This was a cute little story about Jack, who’s spent the last decade of his life kn...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
This was a cute little story about Jack, who’s spent the last decade of his life knowing there was someone out there just for him but unable to actual find him. Unfortunately, when he finally meets that person, the guy is already in a relationship with someone else. Jack, with his friend Andrew, try and fight the urge to take the men that belong to them and when things finally start to look up for Jack, he’s not sure if he’s ready to finally have his soul mate.
I actually really liked this story. It’s different in the way that the magical abilities were handled, such as the use of it on food to keep it fresh or of writing notes to a person on their skin. It was different and a little refreshing. The characters, specifically Jack, were confused on how to handle the situation they were in. Although they didn’t have much depth to them, I found Chris to be very exuberant, which was the opposite of how Jack was acting. Still, I found the way they fumbled around one another oddly cute.
However, while I really liked the beginning, I felt like the second half of the story was very rushed. Once Jack and Chris finally got together, there was a lot more telling than showing. I would have liked to actually see these two telling stories about their family. More than that, I found the setting and the explanations behind the witches and their magical abilities really vague to the point that I had no idea how it all worked for them, if they had specific abilities, what exactly the special menu consisted of, etc. So, a lot of questions that just weren’t answered in such a short story.
All in all, this was a fun little tale and even though it’s very light on descriptions and explanations, I still enjoyed it. I’d have also liked to see how Andrew and Grant got together but I’m hoping the author decides to give them their own story, even though by the end of this one the reader already knows how it works out for them.(less)
I first got acquainted with H.B. Pattskyn’s books when I read Heart's Home in early 2012. I loved that book and thought the writing was phenomenal. When I noticed Hanging by the Moment, I knew immediately I wanted to read it not just because I enjoy Ms. Pattskyn’s writing but also because the blurb intrigued me.
I’m ecstatic to say that I loved this book just as much as I loved Heart’s Home. The writing was just as great, so much so that I was enamored with the story and once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I couldn’t wait to see what Pasha and Daniel go through, how certain situations played out and whether or not Pasha will have the life he always wanted.
To be frank, this is a story about life being too short to fight or to worry or to even get hung up on the little things. It’s about living in the moment and taking chances you wouldn’t normally take because anything can happen tomorrow but today is what counts. It deals with a lot of issues such as coming out, HIV, gay-bashing, homophobia and ultimately sticking up for yourself and living the life you want to live but also about accepting who you are. It was a beautiful story that had me sad and crying one moment then happy the next.
Pasha is an unconventional character. He has a lonely life filled mostly with working in his family’s restaurant every day and fighting with his father constantly. He stresses over his weight and the fact that he’s in the closet and doesn’t think he’ll ever be happy. It’s sad but I connected with Pasha and I enjoyed the fact that he had issues with his weight. He would start a diet then something would happen so he’d eat a carton of ice cream to drown his sorrows. When he meets Daniel, there’s an instant attraction but Pasha doesn’t think Daniel would ever look at him twice… until Daniel comes back to his restaurant to see him.. except Pasha freaks out and pushes Daniel away and then regrets it later. Poor Pasha! He just has no self-esteem :(
What I really loved, though, was the fact Daniel didn’t give up. Daniel might be this incredibly attractive Native American but he sees Pasha for more than just his waist size and thinks Pasha is gorgeous inside AND out. I loved that while Pasha wanted to lose weight, Daniel made every effort to let Pasha know that his weight didn’t matter to him even to the point of pushing Pasha into ordering what he really wanted and not some bird ford. It was sweet and made me fall in love with Daniel. More than anything, I liked the balance between Daniel and Pasha. We get Pasha’s troubles and we get Daniel’s troubles in their own time. I loved experiencing the emotions between Pasha and Daniel over Daniel’s HIV; from being freaked out to wary to scared to accepting but also the fact that Pasha eventually realizes that no matter why Daniel is with him, Daniel’s feelings and emotions are genuine and not a result of some bad luck (you’ll understand this when you read the book). It wasn’t just hard on Pasha because he didn’t want to lose someone he was growing to love but also on Daniel who had a constant fear that he would get Pasha sick or Pasha would see him in a different way and then leave Daniel. It’s heart-breaking if you really let yourself get into the story but it unfolded in a way that was enjoyable without being too overwhelming or too dense. It was just right, IMO, but mostly the fact that even when one of them freaked out, they eventually talked about it and got through their issues together.
My only issue with the story is that I felt the beginning was a bit rough. Pasha is very self-degrading. He doesn’t think highly of himself because of the situation he’s in and the way he’s been acting since he broke up with his ex, who he was still yearning for. When he meets Daniel, he can’t understand why Daniel likes him because Pasha thinks he’s unattractive since he no longer has a size 32 waist. In the beginning, it’s rough because it’s almost as if Pasha hates himself or at least his life. So, for me, it was brutal to see him debase himself in some ways (although it’s not extreme just sad) and some readers might have a hard time getting through this. However, as the story progressed, I couldn’t help but love Pasha. He doesn’t want much in his life except to be loved and respected by his father AND to have a man that loves him. Thankfully, he gets that in Daniel!
I will warn some readers that Pasha and Daniel move a little fast when it comes to love but, to me, it fit the story well. I enjoyed the intensity between them and I felt the love that they developed. I liked that they took things slow when it came to sex because of Daniel’s HIV but I also liked that their feelings for each other are shown and we get to experience every step of it. They call, they text, they go on dates, they even have some fights and we get to see it. It helped me connect with the characters, to get to know them in a way that had me very invested in the story.
With that said, this was an amazing novel that I loved reading. It’s sweet, intense and at times sad. I cried, I laughed and I fell in love with the characters and their journey. I even adored the secondary characters that weren’t so nice. I love Ms. Pattskyn’s writing and I really hope we’ll one day get more of either Pasha and Daniel (especially to meet Daniel’s family) or at least see the journey of another couple (*cough* Brett and Mark *cough*). For those readers looking for something that handles a range of issues that has a little angst but a happy ending, try this one because it was definitely something I enjoyed every step of the way!(less)
I loved this story. I read it months ago but I still remember it like I read it yesterday. It was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. Quick but pa...moreI loved this story. I read it months ago but I still remember it like I read it yesterday. It was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. Quick but packed with enough emotion that I cried while reading it. It was exactly the type of story I needed at the time (book funks suck). I just wished it had been longer. I'd love to read more of Luke and Cameron and see what they're relationship is like after the fact so I really hope there's a sequel in the works!(less)
This is difficult for me to rate. I loved and enjoyed the story very much. It's short but it's powerful, fast-paced and really touched a part of me.
Th...moreThis is difficult for me to rate. I loved and enjoyed the story very much. It's short but it's powerful, fast-paced and really touched a part of me.
The subject matter is one that I haven't read in m/m romance yet. It's dark and intense but at the same time light because it doesn't touch as deeply as it can on Skylar's issues and Ben's fight to help him. It's heart wrenching seeing Ben try to help Skylar and even worse experiencing Skylar so disjointed, disconnected and incoherent. I cried a lot during this book, it was really sad but I liked seeing the downhill spiral that Skylar went through because of his disorganized schizophrenia and Ben's way of trying to help him.
At the same time, this book isn't perfect. My main issue is that the story is so short that it doesn't delve deep enough to make these characters, the conflict or the resolution fleshed out and as developed as they can be. When I say it's fast-paced, I mean that it literally doesn't stop from one issue to another. Skylar gets worse and those are highlighted within the story back to back. He's jumbled and you see that so it feels almost too fast for the story but at the same time it's not. We don't get Skylar's POV, which saddened me because I would have loved to see Skylar's struggle through his treatment. I also felt like some of the dialogue was either too flowery and awkward or forced. Another thing is that, Skylar and Ben have strong feelings for each other but none of the lead up to those feelings are shown so by the end, they love each other but I didn't actually 'see' any of that developing love so it's hard for me to believe it's true.
In the end, this was a great read. The simply fact that it drew me in enough to make me cry outshines the issues I have with the story. I wish it had been longer and more developed but I can't deny I enjoyed the story as it was. I just hope there's more to come of these two because I'm interested to see how they settle in now that Skylar is more 'balanced' especially if it consists of experiencing Skylar's treatment. Definitely recommended for those looking for something quick but with an intense conflict.(less)
While this story doesn't have any romance in it, I found it so cute. It's about Noah coming out on national television unannounced and being accepted...moreWhile this story doesn't have any romance in it, I found it so cute. It's about Noah coming out on national television unannounced and being accepted for who he is. It's sweet and I laughed through a good part of the story, although Noah there aren't really any hints that Noah was gay until right before he outs himself. It was amazing how welcomed he was and the relief he felt after everything was said and done. I would really love to see Noah get an HEA, he deserves it.
Side note: This is YA but while Noah doesn't feel like a teenager, he is, in fact, still a minor. (less)
I really liked this one. For some reason, it reminded me of a traditional sweet romance where Alexi and Kellan meet and Alexi takes Kellan through the...moreI really liked this one. For some reason, it reminded me of a traditional sweet romance where Alexi and Kellan meet and Alexi takes Kellan through the city to show and explain to Kellan the beauty around old vegetables, dumpsters and alleys. It's sweet because a connection is formed before anything serious happens between them. I was really enjoying the story because of that. Unfortunately, it ended much to early and I was a bit disappointed and confused about the last events that happened. Aside from that, I really liked this one, the connection between Kellan and Alexi was engaging and I absolutely adored Kellan's grandmother. (less)
The blurb does a great job of describing the story. It’s a cute and sometimes funny tale of S...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
The blurb does a great job of describing the story. It’s a cute and sometimes funny tale of Steve attempting to diet but failing miserably. It’s also written in an interesting way where the first chapter is told from Steve’s third person POV but then the next is told through his journals (in first person) during the time of his diet. When Steve finally meets up with Jackson that is again told from his third person POV. It was intriguing the way this was done but I also felt like it took away some of the needed experience since the journals told instead of showed Steve and Jackson’s character development.
I’ve always enjoyed stories where the MC is not physically fit. With Steve being worried and insecure about his ‘dough boy body’ and thinking he needs to diet for Jackson to be attracted to him, it added some realism and sweetness to the story. It was amusing to see Steve’s troubles with dieting because, while he joined a gym and hired a trainer, he feed his trainer sweets and ended up not having to do endure half the torture he should have since he was stuffing his trainers face with desserts.
While I enjoyed Steve’s journals, I was very glad to finally see Steve and Jackson meet for the first time. I really liked the way they were simultaneously comfortable and nervous around each other. It was sweet seeing these boys, who know almost everything about each other, become slightly awkward in real life. It was just adorable. More than that, I really liked the laughs they had together. Some of the stories they told each other I found extremely hilarious! We don’t know much about Jackson but from what there is, he’s an amusing and patient guy, which suits Steve very well! Especially since he embraced Steve and all his extra cushion so excitedly.
However, the story is definitely too short. I would have really liked actually seeing these two talking and getting to know each other during their weekly Skype dates. Aside from the first scene, there’s none of that so I didn’t exactly feel the connection that was talked about. Because of that, I felt like the ending was a tad too fast and too easy for their first real get together. It was definitely sweet, though, so I did enjoy it.
Overall, a good story. If it had been longer, I bet I would have felt the connection Steve and Jackson so apparently had. I did enjoy their time together because it was both fun and adorable. It’s definitely a good read for someone looking for a quick and easy Christmas story that has both sweet, fun and sexy moments.(less)
I really enjoyed this story. While it starts with a one-night stand (thankfully fade to black), the author does a very good job of showing the relatio...moreI really enjoyed this story. While it starts with a one-night stand (thankfully fade to black), the author does a very good job of showing the relationship grow outside the bedroom. Jude is grouchy, standoffish and doesn't celebrate Hanukkah because of some problems with his family. Mac is full of life, fun to be around and exuberant. What he shows Jude is that sometimes you have to make the effort to get what you want.
At times, I was a bit sad over how Jude was treating Mac. It was obvious Mac wanted something more while Jude didn't. Thankfully, Jude came to his senses and realized the good thing he's got going. I wish this story was longer because I feel like their journey is just beginning. I would love to have a sequel and see Jude actually reconnect with his family while seeing him meet Mac's family. (less)
Alan is a pretty unique werewolf. Turned furry after a botched food experience, he’s now adjusted to h...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Alan is a pretty unique werewolf. Turned furry after a botched food experience, he’s now adjusted to his new lifestyle and embraced it. Out in the full moon one night, he follows a smell straight to Eric, a lonely looking vampire, walking a cat of all things. Eric knows right away what Alan is and, finding a kindred spirit, invites him home for a movie. An innocent night together lets them learn about each other and decide whether they want to pursue things further.
This was a really cute story. It’s adorable because both characters are awkward and shy around each other. They get along right away but they aren’t sure how to act. Alan’s attracted to Eric, especially his smell, but Eric can’t figure out why Alan came home with him. He constantly questions whether it’s because Eric was convenient to Alan’s otherwise insatiable appetite or if it’s for other reasons. They are both funny and cute and shy. They have innocent conversations that let them get to know each other better. I found them both to be funny and interesting even if there isn’t much depth to them. Eric also has this really huge cat, Princess, that is probably as big as a puma . He’s aggressive and needy and doesn’t like to be brushed off for what he probably thinks is a big dog. So cute!
What I really loved about the story, though, is how different Alan is as a werewolf. He wasn’t created by a bite or born that way but rather turned into a shifter from mixing the wrong ingredients while cooking. He doesn’t have a tail but instead walks on three legs with his left leg sticking up behind him, he can talk in his wolf form and the few days before the full moon he essentially becomes Chewbacca, he gets so hairy. He also didn’t automatically turn into a handsome stud, he’s forty-something and he has to work to keep himself in shape. Eric is a bit different because, as a vampire, he can’t produce enough blood to get an erection, although he can achieve something close to an orgasm by biting into a human. Since he can’t get an erection, he doesn’t have sex which is how he’s an (almost) virgin. He had it once, when he was turned, but it’s been decades since then with no sexual interactions. I liked the differences these two had, it set them apart from other vampires and shifters which was refreshing.
While I enjoyed the story very much, my biggest problem with it was the POVs, it’s told in alternating first person, which is my least favorite writing style. I was confused sometimes on who was ‘speaking’ and had to go back and reread especially when I had to put the book down for a bit, coming back to it was doubly confusing to figure out who’s POV it was in. Beyond that, the book was too short. I wouldn’t exactly classify this as romance but there are undertones to Alan and Eric becoming a couple later on. What we see in this story, however, is almost completely platonic except for a few brief kisses and a promise of tomorrow.
All in all, a cute short story that I really liked. I didn’t exactly like the writing but the characters and their one night together was adorable. I loved the uniqueness of being a werewolf and a vampire and I liked the relationship they’re developing and I wouldn’t mind getting a sequel and seeing them actually become the couple they’re promising to be.(less)
This was an adorable story. One I thought was very nicely done considering it is Ms. Devon's first m/m contemporary.
I really liked that we got to know the characters a bit and that baby Emily wasn't just a prop. She was a real, big part of the story and I really enjoyed that. Stefan was a bit funny and Greg was a bit of an ass but he loosened up eventually.
I wished the story had been longer so we could have been able to see more of them together. Maybe see how Greg actually acts now that he's willing to step out of the closet and what happens with his family. Only reason this isn't getting five stars is because I really would have liked to see those few weeks/months that were glossed over between the time they agreed to a relationship and the end of the story.
Other than that, this was an excellent read. Definitely recommended for something quick and easy that'll put a smile on your face.(less)
I really liked this book. It deals heavily in healing two people that have been pretty emotionally damaged and have had a rough life.
The way this sto...moreI really liked this book. It deals heavily in healing two people that have been pretty emotionally damaged and have had a rough life.
The way this story is written is quite intriguing. While the whole book is in third person, it's segregated into three parts. First part is from Samuel's POV, second part is from Rey's POV and third part is from both POVs. I've seen this style before and it's a style I'm very fond of. I liked getting to know each character in their own time from both perspectives without the mistakes of head-hopping.
Both characters are very fragile emotionally with a ton of baggage. Rey's life has been nothing but one bad thing after another while Samuel is still trying to get over something that happened years ago. Both are traumatized in their own way and they end up getting even more so within the story because their lives start to spiral downhill even more when they meet. It was fascinating to see how these two handled the situations they encountered and how they healed each other without really knowing it while still having to deal with Samuel wanting to be semi in the closet.
There were a few things I didn't like about the story, though. Samuel's past is based around his deceased lover, Ben, so there is a lot of detail about him. What I didn't like was how involved he was in the story. Almost everything Samuel did boiled down to Ben, he constantly compared things to Ben, his time with Ben, his love for Ben, how different Rey was from Ben, etc. I grew tiresome of that because I wanted things about Rey and Samuel not about a dead lover and Samuel.
I also thought the sex scenes were too long and too clustered together, at least for my tastes. I think the story could have used a bit more editing as well since there was misspelled names and missing words from sentences on more than one occasion. I was also confused a few times because little sentences that alluded to a mysterious person would be mentioned without explaining who that person was. Like, for instance, a Dan was mentioned once but never elaborated; Sky was mentioned but never elaborated (I finally figured out Sky was Schuyler a while after Sky was first mentioned). I was also hoping to get some answers on what Rey would do about getting custody but it's never brought up.
In the end, this was a wonderfully emotionally charged romance between two damaged men that I gobbled up. It had its faults but the story was very intriguing and what these two men went through and how they dealt with it, as well as the way they developed their relationship, was something I very much enjoyed. (less)
I've always been a fan of M.J. O'Shea's books and Coming Home is no exception. This story had the perfect amount of sweet, intense and sexy to it. It'...moreI've always been a fan of M.J. O'Shea's books and Coming Home is no exception. This story had the perfect amount of sweet, intense and sexy to it. It's a bit angsty and a bit frustrating but overall I really enjoyed it.
One thing I loved about this book was how Tally used to bully Lex in high school. Lex hated Tally and Tally was a complete asshole to him. It was heartbreaking but years later when they finally meet again it's like a role reversal where Lex is the asshole to Tally. Lex is bitter and angry still about what Tally constantly did to him in high school but he's also attracted to Tally. Soon, Lex realizes Tally isn't the same teenager he was and understands that Tally has grown up, experienced the hardships of life and soon starts to like this new and improved Tally. I also got some perverse joy out of the fact Tally is broke and homeless while Lex has the money and good life.
The intensity between them is amazing because of the way Lex tries to come to terms with the new Tally and the old Tally. There's also the fact Tally is Lex's employee which makes Lex very uncomfortable. Another thing I loved is the mistakes Tally made in that town before weren't just forgotten but were actually held against him to the point he had to win everyone back, so to speak.
While I really liked the story and how it developed, I got frustrated by the last third or so of the book. Actually, I was more pissed off at Tally than frustrated. He acted like a complete idiot and asshole all over again and it really annoyed me. The way he treated Lex and essentially didn't give a shit about Lex's feelings when it came to Tally's "friends" really got on my nerves. I wished Lex would have made Tally grovel a bit more. As it was, that final conflict dampened my enjoyment of the story. However, while the conflict annoyed me, I will say that it satisfied my curiosity of whether or not Tally would revert back to his old ways if given the chance. Unfortunately, it also made me think less of Tally.
Overall, the story ended on a sweet note. I actually gave a goofy smile because the last scene is absolutely adorable. The passion between Lex and Tally is hot and sweet and the secondary characters made the story both fun and humorous. I'm looking forward to the sequel with Drew and Mason (even though Drew is part of the reason for the last conflict).(less)
This was a cute story that deals with friends Christian and Remy. I loved being able to see the turmoil in Remy over how Chris was distancing himself,...moreThis was a cute story that deals with friends Christian and Remy. I loved being able to see the turmoil in Remy over how Chris was distancing himself, finding out exactly why Chris was being distant and then seeing how Remy tries to break through the barriers Chris puts up. I loved the idea around the Southern Winterland and how Chris keeps it going in honor of his Grandma Violet's holiday tradition. I enjoyed this one very much and my only complaint is that it's too short. I can't wait to see more of Remy and Chris in the By Degrees series but I'm especially looking forward to reading their book!(less)
Alright, so I still don't know how to write exactly how much I loved this story without gushing and making this review forty times longer than it shou...moreAlright, so I still don't know how to write exactly how much I loved this story without gushing and making this review forty times longer than it should be.
It was interesting seeing Tarin and Garrick adapting to their lives what with Garrick's hand and Tarin still a new boy, learning his way around the compound. Tarin was just as funny and stubborn as before. Garrick is a little more mellow but it's obvious how much Tarin and Garrick feel for each other. (view spoiler)[And no one knows how happy I am that Tarin chose Garrick over going back into the woods! OMG I was jumping for joy! I mean, I knew he'd stay but it was such a relief for the inner struggle Tarin had to be settled. Phew! (hide spoiler)]
The world still fascinated me and I suppose the only downfall to this book was the questions I still have about the world itself. But, we did delve deeper into the society and the world outside the compound including the Mothers and such which I found extremely fascinating. I loved being able to see more of Jonas and Aron (view spoiler)[and while the conflict with Aron and Jonas was a big part of the story, I never felt like it shouldn't have been there. In fact, I felt like it gave the story more substance because it showed Tarin and Garrick at their best and showed that they'd do anything for their friends (hide spoiler)] as well as the other Officers and their boys.
Honestly, while I still have questions, there's no way I can give less than 5 stars for this book because I know I'll remember it and Out of the Woods and still be able to reread them both without getting sick of them. I could never get sick of Tarin or Garrick and the world they come from.
I'm desperately hoping there is more to come of these two because if not I'll be extremely sad :( and might possibly have to hurt a certain author to write more ^_^ So, for anyone that is on the fence about reading this story or this series, my advice, just read it. It's an exceptional book. And that's all I have to say. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It took me a while to read this one for a variety of reasons. These reasons, however, are completely biased.
Adrien is a genius of a pastry chef. His t...moreIt took me a while to read this one for a variety of reasons. These reasons, however, are completely biased.
Adrien is a genius of a pastry chef. His talents are ultimately what gets the catering company he works for hired at a big event where he meets Tom, an up-and-coming composer. There's an instant spark between the two that quickly blossoms into love. However, while Adrien's love life is blooming, his personal life is falling apart. He'll have to learn how to handle a new job doing something he's never done before, deal with the threat of his past while trying to help his boss' nephew come to terms with who he is and trying to figure out if his love for Tom is more important than his dreams.
I couldn't really connect with the MC, Adrien. I didn't really understand him because of the way he thought and the actions that he did. I liked the other MC, though, Tom. He's a bit of a shallow character but he was likable in a simplistic way. I enjoyed the scenes that had them together and the banter they could swap back and worth for long lengths of time.
I did have a lot of conflict with this story. From the beginning I couldn't get into it because of a simple matter. The woman, Jess Babineaux. I have to say that I read m/m to enjoy the men in these books. When there are female characters I expect to not get certain details about them and that includes how beautiful, gorgeous and captivating a woman is over and over. And for that matter, I don't want an MC, that is supposed to be gay, constantly thinking about said woman. In the beginning, whenever Jess was brought into the picture it seemed like Adrien would go from thoughts of a gay guy to thoughts of a straight guy in a matter of a sentence, giving detailed descriptions about how lovely and flirty Jess was, how her laugh made him tingle or get warm, the curvaceousness of her curves, etc. I'm sorry but that is not something I like to read about in m/m especially when Jess was given more details than any of the other men in the book.
That right there set the tone for this book. I did not enjoy the parts with Jess in them. Unfortunately, a big part of the book revolves around Jess which made this almost excruciating to finish and almost impossible to like. It also made me more critical with the other conflicts in the story and as such I just could not believe there were no repercussions for what Adrien did in his past. The end felt too rushed to me and the conflict around Mark, Adrien's boss' nephew, seemed like a convenient way to tie up the threat with Adrien's past. I'm also left with a lot of questions, most of them about Adrien's past but a few about Mark, how him finding things out didn't make sense fully to me and some questions about Tom.
With that said, I did enjoy the parts solely based on Tom and Adrien's budding relationship. I unfortunately cannot recommend this book. I can, however, suggest to take what I've said into consideration and if you are still on the fence whether to try it or not, I would encourage you to try it because every book hated by one is loved by another. (less)
I've been trying to think of a review for this book for a few days now but it's extremely hard for me. As with the rest of the series I've re...more3.5 stars
I've been trying to think of a review for this book for a few days now but it's extremely hard for me. As with the rest of the series I've read, there are things I liked about the book and there are things I didn't like about the book. So, instead of just ranting like I've done with Where He Ends and I Begin and Love at First Sight, I'm just going to link to a few other reviews that cover basically what I want to say. So, check out Rossy's review, Gwengwel's review and Kassa's review. They do a pretty good job of summing the book up.
This has to be my favorite out of the series, though. Mostly because instead of the 'perfect', kind, sweet, loveable characters that were in the other books, this one actually has a character who is the complete opposite. Zach is brash, blunt, kind of emotionally messed up and an asshole. I liked him because of that. He doesn't give a shit what others think and when he feels hurt he reacts badly to everything, bringing forth all his asshole tendencies. He makes stupid decisions when he feels like he's being slighted in some way. That's why I liked the book. Of course, Zach ends up becoming mushy like almost every other character in the series but I liked him when he was a bastard while it lasted.
Unfortunately, Zach is also why I didn't like some of the story. He made some choices (that were stupid and idiotic, IMO) that put me off the book. Yeah, I still liked him but I didn't like how it was handled in the story. (view spoiler)[Basically, Aaron pores his heart out to Zach, tells him he loves him and that he wants to make a relationship work. Zach agrees that he wants to try it as well and they go out on a date. Dinner and a party. Well, they get to the party and Zach starts getting drunk. He sees Aaron talking to this other guy and gets jealous so what does he do? Goes and has a menage with a few other guys. Um, yeah, that's like cheating in my eyes. I mean, how can you go to a party with a guy (it's a date after all) and knowing that this guy is in love with you, go and have sex with a few other people? Um, yeah, buddy, that's just fucked up. Now, I can handle cheating when I need to. I was blindsided by it but I could have handled it. What made the whole matter worse was Aaron knew all about it. He picked Zach up when Zach was down, took him home, cared for him and acted like nothing happened. After that, Zach goes home and they never talk about it EVER again. It was just swept under the rug... Now what was the point of even putting that in there if the author wasn't even going to use it to it's full advantage? I wanted feelings from Aaron. I wanted a big blow up about how Aaron is the victim. Instead it felt like Zach was the victim. But whatever. That's what I didn't like about the book which put me kind of off the rest of the book. Wow, so much for not ranting! Lol. (hide spoiler)] There were a few other things I didn't like about the book but if I stated all of them it'd look like I didn't like the story (which I did!) but my rant would totally contradict that statement.
Anyway, I read a few reviews before reading this one (Granted it was a while ago but I still read them) and in none of the reviews I read, nobody mentioned any of the things I had a problem with. Like for instance, THE HEADCASE SCENE (aptly named by Rossy) was never mentioned by any reviewer. Were Rossy and I the only ones who had a problem with it? (Btw, THE HEADCASE SCENE is the scene in the spoiler brackets above). But again, there were a few other scenes Rossy and I had a problem with and NO ONE stated anything about them. It was WEIRD! No one else had any problem with the story besides it being too sweet and too perfect? Argh. Maybe it was because Rossy and I decided to read the series back to back and because of that were overloaded with too much sweetness while other readers weren't so they didn't nitpick things from the book. I don't know but if you want to know what all we had problems with, check out Rossy and my comments on our Reading Progresses. I think we might have even been ranting about them on our Reading Progresses for Where He Ends and I Begin and Love at First Sight as well but I can't remember.
Overall, I think anyone who likes this series will like this one as well. Although, if you are one of those people who hate being blindsided by some things, I definitely advise you to check out Rossy and my comments. They tell all. (Gah, so much for not writing a long review! Damnit)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really loved this one. It was a very cute, sweet, short story.
I really liked Joel and his fear of getting into a relationship with Aaron because of...moreI really loved this one. It was a very cute, sweet, short story.
I really liked Joel and his fear of getting into a relationship with Aaron because of what his ex-partner did. Even though he's loved Aaron for so long, he still can't get past what happened in the past and it was sweet watching Aaron break down Joel's walls slowly but surely. I loved Aaron, too. He won Joel over by showing him he didn't have to support Aaron, that Aaron can support himself. Showing Joel how much he cares by being there when Joel needed him most and by taking care of him when he was hurt.
This was a cute story. I mean, I liked it but there was just something missing from it that couldn't hold my attention for that long so I put...more3.5 Stars
This was a cute story. I mean, I liked it but there was just something missing from it that couldn't hold my attention for that long so I put it down and picked it up a few times.
Shiloh and Allen are likable characters. We get a little glimpse of who they are in little details and how they spend their time together. The times that Shiloh didn't realize he had flour or icing or something on his face just made me smile and even though Allen is a recluse, it seemed like he blossomed a little bit from being with Shiloh.
I felt that the issue with Allen's job was 'fixed' way too easily, though. With how much it was talked about and how big of an issue it posed for the story, the resolution to it was over basically before I clicked to the next page on my kindle. I would have liked for it to have been a bit more explained, with maybe more drama to it. As it was, the ending just fell flat to me. :-/
Overall, I enjoyed the story even if it felt a little unfinished. If there is more in the series, I hope we get to see some of the characters from His Christmas Wish and some more of Shiloh and Allen. (less)
**spoiler alert** While reading A Taste of Love, my feelings about it fluctuated. At times, I really liked the story and then at other times I felt it...more**spoiler alert** While reading A Taste of Love, my feelings about it fluctuated. At times, I really liked the story and then at other times I felt it was dragging just a little. Overall, though, I really did like the plot and the story line flowed most of the time.
I'm not a big crier but I cried in this one. The reason? What happened in this story is very close to what happened to one of my good friends and because I'm so close to her, reading this brought back all the pain she shared with me and it made me cry. *sniffle* My heart ached just reading about it and for that I loved it because there was an amiable solution, whereas my friend didn't get one.
Billy's twenty-one and caring for five year old twins. His father died two months ago while his mother died a few days after the twins were born. Trying to find any job to feed his brothers, Billy meets Darryl who gives him a job at his restaurant. Attraction runs deep for both of them and when Darryl finds out Billy has two small brothers, he does what he can to make Billy's life easier while at the same time, they fall for each other. Emotions runs high, however, when Billy finds out his brothers just might not be blood-related.
Both Billy and Darryl have their issues. Whereas Billy is dealing with taking care of his brothers, Darryl is dealing with past emotions that never went away. He's broken on the inside thinking that what he feels for Billy, who is only nine years younger, is wrong. The main reason for his internal conflict is because he was caught with his best friend when he was younger and shipped off to some type of religious program to 'cure' the gay in him, making him think having feelings for someone younger is wrong. It was interesting to watch Darryl work through his guilt and I liked how Darryl treated the twins like they were his sons. It was extremely sweet. I did love the fact that this book revolved around Darryl's restaurant and the staff in it. The secondary characters were great and even had me laughing a time or two. ^_^
Some problems I had with the book, though, was the fact that we don't really get to know the characters as people. We see their reactions to the conflicts in the story but I just couldn't relate to either Billy or Darryl. I, also, felt like there was nothing really in common between the two which is based on the fact that we don't really know who the characters are except for the implications that they are good-hearted people. Which is evident on how they treat the twins.
I was also confused when Darryl called his mom when he was feeling guilty for liking Billy. I didn't understand her reaction to Darryl telling her how Billy was younger. Yeah, she was supportive but some of the things she said just didn't make sense to me. Maybe if it was explained more I'd have understood her statement but since it wasn't, I didn't. *shrugs*
All in all, a good book. If you've read Andrew Grey and liked his books then you'll love this one. If you haven't read him, then I suggest you pick this book up and take a look. He's a great writer. (less)
This one was so cute and funny, I absolutely loved it. It has one of those story lines that I hate and love at the same time because it makes my heart...moreThis one was so cute and funny, I absolutely loved it. It has one of those story lines that I hate and love at the same time because it makes my heart clench a bit but still makes me giddy when things work out in the end. It's sad that there won't be a second volume because I'd love to see more of these two!(less)