I actually read this one first before the other one, and while I love them both, I love this one best. I love Dirk and his too-small suit. I LOVE when...moreI actually read this one first before the other one, and while I love them both, I love this one best. I love Dirk and his too-small suit. I LOVE when he's not in a too-small suit at the end. And I love most of all the dealing with the panic attacks.
I got a pile of amazon cards at our early Christmas, and this was one I bought from that loot. Actually, I tried this as a sample first and it was the...moreI got a pile of amazon cards at our early Christmas, and this was one I bought from that loot. Actually, I tried this as a sample first and it was the one I went back and finished because it I was up in the middle of the night and it was so cute.
A friend called Dare "BDSM lite" and that's really the truth, but it's okay. The book is actually sweet as all hell. Dare is always just what you expect, no real twists or sudden turns, but that's a lot of the draw for me. Very much a snuggle-into-your-chair read.
AND it's a vamp book. I really don't like vamps, but this one is just fine. It's incredibly non-traditional vamp, which is part of why I liked it (nobody sparkles, don't worry).(less)
I recently reread this book, and I admit, I worried that it might have been best to leave it safe in the fog of memory, as it was one of my first m/m...moreI recently reread this book, and I admit, I worried that it might have been best to leave it safe in the fog of memory, as it was one of my first m/m books I read. Happily, I can tell you the answer is no, it was a wise move to reread. This book is light, fun, and naughty. Kinky and voyeuristic and a wonderful afternoon's escape.
If I have any "complaints," it's that this same book that initially seemed so racy now seems like it doesn't go far enough. But that only adds to the charm. If you're looking for a slightly naughty m/m book to cut your teeth on, this is a good choice.(less)
The word I would use to describe this book if I only had one to spare is "beautiful." It is artfully written, which is always nice, but best of all ar...moreThe word I would use to describe this book if I only had one to spare is "beautiful." It is artfully written, which is always nice, but best of all are the characters and Hale's deft, careful hand with them. She is patient in her delivery, and while the mystery and external plot are worth reading, the real treasure in this story is the relationship between Belimai and Captain Harper.
My only complaint is that I would have liked to have gone with them to bed. I felt like I missed part of their story by having to wait behind the curtain of decency most of the time. I would have liked to see how they behaved with one another in bed as well as out of it. Hearing their reports of it was not the same, especially since Belamai himself confesses he has a tendency to lie, even to himself.(less)
I think overall I liked My Fair Captain more than this one, but I still loved this book, too, comma splices and all. It's just damn fine escapism. I r...moreI think overall I liked My Fair Captain more than this one, but I still loved this book, too, comma splices and all. It's just damn fine escapism. I really loved Payton, and I loved seeing this world again. More, more, more!(less)
I'm not going to rate this, but I will comment. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I loved the concept a lot, and I was very eager to see...moreI'm not going to rate this, but I will comment. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I loved the concept a lot, and I was very eager to see it executed. However, I found that the story I wanted to read was not what this actually was.
The plot isn't exactly string of pearls, but it comes far too close for my comfort. I also felt like the scenes and the plot arcs I most wanted to experience weren't told or were glossed over. Far, far too much time elapsed with so very little actually presented as story. I began the book engaged and eager to watch the narrator transform. I ended skimming, not liking Constantine at all, uncaring about that aspect of the story, and feeling increasingly disappointed at the arcs I wasn't seeing.
This said, if you love slave/reluctant stories where the hero becomes strong and you like the focus to be on the emotional angst and not on the sex, you might really enjoy this. If you're like me and really relish sexual tension, of the naked emotional moments found when we surrender our will to another during sex, both by our consent and to escape pain or torment for ourselves or others: well, that's not here like I'd wanted it to be.
I don't regret buying or reading the book, but I will say I'm disappointed because I truly wanted to love the book, but I can't say that I do.(less)
I have had a draining week, and I'm trying like hell to work on my own writing, but I'm bone-weary of the world, and it's like wading through a bog. I...moreI have had a draining week, and I'm trying like hell to work on my own writing, but I'm bone-weary of the world, and it's like wading through a bog. I decide I have deserved a break and finally act on Sarah Frantz's insistence I read No Souvenirs. God damn, but I'm so fucking glad I did.
I think this book was perfect for me because it was so much catharsis. It'd be good on any day, I'd think, but for me this week I really, really needed to watch Kim's order get broken down by love. I don't know precisely why I needed that. Probably something to do with having to smile through a nine-year-old daughter's birthday as my beloved cat of fifteen years wasted away until I had to cradle her all the way to her euthanasiation because she could barely lift her head. (Spell check is not liking "euthanisation," but spell check can bite me.) And trying to write book three of my most successful series to date while ALSO writing a fucking historical. Yes, I'm insane. Stop pointing it out.
Anyway. My life had me so tired and stressed out that last night after getting more chiropractic adjustments on my neck than I knew could be done, I was so strung out I couldn't stand the sound of drawers being shut in the kitchen, so I downloaded this book. I stayed up too late reading it in bed, lamented I didn't have it when I got stuck waiting at an appointment, and gave myself permission to get further behind on my writing so I could finish it. I laughed, I snickered, I purred at the yummy sex, and I felt something heavy let go in me at the end. In short, I got a vacation I badly needed in the care of an author who never once let me get hurt, and I was never worried for a minute that she'd let the world so much as stumble, let alone harm me. And I was not disappointed.
Thank you, Ms. Mitchell, for giving my soul some much needed respite. I'd make a cheesy crack about the great souvenir you gave me, but I shall resist. (Except of course you're thinking it now, so I still win.)(less)
I'd heard a lot of praise about this book, and I feel it's all deserved. It's an engaging thriller with romance on the side. It's an enjoyable and int...moreI'd heard a lot of praise about this book, and I feel it's all deserved. It's an engaging thriller with romance on the side. It's an enjoyable and intriguing delve into the lives and emotions of two men on the run. It felt like a movie and in many respects is on par with many bestseller thrillers. I was highly entertained and will likely someday revisit the book again. I will also likely buy Seville's next story.
Why did I withhold a star? Because the book goes on too long. There were at least three places it should have ended, and I'd have happily gone on with one or two of the extra endings, but all of them together did ruin the experience a bit for me. I finished the book a little while back, and I've held off rating because I couldn't decide. In the end, I decided that was decision enough. The end of a story is as important if not more so than the beginning. It was highly, highly enjoyable, but the end became indulgent and took away slightly from the experience.
But that's my only complaint. Beyond this, I was wholly entertained, and I recommend this book to pretty much everyone with no reservation.
Well, except for my husband, because' D's dialect will drive him nuts. But even with that, I think Dan should try, because it really is that good.(less)
I'd wanted to read this book for a long time when I finally picked it up, and in the end it was exactly as the reviews had billed it: very good, and y...moreI'd wanted to read this book for a long time when I finally picked it up, and in the end it was exactly as the reviews had billed it: very good, and yet a little darker in places than I'd wanted. Except I think this was actually a very good thing.
I want to say the story got away from itself, but honestly? It didn't. I have no idea how plausible any of the events in the story are, as in the life of the prostitutes and the kinds of men who buy their time (or kidnap them), but that isn't the point at all. For me this book became a sort of window into my voyeuristic self, taking me down the rabbit hole into the examination of my own desire for titillation and possibly even my desire for punishment thereof. I admit I loved the idea of reading about young men submitting for money and even young men getting kidnapped. I wanted it in a way my husband wants a good slasher movie or gore flick: I didn't want substance, and I didn't want morality. I just wanted the show.
Of course, had I gotten that, it wouldn't have resonated the way the story did; I would have simply digested more pulp. And to be honest, I didn't get the titillation detail that I wanted. This wasn't sexual porn but emotional porn. Yes, sex is described, but what lingers in my mind is what happens to the boys' minds. And yet it isn't a grim or heavy psychological book. Somehow it rides the line between indulgence and illumination. And what it leaves me with is not a heavy moralistic lesson but an echo of what the characters themselves experience. No longer is this game of sex simply a game. I leave the story aware of the costs and the toll--and yet, somehow, also the gift.
This is not my favorite book in the world. I'm not sure I'll reread it. And yet though I rarely bestow stars anymore with reviews (and don't review everything), I feel compelled to give this one full marks. It's worth a read in my opinion, and it will stick with you for a long time. Pulp it isn't. Dark, intriguing and unexpectedly complex it is. If you want to explore the inside of your darker desires, this is a safe and effective way to do so.(less)
Fun book that completely reminded me of the het historicals of the early nineties, including all the fun that seems to have evaporated from traditiona...moreFun book that completely reminded me of the het historicals of the early nineties, including all the fun that seems to have evaporated from traditional romance. Yes, the plot is a bit far-fetched, but that was always the point. If you want a fun m/m pirate book of the old school variety, this is for you.(less)
Read this at the recommendation of Sarah Frantz; not disappointed. Turner is a skilled wordsmith, using POV and even tense carefully (and deliberately...moreRead this at the recommendation of Sarah Frantz; not disappointed. Turner is a skilled wordsmith, using POV and even tense carefully (and deliberately) to create mood. Unusual and intense characters, and not your usual plot. Very much enjoyed.(less)