I tried to summarize this for Goodreads, but couldn't do it. While the story isn't horrible, it is extremely un2.5 stars
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I tried to summarize this for Goodreads, but couldn't do it. While the story isn't horrible, it is extremely unrealistic and full of clichés that got tiring after awhile. While not full-on insta-love (Jimmy and Guy had become friends over a period of months at a bar Guy owns), the relationship happens entirely too quickly in my opinion. It went from Jimmy being dumped by Alex to him practically living with Guy in a span of 24 hours. There's also a thing in regards to Guy's real name. The blurb explains that so I'm not going to. I will say this - it took me next to no time to figure out his name and who the so-called bad guy is in the book.
Cute story, but extremely predictable and full of pretty much every stereotype you can imagine. This is one of those cases when I really wish that Goodreads had half stars.
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This is a beautiful love story. Actually, it's two beautiful love stories. In the beginning you have Tyler and Spence. Spence is taken away in a horrific way and Tyler is forced to move on with his life without the man he's loved for years. Then there is the story between Tyler and Christian, the homicide detective assigned to find the killers.
While Tyler is grieving, he also gets angry. How dare someone take Spence away from him! They had it all, dammit. Why would someone destroy that? This sets him on a journey of revenge. The men will get what's coming to them, legalities be damned.
I have to stress that while Tyler and Christian's relationship happens rather quickly, it's not so quick where the reader is saying "Hmm... it didn't take Tyler long to get over Spence." It's not like that at all. So much happens between the time of Spence's murder and Tyler moving on that it seems as if much more time has passed. The author handles the grief with a lot of sensitivity. You'll have to read the book to get what I mean.
An excellent book about finding love again. It's a little violent in some places and you might find yourself shaking your head a couple of times over Tyler's actions, but in the end I think you'll be glad you read this.
Keep tissues close. You'll need them throughout.
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In that instant when our eyes met, the connection was like a pulse that went straight to my heart. It lasted for only a second or maybe a bit longer, but in that short space of time, my fertile imagination pictured an entire future with this man.
But there's something about the guy on the train. He tugs at my heart as well as my loins. Even from the brief glances we exchange, he makes me think there's the possibility of more than just sex. He makes me think, for the first time in my life, that maybe I could love another man.
How many of us have looked back to another time, another place, in our lives and wondered what could have been had circumstances been different? Maybe it was a missed opportunity or maybe it's your first love. Some things you may remember fondly and others may have you living in regret for not following through on something you started. This is what happens with Andy Slater.
It's 1982 and Andy is engaged to Alison. They were college sweethearts and the next step is making their relationship official. The wedding has been planned, invitations have been mailed, and all that's left is for the couple to show up and say their vows and they can begin their lives together. That sounds like the perfect love story, right? And it would be if Andy didn't have a secret - a big secret. While Andy loves Alison deeply, he's gay. No one knows this and hell, even Andy won't admit it to himself. There's so much guilt over his feelings, his urges, that he buries them deep inside and doesn't allow those thoughts to enter his mind. If they do, he forces them away quickly.
Then he sees the stranger on the 'L' train and all those feelings he's been trying to keep hidden hit him in the face - hard. When a poorly timed phone call unfortunately - or fortunately - comes at the worst possible time, Andy is forced to make a decision that could impact him for the rest of his life.
Told in two halves, Blink begins in 1982 with the second half being the here and now. The reader is taken inside the heads of both men, as the story is told in alternating chapters with each character's point of view. Andy and Carlos aren't together on every single page and they shouldn't be. Their stories are told individually and lead to the conclusion. The author could have gone one of two ways with the ending. I'm very pleased with how everything was resolved.
Also, you have to read the Afterword. I've been reading this author's work for awhile and I'm aware that he often puts a little bit of himself and his experiences in his books. I had not read but a few chapters when I could tell this was one of those stories. Read the Afterword and you'll see what I mean.
A beautiful love story that's three decades in the making. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a beautiful love story and who doesn't mind watching the two men struggle for it along the way and not necessarily together. You'll have to read the book to see what I mean. I promise you won't be disappointed. The end result makes every single word written up to that point worth it.
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This cover (from Amazon) is much better than the one on here. Had I seen the one on Goodreads first, I might not have downloaded the book.
This cover (from Amazon) is much better than the one on here. Had I seen the one on Goodreads first, I might not have downloaded the book.
With that being said, Blind Date was totally not what I was expecting. It starts with Pela and Paul on a blind date. Apparently Pela hasn't had the best of luck with men in the past and she's hoping for a little spark with Paul. When Paul (rather rudely) suggests they leave the boring restaurant and go to his place for tea she reluctantly agrees. Of course, no smart woman would just take off with a total stranger like that, would they? Well, I can say that Pela is not the sharpest knife in the drawer and this is proven when she accepts the tea from her blind date at his house. This begins one of the most entertaining short stories I've read in awhile. Pela isn't quite as naive as she appears, and Paul? Well, let's just say that Paul is a bit on the creepy side, but you'll end up liking him before it's over. When Pela's ex makes a sudden appearance at an odd time, things between Paul and Pela take a weird turn. Saying anything more than that will give the story away.
Overall, a nice short. While I wouldn't call it a typical romance, it does have a HEA at the end. Recommended if you don't mind a bit of violence and dark humor....more
This is an interesting story that could have been much better with a bit of editing. An American woman (HaFull review WITH SPOILERS can be found at -
This is an interesting story that could have been much better with a bit of editing. An American woman (Hannah) inherits a large house in the UK from an aunt she never knew existed. When she shows up to claim it, she discovers that not only did she inherit the house, but she inherited the staff as well. While that may not seem unusual, these folks - and the house itself - are anything but normal. The house has a lot of power and it feeds off what takes place inside it - sex, lots of hardcore BDSM sex. Hannah is the new mistress of the manor (so to speak) and it's her duty to make sure enough 'scenes' are played out in order to keep the house happy. If the house isn't happy, it makes that known by things happening to those who go against it.
This is told in two different parts. The first part is all about Hannah and her new role as sex master. The second part is about a reporter (Laura) who is asked to investigate the disappearance of a well-known local attorney. Her investigation takes her to the home of Hannah, and this is where the story gets a bit... odd. Don't get me wrong, the first half was anything but normal, but the second? It started out as a normal story about a reporter following leads in a story. Actually, it started out as just normal in general (unlike the first half). Then things happened that weren't consistent with the rest of what I had just read. While I got the whys and hows in the way everything played out, I was still somewhat at a loss over a couple of things. Anything I say beyond that will be a spoiler.
Overall, a good story that needed quite a bit of tightening up and editing to make it a much better one. There are quite a few inconsistencies and misspelled words throughout. Had this been a freebie, I'd have either let them go without mention or I'd have DNF'd the story. I paid for this so I expected a bit more. ...more
This is a really good book that could have been a great one had a few more details been added. While they didn't necessa Full review can be found at -
This is a really good book that could have been a great one had a few more details been added. While they didn't necessarily take away from my enjoyment of the story, I still wish they would have been there. Pure is extremely well-written and the sex scenes are some of the best I've read. Believe me, I've read a lot. *grin*
There are a couple of secondary characters I would love to see have their own story someday. Aside from the lack of details mentioned above, I totally enjoyed it. I am very eager to read more by this author.
When I think Matt Shaw, I immediately think horror. When I saw that he had a non-horror erotica story coming out, I pre-Review can also be found at -
When I think Matt Shaw, I immediately think horror. When I saw that he had a non-horror erotica story coming out, I pre-ordered it without looking at the blurb. I'm glad I did. If you're familiar with this author's work, you know to expect the unexpected. That was certainly the case with Sexual Healing. I'm going to say what I find myself saying each time I review one of his books - if you read this, don't spoil it for other readers! Seriously, don't.
With that being said...
Jake is mourning the death of his wife, Michelle. He watched her die five years before and he's not been able to move on from the loss. There have been blind dates here and there, but nothing ever became of them. There was no spark, no wanting a second date. Jake is so lost in the world he once shared with Michelle that the thought of another woman - even five years later - is something he can't bear. One night while watching reality television (that he hates), he sees an ad for call girls. Curious, he checks out the website and sees a woman who is almost the same image of his late wife, Michelle. Before he realizes what he's doing, he's sending an email to this woman. When she responds is when the story begins. One awkward appointment turns into more, with the working girl doing a bit of role-playing in order to help Jake loosen up a bit. When he does? It moves right into the bedroom. But what happens when the role-playing goes too far? Is he seeing the woman who looks like Michelle, or does he see himself with his late wife?
There's really not a whole lot I can say about this story without giving too much away. There's quite a bit of sex in it, but no more than what I'm used to in the books I read. This is the author's first erotic novel (as stated in the blurb) and I feel that it was every bit as entertaining as his horror novels. The sex is graphically written and written well. But what really made the story for me was well, the actual story. There's more to Jake and the working girl that one would expect. There were a couple of surprises thrown in, as is the norm with this author. The title is perfect as sexual healing is exactly what's going on with Jake and the prostitute. Before her, he was unable to get beyond the loss of his wife. With her help, he's able to look toward the future in a way he hasn't been able to for half a decade. The ending was excellent and not at all what I was expecting.
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If you're a fan of dark books that don't shy away from anything, you'll love this book. WhiFull NSFW and slightly spoilerish review can be found at -
If you're a fan of dark books that don't shy away from anything, you'll love this book. While it could kinda/sorta be classified as a romance, don't go into it looking for a traditional one. Red is a BDSM thriller and if you aren't one for BDSM or graphic violence, do the author a favor and read another book.
With that being said, it's an outstanding book. There is a serial killer murdering people in the BDSM community. Two detectives, Hanson and Griggs, have to fight like hell to catch the bad guy before more bodies pile up. Then there is Gina, Hanson's former partner and lover, who is asked to help find the perp. Gina lost her job as a detective after a very public scandal. Hanson didn't exactly go out of his way to stand up for her, so why should she go out of her way to help him now?
This starts off with a very naughty bang, but I wouldn't classify Red as all-out erotica. It's there, but it's not what one might expect. The BDSM is written very accurately by an author who knows what she's talking about. The mystery is excellent. While I admit to figuring out who the bad guy was early on, I wasn't prepared for a twist at the end or the reasons behind it.
I do have to point something out and it needs to be pointed out strongly - there is a bit of on-page sexual violence in this book that would be considered major triggers for victims. Keep that in mind before picking up this book.
Overall, a great mystery that leans a lot on the darker side. The characters are written well and you will be kept guessing until the end. I had one niggle with the story and it's listed (as a somewhat spoiler) in my full review. Otherwise, an outstanding book. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
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A different take on Jack and the Beanstalk. It kind of just starts and runs with the story, with no real info on the main character (Janet) otherDNF.
A different take on Jack and the Beanstalk. It kind of just starts and runs with the story, with no real info on the main character (Janet) other than the fact that she's a tattoo artist who just inherited her aunt's bookstore. She goes to the bookstore and a giant woman appears in the parking lot and tells her to plant seeds in the garden in the back. She does, it grows into a massive beanstalk and of course she climbs it without question. When she gets to the top, she is taken prisoner by two giant men, has sex with one, escapes, saves everyone from a giant creature and from what I am assuming, has sex with the other guy who took her prisoner. I don't know for sure, as I DNF'd when they were about to get it on. The first sex scene was rushed and did nothing for me. Personally, I found Janet to be a complete airhead. Oh, and she's apparently voluptuous and beautiful. I know this because I was told a couple of times. While there was a bit of spanking, I still wouldn't consider this to be much in regards to BDSM.
The blurb tells the story so I'm not saying much in my review. Ryan and his best friend take off on what they think is going to be an excitin2.5 stars
The blurb tells the story so I'm not saying much in my review. Ryan and his best friend take off on what they think is going to be an exciting spring break adventure. It turns out to be anything but. During a hike, a tour guide tells the story of the legend of a monster in the woods. Ryan decides to abandon the others and spend the night in an abandoned village in the woods in hopes of seeing something he doesn't actually believe in. Not only does he see the legendary monster, but he has a bit of fun with it (view spoiler)[and loses his virginity to it (hide spoiler)] as well .
Entertaining story for what it is. It's in serious need of editing or at least a good proofreader, but otherwise a decent enough quick read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more