This is the 4th book by Anyta Sunday that I've read during my quest to read her entire backlist. I enjoy her work, simply entertaining. In the previouThis is the 4th book by Anyta Sunday that I've read during my quest to read her entire backlist. I enjoy her work, simply entertaining. In the previous books, I noticed the characters using colloquialisms that are not from their regions, words they would never know existed. This wasn't a huge issue for me until the 3rd book in the Enemies to Lovers series- William. It seemed exacerbated somehow- more so than in the earlier installments.
I need to state, William is from Pennsylvania for all 27 years of his life.(I am also a Pennsylvanian. The United States is huge, and we differ greatly in slang and colloquialisms throughout all 50 states. Being as I am from not only the same region of the US as the character but the state as well, we should have been copacetic)
William goes to New Zealand to finish his schooling, but he's speaking as the natives before he even arrives. Not only in dialogue but inner monologue. Now, this normally isn't a huge issue for me. But as I said, it seemed exacerbated more so than usual. I found myself having to reach for my cellphone to Google usages, trying to discern what the heck the character was describing. I still have no clue what ZIPS are, as the context at one point removed the possibility of them being zippers, but then later made it seem as if they were. My point being, it is not up to the reader to educate themselves on the colloquialisms of the characters, especially when the character is from their own back yard. However, I understand the reader educating themselves when it is a location that is foreign to them. What I mean, the author is the one who should have made William authentic to his place of origin, or simply created all of the characters in New Zealand to eradicate the issue.
I don't want to be a nip-pick. But Pennsylvanians do not call parking lots car parks. We do not call the stove burners elements. We do not call a car trunk a boot. We do not say crapity and blimey unless we have been around those who do. We do not use the word zips for anything other than the verb to close. We do not call the living room/den/family room the lounge. (again, that is a verb, or the chair in which you use the verb) The word used for a carton of ice cream from William (which I assume is a carton. I could be mistaken) is defined as a wire basket. (I just let that one go and kept reading). William would have called it a carton of ice cream, or a pint or quart of ice cream.
I need to express how I enjoy learning about other cultures and their word usages and putting them into practice. So that was not my issue.
In order to fall into the story, to stop myself from picking up my cellphone to search word meanings, I had to pretend William was born halfway across the world in New Zealand to make him authentic. Otherwise, I was simply confused, as if he had never stepped foot into the North Eastern region of the United States. While the first two books in the series did a fairly decent job of maintaining the authenticity, William did not. I was relieved when I found out Book #4 was set in New Zealand with New Zealanders.
With all this being said, I immediately bought and started The F Word. I do enjoy Anyta Sunday, even if some of the things are formulaic, conversations that should happen off-scene are shown (the creepy after-effects of gay sex), and the language is not consistent with the characters' origins. I will continue my quest of reading the entire backlist. ...more
Rudy was an endearing, difficult, realistic character. I could have read an entire book from his POV. there were a lot of3.5 stars. 5 stars for Rudy.
Rudy was an endearing, difficult, realistic character. I could have read an entire book from his POV. there were a lot of hard realities in the beginning of the book. But my issue was with the unrealistic insta-love, the snails pace flow, the writing style, & the clichéd bad cops & townsfolk.
I just kept waiting for the book to progress & was turned off by the sexual contact while recovering from a beating after leaving the hospital. As well as the sexual thoughts when in physical & emotional pain & under constant stress or delirium from a concussion. that ruined it for me. took the heartbreaking emotion & turned it cheesy. it wasn't time yet. the characters weren't there yet. so it felt forced to me. Time for tenderness, yes. Sex, it baffled me. The man couldn't even walk in a straight line yet. In book time, it had only been a few days of knowing each other, half of which was hospitalization.
I wanted to like the book with its premise. But for me, it fell flat in all areas but Rudy. I couldn't 5 star a book because of an incredibly written special needs character when nothing else worked for me.
I'm unsure how this story could be drawn out into 3 books when it was a struggle for me to keep reading.
I'm positive this story will resonate with many. the writing style just isn't to my tastes....more
Realistic and emotional, yet sweet, GFY romance. Freaking out over turning 30 and the father of a son who is turning 15 on the same day, their5 Stars
Realistic and emotional, yet sweet, GFY romance. Freaking out over turning 30 and the father of a son who is turning 15 on the same day, their lives are intertwined with the supportive alpha male living next door. Three-dimensional, endearing main and supporting cast of characters. Thoroughly entertained and left feeling warm and fuzzy.
I almost peed my pants laughing when Sam said, "Luke, use the force," in the middle of a sex scene. ...more
Why 5 stars? Because while I was reading, I wished I had the next book for when I was finished. Then when I was finished, even though I knew t5 Stars
Why 5 stars? Because while I was reading, I wished I had the next book for when I was finished. Then when I was finished, even though I knew there wasn't another book yet, I was starved for it. I read the book from page one to the end in one sitting, completely hooked and pressing to turn the pages like mad.
Alessandra Hazard is my favorite in gay-for-you romance. I found her books on New Year's Eve while searching to use my December Prime Borrow, with the second book on January first for January's Prime Borrow. I then bought the half book immediately upon finishing. The books never left my thoughts, and when I thought to use my April Prime Borrow, my mind immediately went to Alessandra Hazard. I 'squeed' when Just a Bit Unhealthy popped up. Total fangirl moment. Let me say, I'd buy these books in a heartbeat, and plan to because they are perfect for a reread to recapture the warm and fuzzy feeling.
There is such depth in these novellas, and with so few pages that is a feat. In the end, it feels like a complete story and I wouldn't change a thing (That's amusing for me, as I'm a perfectionist who rewrites (in my head) the books I read most of the time)
The author has the ability to keep the voice of the narrators sounding like men, where some books evolve into feminine sounding characters as soon as they 'fall in love'. Hazard maintains the complex characters throughout the book, never changing them when they finally pair up. I can tell she respects the integrity of the characters, her genre, and the type of men she writes about, by not making a gay man sound feminine simply because he's gay. (the author's feminine voice doesn't interfere with the male characters) In the case of Gabriel, he's like the perfect twink who doesn't realize he's a twink. There was something cute yet endearing about the selfish, spoiled brat. Jared was the ultimate alpha male: protector, provider, and the voice of reason who is completely undone by Gabriel.
Then there was Claire: many a reader will hate her, I'm sure. As angry with her as I was, I understood her position. She was wrong, obviously. But I understood the human nature of things; the jealousy and need to grasp what you hold dear, even when you know you are not who they want to be with. & I like how Hazard showed a poor decision had consequences for the people it affects, without Gabriel and Jared holding resentment and finding an appropriate resolution.
I can't wait to get my hands on Gabriel's brother. Gimme now! :D
Genre Tags: Gay for you | Gay Romance | M/M | LGBT romance | Sports/ Sports Doc | Angsty, deep and needy | Emotional depth | Novella | Hot yet sweet | Older alpha, younger twink (who doesn't realize he's a twink) |
Sexy level: Medium Hot. A strong buildup, leaving the reader squirming. Less is more, creating tension you could cut with a knife. It was perfect for me, as this is romance not erotica. I thought it was just right.
Recommend: YES! M/M & GFY romance fans.
Will I read more by this author: Impatiently waiting... ... .... can't wait.... *grins* ...more
I can't say I wasn't entertained, or that I didn't have a smile plastered on my face while reading it. However, I3 stars.
5 stars on the heat level.
I can't say I wasn't entertained, or that I didn't have a smile plastered on my face while reading it. However, I wasn't emotionally invested at all, nor did I mind setting the book down, where I may or may not ever pick it back up again. A mix of YA/NA (because they just turned 18) & smut erotica. The book was a hot, stirring of the loins kind of read, but lacked an overall storyline that would have pulled it all together. While this was a banter-ific read, often times it felt slightly forced. It was definitely a quote-worth read if you wanted to post naughtiness to shock the masses. <- something I enjoy. If developed well, this could have been one helluva read.
I basically had two issues: there wasn't much of a storyline aside from the fact that they 'could' become step-siblings, as they weren't when the book started out, so the taboo factor wasn't truly there. My other issue was the tense of the book. I didn't know if it was written in past or present first person for the majority of the book. When looking back to events that happened in the past, it would be written in the present tense. When happening in the now, verbs would be past and present tense within the same sentence. I normally don't mention this (or notice this, for that matter) as it's not really a pet peeve of mine. But I found myself confused a few times when both the main characters were thinking back and I thought it was happening right then (it wasn't italicized in the beginning, nor was it in past tense). This didn't effect my rating, but it did ruin my reading enjoyment, as I was thrust out of the story until I figured out it was a memory. A memory written in the present, surrounded by the present, with no way of knowing it was a memory.
Overall, a hot, quick, addictive storyline for those who are into YA/NA naughty romances. If you aren't hardcore into taboo, take a plot too seriously, a Grammar Nazi, or need a very deep, mature read, I'd recommend this in a heartbeat. It's the perfect antidote for boredom. A few hours of mindless entertainment- a guilty pleasure read. But not one that will stay in your thoughts for long. ...more
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This review is going to be difficult for me to write, so I'll try to be blI received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
This review is going to be difficult for me to write, so I'll try to be black and white. If I had read this title when I received it, not going back to read book #1 first, my thoughts and rating would have been significantly higher. I would have walked away after reading this book with a smile on my face and momentary warm and fuzzy feelings. I would have quickly written a review, knowing the story wouldn't ride my thoughts long while I hitched a ride on the next read.
I didn't do that. I did read book #1, finishing it and immediately starting this book. So I can't help but compare the two. After writing a glowing review, finding Meet the Earl at Midnight on my favorites shelf as one of the wittiest books I've ever read, I found the follow-up to be lackluster. The first book I read cover-to-cover in one sitting, going without sleep... this took me the better part of three days to read.
The Lady Meets Her Match is a fun, quick read to offer a few hours of sweet entertainment. The beginning of the story hooks you right in, keeping you interested in what's to happen next. Especially so, after meeting Claire in the previous book. Claire's mission is an interesting one in the opening, as is her meeting with Cyrus. But I will point out that their meeting doesn't have the same chemistry, wit, and flair as Lydia and Edward from book 1.
I kept wondering when the story was going to evolve, as we were still on the initial meeting until 17% of the book. In actuality, I felt that the reason they met was the only plot of the story that was fully developed. Once it met its conclusion, the book stalled as the reader waited for something to happen next. What did happen was thrown in there piecemeal, and then quickly resolved but never truly pushed the story forward.
One noticeable difference is the amount of romance, lusty thoughts, and inner monologues of physical attraction that were not present in book 1. Pages of how simple touches felt: the brush of a fingertip, the caress of a thigh against thigh, a kiss to a hand, the scent of the lover. While in moderation, this is thrilling. When done in excess, it bogs down the story.
I should mention, while I love romance, I like the journey the best. So when it's injected too soon, or too heavily with the physical aspects of attraction, I tend to get annoyed with the characters. I feel as if they are shallow and empty not to connect on a deeper level. To be blunt, everything I praised in book 1 was absent from book 2. Which doesn't necessarily mean readers won't love this book. I'm a serious, mature reader who is more into wit than looks.
Claire has a great backstory, one that was never broached. The necklace was shown since the first book, with a simple blip of explanation & a non-developed but easily written away theft. As well as Claire's connection to Johnathan never truly being injected into the story- at least not by Claire. She never showed any true emotions over it. The man she loved since childhood betrayed her, and then died. While this led to her independence, I felt the lack of emotion showed Claire as one-dimensional. Also, I was a bit disappointed in never seeing or hearing from Edward. He was so worried about Claire in book one, not allowing Lydia to throw down an it's Claire or me edict, never to write, or visit, or be a passing thought in Claire's head after spending all 26 years of her life as his friend.
By comparison, The Lady Meets her Match wasn't as fully developed as Meet the Earl at Midnight. (I did receive an ARC, so I'm not speaking of formatting issues or proofreading errors). The historical accuracy, sentence structure, the voice, it didn't feel the same to me after reading the two books back-to-back. While the book opened just as strong, the premise never moved forward from there, where it relied on mis-communications, inner monologue telling the reader about physical attraction, and a mystery thrown into the mix near the end of the book which was resolved a chapter later.
My advice: if you are reading this review prior to reading either of the books in this series, read this book (The Lady Meets her Match) first, and you will get the warm and fuzzies and a smile on your face. I promise you will enjoy it and be entertained. I also guarantee you will not spoil anything that happened in book #1 (Meet the Earl at Midnight) Then read book #1, and be blown away.
Historical Accuracy: I'm not a stickler on this. I don't mind modern words being introduced in the storyline either. When I'm engaged with a read, I don't notice much of anything but the story itself. But I did notice this wasn't as accurate as it could have been.
Romance/sex: Filled to the max with sweet romance. Strong physical connection with a lot of intense flirting. A few scenes of sexual contact, but not explicit or overtly detailed.
Recommended: Romance Fans | Historical Romance Fans | Lovers of the warm and fuzzies where emotional depth isn't necessary.
Will I read more by this author: Yes, absolutely. Even though this book didn't resonate with me, I still cannot wait to see what Gina Conkle will write next. ...more
Meet the Earl at Midnight was a delight to read. I was thoroughly engaged, reading the book cover to cover in one sitting (which was a feat,5 stars.
Meet the Earl at Midnight was a delight to read. I was thoroughly engaged, reading the book cover to cover in one sitting (which was a feat, as it wasn't a short book). Gina Conkle is a new-to-me author, who I found when I was awarded the pleasure to read the second book in this series for review. I purchased the first (Meet the Earl at Midnight) in order to be caught up, and was pleasantly surprised.
Gina Conkle's writing style was mature, written in a way to lend to historical accuracy without sounding pretentious (many in this genre add superfluous words to sound historical) The flow was a breeze to read- nothing jarring. The characterization was consistent and flowed cohesively throughout.
The hero and heroine were 3-dimensional characters. Edward was a mysterious, introvert scientist who was physically and emotionally scarred. Lydia was a strong female lead, where the author was able to keep the character assertive without being pushy, domineering, demanding, or overtly annoying. In fact, Lydia knocking Edward down for size was pure perfection. The characters fed from one another. Edward would be misogynistic (according to the era), yet his inability to bend was a comfort, as it made him consistent (unlike in most books where the characters do, say, act, and react in contradicting ways). Instead of turning into an irrational, hormonal female, like Edward expected, Lydia surprised him by taking his insults in stride, and thwarting him at every turn, earning everyone's respect without coming across as crass, unmanageable, and vapid.
I loved the entire cast of characters- flawed, realistic, and consistent. What I adored the most was the dry wit during every interaction between Edward & Lydia. The tension was palatable, the wit was humorous without coming across as forced and over-the-top, and both had me blushing and grinning from ear-to-ear.
Meet the Earl at Midnight was a historical romance, but it wasn't a syrupy sweet romance. Character-&-story-driven, Conkle didn't rely on the usual trope of instant infatuation, lust, and the spewing of undying love.
Slowly evolving, realistic, the reader was drawn in emotionally, feeling as one with the characters as if they were real. Not overtly sexual, MtEaM was one of the best examples of less is more. The flirtatious, witty banter was heart-racing. After the build-up and tension, a simple kiss to a knee, or an accidental or premeditated brush of a hand, came across as more than an elaborate, sexually explicit scene in many a book.
Genre tags: Historical Romance | Unconventional, experienced woman | True Heroine & Hero | Scarred, alpha male | Earl & a commoner | Artist | Scientist (botanist) | Realistic (not light and fluffy, yet warn and endearing) | Witty humor that is never over-the-top or forced | Introversion | Marriage to beget an heir | Emotionally extorted into marriage | Historically accurate |
Recommended: Historical Romance Fans | Mature readers who appreciate a fully fleshed out story instead of the smoke and mirrors of sex and unnecessary angst (no mis-communications as the conflict, as any of this type of conflict that arises was cleared up within the next chapter)
Will I read more by this author: Absolutely. Starting book 2 in this series after my eyes have a rest and my Kindle charges. I look forward to reading more by this author. ...more
DNF: automatic 3 stars because I won't penalize the author because the story/writing style/ and/or author's voice wasn't for me. I received a copy ofDNF: automatic 3 stars because I won't penalize the author because the story/writing style/ and/or author's voice wasn't for me. I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. As a DNF, I don't feel it necessary to state which blog.
In all fairness, I do believe I should explain why it was a DNF. First, I will state that I am not new to Historical Romance. Second, as an author of 16 published works, I should hope I'm literate and proficient enough in my own craft to read a book.
I feel as if I'm setting myself up for ridicule with this honest review (as it is about my experience while trying to read this novel). "How could you not understand it? How can you give a negative review because you're illiterate?" "You're an author who can't read?"
I felt as if the book was over-written. As if several words per sentence were replaced with their equivalent in the thesaurus in order to make it sound of the era. While I could comprehend what the author was trying to tell, the words just felt like a jumbled up mess of confusion.
Basically, it was a flow issue for me, where I was drawn from the story in order to comprehend words I knew the very definition of but couldn't order without working through them.
Not the youdomegreathonorbut speech, which Noah had been prepared for- he did her a very significant honor indeed-but not a meek capitulation either. She managed to reprove without being rude, for which Noah admired her, of course.
I know what every word means. But strung together in those disjointed sentences, it took a lot of work on my part to comprehend what the author was trying to say. Simple doesn't mean stupid, nor does it mean that it's not historically accurate. Sometimes over-complicating something that is simple doesn't show intelligence, but rather a need to prove you are intelligent.
I feel as if I am not explaining myself properly. With the paragraph I quoted, each phrase yanked me from the story with its jarring nature. This was my first attempt at reading Grace Burrowes. She is very popular and well-loved, but obviously not for me. I don't know if the entire book read like this or not, as I had to stop after the third chapter. I don't know if all of her works are written as such, either. For me, I want to read a story, fall into my imagination for a few hours to escape life. As a writer, I don't want to comprehend each word in order to create a story, because that is what I do by profession. I just want to read a book that doesn't feel like work. ...more
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I had great difficulty getting into this novella because of the way the inI received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
I had great difficulty getting into this novella because of the way the information was released- new story, new world-building, and new characters. The flow and pacing of the information had me struggling, as it was written in a jarring fashion, laying it on the reader all at once. But it did lead to the overall validity of the storytelling, as this is a fantasy title. The narration felt as if it was from that era of time, in that type of setting, befitting the characters.
Not a mark against the book itself, just that I’m used to reading contemporary or historical books, so I had a difficult time with the flow and sentence structure. I felt I should mention this so that readers who are struggling as well will continue to read on. I should add, not only am I an avid reader of all genres, I'm a writer. In most of my reviews as of late, I'm commenting on how I wished the book was shortened. In the case of this novella, I wish it had been broadened, as it took a lot of concentration on my part to understand what was happening on during certain scenes, as well as the backstory. In essence, I needed to be eased into some of the plot threads.
Touch of Salar was heavy on the fantasy, action, intrigue, political plots, and physical and sexual aspects, yet light on character development and eliciting emotion from the reader. With most novellas, you can only pack so much into so few pages, leaving some things out while making others feel complicated. With that being said, it was a quick read, sometimes difficult to understand, yet still entertaining.
The concept of this series is intriguing, with a well-thought out premise. I was a bit thrown at the declarations of love after a handful of meetings, sexual engagements, and absolutely no conversation to connect on a deeper level than the physical. For me, I had a difficult time reading after this moment, because there was no basis for love to be brought in as of yet. I understood the characters' physical connection, their chemistry, their need to be around one another to learn about each other, but love takes time to grow- over time and experience. I can't say this was an insta-love situation like in some books. It just felt out of left-field for this genre. While I enjoyed some of the sex scenes, the final one felt misplaced and repetitive, drawing this more into the erotic category instead of fantasy. The overall feel of the novella is deeply rooted in fantasy, so the sexual aspects didn't always flow well for me.
In all honesty, Touch of Salar was just not my type of read. I'm trying to be respectful without being critical by pointing out what was missing for me, in hopes others who read differently from me will find great enjoyment from this novella and the series as a whole. It was written well, with a great foundation of world-building, and I could tell there was tremendous thought put into this concept by the author. I just wasn't gripped. I didn't become invested in the story or the characters. This isn't a mark against the author, but just to my individual reading tastes.
Genre tag: Fantasy | Mythology | Religion | Sorcery | Wartime | LGBTQ | Male/Male | Romance | Political Intrigue- plots and conspiracy | Sex level: Moderate yet not explicit. Sex scenes scattered throughout the novella, from beginning to end. Will I read more by this author: I was offered the next in the series by my review group- Wicked Reads -and I'm strongly debating on whether or not to continue, as I feel I am not a good fit. ...more
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5 Star | Read in one sitting | Totally engrossed |
Spectacularly Broken was a spectI received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
5 Star | Read in one sitting | Totally engrossed |
Spectacularly Broken was a spectacular read. Well-written, the narration flowed smoothly, and the situations were realistic and surprisingly deep. Lysander is a rich, gay kid with absolutely no direction in life. He's lost. The narrator was written in such a way to remove the vapid, arrogance which would have been expected, but in its place was a compassionate kid, who was realistic, and easy to understand and love.
Without giving the entirety of the plot away, Lysander is sent to Naughty camp for misfit teenagers, where we meet a mishmash of broken teens who were a pleasure to read. Each and every character was unique and multifaceted.
What I loved the most about the book: it took a long while for a romance to appear, as friendship, familial bonds, and the characters' issues were in the foreground. The bond between Lysander and Finn was refreshing, as was the bond between Lysander and Cai. The reader could feel the familial bonds, even from the grave.
Spectacularly Broken didn't use tricks, action sequences, or excesses of romance to cover the fact that it was lacking in story, because it perfectly showcased the human condition.
Very deep read, yet light-hearted with the age group and Lysander himself. I'm not one who enjoys an endearment in a book (in fact, it's my biggest pet peeve) but when he called his cousin Cupcake, I couldn't help but smile. The endearment spewing was so Lys, that I found it darling. My favorite line of the book is when he called his older cousin 'sweetheart' and told him to go step on a Lego!
I also really, really want pancakes now.
Genre: Young adult (but there is swearing, sexual situations, drug use, yet they were not unrealistic to the age group) | New Adult | Coming of Age | Dark | LGBTQ Gay Romance M/M | Contemporary Romance | HEA | Standalone | Recommend: Contemporary LBGTQ Romance fans | Those who like a deep read, who aren't afraid of the realistic pains in everyday life | Would I read more by this author: will be checking to see what other works the author has written as soon as I push send on this review.
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A Walk Through Fire was an entertaining read. Well-written, pacing and flow eI received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
A Walk Through Fire was an entertaining read. Well-written, pacing and flow easy to read while keeping the reader engaged, and the dual-perspective was effortless.
This is romance at its finest. No insta-love nonsense. There was instant intrigue, lust, and curiosity. While bent slightly one-sided for one of the characters, we (the reader) is privy to both heroes' thoughts. The characters know each other for months, working on a community outreach project together, bringing them into close proximity as well as setting a foundation for their similar interests, lending to the realism of their attachment. (Showing versus telling writing). A solid yet painful backstory kept me interested page after page, as well as whetting my appetite for the side characters' stories.
My only complaint, the book slowed slightly towards the end with repeated scenes and inner monologue as a way to lengthen the journey, making me wish for the conclusion before it was met. Sometimes less is more. The story was strong, the characters were strong, the side characters were strong, we didn't need to rehash the push-pull, will they-won't they trope once the pair was a real couple, especially when it was just emotional distance at that point (which I didn't understand, as they told each other very deep, dark secrets, so it felt unnecessary and doth protest too much, causing the story to lose steam).
I was also put off by the fact that they would be in the middle of a fight or an emotional conversation and move onto sex within a paragraph- it wasn't hate-sex, angry-sex, or sad-sex, so it felt odd. The character would be having deep inner monologue- BAM -the other character was kneeling, dropping trou, or unzipping pants. Injecting sex took away the emotional connection that could have been forged in the moment, leaving unresolved issues to deal with in the next scene, which was my initial complaint.
BABY I won't explain why I put that in my review. If you read my reviews, you'll understand. If you read this after your read the book, you'll understand. It's just a pet peeve of mine. I'm not explaining why, as my pet peeve seems to infect those when I mention it.
Complaints aside, I was pleased and entertained, and look forward to more of this series.
Genre tags: Contemporary Romance | LBGTQ Gay Romance | Male/Male | Gay for you | Abuse and emotional trauma in the past | Dark content | Teenage Bullies | Sexual confusion | Slowly evolving love | Commitment phobic | Foster Care | Close-knit friends and family | Loners | Emotionally stunted | Emotionally needy | Sexual content: Gay sex | Detailed yet not explicit | Hot yet not smut | Romance level, not erotic level | Would I read more by this author: Book #2 is waiting for me on my Kindle...more
Readers who love contemporary romance will enjoy this title. It's well-written, cute, and quick, when I was expecting something with more3 stars.
Readers who love contemporary romance will enjoy this title. It's well-written, cute, and quick, when I was expecting something with more depth after reading the synopsis and the first few chapters. I was excited for a story of redemption, healing, of two broken souls coming together to find themselves along the way. Olivia is a socialite who is lost, and Paul is a veteran who was injured and lost his spark of life. That set-up was the perfect foundation for a profound read.
I was intrigued with the premise, only to find out if was merely a vehicle to propel Olivia and Paul into one another's orbit, with no foundation laid during the exploration of this section of the journey. Upon their first meeting, the reader is subjected to what appears to be a love-hate, banter-ific read. I was thrilled, combining this type of relationship on top of the characters' angst-riddled lives... But within minutes, they are kissing each other, and Olivia is thinking how she would like Paul's babies in her uterus.
As a reader who was only a few chapters into the book, I didn't know the characters well enough to feel the connection between them, just as they didn't know each other at all to feel anything. I felt the characters coming together so soon, thinking how 'beautiful', 'powerful', and 'sexy' the other was, removed any and all build-up I was looking forward to reading. It was instant gratification all too soon in the beginning of the journey.
I read farther, pushing myself to nearly 50%, but I discovered this book just was not for me. But I'm positive less serious readers, who swoon for a well-written romance novel, will enjoy it.
Recommended: Contemporary Romance Fans | New Adult |Insta-love | Romance overpowering the story | ...more
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Upon starting Damon Snow #2, I was happy to note the series' identity c I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
Upon starting Damon Snow #2, I was happy to note the series' identity crisis was abolished. It felt 100% historical paranormal from start to finish. With book #1, it felt more of a historical romance with mentions of paranormal. Why do I mention this? I fear it would have been off-putting for a reader who didn't straddle both camps, wanting more of their favored genre. Olivia Helling manages to inject the charm of the era with the originality of the supernatural.
Well-written and easy to read, with the flow maintaining the narrator's voice, and a quick pacing which keeps the reader engaged.
This was an angsty, lust-filled novella that wasn't light on story. Damon is an insecure, Incubus Molly, who is lonely, heartbroken- even if he won't admit it -and completely endearing. Oft times a novella isn't as fleshed out as a full-length novel in the emotional depth department, with the characters coming off as 2 dimensional in order to fit a story in so few pages. But this wasn't the case in Damon Snow #2. My heart hurt at times. I found myself smiling, getting excited, and worried for Damon. The side characters were just as endearing, even the anti-hero Frost (I want to know more of him, but I'm equally intrigued by both Rogers & Byrne).
Without coming off as a fangirl, I will say that years ago I read a ton of UF & PNR, and in recent times I started reading Historical Romance, never combining the two until recently. I've read thousands of books, but when I was asked to read this title for Wicked Reads I was excited, recognizing the title immediately (as I'd been waiting for it).
In a nutshell, I was entertained the entire time. When I finished the novella, my appetite was whetted for the next. Book #1 was a slow build into book #2, which captured me as a reader, and I anxiously await #3.
Recommended: Historical Romance fans | Paranormal Romance Fans | Male/Male Fans | Heat Level: HOT | explicit | M/M | Orgy | Would I read more by this author: I look forward to seeing the growth as an author, and will be on the lookout for books to come. Would I read more of this series: Absolutely. I cannot wait to see the direction the series takes.
footnote: I normally don't read the note to the readers at the end of the book. Terrible I know, as I also write my readers notes. For some reason I did this time, as was shocked to see my name in the note. Just proof that we authors do read reviews (even if we shouldn't because sometimes it hurts more than it helps. But it's pathological for us to do so) My reason for stating this: words have power; wield them wisely. There is a good chance the author will read them. ...more
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
Take the Long Way Home was frenetic. The writing style was chaotic and all over t I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads
Take the Long Way Home was frenetic. The writing style was chaotic and all over the place, yet it's so raw it draws you right in and captivates you. There is an unpolished quality to the writing, not necessarily correct grammar and sentence structure, yet it's ingenious nontheless. I feel as if it were properly edited, it wouldn't have the same feel, which would be a shame. The narration is as if Dresden is speaking directly to the reader.
Dresden is lost, suffering from the loss of his father, dealing with wounds of the past, and at the cusp of his adult life. He does destructive things that impact his future while not even trying to find himself. A chance meeting with a flannel-clad stranger changes his life, giving him a sense of calm, safety and security, and unconditional love.
The flow is just as quirky as the narrator. The love interest is solid yet flawed and endearing to read. I laughed often, snorting at Dresden's inner monologue. I marveled over the imagery. It wasn't necessarily meant to be funny, but some of the thoughts were so off the wall, I marveled at the author's ingenuity.
Not a con for me, but Grammar Nazis and readers who need a smooth flow will have great difficulty with the chaotic writing style, as well as readers who need a major conflict instead of just the conflicts we struggle with in daily life.
Genre: Dark Content | Taboo | LGBTQ | M/M | Contemporary | Coming of age | New Adult | would I recommend: Yes, especially to those who like a long, winding path to the conclusion, without all the bells and whistles, as Take the Long Way Home concentrates on the human condition. Would I read more by this author: Absolutely. sexy time: Smoking hot | Kink | roleplaying | Every sex scene was necessary if the reader is deep enough to recognize the psychological impact. While there was a healthy dose, I found none of it gratuitous. ...more