This is a story about two people, Alex and Luke thrown together by destiny. A destiny surrounding Greek mythology and the legend of the Oracle.
The plot was well intertwined with the past and the present. It's a suspenseful adventure that will have you guessing as to what happens next.
I was drawn in by all the characters, especially Alex. The author did a wonderful job with the development of these characters.
There were a few things that bothered me. First, I would have wanted more background on the secondary characters. I also felt they should have had a greater purposes within the context of the story. I liked them but needed more. Secondly, sometimes I felt the story jumped too quickly. It seemed they were in the States on minute and the next they're in Greece. Just wish some of the scenes were a bit longer. I also thought it ended too quickly. I would have liked to seen more of their "new relationship".
This was just an ok read. There was nothing really new to the same old Were/Vamp story. Blacque is a closeted werewolf wanting nothing more t...more2.5 Stars
This was just an ok read. There was nothing really new to the same old Were/Vamp story. Blacque is a closeted werewolf wanting nothing more to be himself and Bleu is an ailing vampire whose slowly dying. They are both lonely and when they come together sparks fly. There is definitely chemistry between these two. Blacque's not only a gay werewolf but also likes being submissive. It was a interesting combination. I liked Blacque's character and the pack politics. What threw me was (view spoiler)[ Dane's reaction to Blacque being gay. For all the build-up to this being a major catastrophe, he accepted it fairly easily. I get that the author tried to prepare us with introducing Blacque's gay uncle and this possibly being part of his mother's pack history but it still felt odd to me. (hide spoiler)]
Bleu didn't do anything for me. I thought he was boring. I just couldn't get in to his character. Although, the nightmares were an interesting touch.
I loved the idea of the paranormal draw to the town. There were not only vamps and werewolves living there but also witches, ghosts, fairies, and gremlins. I wanted to know more about the pull and what had these para's settling in Arcadia. It's too bad this concept wasn't explored more.
The book had a ton of potential. It was a nice love story and I almost rounded this one up to a three but the epilogue killed it. (view spoiler)[ Did we really need the lesbian couple to come out and decide they wanted Blacque's baby? I think it was unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. It's not the fact that it was a lesbian couple, it could have been any other couple. We already had the idea of artificial insemination as a way around Dane's baby making order. I didn't need the big red bow tied on top to let me know everything was now at a perfect point. (hide spoiler)]
I enjoyed this story. The writing was good, I liked the dialogue, and it flowed easily. Jared is openly gay and is instantly attracted to the new stra...moreI enjoyed this story. The writing was good, I liked the dialogue, and it flowed easily. Jared is openly gay and is instantly attracted to the new straight police officer in town, Matt. They become good friends and Jared starts to notice some flirtatious vibes coming from Matt. They come to an impasse where Matt has to either confront his feelings for Jared or lose his friend. As the two become closer Jared also realizes that he has some unresolved issues with being in a committed relationship. I really liked these two characters and was drawn into them but the problem was that their emotions didn’t hit me. I never felt what they were going through.
Also, I wished there was more to the plot. For me, there was no punch to it.
All in all it was a sweet story and I liked the writing style so I'll continue with the series.(less)
This is a beautiful heart-warming love story. Evan and Matt meet each other at a time when they both desperately need a friend. They want com...more4.5 Stars
This is a beautiful heart-warming love story. Evan and Matt meet each other at a time when they both desperately need a friend. They want companionship without judgment. They both need someone to talk to without the sadness and pity they usually see from others. The slow progression in their relationship is what gave this story such a genuine feel.
I really loved Matt's character. He's bold and outgoing. Evan on the other hand is shy and tentative. What moved me the most was Evan's struggle with his fears and guilt. Although at times, Evan seemed more like a high school kid rather than a grown man with 4 children. Granted he's scared and unsure of himself but some of the things he said were a bit childish.
I also wish we got more of Evan and Matt dealing with their issues together. Many times the author tells us what happens after the fact but I would have liked to have seen their thoughts and reactions first hand. Many parts of the story felt rushed, especially the sex scenes.
I loved the secondary characters, Helena and Vic, and Evan's children. All strong characters and they added depth to the story.
This is a feel-good book that made me smile. (less)
This is a story for all Qhuay fans waiting for their HEA. The story is set in the BDB world and the character portrayals are spot on...moreSimply fantastic!
This is a story for all Qhuay fans waiting for their HEA. The story is set in the BDB world and the character portrayals are spot on. I can’t say enough about it. One of the best Fan Fictions out there.
H.M. I read it a few months ago and just noticed you put a cover to your story. OMG love the cuff links. (less)
The Gentleman and the Rogue was such a great story. It had a little of everything - romance, humor, a bit of suspense, hot sex, well developed charact...more
The Gentleman and the Rogue was such a great story. It had a little of everything - romance, humor, a bit of suspense, hot sex, well developed characters, and above all I thought it was beautifully written. Two men from totally opposite worlds find each other and end up realizing that there is more to life than what's right in front of them.
Sir Alan Watleigh is a wealthy, high class gentleman who is wounded at the Battle of Badajoz. He returns to England to find his entire family has died. He is a brooding, tight-lipped and lonely man. He has continuous nightmares of war atrocities and believes he has nothing to live for, so he decides to end his own life. Before he does, he wants one night to indulge in his deepest fantasies. So he sets out to hire a male prostitute to spend his last night with. Alan has never been able to accept his attraction or “perversion” towards men. To be with another man is a crime punishable by death. He's learned to keep his desires well hidden, that is until he meets Jem.
Jem, is a fun-loving, light-hearted, energetic, young prostitute living on the streets. Alan picks him up for his one night of pleasure. I love Jem’s character. He has an innocent quality about him that draws Alan right in. He’s just the type of man to break into Alan's heart. Jem sees through Alan’s pain and is determined to make him smile. He jokes to get that smile and laughter from him but he also jokes to cover-up his own feelings.
His nicknames for Alan were priceless: Lord Muckety-muck, Lord Gloomy, Lord Bumbuggerer, Lord Doom....so many more.
Alan begins to see that there’s more to life and he wants Jem to stick around. He begins to realize what he’s been missing in his life - someone to hold him and make the nightmares go away and someone he can protect and love.
I loved the clash of these two men’s personalities. Alan is so emotionally closed off and Jem can barely keep his mouth shut. Their reactions to one-another sets the stage for sparks to fly. The chemistry between these two was sizzling and Jem is one firecracker in bed.
Jem teaches Alan to smile, to accept himself, to live and to feel more than just pain and Alan shows Jem that he deserves to be loved and feel safe regardless of where he comes from.
I really liked this book. The plot revolves around the relationship between Danny, a convicted criminal and Miller, an FBI agent. Miller is assigned t...more
I really liked this book. The plot revolves around the relationship between Danny, a convicted criminal and Miller, an FBI agent. Miller is assigned to protect Danny from his drug boss who is trying to kill him. During this time both men battle their own internal demons. Danny has to come to terms with the people from his past that have hurt him and in turn the people he has hurt. Miller has to come to terms with his own feelings that are buried so deep he doesn't even recognize his life anymore. Throughout this book the lines between black and white, good and bad are blurred and the author did a beautiful job at bringing to life this "gray" area in both men, both as individuals and as a couple.
The story takes place in the present day but we learn about their pasts through a series flashbacks. The story is very well told. The characters are strong and realistic. I loved the build up to their relationship. I could feel their emotions, their internal struggles, uncertainties, love. Oh and their personalities, spot on. Love Danny's sarcastic wit. (less)
Yhalen is a Ydregi, a magic forest dweller who follows their Goddess of nature. He's captured by a group of ogres and enslaved by the leader of the gr...more Yhalen is a Ydregi, a magic forest dweller who follows their Goddess of nature. He's captured by a group of ogres and enslaved by the leader of the group, Bloodraven who is half ogre/half human. I loved this world and I was drawn into the characters instantly.
This book cuts no punches. It contains brutal rape and torture scenes. And I don't mean a quick one page description. This was detailed pain and agony that went on and on. However, these scenes were necessary for the story.
What irritated me was that we didn't get much history regarding these two races. Although some detail was filled in along the way, it wasn't enough for my liking. I wanted to know more about the Ydregi and if they had any previous encounters with the ogres or humans. It seemed like all three races lived in this world and we get to know them separately but I never felt like they had any encounters before this story.
I enjoyed all the characters. This wasn't an easy road for Yhalen and Bloodraven. What I loved was the struggle they had with their feelings and even in the end they still had some confusion with what was happening between them. This isn't an insta love story but a story about two people who find they have much more in common than they realize and find a connection with each even if they can't explain or define it.
The other issue I had was the ending. I felt Bloodraven could have made more of an effort to find out what was going on with Yhalen. It didn't seem natural for someone who supposedly wanted him back. I wanted a bit more to the ending, it was good but not enough closure for my liking. (less)