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.
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.
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)
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)
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.