**spoiler alert** Maybe a more realistic rating for this book would be three stars, something I was considering, but in the end just couldn't do.
My r**spoiler alert** Maybe a more realistic rating for this book would be three stars, something I was considering, but in the end just couldn't do.
My reasons? Well, the book starts with Aubrey being a prick. I mean he was really terrible at first and I had a thought that the book would go in a direction I wasn't really interested in (He's gay but he's gonna hide it and the whole plot will revolve around that and his bad treatment of Matt.). Now? I think I would have liked that direction better, simply because this plot fell flat.
I barely got the feeling of wolves as I read it, all the instincts and behavior were mixed up and popped up in all the wrong moments. The relationship between the two MCs was uneventful and sort of boring. Aubrey's every negative action caused almost no reaction from Matt, because that guy - no matter how cute, adorable and good-hearted he is - is a wuss. Aubrey does something wrong, but Matt is the one who apologizes, because of course, he can see Aubrey feels bad about what he did/said. Stupid.
There was barely any mention of pack, and the Alpha conveniently disappeared after saying his two sentences of pure wisdom. Aubrey might be confident and whatever, but his Alpha posture or behavior - nonexistent. The same was with his work, his friend, his brother. Everything was mentioned but nothing was worked through. Frustrating to say the least.
Then you have the plot. My first question would be - what was this book about? What was the point? It's not about Aubrey admitting his sexuality, because he apparently had no problem with that by the end of the book. I have no idea what the time frame is, but I do know that at one point he's all secretive and rude, but in the next he's saying 'mate' at every step and being obvious. People (or wolves) just don't do that. It wasn't about the kidnapping, because that happens only in the last 20 pages and is quite frankly ridiculous. 'Hey, I'm gonna kidnap the mate of the guy who killed my mate. But Matt is so sweet and kind and there is no way I could ever kill him. My mate was a prick anyway. It's best I just off myself.' - Come on!!! It also wasn't about Carson and the guy stalking/abusing him. I honestly have no idea why that was even in the book. It certainly wasn't resolved.
I also wanted to read more about Matt's family, but that part of the book also wasn't finished. This whole book was just a combination of 6-7 different and unfinished plots. Individually they would have probably been amazing, all of them put together make an unconnected mess which just leaves the reader unsatisfied.
At the beginning Aubrey's work was a big deal. He basically said - you can't be gay here, and then we were given that newspaper example why that is. But at the end, there was no resolution for it. Why wasn't it okay at the beginning but at the end it wasn't even mentioned as an issue?
This book did nothing for me. I didn't enjoy the characters (except Matt a little), I hated the plot, could barely keep my focus when it came to sex scenes, and have more questions now then I did at the beginning. As such I do not recommend it. But I also think the first three are a must read;)
I honestly hated writing this review. I'm a big Langley fan, and she was one of the first m/m authors I've read. With or Without Series is wonderful, the characters, the storytelling, the plots. She knows how to create chemistry, keep the reader on his/her toes and she easily brings certain freshness to the genre.
This book had none of it, and I'm more disappointed than anything else. I expected so much more, especially considering other weak shifters series I read on daily basis. I can't believe this author gave me the same.
This review is not a personal attack against the author(whom I do respect). It's simply an opinion about a book and I do not advise anyone to base their decision about the purchase of the said book on my words only.
This story didn't really suck me in like some do. The concept was great and Talon's personality somewhat refreshing. I could even get past Flit beingThis story didn't really suck me in like some do. The concept was great and Talon's personality somewhat refreshing. I could even get past Flit being annoying most of the time. It was cute at the beginning, when he was Talon's exact opposite, but as the pages flew by it became somewhat exhausting.
I don't usually write reviews for 3 star reads. Mostly because they are in this middle where I did like them, but there were things in them which I could have lived without. Overall I'm giving this 3 stars because I forced myself to finish it. It was fun but not all that interesting considering that it was one of those stories where you know how it's going to end after first two pages. What made me consider 4 stars was the one and only explicit sex scene. It was such a pleasant surprise that i would have given this a four. But then there was a kind of lull in the story again and the moment passed. One thing I can say about it, is that it has one of the sweetest endings you can find out there. Seriously, makes you wanna puke how sweet it is lol But in an entirely great way. It's a pretty decent story, only it didn't hit the right spots with me (sex scene and the ending excluded).
I would rather recommend Underlying by magalina . Love/hate relationship is much more believable in that one....more
I've wanted to rate this one with 5 stars just because a lot of people gave it 2. But in the end it is a 4 star read for me. I loved the flow of the sI've wanted to rate this one with 5 stars just because a lot of people gave it 2. But in the end it is a 4 star read for me. I loved the flow of the story and could easily follow the plot. The sex scenes at the beginning were surprisingly hot, and it would have been expected of me to skip one or two. But somehow they were all very well written and held the same dose of sexy and exciting. The book has this certain edge to it, were you're constantly below that intense line; waiting for it to become impossible to put down, but never really reaching that level. Instead the story has this even pace at which everything develops, and even when you get wolves thrown into the mix, it's not shocking, nor does it interrupt the flow of the events. For me it was a very well written book, without 'biting my nails' moments, but overall very pleasant. It put a smile on my face and I certainly want more to read. ...more
This book is funny, witty, perverted, action filled and pretty much star winning. I did like the overall story, but the big point winners wer4.5 stars
This book is funny, witty, perverted, action filled and pretty much star winning. I did like the overall story, but the big point winners were definitely Jed and Red. Great character realization can really either make the book or just ruin it if done badly. In this case it didn't take me long to love both of them and I really laughed from the first page to the last.
The thing is, this book also had an amazing plot, or at least an outline of one. The whole werewolf world was different and interesting, one that really makes you ask questions and push your nose into things that should be none of your business. But that is also where this book failed. By the end there were too many questions left unanswered, seriously, I could list at least 15 of them if I tried, and that is why I'm cutting down a star.
I honestly don't know what to say about this book or how to rate it. I loved the beginning and both guys, the whole idea for the story was very nice tI honestly don't know what to say about this book or how to rate it. I loved the beginning and both guys, the whole idea for the story was very nice too. I also thought the mystery part was done nicely. But all of it together? I read it but somehow dragged through it. At parts it would just sparkle and then dull again and just leave me going through the motions. Sorry, can't explain it better than that.
The romance part was a bit strange, not really finalized and a lot of it was wasted on all the hormone talk (way too much of that btw.) and the hot sex was sort of hinted at but ultimately fell short. I'm not really disappointed because I had no expectations when I started reading this, but I am sort of confused and still don't know what to think about this story. A better rating would be 3.5 stars but can't really up it to 4 although that was my initial impression. ...more
I haven't got the faintest idea how to rate this book. There were some points at the beginning where I really just wanted to stop reading and scrub myI haven't got the faintest idea how to rate this book. There were some points at the beginning where I really just wanted to stop reading and scrub my brain to forget the hard humiliation displayed in the pages. It was hard, extremely, from rapes and imbalance where even Kynon wasn't half as confused as I was.
The confusion probably lasted the longest. I couldn't see the point in the training and forced seduction, plus the few vague notions of affection were just that - too vague.
In case all the warnings weren't enough (because even I seemed to have missed them) there are a few m/f scenes in this book. There is rape and dub-con, although I saw even that as rape most of the time. In some occasions it was erotic but in others it really wasn't and it made even me stop and get a grip before I could continue. Depending on what you perceive as torture, there is probably a few instances of that too. And a lot of humiliation. God, that really gets to me the most.
Then at one moment, a bit after you pass the middle of the book, everything flips and suddenly the story is this amazing slave fiction you just want to keep on reading until your eyes bleed from exhaustion (not a pretty picture, I know, but I was willing). I think I liked that part the most. Where the conflict pushed the MCs out of their confused relationship and unset rules and it seemed almost as if they were getting a new beginning.
Their happy ending did happen, and it was beautiful. After so much discomfort, this book really needed the sweetness to balance it out, and in my opinion it got it. Only there wasn't nearly enough of it.
By the very last few pages, I was certain in my rating of four stars, only to be surprised once again. I didn't understand the point of the 'gift' nor did it sit particularly well with me. Also, why did it happen? And that is something I'm genuinely curious about and would appreciate it if someone would be kind enough to explain.
Sometimes writing everything down does help with decisions, but I can't say it did much in this instance. I'm still somewhere between 3 and 4, more than willing to settle on 3.5 stars. But since that doesn't work, I'm going with 4. I did like this book more than my usual 3 star books. Despite the fact I wanted to rate it with 2 more than once *grins*
I found the ending to be completely idealistic although the unpredictability of the whole story was pleasantly surprising. The funny start did push meI found the ending to be completely idealistic although the unpredictability of the whole story was pleasantly surprising. The funny start did push me deep into the story, but by the time the humor toned down I was in too deep and it was the plot that captured my attention.
Characters are extremely interesting and it's really impossible to predict which way the story will go. I did assume this and that, but it switched so many times I honestly had no idea and the finishing touch was for me unforeseen.
It is written well, intriguing as well as connected with a good story to back it all up. As such I do recommend it. As for my remark - I missed the romance. Although the existing one was nice and sweet, I was hoping for something more substantial and without so many situations which 'don't count'. In that part I was disappointed. ...more
Space pirates, unusual men and a great author – this book was made for me! Okay, I do understand that's not quite the case, but I do fall in the group of people who absolutely thrive under the influence of this type of drug and I'm more than willing to sign up for more.
Captain Tristan Kelley works for the Regency and is employed as a guard to a certain exploitative and reckless prince. When the prince demands they head for Blind Space to reach a certain luxurious destination, Tristan has no choice but to obey, but once they are kidnapped by a band of pirates, he is forced to recognize the difference between duty and loyalty. Not to worry, there is a certain pirate willing to help him along the way.
There were so many things I liked about this book. From the fact that Tristan was blind for the bigger part of the book to the way the author showed his transitions between the dark and the light. Then there was the whole Space policy which I thoroughly enjoy reading about. The possibilities are endless and fun always just around the corner. That brings me to the pirates with their extraordinary looks and fine manners. God, it was such a trip.
I absolutely loved the romance between the two men. There were so many details that held my gaze peeled to the screen I can't even begin to list them. Part of it I think was Tristan's inability to see. Every sensation he experienced was heightened and the author did an amazing job in showing that to the reader, the connection as well as the physical aspects of that relationship. Seriously, sex was just worded right that you have to read it. Or at least I felt that way. Love that in books, when they keep my attention even through the parts I've already read in so many other books.
This is one world I would have no trouble visiting again. I admit I used to read books by Marie Sexton much more before, and while I was skeptical about the switch from contemporary, I was anything but disappointed. Sometimes it's best to stick to what works, and the perfect wording, a romance that was just meant to be, a world meant to be enjoyed is something this author does best. Perfect from the beginning to the end....more