I'm not going to pretend this is any way an objective review. (I copied this from my blog where my reviews are on the gushy side.) I became a fan of JI'm not going to pretend this is any way an objective review. (I copied this from my blog where my reviews are on the gushy side.) I became a fan of J.M. Snyder before I picked up this book and reading it made me a fan for life.
Normally I like to read stories with a little more prose and less sex, but as J.M. wrote in the introduction, sometimes you just need to kick back and have a little fun. That's not to say that some of these don't have substantive story lines, just that the main event is usually the center of attention.
Joy Ride - Okay, I have to admit to finding something about a man on a roaring motorcycle sexy. I'm not sure if the image of strong machinery roaring between a man's legs is fully realized when picturing a skinny guy on a Kawasaki. My reaction was the same as Mack's - intrigued, but there was something missing from that ultra-masculine image that did nothing for my libido. Then I got further into the story and started picturing Brad in his tight red biker shorts, bending over a bike with a look that begged to be answered - I'm thinking this story would make one hell of a movie. And I'm volunteering to direct. With a sexy premise, a teasing younger man and just enough action to get the blood pumping, this story is a hot must-read.
A Little Something for Santa - I will admit to submitting to childish giggling as I read this one. The thought of anyone having pseudo-sexual thoughts about Santa seems so wrong it just has to be right on some level. After all, isn't fantasy supposed to be dirty fun? This story doesn't disappoint. Patrick was the perfect tease (my favorite type of guy), Santa was...well, you'll have to read the story. My favorite line: when Santa says, "I know what you're thinking, Patrick." I almost choked on my laughter and had to put the book down for a second. If Santa could read people's minds like that, a lot more of us would be on the naughty list. But, as the story illustrates, sometimes being naughty for Santa is just the way to be a very good boy.
Poolside - Fun. I have to say there's something about a guy who thinks he's completely heterosexual discovering a new side of himself with just the right motivation. While I was reading, I kept shouting at Kevin not to fight it because it would feel good. Heh. One guess on whether he listened to me. ;-)
Pony Play - Like the main character, Drew, I've never really been into anything S&M related. So, I completely sympathized with his reluctance to get into a rather interesting weekend diversion - doing a little dress-up and becoming someone's pony. Of course, there is something intriguing about the idea, but I was still a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.
Escape - Love this one. I developed a liking for erotic scifi after reading a few books in the genre. This story did not disappoint. It was short, sweet and gave me a strange craving for an erotic group scenario involving hot clones. Hm. Maybe I should suggest that to the author. Who knows, maybe she hasn't considered that.
Best Friends - Another fun scenario - two friends acting on an attraction for the first time. It was beautifully written and so compelling I was almost late to work because I couldn't put the story down until I'd completed it. I'm kind of hoping to go through her catalogue and find she's updated this story with a sequel or written the novel length equivalent.
One of Us - Love, love, LOVE this story. I don't think I can say enough about it without giving half the plot away, which would be a shame. Everyone must buy the book for this story alone. This is one of several stories where J.M.'s powers of description are given remarkable voice. The scenery felt almost alive, the characters rich and the execution of the story left me disappointed when it ended. I really hope, no I insist that this one be written as a longer story. If for no other reason than to explore the scenario (which I can't reveal because it's a spoiler) as a story encompassing the entire town. It's a brilliant piece and I can't wait to finish the book so I can come back and reread it.
Threesome - Okay, there was lots more giggling and superfast reading as I went through this one. I feel silly because I can't find another word, but HOT seems to fit this one perfectly. I especially love the last paragraph or so because it put such a vivid image of the characters in my mind.
Easily Addicted - Another fun story with an unexpected ending. I identified with the main character a lot in finding that sometimes being attracted to someone, and the strength of that attraction can take you by surprise.
Hooking Up - See, there are few things that scare me and the idea of being photographed is one of them. Of course, if I were behind the camera...mm. And that's part of the appeal of this story. Imagining two people getting hot and heavy in front of the lens and being able to look back on those pics later. The other appealing thing about this is her amazing attention to detail. I love reading stories with vivid imagery and this one fits the bill.
Devilish Good Time - J.M. is great at a number of things. I have to believe she knows that fantasy/horror is one of them. I'm not going to go into too many details, but let me just say the hot boy interaction was not the only thing that kept me turning the page. The suspense was terrific.
Battle of the Bands - A great short with a surprising ending. Speaking of short - it was far too short! I felt like I was being teased. In a good way, of course, but I really wanted to read more of the interaction between the main characters. Can I beg a sequel?
Office Visit - Wow. :-p Ever heard strange noises at your doctor's office and wondered what they could be from? Wonder no more. I guess I'm bad because if I heard anything like what was going on here, I'd be tempted to open the door and watch. But that's a story for another day, isn't it?
The New Client - Instant movie material. And I'm volunteering to direct. There's a beautiful, textured feel to this that makes it memorable. I suppose it's obvious that I loved this story, and there isn't much more to add. The descriptions were great, the characters interesting and some of what happened (or how it happened) kept me guessing. A very enjoyable read.
Overall I did love the book, though I'm sure that's obvious by now. I guess my only complaint is that I felt some of them were too short - a sign of my own greed more than a shortcoming with the writing....more
**spoiler alert** I found this book interesting for a number of reasons. The story was enjoyable, but I kept thinking that so much of it was unrealist**spoiler alert** I found this book interesting for a number of reasons. The story was enjoyable, but I kept thinking that so much of it was unrealistic, even in context, I found it difficult to simply get into the story.
The first event that didn't sit well with me was Tristan's behavior when he realizes Michael is attracted to him. While it is understandable that he is flattered by the attention, I found it strange that his feelings go from hate (or rather strong dislike) to attraction and lust within the span of a couple of hours. Further, I thought it was unusual that this evening ended with the two of them having sex for the first time. I expected Tristan to be wary of beginning a physical relationship with someone he knew and disliked for more than a few minutes. Also, I thought it odd that Michael had been scoping him out since he was 17 and there were small moments where he came across as a little predatory.
What really kept me from giving this book four or five stars was the intensity of the relationship on both sides given the length of the relationship and Tristan's age. They didn't appear to have many conversations of substance early on, and rarely saw each other for a few days after their first night together because Tristan was busy with school, but after a little more than a week, Michael is in love and Tristan isn't far behind. I felt like it was rushed because they hardly knew each other before Michael gets his tattoo altered with Tristan's name and is giving him a key to his home and alarm code.
What bothered me most is that Tristan's mother is completely all right with everything that's happening. Her biggest concern is not that her son is debating moving in with someone he barely knows, their age difference or Tristan possibly being in over his head in his first serious relationship, just that his sister might be influenced by his sleeping at Michael's house after a week.
The last part which bothered me was Michael's instant jump to end the relationship because Tristan wasn't ready to move in and exchange rings barely two months after they'd begun seeing each other. Never mind Tristan's age (though that should've been a consideration), I found it incredibly selfish and clingy that he couldn't be more understanding of what Tristan had to be going through. Everyone doesn't need to move at warp speed.
I thought a great deal of the interaction between the characters was funny and interesting, even if I didn't feel it was necessarily realistic for the situation. I might have enjoyed the story more if the events had taken place over six months or more, giving the characters time to develop their feelings in a way I could identify with....more