Sadly, this book was a fail. I enjoyed the first two books, but Consort had zero character progression1.5 Stars, rounded up only for nostalgia’s sake.
Sadly, this book was a fail. I enjoyed the first two books, but Consort had zero character progression. It was predictable and a carbon copy of book 2. The only difference was that Tam was the center of the plot in this book. At first, the book seemed to be showing the possibility of a character-driven story through some of the new friendships developing. (view spoiler)[ Vincent was becoming close to Nao, and I started to see glimpses of them coming out of their shell, but unfortunately nothing more came of their friendship. I did enjoy seeing Charon and Reiji together and learning more about Charon’s past, but it wasn't enough to propel the story. (hide spoiler)]
Worst of all it was predictable and there was an excess of re-telling. I also hated that all the boys seemed to “sense” the impending doom for no apparent reason other than to cause drama.
My one star is for the very few Vincent and Aburon scenes.
I still recommend the first two books. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This picked up right where Volume One ended. It was chuck full of action and suspense. However, the plot did get a little drawn-out and far-fetched to This picked up right where Volume One ended. It was chuck full of action and suspense. However, the plot did get a little drawn-out and far-fetched towards the middle. I love all these characters, so I'm ignoring that part. Vincent and Aburon are still my favorite. The connection between them is so freakin intense! They better be in the next book.
One of the most touching moments was when Reiji (view spoiler)[ and Charon got together at the end. I loved seeing Reiji's vulnerability. He desperately needed to feel special and cared for, and Charon gave him that. (hide spoiler)]
I didn't think I’d like this as much as I did, but I got sucked into the world of The House of Silence. The story is set in an alternate universe wherI didn't think I’d like this as much as I did, but I got sucked into the world of The House of Silence. The story is set in an alternate universe where we follow the rent boys of an elite bordello. It is well-written and intriguing. I was instantly drawn in to the world and lives of the House of Silence. The vivid descriptions set the tone of the book beautifully.
Here we meet Danny, Vincent, Tam, and Reiji. They all have unique personalities and a past that won’t let them go. I’m not sure when it happened, but each of these guys slowly got me to care for them.
The book starts off almost like a “day in the life” of a rent boy. The POV’s constantly change; we hear from each of the rent boys and sometimes from a couple of the prominent clients, namely Ander and Aburon. I’m not a big fan of POV shifts, but I think it completely works in this book. At first, I was put off by the format, but then as I read on, I realized how much I was learning about each of the characters. Danny is shy, sweet, and gentle. Tam is friendly and always there to help someone, while Reiji has a bit of a temper and is quick to fly off the handle (I heart him). (view spoiler)[ I felt so bad for him at the end when he kissed Charon. It was so sad to see Reiji clinging to him. I know his feelings for Charon are going to lead to his downfall. (hide spoiler)] Then there’s Vincent. He’s a submissive masochist that has an air of sadness constantly surrounding him. Oh, how I love Vincent.
Now onto Charon Marque, the master of The House of Silent. I have very mixed feelings about him. He’s a bit of a contradiction. He is a business man through and through. He always has his head in the books and his eye on the bottom line. He is also portrayed as putting the safety of his boys above everything else. He protects them and has a knack of setting up the clients with the perfect companion. He takes his responsibility extremely seriously. He supposedly values his boys. This point is drilled home throughout the book. All his boys trust him and there's a feeling with them, that above all else they want to make Charon happy and proud. Now here’s my problem: (view spoiler)[ In the past, Charon made the mistake of pairing Reiji with Montgomery, who's described as a sadist of incomparable cruelty. Even though we don't know the details of what happened, Montgomery obviously hurt Reiji. Charon claims this is his biggest regret. Now, knowing this, why would he put Danny in such a terrible situation with 3 clients who clearly forced Danny into things he did not want to do? This doesn't show me that Charon cares about Danny or how much he values and protects him. Yes, it is somewhat explained later in the book, that this made Danny stronger and more confident, but I don't believe it. It's a weak excuse for what Charon did. Danny even admits recognizing Charon's emotional manipulation, but I guess it's ok because he had worse in his life? And don't tell me Charon doesn't see what he's doing. (hide spoiler)] This disappointed me and now I'll always question where Charon will draw the line.
The plot really doesn't get going until about 65%. The political intrigue and the suspense gets kicked into high gear, and we follow the MC’s while they try to protect one of their own.
My only other complaint was sex fest at the end of the book. Most of the sex in the book had a purpose. It told us who the characters were, and built-up their stories, but the last 10% of the book was a throwaway. The only moment that held any consequence was what occurred with Reiji. Other than that it was a waste.
For the most part I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what happens to everyone, especially my Vincent!
Warning: There is a lot of sex and some of it is dub/non con. This is NOT a romance. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I didn't feel any chemistry between Nick and Spencer or Spencer's developing need for submission. I felt like both men were just going throug2.5 stars
I didn't feel any chemistry between Nick and Spencer or Spencer's developing need for submission. I felt like both men were just going through the motions. The sex scenes were well written but even though this book was longer than the other two, these MC's didn't seem as well-developed.
Funny, Tristan thought as the doors closed behind them, the one time he let go of control, he got exactly what he wanted.
Well, well, well...in this iFunny, Tristan thought as the doors closed behind them, the one time he let go of control, he got exactly what he wanted.
Well, well, well...in this installment of Market Garden the tables are turned on the oh-so-clever Tristan. It was a great idea to have Tristan on the receiving end, while Jared was taking charge. It was nice to see Jared so confident and bold. Although at times, Tristan's voice reminded me of Jared's in Quid Pro Quo. I could easily see the possessiveness and jealousy in Tristan but there were a few times that Tristan's need for Jared (beyond the dance) seemed a little too excessive. Maybe if the story was a bit longer and we saw Tristan's feelings develop for Jared it wouldn't have been the case.
This was HOT! Jared was sweet and simply delectable while Tristan was sexy with a dominating presence. I loved the sly negotiations, the powe3.5 Stars
This was HOT! Jared was sweet and simply delectable while Tristan was sexy with a dominating presence. I loved the sly negotiations, the power exchange between Tristan and Rolex guy. Who had the power? Rolex guy with the cash or Tristan with Jared putty in his hands? All I know was that I kept yelling at Rolex guy to throw down more damn money!
I am very curious about Tristan. That little shiver outside the lift at the end, completely hooked me.
The Condor was a fun look at how the owner of a gay escort service runs his business. The characters made this book! They were unique and complex. No The Condor was a fun look at how the owner of a gay escort service runs his business. The characters made this book! They were unique and complex. Nothing was as it seemed. It was one contradiction after another and this is what propelled the book. At times it was lewd and offensive, but you know what? So is life sometimes, so I just went with it and enjoyed the ride. Harry, Harry, Harry…..I love him! Harry makes no apologies on how he runs his business and we get to learn firsthand how he accomplishes this. He’s funny and snarky and his heart comes shining through.
My only complaint is that I never understood why Danny wanted Harry so badly. Why did he want his approval and want to impress him? This made zero sense to me. I needed a convincing explanation in order to believe the lengths Danny went through to get Harry’s attention.
This was my first book by Isa K. but it certainly won’t be my last....more
I really enjoyed this book. Brooklyn is an ex cop turned boxer who is also a slave. While on duty, Brooklyn killed a protester and was sentenced to slI really enjoyed this book. Brooklyn is an ex cop turned boxer who is also a slave. While on duty, Brooklyn killed a protester and was sentenced to slavery.
I just love Mr. Voinov's writing style. I was a little worried because I don't like boxing and books with slavery themes tend to get me a bit apprehensive BUT I was completely sucked in. Brooklyn is an amazingly developed character. He is a strong and tormented man who completely draws you into his world. He has no voice, no choices, no life of his own. He is told when to train, when to eat, and when to sleep. At all times he has a guard hovering over him. He is also rented out for sexual favors. This is his fate in life until Nathaniel purchases his services/body for the night. Nathaniel always seemed a bit of a mystery character to me. Maybe that's how he was suppose to be, not really sure but I always felt that he had some ulterior motive that was borderline sinister. In the end it becomes clearer. I really liked their relationship. It opened Brooklyn up in so many ways. Most of all it gave him hope.
The only two issues I had was that I didn't get to know Nathaniel more and I also felt the ending came to quick. Not to spoil the ending but I had hoped we would have seen Brooklyn's finally thoughts in a conversation between him and Nathaniel. Of course, this was my first reaction when I finished the book but as I pondered over it a bit, it made sense to end it with Brooklyn's final thoughts since it was his journey we followed. It was very sweet ending.
Even though this book has such dark undertones, Brooklyn was able to make me smile. There were many heart-felt moments. Definitely a wonderful read. ...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 charact
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.