Ashes of Life by Andrew Q. Gordon ★★★✩✩ The Assassin of Laurentium by Clodia Metelli ★★★✩✩ Assassin's Love by Sammy Goode ★★★✩✩ Awakenings by Jayson JameAshes of Life by Andrew Q. Gordon ★★★✩✩ The Assassin of Laurentium by Clodia Metelli ★★★✩✩ Assassin's Love by Sammy Goode ★★★✩✩ Awakenings by Jayson James DNF Because of You by Penny Brandon ★★★✩✩ Before You Go by Vicktor Alexander ★★★✩✩ Better Than New by Charley Descoteaux ★★★✩✩ The Bigger They Are by Kim Alan -- unrated Billie Jean by Claire Davis DNF Bird Meets Cage by Anyta Sunday ★★★★✩ Blaze of Glory by Jeff Erno DNF Blood In The Water by Tami Veldura ★★★✩✩...more
500 Kisses to Steal a Heart - DNF Accidental Karma - ★★★✩✩ Achievement: Tentacle Lust - unrated Adam's Flight - ★★★✩✩ After the Ride - ★★★✩✩ Agile Moves -500 Kisses to Steal a Heart - DNF Accidental Karma - ★★★✩✩ Achievement: Tentacle Lust - unrated Adam's Flight - ★★★✩✩ After the Ride - ★★★✩✩ Agile Moves - DNF All I Ever Wanted - unrated All or Nothing - ★★★★✩ The Anchor Tattoo and the Pistachio Dream - ★★★★✩ The Archers of Kynthos - unrated The Arroyo - ★★★★✩...more
LIKED - the UST was fabulous. Too often (especially in GFY) the reader is hammered over the head withMixed bag. Kinda left on the fence with this one.
LIKED - the UST was fabulous. Too often (especially in GFY) the reader is hammered over the head with the unexpected attraction. Here it built naturally. - first sex scene. Loved the hesitation and the fact they literally slept together before doing anything physical. It got a little OTT near the end but hey, it's romance. - flawed heroes and lack of magic peen. - the fact the HEA didn't include a contrived moving in permanently after five weeks or whatever it was. - the financial assassin angle. Don't think it was fully realised but it was a great idea.
EH - the conclusion with the villain was... WTF? It just seemed odd. Contrived. I can't imagine anyone acting like Andy et al IRL. - the dialogue was all over the place. I don't know if the characters were always supposed to be talking over each other at cross purposes, but that's how it read. - actions were sloppily narrated, especially sex scenes. Andy's on all fours getting rimmed but Ruben can see his eyes widen? One minute people are sitting up then lying down then 69ing then back to front and I just... Trying to follow it gave me a headache. - Andy smelt like bread. Which... I like bread. Lots. But bread smell = yeast so what he was really saying was Andy was yeasty and after making that connection all I could think was rampaging infections of the not-sexy kind.
Overall, a decent diversion for a day, but the ending to the mystery was unsatisfying and some of the stylistic niggles (dialogue, action) in other key scenes meant I was re-reading whole sections trying to make sense of them and getting more frustrated and pulled out of the story than sucked in. For a writer of Suede's calibre I was surprised to be running up against such difficulty simply understanding his prose. Also spotted more than expected amount of typos and proofing errors, although that's obviously not the author's fault when the book is published by a press....more