I wrote this, but the romance novelist me! The latest in superpowered love is part of the Missed Connections collection for Loose Id--which means ther...moreI wrote this, but the romance novelist me! The latest in superpowered love is part of the Missed Connections collection for Loose Id--which means there's a definite theme at work here. Except that the "Missed Connections" ad Eddie's friends place to try and find the guy who rescued him from an apartment fire don't come up with quite the results anyone expected.
Hot D&D action! Dice rolling! Coffee shops! Nefarious bad guy plots! Romance! Rescues! And, of course, superpowers.(less)
... I read this like ages ago and somehow never even put it on my to-read list. I just saw something that made me think of it and went, "Where's my re...more... I read this like ages ago and somehow never even put it on my to-read list. I just saw something that made me think of it and went, "Where's my review of that"... and yeah. What even. Serious goodreads slacker.
ANYHOW THIS BOOK OH MY GOD. Anyone with a love of absolutely quirky characters and brilliant humor + BDSM needs all of JA Rock's work, but this one is a perfect example, seriously. These boys are both so, so weird and lovely. Their awkward struggle to trust each other are wound up with the story of the drama department (and the hilarious picture-stealing subplot--I won't ruin that for you).
And there are pet rats. And there's hula hooping.
Look you just need to read it okay it's amazing.(less)
A dark historical novella about a boy called Jonesy. When he loses his faith in the Church, he has to put it elsewhere. Why not in his own clockwork c...moreA dark historical novella about a boy called Jonesy. When he loses his faith in the Church, he has to put it elsewhere. Why not in his own clockwork creation?
Love, hate, light, dark, sex, violence, brilliance, madness, confession, denial -- a thorough exploration of all seven of the Cardinal Sins ensues.
Everyone who's had experience with fandom--particularly shipping, but any facet will do--really, really needs this book. You will know instantly that...moreEveryone who's had experience with fandom--particularly shipping, but any facet will do--really, really needs this book. You will know instantly that Lillis is one of us. This book his hilarious about all the little fandom foibles that both make us want to scream and make it as fun as it is. The Castaway Planet Fandom is every fandom, containing all the appropriate layers. The rabid shippers and the fans that even that lot says, "No, no, they're out of their damn minds!". The hero worship for the actors going awry, the fanservice squees and facepalms. It holds up a mirror to that weird little world and serves as a simultaneous love letter to and occasional indictment of it.
And that's not even the best part. Brandon and Abel are so real, so recognizable as characters. I wanted to shake poor Brandon half the time, and I wanted to thwap adorably, hilariously hyperactive Abel, but I totally wanted to pat them both on the head (and then knock their heads together) too. Their New Adult Love is perfect. And let's not leave out the fabulous best friend, the rabid shippers, the judgmental parents.
It also contains the single best writer-on-fanfiction quote, as spoken by Lenny Bray, creator and writer of Castaway Planet:
"Listen, you runt. I saw that self-righteous eyeroll when you said fanfiction. Let me tell you something: I fucking love fanfiction. Why do you think I made up these characters? So I could play with dolls in public and tell everyone else 'hands off'? So I could spoon-feed you stories from on high about the mysteries of love and free will and giant alien spiders? ...I am one man with a laptop. When I give the world my characters, it's because I don't want to keep them for myself. You don't like what I made them do. Fucking tell me I'm wrong! Rewrite the story. Throw in a new plot twist. Make up your own ending. Castaway Planet is supposed to be a living piece of art!"
In short: I want this book to have my space babies.(less)
The first book in my new series, The Family, which refers to a small but building family of Vampires. It starts with Liam, and snowballs into somethin...moreThe first book in my new series, The Family, which refers to a small but building family of Vampires. It starts with Liam, and snowballs into something much, much bigger.
This book contains far larger than usual amounts of sex, blood, mind games, and ridiculous literary references. It's a love story for monsters.
I so enjoyed every moment of this book. Brief reviews of the stories:
Cavatina, Cabaletta by Rachel White: A great tale of adventure and opera. This on...moreI so enjoyed every moment of this book. Brief reviews of the stories:
Cavatina, Cabaletta by Rachel White: A great tale of adventure and opera. This one suffers a little from clunkiness in the beginning, but stick with it. Great fun and the heroines are fantastic characters I couldn't help but cheer for.
The Huntress by T.T. Kove: This is where the book takes on its fairy tale feel. In Liv, she takes the 'princess who wants to live a commoner's life' trope and does some really fun things with it. Love the monster-worms in this one.
Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller: The second of the warrior/mage pairings, and definitely the stronger. This one is full of nuanced personality from both women, and I really love the little twist in the end, the final barrier to the HEA. A favorite.
The Thicket by Liz Lambdin: This is the one I would call beautiful, I think. There's a kind of slow burn to the relationship, and Lambdin handles it in a fascinating way, weaving several fairy tales together to create her world within a tower. A favorite.
Weather the Storm by Julia March: So. Much. Fun. I knew from the second we met Emily that I was going to love her. And I had a similar feeling about William. This is a great story and though it's not at all pirate-y, it has that perfect high seas feeling. Tense, but in a fun way, and so well executed.
The Mermaid by Megan Derr: So many criss-crossing world points, character points, and myths in one story, but woven seamlessly. I talk a lot about Derr's superior worlds and this is why. The characters all display that perfect balance of snark and heartfelt vulnerability that just makes me... guh. A favorite.
Masquerade by Ashley Shaw: Like the first story, this is a really fantastic adventure tale of a woman put in a life-or-death situation (for more than just her) and fighting her ass off for what she--quite unexpectedly--loves. Clunky in the beginning, but magic by the end. So good.
So yes, highly recommended collection here. Some sweet romance f/f adventure for all.(less)