Love the classic romance cliche: Innocent, artistic English boy taken captive by sexy Arab sheikh. Yum.
Although it's been several months since I've r...moreLove the classic romance cliche: Innocent, artistic English boy taken captive by sexy Arab sheikh. Yum.
Although it's been several months since I've read Arabian Nights, I do recall being quite entertained. The Arabian desert setting is lovely, the main characters are flawed yet compelling, and there are interesting secondary characters as well. I should also say, the story is definitely not your classic bodice-ripper romance as the theme might suggest, nor is it heavy with dubcon/noncon as one might think. The relationship between Doyle and Sheikh Bodie is complex and sometimes volatile, and spans over quite a long time (10 years?) before they find conclusion.
Oh, and as a side note -- I believe this story was written as an AU Professionals fanfic, but I don't have a clue what/who(?) the Professionals is/are, so if you are wary about that, don't be. The novel is well-written and reads fine as stand alone original fic.(less)
Hmm. This story was only recently completed, so it's been awhile since I've read the bulk of it.
The first 10 chapters are pretty rough. All the warni...moreHmm. This story was only recently completed, so it's been awhile since I've read the bulk of it.
The first 10 chapters are pretty rough. All the warnings you see, you should take to heart. Torture, cruelty, bestiality, gratuitous violence and extreme humiliation...it goes pretty much non-stop for the first 50% of this story. It was hard for me to read, I'm not gonna lie, but I got through it with the expectation that the story was going somewhere better...that the fantasy world and storyline would be further developed and expanded beyond the narrow confines of the cabin in which the Neko is tortured. Unfortunately, that never really happens to my satisfaction.
I don't want to give too much away, but things start to get exciting (and better for the Neko) at Chapter 11. At the time, I thought to myself, "Now the story will really get started." Eh. Not so much. Don't get me wrong, I liked the last 10 chapters MUCH more than the first 10. The story picked up, and I thought we were really getting somewhere. But unfortunately, it kinda fizzles out at the end. To be honest, I got the feeling that the author was having trouble figuring out where to go with the story or perhaps just trouble wanting to go anywhere further with the story. So instead of the story taking off, as I had expected, it just sorta...stops.
Ultimately, I appreciate that the author managed to "complete" the story instead of leaving it unfinished like so many other slash authors might do...but at the same time, I can't help but feel disappointed that it didn't go any further. And unfortunately, I think a lot of people who have issues with all the sexual torture won't be able to see past that when it takes up such a huge percentage of the book.(less)
It's quite the epic tale, following the lives and adventures of a single family over time. The Lashran are a race entirely composed...moreLove this series.
It's quite the epic tale, following the lives and adventures of a single family over time. The Lashran are a race entirely composed of males, split into sires and lifebearers. The story begins when a half-human lifebearer named Lythallendar is sold into slavery by his people, only to be purchased by Coren Darshaw, a human pirate. Thus forms the core family unit whose children and children's children we see in future stories. Although the particular character focus changes from story to story, even "secondary" characters (other family members/friends) still get plenty of screen-time and remain integral in the overall story arc. I love extended stories like this that follow the same group of characters -- it makes for quite the fulfilling experience with a real continuing epic saga feel. Perhaps not the most technically excellent writing compared to some things out there, but the enjoyment factor of this series is definitely top notch for me. Interestingly enough, the main reason I picked this story up to begin with was due to my interest in the whole mpreg theme. (And let me say, this series does a great job in that regard -- the mpreg specifics are explained well and come off as quite realistic, in my opinion.) But the reason I kept reading this series was because there is A LOT more to it than just the mpreg content. Fantasy, adventure, pirates, and family...(oh my!) Simply put, these stories are just plain entertaining.(less)
An enjoyable, easy read overall. But felt very short, with a bit too much smexing for my taste.
Oh, and by the by, the main character is supposedly a d...moreAn enjoyable, easy read overall. But felt very short, with a bit too much smexing for my taste.
Oh, and by the by, the main character is supposedly a delicate, blond-haired, green-eyed, half-emaciated youth...so for me at least, the cover model is way off the mark. I suppose it doesn't really matter all that much, but sometimes I do find myself wondering if the people who design the cover art for books know anything about the product they are designing for. It's such a mystery. (less)
I saw this randomly on a mpreg discussion thread, and my first thought was "no friggin way am I reading this." But I did, for which I'm now super-glad...moreI saw this randomly on a mpreg discussion thread, and my first thought was "no friggin way am I reading this." But I did, for which I'm now super-glad.
The story jumps right into things, opening with this really strange tentacle/rape scene that is altogether pretty confusing at first. (But don't worry -- this isn't the tone/theme for the entire story, and the beginning section is the only part with tentacles at all. If you stick with it, things get explained pretty soon -- and I, for one, was completely hooked by chapter 2.) Overall, the story is satisfyingly long and complex, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. There's action and angsting, there are male pregnancies and family problems, there are demons and wereanimals as main characters, there are evil villains and baby catshifters, and on top of all that, there are lots of emotional issues to deal with. Tons of stuff happening. The characters are unique and compelling also, especially Walter who starts off the tale as a pretty lost and confused kid and really matures as the story progresses. (He really tugs the sympathy cord.)
Just beware if you're the squeamish type. If you are not a fan of dub-con/non-con, well, there's a fair amount of that. (Although it's not really the malicious-intent kind...for the most part, it feels more like the overbearing dom/unwilling+indignant sub variety. Kinda.) And of course there's also the mpreg, which I know not everyone likes, so I'll just say that there's a lot of other stuff going on besides that. Oh, and the incest factor. Um, I almost forgot about that. Well, the story makes it pretty easy to forget about (at least I thought), but I guess you'll have to wait and see for yourself.
So overall, I really thought this was an enjoyable read. If you are the type to worry, let me assure you that at its heart, this is a romance, so yeah, you know what that means (romance = happy ending).
Note: I *think* this story is getting re-worked and maybe published next year (2011) at SL Publishing Group under the title "Heart of a Satyr" (which I for one think is a much more appropriate name, although perhaps not quite as catchy).(less)
Totally entertaining, if you get a kick out of "culture shock/aliens" themed m/m novels. I myself, love that kind of stuff.
A few comments: There's a fa...moreTotally entertaining, if you get a kick out of "culture shock/aliens" themed m/m novels. I myself, love that kind of stuff.
A few comments: There's a fair amount of sex in this fic, some of the dub-con variety. (Although nothing violent - it's more of the yaoi "oh no no I can't believe I'm having sex with a man...ooooh give me more" variety.) My only one real complaint is that I think there's WAY too much self-introspection going on during some parts of this novel...the main characters (Max the human, especially) have the tendency to just go on and on and on in their own heads. But such is the case in many WIP-type online fiction where each chapter is written separately and discontinuously. (I think authors tend to not edit out as much as they perhaps should in these situations.) Anyway, regardless of that, the story itself is quite fascinating -- I've absolutely loved watching the two lovers stumble over trying to understand each other. But don't worry, it's not just about the sex - there's also political intrigue and plotting to enjoy as well.
Bottom Line: This is a total recommend if you like culture shock novels, sexed up kitty princes, and a healthy dose of smut. Also a warning: it's still a WIP, and updates are really slow (like two chapters per year).
Oh, P.L. Nunn, I just can't say no to books with your lovely artwork on the cover.
As for the story itself, I found Hajiri's Pet to be a relatively lig...moreOh, P.L. Nunn, I just can't say no to books with your lovely artwork on the cover.
As for the story itself, I found Hajiri's Pet to be a relatively light and entertaining read, although somewhat repetitive in terms of dialogue and sex scenes. (I think "This boy loves his Master" was probably said about 8928 times, no joke.) Aside from that, I thought the sci-fi elements, worldbuilding, and overall storyline were enjoyable and intriguing. My biggest complaint is that the novel ends somewhat abruptly, without any kind of real resolution to the overall story arc. A sequel was/is obviously intended, but it's been more than 2 1/2 years since this was published, so I'm not holding my breath.(less)
Ok, so this was a pretty great novel, and I was planning to write a nice, detailed review...but alas, I haven't quite gotten around to it.
For now, I'll just say that I thought this was an excellent read. Epic fantasy, elves and humans at war, and a captive elven slave thrown together with a human prince...what more could you ask for?!?
But what's so great about this novel isn't just the attention-grabbing plot and intriguing characters, it's the fact that the story is exceedingly well-written and well-developed. It's one of those books in the world of m/m romance that reads more like a real mainstream fantasy novel than the typical m/m fantasy romance, if you know what I mean. The fantasy world in Counterpoint has real substance, with richly-drawn and carefully crafted details. The plot and characters are likewise complex and well-developed. And the overall effect is totally engrossing.
The downside is that this novel is only part 1 of 2, and it's very apparent that the story isn't finished once you get to the end of the book. (i.e., There's a bit of a cliffhanger.) Aside from the inherent frustration with a story that is essentially unfinished, I don't have any other complaints. Like I said before, I thought the novel was fantastic, and I'd definitely recommend it.(less)