I hate not connecting with books. Especially ones that I am really hoping they’ll be my discovery of a new author to love and follow. I had very high
I hate not connecting with books. Especially ones that I am really hoping they’ll be my discovery of a new author to love and follow. I had very high expectations for this book because I’ve seen some of my favorite authors and readers talking about this author and raving in their reviews so I just thought this would be my jam. The cover helped for sure too. And to be honest, it’s not that it started off bad. I just don’t think this style is quite for me.
I found the writing a bit choppy and disjointed. This was one of the reasons I kept getting pulled out from the story, my brain over-analyzing the writing constantly and I was never fully IN the story. In the end this made me not connect with the characters. I’m not sure if it would’ve been different otherwise because this isn’t a very complicated love story, but at least I felt that had the writing not been so choppy for me I might’ve enjoyed it more. Maybe this is just me, most people loved it!
I am all over the theme of the lumberjack and John Day wears it well. The beard, the clothes, the setting AND the job description. He was very cute and adorable. He’s also the narrator of this story and I enjoyed that because I preferred his character over the heroine. She seemed quite cold to me. And yes, that could be because we are seeing her through John’s eyes, but I was happy with the POV. He has a great sense of humor, and I loved that this started off as a friends first story. Both John and Diane have their own issues to get over from their previous relationships so it was good they had some time before jumping into being together.
But while I can enjoy simple and slow stories at times, and I know I’m also in the minority here with this one, I found myself a bit bored reading this. It had so many elements that should’ve hit it off the park and it didn’t follow through with execution for me. Gahhh! That’s upsetting. I’m not sure if I should continue and give this series another try or leave it at that. I already have book 2, but honestly I’m scared and I really don’t like writing bad reviews! Will think it over....more
Let’s call this my surprise introduction to Kindle Alexander. I’ve seen these books around for a while and I have to confess, the cover whore in me a
Let’s call this my surprise introduction to Kindle Alexander. I’ve seen these books around for a while and I have to confess, the cover whore in me always loves the covers. But I’ve also seen the books hyped so much that I was really nervous to read them because, quite frankly I was expecting a let down.
With that mindset going in, DOUBLE FULL grabbed my attention from the get-go. I’m a sucker for m/m college stories, especially if they involve sports. Another great thing about this was the gay-for-you angle. First we have Colton Michaels, the star of the team. He’s straight, he gets all the girls, he’s got a bright future in sports ahead of him. But he can’t seem to stop thinking about the hot male cheerleader, Jace. Except one night he decides to go for it and takes everything he’s ever wanted from Jace in the locker room. Then takes him away on a 5 day vacation. The best 5 days of his life. But life has a way of ruining that happiness and his father forces him back on the straight path and onto the NFL.
A decade later, Jace owns a successful cheerleading school and Colton is a star quarterback for a team. But both are having less than stellar personal lives. Maybe it’s time they both come to terms with the fact they’ve never gotten over each other.
DOUBLE FULL is HOT! Jace and Colton were hot then and they are hot now. It was also cute to see them tiptoeing around each other at times. Colton has managed to seriously hurt Jace in the past, and I was also happy to see that it wasn’t just “hey let’s forget everything happened and live happily ever after” for these two. I would’ve still wanted to see some more groveling, but that’s just me. Colton has also gone through a lot and even though it took a while for him to find the guts to do the right thing, he still did it with style in the end. ;)
The brief glimpse at the end about Mitch definitely has me interested in the next book and I will be reading it soon! It seems it’ll be a completely different feel than this one because of the storyline, but if the writing is as good as this one, no problem! I will be reading more by Kindle Alexander for sure in the near future, another addition to my must read m/m authors list....more