This is the correct edition and cover for this book and should be set as the primary. Please don't change it. (I'm the author, and I approved this mes...moreThis is the correct edition and cover for this book and should be set as the primary. Please don't change it. (I'm the author, and I approved this message.)(less)
To whoever keeps deleting the new edition of this book and/or making it not the primary edition: stop. This is the proper edition. This is the proper...moreTo whoever keeps deleting the new edition of this book and/or making it not the primary edition: stop. This is the proper edition. This is the proper cover. (I'm the author. I should know.)(less)
If I were on my game I'd take the time to write up a real review. I'm tired and a bit sick, but I know if I don't review this now, I never will. So yo...moreIf I were on my game I'd take the time to write up a real review. I'm tired and a bit sick, but I know if I don't review this now, I never will. So you get what you get.
Short version is this is quite good and very refreshing. Think Ginn Hale's Wicked Gentlemen, though not exactly. What you're here for are the characters and a slow burn. Stephen is smart, wiry, tense, and strung too tightly. Also strong, which becomes important. Crane is both breezy, bumbling Brit lord and wily pirate. Basically between the two of them they keep fucking stereotype and massaging subtlety.
Low, low sex content--there are some good bits, but be in the mood for the teasing, drawn-out stuff. If you read my work, Love Lessons looks like a boinkfest in comparison. Not super high on UST, because it's an even slower build. I suspect what we're going to get is this drawn out over several books, this romance. I would say overall this is not a traditional romance, because the focus isn't remotely the HEA. That's just a happy accident, their hooking up, and you get the idea this will continue in the next installment. Which, happily, is for sale.
The story is also clever and fun to watch unfold. Paranormal but not too thick in its painting. Historical but very out of the usual box. Written by an actual Brit, too, so you'll be wanting to pour some PG Tips and break into McVities Digestives before it's said and done, without quite knowing why.
The Magpie Lord and this Charm of Magpie series reminds me of a TV show. Each episode a story, but when you turn the page there's legitimately more to read. Yes, it's fun to watch them flirt and blink, but mostly it's delicious to watch them play off one another.
Let's put it this way. I have a pile of work to do and several stories to write, and a sea of samples and purchased books on my kindle. Yet I'm off to buy book two of this and read it instead of doing anything else. Really, do you need any other rec than this?(less)
I think by now the word is out that I’m a sucker for holiday romances: I have a pile of them on my Kindle waiting for that magic moment when I have ev...moreI think by now the word is out that I’m a sucker for holiday romances: I have a pile of them on my Kindle waiting for that magic moment when I have everything turned in and all the holiday prep finished and I can indulge. I’ll admit I snuck one in early, because how do you not read in a Tere Michaels novella when you know it’s there? I’m so incredibly glad I did: Holiday Roommates is sweet, hilarious, and heartwarming.
Essentially this is classic Michaels but with a flirty, light-hearted holiday twist. The sexual tension you count on from her is present in spades, but so are elf costume crises, some seriously killer flirty banter, and a wry and managing Jewish mother (and sassy grandma) you must read to believe. In addition to the “when will they?” suspense of the romance, we witness Nate’s struggles as an actor and Sean’s as a budding producer. I think my favorite part of the story was the resolution: I worried when I started there was no way for everything to work out and still be believable…but I should never have doubted it, because Tere totally pulls it off.
Do yourself a favor: buy yourself (and your friends) this Christmas story. You can purchase it right on her website–Here’s a distribution note from her website. “Right now we’re only offering a PDF version; when the .mobi and .pub versions become available, just contact the site and you’ll receive whichever version you want (with proof of purchase of the PDF) at no additional cost.”
Also from the website: “I hope you all love Nate and Sean and their crazy circle of friends and family. I hope you want the story to continue – because they’ll be back for Valentine’s Day! As a reminder to myself about what matters in the coming year, I will be donating 25% to The Trevor Project, an outstanding non-profit which offers outreach to LGBTQ youth struggling with suicidal thoughts. When holiday donations have dried up, I’m looking forward to gifting TTP in January to shine some light on their winter doldrums!”
Everyone wins! Go grab your copy of Holiday Roommates today.(less)
So this book needs more review than I have time to give. But it made me happy and was so worth the wait I made myself endure to read it. I'll try to d...moreSo this book needs more review than I have time to give. But it made me happy and was so worth the wait I made myself endure to read it. I'll try to do this better when I have time, but highlights:
*slow burn *UST *gentle but potent emo *FUCKING OPERA *NYC *white/blue collar mashup *widower
This was seriously adorable, sweet, and exactly what I needed to read last night. Low-moderate heat level, Nice UST, adorable heroes. Geek love, jock...moreThis was seriously adorable, sweet, and exactly what I needed to read last night. Low-moderate heat level, Nice UST, adorable heroes. Geek love, jock love: trope city, feel good, go buy it already.(less)
These rights have actually reverted back to me. I need to get it formatted and up for free download, etc. I have a pile of this crap, actually, but it...moreThese rights have actually reverted back to me. I need to get it formatted and up for free download, etc. I have a pile of this crap, actually, but it all needs editing and I so do not have time for this right now. So if anybody out there is bored...(less)
1) It has wolf shifters. 2) It has bear shifters. 3) It is seriously fucking hawt. 4) No. I'm serious. H.A.W.T. 5) It's nominat...moreYou want to read this book.
1) It has wolf shifters. 2) It has bear shifters. 3) It is seriously fucking hawt. 4) No. I'm serious. H.A.W.T. 5) It's nominated for a RITA. 6) Vivian Arend is awesomesauce.
This book is a sexy, fun breath of fresh air. It's part of a series but you can read it alone. The Takhini series is one of those comfy worlds you can keep putting on like a friendly shoe. That means you can read it now because I've tempted your curiosity AND THEN THERE IS A HUGE WORLD TO GO DIG INTO.
Also, that bit about the tag in the warning? No joke. Worth the price of admission alone.
Stop reading this review and go buy the book.
P.S. I think I almost have her convinced to write gay bear shifters. Then I will die twice with a smile on my face. (She already says there's lesbian shifters on the docket, maybe probably hopefully...)(less)
Some books are sinful candy—decadent escapes leaving us high and searching for another confection. Some novels are art, richly painted with skill and...moreSome books are sinful candy—decadent escapes leaving us high and searching for another confection. Some novels are art, richly painted with skill and care, resonating with us for months or even years as we parse the wisdom they reveal. Get ready to have dessert for dinner, readers: Damon Suede’s Bad Idea is both.
Bad Idea is the story of Trip Spector, a comic book artist whose joy has been nearly extinguished by corporate culture but rediscovers his spark through Silas Goolsby, special-effect makeup artist and winking ray of sunshine to Trip’s Fortress of Dour. Through a sometimes halting, beautifully bumbling, raw, real relationship, Silas gives Trip the greatest gift an artist can be given: an ocean and an anchor, a space to dream with a tether, safety inside the dangerous waters of creativity. Together Trip and Silas forge dreams, build worlds, and carve out a love for one another breathless for its grounding and its honesty.
The love story between Trip and Silas and the chance to watch the creation of art in real time is reason enough to read Bad Idea, but Suede weaves depth and breadth into his sophomore novel which rival the witchery of Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. Bad Idea is rich not only with world but truths, some simple, some so expansive they will take multiple re-readings of the novel to fully grasp. Every page is a quotable minefield, sometimes for humor, sometimes for wisdom, often for both.
But also in the style of Pratchett and Gaiman, Suede drizzles insight like delicately-sweetened caramel sauce over out-and-out fun. Comic conventions, make-up trailers, Hollywood-style premiers, not one but two zombie runs—reading Bad idea is not a hem-lift of curious curtains but a balls-deep wallow in worlds few of us are allowed to experience, and our vehicles of travel are unique characters of the style only Suede can provide. He openly credits their inspiration from friends and fans, but the subtle, skillful breath of Suede can be felt on each eyelash of his creations.
As an author myself, for me the greatest gift of Bad Idea is in Suede’s unabashed and sometimes out-and-out naked examination of what it means to create, to wrestle with not only the demons of doubt but the marrow-chilling fear of failure that comes even when we know in our soul the reward is worth the risk. Creating art is organic, yes, but real biology, not some sanitized recap on Discovery. Peeling open the bud of a project takes more than work. It takes soul, magic, power, and sacrifice—all for a reveal which often occurs with no one to appreciate the bloom. Sometimes those who see our creation barely note the color before they pluck the petals for their own purposes. Art is pain and terror and death as much as it is beauty and light, and Bad Idea does not shy from this reality. At the same time, like all romance novels it is the story of hope. Truth and realism with a happy ending.
Bad Idea is a novel about art told through art. It is a romp, a lark, a joy, a revelation. It can be read with a carefree heart and enjoyed on its rich, layered surface or it can be mined for its endless veins. It can make you laugh. It can make you cry. It will make you think—and it will bring you joy.
Above all else, Bad Idea makes me proud. I’m friends with the author, but I would be proud of this book even if I had never so much as heard his name before I cracked this novel’s spine. Bad Idea is a book about creativity and art, and it makes me proud to be an artist. Bad Idea gives me hope for my own work. It makes my soul happy simply thinking about it, and every re-read is another decadent dip into one of the smartest romantic adventures readers will ever take.
Once you start this ride, you won’t want to stop, and as soon as you finish, you’ll want nothing more than to go back and read it again. I suggest you strap yourself in right now. (less)