This is probably the hardest review I’ve had to write becau...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This is probably the hardest review I’ve had to write because I do not have anything positive to say about this story. So I’m going to start with letting you know how this is truly a personal opinion and has nothing to do with the author’s talent or the quality of the book. All I can say is what I disliked about it and let other readers form their own opinion.
The story starts in a confusing way and pretty much continues that way to the end. One sole priest with his belief in angels when everyone else is set on destroying them, simply because they do not believe anymore, is living in a post-apocalyptic world of hate and mercilessness.
The priest has lost everyone dear to him and is mostly confined to his little cemetery where he holds in his gift of healing and seeing the dead, where angels come to visit and where he sends them away.
While I wasn’t opposed to the idea behind this story, the lack of absolutely any explanations left the world very vague and bland for me. I didn’t like the priest’s personality, his way of holding back and watching everything from the sidelines nor did I like the mindless violence based on the most absurd of explanations.
It was probably my mistake of starting with this book and expecting a romance, while it wasn’t listed anywhere that it is in fact a romance. It is a poetic telling of a bitter-sweet story with no clear beginning and a no conclusive ending. It simply did not work for me.
I will refrain from saying anything more or giving recommendations. There are plenty of other reviews available for those seeking a second opinion and I do suggest you read them. (less)
This historical set in the early war time of 1940’s makes...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This historical set in the early war time of 1940’s makes for an exciting read when it comes to the battle and the charming nature of the high-flier Jack. With its detailed descriptions and the vast array of characters it is never dull and manages to create anticipation even in the times of peace.
Arthur Edward ‘Jack’ Ratigan is a bomber pilot with a cocky attitude, charming personality and a disarming smile for everyone. He has skill in the air and plenty of attitude to back him up when on the ground. Jack is loved by all, well, except a certain butler who adorably blushes under Jack’s relentless attention.
Ifan Griffith is a butler in Jack’s home of Pren Redyn House. He was raised to serve to the best of his ability and to be proud at what he does. But Jack wasn’t raised in Wales with the rest of his family, being of a mutinous nature, and he doesn’t quite understand the pride and the honor behind Ifan’s desire to please and care for. But eventually Jack does grow out of his merciless teasing of Ifan and they go so far as to speak of mutual friendship. Then Jack almost dies while landing his plane. He saves his crew but is left without sensation below his waist and the possibility to ever fly again.
He comes back home for good and into the hands of his caretaker, Ifan. It is almost inevitable for the romance to flourish, but it does need a bit of a push, especially in a time when homosexuality was considered to be a crime.
I have read in a few other reviews that the characters in this book were based on the TV show Torchwood. I did not watch the show and can’t say to what extent the characters are similar, but it seemed as something the readers should be aware of. That said, I also believe that the fans of the series would appreciate the book much more than I did for the simple love of history and the familiarity with the characters.
When I first started reading it, I was very discouraged by the writing style. It was extremely confusing and after twenty pages I actually had to read the blurb to get a bearing as to what was actually happening. The author had a somewhat annoying habit of changing the names of the main characters so that in one instance Jack was called by five different names in less than half a page. I can’t even begin to explain how confusing that is, and without reading the blurb I probably wouldn’t have even had a clue about whom she was talking about. I was actually thankful for the fact that Ifan only had two names to go by and I could always see when the story revolved around him.
The very name indecisiveness maybe wouldn’t have been so bad if not for the fact that this book contains so many names, especially in the beginning, that you really have to pay attention if you don’t want to get lost. What didn’t help was constant reference to the past. One minute I would be reading about current events only to be pulled into an explanation of some sort, or the story would completely switch to the past to some event relevant for the present. I have to admit the transitions weren’t so bad, and the author did manage to keep things interesting enough in both settings for me to stick to the sentences. Still, I didn’t really like being moved from one situation when it was interesting to another, only to go back again when I’d already forgotten what had intrigued me in the first instance.
The story did hit a slow part somewhere in the middle of it and I needed to force myself to continue, but the pace did pick up and I had no trouble finishing the book.
I like both Jack and Ifan, the teasing and the easiness between them. I even got used to the stiffness of their class and can easily say that this was a good book. The attention to detail was exquisite and the emotional development of the characters very down to earth and realistic. I thought this book was very well written and for someone who likes historical an exceptional read.
When it comes to quality as well as the content, I would give this book four stars, cutting one only for the previously listed reasons. However, I am not a fan of history – yes, such people do exist – and for that reason this book didn’t appeal to me in a way it might to someone else. I can even say that I wasn’t interested in some listed events and explanations, but especially in the laws that marked the time in which this book was set.
That said, I warmly recommend this book, but I am limiting my recommendation to the fans of historicals and those who watched the TV show. (less)
I have read a few books by this author and I can say with certainty that every one of them had something special, something that made it stand out among the others. She knows how to make an ordinary topic great and how to make difficult characters loveable. So you would expect that she would at least fail when it comes to sex, but once again she surpasses the ordinary and common with little but well placed details which make every scene different enough.
This particular story follows the lives of two very different men. Ed is a football player with a serious injury which keeps flaring up. Despite his denial and a dream of having his old, working body back, fate mostly just shows him the finger and does things in its own way.
Laurie is a dancer, a great dancer. He is a man who had it all. The fame, fortune and success, all in doing something he truly loved. Then he too got the finger and everything sparkly turned to dust and all his passionate pleasure was replaced with fear.
Their common ground is the center where they both volunteer. From enemies constantly getting in each other’s way, they became each other’s comfort, a solid pillar of strength forcing them to laugh at the fate’s finger and move on with their lives despite all the difficulties standing in their way.
With this book you get a beautiful love relationship between two men ready to take the leap and live life again. It is not always easy and they are not flawless. Their struggle is very real and their decisions not always the smartest out there. But it is what makes them human and what makes you read to the very last page. The topics are well researched and descriptions almost vivid, it is a book for everyone.
But this is a review written from a personal point of view and with that taken into account, I have to admit some things didn’t work for me. For one, I expected more dancing. Maybe it was the cover, or the title, but I expected more flare to it and more of the life Laurie had left behind. For me it was missed, and cutting that big dance I really needed to see kind of sealed the rating for me. The other issue I had revolved around the amount of information placed in this book. It dragged for a good portion of the story and I had stopped occasionally to take a break. Only the last quarter of it shone for me in the five star range and that in the end just wasn’t enough. (less)
What attracted me first to this book were motorcycles. Imm...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
What attracted me first to this book were motorcycles. Immediately I saw wild tattooed men, a bad boy getting the girl and judgmental society proved wrong by the main protagonists.
While all of the above was included in the story, the plot went a bit differently.
It all starts with Marley leaving her sister’s son, Peter, a boy she raised from the first months of his life, in order to go work at a motorcycle rally for ten days and earn some money. While her gig, painting leathers, has become a sort of a yearly occurrence, she is still afraid of men gathered at such places and wishes she could avoid it altogether.
But then somehow things turn for the worst. She meets a man who is everything she’s afraid of, but the spark between them is burning like the strongest flame. Her sister reappears for a little while with her past sins following faithfully behind, and the ghost of Marley’s father, who may or may not be dead, keeps stirring up trouble.
The plot of this book happens in just a few days, but I swear I had a feeling months had passed. Both characters made me smile and made me care, and although I’m not a fan of mysteries, this plot revolving around one didn’t bother me much. Despite the questions about disappearance, murder, killer, the main couple stayed in focus and that is something I want in a romance.
Marley and Luke were pretty much the opposites. She, with her innocent appearance, behavior and approach, and him with his wild temper, stormy past and possessive nature, made quite a couple. But what I loved the most were the details. A scene with a storm and a motorcycle, and argument between Luke and Peter, Marley drunk… The details made this book into an adventure but the descriptions made it real.
In the second part of the book, Marley’s distrust annoyed me, and it was the only time I considered rating this with four stars. But in the end, with her past, I understood her point of view and decided to keep the five this book deserves. (less)
First thing that comes to mind when describing this book is...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
First thing that comes to mind when describing this book is how blurbs can be deceiving. While everything said there is true, when reading this story I got to know some very different characters and was faced with surprising plot twists, none of which was emphasized in those few short sentences.
Mark is a man who believes in love. He has felt it and given his heart to it. But loving Mark back didn’t seem to be as easy to every man in his past. The main bad guy is Nate, Mark’s lover of two years who went on a vacation one summer, and instead of coming back to his life with Mark, Nate sent a wedding invitation, efficiently cutting all ties with Mark.
Twenty five years later, Mark receives another invitation to the renewal of Nate’s wedding vowels, and with his life in disarray and his hurt deep, Mark decides to go. After all, some ties are better cut later than never, as Nate is still a sore spot in Mark’s heart.
Without reveling anything of the plot not stated in the blurb, I have to say – what happens during those twenty five years of Mark’s life without Nate, seemed way more precious to me than anything the plot eventually revolved around.
Now to my likes and dislikes. The relationship between Mark and Chance was really sweet and interesting. They were almost endearing and not once did I actually feel the age difference between them. While Mark wasn’t always clearheaded throughout the book, I can accept a man with flaws and I didn’t hold it against him. Chance on the other hand, didn’t have even those against him. He was perfectly innocent and pure that it left me surprised how such a man could have come from such parents.
The beginning of the story was rocky, and it made me almost angry a few times. From Nate’s behavior and Mark’s acceptance of it, to Mark’s all but dismissal of the twenty five years he’d spend in bliss. I can honestly say that I disliked every single side character in this book. They were either too vague, mean or just annoying. I even dare to think the book would have been better without them.
Overall, I would give the love story four stars, but when I include everything else it doesn’t go past three for me. Still, I would be interested in reading more from this author and I look forward to meeting more of her creations. (less)
Sometimes, what we want and what happens just doesn’t add u...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Sometimes, what we want and what happens just doesn’t add up. I was intrigued enough by the blurb to request this book, and the beginning of it actually made me happy I did. The rest – not so much.
Eden has her whole world crashing around her. First by the declaration of her fiancé of ten years how he wants to be a woman and is in love with a man. Then she gets fired from her job and her cat dies. But just to sweeten the deal, she also gets framed for the murder of her ex-boss’ wife.
Her loyal friends run to the rescue and promptly get her out of town and into the hands of Jasper, a PI who sometimes hides innocent fugitives from the hand of the law.
There were a few things that didn’t work for me in this book. While Eden was presented as this strong woman with a sharp tongue, I didn’t see much of that because mostly she was filled with insecurities, having one break down or another.
Her relationship with Jasper is love at first sight, which isn’t my favorite thing but I do like it when done right. In this book it felt pretty fake, with minimum conversations, barely any contact other than the sexual kind between the two main characters. When it came to sex, it was written well, but just disregarding protection and risking pregnancy after knowing someone for just a week is pretty irresponsible in my book.
The mystery part of the story I found to be weak and unrealistic. The time line was all over the place and the constant repetition of facts with only half a page in between was tiring.
I’m sorry to say that this book didn’t live up to my expectations, but others could find it to be just the thing they need. (less)
This book had the potential to be great. Strong characters,...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This book had the potential to be great. Strong characters, solid plot and enough steam to fog the windows are what won me over at the beginning.
May is an administrative assistant to Win, a boss who she hates, but underneath the whole camouflage they both carry an attraction toward each other. Through a series of events this interesting story turns into a BDSM infused plot with an abundance of sex.
At the beginning of this book I really liked both Win and May. They had character, certain strength and a witty tongue. I read with delight and was especially intrigued when May found her other occupation. While that started with bite and some hot scenes it soon turned into a very different sort of story.
Win’s dominance and May’s submission were unconvincing at best. In fact, the roles they played at first at The Oh Club suited them much better, or at least seemed more genuine. Certain sex scenes were unrealistic and while they constantly talked about trust, both of them kept more secrets than was healthy and neither of them actually knew what they were doing. No matter how highly Win thought of himself, his experience was gained next to a mentor who’s actions were wrong, and by putting himself into a submissive role he came off as an insecure Dom who forced his dominance through unthought through actions.
From an interesting beginning with plenty of funny situations and personality displays and an almost five star rating, this book dropped to too much sex between unconvincing characters with unnecessary plot additions and a two star rating. At the end of it, three was the best I could do.
This is a somewhat long story about a soldier with a daught...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This is a somewhat long story about a soldier with a daughter, who has his quirks and more than enough problems but still prefers to look on the bright side of things. And it's a story about a State Trooper who knows exactly what he wants and has more than enough strength and persistence to get it.
The start of how Robert met Christie and Frankie was very funny, entertaining and almost tooth aching with all the sweetens that cut through it. Up to the date and the beginning of their relationship, this book had me won over completely and I truly enjoyed reading it. That's when the time jumps started. All the best parts of their relationship as well as the conflicts were skipped. Somewhat interesting situations between the characters were drowned in the influx of unnecessary information including descriptions, past events as well as little chit-chat stories. The last were probably supposed to be funny, but weren't nearly relevant enough to make the pause of the main story justifiable. The time jumps caused distance between the reader, namely me, and the characters, one that was never actually fixed in the story, so it happened I felt I knew more about the side characters than the main ones.
There is cheating in this book, or something that could be considered as such. Personally I didn't mind that plot twist, but the lack of any type of resolution of the event rubbed me the wrong way and ultimately influenced my rating.
I do wish this story held on to the original funny and easy flow of the plot. It could have truly been something special and recommendable. As it was, the repetitive use of certain terms and avoidance of all significant event developments brought it down to an average level. I still would suggest you give this story a second look, but it's not one I would read a sequel to. (less)
Young or old, it doesn’t matter in this story. A connection...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Young or old, it doesn’t matter in this story. A connection can be just as perfect despite the age, the background or the current place you occupy in your own life. That is the reason why I love the age difference stories. Usually it’s a collision of two very different worlds. Men are filled with insecurities and oh-so-tentative to take the plunge into their adventure.
Neil was much like that. Being a widower with an almost grown-up daughter, he’s always suppressed one simple truth in his life – he was gay. While he was in love with his late wife, the attraction he has toward Cole, a man who works on a dude ranch as a wrangler, is something much stronger than him, and maybe this time, he can be true to himself.
At first Neil is very judgmental and narrow-minded, and is shocked to discover how no one around him actually thinks being gay is wrong. While his comments sound hateful and even disgusting at times, it is not hate speaking from him but rather fear. I was a bit taken aback by the ferocity he’d displayed toward Cole at one point, but it didn’t take me long to realize what the issue in reality was and how Neil wasn’t a bad guy at all. Still, this is something a few readers might take to heart and hate the man for it. It wasn’t the case with me.
During the story his reasons do come to surface and it doesn’t take him long to accept his desires and for the first time in his life, take what he wants.
I liked the easy flow of this story. While there were a few conflicts, none of them were extreme but rather touched some serious issues. It was a nice change from the books where everything seems too easy and characters instantly embrace their future.
I also liked that it was funny with a few embarrassing situations and that despite Neil’s initial behavior, Cole never changed, staying the perfect kind and approachable man from the beginning to the end. It was a wonderful read. (less)
To give all readers a fair warning – This review will be ve...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
To give all readers a fair warning – This review will be very conflicting. You may ask why, but there is no clear answer to that question, other than saying my opinions were many and they just loved to clash.
Now about the book. It is a story about Micah, a film student who has issues with his friends but still loves them, can’t get a break with love and has a bunch of voices in his head, both talking to him and provoking him. I could say more about it, but even the plot is not very clear and it wouldn’t really be fair to disclose more than the blurb says.
Now to sing praises about this book. It is really well thought through, with so many details and facts that I truly admire the author for keeping it all straight in his head. I certainly would have needed a whole scrip on the side to write something this elaborate. Honestly, hats down. The characters are real and very unique, their sense of humor bursting from each page, but even with all the teasing it was clear that they care. The sad parts of this book made me cry which is not an easy thing to do and I have to say it was done beautifully. This book is very special and I am certain it will find a lot of fans among the readers.
The conflicting part - I didn’t like it. The main character talked way too much for my taste, side voices drove me insane and I couldn’t possibly understand all the movie references. That is something which distanced me from Micah almost at the very beginning. His love life was strange and I would have liked for the main romance to have happened much earlier in the story. All the side characters, while somewhat amusing, didn’t do it for me, and maybe because Micah's feelings were a cross between love and annoyance, my feelings couldn’t be any clearer than his were. It is true that I got interested by the end of the book in what might happen next, but overall it just wasn’t to my taste.
That said, my rating is just as my review, neither here nor there. I still think the book is brilliant and deserves at least four or five stars, but when it comes to my taste and opinion it would be much lower around two stars. So I’m settling on the middle, allowing you to form your own opinion and give this author a chance. (less)
Reading about Katherine with her wonderful sense of humor a...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Reading about Katherine with her wonderful sense of humor and obsessive interest in her boss was very amusing and relaxing for the most part of this book. I liked the way she saw the world and the way the story moved.
Katherine is a young woman without a job and with bills to pay. Searching desperately for a way to get some quick money, she answers an ad for a job and surprisingly enough is hired the next day. The pay is three times the amount she expected and her boss also buys a car, saying it is a company vehicle but actually wanting to maintain the well standing image of his business. It’s a big difference from being hungry and driving a mediocre car, to actually being able to buy clothes and driving a Mercedes, so despite having questions, Katherine keeps quiet.
It doesn’t take her long to develop feelings for her boss, but reading his reactions is harder than feeling the emotions of a block of ice. Still, she is not one to give up getting to know him better, she just hopes she will be able to ignore her fast growing feelings.
Pieter Van Rijn is a rich businessman with a hard demeanor but a warm heart. He has been hurt before and isn’t willing to risk his feelings again. Instead he goes from one mindless fling into another and has a certain reputation in his circles despite being discreet.
I quite liked this story almost to the very end. It was interesting and funny, with a good plot and likeable characters. The way everything developed at a slow pace suited me, but what pulled me in the first place was the age difference between the characters. Katherine was twenty four while Pieter in his forties. I expected there to be at least a mention of that fact, but nothing came of it.
Instead, from a slow build the whole story was concluded in the last twenty pages, and quite unrealistically I might add. I felt like I had skipped another twenty pages somewhere in between because it just didn’t make sense to me that they could jump from a business relationship into undying love. I felt that I haven’t gotten to know the characters very well by that point, especially Pieter, and considering his past, that jump was just hard to accept.
The book seemed very unfinished to me, as if the author at one point said – I’ve had enough, I have to bring this to an end – and the next thing you know, from an indecisive future you can hear the wedding bells. For that reason my rating dropped from four stars to three and I will need some time to get over my disappointment. Without meaning to be insulting, I have to say the cover for this book really made me uncomfortable and just based on it, personally I never would have picked it as something I would have any desire to read. That just tells you how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, because this is a solid book and a good romance.
I started this book feeling somewhat discouraged by the ye...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I started this book feeling somewhat discouraged by the year the book was set in, but that only lasted as long as it took me to meet William. He was somewhat dangerous with a wicked sense of humor and a fast mind. He didn’t settle for the norm and despite having an eventful past and considering himself mostly retired from such life, he was still larger than the stuffed mold he’d was supposed to fit in.
His life turns into an exciting adventure again once he sets his eyes on Stephen, a companion to one of the other men in the rich society. With his decision in place, he only needs to play a few games and make others see things his way before getting what he wants. But despite all of William’s successful endeavors, Stephen is not all that forthcoming and approachable, and with secrets he hides, William has his work set out for him.
While I really liked William, Stephen was somewhat annoying when I first got to know him. Even when I excused his rudeness, he seemed too closed off and not a very good match for William. His character did change as I got to know him better, be he never got as interesting as William.
A good part of this story really worked for me. I liked the tempo of the book, their getting to know each other and the occasional inputs of other characters. I liked the writing style and was pretty impressed with the effort invested in this story. It was worded nicely and the sentences almost flowed from one to the next. On that note, my only objection would be the flips from one event to another as the line was not always very clear.
My biggest objections came with the last quarter of the story. The romantic taste to it got shadowed by the overly sexual content. It almost felt as if the story stopped for a while so that the two could have their fun, an abundance of fun. Don’t get me wrong, the sex was hot, every single instance of it. It’s just that there were too many instances. Then came the conclusion of the main conflict and I felt somewhat cheated. For one, it didn’t seem as a valid enough reason for Stephen’s exaggerated secrecy, and in addition, his reactions after everything was cleared and sorted, seemed too weak for me. Another thing I felt was missed, or I just made it too significant in my head – William’s brother seemed like an important figure in the story, someone who will have a certain influence or say, but by the end of the story he was completely forgotten. It seemed as if he was just a tool to further the story and I considered that to be a loose end.
With that I am out of objections and have nothing but praise for this historical. I do recommend it and I think a lot of you will think it worth your time once you meet William. Just don’t go by the cover, Stephen is much cuter than that. (less)
This was a very dark book with gritty scenes and shocking...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This was a very dark book with gritty scenes and shocking events. Don’t let the mention of Fae fool you into thinking it will all be flowers and pretty guys. It’s not.
The beginning was very confusing and hence frustrating for me. I didn’t know what was happening and to whom it was happening. But once I understood the workings of the world and who the main protagonists actually were, I started to look forward to their interactions and future events.
I can’t really say what this story was about without revealing spoilers because the blurb only gives insight into this intriguing world. But I can say that it is a ménage between two Fae and one human. Each of them is a killer with a past of his own and some very vivid memories of their actions. They don’t hide it, or hide behind it, but rather admit their actions as well as their enjoyment in the brutal side of their lives.
Other than the beginning, I only had some issues with the ending. On one side I found the epilogue unnecessary and on the other, it frustrated me that it was written the way it was. But I suppose it makes sense as a hunter could never be truly satisfied without the hunt.
This story is one I would recommend, and it does push me to read the other book set in this world, so my only warning would be – you will want more. (less)
I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started r...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started reading this story, but the first page alone had me chuckling and the ice was broken – I loved it enough to continue reading with almost contagious enthusiasm.
Jude is a chef whose career took the wrong turn during the years and instead of doing what he loves he’s traveling the world tasting all kinds of disgusting as well as delicious dishes in the purpose of entertaining the fans of his show. After finishing up a season he makes his escape in London where he stops with his crew while awaiting their flight. All he wants it some comfort food and a beer, but what he finds in an inconspicuous gastro-pub is Tommy, a fan, and his delicious cuisine.
Tommy just asks for an autograph but what he gets is his favorite chef cooking with him and building attraction rising hotter than the cooking stoves.
This story is too short to talk much about it, but I will say the guys won me over surprisingly fast. Their jokes made me smile and their skill jumped off the screen. I do wish the story was longer, but I was more than satisfied with what I got. (less)
The reason I decided to read this book was the mention of...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
The reason I decided to read this book was the mention of porn industry in the blurb. For some reason I really like books with the same or similar theme and the challenges presented to the characters usually make it more than interesting.
This was a story about Jarod, a backpacker who ended up in Australia without a dollar left to spend. His trip started as a type of a road to discovery because he didn’t want to spend his life with regrets and without experiencing as much of life as he could. So with the need not to starve, Jarod takes the opportunity to find some work. After all, he only needs enough to take him on the next part of his journey. What he didn’t count on was the job being one of making porn, and not just any kind of porn. His future employers preferred guy on guy action, add a virgin like Jarod in the mix and they had themselves a hit. That’s where he meets Russ, his movie partner and someone Jarod is more than willing to give his virginity to. But not everything in Russ’ world of sex and smiles is as innocent as it seems and before they both know it, a world of trouble comes tumbling down.
I would love to say nice things about this book, but the only part I truly liked was the first third of it. The beginning was funny, interesting and extremely hot. Just one kiss had my head spinning and I couldn’t wait to read more. It only took a chapter or two for things to go in a different direction. The conversations were stilled and not very attention gripping, but what annoyed me the most was the amount of sex. It happened everywhere in all situations no matter how dangerous or inappropriate they were and the hotness from the beginning of the story completely dissipated.
The plot had potential, especially after the one and only action scene in the book which was written really well. But unfortunately after that everything went too smoothly and the convenience of every single situation left no challenge for the reader. Whatever spark I felt at the beginning got extinguished by the repetitive sex scenes and unnecessary lines and I was barely able to finish.
Obviously this was more like a two star read for me. The reason why I decided on three stars is precisely that beginning which won me over. I had high hopes for this book and while I was left disappointed maybe others will find things in the story I completely missed. Good luck. (less)
This is essentially a straight erotic romance which desper...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This is essentially a straight erotic romance which desperately tried to be everything else. Jo is on the run from a man who made her a were-cougar and killed her husband. She’s been dodging him for six months, only to get trapped in a bar with three men and no way out.
Someone reported an anthrax outbreak in the bar and the whole establishment was placed under quarantine. Jo is slowly going crazy as the full moon approaches and her control over her beast keeps slipping, but the bartender, vet and a student are there to keep her mind on more enjoyable things.
First I would like to point out that this book is mostly about sex. There isn’t much of a plot going on and any action you might expect is resolved rather quickly. It won’t do you any good to expect an m/m romance either as it is said almost at the beginning that the other gay couple is mostly self-sufficient. There are scenes of group sex, some written really well, but the rift between the two couples is always more than obvious. That was very frustrating for me, as I expected all of them to be together instead of an occasional round of mutual enjoyment.
All that aside, it wasn’t bad. I liked the guys well enough and the sex scenes did make my blood stir. So if you are in the mood for something a bit different, meaning more people involved in the action than the usual two or three, this might scratch your itch. (less)
The shove you get when you first start reading this story...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
The shove you get when you first start reading this story is powerful and overwhelming, as it pushes you into a world of tragedy, heart-wrenching sadness and hope. It’s impossible to imagine the loneliness after the ultimate loss and the courage as well as determination to keep going. But all of it was implemented into this book; the emotional punches, shocking twists, cruelty as well as love.
Anderson was just a boy when the mining colony he’d lived at was destroyed. He was the sole survivor saved by his sister. Her act of courage was something not a lot of people could do, but while admirable, it condemned Anderson to years of loneliness, where he made his own holographic world and where he did his best to stay alive.
C.J. is introduced in the second third of the book. He is one of the men and women assigned to exploration of all the data Anderson had brought with him after ten years of traveling alone through space. Their connection was based on more than attraction from the first moment they’d met, but self-destruction that was bound to follow kept coming between them.
I wish I could say more about the plot without revealing spoilers because then I would rant and chatter for pages. Since that it not the case, I am limited to wrapped up words and unclear statements. Bear with me people, because I will do my best to write this in a way it makes sense.
The first third of the book was told from Anderson’s perspective. There was a lot less telling and characters felt very real despite most of them being holograms. They all had a personality and a unique voice that was certainly heard, but the loudest of those voices was Anderson’s. I could hear his pain, his hopes as well as his despair. All of it was touched with his brilliance and I couldn’t help it but admire him. That first third was exactly what I want as well as need in a brilliant book. It was easily perfect.
The second third of the book was told from C.J. point of view. That is about the time things started to fall apart for me. C.J. was a character without strong characteristics, and even if you asked me now to tell you something about him, I wouldn’t be able to. He is a character easily disregarded and while you can feel for him you are probably more likely to simply forget him. Now comes the issue; most of the book from that point on is told and not shown, and it is told as C.J. saw it.
But I can’t really blame him for being annoyed with the rest of the book. The twist which happened after Anderson finally docked and started talking to other people other than his holograms ruined the wonderful base I had in my head for this book. I am truly sorry, but I couldn’t accept the way the focus was misdirected from Anderson’s accomplishments and his wonderful mind to that something else which would be spoilers if I said it. A lot of it wasn’t logical to me, it ruined some wonderful characters and killed strong voices, because no one in this book was stronger than Anderson.
By the time second third is done, I didn’t even know who Anderson was. His personality was completely changed and his powerful first impression started to fade. The romantic relationship between him and C.J. is at its beginning, but everyone around them is predicting grim future and a lot of heartache. Those conversations and situations mostly just annoyed me. I felt as if the story was constantly held down and C.J.’s inappropriate sexual fantasies didn’t help matters.
The last part is where everything has to fall apart so that it could be rebuilt. You will find most of the telling in the last hundred pages. For me they were somewhat frustrating, but by that point I simply wanted the book to end. The romance is never truly developed to its full potential and all the characters who seemed like someone strong faded away.
So I would describe this book as an exceptional idea taking a wrong turn and failing. That is how I saw it despite the efforts I’d invested to like the book as it was. I still love most of the writing, admire the idea, but mostly I’m just disappointed because everything I’d wanted from this book I didn’t get.
I can’t say my expectations weren’t too high or that I’m not too critical because once you get invested in this book, there is no turning back. It is truly a journey you will either like or have issues with, but it is a journey you should take. (less)
Menages are something I truly enjoy reading about, but thos...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Menages are something I truly enjoy reading about, but those are also some of the stories that are most difficult to write. How do you make it work three-way without giving the impression of distancing one of the characters? Some authors are brilliant when it comes to creating unbreakable emotional ties and making the sexual aspect of their relationship a side thing. I more than found what I was looking for with this book.
The story starts off with Dru and Thom's relationship. Even once Skye comes into the picture, the focus stays mostly on the love between the first two. It was a necessary step, in my opinion, to show just how strong their bond is before accepting the third, Skye, into their folds. I think I easily liked Thom the most, and on that point, I missed more details about him and the insecurity he lived with daily. That imperfection made him special for me.
The attention paid to Skye's past and his growth from a damaged, almost boy, to an even stronger man was exquisite, and that was also my favorite part of the book.
Glitches started toward the end, where the only female character in the book began to get a somewhat bigger role. Her way of approaching things mostly made me angry and I thought of her as a jealous, insecure woman who didn't care about friendship even half as much as she said she did. So even though I suspect she was supposed to be a positive character, all I got from her was an extremely negative vibe.
Overall I consider the first half of the book to be much better than the rest which was muted in it's intensity by unwelcome time jumps and badly handled dramas. With that, all that's left to say is how despite the few flaws, this is a wonderful menage with great character development, intense emotional situations and delicate but few sexual moments. I do recommend it. (less)
It’s no secret in the publishing world that Amy Lane can wr...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
It’s no secret in the publishing world that Amy Lane can write. The topic doesn’t matter, because she will write an angst filled romance with whatever is at hand and just make it shine.
Chase is a young man with so much baggage my heart ached for him. At first glance it might seem as exaggeration, but as you keep on reading, seeing his struggle and his need to be loved and accepted you just have to break down right there with him.
Living with a girlfriend and saving money for a house, Chase is a master of lies and wall building while at the same times hating lies the most and needing the closeness without barriers with someone, anyone. He has friends and is loved without really seeing any of it, because all he can focus on is the guilt he feels about his mother killing herself and locking up all the pain deep inside behind those red doors of pain.
Needing the money, he starts acting in porn movies and for the first time he feels free. He lets go and allows himself to be the hidden Chase, the one who enjoys touch of a man and the closeness of co-stars who know more about him than the friends he’s known since childhood. On set he meets Tango/Tommy, another porn star who all but breaks the barriers between himself and the real Chase, who needs love just as much as Chase does and who is not afraid to ask for it. Chase’s life is a house of cards, where lies are aligned one atop of the other and where he keeps on stacking more until Tommy comes and shakes the foundation.
There is pain in this book and I did shed a couple of tears while reading. I had expected more of it, based on the cover and the blurb, but for those of you who don’t like too much angst that should be a good thing. Chase is a man who cheats, and when I say that I do mean excessively. He is making porn, trying things for the first time on screen, while at home he has a girlfriend and on the side a lover, Tango, who has the patience of a saint and is just waiting for Chase to find himself. But despite that, I really didn’t have anything against the cheating. This was one of those books where the writing was so good I didn’t even pay attention to all the stinging lies and scenarios.
The writing style in this one does require some time to get used to it. Amy flips between the past and present, the filming scenes and actual main story timeline. It is confusing in certain situations and it does get frustrating when you really want to know what happens next and not what has already happened. Maybe that was the reason why I did have a few moments during reading where I just took a deep breath and forced myself to continue. The writing just becomes too detailed and too wide and all I wanted was to reach some point, something highly significant to stir things up.
This book is guaranteed to stick with you, whether you had issues with it or not. It deals with the heavy topic of suicide and a gay man living a double life. Today that is not such a hard concept to grasp, as it happens more often than not. To take on such a difficult subject and turn it into a master piece is something only a great author can do. Amy Lane is one of the greats.(less)
I always try to find something good about a book, because I...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I always try to find something good about a book, because I really don’t like handing out one star ratings. That is mostly the reason why this one got two stars from me.
Sean is a guy whose choices have been dictated by his family and his girlfriend. She is all but planning a wedding while Sean is feeling trapped with every aspect of his life. When they go on a vacation together, Sean finally finds what has been missing in Adam the artist, while his girlfriend shows her true colors.
I honestly loved the idea of these characters but couldn’t handle the way they were actually shown in the story. The only part of the story I sort of could go through without forcing myself to, happened toward the end of the book and was written nicely, the rest… Well, let’s start from the top.
I hated Sean almost from the beginning. His relationship with his girlfriend was pretty much one-sided, but relationships don’t come to that point out of the blue. Sean just didn’t have any courage whatsoever to take his life into his own hands, instead he allowed everyone to just push him around. Then he cheats on his girlfriend with Adam and doesn’t even have the decency to be straight with her and tell her everything right away as it is. Instead the tale drags on page after page where the girlfriend turns into a fairy tale villain and Sean’s whole family into characters more likely to be found in Alice from Wonderland rather than in a contemporary romance. In fact, most of this story is either overly sweet or completely unrealistic. I’m not sure I’ve ever read about a romance blossoming this fast or about heavy relationship issues rising in a span of a month.
Adam was a likeable character, seemed like a good soul and a very nice man, but even he had his moments which would have seriously ticked me off in any other book. In this one, forcing someone to come out after only a month with blackmail, was just another strike next to many and it had maybe half the impact. However, the way Sean handled the situation with his parents not only showed him as immature and incompetent, it had my jaw dropping because I just couldn’t believe any sane person would stand for it. It really bordered on abuse, except he was a grown man and could have prevented it within a heartbeat. Then the privacy thing his mother so severely violated… I’m almost positive I wouldn’t have talked to my mother for quite a while after something like that. I won’t even talk about the way his father acted.
The contrast between Sean’s and Adam’s family was very nice and it is a plus for the story, but there were just too many things I didn’t like at all about it and honestly wish I never took the time to read this book. It is harsh, but I’m sure others have a different opinion and might find something positive about this story, or at least more positive things that I could come up with. (less)
This is my second story by Erica Pike, but if I hadn’t read...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This is my second story by Erica Pike, but if I hadn’t read the first one I probably never would have dared to read A Life Without You, not to mention the cover that really just puts me off.
Jesse and Adam are roommates at college and while Adam is gay, Jesse has a fiancé back home and is adamantly refusing to give up his dream of marriage and kids despite taking it up the ass daily. I did put it a bit crudely, but honestly that is exactly what happens and I did resent Jesse for most of this book. Anyway, at one point the fiancé gets suspicious and visits, causing more trouble than she’s worth really and turns the whole relationship between Jesse and Adam upside down.
It is strange, but that was my favorite part of this book. The emotional side was almost overwhelming and the reason why I initially liked this author’s writing drifted up to the surface. Heartbreak is very real and very difficult to get through and I liked the way this book shined for it. Some people might say it was too emotional, or the guys were too weepy, but for me it felt real and that is why I rated this with four stars.
To be honest, the first half of the book was good, but not all that great. The buildup seemed too long to me and I just didn’t like Jesse at all. He is a cheater and he really does not pick sides, so I should warn all those interested that there is male/female sex in this book, although not detailed or shown, it does happen ‘off screen’. Anyway, I can handle cheating as my track record in reading cheating books clearly shows, but I just couldn’t sympathize with Jesse’s situation. He was not honest and was rather selfish on more than one occasion and if by chance the author had put another more active character in this book I would have easily cheered that guy and Adam on.
Adam on the other hand was a bit pushy, but the guy was in love so I did forgive him. He seemed much more sincere although not always like someone who actually has some self-respect. Still, I liked him and the way the whole fiancé situation affected him, returned this book to the right track for me. My favorite character was a side one, as it often happens it seems. Eric is Adam’s best friend, flashy, mouthy and pushy, he was just a perfect person to lift this story up a bit. I love how he was caring and a great friend while not holding any words back.
In the end, I did really like this book, but it wasn’t as impressive as another short one I’ve read by Erica Pike. It is also not something I can just go ahead and recommend simply because it is a book that pushes a lot of buttons and does drag out a bit at times. Still, I did notice it was a part of a series and I will definitely be on a look out for the next one.(less)
This was such a summer read and with the weather getting wa...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This was such a summer read and with the weather getting warmer over here it somehow fit the bill. It’s a romantic story about Greg and Justin, who meet at a party and spend a week together.
Justin came from New York for a spring-break and to check out a graduate program on Hawaii. Greg is a workaholic who’s past the partying stage and really just wants some ‘hot’ company. The two of them click right away and from there it’s like a dream come true.
Once Upon a Spring Break doesn’t have any type of conflict and while relaxing it didn’t especially catch my attention. Everything seemed just too easy and predictable while the connection between the characters ended up being shown mostly through their physical interaction. Yeah, I mean sex.
What had me stumbling the most and pushing me away from the actual story was the writing style. I’m fresh from extensive edits of my own book and I kept seeing all the things this book could have done without. Every action, no matter how inconsequential, was mentioned and described; the way they cut the bread, turned the knob or how many times they moved in bed. It brought nothing to the story and dulled the special moments between the guys. A lot of the situations seemed to be leading somewhere when they happened, but once they were over, I was left wondering why they had been mention at all.
I still think this is a pretty cute and romantic story, for those who just need something easy. But those of you who need their books a bit tighter and the plot richer might end up disappointed. (less)
If it's got shifters in it, I'll most likely read it. Yes,...moreThis 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.(less)
What happens when a bully grows up and all that seemed to m...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
What happens when a bully grows up and all that seemed to matter suddenly doesn’t anymore? Or when a gay man finally sees the real side of his childhood tormentor, the one he’d secretly imagined while being bullied and insulted.
This is a story about appearances, where the deepest hurts hid beneath layers of self-made shields, about a boy who just wanted to be accepted and went about it in the wrong way.
Tally had a difficult life with parents who always thought more about their self-image than about their child. He found the comfort he needed among other bullies and kept on pretending, while all he needed was a bit of love.
One of the people he tormented was Lex. So now, after years away, Tally takes his walk of shame, returning to a town where everyone hates him and most with good reason. He’s broke, jobless and staying with his grandmother while going round town looking for work. But despite him being different from the kid who townsfolk remember, no one is willing to give him a chance except Lex.
I loved a lot of things about this book. From the initial bit of mystery where Tally didn’t know who Lex actually was to the sexual tension between the men. I loved their dance at the beginning where they were so obviously right for each other but not quite at a place where they were willing to admit their feelings and wants, even to themselves. I also liked the deeper undertones where Tally had a hard life and where small town mentality pretty much ruined his life. I liked how he hid who he really was while all he really wanted was to be accepted and loved, by his parents as well as his friends.
Like I said, there are so many things to like about this book. But two hundred pages of it? – Too much even for me. The whole story moved kind of slow, and almost each conflict came from a misunderstanding or insecurity. I actually thought the conflict ideas were pretty good, but I needed the author to grip them and work them out, with ferocity and persistence, to make me feel the characters emotions and to kick me from the nice little place the story had lulled me into.
After some time the push and pull between the guys became tiring and I had to make myself finish reading. I still loved them, as well as the side characters, but their relationship, by the end, looked more like something they would have had in high school and not as grown men. Too many insecurities and not enough talk, so much so that I wanted to sit them down, slap them and make them discuss their ‘feelings’.
Despite all that, it’s not a bad story and I’m sure more than few people will love the exact things I had issues with. With O’Shea’s writing it’s not that difficult to get into the story and come out quite satisfied. (less)
Flipped is a short story about two tops best friends who su...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Flipped is a short story about two tops best friends who suddenly realize there is more between them than their friendship.
Mario and Carter bought a house to flip, but while a part of the book, their occupation isn’t all that relevant. To me the most interesting aspect of this story was the relationship between the guys. Their friendship seemed really solid, and their jokes funny enough to have me chuckling. But once they reached the sex part of their new relationship all sorts of sparks and fireworks lighted up.
I read about Carter’s insecurities and his lack of trust, but most importantly, I read how a friend and his unconditional love can make even deep scars turn into simple memories.
This is a sexy little book about two big guys who certainly don’t make it seem easy, but they do make it more than worth the effort. Recommended.(less)
This was not my first book by Mrs. Snow and while good, it...moreThis 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.(less)
I've just finished reading this book and I'm at a loss as h...moreThis 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. (less)
Right away, at the very prologue, I was riveted to my seat...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Right away, at the very prologue, I was riveted to my seat with eyes firmly focused on the screen and the freaking hot scene happening at the back of a taxi. Addy experienced a life changing moment as he watched one man debauch the other in the most sexiest of ways. The gorgeous stranger even while dressed captivated Addy, and became the driving force behind his future fantasies. A stranger who licked the other while seductively winking at a fifteen-year old in the next car. Oh yeah, it was very hot. I can totally see how a teenager remembered it even years later.
Six years after the event, Addy sees the man himself again, and refuses to let the opportunity slip by him. His flirting is direct and pushy, his smile promising and the overall attitude demanding. He knows he must have Zak for real this time, even if it's just a one night stand.
But Addy's heart doesn't quite agree, and despite Zak being a guarded asshole come morning he is still Addy's wet dream and an aspiring future. They dance around each other, with Addy wanting more than Zak can give and Zak going against himself to avoid the future he's pretty sure he doesn't want.
This was a solid four for me for good two thirds of the book. I loved Addy's sharp tongue and his witty retorts when he was with Zak, but I also adored his gentle and sensitive side, where his brave front crumpled and he showed he pretty much just wanted love. Since the book is from his point of view we don't really get to know Zak to the same extent, but I still liked him. His shields were interesting even when crumbling around him and his fake, carefree attitude endearing.
So like I said, four stars for a good part of the book. But then the ending came, and their dance got rushed and sex became the focus of the story. When I wanted to know more about the couple and how they functioned together, they pretty much got reduced to primal urges, exactly the thing Addy fought against from the beginning. Now maybe his conflicts were resolved and he felt free to indulge in his fantasies, but I needed more substance between them and sex distanced me from their original, explosive connection. The ending while probably fitting, came at a wrong place for me and I can't help it but feel their tale is far from being over.
The writing was almost poetic and suited me very much making the overall rating just half a star below four, after all, the book is just too good to get three stars. Susan Laine is a new author for me, but if this experience is anything to go by, it won't stay that way. (less)
I must admit that at first glance this story sounded very a...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I must admit that at first glance this story sounded very appealing to me. Vacation love, different setting and snowboarding? Well, yeah, bring it on. However, as I started reading, it didn’t take me long to change my mind.
Lasse and Marko meet at a ski resort, where Marko came with his brother and friend, their respected girlfriends and Kira who you can say had a ‘hard on’ for Marko despite her being a woman. Lasse is there with his friends who are all gay and have some suppressed feelings of their own.
At first Lasse is attracted to Marko’s brother who thinks he’s irresistible and doesn’t always take no for an answer. Only after Marko rescues him from the said brother does their passions ignite and they start on a journey to their happily ever after.
The first thing I didn’t like about this story was the overall writing. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it just felt awkward to me and while I can appreciate it to an extent considering neither of the characters was a native English speaker, it still pulled me out of the story more than once and I just couldn’t get used to it. The first part was better, while everything was still developing between the guys and there was a certain dose of anticipation to it, but as soon as Lasse and Marko got together for the first time, all these situations I didn’t care for started happening. The sex was pretty reckless and didn’t suit either of their personalities and in addition it rushed the whole story. There are several jumps from the ski resort to visiting each other and so on, that interrupt the story and leave all the interesting information leading to that happily ever after unsaid.
There was this whole ‘gay’ issue that didn’t sit well with me, both concerning Marko as well as his brother, and the resolution left a lot unsaid, especially when it comes to the brother Armas. There probably will be a second story, maybe even a third, if the hinted love stories were anything to go by, but unless they have more focus on single issues without just mentioning bits of everything, I don’t think I’ll go there.(less)