I liked this book. I can't give it a 5 star rating but it definitely deserves a 3.
Things I liked about the book: The characters were sweet. The action...moreI liked this book. I can't give it a 5 star rating but it definitely deserves a 3.
Things I liked about the book: The characters were sweet. The action was not rushed and they took their time to move from friends (for over 5 years) to intimate lovers. There was no outside interference (with the slight exception of a pushy friend, present only to induce a light state of jealousy) and the whole atmosphere gives off this pleasant and relaxed feeling as the two fall in love and come to terms with their feelings.
Things I didn't like: The jumping from one character to the other without any hint. It was frustrating to have to reread a paragraph in order to understand which one was talking. The fact that it was a clean story (no bitching from relatives/friends/neighbors, no hateful reactions from the world) it just seemed a bit cocooned from reality. Or that's how I see it. I simply cannot imagine a love story between two men without someone from their environment hating their relationship.
I guess not having met all my expectations and the confusing writing style dropped my rating. But all in all, it was a sweet GFY story. And as other members replied... it's a great start to delve in the world of M/M romance.(less)
This was the kind of book you can't put down until you've read it all. I was charmed by the world depicted in these pages, and I fell in love with Dav...moreThis was the kind of book you can't put down until you've read it all. I was charmed by the world depicted in these pages, and I fell in love with David and Callan.
[spoiler ahead]The only reason it doesn't get a 5 star rating from me is because I tend to like my book with a bit more explicit sexuality in it (while RW Day's writing made me think of a blushing high school girl). And because at times, I felt the storyline was moving a bit too slow. But other than that, it was a magnificent read. I enjoyed tremendously walking through the story alongside David, experiencing his emotions and seeing through his eyes. It almost moved me to tears to read the heartfelt bond between them and how it was tested over and over again without ever failing.
Being a fan of HEA, I kept on reading, hoping that things would somehow be made right. It was hard to believe that Callan had indeed lost his arm or the cruelty of townsfolk concerning private matters between lovers. But on the other hand, that made the story more realistic and touching. And the ending, while not the one I had expected or envisioned, still left me with a warm feeling inside and hope for better days for the two boys. Looking forward to reading the sequel.[end spoiler](less)
It was an amazing book! I was pulled within the story and unable to put it down before I finished it.
When I first saw the number of pages, I imagined...moreIt was an amazing book! I was pulled within the story and unable to put it down before I finished it.
When I first saw the number of pages, I imagined the story couldn't be very well developed but then I realised what a small writing had been used and knew I was in for a incredible ride. There wasn't anythig missing from the story. The descriptions of land, people and customs blended superbly with the adrenaline packed action scenes as well as the erotic explorations of the main characters. It was by far the most horrendous story I read and yet, the most sublime one so far.
I was infatuated with Yhalen almost from the beginning. He was sweet and innocent and unprepared to deal with the harsh reality. But in short order he was confronted with the cruelty of others as well as having his beliefs shaken by his desire to outlive the horrors of torture. And that was only the beginning. Throughout his travels, farther than he had ever imagined or dreamed, he is stripped of his people and faith, finding an ally in the unlikeliest place: his former enemy. And despite the world of hurt and betrayal he had to endure, he still held a sliver of hope and humanity. His heinous torture at the hand of the ogres was the most horrifying scene I have yet to read and brought tears to my eyes. I could find no other retribution for it other than what Yhalen did to the Rocktooth clan. I could find no flaws to him, since no human is perfect. I understood the frightening terror that locked his body and erased his pride. I understood the invisible bonds of love that tied him to Bloodraven. Like Bloodraven said in the book, he may seem frail but underneath the soft flesh of human, lies a strong will and determined spirit.
Bloodraven was just as impressive character in the book. A half-human (or half-ogre depending on how you want to see it)... that alone can outline the sum of his traits. Restraining the usual rage and cruelty of his fellow ogres, developing feelings for those that seemed weaker than him, showing kindness and affection, feelings practically banished from the ogres. Setting a path for himself, no matter the perils and hurts along the way, with enough determination to see it to the end. Like Yhalen, he too was changed by their interaction, slowly and unknowingly but inexorably drawn to his human slave. From going alone after Yhalen to risking his life for him, his slave become just as important as the goal he had set for his halflings brothers.
Along Yhalen and Bloodraven, all the other characters introduced along the way had their own strong personality that bended the line of the story, affecting actions and feelings. Deathclaw, that sustained a hatred stronger than the will to live, Elvardo, a magical and mysterious being, whimsical in his help or lack thereof, questionable ally to Yhalen and Bloodraven, lady Duvera, practitioner of magic and avid for more power.
I thought the story would be told from only one point of view. I admired the way the author included Bloodraven, only after revealing to the reader that he could speak and understand Yhalen's language. I was awed at the extent of details added to the descriptions, the characters' traits, even the torture scenes. Everything so well balanced that I was plunged into the story having vivid impressions that linger still. A well deserved 5 star rating!!!(less)
This was a nice read. I didn't think fantasy and m/m novels could work so well together. Aspects I didn't like: The author definitely needs a Beta read...moreThis was a nice read. I didn't think fantasy and m/m novels could work so well together. Aspects I didn't like: The author definitely needs a Beta reader. The mistakes and slip ups are not major to distract you completely from the plot but they can get a bit annoying. Another thing that was a bit unpleasant was the fact she did not pay attention to how she described the scene. She would start with one description, only to picture it differently in mid-action. And having to read it twice only to realise I had two instances of descriptions is not my thing. Things I did like: The magic elements used in the story. Until the romantic side actually started, I didn't even miss it for the simple reason that I was too engrossed in the fantasy world and explanations the author provided. Some were very imaginative and I enjoyed reading about them (especially about the dilemma between white and black magic). Looking forward to reading the second novella. P.S.: I was really sad when Keyd tore his right wing :((less)
It was a nice book. But somehow, I was expecting more.
The rating is subjective, so hope the more avid readers won't dislike it. [spoiler ahead]I expec...moreIt was a nice book. But somehow, I was expecting more.
The rating is subjective, so hope the more avid readers won't dislike it. [spoiler ahead]I expected that the first 1/3 of the book would construct the background of the story and set in place the main characters. But that was not the case. It was a mingle of all (or almost all the characters) that appear in the book and an even more confusing history of how they came to be. This kind of elaboration for supporting characters would have worked for a larger story, where each had their 15 minutes glory. In such a short story, it seemed rushed. And Holden's emotional trail throughout the story pretty much left me baffled. With only 10 pages or so before the end, I get a glimpse that he is in love/denial with Bran and therefore, decides to keep him. By that time, I was already expecting Bran to runaway and find his actual true love.
But Bran's emotions were well portrayed. Each character was nicely drawn, each with their own quirks that made for a nice read. I was glad the story had a HEA, though not exactly the kind that I imagined.[end spoiler](less)
[spoiler ahead]I really enjoyed this book. It was my second by this author and I imagined I knew what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. I was...more[spoiler ahead]I really enjoyed this book. It was my second by this author and I imagined I knew what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. I was a bit put off by the flashbacks from the past because I feel they lose some of the raw emotion of the moment. But in Noah and Cam's case, it worked superbly, especially with those amazing erotic scenes that only added fuel to their interactions years later. I was a bit surprised by the light dominance described in the book, as Noah hardly seemed like the type to want that kind of control over him (though, since it was Cam doing it, it sort of makes sense). Nor did I expect Noah to so happily accept the bottom role with Cam but be top in other relations. However, the author made it work and I was happy at how the story progressed both physically and emotionally. It seemed a bit hard to imagine them staying apart for weeks at a time, when craving for the other's touch so much. The cherry on the cake (so to say) was their last trial.. meeting Noah's brother. It made for such a nice ending![/end spoiler](less)
It was an amazing story, even though it was a different style from what I had become accustomed with from this author. The story was highly emotional,...moreIt was an amazing story, even though it was a different style from what I had become accustomed with from this author. The story was highly emotional, though not in the sense that something tragic happened at every page turn.
I tried to stay objective but ended siding with Kyle throughout the book. Both of them had their own reasons to act the way they did but I couldn't help feeling that Kyle got the short end of the stick while Sean fought only with the consequences of the shooting. I was impressed with the two characters' relationship, Kyle's family and how feelings and emotions were portrayed. The tableau really did make for the perfect family, as much as one can be when two men and society's unspoken rules are involved. I found their struggle very believable, since both are very opinionated and proud, despite their love for each other. And even with 6 years of living together, some obstacles are not easily surpassed. As always, the sex scenes were amazingly hot and romantic (in the sense that they knew each other so well).
The reason why I didn't mark this with a 5 star rating is because 3/4 of the book was depressingly heading towards a break-up only to have them make up and go back to living happily ever after in the last few pages. And though logically I admit that men might prioritize sex over feelings, it was at times distracting to see them jump to bed only to continue fighting afterward.
But all in all, it was a strong and remarkable story. And I'm glad that the heroes did get their HEA in the end.(less)
Reading the author's stories chronologically, I can see the subtle changes and in-depth portrayal of the characters in each respective book.
In what co...moreReading the author's stories chronologically, I can see the subtle changes and in-depth portrayal of the characters in each respective book.
In what concerns Collision Course, at times I felt there was a bigger emphasis on the sexual relationship between the two males. But in time, even their physical interactions proved to be a way of communicating, sharing and experiencing feelings.
I loved Joye's casualness that hid insecurity and longing for true love. I admired Aaron's stubbornness and cut-off attitude that hid deep hurt and fear of real love. And I enjoyed the steps each character took to understanding each other, adjusting to a new life together and... "letting go of the script".
The story is a really good combination between awesome sex and well thought of plot, just the thing to keep you reading until the end.
3rd read: 9th September - 11th September 2014.(less)
I finished this book faster than I had anticipated. Or the end took me by surprise. The flow of the story went so smoothly and there were hardly any o...moreI finished this book faster than I had anticipated. Or the end took me by surprise. The flow of the story went so smoothly and there were hardly any outbursts (as is the case in the other Diving Deep novels) that I didn't figure the story would end after one fight.
[spoiler ahead]But I liked the story. The characters seemed a bit... vague. There was plenty information to shape them out but somehow, I was left with wanting to know more about their families and how they interacted with them (how Kim's family would react to Shane, the boyfriend). It was weird to see them make an almost 180 turn from closed-off (Kim) and runaway (Shane) to committed and in love but what helped things along the way was having small appearances from Aaron and Joey.
All in all, an enjoyable read (both regarding the plot and sex scenes).[end spoiler](less)
I pondered between giving this a 3 or 4 star rating. But decided to go for 3 because for more than half the story, it all seemed like a mushy, romanti...moreI pondered between giving this a 3 or 4 star rating. But decided to go for 3 because for more than half the story, it all seemed like a mushy, romantic story with everyone understanding and accepting the situation. And... it was all too sweet.
[spoiler ahead]I had started the book expecting more angst and difficult issues to face. And was disappointed by the first half of the book. But the last 70 pages or so, made it better. Because 'the thing' between Evan and Matt wasn't all just roses and good times. Because they both made mistakes, they both hurt... they were humanly stumbling their way into a relationship. I'm not entirely sure what role James played in this but he was nicely included in the story, that it would have paid off to have him more present in the plot.[end spoiler]
All in all, it made for a nice read, though it took patience to read it all.(less)
I think I would have liked it more if it had been my first book by this author. But I was already introduced to the general characteristic of her "boy...moreI think I would have liked it more if it had been my first book by this author. But I was already introduced to the general characteristic of her "boys" and some of the means she uses in describing a scene or a feeling. Since it's the same author, some likeliness is bound to appear... I just found it disconcerting when reading different plots.
But the story was interesting. I liked the idea of placing two cops in a gay resort... which was one of the limited solutions to getting them to act on their desires. [spoiler ahead] The final scene where they are forced to have sex or killed was a bit forced in my opinion. No matter how gay, one drug lord will hardly resort to that to silence two cops. Can't remember but I think their roles were pretty much defined (as top or bottom) which was nice (though I don't mind some switching from time to time). I was more impressed with Nicolas' struggle regarding his feelings for his partner but found Sean a bit too at ease with all the gropings going around.[/spoiler]
All in all, it was a nice book. The sex scenes were definitely arousing XD. i just would have liked a bit more work on the characters and plot development.(less)
It was the second book I ever read by this author. And it was really good!
[spoiler ahead] The only issue I had was with the paranormal bit (Tony being...moreIt was the second book I ever read by this author. And it was really good!
[spoiler ahead] The only issue I had was with the paranormal bit (Tony being a werewolf and how it came between the two) and the fact that all their story was placed as a flash from the past. But everything else was just... very nicely put together. I was entranced by how they came together (the hazing period for Andrew was really rough but so hot and arousing with that final scene). And their gradual change from roommates to lovers was so sweet and endearing... their slow dance around each other, tasting the waters and slowly letting go to feelings and physical experiences made for a nice read. The sex scenes were amazing, more so because they were tangled with romance and heartfelt emotions.
If it weren't for the rather savage killing and twisted time line of presenting the events, this would have gotten a 5 star rating.[end spoiler] But even with those glitches, it was a great read. (less)
I expected that being one of Anderson's book, I would love it. I was rather disappointed by the weird world and customs forcing the characters to play...moreI expected that being one of Anderson's book, I would love it. I was rather disappointed by the weird world and customs forcing the characters to play the mater/slave roles. Just couldn't get the feel of the story. And when I could almost predict some of the scenes... well, my interest dwindled. I'm by n means able to write something like that but I just couldn't help imagine better ways of dealing with some of the twists and turns of the plot.
The explicit scenes were very good (a trademark of the author, I would say) but they just couldn't make up for the wantings in the plot area.(less)
It was a good book. I liked the chemistry and evolution of the characters.
[spoiler ahead]But what put me off the book was the short no. of pages, the...moreIt was a good book. I liked the chemistry and evolution of the characters.
[spoiler ahead]But what put me off the book was the short no. of pages, the swift changes in the characters' behavior and the whole "chicken gay competition". The game was pretty lame, though I admit it would fit pretty well in the college atmosphere and mentality. The boys showed inventiveness in coming up with dares just so they can touch each other. But I liked the nice ending and, of course, the hot scenes.[/end spoiler](less)
It was such a nice book. I enjoyed that we got to know and understand both sides of the story as each character got the chance to describe their feeli...moreIt was such a nice book. I enjoyed that we got to know and understand both sides of the story as each character got the chance to describe their feelings moving through the events of the story. The magic elements were nicely introduced in the story (though having to masturbate or having sex to control magic was a bit far-fetched). But what really impressed me in the story is the way Thrain was presented. I really felt his sorrow, angst and love as his relationship to Elias deepened. The sex scenes were nicely balanced with a good historical and political background and interesting portrayal of the characters.
It was my first book by the author, and it sparked an interest for her work. I'm really glad I picked up this story.(less)