It took me several months to buy the book until it was randomly discounted to $0.99 - I just let the preview simmer in my headIt's A Scientific Fact!
It took me several months to buy the book until it was randomly discounted to $0.99 - I just let the preview simmer in my head while I watched it on my wishlist because ... a) I'm cheap, b) I don't know ... hockey, c) first person present tense, eek!
I got used to the first person present tense. It took some doing, but I eventually picked up the rhythm. I liked both Jamie and Wes as characters, even though they could be a bit immature for my tastes. I know, they're just getting out of college and they were practically raised in locker rooms, but I wished it were a little more toned down. Their relationship progressed nicely, and I'm glad the authors explored the fact that Jamie wasn't just gay for Wes. I went ahead and purchased Us, and I can't wait to read it.
Just a warning: the dreaded "baby" and "babe" popped up way too many times for my liking. There was one scene where Jamie talked with his mother and she called him "baby" (which makes sense, he's litterally her baby), and then he turned right around and called Web "baby". No no no no no ... don't like. I tried to ignore them because I really enjoyed the story. Sometimes I replaced them in my head with "brah" or "bro" because I found that more likely.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, friends to lovers, hockey, and can ignore the occasional "baby", you might enjoy this book....more
Theo, the scrupulous owner of The Matrimonial Advertiser and a part-time romance novelist, is hired by Martin St. Vincent, a freed slave aA Rowdy Romp
Theo, the scrupulous owner of The Matrimonial Advertiser and a part-time romance novelist, is hired by Martin St. Vincent, a freed slave and now well-to-do gentleman, to chase down (at a breakneck fourteen miles an hour pace) Martin's former owner's daughter, who has just run away to Scotland with an unknown man. Both characters could have used a little more development, but I loved them both anyway. Martin's anger and confusion about his former masters was truly heartbreaking, and one of the most salient details of the story. Theo, who has problems of his own, is an unreliable narrator (in many ways) which comes into play later in the story.
The last part of the story felt a bit rushed, and the plot as a whole a little underdeveloped, but it was still a fun read that was redeemed by its steaminess. That being said, this story went from total strangers to growing friendship, and by the end moved into the beginnings of a potential relationship. So, if you're looking for a rock-solid, these two will be forever, love relationship, this isn't the book for that.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, questionable motives, gothic romance, and romance reading gentlemen, you might enjoy this book....more
Rufus Denby, a renowned archeologist fighting against PSTD from the horrors that he saw in the war, is sent to a remote villageComplex & Beautiful
Rufus Denby, a renowned archeologist fighting against PSTD from the horrors that he saw in the war, is sent to a remote village to document a curious church. The church is under the care of Reverend Archie Thorne, a motorcycle loving vicar who has lost his faith, but who would still do anything for the waifs and vagrants life has thrown his way. I love both of these characters, and though the main portion of the story only takes place over the course of seven days, the pace of the romance feels very natural as it unfolds. You get a true sense of who they both are, and how they connect over their experiences during the war.
The secondary characters in this book were secondary in name only. They each had unique and vital roles to play in the plot, and they set the background tone for the story - adding to its magic and mystery. Harper Fox's writing transports you to the post WWII era with beautiful prose, while her character work gets you deep inside the minds of the main characters. The story revolves around issues of mental health, PTSD, and homosexuality, and how those issues were treated at that time - it's sometimes amazing/horrifying to see how far we've come, how long it took us to get there, and how far we still have left to go.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, historicals, archeology, mythology, and motorcycle riding priests, you might enjoy this book....more
The world building in this story is fun, and the mythos of the werewolves is one that I haven't (so far) seen before. However, thereSoulbonded Wolfkin
The world building in this story is fun, and the mythos of the werewolves is one that I haven't (so far) seen before. However, there was a lot of over explaining and editing issues, but I enjoyed the overall story. I didn't find Kane and Ghost as fascinating as the support characters because their relationship was overly saccharine and sudden (even if they're soulbonded). I always wanted more Burke, Sophia and Andromeda, and was thankful that I got some POV chapters from them. Thankfully, there was only ONE "baby", which I quickly covered up with my thumb and pretended it wasn't there (I'm 100% anti-calling-your-significant-other-"baby", stop that!). Warning: there is a (seemingly random, where in the world did that even come from?) rape scene between the two antagonists.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, werewolves, soulmates, long lost loves, and spirit powers you might enjoy this book. ...more
My complaint with Restless Spirits (book 1 of this series) was that Henry needed to be a better man, and the first thing he doesScience & Spirits
My complaint with Restless Spirits (book 1 of this series) was that Henry needed to be a better man, and the first thing he does is tell a big fat lie. Arguably, he redeems himself in the end, but it was a hard start for me since Vincent deserves so much more. I loved how Jordan L. Hawk weaves together the typically opposing ideas of spirituality and science. Jo and Lizzie need more to do because I love them so much. Some elements of the story were a bit predictable, but I loved the details of the haunting.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, ghost hunters, exploited spirits, and using science to solve your mystic problems you might enjoy this book....more
Now I have to wait patiently for the next installment, but this short story was great. Roland and Gus are amazingly adoFur and feathers, that was fun!
Now I have to wait patiently for the next installment, but this short story was great. Roland and Gus are amazingly adorable, and while it would have been fun to have a whole novel with them, this short was tied up with a nice little bow. I wonder if we'll see more of the Sullivan detectives in the future.
If you like M/M relationships, humans who have animal forms, writers in trouble, and short mysteries you might enjoy this....more
I got Restless Spirits for free by signing up on Jordan L. Hawk's email list, but it did its job and I've now purchased the secRomancing & Séances
I got Restless Spirits for free by signing up on Jordan L. Hawk's email list, but it did its job and I've now purchased the second book, Dangerous Spirits, to devour. Vincent and Lizzie, mediums with different strengths, are simply amazing. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of the time disliking Henry (he needs to be a better man, although he is trying), but I hope to see more of Jo in the next book. I never thought I'd identify more with a medium than a scientist, but I love Vincent's character.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, ghost hunters, malevolent spirits, and scienceing the sh*t out of things you might enjoy this book....more
I'm sad I'm almost caught up with this series (there's a short story left - #2.5). Owen and Mal have quickly topped as mFur and feathers, that's good!
I'm sad I'm almost caught up with this series (there's a short story left - #2.5). Owen and Mal have quickly topped as my favorite coupling in this series - aside from Quigley/Isaac, but that's hopefully for another book?! I felt like New York finally stood out as the setting for this series, and it's fun seeing actual historical events being skewed to fit the realities of Hexworld. I'm still loving the mechanics of hexes.
If you enjoy M/M relationships, D/s (dominance and submission) relationships, humans who have animal forms, and murder mystery romps, then you will probably enjoy this....more