I read a glowing review from Dear Author reviewer Sunita and decided to give this a shot. Indeed a great story. Great characterisations, nice fluid pr...moreI read a glowing review from Dear Author reviewer Sunita and decided to give this a shot. Indeed a great story. Great characterisations, nice fluid prose, maybe too many character bombs if I were to be picky. Also too short. Not sure if this is just a style, but I do feel the story will start lacking in being made so short. First book I have read of this author; maybe I'll pick up some more. (less)
I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I want to read more books on Hayden and Josh (though I doubt that will happen). I like how the story was tol...moreI had a lot of fun reading this book, and I want to read more books on Hayden and Josh (though I doubt that will happen). I like how the story was told in flashbacks and the overall story arc about what really happened between the two main leads. The story was saddening with what happened between the two men. There was a lot of chemistry between the characters. The story was well-written and interesting. It was a typical shifter story at its core, but not really overall. It was about two men whose lives were ripped a part before they could start their lives together.
I kept thinking about this story, and decided I needed to read the next book. I definitely enjoyed the first volume a lot more. I did talk about the l...moreI kept thinking about this story, and decided I needed to read the next book. I definitely enjoyed the first volume a lot more. I did talk about the length previously and it really showed in the second volume.
The first 'part' is mostly about Silvio and Gianbattista. I can respect the author for not diminishing Gianbattista's role in Silvio's life. How much Silvio loves Gianbattista. I'm not comfortable reading about Battista because nothing about his "likes" is well...understandable. I'm also a reader who doesn't shy away from hard-hitting topics either. I am however honest about not wanting to read more about what Battista likes. The sad fact is as long as Battista keeps popping up into Silvio's life, we're going to keep going back to the age thing. Hopefully the sexual aspect as done its course here.
The second 'part' of the story is centred around Stefano and it really shows what a mob boss he is not. He is quite weak, can't really take a hit, and got upset really quickly. I pity him. This was not the life for him. I find Stefano odd in his role, he doesn't come of as a killer like Silvio. He has no real interest in mob politics, hurting anyone, and most of his thoughts centre around loving his wife and being attracted to Silvio. We've not really seen him as a big bad boss man. If anything his bodyguards hold more of a hard image than Stefano. I like that about Stefano though. He's refreshing and different. I also feel really sad for him. The ending was heartbreaking.
I am loving the Stefano and Silvio dance. Definitely a new OTP.(less)
This was a really messy story. It was long-winded and as a reader it seemed to me the author may have had no idea what he/she wanted to do with this b...moreThis was a really messy story. It was long-winded and as a reader it seemed to me the author may have had no idea what he/she wanted to do with this book. It's a shame because Luki and Sonny are nice characters; but their meeting and the whole mystery was pretty dire. I couldn't believe in their relationship because there was no build-up and we didn't get to see them as characters in their own right either. The mystery was the main focus and that took focus at the get go. Again a shame, because whilst the mystery had some legs it wasn't written well. I could see some flickers of spark here and there - but maybe with a better editor or maybe someone more critical this could have been so much better.(less)
The author is still writing some fantastic stuff, but Silvio is becoming a tad predictable. In the first part of the book, Silvio hunts down the men w...moreThe author is still writing some fantastic stuff, but Silvio is becoming a tad predictable. In the first part of the book, Silvio hunts down the men who hurt Stefano. He dresses in drag and lures the gang into their safe house. There he allows all of them to have sex with him. Not that Silvio cares either way. In essence as long as he's getting some fun on the side, who really cares. Which in itself is making me dislike him quite a lot. I'll expand later. Silivio has a "tender" moment with one of the main guys before he does his job and shoots him. I sort of gagged.
The second part brings us Franco (Silvio's older brother). Silvio and Franco are a little too close for comfort. Silvio loves his brother unconditionally and thus he thinks that should lead to a sexual relationship. I know Silvio is suppose to be broken and twisted, but I'm thinking we're just getting a bit carried away with the whole point. They have sex. It was weird. It did nothing to propel the storytelling forward, and in essence for me was a cheap plot device. However, Franco was an interesting character and kind of cemented my feelings that Franco and Stefano would be perfect together.
Silvio is definitely loosing his charm with me. I think he's becoming a soap opera in his own right. Stefano has planted himself firmly in my heart and mind. I love the way he's written, I love the kind of man he is, and I love how stereotypical he is not for a mob boss.
The second book made me believe in Stefano and Silvio, but the third book made me dislike Silvio. For me I think Stefano is a better man. He deserves better. I know he has cheated on his wife; but I honestly think he can do better than Silvio. Silvio needs to change for Stefano; not only Stefano. I hope Silvio does because if he continues to be his twisted broken self, and Stefano has to rearrange his life I'll be disappointed.
It's been a long time since a book (series) has stuck in my mind. I am definitely looking forward to the next volume(s). I may not like/agree with certain elements, but it doesn't mean I ain't enjoying myself.(less)
The best friend was such an awful character. Gable and Flynn were awful people for letting her get away with what she did. I cannot believe how angry...moreThe best friend was such an awful character. Gable and Flynn were awful people for letting her get away with what she did. I cannot believe how angry this book made me feel. No words can describe how horrible this book was. I was astounded. I honestly don't get what the author was thinking. I am so appalled. Scarred. I even went far as complementing whether there was any hope left in the world.
I couldn't even finish it. I deleted it. Awful.(less)
Totally touches all my favourite overused tropes: best friends become lovers, G4Y, jealousy and some angst. The first part of the story was good, a ni...moreTotally touches all my favourite overused tropes: best friends become lovers, G4Y, jealousy and some angst. The first part of the story was good, a nice introduction to the characters and a solid start to who the main guys were and a good build of a story. Then it all went to hell. It quickly became about sex, a bit of whining, more awkward sex, a little drama, and the end. I actually got more interested in the secondary characters than I did the main ones.
It doesn't make things better when the sequel to this book will be a menage. Not only that but also adding a girl. Jeez. I get that Chase is bisexual and Alex is G4Y for Chase. But really...
I liked the first 35% of the book, sadly for me it just stopped being enjoyable after that. I tried a new author (for me) this month. Didn't work out. Moving on. (less)
I can totally dig cheesy melodramatic stories as well, after all I may like my books realistic to a fault - but even I need some downtime. Riley is a...moreI can totally dig cheesy melodramatic stories as well, after all I may like my books realistic to a fault - but even I need some downtime. Riley is a good man who does good work for his father's billion dollar oil company. However, when his father decides to hand more shares over to Riley's older brother (Jeff) Riley goes mad. The father wants Riley married and settled before he hands him any more % in the company.
So...Riley marries a man to annoy his father. Not only that but the son of his father's former business partner (who he stole from). Riley and Jack are nice enough characters. The whole lot of secondary characters were just God awful. Eden, Lisa, Beth, Steve, Jim, the kids, the parents - just honestly. Plus the whole cheesy family difference i.e. Riley's demented family vs. Jack's wholesome goody-two-shoes family was borderline eye-rolling.
The thing is there were so many sob stories going on, that instead of actually making me feel sad I felt bored. I'm sorry but I found the sub-plot of the rape to be trivialised and just a dramatic plot premise. I despise when author's write it because it always comes off like a obstacle. Your book may be fiction but rape is not. Eden was just annoying. Lisa well out of all the bad female characters in this, she held at least some sort of character development. However, we only saw her in flicks here and there.
Overall, if you don't think too hard - then you'll pass through this book quickly. However, I just found the book really shallow and had too many boring secondary characters. Riley and Jack on their own were fine. Fun. They made me laugh a few times, but the cheesy plot got overbearing.(less)
I should like this book, but I found it really boring. Two characters meet each other and we're taken through how they develop as a couple. The couple...moreI should like this book, but I found it really boring. Two characters meet each other and we're taken through how they develop as a couple. The couple has some issues here and there, but most of the time we're spent reading them a) either eating and b) having sex. Things do happen but both are really understanding and loving and caring and so perfect, that situations just magically become better. It's a shame really because the idea was there; but it was a pretty lacklustre read.(less)
I'm not going to say much about this volume. The format really does diminish what could have been a great novel. This volume is starting to suffer fro...moreI'm not going to say much about this volume. The format really does diminish what could have been a great novel. This volume is starting to suffer from lack of character development and story development. I don't remember much what happened in this book and that says a lot.
Silvio who was interesting at first, is really pretty one-dimensional. I'm told he is a badass and that's really it. Franco could have been interesting but he came and went, and in the end there was nothing substantial about him. I don't understand why Stefano was attracted to Franco either. This is what these stories suffer from lack of development across the board. The writing is good, the prose is fluid and the whole thing is sharp. However, to me nothing has substance and this volume was pretty lacklustre compared to the other books. Book three took a cheap cop-out with the incest theme, but it was overall a good book. Volume four was pretty boring.
Stefano continues to be my favourite little man in all of fiction world. As a mafia/drug lord whatever he is I have to suspend my belief to the extent that the earth is flat. Him as a big bad boss man makes me laugh. He has a person makes me smile. I also like how he hates the fact he's cheating on his wife. He reads real and interesting. I also like the fact his wife isn't written as some evil bitch either. A good, strong and loving woman. I like to see more women written like this in M/M fiction please.
Overall, Stefano is the only thing keeping my interest in this series. First two books were immense. The third book was good, but cannot forgive the incest train-wreck. The fourth was woeful. I'm suprised I'm even rating it a three, but the writing is still good even if the storytelling is becoming non existent. (less)
This story is pretty charming and even more so since it is based in Britain (England) and done so well. I have read a few British authors and they ten...moreThis story is pretty charming and even more so since it is based in Britain (England) and done so well. I have read a few British authors and they tend to make their settings really generic. However, the author here has done no such thing -- and for that alone I love this book. The characters were great and the dialogue was fun.
I rated this book three stars because at the end of the day, the story is simple not very diverse in plot and didn't make me go wow. It did however make me smile, and made me appreciate how the author made me enjoy such a simple story. A young guy (Nathan) meets a slightly older man (Auryn) and they become closer due to their love of cheesy horror films.
The whole book is told through Nathan's POV who is a lovely voice. Auryn is a nice guy but we never get to know who he is. The secondary characters were a lot of fun and the serious bromance going on was epic.
It's a sweet funny little tale. I loved the authors voice and it seems like she has a unique style going for her. I'm looking forward for more stories in this world. Maybe more Nathan and Auryn or maybe some of those supposedly straight guys? Who knows. I know I had a lot of fun reading this book. Hopefully Ms. Tushmore has more books on offer this 2012.(less)
Ms. Hawthorne wrote such an exciting story in Equilibrium; but I didn't realise she was going to continue with the same theme. I also didn't know this...moreMs. Hawthorne wrote such an exciting story in Equilibrium; but I didn't realise she was going to continue with the same theme. I also didn't know this would become a series. Each book (I assume) won't be connected other than the fact the character(s) have a superpower.
Riot Boy was a bit darker than the first book. The sad thing is it didn't drag me in and make me smile like 'Equilibrium.' I enjoyed it enough, but I felt disconnected from the characters. I thought Brady's character was too complex; and needed more room to grow. I think the author chewed up too much with him. Etienne was sweet and loving; but came off a bit one-dimensional and too perfect for me.
The book is enjoyable I won't deny that at all. I just didn't connect with the characters. The writing I enjoyed though. (less)
Jealousy is one my favourite themes in books and most authors use them; but don't usually use it the way I hoped. I liked the was Ms. Hawthorne used t...moreJealousy is one my favourite themes in books and most authors use them; but don't usually use it the way I hoped. I liked the was Ms. Hawthorne used the theme here, not too invasive and demanding just enough to get the point across.
Sam is possessive of Hansen and doesn't it like it when a new guy starts flirting with his man. Hansen is oblivious but Sam is not and he does not like it at all. The thing I liked was Sam and his inner-musings he has a strong voice (and funny too); but I also LOVED Hansen's reaction to Sam when he figured out Sam was jealous. I think you need to read it to understand what I mean. That was why I rated this book so high, because it was priceless and so true. The characters are great as well and I enjoy reading about them.(less)
I may be British but I really enjoy cowboy stories. I don't enjoy them in the normal sense. I like the fact the guys are manly men. They do hard work;...moreI may be British but I really enjoy cowboy stories. I don't enjoy them in the normal sense. I like the fact the guys are manly men. They do hard work; and I find that very appealing in a character. The one thing I do hate is the whole cowboy set up. Whilst the ranch setting and the work is integral to building the world, I also find authors who write this trope fall into a box. They ALL read the same. They all become TOO bogged down in the work, the "hands", the little old lady/or man who looks after the main house, the accountant, the owner, the neighbours and you see where I am going with this. The one thing I liked about this story - that whilst the ranch was an issue in this story I didn't need to keep reading about horses and mucking stalls every five minutes. The backdrop was there; one of the issues in this story was about the ranch ownership - but it NEVER became a tedious "And today this is what the cowboy did."
Trace and Nash are pretty one-dimensional, I think there was room for development but it wasn't taken. The author didn't really delve into her characters psyches. Nash was the foreman, closeted and suddenly falls in lust with Trace. Trace never wanted to run a ranch, but comes back when his father falls ill. He sees the cowboy and goes mad for him and suddenly his whole life priorities change just because of Nash. The character development was poor and also same-ol-same many of us complain in the M/M genre. There was no real connection, it seemed like if you have two gays in the same room they'll eventually fuck. This is how it read to me. Lots of hard-ons and flushing faces here. However, it's not like the characters were bad - just carbon copies of another million stories out there.
This is a quick read, definitely not a bad story (and I have read bad). However, I am super picky even for a three-star and the fact I had to check the names of the characters again, shows how much this story will be remembered.
I appreciate how the cowboy/ranch trope was written; but unfortunately the story wasn't all that good and the characters just not up to par.(less)
I really had a hard time finishing this book. Awful characters and clunky prose made for a headache-inducing evening.
Mike was a push over, drab, borin...moreI really had a hard time finishing this book. Awful characters and clunky prose made for a headache-inducing evening.
Mike was a push over, drab, boring, pathetic young man. Jason was a user, stereotypically misunderstood teen. He used Mike for both sex and money. I couldn't get pass the awful characters nevermind the non-existent plot.
I don't look for White knights in my books. Nor do I look for characters who even redeem themselves. However if you want ME to believe in a love story between a man who pays for sex, and a man who uses and manipulates then you must be joking.
I think this author may have just scarred me from reading anymore of her stories. It's a shame since I enjoyed her book from Dreamspinner.(less)