My first e-book and my first erotic story. The story was very cliché and very unbelievable, but boy was it hot! The sex served a deeper meaning of bre...moreMy first e-book and my first erotic story. The story was very cliché and very unbelievable, but boy was it hot! The sex served a deeper meaning of breaking down mental barriers and bounderies for the female character and one of the male leads (sexy Thorn, I kept picturing Sawyer from Lost, don't know why). And it actually was romantic too! I loved reading the POV from Thorn, especially regarding the m/m action. This was hot! (less)
When I first started this book I expected a slow blossoming romance between a gay boy next door and a suave rock star. Instead I got an insta-lovestor...moreWhen I first started this book I expected a slow blossoming romance between a gay boy next door and a suave rock star. Instead I got an insta-lovestory between a gay boy next door and one of the girliest characters I have ever come across in m/m romance. No, make that: any romance. Because Tyler Curtis was so sweet and innocent and naive... he makes Mary Sue look jaded! Seriously: it was really hard for me to picture him as a grown man who could pull off a cool rock star routine in stead of a 12-year old girl. Besides Tyler, I was also caught by surprise by the amount of mushiness in the story. So, after rolling my eyes for the umpteenth time, I put the book away. To maybe read it again. Much, much later. Eventually.
Sooner than expected, the combination of a lazy holiday and an emotionally draining story instigated my need for some light reading and I picked up the book again. And this time around -because I was expecting an over the top, saccharine read- I actually did enjoy the story. Tyler eventually grew on me and in between a whole lot of sap, there is some snarky humor that I much appreciated.
So, all in all: an okay story. And I do hope Priest uses that snarkiness again, in a somewhat less sugary setting. (less)
Frankly, I'm underwhelmed. Is this what I can expect from the rest of the books by the infamous Jet Mykels?
The story was kind of... bland. Not necess...moreFrankly, I'm underwhelmed. Is this what I can expect from the rest of the books by the infamous Jet Mykels?
The story was kind of... bland. Not necessarily a bad read, but an almost generic GFY story filled with stereotypes. The Rockstar, the Responsible Insecure Boy, the Terminally Ill Family Member to increase the drama if needed... And (naturally?) sex being pretty much the answer to everything and it (and video games) being the basis for a solid love relationship.
I didn't like Johnnie for over half of the book. He was very pushy -to say the least... I could understand Tyler's insecurities and reservations as he was physically and emotionally pressured by Johnnie. *mild spoiler* (view spoiler)[ I wouldn't go as far as to call it rape (I think the author meant for the reader to accept that Johnnie just knew Tyler needed an extra push) but it didn't help in making Johnnie a lovable character, or making the plot believable. (hide spoiler)]
Besides my issues with the main characters, I felt the secondaries were two-dimensional. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, which ended up being a good thing actually, otherwise I would have probably been more pissed off about the lack of a good plot.
I just didn't feel it... 2,5 stars. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Among the Living is the first of the PsyCop series which is about Victor Bayne, a cop with supernatural powers. Vic can communicate with the dead. Wel...moreAmong the Living is the first of the PsyCop series which is about Victor Bayne, a cop with supernatural powers. Vic can communicate with the dead. Well… up to a certain point because the dead are hard to communicate with; they’d rather show up at inappropriate times and talk your ears off your head when you aren’t interested. So it’s safe to say Vic doesn’t embrace his powers. Or his life for that matter because when we meet him in the beginning of the story he seems really indifferent about everything. This starts to change when he bumps into Jacob Marks, a cop of another precinct who pretty much embodies perfection. Vic and Jacob even get teamed up in the search for a mysterious killer who seems to be targeting young gay men.
Among the Living is an urban fantasy story with a m/m romance. I loved it! I liked the world building, the plot was interesting and I loved Vic’s dry narrative voice and the way he interpreted everything around him, especially the behavior of his love interest. My only critique is that the book was too short and that I'd like to better understand why it is that Jacob liked Vic so much.
Hara’s Legacy is the story of three -very potent- brothers and one woman who loves to swallow. Said woman is also the wife of one the brothers. The ge...moreHara’s Legacy is the story of three -very potent- brothers and one woman who loves to swallow. Said woman is also the wife of one the brothers. The general message of the book is: sex is the answer to e-ve-ry-thing! You feel bad? Have sex with your brother's wife. You can't express your emotions? Have sex with your brother's wife, preferably with your brothers present. Alien attacks? Ask your brother to have sex with your wife. What?!?!?!
Like my GR friend Michelle M said: “I prefer my erotica to just be about the relationships, rather than inventing ludicrous reasons why folks have to get it on.”
Cameron is a waiter in a four star restaurant. He loves his job, but he doesn’t have much else going on outside of work and -although he is content- h...moreCameron is a waiter in a four star restaurant. He loves his job, but he doesn’t have much else going on outside of work and -although he is content- his life is pretty average. The only excitement he gets is on Tuesday evenings, when a dark, handsome stranger comes to enjoy his dinner. He doesn’t talk much, sometimes not at all, but Cameron is drawn to this mysterious man…
Warrior’s Cross is a tale of two men finding love. Cameron and Julian couldn’t be more different but the vast contrast between the men makes their love story all the more endearing. Even though I admittedly never really understood why Julian liked Cameron, I did believe in their connection and it was great to read about their relationship: from tentative friendliness, to fireworks, to learning to trust and accept each other.
The first part of the book was character driven and focused on the relationship. The pacing was quite slow, but the story never got boring. In the second part of the book there was an action plot. This served its purpose in defining the relationship between the men, but to be honest: the action was rather silly and inconsistent and ended up making the story feel disjointed. It also took away from the simple but sweet story of Cameron and Julian.
All in all, though: Warrior's Cross was a nice read. 3,5 stars. (less)
I tried to like this, I really did, but oh my God, the melodrama! At a certain point I was imagining violins in the background and my inner reading vo...moreI tried to like this, I really did, but oh my God, the melodrama! At a certain point I was imagining violins in the background and my inner reading voice relaying the story with a constant sobby infliction... No, this story wasn't for me.
I wanted to say it started well enough, but it didn't actually. No drama there, I'll give you that, but the whole premise of the story is based on one huge suspension of disbelief. And I know, I know: it's fiction; logic has a lot of leeway here, but really: I'd like to not forfeit my common sense while reading.
Another peeve was the author's style of instantly telling us all about the characters. Upon meeting them we knew Danny was a good guy in a bad world who had morality issues, Miller was a frustrated straight-(ha!)edger who was bored with his life, Rachel was a predictable, dull vanilla girl, etcetera. I personally don't like being told everything about characters at first sight. I like to get to know them, learn more about them as the story unfolds, have the chance to form my own opinions. To me this makes for more well drawn, layered characters, whereas McKinley's writing style has the danger of making her characters seem flat. She barely avoided that with the main characters but the secondaries were pretty one dimensional, especially the women with their pearl necklaces and sugar pink fingernails, and the bad guys who were downright caricatures.
As the story progressed the suspense plot became more unrealistic and the romance plot more sappy. Danny and Miller acted liked women. No, wait: they acted like women in romance novels. Because no real chick thinks and talks and acts like that, come on!
Besides the contents, McKinley's prose ups the sap factor. The guys don't shout, they scream, they talk with hurt in their voices and despair in their eyes, they draw shaky breaths, they choke and wince constantly.
The characters, the plot... it was bad action movie meets soap opera. With a lot of sap to top it off. The story got slightly better towards the ending, but all in all: this was not for me. 2,5 stars. (less)
Don’t judge a book by its cover (and its title), because this one harbors a surprisingly sweet and engaging story.
Pasha is a sex slave with no recoll...moreDon’t judge a book by its cover (and its title), because this one harbors a surprisingly sweet and engaging story.
Pasha is a sex slave with no recollection of his past. He doesn’t know who he was, who he is or who he is going to be, but he does feel there’s something more for him out there. And when a stranger walks into a bar, he knows not to let him slip away. And so begins the story of Pasha/Helios and Griffin.
I liked the world McBride created and the plot was engaging and layered. The sex was hot and romantic. Plus it served a deeper meaning in establishing the roles in the characters' new relationship. The best part of the book, however, were the characters themselves. Griffin was a great secondary: his internal turmoil was palpable and I felt (and fell) for him. But Helios… oh my…. His matter-of-fact tone in which he relayed his thoughts and actions were fantastic. I found him to be very endearing and loved him instantly.
A well written and sweet little story. I’m hoping for a sequel. (less)
Jordan Castillo Price was pretty much my first step into the m/m world and since then she's been an auto-buy author for me. Her books are guaranteed q...moreJordan Castillo Price was pretty much my first step into the m/m world and since then she's been an auto-buy author for me. Her books are guaranteed quality UF stories with great world building, witty dialogues and wonderful characters. Plus: this woman writes love scenes that make you wish you were a man!
Hemovore was another high standard story. Price managed to create a new, interesting take on vampires, in where vampirism is a disease caused by a highly contagious virus, and vampires - though graceful and sexy- are outsiders. Prejudice, fear, hate, vampire’s statuses ranging from idol to leper and within this setting a self deprecating hero with obsessive compulsive tendencies, Mark, and his boss/love interest Jonathan: a vampire who's afraid to pronounce the word 'blood'.
Safe to say I was expecting a slow, sweet romance about the every day lives of this unlikely couple and how their lives of bland domesticity would be brightened up by their blossoming romance.
So color me surprised when this turned into a suspense/mystery tale. Although not the kind with high speed action and neck breaking stunts. In stead Price focused more on the chaos and feelings of desolation our couple go through when they find their lives turned upside down. All the while containing that sense of irony and humor Price prevails in, in order to prevent the story from getting overly emotional or sappy.
So why the mere 3 star (3,5 actually) rating?
Because I didn't really feel the connection between the two men. Companionship and trust? Sure. Love? Not really. This might be partly due to the fact that for the whole story, we are in Mark's head; who has a pretty dry tone narrative and a tendency to understate emotions and actions. On top of that Mark was either drunk, delirious, or high on sedatives for a majority of the scenes which skewered his perception and made it hard for me to judge if what he saw was actually true or just wishful thinking. Next to that some really intimate revelations seemed to come from out of nowhere and lost their impact.
All in all: Hemovore was a good story, which might have gotten a 4 star rating out of me, if it weren't for the fact that this was a JCP story and I set my standards extra high for her. 3,5 stars(less)
Criss Cross is the second in the PsyCop series and I can say with certainty: I am hooked. Loved this little book, which was a great mix of suspense, f...moreCriss Cross is the second in the PsyCop series and I can say with certainty: I am hooked. Loved this little book, which was a great mix of suspense, fast paced action, dry humor and romance. Great read! (less)
This book sealed the deal for me: Jordan Castillo Price is a genius. Her stories are fun and engaging, her characters (especially Vic) are to die for!...moreThis book sealed the deal for me: Jordan Castillo Price is a genius. Her stories are fun and engaging, her characters (especially Vic) are to die for! And I love how she manages to add those little details which make her world and characters so true to life and easy to visualize.
This story deserved 5 stars for the opening chapter alone in which we see Vic having Thanksgiving dinner with Jacob’s family. Brilliant! Besides that we see Vic trying to adjust to yet another new partner, Zigler. Together they need to solve the mystery behind a group of missing persons who seemed to unexplainably linked to each other. Meanwhile Jacob is still house hunting and Crash is every bit his intriguing self.
I had Josh Lanyon on my TBR pile for a whole while now, but I just never seemed to get to reading his books. Incessant (digital) arm twisting by some...moreI had Josh Lanyon on my TBR pile for a whole while now, but I just never seemed to get to reading his books. Incessant (digital) arm twisting by some Goodreads friends (I'm looking at you, LA!) got the Adrien English series on my currently reading shelf. And may I say: it was a pleasure. Honestly: I'm not the biggest mystery fan and I had expected a wider romance arc, especially for the first story. But the mystery part was engaging and the romance part was -subtle as it was- strangely satisfying. I love Lanyon's writing, it's smart, engaging and funny. And -despite the fantastical events in the story- I found that I could identify with the feelings felt and the actions took. All in all, top notch writing.
Fatal Shadows was a very pleasant meeting with Adrien with-an-e English. (3,5 stars)
This little bit was more a 'slice of life' than an actual story with a plot, but it definitely gives the series' followers something to think about: C...moreThis little bit was more a 'slice of life' than an actual story with a plot, but it definitely gives the series' followers something to think about: Crash. What does he want from Vic? What does he want for himself? How is it being an empath? Or maybe: how bad is being an empath? Also: is he going to be 'the other man' in the relationship between Vic and Jacob? Are we going to have a love triangle? It seems like Vic doesn't know how he feels yet. But Crash certainly is intriguing, so who knows....? 3,5 stars(less)