Mary, you brilliant woman. How did you create characters that I love almost as much if not more than Jin and Logan?
The unexpected twists, the raw emotMary, you brilliant woman. How did you create characters that I love almost as much if not more than Jin and Logan?
The unexpected twists, the raw emotion, the lust and hot man on man smexiness, all wrapped in this painful, gripping love between these two very real men...wow, it helped to make this book, in my opinion, along the same lines, the same brilliance, as Honored Vow. Really, anything written by Mary Calmes.
Terry's story of his transformation into Lola Valdez was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I was hooked from the first page until the last one.
ThoughTerry's story of his transformation into Lola Valdez was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I was hooked from the first page until the last one.
Though this book is filled with angst, horror, betrayal, violence and Terry, who is told more than once that he's not a "real man" and is more woman than man anyway, is accosted more than once, I still found myself addicted to every line. Every word in this book, when woven together with Victor's delicious talent and skillful pen had the power and the capacity to pull me deeper and deeper into a time in our history where gold and riches were all that most men cared about and being "queer" could get you hanged.
I gasped and growled and laughed and applauded as I read this book, literally. The writing so accurate that I felt as if I too were sleeping in a crudely made cabin out in the wilds of Alder Gulch, trying to make my fortune by finding gold on someone else's claim. I worried for Terry, an innocent, hauntingly beautiful young man, who's naivete almost gets him arrested and killed and does get him brutalized repeatedly throughout the pages of this book.
This book is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking to read a book filled with pink bunnies, fluff, sunshine and roses, this is not the story for you. If you are looking to read about the strength of the human spirit, a young man's journey to finding and living his truth, his struggle through the mires of poverty, the ravages of mining camps and being a cross-dresser, being transgender, being himself, when either of those things would surely see him killed brutally; if you're looking for a story about a young man's quest to find love, true love and finding it first in himself and then in the man who was always his true love and finding out that in true love is true acceptance, well then, this book is the book for you.
I wish that I could hug Terry and congratulate him. I wish that I could dance and sing with Lola and be in awe of her presence. I wish I could hug Victor J Banis and thank him for writing such an amazing book.
The ending was so perfect, so...delicious that the Epilogue Whore was stunned and lulled into a sigh of utter satisfaction, though it was not the ending that one would expect, it was the perfect ending to a perfect story.
Words spoken by the main character Timmy that so pierced the heart of this reader that I finished the rest of the book, holding my Kindl"Am I broken?"
Words spoken by the main character Timmy that so pierced the heart of this reader that I finished the rest of the book, holding my Kindle in a firm, almost desperate grip, hoping against hope that Joiner would help him and show this beautiful young man that he wasn't broken or unlovable at all.
"Grampy was the only one to say he loved me."
This book details the struggle that Timmy and Joiner endure together as they deal not only with a controversial legacy left behind by Timmy's grandfather when he passed away, but also with the after effects of the traumatic experience that Timmy suffers from as a youth. Joiner is a junior associate at a law firm that Timmy goes to with a rare gold coin in order to prove the validity of his ownership and possession. Timmy is very much the fragile spirit, a formerly broken butterfly attempting to fly again. Joiner is the man who steps up to help him learn to live, learn to fly, learn to love again.
With the reappearance of Gerald, Dieter, Mark, Tyler, Brian, Nicolai and many other Andrew Grey favorites, this book is simultaneously heart-breaking, uplifting, emotionally gripping, soul wrenching, funny, entertaining, and, in true Andrew Grey fashion, extremely smexy.
I found myself encouraging and rooting for Timmy with every step forward he took in his healing process. I similarly found myself wincing with every horrible return of a piece of his rough childhood. Joiner's strength and courage, his determination to stick with Timmy through it all, filled the pages with light and dispelled the darkness that tried to strangle the sweetness of Timmy's spirit.
Mr. Grey's writing was gripping, pulling me into the pages of the book until I felt like I was right there with Timmy at work, sitting in the next cubicle talking about how one should never tell Heidi anything unless they wanted everyone to know. I felt as if I were helping Joiner with his research for Timmy's case. Best of all, the passion and the white-hot desire that the two men felt for each other was so well written that I felt as if I were right there in the bed with them, getting sweaty and sticky and experiencing every orgasm alongside them (and definitely needing a cigarette afterwards).
The setting of the book was so well described that I could see Grampy's house, see the dust motes floating through the air in the attic, feel the raindrops falling on my skin as Joiner and Timmy took a walk in the rain, and see the clenching jaw of the US District Attorney as he presented his case in front of the judge in opposition to Joiner's claim.
The tension that threaded its way seamlessly throughout the pages of this book, was beautifully balanced by the love and genuine affection that made up the foundation for Timmy and Joiner's love story.
And yes, The Epilogue Whore was beyond satisfied by the way this book ended, because the end, much like the rest of the book was an execution of near flawless prose and loving storytelling.
I recommend this book (obviously) for those who love to read about love, strength, overcoming tragedy, healing, family and finding true happiness through finding oneself....more
This whole story was like one huge epilogue read for me.
Josh and Sammy are already together. They've met, fallen in love, moved in together and have eThis whole story was like one huge epilogue read for me.
Josh and Sammy are already together. They've met, fallen in love, moved in together and have established a life together for fifteen years. They are no spring chickens, no, cute young twinks. These are two men who are happy with their lives.
Josh is with his sister Nicole when she gives birth to her daughter Vivian. Josh steps in to help whenever "Nicky" needs help, to the disappointment of his partner, Sammy, who feels as if he's wearing himself out too much. Sammy knows that Josh wants kids, just like Josh knows that Sammy doesn't want kids. The two men seem to be on opposite sides of a few things, but one thing they are certain of, they want to be together, forever, and the rest is just details.
When tragedy strikes Josh steps up and takes in Vivian and is shocked when Sammy steps up to help as well.
This whole book made me smile. I did have a small gasp of pain moment over the nickname for Vivian (Vivi), but it was a bittersweet gasp.I was extremely happy to read about an already established couple, because it lets me know that whatever I'm reading the epilogue to a previous story, and as the Epilogue whore, it makes the entire thing enjoyable.
This story was all of that and more. Mr. Grey's writing is always very classy and I find myself not only being enchanted but falling in love with the characters each time I read something of his, this was no exception.
It was a delightful quick read and I highly recommend it to everyone....more
Every page I turned the book got better and that's not an exaggeration, that is truth. This book, this s10 Stars....
I want to give this book 10 stars.
Every page I turned the book got better and that's not an exaggeration, that is truth. This book, this story and Mary's writing oozes, leaks and throbs with perfection, with genius.
I don't think anyone more than me pleaded, begged, cajoled, blackmailed, whined, and prayed for a third book in Mary's werepanther series. I had fallen so in love with Jin and Logan in Change of Heart, at the time seeing myself in Jin and my deceased fiance, Christopher, in Logan. As I have grown and change, so has Jin and Logan.
The relationships, the strength, the power, the sex, the couples, even the betrayal and violence improved one hundredfold between Trusted Bond and this book.
I didn't think it was possible for me to love Jin and Logan more than I had in Trusted Bond, but Mary proved me wrong. More than that, Mary made me fall in love with characters that I had only a passing affection for before: Domin, Yuri, Crane, Mikhail and characters that I had previously rooted for and cheered for did a complete 180 and I found myself sneering at them and wishing for boils to grow on their privates.
This book takes place a while after Trusted Bond, it doesn't pick up immediately, but takes place a few years after book two ends, and I will admit I was looking to see how much everything had changed. I was very happy to see that Logan and Jin's relationship had strengthened, that their bond had become impenetrable. I was happy to see Jin gaining control over his power. More than that I was so happy to see characters redeeming themselves or showing their true colors.
Each chapter, each page got better. I laughed, I gasped, I almost cried (which I blame on someone cutting onions somewhere), I yelled at characters, I almost threw my book across the room in fury. I even started a "shit hit" list and put characters on there that I wanted to see pay for their egregious sins. I was very happy to see justice play out.
More than that I was happy with the way I felt when the book finished. While I wouldn't turn my nose up at another book with Jin and Logan (because c'mon I think the only person that loves them more than me is Mary Calmes and even then, we'd probably have to debate that), I can honestly say that when the book was over, I sighed. In relief, in satisfaction, in happiness, in awe, in love, in completion. I knew that Jin and Logan had told their story and for them, questions had been answered, bonds were solid and they were, they are one of the most loving couples I have ever read about.
I wanted to give this book 10 stars, because 5 just doesn't seem enough to do it justice. Brilliant perfection Mary, that was this book, brilliant perfection....more
Because of this book I now have to go and take my phone to Verizon to get it fixed.
But it's all good.
When I started this book, I got to page 10 and haBecause of this book I now have to go and take my phone to Verizon to get it fixed.
But it's all good.
When I started this book, I got to page 10 and had to stop because it was sort of slow for me, but by the time I get page 18 I was enthralled, so enthralled in fact that I fell asleep reading it and only after fighting with myself to stay awake. *slight spoilers follow, but not a lot*
This book is about Rhys the unwanted, abused son of a Lord Girvan, a Saxon, who is charged with going and stealing the crown from the King of Wales after being caught in a "compromising" position with a stable boy. Rhys ventures to Wales and meets Arrolon who is the new heir to the throne after his brother Owain is killed in battle. Arrolon has dedicated himself to the church, but is constantly berated by his father, and while he finds a measure of peace in the Scripture, he doesn't find true happiness, but he clings to them and wants to become a monk, when his plans are torn apart by his father's declaration that he take his brother's place as heir and marry Princess Elaine of Orkney. Rhys shows up to steal the throne but he and Arrolon find themselves drawn to each other, ensnared by a love that "dares not speak its name."
However, there are things that are working to keep the two men apart. More than the fact that it is considered a "sin" and a "crime," it is the fact that Arrolon's betrothed, Elaine dies suddenly, then he takes her twin sister to wed but then she is killed, which leaves Arrolon to wed Morgaine, a mean, evil, manipulative shrew who hates Rhys and has devious plans of her own.
Rhys and Arrolon struggle to find their way to each other, struggle to have a relationship even though their relationship is surrounded by murder, plots, betrayals, distrust, violence, fear, abuse, and shame.
I was SOOO captured by this book that at one point (and if you read the book, you will know what part I'm talking about when you get there) I yelled and threw the pillow I was laying on and my phone that has the Kindle app on it towards the wall. The pillow was safe but the phone sort of...well...broke. So I had to download the Kindle software on my computer because I HAD to see how the book ended and I'm SOOO glad that I did. It was all truly worth it (although the fact that I broke my phone will probably hit me sometime tomorrow). The plot of this book was UH-MAH-ZING, the sex was HHOOOOTTTT, and the emotion was so real that I got a little choked up.
And SURPRISE there was an epilogue that made "The Epilogue Whore" so happy that I clapped like a silly fanboi. And the Epilogue was just as amazing as the book. *Happy sigh*
This book definitely goes on my "Will Read Again" shelf and you should read it too!...more
Brilliant. This story was effing brilliant. In all forms. I'm SO glad that I stayed up until 2:45 in the morning to finish it. It was so worth it. I aBrilliant. This story was effing brilliant. In all forms. I'm SO glad that I stayed up until 2:45 in the morning to finish it. It was so worth it. I am hopelessly in love with Cam and Cam and Daniel are my new favorite couple. This is the best book in the St. Nacho's series.
This was the perfect ending to the Holland Brothers series. I was happy by the way things played out. Especially that Jake and Patrick finally mated aThis was the perfect ending to the Holland Brothers series. I was happy by the way things played out. Especially that Jake and Patrick finally mated and that Patrick was able to prove how strong he really was.
"The Epilogue Whore" was even very, very satisfied by the way it all ended.
This was very much a HEA story and I'm very happy that I read it, I've been waiting on Jake and Patrick's story from the beginning and since it's Mpreg and I'm a HUGE Mpreg fan I was happy about that whole aspect.
Usually I like John Simpson's books. And I don't think I've ever given a book that I finished, 2 stars before, and I'm a HUGE fan of the Condor seriesUsually I like John Simpson's books. And I don't think I've ever given a book that I finished, 2 stars before, and I'm a HUGE fan of the Condor series but this book was such a disappointment.
There was very little to no sex (and you know I like my steamy mansex!), I'm talking two blowjobs were described.
I must admit that John delivered when it came to the whole political/military information and details and plot twists, which I've come to expect from his books which is why this book got 2 stars instead of just the 1.
David was overbearing and rude and in some ways very callous, not just to the terrorists and kidnappers that deserved it but to Shane, his husband, and to Victoria, his friend and the current president of the United States.
The interactions between David and Shane were so UN-loving compared to previous books that had I been a character in the book I would have asked if they were separating. David was so focused on his position, his title, his power then on revenge and doing what he wanted, when he wanted it, that I felt so bad for Shane. Shane was like David's little puppy wagging his tail and practically begging for David to show him affection.
I did think Jack, their adopted son was hilariously funny, especially with his using profanity and that is yet another reason why this book got a 2 rating instead of a 1. And I loved the interactions and the budding relationship between Darren and Prince Michael. Honestly, I wanted to read more about them than anyone else because they had the only and most interesting parts of the entire book.
And then the way it ended....
I was pissed off.
I don't know if Mr Simpson did that because there's another book following, which I sincerely hope that there is, but either way it was almost like the series finale when the show just ended in the middle of the sentence. This book just.....
I won't be reading this again and honestly I'd only recommend it to those who have read the Condor Series, only because I'm looking for the next book in this series and you're going to need to know what's going on and what has happened, otherwise, in my opinion, this book is only to be read if you're really bored and not looking for anything with m/m sexiness.
*ETA: I just found out that this is the final book in this series which just makes the ending and the whole book that much more disappointing. I really wanted to like this one just as much as the other four.*...more
I started off reading this when it was available online, but things came about and I wasn't able to finish the end so I knew that when the book came oI started off reading this when it was available online, but things came about and I wasn't able to finish the end so I knew that when the book came out I'd have to buy it just so I can see how it ended.
While the Epilogue definitely had my eyes sort of widening, I must admit that I did like this book. Being a veteran of the Army I could identify with John's frustration with being gay during the DADT-era. I could also understand Heath's struggle to support someone that you love when they have a job that constantly puts them in danger.
There were a lot of steamy moments in this book (the hotel room) but it was mostly about overcoming bigotry and trusting in love in spite of it all.
I must admit to a bit of bias when it comes to T.A.'s books, I don't think there's anything of hers that I've ever completely written off, though I don't doubt that it could happen, but I must admit that this is the first of hers that had "The Epilogue Whore" completely baffled at the end, with a sort of confused satisfaction at its conclusion.
I could see me reading this again because I'm a sucker for a good military story with a hot Army guy and a cute twink....more
I don't know who I fell in love with more Milo or Lark. Lark was so cute and independent and Milo was so alpha and protective. I love the way that GabI don't know who I fell in love with more Milo or Lark. Lark was so cute and independent and Milo was so alpha and protective. I love the way that Gabrielle spun this story, the way that they weren't meant to be together even without the whole spell of the elders.
I must admit I really fell for this story and the way it ended?
"The Epilogue Whore" sighed.
I know a lot of folks don't like this whole series but I do and this one is my favorite one so far....more
When I started reading this book I instantly hated Ripley and felt such concern for Lysander. Rip was this general homophobic a-hole who forced a matiWhen I started reading this book I instantly hated Ripley and felt such concern for Lysander. Rip was this general homophobic a-hole who forced a mating onto Lysander during the Great Gathering. As the book continued Rip continued to put his foot in his mouth and Lys continued to feel used, ignored, unloved, mistreated, unappreciated, worthless and like death was the only solution to get out of a life where no one, not even his family wanted anything to do with him. The two conversations that Lys had with his parents were so heartbreaking, and for me, so familiar, that I got choked up myself. I found myself actually rooting for someone other than the main character, Jensen-Rip's best friend, to seduce and steal Lys away from Rip because Lys wasn't being appreciated. Lys was mocked and ignored and threatened because Rip was too caught up in the whole "I can't be gay" mindset to realize what he had.
For someone who has never had to experience the cold shoulder from family, who has never experienced the cold isolation and soul-crushing despair of being ignored and used and unappreciated not just by your family, the very people who are supposed to love you, but by everyone else that surrounds you and then you meet someone that's supposed to support you who treats you just like everyone else, this may not be the book for you, you may find Lysander's feelings of inferiority annoying and his struggle with depression and suicide implausible, but for me, someone who has been there, it was all too familiar.
"The Epilogue Whore" wasn't satisfied because I definitely wanted more and I definitely want Jensen and Gaven to have their own stories, I know Mrs. Flynn has it inside of her and Lysander and Ripley's story while having a great conclusion is very much far from over.
I connected with Lysander on a very deep level and had to keep reminding myself that this was a book filled with shape-shifters, hot gay and hot bi-curious guys with big "members" and tight firm asses. The story beyond the mating, the purpose, the lesson underneath the hot sex that filled the pages and underneath the shape-shifting people, was one so profound that the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because of the whole anti-climatic fight between Lysander and Amanda. The lesson was about how love and acceptance of another should not be restricted based on gender or outward appearances or what we're taught is acceptable and that parents may not accept you, us, but for all of us we must accept and love ourselves and hold on for the person or persons who will be able to see the gem beyond the penguin, while living in a world full of wolves....more
This book left me shaking. I'm not kidding you. I waited WEEKS before even attempting to write a review of this book. Not because it was that bad butThis book left me shaking. I'm not kidding you. I waited WEEKS before even attempting to write a review of this book. Not because it was that bad but because it was THAT GOOD and it affected me THAT MUCH. I had a little bit of a panic attack while reading this book because I could so identify with the character of Alex, who was born a "shifter", but not like a wolf shifter, but someone who could change genders at will.
Alex is dating Damon and when Alex goes missing for a while after visiting with "her" parents, Damon comes over to check on her and finds instead a man who says that he is actually Alex. Alex is forced to reveal to Damon that he is a shifter and Damon is forced to come to a decision about staying with someone who is not fully female but is also fully male, simultaneously, especially since Alex has received an implant that will keep him as a man permanently, one that was forced upon him by his parents. Having felt this way all of my life but denying it to the best of my ability I felt as if my feelings and my thoughts were being projected onto the pages of this book.
I have only read one other book that had a transgendered person as the main character and that was "Hawk's Landing" by Carol Lynne and while Carol did a great job, nothing went as deep into the core of what I feel on a daily basis as this book. The struggle that Alex goes through when wanting to be a female but being unable to shift was heartbreaking, the depression, the loneliness, feeling as if you're not really accepted because you don't really belong in just one form, even the fear that no one would ever be able to truly love you because you are two genders at the same time (called bi-gendered by some doctors), is something that rocked me to my very core. I had to walk away from reading this book a few times because I was crying.
The transgendered part of the LGBT community is overlooked in a lot of fiction and in other areas as well and I am so glad that Mrs Witt wrote this book and did it with such graceful skill, depth, emotion and talent that for me, at least, it changed my entire world. It's amazing that a book should be able to do that, but this book did, it showed me the truth about myself and let me know that it was okay to be who I am, to embrace that part of me and to declare it to the world.
This book is a gem for me, one that I would recommend to everyone, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, male, female, married, single, engaged, dating. This book is about so much more than truth, acceptance of oneself, acceptance of others, loyalty to each other, not forcing our beliefs and our will on others, it's about more than sex (although it was hot when it happened....REALLY hot), it's about more than just a part of humanity that is overlooked or sneered at or ignored or tucked away into the corner and told to be seen but not heard, this book is about love. Love of a person, NOT a gender, not a look, not the outside packaging, but the treasure that lies within. That's what this book is about.