A super cute story about a mousy Portuguese college freshman falling in love with the man who lives on the other side of his wall, only to fall into h...moreA super cute story about a mousy Portuguese college freshman falling in love with the man who lives on the other side of his wall, only to fall into heartbreak when his wall-mate falls in love with his roommate instead of him.
I did guess the plot pretty quickly, it is fairly obvious, but the humor and charm of Harley and Tasha made up for it. I ended up enjoying this story more than either of the previous stories, although I liked those as well.(less)
Originally, this showed quite a bit of promise, but then every transition in plot (mostly in the last half) happened wi...moreeh... 2.25 stars (rounded down)
Originally, this showed quite a bit of promise, but then every transition in plot (mostly in the last half) happened without being driven by the characters. To me, it almost seemed like a piano leading a singer instead of the singer properly leading the piano, if that makes sense. The characters just seemed to react and there was very little time spent on their depth of feeling and emotion. That reactionary type plot writing (like a WTF? deus ex machina) coupled with the superficial interpersonal relationships made this less than enjoyable for me.
I even expected the sex to be hot, because the type of sex in this book seemed more about the act and smut factor (which by itself wasn't bad, lol) rather than the development of the different relationships between the very different men. Still, the best part of well written smut is passion between the characters, and all of this made for some rather cut and dry scenes that, while maybe technically smutty (i.e. a 3-man train), still seemed rather dry and tended to confuse me about the characters rather than clarify them.(less)
I'm sad to say that this book was a bit of a let down for me, after loving the series so much previously. I had a problem with the couple, Jamie and K...moreI'm sad to say that this book was a bit of a let down for me, after loving the series so much previously. I had a problem with the couple, Jamie and Kelly. Stubborn characters that don't communicate might frustrate me, but when I feel like the lack of communication and the head-to-head stubbornness of the two MCs are one of the devices most prevalent to push the plot forward, that does bother me. For me, it is a bit like reaching the end of a story and finding out the whole thing was a dream, it just feels like I've been cheated a bit, forced to go through the emotions and angst as an omniscient observer, completely frustrated by what would be such a simple thing to fix. Not only did this happen within the progressing relationship, but also in the mystery sub-plot. All of the characters seemed to have information that the others needed to know, yet they'd put it off. While I'm not sure that any of those delays would have actually changed the progress of the story, they still frustrated me at the time.
Otherwise, I still did like this story, just not the same as the two previous books. I loved Kelly in the second book and I was so happy to get his story this time around. I also loved Jamie, and even though is Hero-complex and mother hen-ing make me roll my eyes. It is nice that we get so much of Sei and Gabe in this book, as I'll always be huge fans of their relationship. I liked trying to puzzle out Con, who turned out to be quite intriguing and a character that I'll look forward to in future books.
The mystery and the outcome of the plot to trap the foursome at the lodge underwhelmed me a bit, but then again, I might change my mind if I read this book back to back with the previous two. I probably missed a few details here and there as well. When I started this book I could barely remember anything about books one and two, even though I remembered loving them so much, but most all of it came back pretty quickly.
I'm still a big fan of this series, and I'm especially excited about the upcoming book #4, which will return us to Sei and Gabe! I can't wait for that one, and the subsequent books in the series :)(less)
Recommended to readers who enjoy a slow, unfolding pace and a slow buildup of romance and sex. Light on the smut, heavy on the w...more3.5 stars (rounded up)
Recommended to readers who enjoy a slow, unfolding pace and a slow buildup of romance and sex. Light on the smut, heavy on the witty banter and strong (British!) voice. Definitely an enjoyable and nice, fairly short read.(less)
A cute short story about divine intervention on a man who has a really thick skull :) Not a whole lot of time to get into the characters, but I rooted...moreA cute short story about divine intervention on a man who has a really thick skull :) Not a whole lot of time to get into the characters, but I rooted for them the same and enjoyed them.(less)
Wow, best of the series so far. A couple of the previous stories REALLY had me rolling my eyes, but this one, while still a definitely guilty...more3.5 stars
Wow, best of the series so far. A couple of the previous stories REALLY had me rolling my eyes, but this one, while still a definitely guilty pleasure, has characters that tone down the whiny, needy twink and the big, manly "obsessed with carrying twinks around like babies'. Though still there, definitely (what would Joyee Flynn stories be without it?!), this one isn't nearly as bad. Lots and lots of sex, but I think this one was the best so far. It gets an extra half star for that, and again this will remain one of my guilty pleasure authors.(less)
What a great setup! Tucker is lonely and depressed, in his bare apartment after being kicked out of his parent's home for being gay. When he posts a message and photo asking someone to come and cuddle him with his address, he thought it would only go to his two friends. He realizes, faced with his straight and hot bearish neighbor's stern warning, that it was reflagged to over a hundred people. Then, the men start showing up.
Tucker needs a big bear to protect him, from what could very easily be a scary situation. And Bill is perfect for the job -- if Tucker can get Bill to notice him the way he can't stop starting at all those muscles and curly chest hair.
I'm a big fan of Missy Welsh's writing, and even though I didn't quite connect with this story, I'm still a fan. She writes characters that you don't usually forget, and I really liked these. While I may have felt like Tucker was TSTL, that really comes from the feeling that I didn't get to know him very well, as much as I would have liked to, or to understand exactly why he's so naive. We very easily see that he's lonely and why, but that doesn't equate naivete, so I felt a disconnect in his character. Besides, I never quite understood the premise. Why did he post his address? Maybe I missed something, but I never understood exactly who his friends were. So it made him seem a little stupid, even though he's cute as a button! I like Bill quite a bit, but then I'm partial to cuddly, burly bears like him myself. Bill adds a maturity to the situation, and is a very considerate potential suitor.
While what is offered was enjoyable to read and super cute, I still felt like it was the prelude to the real story, and as such didn't quite draw me in. The pace is quick, in the prose and the plot, and I would have preferred a bit more story, as well as a bit more characterization, which isn't a terrible thing. If there is a sequel with these guys, I'll snatch it up to read more. But, as a complete offering in this package, it felt a little thin to me. So, I can only give this one a So So. I want more, but I'm not really that satisfied either.(less)
I enjoyed this one more than the first one, I think. Maybe they're just different (and they are, the dynamics of the couples are). This is very nice f...moreI enjoyed this one more than the first one, I think. Maybe they're just different (and they are, the dynamics of the couples are). This is very nice for a stress free read, with a smooth ride into the sunset. No real bumps in the road that the couple has to traverse, and quite a few sexy scenes -- the kind that Sean Michael is best at.(less)
Alrighty, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one. I'm not sure why I waited... I know that part of it, for sure, is the fact that I read up...moreAlrighty, I'm finally getting around to reviewing this one. I'm not sure why I waited... I know that part of it, for sure, is the fact that I read up into the wee hours finishing this one because I couldn't put it down. Also, I think I needed to sit with this story a while before I let it go by writing the review. So I decided that, no matter, I'm definitely buying the paperback when it is released so that I can continue to enjoy it.
There are so many wonderful aspects of this story that I just can't do them justice with a review. As always Jordan's writing just... it just, I don't know it feels like it slams right into me and I just get it, you know? I feel like her writing always takes hold of me right away and it carries me through everything, but enlightening everything along the way. Her prose is so crafty that she really manipulates it to bring across whatever she needs to. This is something that is definitely hard to describe, but I challenge anyone who hasn't read anything she's written to give anything of hers a try and you'll see what I mean. This is an inelegant way to say what I mean, but then again it is something that you really have to read and understand for yourself.
There's also something really magical (hah) about the fact that this was written as a serial, and as such not only is completely perfect for the story and the way it is set up (as a reality show) but also allows the reader to really savor and stretch out this wonderful story for however long they want. I miss being able to vote since I did not read this on her newsletter like some, but I'm also happy that I was able to devour it in one sitting.
Some of these characters are SO FUNNY, I just can't describe it. I love Jordan's characters (from Vic to Charity and Oscar), because they're always quirky and grounded in some way, be it reality, satire, archetype and this story really profiles the characters she comes up with because of the huge cast. She's written before that this story was a labor of love in some ways and I can definitely see that this was a story that just needed out of her. She's really wowed me with this one and made me fall in love with her all over again.
I usually try not to sound like a fanboy (well, girl, lol) but this story deserves it :) I'm excited to read it again as soon as I get my paperback copy!(less)
I'm not up to a full review right now, but I really enjoyed this story that was smooth reading. The characters were great, th...more4.5 stars
I'm not up to a full review right now, but I really enjoyed this story that was smooth reading. The characters were great, the antagonist in all his glory didn't spin over the top into incredulity (unlike many books I've read lately, where somehow a skirmish always becomes a war and a feminine man is always the flamiest flaming queen ever seen). It's really a simple story about coming to terms with your sexuality and domestic abuse, but what makes it special are the characters, and an at-heart simple story made special by soaring characters wins any day in my book. And there are loads of great characters in this one, from Wolverine the mutinous mystery cat to long-armed Adam, who lives with his mom, consistently sounds as if his vocabulary was found at the bottom of a bottle, but has his own special brand of charm. Tim's family dynamics were at times hilarious and at others quite frustrating. The brotherly dynamic was very interesting and quite true to life. Yes, the interconnecting relationships are what makes this book shine.(less)