Is it possible to love again after the love of your life died? It's possible, but it's not so easy to let go of the past and move beyond the guilt of...moreIs it possible to love again after the love of your life died? It's possible, but it's not so easy to let go of the past and move beyond the guilt of loving someone new. Theo has lived his life through the scrim of grief since Ben died, but slowly, ever slowly, that scrim is being lifted and Theo is able to start living again. But it's not without it's trials and struggles. Peter and Morgan, as well as a few others are there to help him along the way.
I love the gently unfolding story telling style of Con Riley. She is able to capture very strong characters that we are allowed to really get to know and fall in love with. We get to meet several characters in this book beyond the main characters and even the secondary characters captured my imagination. You can tell Con has a backstory for all of them, which is great for a reader like me who is characters driven. I love falling for characters and I most certainly did in this book. This is the first in her Seattle Stories series and I can't wait to read the other books, as well. (less)
I could read anything Con Riley writes over and over again. I was lucky enough to get to sit down and read this cover to cover today in nearly one sho...moreI could read anything Con Riley writes over and over again. I was lucky enough to get to sit down and read this cover to cover today in nearly one shot, minus a pesky class to teach. What a joy! The setting came to life for me—Sean's dad's house—down to the smells and sights. I'm thinking I may need to buy some chickens. I'd love warm, freshly laid eggs for breakfast, even if I had to deal with the "stupid fucking chickens."
But what really brings this novel to life for me is Sean. He's dynamic and hurt and angry, and all for very good reasons. I fell in love with Peter in the first few chapters of After Ben, so that was easy for me. The two of them together is beautiful. Despite Peter's initial apprehensions about Sean, I love how he totally buries himself in this scary-intelligent man-child who is so far from being a child. ;) Characters who fuck up and say the wrong things at that wrong time, make this book feel so real and deep.
Con is able to bring so many social issues to the table in such subtle ways that you don't even realize you're being educated while you're reading. She opens my eyes to things, makes me reconsider, and helps me feel even more globally connected than I already feel, just by writing erotica! How many authors can do that?!? FEW!!!
I loved the growth of the main character, Jerath, in this book. He went from a wide eyed boy who was afraid he'd never become a man to a person with k...moreI loved the growth of the main character, Jerath, in this book. He went from a wide eyed boy who was afraid he'd never become a man to a person with knowledge about how his world truly worked. Jerath's best friend is Serim, and they have to rely on each other many times throughout this story. Their friendship felt very deep and true.
After they meet Meren on their journey to find help for their village because it has been attacked, Jerath truly comes into his own. He has to face conflicts and truths about himself he's never faced before, and he needs to grow up to do that.
Oh, and some of the hotness that happens during the smexy times (I won't give it away here), is smoking hot because it is so spiritual. I loved that. I could practically feel the Goddess in my room as I read those scenes. I do love me some magic.
I've read a good deal of fantasy over the years, and I enjoy the genre. Some stories required a Similarion-like book (Tolkien) to figure out so many things, but not The Choosing. I didn't need to read a book before reading this book. ;) So if you typically shy away from Fantasy because of that, don't worry. Pick up this book and read it.(less)
I read this as a beta and am friends with Jay, so that's my little disclaimer.
I enjoyed this book when I first read it and liked it even more the seco...moreI read this as a beta and am friends with Jay, so that's my little disclaimer.
I enjoyed this book when I first read it and liked it even more the second time around. I like how Jamie and Mark try to convince themselves that they mean nothing to each other throughout the story. This isn't a whirlwind romance where I was swept up in a torrent of emotions, which I was glad about. I was ready to go on this journey with these guys and to ride the waves as they came.
Jamie was who I most connected with, and I think that's because he was the mentor, even though he was several years younger than Mark. Yet I liked how ready Mark was to find himself but still able to lie to himself so he didn't impose on Jamie. It was a subtle little dance with a lot of hot sex in between. Hehe. But in the end, it was truly a story about two men growing together, even if they were truly obvious about it. ;)(less)
I enjoyed the town Libby Drew created and many of her secondary characters, but for some reason, the main characters never pulled me as much as the st...moreI enjoyed the town Libby Drew created and many of her secondary characters, but for some reason, the main characters never pulled me as much as the story. The portrayal of small town life felt genuine and I enjoyed the overall story arc. I did hate the people I was supposed to hate, though. That feeling came through very easily for me. Star Wars references were a great touch.(less)
What I loved most about this book was the dichotomy of Ryan's strength of heart and his struggle over the weakness in his body. The realization of fee...moreWhat I loved most about this book was the dichotomy of Ryan's strength of heart and his struggle over the weakness in his body. The realization of feeling between Ryan and John didn't feel contrived. It felt natural and organic. A huge plus to me is that this was set near my home. It's nice to read about the upper Midwest. :)(less)
So many genuine LOL moments! I highlighted all over my copy of this. First Impressions was a delight to read, because so many of the secondary charact...moreSo many genuine LOL moments! I highlighted all over my copy of this. First Impressions was a delight to read, because so many of the secondary characters jumped off the page, like That Woman, Herculine. This is the MC, Cameron's mom. However, Cameron and Henry, the two main characters (while out there in their own ways) tempered the ensemble, even if their pride and prejudices were tweaked and stroked throughout, creating tension throughout the story.
Henry is a lovable man who comes off as a complete prick at first. You are slowly allowed to see how tenderhearted and dear he is as the story unfolds. I immediately hooked in with Cameron, but he truly did judge on first impressions, we many of us do. Yet, I felt the sexual tension between these two from he start.
I would definitely recommend this book. Great laughs and story telling.(less)