What an incredible story! I fell in love with Pip/Valentine and Lindsay. 4.5 stars well deserved
This read to me like a relationship evolving as the pe...moreWhat an incredible story! I fell in love with Pip/Valentine and Lindsay. 4.5 stars well deserved
This read to me like a relationship evolving as the people involved evolved themselves. It was written evidence of the way people learn from interacting with others, from learning to avoid past mistakes, from discovering what they truly want and how to go about getting that. It was beautiful to watch both Valentine and Lindsay come to know each other so well that they are able to push and prod when need be, diffuse a tensed situation or simply be there for the other in a way that is meaningful to that person. I said this before but it bears repeating. They can correctly interpret each small gesture, sigh, glance, word that their partner does. That really impressed me. To be able to know someone so well and be able to meet their needs and expectations and be willing to go to such lengths, even when it's something you are not comfortable with... that really proves just how much Valentine and Lindsay are in love with each other.
(view spoiler)[Another aspect I truly loved about this story was how involved I felt in their relationship. How I was so in-sync with Lindsay at times, feeling his insane and unjustified jealousy but unable to move past it. Or the times I could understand their need for violence and pain and how arousing I found it myself.
The only slightly icky moment (if I can call it that) was the peeping tom scene where Lindsay and Valentine had sex while another couple was watching just outside the car. Valentine and Lindsay's reactions and dialogue were funny but the idea itself... being watched and have the couple get it on... just no. Not for me. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it's a gripping tale. Some aspects are rough and in your face so this might not be for everyone. But it was just right for me and I enjoyed spending time with this pair and getting to know them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Smug is the cutest dragon ever! 3.5 stars for him alone!
You have to suspend reality if you want to enjoy this. But once you do, it's all fun and a lit...moreSmug is the cutest dragon ever! 3.5 stars for him alone!
You have to suspend reality if you want to enjoy this. But once you do, it's all fun and a little magic! (view spoiler)[Smug was absolutely adorable when he was on stage performing his magic tricks or when he was shy in front of Adam yet being honest about his dragon heritage or when he was anxiously waiting to see if Adam would not believe him and walk out!(view spoiler)[ Mr. Smuggles was just so cute and a perfect sidekick.
This was boring. Some of the elements stayed the same throughout all 3 books I've read by this author. There is a significant age difference between t...moreThis was boring. Some of the elements stayed the same throughout all 3 books I've read by this author. There is a significant age difference between the characters, the younger one is always mouthy and very bold, the older one knows to take it slow and seduce his way into the younger one's bed and heart.
The only thing that made it bearable was the slight humor included, the jokes sprinkled here and there (and even they sometimes fell flat). I got to a point where I was reading fast forward, hardly caring what exactly went on between the two. It was predictable enough to let my mind wander.
Sadly, this was just an ok read for me and I'll probably not remember it in a month. But for those looking for witty characters, funny dialogue, a caring partner and angsty romance this will make a good read.(less)
Priceless! I laughed so hard while reading the last pages of this interlude.
I am loving Crane and Stephen more and more. So man...more"I have lost a tattoo."
Priceless! I laughed so hard while reading the last pages of this interlude.
I am loving Crane and Stephen more and more. So many questions. (view spoiler)[Will Crane be allowed to go back to China? Who and how would Crane's power be used? How will things progress between the two? (hide spoiler)]
When is the next volume coming out?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
(view spoiler)[Let's get one thing clear. I could not believe for one second that Peter was dead. Despite all the evidence (and trust me, it doesn't g...more(view spoiler)[Let's get one thing clear. I could not believe for one second that Peter was dead. Despite all the evidence (and trust me, it doesn't get more real than a funeral), I refused to acknowledge that Peter had died. I hung with teeth and nails to the idea it was a hoax to allow Peter to get away from Rebecca and all the secret agencies behind her. A ruse that required Darwin to also believe he was dead.
And I was proven right about 1/3 way into the book. Which is about the same time I wanted to strangle Whitcomb to death. However, the mourning D went through was very real and heartfelt. I felt really sad for him. Probably more sad, because I was repeating in my head "But Peter isn't really dead! You just don't know it yet." And Raithe... oh, he was a jewel. So caring and thoughtful! I want a happy ending for him too after everything he did for D, the way he took care of him and fought to keep him alive when D had given up all hope, then helped D in getting the truth out of Whitcomb (that almost rape scene was priceless!!) and going with D to save Peter My heart melted at all that selflessness.
The second half of the book took on a more paranormal/sci-fi edge as the cast struggled to break the metaphysical bond between Peter and Darwin. I thought that bond existed for some time so why not leave it be? (well, other than Withcomb wanting to have Peter for himself). Why was the bond suddenly dangerous to Darwin? Or was it a ploy to get him to the facility? And I hate Darwin for being so indifferent to the reasons why he was wanted by Rebecca, why and how he was different leaving the reader in the dark. This must mean another installment will be written, right? (hide spoiler)]
Darwin and Peter forma great pair. I love reading about them. Hopefully, Raithe will not disappear from the scenery and we'll get to hear more from all of them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Fun times and hard times. Literally and figuratively speaking.
(view spoiler)[I am still a bit grossed out by the biting thing. It definitely adds a sp...moreFun times and hard times. Literally and figuratively speaking.
(view spoiler)[I am still a bit grossed out by the biting thing. It definitely adds a spark of originality and authenticity to the Kin/Lesser-Bred element in the story it's just that I can't stomach it (no pun intended). I understand and appreciate its use but feel the need to avert my eyes when reading those passages.
Other than that, I really feel one with D. There were a couple of moments in the book that I thought along the same lines as he did (the part with the stain marring one of Raithe's cheeks - and me wondering which cheek he was talking about - and then the scene in the bathroom, Peter saying it fell off - and me wondering what fell off. And I guarantee you, I wasn't thinking of the shampoo.
I really like the love flowing between the two. There are scary moments they are going through and yet, despite everything thrown at them, their love is the one thing unchanged. The reader gets a deeper sense of their relationship as you see past D's adoration and see the same level of trust and devotion on both sides.
I was a bit putt off with not knowing more about D's ability to set things on fire and what that means exactly. (hide spoiler)] And I also hate the cliffhanger ending. Good thing this is a complete series (it is complete, right) or I would have blown a casket. Hoping the next installment elucidates the still unanswered questions.
I love the little twists and turns this story is taking. I might have some small personal nitpicks with a couple of things within but this is a solid...moreI love the little twists and turns this story is taking. I might have some small personal nitpicks with a couple of things within but this is a solid 4 stars.
(view spoiler)[Secret military funding, the answer to understanding the transition to Lesser-Breds. Kidnapping. Declarations of undying love. Hot sex scenes. But what stood out to me was one small scene that captured all my interest. D catching fire? I was immediately thinking of a different type of Becoming Lesser-Bred or becoming Kin. Or even better, a new species all together. And the change is thanks to Darwin's absolute love of Peter. What can I say, I'm a sucker for that. And it would explain his passion for fire and pyrotechnics displays.
I did turn a bit squeamish when Peter actually bit and... *shudders* chewed a piece of Darwin? I thought I understood how far Darwin would go out of love but this seemed a bit too much. The fact he found it arousing made it that more unappetising. It drives home the fact that D has no logic or survival instinct if it involves Peter. Yet, it was disturbing. (hide spoiler)]
Can't wait to see what happens next in Lost.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
(view spoiler)[I knew there was something off with Peter. Unlike D, I wasn't blinded by love to find Peter's su...moreThings are getting serious. And hotter.
(view spoiler)[I knew there was something off with Peter. Unlike D, I wasn't blinded by love to find Peter's sudden change of heart about sex natural. And going by what D knew of him, he too should have found it odd that Peter gave up school and sexual intercourse so easily.
I wanted to cast Whitcomb as the bad guy (and granted, he has some hidden agenda of his won) but I was mellowed out by his sincere concern over D and Peter's fate and their chances of surviving Peter's change without any help. I put a fairy tale glow over their dilemma and refused to think anything bad could happen to them. But Whitcomb's words and D's worries broke that bubble. The Shift is dangerous for both of them. I'm curious to learn more about Kin and Lesser-Bred and the pair's adventures. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
For some reason, I failed to connect with the characters. Yes, it's the type of book where I have to say "it's me, not you" because other mem...more2.5 stars
For some reason, I failed to connect with the characters. Yes, it's the type of book where I have to say "it's me, not you" because other members and friends quite enjoyed it.
(view spoiler)[Dylan and Alec were cute, apart and together. They had their funny moments. But beyond that, the story felt rather typical and seemed to rely a lot on the amusing comments and situations the characters found themselves in. We have Alec, coming from a wealthy family, esteemed doctor, working hard to save HIV and homeless patients and get Proposition 8 overturned. Your perfect example of gay man. Then there is Dylan, butch (or as close to it) mechanic, coming from a broken home and spending his youth on the streets, sporting attractive oil or grease stains strategically displayed on his body, discovering his bi nature. Alec is committed to devoted relationships. Dylan doesn't have the word 'relationship' in his vocabulary. Ensues the expected path of least resistance. They become friends. Then The Look passes between them and the attraction is born. Follows some pushing and shoving as result of competition with an ex and they move things into the bedroom. They have their ups and down but in the end, the two live happily ever after (with kids in the foreseeable future). Gay for you with a predictable outcome. But then again, what other ending can there be to stories such as this?
I, for one, did not expect Dylan to enjoy bottoming out, at least not from the first intercourse scene in the book. I think that was the point I veered off from the book. And also disliked the sudden twist towards the end of the book when it was hinted that Dylan's feelings for his friend Rick went beyond friendship and camaraderie (after spending 3/4 of the book highlighting that Dylan was straight and had no interest in men... at least until Alec showed up). I stopped seeing Alec and Dylan through my eyes and only saw them as characters from a story. I wanted to feel sympathy for Dylan's rough childhood or Alec's oppressive mother but there was nothing to give. And all the jokes and witty remarks between the two MCs, or additionally included courtesy of nosy Noah, gay friend to straight and gay alike, didn't seem all that amusing to me. Sure, they put a smile on my face but didn't make me fall in love with either story or characters. (hide spoiler)]
So, in conclusion, I was looking for certain strong emotions and striking characters that I could not find in this book. Still, it's a pleasant read and sure to make you laugh along the way.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Bananas have always been used as a sexual symbol. But Kyle takes it one step further. And it was hot. I'm hoping no one will notice if I blush at the...moreBananas have always been used as a sexual symbol. But Kyle takes it one step further. And it was hot. I'm hoping no one will notice if I blush at the sight of a banana in the near future.
Kevin was adorable. He just came off as sweet and lovable with his strong infatuation, willingness to obey Elliot and enthusiastic in making his boyfriend come home sooner.
Wouldn't mind reading more of them. 3.5 stars(less)
It's a good thing I have the next installment or the ending would have made me really mad. You don't stop right in the middle of the scene. It's just...moreIt's a good thing I have the next installment or the ending would have made me really mad. You don't stop right in the middle of the scene. It's just not cool!
(view spoiler)[Darwin is certainly an interesting character. I'm not sure whether the suffering he mentions is due to him pining after Peter for so many years or something else altogether. His self-destruct routine is heart wrenching and makes me want to hug him and try and make things better for him. But I love his *I don't care* attitude and his fierce protection of Peter.
I need more information to understand what the Kin, the Lesser-Breds really are and how they fit into the story. And I wonder whether Peter's sudden change of heart had anything to do with the video Mark Tolbert, Darwin's arch nemesis, had sent or something more sinister. A second point of view would also help since I can't believe Peter is all that perfect. D just sees him through loved filled eyes. (hide spoiler)]
3.5 stars and off to read Secrets.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
There was a bit of head-hopping that made me re-read some paragraphs to settle into the new character....moreShort and cute. I'd rate this close to 3 stars.
There was a bit of head-hopping that made me re-read some paragraphs to settle into the new character. And I was just a tiny bit upset with Peter for being so uptight about his relationship with Chris.
(view spoiler)[But the whole apron job was hilarious as well as embarrassing and it was fun watching Peter sputter his way through each assignment, more so when he met Chris. It also had a certain allure and I could totally picture Peter wearing only the apron and charming Chris just with his naivety and demure appearance.
The bit about Chris putting Peter out a job felt extra, like an added reason to add tension and angst into their relationship or at least break the pattern of their relationship, so they could be seen in a more professional environment.
Yet, it all had a smooth resolve. Peter conquered his fear and went to Chris asking for a relationship. Chris managed to move past his grief for his dead lover and help Peter with work and love. (hide spoiler)] All in all, not something very memorable but enjoyable for the moment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
(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)
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** 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)
Was it over the top and highly unrealistic? Pretty much! Was it action packed, adrenaline pumping? Hell yes!! Did it have emot...moreOh my God! I loved this!
Was it over the top and highly unrealistic? Pretty much! Was it action packed, adrenaline pumping? Hell yes!! Did it have emotional bonding and romantic moments to melt your heart away? God yes and then some! Did it have witty dialogue and funny repertoire to ease the tension? Still wiping away laughing tears. Did it encompass a wide array of characters, all charmingly flawed and wonderful in their own way? Definitely so!
This story pushed all my buttons! I couldn't put it down until I had read the very last line and then was dismayed I had to say goodbye to the cast of unique misfits. I was thoroughly enamored with them! For all the reasons above this book is truly deserving 5 stars and a promise to re-read whenever I'm in the mood for action-romance-angst-alien chasing-happy ending story!
Thank you Riayl for putting this on my radar! I'm forever in your debt!(less)
This left me with a smile on my face and brightened my day. Short but complete with all the ingredients to make it a pleasurable read.
(view spoiler)[I...moreThis left me with a smile on my face and brightened my day. Short but complete with all the ingredients to make it a pleasurable read.
(view spoiler)[I rooted for both characters and I was immensely relieved that they found happiness in each other's arms. Omar led a quiet life, lonely in his routine and having only 2 dogs for company for more year than he cared to remember. And Colin was going through one bad experience after another. He had to struggle with learning his mother had cancer, being dumped by his boyfriend and losing his job, all this on top of dealing with his by-polar disorder. It was a bad medication for this latter that landed him on a morgue table. Lucky for him, he came to before he underwent the whole autopsy procedure.
I was smiling through and through as I read. I loved Colin's sense of humor despite crappy odds, the slow build of friendship and more between Colin and Omar. I loved Tony and Trouble (what cute names). And I loved how well the pair fitted together, accommodating each other. (hide spoiler)]
A must read if you want to spend a couple of hours smiling and be left happy afterwards.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What a story! You have to take everything in stride, otherwise the magic is gone. "Mountain logic has a lot more logic than people might think" -- a "...moreWhat a story! You have to take everything in stride, otherwise the magic is gone. "Mountain logic has a lot more logic than people might think" -- a "backward land where good is bad and suicide is a choice and killing someone you’ve known since they were born makes sense". That is the motto of this book. If you can abide by it, then it all makes sense and you will definitely enjoy Stunt and Alex's story.
(view spoiler)[Stunt is the most pushy sub ever, who likes to get a rise (both literally and figuratively) out of someone, even while being held captive. I laughed every two-three lines while reading this. His mouthy personality is truly endearing. And it made my heart melt to see him caring so much for Alex. I wasn't sure how to translate the tension felt throughout that first meeting with Elijah. Would the old man have truly killed Stunt? Or were there some deeper emotions in the man which would have prevented him from committing the murder? I felt like smiling seeing the almost carefree attitude Stunt adopted while the verbal exchange took place but then I thought perhaps I should have taken the threats and long glances more serious. However, the situation was quickly defused and Alex and Stunt were rushed into a shotgun wedding and enjoyed their wedding night before having to face Garrido.
Again, you have to take this in stride to actually enjoy it. I mean, what were the chances that an experienced Dom (favoring bondage) would stumble upon the one gay person in the whole county favouring such activities during their free time? And what were the chances that the only solution for keeping everyone alive and invested in going through with the plan would be to have the pair married?
But I enjoyed the banter and funny remarks and sexually charged tension between Alex and Stunt. I liked Alex for his devotion and commitment, especially for willing to sacrifice his life to avenge his brother and then later for giving up his plans in order to save Stunt. I was drooling at the BDSM scenes and appreciated their originality (even with Stunt being able to come 2-3 times per session - that was definitely something I would have to watch in order to believe *wide grin*). (hide spoiler)]
All in all, a very good read. It has plenty of action, suspense, a dash of romance, enough BDSM to keep you hot and bothered and two very likable characters. 4.2 stars["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A cute short story. And it was told from the point of view of the dog which gave most of its charm. 3.5 stars rating for this.
(view spoiler)[I liked h...moreA cute short story. And it was told from the point of view of the dog which gave most of its charm. 3.5 stars rating for this.
(view spoiler)[I liked how Hey Girl perceived the world and tried to communicate with Hey and Shorty. Even how she named them and thought what she did was correct and logical. I could almost see myself in a dog world, perceiving everything differently. It was easy to read along and feel glad that Flora found a god home at last.
Well, that was adorable. I take half a point for being so short and leaving me still wanting.
(view spoiler)[I loved Mercury with his crazy ideas, hero...moreWell, that was adorable. I take half a point for being so short and leaving me still wanting.
(view spoiler)[I loved Mercury with his crazy ideas, hero attitude and gentle nature. While I was at first infatuated with him for his sense of humor and crazy ideas, I feel in love after the caring way in which he made all of Gaga's secret desires come true.
Gaga was so sweet. I could totally picture him the kind of geek that even zombies overlooked (though his survival was based more on instinct and speed, than any actual planning on his part). And despite the end of the world happening around him, he maintained his sense of humor and charm. I also liked that any sexual contact between them was well within the story, after they had had time to get to know each other. (hide spoiler)]
The perfect pair. I would definitely want to read a sequel with more adventures from Mercury and Gaga.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Halfway in the story and I would have rated this 3 stars. Then I read the other half of the story, which consisted of sex upon sex u...more**spoiler alert** Halfway in the story and I would have rated this 3 stars. Then I read the other half of the story, which consisted of sex upon sex upon sex. And fairy tale perfect ending for everyone: Cam and Luc are accepted by family and friends, they win some impressive worldwide contest and their advertising firm makes millions. The only angst was in the 1/3 of the book when the 2 MC are paired to prepare their pitch and characters collide. That part I liked with witty dialogue and amusing scenes. Afterwards, it was smooth sailing.
I could have imagined that ending all on my own. I didn't need those additional 70 pages of rambling to know the MCs will end up together, happily ever after.(less)
Cute story about a strung up ER doctor and a laid back outdoor ed teacher. Match made in Heaven as they seem to complement each other really well.
The...moreCute story about a strung up ER doctor and a laid back outdoor ed teacher. Match made in Heaven as they seem to complement each other really well.
The Trekkie thing was a bit over my head (had to pause the story a couple of times to google some of the terms) but it gave Eli a cute personality trait(view spoiler)[, especially the scene where he attends the Halloween Start Trek party costume and is excited like a little kid being for the first time in a candy shop (hide spoiler)].
It's not a story that really tugged at my heart but it had some fleshed out characters, a very decent plot and a happy ending.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Let me first say that I take half a point off from the rating because I got a bit bored with all sophism and discussions and analysis and giving a nam...moreLet me first say that I take half a point off from the rating because I got a bit bored with all sophism and discussions and analysis and giving a name to their feelings and states. But still amazing read so I'll leave it 5 stars because it makes up for the lagging part of the story with great scenes in the second half.
(view spoiler)[I was ready for other adventures at sea as soon as the book started. As much as I enjoyed their quiet time together, the 2 MCs shine when they are faced with peril. But surprise, they are stuck in Port Royal and all the social trappings of civilized men. I hated Vivian. I wanted her gone, baby and all. Despite Gaston's wishes for a child, I couldn't imagine Gaston and Will having to put up with her and a sick baby. However, the author managed to change my mind, or at least make me understand Vivian better so as not to hate her so much. It helped that she was understanding and didn't want to come between Will and Gaston. And then the whole Marquis issue and an endless list of problems to sort in order to declare Gaston sane before French laws, for father and son to relive the past and make peace and for the Marquis to understand the connection between Will and Gaston.
If I cared for Christine at one point, I finished this novel hating her. More than I did Vivian. I felt sorry for her having been raped but all her actions before and after spoke of a level of deviousness equal if not above that of Will's father. And again, I found myself thinking everyone was better off with her dead (like I did with Vivian). It's strange how this author makes most women in the book more nuisances than help.
The second half of the book eased my rage against the women. Much like Gaston and Will felt they needed to escape the treacherous road of women and political ambitions and social etiquette, I too was relieved to have them at sea. I love every dangerous endeavour they embarked upon, more so when they came out victorious. I could barely breathe when Will's cabal left for a sortie and met with more than 100 Spaniards. I was so worried for Striker. I felt so sad he had to lose an arm and yet he took it so calmly. Then I wasn't confused as to who the hidden assassins were. I wondered if indeed it was Hastings or maybe Alonso. And that scene where Hastings killed Alonso and claimed he stumbled upon 2 lovers arguing to enrage Gaston. I was mad with glee at the bitter end he faced, killed by a whip. (hide spoiler)]
There is a world of characters displayed in the book and each one elicites an emotion from the reader (at least this reader). Whether it be hate, love, compassion, remorse, pity you are carried in the storm of their lives wondering what the fates have in store for them next. Looking forward to the last installment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I went through an array of emotions with this new installment of Will and Gaston's adventures. You have but only to check the status...more**spoiler alert** I went through an array of emotions with this new installment of Will and Gaston's adventures. You have but only to check the status updates as I read on. However, some books will do that. Will provoke intense emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. And I reveled in it because I have grown too attached to this pair.
I despaired and almost became depressive, fearing that Will and Gaston might not be able to find a way to overcome each other's turmoils. Then I blushed and sighed in happiness as they found a rhythm and style to declare their love, in words, actions and gestures. It was followed by a bout (oh lord, I'm picking up some of the book's jargon) of intense anger and sadness. I hated Sarah and her meddling between Striker and Pete. It seemed so unfair to Pete. And though the resolution was satisfactory to all parties involved, it did seem a bit forced as to not upset the overall feel of optimism of the book. I didn't want Striker longing for a wife and child but I didn't want Pete losing his matelot. It was a happily ever after solution for them but one I had to struggle to swallow as it was too convenient.
And then the grand finale with such impressive display of emotions and actions. I kept wondering when (and if) Alonso would make an appearance since the raiding was in vicinity of his whereabouts. I did not expect his intrusion in the book to lead to such a powerful confrontation between Will and Gaston. And while it strengthened their love, it also served to push them slightly away from their friends, in that they are truly starting to resemble centaurs: superior beings that can never mingle with regular humans. I was sad to see Will struggling to remember his fight with Gaston and how hard it was for them to struggle past their guilt over it to confront the event. But it made me care for them even more.
Yet, their adventures are far from over. There are still plenty of questions left unanswered. What will happen to the Damn Wife? Will Will inherit? What revenge is Shane plotting? How will things evolve in Gaston and Will's relationship (both sexually and emotionally)? What effect will Alonso joining the Brethren have? What is to happen to Pete, Striker and Sarah? Will Nickel, Bones and Ash continue to be a part of the cabal? So glad there is more to this saga.(less)
Ok... I think this was a little too subtle for me to understand.
I felt all the details that I usually enjoy in a book (romance) were taken out and I g...moreOk... I think this was a little too subtle for me to understand.
I felt all the details that I usually enjoy in a book (romance) were taken out and I got only scraps. Read the second and third paragraph from Nikyta's review to know why this gets 1.5 stars from me.(less)
What a delightful read! Just what I needed to brighten my day. With that said, it's also the reason this gets 4 stars. While I enjoyed this very much...moreWhat a delightful read! Just what I needed to brighten my day. With that said, it's also the reason this gets 4 stars. While I enjoyed this very much as it pulled me out of my funky mood, not sure it would impress the same were I to read it sometime later.
(view spoiler)[I could be picky and focus on the fact that Lucas could have had it worse than he did. I could point out it was close to impossible that one of his crushes was gay friendly and the other turned out to be gay. But I was in just the right mood to really sympathise with the character, feel bad for all the cruel jokes and nasty words flung at him and wanted nothing more than to hug him and shield him from all that disappointment. He endured a lot of ridicule and heart ache but in the end he came out victorious and with a lot of lessons learnt.
I was surprised by some interesting twists to the standard plot. The story had a gay friendly jock and a nasty, tongue lashing gay among the usual cast of high school bullies, indifferent brother and exuberant girl friend. Speaking of brothers, I liked that Mason wasn't portrayed as either mean towards his older brother or too protective but a mix in-between. Just what you would expect of a 15 year old teenager, torn between caring for his brother and saving his reputation at school, something vital to that age.
I did think Lucas was a bit effeminate, just like Trish said. But in the end, it proved to be one of his qualities. He wouldn't have been so passionate about music, so caring about people, so forgiving otherwise. I had my doubts as to whom exactly he liked whenever he spent time with Adam (who was appealing despite his claims of not being gay... and let's not forget he stole Lucas' first kiss). I thought Lucas was a bit too naive and trusting when he started going out with Donovan, choosing to be blind to Donovan's true intentions. Lucas resembled his mother in that brief relationship.
And one other thing that bugged me was the vagueness of Zach's past. Was he indeed fond of spankings and other kinky games? Would Lucas end up trying them? Liking them? I wouldn't have minded another 50 pages or so to explore that avenue. (hide spoiler)]
Like I said, a very enjoyable read. It left me happy and in good spirits and with the urge to re-listen to some famous hits (F**k You, True Colors, All Through the Night, Dance me to the End of Love).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked Ryan and John (I hated it when he was called Johnny) I just didn't love them. I was talking earlier how one...moreSo, it's a 3.5 rounded to 4 stars.
I liked Ryan and John (I hated it when he was called Johnny) I just didn't love them. I was talking earlier how one perceives GFY contemporary stories and what makes it believable or not. And while I accepted it in the end, there were some small peeves that decreased the pleasure of reading about this pair.
(view spoiler)[I was dissatisfied that Ryan hid his relationship with John from his family for the entirety of the book. (view spoiler)[In fact the parting phrase in the book is Ryan coming clean to his father. (hide spoiler)] And I found this unbalanced, since John was the one to make the first step in everything. He chased Ryan, he admitted he had feelings for Ryan (view spoiler)[(well, except the scene where Ryan talk to Mark and is the first to say the 'love' word to define what he and John have) (hide spoiler)] and most of all, never tried to hide it. Not to mention John was the only one to put out. It seemed fair that Ryan should get to bottom too. Just saying...
Second, it was distracting with the random dead people showing up at every step and I couldn't figure out how they fit in the story. I presumed this was a coming out story and felt every page was required to deal with that (coming out towards themselves,family and friends) to leave space for solving a murder.
Third, I assumed it was a coming out story and the hardships of coming to terms with one's sexuality. But other than a few lines, both men easily concluded they were attracted to each other and wasted no time in getting physical (and few of those instances annoyed me since it portrayed John, a respectable 37 year old man, more concerned with chasing tail than looking out for his troubled kids). (hide spoiler)]
So, amidst people committing suicide, bodies being discovered, dealing with a runaway teenager and figuring out how to be in a relationship with a man, I kind of lost sight of the men themselves. In the sense I felt a rather distant connection to them instead of empathising. I liked the story overall, and all elements come together rather nicely. The only thing missing was an infatuation with it to make it a 5 star read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Such a funny take on the idea of an alien species coming to conquer Earth. A pretty new and ingenious anatomy that Kastya had. Loved...more**spoiler alert** Such a funny take on the idea of an alien species coming to conquer Earth. A pretty new and ingenious anatomy that Kastya had. Loved how Elliot was saying all the right words to sound subdued for Kastya but you could feel the irony and mockery behind each reply. Elliot obviously had no qualms about becoming concubine to an alien. In fact, I'm wondering whether his strategy to entice the lord master was to save Earth or simply to make sure Kastya was his alone.
Quite delectable short story. Not enough to make me fond of the characters but enough to bring a smile to my face.(less)