The incentive to read this book came from the simple mentioThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
The incentive to read this book came from the simple mention of disability from the blurb. Extra difficulty tends to make already hard situations more complicated, and if I love anything it’s complicated.
Kason came in daily to a certain coffee shop to write. Although in a wheelchair, Kason still had eyes and it wasn’t difficult to notice the owner of the shop, Ryan. But Kason is terribly insecure and shy, the result of his relationship with Blake, the ex. The insensitive man left Kason after the accident that took his ability to walk and was anything but considerate about it.
The romance between Kason and Ryan flares up instantly and almost before you can blink they are the image of perfect. Their families are good together and their plans for the future are just flourishing. The only smudge in the whole story is Blake.
I’ll start off by saying this book was just too far from what I consider my preference. I was attracted to the subject, a veteran and a man in a wheelchair who need to overcome their difficulties to be together and make their relationship work. Yeah, there were no difficulties. Kason, while in a wheelchair, had very few issues for someone who started off as insecure and in the past year and a half had to adjust to a whole new life. Ryan’s issues were only mentioned and the rest was all rainbows. I disliked the fact that certain scenes were glossed over and the whole book was rather rushed. It reminded me more of a shifter story with inevitable quick bonding than a contemporary where feelings are usually better worked through and the reader eased into the romance so he/she actually cares for the characters before the happy ending without the incredulity factor.
I did like the subject but the resolution of the story and the overall flow just weren’t for me. I would suggest this story to people who like it tooth aching sweet while I’ll check out the fantasy story with hope it will be more to my liking....more
Beggars and Choosers follows the life of two characters oveThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Beggars and Choosers follows the life of two characters over a span of a few years. From their young years to going away to college when things finally come together and you realize all that angst was well worth it.
Brett is someone who’s had a rough life. Years of abuse and lack of education shaped him into a young man who has a terrible opinion about himself, is impulsive and often violent but still manages to hide a huge heart from the world.
Cory is much younger, brilliant but terribly neglected kid, who really just wants to be loved and wanted. He lives with his alcoholic father who just doesn’t give a damn and is still awfully grateful simply because his father gave him a roof over his head when Cory had no one else.
The two guys meet and quickly become friends. They depend on each other like they never could on anyone else in their lives, and while Brett’s support and protection might seem to be more financial and a matter of his physical strength, he is a first constant in Cory’s life and eventually his first love.
Brett on the other hand became aware of his feelings rather quickly, but his low feeling of self-worth made him keep his distance and made him wish for someone better for Cory.
The first thing to keep in mind is that Brett speaks in half words. The author wanted to show him as someone who is uneducated and who grew up without a positive influence in his life, and his speech reflects that. It is something to get used to and with the potential of distancing the reader. Another is that this is an emotional rollercoaster. The ups and downs in this story are so striking that my rating jumped up and down like a ping pong ball for most of the book. I loved the raw emotion the author showed and the gentle relationship between the two friends, but at times their conversations distanced me and later on, their overly sweet way of expressing themselves proved to be a too big of a contrast.
I both loved and disliked this book, but I’m really glad I read it and stuck with it. It needed a bit more continuity and easier transitions between the ugly stuff and the perfect counterparts, but if you do want some angst and like wounded characters, do give this a chance....more
Getting into this anthology came from the desire to enjoy mThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Getting into this anthology came from the desire to enjoy my kink. Finally something for the likes of me who loves brothers getting it on and doesn’t mind large quantities of the material. The stories are quite different, ranging from two stars to almost five forming an average collection of brotherly love.
War and Peace and Brotherhood by D.K. Jernigan– 3 hearts
This was the only paranormal story in the bunch, bringing us the world plagued by a sexually transmitted virus which turns people into the Transformed. I would call them superheroes since their powers are truly extraordinary, but the Corps hunt them and their titles are anything but flattering. Keith is with the Corps, but is soon betrayed and left wounded at the mercy of the elements. It is a bit convenient that his long lost brother is the one to find him, and he is one of the hunted Transformed.
I did like the story, especially the world which definitely deserves a full length novel. But the relationship between the brothers way just too rushed. There was little when it came to emotions and the story twists took more away for the closeness I wanted to feel between the two. Still I was rather satisfied with the introduction into the anthology and am curious to see what this author has to offer when it comes to a lengthier book.
Analgesia by Alisha Steele – 4.5 hearts
My favorite by far of all the offered stories, Analgesia showed the relationship between two brothers to the fullest. From their relationship as siblings to the attraction shared by lovers. They went through it all and the author made it hot and steamy with taking her time to let us enjoy it.
Ethan is the brother who ran away and was touring with his band, while Brandon stayed at home and held on to the torch he carried for his brother. But once Ethan is back, the passion is still there and chemistry between them heats up the pages.
I loved the fabulous writing and took the whole story in without a pause. This was the reason why I read the Fraternal Devotion anthology.
Depression, Love, and Swimming Pools by Leigh Wilder – 2.5 hearts
This long titled story is about two brothers who’ve been living apart for some time, ever since Cole left for school and Derrick was left with their mother to write and hang out around the pool.
I actually loved the whole concept around this story. It’s heavily enveloped in depression and notions of suicide but it also shows the codependence of the two brothers. At first Derrick is the one who seems more vulnerable, unstable and just close to snapping, but as we get to know Cole more I had to start wondering about him as well. I did like the way they didn’t seem to function without the other, but the overall flow of the story and interactions between the brothers just didn’t work for me.
On Clouds of Obsession by Azalea Moone – 2.5 hearts
In this story one brother, Jeremy, is very interested and has been for years. He’d been in love with his brother for years and once Matt announces his wedding Jeremy figures he’s out of time. What follows is rather confusing and abrupt on many levels, but while I understood Jeremy, Matt remained a mystery to me to the very end.
Matt was one of those who blow hot and cold and he really got on my nerves. Especially because his explanations left a lot to be desired and his actions really just made me want to smack him. The resolution was rather quick as well and by the end of the story I wasn’t really happy about any of it.
On the Edge by S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet – 3.5 hearts
Getting into this story I expected a lot more based on the other reviews. Really, I expected to be blown away, but while the writing was excellent, one of the brothers simply rubbed me the wrong way.
Andrew and Ben are twins who have been sharing a bed in a sexual sense for over ten years. It’s written in Andrew’s point of view, but that man is even cruel in certain moments and his actions almost made me cry a couple of times. He’s in love with his brother Ben, a wonderful man who I swear looks at Andrew with something close to awe, but he can’t deal with it and it results in terrible situations leaving Ben in nothing but pain.
I couldn’t imagine being in such a relationship for so long and my heart broke for Ben. I know I was supposed to want them to end up together, and I admit, it was written so well I wanted that happy ending but Andrew… Yes, it was a great thing to tell everything from his perspective, because it does show us he cares and despite all his failures, he is the right person for Ben. I liked this story, but their happy ending wasn’t all that happy for me. I kept thinking of the missed chances and all that lost time filled with pain. A great plus was Ben showing a backbone and I think this story does bring out the turmoil of such a relationship to the fullest and is a great choice for ending the anthology....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
Even when you’re a fan you have favorites when it comes toThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Even when you’re a fan you have favorites when it comes to a particular author and Mary’s A Matter of Time series is one of my all-time favorites. Sam and Jory are a couple I always look for in similar pairings and their dynamics just does it for me. But For You is book six in the series and rounds up the story nicely.
Jory and Sam have a family now. Children, flourishing careers and their days of excitement are behind them. These days Jory gossips about neighbors and babysits kids when he’s not handling his crazy house pet. But if we’ve learned anything in all the books past, where there’s Jory there’s fire, and this book is no different.
I can’t say I disliked anything in But For You, but I did miss more Jory and Sam. Their families are great and their relationships even better, but when you move all that aside we are reading about Sam and Jory because of who they are, and I have to say, age changed them. Sam was always a perfect badass, but what you never knew about him is that he’s also a perfect father and one of the most loving partners you’ll come across. He was a bit out of character for me, as was Jory, but all of it was understandable, just very different. This was truly a lovely read, just mellower than I’m used to and without the same level of tension despite the risky situations.
Plenty of excitement, funny dialogue and hot sex are definitely something you can look forward to. Crazy situations are as always a must and a bit of jealousy just has to spice things up. Take all that and I absolutely loved the book. It’s a wonderful addition to the series and a perfect finalization of a long trip....more
It’s hard not to be attracted by the amazing cover for thisThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
It’s hard not to be attracted by the amazing cover for this book and the complications promised by the blurb made it almost perfect for me. Of course the ménage is what sealed the deal and pushed me into reading this long story about trial, mistakes and forgiveness.
Spencer and Justin have been a pair for a decade, and while they’ve had their ups and downs the core of them was something that seemed everlasting. But then you have Justin and Dutch and the understanding and the feeling of rightness there just can’t be wrong. Now sparks between Spencer and Dutch are something else, and while this short summary sounds confusing, believe me, it’s nothing compared to how exactly you’ll feel once you start reading.
I actually really liked the characters and the premise of the story. I like it long and complicated sometimes but when it’s also difficult it just gives me that satisfaction I want to feel after a good book. So while I still thought this was a good story, I had some issues that might be completely individual but I think are worth mentioning.
The way the story was constructed made it very difficult to read. The author decided to switch between points of view, which I like and appreciate in a ménage, but he also wrote one chapter in the present and the next in the past. Like ten years before when it all started and as you go further along with the story the age gap slowly shortens until there is only now. All three men have their say, their view of things, and while I was initially surprised by Dutch’s perspective, (For some crazy notion I expected him to only be a third in the story without any active participation – silly of me) I soon realized it was crucial to see his side for the relationship to work. Spencer’s chapters were the most annoying ones for me, because he had the tendency to speak to his father in his head, and I won’t even go into how exactly distracting that was.
This is a three hundred plus pages story and after all was said and done, I was sad to realize I knew very little about the characters. Everything revolved around their drama, bad or just wrong choices that they never seemed to be able to work through. The secrets and unfounded conclusions were enough to drive a sane reader crazy if you’re having a bad day, but they also do add a bit of rhythm to the story that will most likely make you finish the book. What ripped me out of the story the most – and I really can’t believe I’m going to say this – was the dirty talk. It didn’t fit the character’s personalities and it just seemed so random to me it made me feel more uncomfortable than hot, which rarely ever happens to be honest.
For those of you who’ve missed it, there is cheating in 3, between all characters in one form or another, but what bothered me was recklessness which I won’t spoiler but I’m guessing you’ll see it right away if you decide to give it a chance. Another thing I consider important to mention, because I would have liked to have known it before hand, is that Spencer is positive and has been since before he and Justin have met.
As for good points; I liked the author’s approach to serious subjects, the way he just flung himself into dangerous waters and managed to handle the story to the very end. This was something really complicated to write and he managed it without missing a beat, giving each of the characters enough attention and in the end pulling them into a whole. I think the actual romance needs a bit of work and it is something where the focus was a lost, but that will just keep us on our toes for his next book. I for one am looking forward to it, and will keep an eye out. I just hope he will be gentle and ease on the flashbacks. ...more
Sometimes even when the page count screams at you not to take the plunge into a week-long adventure (depending on how fast you read) taking the risk might surprise you. The blurb for this book promises a lot of heartache, a long struggle and plenty of situations that might push your limits, and for the most part the book delivers. At the end of this life story you’ll most likely either love it or walk away with mixed feelings. I can’t say either of the two is bad.
This is primarily a story about Kaleb. The side characters, while a big part of the main character’s life aren’t much of a focus because Kaleb tends to look inward most of the time and his thoughts take a huge amount of page space.
We see his life from an early age, a memory that marked his life when his mother left and later on the abuse that followed. It isn’t until almost the end of the book that Kaleb truly starts to heal and all that happened before is like an explanation to why he is the man that chooses badly and keeps others at a distance.
Fair warning, something that was listed after the blurb, this book contains male/female relationships, two to be exact and sex does happen. While this might be a tiny bit of a spoiler, the story does end happily and the final pairing is Kaleb and another man. The only thing is, the females do dominate Kaleb’s life and while that might be mostly in a negative way, they do keep our hero afloat at some of his hardest times. Another thing to keep in mind is that the editing isn’t perfect. I caught quite a few mistakes, which I think is normal considering the length, but since I don’t care about such stuff, those who do might find more.
Sexual and physical abuse is shown as well as told many times over and heroin plus alcohol abuse will be hard to kick. None of it makes this story an easy one to read, but for those of us who pick the books precisely because of it, I have to say none of it was to the extent I was expecting. I don’t mean the explicitness or intensity, just the writing that somehow kept me at a distance from the worst of it. The author has a certain writing style where he turns the scenes that should have a powerful impact into something that seems almost told from a third party and is essentially much weaker. That is a positive as well as negative, depending on the reader, but for me it was only a vague dislike.
My biggest issues were the amount of introspective with the very length of the story as a result of it and the inconsistencies that drove me insane. I love long books, but length isn’t always a good thing. A lot of the stuff here could have been shortened and instead replaced with the situations and crucial times that were glazed over. Some parts of Kaleb’s life that were cut seemed more important to me than the others I could have easily done without. Combine it with the amount of questions I had that were never answered and you get a very frustrated reader.
Now I understand that this is only the first book in a series, but a lot of issues could have been solved even in the first part of the book and some I would have rather left for the second book than forced a weak solution just to give the ending a happier note. That bugged me a lot of the time as I read (and it took me a while to actually read it), the author gave explanations or stated past events too long after the subject/situation was active that it seemed almost as an afterthought.
Kaleb’s relationships were strong as far as the plot goes. The differences between Sid, Anna and Trent were very distinctive and Kaleb took the best from all of them. But what I liked the most was the way he acted with each of them. How he changed and opened up and how he finally got what he needed. The last sex scene in the book was just beautiful and really touching after everything Kaleb went through that I don’t think it could have been written better. (view spoiler)[I also loved Kaleb’s relationship with Kay and wished there was more of it in the book, because that was definitely a high point of the story, where his relationship with his daughter was truly missed. I’m assuming it’s something the author left for the second book, so I hope it lives up to my expectations. (hide spoiler)]
As far as positives go, Kaleb is a truly remarkable character. There are so many sides to him and I loved how the author chose to present some of them. From his outlets to his talents, he is someone worthy of seven hundred pages.
I can’t really say much about others potentially liking this book. Tastes are so different and this is a heavy read, even more so for someone who doesn’t stray into these subjects often. But there is talent and intensity in this author’s work that is sure to find an audience.
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You’re interested in how a simple thing as a bandana couldThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
You’re interested in how a simple thing as a bandana could make for an interesting night, this is a book you should definitely read. It is as funny as it might have sounded when you first read the blurb and while the rush doesn’t last, it is still something good to add to your reading list.
Reece is young, a bit naïve and very innocent. Spending most of his life on a dairy farm, following his brother and his best friend around like a lost puppy left little time for anything else. Not that the isolation of the farm provided a lot of opportunity when it came to finding that perfect guy. Besides, Reece already has a perfect guy in mind, Lane, that same best friend of his brother, who unfortunately is leaving for New York in too short a time.
So one night out, a misunderstanding and a longtime dream come true, leave us with a couple who is using whatever time they’ve got to make the best of it.
I loved the beginning of this story. I was laughing out loud at a pretty late hour full of expectations on what would happen next and slowly getting smitten with the characters. Only the intensity of the beginning didn’t last, and the further down the road the guys sort of lost a bit of that magic to me. It was still interesting and they are a couple that will make you cheer for them, but a lack of detail and not enough history when it came to the characters flipped this story from amazing to just good. The ending was another tripping point for me because it was resolved too quickly and too conveniently.
There was a lot more that could have been done with this story, but if you feel like laughing you should take this on. It’s so worth it. Cute little thing....more
New author, brilliant book and amazing sexy characters – whThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
New author, brilliant book and amazing sexy characters – what more can a girl want on her weekend away? Really, I needed nothing else. Curled next to a fireplace swallowing the words and chuckling each time Croatia was mentioned, I had more than a pleasant evening, all thanks to N.R.Walker.
Mathew is a narcotics detective who’d just closed a case and got his moment of fame for it. He’s great at his job, hard working in general and a great friend. But there is one thing no one knows about him, a secret that is obvious to everyone but the oblivious the moment he meets Kira, the new boxing trainer. I’m not going to say that sparks fly, because what’s between them at first sight is way flashier than that. Try fires, lightening and earthquakes all at the same time.
Matt is confused, wanting, shocked, smitten. He desires but he’s so deep in the closet his attraction doesn’t seem realistic. But Kira is his own man and he’s feeling it too. There is no way he’s just going to let Matt walk away. And that’s pretty much how a good half of the book goes. It’s hot, but even more than that –it’s romantic. Matt and Kira are a dream when together, not that anyone would kick them out of their bed alone either. There are no conflicts, just a relationship in the works and little details that bring it all closer to our hearts.
Then comes the second part that’s heart-wrenching and tense at moments, so deep, emotional and exciting. It’s the perfect counterpart and something that will definitely make you up the rating on this book no matter what you thought of the first part.
I can only say that I loved this book. The fast paced writing, the high emotions and the engaging plot, it all worked for me wonderfully and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from N.R.Walker. You should be too....more
If there is one thing I love about this author, it’s the waThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
If there is one thing I love about this author, it’s the way Conwy works through the eroticism, BDSM and the relationships. There are ups and downs, screaming matches, lots of loving and plenty of pain. It’s so my thing.
Mischa and Tom are back. After a bad experience Tom is a mess and while he’s got a handle on some aspects of his life, the fear as a constant companion did a number on his nerves and the dynamics in his relationship with Mischa. Mischa on the other hand isn’t handling it all that well either. As a Dom he’s feeling responsible and has trouble indulging in his needs as well as giving Tom what he desires.
There’s little plot in this book and what there is it revolves around the couple trying to regain what they’ve lost. It’s not always easy and the recovery road requires lots of scenes, but eventually they do get there and let me tell you – that path is scorching.
Their main ‘kink’ is pain. Mischa loves making Tom hurt and Tom just loves being hurt, but also seeing how much Mischa enjoys it. It’s something essential between them, a way how they complete each other and I loved reading about it.
Maybe it was just me, but I did end up reading this book for a few days and definitely not in one go. It’s not anything bad, just extremely hot. The scenes were amazing and had me squirming so badly… yeah, not going there. Anyway, I needed breaks and plenty of them and that is why I loved the first book in this series, A Russian Bear, and why I always look fondly at this author’s work. I don’t know who does pain as beautifully as C.B.Conwy and if you like it kinkier than most, this story is something you should definitely look into....more
When I’m feeling down, need a break or just to recover afteThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
When I’m feeling down, need a break or just to recover after a stack of disappointing reads, I’ll reach for a new Mary Calmes book and I’ll get a booster, some time off and an excellent romance all rolled into one. I’m probably biased by now, because no matter how many of them I read, I have yet to be disappointed. Then again, maybe she is just that amazing.
Vince is a biology student who is not only a hard worker but also a great friend. With a bit of a snarky attitude he has been known to put people off, but surprisingly enough, not when it comes to Carson. Football star, smart, gorgeous and overall not a bad dude, Carson has had a thing for Vince for a very long time and is willing to give a lot to finally have him. Will Vince just go with it, or show a bit of bite – well, only one way to find out.
This is one of those stories that will make you grin as you read it because it will just make you so happy with every nice situation and sappily romantic sentences that you secretly wish someone would tell to you. Vince is really cool and someone I would wish for a friend any day. He is loyal and responsible plus really funny. Not a lot is said about Carson other than his star persona which is spoken about in awe by just about everyone, but when alone Carson has this huge heart that he’s just offering on a tray and God I wanted to hug him each time he was so vulnerable.
I’ve read somewhere that Calmes is a hospital queen, which I have to admit, is pretty much true. This book adds to the title as well, but she does hospitals really well and her stories wouldn’t be the same without it. I would be interested in seeing more of this couple and this book was shorter than her other work (or it just felt like it to me because I wanted more) but just as good. Don’t miss out....more
If you are tired of the same old stories and need somethingThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
If you are tired of the same old stories and need something different, to wake you up and remind you why you fell in love with this genre in the first place, Ethan and Carter are the perfect men to take you down that memory lane.
With the story revolving around two different disabilities it was somewhat hard to grasp that the guys with the main roles were simply perfect. That is, until I actually started reading. Ethan is someone who will win you over instantly. His positive attitude and the friendliness which he just radiates draw in even the hardest of hearts and while his disability does reflect severely on his life, he doesn’t let it stop him.
Carter is a twenty four year old who’s dealt with Tourette’s his whole life. Some days are easier than others, with nights there also arrives tiredness and lack of control, but what gets to Carter the most are the prying eyes and the way they make his tics worse. Judgment and lack of understanding have made Carter a very shy man, who withdraws into the confines of his own home and avoids company out of fear of getting hurt once more.
As he slowly meets Ethan, his neighbor who’d suffered a brain injury ten years ago his world turns upside down and it doesn’t take long for him to get drawn into the world of friends and acceptance.
This truly is a beautiful story about two lives where simple things are far from easy and where the little stuff, casual words and small gifts mean the world. Each of us have our own music, that perfection that makes us special to others, so maybe we should just take a moment, calm down and listen. Maybe you should just pick up Ethan, Who Loved Carter and see what you’re missing....more
This was a strange book for me. Not because of some weird events or unusual characters, but rather because the story fluctuated so much that at times I wanted to rate it with four stars only to change my mind minutes later and lean toward two stars.
Both Christian and Hayden are SEALs. They know each other although their relationship is rather vague before they meet in a gay bar and start off their steamy relationship. It is focused on sex for the bigger part but it is obvious the feelings they have for each other surpass simple fuck-buddy relationship.
This story revolves around their job, where they are a part of a rescue mission and where their relationship clashes with the fear of coming out to their coworkers. Yeah, I feel a bit funny calling SEALs coworkers, but it is what it is. The coming out part is rather strange when it comes to Hayden, and I thought that part needed a bit of polishing. This is also one of those stories where there are sparks at first sight and love at first fuck, so don’t be surprised when everything starts off in a lighting speed.
For those who pay attention to such things, the editing was on the bad side considering that even I noticed. Spelling mistakes took me out of the story more than once so it is something to have in mind before starting with Line of Fire.
The fluctuations I mentioned before are about this author’s capability of making me actually tear up in places. She writes these intense situations with such brilliance I honestly wanted to like the story more than I did. Sometimes, precisely because the book has so much potential, the bad sides of it seem somehow more disappointing.
The guys were alright and I liked the fact that their occupation wasn’t just mentioned and left at that. The author made the effort of including all aspects of the characters into the story and I thought it well worth the time....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
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
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
I had no idea this was a ménage because I apparently don'tThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I had no idea this was a ménage because I apparently don't pay enough attention to the blurbs, but for me that was a pleasant surprise. The beginning where it was still more about telling then showing, I was really having fun with the way Taylor saw the team building day. He was probably the most fun for me of the three guys but his bitchy attitude didn't flow into two other POVs which was somewhat disappointing and later on he seemed mostly shy if anything.
Forced to spend his day with colleagues, Taylor would rather be working and the last thing he wants it to spill his secrets to strangers. Scott is pretty much fine with spending the day outside, eating good food and getting paid for it, only he's pretty much bored out of his mind. So when they are asked to form small groups to better get to know each other, Taylor, Scott and Fergus get together and as three gay men with healthy appetites they end up starting their bonding with talk about lust.
The story really isn't long enough for much more than that and while they end up together in bed the flow of the story is such that there really should be more information to it. Except for the beginning the book felt rushed with quick jumps forward and not enough connecting points. I liked it well enough but it would have worked much better as a longer story....more
I am one of Vic’s fans, no point in denying it. Ever sinceThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I am one of Vic’s fans, no point in denying it. Ever since I read Wheels I look at the name on my screen with something close to affection. Because when you come down to it, that’s exactly what Winter’s stories never lack – affection and deep caring. Somehow the word count doesn’t matter and be it ten pages or thirty, the author says precisely everything that needs to be said.
The Cabin is a story about a couple who has been together for a while and went through a hard patch sticking together even when everyone else left. The story is told from Dave’s point of view, a man who had a break down and lost everything, even himself for a while. But he’s getting back to his old self, and Richard, his lover is still there, by his side. The first introduction is a bit harsh, where they are both high strung and really remind me of a couple who has experienced life and little of the sweet stuff is still there. But as the story goes forward and they feel that bit of distance from the everyday rush of technology their hidden personalities start coming to the surface and suddenly I got a couple who seemed young, full of life and very much in love.
Really, it’s just a few pages but still enough for Vic to push the point across and give us a feel of love in winter....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
I must admit that at first glance this story sounded very aThis 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....more
Right away, at the very prologue, I was riveted to my seatThis 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. ...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
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
Flipped is a short story about two tops best friends who suThis 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....more
What happens when a bully grows up and all that seemed to mThis 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. ...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
This was such a summer read and with the weather getting waThis 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. ...more
This is my second story by Erica Pike, but if I hadn’t readThis 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....more
I always try to find something good about a book, because IThis 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. ...more