelo, and Matt.
George, Jonathan's father has a fairly decent sized role in this story, as does Coles mother. We learn a lot about Coles back story and a little more about Jon. This isn't the flamboyant Cole we are used to either. He shows his vulnerable side here and really counts on Jon to hold him up while they struggle over the long wait to adopt a baby. In the meantime, he and his mother find some common ground to stand on although it's a very rocky way of getting there.
It's a little sad and heart breaking at first because Cole is depressed and they are going through some stressful and difficult times. There are several moments that might require a tissue if you are inclined to cry. But in the end it uplifting and very happy. All this good could not have happened to two more deserving guys. And it is clearly set up for the next book, which I can't wait to get my hands on!(less)
This one was wonderful!! It's the sixth book of the Coda series and is about closure but also about beginings. Zach and Angelo and Matt and Jared are...more This one was wonderful!! It's the sixth book of the Coda series and is about closure but also about beginings. Zach and Angelo and Matt and Jared are on their way to Paris for Cole and Jonathan's wedding(Strawberries for Dessert). Matt's not at all happy to see Cole again but Cole is Jared's best friend, and he'll do anything for Jared. And the thought of being in the presence of Jonathan for a week, especially after the disasterous trip to Vegas and Angelo's feelings about Jonathan after what all went down there, (The Letter Z), has Zach really stressed out but he knows how much going to Paris will mean to Angelo, and he'll do anything for Angelo.
This book was great because up until now there has been a great deal of tension between Cole and Matt and they get to work out their problems. Through various circumstances, Zach and Jon find themselves alone together on a couple of occasions that enable them to finally get closure... with some help, and understanding from Angelo.
This latest book was just as sweet and emotional as the others. It's clear how much these couples are in love with each other and they are great at working things out. This one has a great cliff hanger :o) Looking forward to seeing how things go with that ;oD
And something else I would love to see out of this series. There is always the references and eluding to Zach and Jonathan's relationship. Now that we have caught a little more of a gimps of it in this book, I would really love to see a prequel for the series of them, where it all started. That would be great to read. It would be understood though, that one certainly wouldn't be one with a happy ending.(less)