I'm not going to type a detailed review of this. Others have done that already.
I liked the story okay. Roe is an interesting character who is forced t...moreI'm not going to type a detailed review of this. Others have done that already.
I liked the story okay. Roe is an interesting character who is forced to leave his home and family because he's gay. He ends up years later at Loving Ranch, working for Travis Loving. In a freak coincidence they meet up in a gay bar 3 hours away and they hook up.
I liked Roe for the most part. I like how the author made his experiences seem real and not glossed over. I liked Travis as well though at times I felt that I was missing parts of him because this book is written from Roe's point of view.
Haley got on my nerves from the very beginning. She's loud and obnoxious and doesn't understand the words "personal space". She grew on me a bit as the story wore on.
While I liked the story and I liked the characters, certain aspects bugged me.
(view spoiler)[I could have seriously gone without reading the anti-religion and anti-pro-life rants. Everyone has a right to their opinions and views but when it gets to the point that it did in this book, I get annoyed. When I get annoyed I get angry with myself for spending the time and money on a book that has those things in it. The religion angle I understand because of Roe's family. But the other just seemed like a platform for the author to shove her views on me, the reader. That is her right because it is her book. I get that. It just made me want to do a DNF and that would have been sad because the rest of the story was actually quite good. One or two lines I could understand. Paragraph after paragraph, I could not. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, a nice story. I enjoyed watching Roe finally come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, worthy of Travis. The sex is hot, though I found myself thinking "ouch" on more than one occasion... :) I just hate that I can't say I loved it as most others did.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Fairly often when I'm in between books I will jump into a quick short story until I decide to jump into another full-length book. But how many 10-minu...moreFairly often when I'm in between books I will jump into a quick short story until I decide to jump into another full-length book. But how many 10-minute reads are so wordy that you simply want to skim? Not many for me. This was definitely one of those. The dialogue was funny when I don't think it was meant to be. The descriptions were as well. The story was okay for the most part but there are quite a few food references... mainly bananas... that kind of had me cracking up. I couldn't take this seriously as a result.(less)
Sometimes a book comes along that will touch you in ways not expected. This is one of those for me. I have read Andrew Grey's books before. I enjoyed...moreSometimes a book comes along that will touch you in ways not expected. This is one of those for me. I have read Andrew Grey's books before. I enjoyed them. This one stands out. I am normally not big on books that are overly angsty. I don't mind an occasional sad scene if it furthers the story but I do not care to be overwhelmed by them. This book is different. I was completely invested from the very first page of the prologue until THE END.
Ken and his partner of two years, Mark, move with Ken's adopted daughter, Hanna, to a small town. Within weeks of moving into their new home, Ken experiences every parent's nightmare when Hanna is diagnosed with cancer. Mark is unable to handle the amount of attention taken away from him (which is what I got from his break up speech) so he breaks it off with Ken and moves out. Ken is a well-known artist whose paintings are sold in galleries all over the world. Hanna is a 6-year old sweetheart.
Patrick is Ken and Hanna's neighbor. Because of an injury two years prior he is unable to speak. He is full of grief over what might have been. Before his injury, he was taking the world by storm. Now he is a sad, lonely man allowing life to pass him by. Intimidation and embarrassment prevent him from meeting new people. He is shy and insecure. He has no idea of his own worth. To Patrick, he is nothing more than a has-been who makes custom wood furniture for a living who is better off avoiding people.
Not long after Hanna's cancer diagnosis, mysterious packages are left at her and Ken's doorstep. Inside each box are items that are special to Hanna in some way, special hats to cover her now bald head, dolls and every other thing a little girl could get excited about. There is no note nor any hint of who might be leaving them. These precious gifts give a bit of happiness to a very sick little girl which in turn make her father happy as well.
Thanks to a precocious little girl, Patrick and Ken develop a friendship that grows strong over time and much later this friendship turns into much more.
This is a love story between Patrick and Ken but that is not all it is. It is about a precious little girl who you can not help but fall head over heels in love with. The author could have written this with Patrick and Ken at the center, putting Hanna and her illness in the background. He didn't and for that I am grateful. This story is real. You watch as Hanna is diagnosed and then you follow along as she goes through treatments that Ken hopes and prays will save his little girl. While this is happening, a love story is slowly taking place. Patrick becomes indispensable to Ken and Hanna. He is there for them always, without complaint. He may not be able to speak vocally but he says so much. There are events that Patrick puts into motion for Hanna that will have you crying your eyes out... in a good way. He does this often which meant a lot of tears on my part.
This is a very beautiful, heartwarming story. There are secondary characters who will make you smile and at times will make you cry. There is Mark, the ex, who was there and then suddenly he wasn't. It looked like the story was heading in one direction with him but then he just faded in the background without explanation. I am not sure how I feel about that. I do, however, commend the author for not making Mark out to be the typical stereotypical ex boyfriend. He is written as a fairly good guy who just needed something that was no longer there so he moved on.
This is not insta-love by any means. There are not a lot of sex scenes though the ones there are written beautifully. This is a story about illness, friendship, acceptance, healing, love and family.
I suggest having tissues close by. I'm not one to get too emotional by the stories I read but I found myself teary-eyed often.
This was another nice addition to the Warriors of Ankh series. I will admit that I was not overjoyed with the way certain things played out (...more3.5 stars
This was another nice addition to the Warriors of Ankh series. I will admit that I was not overjoyed with the way certain things played out (view spoiler)[the Romany situation (hide spoiler)] and I felt that there were a couple of big things left unfinished (view spoiler)[Darius and Val (hide spoiler)] but I understood why the author went in those particular directions. The story may not have worked otherwise and I respect that. I hope to see one of those things (in the last spoiler link) resolved in a future book.
Overall, a very nice, quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a nice continuation of the Warriors of Ankh series. This starts immediately after Blood Will Tell (book one in the series), which is good. I h...moreThis is a nice continuation of the Warriors of Ankh series. This starts immediately after Blood Will Tell (book one in the series), which is good. I hate when a book in a series ends and the second one starts 6 months later, etc. This picks up exactly where the first book left off.
This has the same cast of characters as the first book with a few new ones thrown in as well. Teagen rears his ugly head again as we knew he would. Noah and Eden finally (seriously finally) start moving in the right direction. There is a bit of drama and violence. New friendships and alliances are made and new enemies are created.
There are a couple of heartbreaking moments in this book as there were in the first one (view spoiler)[I'm still reeling over the loss of Stellan. :( (hide spoiler)].
The story flowed smoothly and it never seemed bogged down. While I admit to not liking all of the characters that much (one of the mains included) I did enjoy the story quite a bit.
I am actually pretty surprised by this series. For it to be a Young Adult, it is quite dark. That, to me, made it that much more interesting. I look forward to seeing the resolution in Shades of Blood.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really enjoyed this addition to the Tucker Springs series. I loved both main characters. First, there's El, an openly gay man who doesn't believe in...moreI really enjoyed this addition to the Tucker Springs series. I loved both main characters. First, there's El, an openly gay man who doesn't believe in relationships. Then there's Paul, a straight man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend of seven years.... who can't seem to let her go even though she treated him badly. El and Paul come together in friendship and it doesn't take long for that friendship to become so much more.
A great story with interesting characters. My only problem with this book is the fact that the POV's are all over the place. Other than that, an enjoyable read.
I don't normally read books with heavy BDSM. While I'm all about reading about good sex play in books, I don't get off on reading stories where the se...moreI don't normally read books with heavy BDSM. While I'm all about reading about good sex play in books, I don't get off on reading stories where the sex play gets to the point of this one. While the physical part of it was bad enough, though not bad enough to make me discontinue the reading, it was how one character was broken down to the point that he was in this book. That is not sexy to me in any way, nor is it healthy. This is proven dramatically as this story plays out.
Jeremy is married to a total bitch. There is no other way to describe her. She criticizes and demeans him constantly. She has stripped him of any self-esteem he may have had at some point. He works as a nurse but that's not good enough for the wife. She always wants more, more, more. He develops a crush on Andre, an actor on a television show. Using Andre as his inspiration, Jeremy writes a book centered completely on the actor that he feels that he has fallen in love with. Yes, fallen in love with. That was odd. It was also quite stalkerish. The book gets published and is then turned into a movie and Jeremy wants no one but his favorite actor, the man the book was written for and about, to play the lead part in the movie. Andre signs on and Jeremy is convinced that they will meet and that Andre will be exactly who he sees in his fantasies. Oh, and Jeremy is not gay... has never had any kind of feelings for a man or wanted a man. There is even one scene in the book (the very first one I believe) where Jeremy is quite obviously lusting (quite graphically) over a woman.
Andre is engaged. Being an actor, the engagement is all over the tabloids. Jeremy meets Andre as the movie is being made and realizes that he is about as far off from his fantasy man as he could get. Andre comes across as a jerk who only associates with those who can further his career. It doesn't take long for Jeremy to realize that the Andre in his head is not the one in reality and he develops a strong dislike for the man.
The way the Jeremy/Andre relationship begins is odd. It is after a heated exchange between the two at a party when Andre jumps into a conversation in regards to BDSM. Jeremy storms off and Andre follows. Not long after, their relationship (if you can call it that) begins.
As stated above, I am all about sex play in books but this got ridiculous. Andre took the role as Master to a level I was not comfortable with. There are beatings.... these are not mere spankings with a bit of pain. This was Jeremy literally getting the hell beat out of him constantly. Not just getting beat by Andre, but forced into humiliating positions. I don't get off on reading about humiliation. I don't get off on watching a somewhat (while disturbed) strong character get knocked down to the point of being suicidal if the "Master" is gone for awhile. I also don't get off on one-sided relationships in books. This was 100% all about Andre. Sure, he falls in love with Jeremy. There is no doubt in my mind about that. But Jeremy is not allowed to voice his concerns... get angry... or even have a normal conversation without Andre getting pissed. Andre controls everything. If Jeremy has concerns or is depressed, Andre beats him down worse... not just with his belt, paddle, whip (whatever) but with his words as well. Everything is made to be Jeremy's fault and this forces Jeremy to have an unhealthy attachment to Andre as a result.
Then there is the cheating. I don't read cheating books. Ever. All who know me know this. In this one? It didn't bother me as other books do. Not in the sense that it should anyway. I did not feel bad for Jeremy's wife in any way. Nor did I feel bad for the woman that Andre was engaged to. What I felt bad about (as far as the cheating is concerned) was that I felt that Andre was cheating on JEREMY, not the fiancee, even if that particular relationship wasn't as it appeared.
This is a "break the person down until they literally can not survive without you" kind of BDSM book. I did not like watching Jeremy as he kept falling deeper and deeper. I did not like that Andre would not allow Jeremy to speak his concerns. Sure, Andre is there for Jeremy during a very emotional time (not related to their relationship) but then he's an ass later and that kills it for me. Any compassion or love that I saw didn't matter because he was such a total jerk when Jeremy voiced legitimate concerns about their relationship.
(view spoiler)[Every time Jeremy tried to speak with Andre about Andre's fiancee, Andre got angry and beat him. Later, on the night Jeremy's wife is buried (if I am recalling correctly), Andre tells Jeremy that the wedding date had been set and he and Danielle... his fiancee... were to be married in 3 months. Jeremy gets understandably upset and what does Andre do? Beat him. Hard. Apparently Jeremy is supposed to be the "other man" while Andre and Danielle live happily ever after? And Andre couldn't understand why Jeremy was devastated?? Yes, Jeremy gets off on all of it.. the beatings, humiliation, etc. But I still did not like it. (hide spoiler)]
Even with all of that, I still did not hate the book. It was quite different from what I normally read. I am almost wanting to know where Andre and Jeremy go in the 2nd book of the series. But honestly, I don't think I can take much more of Jeremy's all-too-eager subservient side and Andre's I'm-the-Master-and-I-totally-control-everything-about you attitude. If I ever read the 2nd one, it will be awhile down the road.
I have nothing against the BDSM lifestyle. I know there are a lot of people who won't get turned off by what happens in this book. I'm not one of them. The beatings didn't bother me. Watching Jeremy go where he went did.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a short that takes place a little while after the end of Zero At The Bone. While I can see where the author is going with this, I felt that it...moreThis is a short that takes place a little while after the end of Zero At The Bone. While I can see where the author is going with this, I felt that it took D and Jack backwards, not forward.
Like others, I hope that the author writes a full-length book to answer the questions that I feel still need to be answered in regards to the couple and their circumstances.(less)
This book was chosen for me in a pick-it-for-me challenge in a group I'm in. It came highly recommended by others in the group as well who ha...more3.5 stars
This book was chosen for me in a pick-it-for-me challenge in a group I'm in. It came highly recommended by others in the group as well who have read the series. I am all about discovering new authors (for me) but I always have this fear of disliking a book that others love so much.
I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It was quite different from the books that I normally read. The problems I had (for the most part) were with the two main characters. If I don't like the two mains, it is usually a given that I won't enjoy the story.
Gwen has been hooking up (for a year and a half) with a man who shows up in her bedroom in the middle of the night for sex. She knows what he looks like having met him outside of her home once before (view spoiler)[she brought him home for a one night stant (hide spoiler)] but she doesn't even know his name. Her sister gets caught up in a dangerous situation and Gwen does something stupid (in my opinion) in regards to trying to help her out. It is after this that the mystery man shows himself during the day. And shows himself he does. Gwen is in danger because of her sister and Hawk (the mystery man) protects her and they begin a relationship (of sorts) that is not based solely in her bedroom.
I had a problem with Gwen early on. Unless you read M/M books you will not get the reference I am about to make but I'm making it anyway. I felt like I was reading a Mary Calmes book where there is always one character who is so damn perfect that everyone.... EVERYONE.... wants this person. That's Gwen. Every man who sees her wants her and three (4? if I include Troy) even have a little stand-off in her front yard over her. One is Hawk of course. The second one is a police detective (Mitch) who shows up after a break-in at her home. The third one is the head of a biker gang, Tack. Oh and the 4th one? That would be Troy, a close friend of Gwen's who didn't have the balls to speak up and tell Gwen his feelings for her even though he's felt them for years. I obviously was not a fan of this. I kept trying to figure out what the big deal about Gwen was and came up with nothing other than the fact that she's just easy and loves to wear slutty clothes. The fact that she slept with a total stranger (view spoiler)[without protection I might add (hide spoiler)] for a year and a half... a stranger who snuck in and out of her house like a burglar.... she didn't even know his NAME or anything about him... totally proves my point in that regard.
Also, I don't know that I have ever read a book where practically every single man in the book was described as hot and sexy.
Then there's Hawk. I admit to totally loving him from the get-go. Total bad ass and not ashamed of it. But my love waned unfortunately the more I got to know him. He takes stalker behavior to a whole new level. I am all about alpha men and those who want to protect their women but this was way too much. (view spoiler)["You are MINE, MINE, MINE." <-- that's paraphrasing of course. Seriously? He starts having sex with her ... after sneaking into her bedroom .... then he has her followed, videotaped, etc. Oh and later, after he breaks her heart, he has cameras put INSIDE HER HOUSE. He claims her publicly as his own while telling her later that "sure there are others"... meaning women. He pushes for her to "let go" and give him a chance and when she does? He breaks her heart the next day.... a few hours after she is kidnapped. Sure, he had good reasons for being skittish but why push her to "let him in" if he's just going to toss her away 24 hours later? Then, without warning a week later, he shows up back in her bedroom for more sex and expects her to just "understand" why he devastated her by dumping her the week before. Being the person Gwen is, she allows the sex to happen. Of course, instead of giving Hawk a chance to explain things later or to actually LISTEN to what he had to say, she made it known it was all about HER. (hide spoiler)] Hawk takes the he-man thing too far.
There is always something going on. I'm not saying that that is a bad thing necessarily but it seemed like Gwen got caught up in way too many dangerous situations. Of course, the book was quite long so that gave her plenty of time to do so. This book is very descriptive and I admit to finding myself skimming often.
I know it sounds like I did not like this book and that's simply not true. I DID like the story. I just felt that it was too long and that Gwen (and her slutty ways) could have been taken down a notch or two. So could Hawk's he-man/alpha/stalker behavior.
Had the epilogue not proven otherwise, I would have said that this did not seem like an HEA, more like a HFN. Thankfully, the epilogue cleared up a couple of things that had bugged me.
Overall, a relatively good start to a series. I am sure that I will read the others at some point as I do like the author's writing style, minus the long, drawn-out descriptions. I am just sorry that I couldn't love it as much as the girls in my group did (sorry, Shina!) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I am a huge fan of opposites attract stories and Scott and Devon are about as opposite as they come. Scott is a self-...moreI loved, loved, LOVED this story.
I am a huge fan of opposites attract stories and Scott and Devon are about as opposite as they come. Scott is a self-described geek who crunches numbers for a living. Devon... well, I can't say what Devon does without giving the story away and I won't do that. But I will say that Devon is as far from being geeky as one can get. He's got that HOT bad boy vibe with tattoos and leather while Scott has OCD and wears a suit to work every day. Scott is insecure while Devon exudes confidence. Somehow their relationship works.
Scott's insecurities are at times heartbreaking to watch and I found myself thinking "Speak up already! Ask questions!" but then I realized that had he done so, it would not be Scott and the story would not have worked out as well as it did. And it definitely did work.
It takes a lot for me to give any story 5 stars. I'd give this one more if I could. I loved it that much. This is my fave of the Love Is Always Write event so far.
My first by this author but it definitely will not be my last.
Nick has been dragged on a cruise with his sister after she caught her ex with someone else. Tad decided to take a cruise alone...moreThis was a great read.
Nick has been dragged on a cruise with his sister after she caught her ex with someone else. Tad decided to take a cruise alone just to get away from everything for a few days. When they meet (thanks to Nick's meddling sister) there is instant attraction and one thing leads to another. Nick is out and proud. Tad is in the closet.
The story is pretty short so there is not a lot of background information in regards to any of the characters so you don't get to see what made them the way they are. But the story is entertaining either way. Both Nick and Tad are likable and the story flows smoothly regardless of the length.
My only complaint is that I wish there could have been a quick epilogue telling the reader what happens after the cruise... not just with the relationship but with Tad coming out.
Nice story but the writing style and dialogue were confusing at times. I had to go back several times in the book to try to understand what was being...moreNice story but the writing style and dialogue were confusing at times. I had to go back several times in the book to try to understand what was being said and what was happening. The ending was good but for me, more confusing than the rest of the story.
I'm sure I will read the next in the series at some point. While I was confused a bit, I did enjoy reading about Cane and Matt. I am curious to see what happens next.(less)
I'm not usually big on rock star type books which is really strange because my two all-time favorite m/m books are rock star books... :) This one was...moreI'm not usually big on rock star type books which is really strange because my two all-time favorite m/m books are rock star books... :) This one was different from the ones I normally shy away from. The focus is more on the characters than their rock star personas. I enjoyed watching Ash come into his own. I was not too sure about Indigo as he did not come across as a likable person early on (I know... that was the point). He grew on me over time.
Nice story. Interesting characters, including the secondary ones. My only complaint is that I wish that there would have been more focus on Ash and Indigo as a couple. Not much time is spent with the two of them together. The ending was perfect.
Overall, an enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading more by this author.(less)
This was totally not what I was expecting when I downloaded it on a whim. It is very entertaining yet frustrating at times as well.
This is a coming o...moreThis was totally not what I was expecting when I downloaded it on a whim. It is very entertaining yet frustrating at times as well.
This is a coming out story as well as a coming of age story.
The book starts with Jack at 15 years old. He is battling his sexuality and continues to do so as he grows older. He knows he is attracted to other guys and has no qualms about acting on that attraction but he refuses to openly say the G word to anyone including his family and his closest friends.... or really even to himself. Is he gay? Straight? Bi? He's not sure. The story is basically him figuring it out (when a hot stripper is giving you a lap dance and it does nothing for you at all? I'm thinking that answered that particular question... :) He dresses as masculine as he can to fit in so that his secret doesn't come out. He gets angry if anyone even slightly suspects that he's not straight as an arrow.
The entire book is about Jack holding on to his secret while privately trying to hook up with as many guys as he can. I read another review where the word erotica is used to describe parts of this book. This is not erotica even if it does have sexual situations (though not many described in graphic detail). If this is erotica then I read some pretty hardcore stuff.
There is quite a bit of drug use (pot smoking) and talk of sex with girls by Jack's friends (and not all of it flattering). There is a unique cast of characters that make up Jack's world. Some are important, some not so much. But they all make up what is Jack and help you to understand where he is coming from and why he is the way he is.
Like others, I was not too pleased with the abrupt ending. That is probably the only reason that my rating is not a star higher. If I ever heard that there would be a sequel to this then I might up it a star (hint, hint to the author).
Though if I really think about it, the ending was actually quite brilliant. (view spoiler)[He FINALLY, FINALLY decides to come out of the closet to everyone and then bam! Too late. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. Freebies are hit or miss for me. This one is definitely a hit even if at times I felt that Jack needed a good smack on the head.
This tells the story of four women who are all older than the girls I normally read about these days. Early forties, I think? They all have their own...moreThis tells the story of four women who are all older than the girls I normally read about these days. Early forties, I think? They all have their own issues. One is dealing with suddenly becoming a single mother. Another is the local pastor's wife. One is still grieving the loss of her much older husband a year prior. The last one is very successful in business but not so much in her personal life. They are in a book club that meets periodically. The book club is like most... only a couple actually read the books. It's more about four totally different women coming together in friendship. During one of the book club meetings, one of the women mentions the pool boy she has just hired who does much more than clean pools.
This was totally not what I was expecting and I'm glad for that. This was a nice (very short) story that is not as much about the pool boy but what each learns from their own individual experience as a result of him... whether it be from hiring him or just the conversation (s) about him. Lessons are learned and the women all finally move forward.
I would have liked to have seen where each woman went after The End but I am satisfied having not done so. A very enjoyable read.
This was a very sweet short story. It tells the story of the first meeting of established couple, Tay and Julian. Julian is older and well established...moreThis was a very sweet short story. It tells the story of the first meeting of established couple, Tay and Julian. Julian is older and well established but he's still dealing with a heartache from his past. Tay is relatively young. He doesn't have the most glamorous of jobs and he's a total klutz. The klutziness was kind of cute and funny in the beginning but then it started looking childish. That did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.
This was a nice story for what it was. Not much plot, lots of sex and a (very) quick HEA. This would have been much better had it been longer and the...moreThis was a nice story for what it was. Not much plot, lots of sex and a (very) quick HEA. This would have been much better had it been longer and the characters drawn out a bit.
This is a very unique story about acceptance. While it focuses mainly on gay rights, the story as a whole is about accepting everyone. The wa...more3.5 stars
This is a very unique story about acceptance. While it focuses mainly on gay rights, the story as a whole is about accepting everyone. The way the messages are conveyed are hilarious at times and sad in others.
This is a modern day fairy tale. It tells the story of Prince Leopold who is the only heir to the King and Queen (how he comes into the world is a story all its own). Leopold is to go out and search for the proper Princess so that he will marry and produce more heirs. When he comes out as being gay to the King and Queen, he is banished to a tower and the kingdom is told that he has died in a horrific accident. While everyone else is mourning the loss of the young prince, his best friend (Amod) is convinced that he is still alive. Amod and Leopold secretly love each other but had kept their feelings to themselves. Leo is banished and presumed dead without the two young men sharing their feelings.
While Leo is locked away, Amod goes on an interesting journey in search of his best friend. He picks up a few interesting characters along the way who help in the search. What they experience on this journey is heartbreaking at times but some of the experiences will also make you laugh out loud.
This could have almost been a YA book with the messages that the author is conveying. Had a few details (and some of the language) been removed I could easily see myself referring this to a teenager as a fun way to learn the message of acceptance.
While I enjoyed the story fine and it was real close to a 5 star rating for me early on, there are a couple of things (mentioned in the below spoiler) that dropped my rating.
(view spoiler)[While I understand the Jack and Leopold relationship and the fact that Leo thought he would die alone in the tower, I had held out hope throughout the story that he would still wait for his one true love, Amod, before having his first sexual experience.
Also, the entire story is about Amod searching for Leopold but yet once they free Leo, there is very little about Amod and Leo's relationship. It somewhat describes Leo's first ever sexual experience but there was nothing at all about Amod's with Leo. The kiss with Geoffrey doesn't count.
At the wedding of Leopold and Amod, Amod offers to allow Leo to spend a weekend a month having sex with Jack. Not just that, but they share a very passionate kiss in front of Amod. I'm not big on any type of open relationships in the books I read. Granted, Jack reconnected with his long lost love so the weekend a month thing didn't happen but it was still there.
My own personal preferences in regards to what I read. I am sure others disagree. (hide spoiler)]
The language did not bother me, nor did the sexual situations (though not very graphic). This is quite mild considering what I normally read.
This was a very entertaining story. As with most books of this type, you have to totally suspend any and all belief. Which is exactly why I enjoyed it so much.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was much different from what I was expecting. When I was told that it is a YA, I was thinking it would be all about teenagers and their petty dra...moreThis was much different from what I was expecting. When I was told that it is a YA, I was thinking it would be all about teenagers and their petty dramas with a little danger thrown in. I was wrong. This book is quite dark. The story line and the characters are dark.
I don't want to give the story away so I won't type a long review. But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this. There were a couple of things that had me shaking my head and one thing that seriously bugged me (view spoiler)[Stellan being killed... I loved him (hide spoiler)] but as the story played out, I saw that those things were necessary for the story to unfold.
I went into this thinking I would read this quick and probably not be that big on jumping into the rest of the series. I can honestly say that I am quite eager to read the 2nd book. The story was that good. It was very unique for what it was. While most of the characters did not come across as being very likable, they were all necessary for the story.
This is my first by this author. I look forward to continuing this series and checking out her back list. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)