Wow! As an avid reader that reads pretty much only m/m since 2007, I love being happily surprised by a story. I LOVED LOVED loved Lane's first book inWow! As an avid reader that reads pretty much only m/m since 2007, I love being happily surprised by a story. I LOVED LOVED loved Lane's first book in the Soulmates series. I didn't think I'd find another vampire / werewolf story in which I so thoroughly loved the plot / story, the characters, their growth, and the romance too.
I really liked the first two installments, but the 3rd really tied it all together and took it to a different level. The world building was amazing. The growth and changes in characters stayed true and didn't seem out of the blue. The plot often went in directions I didn't forsee or at least not in the most obvious of directions. Ty's coming to terms with who he'd been and why his parents had children was done well. We were left with a HEA for the characters though no true solutions were found for the warring factions which is more realistic. No one side was truly made the villian. Each had caused destruction but had reasons for their beliefs. They'd just lost sight of the fact that rarely are things simply black and white. Ty asked a question near the end about regret for the unintended loss of life versus seeing it as just collateral damage? To bad everyone can't be given lessons in empathy like Lucien gave Ty. To find balance one must work hard. To keep balance one must stay forever vigilant to not veer too far one way or the other. Life today for many people demands both the warrior spirit and the peacemaker. No harder balance is there to find than standing up for what one feels is right without also trampling on others in the process and thus losing sight of the big picture. 5 star. Desert Island Keeper for me. Not perfect, but so good on multiple levels!...more
I loved these characters. I have been so surprised by how much I have loved these 2 stories. It has been a long time, since I was truly disappointed tI loved these characters. I have been so surprised by how much I have loved these 2 stories. It has been a long time, since I was truly disappointed there weren't more of a series to read (at least not yet). The world building was amazing.....more
I am unable to objectively review this story, nor do I want to do it. I don't want to look at the pieces and find its flaws. It just touched way too cI am unable to objectively review this story, nor do I want to do it. I don't want to look at the pieces and find its flaws. It just touched way too close to home for me in multiple ways. I shall leave it at that....more
I reread this book, and I still really liked it. Though, I seem to be in the minority by looking at the ratings. The best part was it stuck with me. NI reread this book, and I still really liked it. Though, I seem to be in the minority by looking at the ratings. The best part was it stuck with me. Not the title but the story. It's not as easy to find books you've read on GoodReads as Calibre. I have been periodically adjusting my ratings especially from my earlier books. I was thrilled to find the title, and quickly found it on my Kindle again. After a 1000+ m/m books, It gets harder and harder for a book to stick even stories I've loved at the time. I found the world building impressive and loved the unique take on shifters. I haven't actually read the other reviews yet. I don't usually, not wanting it to affect mine. If I had to take a guess, a lot of people probably had problems with the poly theme. Not my favorite thing, but not necessarily a problem when done well, even less so for cat shifters. There was definitely a pushing of the envelope which probably bothered others like rough sex after nearly being raped. But again, the m/c knew what he wanted and was never pressured. He was confident and powerful in his own right. The jaguar and the bear shifters were interesting. I loved all the unique personalities of the crew. I thought it a very interesting enjoyable read (both times)....more
This is a reread for me. I 1st read it around early 2010 way before I used GoodReads (much less used it with any regularity). I always used databasesThis is a reread for me. I 1st read it around early 2010 way before I used GoodReads (much less used it with any regularity). I always used databases like Calibre, so my ratings were more for me and on my personal preferences. I uploaded just over a 1000 books using Calibre's export to GoodReads a few years ago. Lately I've been periodically trying to go back and either rerate books more objectively and/or reread books to see what I think now. Since about 2009, I've been strictly reading m/m (though I started reading m/m in early '08). A 1000+ m/m books makes those 5 star ratings much harder to come by than they used to be when it all seemed so "new and shiny". Another even more recent change is I actually have started trying to review too which is not easy for me. A wordsmith I am not. This is one of those stories I loved the first time around and just now reread. I think within the m/m genre that a majority of the stories are relationship intensive (especially those of the novella length or less) and thus usually heavy on the sex. This is where I feel many publishers and big book sellers like Amazon do buyers a disservice. The sellers that cater to the the romance buyer, like ARE or Ellora's, often have heat indexes. That way a buyer knows the emphasis on sex when buying. If I buy a 75 pg book with 5 flames, then basically I know I'm buying at best PWP (Porn with Plot). I can understand how a seller like Amazon, that sells literally everything, can't do that. So, it falls on the publisher to make those things clear in its description on both the length of the story and heat level. I often want stories heavy on the sex when reading m/m BUT not always, and not much makes a story more unsatisfactory than getting one type when in the mood for the other. I want to read a story with the heat level to match my mood. That way I'm not disappointed in a story over something it was never meant to be. I get so frustrated FOR reviewers (not at reviewers) that complain because of the level of sex in a book whether it be too much or too little since most m/m books fall under the romance genre. So... now to get off my soapbox. This book is still a favorite of mine, so personally it would still be a 5 star book. Though objectively, I can see flaws that don't make me comfortable rating it higher than 4 stars on GdRds. There is lots of hot sex. I love the world that includes dragons with werewolves and vampires etc... The family dynamics are interesting. I also liked the strange twist of them running a huge international conglomerate of funeral businesses as dragons. There are parts that feel contrived, but it's relatively well written and definitely hot....more
Wow! Really thought the progression of Josh was handled well. The sex scenes were sensual and hot. I'm neither pro or con "Gay 4 You". I think unlessWow! Really thought the progression of Josh was handled well. The sex scenes were sensual and hot. I'm neither pro or con "Gay 4 You". I think unless someone is staunchly con then it is really worth reading. That's assuming sweet, college, coming into your own, stories are not a con too. ;o) The other characters were likable & added to the story. The writing flowed. I'm sure it wasn't error free, but nothing threw me out of the story....more
Definitely Erotica not a romance. But it's very, very, hot erotica which has been harder to find, since I've hit the 1000+ m/m mark. I think most siteDefinitely Erotica not a romance. But it's very, very, hot erotica which has been harder to find, since I've hit the 1000+ m/m mark. I think most sites that either sell or review romance/erotica do a disservice by not having a separate heat rating; notable exceptions being ARE & Ellora. I prefer a decent amount of Smut with my reading. In fact I expect it for m/m. I also knew what I was getting. I bought this off a site with Stars for story plus stars for the heat level. If you want more story than sex... This is not your book. If you haven't read the Cut & Run series, & you want to understand what is going on outside of the sex; then this is not your book. For the most part, it should not be considered the 1st of a new series.
It does have some leanings to the "chick w/ dick", but I didn't feel it was anything like some other reviewers felt. I also thought Roux set it up with the earlier personality comparisons. Plus Kelly has never seemed as hardcore as the others when he's popped up in previous C&R books. Let's also not forget the man has been shot, nearly died, & is drugged to the guills. That's not even counting the whole emotional turmoil of Gay4 you & crossing BF lines.
I for one like how the last few books with basically the same characters have all had completely different feels: Fluffier, to full of angst, to pure erotica. It keeps a series from getting stale or seeming to always be the same formula just different events....more
My Goodreads ratings are different than my Calibre or Kindle ratings. I strive to be as objective as possible on here at least for the books that wereMy Goodreads ratings are different than my Calibre or Kindle ratings. I strive to be as objective as possible on here at least for the books that weren't uploaded. I've only recently started actually commenting etc... On that note, I'm not sure I can be at all objective on this story. As someone who deals with clinical mental health issues daily both familial and personally, this story just really struck a chord with me. The fact that it wasn't glossed over nor had any easy solutions relieved me. How deftly she illustrated the toll yet showed someone mostly functioning in society and SLOWLY, incrementally improving was phenomenal. That she made it into an interesting story too amazes me. I think those who enjoy contemporary romances with a light BDSM element would enjoy this and possibly gain an understanding into a little understood mental illness too....more
Wow! This story was so much more and better than I expected. I loved the characters, the world building, the plot, and just about everything else too.Wow! This story was so much more and better than I expected. I loved the characters, the world building, the plot, and just about everything else too. It's been a long time since I was truly unhappy when a story came to the end....more
First, I think the person/publisher deserves credit for how well the teaser described what the story was about. No one could read that and not know anFirst, I think the person/publisher deserves credit for how well the teaser described what the story was about. No one could read that and not know angst and heartbreak were to follow before any resolution. If I'd not been prepared for such, I might not have waited to read it until I was ready emotionally. I think that is very important especially for books that can have emotionally devastating themes or hot button issues. I enjoyed the wink and the nod the author gave to a couple of Christmas classics. The story of redemption for one truly hardened man was well done especially in so few pages. The hope crushed before being reborn in one truly beautiful soul was both incredibly heart wrenching and uplifting. The depth and the detail were above average for the length. I absolutely loved the brother and his spouse too! I tend to avoid holiday themes, angels, and heavily angsty books. Though not typically my preference in themes, this book hit all the right buttons for me....more