(view spoiler)[I was a bit wary at first of the whole insta-love between Shiloh and Travis. But it all made sense...moreSuch a nice story! Quite enjoyed it.
(view spoiler)[I was a bit wary at first of the whole insta-love between Shiloh and Travis. But it all made sense as the story progressed. (view spoiler)[I truly felt attached to the them the moment Shiloh found out Travis had cancer. (hide spoiler)] That was the moment I really connected and started caring for them. And it all flowed so well, having Shiloh remember a future that had yet to happen and knowing just what to tell others to ensure a happy life and avoid a disaster.
It was amazing to read about a young teenager fighting abuse at school and self doubt decide to end his life then find the motivation to move past dark thoughts about himself and look towards the future. It was beautiful to see how much confidence he had in the things to come, how his relationship with Travis would progress and what his life was destined to be. (hide spoiler)]
Even with all said and done, I'm not quite ready to let them go. It would be nice to read more of them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well this proved less savory than expected. I remember quite enjoying Ava March's books. Yet this one didn't hold any special spark.
(view spoiler)[Per...moreWell this proved less savory than expected. I remember quite enjoying Ava March's books. Yet this one didn't hold any special spark.
(view spoiler)[Perhaps I had too high expectations of this. I failed to understand Max. A duke no less, and he was resorted to fetching Tristan's clothes himself. Didn't he have trusted men to do that for him? The action felt too linear. All Max ever did was look over ledgers and work all day long. Tristan wasted time away until night could come. And there were hardly any other characters involved, other than Morgan, faithful driver and Rawling, sole friend in London (both who coincidentally happened to be gay). And since the book seems to be the first in a series, I imagined they were mentioned only to give rise to a second novel where they could be front center for the plot.I was also expecting something more definite for the BDSM style. But there were only a couple of scenes where they indulged in sexual variety. Lastly, both characters were slightly off than I imagined. Max started out strict and imposing, then ended up following Tristan everywhere and pleading for a second chance. And Tristan started out as this young man not excited with his profession as a whore but willing enough. Who then managed to get a position as kept man for a Duke and still he wasn't satisfied. Who played hard to get until he thought things over and reconsidered, agreeing to Max's solutions. (hide spoiler)]
So bottom line, I couldn't align with the characters thus failing to truly feel the story and rejoice at the happy ending. A nice enough read but lacking inspiration to leave a mark on me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** I was looking forward to reading more about the 2 MCs. Sadly, the plot was rather predictable and stole some of my excitement. That...more**spoiler alert** I was looking forward to reading more about the 2 MCs. Sadly, the plot was rather predictable and stole some of my excitement. That is to say, I was happy to read more about Jason and Aedar's adventures but it wasn't anything surprising.
We get to learn more about Aedar's life and how he comes into the wares he sales in the markets. There is a subtle hint early in the story that Aedar and Jason too might be interested in a threesome with a Tari but at the time choose to explore other means of pleasure. Being the oddity that he is on Skoria, Jason is kidnapped to be sold to Uldor, Aedar's former master. This leads to new adventures, Jason proving to have courage and initiative. And there is also a new acquaintance being made. I wasn't sure whether the mind connection to Kari as well as the friendship growing between Jason and the Tari was just added so it would make the threesome more interesting. Either way, I wasn't bothered by it. I wouldn't have minded a couple more scenes between the 3 men but the one scene right at the end was nice enough.
Like I said, it became pretty obvious Jason would be kidnapped or that something would happen to him, prompting Aedar to come to his rescue. Kari was a nice bonus but again, not something completely unexpected. All in all, it was worth the read. Might be even better if a third installment ever comes along.(less)
Another first for me. Had no idea shaving could be turned into a kink. Mr. Michael proved me wrong.
This gets 3 stars for the simple fact that I was ab...moreAnother first for me. Had no idea shaving could be turned into a kink. Mr. Michael proved me wrong.
This gets 3 stars for the simple fact that I was able to glimpse into Cord's mind and perceive shaving as an art form, something enticing and alluring, enough to cause even a physical reaction. It does nothing for me but it was an important part in Cord and Liam's lives. And I understood that, despite my personal preferences.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'd give this 4 stars but the subject of the story makes me slightly uncomfortable so I'll stick with 3 stars.
It's my first foray in...more**spoiler alert** I'd give this 4 stars but the subject of the story makes me slightly uncomfortable so I'll stick with 3 stars.
It's my first foray into this kind of territory. I have to say Mr. Michael made it interesting and sensual in some way. However, as much as I was able to get into Jack's head, I was still weirded out by the actual act of playing the pony/colt part. More so when the author was clever enough to use vocabulary reserved for horses: prancing, stomping. I was enticed by the sensuality of their proximity, the attention that Daniel lavished on Jack.
So the 3 stars go for Mr. Michael succeeding in introducing me to this new world and not have me balk at it.(less)
I liked the pair. I'm debating whether to give it 3 or 3.5 stars.
(view spoiler)[Nikolai was a pushy sub without being too whiny or annoying and Black...moreI liked the pair. I'm debating whether to give it 3 or 3.5 stars.
(view spoiler)[Nikolai was a pushy sub without being too whiny or annoying and Black was domineering enough without coming off as arrogant, though he had a couple of moments: likes this one phrase here: "think it’s about fucking time someone Topped him and meant it. I’m that someone." That just made me roll my eyes. I was also somewhat doubtful in the beginning when Black was sure he knew what Nic needed and wanted. I played along and went with his suppositions (though he only met Nic for less than an hour) otherwise the whole scene would have read as non-consensual.
(view spoiler)[My only complaint was the fisting scene at the end. I don't feel comfortable with it and I always tend to visualise it as something really painful and close to impossible. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
However, by the end of the book, I could understand Nic better, see where his resistance was stemming from and feel Black had applied just the right pressure and dominance to get his point across and break through Nic's emotional walls.
They should make a suiting couple.["br"]>["br"]>["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)[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)
What to say? It was obvious early on that I would not enjoy the book. But I stuck to it. My stubbornness to not leave the book unfinished was the only...moreWhat to say? It was obvious early on that I would not enjoy the book. But I stuck to it. My stubbornness to not leave the book unfinished was the only thing pushing forward. I found no compassion for any of the characters and while I could somewhat understand their motivation and the drive behind the story, it ultimately still pissed me off.
(view spoiler)[The first thing that put me off was the whole idea that Aidan was drop dead gorgeous. Not necessarily in a physical way, but in the sense that everyone was swooning after him, boys and girls alike. There is even a passage in the book where he pointedly mentions that all the girls wanted him, all the boys wanted to be him and Aidan chose to ignore the only other person in the class who happened not to give a flying fuck about the amazing Aidan. That kind of self appraisal does not sit well with me.
It was hard to imagine Aidan being a young man, out and proud wearing a rainbow of clothes but also with a well shaped body. I was willing to overlook it and take it in stride... until, alongside those fabulous characteristics, Aidan was made to be filthy rich and able to threaten his way over the head of practically everyone. Meaning that anyone trying to hurt him, had to resort to petty abuses (such as throwing dining hall slop) or out and out kidnap and beat the shit out of him. By that point, I was so loath of him, I could care less and was on the point of rooting with Caroline, despite her wrong reasons and motivations.
As if being rich, well built and very smart (enough to garner the praise of the hardest professor at college) weren't enough, Aidan draws the attention of not 1 but 2 supposedly straight men. Men, who had been jumping from woman to woman only to (after having known Aidan for some months) suddenly and out of nowhere decide they actually were into guys. And since this is Aidan we're talking about, these were not ordinary men. They very handsome, smart and the epitome of what Aidan was looking for. Aidan was already perfect therefore, his partner couldn't also be perfect. There had to be 2 men. One who was romantic and sweet and caring. The other was domineering, rough in bed but shy in expressing his feelings. Naturally, neither had any qualms about jumping into full out sex, and a gay relationship and being openly emotional and teary-eyed because... this is Aidan we're talking about.
In case you were thinking the story did not revolve solely around Aidan, we are then introduced to the ex, savagely abused in a gay bashing. This serves as the perfect background to show Aidan being brave against a hostile environment, charitable to help with hospital costs and caring and forgiving with an ex that had cheated on him. But so as not to gather too much attention, everyone then forgets about the months of rehabilitation Michael will need and focuses on the hard decision Aidan has to make, in choosing one of the 2 hunks lusting... I mean loving him.
I feel compelled to point out this reads more like a fairy tale. After all is said and done, Aidan ends up with his fantasy man (who becomes a doctor - who cares?), announces to the whole world (which was dying to get even the tiniest bit of news on him) that he is getting married, ensures that his partner's family is taken care of (he has the money to do that) and smiles fatherly at his two exes being together. (hide spoiler)]
Did I miss anything? I wish I did. This story failed on all accounts. The only reason it gets a star (instead of none) is because it will serve as a base. Everything else I read from now on, can't be worse than this.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["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)
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)
**spoiler alert** Oh my eyes! Why did I put myself through that? Thank God it was a short story.
Yes, I'm the odd ball here. I simply HATED this story!...more**spoiler alert** Oh my eyes! Why did I put myself through that? Thank God it was a short story.
Yes, I'm the odd ball here. I simply HATED this story!
Let me count the ways: 1. For unfathomable reasons, Levi agrees to a three-way with himself bottoming (he's never bottomed before). And somehow turns it into a dare to have Sonny teach him to prepare himself. What? O_O 2. In one of their...'practice' sessions, Levi is hurting from fingering himself, while Sonny observes from nearby. Dude, here's a thought: either let Sonny continue prepping you then proceed to fuck you or stop. It's a no brainer. 3. During one of his fights with Bella, Levi gets a message from Sonny. And immediately switches gears and starts getting aroused by the thought of Sonny and plugs. Yup, normal behaviour right there. 4. Cheesy lines that almost made me puke. One that stuck: "Sonny stepped out of the darkness, opened his arms, and let the rhythm of the music seep under his skin, the distance was nothing… as though Sonny was dancing only for him". 5. Levi alternates between thinking he could have snapped his mother in two in any of their fights, to feeling sorry for her (and him by association), to taking crap from her, to thinking a three-way is the next step after watching his mother die. 6. My favorite: "His daddy’s death had left him with an ingrained sense of responsibility, a need to honor every promise he’d ever made" meaning going through with the threesome, obviously.
Maybe I should give it 5 stars for the intense compulsion it gave me to bang my head against the wall... repeatedly. Luckily, it didn't drive me that crazy.(less)
It was a cute story but I'd rate this 2.5 stars. Gave it an overall 3 because it left me with a smile on my face.
(view spoiler)[Had to stretch my defi...moreIt was a cute story but I'd rate this 2.5 stars. Gave it an overall 3 because it left me with a smile on my face.
(view spoiler)[Had to stretch my definition of reality when Jake was so indifferent to the fact he'd been kicked out of his home, when Kyler so easily came out of the closet. I mean I was left wondering when Kyler went into the house after Jake confessed and then realised he loved Jake too and should also confess. Really? Then why put the kid through despair and let him think he'd been rejected? I thought a good ending would have been after they declared their love for each other and Jake knew his mother still cared for him. It would have made their story sweet and romantic. I felt no need to actually go through their first time together or read about their wedding. It was pretty much implied.
I did like this, despite the rambling above. Both characters were sweet and fumbling about, trying to make sense of their feelings and gauge how the other felt. And I enjoyed the optimistic vibe after all was said and done. They overcome their problems (be it internal or external) and had their happily ever after.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The prompt for the story made everything look very enticing. Sadly, I couldn't get into the feel of the story. Instead, I kept focusing on what didn't...moreThe prompt for the story made everything look very enticing. Sadly, I couldn't get into the feel of the story. Instead, I kept focusing on what didn't click for me and I finished the story and have nothing to show for.
(view spoiler)[What didn't work for me? I couldn't picture Luke, after spending 21 years denying his sexuality, do 180 turn and come out of the closet for Austin and Riley. There were no reasons, characteristics, events that explained Luke's sudden interest in the men. It was like he woke up one morning, cast his eyes about and decided those two would be the start of his gay life and the end of his closeted one. Why them? Why now? Another thing that bothered me... Luke's assumption that while it was obvious Austin and Riley were in a committed relationship they would have no problem bringing in a third. There was never a shadow of a doubt that either Austin or Riley would be jealous or unwilling to start a threesome relationship. I also found it hard to believe Luke was a virgin. From the extent of his fantasies, he couldn't have known all that from porn alone though he repeatedly commented on his lonely life. I didn't understand why Gabe became so violent towards Riley when everyone knew Austin was gay too.
And if I'm going to be all out picky, the blurb has nothing to do with the actual story. I was expecting self doubts and worries about facing the homophobic father when the story focused on Riley being bullied at school and abused at home, making Luke, and Austin by extension, his knights in shinning armor. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was a nice story but there was nothing to catch and hold my interest once I put down the book.["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.
It was a pretty interesting story. It just didn't grip me enough to last in my memory, so it gets 2 stars.
(view spoiler)[The whole thing was cleverly...moreIt was a pretty interesting story. It just didn't grip me enough to last in my memory, so it gets 2 stars.
(view spoiler)[The whole thing was cleverly orchestrated. Simon was in the mood for some rough play. He's ambushed by two men in the bathroom of a bar. His only hope of escape seems to be a Dom from the bar that walks in on the scene, only to have him stand guard at the door and enjoy the show. Then the Dom also enjoys Simon before we are told the elusive savior/rapist is none other than Simon's partner James. I guess what didn't work for me was the threat factor. There was the beginning of fear and apprehension but it soon vanished so I couldn't actually view this as a forced encounter.
Still, points for how the story was delivered and for the characters themselves, as they had some nice qualities that shone through, even in such a small telling. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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)
Sadly I got lost trying to understand if the human world resembled reality and how exactly the fairy world was c...more**spoiler alert** It was a nice story.
Sadly I got lost trying to understand if the human world resembled reality and how exactly the fairy world was constructed. And then I couldn't really get a feel for Aeron and Tam. They were nicely shaped out but I didn't connect. So I read this from far away. The attraction and sex seemed to come out of nowhere as there wasn't much time for the characters to know each other, or even spend some time together. I wondered what relationship existed between Kamala and Tammas, why she would help him. One thing that I really liked was the original idea of making the wings an important part in the foreplay. Made for quite an attractive image.
So yea, bottom line, I wasn't comfortable in the world depicted here, thus a somewhat reserved feel for the overall story.(less)