This is definitely my favourite Brad Vance story so far! Hot-hot-hot! :)
Did you watch the Vikings (2013) TV Series and imagine the storyline following...moreThis is definitely my favourite Brad Vance story so far! Hot-hot-hot! :)
Did you watch the Vikings (2013) TV Series and imagine the storyline following a...slightly different script, from the point where Ragnar attacks the monastery and takes Athelstan as his slave? If so, you're going to love this! :P
For me, the emotional aspect of this story made the sex so much hotter than if it had been just plain erotica. Colum may be Viggo's slave, but there's a measure of kindness and caring there, and some very sexy possessiveness, that takes the sting out of Viggo's sometimes rough and callous treatment of Colum. There's also a mutual respect between the two of them, stemming from the surprising revelation that there's more to each of them than what the other expected.
I did feel a bit sorry for poor Niall (Colum's friend, who is also taken prisoner), although...I guess it wasn't too bad since he did seem to enjoy being used and abused. But I do hope Book 2 will find him with someone a bit kinder and more...appreciative of what he has to offer. Heh. :P(less)
The art style of this graphic novel was very different from what I'm used to (I mainly read Japanese manga), but I thought it was quite unique, and li...moreThe art style of this graphic novel was very different from what I'm used to (I mainly read Japanese manga), but I thought it was quite unique, and liked it very much. And at many points during the story I found myself stopping at certain scenes/panels for a while, just to take in all the wonderful details.
The story also sucked me in right from the start. I can't resist a good interspecies romance (especially one with werewolves), and the cliffhanger ending made me want to jump right into the next volume. I can't wait to see what happens next with Oisin and Byron! :)
Unfortunately, it looks like the print version is no longer available, but you can get this in digital format. And it's free! I don't know if that's permanent or just temporary, so if you're interested in giving this one a try, hurry up and go snag your free copy now! :)
For anyone interested in this for the tentacle-smex, it does have some, although the scene is quite brief. But I've been told all subsequent volumes in the series also contain tentacle scenes, so I'm looking forward to that as well! (Yes, it's one of my favourite kinks. :P). Volume #2 in particular, with its synopsis and cover (of the print version), seems to promise much more tentacle goodness than what's found in this volume. Here's hoping! *crosses fingers*
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this one. For as short as it is, there's actually the beginnings of a plot there, which will hopefully be continued...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this one. For as short as it is, there's actually the beginnings of a plot there, which will hopefully be continued with a sequel.
The sex was also really hot, which surprised me. Normally I wouldn't find a giant, monstrous spider/squid-like creature to be erotic. But it was! I actually liked the alien quite a lot...he was sentient and intriguing, and even though the sex was forced, he was gentle (as much as it could be with a small, virgin human) and compassionate. And Harrison's mixed feelings about all of it felt real and believable.
I did feel sorry for poor Harrison at the very end, being abducted like that (when he had family he didn't want to be separated from), but I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next!
If you like tentacle monster erotica, I'd definitely recommend this one. :)(less)
LOVED this! I couldn't put it down...devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Wonderful characters, plot and world building. And not a single dull mom...moreLOVED this! I couldn't put it down...devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Wonderful characters, plot and world building. And not a single dull moment. It also has one of the most interesting and unusual menage relationships I've read.
This is probably one of the most interesting, unique and imaginative stories I've read in a long time.
So, why the low rating?
As a short story, it comp...moreThis is probably one of the most interesting, unique and imaginative stories I've read in a long time.
So, why the low rating?
As a short story, it completely failed, IMO. We get a brief glimpse of a truly fascinating world, with very interesting characters, but it was way too short, with too many questions left unanswered, and things left unexplained. And then it just...stops. It wasn't a self-contained short story at all...more like the first chapter of a larger story, with a weak, rushed "ending" tacked on.
Such a shame, because there was SO MUCH potential here. I hope one day the author will consider expanding this into a proper novella or novel. I would definitely PAY for that. :)(less)
Like the first book, this one was packed with lots of kinky, sadistic content. But unfortunately, the hotness factor (of the previous book) was sadly...moreLike the first book, this one was packed with lots of kinky, sadistic content. But unfortunately, the hotness factor (of the previous book) was sadly lacking in this one. And the cliffhanger ending was extremely frustrating.
I'll probably buy the next one when it's published, but if it doesn't recapture the hot/erotic feel that the first book evoked, then I think I'm gonna call it quits with this series.(less)
This review is for the first two installments: Capture and Auction.
I’m still a bit undecided as to how I feel about this “book” so far. On the one han...moreThis review is for the first two installments: Capture and Auction.
I’m still a bit undecided as to how I feel about this “book” so far. On the one hand, it was a definite page-turner. It instantly grabbed my attention, had me riveted until the end (of the 2nd part), and left me eager to find out what happens next (even though I‘m pretty sure I‘m not going to like it). However, the reason it kept me so riveted is also the reason why I feel very “iffy” about it. It’s kind of like a train-wreck, where something is just so awful that you can’t seem to tear your eyes away. And I don’t mean the technical aspects of the writing (which is very well done), but rather, the content and emotions it provokes.
For me, these types of stories fall into two categories. There’s the brutal, sadistic, non-con type that is highly erotic, darkly thrilling, and makes you feel just a little bit twisted and perverted for liking it and/or finding it arousing. And then there’s the brutal, sadistic, non-con type that is just really horrifying and sad, has your stomach all tied up in knots, and makes you dread what terrible things will happen next. For me, these first two installments fell into the latter category. Not that that’s a bad thing, or something that makes it wrong/flawed (the story is what the authors‘ intend it to be)…just that it’s not the type I personally prefer and really enjoy.
But personal preferences aside, I did have one major issue with it, which knocked it down from a 4-star rating to a 3. I can definitely see the “capture team” (can‘t remember the exact term that was used…) being kind of rogue and uncontrolled, so the brutality in the beginning was quite believable. However, once the brothers were delivered to the processing facility, it was like a free-for-all rape-fest that just didn’t make any sense at all. This woman’s operation and “merchandise” is supposed to be top-notch, yet the people under her employ (the guards and such) are free to rape, beat, torture, and mentally terrorize slaves that are potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each? Not believable at all, and I just couldn’t swallow that. It felt like a very contrived way to jam in as much shocking content as possible. Again, not necessarily a bad thing (the actual content), but it cheapened the story quite a bit (in my opinion) with the way it was done.
But despite my gripes with it, I will be buying part 3 when it’s available. I think one more installment will give me a better idea of if I want to continue with it or not. And I do think it’s worth checking out, if you enjoy this type of story. Just be sure to heed the warnings (and read the excerpt) before you purchase. It’s not the most brutal, taboo story I’ve read, but it’s definitely up there.(less)
Essentially, this was a pretty decent story that I normally would have given a 3 star rating to...if it hadn't been such a train wreck of errors. For...moreEssentially, this was a pretty decent story that I normally would have given a 3 star rating to...if it hadn't been such a train wreck of errors. For such a short word count, there was an absolutely ridiculous amount of them, at least 2 or 3 (sometimes more towards the latter half of the story) on every page. Wrong words, wrong tenses, missing words, and jumbled sentences. I was yanked out of the story more times than I can count because of this, and by the time I was finished, I was extremely pissed that I had shelled out $2.99 for what has to be an unedited first draft.
This book obviously did not have an editor, or even a beta tester. Hell, the errors were so glaring and so prolific that the author alone should have caught most of them by doing a quick re-read himself/herself.
This was my first book by this author and will most likely be my last. I definitely won't buy any others immediately after publication, but instead, wait a while and carefully check reviews to make sure this kind of sloppy work isn't a common occurrence.
EDIT: I've been thinking about this some more and I'm wondering if some kind of mistake was made, where a draft copy was sent by accident instead of the finished manuscript, and no one caught it before it was published? (Note: I purchased my copy through allromancebooks.com)(less)
Great world-building so far (hope we get to learn more about it in the rest of the series), great plot, wonderf...moreLoved this one! I couldn't put it down!
Great world-building so far (hope we get to learn more about it in the rest of the series), great plot, wonderful characters (I really loved Gaige and Keiran!), and not a single dull moment. It was a real page-turner.
There seem to be an awful lot of horridly written books in the M/M Romantica genre, and when I hit an unlucky streak of them, I tend to get very discouraged. Not to mention pretty damn grumpy about the wasted money. But it's books like this that renew my faith in the genre (and the authors) and keep me going.
I highly recommend this one, and I can't wait to read the next in the series!(less)
It's really rare for me to give a full 5 stars to short stories/novelettes, because no matter how good they might be, th...moreI enjoyed this story so much!
It's really rare for me to give a full 5 stars to short stories/novelettes, because no matter how good they might be, they usually tend to feel somewhat lacking due to the length. But, although this one did leave me desperately wanting more, overall it still felt very complete and satisfying.
Very well written, great plot and great characters! A definite page-turner, and highly recommended!
A note to the authors: Can we get a sequel? Pretty please! :D(less)
Not a whole lot to say about this one, unfortunately.
It had a lot of potential and I quite liked the two main characters, but it seemed very rushed in...moreNot a whole lot to say about this one, unfortunately.
It had a lot of potential and I quite liked the two main characters, but it seemed very rushed in parts and then all of a sudden it just sort of ended abruptly. To me, it felt like this was just the first part of a much larger story that was never finished/written.
It does say "Pack Valley #1", so if there's going to be a second book in the series, and it continues on where this one left off, I would probably revise my rating to 3 stars instead of just 2.(less)
**spoiler alert** There were a few things that really irked me about this story, the worst being the sharing and het sex. And I really did not like Ch...more**spoiler alert** There were a few things that really irked me about this story, the worst being the sharing and het sex. And I really did not like Charlotte. She irritated the hell out of me. I kept wanting to grab her, yank her away from Lythas and Coren, and tell her, "Stop trying to insinuate yourself into their relationship. Leave them alone!" She was like the fantasy version of a 'fag hag'. And then, when she latched herself onto Tsabrak, I was literally grinding my teeth. I think I would have enjoyed this story a hell of a lot more if she hadn't been in it, and I really hope she's not in any of the other stories in the series.
Also, my enjoyment of Lythas and Coren's relationship diminished quite a bit after the scene in which Coren goes completely off his rocker and acts like a horrible prick. I was really shocked by his reaction. It also seemed a bit uncharacteristic for him, and quite excessive. I wish the author had worked that a bit differently, and done something else to instigate the separation, because I just could not like Coren very much after that. And I found myself hoping that Lythas would stay with Tsabrak instead of taking Coren back.
There were also a couple of things that seemed a bit random because they were never explored or mentioned again. Like, the reaction Lythas had to Coren's punishment was fascinating and really hot, yet it was never mentioned again. And the whole deal with how Lythas felt about his slave collar (he even kept the pieces after it was taken off) but again, nothing about that was ever mentioned again.
I also wish there had been a better explanation about the whole m-preg thing. For instance, conception and delivery both occur via the rectum, so, ummm...how exactly does that work? What about gestation? Where/how does that happen? What about going to the bathroom? I really think we needed more information to make it all seem more real and believable. I haven't read very many m-preg stories, but the best one I've come across so far was "Balancing Karma" by I.D. Locke. The m-preg was so well done in that one, so well-thought out and totally believable, whereas this one seemed quite lacking and confusing in comparison. Although, maybe there will be more details about it in the other stories?
And then there was the sad ending. Oh boy, do I hate sad endings! But thankfully, I didn't bawl my eyes out (like I normally would with that type of ending) because of how my feelings had changed about Coren. I feel a bit awful saying this, but I actually felt...not much at all with his passing, and very excited at the idea of Tsabrak coming back for Lythas now that Coren is out of the picture. Terrible, I know, but... *shrug*
I had a tough time deciding between 2 and 3 stars for the rating, but finally decided to go with 3 since I really loved Lythas, and the prospect of a Lythas/Tsabrak relationship really makes me want to continue with the series. I also thought the Lashrans were a fascinating species and I'm looking forward to learning more about them and their culture. The world building was also quite good, and I have a real soft spot for pirates and the whole 'sailing the high seas' theme. :P
Overall, a fairly decent read (despite my gripes) that has the potential to improve quite a bit (I'm hoping!) as the series continues. This is a free read, so if you like fantasy and m-preg, you should definitely give it a try. :) (less)
**spoiler alert** This one was...okay. The only thing that saved it from being a 2-star read (rather than the 3-stars I gave it) was the witty writing...more**spoiler alert** This one was...okay. The only thing that saved it from being a 2-star read (rather than the 3-stars I gave it) was the witty writing, humour, and the twist at the end (even though I had already guessed what was coming).
What I found really disappointing was the lack of emotion/connection between the two MCs. Just a horny boy looking for someone to give him his first f*ck, and a demon who was happy to oblige because it was his job. It was pretty much just lust between the two of them, and nothing deeper. And the sex just wasn't as hot as it could have been because of this.
The ending was also a bit abrupt and kinda leaves you hanging, and thinking, "Ummm...that's it?" Although, maybe the author has plans for a sequel?
Anyway, this was the first story I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. I'd really like to try something else from her because I did like the originality of this one, and the writing style.(less)
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“, wi...moreThis 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.(less)