Though the Sweet Oblivion series is not your every day series, this story tops it all. It was a weird combination of randomness and chaos. A lot of ev...moreThough the Sweet Oblivion series is not your every day series, this story tops it all. It was a weird combination of randomness and chaos. A lot of events accumulated to not much happening and at the end you're non the wiser. Still: it was strangely satisfying... (less)
Elixir is the last story in the Sweet Oblivion series and it's an extraordinary ending to an extraordinary series.
The story is told in flashbacks and...moreElixir is the last story in the Sweet Oblivion series and it's an extraordinary ending to an extraordinary series.
The story is told in flashbacks and the constant switch from the quiet and peaceful present time to the chaotic past time events only adds to the excitement. I just loved the action, I loved the romance and I loved the sex. Oh and I looooove Wild Bill. He just makes me want to become a vampire. And a man. And gay. And fictional. Ah well...
I hate to say it, but I did have some peeves. First of all: I don't think JCP did a very good job with the female side kick. She was so impossible to get a connection with that she only came across as hysterical and whiny. Not anyone I'd associate our boys with. To me, her character was completely redundant and only served to annoy me.
Besides that, I'm not completely happy with how everything ended. Don't get me wrong: I wasn't looking for complete closure or hearts and flowers and white picket fences -and I partially agree with other reviewers who say the story leaves you wanting more in a good way- but I think there was a major loose end, namely Michael's issues. Throughout these series both men have been uncomfortable in their own skin, due to insecurities about themselves and their doings in their past and present. Though Bill seems to have been put at ease about some of his worries, I feel like Michael could have even more issues after this story.
Despite the fact that I liked the uncertainty and the ambiguity of it, this story just doesn't feel like a true ending. There could easily be another story or two... Or maybe it's just wishful thinking because I don't want to say goodbye to our boys?
Fluid was another short from Bill's POV and like always: the story was entertaining, the sex was hot and Wild Bill's head is a pleasure to be in.
Ther...moreFluid was another short from Bill's POV and like always: the story was entertaining, the sex was hot and Wild Bill's head is a pleasure to be in.
There are two things which bothered me with this one. First: the fact that Bill is portrayed as to always have shown peeks of his artistic side to Michael. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I, for the life of me, can't recall any mentioning of Bill actually displaying any artistic skills in front of Michael before. Mentioning of being artistic in the past? Yes. But actually doing random drawings and garnering attention from bystanders because of it (like Michael mentions in Swarm). No.
Second: Bill makes a few remarks in the beginning of the story which clearly state that he still hasn't gotten used to being in a monogamous relationship. I was surprised. I get that Bill is a wild child but it was he himself who said him and Michael fit together in every way possible. He even went as far as to say they'd finish each other's sentences and think as one. We also know he is crazy about Michael. So why the comments about liking someone else? Why thinking he might complicate matters with his wandering eye? Seriously: where did it come from? This is not to say I don't like a little conflict in my story, because I really do, but I'd like it to be built up and not come out of left field.
What I did like was that older doubts and fears got resurfaced; Bill's moral compass, Bill's worries about Michael's lack of one and Michael's mission and his exceedingly strange condition.
Despite my peeves, the story was still entertaining (3,5 stars). I really like the fact that there is an ambiguous feel to the series. Although Wild Bill and Michael have a sense of freedom and are together, there is a definite sad undertone. Even their good moments carry a sense of melancholy. So I'm really curious to see how JCP will give them their HEA. Onto the next one. (less)
Snare was another story from Michael's POV and, while I have to admit that I like being in Bill's had just a tad bit better, it was good to be privy t...moreSnare was another story from Michael's POV and, while I have to admit that I like being in Bill's had just a tad bit better, it was good to be privy to Michael's thoughts and feelings again. Because despite of what he did last book, it's clear that he loves and appreciates Wild Bill. The two of them are just such a perfect team.
I'm interested to see where the story is going. JCP just takes this series an extra mile by her overarching sub plots: causes and workings of vampirism, Michael's condition, the effect of further transitions on on our happy couple's future -bit by bit the puzzle pieces are starting to fit together.... Another JCP thing is the somewhat dry and resigned relay of events by the character. It just works for me every time. That and those funny details like the crazy (poor) pygmy goat. Onto the next one!(less)
I got this one recommended because I found the first book in The Slave Breakers series to be way too light and cute and sappy to be even called 'Slave...moreI got this one recommended because I found the first book in The Slave Breakers series to be way too light and cute and sappy to be even called 'Slave Breakers'. I wanted something itty and gritty and worthy of a dark slave theme. And I got my wish and more, because light and cute this story was not! Okay, to be honest: there were some almost sappy parts but then again: all that violence and torture needed some balancing out.
There was lots and lots of sex in this story, yet it never felt like a smutfest to me. That's because sex was pretty much a means of communication in this book. Hate, anger, desperation, hurt, adoration, love... sex was a way to express all of the emotions and thoughts. And because the author addressed themes like loyalty, friendship and emancipation, the book actually had substance. Also: towards the ending several sex scenes were even glossed over and it never got overly descriptive.
The story was published chapter by chapter on LiveJournal, so it lacks editing (and that's painfully obvious at some points) and doesn't always flow well. But it's certainly something different and strangely engaging. There are four parts in the Texas saga (which actually centers around Paul and not Texas).
Texas I: In where we meet Texas and his Kitten and Puppy. I found this to be the most upsetting part of the book. My heart went out to Paul (the Puppy) who gave everything in order to keep his brother safe. I also liked how the author worked with occasional flashbacks. (4,5 stars) Texas II: In where Paul gets kidnapped and his soul searching begins. I found it really interesting to see Paul not only coming to terms with his trauma but using that as a trigger for self development. (4 stars) P for Paul: Paul takes a break and learns to read. This one had a totally different feel to it and it lacked substance. Later on I found out it wasn't even written by the same author. (1,5 star) Texas III: Where Paul's emancipation fully blooms and love, friendship and loyalty are tested. The last chapter was a bit confusing and the story didn't always flow well, but a decent and satisfying ending nonetheless. (3,5 stars)
So, all in all a very different and engaging read. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but for those of you who can stomach some brutality, violence, twincest and a few grammar mistakes here and there: do try Texas! (less)