'Heroes & Ghosts' surprised me in a good way. The description by goodreads certainly gave the novel the appearance of a really perky typical yaoi'Heroes & Ghosts' surprised me in a good way. The description by goodreads certainly gave the novel the appearance of a really perky typical yaoi storyline of sex man toy falls in love with the innocent nerdy scientist. I frankly expected the scenario of a hot guy popping up, wooing the shy scientist, lots of bed action, and throw in some angst for good measure. I certainly didn’t expect to find Ichi and Rye and the rest of the crew. Both the characters are adorable, innocent, and hurt in their own ways. The storyline was also quite good and there was rarely a dull moment.
Narration (★★★★) ○ Third person narrators, mostly from the point of view of Ichi and Rye ○ Quite well-written. When I heard that there were grammatical mistakes and that goodreads called it a yaoi novel, I thought it would be slightly tough going through it, but the descriptions and story-telling were all quite good. ○ There are some grammatical errors though, some repeated paragraphs, misspellings, nothing a good editor couldn’t fix easily. These mistakes happen but do not detract from the story. Characters (★★★★★) ○ Sweet and unique characters. I loved both Rye and Ichi to death. The secondary characters were also equally as loveable. I even started to adore Rye’s siblings even though we meet them at the very end. Frankly, they bring out the squealing girly girl in me and make me want to snuggle them all like plush bunnies. Setting (★★★★) ○ Futuristic with space travelling, some aliens too ○ The best parts about the setting is the fact that not overly expanded upon to the point of suffocation and left me some space to imagine, but at the same time I had a feel for the surroundings. ○ We never really get too, too indepth with the persecution of the Avalon peoples. It’s prevalent, but mostly serves to explain culture and relate to Rye’s own sufferings. Most of what the novel presents was like a history lesson to me. Even some of the sufferings of the closer characters by the events did not stir my sympathies as much as Rye’s, which is probably due to the fact we spend much more time in his brain. Plot (★★★★) ○ Fascinating story with my favorite sprinkles of angst, snuggle moments, mystery, and the hot and sexy times (whoo) ○ Felt that the ending was a bit too rushed and everything was resolved far too easily, though it was a cute ending Overall (★★★★) ○ I’ll give it 4 stars out of 5. Not perfect but still a wonderful story. I'm hoping to read more of S.A. Payne's books in the future....more
My Fair Captain was a nice read with its interesting combination of the historical regency period and sci-fi. The pace of the novel was not too slow oMy Fair Captain was a nice read with its interesting combination of the historical regency period and sci-fi. The pace of the novel was not too slow or overly fast, though the plot and intrigue only touch the very tip of the conspiracy iceberg. In a way, this first in the Sci-Regency series feels as if it serves more as an introduction to a greater climax and story line.
This story mainly focuses on the romance that develops between Captain Nathanial Hawkins and Prince Aiden Townsend of Planet Regelence, with sprinkles of mystery and conspiracy in the background to set the stage for future events in the next novels of the series. Nate and his adopted son Jeremy Hawkins (AKA Trouble the troublemaker) are sent to investigate the theft of several weapons from the Townsend Castle under the guise of a visiting Earl and his valet so as to not alert the perpetrators to their scrutiny. Here Nate and Aiden, the airhead artist and middle son, meet and find an instant attraction to one another. We are also introduced to the lovable ruling Townsend family: King-consort Raleigh (AKA Cony), the dangerous mother hen; King Steven, the laid-back king of Planet Regelence; Prince Rexley, the responsible and serious eldest brother; Prince Payton, the computer whiz and second son (who’s featured in the second novel in the series); Prince Colton, an avid rider and flirt as well as the fourth son; Prince Tarren, the youngest troublemaker and hunter; and lastly cute little Muffin, Rexley’s ward.
J. L. Langley has a way of making characters come alive. There were many times where I couldn’t help grinning, laughing, and aww-ing at the antics and quirks of all of the characters presented in the novel. Even the minor characters shone brightly and made me love them all despite a limited amount of screen time. Every moment was used to its fullest to endear me to these characters, and I sure was glad none of them were killed off as stress relief. XP However, for some reason I came to adore the side characters more than the main characters (I'd really like to read about how Raleigh and Steven met). I wonder if this is a random trend with me lately since I felt the same way with some of the other novels I’ve read.
There are really no significant villains in the story aside from the fleeting flunkies that cause a little ruckus and the mysterious shadowy villains pulling strings in the background, but despite the lack of a deep mystery or thrilling adventure and action, it was a sweet, light novel to read.