The Rat Burglar by Emily Veinglory: ★★★★ [modern/urban fantasy / paranormal / mystery] This was one of the most fascinating and unique shifter stories IThe Rat Burglar by Emily Veinglory: ★★★★ [modern/urban fantasy / paranormal / mystery] This was one of the most fascinating and unique shifter stories I've read, and I loved it. I would have given it 5-stars except that it ended with a cliffhanger and felt very much like it was just the first part of a much longer novel, which was really disappointing because the story was so damn good and I loved the characters....more
Bounty Hunter by Cornelia Grey - ★★★★ I'm not too keen on westerns (I occasionally like watching them (movies/TV) but don't like reading them for someBounty Hunter by Cornelia Grey - ★★★★ I'm not too keen on westerns (I occasionally like watching them (movies/TV) but don't like reading them for some reason) and I normally hate flashbacks. But despite that, I found myself really enjoying this story. It was well written, hot, sexy, and the flashbacks were a great teaser, making me very curious about what had happened between these two, to bring them to this present confrontation. The ending was great as well, and left me with a silly grin on my face.
Changing the Guard by Peter Hansen - ★★★ This one was a decent read, although much too short in my opinion. And I was a bit disappointed that the sex scene was also so short, with parts of what they did together being mentioned briefly after the fact. It made things not quite as hot as they could have been. The twist at the ending was quite nice, though.
The Machinist by Gryvon - ★★★★ Oh wow...this story was smokin' hot, really kinky, and pushed all my buttons. The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars was that other than their mutual enjoyment of the kinky sex, there didn't seem to be any real connection between the characters. And the ending was a bit abrupt.
My Rifle is Human by Sumi - ★★ Another one where I just wasn't feeling any sort of connection between the characters. Morris just seemed way too...disinterested in Fil, which made the sex scene a bit lackluster and boring for me. I did think this story was the most creative of the lot, though, but it didn't feel fleshed-out enough. The setting was a kinda vague. Who or what was this enemy they were fighting? How or why do certain people end up as Ordnances and Gunslingers? Magic? A technological virus? Etc., etc. With a little more detail and answers to those questions, I would have given this another star or two for creativity alone, even despite the lack of connection between the two MCs.
In the Pines by Lydia Nyx - ★★★ This was an okay story. I enjoyed the mystery and paranormal elements, but again, no real connection between the characters. And at one point I started getting a bit of a creepy/evil vibe about Flynn, and felt that he was just using Tyler, which made me not really care about the sad/bittersweet ending. And other than a very brief solo scene with Tyler and the gun, there was no erotic gunplay in this one.
Compromised Judgement by Penny K Moss - ★★ This was my least favourite one of the bunch. I found it very confusing, like I had been dropped into the middle of a story and really had to struggle to figure out the different organizations, who was who, and what was going on. And all the names were very difficult to keep straight. By the time I got to the end, I was mentally exhausted and didn't really care about the sex. ...more
This was a fantastic book! One of the best post-apoc/sci-fi stories I’ve read in a long time. It reminded me a lot of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome“, wiThis was a fantastic book! One of the best post-apoc/sci-fi stories I’ve read in a long time. It reminded me a lot of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome“, with that concept of a strange and twisted society/religion that evolves from a people that have forgotten the past but are trying to make sense of it from the remnants left behind. But this story has it’s own unique twist and plot, and together with the wonderful characters (the main character in particular) and skilled writing, it makes for an utterly fascinating and intriguing page-turner. I could not put it down, and read it from start to finish in one sitting!
The story is told entirely from Tarin’s PoV, which I really enjoyed. He’s such a wonderful, likable and vibrant character. I loved how his mind worked, how he spoke (which made me laugh out loud many times!), and loved seeing how he viewed the world and the people around him. Also, how he questioned and rebelled against everything. I only had one small quibble, and that was with Garrick. I felt like I didn’t really get to know him all that well, but since his relationship with Tarin seemed to take a bit of a back seat to the rest of the story (at least, for a large portion of it), it didn‘t bother me as much as it would have if this had been the usual erotic romance fare that I normally read. To explain a bit better…I’ve tagged this as an erotic romance, but I feel that it’s mainly a sci-fi novel with a heavy dose of mystery, some erotic elements and a romantic sub-plot. Not saying that’s a bad thing, just that you shouldn’t expect it to be like something you‘d find in the usual M/M romantica genre. However, I have a feeling (and hoping!) that we’ll get to know Garrick much better, and have more Tarin/Garrick relationship time, in the sequel.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this story was how you very gradually get to see and understand more about this world. How little bits of info are slowly revealed that make you go “Huh?” one moment, and then “Oh, that’s what that is!” the next. One of my favourites was the “silver duck”. LOL! And then there was the “Mother’s Day” service, which I thought was just plain weird and creepy…and then suddenly something happened (not gonna give away any spoilers!) that totally threw me, made me completely rethink my theories and really start questioning what the hell was going on. But even as you start feeling like you’ve got a pretty good grasp on certain aspects of this world, there’s still the ever-present mystery of “The Lady” and “Mothers”, and why there’s only men here, and why boys just suddenly show up in the woods and live there for years (until they‘re caught), like wild animals, with no apparent memories of where they came from or their life before the woods.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m seriously impressed. And so glad that I decided to take a chance on an author that was unknown to me, and with a book that I couldn’t find any reviews for. I usually would never do that, but the synopsis was so enticing! Luckily, it turned out to be a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it! Now I’m dying to read the sequel, which is supposed to be out sometime later this year. A word of warning though…it ends with a big cliffhanger, a ton of unanswered questions, and the start of an interesting conflict between some of the characters....more
So far, this is a really fantastic graphic novel. I love the characters and the intriguing, complex storyline. And the artwork is very unique and beauSo far, this is a really fantastic graphic novel. I love the characters and the intriguing, complex storyline. And the artwork is very unique and beautiful. Highly recommended!...more