I always love a good friends-become-lovers story. Especially when the chemistry between the characters is sizzling. Waiting for Ty was an all right fr...moreI always love a good friends-become-lovers story. Especially when the chemistry between the characters is sizzling. Waiting for Ty was an all right friends-come-lovers story. The chemistry between Tyler and Landon was believable, and the smut was pretty good. But it wasn't fantastic. And I couldn't get on board with them both being bi and never admitting to the other they were. Not even in a drunken stupor was anything said. For years.
Both guys are first timers in this story, both see themselves as bi, but have only ever been with women before hooking up. That alone doesn't quite ring true to me. If you've seen yourself as bi since college, and you pass the 30 year mark, you've at least tried to experiment somewhere down the line. At least one of them would have if not both of them.
The plot being wonky or unbelievable is a deal breaker. It just takes all the good about a story and makes it average. I can understand that Ty was more in doubt about his feelings for Landon than Landon was about his feelings for Ty, but disappearing for months on end with not a word if he was alive or dead? I didn't buy it.
I liked Landon's character. Even if he's an introvert by nature, he's very accepting of his own sexuality. And with him, being with a guy for the first time is not a big issue. In fact, he's been curious for a long enough time to having experimented some on his own.
It's Ty's character I'm having issues with. For an open and outgoing guy, he's extremely insecure about himself, and relies too much on other people's opinions of him. I understand that the state of Texas is very conservative when it comes to people's sexuality - but the way Ty was going about it, you'd think he'd be doomed to death by coming out.
The supporting characters were of mixed feelings about Ty and Landon's relationship, more or less like people would be in real life. You'll always have some who are supportive of someone coming out, you'll have those in doubt who don't know how to feel, and you'll have those who just can't deal. Overall, it's an all right read. But I read a lot of book every year, so I tend to demand more than this from my books, and especially from Carina Press whom I've come to depend on delivering scorching books.
This story is odd. And kind of confusing. First, a lot of names are thrown at you, making you wonder who’s who. Eventually, all the names that confuse...moreThis story is odd. And kind of confusing. First, a lot of names are thrown at you, making you wonder who’s who. Eventually, all the names that confuse you disappear, and you’re left with the main players; Luke and Stefan.
Luke and Stefan have a troubled past, and even though they haven’t seen each other or spoken for years, you can tell they still love each other. Luke is an art forgery investigator, while Stefan is an starving artist. Looking for the artist who is forging a series of paintings, Luke comes across his ex, Stefan in an remote cabin up on a mountain.
This cabin is haunted by the ghosts of the artist, Arcoletti, who painted the originals that are now being forged. The forger turns out to be Stefan, possessed by the ghost of Arcoletti.
The story is short, but the chemistry between Luke and Stefan is intense. There is some sexual interlude there, but nothing full blown sexual.
Their troubles from the past follow them into the present. They’re both proud and stubborn, and no one sits the other down to really talk it out. Typical men.
They only figure out they belong together when the ghost of Arcoletti goes crazy on their asses and I was about to give up on them.
I can't say that I loved this one. But I did like it a lot. I liked it enough to give it 4 stars. I was going back and forth between 3 and 4, and what...moreI can't say that I loved this one. But I did like it a lot. I liked it enough to give it 4 stars. I was going back and forth between 3 and 4, and what made me bump it up to 4, was incredibly hot smut. I loved that it was MMF, with a lot of MM. This is what I call a proper menage, and it makes me a happy reader. When a book makes me a happy reader, it's always easier to give it more stars.
Another thing that made me happy, was the fact that it was set in Scotland.
I loved that the boys took the time to get to know Mhairi. And I loved that Cam and Rob were longtime lovers.
The book really wasn't long enough for any king of drama. It was a very straight forward HEA. Boys met girl, boys and girl fell in love, boys met girl's family, the end.I love reading a book like this every now and then. It's really good for the soul.(less)
It could have been real good, but feels a little rushed. It's nothing for a long while, until suddenly, towards the very end, they all fall into bed....moreIt could have been real good, but feels a little rushed. It's nothing for a long while, until suddenly, towards the very end, they all fall into bed. The end. Took me an hour to read.
There isn't much to say. Two guys, married to each other. Enter girl, old friend of one guy, girl moved away 10 years ago and has had a troubled life. Other than that, there isn't much to tell. Smut is plentiful and well written. The writing overall is good - just short and would benefit from more fleshing out.(less)
I'm always very wary and skeptical of books written in first person. Unfortunately writing in first person makes it much too easy for authors to write...moreI'm always very wary and skeptical of books written in first person. Unfortunately writing in first person makes it much too easy for authors to write weak characters who do a lot of navel gazing. Thankfully me and Ms Harlem have a pretty good track-record, so I wasn't too worried diving into one of her books.
The book I was reading felt like it was going nowhere fast, so I needed something completely different to dive into. Lily Harlem seemed like a safe bet, so I scrolled through my Kindle and started reading the first book by Ms Harlem that I came across.
The prologue is pretty intense. This is where we meet Nick and Josh who are celebrating their 10 year marriage anniversary, and it's in the voice of Josh. As soon as you turn the page to chapter one, the story is in the voice of Laura. Laura doesn't have the easiest life, but she's proud and she hates to beg for help. Even from those who love her.
While Nick was married to a woman before he met Josh, Josh has never been with a woman. This is something that is on Josh's mind a lot, and the guys make a deal that he will get to 'lose his virginity' to a woman when the time is right. Enter Laura. Josh quickly loses his heart to her, and that scares the crap out of Nick.
The book is in Laura's voice until we get to the epilogue, where we get to hear how Nick feels about the whole thing. Usually when a book is written first person, multiple points of view, it's in alternate chapters. Something that can quickly become a mess. The way Ms Harlem solved this, is by putting alternate voices at the beginning of the book and the end. I loved that!
The story is very intense, and somewhat dark in parts. The characters have doubts and fears, and communication breaks down. It gives the story a very genuine feel as it isn't all roses and pink clouds all the time. And best of all, I love that this is a MM, MMF, MFM and MF book. Lily Harlem has once again delivered, and is quickly becoming my go-to author.(less)
Oh I loved this one. I'm usually not big on MM books, but this one is a prelude to a MMF book I've got lined up as my next read. And I'm really happy...moreOh I loved this one. I'm usually not big on MM books, but this one is a prelude to a MMF book I've got lined up as my next read. And I'm really happy I read this one first. It was also nice to read something good after the previous train wreck of a book I've been unfortunate enough to read.
I loved both Trevor (shifter) and Lawrence (vamp). Their story was both genuine and heart warming. I can't wait for Lily to join this twosome. If this book is an indication to this author's skill with words, I have a feeling I'm in for a real treat with this series.
Sadly, this series seems to suffer from real bad covers. But, I'm ignoring the bad book-art, and diving right into the stories.(less)