This was an interesting story! I admit, I really enjoyed it but holy smokes were there a lot of things I found wrong with it!
Nigel is a real piece of work! He's a suicidal rock star pushing forty and looking to go out in a blaze of glory. Jeff, a third tour veteran of the Army, is made to babysit Nigel while Jeff's sister, who's also Nigel's manager, gives birth to his nephew. Nigel's more than Jeff can handle, though, and has to result to drastic measures to get through Nigel's stubborn, trouble making exterior.
At first, I didn't like Nigel. He was too needy and melodramatic for me. Gradually over the course of the book, I fell in love with him. He's like an onion. He has so many layers to his personality that when you peel back one layer, you find another and another and another until you reach the core of him. Jeff is a pretty standard no-nonsense character. By the end of the story, however, he grew a little too desperate and pleasing to me. Still, I liked him a lot.
The book started out just about perfect. It was extremely funny to the point I couldn't stop laughing for long periods of time. I loved the trouble Nigel put Jeff through. Nigel was so restless and when he got restless he'd want to go out. Those scenes were a treat because he'd go out dressed as a woman and I adored his multiple characters even Keiko the Kitten (who Jeff detested). The book is also extremely sweet. I melted at some of the parts when Nigel and Jeff were sharing their feelings. I also enjoyed their games of truth or dare. I found it funny that they couldn't lie during a game but yet they had no problems fibbing any other time.
While the book started out great, it didn't take long for it to lose it's perfect appeal. As I progressed in the story, some things got on my nerves. For instance, I hated the sister, Diedre. She was condescending and disrespectful to Jeff, her brother. She was a total bitch, very wishy washy because she'd talk all sweet and nice to Nigel then snap at Jeff and talk shit about Nigel behind his back. Honestly, if she was my sister I'd have either shot her or told her to shut the fuck up already. Talk about annoying. I didn't like how she treated Jeff in the beginning and I sure as hell didn't like how she treated Nigel in the end. Honestly, I could rant about her all day. She was a disgusting character. Classic example of why I don't like females in m/m books. They just cause unnecessary problems.
Beyond that, after Nigel and Jeff got together there was a lot of sex clustered very close together. I ended up skipping a few pages because it was back to back sex and got a tad boring to me. There's also the fact that a few of the scenes that I was looking forward to reading about are skipped or glossed over so we get the 'highlight' of what happens but not the actually by-play. That saddened me because one scene I'd have really enjoyed reading about is Nigel and Jeff's reunion after months of being apart. Lastly, there are so many unanswered questions and loose ends. The most obvious is the fact that there's never a diagnosis given for why Baby Hazard ended up in the hospital (view spoiler)[babies don't just stop breathing and have their lips turn blue for no reason! Something had to have caused Baby Hazard to stop breathing but there's never an explanation given! (hide spoiler)] Oh! And I felt like the end was unresolved. We don't know what's going to happen next between Nigel and Jeff. Is Jeff going to give up his dreams and constantly be on the road with Nigel? What about school? So many unresolved threads. Nigel was also a bit inconsistent with being from Britain. He was speaking almost all American English in the beginning but by the end he was all of a sudden very British. Although he really only used 'knackered' and 'bloody'. Just overly so.
Overall, even with the many faults of the story, I can't deny that I really enjoyed it. I laughed so hard in the beginning, I awwwed during the middle and I was engrossed in the end. It's not a perfect book but one I hope we get a continuation for someday to at least tie up all the loose ends.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I read Your Cheatin' Heart and Thunderball before this book came out and while I read both of them years ago, I remember wondering how Sylver and Hunt...moreI read Your Cheatin' Heart and Thunderball before this book came out and while I read both of them years ago, I remember wondering how Sylver and Hunter first met and wanting to actually see it.
While this short story isn't exactly of their wedding (as the title hints at), it is about how Hunter and Sylver meet, Hunter's attempts at recruiting Sylver for his top secret agency and Hunter's continual denial of Sylver's claims that they are mates. It's not necessary to read this little short before reading the series. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more because I already knew and adored Sylver and Hunter and their oddball relationship.
The banter between the two is still there, the raw attraction and connection is there as well but this one shows Sylver doing the chasing instead of Hunter being the one to chase Sylver. I only wished this had been longer! I would have loved to see part of it from Hunter's POV and how he works through his family issues.
Definitely a good series for those looking for a laugh, some amusement and just a good time.(less)
This story had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading about. For one, it's set in historical China (there just aren't enough Asian books out...more4.5 stars
This story had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading about. For one, it's set in historical China (there just aren't enough Asian books out there, IMO), there's the whole arranged concubine theme, the deceptive secrets and the fact this Princess kicks ass!
Honestly, I loved this book. It's not perfect, I will admit that. The MCs, Hüi Wei and Lan'xiu, are instantly ensnared with each other. It's essentially love and lust at first sight even with all the chaos surrounding Lan'xiu's arrival. I enjoyed the story because I found the love they develop for each other sweet and intense. What Hüi Wei struggles with in regards to his position and how enemies could take advantage of his feelings for Lan'xiu was sad but interesting.
I've always been a sucker for stories that have a character pretending to be someone else and the fact Lan'xiu is disguised as a princess when he's really supposed to be a prince was intriguing for me. Especially when Lan'xiu actually enjoyed dressing in silks and satins as a woman as opposed to a man's clothing. I also liked the way Lan'xiu's identity was such a closely guarded secret and the way Shu Ning (Lan'xiu's eunuch) was so protective of Lan'xiu even though Lan'xiu was so fierce he was an ass kicking warrior.
As I said, though, this story isn't without its faults. For one, I know Lan'xiu was a princess to the outside world but even he considered himself as a 'she' in his own POV. I found that odd and he's not the only one that did that. Hüi Wei and Shu Ning did that, too, even though they knew the real Lan'xiu. Also, while the beginning was pretty good, the ending tended to have more scenes with head hopping.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It doesn't have much outside conflict but there are a few suspenseful parts. A bit too much sex at times for my tastes but the characters and their love story were fascinating to me and I had a hard time putting the book down.
And for all those wondering about the harem element to the story (view spoiler)[Hüi Wei doesn't sleep with any of his other 'wives' from the moment Lan'xiu arrives. So there is no 'cheating'. Hüi Wei only ever has sex with Lan'xiu. And y'all will never know how happy I was for that! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The blurb does a pretty good job of explaining what will happen within the book without going...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
The blurb does a pretty good job of explaining what will happen within the book without going into exact details of how it will happen. When I read the blurb, I immediately knew it would be something I’d like because not only is it scifi, it’s a young adult story dealing with a somewhat broken kid who finally finds out who he is.
From the start, I was drawn into it. Almost immediately, we are plunged into a world that’s face-paced and suspenseful where Gareth is running for his life, learning new things about himself and understanding his true nature and future while getting a quick lesson in who he can trust and who he can’t. We experience what Gareth experiences in exactly the same way and time Gareth does. I was hanging on the edge of my seat for almost the whole story wondering what was going to happen next, how Gareth and Aranth, his mysterious savior, were going to handle it then gasping in shock in the way it was delivered and to realize what I knew wasn’t exactly what was true.
One of the things I loved about this book was how suspenseful it was. I was surprised by how the author was able to so clearly write one thing after another that caused my heart to beat faster whether it was being deceived by someone, running for Gareth’s life or even almost dying more than once. I was thoroughly pleased with that because I wasn’t expecting it in a young adult story. Another thing I liked about the book was how seamlessly all the elements within the story were combined from it being contemporary to adding in scifi, time traveling, otherworlds, a new society and royalty while adding hints of young love. I was very impressed and fascinated especially with the details we learn about the new society.
I was so caught up in the story, I had no sense of time. I’d read stretches of the story and not even realize how much I actually read. The way Gareth is told, his personality and the details of the story in general were extremely captivating to me. Gareth might have had a rough life but he’s not exactly bitter, he’s resigned but he’s strong and optimistic his life will change soon. And change it does when he finally really meets Aranth, his mysterious friend. Aranth is someone that will constantly surprise you. You think you understand him then something happens to disrupt that understanding. He’s sporadic and shocking but very determined in his goals. Both these characters were lovable and interesting and the love they have and develop is slow and nice because they lay everything out there for each other but still accept who the other is.
Overall, this was an amazing tale. A story I was able to lose myself in and forget the world around me. I know I fell in love with Gareth and Aranth (and their dog, Hope!) but also with the world. My only drawback with the story was how it ended almost abruptly. I would have liked to see how Gareth takes his new role and the way he handles it. I’m hoping for a sequel but I’m more than satisfied with the way this story turned out. I’ll definitely be looking forward to more stories by Ms. Spear.(less)
I put off reading this book for a while because of the 'to be continued' ending. The cover intrigued me so much I just couldn't hold off anym...more4.5 stars
I put off reading this book for a while because of the 'to be continued' ending. The cover intrigued me so much I just couldn't hold off anymore and I'm glad I finally read it.
Right from the start I was drawn into the story because Jamie was an interesting and intriguing character. I was trying to figure out how this story would go, how it would progress and where it would end up but I could never predict it which is another reason I enjoyed this story. It's so filled with twists and turns, shocking and gory moments, and weird conflicts and creatures. Honestly, I was so enamored with this story I sulked for a few days because the sequel wasn't out yet.
I just couldn't get passed how much I enjoyed this book. It's not really a romance but there is a bit of sexual tension between Jamie and another. I loved the characters because they're funny, cute with just a hint of being dangerous. The world this is set in is both different and intriguing because it spins a unique tale on the traditional paranormal creatures while adding some mythical creatures as well. The conflict is a bit predictable in the whole running for your life type thing but it's also given its unique spin on it all.
Of course, while I loved the book, it wasn't without its faults. For one, while the journal entries were interesting, I kind of got annoyed with them because they happened right when I wanted more of something else to happen. Another thing is the first half of the story was solely from Jamie's POV then second half other POVs are thrown into the mix (even secondary and third characters) which led to a bit of head-hopping whenever there was more than one person in the scene. There was also the fact these 'students' who are in college seemed more like high school prima donnas and adolescents than mature adults.
In the end, I'm glad I finally read this one. It was something I very much enjoyed. I'm really looking forward to the sequel and I hope it comes out quick because I desperately want more of this world and these characters! (less)
This book was a nice surprise. I've been a little skeptical of reading a Marie Sexton book for a little while now since I read another of her...more4.5 stars
This book was a nice surprise. I've been a little skeptical of reading a Marie Sexton book for a little while now since I read another of hers that I didn't much like. This one, however, was a delight to read and one I'm glad I didn't miss or put off.
Captain Tristan Kelley has an easy life that he doesn't like. Tasked with protecting a spoiled Prince and meeting the Prince's needs, he's far from happy. When the ship they're traveling on gets taken over by pirates, his life gets turned upside down. Temporarily blind, Tristan is at the mercy of all the pirates, more specifically, at the mercy of Valero. Unable to see, Tristan tries his best not to give into Valero's seduction even if he does desire the sexy pirate something fierce. It takes a betrayal and facts about his own government that really starts to make Tristan think if giving in really would be so bad.
At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one because of the way it started. However, it quickly turned into one of those books that I couldn't put down. I adored Tristan. He's a bit naive, IMO, but he slowly realizes that he's being played by those he's supposed to trust. I loved Valero from the start but then again I'm always more partial to the kidnapper than the kidnapped ;P I was very surprised with the little fetish Tristan had. It was seriously hot but totally shocking! And I loved that Tristan was so embarrassed over it while Valero was so attracted and accepting of Tristan.
I enjoyed the struggle Tristan had with wanting Valero. His internal debate was amusing at times and I liked that he took into consideration all points of view and not just what he's been told by his government. He's a very smart, brave person who definitely knows how to defend himself. I didn't get to know Valero as much as I'd have liked but I loved what there is of him. You don't actually know what he looks like until the end (Tristan is blind after all) but it was a shock to get his description.
While I enjoyed the story, I felt like it was way too short. The ending was a bit rushed, IMO, and because of that I felt like it ended sooner than it should have. It was a very sweet ending that had me smiling but I was still looking for that little more. Aside from that, the traitor was predictable. I guessed who it was within the first few chapters.
Overall, this was a great story. A little slack on the sci-fi details that other sci-fi fanatics will want but that didn't deter my enjoyment. This one has a fun, light plot with the added problem of an embarrassing fetish and blindness. It's a very nice story. I hope there is more to come of Valero and Tristan because I'd love to see how Tristan is adjusting to his new life. (less)
All I can say is that I love this little short!!! Allan and Mac are so cute and I hope we get a full story of them someday because this one was way to...moreAll I can say is that I love this little short!!! Allan and Mac are so cute and I hope we get a full story of them someday because this one was way too short! :D(less)
I absolutely adored this book. No surprise there, huh? Lol. But I really did love this one. I was hooked right from the beginning and I couldn't put i...moreI absolutely adored this book. No surprise there, huh? Lol. But I really did love this one. I was hooked right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down once I started.
The relationship between Kevin and Danny/Dani while at first is based on blackmail, it soon becomes friendship then progresses into an intimate relationship. Kevin, in my opinion, was the first to truly accept Danny's desire to dress as a woman and soon not only loved it when he was Danny but also when he was Dani. He loved the fact that he got the best of both worlds in Daniel.
Both Danny and Kevin are great characters. Danny becomes more confident and everyone seems to like him when he is Dani but he's still a lovable kind of guy when he's Danny. Kevin is, while sweet, sometimes a little harsh. At the beginning, he seems a bit mean with the things he says towards Dani but he slowly starts to change and grows up becoming a smart, while sometimes oblivious, man. He's honest to everyone and automatically knows when someone is a genuinely good person or not. With Danny in the picture (whether as Danny or Dani) Kevin becomes the guy that his Uncle Keith never expected Kevin to be.
It was great seeing the changes in Kevin and Danny. Kevin is pretty cool with being gay for Danny but seeing Danny start to accept the fact he's transgender was really special. It was interesting seeing the way a TG thinks and acts. This story is while sweet, still has it's sad moments. When Kevin hurts Danny I teared up a little bit because of how selfish Kevin was but Kevin makes it all right but how that changes Danny was kind of funny. Sad but definitely funny.
Oh, and if I confused you with all the D names, just a clarification the MCs are Kevin and Daniel. Daniel's nickname is Danny but when he turns into a she, she becomes Dani with an 'i'.
Overall, this was a great book (and free!) I definitely recommend it!(less)
Let me just say how much I love this cover and I think it's a perfect fit for the book. Now, let me just say how much I love this book. Lol
Carson's be...moreLet me just say how much I love this cover and I think it's a perfect fit for the book. Now, let me just say how much I love this book. Lol
Carson's been dependent of his rich boyfriend, Anthony, for far too long and when he demands more out their relationship Anthony dumps him. Financially broke, Carson doesn't know what to do and how to survive on just by his paycheck from the burlesque show. Seeing Carson crying, Eddie gives him a single red rose, trying to make Carson feel better. With that single rose, Eddie brightens Carson's day. From there, Carson and Eddie start a friendship that turns into something more. The relationship between them couldn't possibly work when they have nothing in common and add into the fact that Carson is high maintenance and Eddie's not gay and Carson knows the love building between them just isn't enough. Eddie wants to take care of Carson, though, but Carson won't allow it especially when he finds out that dating Anthony got him a lot of privileges including the job at the burlesque show. It's time Carson learned what being independent means.
Carson is the type of man that can easily be mistaken for a girl and he flaunts it in a subtle way. Being raised by a single high maintenance mother basically cemented the fact that Carson would be more into make-up and clothes than sports and beer. I liked that in Carson, though. I found it interesting the way he could be all dressed up as a woman but then still be able to dress as a man if he truly wanted. I think Eddie was my favorite character. He's quiet and sweet and actually listened to whatever Carson had to say whether it was about Anthony or his show or anything. He's as far from Carson's type as he can get. Being a working, modest man, polite and ruggedly handsome as opposed to refined, rich and arrogant.
I liked how we kind of got to see the changes in Carson. He goes through some hard times when Anthony dumps him and knows he needs to stop being dependent on other men. When he starts falling in love with Eddie and loses his job is when he starts to realize that he's never been truly happy with the way his life was and by the end of the story, we see a totally different Carson than we did at the beginning.
All in all, a great book. Whether or not you've liked Jet's work in the past, I think this one will appeal to just about anyone. Recommended. (less)
I had some reservations about this one. I really liked the concept of the story but I thought it was too empty in the beginning, if that makes sense....moreI had some reservations about this one. I really liked the concept of the story but I thought it was too empty in the beginning, if that makes sense. You go from Nicky and Seth meeting to Seth automatically loving Nicky a few weeks later and there’s no in between so you don’t know how their relationship developed and I was a little disappointed with that because I would have liked to know about those in between weeks. However, the more I read, the more I liked it especially when they went back to the scene of the crime and you get to meet all the drag queens. It was a good story and I’m looking forward to a sequel featuring the hunky detective Elliot and hopefully it’ll be more detailed on the beginning moments of Elliot and his hero’s relationship (of course, that is if there will be a book for him) :D
One thing I love about this series is the world building. At times it's confusing and a bit overwhelming but to me, who's a fantasy lover, it's amazin...moreOne thing I love about this series is the world building. At times it's confusing and a bit overwhelming but to me, who's a fantasy lover, it's amazing. Some things aren't quite as explained as I'd like them to be but I'm still in love with the world.
This one takes place roughly a year after Dreamlands and shows Keno and Samo as a couple in love. It's easy to see the love, desire and trust between the two and how much living in the Dreamlands is good for Keno. Keno is like a whole new man, he's healthy, confident (at least when he's dressed like Sakura) and lives a life where he doesn't feel fear every single day. He's still his cute and adorable self but much better now. Samo has grown, too. He's much more likable now since he's happy he has his Keno back.
I loved the story, I really did. It was great seeing Keno and Samo again. There were, however, some things I had a problem with. While the beginning was interesting, it dragged for a little while, would pick up again, and then drag for a bit only for the story to pick up again. I think that had more to do with certain POVs than it did with the story.
Speaking of POVs, I felt the story didn't revolve around Keno and Samo anymore. Sure, they were still in it and we still got their POVs but the story seemed more about Tama (who's a woman) and Mason than anyone else. So at times I felt like I was reading a m/f romance instead of a m/m romance and while I like Tama and Mason just fine, I really wanted this to be more about Keno and Samo and figuring out how their relationship would work with Keno's family and the trouble of the war. Instead, I got a lot of Tama's and Mason's thoughts and the overabundance of sexual tension between them plus a lot of flirting. I didn't really like it. Yes, the war and the conflict was an interesting one but I think it would have been more interesting seeing it from Keno and Samo's POVs than from Tama and Mason's. That's just my opinion.
Aside from feeling like the MCs were Tama and Mason, I was a bit disappointed when it came to a few scenes. I wanted them to be explained and shown because it would have helped understanding who Keno is and what powers he holds but those scenes were just glossed over. (view spoiler)[For example, Tama stated Keno was the one who saved them from drowning and brought them to the village where Mason, Wolf and McGann were but how did he do it? When they escaped the village, there was this whole fuss about how the barrier would be extremely difficult to pass through and how they needed a shaman to cross. Multiple characters started how hard it is to cross but then Tama gets this idea how to cross, which I think involved Keno, but then the whole thing is glossed over so (1) you have no idea how they crossed and (2) you have no idea how it involved Keno or his magic. It was disappointing. I wanted a book about Keno and Samo to see Keno grow into his powers but instead I got a whole shit load of Tama and Mason flirting instead. Yeah, she needed to get her kuni back but we could have easily known everything about that from either Keno or Samo's POV by having other characters explain things to them if they didn't already know it. (hide spoiler)]. Then there's the ending that just leaves me with more questions about Keno and his powers.
Overall, while I did enjoy the story, it wasn't as good as the first in the series. I don't much mind the alternating first person but I mind it when it's no longer about the 'supposed' main characters and pushes me believe the blurb is a bit misleading. With that said, I do recommend this book only because I do love the series, just this one was not my favorite and I'm desperately hoping the next book in the series is actually about Keno and Samo and exploring Keno's powers.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
For anyone that really knows me, they know how much I love certain aspects inside the m/m genre. Fantasy, arranged marriage, cruelty and abus...more4.5 stars
For anyone that really knows me, they know how much I love certain aspects inside the m/m genre. Fantasy, arranged marriage, cruelty and abuse, quasi Stockholm Syndrome, emotionally messed up and broken characters, kidnapping or hostage situations, all those elements always end up making an exceptionally great book, in my eyes. With Snowflakes and Embers I felt like I was in heaven while reading it because it has all those elements (sans kidnapping. Sort of).
To fully describe what happens in this book would turn out to be a synopsis because the book is extremely long but when it comes to fantasy, those are always the best kind. We get details, a lot of details, in this book. We get background information because it is all very important but most importantly we get to actually see almost all of the situations and problems play out. We learn about Deseem's life as a young teen and what he goes through because of his family, the choices that are taken away from him and how he ends up being this shell of a man when he finally meets Liam. Liam, however, is a mystery in his own way. We know about him but the things he's gone through in his life are both horrendous and awe-inspiring because of how he's been able to survive with it.
What I took from this book, though, was acceptance and strength. Being able to see Liam and Deseem grow and change from damaged characters who couldn't get out of their custom roles to individuals who ended up loving each other even with the hardships they've faced was amazing. I felt what they felt. Their emotions were my emotions and whenever one of them was hurt or sad, I was hurt or sad. Honestly, both of them broke my heart because of how unique and strange they are compared their own people. Their relationship developed slowly and I really enjoyed that because it gave me the opportunity to enjoy the characters for who they were on the inside. Simply put, I loved these characters.
I really did love this book because both the setting and the characters, were extremely interesting. However, this book had a lot of editing mistakes and at times it drew me out of the story but after a while I got used to it enough to bypass them. Also, at times Liam really pissed me off. While I love slow, intense build ups, his constant denial and bringing Deseem closer just to push him away annoyed and frustrated me but I knew why he did it so I accepted it even if I wanted to pull his head out of his ass then beat him with a stick.
Overall, I really adored this book. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it there. Deseem and Liam buried themselves inside my heart and wouldn't let up for even a minute. The world captivated me with the different cultures and the creatures involved. I'm not ready to let these two go yet so I sincerely hope there will be a sequel about them in the near future. Definitely recommended. (less)
I thought this book was very well developed. I loved how even though Samojirou didn’t have to, he still acted like a gentleman and allowed Keno to get...moreI thought this book was very well developed. I loved how even though Samojirou didn’t have to, he still acted like a gentleman and allowed Keno to get used to him instead of just taking what he wanted from Keno. He allowed Keno to make his own decisions on whether they would be intimate and always understood when Keno said ‘no’. I especially liked the fact that there wasn’t much sex; no penetration at all but I thought it worked well with who Keno was. I thought Mason was rather funny with his sarcasm and dark humor and I’m interested to see what happens in the sequel with all these avatars showing up.
At first, I was a little confused because you learn everything upfront but then the more I read, the more I understood and soon I was sucked into it, zipping through the pages quickly. I’m not all that good with weird names so I had to shorten everyone’s name. Samojirou became Samo, Tamazusa became Tama and so on. After I did that, the story flowed better for me.
This was a very delightful read and I’m looking forward to sink my teeth into the sequel Back to the Dream, which came out a few days ago.