Story Prompt: These boys were best friends growing up and then 5 years ago they got separated when one of them moved away. They've just unexpectedly r...moreStory Prompt: These boys were best friends growing up and then 5 years ago they got separated when one of them moved away. They've just unexpectedly reunited in this small town diner somewhere in the Northeast. Based on this picture it looks like their accidental meeting is turning into something more than just childhood best friends running into each other later in life. Please give these cute boys a happy ever after ending.
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)
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)
This is not a short story or the first book in a (traditional) series. It's the first installment in a serialized novel. We get just a few chapters wi...moreThis is not a short story or the first book in a (traditional) series. It's the first installment in a serialized novel. We get just a few chapters with this first release, and then a few more each consecutive month. (I'm fairly certain the release schedule is monthly, but please correct me if I'm wrong.)
Because of this, I'm only going to put my rating (and review) on this first installment (Pain), but it will reflect all the current installments (that I've read) and may change as the story progresses.
My read status: 1) Pain - [read] 2) Secrets - [read] 3) Promises - [read] 4) Lost - [read]
This is a fantastic story so far! I adore the two main characters, Peter and Darwin. They couldn't be more different from each other, yet they seem so perfect for each other and are absolutely wonderful together. And Darwin is, by far, one of the most fascinating and memorable characters that I've read in a long time. I really, really love him, and love how he loves Peter.
The plot and world building (what we've seen so far) is intriguing and fascinating, and I'm literally on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happens next! It's a fast-paced page-turner with not a single dull moment, but...because it's so good, that also makes it extremely frustrating to have to wait for each new installment. Arghh! :(
So far: Highly Recommended! :D
I'm wondering if there are any plans to compile it all into a single book sometime after the final installment has been published? If so, it would be really great if those of us who purchased all of the "parts" got a free (eBook) copy of the full novel. :)(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)
There's not much of an actual plot to this story. It's pretty much all about the relationship, which was a bit of a shame because I could see so much...moreThere's not much of an actual plot to this story. It's pretty much all about the relationship, which was a bit of a shame because I could see so much potential there for a larger conflict revolving around the romance. But overall, I really didn't mind too much because Quin and Ryzel were such wonderful characters, and I absolutely loved how their relationship developed. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!
But... I felt I had to deduct a star because of the ending. The story is zipping along, some really interesting things have just happened, and then all of a sudden it just...ends. I actually thought there was something wrong with my copy and went back to the publisher's site to check the number of pages.
But despite the oddly abrupt ending, I still really enjoyed this story, and I desperately hope there's going to be a sequel!
On a side note, something I found very interesting was the way this story was written. I've read quite a lot of books written in 1st person PoV (which I really love), but this is the first time I've read a book that switched back and forth between two characters, both of which were written in 1st person PoV. I was quite surprised at first when the PoV switched (I wasn't expecting that at all!) and was kinda worried that it might get confusing, but it didn't, and I found that I actually enjoyed it very much.(less)
**spoiler alert** I had a hard time deciding whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars, but finally decided to go with 3 since I did enjoy it, despite the...more**spoiler alert** I had a hard time deciding whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars, but finally decided to go with 3 since I did enjoy it, despite the numerous flaws.
Jory was a great character (I really liked him) but Val and Rai came across as a little flat to me. Also, the rivalry and lack of sexual interest between the two of them was intriguing in the beginning, but by the end of the story, nothing had changed in that regard. It made me a little sad, wondering how a menage relationship would ever work with that type of dynamic. There was also a sad lack of menage sex scenes as well (only one very brief scene that's hardly worth mentioning), so if you're interested in picking up this book for the menage aspect, you might want to look elsewhere.
There were also some things that were not properly explained, like the baby dragon and Jory's mysterious healing abilities. And the ending of the story seemed quite rushed. However, the whole concept of the "Mate Hunt" was really fascinating.
Overall, this story had lots of potential, but should have been fleshed out some more.
And on a side note, the editing was quite sloppy. There were so many run-on sentences. Whoever edited this obviously had an aversion to full-stops and commas. Sloppy editing is becoming a real pet peeve for me. It's an annoying distraction and such a disservice to the author.(less)
The synopsis for this one sounded wonderful...just the type of story I really love. I was also looking forward to reading what would have been my firs...moreThe synopsis for this one sounded wonderful...just the type of story I really love. I was also looking forward to reading what would have been my first foray into Mpreg. It started out quite good, but once Lucien and his companions (and Gabriel's bothers) were introduced, it all just went right down the toilet.
If this had been a contemporary, the dialogue and the way the characters acted would have been truly silly and juvenile. For a science-fantasy setting, with demon and alien characters...it was downright ridiculous. They all acted like a bunch of immature American teenagers and if I had to read the word "bro" one more time, I was going to scream.
The first third of this story (the point at which I gave up) was also riddled with errors. Whoever edited this book should have been smacked and then fired.(less)