It was so nice to see sweet Avery again and how well he is doing. He had such a rough start, but with the help of Noah, A review by The Blogger Girls.
It was so nice to see sweet Avery again and how well he is doing. He had such a rough start, but with the help of Noah, Sam and the rest of their little “family,” he seems to be doing remarkably well.
After spending some time living on his own successfully, he and Noah have the opportunity to move into Noah’s family home and make it their own. Avery is still a little fragile at times, but Noah is on top of things as much as he can be. He makes sure Aves knows how much he is loved, how well he is handling things, and how proud Noah is of him at every turn. The support Aves now has is truly amazing and heartwarming. It is tested a bit, however, with the appearance of Aves’ younger brothers whom he had left behind many years ago.
The problems don’t come from those brothers though, they come from Aves’ other brother, Sam, who is having difficulty with his fear of losing Aves, being a husband and soon to be father. Unfortunately, it is Aves who is most affected. Thankfully, he doesn’t take too long to make things right, but it was a rough stretch for a while there.
This is a really sweet story, which I admit, I don’t usually go for. However, this is Avery we are talking about, and dammit, he deserves as much sweet as he can get. I am so happy to see he is overcoming his past and making a happy future. I really like all the characters in this series and would really like to see more about some of the others. This was a great follow up to Out of the Blackness and definitely earns Carter a spot on my auto to read list....more
Wow, this one threw me for a bit of a loop. This twisted little tale starts off with Master/Slave that seems to b 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Wow, this one threw me for a bit of a loop. This twisted little tale starts off with Master/Slave that seems to be a bit non/con, but we quickly find that isn’t the case.
This is being told in the voice of the Slave, so that helps to really get his perspective on what’s happening and his real feelings about things. Even though the actions and behavior of the Master seem pretty awful, the Slave ensures us that he actually loves everything his Master does. So, you think that’s pretty much what the story is about, until wham! there is a total twist that actually had my head spinning in an attempt at understanding what was really taking place. The feeling of mental unstableness which had been looming in the back of my mind just skyrocketed. But this isn’t even the half of it. No, there is another twist that left me cringing.
I won’t give it away, but once again, the Slave tells us a story about how he came to learn about Master’s other “kink.” Let me say that it takes quite a bit to make me squeamish, but I almost didn’t make it through this part. It is pretty gory and things are more than a little effed up.
Enough about the content. Ms. Ferguson’s first debut story packs quite the punch in very few pages. The writing is smooth and the images almost too clear. It felt as though I was watching the scenes play out, as opposed to reading them. If you love horror or kink, or kinky horror, this is a fabulous example. I am almost too afraid to see where this is going to go next, but even though I might need to read with my eyes covered at some points, like a fender bender on the highway, I doubt I’ll be able to pass it by without looking. ...more
I'm a sucker for damaged heroes/wounded vets, so this one called to me right away.
Wade is not in a very good place. He has become somewhat of a hermit, has not really dealt with his loss or his PTSD and somewhat reluctantly goes to his physical therapy sessions. All of this, of course, is not helping him progress. After a bit of a scuffle at one of his appointments, Dr. Jesse steps in to help Wade in the absence of his current therapist.
Wade is growly and snarky at first, not in a good way. But Jesse is not deterred. He sees behind Wade's walls to the troubled man underneath and decides he needs to help. Setting aside the whole doctor/patient crossing the line relationship deal, Jesse reaches out and encourages Wade to take walks and put more effort into his recovery. It works well until they decide to take things further and PTSD rears its ugly head.
Wade pushes Jesse away, allowing himself to hit rock bottom before he gives in and calls his family to ask for some serious help. Once he gets back to a better place, he allows himself to get back in touch with Jesse.
While I was not blown away, there were many aspects I enjoyed, such as the guys getting to know each other, watching Wade get his life back, etc. I wish we had gotten to see a bit more into their relationship after they were ready to move forward, but all in all, this was an enjoyable read about recovery, acceptance and love....more
I loved this book. It was fantastic in so many ways for me.
For starters, it's a shifter story, but not like any I've ever ready before. Here, the wol I loved this book. It was fantastic in so many ways for me.
For starters, it's a shifter story, but not like any I've ever ready before. Here, the wolves are completely looked down upon by the humans. There are laws in place that prevent even so much as more than two wolves living together. They no longer can have pack names. Pretty much anything resembling pack nature is not allowed. There are no laws that protect them, so they get pushed around quite a bit. Wolves make half of what humans earn, yet pay twice as much for everything else.
Bayden is a wonderful character. He has learned to survive by keeping his head down and not causing trouble. He gives in easily to do whatever it takes to make that happen. He takes bets fighting people and doing scenes with them in order to make enough money to pay his rent and his mother and grandfather's as well. He basically submits to anything that will earn him money. That is, until he meets Axel, and he slowly learns the difference between submitting for fights/scenes and truly submitting.
Axel is amazing as well. He's super confident, runs his own bar and biker club (the Dragons) and is unlike any human Bayden has met before. One thing I loved about Axel was how he really cared about understanding the differences between humans and wolves. He really wanted to learn about why or how wolves interpreted things differently than humans, etc. And he was very understanding when those differences caused problems. When Bayden acted or reacted a certain way, he forced Bayden to explain his reasons.
And there were many differences. Between the wolf instincts, Bayden's attempts to act more human, and everything he has been taught over the years about humans, it wasn't easy. But Axel's patience pays off. He saw beneath the tough exterior, saw how Bayden was not truly submitting to the doms he took bets with as much as he was accepting what was being done as a means to and end. It was a long, drawn out process to get there, earning Bayden's trust little by little, but that's what made it so believable. Everything Axel did with Bayden had meaning or a purpose beyond having a scene.
I'm really not sure who I loved more here, Axel or Bayden, because they were both such wonderful characters in different ways. I was so unbelievably happy for Bayden to find what he was yearning for all along - a pack to belong to and an alpha to care for him. Beyond that, all I can say is that I enjoyed the entire book, read the 560 pages in less than 2 days and was sad to see it end. If you are wary of shifter books, or of BDSM, give this one a try, because it is a fantastic example of both....more
This story pretty much picks up where the first one left off. Tim is trying to follow Gary’s rules of being indif 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This story pretty much picks up where the first one left off. Tim is trying to follow Gary’s rules of being indifferent at work, and he’s doing a pretty good job. He’s a little unsure of Gary now though and thinking Gary regrets their time together.
Gary, on the other hand, is having a harder time following his own rules. He puts a plan in motion to give Tim a reminder throughout the day of his intentions with a promise of more to come after work.
What ensues is more of the hotness we saw in the previous book. This time though, Gary makes Tim suffer a bit more and draws things out with the help of some added tools. Tim is obviously new to the whole submission aspect, but Gary is understanding and patient.
While I enjoyed this steamy quicky, I couldn’t help but keep thinking it needed more meat. It’s very short, and could have easily benefitted from some added story. What we do get is well written and easy to digest. I’m definitely interested in reading more about these guys as they take things to the next level, which, thankfully, Gary seems to have decided is worth a shot. ...more
This first book in a new series had it all for me. I was captivated from the start and wanted to know all the details of A review by The Blogger Girls.
This first book in a new series had it all for me. I was captivated from the start and wanted to know all the details of just about every aspect. I will admit I was a tiny bit lost at times with all the cyber details – coding is so not my thing. Even the coding on the blog makes my head spin, but here, I had no trouble following along and almost felt as though I wanted to be part of the team.
Marc is awesome. He managed to bounce back from an early betrayal that left not only himself with nothing, but the other people who counted on him as an employer. He eventually made it up to them tenfold, but his story was quite interesting. Not allowing himself to lose that kind of control again, he became a powerful player in business. To counter this, and to release his aggression, he found the one person he could trust, a Dom/Escort, Ryan, who he paid handsomely for his services. They end up forming a strong friendship, and I really liked how that played out.
Then comes along Jesse, a computer/hacker expert with a very secret past, to help Marc out of a major security breach at his company. Marc finds it difficult to trust Jesse at first, with all his secrets, but it doesn’t take long before they are comfortable enough to work together. The amazing scorching chemistry they seem to share doesn’t hurt either. Jesse doesn’t like to give up control either, having also been betrayed and forced to do time in prison. But, Jesse is everything Marc needs, and vice versa.
Now, let me say that while this book felt smoking hot throughout, Marc and Jesse don’t actually even kiss or have sex until after 80% into this story. There are other scenes, showing how they each came to the current situation, but their finally coming together took time. It was well worth the wait. They have a very complicated relationship, both knew it would be, and they decided to wait until things were more settled with the other part of the story before they jumped off that bridge together.
These are two very high powered guys, with the growly personas to match. This is not a fluffy love story, though there are definitely tender moments. There are twists and connections that kept me on my toes. As I said earlier, it had just the right amount of everything for me, and I couldn’t read it fast enough to find out about their pasts, how things would go down and where they’d end up. This is a fast-paced read that was very well written. I’m really excited to see these guys again and looking forward to learning more about Ryan. ...more
Even through the sadness that takes place in this book, it was a really sweet romance.
Cole has created a family of brothers who share a house. Each has a reason for needing their little family, but the story centers around them keeping the current one intact. At the center of it all is Cole, the one who encourages the family dinners, keeps the peace, etc. When a major piece of that pie is taken from them, the family falls apart a little, and Cole tries desperately to keep it all together.
Brendan was a shiny beacon in the house. He was interning at Ian’s law office, and Cole believed Brendan had a bit of a crush on Ian. It was for this reason that Cole tried to keep his distance from Ian, even though the two felt some serious sparks. Up until this point, Cole had been a bit of a player without having any real relationships. But, beneath that façade, he was quite the caring guy. Ian sees this and continues to pursue. It eventually pays off, and in the process, Ian learns things about himself and relationships. There are bumps in the road and reasons for all of this, but to say more would give away too much.
Much of this story is about the guys dealing with their grief and Cole and Ian’s budding feelings. Ian has his previous failed relationship to get over, and Cole is adjusting to having one at all. I did have a bit of a hard time seeing these guys together at first, as they didn’t seem to have much in common. Neither has had much of a real family growing up, and it becomes more apparent that each gives the other something they were missing.
I was not completely wowed or blown away by this story, and I felt things got a little repetitive at times. There were also a few things that I felt needed more closure, mostly where the other housemates were concerned. But it is very well written, kept my interest and ended up being a really sweet romance. This most likely boils down to a case of it’s not you, it’s me, and I’m sure many people will totally love it. If you don’t mind a little sadness before you get your fabulous HEA, be sure to give this one a go....more
This is a fun, jam packed little dragon story. It’s short but complete.
Ryuu is biding his time until he can take down his evil father. In the meantime, his father is forcing Ryuu’s hand in providing him with an offspring which he believes will give him a strong, hopefully dragon blooded, child. That is, after all, why he married Ryuu’s mother, the woman he took after he raided her people and who it is rumored to have dragon bloodlines. Thinking to thwart his father’s plan, Ryuu takes on a male slave.
Drakon is sweet, but he also has a plan to take out the evil king. Basically shunned by his people for being a black dragon, the most feared kind, he decides to go it alone and allows himself to become a slave. It is pure luck that he ends up with Ryuu.
It takes some time for them to fully trust one another, but they align themselves pretty quickly as circumstances somewhat force that to happen. I really liked them together and was pretty much rooting for them from the get go. There is plenty of mystery and action to go along with the romance and hot sex.
This is a fast-paced read, and I definitely wish it had been longer. However, I never felt as though there was anything missing. It really was a complete story that gave just enough background, world building, plot and relationships to make it whole. If you love a good dragon story, be sure to give this a try....more
This is a great start to what looks to be a new series. Knight is finally getting back into the saddle after the loss of A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is a great start to what looks to be a new series. Knight is finally getting back into the saddle after the loss of his wife and child. After burying himself in the bottle and in the records department, he has now been assigned a field job and is being partnered with Day.
Day is the newbie finally getting his first field assignment. At first glance, these two appear a different as night and day, lol. But, as the story progresses, we see that is far from the case and they, in fact, have much in common. The first being that, up to this point, they have both remained deeply closeted, though for somewhat different reasons.
Knight is somewhat of an ass, but Day calls him out on it every time, doesn’t take any crap and actually doles some of his own right back. So, they are gay men, pretending to be straight, pretending to be gay men undercover on a gay cruise as a way to enter the country of their target. These guys are quite funny at times, super sexy at others. I loved their “first” time together, as much as the others. They definitely had some good chemistry going on. But, is it only a fling? A matter of circumstance? Or could it be more? These guys make a great team, and I really enjoyed their banter and senses of humor.
The actual mission was rather quick but added some extra excitement. There are clues gained to help with the mystery behind the deaths of Knight’s family, but he is unable to get very far, and his need for vengeance, justice and revenge for what was lost remains strong.
Knight had the biggest struggle in this story with the loss of his family, feeling he was betraying them by being with Day and actually accepting actually acting upon a gay relationship. Even though he grabs hold before it’s too late, there are still many open ends needing to pan out, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this partnership/relationship plays out in the follow up story(ies)....more
This was another great addition to this series. I skipped book 3, Stripped Raw, as it was m/f written under the pen name A review by The Blogger Girls.
This was another great addition to this series. I skipped book 3, Stripped Raw, as it was m/f written under the pen name Miss Merikan. No Matter What takes place with members of the club from the first two books. I believe it could be read as a stand alone, as the background information brings you up to speed nicely, but I recommend reading the first two so you get to know the other players better.
I loved how this one was a bit different from the first two stories. Here, we have Ghost, not quite a member of the club, much to his bad ass biker father’s disappointment. He was a physician until he lost his license after a previous scuffle where he helped the club out by saving Lucky’s life, getting him into trouble with the law. He is a bit lost at this point, not really knowing what direction his life should go now that he cannot practice anymore. During that time, however, he met Zara while playing an online game. They had an on-line relationship for a few years, but Zara was stuck with an abusive boyfriend. When the opportunity came for Ghost to actually see Zara, he was all ready to propose and steal Zara away. Unfortunately, Zara was not what Ghost had expected.
Zara, I mean Luca, was such a sweet thing. He suffers, and has suffered, quite a bit at the hands of his drug lord boyfriend, who took him in at 15 to pay off his deceased parents’ debt. There are some really well written but quite harsh scenes when he is involved. But, much in the same way as Zara helped Ghost through his hard time, chatting with Ghost saved Luca as well. I loved how we were shown snippets of their chats in the beginnings of the chapters.
Once the truth comes out about Zara, Ghost doesn’t just walk away – he decides to save the friend he knows, be it Zara or Luca. The person he fell in love with is still there, and he has a hard time denying that fact. In private, he has no problem giving in to his feelings and their relationship grew even closer. However, on the outside, Ghost was having some issues coming to grips with the Luca aspect. His parents, especially his biker father, were not keen on the whole gay thing, even though they accept Tooth and Lucky’s relationship for the most part. The other club members are sort of in the same boat of not quite accepting it all. Add to that fact the pressure on Ghost to actually join the club, and he has a whole lot going against him.
Circumstances force things to happen though, and things heat up pretty quickly. As time goes by, Ghost realizes Luca’s importance to him and how he makes him happy. He does what it takes to secure Luca’s freedom and chance at a new life.
This was a pretty fast, intense read, especially towards the end. I really enjoyed these guys together, and it was great to see Tooth and Lucky again. I love how things turned out for everyone, though I wished there had been more closure with Ghost’s father. All in all, this was another great addition to this series, and I’m looking forward to what comes next. ...more
This is the follow up story to Bloodline, which I read just over a year ago. I think because it had been so long, I had A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the follow up story to Bloodline, which I read just over a year ago. I think because it had been so long, I had a little bit of trouble getting going on this one at first. It starts out with Ezra in Hell, which is important to the story, but didn’t help with bringing me back into the folds of this world. It isn’t until Ezra makes it up to London that it really pulled me in.
Meanwhile, in London, Roman is busy policing the paranormals in order to keep them under the radar of the humans. It’s a tough job, but he does a good job. We see that Roman is having some issues with his Angel status and his wings that lead back to his fallen circumstances. But, he sets that aside to perform his duties and not let Archangel Michael down. Things go well until he meets Ezra, a being he should be capturing and bringing in to be sent back. Unfortunately, he doesn’t sense Ezra is a demon, and, in fact, Ezra does not look or act like any demon Roman knows. Based on Ezra’s actions to date, Roman puts all aside to help Ezra and dig into his past once he does find out. There is a lot to this part of the story, but to say anything more would give too much away.
I absolutely adored Ezra. He was dealt a bad hand from the very start and has had to endure horrible treatment at the hands of the other demons ever since. He is such a good-hearted creature, always wanting to help people and do the right thing. I easily felt his joy at the little things he never thought he’d get to see, and he made me smile more than once. I also liked that he wasn’t totally submissive to Roman. He made a good match, and they had great chemistry.
Ms. Elsborg does a wonderful job world building and creating characters to like and dislike (cough*David*cough) as well. It was fun to see the other characters who now work for Roman, and I would definitely love to see more story on Michael. If you enjoyed Bloodline, you should definitely continue with this one. ...more
This book is named after Trevor and his brother’s construction company, but rock solid is also what I expect when 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This book is named after Trevor and his brother’s construction company, but rock solid is also what I expect whenever I read a Riley Hart book. They are always something you can really sink your teeth into and can expect a certain degree of emotional involvement with each one.
Here, we are dealing with a recovering addict. After a wake up call that resulted in the death of a “friend,” Trevor entered rehab and has been sober for almost a year and a half. He has been working very hard to turn his life around, but, as expected, it is not easy. He has the help and support of his family, especially his twin brother and now business partner. Trevor realizes how difficult it is for those who have dealt with Trevor in the past to now put their trust in him. They try, but it is difficult for them to forget the old Trevor.
Simon is somewhat the opposite. His life is one big pity party for himself. He dedicated his life to becoming a successful heart surgeon, but after a break in leaves his hand injured with lasting nerve damage, is no longer able to perform surgery. He feels he has lost everything with the loss of full use of his hand. Meanwhile, he decides to renovate his home, hoping to create a space where he can write a book about his field. This is how he meets Trevor.
The two are off to a rocky start, but eventually, albeit reluctantly, a friendship grows. They enjoy spending time together, Simon doesn’t see the old Trevor which Trev finds refreshing. In return, Trevor brings a light to Simon’s life that he long since believed was snuffed out. There is the matter of Trevor (and Simon) believing Simon is straight, but it isn’t long before that changes and the two decide to carry on with a NSA, take it day-by-day relationship.
These guys both have very real struggles which they deal with every day. Trevor is afraid he is trading one addiction for another, but is unwilling to give up his time with Simon. He struggles daily to stay sober, but Simon is a strong supporter, never judging, and always offering positive support. Much of this story shows them dealing with these struggles, with the added suspense of how easily things could change if any number of circumstances play out.
Ms. Hart has another winner here with this emotional story. It is easy to feel for these guys, especially Trevor as he tries so hard to do the right thing. I loved watching Trevor show Simon the joys of being in an actual relationship with another man, both in the bedroom and out. While it isn’t his first time, he had many new things to experience, and it was nice to see him come to the realizations of what was truly important in his life. This is a fabulous start to a new series, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more. ...more
This was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful coming of age story. I don’t normally read them, but this one did 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful coming of age story. I don’t normally read them, but this one didn’t take long to pull me in and keep me turning the pages.
These boys have it pretty good now, even though it was a rough start losing their parents at such a young age. Their gay uncle stepped up to raise them though, and he’s done a fine job up to this point. The boys certainly don’t make it easy for him, but then, very few teenagers do.
Matt and Brian are twins who are pretty much free to be themselves. Matt is gay and out but more the geek of the two. Brian is a bi jock, star of the football team. They are both mostly accepted at school, but there are other issues they face along the way.
The three of them have been a very close family, with Matt and Brian sharing the twin bond as well. With college looming ever so quickly in their future, things are sure to change. They are hoping to go to the same school, but certain things have to happen for that to become a reality. Brian allows his fears to affect some poor decisions, and he ends up in somewhat of a downward spiral. Matt is interested in another boy, but that has its challenges as well. All of these things seem to be putting space between the two. Brian is most worried about all of this as he feels his brother slipping away from him. The two are close, very close, and while they do fool around some, things are never really pushed as over the line as I expected them to go.
This is also the story of Jake, the uncle who has basically put his life on hold to raise his sister’s boys. It’s about him finding love again with someone from his past and accepting that it is ok for him to have it in his life now. Again, the boys are lucky to have such wonderful and caring role models in their lives. I loved seeing this aspect as well.
This was very well written and pulled me right into the lives of these young men. It is sweet and loving, yet heartbreaking and sad at times. But, through it all, I had a feeling of wanting to see these boys journey through everything and find happiness at the end. Again, I don’t often read these types of stories, so when I do, and it works and leaves me with a total sense of enjoyment, that is saying quite a bit. Job well done, Louis. ...more
This series continues to deliver time and again. This is the end of a season, and while we get much of what we lo 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series continues to deliver time and again. This is the end of a season, and while we get much of what we loved from the previous books, there is a lot of development in this segment.
Noel is adjusting to life as a sire, caught with the realizations of who he has become and the fact that he believes he now likes what that is. Realizing his place in the House of Théoden and that Romeo and how Noel treats or deals with him is a direct reflection on the family.
With Dante now having been exchanged, Théoden is more than ready to bring him on board. Dante is even more against it than Noel was, however, so that may prove challenging in the coming days. Théoden has proven time and again that he is more than capable of handling anything though, so I'm excited to see where that leads.
So, the King's decree has been fulfilled with everyone having sired their vamps. Each seems to have found a really good match. The wolves and Théoden have fulfilled their promises thus far, and the alliance is beginning to grow. All is not quite as it seems though, as the wolves seem to be playing their own game. Question is whether it will force Théoden to act positively or negatively. Sure hope they know what they're doing. :D
As I have felt throughout this entire story, each book leaves me excited about what will happen or develop in the next. The covers are absolutely gorgeous, the crests and images all creating such a colorful world that you really feel a part of it. There is quite a bit of hot and raunchy sex, but it is the actual developments in the story that really keep me interested. Bring on Season Three! ...more
I’m a sucker for rent boy stories. Here, Hunter is a high end escort in Vegas, living the high life, or so he thinks. A A review by The Blogger Girlst.
I’m a sucker for rent boy stories. Here, Hunter is a high end escort in Vegas, living the high life, or so he thinks. After a rough start in life, he has become successful and rich by becoming a highly sought after escort. He has money, good looks and popularity, but he finds that he is lacking quite a bit when he runs into his old high school acquaintance, Grant.
Hunter meets grant in a club after Grant’s date ends up taking him to the back room where Grant was really not comfortable. The two reconnect, and their friendship grows. They face a few obstacles though, one of which being their respective occupations really not being good for one another. Grant is a teacher, and Hunter’s current occupation could have some very negative effects on Grant’s profession. Hunter is reluctant to tell Grant what he does, and it takes a while for him to come clean. But, the two have a connection, and after the truth comes out, Grant decides he can deal with Hunter’s job if he doesn’t put too much thought into it, so they decide to take things further.
It doesn’t take long for the issue to start causing problems for them. Between the danger some of Hunter’s jobs put him in and what that actually means as far as Grant’s job goes, they hit some pretty big bumps. Hunter struggles with wanting to keep Grant safe, not knowing if he wants or is able to give up the only job he has been successful at, how he feels when he is with Grant, and generally what is really important to him in the long run. Grant mostly struggles with the actualities of Hunter’s job, i.e. him being with other men.
I really enjoyed the actual struggles these guys faced. It seemed very real and honest, and I loved seeing how the two were together – how having sex was different with Grant than with his customers, etc. It was easy for me to feel the difference, but I could easily see how that didn’t matter in the long run.
This was a solid, easy read. It was fairly predictable, but well written and quite an enjoyable friends to lovers story. As with all of Andrew’s stories, this has a real genuine feel to it. Give this a try if you’d like to see how these guys decide if the price is worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing if some of the other guys figure it out as well....more
It was fun to get back with the Square Peg gang and nice to see things are going well for everyone and that Vin/P 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
It was fun to get back with the Square Peg gang and nice to see things are going well for everyone and that Vin/Patrick and Ben/Shane are still going strong.
This segment is about the Square Peg’s head cook, Dave, who has basically been keeping to himself after finally getting away from his crazy, drug addicted, mentally abusive, ex, Travis. He had pretty much let himself become a doormat for Travis, though the two shared a long history together. They’ve been apart for about a year and a half at this point, but Dave still feels he isn’t ready for any kind of relationship.
When Dave is almost run over by a car, he injures himself when he lands on the sidewalk. Jeremy happens to be there and helps him. Needing Jeremy’s help somewhat forces Jeremy into Dave’s life, but due to Dave’s reluctance to enter into a relationship, let alone with someone as young as Jeremy, Jeremy begrudgingly accepts friendship.
Jeremy is basically a loner too, unless you can count his cat. He spends his time building computers, which he does out of his apartment as a career. He is drawn to his new neighbor, wanting to help as much as he can just so he can spend time with him. Things go on like this for a while, and their friendship grows. But, it doesn’t take long before the big issue comes to light – Travis.
This is where I think the story turned for me. It wasn’t so much Travis and Dave’s past, because I actually enjoyed that part. But, things just seemed to not add up. They haven’t had contact for almost a year and a half. Dave has blocked him, changed his numbers and basically removed Travis from his life. Then, when Dave meets Jeremy, Travis is front and center being a crazy stalker. When things turn dangerous towards Jeremy, Dave realizes something needs to be done. Now, Dave is over with Travis – finished, stick a fork in him, done. But, they have like a 10 year history, so he has some remaining feelings. Still, he is very back and forth about the whole situation. Towards the end, there are certain events with Travis that send Dave into a world of despair, to the point of almost ruining his relationship with Jeremy. It seemed so drastic to me that I just wasn’t buying it. I think Travis just took too much of the spotlight away from Dave and Jeremy.
But, enough of that. Dave is a bit whiney, but once he got past the age deal, which took him a long time, these two were really great together. Jeremy was super sweet and cute and could not have been any more supportive of Dave and his endeavors, and the same can be said for his Square Peg friends/family. Luckily, Dave realizes this in the end, and things end on a good note.
For the reasons stated above, I did not enjoy this story as much as the previous two, but it was still quite good. I’m a big fan of this writing duo and really like their style. Again, it was great seeing the other characters again, and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this world. ...more
Wow. From the beginning to the very end, this was such an amazing story. I loved every word and did not want it to end.
From the very first chapter, as Emmet tells us about himself, I fell in love. What an amazing character. It really is difficult to describe how wonderful he is, but I’ll try. He has autism, but, with the help of an unbelievably supportive family, has found ways and mechanisms by which to cope fairly well with life. They have a series of codes, either gestures or different clothing, that speak for Emmet when he is unable to verbalize his feelings. He is a math wiz, but where he really excels is making everything in life work in the simplest way possible. I absolutely adored how he explained everything. From his research to execution and every attempt in between, I was head over heels.
Then he finally gets the opportunity to put his plan into motion and meet his neighbor, Jeremey. Jeremey is quite the opposite of Emmet in many ways. For starters, he looks “normal” on the outside. His issues are all internal, but, unlike Emmet, he has not found ways to cope with them. His family just wants him to be normal and believes it is merely within Jeremey’s power to wish the same and make it happen. They are quite detrimental to his well-being, almost disastrously so.
Emmet becomes the shining beacon in Jeremey’s life. They overcome obstacles together, whether their own issues, or issues as a couple. Seriously, these two could not be any sweeter. My heart warms every time I think about them. From their first real kiss, to their first tongue kiss and their sweet lovemaking, I was gushing. They take things very slowly; they don’t have actual penetrative sex until almost 95% because neither was ready, and when they finally do, it is absolutely perfect.
There are a lot of fabulous people in this book, with the exception of Jeremey’s parents, many who helped enable these boys to live an independent life which they strived for. From Emmet’s parents, to their doctor, to David and his father who built The Roosevelt, to Sally, the aid who’s always there for them. David becomes an important player, but they all play a part in supporting and helping Emmet and Jeremey overcome various obstacles.
This book totally touched my heart. I absolutely adored every word and cannot recommend it highly enough. It gives a totally different perspective on how people living with disabilities see things or even feel about those around them. I loved that we got the perspective of each character and could practically feel what they were going through. It is heartbreaking at times but so beautifully written. Both characters are completely endearing and sweet, especially together. I wanted to wrap this book up in a big hug and not let go. I’ll definitely not be forgetting about this one for a long time to come. ...more
This was a really interesting story that kind of reminded me a little bit of the movie Divergent. It has that same feel. A review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a really interesting story that kind of reminded me a little bit of the movie Divergent. It has that same feel. People are forced to take a test at a certain age which basically decides their fate of being free or being Demoted. Demoted is basically another term for slavery, of which there are a number of categories. Typically, those deemed less intelligent are the ones Demoted.
Knowing his brother was not likely to pass and not as able to survive being Demoted, Sascha, the more intelligent of the two, swapped their tests, thus sending him into a life of servitude. Unfortunately, when he tries to use his smarts, it works against him, and he is used and abused and sent to work in one of the lowliest brothels where his torture and torment continues. This is where Cashiel finds him.
Cashiel is not all he seems. He reluctantly takes on a slave in order to keep up appearances, when, in actuality, he is against the treatment of slaves. He has ties through his family to the slave conditioning centers and much of the story centers around that and his secret plan to change the way things are done. He must be very careful, trust very few people, and maintain all appearances otherwise to hide his activities. His mother is a very important and evil player here which only makes things more difficult for Cashiel, and, in turn, Sascha.
This is a very intriguing world. There is very little in the way of romance or even an actual relationship with these guys. Though Cashiel eventually learns about and utilizes Sascha’s skills and intellect, the two maintain a very strict distance from one another. It isn’t until close to the end that they find themselves on the same page of wanting more.
I found this story quite captivating, even through the harsh brutality that happens in the beginning and even at stages throughout. It is well written and kept me on the edge of my seat more than once, especially at the end. I’m very excited to see how this all plays out and am really looking forward to the next installment. ...more