I'm having a difficult time deciding on an angle to review this book. Was Between Sinners and Saints the best book I've ever read? The most exciting?...moreI'm having a difficult time deciding on an angle to review this book. Was Between Sinners and Saints the best book I've ever read? The most exciting? The sexiest or hottest? Fast-paced? The best written from a literary standpoint? NO
But Marie Sexton did something that is almost impossible to do... No matter how ignorant or homophobic the reader, there was no escaping total acceptance. I don't see how anyone could read this book and still have a shred of doubt on whether or not Gay shouldn't be an issue or why we are so arrogant to feel that we should have a say in anyone else's love-life.
Sexton tackles some difficult topics: Abuse. Homosexuality. Religion. Family. And it is written in an authentic, non-salacious manner that anyone could relate to- or should relate to. I struggle for words to describe the book. Real is what came to me first, followed by authentic and raw.
Jaime was written perfectly in my opinion. I've read books about surviving abuse, and the emotions and actions of the survivor aren't... real. I guess you had to have been in that position to grasp the emotions of not being a victim but a survivor, of not living but surviving. The difficulty to feel alive, even at small increments. When I read other stories of abuse, it feels false. There is no easy smile or quick to laugh in reality. You can ignore it until it creeps up on you, but it's has a life of its own. When you least expect it, you're frozen with dread. You are only partially in the here-and-now at any given moment- ever. No amount of healing will completely heal you. You embrace whatever happiness envelopes you and pray it lasts, and are thankful for people who understand and accept you for who and what you are. There is no trivializing it. Sexton made the abuse feel real, as if it were a character within the book- a myriad of emotions you couldn't deny.
Religion: Whether you are a believer, sinner, saint, or atheist, I believe that religion is between you and your God. It's not about a doctrine or a house of worship; it is your ability to own your actions and accept the consequences. It's not my business what you have to say to your God. Why anyone else is arrogant enough to think otherwise is beyond my grasp. I just want to scream, "You wouldn't ever renounce your faith and belief system, don't demand me to renounce mine. & We will just accept the difference." Sexton does a beautiful job setting a foundation for the religious issues within the book. Without bringing down the Mormon faith, the story spells out that faith is subjective- it is an intangible thing that can't be explained, so how can it be black and white to so many of us.
I found Between Sinners and Saints impossible to put down- poignant. I can't point out just one reason or even a dozen of the why of it. I guess that was the beauty of the read... (less)
When I happened upon this book, I thought what a ridiculous title. I'm a strange one. I tend to avoid books because of their title or cover. Yes, I ju...moreWhen I happened upon this book, I thought what a ridiculous title. I'm a strange one. I tend to avoid books because of their title or cover. Yes, I judge books by their cover. Spank me. I've learned in the past that it's not a wise thing to do. Several of my favorite series wouldn't have been devoured- a lot of them actually.
Reviews had me buying the book, the title had it waiting. Now I'm torn, happy I waited and miserable that I judged it. & there isn't another book.... It does have a series title, so there's hope for more!
Five Star Cover. The title was... ridiculous... until you realized the significance to the story. It could be taken 3 ways, 2 of which had me rolling my eyes. (Fireman & *points at the nearest dude's groin*)
I have to say that Hot Head is the best book I've read in this genre. I'm sure it's because it's the first male author I read that wrote m/m romance. My guys didn't wimp out on me until it came to the ending. But... true love and all that jazz- so he is forgiven. I read this book in one sitting. I read in bed from 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. The only break I took was to hit my book mate up with a get to reading this book NOW email.
Alpha Males: Double check. Remain Alpha males: Double check Territorialism: Check HOT: Surface of the Sun- Nuclear HOT Authentically male: Double check Predictability: On par with traditional romance Angst: Hell Yeah! Rereadability: Try and stop me. Recommend: M/M lovers Read more from this Author: YES
I will say... what HOT HEAD actually stood for... that may have been an actual line out of that 3 a.m. email to my reading bud! ;) I growled at the book when it didn't show the first dual scene at Hothead- growled! It was worth the wait. Because when I did get to finally read it, I was emailing my girl mid-scene, and then repeated the scene from the beginning.
When I finished that scene, I needed a cigarette and a stiff drink... I don't smoke! (less)
First reading: Dec. 31st, 2012 Second reading: Dec. 12th, 2013
Reread the series as a refresher of the final book, Avoiding Temptation, and boy am I sc...moreFirst reading: Dec. 31st, 2012 Second reading: Dec. 12th, 2013
Reread the series as a refresher of the final book, Avoiding Temptation, and boy am I scared to start it. I'll need some kind of vice to get me through the aftermath and some saccharine contemporary romance to make me feel warm and fuzzy again. I have a bad feeling I'm not going to enjoy the emotional torture of AT.
Review written 12/31/12: After reading Avoiding Commitment and Avoiding Responsibility in a 24-hour time frame I'm strung out. I had a love/hate relationship with Avoiding Commitment. I hated it... no, I loved it... & then I'd hate it again... It was a train wreck. I'd love to say that it wasn't realistic, but f*ck, I've done some of Lexi's stupid shit, and then I grew up...
I almost felt blackmailed while reading AC. I didn't want to read it and I didn't like it. It wasn't enjoyable, but I couldn't NOT read it either. It was painful- torturous. I knew it was going to be bad- train wreck approaching- sirens blaring. I obviously had to read AR immediately.
I had nightmares about my own past last night- that's how freakin' bad this book affected me!!! *Bravo*
Avoiding Responsibility was amazing. I give massive props to the author. Whereas I loved hated AC, I loved AR with equal fervor. Past... Present... Past... Present... I hated that in AC. I wanted to skim read, but not in AR. I'd think to myself, "Come on! Not again. Not now! Not freakin' now!" And I'd get hooked into whatever time-frame I was reading... and BAM... "Come on! Not now! Not freakin' now!" & then I'd get hooked in the time-frame- over and over again I went through this roller-coaster of torture and I reveled in it.
Damn, if I didn't love Ramsey.*smh* Even when it was 'misconstrued' my faith held with Ramsey. I hated AC because I hated how weak Jack made Lexi. I hated how weak Jake was- spineless, but none the less, realistic. I know a Jack- he shared my life from age 12-32. In some ways we all have a Jack that we have to contend with.
Avoiding Responsibility was just a better book than Avoiding Commitment- tighter, stronger, and more enjoyable. I loved both in their own twisted way, but nothing could have gotten me to put AR down for a moment- even to take a potty break (I had to wait for those, "Come on!" moments).
To avoid spoilers: I liked how it ended. Thank God you didn't write that differently or I'd have screamed. So thank you & bravo on the fabulous book, KA Linde! I can't say it was enjoyable or pleasant or even entertaining, but you sure captured my attention. I loved your twisted nature- so tortuously refreshing!
I feel like I need a smoke, a drink, a shower, and depression meds- yeah, it's the type of book. I don't drink/smoke/medicate, but I guess I can shower! Chocolate... yeah... I'll eat some chocolate.
Off to read a different book to get this story out of my head- I can't write with it fighting in my mind...
Olivia is a wounded soul. unlike my inner-bitch, she lets hers out to play,and I loved every second of her antics. I understood her twisted motivation...moreOlivia is a wounded soul. unlike my inner-bitch, she lets hers out to play,and I loved every second of her antics. I understood her twisted motivations. She'd do something horrendous and I'd laugh because I was uncomfortable, but I understood why she did it. If I had the balls to do the things I think then I'd be Olivia. What a twisted, decadent read. I devoured it in one sitting. & it wasn't all her freakin' fault, dammit! I loved that she wasn't wishy-washy. I want to work my frustrations out on her 'coward'. I'll hold him down for her. (less)
Gut-wrenching is the only word to describe the book. It was perfectly written, the emotions and behaviors. I visualize finding the selfish POS mother...moreGut-wrenching is the only word to describe the book. It was perfectly written, the emotions and behaviors. I visualize finding the selfish POS mother and doing very bad things to her with a smile on my face. (less)
Whoa... I want the next book so bad that I'm jittery! Excellent. I feverishly read the book all through the night when I'd promised myself a few chapt...moreWhoa... I want the next book so bad that I'm jittery! Excellent. I feverishly read the book all through the night when I'd promised myself a few chapters. What a thrill ride. I'm so glad I discovered this author! (less)
Not a review, but a comment. I am shocked that I was able to stay dry-eyed. The balloons got me- not the mother- the BALLOONS and the word DAD! *choke...moreNot a review, but a comment. I am shocked that I was able to stay dry-eyed. The balloons got me- not the mother- the BALLOONS and the word DAD! *choked up* Excellent. Definitely worth the read! (less)
Poison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry,...morePoison Princess ROCKED! Dark, twisted, fast-paced read. It is a paranormal dystopian fiction half-breed. Inventive, thrilling, and amazing chemistry, and Kresley Cole doesn't wimp out. It was so brutal that I wouldn't let anyone under sixteen read it no matter their maturity. I wanted to post quotes from the book countless times. The ending made Death feel proud, but it made me feel proud for Kresley Cole. I cannot wait for the next in this new series. & I want to know more about Death!!!
I always worry when my favorite authors in the adult paranormal romance genre venture out to the YA genre. Some are good, some are mediocre, some are disasters. I think that Cole wrote Poison Princess BETTER than the IAD series & I'm in love with those Otherworlders!
***fangirling like an idiot. I have to start another book just to get this one from my thoughts. It was THAT good!! Tied for 1st place with Blood Red Road for the best book of 2012- IMO! (less)
The beginning of Big Sky hooked me from the first page. It begins lighter than Kitty Thomas' usual novels. Knowing Kitty's writing, I was prepared for...moreThe beginning of Big Sky hooked me from the first page. It begins lighter than Kitty Thomas' usual novels. Knowing Kitty's writing, I was prepared for it to turn into something dark and twisted and I wasn't disappointed. I realize that from the beginning it wasn't hearts and flowers, but I'm a bit jaded. Even as Ronnie was abducted by the Cowboy from Vermont, I had a shit-eating grin on my face. I chuckled a few times and even I wanted to smack Ronnie. But who I'd actually be smacking is myself. Ronnie and I share a few attributes- feminism being one of them. I'm not a man-hating feminist, but after how my teenage years and my early adulthood played-out, I have a few triggers to contend with. So Luke and I agreed on a few things that we wanted to do to Ronnie (myself). Now Luke was awesome in a creepy kind of way for a large part of the book. Now the above mentioned triggers of mine reared their ugly head and I winced as I read. I wanted to stop reading, but didn't allow myself the comfort. There is a reason I read Dark Erotica. It's the same reason I write Dark Erotica- self-therapy. Every word resonates to my soul bringing emotions screaming from its depths- emotions I've buried deeply. My numbness thaws as I read and feelings erupt in its absence. This aliveness lasts for a while and then I seek my next fix- either I read another story that evokes feeling or I write my own. There is a reason Kitty Thomas is one of my favorite authors, sometimes she puts my feelings into words that I have no name for. She writes my thoughts better than I can, and as a writer saying that about another writer, that is a huge compliment. I am honored that she wanted me to review this book for her. I will not go in-depth on the actual storyline as I do not want to ruin the reading experience. I will say that this novel is largely psychological and thought provoking. As with all of her novels, the story never truly leaves your thoughts and it's long lasting. I'm writing this review at 80% read... My thoughts at this point of the novel. I wanted to capture them before they fled or changed upon the completion of the novel. I'll be back...
Psychological, as I stated before, doesn't cover it. It is all a progression. Ronnie, the feminist, would have baulked at the things Veronica, Trish's ghost, did. I read these novels because when it is over I feel ME. I am happy to be me. I have similarities to Ronnie and I've fallen down the rabbit-hole of allowing your power to be taken away by someone undeserving as Veronica is now doing. I know about the pretty lies you tell yourself to make it alright and when the lies don't work you simple pull into yourself and pretend it's normal. I know about how now's normal is what the past you would find disturbing. I understand that normal for one person isn't normal for the next.
***Warning*** This type of book isn't for everyone. The majority would enjoy the first half while laughing off the uncomfortableness of the abduction. They would try to reason it into a romantic entanglement between two broken people. They would believe that Veronica would heal Luke. Life doesn't work like that- you heal yourself; no one does it for you. That is romanticized BS. If you have no issue with raw, brutal reality or if you aren't squeamish about humiliation then go ahead and read Big Sky. If you find it not to your liking, don't forget, I warned you...(less)