Having just finished Threshold a few days ago and getting to know Griffin a little more through that story, I was excited to re...moreLOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
Having just finished Threshold a few days ago and getting to know Griffin a little more through that story, I was excited to read another story of Whyborne and Griffin before they actually get the case for Threshold.
So, when Heather C texted me that this little gem of a story was solely from Griffin's POV, I COULD NOT WAIT to read it! Threshold let me get to know Griffin a little better and to truly understand his feelings for Whyborne but this story really put into perspective just how much Griffin loves Whyborne and how much he fears losing the socially awkward doctor.
While the story is short, it packs a big punch with Griffin wanting to surprise Whyborne with dinner, theater. and a sweet card for Valentine's Day. That is until he gets an urgent case that requires him to not only require Whyborne's help but ultimately ruins his surprise date all together.
It's a sweet story and I truly loved getting inside Griffin's head and seeing just what he thought, his fears and his desires. I admit, I was a little worried during Threshold but if I had read this first, I most likely wouldn't have been. A great little slice of life... or should I say heaven?... for these boys! I'm looking forward to get more POVs from Griffin in the future!(less)
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)
Lucas Tripp has a problem… or make that several problems. Not only does he have to worry himself to d...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Lucas Tripp has a problem… or make that several problems. Not only does he have to worry himself to death about his family, his money and his responsibilities but now he has to worry about where his sister’s smitten suitor has disappeared to and forced to find the missing man. His only help is his gigantic dog and his boyfriend, Alex Booker. But, before he knows it, Lucas is sucked into an adventure that has him talking to strange men who speak a different language, losing his spoiled brat of a cousin and thrust into a magical mystery he had no idea even existed. The only shining part in all this? Alex. Will Lucas be able to make his life sane or will things blow up before he even has a chance to figure out just what is going on?
This is a difficult review to write. There were parts of the story I enjoyed and then parts I struggled with. I enjoyed the characters, for the most part. Lucas is very naive for the world he lives in and quite oblivious when it comes to certain things as well. He’s adorably cute when he’s flustered or nervous or upset… or, well he’s adorable all the time. Alex is very dashing and charming. I loved that he’s such a huge contrast of who Lucas is because that makes their relationship all the more appealing… especially since Alex has a jealous and possessive streak a mile long. The story doesn’t revolve around them as a couple, it’s more about the adventure, but their relationship and their chemistry is interwoven throughout the story so that you can understand their connection to this point, which helps because Alex and Lucas are already a couple when the book begins.
One of my issues with this story is that it’s a bit dry for my tastes. I’m sure Lucas’ thoughts were supposed to come off as funny or at least amusing but I found them a tad annoying, which brings me to my next issue. His inner monologue is very long-winded and runs off into multiple directions that were hard for me to follow, not to mention the repeating his monologue into dialogue sometimes grew annoying. I didn’t find him and his thoughts humorous or witty, they were just… irritating and a bit boring… and confusing. To be honest, I don’t even remember, or understand, half of what Lucas was thinking. It grew tiresome keeping up with his thoughts, which lessened my enjoyment of the book a great deal.
However, I won’t say there isn’t anything good about this book. Actually, if you can get passed Lucas’ inner monologue, the plot is somewhat suspenseful and interesting. It was intriguing trying to figure out how Lucas and his land played a part in everything that happens and even funny to see Lucas squeal or screech when he was startled… not to mention how he would swoon. One character I really enjoyed was Laurie, Lucas’ cousin. I absolutely adored the spoiled little prince and how much trouble he caused everyone.
In the end, this book had it’s good parts and it’s bad parts. I do like Ms. Cummings’ writing although Lucas’ inner monologue was just too much for me. The world that was created and the adventure that Lucas and Alex are forced to take was intriguing and fun. With the way the book ended, I’m looking forward to seeing what other mischief Lucas and Alex get themselves into… especially if Laurie ends up causing more trouble for the two. If you don’t have issues with an overabundance of inner monologue or a fantastical historical setting, give this one a try.(less)
Before I started this story, I didn’t bother to look at the blurb to see what it was about....moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Before I started this story, I didn’t bother to look at the blurb to see what it was about. All I knew was that it involved Whyborne and Griffin and that was enough for me. If I had read the blurb, however, I most likely would never have picked it up because of my aversion to reading books with exes in them. Yes, I have weird hangups! LOL
While I’m a little peeved that Elliot, Griffin’s ex, caused so much mischief, I won’t deny that I’m glad I read this because I ultimately enjoyed it. It shows Whyborne, Griffin and Christine as they go on another of their adventures. This time investigating some strange occurrences in a mining town for Whyborne’s father. While they knew it might be something ‘paranormal’ they had no idea just what they were getting themselves into. With the threat of not only Elliot causing doubts between Whyborne and Griffin but mysterious disappearances, strangely acting individuals and disturbing abominations, the gang have to once again fight for their lives and the lives of the people within the town of Threshold.
Even having just read Widdershins a few weeks back, I found that I missed reading about Whyborne and Griffin. Whyborne is still awkward and uncomfortable in just about any situation while Griffin is that steady rock, filled with calmness and soothing words. The effect they have on each other is potent to say the least and I found the way their relationship developed and grew during this novel very appealing and ultimately sweet. I love the fact that their love is bone-deep and can withstand temptation. It warms my heart, to be honest!
My only issue with this one, though, was how long it took me to really get into the story. Up until about 40% or so, I didn’t feel that need to keep reading like I did with Widdershins. Around that time, though, I did get that feeling and ended up gobbling up the book after that point. I also have one question: With Whyborne’s ability to create fire, why didn’t he ever try to blow up one of the creatures? I would think they’d have enough combustibility in them to be lit on fire and ultimately burn…
In the end, this was still a great story. The characters are still intriguing and Ms. Hawk has a way of weaving a good tale around not only legends and history but incorporating disturbing creatures within it. I can’t wait to read more of Whyborne and Griffin because, honestly, I really want to know what they get themselves into next!(less)
I was hesitant to read this one because of the mention of a 'true girlfriend'. That led to all types of questions like does that mean Ethan i...more3.5 stars
I was hesitant to read this one because of the mention of a 'true girlfriend'. That led to all types of questions like does that mean Ethan is straight? Is he just gay for Jacob? Or is he seriously in denial? Does he not want to come out of the closet? Or is he bi? Suffice it to say, Ethan is in the closet (sort of) and there's just a dash of good old fashion manipulation that takes place in this story (although in the background), which I am kind of grateful for or else I probably wouldn't have finished the story.
This book is told in a somewhat unique style and solely from Jacob's POV. We experience Jacob and Ethan's first meet that happens on Jacob's 23rd birthday at which point they are very infatuated with each other and there's an obvious connection. After that, we see Jacob two months after their break up, devastated and heartbroken, which takes place after they were together for a year and a half. We experience the yearning Jacob still has for Ethan and his struggles to trust Ethan again but more than that, Jacob is trying to find closure that he doesn't actually want... but that closure brings Jacob to the realization that Ethan is quitting the one job he's ever loved and his quest to figure out exactly why he's doing that.
I loved that Jacob had a huge crush on Ethan before they even met because of how Jacob would never miss one of Ethan's shows on the radio. Ethan had a sinfully seductive voice and Jacob could pinpoint that voice anywhere without knowing what Ethan looked like. It was very cute. I was also grateful that we didn't have to see the whole reason for their break up play out but I can't deny that I liked this author's writing enough that I might have stuck through it anyway if that was shown. There's an easy pace but it is also very fast but more than that, this author had a slightly lulling effect on me that made me want to continue no matter what these boys got into.
At the same time, I think one of the major downfalls of this short story is its lack of depth and characterization. The majority of it is told rather than shown so we don't experience most of it for ourselves but through a retelling from Jacob. More than that, even having finished the book, I still don't know much about either Jacob or Ethan and I think that was a real shame because they had a lot of potential to be those characters a reader can really connect with. Another thing, though, is the transition between their meeting and their break up was very sudden and didn't flow right. I was left confused and felt like my kindle book was missing pages.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It's hard for me to rate it because of the gaps and the lack of depth and characterization but at the same time, I really liked the story because it was light and didn't go too deep so it made it easier to read in one sitting. It's quick and light and had a lot of potential but I did like this author's easy writing so I'll round up this time even if I was confused after each time there was a gap. Btw, I realize how contradicting I sound but I just can't help it! Anyway, it's short so I think everyone should at least try it. I do love the fact that it deals with a radio jockey and the fact Jacob crushes on the guy so hard and then gets his birthday wish to meet Ethan. Totally adorable.(less)
*****Warning: This review gives brief spoilers of Six Degrees of Lust - the first novel in this serial*****
One of the reasons why I love Mac and Sam i...more*****Warning: This review gives brief spoilers of Six Degrees of Lust - the first novel in this serial*****
One of the reasons why I love Mac and Sam is because their chemistry is so intense that it scorches off the pages. No matter if they're having sex, verbally sparring or silently declaring their possessiveness there's always that sexual tension that's constant between them that I absolutely adore.
In this short story, their chemistry is still amazing. It takes place a little bit before the end of Six Degrees of Lust during their vacation in South Beach. That night that Sam leaves his fears behind and gives Mac a night that he'll really enjoy. It was great to finally see what they did that night, how Sam acted and what ultimately led to them getting their matching tattoos. It goes beyond the terms of their 'relationship' but finally getting to see Sam and Mac act the way they really want to gives an inside look into just how far these two have come and how much more they still have to go through.
I love that Sam is still the gruff guy afraid of relationships but that you see the hints of how freaked he is that Mac is starting to mean more to him than just a willing body. I also loved that Mac is still so careful with Sam but teases him like no one else can. He knows how to push Sam to get what he wants but he also knows when to back off when he sees Sam starting to get the urge to bolt.
Overall, I loved this short story because it was a little taste further into Mac and Sam's relationship. These are one of my favorite characters and it was great to see their night out in South Beach. I'm even more eager to read Six Degrees of Separation now! Can't wait!(less)
It's no secret that I'm a big Mary Calmes fan. She is like comfort food for me. I always know what I'm going to get and I know I'm going to enjoy it w...moreIt's no secret that I'm a big Mary Calmes fan. She is like comfort food for me. I always know what I'm going to get and I know I'm going to enjoy it while I eat read it.
In this one we see a different type of conflict. Sivan and Walter have been together 17 years and raised two kids but now things are stagnant to the point Sivan asks for a divorce thinking it's what Walter wants and what they both need. This story spans over nine months and shows what these two are like during their pending divorce. Situations happen that require them to run into each other and it's just a matter of time before one of them pulls their head out of their ass and realize the best thing in their life is the love they have for each other. The "home" they've created together.
I loved both Sivan and Walter because of how they complete each other. That bickering only couples who have been together forever and are still fond of each other can only achieve is just so adorable to me and these boys do a lot of that. Sivan is very stubborn and adamant that Walter doesn't really want him while Walter is very firm in the fact his feelings haven't changed but unfortunately, Walter relies on actions instead of words and Sivan is pretty oblivious so he doesn't understand what Walter is trying to show him. Sivan is as far into denial as you can get but I found his stubbornness amusing. I also loved that Walter, while giving Sivan his wish of separating, still is very dominate and aggressive whenever they meet up. *sigh* I can't help it. I just love characters that are pushy and Walter is exactly that. Calmes has a tendency to write the same characters over and over but since they're always dominating, possessive characters, I don't mind that all her stories have the same guys. Plus, these two were so sweet and cute together. Their passion ran deep and even after being separated for nine months that never stops but just gets more intense.
My only problem was that there was too much sex for me. Thankfully no sex that features other people besides Sivan and Walter but with such a short story, it's hard for me not to get a bit annoyed when there's so much smut. Most likely others won't feel this way because I have a very low tolerance for smexy moments (and it's been even worse lately). So, I started losing interest after the third sex scene. Beyond that, the little conflicts throughout the story were a tad weak, as well as the final conflict but that didn't deteriorate my enjoyment of the story. The ending was so cute, although, I wished it had been a bit longer so that we could have gotten to know more about what happens next.
Overall, a good story but that's no surprise, IMO. I loved the characters, their bickering, and their stubbornness. I wished it had been longer because I felt like things were just getting started and a new chapter was opening up for Sivan and Walter but it was still a very amusing and enjoyable read. (less)
When I read Six Degrees of Lust I fell in love with Mac and Sam as both individuals and as a couple. Mac is a sweet, gentle guy who knows just how to...moreWhen I read Six Degrees of Lust I fell in love with Mac and Sam as both individuals and as a couple. Mac is a sweet, gentle guy who knows just how to handle Sam while Sam was an asshole hellbent on pushing Mac as far away as possible. In this story, however, they grow as characters and I really loved that. Sam, who used to deny every feeling he had towards Mac, is slowly starting to embrace it and is will to do absolutely everything to keep his kitten. Mac has always known just how far to push Sam to get him to admit things but in this one, Mac is the one forced to voice certain situations that he rather had been kept quiet until a different time. They both still have their familial issues that they must deal with but the difference is now they're dealing with them together and that's a major step in their relationship.
Since this is a serial and an ensemble, we are still thrust into the mystery of trying to catch a serial killer while getting multiple POVs. The story is still focused on Sam and Mac and how they're dealing with their feelings but now it's more focused on the Leviticus case. The mystery is starting to unravel and we learn more and more about why Lev is killing so many gays in Texas and New York. We also start to see more of how every character is connected in some way. I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy this serial so much because every character has a purpose and are all interwoven somehow. The concept of 'six degrees of separation' is in full force in this novel and seeing it all unfold was a pure delight! And as the story progressed, I got more and more enamored with it so by the end, I was anxious to see what would happen next.
I'm not going to give away any spoilers (even though I want to) so that probably makes this review a little bland but I will say this: If you loved Six Degrees of Lust I bet you'll love this one as well. We not only get more of Mac and Sam (who I ADORE) but we really start to explore more of the other characters and how everything and everyone is linked. No longer is it a 'possibility' one character knows another but now it's fact that they've met. I can't wait to read the next one and to see more of all the characters! (Especially Zane and Duncan! Hehe) (less)
This is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already...moreThis is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already great storyline.
I love that we finally got Liam and Cormac. They are both such fascinating characters that I was anxiously awaiting their story. At the start of this one, Cormac is a bit messed up still from the events in the last book, Body Magic. He's scared of hurting everyone especially Simon and the kids. Liam is both worried and upset over Cormac's disappearance because it's hurting his alpha-mate, Simon. Liam and Cormac together were so hot, I loved how great their chemistry was. They also worked so well together. When one of them was thinking of something and trying to convey it to everyone else, the other would pick up on the train of thought and be able to make sense of it. It was both amusing and so adorable.
I loved that this story picked up very close to the end of the last book because we got to see how everyone was handling what happened. This was definitely a suspenseful ride with some very shocking moments (Like I seriously can't believe you did one thing, Poppy!) to sweet and intense moments. I had a blast reading this one because we got to see everyone again AND finally get the missing pieces to the puzzle that had everything making much more sense. I had no idea I had questions leftover from the previous books until I read parts and went "OMG, that makes so much sense now!" More than that, I loved how everything played out, especially the end, because it had me hanging on the edge of my seat.
I will say that at first, it was hard for me to remember what had happened in the last story but as the book progressed, the more and more I was reminded of what happened, which I'm so thankful for. The only drawback of the story is that I wish there had been more Liam and Cormac together as a couple. In the beginning, we see their relationship start to blossom. That chemistry you could see in previous books bringing them together intimately. However, the farther into the story, the less we got of them together alone. There are a few moments interspersed where they are showing their feelings but not as much as I was hoping so towards the end, I didn't feel like they were definitely mates (like I felt towards Simon/Gray & Cade/Rocky). This was bittersweet because I loved that we got more of Simon and Gray but saddened that it took away from Liam and Cormac's relationship.
All in all, Soul Magic was a great ending to a fabulous series. As usual, Ms. Dennison's writing was amazing and the pacing was perfect for this story. I loved that everything is concluded and I'm definitely satisfied with finally getting a resolution to the overall conflict throughout the story arc. I loved this world and I'm hoping that maybe one day we'll get a spin-off or something (hint hint, wink wink) :D(less)
Lavender Skies starts exactly where Duanta Beads leaves off with Evan leaving his home to be with Rourke and live as a Common. Now sporting a thick layer of fur himself, Evan gets to see the sun for the first time without fearing for his life. His adjustment to his new life is rocky at best, made more difficult by how his fur differs in color from everyone elses, but he has Rourke and that’s all he needs. Left to wonder what skills he can offer the village, Evan comes to realize the Commons are in the same situation with reproduction as the Vaultees and, as a geneticist, he’s hoping he can figure out a solution. Along the way, events happen that cause Rourke to drift away and a lack of communication and cultural differences threatens their fledgling relationship.
I’m a bit confused on why this series is separated into multiple stories when they could most likely easily make up a full novel when completed. Regardless, I liked this one a lot. Not only do we get thrust back into this world with it’s fascinating occurrences and how different the world is after the Bang but we get to explore more of Rourke’s culture. It was interesting to see how Evan fit in with the Commons and how people reacted to him. Rourke has quickly became my favorite character in his simple ways and feelings. He adores Evan and is hurt by some of the things Evan unintentionally does. I liked Evan as well but the way he thinks sometimes makes me want to just shake some sense into him.
This book follows Evan as he gets accustomed to Rourke’s culture and the language. It was interesting to see how he settled in but then how he went back to his own people to get them to follow his lead. Both species (if you can even call them that) are facing the same problems and if they just merged their talents and knowledge, they could get their problems solved. Beyond that, where the first story is of Rourke and Evan getting to know each other, this one shows how their feelings can be misconstrued and causes some confusion. I found it very sad because it hurt Rourke more than it hurt Evan, who didn’t realize what his actions were doing.
In some ways, I liked this story better than the first one, especially since we get to see so much of the Commons culture and how things work with them. However, a big conflict within the story was a lack of communication, which I’m not much of a fan of, but also towards the end, Evan started to become a bit too obsessive over a friend he had while he was living underground. I grew slightly annoyed by that because it makes me think sometime in the future, a move will be made that I won’t like, which dampened my enjoyment a bit. That’s just me, though, so chances are, other readers won’t be thinking that way. Aside from that, this story had some of the same problems as the first one, where a lot of head-hopping takes place and an abrupt ending, which I was a bit baffled at. I don’t quite agree with Evan’s reasoning towards something and I’m wondering how their lack of communication and cultural differences will be fixed so that Evan can convey his wishes towards Rourke. I’m also wondering, as Evan being a scientist, why he did not warn the others he injected about symptoms they should look out for with their change.
All in all, I really did enjoy the story. I don’t quite agree with some of it but I can’t deny this series absolutely fascinates me with the world and how much I’ve come to love Rourke. The relationship between Rourke and Evan develops a bit further and I loved getting to know the customs and ways of Rourke’s people. I’m looking forward to the next in the series and seeing how the story progresses from there. I’m also secretly hoping that Jimbo gets a man of his own... maybe Kenneth?? We shall see and hopefully soon!(less)
Liam, Travis and Hannah are just starting to settle into their new lives as a family when thi...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Liam, Travis and Hannah are just starting to settle into their new lives as a family when things within the pack start to become troublesome. Hannah’s extraordinary gift is causing the pack to become fearful of what she represents. When push comes to shove, Liam must decide between his family and his pack but family always comes first. Now Liam has to figure out a way to keep Travis and Hannah safe by himself and build up the courage to let Travis know just how much he and Hannah have come to mean to Liam.
I liked this one better than the first one because it had more conflict that branched out to include more of the shifter community. I also felt like this one was livelier with more emotions in it. You see further into Liam as a character and realize he has a knack for the dramatic but also a world of love for Travis and Hannah. Travis is more accepting and laid-back in this book because his life is settled and not as rough as it was. Hannah is, of course, still extremely adorable and I loved the little scenes with her even if I did think once or twice that her attitude seemed like a girl older than a two-year old.
This story had more action than the last. Whereas Almost Paradise was a sweet, slow story, this one was slightly too fast for the amount of conflict within it. Regardless, I found all of it very entertaining because it was so different than the first one but also because Liam tended to get a tad snarky while he’s snarling at other shifters.
I believe this series still suffers from a lack of detail because I still have questions about Hannah and the shifter community. To be honest, there’s a six month gap between Almost Paradise and this book that would have been beneficial to read about because it seemed like Liam figured out what Hannah was, how she used her abilities and how he found out that information that would have been nice to read about. We are told instead of shown, though, and that actually created more questions than answers. Beyond that, this book was a bit too rushed, which made the resolutions for each conflict seem a tad weak. I think the fact the whole story takes place over 24 hours added to the rushed feeling. If it had been spaced out over a longer period of time with a bit more details around everything, this story would have been a very good one.
All in all, I still really enjoyed it. It’s sweet with more romance than the last book but also with more action as well. We get to see more into Liam’s side of things by meeting new shifters and getting a taste of what a shifter life is like. I do love the way Liam and Travis are progressing in their relationship even if it is very fast, it’s still sweet. I’m curious is Samson, Liam’s alpha, will be getting a story. Even though he was a bit of a bastard, I’d still love to read about him getting his own man!(less)
I'm glad we got to revisit the Holland brothers and their mates and children. It was a sweet story that gave you a taste from each person. More than t...moreI'm glad we got to revisit the Holland brothers and their mates and children. It was a sweet story that gave you a taste from each person. More than that, I really liked that we got to see how they are all holding up. Seeing Rick and Jake with their new daughter, Marcus and Brian with their twins, Zack and Simon with Hayley, and Alex and Jason thinking of children, it was a great slice of life that I really enjoyed especially since they are all happy. A very cute addition to this series.(less)
I really liked Ryan. He was funny, cute and appliances hated him. I disliked Jordan a lot. I thought he was a selfish prick. I can understand wanting...moreI really liked Ryan. He was funny, cute and appliances hated him. I disliked Jordan a lot. I thought he was a selfish prick. I can understand wanting to stay in the closet and making Ryan become just "the roommate" but trying to hook up with him while Jordan's family was still there but not willing to come out was just ridiculous to me. It actually made me mad and I felt really sorry for Ryan having to go through that.
Beyond that, the story isn't bad. I enjoyed Jordan's family because everyone seemed to be crazy but the coming out was a bit flat. Jordan was panicky and nervous about being found out yet he's pretty damn calm when his family catches him sleeping on Ryan's chest. I would have enjoyed a lot more groveling from Jordan but Ryan gave in too easily, IMO. The exchange of presents between Jordan and Ryan was sweet, though.(less)
This story really should have used more pages. While it's interesting to read about how an FBI agent and an active Army guy make a relationsh...more2.5 stars
This story really should have used more pages. While it's interesting to read about how an FBI agent and an active Army guy make a relationship work, it has no depth to anything else so we don't actually know how they make it work. It was cute but where I thought there should have been more information about the couple, the situation, etc. there was sex instead. To me, that was a turn off because there was more sex than talking between the guys. I thought the chinchillas were cute and the limited banter they shared was adorable but I like my stories with more plot than sex and this one was more sex than plot.(less)
This was such a sweet, and slightly sappy, story. Filled with fluff, it was adorable seeing Aaron get all flustered and eventually seeing what he goes...moreThis was such a sweet, and slightly sappy, story. Filled with fluff, it was adorable seeing Aaron get all flustered and eventually seeing what he goes through to get Ben a present that's just for him. I enjoyed it very much and while the characters aren't that developed, the relationship between Aaron and Ben was just a dose of fun happiness. They were still in the honeymoon stage with starry eyes and it was just a very cute story. Definitely wished it had been much longer and had more details with Ben and Aaron going home to Ben's family for Christmas.(less)
This story was too short! But I absolutely adored it! James is hunting for his Christmas presents from his lover, Matt, when he comes across a variety...moreThis story was too short! But I absolutely adored it! James is hunting for his Christmas presents from his lover, Matt, when he comes across a variety of things that let him see a side to Matt that he always knew was there but rarely sees. The last article he finds was so sweet, I have such a goofy smile from reading it. I really liked both James and Matt but we don't know them that much and I think if this story was at least novella sized, it would have been phenomenal since we could have gotten to know these boys and their lives. Still a good Christmas story, IMO.(less)
The story takes place over a period of weeks, mostly while Captain Alexander Porterfield and first lie...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
The story takes place over a period of weeks, mostly while Captain Alexander Porterfield and first lieutenant Tom Anderson are out at sea. When they are on land, they embrace their alone time together but while at sea, they don’t tempt fate with being caught so they show amazing restraint by acting like they are just friends. I really liked how they were able to separate their lives like that even though it was obvious it almost killed them not to be able to visibly worry about the other without causing suspicions.
While this story isn’t exactly sweet, there were moments that were absolutely precious and had me smiling ridiculously. While Alexander might be a big, strapping macho man, he’s also sentimental and very much in love with Tom. I found his moments of thinking of Tom very endearing. Tom, however, is a bit different. He’s brash and shows his feelings for Alexander when he can. Their relationship is quite solid even though it must be hidden from everyone else.
The plot gives two distinct conflicts: dealing with a traitor and fighting other ships. Deciphering the information the traitor knew and figuring out how to deal with him lent the story a bit of mysteriousness. I really liked the way that was handled because Tom wasn’t going to lie down and take it while being blackmailed. He dished it right back and that was very entertaining.
The suspense of fighting other ships was a bit mellow so I was saddened it wasn’t given much detail because I’d have really enjoyed the action it provided. Aside from that, my only other problem was that some of the language completely stumped me. Whether it was because of the language used back then or the lingo for the ship, I was thoroughly confused quite often with what Alexander and Tom were speaking of.
Overall, I really enjoyed Tom and Alexander’s adoration for each other and how they coped with their situation. While the ending was left open-ended (it’s up to the reader to decide whether it’s a HFN or HEA), I would have liked a bit more concrete answers on how Alexander and Tom will handle Tom’s promotion after their next assignment but it was a fitting end to a nice story.(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)
Reading the blurb, I was immediately intrigued by this one because I’ve always liked a good scavenger...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Reading the blurb, I was immediately intrigued by this one because I’ve always liked a good scavenger hunt. Because this story is so short, the details of the hunt are very limited but what Skyy discovers during the little game was both funny and cute.
The book started off very promising because of this. I liked the fact that even though Skyy was very tired, he indulged in his lover’s whims and played along. I also found Jonathan’s notes to Skyy very amusing because of the mysteriousness surrounding the whole game.
While I enjoyed the beginning, though, it soon lost its appeal because after the first few pages, everything that happens in the story is sexually based. Whether it was discovering sex toys, taking naughty pictures or Skyy finding out what his Christmas present was, it had some type of sexual touch to that and in the mood I was in, I didn’t appreciate it. I was hoping for a deeper story than that but in the end, I really didn’t know anything about these two beyond their sexual appetites, which was slightly disappointing.
So, while this will surely appeal to others, it missed its mark on me. I started to struggle through it about half way and with such a short story, I feel like that shouldn’t have happened. Regardless, it is a sweet, kinky read that others will definitely enjoy.(less)
I really struggled through this one and because I felt like there was a lot of sex. I couldn't connect with the characters and even though this story...moreI really struggled through this one and because I felt like there was a lot of sex. I couldn't connect with the characters and even though this story takes place during December and entails all the holidays I didn't actually FEEL like it was a winter story. In fact, everything is told instead of shown so all these things that Dan and Taj did were glossed over within a few sentences. It was hard for me to enjoy and took much longer to read than I anticipated. I think if there had been more dialogue outside sexual innuendos and actual sex I'd have enjoyed it but there wasn't so it was hard for me to get through. (less)
I had some trouble getting into this story. For one, it starts and ends with sex and when a story is this short, that's just too much, IMO. It's a nic...moreI had some trouble getting into this story. For one, it starts and ends with sex and when a story is this short, that's just too much, IMO. It's a nice story but the smut is detailed while the actual plot is not. The story gives very little information about the men aside from the basics.
There's some story like John and Anthony spending time with John's family and a rescue mission they go on, as well as, a scene with Anthony and John at work. Unfortunately, they are very brief and not expanded on. I felt like the story was too focused on making chemistry through sex with these boys than anything else but it fell flat for me. I couldn't connect with either character even though they are interesting, the lack of details just made it hard to enjoy. I did like the concept but the execution wasn't great, IMO.(less)
This was a very enjoyable read. Centered around the journey Benji takes in realizing how much he relies on his partner and how he figures out just how...moreThis was a very enjoyable read. Centered around the journey Benji takes in realizing how much he relies on his partner and how he figures out just how much he's come to miss and love Nolan. It's a sweet story and I really liked how the whole 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' angle. Benji was very stubborn, though, and wouldn't accept that he's come to depend in Nolan so much.
One thing I really liked was the advent calendar letters Nolan wrote for Benji. I thought they were very cute and clever! I'll use that idea in the future because it'd be a sweet gift for when you can't be home. The story is very short however I noticed that Nolan, who is from Chicago, spoke like he was from the UK while Benji, who's from Scotland, spoke like he was from America. It was hard to match up the speech patterns with the characters and knowing their origins, which made me confused on who was saying what in the beginning.
Other than that, this was a nice read. A feel good story about self discovery and sweet love. Definitely should have been longer, though!(less)
This is a really hard book for me to review. I've been sitting on my feelings for weeks now and I've finally had enough. I'm a HUGE Ty and Zane fan (Z...moreThis is a really hard book for me to review. I've been sitting on my feelings for weeks now and I've finally had enough. I'm a HUGE Ty and Zane fan (Zane more than Ty) but this book... it was an extreme struggle to get into and definitely my least favorite of the series. I feel like Jenn said it perfectly, but here goes. This is my opinion and if you don't like it, tough shit. Write your own damn review. Btw, this contains spoilers.
The first 20% or so were brutal to get through. The flashbacks didn't add much to the story and, in fact, made me put the book down for something else to read. I hate flashbacks with a passion but every once and a while I'll come across a book I don't mind it in because there's a smooth transition between the present day and the past. This book? I felt like I was getting whiplash because it was present, past, present, past, etc. within what felt like pages of each other. It was highly annoying and made me angry, to be honest.
The story in itself is a hot mess. A crap load of inconsistencies I won't even TRY to explain (this review would be even longer than it is if I did) not just within the story but also relating to the timeline of THE WHOLE SERIES, Ty's ex-lovers coming out the woodwork left and right, ridiculously melodramatic situations and, on top of that, the annoying Nick. Oh, Nick, how you could be killed off and I wouldn't shed a tear for you. I'm sorry but Nick? He's a low-budget carbon copy of Zane. Not as cool, not as intense, definitely not as hot and no matter how much he tries WILL NEVER BE AS BADASS. Not only did I hate Nick but the fact that he took up more POV scenes than Ty? That's ridiculous. This is about Ty and Zane NOT about Nick giving a play by play OF Ty and Zane. Half of his POV scenes in the book should have been from either Ty or Zane NOT from Nick.
I felt like half of the problems that caused most of the situations in this story should have been addressed AT LEAST two books ago. This is the 7th book for crying out loud and WE ARE JUST NOW LEARNING NEW THINGS ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS?! They've been together for YEARS, yet Ty's exes, that he was only with for a MAX OF A FEW MONTHS, know more about Ty than Zane does?? Are you fucking kidding me?! I'm sorry but that's unacceptable. We should know Ty and Zane like the back of our hand and let me tell you, up until this book? I was a loyal fan. I've reread this series so many times I've lost count. I don't plan to ever reread this one. The DRAMA within this story drove me nuts. Extremely unnecessary, I felt like I was watching a soap opera at times.
The most hated thing about this series (besides Nick) was Liam Bell. Liam. Fucking. Bell. Know it all, strategist extraordinaire... oh, yeah, and Ty's ex-lover that TY SHOT. Is he a traitor? Is he an ally? Does he want to get into Zane's pants? Is he fucking Houdini?! I don't really know! BUT I can tell you that he somehow mind fucked every single person in this book to do EXACTLY as he planned so that, in the end, HE WAS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND EVERYTHING! *GASP* Give me a break. Out of everything that happened, it's hard to stomach that Liam who hasn't spoken to Ty in YEARS, never met Zane or anything somehow predicted EVERYONE'S moves? Ummmm, no.
Lastly, the ending sucked. I'm sorry but after all that and THERE'S A CLIFFHANGER? Not only that but NOTHING feels resolved. The resolution between Ty and Zane is half-assed at best and now they don't even have time to work things out further because Ty's being deployed? Like we didn't see that a mile away anyway but STILL. Unacceptable. Oh, and yeah, there are SOOOOO many unanswered questions I feel like my head is bursting with them. Tiny observations by Ty and Zane that were never elaborated on only led to questions. If you're going to have these boys be observant, at least follow up with answers to the subsequent questions that readers are going to obviously wonder about (Burns/Not Burns at a party, anyone?).
At this point, it was already a bad story for me but now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'd like to say that it was fun to see Ty's whole team. I liked being able to see their wacky ways (I LOVE DIGGER!). I liked how even though Zane was pissed at Ty (rightly so because that fucker got on my nerves. Ty needed a few hard bitch slaps) he still road in to rescue Ty like a white knight on his trusty steed. IT WAS COMPLETELY AWESOME. There were a few scenes that I really liked such as Zane beating the shit out of Ty and the brief moments of suspense that were not enough. Actually, there was a brief period of time where I was actually starting to like the story (somewhere in the middle I think) but then, things started to go downhill again and my brief enjoyment went out the window. I HATED the ridiculous fact that Ty and Zane had 'met in the past' but at the same time the romantic in me thought it was cute. But, hello? How does Zane not remember meeting Ty YET he compared all his lovers to Ty? Does that mean he compared Ty with the old Ty? And WHY are we just learning about this now? Oh, yeah, I forgot because ZANE ALSO FORGOT but he still compared his lovers to a guy he couldn't even remember.
For what it's worth, this is my opinion. If you feel differently, that's your prerogative but I just couldn't love this book like I would have expected I would. I was disappointed and to be honest, I felt like not only had Ty and Zane moved backward in their relationship but the whole plot was utterly predictable. I KNEW what was going to happen by the end of the story and the resolution to the conflicts that just kept popping up out of nowhere. This book was just too cluttered with unnecessary drama and it made for a poorly entertaining read.
The only reason I'm giving a neutral rating is because I know right after I read the book, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it but having written this review, it's hard to think of things that I actually liked. This book has already given me enough headaches, I'm not going to add to it by deciding what the right rating is because I know DAMN WELL it's not a five but not a one either. *sigh*(less)
I really enjoyed this one but then again, I really love this series. In this one we learn more about Sei's power as a pillar and his family on his dad...moreI really enjoyed this one but then again, I really love this series. In this one we learn more about Sei's power as a pillar and his family on his dad's side.
Sei was a bit more whiny than usual and he made some very rash decisions which sort of pushes Gabe away. What I really liked about this one, though, is how we got to see more into the side of Sei's family he really doesn't know about. We got to see his dad through journals and dreams and such which was awesome because we even got to see his mom when she was nice! It's a bit shocking what Sei is forced into but I'm really looking forward to seeing how he works through the situations he's managed to get himself into now.
My only reservations is that, while it was suspenseful, I didn't really understand what was going on towards the end. Maybe I'm a bit dense but I was confused. More than that, I really wished there had been more of Gabe and Sei as a couple. Sei's running seemed to backtrack on their relationship, which is very sad because they were just starting to move toward a trusting relationship!
Overall, a good story. It kept me interested and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Ms. Kasey takes the series from here. (less)
Dyer is just back from a job when he goes to meet Bran, the rent boy he visits to help with keeping co...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Dyer is just back from a job when he goes to meet Bran, the rent boy he visits to help with keeping control of this power he has. Bran himself is a shifter, a fae, and understands, but also needs, Dyer’s release of power. It’s been six months since they’ve seen each other but for the past two years Dyer has been paying Bran to take his excess magic. During that time, both men have been developing feelings for each other. When Dyer sees Bran this time, Dyer ends up passing out and when he awakens, Bran changes their whole relationship by asking him to tea. Unfortunately, their tea date doesn’t amount to anything because Bran becomes slightly sick himself. However, he’s asked Dyer to the opera and Dyer agrees. When the opera approaches, the two are slightly awkward together because Dyer saw Bran while he was propositioning a client. When things get sorted out, Dyer admits his feelings for Bran and vice versa. Their attraction is intense and their unrequited feelings finally have an outlet where they can both be themselves. Unfortunately, they aren’t even together a full day before Dyer has to leave town again but asks Bran to come with him and start a new life with Dyer.
I really liked this story. It’s cute and sweet but also hot. Dyer is a bit of an enigma, though. Even with the story, I was confused on what type of ability or magic he has. He’s adamant he’s not an alchemist but all you really know is that he has some strong, intense power running through his blood that makes his skin crawl when he accumulates too much of it but it didn’t seem as if he actually performs magic. Instead, he gives that power to Bran and Bran sucks it into himself, which feeds his need for magic
I really liked these two. There isn’t a lot of depth to them but they are appealing and likeable characters. They have their own personalities, which I find is sometimes hard for an author to capture when writing such a short story. With that said, the world isn’t explained at all. While in a historical setting, people didn’t seem to mind two men walking down the street with their arms entwined and their base for education being alchemy. It was puzzling at first but after a while, I focused on the characters instead of the world.
In the end, this was a very enjoyable story. I adored the characters and their feelings for each other. It actually felt like Bran was courting Dyer, which I found sweet and amusing. The story is definitely short but was satisfying to me. I do wish it was much longer or hopefully there will be a sequel because I’d love to see these two in action and working the mysterious jobs Dyer leaves town for. Definitely recommended.(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)
I can't express how much I love this series. So much happens that makes it heart-breaking but it is so beautiful that Skylar and Rafael's story is not...moreI can't express how much I love this series. So much happens that makes it heart-breaking but it is so beautiful that Skylar and Rafael's story is nothing short of fantastic. And this book was definitely a great ending to a wonderful series.
This story picks up fifteen years after St. Clair ends, so Skylar and Rafael are men now. Married, living together, and as happy as they can be. All they're missing is a kid of their own. It was interesting to see everyone so much older, so mature with new lives. I found this one the funniest of the series. I was cracking up so much and it was great to finally meet more of Rafael's family members (who are hilarious!). I really liked how this one was able to have some connection with Sky's time in foster care. I adored Michaela, the little girl that Sky and Raf adopt, the troubles she puts them through but also the joy of finally having everything they've wanted. More than that, Sky's dad is finally out of prison and his transition into the real world was extremely sad but I loved the way it was handled.
I loved the fact that Skylar has a voice now but I also loved the fact that Skylar and Rafael's relationship has stayed so strong over the years even with everything they've gone through. It was also great to see Sky finally put on weight! He was always such a skinny thing! But it was awesome to see how much Rafael didn't mind that at all. Skylar is still his sarcastically funny self and Rafael is still a messy, grumpy guy. They are just so cute together I can't help but smile every time I think about them!
My only problems with the story is that I was sad we never actually got to see Rafael and Skylar go through their wedding nor get to see Rafael give Skylar his voice back. (view spoiler)[There's also the fact that Skylar had a second bout of cancer a few years before this story (hide spoiler)]. It is not a major thing but I know I was really looking forward to seeing Skylar and Rafael getting married at least, seeing how a same-sex couple does such a thing in the Shoshane culture. I also really, really missed Sky's Granny! I loved that lady to pieces!
In the end, this is one of the best YA series I've ever read. I was taken on an emotional roller coaster through so many problems. The characters have so much depth that it is hard not to fall in love with them. The situations all of them have to go through is gut-wrenching but eye-opening, even after so many books and so many years between them. I know this is a series that I'll be able to reread over and over. It was a great experience to read about the journey that Skylar and Rafael go on and how their love withstood everything. So inspiring and an amazing series, even with its faults. Definitely recommended to everyone!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Wow! I enjoyed the first book, Dirty Kiss, but I loved this one so much more! It's left me speechless, to be honest.
I felt like Cole and Jae grew so...moreWow! I enjoyed the first book, Dirty Kiss, but I loved this one so much more! It's left me speechless, to be honest.
I felt like Cole and Jae grew so much closer in this one. Their relationship is intense and deep and so touching it makes me want to cry sometimes. They obviously love each other so much but their circumstances stop them from taking that final step into full blown life partners. It's heartbreaking. Cole's still the snarky man I fell in love with and Jae is still the caring, but sometimes distant, person he was before. But they still grew and developed. They're more secure in their feelings and their love. I adored the secondary characters but my heart stopped several times when things got too intense and dangerous.
The plot is full of twists and turns. This well written story is face paced and addicting. What I love about this series is that I never really can figure out the mystery. I have my suspicions and while they might be right, I'm led around and made to second guess everything then figure out that I didn't figure out all of it. It's refreshing to have such a complex and intriguing story. I loved that we got to see Cole's family but my heart twisted with what Cole had to go through with them.
My only reservation about the book is that I got confused with the names but these are Korean names so that's understandable. But then there's a cliffhanger! A big one! Gaaaaaaaaaah! Talk about torture!!!
All in all, a fabulous read. I fall more in love with Cole and Jae with each book I read of them. This one kept me up until the wee hours of the morning and I loved every single second of it. I can't wait to read the next one!(less)
Sparks picks up five years after Morgan and Chris first start their relationship. While their love is...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Sparks picks up five years after Morgan and Chris first start their relationship. While their love is strong and their relationship is more or less solid, Morgan is still harboring a dislike for all firefighters and hates Chris’ job, which causes more tension between the two. When Chris gets hurt in an accident on the job, Morgan’s fears come true and he’s looking to blame someone for the injury. Even when Morgan experiences how the firefighter family takes care of their own, Morgan’s feelings stay the same. It isn’t until Chris can finally get back to work that things go downhill and Morgan’s not dealing with just distance but a possible separation too.
When I originally read Tinder and Embers, I had a love/hate relationship with Morgan. He is such a bastard but I just wanted to hug him because he’s so jaded. In Sparks, that jaded personality is still there, dampened a bit from being in a relationship with Chris for five years, but still there nonetheless. Chris is still the playful guy that I loved; he tries to change Morgan’s opinions of firefighters but it does no good.
I loved the way this story focused on Morgan. To see everything unfold from his eyes was a treat because he’s the one with the big issue regarding firefighters. He’s also an older gentleman so seeing how he thinks of Chris was both funny and sad. There were some funny and sweet moments in this one, as well as, hot moments and it was really great to see Tucker and Chance make an appearance. More than that, I liked that Morgan and Chris still have a love for riding in common.
While I enjoyed the story a lot and getting back to reading of Chris and Morgan again, I had some reservations. For one, this story gave a brief look into their lives now, which was great, but I felt like there was something missing from the story. While you know Chris and Morgan love each other, you don’t actually feel it. Most likely because Morgan is tangled up over Chris’ job. That was my main problem but I did feel like Chris was more immature at times than I remember him to be.
In the end, I really liked this short story. It was great getting back to the series again, although I wish we had a full novel of them instead of multiple short novellas. It was great to finally see Morgan accept Chris’ occupation for more than just resignation but to fully understand why Chris does it.(less)