Cute catch up valentine related short story featuring Matt and Jared from Promises.
Romantic without being overly sappy or complete mush.
My one issue wCute catch up valentine related short story featuring Matt and Jared from Promises.
Romantic without being overly sappy or complete mush.
My one issue with the story would be that after 3+ years being in a gay relationship the character's narrative voice should be beyond thinking of things as straight/gay, manly/fem...emphasizing how they are too manly.
"I stopped by the liquor store Zach had mentioned and bought the wine and a corkscrew to open it with, because I was pretty sure we didn’t own one. Jared and I never drank anything but Dr Pepper and beer, but I figured the wine was worth a shot." I have a hard time believing that Matt and Jared don't entertain. It doesn't butch them up to read that they wouldn't have a cork screw because they drink beer.
"Maybe I was supposed to use a cookie sheet? Not that we owned one of those anyway" What adult with a home doesn't own a cookie sheet? Frozen pizza, fish sticks, garlic bread...they are for more than cookies.
There are a few others that I won't mention for fear of spoilers.
It was also a little odd for Matt to get romance advice from Ang. Ang who is in an open relationship and can't be tied down, talking about how guys don't get into romance and V-day... *rolls eyes*
The ending washed away any issues I had with the set-up and I really enjoyed reading it.
Fans of Promises will really enjoy this sweet bite of Matt and Jared.
I gave this book two stars but that is totally based on Goodread's definition of two stars..."it was okay". On a personal scale I'd have given the booI gave this book two stars but that is totally based on Goodread's definition of two stars..."it was okay". On a personal scale I'd have given the book 3.5 stars.
If you want a book where you ask yourself during each chapter, "Why is he with this prick?", then you'll love this book.
If it doesn't bother you watching a nice person be a total doormat...a leaf in the wind to a self-centered asshole, dig in.
If it doesn't bother you to see a person manipulate a lover with lies and secrets. You should enjoy the book more than I did. By the third time that Colin revealed to Lucien that something huge was gonna happen soon, something he planned and knew about well in advance and then LIED when Lucien asked "Is there more your not telling me?"...by the third time it became a chore to finish this. I did not feel any kind of love connection between these two main characters. I felt that they loved each other as artists...they loved each others work...but each other? No, I felt like they were just settled...like the fires of time had solidified them together.
And the secondary story of James and Adam? WHAT?!?!?! They met, shook hands, Adam sculpted James chest and suddenly they were lovers? Like, "I'm leaving you (James) and Adam my studio" type lovers. Like they had been together for years.
The use of art and firing (kiln) in this story was wonderful. I'd suggest having Google at the ready or go watch some YouTube vids, it could help you understand and visualize what is being talked about.
Sarah Black is a wonderful writer, I LOVED Idaho Pride...I just couldn't get into the characters in this one. ...more
This is a book with an enormous amount of potential but it just kept falling short. There were so many things that could have been more interesting ifThis is a book with an enormous amount of potential but it just kept falling short. There were so many things that could have been more interesting if they had just been given more time.
Where to start?
The main character, Adian. Adian is the campaign manager for a senator seeking re-election in PA. He is also sleeping with the Senator on the down low. We learn that Aidan has an appreciation for the finer things in life. While alone he walks around the Senator's home and notice the luxury and quality of the things around him...windows, furniture, doors. These are the things he's longed for, the things he feels he deserves, but why? I mean, we'd all like nice things, but why is Adian so drawn to these things? This is never really explained and I was extremely curious to know more about this character's history. I also wish that we had been given a chance to see more of Adian's intelligence. We're told that he didn't get his position as campaign manager by sleeping his way there, but there is no evidence presented that he's smart and capable. He comes across as a gold-digger climbing his way up the campaign ladder.
The Senator presented a huge opportunity to explore closeted politicians and political corruption, but neither were given a chance to really engage the reader. The mystery in the story wasn't much of a whodunit, I thought it was pretty obvious what the outcome was going to be.
The eventual pairing of Aidan and Rafe (the logger) lacked credibility. I had a hard time believing that they felt as strongly for each other as the story was claiming. They had less than 7 interactions with one another, not even a real date and by the end of the book they were moving in with one another. U-Haul lesbians would even roll their eyes.
I didn't hate this story. I only wish that it had been given more room to grow. ...more
Let me start this review with a confession...I was never a Cole fan. It’s not that I disliked him, it’s just that he never registered on my radar as aLet me start this review with a confession...I was never a Cole fan. It’s not that I disliked him, it’s just that he never registered on my radar as anything other than a plot tool in Marie’s other two books - Promises and The Letter Z. His “friends with benefits” relationship in Promises and his party quickie in The Letter Z just seemed like devices to launch other character stories off. When I read that Marie was planning a whole book involving Cole, as much as I LOVE Marie’s writing, I wasn’t very excited. Sound like you? Well, let me put your fears to rest. Read this. It’s wonderful. One of the best of 2010.
Maries takes two characters from previous books, Cole and Jonathan, puts them together and creates one hell of a couple. Both characters are out gay men with a little personal baggage. The good thing is that their issues are not related to being gay, but to issues that any reader, regardless of orientation, can relate with - family history, career, prior relationships. Together each characters helps the other see the world around them and refocus on what is important and real. I don’t want to give the impression that either of them are pitiful or bitter, they aren’t. They are both just living their lives the way each of us do everyday. Content perhaps, or blind to just how much happier we could be if we took a chance at something...or let someone take control. Cole is happy to travel and have his “friend” at each stop, closing himself off to the possibility of finding love...or, at least to him, the greater possibility of being hurt by love. Jonathan takes pride in his career, but to what end? He started on the ground floor and worked his way up the ranks and he’s on his way to a senior position he’s desired...but to what end? More travel, more responsibility, more work and less personal life.
Strawberries for Dessert is a hard book to put down. The chapters flow by, the characters are well formed and interesting and the dialogue is trimmed of unnecessary detail. There are moments in the book where the characters say things to one another that had they been said to me in real life I would have rolled my eyes, but coming from them they seemed so natural, honest and heartfelt.
As a reader Marie Sexton has spoiled me. With the exception of this book (as I stated above) my expectations have been very high and she has met them each time. I have no doubt that if I was to raise them for the next book(s) she would sail over and not even touch the bar. ...more
Great story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two sGreat story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two scenes in particular that were tense and heart pounding...written in a way that was easy to lift them off the page and into your imagination. My only gripe is that the material following the final tense scene just seemed pushed along. Kinda like..."Wow, all that happened...oh, this happens (and you probably guessed it). The End." I would love to know more about Gavin and certainly more about Lance.