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 emot...moreMary, 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.
Didn't even need an Epilogue (I know, I know! It's a Stormy Glenn book, I ALWAYS want an epilogue!). It ended so per...moreFracking amazing book. 'Nuff said.
Didn't even need an Epilogue (I know, I know! It's a Stormy Glenn book, I ALWAYS want an epilogue!). It ended so perfectly that I just didn't need it.
Haq and Kyrenin were so cute and amazing together. And Stormy totally sneaked a surprise twist on me there that I SO was not expecting! But I loved it.
Because it's Stormy the writing was engaging and practically flawless. I felt like I was actually in the book, watching the world around me go crazy, on the run from the military. Every orgasm that Kyrenin and Haq had, I experienced as well...well, you know, mentally, not physically. It's not like "stroke material," but it's still pretty damn hot.
Such a great read. I'd recommend this book after a really bad day, it will work wonders for you and make you smile. I was in love with everyone by the end of the book...well, all of the good people at least.(less)
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.
Though...moreTerry'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...more"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.(less)
I can freely admit that the biggest reason I liked this book is because of the whole menage thing. But Lynn's writing was very good, especially taking...moreI can freely admit that the biggest reason I liked this book is because of the whole menage thing. But Lynn's writing was very good, especially taking on three different personalities and views of this relationship. The action that went on outside of this "trouple"(thanks Anne Tenino for that word) was also very refreshing. I found myself equally in love with Liam, Bishop and Jack and by the end of the book I was laughing at their shenanigans and very pleased with not only the difficulty that they faced in coming to terms with having a "multiple-partner relationship", but the ease of their feelings and the mechanics of it all once they made that decision.
This was a very nice read. Not too fluffy and not too dark.(less)
I absolutely fell in love with Rowan in this book! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Luca and Rowan definitely make the cutest, sexie...moreI absolutely fell in love with Rowan in this book! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Luca and Rowan definitely make the cutest, sexiest couple.
Even The Epilogue Whore was happy with the ending. A must read...again, and again, and again.(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)
This book was the ultimate feel good book. I started reading it yesterday and finished it last night because I just didn't want to put it down. There...moreThis book was the ultimate feel good book. I started reading it yesterday and finished it last night because I just didn't want to put it down. There are a lot of books out there about the single father who goes looking for a nanny, finds a nanny and then he and the nanny fall in love. The difference between this book and those is the unexpected character who pops up into the story and begins to wreak havoc within this beautiful family dynamic. Jeff the father is so heart-breakingly confused and scared after tragedy has struck his life and Donny, the eternal optimist, whose optimism even I wanted to roll my eyes at sometimes. There are the two beautiful kids Robin and Kimberley who provide just the right amount of chaos to make this book well worth the loss of sleep and work that I should have been getting done. There was even one part where I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because of how wrong it was. I was so rooting for happiness to come for Jeff and his family that I couldn't sleep until I'd finished the book.
And yay! There was an Epilogue! The Epilogue Whore within me was very surprised and delighted by the epilogue and very satisfied by what I read that when I finished I definitely breathed a sigh of happiness and relief.
This is a wonderful story to read when you need just a little bit of sunshine and laughter and happiness to get you through your day or your week. I definitely recommend it.(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)
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)
The only reason I'm writing anything about this book is because this is the first time I'm going to say something bad about a Stormy Glenn book (gasp!...moreThe only reason I'm writing anything about this book is because this is the first time I'm going to say something bad about a Stormy Glenn book (gasp!). As amazing as this book is and as happy as I am to read a book that looked at the BDSM lifestyle and the relationship between a Dom and sub from both sides of the relationship and one that does it so well, I had one major problem with the book.
Brody kept repeatedly calling Neason "love." Like every time he talked to him he said "love." And after a while it just got annoying.
Other than that one tiny thing, this book was great. The push and pull of Brody and Neason's relationship, their misunderstandings because neither of them wanted to take the risk and just put it all out there for the other one to see made this story very believable. I loved Brody's assertive, Dom behavior and even Neason's struggle with accepting his submissive personality made this story not only believable but enjoyable as well.
And of course as we know "The Epilogue Whore" is never satisfied at the end of a Stormy Glenn book because I always want more and this time was no exception.
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.