I don't usually like historicals. Or war-based novels. But when I saw these two had written one, and it was a captive situation, I knew I was buying i...moreI don't usually like historicals. Or war-based novels. But when I saw these two had written one, and it was a captive situation, I knew I was buying it immediately.
It did not disappoint. As I expected it would not.
The authors did a wonderfully credible job of turning the hatred created by the evils of war back into something humane, by reminding us that a man is just a man when it's all said and done, and that everyone just wants to go back home and be themselves when it's over, no matter what side they started or ended on.
And that once the war ends, things will never be as they were before because wars affect so many lives.
There was a beautiful poetry in the grudging understanding between these two men and watching it blossom into something more.
I really enjoyed this continuation of If It Flies. You really do need to read If It Flies first, though much of the Market Garden universe can otherwi...moreI really enjoyed this continuation of If It Flies. You really do need to read If It Flies first, though much of the Market Garden universe can otherwise be standalone. Reading back-to-back probably isn't necessary though.
If It Flies begins the story of Nick and Spencer. Spencer's a closeted corporate lawyer who meets Nick, a Dom at the Market Garden. That story is Nick coming to terms with the idea of wanting more of a relationship with Spencer than what they get from their professional working Dom/sub relationship.
This story is more of the aftermath for Nick, and to some degree for Spencer as well. Nick has become so distracted by thoughts of Spencer that he can't appropriately focus on being a Dom for anyone else, and it's tearing him apart from the inside because of preconceived notions he has of relationships. Spencer is exactly what he wants and needs, and he doesn't know how to reconcile the two situations in his head and his heart.
Nick's heart and how he works through his issues are very evident on the page. There's raw emotion captured in this story that is usually harder to put to words, but it seems so effortless here. But it's not super angsty - he's working through it, even agonizing over it, but it didn't weigh the story down as angst sometimes can.
Spencer really is the perfect sub for Nick, and it's plain to see how much they love each other in little ways and bigger ones. And they do have scorching hot kinky and yet intimate sex.
Definitely recommended if you don't mind the kink.(less)
Another excellent installment of the Infected series. In this one, Roan has to deal with the new reality that the lion can come out whenever Roan's co...moreAnother excellent installment of the Infected series. In this one, Roan has to deal with the new reality that the lion can come out whenever Roan's consciousness is too stunned or unavailable to contain the lion. He's also losing ground on trying to keep his secrets hidden from the world at large, even with as many people as are helping him. (And there are a lot more of them than he first realizes.)
Dylan continues to find himself in the strange area between rock and hard place as Roan's husband, trying to be supportive as Roan begins to come unglued at the seemingly increasing likelihood of the lion taking over and losing himself entirely.
This story also follows Holden's growth as he tries to figure out exactly what he wants going forward. Scott seems to be along for the ride, whether Holden wants him there or not. They continue to refuse to talk about whether it's a relationship. Holden actually begins to open up like a human being, just a bit.
There's a little bit of Grey and even less of Fiona in this one, and nothing of Tank but mention. And in a surprise visit, Matt makes a brief appearance too.(less)
This was a cute short story of a guy named Luke joining an adult league dodgeball team after drinking an 'herbal' shake that made him a touch loopy. F...moreThis was a cute short story of a guy named Luke joining an adult league dodgeball team after drinking an 'herbal' shake that made him a touch loopy. Fortunately, the team captain is not just easy on the eyes. The story is just their initial meeting and first flirt, but it's a quick fun read.(less)
So, I can't speak as to whether you can read this book without having read Chaser first, because I did read Chaser first, and I would highly suggest i...moreSo, I can't speak as to whether you can read this book without having read Chaser first, because I did read Chaser first, and I would highly suggest it. It's a great book in its own right, but the events which happen in that book are partially a springboard for what happens to Bobby in this book. This book is set several months after the end of the events in Chaser.
I have to say that I felt that Bobby from this story started off as a completely different character from the one I saw in Chaser, but then again, he isn't the same person as he was in that book because this book takes place after all of the fallout from Chaser occurred. It took me a couple of chapters to see the Bobby that we were introduced to in Chaser emerge.
So, Bobby made a HUGE mistake in abusing his best friend's trust and nearly breaking up Caden's happiness with Kevin. Caden hasn't spoken to him since, but he eventually mails Bobby his therapist Camille's card. With Camille's help, Bobby eventually realizes that he's a sex addict and starts to attend Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings.
This is a story of personal growth, of finding out who Bobby really is and why he acts out the way he acts out, using sex to forget his pain, and ultimately searching for love in all the wrong places. He strengthens his relationship with his mother after his father's death, reanalyzing what he thought he knew about those people.
He meets several people along this path to self-discovery, including Wade, an acquaintance from high school, and Aaron, a guy he met in a bar who also shows up at the same SAA meetings. He also meets Johnny, a Chihuahua he rescued from behind a dumpster, who had the fortune to return the favor (rescuing Bobby in kind).
The story takes place over several months (7 or 8 at least) because the kind of growth Bobby needs isn't something that happens overnight. And, of course there are setbacks in his progress from which he has to pick himself up and understand why he fell. I have to admit that even though I logically knew the story could not have progressed faster because of the time such a personal journey takes, there were some slow periods of pacing in the story where I just wanted Bobby to "get on with the growth already". In the end, that's why I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5. The growth and emotion is there, and it was a great story of an interesting situation and a character that is very unique in the genre.
I might round it up to 5 depending on re-readability for me.(less)
It was very nice to revisit Jon and Cole, since we haven't seen anything of them since Paris A to Z. Strawberries for Dessert has been and continues t...moreIt was very nice to revisit Jon and Cole, since we haven't seen anything of them since Paris A to Z. Strawberries for Dessert has been and continues to be my favorite book in the Coda series, but this is a nice continuation, with Jon and Cole trying to adopt, and in the middle of that also dealing with how to handle Cole's mother, who is just like him, and yet neither one sees how similar they are. It's up to Jon's father, George, to help them get past their insecurities to start mending fences. There are some interesting train wrecks in this book, but ultimately it's about exactly what the title says: Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding.
(view spoiler)[The baby's name is cheesy, though. Not like that's never been done before. I seem to recall an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender where they did the same thing, and it was just as cheesy there. I like her middle name better. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a really sweet read that was fairly low angst. Walter ends up with a housing situation at university and suddenly has to live on campus. With...moreThis was a really sweet read that was fairly low angst. Walter ends up with a housing situation at university and suddenly has to live on campus. With a roommate. In a single. In the least gay-friendly dorm on campus. The only saving grace is his sweet, Disney-loving, gay freshman roommate, Kelly. Walter's a gay Casanova, and thinks his virgin, fantasy-seeking roommate can do better than his cynical ass with family and abandonment issues.
Kelly has just come out and is looking for college to be magical. Only it's not. Kelly has major allergy issues (and for those who know/follow Heidi Cullinan, you know this is all straight from her heart and her life). And he is still figuring out who he is. And thank God Walter is rooming with him in the jock dorm, or his year would be awful.
Walter knows Kelly can do better, but Kelly knows Walter better than anyone (except his advisor, Williams) and stops looking for anyone else. Walter can't let Kelly go and eventually succumbs to his desire for Kelly, though he still treats Kelly gently. And then he panics because he can't do relationships. They're both worried about messing up the friendship that is getting them through the year.
There are other events, family and university driven, which conspire against them. It's a wonderful look at the realities of life at a university level, and how the guy who sees half-empty and the one who sees half-full can actually work together and be happy. Very enjoyable read.(less)