Part of me just wants to squee incoherently at this book because I just enjoyed it so much! I started reading at 0'dark-thirty while riding with my huPart of me just wants to squee incoherently at this book because I just enjoyed it so much! I started reading at 0'dark-thirty while riding with my hubby the 45 min to his work so I could have the car, and then I hated the drive back home because I couldn't read and drive at the same time! As soon as all kids were off to school, I was back at it and even ignored the necessity for food until I was done!
I've been kind of waiting for a "Drunk-married in Vegas" m/m romance, and this was everything I dreamed of. Funny, at times wry and dry, sweet and sad and all the things and all the feels.
The only thing that bothered me was that I felt like we didn't get much insight into the inner workings of Blake until he received the call about his mom dying and then suddenly there's all this stuff going on about his family and his past that just kind of came out of the blue. And which, incidentally, led to him suddenly being ok with the whole "married to a man even though I'm supposed to be straight but maybe I'm not so straight after all" aspect of the situation. I mean, I get that he was distancing himself from his past to the point of not talking to Xander about it at all (Xander jokes at least twice that Blake doesn't have a brother, he's one of a kind, only to later find out that he actually does have a brother -- but is still one of a kind.) But it was still kind of jarring and it never felt like there was a solid resolution to the emotional upheaval. On the other hand, I totally get that we all deal with stuff in our own ways and our own times, so it could be that they were Just That Well Adjusted, or that the freaking out is going to happen in a Further Time after the book ended, or whatever, so I'm ok with that. I would have liked to see a bit more of Blake's boss and her weirdly awkwardly uncomfortable relationship, too, and Xander's friend Diane (?) and ex-boyfriend Alan -- but kind of feel like maybe the story left the remote possibility open of Alan perhaps getting a story with maybe a cameo appearance by Blake & Xander sometime in the future?
Anyway, overall a fun book; most of that last paragraph didn't actually occur to me while I was reading, just hit me like a ton of bricks after I was done and started really thinking about it while washing dishes. You know what water and dishpan hands can do to the thought processes......more
A Tumblr friend recommended this book to me waaaay back in December, and I bought the ebook then (it was on sale for $0.99, I believe, so I figured whA Tumblr friend recommended this book to me waaaay back in December, and I bought the ebook then (it was on sale for $0.99, I believe, so I figured what the heck). For whatever reason I couldn't get into it then, but then I decided to pick it up last Wednesday.
This is the first book in a seven-book series. I mainlined the ENTIRE SERIES between Wednesday and today (Sunday).
I just. I don't know, I had FUN. There were enough twists and turns to keep me occupied, and the romance was sweet (no sex, barely even any kissing, if that's important to you). I can't even, offhand, think of any complaints, except that it would be nice if there had been more diversity in the cast (setting aside elves, fairies, frog princes, ogres, and other magical what-have-yous). I mean, it's set in NYC; not *every* non-straight/cis/white person is going to actually be a magical being. Oh, and I would have liked for Katie to have a little more of a personal growth arc. She *almost* gets there in book 6 (realizing that some of her attitudes and opinions, particularly relating to clothes, are a bit on the archaic side), but never really *quite* gets there. But she's still funny and pretty self-reliant and adaptive and bright, so. This is a fun series; give it a shot!...more
OK, so really really loved this book. And I cried a little at various points throughout (Oh, Walter! Oh, Kelly! *sniffle* Oh, *Walter*! etc.)
I will adOK, so really really loved this book. And I cried a little at various points throughout (Oh, Walter! Oh, Kelly! *sniffle* Oh, *Walter*! etc.)
I will admit the Disney thing kinda was Too Much for me after a bit; I'm not really a huge fan. There are, like, three animated Disney movies I actually ENJOY watching and maybe a half-dozen more I can sit through, but for the most part, they irritate me, so having them so very much a defining characteristic of Kelly was kind of wearing.
On the other hand, Walter starts off being so unrelentingly shallow and abrasive in his cynicism that they almost balance each other out.
The problem is that Shit Happened, and things unbalanced, but they never really seemed to restore it, somehow. However. It turned into an emotional teeter-totter, where they were kind of trading off -- One was up while the other was down, but they were at the same time trying to push whoever was down, up. Which sounded WAY more sensible in my head than it does typed out like this, but hey. Whatever.
Anyway, it was more a gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) undulation of balance from one character to another. And there were some moments of "What the HELL is happening/your problem, you idiot?!" (really, where is the interrobang key? I need it!)
And I totally bought the Disney Princess HEA, where nothing *really* goes wrong (because honestly, I've had plenty of times where I'm waiting constantly for the other shoe to drop and it never does). Plus I figured out Walter's soft spots pretty early on, which helped me drop into the story pretty easily.
And it occurs to me that this is a very confused review (and confusing; I just finished the book & I'm going over this thinking O.o Wut?) but I'm sinusy & tired & teary-eyed and YES I LOVED THIS STORY & it's going into a permanent reread file. So There....more