I should be an adult and leave an adult view where I point out the values of this book and give Hawk a quotable bite if she wanted to use it. I'll getI should be an adult and leave an adult view where I point out the values of this book and give Hawk a quotable bite if she wanted to use it. I'll get to that part eventually, but first, I'm going to be totally not an adult and just squee about how much I loved the book. And I'm going to use GIFs. I know a ton of people roll their eyes at GIFs in reviews, but I love them so I'm going to use them, and nobody can stop me.
I think Cicero is rubbing off on me.
So a lot of us have come to love Hawk for her Widdershins series, and I'll admit, it's a great series. I'll also cop to being a huge fan of everything she's written, from Spectr (I am HERE for Gray) to Spirits to whatever else she cooks up. I was prepared to enjoy this no matter what. I didn't simply enjoy it, though.
I am TEAM WITCH POLICE. FOR LIFE. I WANT A BADGE. I AM A BADGE, GODDAMNIT.
This world was SO FUN. Familiars and bonded mates and witches and turn-of-the-(twentieth) century politics...I knew the world setup because of The 13th Hex, but we really got to dive in deep in Hexbreaker. I looked up frequently surprised to see my living room instead of Hexworld, and I was a little disappointed, to be honest.
And the characters. I am firmly #TeamRook and will lament forever that I don't have a full Rook/Dominic novel, but they're fully present here. AND Cicero/Tom are most excellent as well. I loved sassy Cicero and coy Cicero and French Cicero and then there's the sex...
Yeah. I really liked this book.
Okay, adulting. Jordan L. Hawk's Hexbreaker is a brilliant, breathless step into a new story universe, full of rich, quirky characters, meticulous world building and delightful sensuality. You should absolutely read this book and every other one of Ms. Hawk's wonderful stories.
So, I loved this story except I also HATED IT because it was so short and I wanted this book to last forever. Okay, no. I loved it full stop, I can'tSo, I loved this story except I also HATED IT because it was so short and I wanted this book to last forever. Okay, no. I loved it full stop, I can't hate it, but I am so sad because I just loved these guys. I'm going to reread it endlessly because I love everything about Rook and want to read his life with Dominic serialized. "Dominic and Rook fetch milk." I'll read it.
Currently lobbying Ms. Hawk for a full Rook/Dominic novel. Please join me. ...more
Read for the BJ book club. Loved the book & conversation both. Sweet, spicy, perfect small town historical romance. Because it's BJ, you learn somRead for the BJ book club. Loved the book & conversation both. Sweet, spicy, perfect small town historical romance. Because it's BJ, you learn some history they missed in school as well. Highly recommended....more
Stinger/summary: In Andrews’s novel, both heroes are stranded on islands long before that’s literally true. One man is a reluctant part of a boy band,Stinger/summary: In Andrews’s novel, both heroes are stranded on islands long before that’s literally true. One man is a reluctant part of a boy band, dutifully letting himself be shuttled through life in a glass hamster wheel, plastering on a smile while the paparazzo click away. The other is a celebrated pilot hero unable to process his survivor guilt, shutting himself off from the world to the point it’s almost dangerous. Neither one of them in any way is repressing their sexuality or orientation. Both have had relationships with women, and they’ve been real relationships, not disappointing attempts where everything felt wrong, especially once they opened up to the idea of being with a man.
This means when they do fall for one another, it’s all the more magical. Their relationship isn’t about orientation but about connection. It’s not about surrendering identity but shedding old lives to make new ones. About finding themselves and each other amidst a harrowing ordeal—talk about a tale of hope!
A charming, heartwarming breath of fresh air, Beyond the Sea allows us to imagine we too can sail past our boundaries and into the ocean of our own happily ever after.
There’s so much wonderful about Forbidden; Jenkins’s lulling but quietly powerful prose, uplifting storytelling, smoldering sensuality. In her hands,There’s so much wonderful about Forbidden; Jenkins’s lulling but quietly powerful prose, uplifting storytelling, smoldering sensuality. In her hands, a scene about making marmalade demands as much surrender as a stolen kiss in a cupboard. But above all else, Forbidden is a romance, a tale of a love so powerful and commanding it leads two quietly suffering people from the dreams they’d knit from ash and teaches them how to transform love, honesty, and devotion into a perfect, soaring happily ever after....more
I can't decide who I loved more, Alex or Sophie. Actually, I think I love Victoria Dahl best, for her fun, honest, realistic, sex-positive small townI can't decide who I loved more, Alex or Sophie. Actually, I think I love Victoria Dahl best, for her fun, honest, realistic, sex-positive small town romances. She gets small towns. She gets people. She makes a safe space for women to have exciting but safe sexual adventures. And this is why I'm working through her backlist so slowly, because I want to savor that. <3
I picked this book up the other day, and it’s utterly charming. Sweet, sexy, and makes you feel all gushy inside. It’s just a baby bit like my A PrivaI picked this book up the other day, and it’s utterly charming. Sweet, sexy, and makes you feel all gushy inside. It’s just a baby bit like my A Private Gentleman in the pairing (higher/lower class)but with 80% less angst. Which is lovely. If you like that swoopy sweet feeling, with a little bit of tension and some oh no but not much, this is what you want. Hard to find in historical, because usually the whole threat of death and all is a real downer. Not here. This is a delight, and you should read it. Also, set in Paris. PARIS. Come on. Buy it already....more
I keep trying to write reviews lately but my brain is not present to win, so we're sticking with bulleted highlights.
• Sweet. It's sexy, but it's SWEEI keep trying to write reviews lately but my brain is not present to win, so we're sticking with bulleted highlights.
• Sweet. It's sexy, but it's SWEET. This is the book for when you want to snuggle, to have feels but with cushions around you. • Friends-to-lovers. As in, friends since sixth grade lovers. It's not gay for you, it's one guy out & the other trying-not-to-be-out-but-I-can't-say-no-to-you gay. • Very firmly new adult. I know we're all still working out what the genre is, but the story is less about romance and less about coming out than it is GROWING UP. That it's about a closeted to himself young man falling for his best friend is the foreground for Justin's exploration of himself and how he fits into the world. For readers in, approaching, or recently departing that place, it will resonate loudly. For those of us remembering that crazed, red-haze period of life, this is a beautiful way to process a time which in real life is largely chaotic, heartbreaking, and raw. • Suitable for comfort read status. This will be for many of you a book you can pull out when you need a friend to hold your hand. • Recommended for all my readers, particularly those who loved Love Lessons & Fever Pitch. To a degree those who loved Special Delivery, though it's not even a quarter as racy. It's a road trip book, completely with distributing ashes and sexual awakening. But much more cuddly, and Landry is the same age and more grounded than Mitch. • Excellent crossover book. For readers who haven't read much or any gay romance, this would be a wonderful gateway drug. It has a lot of feel of heterosexual new adult while also having feet firmly in gay new adult, as much as we have conventions (which I don't think we have many yet). Probably most people following my reviews are already full ambassadors, but if you're looking to recruit somebody? This is a good book to pass them.
hot, toppy, switchy tussles, excellent sex brilliant out-for-you that reminded me of Marie Sexton'sNo brain for a proper review, alas. Bottom line:
° hot, toppy, switchy tussles, excellent sex ° brilliant out-for-you that reminded me of Marie Sexton's Promises, though less angst ° totally BDSM, sex, poly, open-relationship positive, yet the characters are monogamous because of their passion to each other ° true bisexuality ° VERY female-positive ° POV hero has that stoic lonely boy cracking open thing I know is crack to so many of you ° Other hero is basically Mitch Tedsoe if he'd had a great family. ° Got under my skin on my own issues in a good, safe way, made me cry about four times (though I wouldn't take that as an angst flag, that's just me as a mess)
If you were Curious about Curious, you should fucking read it already....more
I tried to write a review of this and ended up with 1000 words of disclaimer and dithering and no real review. So I have two things to say. Well, andI tried to write a review of this and ended up with 1000 words of disclaimer and dithering and no real review. So I have two things to say. Well, and then just BIT more dithering.
No spoilers on plot or story, though if you're like DON'T TELL ME ANYTHING AT ALL, get out of here. Which is probably a general rule of thumb on Goodreads reviews of books you haven't read yet.
1) If you want to know what I thought of this book, go to twitter and search the hashtag #ACBBB. The hashtag makes no sense because I was fogged from a drug switch and I swapped the final letter, which should have been R for A Clean Break Buddy Read, to B, which I guess was just easier to type. I had lots of thoughts while reading. It was a very fun ride.
2) I liked the book a lot. So wonderful on a million levels. I have a single ping, which for me is pretty big but may not be for most people. The story doesn't really resolve. Like, sort of maybe kind of a little, but the relationship not at all. This is basically part one of two. So if you're reading this review to see if you want to read it and this comment makes you go OH NO SHE DIDN'T, then just keep this book safe until book three is out so you can roll right over to it when finished with this one. Because you absolutely should read it. Eventually.
I did not at all dislike the story. I want to keep saying that. But I really wish it would have had them resolve even to a tentative peace before the cliffhanger. If you hate that sort of thing, you really should wait. If I'd have known, i"d have waited. But then, I really am not a continuing series kind of person, to the point I generally only read book one of most series, randomly pick a stopping point because I get tired of it not finishing, or I don't read them at all. So that colors my experience a lot. I might react a lot more strongly than most people. If you love series that hang over, you're all set.
Storywise: It's a delightful look at the boys settling in. A million great moments. Once I get the end of the novel, I'll be all set, I'm sure. ...more
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I'm getting a lot of "where is this on Amazon?" requests. (Book is out today) I'll add the buy links here as they come in, and when they're all set, II'm getting a lot of "where is this on Amazon?" requests. (Book is out today) I'll add the buy links here as they come in, and when they're all set, I'll put them out in my newsletter. It should be soon, hopefully. In the meantime you can get it at Wilde City if you absolutely cannot wait.
Scroll through my Twitter feed Friday evening from about 5 until 9 on September 5, and you will see me freaking the fuck out over a book. This is theScroll through my Twitter feed Friday evening from about 5 until 9 on September 5, and you will see me freaking the fuck out over a book. This is the book.
I've been seeing this book around, and I gotta tell you, I was saying no. Because I could think of eight million ways this setup could go horribly, terribly wrong. Having grown up in a family full of pastors and living near two different Amish communities in my life, one the Amish/Mennonite megahub that is Kalona, Iowa, I know Amish, well, and while I don't wish to join their lifestyle, I have deep, intense respect for it and their right to live how they wish to. I also know how a gay Amish man would be received, that there's a lot we wouldn't expect in both the accepting and non-accepting departments. I feared a lot of over-angst. I feared slipshod research, over sentimentalization and basically an exploitation of a community. For no other reason than that's what I've seen when I've read Amish romances, far too many times. And if the respect was there, how could there be an HEA? I mean, really? I couldn't work it out. I feared obvious conflicts and all kinds of things bad. I thought, this is stupid, I can't read this book. There's no way.
But I caved and read the Amazon sample. The moment on the barn beam hooked me. Hard. I saw the price and thought, okay. I'll bite.
I will stand here now, hat in hand and say, not a single fear was realized. Not one. It is full of research and respect and knowledge and FULL understanding. It is not over-angsted. It is fucking hot, while not being gauche given the subject matter. It ends happily, but I swear to god, at 93 fucking percent complete, I still wasn't sure. I really, really worried. I couldn't imagine how. And when it was done, I exhaled with those best of breaths. The ones where you know everything is okay, and you made it, they made it, EVERYBODY FUCKING MADE IT and the sun will come up tomorrow, and two boys will be happily snuggled in corner of it somewhere.
I needed this book. This month has been surgical recovery, too many books, too many decisions, too much everything. This week ended with me feeling weird and overwhelmed for reasons both identifiable and not. I've become very, very picky lately, hating almost everything I read. I wanted so much to love this book, but it could not have me cheaply. It had me. It caught me, made me, took me up to the stars and let me run.
No, it's not fancy, and that's why I like it. It's sweet, delightful. It made me sigh and freak out and worry and basically let go. If I still haven't sold you and you like my stuff, and you read Love Lessons? This is Walter and Kelly go Amish. I mean, not really. But it is, in its way. Those archetypes.
And this was self published. She did this all herself and the team she hired. Hot. Damn.
Just fucking go buy it. Read it. Do it. Five goddamned fucking stars. I'm not normally one for sequels post HEA, but I'm totally down for this one. I'm all the hell over it.