I'm glad I listened to the recommendations and picked up this book. Over all, I really enjoyed it, and will continue the series.
But, there were more tI'm glad I listened to the recommendations and picked up this book. Over all, I really enjoyed it, and will continue the series.
But, there were more than a few bumps through the book that bothered me. I'm over the "I don't know anything about Guy X, but I'm in love and we'd be perfect, but I need to use Guy Y (aka, the hero) to get Guy X to notice me" theme, and that's what started off this story. There were a few times when Hannah was just annoying. And don't even get me started on the conflict at the end that could have been resolved if Hannah has JUST COMMUNICATED WITH GARRETT. *head desk* Hannah's a smart girl, and her character was fairly strong -- there was NO reason for her to pull that stunt and run away rather than talking it through with him.
These things (and a few other minor things) are why I'm giving The Deal 4 stars; a respectable rating, and I truly did enjoy the book, but I didn't love it quite as much as everyone who recommended it to me. Still, can't wait for the next book! ...more
A quick read, and it had its moments, but I admit I didn't completely fall for these two men. I could understand that they each had their3 1/2 Stars!
A quick read, and it had its moments, but I admit I didn't completely fall for these two men. I could understand that they each had their own problems, both in the past and to some extent in the present, but they both seemed very whiny, and while I could understand (all to well) Vic's insecurities, for some reason they bothered me, rather than helping me to feel for his character.
Will I still try more by Albert? Of course! But for me, this particular book was simply "okay", nothing horrible about it, but nothing amazing, either; perhaps the hardest rating to describe in a review. ...more
Trade Me surprised me at every turn of the page. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt about Tina, because I – wrongly! – assumed th 4 1/2 STARS!
Trade Me surprised me at every turn of the page. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt about Tina, because I – wrongly! – assumed that she was going to be a cookie-cutter heroine. God, how wrong I was! Milan created an extremely complex heroine, and one that I soon felt a very deep connection to.
But Milan didn't just create a complex heroine – nope, she gave us a unique (and complicated) hero, too, and I found myself falling for him. Blake may seem to the world to be yet another wealthy man, but there is so much more to him than just that. Some good, some bad. I was pleasantly surprised by Blake's secret and I applaud Milan for writing about it.
Really, I can't find much about this book to complain about – I loved every minute of it. Tina's relationship with her mother, Tina's friend, Maria, and Blake's relationship with his father, all added to the overall story. Blake and his father have an interesting relationship, to say the least, and it's hard to explain, but it's unique and fun, though far from perfect (and that's okay!).
Of course, I also loved Tina and Blake together, loved that they each brought out the best in each other, helped one another when they were too afraid to admit they needed the help. These two were great together, with some sexy times, but also some sweet and emotional scenes as well.
I'm very anxious to read the next book (Maria's story) – she's a transgender heroine, and we so desperately need diversity, of all things, in our romances, so thumbs up for that alone. I'm also looking forward to book three, which will return to Blake and Tina. I'm glad; while Trade Me does not end on a cliffhanger, their story is really just beginning. I haven't had a chance yet to read Milan's historicals, but I will have to do so while I away the next release in this amazing series.
Probably my favorite of the series so far. I keep coming back for more of the Reapers, even though their world is so . . . gritty, and much of it annoProbably my favorite of the series so far. I keep coming back for more of the Reapers, even though their world is so . . . gritty, and much of it annoys the fuck out of me while reading. But Wylde has crack in her writing, and I can't help but return again. Liam's definitely not a typical hero, and he has his flaws, but he had his moments, too.
I'm curious to see how the next book goes.
I listened to this on audio; the narrators did a good job. I preferred the male's voice a bit more than the female's. ...more
I'm so glad I found this novella when it was free -- though I would have been happy to pay for it, too. :) My first time reading Amy Jo Cousins, but II'm so glad I found this novella when it was free -- though I would have been happy to pay for it, too. :) My first time reading Amy Jo Cousins, but I'll be coming back for more.
Five Dates is a very fun, sweet story, with just enough sexual tension and flirting to kick up the heat, especially towards the end.
My only complaint is I wanted so much more of these two men! Honestly, this story could have easily been turned into a full length novel. I loved what was given in the 70 or so pages, but I wanted at least double, more like triple, that amount to fully explore these two. I wanted to see Jay open up to Devin about his ex. I wanted to learn more about Devin and what he does, how he interacts with his sister and nephew. I wanted to see more of Jay and Devin together. I just want more, in the best possible way!
As it is, Five Dates is a great m/m quickie -- I finished in just under a few hours (I was interrupted a time or two by life, damn it!) and I had a smile on my face the entire time. ...more