(view spoiler)[The book had a good start. From the first few pages I had a sense of foreboding and dre...moreI liked this. Just not as much as I anticipated.
(view spoiler)[The book had a good start. From the first few pages I had a sense of foreboding and dread. I already sympathised with Lee and wanted him to escape the hell Vornis had created. The best way to describe various tortures is to let the reader imagine what they will. And I could think of so many ways that Lee could have been hurt, physically and emotionally. But then little issues started popping up. Some of the horrors I imagined part of Vornis' imprisonment were too harsh to what the book later on revealed. In some ways it was tamer than I had thought it would be, and in other ways it proved hurtful enough to deeply mark Lee and Shaw. Another issue I had with the story was Shaw's character. Before I knew he was an undercover agent, I found it disconcerting to have him act the dominant part and then bow before Vornis and the others, letting it be implied that he would accept becoming Guterman's bitch if it came with contacts and connections in the criminal world. It was obvious that if Guterman would have ever been allowed to use Shaw's body, Shaw would have ceased to exist as a person and become an object. It made it easier to accept this behaviour once it was revealed it was part of a fake identity. (hide spoiler)]
What I liked about the book were the insightful comments and views into what makes a person, how someone is affected by events in their life, how one is forced to meet everyone else's expectations. I found those had a ring to me and they made me think how they apply to my own life, irrelevant of any traumatic experiences.
So overall, not a book I enjoyed because of its characters or action but because it made me think of certain aspects of my life and how I react to them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think this is my first book by the author. And it is what I expected it to be. An intense BDSM scene.
(view spoiler)[Blake and Archer have been in a...moreI think this is my first book by the author. And it is what I expected it to be. An intense BDSM scene.
(view spoiler)[Blake and Archer have been in a relationship for over a year. And to celebrate the occasion, they play a scene. And Blake will get his wish granted, which is to be fucked by Archer. I didn't feel there was much psychological development for either character, more like a linear shaping but the visual images coming alive on the page are sizzling. There is cropping, finger playing, dirty talk, plugs (of course), some light whipping and the promise of genital piercing. I found it to be a balanced composition, enough elements included and in just the right amount so as not to become off putting. (hide spoiler)]
Not a bad way to get acquainted with a writer. I'll be trying other titles by him.
(view spoiler)[It was such a nice read! I really liked Ferro with with mouthy attitude, his confidence that he would be rescued by his family, even if his being sold as slave was punishment for angering his parents. He was under the impression that there wasn't anything he couldn't handle. And then he met Lisias. A mysterious sheep tender that had many remarkable qualities and who managed to surprise Ferro and gain the upper hand. Lisias made Ferro understand what desire and commitment really meant and how those feelings can change a person. There were moments when I felt a teacher and pupil relationship between the two, a wise man and a foolish youth brought together by fate or gods. But as you reach the conclusion of the book, it's obvious they are meant for each other, making a stronger unit together. (hide spoiler)]
Very nice indeed!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This came onto my radar thanks to a friend. Based on her flattering review, I gave this a try. I wasn't disappointed. I seem to really connect with Fi...moreThis came onto my radar thanks to a friend. Based on her flattering review, I gave this a try. I wasn't disappointed. I seem to really connect with Finn Marlowe's writing.
I'm taking half a star because as great as the reading was, extremely hot and arousing, I doubt I'd be reading this again sometime soon. It left me breathless while I went through the story. I'd definitely read a sequel, should there be one, but won't re-read because its deep flavored impression was a one time thing only. Not sure I'd feel the same intensity on a second reading.
(view spoiler)[With that said, this was mind blowing. I was turned on by the game Erik and Winter played. Whether I was seeing things though Erik or Winter's eyes, it was titillating. I can't say I favored or disliked cross-dressing. Viewed it a bit sternly, let's say, since I haven't come across it often or made much research to take a stand either way. But Finn has a way with words that is totally in-sync with me. Irrelevant of my opinion, while reading this, I was inside the characters, being aroused by the lace, fascinated by its feel, the image it presented. I went through the entire play of emotions, experienced the surge of shame, humiliation as well as arousal as the scene unfolded. (hide spoiler)]
So that is basically what I use to rate a book. How much I get to relate to a character, blend within the character so that their actions ring true to me, despite how unrealistic they might be if I applied in real life or according to my own system. Therefore, this is worthy of 4.5 stars.
P.S.: I wonder why Winter and his sister are named after seasons. Is there a story behind that? Some hidden meaning?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What an enchanting little story! And again, all the good stuff is for free. Imagine that!
Wu and Şehzade are amazing characters. Each with layers upon...moreWhat an enchanting little story! And again, all the good stuff is for free. Imagine that!
Wu and Şehzade are amazing characters. Each with layers upon layers to peel away till you can find their core, each wise in the way of the world. A chance meeting and they cross paths, yet little do they know how greatly their lives will change. I slowed my reading just so I can enjoy the story just a little bit longer.
If you like historical settings, original plot twists and characters that pull at your heart strings, this is it for you.
**spoiler alert** How the hell do you rate something like this?
It was spooky as hell. I spent the entire reading session with teeth clenched, barely d...more**spoiler alert** How the hell do you rate something like this?
It was spooky as hell. I spent the entire reading session with teeth clenched, barely daring to move from one line to the next. I think what freaked me out the most was the unpredictable changes happenings all around. The sudden and bruising unraveling off all the things one took for granted to give the world sense. And it was done superbly, as I felt each new alteration, saw it with my mind's eye... even sensed it in my gut, just like Abraham. Everything changed and it wasn't anything I could have ever imagined.
Given a choice, I'd like the fast death instead of the slow, torturous disarray of the world all around me. Hey, ignorance is bliss, right?(less)
**spoiler alert** What an adorable read! It brought a smile to my face.
I loved both characters. Jameson was witty, very optimistic with a cocky attitu...more**spoiler alert** What an adorable read! It brought a smile to my face.
I loved both characters. Jameson was witty, very optimistic with a cocky attitude and very sure of himself. He took everything in stride and didn't bat an eyelash at getting head, giving head, figuring out he's bi- tending towards gay and shouting his feelings at the top of his lungs in front of his crush and his parents. Tristan was a surprise in more ways than one. He was feisty, almost aggressive, self deprecating and unsure while still trying to put up a strong front. I don't know which of them I liked more.
Great read with interesting secondary characters and one romantic unfolding relationship that had me cheering and smiling happily for the new couple.(less)
(view spoiler)[I couldn't emotionally connect with the characters to really appreciate the shyness and naive stumb...moreWell, sadly this was only ok for me.
(view spoiler)[I couldn't emotionally connect with the characters to really appreciate the shyness and naive stumbling in the BDSM world or the stages they went through to know each other better and become a couple. My greatest peeve was probably the short amount of time it took for Adam and Josh to start their sexual exploration, since they had been practically strangers for the 6 months they had known each other.
It also seemed weird the way they would both confirm several times they were into trying something, not to mention that Adam seemed to find almost everything connected to BDSM arousing. I won't argue with that, I too find an attraction to it but not everything in it. And I suppose that is what I was expecting to see in Adam. A draw to the BDSM lifestyle but still some uncertainty or limits to what he wanted to try. But there was nothing. All of a sudden, he had discovered the world of BDSM and couldn't get enough. Hard to believe that in all his 18 / 20 years of life he had, not once, come across something BDSM related and discovered he was drawn to it. Even without the benefit of the world wide web and him being a recluse, that just pushed my incredulity limit.
Another thing that took me out of the story was the attempt to outline their life outside the BDSM games. Hard to accomplish this in less than 100 pages and still focus on the evolving D/S relationship. I would rather have the author focused on only one plot line. As a result, I was rather dissatisfied with both. (hide spoiler)]
A fluffy BDSM story, as I heard another member (anke) refer to this. It will definitely cater to those interested in trying out BDSM stories for the first time. It just didn't push my buttons.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I feel the story was too short for the elements it contained. (view spoiler)[I didn't have enough time to ascertain Rupert's feelings or understand hi...moreI feel the story was too short for the elements it contained. (view spoiler)[I didn't have enough time to ascertain Rupert's feelings or understand his change of heart. It was like one moment he was mooning after Deveraux and agreeing to steal from the count and the next moment he realised he had feelings for Kaspar and tried to protect him.
For 3/4 of the book, I was under the impression it wasn't your average vampire tale. But right before the end, the Count admits to having feelings for Rupert and asking the young man to join him in immortality. What exactly did he see in Rupert to make the offer, when he had had so many others before him and spent only a handful of days in Rupert's company?
One thing that stuck with me and annoyed me was the first night, when Rupert served the vampires blood. Silvio advised Rupert to serve the count then the ladies. And yet, Rupert only serves Kaspar, leaving the other 2 vampires to pour blood for the women. I would have appreciated some continuity. (hide spoiler)]
It's a 2 star rating for me. Nothing special to make me remember it but not awful either.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** It was amazing read. Quite the saga. It's amazing to read about all these characters and how their own personal interest collided ag...more**spoiler alert** It was amazing read. Quite the saga. It's amazing to read about all these characters and how their own personal interest collided against the others'. I would take half a star simply because I hated Christine/Chris. Despite understanding her reasons and behaviour, there were several times throughout the series that I wished her death, in lessening the heroes' ordeal. I'll stick to the 5 star rating for all the wondrous adventures I embarked upon alongside Will and Gaston. But my feelings for Chris remain unchanged.
I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced, I sat tense in waiting, I struggled with despair. There wasn't an emotion I did not feel while I accompanied this unusual group of people as they made their way between aspirations and plotting to find happiness. I will admit the ending seemed a tad bit forced towards it happily ever after. But after all that Will and Gaston went through, they were entitled to it.
I was truly inside the book, living each peril, experiencing each feeling and overcoming each hurdle. For this alone, the series is worth reading.(less)
Hard to rate this story. It made my stomach churn and left me depressed. However, it did have a noticeable impact on me, albeit not an optimistic one....moreHard to rate this story. It made my stomach churn and left me depressed. However, it did have a noticeable impact on me, albeit not an optimistic one. So for that it gets 4 stars.
(view spoiler)[It started pretty innocuous with Andy as this young man, too lazy and unsure what to do with his life, who turns to tricks to cover his expenses. I always loved the stories of paid girls/rentboys because underneath the financial transactions and sexual exploits, there is deep analysis of human nature, what makes a person work, what incites them, what gets a reaction out of them. And this must be done in matter of minutes. You must be a good judge of character to mould yourself after some stranger's wishes and be able to put your own desires aside.
But the story does not have an optimistic note like Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl. Andy is hurt by unrequited love, falls back in the arms of an abusive ex, Nick. But Nick is not the salvation Andy was hoping for. Andy goes through endless drinking and drugs trying to blanket the despair he's feeling. Once bereft of all hope and anyone he could cling to for a bit of attention and care, he finds the inspiration to put all his pain to paper. (hide spoiler)]
A haunting story, actually. At least it was for me. I was hoping for a fairy tale and got a cold dish of reality. Poignant but not one I could re-read any time soon.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)