I am really excited for Jay. It is like "living the dream" for all those authors out there! Self-pub, to best of 2011, to "going to be a movie". Jay iI am really excited for Jay. It is like "living the dream" for all those authors out there! Self-pub, to best of 2011, to "going to be a movie". Jay is an inspiration to perseverance and true talent. I look forward to reading his work. :)
4.5 stars This was really hard to rate. On the one hand I wanted to give it 5 stars because I really loved "part one". Ben and Tim's relationship was fun and believable and I think very well written. Then"part two"... I ended up liking Ben and Jace. I think they were good together and the relationship worked. Then mix the two. I was frustrated and angry and wanted to give the book 4 stars because of Ben's stupidity. But men are stupid sometimes. The men in my books do stupid things too. Can I hold that against Jay for writing truth as he sees it? No. Sometimes characters do stupid things. It happens. Even id I didn't like it. I think Ben made some poor choices and I felt bad for Jace. I think he deserved better at times. Then the inevitable happened... (of course we know something has to because the book is about Ben and TIM!) I didn't like this either. I felt it coming, so as far as predictability that is where the .5 stars went. We all know I like to be surprised.
Over all, this was a great book. Actually a terrific example of how to write details. Jay was terrific at details. Plus, for having loads of sex it was all tasteful and was a good example of how to write sex without explicit detail. You don't need it! Jay did a perfect job there.
I was expecting more emotion from myself, though. I hardly got years in my eyes at all. I did laugh, but maybe I was going on the hype built up around this one that I felt I missed something when I didn't roll on the floor and I didn't cry my eyes out. Hmmmm. Something to consider. I will re read, but more to learn how to write better. (for myself) Jay writes well.
Thank you Jay for writing it. I look forward to the movie! And to reading more of your stuff....more
Great writing. Interesting story. I like friends-become-lovers books. I like Damon's wit! Definite recommend! I found a few things that were predictabGreat writing. Interesting story. I like friends-become-lovers books. I like Damon's wit! Definite recommend! I found a few things that were predictable as I went but other than that out was a terrific book....more
They say you have to grab the reader in the first ten pages. (or something like that.) Not sure I'm"grabbed" but after chapter one I don't hate it yet. Not sure I like the voice. We'll see.
I started this a LONG time ago and took a break because, well, frankly, I needed one.
Hard book for me to read. Not normally what I read for one. And two, if it wasn't THIS book, one I'm sort of challenged to read, I might have just said forget it. BUT, I pushed my way through. I don't normally rate things 2 stars but with 90k in 5 stars I doubt my rating will hurt the book at all. I didn't give it a 1-star only because it was not the worst book I ever read. It DID have some saving qualities they were just few and far between the parts that made me want to simply quit reading.
Good stuff: I appreciate the back-story of a "broken Person" and the nightingale effect of "Ana" wanting to save him from himself. I think it is clear enough that she wants to help/fix him. Otherwise, why the hell is she with him? That said, I have definitely known and heard of women remaining in a very bad and abusive relationship for no apparent reason. Maybe this just "happens" and therefore Anastasia is no different. I can also the plot building and a REASON for him the way Mr. Grey is. It seemed plausible. Does the story make me want to read more? Probably, but not anytime soon. I think I am interested to know more about Christian and why he is the way he is and how EL James handles his past. That DOES interest me. I am wondering what comes next. So, that is a good point.
Short and to the point without ranting and coming off completely rude... If I hear "inner Godess" one more time I may puke. I think the book was extremely redundant. And I think it was all about sex. I got bored reading and skimmed passages. And unlike some books where I am skimming to get to the sex, this one I was skimming to find interesting bits and when I get to the sex I was like "really? Again?" SO, I think it was overdone. I also found the dialogue questionable. Ana saying "holy fuck" didn't seem right to me. Felt weird every times she says it. (and that was a lot.) and Christian saying "laters" was absurd. He can;t pull off "laters".
I DID like the e-mails back and forth. But that too got over used and boring.
I read this book out of personal interest to know what is so popular that every woman in America is reading it. It this is IT, well that explains why mine isn't read by but a handful. I can not write this sort of book. Oh well, I guess I will remain unknown. This book, this sort of popular gazillion-seller, is not for me.
I do not think I've read a book that has ever wiped me out emotionally like this one has. (I mean, I write it, but rarely read it.) I tip my hat to AmI do not think I've read a book that has ever wiped me out emotionally like this one has. (I mean, I write it, but rarely read it.) I tip my hat to Amy Lane. To write things like this can be just as exhausting as reading it. Sometimes I think more so because as authors, our characters are with us all the time. They become a part of our lives. In our heads, in our thoughts, with us throughout the day. Today, Chris and Xander were with me WAY after I finished reading the book.
I think this is one of the very best books I've read. Not only was the story strong and believable, but the style of writing was extremely unique. At first it bothered me, (if only because it was unusual) and then I grew used to it and felt that it needed to be like that because it FIT. So much was going on, but to have it all from Xanders POV, I felt it deep in my gut. And as L-D sorta put it, I lost in in almost the first chapter. Rarely does a books grab me THAT FAST and keep me ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
Ms. Lane delivered passion, (Oh yeah!), anguish, (holy sh**), and truly deep emotional love was beautiful- even down to throwing up during "the third home game of the month" etc. This story ripped my heart out, but it was worth.
when I hit page 188, I had to stop reading. I knew what was coming up. (This is why I hardly ever read reviews.) As soon as I read the line "The text never came" I felt this grip in my gut and I felt sick. Sick because I knew what was coming. I didn't know HOW, or WHY it was going to happen, but knowing something happened to Chris (because I read that "Best tear-jerker scene" vote in the m/m choice awards) smacked me hard. I felt Xander's pain. So, thank you for that Ms. Lane. Your book socked it to me and then some!
I can not recommend this book enough. (I may even blog about it.)...more
Against my "nothing short" exclaimatings of discontent.... I love anything JL writes. Why it doesn't bother me is because I already know the characterAgainst my "nothing short" exclaimatings of discontent.... I love anything JL writes. Why it doesn't bother me is because I already know the characters and this is just a tidbit more! With her, I always want more! So yes, 5 stars. :)...more
It is hard to think about what to "rate" this because I think there are factors to incorporate into it. I'm settling on 4 stars. Although, Michele tolIt is hard to think about what to "rate" this because I think there are factors to incorporate into it. I'm settling on 4 stars. Although, Michele told me it will be expanded and once I reread the new version being published (at some point) I will more than likely up the rating to 5 stars.
As those who read my reviews know, I dislike short stories. (Michele even told me I "scare her a little" and I wonder if it is because of this?) I find it frustrating to jump into a tale, get information coming at me in a whirlwind and then BOOM! it's done. I like a build up. I like in-depth character sketches, and an ending that resolves or builds up for a sequel. So yeah, I had to knock off a star for that. :p (Or maybe my blunt opinions scare her?)
Don't get me wrong, I liked the story. What I liked most was that it was from the bully's POV. I haven't read any story like that so it was a refreshing change from the norm. I LIKE stories where I am not predicting things all the time. As a writer it is hard to read things and NOT come up with where the story is going. So when I am surprised, I like the story WAY more. This was a great depiction of how it felt to BE the one who bullied and then the recipient kills himself. WOW! I think Ms. Montgomery did a great job telling Jordan's point of view after the fact. It was good.
My nit-picks: It's too short! She does herself an injustice by only writing a snapshot of the events. I think there is way more that could add to it and I am looking forward to the longer version when it comes out. Another thing, Jordan says he broke his nose seven times? That seems excessive to me. (But I haven't broken my nose ever so...) Whatelse? The end. WAY TOO ABRUPT with the mention of Larry and Jordan etc... I think there should be more in between the ending and the epilogue. My opinion.
All in all I would recommend this to everyone, especially those who have known a bully or a bullied person. I think it gives great insight into the "other person's shoes". Jordan does feel remorse and I think that is often overlooked in books on this subject. Bully's are people too and sometimes it takes extremes to get them to rethink their decisions.
Thank you Michele for writing the book. I hope that you continue to push forward and write books that make readers think! ...more
Yes, of course I had to go read MORE of Jack and D!!! This story did not disappoint. It was short but it did start where the other ended so in that reYes, of course I had to go read MORE of Jack and D!!! This story did not disappoint. It was short but it did start where the other ended so in that respect it just seemed a continuation and not really a snippet. I'm glad she added this for the readers to indulge their need for more :)...more
This is tough. It's really the first book I've read for a reading-challenge, and one someone else recommended that I was supposed to read. (as appo3.5
This is tough. It's really the first book I've read for a reading-challenge, and one someone else recommended that I was supposed to read. (as apposed to rec's that you look at and think it over or not.) So, this is very different from other reads (A point of the challenge) and an author I'm not familiar with. (another point of the challenge) So, the chooser- Mistral- did a great job in the recommendation! I DID like the book!
I have a hard time criticizing other authors. I normally go for some positive thoughts and then I'm done. I read this and it was very different and I liked the style. But as I kept going there were positives and negatives that kept me reading. I couldn't go with a 5 because it nagged me too much for that. 4? Maybe. I kept reading.
Positives: 1. Good plot. It was interesting, and had me guessing. Ms. Harper weaved the tale into an alluring web. I had a hard time walking away a few times. 2. Believable dialogue. I didn't question it. 3. Witty at times. Cute. Nice addition of children in the plot. 4. I felt for Mac. I really saw his struggle with the job and coming out. I think that was pulled off well.
Negatives: 1. Freakin' backwards quote marks! 2. WHERE are you? That I can't handle. Wherefore art thou Romeo? Means WHY! Why are you Romeo? 3. Tony's age didn't do it for me. I get the explanation. I get that he's a young character compared to Mac, but he just didn't come across that way when I read it. And his lines when they had sex- "Mac, baby..." etc, every time I read that I pictured a big cop from boston. Not a teacher in Minn. Mac's dialogue seemed better fitted. 4. Some of the extra filler back stories were way too long.
I don't know. Somewhere between, "wow, this is really great" and "I'm glad I'm reading this" came little whispers of "when is this scene going to end?" and "Is this really necessary?" Some people didn't like the end. It was okay. I liked the possibilities and that it wasn't cut and dry. What I didn't like was the abruptness of the drunkenness and rough sex. Yes, keep the sex, but the scene seemed crammed in. If she was planning a second one at the time, I would have waited and put that in the next one.
This is the longest review I've done. The story left an impression. It gave me a taste for reading more cop novels (Which I never do.) I will probably read the second one to see how the characters progress.