Note to self: Please check if there is another book in the series. I kept thinking "What happened with the wolf man? What was up with that? Why is theNote to self: Please check if there is another book in the series. I kept thinking "What happened with the wolf man? What was up with that? Why is there no explanation?" Duh. You skipped book 1. Ooops.
Anyway, Demetrius and Cody have a company catching stray animals but things are not going well and they are on their last legs financially until they get asked to help figure out what is killing a local farmer's goats. I did not click m/m for this because Cody is straight and Demetrius is gay and while there is a fair bit of daydreaming on either part about the other, Demetrius has a boyfriend who is a journalist and Cody sleeps with many girls.
Anyway, they end up chasing the goat killer which leads to a bigger mystery. It's all done with light hand, it's not a realistic story, but it's a fun one with lots of character. Still, I didn't really connect. Maybe because it's not really m/m yet? I'm sure it will be eventually. I like this author so I may go back and read book 1. I don't think that really diminished much from the story, maybe I just wasn't in the mood. *shrug* ...more
In book two, Flax is a newer recruit elf who is crushing on Val. Despite himself, he starts to like Quinn but he still holds out hope. It seems that iIn book two, Flax is a newer recruit elf who is crushing on Val. Despite himself, he starts to like Quinn but he still holds out hope. It seems that in the elf world, someone who is dominant like Val would have 4 or 5 "mates" for lack of a better word. Sort of a loose polyamourous group and it's difficult for elves to be alone and they can pine away. However Flax is sent to "rescue" two elves who've fallen through the veil. He becomes friends with them and they start a relationship but he's so fixated on Val that he can't see what's right in front of his nose.
Hmmm. Is it bad I kind of wanted Val to form a group with the three elves and Quinn? Okay, pervy me. It didn't happen but there is more police work all of the different creatures again which I enjoyed. ...more
I really enjoyed this start to the series with Quinn, who knows he has magical abilities but doesn't want anyone to know so basically spends his timeI really enjoyed this start to the series with Quinn, who knows he has magical abilities but doesn't want anyone to know so basically spends his time scamming people for money. They live in a world where randomly folks seem to drop through the veil between the human world and the fantasy world. Val is an elf whose friends/lovers were left behind when he fell through and he's now a paranormal cop. When all things start going to hell and folks are dropping through more often, Quinn gets pulled into helping out solve the mysteries of what is happening and he and Val are soon connecting despite Quinn's determination to keep away from the authorities.
I liked all of the different characters, there are centaurs and griffons and all kinds of paranormal creatures beyond just the humanoid ones. Quinn's relationship with the ... troll? that lived in the lake in the park was cute and I liked the interaction between the two. Definitely worth a read if you like the fantasy magical worlds. ...more
This was an okay read if you are looking for some action. A bit of a fast falling in lust/love and I never really got all of the political backgroundThis was an okay read if you are looking for some action. A bit of a fast falling in lust/love and I never really got all of the political background about who is running/organizing who and why, but it kept me entertained and I liked the main characters well enough. ...more
I really enjoy this author's style and I was just saying not long ago I wish there were more Djinn books and voila. :-)
I thought Dale's acceptance ofI really enjoy this author's style and I was just saying not long ago I wish there were more Djinn books and voila. :-)
I thought Dale's acceptance of Djinns and the whole magical world was a little too easy. Just kind of "okay" and jumped right in. But still, it was a fun read and I look forward to reading more about Dale and Riadh and some of the magical items they deal with....more
Okay, I seem to be in the minority here and maybe I just didn't get this one. There was nothing wrong with the writing, I liked the characters well enOkay, I seem to be in the minority here and maybe I just didn't get this one. There was nothing wrong with the writing, I liked the characters well enough, but I was completely lost as to the whole freaking point. He wanted to win, but he didn't want to win and was getting a cat to choose you a good thing or a bad thing? I couldn't figure out why one minute he's wanting to keep the cat interested then he's saying he doesn't want to be the victor but it will help him escape his family. Sigh. I was totally confused and holy take a licking and keep on ticking. Broken wrists, nearly bleeds out, axe to the chest with broken rips and punctured lungs, holy shit. Anyway, for some reason I just couldn't understand the point to this one, but it's probably just me. ...more
This book is meant to be taken tongue in cheek and it was very well done. After all, every time IThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This book is meant to be taken tongue in cheek and it was very well done. After all, every time I read “minions” it makes me giggle a bit. William is super-grumpy this Christmas, and nothing annoys him more than being disturbed during his Sunday evening ritual of watching cooking show host Ricky Joe. The minions are tired of William being such a grump, not just about Christmas, but in general, so decide to get him a present. Uh huh.
Meanwhile, Ricky Joe is gritting his teeth trying to fend off his bosses advances, and is getting a bit burnt out, however he never suspected he’d be kidnapped in the parking lot. At first he’s freaked and William is furious with his minions, but it doesn’t take long until they are getting along and joking around, and sharing a passionate kiss. Maybe William will keep the minions around a little longer. When he finds out about Ricky Joe’s boss, he’s determined to stake his claim and warn the man off, only Ricky Joe may not be as ignorant about the paranormal as William presumed.
I love me a good surly character and William definitely fits the bill. He’s old-fashioned, he can’t remember what a computer is called, he makes and stakes minions as the mood takes him, but it’s all done with a light hand, that makes you roll your eyes a bit at William’s sulky behaviour. His surprise when Ricky Joe reveals what he knows was well done.
There’s not much to the relationship, they meet, decide to celebrate Christmas together and make the minions happy… maybe. :-) But I’ll leave that for you to find out. It was a lot of fun to read and each chapter is started with a little paragraph written as if it’s Ricky Joe’s script, talking about different Southern foods, from okra to fried chicken and 24black-eyed peas. It was a cute little addition, and I enjoyed reading each one to see what was on the menu for that chapter. Definitely worth a read if you like your Christmas stories a little more on the irreverent side....more
This is a very sweet story, which zombie could be a substitute for any feared/maligned minority.This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a very sweet story, which zombie could be a substitute for any feared/maligned minority. Peter’s ex left him when he became an Arisen two years ago. Luckily this happened well after the “zombie apocalypse” and there are now laws protecting the rights of the Arisen, however people still fear them. Peter’s trying an on-line dating site, but he has not revealed his true status, and the first two dates didn’t go well. While Shane is shocked at first, but Peter’s surprise he hangs around and after a couple of phone calls, Shane invites Peter to join him and his friends at a local club. Peter is excited and nervous. Being Arisen means that he moves more slowly than others, so a dance club is not idea, but he likes Shane.Things go well with most of Shane’s friends, however the one guy lets fly some really awful slurs and verbally attacks Shane for being with a “zombie”, but Shane sticks up for him, shocking Peter.
Both characters here are typical of those of the author. Nice guys, you like a great deal and want to find their HEA. Peter likes his job as a pharmacist and he’s making the best of his life as an Arisen. He has to eat a lot of protein to keep his body going, preferably raw protein (I found this a little off-putting) and candy and he’s trying to remain optimistic about finding someone who likes him for who he is and can look past his physical status. Shane was shocked and then curious, but willing to be open about Peter’s life.
You don’t find out nearly as much about Shane except that he went through a bad break-up because the story is told from Peter’s POV, but you get enough to know he’s a nice guy. So while there’s not a lot of conflict here, except for Peter’s internal fears that Shane will find him too repulsive, or Shane’s friend being a jerk, it’s a very sweet read with two nice guys finding each other. When you are in the mood for a feel-good read it’s a great choice....more
Not sure the fact that he was half wolf (wolf face and tail) really worked for me or not. Great match to the picture, and kind of sweet but it kind ofNot sure the fact that he was half wolf (wolf face and tail) really worked for me or not. Great match to the picture, and kind of sweet but it kind of distracted me. ...more
So the Gavenelians are back and decimating the good guys, when Captain Sasha, despite his orders, gathers up some space debris and convinces Blaise ofSo the Gavenelians are back and decimating the good guys, when Captain Sasha, despite his orders, gathers up some space debris and convinces Blaise of Hot Cargo to put him in touch with Harry, the only person who's been able to make any sense of the Gavenlian technology. So off he goes with his version of Mr. Scott and as he watches Harry tinker he becomes more attracted, although he knows he's only there to get the info, so what is the point.
Hmm. Perhaps I'm specieist? I had trouble getting into the romance here because Harry is really different. He's from a water planet, has tentacles rather than arms (but I wasn't sure if they were on the end of arms, but it seemed to be all down the side of his body, he doesn't have a human mouth and his genitals are tucked up in a sack. Yes, I asked the question about alien romances with aliens that don't look like Dr. Spock and I got one and I found it hard to visualize maybe. When I read I "see" it in my head, and I just couldn't visualize this in a way that I found appealing.
Still, for those who want to give a less-humanoid alien a try it's fine. I liked Harry and his kind of crotchety attitude and that there is more to him than just being reclusive, but I didn't love it as much as the winged guys. ...more
I had been curious about Juo and his people after reading Hot Cargo years ago, as the two guys ended up on the avian planet. This is the story of NelsI had been curious about Juo and his people after reading Hot Cargo years ago, as the two guys ended up on the avian planet. This is the story of Nelson (first name Ryan) who is first officer on an exploration ship. A plague has taken over their ship and people are dying when they come across a planet. They ask for help and it is offered, but Nelson goes down to the planet to supervise the process and act as liaison. He's forced to room with junior healer Juo and they begin a dance around their attraction, given than neither has seen another like them, Juo's planet being fairly insular. Nelson is also a bit off balance as Juo is the first man he's been attracted to since his lover died three years ago, however Nelson soon contracts the plague as well and it's up to Juo to help heal him.
I liked that the wings of the people are their healing mechanism and I confess, a guy with wings is kind of a weakness of mine.I thought their relationship moved slowly as they both figured out how it worked, did they have the same bodies, did they go about sex the same way, was gay/straight/gender even the same. It wasn't just fall into bed right away. The ending was a bit melodramatic maybe, but on the whole I found the whole winged people thing quite fascinating and the shyness on both parts as they figured things out was nice to see unfold. ...more
This is a bit of a different take on werewolves, these are the kind that only change on the full moon and aren’t truly wolves in the canine sense, butThis is a bit of a different take on werewolves, these are the kind that only change on the full moon and aren’t truly wolves in the canine sense, but these guys turn into big hairy alpha men (no tails or ears) who have two drives, to eat and have as much sex as possible. When Larry insists that Greg tell him why he can’t see him on certain days, Greg confesses his werewolfness. Of course Larry things he’s a bit crazy, but video evidence convinces him, however rather than stay away as he’s told, he can’t resist sneaking in to see if it really is true, only Greg’s alter-ego Deke manages to break free of the basement where Greg chains himself and it doesn’t take long until Larry is feeding him everything he can find in Greg’s fridge and having sex with him. He sort of rationalizes it that Deke IS Greg, so it’s okay and he sometimes wishes Greg were more alpha, so it’s a win all around.
However Deke is pissed that Greg kept him caged and also that they moved from California, as he wanted revenge on his maker for killing many of his friends in California as the guy is a bit crazy. When Greg finally explains the details and it looks like the bad guy is in their town killing people, it’s decided that Deke and Larry will team up to try to find the guy.
This is like one of those wacky movies on the science fiction channel that is completely over the top, with huge plot holes, but it’s just kind of fun to keep watching. When they go to the alpha club to find the bad guy, it turns into one huge orgy of alpha males with a few human slaves. Before long Larry finds himself servicing the leader of the club and when Deke is so caught up in the lust orgy, they all nearly die when the bad guy attempts to start another fire and captures Larry to top it off.
I did like how Deke turned from just pure animal rage, to actually caring about Larry, but then Deke was Greg, so if Gred loved Larry, and Deke was sort of Greg … Hmmm. Yeah, it’s a bit confusing. You don’t get to know much about Greg, except that he’s a really nice guy, and that Larry wishes he wasn’t quite so “nice” some of the times. Still despite the fact that the level of realism was nearly non-existent, it was fun and good for a bit of brain candy. However romance purists who enjoy their men to remain faithful may have issues, as both Deke (who is technically Greg) and Larry have sex with others during the full moon phase....more
I am quite prone to read books without reading the blurb as I’ve said before, but in this case I sThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
I am quite prone to read books without reading the blurb as I’ve said before, but in this case I suggest you definitely read the blurb first, because much of the backstory is located there. Including who, or what, the gwr are and who Dex is. And word of advice to publishers: Please, please, please indicate when a story is a follow-up to another, even if it’s in an anthology (Shifting Steam). Very annoying.
Set in the steampunk world, you are tossed right in with Dex trying to convince his lover to enter a silver cage before he turns to protect himself and others. However he waited too late and the tables are turned, with Dex in the cage and Seth trashing his lab where Dex has been trying to find a cure. Following an evening out, they are captured by what appear to be a band of other gwr. They threaten Dex and rip his mechanical eye out. (That’s why you should never have mechanical body implants – wince.)
Seth’s maker wants him back, in part for breeding, and they are angry with Dex for trying to “cure” Seth. A large alpha male battle ensues with Dex managing to help his lover win. I enjoyed some elements of the story, there’s a lot of steampunk gadgets and descriptions that fans of the genre will enjoy combined with that Victorian feel. The language is perhaps a bit flowerier then we are used to reading contemporaries, but I think it added quite nicely to the feel of the piece. However if reading this story as a stand-alone, you are going to have a lot of questions that are likely explained in the first story, as I did.
All my confusion concerning how Seth was turned, why his maker was so angry at Dex, and how Dex had come by his prosthetic eye and scars is more than likely in the first story. As a stand-alone, you are left to infer a few things and others are left dangling with little explanation.
So while I enjoyed the concept well enough, and the author included a lot of steampunk details, not having read the first story, I was unable to enjoy it as much as fans of the first story will. Fans of steampunk will enjoy the author’s style and descriptive prose, but again, please read the other one first, as this was difficult for me to rate, given that I was feeling a bit lost for portions of the story because it was not made clear it was a sequel and I have received the book on the assumption it was a stand-alone, which it clearly is not. ...more
For fans of this series who always wondered how Sylver and Hunter got together, this will be a fuThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
For fans of this series who always wondered how Sylver and Hunter got together, this will be a fun must-read, and it may pique the interest of others to follow-up with the story of the two.You find out more about Sylver and his people,wolf shifters. The story is told from Sylver’s point of view, so you don’t find out much about Hunter beyond what he tells you of his background, however for those who’ve read the other stories, you’ll know that the relationship between Sylver and Hunter is never an easy one.
It starts with a bang as Sylver is convinced Hunter is his life mate, however Hunter claims to be straight and only interested in Sylver for the skills he can bring to Hunter’s new secret organization the Earth Guardians. When Hunter is captured by what he presumes is aliens, Sylver manages to rescue him and convince Hunter he’s in the closet.
The key to these stories is the snarky banter between the two men. Much of it happens in Sylver’s head in this story when he meets Hunter, as Hunter can speak to him telepathically and read his thoughts. It’s amusing for a short story like this, but I think the constant being “on” comedically could start to get tiresome in a novel length story, however I found a few lines particularly amusing, such as when he first realizes his life-mate is a cat:
For a minute, I didn’t know whether to kiss him or chase him up a tree.
or when it’s his first time naked in bed with Hunter:
In fact, in wolf form, I was flexible enough to give myself a blow job of sorts. Ever wonder why your dog licks himself so much?
Because he can.
So for those looking for a light-hearted sci-fi story, that combines snarky banter with a lot of elements such as shifters, golems, drag queens and closeted billionaire philanthropists, you can’t go wrong. However being a prequel that simply introduces the couple, the mystery plot is rather thin, with the emphasis on the formation of the two men’s relationship...more
Absolutely super choose your own m/m story with great characters. (It's free, download it now!!!!) I particularly loved Desmumhnach Fítheal MuircheartAbsolutely super choose your own m/m story with great characters. (It's free, download it now!!!!) I particularly loved Desmumhnach Fítheal Muircheartach the Third, aka Guiness. I think he stole the show. :-) Megan did a great job with the promps she had to deal with and it's sweet and romantic and just a super feel-good story for St. Patrick's Day. Oh and I loved Declan's sales pitch during training, he's a natural. Would love to see how things work out for these two, so hopefully she will grace us with a follow-up someday.
Congrats on surviving the experience Megan. Chose your own m/m is not easy feat. ;-)...more
This is a follow-up to The Perfect Housemate which I read a long time ago. Trent is human and wasThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a follow-up to The Perfect Housemate which I read a long time ago. Trent is human and was shocked in that book to find his roommate, whom he’d been crushing on, in a compromising position with a giant (literally – okay half-giant) at a party. And Adrian is half-incubus. However he’s asked to join in and seems things have been going well for the three of them, but it’s very much a casual thing, other people are invited in, more of a friends with benefits set-up.
On his birthday, Adrian takes him to a club where he gives him a private strip show, although during the performance there is an odd ring-tone, the next thing Trent knows, he’s waking up at home with Carl, the giant, and Adrian left a note basically saying he’s left, it’s been nice. Trent refuses to just accept it and weasels the information out of Carl as to where Adrian is hiding and he goes to find him and get the answers.
I understood why Adrian is running, but after some more hot sex, sort of “good-bye sex” I suppose, something happens and it appears that Adrian is no longer being hunted? I was a bit confused by what happened, just that Adrian claims he no longer has his powers. Although they finally admit they love each other, but want to continue their relationships with other people.
Trent was written well, as a confused human who doesn’t know what’s really going on in the paranormal world, but I just felt a bit removed. It hopped around a bit and you just got bits and pieces of the relationship between Trent and Adrian and even Carl. I liked Adrian though with his powers and his passion for dance, but on the whole, unless you are following the series I think some readers might feel lost. The writing is fine, the “good-bye sex” super hot, but I wasn’t caught up in the story.
I’m also very confused by the order of the books. This short was published in the anthology as noted and is marked as #1 on Goodreads, and yet in #2 it was when they got together and in this one they are in together, so I’m not sure what is up with the order of the stories....more
This interesting fantasy short hit almost all the right buttons for me. I was sucked in immediateThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This interesting fantasy short hit almost all the right buttons for me. I was sucked in immediately to the world, the descriptions of the grimy “futuristic” city, built on crumbling ruins, with pollution and crime. Immediately our reluctant hero has to rescue a young fox child. He doesn’t want to get involved, he just wants to keep his head down, but … When you’re a nice guy at heart, what can you do? From there the chase is on, he’s rescued by the fox healer Liam, and taken to their ghetto to hide form the militia.
I absolutely love the humour in this story. I chuckled many times. Both Jake and Liam had a snarky sarcastic wit, but as the story is told from Jake’s point of view you get more of him. Mosley, the little rat person and self-appointed guide for Jake was equally funny. The banter was fun and friendly and had a decidedly 21st century feel to it, but it fit. When Liam suggest Jake try out his seeming out of control powers on him, his response is pure Jake:
Good God, the fox must have hit his head as a baby.
And when Mosley and Kye break him out of jail but Mosley is being vague about the plans:
“Mosley,” he said, as levelheadedly as he could muster. “I swear to God I’ll drown you in a toilet if you don’t cut to the bloody chase already.”
There are many lines I could quote, but it’s not all laugh-a-minute fun. The leader of the fox people has been taken hostage and there is dissention within the fox ranks of how to get him back. Liam has been appointed interim leader because of his special healing powers, but there’s a faction who wants to just leap without looking. And Jake is not quite what he seems either. So you get the lightness of the humor and life in the fox society, along with Kye, the cute little white mute fox that Jake saved, and the political intrigue of the militia vs the fox people.
To be honest the “romance” between Jake and Liam really does take a back seat. There is a simmering attraction, and once they do give into the passion, but that snarky friendship develops between them first as they share accommodation, and eventually leads them to more. But on the whole I was quite satisfied with that. I was so caught up in the world and everything that was going on, that I didn’t feel I was missing out on a grand romance.
I had one major issue though. This book was well on its way to being my first grade of A for the year and then … the end. What the …? If it had been a paper book I would have flipped it over hoping there was more on the other side. What happened next? Why was Jake coming back to the city after eight years away? Will the militia be after them now that the fox people attacked? Is Liam still the leader? You can’t leave me hanging that way! *shakes author* ETA: The author has said there is a novel coming which will tell me much more. Yay.
So I seriously hope the author has some kind of sequel for these folks in her back pocket because I would snap it up in a minute. I love that they aren’t fox shifters in the traditional sense, but in that Japanese anime sense, people with ears and tails and animal traits. Even with the sudden ending, I think this is still well worth reading for the world building and the characters who kept me captivated from the start....more
I did not review the first story in this series here at Brief Encounters Reviews, but I did readThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
I did not review the first story in this series here at Brief Encounters Reviews, but I did read it and enjoyed the humour. This story is pretty well explained in the blurb. Josh is still hanging out dealing with the riff-raff that come out of the hell portal, but this time there is a gigantic Yeti which insists on bringing him things, like dead animals and rotten logs. Yeti’s don’t speak or appear to understand English, however when Josh’s life is threatened by two thugs, the Yeti comes to his rescue.
This story, while making me chuckle, definitely reads like an episode in a TV series, or a chapter in a comic book. It comes across as rather a monster of the month club. It’s cute, Josh’s manner of coping with the unusual situation of having zombies and werewolves for customers is amusing, but I wasn’t sure what the point is, beyond just being cute and amusing. And maybe that is enough.
The romance between Josh and his vampire boyfriend definitely takes a backseat. Colin does show up a the end to explain a few things to Josh about the Yeti, and to distract him from his pain, if you know what I mean. But that’s it. I assume Josh and Colin have been dating, as at the end of the first book they shared their first kiss, and this time Colin’s got his hand down Josh’s pants. But there is no relationship development on the page, you assume it happened sometime between book #1 and this book. I never got the impress that Colin is the great love of Josh’s life, just a cool guy whom he finds fascinating.
There is nothing wrong with the story. As I said, I did find myself chuckling at a few lines, it’s written well and Josh’s slacker attitude comes across, but the series does seem to exist almost solely to reveal humourous monsters to us, and experiment with how we think they might behave in our world, if they weren’t trying to kill us. So if that kind of thing appeals, I can see readers quickly gobbling up new installments of this series, but if you are looking for a relationship driven series, I don’t think this will be it, unless the author changes tack further down the road. Very much a case of either you’ll love the series, or find it frustrating in such small chunks without much seeming overarching plot as of yet....more
This was recently reviewed over at Well Read, but I refrained from reading the review to keep myThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This was recently reviewed over at Well Read, but I refrained from reading the review to keep my perspective fresh. Although I typed “steampunk” in the genre, my first impressions were of a rather Victorian inn, with bandits on the road as the coaches with the rich roll by, and criminals hanging out in seedy bars. Which is more or less the case, but once our two protagonists meet, you then get a taste for the real world, which is definitely steampunk with a taste of fantasy thrown in. The genre is not overwhelming though, it’s enough for you to get a feel without feeling that every detail is spelled out for you.
I really enjoyed the first part where Eric’s ennui with life and stealing was so evident. He was bored, nothing was a challenge, and he just wanted to be left alone. However the stranger with an interesting proposal catches his attention. Even more so when the stranger loses a bet, resulting in a scorching hot kiss, and in order to avoid an even more annoying drunk trying to buy his services, Eric decides to take on the challenge. He ends up not only dismayed by the dump of a ship Jonathan owns, but terrified when he realizes exactly who he’s working for, the infamous sky pirate The Tea Demon. However, the challenge of the task at hand overrides his fear he’ll be chucked over the side should he displease the captain.
I enjoyed the touches of fantasy. It seems Jonathan really does have a bit of demon in him, and his loyal crew, a midget and a young girl, are quick to throw Eric to the wolf when Jonathan’s demon gets out of hand. It’s all done with a rather light humorous touch which I found enjoyable to read. Eric is a very likable man, even if he is a master thief, and Jonathan as well, for being the dread pirate The Tea Demon. The descriptions of the Turtle Merchants on their giant sky turtle and ducks added a bit of whimsy. I have to say, it’s a personal preference, but I get a tad eye-rolley when genres seem to take themselves too seriously, but that never happens here. It’s not slap-stick funny, but there is just enough dry sly humour to lighten the mood and give it that sense of an adventure movie in action, especially when I discovered what the missing item Eric had been hired to steal was. But I shan’t reveal the secret. :-)
So I quite enjoyed this little steampunk adventure handled with a deft hand, with some nice banter between characters. I could see it becoming a bit of an adventure series should the author be interested, as The Tea Demon and Eric sail around with their motley crew, doing what sky pirates are wont to do. ...more
I'm not usually a big fan of sci-fi but I did enjoy this one, perhaps in large part due to the easy-going nature of Melech. Yes, he's tricked and robbI'm not usually a big fan of sci-fi but I did enjoy this one, perhaps in large part due to the easy-going nature of Melech. Yes, he's tricked and robbed, but hey, that's the kind of people he associates with so he's really not too shocked, rather disappointed he didn't get any sex out of the deal. That kind of go-with-the-flow character who still has a touch of morals left despite his criminal life appeals to me. ...more
This futuristic sci-fi story is set in a not too distant time, where the oceans have been poisonedThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
This futuristic sci-fi story is set in a not too distant time, where the oceans have been poisoned during a world war and chemical’s put in the water leading to “meth children” who have paranormal powers. Nakhoda is on the run, facing probably certain death in custody, however a dirty cop hooks him up with the pirate Harlon. Harlon smuggles goods and runs a pleasure ship, a sky ship. He agrees to buy Nakhoda warrant, and after five years time, Nakoda will be a free man, if he can handle being the personal play thing of the captain for that time. Nakhota figures something’s up as the deal seems too good to be true, but his only other choice is prison, which means certain death.
Harlon is not quite what Nakhoda expects. He’s one of the most feared pirates on earth and yet he’s kind to Nakhoda, not allowing the cop to threaten him and basically giving him a pretty cushy life if he follows some simple rules. The setting is futuristic enough to get the point, without huge info dumps although there is some background to explain the poisoned oceans and Nakhoda’s ”talent” which he really can’t control and which got him in trouble in the first place. When they leave during a rain storm, the action is tense due to the weather and Nakoda’s fear of being out in the rain in a taxi and then a helicopter, then his uncertainty on the ship in a new environment on top of the storm. It was really well done and I appreciated that the people on the ship were willing to share information with him to make his life easier. The attraction the two men feel for each other is also evident. Nakoda is a bit confused, he’s never felt so strongly about a man before, and Harlon comes across as totally smitten.
Which is where my issues with this story lay. The men were together less than 24 hours, when Harlon asks him to stay forever and Nakohta has the most perfect life ever, the end. I would really have appreciated a much more happy for now ending rather than what felt like a forced happy ever after which just didn’t seem believable. I know it’s a short story, but I would much rather have seen a bit of Nakohta getting himself in a bit of trouble and the two men learning to live together rather than insta-love in order to fit a happy Christmas theme. I was also a bit confused at the end with the whole issue of why Harlon paid what he did and it seems he intended to sell Nakohta, then decided to keep him, or maybe he always meant to keep him. It was a bit of a roundabout conversation that left me feeling a bit lost.
So I was really caught up in the world and enjoying the story until nearer the end when it raced too quickly to a perfect end for me. I think because of the interesting world building with pirates, and a hinted underground railroad type system for Meth people, I would have loved to see all that explored in a longer format, along with a slower build to the love of Harlon and Nakhoda. However I thought the writing was strong, I liked both men although you only get Nakhoda’s point of view. For fans who like a little sci-fi in their reading I think it’s a very good choice, if you don’t let the rushed HEA ending bother you. I still recommend it....more
I think this may be book 2 in the series, but it's the only m/m one. Hayashi belongs to an elite military group called circs who were experim3.5 Stars
I think this may be book 2 in the series, but it's the only m/m one. Hayashi belongs to an elite military group called circs who were experimented on and can change into half animal creatures. They are used for special missions and are now searching for their ex-captain who did the experiments. One of Hyashi's special gifts is he can see the future. He keeps seeing a green-eyed man and it leads to his leader's death and his shunning by his team, his only family for being gay. While the change means they go through mating urges where they have gay sex, the other men are not gay and he fears being revealed, although Morgan shows up as an ex-mercenary brought in to help them. Little does Hayashi realize Morgan has an ulterior motive and has been searching for Hayashi, his destined mate and Morgan has his own powers that are natural. The usual happens, Hayashi fears coming out, but everyone is ticked at him for shunning Morgan not for being gay. I was interested in the political intrigue storyline. Someone is behind the bad guys and now they want the leader because of his special skills, but all of the other stories are going to be m/f so I'll pass although I'd like to know how it all ends some day. This has several scenes of m/m/m including one with Hayashi/Morgan/Julian who has to make an alpha play after Hayashi and Morgan are together, so that may not be for everyone.
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with theThe author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with the pack told that he must have latent were genes and now he's been changed, like it or not. While figuring this out, in walks twin fae Vielle and Vien. Gabe instantly attacks one deciding he's his mate, however before long he's figured they are both his mates, however the guys are clear, no touchy between the twins. They'll be naked in bed together but don't have sex together (pity that) but Gabe prefers that anyway. On the mutant werewolf side, Gabe is sent with the twins to see the fae king to ask for help, it seems there is much corruption in the fae kingdom and after returning Gabe is attacked by his best girlfriend who wants to make him mutant. I didn't quite get her role, but there was more learned about the mutants and which fae may be aiding the mad scientist in his pursuit to wipe out the regular shifters. I'd say this is an improvement on the previous books which were published under a different publisher, fewer errors and are a bit like candy, a quick read that leaves you looking forward to the next, especially now I'm kind of invested in figuring out the mutant werewolf thing. Hopefully it won't take quite so long for H as it did for G. ...more
Holy smokin'. Its a GFY although at first it appears two straight boys who are best friends and room mates for 4 years of college are getting ready toHoly smokin'. Its a GFY although at first it appears two straight boys who are best friends and room mates for 4 years of college are getting ready to end their time together. Could they be any more butch, Duke and Maverick? They are on the soccer team, drink, whore it up, the works. But Duke has always been touchy feely and lately he's been into gay chicken. Mav strangely finds himself into it and before you know it they are daring each other into blow jobs and more. Seems that Duke was't so straight and has loved Mav all along. After Mav denies their relationship to the phobe on the team Duke moves out figuring there is no way they can be together. That's when Mav figures out he's in love and tries to get him back. The "str8te boys" is a semi-gay website that they do some pics for to raise rent money which is how the guy on the team figures out they are together. Very steamy and totally GFY, but I can see rereading this one a few times....more
This is a continuation of the story found in Another Fine Mess which I read way back in Sept. The story about dog walker Endicott who discovers all oThis is a continuation of the story found in Another Fine Mess which I read way back in Sept. The story about dog walker Endicott who discovers all o the town's dogs are dragons and he's some kind of wrangler continues here. Endi and Chief are getting to know each other when a reporter comes to town and stirs up trouble at the same time the dogs start disappearing. Seems the dogs were part of a secret experiment who they want to turn into weapons and David, Endi's "friend" is part of it and that causes stress with his relationship with Chief. In the end, Endi goes off more or less on his own to rescue the dogs. Okay, I seem to have forgotten that Endi's IQ is about 20 points below normal. They called him naive and innocent, I called him stupid. He was so slow to grasp what was going on, although I give him props for doing something about it when he did. I also found his relationship with his Dad's friend Chief who is 25 years older kind of odd. All of a sudden there was this whole D/s thing going on which I thought really added nothing much to the story since Endi was all on board with the plan. Eh. I cared more about the dogs and what was up with them than the two main characters. Not a good sign perhaps but I bought it because I liked the premise of the first one....more
Quinn and Hunter are psychic mediums. Quinn is in love with Hunter but beyond one little incident in a car, Hunter appears to be straight and was evenQuinn and Hunter are psychic mediums. Quinn is in love with Hunter but beyond one little incident in a car, Hunter appears to be straight and was even engaged to a woman for awhile. They are approached by odd, but well dressed Dustin, who asks to work with them, in return for a favour. Okay, Dustin is a zombie and he can't seem to find his ex who turned him and needs the guys help. And maybe he can help them along the way. This is a very cute story with some creepy paranormal stuff. I liked the descriptions of their paranormal work and how it affected them emotionally to be connected to someone who was murdered or dead. Their ghost hunting in the old asylum was suitably creepy and yet had an edge of humour to it. I really felt for Quinn. He was going to have to decide if he could continue to work with his best friend, considering he was in love with him and it was just getting worse. You only get Quinn's perspective, so you don't really know what Hunter is thinking or even Dustin much, but I liked Quinn so much I was okay with that. It was neat to get a quick glance at Jackson Spey. A lighter look at zombies, no brain munching involved. I really enjoyed this.
Well, this is quite different and had me racing to the end and probably a look of horror on my face at time. I fear for KZ's mind at times. She comesWell, this is quite different and had me racing to the end and probably a look of horror on my face at time. I fear for KZ's mind at times. She comes up with some creepy weird stuff. 'Tis good. :-) Fanule, Fan, is a mongrel, which is part human part something, and they live in the equivalent of a ghetto. He has been elected their de facto leader and he knows something hinky is going on. Mongrels are disappearing and he feels it's got something to do with the mechanical circus. He goes there and engages Will, who sells patent medicine, to try and find information. He doesn't get much, however later in a bar he runs into Will and they spend the night together. Will is smitten (they both are) and eventually along with Will's ex-lover, a bounty hunter, and Fan's ex, a vampire, they work to find out what's going on. There is so much here it's hard to describe, but it was never too much. This is steam punk and I'm pretty illiterate in the steam punk world, but there was enough to give me an understanding without overwhelming me with details about how every little machine worked. I appreciated that. And wow, the bad guys were freaking creepy and it was rather disturbing what they were doing and planning to do and I was on the edge of my seat for the big show-down. I loved Will and Fan and how they were both sort of stunned by finding someone to love. It was also nice not to see a "perfect" hero as Fan suffers from bi-polar disorder. I'd love to tell all about the supporting characters and how some parts made my heart break a little, and it seems like "All that in 200 pages? Too much no?" But it wasn't. It all fit perfectly. Can't believe took me so long to read it.
This little short essentially comes down to an opposites attract story, but opposites in an extreme way. Tanner is a fire-starter who works “helping”This little short essentially comes down to an opposites attract story, but opposites in an extreme way. Tanner is a fire-starter who works “helping” people who want to claim insurance, however he’s getting a bit messy, and his handler insists he take a vacation. That same night he meets Win in the bar. Tanner is a bit socially backwards. He always has to be careful because of his heat, however Win seems to be okay with it, in fact Win feels cool and conversely, Win who works in an ice-packing plant, is always cold and Tanner is the first guy to let him feel warm.
Tanner doesn’t reveal his secret yet, and they get to know each other. However, when they are attacked by thugs, Tanner takes care of them *poof, crispy thugs*. Win is a bit freaked, but he likes Tanner and his heat. When Tanner’s boss shows up, and wants him to do a job which could harm people, Tanner tries to refuse and the two decide to go on the run before the bad guy can make good on the threat to hurt Win. However Win has some abilities even he is unaware of.
I loved Tanner. He’s awkward and doesn’t think he’s attractive or good enough for a boyfriend, but he’s also desperate for love and affection, and he eventually learns to believe that Win likes him. Also because of the fire, Tanner eats about 10,000 calories a day (jealous) and is still rail thin. Win takes it all in stride, he’s an easy-going guy, he likes Tanner, so even when he knows he can burn people up, he doesn’t run and he doesn’t let Tanner run either when trouble crops up. Of course as opposites they complement each other, but you knew they were just so happy to have found someone who fit them perfectly you wanted them to be happy.
There were no great twists, you knew the crisis with Tanner’s boss was coming and the typical threats, along with hints of Win’s abilities, but they were both just such likable guys I was okay with that. I would have liked to know more about Tanner’s background. Was he always like that? What about his family? Are there many fire starters or is he unique. How did his handler find him, or vice-versa. So a few questions I would have liked to see the answers too, but the relationship between the two men was sweet and sexy, so definitely a worthwhile read....more
When you need something to lighten your day and your mood, this delightful gem in a perfect choice. It is over the top, it plays on some stereotypes lWhen you need something to lighten your day and your mood, this delightful gem in a perfect choice. It is over the top, it plays on some stereotypes like the big bad American gun lover and made me laugh out loud in my office at lunch time.
Logan was one of those American archetypes that makes you crazy. Big, brash, sure he’s always right, and that the US of A knows how to do it right, and everyone else is just beneath him. I know it’s a stereotype and certainly not true, but the character just made you snort out lout, and poor Ethan’s response was just hilarious. The whole concept of jackalopes and why they are on the Isle of Wight was hilarious. Okay, the whole book amused me to no end.
If you are the type of reader who needs a good dose of reality in your books this may not be for you. Would they really have sex in the woods given the circumstances? Would the police behave that way? Not bloody likely, but it’s so amusing it’s not meant to be taken seriously, so as long as you can just jump on the train and go along for the ride, I recommend a great trip. I have to say, this author can always make me chuckle when she puts her mind to it. ...more