I still haven't changed how I feel about this series. The same problems I had with the first book still exist in this one. The writing is melodramatic I still haven't changed how I feel about this series. The same problems I had with the first book still exist in this one. The writing is melodramatic and doesn't fit the characters. Even though I like the world, I don't believe their turbulent past, and as a result, I can't get behind their present relationship....more
As always I loved being in Manna's world. She continues to intrigue me with her new plot lines.
The only drawback was that I wanted more Warrick! I mis As always I loved being in Manna's world. She continues to intrigue me with her new plot lines.
The only drawback was that I wanted more Warrick! I missed him. I know I'm being greedy, but I want it all.
Innocent Blood: 4.5 Stars. This was Toreth at his best. Once again he's put into an impossible situation where he has to find a way out. Add in the possibility of a mysterious new plot direction and you get one hell of a story.
Weekend Plans: 4 Stars. Fun, fun, fun. We get to see what everyone's been doing since the last book.
Constellation of Falling Stars: 2.5 - 3.0 Stars This threw me off because I didn't know what was going on at first. There should have been some link to the next story.
For Your Entertainment: 4 Stars. I was worried about reading this because I always thought B-C was kind of flat, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the many different facets of his personality come out. I enjoyed being inside his head. There's this boyish charm about him that you can't help but like. He's sensitive and is constantly questioning himself. I kept comparing his decisions to what Toreth would do and how he'd react to what B-C was thinking. This made it all the more fun :D...more
This story was beautifully written and I enjoyed the world. Admittedly, I have a difficult time with sho 2.5 stars
Close to a three so I'm rounding up.
This story was beautifully written and I enjoyed the world. Admittedly, I have a difficult time with short stories because I always find myself wanting more and they never captivate enough to completely sweep me away.
Having said that, I liked this story but I wanted to know more about the assassination and the company Antho worked at. Also, more about Antho himself. I got that he was lonely and there seemed to be something more pushing him to help this man, but what was it? I kept wavering on this point. Was there something more driving Antho or was it some weird obsession? I still keep going back and forth because I saw both, the vulnerable Antho putting his own fears aside trying to help this unknown man and then there was the strange fixation he had on him. I think if more of Antho's past was given, I would have accepted the former but there wasn't enough for me to completely believe it.
Hopefully we can get more of the story for me to fill in the blanks and to believe in Antho's intentions. For now, they're up in the air. ...more
Meh, it was ok. As I mentioned in my update, I liked the world-building but the characters didn't do much for me. I thought they were one dimensional Meh, it was ok. As I mentioned in my update, I liked the world-building but the characters didn't do much for me. I thought they were one dimensional and had little depth. I did feel a slight spark in Armise and he does have me curious, but other than that I didn't feel any emotional tie to them.
What bothered me the most was that this book was repetitive and Merq's inner dialogue didn't fit the character's actions. The author kept telling us that these two men were mortal enemies and that Armise was a killer, but the scenes that were meant support this were brushed over and didn't have any substance to them. They were enemies for 13 years and we were inundated with language that tried to convey this but their actions fell flat. It felt like the author was trying too hard to evoke emotion in the characters.
Armise was the lightning strike in my storm. He appeared without warning—a violent burst, and brilliant flash, lighting up the night sky—then retreated in a cacophonous crash, leaving me dazed, unsteady and blinking back stars from my vision. He was unpredictable. Unstable. Deadly and hypnotic. And yet it was like I stood defiantly in the storm, rifle lifted towards the churning sky, and challenged him to strike me. As if I came alive in that moment of impact.
You would think these words would depict passion, violence, Armise as a deadly force, and an intense history, but instead the words felt hollow to me. I never got a sense that these men had a turbulent history. Yes, it was said over and over, but unfortunately I never felt it.
I heard the series got better and since I already have the second work, I'll probably read it but I hold very little hope that the author can turn this around for me. ...more
This book, this series, deserves nothing less than 10 stars. Pure brilliance! I really can't believe it's over. But there's hope, for MORE! Although, This book, this series, deserves nothing less than 10 stars. Pure brilliance! I really can't believe it's over. But there's hope, for MORE! Although, this series is one of my favorites, Fade had a bit of an imbalance to it. (view spoiler)[ I was dissappointed we didn't get to see Sin's POV until late in the book. (hide spoiler)] I went through so many different emotions reading this series and I wouldn't trade a minute of it. What a ride. Thanks to all my GR friends for the support and laughs.
*Sigh* Hsin and Boyd's journey will never end for me.
**spoiler alert** Even better than the first. The writing got better, still a bit wordy and lots of inner dialog but nowhere near as bad as Evenfall.**spoiler alert** Even better than the first. The writing got better, still a bit wordy and lots of inner dialog but nowhere near as bad as Evenfall. However, the plot did get stronger. Sin continues to steal my heart. What he goes through in this book is heart-breaking. The downward spiral of these two men and their relationship is never ending but somehow it all works.
One of the things that put me off was how quickly Boyd realizes how unstable and co-dependent their relationship is. I understand and accept the mistakes he made but the fact that he could distance himself from Sin and not flinch at his decision seems very unlike the Boyd we know from Evenfall. Don't get me wrong, I totally can see Boyd coming to this conclusion but I wish I saw a little more of his self-doubt and maybe a crack in his "let's be friends" attitude. I wish I felt more of his pain like I felt Sin's.
Their relationship also fell apart so suddenly. I wanted to see more of them together before it all went to hell.
Anyway, I love the dynamics of the story. There are still some unanswered questions but hopefully we'll get answers to those soon. We got to see Sin and Boyd as individuals as they both dealt with extreme and life altering situations. Great character and story development.
**spoiler alert** Loved it! It was so nice to see just the two them in bed, in the dark and Toreth opening up. There was something so heart-warming wh**spoiler alert** Loved it! It was so nice to see just the two them in bed, in the dark and Toreth opening up. There was something so heart-warming when Toreth said "Let me fuck you." To me it wasn't his typical sarcastic fuck line but it was "I need you." ...more
I wasn’t sure how to rate this one because I have a hard separating my emotions sometimes. So this is not a review but my r**spoiler alert** 4.5 stars
I wasn’t sure how to rate this one because I have a hard separating my emotions sometimes. So this is not a review but my rant.
I absolutely loved the premise of this story. It’s about a party at "The Shop" that Toreth and Warrick get invited to. Right up Toreth's alley, right? Warrick did a great job in switching the tables on "the oh so clever” Toreth and got him to be the sub for the night complete with collar and cuffs. I knew right away Toreth would be putting his dick in everything that moved. I was expecting it. So first situation was with kitty boy. A little strange but it had me laughing especially when kitty boy got off.
Now what really bothered me was that Warrick watched Toreth’s second fuck and at first he thought it was erotic. I guess it would be to some but nevertheless Warrick’s reaction threw me at first. Then I realized it’s who Warrick is. He accepts Toreth as he is but damn knowing it and seeing it are two entirely different things. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I would have felt a whole lot better if Warrick would have gone off to grope a guy or two and not helped with a stupid coffee machine. Of course, Warrick doesn’t WANT to do that. I have to keep reminding myself of this when this shit happens because I feel so bad for Warrick.
I was able to get over it since Warrick once again tipped the scales on Toreth and let his game be known. Warrick shows Toreth exactly what he was missing all night and makes Toreth beg for it. Go Warrick! So the scales are even again until they get home and Toreth leaves Warrick hanging, literally! This just pissed me off more than anything else. So he fucks everyone all night long and then can’t even come home to satisfy Warrick! Grrrrr.