This was not my first book by Mrs. Snow and while good, itThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This was not my first book by Mrs. Snow and while good, it couldn't measure up with some of the others I have read. The writing was decent and the possibilities endless. From the overall setting and the likeability of characters I had expected much more.
Paul is a man in debt who's had financial trouble since his parents had died in an accident. His two best friends, James and Alison, are oblivious to the fact and don't seem to notice that Paul is starving half the time and has only two paper thin towels in his apartment. In fact, they are such close friends that when they couldn't have children on their own, Paul made a donation and is a biological father of their daughter. On one such occasion, when Alison takes her daughter to the emergency room, Paul meets the doctor on call, Cameron.
The romance is fast and solid and their relationship, while thin on 'showing' the strings that hold them together, is still pretty strong when it comes to the romance part. As characters both Paul and Cameron suited me, but their connection was missing a sort of spark and I couldn't get invested into the story as much as I needed to make it great. Paul's situation was heartbreaking at some points and really, for me, it was the best part of the book. I liked reading about his struggles and expected more focus on it once Cameron came into the picture. One could say that I had a set course of action in my head and once those twists and turns were neglected, my opinion of the book went from great to average.
Paul's friends were a strange bunch to say the least. Alison was a somewhat overreacting woman and James was just weird. But I can't help it but be slightly bitter about the way they barely even noticed Paul. On the surface they were so worried and caring, but they also missed so many things and particular situations got on my nerves. How can you not notice that your best friend has nothing to wear and that the best meal of the week is the one he gets when he babysits their daughter. Yeah, I didn't think much of them and even by the end the stars of the book for me were Paul and Cameron.
With a bit more focus on the couple and a stronger impact of Paul's situation this book could have been a lot better but it's still not one people should just dismiss....more
If it's got shifters in it, I'll most likely read it. Yes,This review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
If it's got shifters in it, I'll most likely read it. Yes, I'm easily hooked, just like that. This little story seemed interesting primarily because the shifter was a cat. An orange cat at that and I'm pretty sure I would be a cat lady given a chance. So this story seemed perfect for me, and now, after I've finished it, I still think the same.
Dale is a food critic who has a bit of an ego and is too picky to actually give his hand a break and take a chance on a person. That all changes once a seemingly stray cat starts slipping by him and spending the night in his home. Yeah, Dale is sort of afraid of cats and honestly that was too funny for words.
Indulging in drink each night sets him up for a pretty vivid sexual dream starring his new neighbor and when the same thing happens again, it's pretty clear that either Dale has gone insane or that there's something fishy with the ginger haired neighbor and the cat with matching fur.
Funny, sexy and interesting. Perfect description for this book. I liked the guys despite the story being so short and the laughable situations Dale got himself in brightened up my morning. The only shortbacks were the length because I would have loved to read more about the men, and the abrupt ending. Well it wasn't really abrupt, more in the lines of ending just when things got interesting. But I have found that to be J.M. Snyder's style in general, so I pretty much knew what I was getting myself into. Length wise, I would have like a bit more developed characters and more in the situation resolution when everything came up to the surface.
Other than that I really enjoyed the story and really want to read something else about cats right now. I blame it on excellent writing and the adorable cover....more
Cari Z. is back with her magnificent alien world and a loving rThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
Cari Z. is back with her magnificent alien world and a loving relationship that surpasses cultural differences. Yes, we get to read about Perelan and all its unique traits.
Jason has been allowed to join his husband Ferran on his home world where the matriarchs allowed their union to happen under the promise of strengthening the relations of their race with the humans. Jason is put through exhausting and pretty much fate deciding education and while his love for Ferran is unconditional and as strong as it was at the beginning, it's not easy to barely be able to see his new husband.
Ferran is going through his own educational experience and as the couple sees less and less of each other and the conditions on the planet turn for the worse, the strain they are put through begins to show.
This book is rich with world descriptions. It's probably one of the most detailed m/m romances I've read. But as it is too often the case, the great world building resulted in a much weaker romance than was the case in the first short story. The burning passion and intense affection I read about in Opening Worlds was missing here and through the political conflicts and much needed understanding of the culture, I barely got to see even the traces of what Jason and Ferran shared.
There was hardly any conflict for the bigger part of the story, so the intense ending is the only thing the reader can look forward to in that regard. I did truly liked the final twists and trials, only I thought they should have started much sooner.
If you decide to give Cari Z. and her men a chance, you probably won't be disappointed, but be prepared for extensive descriptions and as well as xenophobia, while the romance most likely won't provide a good counteract to the inflow or other information....more
What to say except that this was close to perfection. Daisy HarThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
What to say except that this was close to perfection. Daisy Harris knows her way around a romance, and creating sexual tension for her seems as easy as breathing.
Chris is a college student who has just lost his mother and in his need to have some time alone, to grieve in peace, he leaves his roommates and moves to the other side of campus into a single room. What he didn't know when he first accepted the room was that it was separated from the one next door by a wall as thick as cardboard.
Peter's had a thing for Chris from the beginning of the year when they shared a tent on a camping trip and Chris got a bit too close during the night. But Chris is straight, always has been and had made it pretty clear to Peter. So when they start jerking off together, spurred on by the easily heard sounds from one another through the thin wall, things turn to awkward filled with possibilities.
This book was exactly what I was looking for. From the easy writing style to the perfect dose of romance. Chris seemed somewhat naïve but genuinely a good person and it's pretty much impossible not to like him. Peter was just the right guy to get Chris into the ‘gay waters'. He was patient and controlled enough not to make stupid mistakes.
I really loved this couple and am on a look out for more Daisy Harris books, she can charm me with her vision of a perfect couple anytime....more
This experience is a good example of how an author can write twThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
This experience is a good example of how an author can write two completely different books and while sometimes it's a great thing, for me this time it went the other way.
Nathan is a professor teaching Aquatic science and has held the same position for fifteen years. He's great at what he does and can safely say he's always done his best. But even with all of that experience with different students passing through his classroom over the years, he still wasn't quite prepared for Isaac.
Way too young for him doesn't seem to matter, because Isaac isn't immune to the attraction between them and is more than willing to act on it. But being professional is something Nathan holds in high regard and until Isaac is done with his degree nothing can happen between them.
It turns out waiting isn't their only problem. One night out finds Nathan with his legs spread and Isaac between them, doing what he was paid for. Can Nathan handle Isaac's situation or will jealousy and less than stellar past destroy the couple?
I liked the previous book from this author so I pretty much jumped at the opportunity to read this one. From the very start I couldn't connect to the story. Nathan just wasn't interesting for me at all and while there were some initial sparks between him and Isaac, the more I got to know Nathan the less I liked him.
By the time they reached the point where they could be together, I didn't even feel that initial spark and the sex scenes seemed pretty weak not to mention questionable at times. The characters changed their colors too much for my taste and all the random but convenient situations orchestrated to sharpen the plot only distanced me further.
At the end, while promising and still very much able to carry the ‘good writing' label, this book was not for me....more
I’ve read an excerpt to this story and found it hot enoughThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I’ve read an excerpt to this story and found it hot enough to actually read the whole book. I don’t usually read this combination, or any containing a woman in the mix lately, but there was something about two brothers wanting the same woman and her being so brave to bare her body as well as her soul for a chance and forgiveness.
Nikki is out of a job and money after her ex-husband ended up in jail and there were doubts about her involvement. The only chance she sees for getting her parents out of debt and surviving herself is to beg for a job.
Connor and Mitch are two brothers who’d had it rough in life and were only able to depend on each other. They were in love with Nikki fifteen years ago until she hurt them and left them to the mercy of her new-found and cruel friends. Now she needs their help and asks for a job in their gentlemen’s club.
While Mitch is the more forgiving of the two, Connor doesn’t trust as easily again, and Nikki is put through serving as well as making of a film before her two men manage to reconcile the past with the present and the people all of them used to be to those they are now.
There is no doubt that this is a hot read. Most of the sexual combinations are tried out and written explicitly to the joy of us pervy readers. But at the end of it, there isn’t much else to the story. Nikki is seeking forgiveness as well as a job, Mitch is willing to give it while Connor is not. That is the whole base of the story and the rest is sex. It is really well written and emotions do run high in certain situations. I particularly liked the scene from the excerpt, while everything was still really new and the tension was crackling. But sex didn’t bring me any closer to the character’s motivations, to explanations as well as the ultimate workings of their relationship. They do get there eventually, but I needed to know how they worked together when you removed the sexual aspect of their relationship, and that was never given.
Sinfully Wicked is a really good erotic read that will make your heart beat faster and probably leave you weak at the knees. Especially if you’re not used to reading such explicit content. But for someone like me, who finds this pretty much vanilla, without the solid non-sexual base, it wasn’t quite enough. So three stars, but a steamy recommendation for those of you who still like it straight....more
A short story about a wounded man and another who can all but be a healing balm to his misfortune. Beautifully written and characteristic of Anne Brooke, this story delivered an honest peek into two very different situations and left me touched and content.
Adrian is an escort who is true to the word. He provides comfort, friendship and company in addition to sexual favors, only his clients come see him for him, more so than for simple sex. Like he said it – "If my clients only wanted sex, they could get it far cheaper elsewhere."
Dan is a man who has been badly burned and disfigured in an accident and his uncle arranges him a meet with Adrian. Not everything is a piece of cake at first. Dan is hurting and no matter how much patience Adrian has, there need to be certain boundaries.
But despite a rocky start, after just one meeting they form a connection, words that reach far deeper than the outward appearance. Adrian is shaken by Dan, more than he believes he could be, and Dan is slowly changing toward a person just a tiny bit less bitter.
There is only Adrian's side of things showed here, but the story really isn't long enough for anything more. I particularly liked the writing which was so easy and understandable that reading was truly a pleasure. Wounded characters are my thing, so I was somewhat disappointed that we only got to see a glimpse of the guys and while their connection was bright enough to hold up the story, there was a lot more that could have been added to make the bond between them stronger.
Alike a lot of other books, this one ended before the interesting part began but even with that I don't think it's a story people who like damaged men should miss....more
This was my second book by Mercy Celeste and since I absolutely loved Behind Iron Lace plus this was a menage, there was no way in hell I was skipping it. Being the kinky sort, the incest part of the story that was hinted at by the cover and the blurb did wonders when it came to my interest and eagerly expecting this book doesn't even come close. Mercy has a pretty style of writing with quick plot development and scene switches. It's something that really works for me because I don't have time to get bored before something new is happening.
This book was quite different from Behind Iron Lace but the style was there and I could see the resemblance in the masterful creation of sexual tension and influx of hard truths toward the end of the story. Of course, with three characters instead of two, and the heaviness of secrets between them, this is essentially a completely different story.
It is told from Liam's POV, a thirty eight year-old man who was forced into a life no one would willingly choose. At the age of sixteen the prom queen forced him to have sex with her, and eight months later the tiniest baby boy was born, setting the course of Liam's life. He never regretted his son, but the prom queen bled him dry and with no other choice Liam started making movies of the dirty kind. That's where he met Seth, the love of his life and his lover of six years. But the porn industry is far from a land of flowers and honey. After a movie gone wrong Liam cut all ties with that life including Seth and almost ended his own. Now, four years later, with his son Kel all grown up, gorgeous and in college, he's living in some sort of normalcy, trying to forget his past and simply surviving.
Then being a good father who is more the likes of a friend, he is introduced with his son's new boyfriend, a man who he least expected and who he both wanted to see and never wanted near him again. Seth is just as gorgeous and just as in love as he was four years ago. Is it a surprise for anyone when I say Liam feels much the same?
The long introduction suited me and the story in general was really easy to follow. There were a few almost heartbreaking moments but the hot ones eventually prevailed and I've discovered that the author's talent for making scenes steamy certainly wasn't just a fluke. I don't need to point out that all three men end up together but although I usually avoid revealing any type of spoilers, I think it's important to say here that Liam and Kel aren't biologically father and son, for all those who draw the line at incest. The feeling of discomort might still be there but I thought it important to give the reader all the facts before you get into the story.
As for the menage, the easing into it was done with a certain dose of magic to it and I had no eye-rolling moments and easily accepted their relationship as it was. As a threesome they were extremely hot and I loved Liam and Seth's past as well as the way Kel was fascinated by both older men. There is one scene toward the end that had me staring at the screen with undivided attention and I would have paid a lot of money to have been allowed to be there, just as an observer of course *grins*. I sympathized with Liam and thought his secrets were justified. It might just be me, but if faced with the same terrible choices as he was, I doubt I would have ever said a word either. He certainly never had it easy, and his story most of all made my eyes tear up a few times. I thought all three men were special in their own way and together they just worked. The age differences appealed to me as well and the slight dominance of Seth and Liam over Kel was pretty much amazing.
My only remark is kind of difficult to explain. They all had plenty of page space and the story certainly didn't lack sex, but all three together, in a situation that was normal for them, without all the side disasters, didn't happen often enough. I sort of only saw glimpses of how things would be like out of the bedroom and I wanted more of it.
Little things are often enough to make us happy. In this situation, just knowing there are more books by Mercy Celeste waiting to be read pretty much made my week. How is that for little things?...more
HAPPY HOUR is a short erotic story with an unexpected twist. ThThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
HAPPY HOUR is a short erotic story with an unexpected twist. That's the best description I can give you without actually saying that there is no HEA at the end of this one and you shouldn't expect one.
Sal has worked behind a bar for three years and pretty much loves it. He serves drinks and then after shifts, treats himself with a random blowjob or two. It's been working out for a long time so even he is surprised when Matt walks in and sweeps him off his feet.
Matt is hot, interested and can do amazing things with his mouth, so that's exactly what they end up doing in the back room.
This definitely wasn't a romantic story but rather a description of a sex scene with some pretty hot moments but with an extremely unsatisfying ending. If I had known that fact beforehand, I never would have read it. The writing was good and the story would have probably been very memorable if the author had developed it into something longer but that wasn't the case. I respect the choice of making it all about the punch line although I didn't quite understand why that was Sal's only choice in the matter.
At the end of it, this really wasn't the story for me and I definitely need something to recover from it right now....more
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is a classic story of enemies turning into lovers. From the bickering and general entertaining animosity to strong writing, a reader can pretty much find something to like when it comes to this book.
Sean and Andrew are business rivals, but two who really don't have a limit when it comes to the mutual dislike. Yes, they both have sharp tongues, are quite brilliant and not very tolerable when it comes to the subject of their intense hate. It only figures that they will end up on a plane that goes crashing down and that they will get stuck on a deserted island with no one but their enemy for company.
I am a fan of the general enemies to lovers plot line and the constant arguments between Sean and Andrew were pretty much pure delight for me. I didn't even particularly mind the whole plane-meets-doom-and-we're-stuck-together scenario, but I am a bit tired of the whole coming out issue when the main character is terrified of his parents and generally has control of every other aspect of his life but the one that in my opinion should be the most important one. You can't eat love, true, but what is life without someone to love and care for you and someone to give your heart to?
The story did slow down after a while and despite some pretty desperate measures when it came to the island, I enjoyed it. Both men were very well developed and their relationship was interesting to keep on reading. This was another great story from this duo. Recommended. ...more
This book is pretty much as the title tells it – two separate sThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
This book is pretty much as the title tells it – two separate stories about couples of a different species. The author managed to explore some colorful characters in a witty way and bring the reader into her world of imaginative alien sex.
The first story is about Krux, a red-skinned Brachoimale with four hands. He's cocky, confident and knows exactly what he wants. His eyes are set on Katra, a Duosien who can't achieve an orgasm unless in the hands of an expert lover who is not only capable when it comes to durability, but also needs skill to hit her two T-spots.
I thought their story was funny and interesting with a lot of bits and pieces that gave the characters certain depth. They were not just described drones without any personality but rather feisty and very sexual. I can say their romance hit the spot with me.
The second story is about Whitt who really likes Spri. Right from the start I could tell this was a different type of story when compared to the first one, but I hoped for the same intriguing alien aspects and a deep romance. Unfortunately I pretty much hated it. Whitt was so pushy and reminded me of someone who only ever had rushed teenage sex. He even used the phrase ‘Let me put the head in. Just the head.'
No, I really couldn't like him and his insistence and overall behavior when it came to Spri – a Litting woman who doesn't believe in casual sex but rather bonds for life, was degrading to a point and I honestly have no idea what she even saw in him.
I wish I had read the first book in the series because I find the whole concept of alien sex interesting and full of possibilities. With this story I saw two sides of an author, one style that I really liked and the other that wasn't to my taste at all. But I'm sticking to thinking her idea is amazing and her series is likely to be a big success....more
I've just finished reading this book and I'm at a loss as hThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I've just finished reading this book and I'm at a loss as how to rate it. There were some aspects of it that I really liked and then there were others that I really could have lived without.
John is a detective who hits a wolf with his car while rushing to the rescue of his lover who has a history of suicide threats. But during the accident something inexplicable happens, the wolf turns into a man underneath John's car and John doesn't know anymore what is reality and what a car crash consequence.
Then Bast, another detective comes to work in John precinct and John knows he was the wolf underneath his car, but still isn't insane enough to share the information with anyone. Dancing around one another, fighting criminals and resisting the mutual attraction maybe wouldn't even be so bad if John wasn't convinced Bast is behind every single one of their cases.
I'm pretty much convinced that this will be a 'love it or hate it' book even to those people who actually manage to understand all of it. I loved the guys, their banter and personalities, I was also pretty crazy about the idea of the story, but everything else was just too jumbled up for me. The plot jumped too widely and too fast, while a couple of places seemed as if they were missing a chapter in between. I was confused for the most part, trying to catch all the story strings, but the whole time I seemed to have been three steps behind.
The twists were amazing and nicely done, but the complicated plot and disjointed writing just about killed the romance and smothered the wonderful personalities the guys had. Bast seemed to be blowing hot and cold which I found annoying and I was hurt for John way too much. After the long 'introduction' into the story, I expected the couple to be explosive and otherworldly, but that didn't happen either.
I can't help it but think this could have been a great story. With a bit more focus and a 'cleaner' plot John and Bast would have ended up as one of those couples - you know, the ones we just can't stop talking about and that seem to end on top of every list. I still like Jez Morrow's penchant for original and the capability to take shifters to another level. We'll definitely be meeting again. ...more
GRAY is the second book in a series and really fits under the aThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
GRAY is the second book in a series and really fits under the acquired tastes label. There is plenty of humor and I'm sure there is an audience out there just ready to discover and appreciate this author's style when it comes to writing. As for me, I just couldn't get into it.
The very introduction is somewhat long and centers on the introduction of one of the main characters as well as a sex scene between what appeared to be the two MCs from the first book in the series. I really didn't see the point in that long first scene that was barely related to the rest of the story, and in addition it seemed very confusing.
That is the main tone of the rest of the story as well. Long debates and banter between characters that are only related to the story and a rather weak connection between the main characters that results in a happy ending.
Entropy has a problem where he can't get an erection and is very worried because of it since he's never before had the same problem. He goes around looking for the reason as well as a solution with his mother, brother and the like. On the other side we have Alothos, the Lord of Death and Chickens, who has been celibate for 200 years while he waited to claim his mate while the said mate got the excessive sexual energy out of his system.
It's not difficult to connect the reasons behind the first problem and the main actor in the second drama, but all the extra events in this short story really try one's patience and the ending result when it comes to the romance simply doesn't seem worth it.
I'm not familiar with the author's previous work or the first book in this series, so I can't speak generally, but this particular story didn't offer anything to me except humor, and at the end of the book, that just wasn't enough....more
ONE LAST KISS GOODBYE is a romantic story that ignores the passThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
ONE LAST KISS GOODBYE is a romantic story that ignores the passage of time as well as distance and provides the reader with that satisfying although somewhat far-fetched ending.
Jacen has been in love with Kayne since he was barely a teenager, but with each passing day and his crush developing into something stronger, new obstacles keep on popping up and making his dream unreachable.
The story starts with a sort of an introduction that explains the beginning of the relationship between Jacen and Kayne. It's but a few pages that made me skeptical at first but truly ended up being my favorite part of the book. Once we are transferred into the present, the more incredulous paths start to arise and that starting magic sort of fades. The pair has obviously been in love with each other for quite some time, but each of them took a different road, trying to move on and forget their true feelings. Jacen found himself in an abusive relationship while Kayne ended up married to a rather unpleasant person but with two children he adores.
I liked the whole somewhat desperate feel to the story, where both men came out of a sad and difficult situation to the possibility of maybe finally having what they wanted for years – each other. But the random meddling from family, exes and the sheer stupidity of the main characters pretty much cut down the romance, not to mention the innocence I'd expected based on the first few pages of the story.
This time, my positive thoughts go only to the very idea for the story and the vision of the characters because I do think this story could have been amazing if it had taken triple the amount of pages and cut down on the unnecessary action inputs.
So far I've read a few stories by this author and find it somewhat hard to believe they were actually written by the same person. I found the writing to be very different in each of them and my enjoyment unpredictable. ONE LAST KISS GOODBYE wasn't particularly to my liking, but the story does hold an array of elements the readers might find appealing....more
WACKY WEDNESDAY is a refreshing and really funny story about twThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
WACKY WEDNESDAY is a refreshing and really funny story about two men in a relationship switching bodies for a day. If you've seen the movie Freaky Friday, you will probably notice the similarities, but one thing the movie didn't have was the element of domestic discipline.
Jayk is a brat in a relationship with an older man, Amon, and lately he's been feeling the strain between them. Amon is taking all of it a bit more lightly, probably according to his age but a series of bad days and situations was slowly turning their relationship into something neither of them knew how to handle.
While it didn't really come as much of a surprise to either of the men, changing bodies after a particularly rough day ended up doing what they alone couldn't – fixing what was wrong between them.
At first both of them fit into their new roles with surprising ease. Jayk goes to the office, chats with the employees and holds seminars but it really was only a matter of time before everything slipped for the brat and the only one who could have made him feel better was his lover and partner, a man who lately hasn't been there. Amon on the other hand approaches Jayk's life with a dose of superiority, which soon falls flat, and he discovers more about his brat than he expected.
WACKY WEDNESDAY truly is a funny story worth the time it takes to read it. I kept chuckling with each new page, something I haven't done in quite a while and even if that isn't something that appeals to you, the romance and simply love between the two men is something to pay attention to.
I was a bit disappointed in the domestic discipline aspect of the story, especially considering the only other book by J.A. Rock that I've read was By His Rules where DD was more pronounced. The easy way Amon and Jayk approached their new bodies and lives was a bit hard to take and is another reason why I'm giving this story four stars instead of five. But all that aside, this is a great book by an author who truly does show loads of potential. If you want a good laugh and a carefree afternoon, take a chance on this story. I doubt you'll be disappointed....more
Running with guns firing behind them, getting out of near deathThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
Running with guns firing behind them, getting out of near death situations and thinking through the most impossible scenarios just to stay alive has pretty much been Kyle and Sebastian's life from the moment they first met.
Sebastian had the rug pulled underneath him and his whole world turned upside down right after he met the perfect man. It was the last mistake his father was willing to allow, and scared for his future, Sebastian is surprised when he gets the help he needs in the form of the spy who got him in the mess in the first place.
Kyle is the perfect guy for the job, but when everything goes wrong he has trouble with blaming himself and on top of disobeying orders, he can't understand why he saved the son of his target and why he keeps dragging the kid along.
I think I expected more drama when I first started reading this story. The characters had enough background to them to make for a pretty deep read, but their past was only touched and any deep exploration of what actually made them tick was avoided. I enjoyed the action, which was really well written with constant jumps from one situation to the next, which were only interrupted with sex scenes.
On one hand I liked the tempo of the book and it did keep me interested, but it was far from having me gripping at the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. I thought there was too much sex to be honest, scenes that did little to make the story better and that barely deepened the relationship between the characters, but as I read further, the plot made up for that and I ended up having fun.
Bursting with action and releases of sexual tension, THE CHIMERA AFFAIR is a book worth your time. After all, a bit of James Bond type of entertainment never hurt anyone. ...more
Almost Paradise drew me in with its interesting cover and iThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Almost Paradise drew me in with its interesting cover and intriguing blurb. Most of us, when we see the main character is a parent, jump right into the story, and lately we just hope for the best. This one also has shifters and financial trouble that in my experience tends to make things interesting, so I pretty much had to read it.
As the blurb says, Travis has been through a lot as he fought for the custody of his daughter, and after two years, with no money to his name and no place to stay, he still has his daughter in his arms. When looking for a job he meets Liam, a Shifter who sees something appealing in the desperate father and offers him a chance he needed.
This is a sweet and short story with one of the cutest kids I’ve read about. Hannah is just adorable and fit into the book much better than the two main characters. Liam came off as cold and bossy for the bigger part of the story. His pushy attitude and the lack of any background made it hard for me to know him let alone like him. But Travis seemed a rather nice man in the beginning. Dedicated father who only wanted what was best for his daughter and who needed some loving. He disappointed me toward the end, where this story sort of lost any romantic tone it had for me and turned into a business arrangement.
I could have swallowed the lack of sex, something I do look forward to in m/m romance, if the actual relationship between the two characters ended up being strong enough to keep me interested. How that didn’t happen and the ending seemed more like a beginning of something greater, I’m left to wonder if the sequel will continue this story or move on to the other men in Pine Hollow. After all, they are Pine Hollow Wolves.
I liked the charming side of this book I don’t stumble upon often enough and while the characterization and the plot needed some work I do hold high hopes for this author’s future work....more
I do have some experience reading Megan Slayer, and while thatThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
I do have some experience reading Megan Slayer, and while that particular story had enough to keep me interested and entertained, COCK AND BULL was too short to really bring much to the table and the shortened sex scene left much to be desired.
Flynn is working as a stripper in a fetish club and the story opens with him talking to his friend and having a plug rubbing at his prostate. I found out right away that he has a Master who is displeased by his work choice and wants to keep Flynn at home. The rest of the story is about a particular sex scene with the said Master where we see the dynamic of their relationship. The End.
Yes, I hated the abrupt ending and the sex scene that seemed really rushed. If the story is going to center around one scene, that scene should be explosive and engaging or at least make you fall in love with the characters. I was looking forward to the BDSM flare promised at the beginning of the story since I haven't read anything on the subject in a while, but as the story progressed I realized the whispers offered wouldn't be nearly enough to satisfy me. I hate to say it, but I expected more from Megan Slayer....more
I'm slowly but surely becoming a fan of Daisy Harris' work. WitThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
I'm slowly but surely becoming a fan of Daisy Harris' work. With her hot men and deep characters, it really isn't difficult to guess why.
DIVA AND THE FRAT BOY is a sequel to College Boys, a book I really liked and it's about Nathaniel and Greg, the guys we met as side characters in the first book. I loved Nathaniel from the start, his loud expressiveness and his couldn't-care-less attitude. I love characters like him, so it was little wonder I wanted to know more about him.
In this story, Diva ends up applying for fraternity and stubbornly keeps a distance from the Frat Boy – the president of the fraternity, Greg. I have to say Nathaniel appealed to me more than Greg, who certainly had his great moments, but sometimes he was just too contradictory for me and in one particular situation I got offended for Nathaniel. That type of a bad impression tends to stick with me and the author didn't really take enough time to develop the characters as was the case with the first book.
This time round, it seemed to be more about the story than the characters and the difference was felt more than once. She touched a lot of tricky subjects, especially when it came to how exactly it felt to be Nathaniel, but it never went further than a simple touch and that was something I really wanted to read.
Toward the end, there are a few jumps I didn't care for, but despite all of it I did like this story and the rating is probably somewhere in between three and four. Daisy Harris has a way of charming her readers and with a bit more development character wise, I know we will have a winner with the third book. Someone tell me there is a third book?...more
It does seem to be my issue first and foremost, but from somThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
It does seem to be my issue first and foremost, but from some authors I do expect more. I was a sworn fan of the Conquest series, for the first two books at least, and there wasn’t a soul who didn’t receive that recommendation from me at the time. I honestly LOVED the relationships, the music and the beautiful writing. But as I kept on reading further, the magic seemed to be missing more with each new book.
Heartstrings is about Las, a famous violinist who seemed to have lost the good feelings when it comes to his music. What he once loved and lived for, isn’t as fulfilling and he’s on the lookout for something new. In a spur of the moment he goes to visit Julian, his academy friend and the current member of the band Conquest. Las has this idea of joining a rock band to attract more fans and give back that spark to his music that has been missing.
During the visit he meets Quinn, a drummer of a new band Phoenix has just signed in. There is a connection between them from the start and while Las is rather insecure and has that common commitment disease, he soon gets over himself and gives Quinn a chance.
In all honestly there’s more than enough to appeal to the reader in this story. From kilts and hot gay guys to the whole band-mania we all so love to read about. If that’s not quite enough, just the appearance of the Conquest members will tickle anyone’s curiosity and most likely lift this book high up to the list of favorites. And then you have Tanner, the absolute STAR in my opinion and the pretty much the best reason why this book is worth reading. But unfortunately, Heartstrings in not about Tanner and I’m sidetracking.
I can’t help it but see this book as a string of repetitions. It seems like the author has decided to stick with what works and give us the same story told from the view point of different characters and expects us not to notice. Classical mixed with rock music – check; world famous artist losing interest – check; abundance of sex scenes – check; commitment issues – check… There comes a point where original requires certain effort and with a serious and well liked author as S.J. Frost, it’s more than expected. In addition to having the feeling that I’ve already read this book more than once, I also disliked the fact that nothing really happens to keep things interesting. I didn’t expect accidents, cheating episodes or anything similar, but any type of conflict to keep the story on edge would have been welcomed.
I did love the side characters, as previously mentioned Tanner as well as Kendra, Las’ manager, but when it comes down to it, side characters are not meant to carry the book and that is ultimately where Las and Quinn failed. If they had managed to get out of bed long enough to tell us what made them so special and liked by the masses I would have been first in line to cheer them on.
If there ends up being a sequel to this and it happens to have Tanner as the main character I will certainly read it, but anything else, I’ll pass. I do however recommend this to all the fans since I’m certain the book will be well liked. Music, kilts and hot guys. Go for it....more
If you're looking for a sexually charged road trip story, you jThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
If you're looking for a sexually charged road trip story, you just might stop right here and take a look at RIDING WITH HEAVEN. A couple of guys who tend to devour each other with just a gaze and a questionable sense of humor make this story a much better read than the first book I read by this author.
Evan's plans to visit home for his brother's birthday changed due to a hurricane and cancelled fights which leads him to placing an ad and a hot hunk answering. Lucas is on vacation and by chance going to South Carolina. They share a ride and slowly end up on a path that involves much more than Evan was prepared for.
As a counterpart, there is a serial killer on the loose and Lucas is basically doing everything to make Evan suspicious of himself with every radio broadcast they hear and every secret phone call he takes.
This is a romance mixed with a bit of mystery and while both had some very good aspects, the overall realization of the plot could have been better. I loved the beginning of the book which was filled with charming situation and witty comments. It truly amused me and I wanted to know more about the guys. However, as the author developed the story more, I noticed that the characters just didn't fit in their set roles for me. They were portrayed as if both of them had two very different sides to them, and in a story as short as this one I didn't manage to connect the two halves of each character.
Another thing you can expect with this story is lack of explanation. It's nothing drastic, but some details when it comes to the mystery and the whole paranoid road to its conclusion were filled with quite a few loose ends. I actually liked the confrontation scene and thought it was very well done, but this was still a pretty random action moment thrown into a secretive romance.
The ending honestly didn't live up to my expectations. I did expect the happy ending, which we do get, but the easy way everything worked out was again out of character and terribly vague.
This is an easy read and by no means bad, so if what you need is a few hours of fun, take a chance, but if you're expecting something deep or well worked through, you might want to keep looking....more
Sunblood is a science fiction story with paranormal elements giving us an insight into a post apocalyptic world of a certain planet and showing how discrimination rarely has limits and how true friends and loved ones aren't strangers to sacrifice and should be the focus of everyone's life. Material possessions comes with an expiration date, but love of any type is unconditional and something we should value above all else.
Seems like a heavy burden to put on such a small fiction book, but when it comes down to it, that's what I saw. Caleb was different from the rest of individuals living in the City. The first and the most demeaning fact was that he came from the outside, an environment where sun burned everything in it's wake and acid rains finished the job. The second difference was his ability to see into the minds of others and while he was useful to the City as a controlled lie detector, he was feared just the same and seen as a threat more often than not.
Daniel is his Keeper who has been Caleb's shadow for years and who has control over a switch that turns Caleb's capabilities on and off. He keeps a certain distance from Caleb since Caleb is not allowed to have any type of a relationship and the last thing Daniel's career needs is an intimate connection with a sunblood.
The story was somewhat difficult to follow at times, but I liked the point of view switches and how the author used some interesting characters and cleared the world up to the point where after a while it wasn't too hard to keep up. I liked the idea, as I always do, about a world where people in the city were separated from those living outside in the sun and how they considered themselves to be better. Rules, while set, were easily broken, depending on who benefited the most from the final resolution and that is what essentially made this world interesting. There are so many possibilities even without Caleb's gift and I do hope the author decides to write more and on the longer side.
I liked the transition from having limited freedoms to none which Caleb experienced and his suffering was almost heartbreaking at times. The way Maria's characters evolved from scientists and officials to humane beings was very well done and I am curious to see how this would transfer to her other work. This seems to the author's first book and as such it's a great accomplishment. Congratulations....more