Angelo is soul bound to his Broodmaster Ardoin Baptiste, which means that whatever Ardoin wants Angel...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Angelo is soul bound to his Broodmaster Ardoin Baptiste, which means that whatever Ardoin wants Angelo to do, Angelo must do it whether he wants to or not. Now Ardoin wants Angelo to take out Tallen, someone who’s poaching from Ardoin’s territory. What Angelo thought would be a simple job turns into much more when he learns about Dulce, Tallen’s pet, who’s much more than he seems to be. As the night unravels, Angelo learns the truth of why Ardoin sent Angelo on that mission.
When I read the blurb for this story, I was intrigued. I thought it would be something suspenseful, maybe with a little violence, but ultimately with a romantic subplot. Unfortunately, this was the kind of story that was nothing like that. I’m not going to lie, this was a struggle for me to get through. It had a lot of factors that I don’t generally read because I don’t like them and had I known even some of these from the blurb, I probably wouldn’t have picked this story. Also, I find it semi ironic that the title of the LT3 collection is “Proud to be a Vampire” since Angelo didn’t seem like he was proud of being a half-breed at all.
I won’t go into a lot of details about it because I think one’s feelings towards this story will be based on their owns tastes. I will say that this book doesn’t have any romance, not even as a subplot (although some might disagree with my opinion of that). To make it worse, I didn’t quite understand the book at all. I couldn’t get a read on Angelo, who he was, his true feelings, what he is because he would say one thing and then his actions would totally contradict what he’d say, such as his ‘hatred’ for Ardoin and his claims that Ardoin ‘rapes’ him yet when he was with Ardoin, he was like a cat in heat. Actually, when Angelo was with anyone he was like a cat in heat, which I think that makes him half incubus? I’m not quite sure, to be honest. There was no one around off limits to Angelo sexually and I think that was one of the reasons I couldn’t connect with him because he was such a slut and because there was just too much sex for me.
This one had a lot of potential. The world was intriguing but I think there was too much time spent on who Angelo was fucking and not enough time spent on developing the characters and the world. There’s also the fact that this story doesn’t really go anywhere. I had at least expected something to change by the end but where Angelo and Ardoin are in the beginning (with Angelo hating Ardoin with a passion) is exactly where they are in the end. So, Angelo goes through all these situations, having to hunt, kill and fuck people but yet, by the end, nothing changes. This just wasn’t my type of story. I wanted to enjoy it but it had too many elements that I don’t like reading about and a world that wasn’t explained enough to hold my attention. With that said, I think readers should consider reading it anyway. My tastes may be different from others and I don’t want a reader to miss out on a book that they could potentially love even if I did not like it.(less)
Eight years ago, Liam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thrust into a world that’s c...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Eight years ago, Liam was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thrust into a world that’s considered ‘Topside’, life as he knew it was just about over. His only saving grace is Riley, the man who was sucked into the mysterious place with him. Unfortunately for them, they had to endure one hellish situation after another to survive. Now Liam’s been in the ‘Colony’, a more civilized place than Topside, for five years but Riley’s been in a coma for just as long. Liam’s world is slowly falling apart but what will happen when Riley finally wakes up? Will Liam’s natural affinity to causing problems put them in more trouble then the two can handle?
I just want to say for the record that this book is really crazy! There are so many layers to not only the world and the characters but everything that Liam and Riley have to endure. They each had their own problems and now have the emotional and physical scars to prove it but this book is one that is constantly moving forward. When something happens, it doesn’t just resolve itself in a matter of moments but propels the story into another situation and another to the point that they’re all interwoven and almost all can be resolved in a specifc way… by Liam registering with the Eletes.
To be honest, I don’t feel comfortable trying to explain this story because it would be hard to recreate all that in so many words. What I will say is that this book definitely took me for a ride. Whenever I thought something was going good, Liam would inadvertently cause another problem or part of Riley’s mysteriousness would start to unravel and we’d learn something new about the characters and how much more complicated things could get.
About the characters, I absolutely adored them. Liam is so broken, complicated and almost naive. He’s… well, he’s a hot mess. He just wants to break Riley and him free of the Colony and go back to New York but he can’t do that and each time he’s denied his way of going home, he starts to unravel more and more, losing his mind, becoming anxious and panicky. He has these built in receptors that are extremely dangerous and could kill him if he gets too worked up, which he gets close to doing multiple times. He always thinks he’s found a way to get out of the ‘prison’ he’s in but each time it falls through and he slowly loses hope to the point that he becomes suicidal in his mission to get them back to New York.
Riley is like Liam’s rock but, at the same time, their situation is unique. Riley is even more complicated than Liam because, as the story progresses, you learn over and over how Riley is different from anyone else alive but not exactly how he got that way. It’s amazing and intriguing to see it all play out. Even more so because of the connection between Liam and Riley. Which, while I wouldn’t exactly consider it a sexual one at first, it is definitely an emotional one. They’re linked together through their shared experiences and have created a bond that is hard to break completely.
I had a few issues with the story, though. My main one is that I was confused a lot. The transitions between one problem and the next weren’t very smooth so I was always left scratching my head wondering how Liam or Riley ended up where they did, almost like there were scenes missing between one chapter break and the start of another. It was hard to follow when mixed with Riley’s disadvantage of losing his memories or with Liam’s panic attacks that cause them to black out.
Another thing I had trouble with was understanding Liam and Riley’s relationship because sometimes they would be in love and other times it was almost like they hated each other or were disgusted with one another. I’m not sure if it was meant towards one another or at something else that was keeping them apart but it made me semi uncomfortable… but then they’d confess their love and their emotional connection would be so prominent that I was able to overlook it sometimes. Beyond that, I must admit that I still have a ton of questions about the world and Riley and Liam’s relationship. What is going to happen to Riley? What exactly is Riley? How did he get that way? What is his place in the Colony? Why is Riley still so apprehensive about being touched during intimacy? There’s just so many questions revolving around Riley that I’m burning to know the answers of… but then I also want to know more about Liam and these mysterious people still trying to kill him. Or how the Elete will change him? What will the Elete do to him now? What about Norman? Or Vlad? Omg, there’s just so many questions that I want to know NOW!
Phew! In the end, this was an amazing story. It’s been a while since I’ve been so intrigued with a book that, even though it was a crazy story, I just couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in this one and how Liam and Riley would make things work or how Liam would get out of his next fuck up that I didn’t even notice I was gobbling up huge chunks of the story at a time. I didn’t expect that this would become such a complex book but I’m so glad I read it. I can’t wait to read more in this series and in this world. It’s such a fascinating world with emotionally damaged and fragile characters. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different that’ll grab you by the balls and not let go… so to speak. LOL. I loved the book so much I even bought the paperback! :D (less)
Jake Alric is a natural born sub who’s scarred by the memory of how a dom can abuse the sub...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Jake Alric is a natural born sub who’s scarred by the memory of how a dom can abuse the sub they mate with. He lives his life with his head down and just wants to be left alone. He doesn’t want to mate with a dom because if he does, the ranch and his mind and body becomes his dom’s property but now Jake’s peaceful existence is threatened by an oil company trying to buy his land or take it by force. When Jake helps a drunk Henry Waterstone, he learns that the man is not only his mate but one of the executives of the oil company. Both their lives have just gotten more complicated beyond neither of them wanting to mate. Someone’s greed is screwing the ranchers’ over and it doesn’t take long before Henry and Jake to get sucked into the middle of it but when this happen, will their fledgeling, but incomplete, bond make things better… or worse?
I’m a big lover of fantasy and AU settings so reading this story was a real treat. The whole concept set around a world filled with subs and doms was just fascinating. Mixed with the abilities, mates and how it all comes together made this a really great premise. I loved the fact that, for a person to find their mate, they’d have to touch. The whole story centralizes on the concept of how a dom is supposed to protect their sub and a sub has the ability to strengthen and heal their dom (and sometimes others) but how some doms abuse the gift they’ve been given. It’s a very, very interesting concept and definitely unique. I both applaud and praise the author for creating such a world.
The characters were a great addition to the story as well. Jake is a strong sub but he’s stubborn. He’s set in his ways and refuses to mate because he’s seen the more evil side of how a dom treats a sub and he won’t live like that. Jake’s will is very strong, though, and Henry definitely has his work cut out for him when trying to prove to Jake he’s not like those other doms. Henry is the very definition of a dominant – strong, confident, almost arrogant. It was amusing but sweet to see him try to win Jake over and I absolutely adored his ways of breaking Jake’s notions of what a dom should and should not do.
While this story holds a unique premise, I found that it ended with a lot of open-ended questions. The conflict was a little predictable but when all is said and done, I’m still left with questions related to the side characters. What will happen to Ezra now? What about the other ranchers’ properties? I enjoyed the story and the characters but I just felt like it ended before the whole story could be settled even though most of the issues with the main characters are addressed. Beyond that, I wished we could have gotten to know both Henry and Jake a little better before they professed their love because I didn’t exactly feel it.
With that said, this was definitely a good story. Very different than I’ve read before as the author took the general role of BDSM – doms and subs – and made a whole world out of it, each with their own abilities. But most of all, I liked the issues both characters brought to the table. There’s a sequel in the works and I’m really looking forward to it (and secretly hoping it’ll be about Grant and Ezra!).(less)
This is a difficult book for me to review. There are some things I adored about the story and some things I struggled with.
As it is, I loved the first half of the book simply because I found the secret inner strength Jonathan had admiring and entertaining. He's had a terrible life filled with nothing but cruelty and being unwanted yet he adapted to situations very well. Granted, he had a rocky start with Adrian, he still made the best of it and then showed everyone the true 'Jonathan'. The one that can take down a whole army with only one arm. It was amazing to see and I really loved that Jonathan was an underdog that shocked everyone when he blossomed into a great character. I'm not quite sure if I like Adrian or not. With him (and Jonathan if I'm to be honest) there were moments when I wanted to smack him silly to pull his head out of his ass then there were moments when I absolutely adored him. Adrian did grow from a spoiled prince to an honorable king by the end of the story and I did appreciate the fact that he fell so hopelessly in love with Jonathan that he'd do anything for his consort.
The story revolves partially around getting Jonathan out of the horrible scenarios his father has pushed him into but then veers into Jonathan and Adrian coming to terms with ruling as a couple, learning each other, trying to trust each other and settling the issues Jonathan still has with his horrible father and then turns to something horrible that Adrian has to go through. I liked that we got to see the different transitions between each conflict because it allowed the reader to not just see Adrian and Jonathan settling into their new relationship but showed them as an existing couple that experiences some of the same problems ordinary couples face.
I liked that there were essentially three parts to this story but at the same time, I feel like that hurt the book, IMO, because I ended up struggling between the end of one conflict and the start of another. At times, I wish it had been separated into three short stories because there was always a sense of finality to the end of a conflict, only to learn there's still more to come. By the end of the book, I was actually a tad depressed by the final problem, which didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. On top of that, this book needed way more editing and had too much sex for my liking. It contains some elements that are cliched that causes a lot of tension but ultimately kind of made me want to shake some sense into these usually level-headed characters.
All in all, I liked the story. It's not perfect but it pushed all the right buttons for me. I might not have liked some parts of it but I adored the arranged marriage between Jonathan and Adrian and enjoyed the journey they ultimately traveled from complete strangers to a great union.(less)
Aidan Flemming is an out and proud, quirky college student. He hasn’t had the easiest life but he’s a...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Aidan Flemming is an out and proud, quirky college student. He hasn’t had the easiest life but he’s at least content with where he is now. The only problem is, the one person who would make his life perfect and happy is his roommate, Sammy, who’s straight. Aidan can’t help yearning for Sammy, though, even when he knows there’s no chance there. When Sammy’s friend, Steven, makes increasingly more demanding moves on him, Aidan finally gives Steven a chance. Things are great until Steven makes their courtship public causing a lot of anger and hatred towards gay students to the point of violence. Steven’s fallen for Aidan and Aidan is quickly falling for Steven but when Sammy’s jealousy gets in the way, Aidan won’t put up with it especially since Sammy’s not gay. But when Aidan tells Sammy to prove he’s a better match than Steven, will Sammy be able to accept all it means to be Aidan’s lover? Or will he be too scared to actually own up to his feelings?
I gotta say, this was quite a ride. I started it late in the afternoon one day and then just could not put it down, reading until three or four in the morning. It’s a very entertaining, sweet and enjoyable read. It explores a lot of what Aidan goes through on a daily basis. The stares, snickers, leers that he has to put up with for being who he is. A lot of it is based around Aidan’s love life. Steven’s courtship of him and then Sammy’s demanding and possessive attitude toward him. Two alpha males fighting over one lonely, sweet but confident man. At times, it doesn’t feel very realistic. After all, two jocks (one who’s straight and one who’s closeted) fighting over a literature geek after all this time BUT then again, it didn’t really matter to me. I like this author’s writing and she spun a tale that really grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go.
As I said, Aidan is a very quirky guy. He wears a very sophisticated style of clothing so around college kids, he really stands out. He doesn’t really fit in to any crowd or clique but he’s managed to become friends with very different people to the point that they’re loyal to him and care about him. His inner voice is slightly whiny but also very entertaining. It was sad the way he’d pine over Sammy even when Steven in all his glory was willing to give him everything. Steven is… well.. perfect. I loved him. I was sad for him. He falls hard and he loves hard but he’s such a romantic I just wanted to steal him for myself. Sammy is the opposite of Steven. Where Steven is sweet, gentle and loving, Sammy is more demanding, possessive and rough. It was quite a contrast but, then again, the differences made it worth Aidan’s struggle with his feelings for the two.
I won’t lie and say this book doesn’t have it’s faults. My main issue was that there was too much sex for my tastes. More than that, I felt the emotional and physical connection between Aidan and Steven was more intense than the connection between Aidan and Sammy. Up until the last chapter, Sammy and Aidan’s relationship felt purely physical. There’s a lot of lust but I didn’t FEEL the emotional bond between them that they seemed to have. Not the way I could feel it between Aidan and Steven, at least. Beyond that, there are moments within this book that felt like cheating (although I know most people won’t think of it as such) that I wasn’t comfortable with.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I normally don’t like love triangles but this one intrigued me and I’m glad I read it. It’s been a while since I’ve been kept up reading a book and while this book isn’t perfect, it was still something I really liked. The characters have enough depth that I could understand their feelings and this story covers a lot of school issues such as bullying, gay bashing and a school’s inability to take corrective action. For those looking for something long but engaging, try this one out because you just might like it ;) (less)
Having just finished this, I must say that I'm sort of speechless. I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. However, it's been a lon...more4.5 stars
Having just finished this, I must say that I'm sort of speechless. I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. However, it's been a long time since I've felt the desire to stick with a story in one go and even longer since I've finished a book this long (82k+) in only a day.
With that said, there are a lot of warnings that should come with this book. For one, there is no romance in this one. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to even call it a gay novel because the main character is more asexual than anything. There are 'suggestions' and 'impressions' that this could turn into a gay romance but that could also be taken as the MCs just getting violent. But to those readers thinking they're picking up a young adult, new adult, whatever you want to call it, romance, you'll be sadly disappointed.
That out of the way, I'm extremely glad I read this. It might not be romance or m/m but I adored the characters and the journey I took with them. They're intense to say the least, psychotic and likely to fly off the handle bars but there was something about them that made me want to continue reading and find out where things were going. While I wouldn't say there's a huge cast of characters, there are more than the typical couple and a few side characters. The main contenders here are three guys: Neil, Andrew and Kevin. Neil is an asexual (kinda) who just wants to play Exy (which is like a sport that mixes lacrosse and ice hockey). He's a frightened kid but knows how crucial it is to lie low for fear of his father discovering where he is. Kevin is difficult to explain. He's mean and criticizes everything about Neil but at the same time, he's this lost soul who's been dealt just as crappy a hand as Neil has. Andrew is... psychotic. It's the only way to describe him. I don't understand how he became this way but he's got nothing to lose and he acts on that. He's five foot nothing but he's not afraid of staring down giants. He's amazing but scary and willing to keep everyone who he deems 'family' safe and right now that is Kevin.
The story follows Neil along as he gets accustomed to living in such an open place and playing the sport he loves. Immediately he has issues with Andrew and his gang (who are Neil's teammates) that makes his life difficult but he loves Exy enough to put up with the hostility from everyone. It's about the trials that Neil has to go through, the panic and fear he always has about being found out and being hunted again and the consequences he has to deal with when he makes his decisions regarding whether to stay or to run.
The only thing I didn't like about this book (aside from the lack of m/m romance, of course!) was how confused I was at times. The beginning will be hard to get through for some people because you're left wondering what is going on. You don't get the full back story for Neil or Kevin or even Andrew that really makes sense until well into the book so you're left wondering and probably saying WTF multiple times.
I feel that I should warn readers that this isn't exactly about the mafia either. While there's an undertone of it and even the threat of a yakuza pride descending on Neil and Kevin, it's not actually shown or very prominent in the story. Given that, I didn't much mind this because I felt like the whole book was focusing on second chances and Neil finally living a life, finding a home and standing up to his past. To do that, he needs Andrew and Andrew is willing to help him because of Kevin. It sort of seems like a love triangle but, like I said, this isn't romance. It is more of a bonding between these characters over a common issue.
To be honest, it's hard to explain this whole book because so much happens and is revealed that would spoiler the whole story if told. So, I'm going to leave it here. I enjoyed the novel. It has its issues but I found the whole thing fascinating and couldn't put the book down once I started. I liked that it wasn't saturated in sex but focused on such broken, and in Andrew's case, frightening characters. These characters are misfits, pure and simple and their attitudes and aggressions show that. It's a book of deceit, loyalty, dangerous situations and trust. It's not your traditional story but a gripping tale nonetheless and I'm really looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here and seriously how there's some m/m romance in the near future for Neil and Andrew!!(less)
This is the story about James who lives with EDS and is permanently disabled by an ex-lover....moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
This is the story about James who lives with EDS and is permanently disabled by an ex-lover. Mentally and physically damaged, James has no self-confidence and doesn’t believe someone such as Seth, a CEO of his own company, would want someone like him. When Seth pursues him, he can’t help but think Seth will eventually become violent or dump him soon after their relationship starts. However, Seth is serious about James and adores him for his talent, his beauty and his personality. When things start to work out between them, multiple situations occur that threaten their happy life including becoming a full time parent, dealing with a violent stalker and breaking down the walls James still has built up. When everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, will James and Seth still make it as a couple or will James’ fears come true and Seth will leave him for good?
This is a difficult story for me to rate and review. On one hand, I enjoyed it to some extent; it was one of those books that I didn’t want to stop reading but on the other hand, it has a lot of issues. I enjoyed the characters and I really adored the fact that James was so broken emotionally. Because of his past, he’s afraid of anyone that is bigger than him or interested in him. When Seth enters the picture, he doesn’t think anything good could come out of forming a relationship and truly believes that Seth will eventually get violent with him. It’s sad, to be honest, but I liked that James was so meek but had moments when he would stand his ground. As an artist, he’s praised for his art work and I really enjoyed the times that he would get lost in painting. I also liked that his disability and disorder was mentioned at times to reinforce the fact that he had physical problems. Although, it took a little while to learn that James has EDS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so when that came to light, I couldn’t help but have a ‘Whaaaa?’ moment.
Seth, though, I felt was very contradictory. I would like him at times but then I felt like, at others, he was very condescending when he handled James. They have a sort of dom/sub relationship going on without the BDSM sex (just kinky sex for you smut lovers). By that, I mean Seth would control portions of James’ life such as ordering food for him, demanding he do this, telling him what to do and even silencing him at times. That part of the story, I wasn’t fond of because Seth would make this grand speech of not being like James’ past boyfriends and then he’d do actions such as that, which totally negate what he just said. It was frustrating to say the least BUT James seemed to revel in Seth taking control so I can’t exactly fault Seth for doing that. I just didn’t like the tone he took with James at times when James was already feeling so low, even if it did smooth James’ worries, it felt too much like Seth was scolding James or bullying him.
The best thing about this book were the secondary characters. I simply adored Chase and his exuberant ways. I loved that he was so easily excitable and enjoyed the banter that would come up between Chase and Seth. I also really liked Rhys and truly hope that there is a story about Chase and Rhys to come someday. There were other characters such as Mel, Brittany, and Danni that never failed to make me smile and I very much enjoyed Seth’s parents because they weren’t what I was expecting from a highly rich couple.
I think the biggest downfall about this story is the fact that the author incorporated so many conflicts into the book but didn’t properly resolve the issues to their full potential. It seemed that whenever something bad would arise, there would be a quick resolution within a chapter then a new problem would come up and a resolution would occur soon after. This happened throughout the novel so, by the end, there was probably seven, eight, maybe even nine or more situations that not just James but Seth had to go through as well. It was overwhelming because there would be a good lead up to what was happening and then everything would be fixed quickly or you would be told that they talked and everything was back to rights. To be honest, I was disappointed at that and that’s why it is hard for me to decipher my feelings because I’d like the way the story was going and the new situation that James was thrust into but then things would be fixed by what seemed like just an easy way to wrap up the issue so you can move on to the next problem. If the author had focused on one or two conflicts that spanned the whole book, without having the other inane issues, I would have enjoyed this one much more but because there were so many, it seriously hindered my enjoyment.
All in all, I liked the story but at the same time, there were a lot of issues with it. Not just with the many conflicts and weak resolutions but also with stunted dialogue and overall there was just too much sex for my tastes. Readers should be aware that this novel does contain some kinky sex. For me, the writing was engaging and made me want to continue even when I was saddened by the lack of execution and I enjoyed the characters especially the secondary ones. I’d recommend this to readers who are looking for a sweet, easy read about a damaged man who finally gets a love he desires. (less)
When I read the blurb for this book, I knew right away it had the potential to be a wild ride. Any au...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
When I read the blurb for this book, I knew right away it had the potential to be a wild ride. Any author that has the balls to have such an attention grabber for the start of a blurb was something that I wanted to read and I’m happy to say this book lived up to my expectations and more.
The story revolves around Vorgell, a brute of a man who unwittingly kills a unicorn, eats some berries and then becomes so horny he fucks himself with the unicorn’s horn. Now cursed with the unicorn’s magic, he’ll live the rest of his life unable to control his lust. Being jailed for his crime, he’s thrown into a cell with Maddog, a witchkin who’s forced to wear a love collar that binds him to the Baron. When they meet, Vorgell feels so much lust for Madd he’s willing to force himself on Madd but instead Vorgell settles for a kiss, turned bite, that Madd uses to tap into Vorgell’s new magic, allowing them to escape.
When their emotions settle down, they reluctantly decide to work together. Vorgell will help Madd break the collar while Madd will sate Vorgell’s constant lust. Unfortunately, to get rid of the collar, they’ll have to break back into the very place they just escaped from, steal an unhatched basilisk egg and do it all without getting caught. Madd attracts trouble, though, and things aren’t that easy. Now, they’re not just saving Madd from the Baron but trying to stop the wizards from increasing their powers through the Baron’s wife. With so many roadblocks, will they ever be able to succeed and gain their freedom?
I loved these characters. They were quite surprising from how they develop over the course of the book. Vorgell more than anyone because of his sexual appetites. Vorgell starts off as this mindless gigantic brute who will take what he wants and not care who he hurts in the process. He’s aggressive, forceful and quick to battle. He hates witches with a passion and vows to slaughter any he comes into contact with until he meets Madd. Madd is just the opposite, he’s small, determined and stubborn with no problems taking advantage of Vorgell’s magic. With his life, he needs to be in control. He’s a thief and has no loyalties to anyone, in fact, he pretty much hates everyone and couldn’t care less to help them.
As they work together, though, they form a bond that neither of them are willing to let go of. Now, Madd and Vorgell will do anything to stick together even if it means getting killed in the process. They develop a weird sense of honor but definitely form a bone-deep bond that allows them to trust and have faith in one another. It’s sweet, in a way, to see Madd go from something resembling a hissing cat to one who would do anything to keep Vorgell from getting used… at least from anyone besides himself. Vorgell is the same in that he won’t let anything happen to Madd. While they don’t necessarily love each other, there’s affection there and growing adoration that definitely could develop into love if their story were to continue further.
The world is quite amazing. I loved that it was so deep into the magical community centered on wizards and witches and the differences between the two while mixed in with an almost historical setting. The witches are women who believe that men are just tools to give them more magic and to create life while wizards are men who gorge themselves on all things related to necromancy, killing witches to strengthen themselves. Madd falls somewhere in the middle. He’s a witchkin which means he doesn’t practice necromancy but can’t necessarily create his own magic without refueling from an outside source, which generally means consuming living things. It’s a crazy world where magic is essentially part of everything. The journey Madd and Vorgell go on takes the reader deeper and deeper into the layers of witches and witchkin. It was fascinating for me because it provided enough information to stay interesting but not so much that it’s overdone and becomes too heavy in world building. It was a nice balance between adventure, affection and the overall world.
The only fault I found with the story was that some aspects of it are unresolved. Not majorly so but it’s left with a possibility of more to come for these two and I, for one, would be extremely happy if there were a sequel!
The book flows well from the start with an engaging first chapter that had me wanting to read more. The writing is smooth and has action interspersed throughout the whole story. When things would start to slow down, Madd and Vorgell would find themselves in another situation that required them to fight for their lives or go through dangerous territory. It’s filled with twists and turns but even while Vorgell and Madd develop, they never shed the criminal actions that got them caught in the first place. It was refreshing that they weren’t born again innocents but instead kept their gruff and dangerous exteriors. They’re completely hot together and I loved the ‘mastering’ (if you can even call it that) that takes place between the two. They’re very, very surprising characters and while I was afraid of the direction the story would take a few times, overall, I loved the way it was executed.
For someone looking for a true romance, you won’t find that with this story. This is pure fantasy with more of lust than love in the developing of feelings and companionship but you won’t find undying love in this book. It’s rich in a unique world, a fascinating journey and an interesting cast of characters and creatures. It was a fun, adventurous read that got intense at times but I’m so glad I read it because I loved it. I do sincerely hope there’s more to come of these two because I’d love to see what mischief Vorgell, Madd and Petal get into next. And if you want to know who Petal is… well, you’ll just have to read it and find out yourself!(less)
Chip's life isn't going as planned. He's just lost his job and now he's lost his granny, the...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Chip's life isn't going as planned. He's just lost his job and now he's lost his granny, the only person in the world who's ever cared for him. Returning to the town she lived in, he finds out he was left with her house and a sizable fortune. Now living in the small town he spent his childhood summers in, he's meeting all types of new people that make him nervous, including Jason Sky, who makes Chip feel like a bumbling idiot. As they get to know each other, Chip starts to realize there are things out there he doesn't know or understand like the fact Jason's a rare black cougar and that he's Jason's mate. Chip doesn't have any time to process what he's learned before an old enemy of Jason's plots to use Chip as bait to finally kill Jason. Jason's finally in a position to claim his mate but will he lose Chip before he can actually complete the mating ritual?
When I started this book, I felt bad for Chip because he's just lost his job and he's feeling lonely. When he goes back to his granny's town, he starts to blossom more because of the country air and doing what he loves most - fixing things. I have a sort of fascination with red heads so Chip appealed to me from the beginning with his flaming hair as a child that turned slightly darker as he aged. I liked the fact that when he finally figures out what Jason is, he's so freaked out he thinks he's going crazy. In the beginning, I found Jason sort of annoying. He's very prejudice against whites and even goes into a few rants about how white folks ruined his people and such. Considering that Chip is white, I had a hard time accepting the fact that he seems to hate white people but yet he's so eager to mate with Chip. After a while, he mellows out and I liked that he was so sweet towards Chip. He wants Chip happy because a happy Chip is a happy almost mate and a happy almost mate becomes HIS mate. I just found it adorable how much he wanted to dominate but please Chip.
What I liked most about this book was Jason's inner cougar. He's an old wise spirit that is sometimes indignant and grumpy. I found Jason and the cougar's conversation highly amusing because they're almost like brothers bickering. I also loved Chip's granny. I loved that even after she passed, she still had a hand in how Chip handled certain situations. More than anything, I found the ending quite sweet and cute. I adored the last scenes and their playing. If anything, I wished there had been more of it. I also liked the world that was created and how Jason's animal side was his totem spirit. The mates in this series are handled in a slightly different way than in other shifter books. I found how the mates were handled (I refuse to say) gave it a fresh concept that I enjoyed a lot and hope that we get to explore more of in future books.
One of the things that I had an issue with was the way all the characters who had POVs talked to themselves out loud. Generally, I don't have a problem with this, and in fact, I didn't mind it in the beginning but as the story progressed and not one, not two but three characters all had this trait, it was hard to differentiate between them. The first half of the book I felt like the characterization was good but the second half they weren't distinct enough and started to blend together in personalities, especially Jason and Chip who started acting very similar, which I thought was off character for both of them. More than that, I felt like the story overall was predictable. The human identities of the shifters are a mystery to the reader until half way through but I knew right away which was the good one, the bad one, and who were going to play a part in saving Chip when he eventually would get kidnapped and/or injured (which I also predicted correctly). In the end, I was a bit disappointed with the resolution of the conflict; so much build up to kidnapping Chip and then Garon was handled in just a few paragraphs making the resolution feel flat.
Overall, it's not a bad story. Enjoyable if you are looking for something easy to read that will give you some entertaining moments. The characters are at least funny sometimes and the overall premise had a lot of potential. I'll be looking forward to reading the next in the series because I have a feeling it'll be about Chip and Jason's friends, Simon and Hawk, who I found interesting even though they didn't have much of a role in this story.(less)
According to the King, Ingram is worthless as a prince. He can’t use a sword, barely knows h...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
According to the King, Ingram is worthless as a prince. He can’t use a sword, barely knows how to fight and faints at the sight of blood. But under that ‘weakling’ exterior, he’s a magnificent strategist with a soft heart that just wants what’s best for his kingdom. When the King loses a bet to a foe, Ingram suddenly finds himself wedded to Lord Mallory and his life turns upside down. Not only does he have to leave his home, and his beloved siblings, for Mallory’s lands but he finds himself forced to play spy for his father to accuse Mallory of a rebellion that hasn’t even happened yet. As time progresses and Mallory and Ingram get closer, will Ingram be able to betray his husband or will he finally stick up for himself and do what’s right?
These characters were fun to read about. I loved Ingram because of how naive he was in the beginning. He just wanted to be loved and accepted by the King but everything he accomplished and did never lived up to the King’s expectations. He’s sweet but innocent and I loved the journey in his development of who he was and the courage that was always inside of him. Mallory is more of a mystery. From the beginning Ingram constantly questions why Mallory chose him and that made me wonder as well. I liked Mallory, although I wished we knew more about him, but I loved that while he didn’t verbally tell Ingram about his feelings, it was there in his actions and his expressions with his courtship. The two of them together are just so sweet and their personalities fit perfectly, IMO.
The story revolves, at first, around uncovering whether Mallory is using Ingram and whether he’s starting a rebellion. As the story progresses, however, we slowly get into Ingram’s self-discovery and his developing relationship with Mallory. It’s a slow read that doesn’t have the traditional sense of romance. I’d consider it ‘light’ in romance even though there is an obvious courtship that spans the whole book. It’s the start of a new series so there’s, of course, the build up to what I imagine will come next. It’s filled with surprises and I kept wondering what would happen next and the last half of the book literally had been an anxious mess with the intensity and twists associated with it. By the end, while it leaves with a set up for the next book, I couldn’t help but feel I was taken on a wild ride that I can’t wait to continue. More than that, I adored the secondary characters as well. Ingram’s siblings were touching while Mallory’s people, Aiden and Eirlys, were enchantingly grumpy individuals that had me chuckling a few times over their antics.
While I loved this story, I can’t deny it had its faults. For one, I was confused a lot on who or what some of the characters were talking about because no explanations were given on it. For instance, well into the story, Mallory brings up Cormac a few times but we don’t know who that is. More than that, I had to wonder, considering Ingram’s heritage, why did it take so long for him to come into his powers when Ella was able to use hers so freely? In regards to Ingram, there are a lot of questions I still have left over that I’m hoping will be answered in the sequel. My only other issue is that when things were just getting interesting, the scene would end and Ingram would wake up somewhere else which left me wondering what happened during the blacked out period. I’m not referring to sex here but fighting scenes and the like. I was a tad disappointed that we didn’t get to see things played out between those lags of time.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. It’s a slightly slow book that is light on romance but sweet in its intensity all the same. I loved the characters and I loved how much potential depth there is to the world this author created. I was on the edge of my seat a few times and the farther I got into the story, the more I wanted to know what happened next especially since it gets intense in the last half of the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and I think readers who enjoy fantasies that are easy to read will enjoy this one as well.(less)
The first thing I need to say is that the blurb needs major editing. For those reading this book, plea...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
The first thing I need to say is that the blurb needs major editing. For those reading this book, please be aware that the main character’s name is Scott and not Jeff. In fact, Jeff is the bully who causes the ‘incident’ while Scott leaves school embarrassed and bruised.
With that said, I don’t think I need to reiterate the blurb because it does a good enough job of describing the story. It’s a cute, easy read that goes by far too quickly. Scott is just about done with being bullied. He’s had a rough life and things are just getting worse for him. He’s a loner, though, and doesn’t fit in with others. Jason is the complete opposite: popular, well liked and good at sports. Jason’s sweet and charming and concerned about Scott when he gets hurt by Jeff. I felt really bad for Scott and I just wanted to give him a hug. I loved that these two connected over a mixed tape that Jason leaves for Scott. These two were adorable and I loved that Jason was so nice while Scott was so charmed by him.
This story started off really good. I was enjoying it and really liking the direction it was going in because it was heartbreaking but sweet. Unfortunately, pretty soon it started to focus on the purely physical part of their relationship and my enjoyment dimmed. I just couldn’t connect with them from there because I didn’t feel like they knew each other at all, even with going to the same school together for years. Then there’s the conflict, which felt incomplete and very rushed. It had me questioning why someone like Jeff would just walk away from tormenting Scott just because Jason claimed him as his boyfriend when Jeff never backed off from Jason’s protests in the past. It felt inconsistent with the rest of the story. More than that, their dialogue felt stunted and awkward.
Overall, it’s not a bad story. It could have been fleshed out further, characters could have been better developed and the conflict could have been tied up better but I still enjoyed the story. I would have liked to see Jason and Scott get to know each other deeper but as it is, this was a cute, quick story with a lot of potential.(less)
I adored this story because I had so much fun reading it!
One thing I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. Genesis and Kerstrande have two very distinct voices that are nothing alike. Gene is almost too innocent and forgiving, sweet and nice but fun and eccentric. Kerstrande is grumpy, snarky, and more likely to give an insult than a compliment. They’re yin and yang and balance each other out nicely. In fact, the balance they give each other is a bit crucial to the story and explains some of the troubles they go through. Both Gene and Kerstrande have had a hard life but while Gene has made it his motto to just go forward, Kerstrande still lives somewhat in the past. Ashamed of who he is and what he has to do to survive, it’s not until being with Gene for a while that he realizes he doesn’t have to make things worse for himself. On the other hand, Kerstrande is able to give Gene the one thing he wants most – and that’s to be accepted and loved for everything he is, warts and all, even if Kerstrande doesn’t actually come out and say it. More than that, I loved how soft Kerstrande got around Gene (even when he was fighting those feelings) and even more that he let Gene nickname him KC.
This story took me on a slow but wild ride. It grabbed my attention from the beginning with the spectacular way Kerstrande and Gene met. There’s possession, jealousy, lust, love, distrust and heartbreak and a boat load of other emotions. Gene goes from a nobody to a star over night. From someone who barely knows his own powers to being thrust into the paranormal world without even knowing it or the dangers associated with it. Kerstrande is very hot and cold so a majority of the story is him trying to push Gene away but not being able to let him go. Overall, this book is about their journey, finding out who they are and accepting themselves and each other. One of the highlights of this story, though, is the back and forth between Gene and Kerstrande and the passion they have together. I felt like they had amazing chemistry with KC insulting Gene and Gene taking it in stride. It’s sort of sad but Gene understood why KC was so mean sometimes. Although, they don’t exactly know much of each other in the traditional sense, I was able to overlook that because of how much they go through together.
While I enjoyed this book immensely, there were some problems I had. Mostly, there were times when I was confused on what was going on, how and why some things happened but others didn’t, such as how Joel didn’t burn from the inside out but Hane did. Another thing, though, is that Kerstrande in the beginning was very firm on the fact he wasn’t gay to the point that was one of his main responses to whatever Gene was saying. However, he quickly overcame that objection so it had me wondering, was he in denial? Or was he just gay for Genesis? It’s not quite clear but either way I would have liked a little more detail on that because of how forcefully Kerstrande would tell Genesis that.
One thing readers should be aware of is that when Kerstrande and Gene start their unconventional relationship, Gene is underage. A few months shy of 18, in fact, while KC, the vampire, is a few years older…. Or is he… Anyway, they have sex although it’s not detailed but beautiful all the same and while I didn’t have a problem with this, I do understand that some readers might not take kindly to Gene being underage. So, this is me giving those readers fair warning. After all, this is a YA story ;) I will say that Gene is very mature most of the time to the point I kept forgetting he was so young.
Overall, a great story that I really loved reading. It had its faults but I was so caught up in the book and the characters, it was easy to overlook them. I can’t wait to see what else this author has coming out next because I adored the writing and the style. There’s a lot of stuff that happened within this story but I didn’t want to give many details on it. Mostly because I want the reader to experience it for themselves but also because I would just sound crazy if I tried to explain it all. LOL. I definitely recommend this to those who enjoy young adult paranormal fantasies and I hope those who decide to read it like it as much as I did :) (less)
When Sean Ribbons finds out why Coleman West rejected him for the leading internship position he was p...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
When Sean Ribbons finds out why Coleman West rejected him for the leading internship position he was promised, he’s furious and hurt but that doesn’t stop him from proving he’s fit for the job. So, he accepts a lower position instead. He does everything he can to avoid Coleman while proving he has the knowledge and professional manner to be a legal assistant. But when Coleman finally meets the man that’s been running the other way whenever they’re in the same vicinity he’s curious and shocked to find out it’s the same intern he rejected. That doesn’t stop him from trying to make amends when he realizes he cruelly judged Sean without reading all the facts first. From there starts the chase Coleman goes on to finally get Sean not to hate him. Unfortunately, Coleman has a reputation for not being in relationships and everyone keeps telling Sean he’ll be leaving sooner rather than later. Coleman, though, wants an actual relationship but Sean’s wary and distrustful around Coleman, which makes getting Sean to let down his walls almost impossible.
I really liked this book. It was fun and very easy to read. I found it amusing and entertaining how Sean rebuffs Coleman at first which causes Coleman to chase him. I really liked Sean because of that. He’s a stubborn, independent guy who doesn’t like charity and deals with what he’s given. He might be bitter about not getting a placement but he actually likes where he ends up. He’s also very naive and oblivious because he never seemed to know that Coleman was wooing him and wanted more from him than just easing his guilty conscious. However, Coleman is also naive in how to begin a relationship so I could understand why Sean was confused on Coleman’s actions but I loved Coleman in the end. I didn’t necessarily like him in the beginning but he grew on me. He’s aggressive, possessive, and extremely dominate to the point of controlling. He takes over situations and expects to be followed blindly. Although, Sean gives Coleman a run for his money a time or two when he challenges Coleman, which I think is part of the appeal of Sean.
This book started off great. I really enjoyed the fact that Sean was able to bring Coleman down a peg or two but also how Coleman seemed to change just by thinking of Sean. He goes from cold and cruel to warm and smiling. It was sweet in a way. I loved that Sean tried so hard to be distant from Coleman even though Coleman managed to make Sean melt. It was also great to see Sean keep his independence (even if he did let Coleman win more often than not). This story deals heavily around Coleman trying to build a relationship with Sean, even if Sean doesn’t exactly know it. Coleman never actually clearly states his feelings to Sean so it caused some confusion for Sean because Coleman was often hot and cold. I actually really liked that, though, because I’m sure we’ve all known someone who’s been like that so it added some realism to the story. The characters aren’t given as much depth as I would have liked but what there is of them was fun to get to know.
While I really enjoyed this story, I can’t deny that it has it’s faults. For one, there’s major head-hoping so that every paragraph has a POV shift. You’ll be reading from Sean’s POV then be reading about what Coleman thinks or what Ed, Weir, or Jason think even if they aren’t even in the same room as who originally starts the scene. It was disorienting at times because I kept mixing up who was speaking. More than that, sometimes the dialogue between Sean and Coleman was stilted and very formal. It didn’t ‘fit’ with who Sean was and that made the scenes sometimes awkward. I also couldn’t understand how Brittany, for all her trouble making, did not get in trouble for the problems she kept causing Sean. Part of the reason Coleman initially rejected Sean was because Coleman thought Sean would have made the firm look bad, yet here was this girl who was getting someone beat up just because she’s not the favorite? How does that not warrant repercussions for her actions? It boggled my mind especially when countered with how Weir used all that and more to manipulate Sean. Lastly, I felt like the ending was too rushed. There’s a lot of telling instead of showing and we read throughout the story that Coleman never did relationships and when Sean is finally gone, I was expecting some groveling, some pleading and begging to get him back, yet none of that really happens. Sean accepts Coleman after three little words are said and that’s that. No explanation on what happens next, what Sean will do with his career now, or even what will happen to Weir now (this man caused a lot of trouble, I was expecting more resolution with that).
All in all, this was a nice story. It’s sweet, sexy and fun. The premise of the story is great and led to some entertaining moments. I loved both characters even if they didn’t have much depth and I especially loved Ed Murray, Sean’s supervisor. My biggest issues were the POV shifts and the ending. I would have liked the shifts to be tighter and the ending to be longer, instead of over within a few paragraphs. Groveling would definitely have been ideal in this situation! But regardless of all of that, I really enjoyed the story to the point that I didn’t realize I was reading so fast until I had finished. That right there means the book was a good one because with the funk I’ve been in, I haven’t been able to find a book I could read in one go recently but this was one I was able to do that with.(less)
Prez is the captain of the cargo ship Outcast and in desperate need of a new co-pilot since his old on...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Prez is the captain of the cargo ship Outcast and in desperate need of a new co-pilot since his old one becomes temporarily unavailable. Lan from Aldor answers his prayers but while Prez is considered a freak even among all the aliens, Lan is the one with the mysterious heritage. When Prez gets a contract to deliver some secret cargo, Prez thinks he’s finally made it big. What none of them expected was for the cargo to cause a lot of problems for not just Prez but for Lan, as well.
The world this author painted was a fascinating thing. I loved the variety species, planets and how they were all different and unique. I gobbled that up because it was such an integral part to the story in relation to who and what Prez was but also because it was interesting to see how Prez was treated just because of what he was. I loved Prez most of the time because of his quirky sense of humor but Lan was probably my favorite. He’s like a robot almost that doesn’t understand Prez and the others but eventually finds not only friends in them but a home with them. I loved how different Lan was but I really wished there had been more focus on him and his world! More than that, Lan’s situation broke my heart. He was so confused at times and had to handle things on his own but the eventual outcome of his situation had me so sad, I almost cried! And, no, I won’t spoiler you on that!
While I loved the story and the world, I can’t deny that I got annoyed over the sex with other characters outside the MCs. Generally, I don’t like this but sometimes I can see the merit of it. In this case, there were more sex scenes between Prez and others from brothels than there was between Prez and Lan. Not only that but I didn’t feel the connection between Prez and Lan. There weren’t many feelings of love, admiration or even lust between them until the very, very end. Granted, Lan is asexual BUT I took offense to the fact that Prez was his mate yet some unknown princess took Lan’s virginity after Lan realizes his connection to Prez. It annoyed me more than anything else in the book did. With that said, there still wasn’t any middle ground between their friendship during the whole book to all of a sudden this love they have for each other by the end. It was confusing and didn’t feel like it fit with the story. Beyond that, some aspects of the world were confusing because the words were either not explained or some scenes that I felt like were vital were glossed over.
All in all, I felt like there was too much focus on others and their sex together but not enough on the actual couple, which really hindered the story. However, the journey Prez, Lan and their friends go on was a great adventure. I loved the universe and the unique species the author created because it made for not only a fun and enjoyable ride but for some funny moments as well. For those sci-fi fans out there, give this one a try because it does have a great setting.(less)
Rhine was kidnapped many years ago and forced to stay as a captive within a tower controlled by wizard...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Rhine was kidnapped many years ago and forced to stay as a captive within a tower controlled by wizards who experiment on him in the worst of ways. He’s finally managed to collect all the objects required to summon a creature that could help him escape. Instead of a creature who can do that, however, he conjures a sphinx who’s powers are strong in protection. Rhine’s disappointed that Keahi can’t help him but he’s determined to figure out some way to escape even if it means recruiting other captives to help Rhine and Keahi.
This was a very intriguing story. From the start, you’re thrust into the situation Rhine lives in. As a kelpie, he’s a strong magical user with an affinity to water. However, his magic isn’t useful when it comes to warding off the wizards and after a while, it was just easier to go grudgingly go along with the tests and experiments while he plotted his escape. I really liked his determination to get out of that place and how he handled all the situations he was thrust into. Keahi was a fascinating creature. As a sphinx, he could also shift into a house cat but what truly made me like him was his desire for a family. Rhine was able to give Keahi that family in addition to his love. In exchange, Keahi returned Rhine’s love and offered him protection. While the romance between Keahi and Rhine isn’t the focus of the story, it’s sweet how their feelings develop because of the bond they created and the way they came to rely on one another and need each other.
The conflict within the story was interesting. From seeing how Rhine summons Keahi to his silent freak out at the fact Keahi couldn’t get him out of there to finally having to trust the other inhabitants of the tower was fascinating to me because it showed Rhine in all different types of situations and emotions. On top of that, I liked the author’s flow and direction of the story. The fact that Rhine gets a surprise visit from someone he truly cares about and his ultimate trust in those captives he never wanted to associate with before gave the story enough substance to make it entertaining.
However, one thing this story truly lacks is a detailed background to why Rhine and Keahi ended up at the tower. We know the basics of the story and Rhine’s loathing towards the wizards but we never figure out why they’re experimenting on Rhine and the other shifters. The characters were interesting but they don’t have as much depth as they could have. The fact we barely know anything of Keahi and why he chose to be summoned by Rhine is also questionable and leaves the story with a lot of questions like why Volos hated Rhine so much or what happened to the rest of the shifters in the tower.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It’s not perfect but it’s very entertaining. I loved the characters and all they go through. I wished the story had been longer so we could have gotten the proper details needed to answer all those burning questions. As it was, I liked the fact this story dealt with unique shifters because it made this book different from other shifter stories.(less)
Choices, the start of season two of The Flesh Cartel, starts off right where Auction left off...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Choices, the start of season two of The Flesh Cartel, starts off right where Auction left off. Mat and Dougie have been bought and are being moved to their new master. First, Dougie is stripped of almost all his senses, forced into sensory deprivation, he slowly starts to go mad, fearing he’ll lose his mind and they’ll break him. Mat is now the only one subjected to constant torture, abuse and rape while Mat and Dougie wait days before they can finally leave the Madame’s facility. Unfortunately for Mat, their new master, Nikolai, is almost as bad when he forces Mat to endure endless pain throughout his body brought on by drugs. Dougie is given a reprieve when Nikolai treats him like a precious toy. Treating each brother differently – Mat with pain and Dougie with care – he’s training them by giving them choices. But they must remember, choices come with consequences and it’s up to the brothers to decide what type of consequence they’ll receive.
One thing can be said about these authors, they sure know how to weave a captivating tale! Whereas the previous two stories were gruesome and intense, this story was not as bad. It still provided some moments of cruelty and abuse but most of the damage is told rather than shown and all of it through Mat’s perspective and only briefly. It seemed like most of the story is told from Nikolai’s POV and his reactions to the brothers. Whereas he must train Mat for his client, he wants Dougie, covets him it seems like. He’s under the impression when he’s done training the brothers, he’ll sell them and give them a life of contentment, something that they’ll be eager to embrace and take great pleasure in. The brothers obviously disagree but Nikolai is firm in his opinion.
Nikolai is actually a creepy person. He’s adamant he’s not a sadist or even enjoys the work he does, yet he does take great pleasure in seeing the brothers submit, especially Dougie. I find him worse than the Madame, which I didn’t realize was possible until Dougie and Mat arrived at Nikolai’s home, where Nikolai’s true colors are shown and the brothers must make their choices on how they’ll proceed. Mat fights as much as he can, as is his nature, but he’s not very successful. Dougie grows a bit of a spine but then realizes he’s in for pain and quickly reevaluates his situation.
One thing that sucks about this serial is that they literally pick up right where the last one left off. Unfortunately, because of the weeks/months in between each reading and the lack of a recap before the story starts, I was pretty much confused on what was happening in the beginning and why because I couldn’t really remember how it ended. There’s a brief mention of the auction but that didn’t help in reminding me or what exactly Dougie had done to Mat. It took a bit before I was able to recall at least the major pieces (I do have a horrible memory though lol). I won’t deny it’s still a captivating story. I was drawn into it and no matter how much I wanted to stop, I had this compulsion to keep reading. Unfortunately, that compulsion was quickly followed by disappointed when the story actually ended leaving me extremely dissatisfied. I didn’t feel like there was much progress with this segment as there possibly should have been. Considering how much weight episode one and two held, I was expecting something a bit more.
Overall, I liked the story. It’s an alluring read, well-written to the point I didn’t want to stop reading. However, with the way each story is ending, and with this one not feeling like it progressed much, I feel like I’m left with more questions and a slow sense of frustration. With that said, for those who are brave enough and have liked the first season, they’ll enjoy this one as well.(less)
So, it's literally been months since I read this book and yet I haven't reviewed it yet. Shocking? I'd think not as I'm probably the Queen of Procrast...moreSo, it's literally been months since I read this book and yet I haven't reviewed it yet. Shocking? I'd think not as I'm probably the Queen of Procrastination. I even have a plaque somewhere. Anyway, whenever I'd think of this review, I'd be driving or doing something equally tedious that meant I wasn't near a computer. Given that, this is going to be short and sweet.
With the way the fourth book in this series, Honored Vow ended, I couldn't wait to read this story. IMO, it is just as good as the rest of the series, if not better. I loved that Domin and Yuri were the main couple this time instead of Jin and Logan. Switching it up gave this series a fresher feel that I really enjoyed. It featured most of the usual cast with a few additions that made this funny, sweet and intense. Domin goes through a lot of issues as the new semel-aten. It was awesome to see him stretched so thin with this new position and how he gets through it. My only problem is that there wasn't a lot of Yuri in this book. I'm saddened by that because we were just getting to know Domin and Yuri as a couple before and this story doesn't progress their relationship that much.
Overall, a great story. I loved every minute of it even if it did have its faults. I'm hoping Ms. Calmes writes more of Domin and Yuri someday and we get to see more of the situations they get into... I will say it was cool seeing Jin and Logan from the outside instead of from Jin's POV. Great story. I'll most likely reread one day.(less)
1.5 stars - Please be advised, this is a long review and contains severe spoilers.
My thoughts at the end of this book were along these lines, "Where's...more1.5 stars - Please be advised, this is a long review and contains severe spoilers.
My thoughts at the end of this book were along these lines, "Where's the investigation? Where's the romance?" I honestly think the blurb is very misleading mostly because it alludes to a mystery and a romance but I didn't see much of either of those.
I adored the first book in this series, Snakeskin Boots. This book, however, did a complete 180 and I honestly hated it and am extremely disappointed in it. It almost felt like it was written by a completely different author, to be honest.
Reading the blurb, I expected at least a romance and a mystery involving Aaron in an investigation. Instead, what I got was the 'mystery' in the first 20% or so (with the occasional mention of it sporadically in the story) and the 'romance' the last 15% or so (At least, that is where they are in speaking range and not eye-balling each other from across a distance). In the middle, these two things don't collide or even get close to touching. In fact, it goes into a whole different direction that just leads to a whole bunch of hot messes. And they weren't appealing to me mostly because what we see is a whole separate relationship going on with Aaron and another man, Gerry. That doesn’t go anywhere at all and still sort of in the background of everything else happening.
If I had known this book would just be about Aaron's self-discovery, I probably would have liked it. Although, I still think that part fell flat. After all, Aaron still feels and acts the same way, the only difference is now he has a big bobcat to sooth him when he panics. He didn't develop as a character, IMO. In the beginning, he was this cute, hyperactive, innocent guy and in the end, he's still the cute, innocent guy, sans being hyper. I was expecting more from at least that since he did get attacked by "a friend" multiple times.
In addition, the whole Gerry plot was unnecessary and honestly just felt like a set up for a future book so that Gerry could meet Thom. Which could have easily happened without the whole multiple dates aspect. Bringing Gerry in like that made Iggy a flat character because he doesn't show up until the very, very, very end. He came in so late in the story we know absolutely nothing about him except his job occupation and what he shifts into. I'm sorry, but I love my romance and this "romance" was bogus. Because there was none.
I loved Aaron in Snakeskin Boots but I disliked him in this one. He does some stupid moves, makes repetitive comments about his friend (I'm sorry but saying, "he's my friend!" over and over isn't going to change the fact he attacked you!) and honestly just acted like a child, crying at every possible moment. I get he's a victim but he's a freaking monkey. Those creatures are clever and smart. Where was that in Aaron?!
Onto the plot. It was too rocky and dysfunctional to keep anything straight. I felt like the author was trying to cover so much in such a short book that all of it fell flat. When one conflict happened, it'd be discussed then pushed aside for another to not come back again until the end for the 'resolution' to the forgotten conflicts. Everything is wrapped up in the end but in the most convenient ways possible. I want to know how a detective that claims a fellow cop brought his attack upon himself is just going to accept the attack now that there's a second victim. Not only that, but willingly question other people to get the case closed when he accused Aaron (A COP) of asking for it. I'm sorry but the douche bag would just claim Terron (the second victim and Aaron's friend) brought it on himself too! Beyond that, everything that is tied up, is done so within a few paragraphs. It's not elaborated on besides the bare bones of how it's being concluded and that's that. I was not happy. I at least wanted to see that bastard Miles go through a trial or something! And the reasons for what he did made absolutely no sense to me! Why Aaron?! If he was hopped up on drugs, he'd go after anyone, logically speaking, right?? But, no! It was always back to Aaron. He even thought Terron was Aaron.
Now we get to the other unanswered questions. What was with the whole expensive lawyer for Miles? What was the point of that? His supplier left the country! He didn't give a shit about Miles (that's actually said). Just nothing added up. Everything was too convenient but the story made it complicated and the 'resolutions', if you can even call them that, did not satisfy my questions. They just annoyed and angered me.
It ends with an HEA, though, but there's no connection between the couple. I couldn't feel anything from them. They were together maybe 15% in the story (I'm calculating only those times within touching/speaking distance) but now they are hunky dory and claiming forever together. I like insta-love but this was just too much for even me. Maybe if we'd seen them actually interacting and having a conversation instead of kissing, I'd feel a connection but there wasn't any. And if there was, then it was over so fast I forgot about it. In which case, please, someone point it out to me. I WANT to feel the connection here! I really, really do!
Now, for a positive! The only thing I liked about the story was seeing Jeff and Brad again and getting to know Rocco, Gerry's nephew. I also liked that we got some answers to the world that I had left over from Snakeskin Boots. Besides that, there was honestly nothing I liked. It was a hot mess. Nothing made sense and nothing added up. It was just a bunch of jumbled conflicts squeezed into one story in the hopes they'd work but for me, they just didn't.
I'll still read the next book but I sincerely hope it's not like this again because I can't put up with another misleading blurb. If the next book is about Aaron and Iggy please give them a proper story. This one just felt cheap and I feel ripped off, because if the next story is going to be about them, why couldn't it have been all one story? Or at least blending them together enough to actually have a romance and the self-discovery instead of what was delivered.
Overall, I didn't like it. I wanted to because I think this world is fascinating but after the first few chapters, even the shifter world is thrown into the background and we don't hear about it again. I had a lot of issues with this book, some I didn't even mention in this review because I wanted to stick with my biggest issues. I honestly did want to like this book but I just couldn’t. I feel horrible writing bad reviews (especially since I rarely do them) but this one just wasn’t for me. I’m sorry.(less)
This is Jax Cordoba's debut novel. While it's not exactly perfect, I enjoyed it because it was entertaining and very sweet at times.
It deals with Cal moving to a small town because of his father's military job where he has to go to a new school and meet new friends his junior year of high school. When settling in his new home, he sees his paper boy, Bill, and is instantly smitten. Going to school, he does everything he can to get information on this mysterious cyclist. What he finds is someone that is friends with every social group in school and they're fairly protective of him, too. In an effort to get Bill's attention, he tried to brush off his cycling skills but only ends up hurt. Still, somehow he manages to snag Bill to help him while he's injured and what develops between them is a bone-deep friendship and a sweet love.
I really liked this story. It's a bit different and deals with a lot of themes from reincarnation to rape to coming out to acceptance. I liked both these boys, Cal and Bill, because they're laid-back kind of guys. Cal is the typical big, brawny jock while Bill is smaller, even though he's older, a social butterfly and extremely nice. I really liked that it used dream reincarnation. At first I was wondering what they had to do with the story and was worried they'd be useless but as the story unfolded, you start to realize what they mean and you start to attribute their developing love to that bone-deep, "forever" type. I liked it. Some won't but I liked that there was at least an explanation for the semi insta-love. I also liked that things "just happened" to occur and that it all led back to what "just happened" to be the result. I found it cute because Fate has such a big role in Cal and Bill getting together and I've always been a big believer in Fate.
I had a few problems with the story, though. At times, I felt like Cal and Bill were more just friends than boyfriends. The way they interacted was more how you'd act around a friend and not someone you were attracted to or even loved. I also got a bit annoyed with the overuse of "buddy". It showed up quite often but most of it was unnecessary. The story is pretty well written but there were times when a bit of head-hopping would just pop out of nowhere and end up confusing me.
My biggest complaint with this book, however, is the ending. I felt like it was extremely rushed. I felt like the story was going at a great, consistent pace then the last two chapters covers over three years of time. I wish it had been elaborated on because I felt like we missed a lot with only the vaguest of things to be mentioned. I mean, both Cal and Bill grow up into men in those last two chapters but it's just glossed over and told instead of shown. I was disappointed in that because I really would have loved to see both their dreams coming true from both their POVs like the rest of the story was.
Overall, this was a very good book. I really liked it and I'm looking forward to more stories by this author. I loved how sweet it was and I loved how it handled the more intense aspects of the story. I also loved the secondary characters (love Dino!) so I hope Dino gets a book of his own someday. Recommended for those who'd like a quirky, sweet YA tale.(less)
Auction, episode two of The Flesh Cartel and the end of season one, picks up right where episode one,...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Auction, episode two of The Flesh Cartel and the end of season one, picks up right where episode one, Capture, leaves off. Where Mat and Dougie just finished being processed into the slave facility, they are now being held there. Beaten, raped and tortured, both Mat and Dougie are struggling with their new lives with nothing to wear and nothing to sleep on and the constant threat of more abuse. While Mat is still a fighter, he’s losing the strength and energy to fight but every time something happens to Dougie, he gains back that heated anguish and rage he possesses at what’s happening to them. In turn, Dougie is complacent and obedient being a “hole” because he knows it’s less painful to accept things. While Dougie is ashamed of not being brave enough to stick up for his brother, Mat is ashamed and humiliated into giving in to his abusers. After undergoing days of beatings and rapes, things change when they are outfitted for the Auction. With the threat of being separated, the Madame gives Dougie the option of being sold together or losing his brother forever. Dougie knows this is his time to save Mat, in the only way he can, even if it means torturing Mat himself to keep them together.
As with the first one, this book is intense, powerful and well-written. Where there were left over questions before, we get some answers this time. We know why the brothers are there and we get a hint into how they were selected to become prime stock for the Madame’s collection. We also get a more inside look into Nikolai, the mysterious man from the first story. This time, we know he’s looking into the brothers and why he wants them, and ultimately buys them. It’s interesting to see the dynamics of the process, how the brothers were brought in, how they’re treated and how they’re eventually manipulated into what the Madame wants them to do so their price becomes higher. Dougie is the pretty twink while Mat is the dangerous thug. They are polar opposites but together they are beautiful and the Madame realizes that and utilizes that to her satisfaction.
I was once again sucked into this world. While in Capture the violence was often experienced second-hand by Mat, this one we get the full details of a lot of what happens first-hand. We experience, in those moments, what the brothers are thinking and how they’re coping and when they break. Granted, there are some scenes that are experienced second-hand still but it’s no less powerful because, while one brother is being tortured or raped, the other brother has to physically see it so it’s just as intense. The first half of the book takes place over a few days and focuses being held in their cells. The second half went by very quickly because there’s anticipation and anxiety of what will come next. I knew something far beyond just the cruelty would occur and I was right but waiting for that to happen was torture in itself. It left me hanging on the edge of my seat, wondering if there would be a little happiness at some point and for one sweet moment there is… and then it becomes extreme and brutal and almost made me want to cry because of who does it and how it’s played out.
It’s a gripping tale that doesn’t let up, you’re thrust right back in to the cruel and harsh world Mat and Dougie were forced into. They’re still treated like dogs, humiliated and inserted with different types of objects but now they’re also treated like real slaves, at the mercy of anyone that wants them. Mat gets more abuse than Dougie but only because Dougie has been granted some protection to keep his price up. Everything these boys go through is heartbreaking but my sympathy will always go to Mat first because he’s so strong but reduced to such a lowly thing whereas Dougie can easily adapt to being a slave, it’s harder for Mat because of who is.
This was a captivating and fascinating story, one I couldn’t put down once I started. It leaves off right after Dougie had to make his sacrifice, so to speak, but that’s to be expected. Everything felt charged and heated. My heart clenched all over again for these boys but as with the first episode, I’m still left with a lot of questions about why they were selected and what will happen next. I’ll be eagerly looking forward to the next one but the wait might possibly kill me! For those that liked episode one, you’ll definitely like episode two. It’s just as dark, gritty and harsh as the first.(less)
This book tells the tale of Mat, an MMA fighter, trying to support him and his brother and Dougie, an...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
This book tells the tale of Mat, an MMA fighter, trying to support him and his brother and Dougie, an inspiring Ph. D student, being taken in the middle of the night and required to withstand numerous brutal and horrifying actions to stay alive. They’re taken by multiple men, raped, abused and then forced to cooperate in being processed to become slaves. Mat is dangerous but Dougie is his weakness and his kidnappers know it. If he doesn’t cooperate, Dougie’s dead but Dougie’s too scared to do anything but endure their torture. This is the story of two brothers taken and forced into a new brutal world with no answers as to why they were targeted.
This was a great book. It’s powerful, intense and well written. It’s wonderfully brutal and captivating. I was sucked into the story from the beginning and fascinated with the play of events. It’s a great start to a new serial that’s sure to keep me on the edge of my seat. We get almost immediately thrown into violence, rape and kidnapping but we also get to know Mat and Dougie a bit, too. I winced a few times over what was happening and my heart clenched at what these boys went through.
Some of their abuse is told instead of shown so it’s not as brutal it could have been but then some of it is told in excruciating detail that lets you know just how much pain these boys are in. They’re treated like dogs, microchipped, chained and, in Mat’s case, caged. They’re forced to perform sexually, humiliated into orgasms, inserted with all types of objects and tested how much they want to live by requiring Mat to rim Dougie to stay alive. It’s intense and dark but not as much as I was expecting. The fact that Mat is gay while Dougie is straight is heartbreaking because Dougie gets most of the abuse and assault. I felt horrible for these guys, it’s shocking what they go through but I couldn’t stop reading once I started.
My main problem, though, is that I had a ton of questions from the start that weren’t answered which is understandable considering it’s a serial but also kind of frustrating. Still, I was plagued with these questions! It kept bugging me why Dougie was targeted, why would they stalk him, put so much effort into learning about him and Mat’s schedule. It seems like a lot of work for just one guy when there are numerous street kids out there that seem easier to obtain. Beyond that, I felt like, at times, the blurb gave more information than the actual story did. I also had trouble with the POV changes. In my converted copy, there was no indication that it switched from Mat to Dougie, or vice versa, which got me confused and pulled me slightly out of the story several times because then I had to go back and reread a few passages.
This book gives a hint of the workings of an underground slave auction. I’m curious where it heads and I really can’t wait to see how it all plays out and what Nikolai (who’s only mentioned in the beginning) has to do with it. There’s also no romance but I’m curious if one will develop (oh man, I hope one develops!).
In the end, this was a wonderful start to a new serial. Definitely recommended to those brave enough to read or those looking for something dark and gritty to pass the time.(less)
I had high hopes for this book when I read the blurb. I mean, I liked the story but I grew frustrated multiple times with it.
Asher is put into deep tr...moreI had high hopes for this book when I read the blurb. I mean, I liked the story but I grew frustrated multiple times with it.
Asher is put into deep trouble when his brother acquires severe gambling debt and is injured for his inability to pay. Taking up his brother's slack, Asher is forced to do certain things to repay the debt. Starting a new job, though, he's pushed into a world where he attracts a lot of attention and not all of it is wanted. When he unknowingly starts a semi-relationship with the owner of the club, Tyler, he works at, he gets harassed by his beau's ex-lover.
I liked a lot of things about this book. The whole brother owes gambling debt was a nice touch because it put Asher in the situation he was in. I liked that Asher is straight but has an uncontrollable attraction to Tyler. Asher is also such a pretty boy that a lot of guys wanted to have sex with him. I liked that Tyler is forceful but gentle with Asher. I didn't feel like their love was genuine because they honestly didn't know each other but I liked how things developed and the situations they were put into. And I really loved how it ended because I thought it was sweet which left me with a smile on my face.
What I really hated about the book, though, was Asher's inability to say enough was enough. To be honest, if I had a brother that constantly put me in dangerous situations where my life was constantly threatened, I'd say "Sayonara, sucker!" It's one thing to help out someone you care about but to do it over and over again without that person giving a shit whether they put your life in danger is just ridiculous. I wouldn't put myself through that. But that's just me. I also felt like there was too much sex. When something happened and Asher and Tyler needed to talk, they'd have sex instead which is why I don't feel like their love was genuine.
All in all, not a bad story. I'd read more from this author and I did like that this book dealt with the more criminal side of things. It had a few suspenseful moments, some sweet moments as well and I liked that about it. I wouldn't mind getting more stories in this world, though, as long as they were more fleshed out with less sex. (less)
I honestly loved this book. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put the book down. For me, shifters are one of my favorite themes. I ne...moreI honestly loved this book. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put the book down. For me, shifters are one of my favorite themes. I never get bored with them, although a majority of shifter stories are the same old, same old.
With this story, however, I felt like it was told in an entirely new way even if the bottom line is still the same shifter concept. The Ba'Kal are the shifters and the Vam'kir are the vampires/trancers. The whole history of the Ba'Kal and Vam'kir is explained within the story and even goes so far as to mix both races. I found that refreshing because how many stories out there have a being that's both vampire and shifter? Not many. I loved that Quinn was both and I loved that Manning was so patient with him. Quinn is fragile, suspicious and scared of what Manning is and has to offer. Manning, being the leader of the Ba'Kal, is possessive immediately of Quinn and goes pretty much on a hunt to find Quinn again when he loses him. I found their attraction together sweet because Manning won't push Quinn when it comes to being mates which I also found refreshing.
My only problem with the story is that I felt like the ending was too abrupt. The final conflict was over within a few paragraphs and then it skips right to something completely different so we didn't even get the calming of the chaos after the fight. I was a bit disappointed in that because I was looking to some serious head bashing when it came to the bad guys!
Overall, I loved the story. I'm desperately hoping there's going to be sequels because I would love to immerse myself back in this world! As it is, I know I'll reread this story again soon.(less)
This story was... hard for me to get into. The world is extremely interesting. If I could rate on just...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
This story was... hard for me to get into. The world is extremely interesting. If I could rate on just that, I'd give this book five stars but I can't because I struggled with other factors within the story.
What I liked is how desperate Sean was to stop reliving Cormac's ex-lovers death. I also liked how shattered Cormac still is about his past. It made for some interesting conflicts between them. I also liked the chemistry they could have had together. Bits and pieces are shown but the full potential there wasn't achieved, IMO. More than anything, I wished their relationship had been more developed because, while they might have had some attraction, I didn't feel like there was any connection between them at all. In fact, I felt like there was always Cormac's ex-lover that Cormac would put before anything else, including Sean, and I didn't think that was fair to Sean, especially after everything he just did for Cormac.
As I said, the world is very interesting. It's intriguing and captivating but I didn't enjoy how it was handled. I was confused most of the time about what was going on. I couldn't understand how Sean and Cormac would get into these situations, and while they were intense and interesting, it didn't really make sense. This made reading the story difficult and I think what made the book also drag for me. I just really struggled with it. More than anything, though, the ending is what frustrates me. Sean and Cormac changed the past but nothing in the present changes?! That made no sense to me at all. Also, while I found the ending very sweet, it came out of left field for me. Sean and Cormac love each other but I'm wondering how that development happened because I didn't see it in the writing. I also really wished we got to see their time in D.C. because I felt like the ending was very abrupt in not showing that.
All in all, amazing world building but everything else I was just confused on. The events they go through and how they end up where they do, didn't add up for me. I was confused on so many things that by the end, I was a bit disappointed by not only the journey they go on but the supposed love they've seemed to have developed off screen. Some people will really enjoy this one but it missed its mark with me.(less)
I enjoyed this story. It's a bit short but I thought the fact it's historical and based in Ireland was nice. This takes the typical dominant...more3.5 stars
I enjoyed this story. It's a bit short but I thought the fact it's historical and based in Ireland was nice. This takes the typical dominant wolf and submissive human theme and adds a bit of a flare. Whereas Michael is the sub to Sheehan's Dom, Michael is still feisty and has no problems with saying no to Sheehan. Then enjoying his punishment. I really liked the fact that while Sheehan was such a Dom he practically growled nonstop (very hot, IMO), he was actually one of the subs in his pack. At least compared to his family. I also really liked that the females were more scary than the males when it came to the shifters!
The book was a pretty fast read, though. I'd have liked to know more about these wolves that are worshiped by Pagan's and hunted down by everyone else. I'm rounding up because I found Michael's naivety kind of endearing and I actually thought they developed feelings for each other even though this book essentially defines the term "insta-love."
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. And hopefully one for the alpha/brother.(less)
First Lieutenant VégEszes Ignác is undercover as Rózsa Ignác trying to bust a gun smuggling o...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
First Lieutenant VégEszes Ignác is undercover as Rózsa Ignác trying to bust a gun smuggling operation assumed to be controlled by Second Apprentice Tarr Andor. While undercover, he’s simply supposed to mark a crate of weapons for evidence and keep tabs on certain individuals. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to one of Tarr Andor’s subordinates, Third Apprentice Cistalan Konrád, and when Konrád catches Ignác unaware and decides to become Ignác’s informant, things become dangerous rather fast. Ignác wants to help Konrád but he doesn’t know if he can trust Konrád, even though he has to, and when the operation starts to fall apart, Ignác realizes he might have made a mistake trusting Konrád.
Set in a world that is both complex and fascinating, it holds a lot of punch for such a short story. I really enjoyed the way everything was so unique in the way the law enforcement was designed and how the gun production facilities varied. There’s also hints of either a mob or an enemy culture being dangerous but we don’t get much on that.
Ignác is an interesting character. He’s definitely an honorable man of the law but he’s also conflicted about his feelings over Konrád. His desire for Konrád makes him want to believe Konrád has honorable intentions as well but his mind tells him to be cautious. Konrád is a rather mysterious character. He loves making guns but he hates what’s happened to his ‘school’. He wants to fix it and he’s willing to sacrifice anything to do that including Ignác.
My biggest issue with this book was the lack of explanation. The world is really fascinating because of the Feke, Orsá, gun schools and everything. Extremely interesting, however, I was confused about everything. There are a lot of foreign words and I had no idea what they meant. I had so many questions regarding what the difference between a Feke, Orsá, Birís and other words were and they aren’t answered. There’s a very brief attempt at explaining them but it’s over so fast that it just left me more confused. I didn’t understand how a school could be producing guns and how the school would be selling them. It all left me very bewildered. So, while the world is interesting, the lack of explanation of what all these foreign words (and there are a lot) mean.
Aside from that, I liked the way the story headed and how it all played out. Ignác’s confusion over Konrád and his desire were nice to experience as well as the subsequent betrayal Ignác feels. The resolution was a bit rushed and I’d have liked to get more information about the months between the end of the operation and when Konrád and Ignác meet again.
However, when they do meet again, holy crap was it hot! They definitely have an intense attraction together and that boils over and leads to some very hot and kinky sex, although not very much of it. Still, there’s gun play but it’s aggressive and intense and I really loved it. They bond of guns, Konrád and Ignác understanding the significance they hold and they passion they have towards guns plays over into their intimacy.
Overall, a nice read. I was confused most of the time but I adored the attraction between Ignác and Konrád. I sincerely hope there will be more of these two because I’d really love to see how they make a relationship work in this society.(less)