Ever since he was a teenager, Noah Winthrop has had a crush on Cameron. Cameron Lewis is Noah's older brother's best friend. Cameron pushed Noah away...moreEver since he was a teenager, Noah Winthrop has had a crush on Cameron. Cameron Lewis is Noah's older brother's best friend. Cameron pushed Noah away when they were teenagers - insisting that Noah was too young. But when the two get together at Adam's wedding four years later, Cameron isn't able to push him away. The next morning, Noah wakes up and finds Cameron gone. The two don't meet up again until fifteen years later when Noah ends up in one of Cameron's safety classes. And just like the last time they met, sparks begin to fly.
It's been a while since I've rated a book three stars. To me, three stars isn't bad, it's average. I did enjoy reading the book, but I doubt I'll read it again. There were parts of the novel I liked and parts I didn't like, so it kind of balanced out. It was really hard to rate this three stars, I've loved all of Mitchell's other books, but this one just wasn't as strong as the others.
The grammar (spelling, punctuation, etc.) in the novel was good, I didn't spot any obvious mistakes that distracted from the novel, but the characters in this novel are kind of flat. You don't really get to see much of any of the side characters - Joey, Mark or Adam and they aren't really developed at all. Joey reads like a stereotypical gay boy. I imagine him speaking with a lisp and waving his hands around while he talks most of the time. Even the characterization of the main characters - Cameron and Noah - isn't too deep.
The next thing I didn't like was the plot. There really wasn't much plot beyond their relationship. I don't mind that, but I'd like to see them explore their relationship in more ways than just the bedroom. (And no, the scene on the coffee table doesn't count.) There were some really good scenes that I liked, but I would've liked to have seen more. I would've liked to have seen more of their trip to Hawaii and also more interaction with Noah's family.
Overall, I didn't hate this story. I did enjoy reading it, but like I said, it's pretty much a single read novel. If you're into gay romance novels (with sex scenes) it wouldn't hurt to check this book out. You may not fall in love with it, but you probably won't hate it either.
** Warning ** This novel contains sex scenes and may not be appropriate for readers under than age of 18.
Joey is on his way to meet some friends when he witnesses an accident. While waiting for the paramedics, he helps out a mother a her young son. That's...moreJoey is on his way to meet some friends when he witnesses an accident. While waiting for the paramedics, he helps out a mother a her young son. That's where he meets Aaron - an arrogant, asshole he just has to have. The two end up having sex in the ambulance that night and Joey tries to figure out their relationship.
I absolutely loved this novel. So much that I was up until 2 am reading it. I kept telling myself "one more chapter" but I just couldn't stop reading it. Mitchell did an excellent job with creating a fast paced story that I just had to finish.
Her characters are unique and realistic. They all have a lot of depth - even the side characters. She did a great job of creating and showing relationships. Not just between Joey and Aaron, but between Joey and Noah and Aaron and his siblings.
If you like M/M romance novels, this is a must read. So far it's one of my favorite in the genre. There's a good balance between plot scenes and sex scenes. It's not too long but it's not too short - the right amount for what needs to be said. Again, I highly recommend this novel.(less)
Freshmen Pledge starts out with Tommy, a new freshman on campus, waiting to get his dorm key. While waiting, Tommy spots Mark, the school's star quart...moreFreshmen Pledge starts out with Tommy, a new freshman on campus, waiting to get his dorm key. While waiting, Tommy spots Mark, the school's star quarterback, and falls in love. The book follows Tommy as he pledges for a fraternity and how he deals with his crush.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, and they were pretty well developed. The plot was well thought out and pretty realistic. The only thing I didn't really like was how the jumped right into the Wiccan part. I think the author could've done a better job at introducing the Wiccan aspect into the book. It kinda just jumped right in and "BAM! Magic!" and wasn't too realistic at first. As the story went on though, the Wiccan aspect became more realistic than just a fantasy.
The one things the bothered me the most was the design of the book. The text was extremely small and cramped. It gave me a headache to read it after a while. The book would've really benefited by a larger font and a little bit better spacing
Overall, I really liked this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes M/M fiction - especially if you're college age. The relationship is pretty much everything a gay college boys wants. (Most of them anyway)(less)
Let's start with a basic plot summary. Jessy is a swim coach and is called by another coach about a possible job opportunity....moreWow... where to start....
Let's start with a basic plot summary. Jessy is a swim coach and is called by another coach about a possible job opportunity. That opportunity turns out to be Mike Gauliet. A natural swimmer whose parents were legends before they died. Jessy has Mike move in with him, and coaches Mike to reach his full potential.
Next let's go over the names. It was really annoying to have Michael switching up names for Jessy. One minute he's called Jessy and the next minute he's being called Coach. It was also confusing during the scenes where there were more than one coach. I kept having to reread to figure out who was talking.
Now let's talk about Michael's grammar. I really think this guy needs to go back to high school and learn the basics of writing. "Jessy didn't, hand working him, mouth stealing his breath." That is NOT a sentence! Neither is "He never had, but he wanted, he would let Jessy in."
Okay, let's move on to the sex/plot ratio. Way out of proportion. Now, I know a lot of people like their romance novels crammed with sex, but I like to have some plot sprinkled in there. It started out decently, with a good strong plot, but then the M/Cs get together and the plot is pretty much forgotten. It just turns into sex, sex, sex with about two or three scenes of plot thrown in as an afterthought.
Overall? I do not recommend this book unless you're looking for crappy smut. If you're like me and poor grammar and punctuation make you wanna get out a red pen, I'd stay far, far away from this novel. Ugh. Someone get this guy an editor. =[(less)
Love, Like Ghosts follows Adrian, a college student at UNC who is a little different than the rest. While most students would rather be out partying,...moreLove, Like Ghosts follows Adrian, a college student at UNC who is a little different than the rest. While most students would rather be out partying, he'd rather sit in his apartment and do his physics homework. Oh yeah, and he has psychokinesis, the ability to move things with his mind. Then he meets two people who change his world - Greg Woodhall, a theater major that he meets while constructing a haunted house and Lyndon Groome, a ghost who was murdered back in 1905.
Let me start out by saying that though this says it is book 7 in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations, it can be read as a standalone novel. Ally Blue's novel actually lists the novel as related to the series, rather than part of it.
Now, I read this book for the group read for October in the M/M Romance group and I was not disappointed. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I'm also extremely interested in reading the rest of this series.
The characters and their emotions were extremely real. The problems that they have and their reactions all are very well thought out and executed and could easily be a real story. (If psychokinesis and ghosts were real of course.) I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes M/M Romance novels. Maybe even to some of you who don't. This isn't like those trashy two dollar romances you can buy at the drug store - this is a well written and thought out novel.(less)
Sam Raintree is a computer tech who has just gotten a job with Bay City Paranormal Investigations. He hasn't even had a chance to see his new apartmen...moreSam Raintree is a computer tech who has just gotten a job with Bay City Paranormal Investigations. He hasn't even had a chance to see his new apartment in Mobile before he has a job. When he arrives at Oleander House two things happen - he meets a man who he falls for almost instantly and he feels a weird presence in the house - almost as if it's stalking him, waiting to attack.
This book is the first novel in the BCPI series and I absolutely loved it. The characters felt realistic and I really liked them - well, most of them. Even the paranormal investigating was extremely realists - it had a lot of science and factual information instead of just a team of "psychics".
I think the thing I liked most about this is that it read as a paranormal mystery novel and not a cheesy four dollar romance novel. I like my romance novels to have at least an equal amount of actual plot to go along with the romance - not just hot steamy sex - and this novel didn't dissapoint.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal books and don't mind a little bit of MM romance on the side. Bravo, Ally Blue!(less)
Gray and Paul were lovers when they were in college. A few years later, Gray gets up the courage to send Paul a letter and they begin corresponding. O...moreGray and Paul were lovers when they were in college. A few years later, Gray gets up the courage to send Paul a letter and they begin corresponding. One thing leads to another and the two find out they both still have feelings for each other.
I loved the way the author's did this book. Rather than just have it told from a normal point of view, the book is told mostly through a series of letters. It was a refreshing new style to read about their struggles and problems through their letters - kind of like reading about a long dead relative's love life.
I liked most of the characters. They were thought out and had some depth to them. The only character I didn't like was Keith. I don't know why, but I just didn't click with him at all.
The thing I had a big problem with was that the characters seemed bipolar. They would all be lovey and happy in their letters then all of a sudden one of them would get drunk, write a letter bitching about something the other person did and the two would be at war. I really could've done without all the stupid fights those to get in because they were drunk. I wish they'd have realized "Hey we say stupid shit we don't mean when we're drunk! Let's stop doing that now!"
Overall I did enjoy the book though. Owen and Payne did an excellent job on this novel. Though it had me wonder which author wrote what. Did each of them pick a character and then pretend to be them and write letters to each other? That'd be neat. =D(less)
Will and Ethan have been best friends since High School. After getting drunk at his sister's wedding, Will finally tells Ethan that he loves him as mo...moreWill and Ethan have been best friends since High School. After getting drunk at his sister's wedding, Will finally tells Ethan that he loves him as more than just a friend. And to his surprise, Ethan tells him the same thing.
I read this book in a couple of hours and I loved it. The characters were very life like. I've had many of the same thoughts and feelings that Will had about my best friend. (Though not as strong. But he is hot... I digress...) The feelings that Rhodes portrays are very accurate and detailed.
The only problem I had with this is I wish it was longer. I'd love to see more of their relationship - both before they get confess their love and after. I'd have probably loved this book even more if it had been even just a couple chapters longer. Now I can't wait to read the sequel. =)(less)
This is a really complex story, and I'm having trouble summarizing it without giving something away. So, I've borrowed the summary from the book's pag...moreThis is a really complex story, and I'm having trouble summarizing it without giving something away. So, I've borrowed the summary from the book's page. (I did not write this summary. It belongs to whomever originally wrote it.) When Senior Constable Daniel Hart stops bartender Phoenix Love from picking his pocket one evening, it's an inauspicious beginning, but Daniel falls for the beautiful Phoenix anyway. Things become complicated when Detective Paul Somerset, who's been on the trail of Australia's notorious serial killer "The Crucifix Slayer", sets his sights on Phoenix. Convinced that Phoenix Love is the killer, Detective Somerset pursues him single-mindedly. As evidence, and Phoenix's behavior, point toward Somerset being right, Daniel must protect their fledgling love affair, his own heart and his lover while deciphering whether or not Phoenix actually is the killer. Is Phoenix Love a victim or is his love affair with Daniel doomed to fall at the whims of a monster?
The characters in Priest's novel are extremely complex. Both of the main characters are deep and well thought out. Phoenix in particular is very hard to read and must've taken an immense amount of time to write. I applaud Priest's effort with these characters - he created two completely unique characters that I've never seen anything like.
The plot of this novel was really good. It definitely leaned more towards a mystery novel than a romance and I'm glad. I'm not a big fan of cheesy romance novels and this was able to satisfy my appetite for a romance novel and a mystery novel at the same time. However, it wasn’t all good. There were three or four chapters that were nothing but info dumps. An anonymous narrator gave us the facts of things that happened, and these parts were extremely boring and I kept skimming those parts. They weren't extremely long and did progress the story, but I wish Priest had found a better way to tell this information.
Overall, I'm glad I read this novel. It did seem rather long during certain parts, but during others it seemed really short. This is a good novel for people who want to read a romance novel, but don't want some cheesy superficial story. Though the story doesn't contain sex, I wouldn't recommend reading this if you're under the age of about 15-16 since the story line is very graphic and violent.
(Sorry for posting this late. I got distracted forgot I wrote it. :x) (less)
Victor Bayne is a Psy Cop - a cop with a psychic ability - in Chicago's Paranormal Investigation Unit. In Vic's case, he can see and hear the dead. He...moreVictor Bayne is a Psy Cop - a cop with a psychic ability - in Chicago's Paranormal Investigation Unit. In Vic's case, he can see and hear the dead. He's a class 5 medium, one of the highest classes there are. During a murder investigation he meets a non-psychic named Jacob Marks. The two become intimate as they work together to catch a nasty serial killer - one who messes with Vic's power.
I've been told numerous times to read this book and I finally did. And wow. I'm glad I did. The story started out slow with a druggy main character that I didn't particularly like. But as it progressed, I began to like him more and more. Price did an excellent job with his characters - they're unique and interesting. The psychic powers were also handled very well.
My only real complaint is how short the books is. It was only 118 pages in PDF and I wish it had been longer. I want see more of Vic and Jacob's relationship. I also want to see what happens to their partners. I'm going to have to read the next book in the series soon. I highly recommend this book to anyone who like M/M romance.(less)
When Simon's friends, Roger and Fran, drag him to a party, he never expects to fall in love. But that's exactly what he does. He meets Declan Tyler, o...moreWhen Simon's friends, Roger and Fran, drag him to a party, he never expects to fall in love. But that's exactly what he does. He meets Declan Tyler, one of the best football players in Australia. It's definitely not love at first sight for the two, but they start a relationship even though Declan is still in the closet. Eventually, the two are outed and you get to see the tolls that takes on their relationship.
Kennedy did a great job with his characters. Both Declan and Simon felt like real people. They both made mistakes and tried to fix them. When they were upset or mad, they acted just like real people would. Even the side characters were pretty well developed.
The plot of this novel was pretty good as well. It was a gay romance novel that wasn't sex, sex, sex. It also have a nice, romantic ending, but wasn't a cheap fairy tale, happily ever after, ending. At times it did seem a little bit long winded, but I did like it nonetheless.
Kennedy also did a good job of portraying the media. They acted just as they would in real life - like obsessed stalkers. It showed how much they invade privacy and twist things for their own benefit.
I highly recommend this novel to romance lovers. I like that it's also appropriate for younger readers since it doesn't have any graphic sex scenes.(less)
Desperate to save his family's hotel, the Weiss Strande, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what's left of their money into a new venture:...moreDesperate to save his family's hotel, the Weiss Strande, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what's left of their money into a new venture: a nightclub at the hotel. The White Room must succeed, or the hotel will go under. Against all hope, they manage to sign the mega-popular rock group Heaven Sent to play the grand opening. Already a huge fan of the group, Tyler couldn't be more excited to welcome them to his hotel. He's not at all prepared for the bomb of lust that hits him when he's finally face-to-face with the painfully gorgeous lead singer, Johnnie Heaven. Johnnie's probably the most beautiful person he's ever seen, but Tyler is straight. He's feeling a misguided form of hero worship, right? When Johnnie invites Tyler to his room to play video games, their shared passion, Tyler jumps at the chance. He and Johnnie have a great time with the games, but Tyler soon discovers that Johnnie aims to introduce Tyler to a whole new level of game play…
I'm really disappointed in the novel. It was highly recommend by a few friends, but ultimately it left a bad taste in my mouth. Johnnie was way too pushy. He pushed Tyler into doing things that he didn't want and wasn't ready for, yet he insisted that he knew best. Then Tyler magically ended up falling in love with Johnnie. It made me think of Stockholm syndrome.
The characters were perfect and they didn't really have any flaws. Johnnie was the classic rockstar who is perfect in everyway and manages to fall in love with one of his fans. That seemed a little cliché, but it wasn't enough for me to stop reading. None of the characters were really developed, I don't really care about them, nor do they seem realistic to me. The side characters were barely even touched.
Mykle's writing was error free, and there weren't any typos or continuality errors that threw me out of the book. I just wish she had developed her characters a little bit more and added some more plot. The "I'm not gay" plot gets old, quickly. Also, who the hell has sex during their father's wake? That's just rude, demeaning and disrespectful.
I'm not sure I'd recommend this, unless you enjoy books where not much goes on. It was really hard for me to get into this, but who knows, maybe you'll love it.
** Warning ** This novel contains sex scenes and may not be appropriate for readers under than age of 18.