When I read L.A. Witt's "Static" I had a panic attack because it made me come face-to-face with some truths about myself that I'd been hiding. When I...moreWhen I read L.A. Witt's "Static" I had a panic attack because it made me come face-to-face with some truths about myself that I'd been hiding. When I read this book I cried because Heidi described the heartbreak I experienced at my own coming out, the grief, the despair, the hopelessness that ate away at me with my family's reaction, the need to erect walls to keep oneself safe from any more emotional hurt, the fight and struggle for healing and the overwhelming power of hope, forgiveness and acceptance, not of others but the acceptance of yourself.
When I first started reading this book, I didn't know what to expect. It had been recommended to me by Pati Maye, someone who after hearing about my family's reaction to my coming out told me that she'd adopt me. So I read this expecting to read a story of how a family accepted someone's decision to live their truth. I didn't even read the blurb, I just started reading. When I read Roe's family's reaction to finding out he was gay I felt as if Heidi had hidden cameras in my home (which wouldn't make sense as this book was written and published before I came out). I could feel the lost feeling that ate away at Roe's insides and when Roe began working at Nowhere Ranch and he met up with Travis Loving, the ranch owner, in a gay bar, I don't think I've ever rooted so hard for a couple before.
Heidi's words and the flow of her sentences made this book gritty and raw with emotion, I ached with the need for Roe to realize he wasn't evil for loving someone, I desperately needed for Travis to catch Roe if he ever ran if he ever fell, because Heidi's way with words had me feeling as if Roe's struggle was my own.
The sex was hot, rough, passionate, sweaty, and I cringed and clenched through most of it, feeling as if Travis was standing over me giving me orders or telling me what he was about to do to me. It was wonderful how Travis always knew what Roe needed, even when Roe didn't, and he always gave it to him, whether he was being rough or gentle, paddling him or yes, fisting him (gasp!). It was all so hardcore, so raunchy and so gripping that I purposefully read the scenes to my boyfriend just to see his reactions.
Haley's determination for Roe to have happiness, the way she fought for him, fought for his well-being, fought for his acceptance, fought for his right to love who he wanted, to have the family and the life he wanted, made me smile and root for her, making her one of the FIRST female friends in a M/M romance book that I actually WANTED to read about. At one point, I even clapped for her after she gave a long speech.
The best thing about this book was the ending. It was the greatest, sweetest ending ever. I nodded, wiped away the tears that had escaped from my eyes pages before and felt "The Epilogue Whore" within me give a great big sigh of relief that Heidi had satisfied us both, the reader who longs for the story and the E.W. who longs for the "After" in Happily Ever After.
Rarely do I read a story that affects me so much that when it's over I've realized that I had such a visceral reaction to it, but when I read one that does, I know that it's one that I will read over and over and over again. I would recommend this book to everyone. To those who were able to come out with no adverse reaction from their family, so that they can appreciate that experience and express their love and gratefulness for that. To those who came out and whose parents had a negative reaction, disowned them, kicked them out, beat them up, etc. so that they can see that our desire to love, our ability to love someone even when others say that it's wrong is not wrong, is not evil, is not a sin, that being who we are, living our own individual truths is the greatest example of purity, of righteousness, of holiness that there could ever be. To those who have had someone that they know, someone that they love come out and they reacted positively or negatively so that they can see that love, no matter its form, its gender, its race or religion, is just love.
And to those who still dare to dream, dare to hope, dare to love, this is the perfect book for you.(less)
I saw so many positive reviews for this book that I had really high hopes when I started reading it and I was not disappointed. I must admit, there we...moreI saw so many positive reviews for this book that I had really high hopes when I started reading it and I was not disappointed. I must admit, there were certain aspects of this story that made my heart clench: David's feelings of self-worth, John's coming to terms with his sexuality, John's determination to fight for David, David's determination to fight for himself, John and David's love for each other, David's fear of ever being able to be a good father to the son he left behind, and David's guilt and shame over the things he had to do to survive being homeless.
The book started off and by the time I hit page 12 I wanted to punch John in his throat, but I was assured by a friend (thanks LC) that John would grow up if I just kept reading and I am so glad that I did because by the end of this book John's growth from a self-centered, pretentious, egotistical, caustic, selfish, self-serving prick into a caring, determined, persistent, loving, selfless, appreciative, giving, kind man was well worth it.
"The Epilogue Whore" was even extremely happy to read the ending.
There aren't many romance books out there that are about more than just the romance between a couple, but this book was. This wasn't a book about how two men met and fell in love, this was a book about two men who discovered how powerful love truly is, how to have a relationship and how when you find that person, the right one for you, they help you to heal, they keep you upright even when you don't think you can continue standing, they chase after you when you run and they wait for you to come home when you've stopped running.
This is a book about healing, overcoming, surviving, enduring and the overwhelming triumph of true love.(less)
So Amery and Kirby meet at the UPAC conference, they decide to mate and then Kirby finds out that Amery can get pregnant. No problem right? Wrong. Kir...moreSo Amery and Kirby meet at the UPAC conference, they decide to mate and then Kirby finds out that Amery can get pregnant. No problem right? Wrong. Kirby faints and when he comes to he finds out that his mate has a lot more problems and issues than just that he can get pregnant.
This book moved along quite easily. It was all about Amery and Kirby learning more about each other and falling in love, dealing with Amery being pregnant, Amery's past and his ex-boyfriend.
I did enjoy it and SURPRISE it had an AWESOME ending! "The Epilogue Whore" was very satisfied. The biggest issue or problem I had....okay it was two problems. Kirby hinted at a problem, a tragedy from his past but it's never revealed. The book focuses mainly on Amery and his issues/problems/ex. Which brings me to my second problem with the book, the villain, Amery's ex-boyfriend Jake was just such a bad villain. Mrs Flynn even states it: "He was the worst criminal ever! He totally failed Evil Villain 101!" (pg 102) The parts of the book dealing with him were very "blah" for me and really pulled interest away from the book.
This book got 4 stars from me instead of 5 because of the dumb, boring villain of Jake and the fact that the book focused so much on Amery and not enough on Kirby. This book also got 4 stars instead of 3 because it's a Mpreg book (I love that genre-don't like it? Sue me.) and because of the awesome ending.
I will probably read this again, maybe not repeatedly, but I more than likely will read it again and for that reason I'd recommend it to lovers of the smaller man being the top (oh yeah, the big, tall, muscled guy LOVES to bottom), healing and philanthropic details, hot sexy men getting it on, hard, rough and steamy sex taking place against the front door and then the wall, love and families.(less)
I have never read a Stormy Glenn book that was so angsty and heart-wrenching and "make-you-want-to-shake-your-Kindle" emotionally charged before. Out...moreI have never read a Stormy Glenn book that was so angsty and heart-wrenching and "make-you-want-to-shake-your-Kindle" emotionally charged before. Out of all of the Midnight Matings books, this was the one that I always cringed when I thought about reading it, which is weird for me because I'm such a "Stormy Glenn book whore." But there was something about the blurb that let me know it was going to be a book that was going to make me want to punch one of the main characters in the throat. And I was right.
Manuel and Elder Davan have a history that is filled with so much outside deception, manipulation, snobbishness, homophobia, anger, violence, lying and heartbreak that even while they were having sex Davan was crying and Manuel was angry, both of them wrapped up in their own versions of what happened to their past failed relationship and who was really wrong. When everything gets sorted out and the truth is revealed I breathed such a sigh of relief, but the angst and drama didn't stop there. The the ones who had caused all of the problems had to be confronted and justice had to be served.
In the middle of all of this heart-squeezing writing there is such an undercurrent of the power of Davan and Manuel's love for each other. You can feel how deep their love and passion burns for the other even in the middle of their misunderstandings and hurt.
Now, everyone doesn't like Mpreg (your choice I know), I, however, LOVE a good mpreg story or a good M/M with Kids story and this book had both (although the mpreg is merely mentioned in a few spots and not really "experienced" like in other books) and Mrs Glenn does it so well (as she usually does). I was charmed by the children though they only had brief appearances (as should be the case with ALL children-I joke. Hahaha. Laugh people) and found myself wanting to see how Manuel would handle Davan being pregnant again.
The dynamic of Manuel and Davan was so brilliant that unlike some other paranormal romances I didn't have to strain, tilt my head to one side and squint in order to try and imagine the two of them actually being together outside of the whole paranormal thing.
"The Epilogue Whore" is never satisfied when I read a Stormy Glenn book and is thereby never consulted because they are always so good to me that I find myself wanting more and more and more and really, greed is one of the seven deadly sins right? Well, I'll die happily because this book will be read again by me and I recommend it to all of you.(less)
This book was filled with so much angst, anger, hurt, betrayal, loss, love, forgiveness, redemption, strength, character, wisdom,...more*Stands and applauds*
This book was filled with so much angst, anger, hurt, betrayal, loss, love, forgiveness, redemption, strength, character, wisdom, laughter, tears and deep-rooted connection and passion that I felt as if my entire body was tied up in knots as I read it. I groaned and cried with Bear and the Kid. I cheered Otter. I hated Bear's mother with a passion. I hid my face in shame with Bear. I applauded the Kid's wisdom and I admired Otter's fortitude and determination to never give up on the man that he loves.
There were times when I hissed in agony over some of the conversations, not because they were badly written, but because they were so beautifully written that I felt as if I were the one being torn apart emotionally. That it was me having my heart broken. That I was the one being left and neglected. I was the one being pushed away. Like I was the one being betrayed.
I rooted for Bear, Otter and the Kid throughout this entire book and as the book grew closer to the end I grew nervous and despaired that maybe the author Mr. Klune just didn't see this couple the way I did. I needn't have worried, however, because if Mr Klune could write a story of three people so wonderfully created to be together, their story so beautifully, shockingly and hauntingly real, then I should have known that the end of this book would be just as beautifully, shockingly and hauntingly realistic.
I think that even if I hadn't heard stirrings about a possible sequel, I still would have been satisfied by the ending. The whole book was written from one person's perspective and then right there at the end, again in a beautifully brilliant way, the POV changes right there in the Epilogue. It was so perfect and put tied such a wonderful bow on an already beautiful story that when it was over all I could do was sigh and applaud.(less)
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 but...moreThis 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.
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 mati...moreWhen 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.(less)
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 Gab...moreI 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.(less)
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 o...moreI 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.(less)
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 series...moreUsually 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.*(less)
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 a...moreThis 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.
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 a...moreBrilliant. 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.
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 ha...moreBecause 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!(less)
Every page I turned the book got better and that's not an exaggeration, that is truth. This book, this s...more10 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.(less)
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 e...moreThis 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.(less)