I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads
I believe this goes without saying, this is not a standalone, as it's 14.I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads
I believe this goes without saying, this is not a standalone, as it's 14.5 in the Elemental Assassins series. Jennifer Estep has created a fascinating urban fantasy world- start at the beginning (Spider's Bite) with kick-butt Gin the assassin.
Unwanted is a short story narrated by Gin's brother, Finn, showcasing the aftermath of earlier events. Finn is suffering from guilt and a healthy dose of self-loathing after his mother tried to rob the bank where he is employed. After a few of his fellow employees were killed, his current coworker not only refuse to trust him, they blame him. But he blames himself too...
Attending a funeral, Finn overhears something he shouldn't featuring the widow of a fallen coworker negotiating with the local muscle over gambling debts amassed by her brother-in-law. To assuage his guilt, Finn becomes involved.
The first 15 - 20% of this short story had a lot of info dumpage, where Ms. Estep backtracks to play catch-up so the reader wouldn't be confused to the rest of the events of the story. I found myself skimming those portions, but read every word thereafter. If you aren't current in the series, please note this short story will be a spoiler then.
Many were undoubtedly upset with Finnegan after the last installment, and Unwanted gives his version of events, causing the reader to empathize while he tries to make amends. ...more
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads
Morticia Knight is a new-to-me author.
Rockin' the Alternative is the pI received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads
Morticia Knight is a new-to-me author.
Rockin' the Alternative is the prequel to Rockin' It Forever. Rock God, Aubrey King, contacts Bryan to write his memoir, not realizing the young man idolizes him.
This short story takes place over the course of one evening, more than half of it lusty between-the-sheets action as the rockstar manipulates the straight writer into exploring his sexual boundaries. Not that Bryan isn't more than willing.
Obviously this is a short story, so expect things to move quickly. I enjoyed the easy flow of Knight's writing style. However, with this being the initial meeting as a prequel to the full-length book, it was too soon with the insta-lust connection between the pair, the needy rockstar, and the bending by the music writer. Ending it all with talk of forever after a handful of hours together.
All in all, it removed the buildup and tension. But I will reserve my thoughts on whether or not this helped or harmed the flow, buildup, and tension during the full-length novel. I have a hard time once the characters give into their passions, as it makes the story feel finished to me, yet the story has just begun.
Her Twin Brother was a quick yet developed short story, with emotions and heat. Even with so few pages,Kindle Freebie Short Story. MM. Grief.
Her Twin Brother was a quick yet developed short story, with emotions and heat. Even with so few pages, it still felt as if I'd read an entire story, and I applaud the author for this because I can't write a short to save my life.
However, I had a few issues with the story that I'll briefly hit upon, only because it might insult members of the LGBTQ community unintentionally- I don't want them to read it and get angry without a warning. Health treats his brother-in-law like a woman with a male appendage. Not only that, he's a highly misogynistic police officer who glosses over domestic abuse. (Abuse is different as long as you do it out of being drunk and jealous vs angry. THAT angered me). While Abel enjoys domestic aspects of life, he tries several times to get it across that he is a man. I realize this is part of the story, written as traits by the characters, but this will rub those wrong for obvious reasons.
Editing: Yes, this is a free body of work, one I did enjoy for the most part. But there were a ton of habitual editing errors that were bad habits the author had picked up, or had never learned properly, which need to be put into practice. Writers shouldn't lean so heavily on their editors, as things do slip through the cracks- it's best to learn the rules and put them into practice until it becomes second nature. I wouldn't have even mentioned this except for the fact that 40% of the book was advertisements for 100+ titles by the same author, and those habits shouldn't be happening with a seasoned writer.
I was able to overlook the editing, simply because I truly did enjoy the story, and I'm thankful for the free read. This is the second title I've read by this author, UnPrisoned being the other one, and will look forward to reading more in the future. ...more
3 stars. 5 stars on the story 1 star on the entirety of the boat scene.
Excuse me, I can't help it when my editor hat is pulled on; it's involuntary, a3 stars. 5 stars on the story 1 star on the entirety of the boat scene.
Excuse me, I can't help it when my editor hat is pulled on; it's involuntary, and I tend to put my foot in my mouth. When reviewing, I try to be diplomatic, but sometimes the need to spew just overpowers my sensibilities. & trust me, I know the punch to the gut sensation of a negative review. this is constructive, not necessarily negative, because I did in fact enjoy reading the book. I only found 2 typos, so I'm not speaking that type of issue. The last scene & the last chapter, which was only half a page, shouldn't have been in the book.
The story is set up very well. I love Red. I love her plight, her backstory, her vulnerable strength. Everything is great until that scene on the boat. It was too much. I'm not a prude. I write Erotica & contemporary romance with a BDSM twist. Hell, I'm twisted. But there is a time and a place in a story for sex, and that wasn't one of them. The story was just developing, getting really good, setting up future tension between Red & Wolfe, and BANG. Out of nowhere we have oral sex. Why? Because the book was about to end, and as such, you had to have sex for it to be considered erotica <-- that is why.
Personally, I would have stopped the book there, devoid of sex, or added more of what I'm sure is in part two. With the book only being 50 pages, that extra length would have satisfied readers more so then the rushed and out-of-place sex scene, with an ending that wasn't the odd half page in Red's POV, which just felt unfinished and awkward.
Overall, I loved the premise, the characters. Red was developed well. There was a mystery with the grandmother and why they were estranged, & Wolfe/W's identity & his "did he do it" mystery.
But the oral sex and abrupt ending just ruined the whole entire thing.
Would I recommend: Yes, but only if the reader has several installments of the story Will I continue to read the next in the series: Yes. Will I read more from this author in the future: Yes, but if whatever I read from her next is as if parts are written out of left-field, I won't read any father. I'm a stickler for consistency. ...more
Meh. The title is highly misleading, as this is a dual-perspective short novella featuring both Macon & Wade, with Wade having at least 70% of theMeh. The title is highly misleading, as this is a dual-perspective short novella featuring both Macon & Wade, with Wade having at least 70% of the voice. I was confused at first when it was Wade's pov. When it was Macon's short turn at a POV, I didn't realize it was him thanks to the confusion mixed with 3rd person.
I'd say this was Wade's story, or Wade & Macon's story.
It is also written in third person, making intimate moments rather mechanical. No pronouns, ruining the flow. Wade did this. Macon did that... Wade and Macon did this and that together... rinse... repeat. I couldn't connect. I couldn't fall into the story... at all. I don't do well with third person, especially in m/m romance when you can't use he since both are he. In a hetero novel, you can use he/she and the other main character's name to add fluidity to the flow.
What disappointed me the most is that the story picks up 8 month after when the story should have began. The scandal and the coming out would have been far more interesting than reading the aftermath in my opinion. When the backstory is more intriguing, maybe it's best to go write the backstory as the story, and then flow to the present time.
Aside from what I mentioned above, it was written well. Just not my kind of read. ...more
Short Story: Kindle Freebie. Dirty Play is part of the Dirty Shorts anthology. As a gamer girl/RPG fanatic, I loved the story. I fear non-gamers will eShort Story: Kindle Freebie. Dirty Play is part of the Dirty Shorts anthology. As a gamer girl/RPG fanatic, I loved the story. I fear non-gamers will either be intrigued to play or feel slightly lost while reading. The actual gameplay was well described in a way that players would get a kick out of it and nonplayers would understand. FYI, my rouge in D&D was later named for one of the kids in my book series(Azriel)little known fact <-- but this review isn't about me *snickers*.
I just love the quarkiness of these short stories. I feel like I have a home within the stories as I grin and feel like I'm a part of an inside joke. Male/male romance with an amusing kick. Time for me to read the next!! ...more
Short Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. PLEASE, I beg of you, Kyle Adams, give me more Darkfist&Moltenman! Please, thShort Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. PLEASE, I beg of you, Kyle Adams, give me more Darkfist&Moltenman! Please, this girl has a very stress-filled life and I really enjoyed this pair of characters.
Quote in the spoiler. (view spoiler)[ "You're right. You are the worst superhero, like ever. Letting millions die while letting your enemy fuck your tight ass. Shame one you, Moltenman." "I think social etiquette dictates to at least pull your cock out of someone's ass before you insult them. Don't be rude, Darkfist." (hide spoiler)]...more
Short Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. What is the perfect read for a Geek Girl BDSM writer? This story. Two men role plShort Story: Kindle Freebie, included in the Dirty Shorts anthology. What is the perfect read for a Geek Girl BDSM writer? This story. Two men role play as a superhero and a villain. It was piss your pants funny and dampen your panties hot. I was excited to learn that their story continues. Both characters are endearing and amusing. ...more
Short story: Kindle freebie, story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
UM... yeah. The other shorts I've read so far were cute, amusing, and sweet... yShort story: Kindle freebie, story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
UM... yeah. The other shorts I've read so far were cute, amusing, and sweet... yeah, this had an entirely different tone to the story, not that I minded. HOT. DIRTY. SEXY. MALE. AGGRESSION.
I'm still blushing, dammit!
Quote that did me in. "Okay, fuck me like you paid for it." I think I'd suffered some brain damage earlier because I didn't know what he meant. "What the fuck does that mean?" "Fuck me like you would a whore. Hard, fast, dirty, but don't cry after," he snapped back at me....more
Short story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile uponShort story: Kindle freebie, a story within the Dirty Shorts anthology.
Kyle Adams stories are short and sweet and seem to plaster a goofy smile upon my face. I find myself randomly laughing through the duration of the read. While sexy, it's endearing and entertaining. Definitely recommend for m/m fans who would like half an hour of escapism.