Taking his overseas experience in Flint, Ohio, Ben Leyton discovers a whole new wor...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Taking his overseas experience in Flint, Ohio, Ben Leyton discovers a whole new world he never knew existed when he meets Simon Hawthorne, who just happens to be a vampire. While the two have just met, the attraction between them is too strong to avoid and even with Simon’s attempts at keeping Ben ignorant of his nature, he can’t help but tell Ben what he really is and just what Ben is to Simon… his soul mate. But things go beyond Simon and Ben when the number of crime scenes featuring dual murders of a vampire and human starts to escalate out of control. But with the clues adding up, Simon can’t help but feel like someone from his past is doing them but that can’t be possible because he’s dead… right?I have to admit, that recap is a little weak on explanations. I didn’t want to get too deep into the story because a lot of what happens makes more sense when you’re reading the book. Either way, it’s a lovely story between a vampire and human. Ben is a cute transplant from New Zealand who’s still getting used to living in America. He’s stubborn but always speaks his mind, no matter what. Simon is very old-fashioned and honestly, a little awkward. He hasn’t had very good luck with love and afraid to pursue it but Ben attracts him like no one else has and he can’t seem to stay away. They’re adorable together and even when Simon over thinks everything, I couldn’t help but have a goofy little smile when they worked out their issues.
While I liked the story, I had several issues with it. Mainly, I found it hard to believe the ‘love’ between Simon and Ben because none of the dates they had were shown, they were all skipped over and the reader is just told that they spoke of so many things… but what things? I would have liked to experience this romance that took place behind doors. Not to mention a few other scenes that were never shown, like how Simon was cured, the time after the incidents, Ben talking to his grandfather, etc. Since all these scenarios were told instead of shown, I found the constant ‘I love yous’ thrown around hard to believe and a little excessive. Beyond that, I felt like the mystery was a little too nicely wrapped up and easily fixed not to mention I found it odd that it was never mentioned how the vampires were murdered. Don’t get me wrong, as a reader I understand that there is still more to the story to come but the way Simon’s ‘blast from the past’ was handled was way to easily done, in my opinion.
Still, with all that, I found I enjoyed the story. While much of the romance is done off page, it still felt like there was a slow build up to Simon and Ben getting together, which I really liked. The characters are also intriguing with Simon being very old-fashioned and Ben more modern. They’re sweet together and I liked that Simon had such issues with revealing his secret to Ben. All in all, a nice story and I’m really looking forward to the sequel and seeing Forge get his own soul mate.(less)
Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, is on his way home with tea for his grandmother when...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, is on his way home with tea for his grandmother when he stumbles upon a man getting beat up. Chasing off the ruffians, he has every intention of helping the man who can’t even stay conscious. What Marcus didn’t realize is the guy he saved, Robin Harris, is the very person who created the machine that killed his father. With mixed feelings, Marcus still helps Robin because it’s the right thing to do. On top of that, Marcus and Robin share an attraction that is a crime to indulge in but will they risk everything for the love that’s obviously there?
Awww, how sweet this story was! Even with how short it was, I totally fell in love with the characters. Robin is a clumsy, absent-minded genius/scientist that does what he can to help people in need of mechanical medical help. He’s had a rough life after being taken advantage of and now he’s just trying to survive in it. Marcus shows up and changes everything in Robin’s life for the better. I adored Marcus and his inability to just leave Robin after he found out who he was.
Marcus is the perfect gentleman who just wants to help Robin get healthy and whole. Not to mention he’d love to do some other naughty stuff to the awkward scientist! I loved them together and when they finally got together, it was all the more sweet because they’re perfect for one another. I want to mention that Marcus’ grandmother is a freaking hoot! That lady is all kinds of insane awesomeness. She wasn’t the classic stick-in-the-mud ton lady but had a lot of personality that supported both Marcus and Robin. I adored her so much!
I only had two big issues with this one. One, the beginning was rocky for me. I kept getting confused on what Marcus was talking about. I don’t know if it was because the words used to describe the situation of the world were outside of my vocabulary, which made it difficult to understand, or something else. Secondly, the transition between some chapters were choppy to the point when a new chapter started, I wasn’t sure how much time passed, how Marcus and Robin got to the point they were in or exactly what they’ve done between the time that passed. Although, there is a brief mention a few times on what has occurred during the passing of time, I would have liked to experience some of it.
In the end, even with my little niggles, I still really enjoyed this story. It’s a good mix of steampunk with a hint of magic. I loved that Ms. Ford had a world destroyed by the makings of such magical machinery, it was interesting to say the least! If you’re looking for something short but unique and intriguing, give this one a try because it definitely fits the bill!(less)
Tristan Pryce is a reclusive artist who’s caretaker of Hoxne Grange. He can see ghosts and that makes him crazy in the eyes of just about everyone, especially his family who hires Dr. Wolf Kincaid to prove the Grange doesn’t have ghosts. That’s just what Wolf plans to do until his attraction to Tristan and the things that happen at the Grange start to change his priorities. The story takes you on a wild ride by making the peaceful Hoxne Grange into a very dangerous cage for a vindictive ghost… who just happens to be Matt’s, one of Wolf’s technicians, serial killer great-grandmother. She’s much more dangerous than any ghost that’s been in Hoxne Grange and makes her presence known in the chaos she causes for Tristan and his guests, forcing Wolf to call upon his medium mother to put things to rights.
There’s something about Rhys Ford’s writing that always pulls me in. She’s got the gift of writing openings that are action-packed enough to draw you in and keeps you interested. Beyond that, I absolutely adore her characters and how different the main characters end up being. Tristan’s a sweet, sexy but innocent man that captures Wolf’s attention immediately. He’s a mild-mannered guy until you mess with his house. Wolf is different in that I would call him almost ‘loud’ in his skepticism of everything that Tristan represents. He’s tall, dark and dangerous especially when it comes to the trouble he’s brought to Hoxne Grange! The two together are very sweet but very hot and I loved that Tristan pulled out Wolf’s protective instincts while Wolf made Tristan more playful.
As I said, this book was a wild ride. It’s very fast-paced and explores a lot of the spectral beings but also has a good balance of the relationship Tristan and Wolf are discovering. I loved that Tristan and Wolf could be having a very sweet moment and it would be interrupted by something happening. The conflict they have to endure and its resolution was very well done. I don’t want to give any spoilers on that because I think readers will get a kick out of seeing it as it unravels. The secondary characters were loads of fun, especially the dogs that they’re forced to deal with.
I only had two issues with the story. One, we don’t really get a conclusion to how Tristan’s family will deal with the Grange having ghosts but considering this is book one in a series, I fully expect to get my curiosity of that sated in the next novel. Second, I felt like Wolf’s behavior in the beginning, didn’t exactly match up to his behavior and his beliefs after his past was revealed. It was a little hard for me to understand how someone that grew up the way Wolf did would be such a bastard to Tristan’s claims, even after Wolf started believing what Tristan was saying. Granted, I could kind of understand why but it took Wolf a very long time to actually start believing Tristan but there was just something in the way he was acting before everything became clear that just didn’t add up, IMO.
In the end, this was a very fun, fast-paced story. I absolutely adored it, its various characters and everything they ended up going through because of Matt’s crazy bitch of a great-grandmother. It’s got its funny moments, its sweet moments and its sexy moments but it also has Rhys’ trademark suspenseful bomb-dropping moments. Definitely worth the read!
Stratford Dale is not very happy. He’s working his butt off ewriting popular children’s books under the pen name Doctor Chicken but he’s getting paid...moreStratford Dale is not very happy. He’s working his butt off ewriting popular children’s books under the pen name Doctor Chicken but he’s getting paid barely anything for it. On top of that, he has the worst luck in finding a guy to call his own especially when all the guys who are interested only want him for sex. Vinnie Giani changes all that when they meet at a cooking class and Vinnie pulls out his rusty romantic charms and tries to woe Stratford into something of a relationship. Both men are clueless on just what that means but one thing has been made clear… keeping secrets is never good. Will their omissions cause their fledgling relationship to fall apart before it ever actually starts?
Stratford is that cute mix of awkward and geeky. He loves to wear bow ties and has the tendency to be very clumsy at the worst possible moments. He’s straight up adorable and I loved every minute of his awkwardness. Vinnie is the exact opposite in that he’s charming and sexy. I loved that Vinnie loved all of who Stratford is and even goes to great lengths to explore his likes, such as starting to watch Stratford’s favorite show, Doctor Who, just because he knew Stratford loves it.
Seriously, the two together are just all kinds of sweetness. They balance each other out but also have a lot of issues they have to work through. At times, Vinnie seems lost and Stratford is there to guide him through things. At other times, Stratford needs the guidance. The whole story is about them working through their problems and trying at something new. Stratford is insecure, afraid of rejection and hates confrontation but Vinnie does what he can to help Stratford through that. Vinnie has a tendency to try and fix things, which causes them both some problems. The story is a nice mix of exploring their feelings, wants and dreams and trying to walk on eggshells around those issues.
While this was a fun and easy story, I admit one of my biggest problems was the way Stratford could never just say enough is enough. He has major rejection issues not to mention he doesn’t like confrontation so that means he will do anything to avoid anything negative… this means he lets things play out well past when they should, which equates to him getting walked all over. I loved that he was so damaged in this way but it also got on my nerves that he couldn’t stand up for himself. There were also a few scenes where it seemed that Stratford and Vinnie did a character role reversal (Vinnie started acting like Stratford, Stratford started acting like Vinnie, etc.). They weren’t that big a deal for me but the transition into that wasn’t very smooth.
In the end, I really did enjoy it. It’s a pleasant read and while Stratford was frustrating a time or two, I did love Stratford and Vinnie and the tentative way they go about their relationship. The ending was a little abrupt but I still liked where they ended up. If you’ve liked KC Burn’s other books, you’ll no doubt like this one as well :)
This is the story of Max, who’s built a content life for himself as a good police officer. When he re...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
This is the story of Max, who’s built a content life for himself as a good police officer. When he realizes that Jamie, his high school best friend’s brother, has been arrested for possible prostitution, he simple can’t believe it. With permission from his captain, Jamie is released into Max’s custody for the night. One night is all it takes for Max’s old feelings about Jamie to come to the surface. But Jamie is no longer the sweet, innocent kid he used to be. Now, he’s jaded, vulnerable and needs Max more than ever. When Max finally puts aside his guilt and takes what Jamie is offering, will their relationship last through all the troubles that seem to keep finding them?
This was a very sweet story. One of my favorite themes is brother’s best friend or best friend’s brother. I can’t help but love the fact that the best friend always seems to feel guilty for desiring the brother. This is no different in that Max has a bunch of guilt, thinking that his desires for Jamie when they were kids was wrong. While he’s not in denial about his sexuality, he still thinks wanting Jamie isn’t right. Regardless, I liked both characters. Max is a sweetheart and he just wants to take care of Jamie. Jamie is a spitfire but so vulnerable I just wanted to hug him tight. They’re both emotional and yearn for each other. They’re perfect together but they have a lot of things they need to overcome before they can have a good relationship.
That’s essentially what this story is about. Max gets reacquainted with Jamie and while they don’t jump into a relationship because of Max’s misguided opinion that Jamie deserves better, they do form a friendship that becomes more. When things start to get intimate between them, it’s one problem after another such as Jamie’s hot headed brother, Mason, Jamie’s past, and something unexpected that’s really heartbreaking.
They’re good conflicts but I think the biggest problem with this book is the length and the fact that there really isn’t any depth to the story. We get multiple issues but they don’t delve below the surface so nothing is explored too deeply. They’re not elaborated on at all so that Max will narrate them but then the resolution to them is either glossed over or ignored to the point that I didn’t actually feel the connection between Jamie and Max, in any way. I had a few other issues, though, such as the fact that Jamie felt more like a ‘buddy’ to Max (his words) than someone he wanted to be intimate with and the fact that a lot of this story is told instead of shown.
All in all, this was a cute, very easy story to read. I enjoyed it because it did make me smile and I did like where the characters ended up overall. With a little more description and meat to the book, this one could have been very good. As it was, I’d recommend it to those looking for something quick, easy and cute that doesn’t require much concentration.(less)
Trip Spector is a talented comic book artist who hates the comics he draws but can’t seem to change h...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Trip Spector is a talented comic book artist who hates the comics he draws but can’t seem to change his life because of his sexy and sleazy (but straight) boss. When he meets Silas everything changes and his world turns upside down. Now, it’s full of possibilities and new inspiration. When the two get together, it’s more than just a one time thing, it’s the start of something real, intense, and beautiful but with every good thing, there’s always that fear and, more than anything, Trip is scared his new-found happiness will crumble. The chemistry between Silas and Trip is fierce but will Trip let his fear ruin that?
When we first meet Trip, he’s this big ball of allergies, dreading having to participate in a Zombie Run (where he ends up meeting the super hot Silas). He’s cute and slightly nerdy and I really liked him because of that. He’s confused and mislead by his Unboyfriend (i.e. his cock-tease of a boss). I loved him but I also wanted to shake some sense into him! He’s sooo stubborn! But, at the same time, he’s insecure and wonders how someone like Silas could like him. I felt bad for him because he’s so wound up and doesn’t know how to handle things. Silas, on the other hand, was my favorite character. He’s out and proud, charming, sweet but a closeted geek. He grew up chubby so he always feels like he’s unattractive even though he’s doesn’t have any issues getting a guy. It’s heartbreaking the low self-esteem he has but I found myself smiling ridiculously whenever he’d do something ‘gentlemanly’ that Trip always ended up ruining somehow. It was funny but also kinda cute. Silas was sexy as hell but the two of them together?! Jesus, I don’t like reading much sex but even *I* found these two smoking hot! The two have a great connection and fit each other perfectly, IMO, and I couldn’t get enough of them.
The story revolves around Trip and Silas chartering new waters. Neither of them have much experience in relationships. Silas has a ton of exes while Trip has just been pining after his ‘straight’ boss for the last four years. They start off pretty intense because of the chemistry between them is intense BUT that isn’t the only thing. The story tells how Scratch, an erotic graphic novel that Trip creates based off Silas, comes to be, how much pleasure Trip gets from creating something that’s HIS but also the trouble it causes him to do that. Silas, through everything, is his rock and I really, really loved seeing the conflict Trip always had and how Silas could calm him down. When things start to get rocky, my heart almost broke for these guys.
While I loved this story, there was one big issue I had with it. Mainly, I felt like the writing was choppy and confusing sometimes to the point where I had to go back and reread certain passages to clarify how or why the characters got on different subjects. Mostly, this happened between the shift into the philosophical discussions (that I actually quite enjoyed) but I can’t deny the transition between what was originally talked about and that pulled me out of the story multiple times.
One of the many great things about this book, though, were the secondary characters, specifically, Max, Jillian, Kurt and Ziggy. Jillian and her son, Max, were just great additions to the story. Always filled with something funny or smart to say, I loved Trip’s interactions with them. More than anything, though, I found Ziggy to be a fascinating character and how Kurt is drawn to him was even better. I really hope that we’ll be able to see Ziggy and Kurt get their own story one day because it really would be something amazing to see.
In the end, I adored this story. I found the telling of how Scratch was created fascinating and really cool to experience but I also loved the characters. The journey Silas and Trip go down while they figure out how to have a relationship was sweet, hot and put a smile on my face. I can’t wait to read more in this series and since I haven’t read Horn Gate yet, it makes me want to start it ASAP.(less)
This was a fascinating tale about Joel, a struggling artist who’s been forced to pick up the pieces o...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
This was a fascinating tale about Joel, a struggling artist who’s been forced to pick up the pieces of his boss’s financial problems, and Kjartan, an elven prince fleeing to Earth to save his life. When Joel finds Kjartan injured and unconscious near his home, he takes Kjartan in and cares for him. That is until Kjartan awakens and almost kills Joel for touching him. What follows is a slow-forming fondness between a haughty elven prince and a kind-hearted human while they try to stay alive fighting against a very deadly loan shark and Kjartan’s crazy brother who fancies assassinations.
It was hard for me to finally immerse myself in this story. One reason for that is because of Kjartan. I didn’t really like him in the beginning. He’s a pompous, arrogant prince that has no concept of what is considered grotesque or wrong. He creates disturbing creatures that have no right to be made. As the story progresses, though, you realize who Kjartan is in Vagar, is just a facade. More than anything he wants to be loved and cherished and that’s exactly what Joel gives him without demanding anything in return.
From the beginning Joel is a sweet, kind man. You might see him as naive and innocent but, in fact, he’s experienced how horrible people can be but doesn’t let that get him down. He’s strong and sincere but knows wrong from right and refuses to just sit back and let something wrong happen when he knows he can change it. I LOVED Joel but more than anything I loved what Joel does to Kjartan. He makes the usually conceited prince mellow and opened Kjartan’s eyes to what love is. It’s sweet in a way but also interesting to see the transformation that Kjartan goes through just by being around Joel for a short time. It’s lovely and made me eventually love Kjartan, too!
One thing this story has, that I wasn’t expecting, was action. When Kjartan fled Vagar, it meant his brother, Tyrnir, would eventually find him and try to assassinate him to become King. While Kjartan doesn’t want to be King, he also doesn’t want to die, which is why he flees for his life. I liked the mix of Kjartan’s problems and Joel’s problems and how they eventually merge. More than that, I liked Kjartan’s world and how unique and gruesome it is. It’s vastly different than Earth, made up of a kingdom that values emotionless and cold-hearted beings. It’s repulsive and disgusting but at the same time fascinating to experience Vagar and the creatures that inhabit it.
There were a few issues I had with this story. My main issue being how much I struggled to get into it in the beginning. It took about a third of the story for me to really get invested. There were also times when there was too much purple prose for my taste to the point that I would get confused at what was trying to be conveyed. More than once, I was left scratching my head at what I just read. Then again, that could just be because Kjartan has a very regal upbringing that confused me at times. I’m not quite sure. Either way, it still left me wondering what in the world was trying to be said.
All in all, I enjoyed the book once I got into it. I liked the world Ms. Beecroft created and how detailed it was. The characters were fascinating and had multiple layers to them that gave them a great amount of depth. The conflicts provided enough action and suspense to keep me reading and overall, the story was a delight to read. Definitely recommended for those who are fantasy fans who adore The Prince and the Pauper type stories.(less)
When Finn loses his hand in an injury, he rides all the way to London to find Dalton, who ma...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
When Finn loses his hand in an injury, he rides all the way to London to find Dalton, who makes living prosthetics, to be fitted for a new one. Unfortunately, with his new limb, he has to learn how to use it. While Finn gets used to having metal as his new hand, him and Dalton get close, much closer than either of them anticipated. However, Finn still has six months left of service, will the connection Dalton and Finn developed be enough to go through such a long separation?
This is a quiet story in that while it explores Dalton and Finn getting to know each other, there is no angst. It’s more sweet and lovely than anything else and that’s what I liked about it. It’s a quick read that touches on some kinkiness but also on the intriguing aspect of Dalton’s job. I loved reading about Dalton’s work, how he creates his mechanical limbs, how they become ‘living’ and so on. It was just fascinating for me.
I really enjoyed these characters. Finn is a strong, slightly naive and innocent young man who is hesitant at first with his attraction to Dalton but then fully embraces it quickly. Dalton is different in that he’s more experienced, mature and confident than Finn. I loved that Dalton took Finn under his wing, so to speak, and showed him what being with another man meant. I loved how they were so cozy together, comfortable and loving.
I think my biggest problem with the story is that it dragged about halfway. Beyond that, there was just something missing from it that I can’t really pinpoint. It’s hard for me to explain but there was something lacking that hindered my ability to really connect with the story.
In the end, I liked the book. It was intriguing and I loved the uniqueness of Dalton’s job. I also enjoyed the letters between them while Finn was away. I hope we get to see more of these two in the future because I’d love to see how they handle actually being together. Definitely recommended for those looking for something sweet and quick with no angst.(less)
Aidan Flemming is an out and proud, quirky college student. He hasn’t had the easiest life but he’s a...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Aidan Flemming is an out and proud, quirky college student. He hasn’t had the easiest life but he’s at least content with where he is now. The only problem is, the one person who would make his life perfect and happy is his roommate, Sammy, who’s straight. Aidan can’t help yearning for Sammy, though, even when he knows there’s no chance there. When Sammy’s friend, Steven, makes increasingly more demanding moves on him, Aidan finally gives Steven a chance. Things are great until Steven makes their courtship public causing a lot of anger and hatred towards gay students to the point of violence. Steven’s fallen for Aidan and Aidan is quickly falling for Steven but when Sammy’s jealousy gets in the way, Aidan won’t put up with it especially since Sammy’s not gay. But when Aidan tells Sammy to prove he’s a better match than Steven, will Sammy be able to accept all it means to be Aidan’s lover? Or will he be too scared to actually own up to his feelings?
I gotta say, this was quite a ride. I started it late in the afternoon one day and then just could not put it down, reading until three or four in the morning. It’s a very entertaining, sweet and enjoyable read. It explores a lot of what Aidan goes through on a daily basis. The stares, snickers, leers that he has to put up with for being who he is. A lot of it is based around Aidan’s love life. Steven’s courtship of him and then Sammy’s demanding and possessive attitude toward him. Two alpha males fighting over one lonely, sweet but confident man. At times, it doesn’t feel very realistic. After all, two jocks (one who’s straight and one who’s closeted) fighting over a literature geek after all this time BUT then again, it didn’t really matter to me. I like this author’s writing and she spun a tale that really grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go.
As I said, Aidan is a very quirky guy. He wears a very sophisticated style of clothing so around college kids, he really stands out. He doesn’t really fit in to any crowd or clique but he’s managed to become friends with very different people to the point that they’re loyal to him and care about him. His inner voice is slightly whiny but also very entertaining. It was sad the way he’d pine over Sammy even when Steven in all his glory was willing to give him everything. Steven is… well.. perfect. I loved him. I was sad for him. He falls hard and he loves hard but he’s such a romantic I just wanted to steal him for myself. Sammy is the opposite of Steven. Where Steven is sweet, gentle and loving, Sammy is more demanding, possessive and rough. It was quite a contrast but, then again, the differences made it worth Aidan’s struggle with his feelings for the two.
I won’t lie and say this book doesn’t have it’s faults. My main issue was that there was too much sex for my tastes. More than that, I felt the emotional and physical connection between Aidan and Steven was more intense than the connection between Aidan and Sammy. Up until the last chapter, Sammy and Aidan’s relationship felt purely physical. There’s a lot of lust but I didn’t FEEL the emotional bond between them that they seemed to have. Not the way I could feel it between Aidan and Steven, at least. Beyond that, there are moments within this book that felt like cheating (although I know most people won’t think of it as such) that I wasn’t comfortable with.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I normally don’t like love triangles but this one intrigued me and I’m glad I read it. It’s been a while since I’ve been kept up reading a book and while this book isn’t perfect, it was still something I really liked. The characters have enough depth that I could understand their feelings and this story covers a lot of school issues such as bullying, gay bashing and a school’s inability to take corrective action. For those looking for something long but engaging, try this one out because you just might like it ;) (less)
This is the story about James who lives with EDS and is permanently disabled by an ex-lover....moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
This is the story about James who lives with EDS and is permanently disabled by an ex-lover. Mentally and physically damaged, James has no self-confidence and doesn’t believe someone such as Seth, a CEO of his own company, would want someone like him. When Seth pursues him, he can’t help but think Seth will eventually become violent or dump him soon after their relationship starts. However, Seth is serious about James and adores him for his talent, his beauty and his personality. When things start to work out between them, multiple situations occur that threaten their happy life including becoming a full time parent, dealing with a violent stalker and breaking down the walls James still has built up. When everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, will James and Seth still make it as a couple or will James’ fears come true and Seth will leave him for good?
This is a difficult story for me to rate and review. On one hand, I enjoyed it to some extent; it was one of those books that I didn’t want to stop reading but on the other hand, it has a lot of issues. I enjoyed the characters and I really adored the fact that James was so broken emotionally. Because of his past, he’s afraid of anyone that is bigger than him or interested in him. When Seth enters the picture, he doesn’t think anything good could come out of forming a relationship and truly believes that Seth will eventually get violent with him. It’s sad, to be honest, but I liked that James was so meek but had moments when he would stand his ground. As an artist, he’s praised for his art work and I really enjoyed the times that he would get lost in painting. I also liked that his disability and disorder was mentioned at times to reinforce the fact that he had physical problems. Although, it took a little while to learn that James has EDS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so when that came to light, I couldn’t help but have a ‘Whaaaa?’ moment.
Seth, though, I felt was very contradictory. I would like him at times but then I felt like, at others, he was very condescending when he handled James. They have a sort of dom/sub relationship going on without the BDSM sex (just kinky sex for you smut lovers). By that, I mean Seth would control portions of James’ life such as ordering food for him, demanding he do this, telling him what to do and even silencing him at times. That part of the story, I wasn’t fond of because Seth would make this grand speech of not being like James’ past boyfriends and then he’d do actions such as that, which totally negate what he just said. It was frustrating to say the least BUT James seemed to revel in Seth taking control so I can’t exactly fault Seth for doing that. I just didn’t like the tone he took with James at times when James was already feeling so low, even if it did smooth James’ worries, it felt too much like Seth was scolding James or bullying him.
The best thing about this book were the secondary characters. I simply adored Chase and his exuberant ways. I loved that he was so easily excitable and enjoyed the banter that would come up between Chase and Seth. I also really liked Rhys and truly hope that there is a story about Chase and Rhys to come someday. There were other characters such as Mel, Brittany, and Danni that never failed to make me smile and I very much enjoyed Seth’s parents because they weren’t what I was expecting from a highly rich couple.
I think the biggest downfall about this story is the fact that the author incorporated so many conflicts into the book but didn’t properly resolve the issues to their full potential. It seemed that whenever something bad would arise, there would be a quick resolution within a chapter then a new problem would come up and a resolution would occur soon after. This happened throughout the novel so, by the end, there was probably seven, eight, maybe even nine or more situations that not just James but Seth had to go through as well. It was overwhelming because there would be a good lead up to what was happening and then everything would be fixed quickly or you would be told that they talked and everything was back to rights. To be honest, I was disappointed at that and that’s why it is hard for me to decipher my feelings because I’d like the way the story was going and the new situation that James was thrust into but then things would be fixed by what seemed like just an easy way to wrap up the issue so you can move on to the next problem. If the author had focused on one or two conflicts that spanned the whole book, without having the other inane issues, I would have enjoyed this one much more but because there were so many, it seriously hindered my enjoyment.
All in all, I liked the story but at the same time, there were a lot of issues with it. Not just with the many conflicts and weak resolutions but also with stunted dialogue and overall there was just too much sex for my tastes. Readers should be aware that this novel does contain some kinky sex. For me, the writing was engaging and made me want to continue even when I was saddened by the lack of execution and I enjoyed the characters especially the secondary ones. I’d recommend this to readers who are looking for a sweet, easy read about a damaged man who finally gets a love he desires. (less)
Speed Ball Malloy is a quiet and private foreman at the J-Bar. He’s lived his life sticking to the shadows....moreReviewed at The Blogger Girls review site.
Speed Ball Malloy is a quiet and private foreman at the J-Bar. He’s lived his life sticking to the shadows. That is until Crispin Carrasco shows up at the J-bar and pushes Malloy’s perfectly fine life into chaos. Now Malloy has to deal with more feelings and emotions than he ever wanted to handle.
I have to say, I absolutely loved these characters. Malloy is very simplistic when it comes to his way of thinking. He’s immediately fascinated by Crispin but he can’t quite figure out just why that is. Crispin is just all kinds of fun. He has a motormouth that will not quit and is so enthusiastic, you just never know exactly what will come out of his mouth. The two are polar opposites with Malloy being an almost recluse and Crispin being out and proud but together they balance each other out. It’s very sweet and I adored the way the two start off slow in their relationship by building a kind of friendship.
While I enjoyed this story, when I think back on it, one word jumps to mind: sad. I felt like there was a lot of sad and depressing moments in the story and not enough happy moments to balance it out. Even the end was sort of sad, although there is an HEA and the ending is very, very sweet. More than anything, though, I felt like the story went on a little too long to the point that it dragged towards the end.
All in all, this was a good, sweet cowboy story but it is angsty. I enjoyed the differences between the characters and their overall journey to where they end up. It’s the type of book that, even though it’s sad, I know I’ll be rereading because it’s more about building relationships and finding a home, a place where you can be who you are and safe and it’s something I definitely recommend.(less)
There's something about Ms. Speedwell's writing that always draws me in. When I read her, I know I'm going to enjoy her story and this one is no diffe...moreThere's something about Ms. Speedwell's writing that always draws me in. When I read her, I know I'm going to enjoy her story and this one is no different.
I absolutely adored these characters. Miles just breaks my heart with his issues. He's complex and has so many hidden things about him. I loved that as the story progressed, we slowly started to understand why Miles is the way he is. I'll admit, I wanted to shake him silly a few times but I also wanted to hug him and keep him safe. I connected with Miles because of how broken he is but it took a little while for me to like Adam. At first, I thought he was this conceited, spoiled rock star but the more I read, the more I realized that he just needed to find his way and where Miles helps him do that, Adam also helps Miles find his way. One thing I hated about Adam, though, was his drug habit. Then again, at the same time, his denial in actually having an addiction was very realistic.
The story explores how Adam and Miles meet, the instant connection they have and then the separation they go through when they get back to their lives. Unfortunately, they each have their issues and those issues make having a relationship difficult. Add to that, doubts and insecurity create unwanted second thoughts that cause some conflict between their fledgling relationship. I liked the way the book was handled and also the journey that Miles and Adam take to finally be together. It's sweet and heartbreaking but I couldn't put the story down once I was able to sink my teeth into it.
While I enjoyed the story a lot, though, I did have some issues. Mostly, I understood the bond Miles and Adam created but I still found it hard to believe that these two had such a deep connection to the point that they'd be willing to wait for each other. IMO, they barely knew each other, or at least we didn't see them getting to know each other to the depth that they claimed. Beyond that, I wished we could have seen more of Miles and Adam when they finally work things out and I would have loved to see Adam's rehabilitation with Miles.
All in all, this was a great story. It pulled at my heartstrings and made me fall in love with the characters but I also loved how these two got to where they finally ended up. Definitely recommended for those looking for something semi-angsty but with great characters.(less)
According to the King, Ingram is worthless as a prince. He can’t use a sword, barely knows h...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
According to the King, Ingram is worthless as a prince. He can’t use a sword, barely knows how to fight and faints at the sight of blood. But under that ‘weakling’ exterior, he’s a magnificent strategist with a soft heart that just wants what’s best for his kingdom. When the King loses a bet to a foe, Ingram suddenly finds himself wedded to Lord Mallory and his life turns upside down. Not only does he have to leave his home, and his beloved siblings, for Mallory’s lands but he finds himself forced to play spy for his father to accuse Mallory of a rebellion that hasn’t even happened yet. As time progresses and Mallory and Ingram get closer, will Ingram be able to betray his husband or will he finally stick up for himself and do what’s right?
These characters were fun to read about. I loved Ingram because of how naive he was in the beginning. He just wanted to be loved and accepted by the King but everything he accomplished and did never lived up to the King’s expectations. He’s sweet but innocent and I loved the journey in his development of who he was and the courage that was always inside of him. Mallory is more of a mystery. From the beginning Ingram constantly questions why Mallory chose him and that made me wonder as well. I liked Mallory, although I wished we knew more about him, but I loved that while he didn’t verbally tell Ingram about his feelings, it was there in his actions and his expressions with his courtship. The two of them together are just so sweet and their personalities fit perfectly, IMO.
The story revolves, at first, around uncovering whether Mallory is using Ingram and whether he’s starting a rebellion. As the story progresses, however, we slowly get into Ingram’s self-discovery and his developing relationship with Mallory. It’s a slow read that doesn’t have the traditional sense of romance. I’d consider it ‘light’ in romance even though there is an obvious courtship that spans the whole book. It’s the start of a new series so there’s, of course, the build up to what I imagine will come next. It’s filled with surprises and I kept wondering what would happen next and the last half of the book literally had been an anxious mess with the intensity and twists associated with it. By the end, while it leaves with a set up for the next book, I couldn’t help but feel I was taken on a wild ride that I can’t wait to continue. More than that, I adored the secondary characters as well. Ingram’s siblings were touching while Mallory’s people, Aiden and Eirlys, were enchantingly grumpy individuals that had me chuckling a few times over their antics.
While I loved this story, I can’t deny it had its faults. For one, I was confused a lot on who or what some of the characters were talking about because no explanations were given on it. For instance, well into the story, Mallory brings up Cormac a few times but we don’t know who that is. More than that, I had to wonder, considering Ingram’s heritage, why did it take so long for him to come into his powers when Ella was able to use hers so freely? In regards to Ingram, there are a lot of questions I still have left over that I’m hoping will be answered in the sequel. My only other issue is that when things were just getting interesting, the scene would end and Ingram would wake up somewhere else which left me wondering what happened during the blacked out period. I’m not referring to sex here but fighting scenes and the like. I was a tad disappointed that we didn’t get to see things played out between those lags of time.
Overall, this was a fantastic read. It’s a slightly slow book that is light on romance but sweet in its intensity all the same. I loved the characters and I loved how much potential depth there is to the world this author created. I was on the edge of my seat a few times and the farther I got into the story, the more I wanted to know what happened next especially since it gets intense in the last half of the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and I think readers who enjoy fantasies that are easy to read will enjoy this one as well.(less)
This was one of those stories that touched my heart. While not perfect, I fell in love with Russell, h...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
This was one of those stories that touched my heart. While not perfect, I fell in love with Russell, his troubles and how Chess played a role in it all. The fact that he has issues with Chess but willingly helps a longtime friend generate interest in his café by playing in a tournament was heartbreaking for me because it was obvious how much Russell hated it. The story is short but it revolves around Russell, his secret admirer and the possibility of moving on.
I loved the progression of this story because it has a slow feel to it. There isn’t much depth to any of the characters, though we get to know Russell just enough to connect with him (at least I did) but Sam, the café owner, and Justin, Sam’s son, are still enigmas. I found Justin so cute and I loved the way that Russell handled his ‘secret admirer’ but most of all, this was just such a cute story I couldn’t help but smile while reading it.
As I mentioned, though, it’s not perfect. In fact, some of the dialogue felt stiff, which made some scenes seem awkward. There isn’t much background to the characters so I was left confused and wondering what they were talking about sometimes. Such as, how Russell helped Sam regarding Justin, what happened to Justin and why he was healing. There were just so many questions left over in the end, that I wasn’t completely satisfied with it.
In the end, I loved the characters and the fledgling relationship that they start. The secret admirer aspect was done well, IMO, because it was sweet without it getting out of control. If the story had been longer with more fleshed out characters, this could have been a phenomenal read. As it is, it was adorable but left me wanting more.(less)
This was a cute, easy to read story about Dax, a successful special effects artist, and Lance, a coffee shop owner, who are former classmates but just...moreThis was a cute, easy to read story about Dax, a successful special effects artist, and Lance, a coffee shop owner, who are former classmates but just happen to live in the same city, miles from their hometown. Even though they see each other everyday, it's mostly from afar and it's not until their 10 year high school reunion that they act on their attraction.
I liked this story because it was so easy to read. The premise is good, if a little cliched but I'm a sucker for stories like these so I really enjoyed it. However, while I liked it there isn't much depth to the story or the characters. We get the bare bones of both Dax and Lance so I didn't feel a real connection to them. I also felt like it needed more editing. Some of the sentences were confusing because of the overuse of pronouns and I noticed once or twice that the characters names were spelled wrong.
Overall, an okay read but I would have enjoyed it more if there was more meat to the book. As it is, it felt more like one step above an outline than an actual story.(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)
When Sean Ribbons finds out why Coleman West rejected him for the leading internship position he was p...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
When Sean Ribbons finds out why Coleman West rejected him for the leading internship position he was promised, he’s furious and hurt but that doesn’t stop him from proving he’s fit for the job. So, he accepts a lower position instead. He does everything he can to avoid Coleman while proving he has the knowledge and professional manner to be a legal assistant. But when Coleman finally meets the man that’s been running the other way whenever they’re in the same vicinity he’s curious and shocked to find out it’s the same intern he rejected. That doesn’t stop him from trying to make amends when he realizes he cruelly judged Sean without reading all the facts first. From there starts the chase Coleman goes on to finally get Sean not to hate him. Unfortunately, Coleman has a reputation for not being in relationships and everyone keeps telling Sean he’ll be leaving sooner rather than later. Coleman, though, wants an actual relationship but Sean’s wary and distrustful around Coleman, which makes getting Sean to let down his walls almost impossible.
I really liked this book. It was fun and very easy to read. I found it amusing and entertaining how Sean rebuffs Coleman at first which causes Coleman to chase him. I really liked Sean because of that. He’s a stubborn, independent guy who doesn’t like charity and deals with what he’s given. He might be bitter about not getting a placement but he actually likes where he ends up. He’s also very naive and oblivious because he never seemed to know that Coleman was wooing him and wanted more from him than just easing his guilty conscious. However, Coleman is also naive in how to begin a relationship so I could understand why Sean was confused on Coleman’s actions but I loved Coleman in the end. I didn’t necessarily like him in the beginning but he grew on me. He’s aggressive, possessive, and extremely dominate to the point of controlling. He takes over situations and expects to be followed blindly. Although, Sean gives Coleman a run for his money a time or two when he challenges Coleman, which I think is part of the appeal of Sean.
This book started off great. I really enjoyed the fact that Sean was able to bring Coleman down a peg or two but also how Coleman seemed to change just by thinking of Sean. He goes from cold and cruel to warm and smiling. It was sweet in a way. I loved that Sean tried so hard to be distant from Coleman even though Coleman managed to make Sean melt. It was also great to see Sean keep his independence (even if he did let Coleman win more often than not). This story deals heavily around Coleman trying to build a relationship with Sean, even if Sean doesn’t exactly know it. Coleman never actually clearly states his feelings to Sean so it caused some confusion for Sean because Coleman was often hot and cold. I actually really liked that, though, because I’m sure we’ve all known someone who’s been like that so it added some realism to the story. The characters aren’t given as much depth as I would have liked but what there is of them was fun to get to know.
While I really enjoyed this story, I can’t deny that it has it’s faults. For one, there’s major head-hoping so that every paragraph has a POV shift. You’ll be reading from Sean’s POV then be reading about what Coleman thinks or what Ed, Weir, or Jason think even if they aren’t even in the same room as who originally starts the scene. It was disorienting at times because I kept mixing up who was speaking. More than that, sometimes the dialogue between Sean and Coleman was stilted and very formal. It didn’t ‘fit’ with who Sean was and that made the scenes sometimes awkward. I also couldn’t understand how Brittany, for all her trouble making, did not get in trouble for the problems she kept causing Sean. Part of the reason Coleman initially rejected Sean was because Coleman thought Sean would have made the firm look bad, yet here was this girl who was getting someone beat up just because she’s not the favorite? How does that not warrant repercussions for her actions? It boggled my mind especially when countered with how Weir used all that and more to manipulate Sean. Lastly, I felt like the ending was too rushed. There’s a lot of telling instead of showing and we read throughout the story that Coleman never did relationships and when Sean is finally gone, I was expecting some groveling, some pleading and begging to get him back, yet none of that really happens. Sean accepts Coleman after three little words are said and that’s that. No explanation on what happens next, what Sean will do with his career now, or even what will happen to Weir now (this man caused a lot of trouble, I was expecting more resolution with that).
All in all, this was a nice story. It’s sweet, sexy and fun. The premise of the story is great and led to some entertaining moments. I loved both characters even if they didn’t have much depth and I especially loved Ed Murray, Sean’s supervisor. My biggest issues were the POV shifts and the ending. I would have liked the shifts to be tighter and the ending to be longer, instead of over within a few paragraphs. Groveling would definitely have been ideal in this situation! But regardless of all of that, I really enjoyed the story to the point that I didn’t realize I was reading so fast until I had finished. That right there means the book was a good one because with the funk I’ve been in, I haven’t been able to find a book I could read in one go recently but this was one I was able to do that with.(less)
This is one of those books that is sweet and slightly predictable but one that I couldn't help but smile at while reading it.
At first, I wasn't liking...moreThis is one of those books that is sweet and slightly predictable but one that I couldn't help but smile at while reading it.
At first, I wasn't liking the heroine, Jacqueline, because she was very hung up on her ex-boyfriend. It was Kennedy this, Kennedy that and it grew annoying after a short while. Over the course of the book, though, Jacqueline realized that Kennedy was not as great as she thought and she started to blossom into a character I really liked (with the help of a kick-ass roommate). At times she was still whinny but I liked that she didn't exactly cave to certain situations. My favorite character, though, was Lucas. I just loved him. He looks like a badass but he's sweet and caring. I can't really explain it but I love him to pieces and I wish we had gotten his POV because it would have been fun to see how he thinks.
The premise of the story is a bit predictable. I knew the 'twist' from the start and was only waiting for it to happen. I won't lie, I still enjoyed the journey Jacqueline and Lucas go on because I DO love situations such as these. Beyond that, I didn't like the foreshadowing that happened in certain parts of the book where she described what happened or told of a conversation that took place before the current situation she was in. It grew annoying because it was part telling/part showing and it didn't feel like it flowed, IMO.
In the end, I liked the story a lot. I was left with a silly smile and a satisfied mind. I might not have liked certain elements within the story but the journey Jacqueline takes showed that she grew as a character and became stronger in the end.(less)
I adored this book. Then again I might be a bit biased because I've been in a funk and this is one of the few stories I was able to finish in one sitt...moreI adored this book. Then again I might be a bit biased because I've been in a funk and this is one of the few stories I was able to finish in one sitting without moving on to another book. It had a lot of flaws but I think the story overall is beautiful and sweet.
I liked Lucas because of his passion for the piano. I loved that just because he was picked on for how he acted or looked, he never gave up on playing the piano so it was awesome to see bits and pieces of him playing it throughout the story. To be honest, this story broke my heart a bit. Lucas is very naive and gullible. He lets a lot of people walk all over him and then gets upset over it. It's very sad and I felt for him but at the same time, he needed to grow a backbone and say enough is enough already.
I think the biggest flaw of this story, though, is that the characters beyond Lucas aren't really developed. Each secondary character (and specifically Zach) had a lot of potential but that potential wasn't necessarily reached. But more than that, I didn't like that it took so long for Lucas and Zach to get together. I felt like much of the story was focused on Lucas with Donovan, which didn't go anywhere besides creating unnecessary angst. By the end, though, I didn't feel like Lucas and Zach's feelings were genuine or as strong as they were made out to be. I also felt like the ending was very rushed and abrupt. I was expecting more after the last scene but it just ended.
Overall, though, I really liked this story because I connected so well with Lucas. He might have been a bit emotional and naive but I liked him nonetheless. Just really wished there had been more of Zach and him! (less)
Kevin Ballantyne has been entertaining kids for decades as Crocodile Kev with his trusty sidek...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader... soon.
Kevin Ballantyne has been entertaining kids for decades as Crocodile Kev with his trusty sidekick Kazza the Kangaroo. When he’s scheduled for a slot at Hyde Park in Sydney for Australia Day, the woman playing Kazza can’t make, putting him in a horrible situation. Lucky for him, he finds a fan in Lachlan Clayfield, another entertainer for Australia Day, who’s willing to put on the kangaroo suit. The two hit it off right from the start not just on the stage but in other ways.
When this story starts, it’s to Kevin not wanting to do the gig in Hyde Park and he wants to do it even less when he realizes his Kazza won’t be there. It was hard for me to connect with Kevin because I felt like he didn’t have much of a personality and didn’t like his life. Lachlan, however, I really enjoyed. I loved his bubbly attitude and the high dive entertainment he was part of. The two together are pretty cute. Kevin is much older than Lachlan which made things a bit awkward when he finds out how much of a fan the much younger Lachlan is.
This is one of those stories, though, that had a lot of potential but fell short of the mark. While I liked the premise of the story, I felt like it was too short to achieve its potential because there wasn’t much depth to the characters or the conflicts. The entire story felt rushed but also lacks a lot of important details, which made the ending feel abrupt and open ended. There’s inconsistencies but I also felt like there was too much pointless emphasis on the way Australians talk. Granted, I’m not Australian but the way Lachlan in particular was talking felt forced and awkward.
In the end, I liked the story but I felt like there could have been much more to it than there was. I loved Lachlan but Kevin came across dull in comparison to him. The age gap between them created some good conflict but there were too many other issues within the story that made this potentially good read only an okay one.(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)
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)
This was such a cute story! Although, I felt like I was reading a sequel or even dropped halfway into another book, I really enjoyed this one. It's no...moreThis was such a cute story! Although, I felt like I was reading a sequel or even dropped halfway into another book, I really enjoyed this one. It's not often I read stories on unconventional shifters and Matt being a Samoyed puppy and Chase being a stallion was very interesting!
The book starts off very promising and strong. I really liked the fact that this story played with the mate concept without making it a permanent deal. Towards the end, the book started to get a little too sappy and while they don't confess their love for each other (because it's the first date), what they said felt more of a round about way of saying the "L" word. I still enjoyed the story but it lost a bit of its appeal when it went that route. Good Christmas story, though, that starts a bit sadly and ends happily.(less)