This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. This is not quite a 4 star book for me but it's not a 33.5 stars, rounded up.
This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. This is not quite a 4 star book for me but it's not a 3 star read either.
After The Fog Clears is several stories in one. It all starts with an accident that takes the life of a small child. The blurb and my full review go into details about all the characters so I won't rehash it all here. I will say that every single character and story (within the story) is connected to that one horrific accident.
I really enjoyed this book but I had a few niggles with it. I had no problem at all keeping up with all the characters and their stories. What I had a problem with was that everything came to a head in such a big rush that it was too much too fast. I was at 94% of the book still wondering how on Earth the author was going to answer all the questions that were still left hanging. He did in the final pages but, again, too much too fast.
I've never read anything by this author before, though I've seen his name all over the place. While this might not have blown me away, I will still be reading more of his work.
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Nice horror short but fairly predictable. It has the right amount of creep factor to keep you turning the pages but I haFull review can be found at -
Nice horror short but fairly predictable. It has the right amount of creep factor to keep you turning the pages but I had the ending figured out almost from the start. There were quite a few editing issues that were distracting as well, but overall, the story was a nice read.
This is a sweet, OFY, friends-to-lovers story. Leave reality at the door if you go to read it because it's about as far from realistic as it can get.This is a sweet, OFY, friends-to-lovers story. Leave reality at the door if you go to read it because it's about as far from realistic as it can get. I loved it.
(view spoiler)[I've seen this book on Amazon several times over the past few days. Today I decided to buy it. It was cheap at .99 and lookedDNF @ 14%.
(view spoiler)[I've seen this book on Amazon several times over the past few days. Today I decided to buy it. It was cheap at .99 and looked like a good story. While I thought the blurb was a bit silly, I still took a chance.
At 1% I got confused when the story immediately went from the POV of a killer to that of a child. There was nothing separating the two - not even an extra space between paragraphs. I had to read a paragraph twice to figure out what I was reading. This happens several times between the start of the book and where I stopped at 14%.
Then we get to the constant typos, misspellings and just all around horrible editing. By the time I got to 5% of the story my Kindle screen was mostly yellow from where I highlighted mistakes as I saw them. At 14% it was much, much worse.
Then we get to another reason I refuse to continue with this story. According to other reviews - all 5 stars, I might add - Travis is one of the main characters. Travis causes an accident which kills or severely injures Dark's parents right before kidnapping Dark, who is eight, and takes him to a dirty house or warehouse (I didn't read far enough to find out which).
Travis is a killer. I figured that out right off the bat. This is confirmed a little bit into it. However, what I didn't expect to read were scenes where Travis was physically abusive to the kid on-page. I'm going to assume with the length of the book (over 350 pages) that everything takes place over a period of several years. It would have to if the two end up in some type of relationship later. While I get that people can change, and I get that this is fiction, I had to stop reading when Travis decided to punch the scared little boy simply because he (Travis) was angry over something else.
The abuse of the child, on top of the typos that are EVERYWHERE had me stopping. I wasn't invested enough in the story to keep going. And honestly, there's nothing the author could do later to redeem Travis in my eyes. I read a lot of horror and I'm often the type of reader who sympathizes with the bad guy. Strange, I know, but I tend to want to figure out what made the killer the person he became. With Travis all I saw was a hateful bully who used his fists on a little boy.
Again, no coming back from that.
I'm not rating it because I didn't finish it, but I feel that had I done so my opinion likely wouldn't have changed. When I hate a MC early on that hate usually grows until the end. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sexy short story about eighteen-year-old, Lindsay, who catches her boyfriend and best friend having sex at a party. Understandably upset, she takes ofSexy short story about eighteen-year-old, Lindsay, who catches her boyfriend and best friend having sex at a party. Understandably upset, she takes off and starts walking home. A car pulls up next to her, and what do you know? Here's the best friend's dad, who Lindsay has always had the hots for. Lindsay is a virgin to penetration, but she's by no means completely innocent. She's been playing around with the high school boys for awhile. Instead of accepting a ride from the friend's dad to her home she asks if she can go back to his. This isn't an odd request because she spends a lot of time there anyway with his daughter. What happens next is Lindsay getting revenge on her best friend in an oh-so-satisfying way - by having sex with the other girl's dad.
While the story is really short I didn't really feel like I was missing much. I would've preferred one particular thing to happen but the author kind of left it to the imagination and that's okay. It's well edited and the sex scene is pretty hot. I'm a huge fan of books with characters who have a substantial age difference so that was a big plus for me. Probably my only issue with the story as a whole is the exclamation point overload. Otherwise, a good read. ...more
This is an interesting ghost story with a twist. I found it completely by accident while on Amazon and decided to take a chance.4.5 stars, rounded up.
This is an interesting ghost story with a twist. I found it completely by accident while on Amazon and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. It's not at all what I was expecting. While the main character (Anne) has a couple of TSTL moments, they didn't really take away from the story as a whole.
Highly recommended if you're looking for a quick horror short. A very entertaining read.
It's common knowledge that I'm a huge Rick R. Reed fan. I've read so many of his books I lost count a long time ago. I'vFull review can be found at -
It's common knowledge that I'm a huge Rick R. Reed fan. I've read so many of his books I lost count a long time ago. I've enjoyed them all. Each one has affected me for one reason or another. One of his horror books - Penance - will go down in my reading history as one of the most disturbing, yet brilliant, books I've ever read. It's one of the few I know I'll never be able to read again. Not because it wasn't a great book but because it affected me so strongly that even now I can't think about it without getting choked up. Big Love affected me just as strongly but for entirely different reasons.
Big Love is about three key characters – Dane, Seth and a teenage boy named Truman Reid. Each character is important but I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve had a character get to me like Truman did. I dare anyone to read this book without getting teary at least once in regards to him.
This is a romance but it's so much more than that. Not only is the reader watching Dane and Seth as they come together, but you’re also watching Truman’s story play out, as well as that of Joey and Clarissa, Dane's two children. I admit to wondering how things could possibly come together more than once while reading this book. Of course, I needn't have worried. The resolutions for all the characters were perfect. It didn’t take long into the story to have me crying sad tears. I was crying sappy ones when it ended.
Highly recommended, but be warned. You'll need tissues from pretty much the first page.
This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. ...more
If you're already a fan of the author's horror you'll be all over this. Not many can say so much i4.5 stars, rounded up.
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If you're already a fan of the author's horror you'll be all over this. Not many can say so much in only 19 pages but Rick R. Reed always finds a way where the reader is not left wanting. A great horror short.
This is a nice story. I've been a fan of Mickie B. Ashling since I read Chyna Doll last year. She never disappoints. While I enj3.5 stars, rounded up.
This is a nice story. I've been a fan of Mickie B. Ashling since I read Chyna Doll last year. She never disappoints. While I enjoyed the story as a whole, I did have a few issues with it. Parts were unrealistic and I'm not a fan of specific things that happened in the epilogue.
Overall, an enjoyable read.
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I tried, but I had to stop at 6% because nothing I read up to that point was understandable. The punctuation is all over the place or nonexisDNF @ 6%.
I tried, but I had to stop at 6% because nothing I read up to that point was understandable. The punctuation is all over the place or nonexistent when needed. The sentences are cluttered and run together. There are no breaks in some paragraphs. Tense issues switch back and forth mid sentence. Misspelled words all over the place added to it. I'm going to guess that English isn't the author's first language. This needs more than a proofreader.
If I have to reread the same sentence 5 or more times to try to understand it, it's time to walk away. I'm walking away.
I do love the cover.
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I got home in desperation waiting for the day to break so that I could call whosoever was to become a starting point for me, and it seemed the night became so long as I looked at the clock since I couldn't sleep. Gradually I dozed off and was woken up by the extremely loud alarm which seemed so loud today because of my hangover, it was past 8 am and I was still struggling to raise my back to the wooden apex of my bed, I felt all the queasiness and headache from my hangover and managed to get up in an hour time, mixed up and none alcoholic beverage to help with the hangover. I took my phone when my sanity crawled back to me and made the call, and when he picked up I said "Good morning and I hope you had a lovely night" expecting a reply I waited but when I heard nothing I went on saying "John told me to call you, I would be so happy to..." he cut me saying "yea I know" he called out an address and asked me to meet him in an hour time.
I cleaned up real good and debated mentally about the best outfit to put on after which I wore a cooperate top with a jacket. ...more
Very well written erotica. The editing is good. The characters are likable. The sex is hot as hell. I didn't look at any of the4.5 stars, rounded up.
Very well written erotica. The editing is good. The characters are likable. The sex is hot as hell. I didn't look at any of the other ratings or reviews before I read this and I'm glad I didn't. There are so many low ratings for a story I thought was pretty damn good.
Dan is a professional photographer who makes extra money taking Santa Claus photos at the local mall each year. Like all the others, he has to stay in costume (as an elf, pointy ears and all) while he's on duty. It's Christmas Eve and the last minute rush is on. The line to see Santa is long and Dan is exhausted. When a particularly difficult little girl shows up with an even more difficult dad, it looks like the final day of the season is about to take a turn for the worst. Thankfully Dan is good with kids and in seconds the little girl is on Santa's lap laughing.
Then Dan meets the little girl's mother. He knows he knows her from somewhere, but he can't quite place it. Throw in that the woman gets Dan all hot and bothered and he's, um, uncomfortable the rest of his shift. Dan has always had a fantasy that I won't put here (too telling). When the mother of the little girl shows up later (having "forgotten something") she helps him to make that fantasy come true. I can't say more than that other than to say that this ends with the possibility of more than just sex with the two main characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. I will definitely be reading more by this author....more
I'm not sure what I just read. The blurb, while confusing, looks interesting enough. It was a freebie, so why not? From the very first page I was confI'm not sure what I just read. The blurb, while confusing, looks interesting enough. It was a freebie, so why not? From the very first page I was confused and that didn't change as I read. It actually got worse with each page. I kept going thinking things would start to make sense. They had to, right? Apparently not. I ended this more lost than I was when I started reading the book.
You ever read a book and want to talk to someone else who has read it to see if it's just you? That's me with this book. But then again, I won't be recommending it to anyone, so that's out.
Long ramble ahead if you click the spoiler link. Fair warning.
The MC (Robin) is in his mid-thirties and he still lives with his mother. Not a big deal because I know sometimes grown children come back home for whatever reason. This guy? When the book started I thought the author was describing a young teenager. The house phone rings in front of the mother and Robin freaks out. But the caller was someone he was hoping would call. Okay, then! He has an iPhone right in front of him but he doesn't use it to return the call. Again, because of his mother. Instead, he sneaks down to the dark and wet basement where he keeps his pay-as-you-go phone hidden and returns the call there.
I need to stress that this guy is in his mid-thirties and he's sneaking to the basement to make a phone call on a phone he had purchased to hide from his mother.
I swear that every time this guy mentioned or thought about "Mother" I was thinking about Norman Bates.
The guy he calls is Ed, a man he's been speaking with on and off for awhile online. That part wasn't really described much. How they knew each other I mean. Just something about sharing mutual fantasies on a dating site or something along those lines.
A few minutes into the call, Robin finally agrees to a date with Ed. Or should I say a "fuck party" because that's the way it's laid out. Can Robin sneak out away from Mother? He somehow finds a way.
Robin has only had a couple of girlfriends in his thirty-something years. He's never been with a guy in any way at all. That has to be stressed.
At Ed's house (a guy he's never met face-to-face) there's Ed and 2 other guys, Darren and Jamal.
Before I go any further, I have to point something out about Ed and his friends. They're all black and Robin is white. Why does this matter, you ask? Because the author made a point in stressing this again and again and again.
Anyway, between the 4 guys, they share wine, champagne, beer, smoke crack, pass around a joint and they do lines of cocaine. In the midst of all that shy Robin stops being so shy. Apparently his fantasies include dressing in women's clothing and lingerie. That's something I usually like, but in this case it seemed... dirty. Once Robin started changing in and out of the women's outfits (set out for him by Ed... along with Nair and razors so Robin could remove that pesky hair before putting on women's lingerie) he went from being an innocent (to man love) guy to acting like someone full of experience on anything and everything related to gay sex.
They all take their turn with Robin and apparently he picks up on things quick because he gives a damn good blow job or three. ;)
All that was weird, but the oddest part of the story, and what left me beyond confused, was when Ed's grown daughter showed up. Not one thing about the daughter made sense to me... none of it. What was the point of her even showing up? The author played it like she and the formerly shy Robin would be hooking up, but who knows? It ended and I was left wondering what the hell I had just read.
Overall, a very odd story about a very odd character. I hate doing 1 star ratings for any book, but I can't rate this one any higher. Being confused when I finish a book isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes authors leave you to use your imagination in regards to certain details. That's fine. In this case, so much was thrown together and so much was left out that there was no making any sense of it once I got to the end.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A straight guy goes in for a haircut thinking his regular (older) barber would be ther2.5 stars, rounded up.
This is GFY. One of the characters anyway.
A straight guy goes in for a haircut thinking his regular (older) barber would be there to do the cut. He's surprised when he sees a much younger man in his place. It turns out that the younger man is the barber's son and is filling in for the day. What starts as a simple haircut quickly escalates to a bit of touching and playing around before they take it back to the straight guy's place and get to know each other a bit better. ;)
I like the idea behind the story and it was actually pretty sexy as the two men danced around each other in regards to their attraction. I'm not a big fan of GFY stories, so it wasn't really realistic so don't go into it expecting it to be.
I did have some issues -
- It's in serious need of a proofreader. - There's major overuse of exclamation points and the character's names. - It stops at 83%. While I get pushing your other stories, I would've liked to have seen a bit more of these guys.
Overall, a nice enough story. It does have a bit of romance on top of the other stuff. ...more
No matter how it's titled - "MILF, Cougar, Older Woman, Younger Man, Stepson...." this isn't erotica. Oh, it has a sex scene or two in it, but I wouldNo matter how it's titled - "MILF, Cougar, Older Woman, Younger Man, Stepson...." this isn't erotica. Oh, it has a sex scene or two in it, but I wouldn't call them overly steamy. By the time I got to them I was already at the point of skimming.
I'm a big fan of books with characters who have substantial age differences. In this story there's the stepmother and her stepson. I'm good with that. But then we get to the actual story. There are way too many details in regards to the surroundings, what the stepmother was wearing (yes, her shoes even matched), food that was being prepared, and pretty much everything else you can imagine.
There's also an abusive and cheating husband, but that part was thrown together with hardly any details at all. Sure, it described a bit about his affairs, etc., but the abuse thing just came out of left field and was so unrealistic it was almost laughable. If you're going to go on and on about insignificant stuff like the color of the stepmother's shoes, I suggest also adding a page or two in regards to the section that I would consider important - the husband and his behavior.