I'm finding it very difficult to rate this book. I listened to the audio book and the narrator's voice for Ethan as well as the dialogue made him soun...moreI'm finding it very difficult to rate this book. I listened to the audio book and the narrator's voice for Ethan as well as the dialogue made him sound very child-like which made it very hard to understand (and support) the relationship between him and Carter. It is an uplifting and sweet story but Ethan just didn't seem emotionally and mentally ready for this relationship. Left me feeling very conflicted.(less)
I haven't read historicals for a long time but I'm pretty sure that as far as staying accurate to the 'era' this was way off. And silly. So silly. The...moreI haven't read historicals for a long time but I'm pretty sure that as far as staying accurate to the 'era' this was way off. And silly. So silly. The modern Neighbour stories obviously work better for me as I found this pretty boring and the stunts juvenile this time around. Neither MC was particularly appealing and their chemistry wasn't properly developed due to them (view spoiler)[ hooking up way too early, let alone how implausible that was for the times (hide spoiler)].
Also, Robert's over the top reaction to Elizabeth about half way through the book was just ridiculous. There was no way I could take him seriously after that. (view spoiler)[He may have only called her a bitch in his head but that's a hard limit for me. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was an easy and enjoyable story to listen to. A cop becomes friends with the previously unknown boyfriend of his recently deceased detective part...moreThis was an easy and enjoyable story to listen to. A cop becomes friends with the previously unknown boyfriend of his recently deceased detective partner. What initially begins as friendship eventually leads to an awakening of sexual attraction and a coming out. Nothing new in terms of story line but a nice slow-burning romance with a worthwhile pay off. (less)
Loving Jay is a sweet, funny and mostly angst-free romance. I highly recommend for when you're in the mood for something light and feel-good.
Liam is...moreLoving Jay is a sweet, funny and mostly angst-free romance. I highly recommend for when you're in the mood for something light and feel-good.
Liam is a seemingly regular Aussie guy - he's living the daily grind, performing work he doesn't particularly enjoy, catching up with friends and family on the weekends and dealing with an ongoing leg injury. All while denying a truth to himself - that he may be gay.
All this changes though when he finally gets an opportunity to speak to Jay, a fellow early morning commuter who he has not been able to stop thinking about since first noticing him on the train months beforehand. Jay is a gorgeous character who wears his heart and homosexuality on his sleeve. It was easy to believe that Liam would fall in love with such an open, honest and fun person.
I enjoyed so many things about this book - the writing was engaging, the characters were quirky and lovable and it's set in Perth! As a current West Aussie and past train commuter, it was nice to read a story set in a familiar location with a genuine, local feel.
I haven't read many m/m books which are set in Australia but the ones I have read have been great so far. Looking forward to more from Renae Kaye who stands out for me in the current group of emerging m/m authors. (less)
There were moments I really enjoyed, the story is very character-driven and I found it hard to put down. However, by the end I thought the drama was j...moreThere were moments I really enjoyed, the story is very character-driven and I found it hard to put down. However, by the end I thought the drama was just a bit OTT and it was hard to believe so many awful things could have happened to these boys for so long without anyone helping. With an edit and maybe a (view spoiler)[different ending (hide spoiler)] I think this could be really good. (less)
DNF at around 35%. This seemed like an original idea but in reality reading about someone needing to just clean their house was kind of boring. And di...moreDNF at around 35%. This seemed like an original idea but in reality reading about someone needing to just clean their house was kind of boring. And disgusting. (less)
The first audio book I've dnf'ed. And they're expensive so that's saying something. The writing is good but the story and characters are pretentious....moreThe first audio book I've dnf'ed. And they're expensive so that's saying something. The writing is good but the story and characters are pretentious. It reminds me of the Great Gatsby which I also didn't enjoy. Nothing appealing about these characters, who are too rich and too privileged with problems I have no interest hearing about. (less)
I highly recommend this to anyone who is after an m/m with an engaging plot and interesting premise - memory loss after an accident. I particularly li...moreI highly recommend this to anyone who is after an m/m with an engaging plot and interesting premise - memory loss after an accident. I particularly liked the down and out aspect of Nate and Conner's lives - trying to compete for minimum wage jobs, being on the dole and living in public housing. This gave a much more realistic feel to the story.
Above average writing and story for 99 cents. (less)
The seasons split at the seam: spring, summer, fall and winter. I’ve always pictured...more3.5 stars rounded up.
Tarryn Fisher can write. No doubt about it.
The seasons split at the seam: spring, summer, fall and winter. I’ve always pictured them as giant sacks filled with air and color and smell. When it’s time for one season to be over, the next season splits open and pours over the world, drowning its tired and waning predecessor with its strength.
The writing kept me engaged, unfortunately the characters kept me at a distance throughout this story.
I noticed a running theme in Fisher's writing, in that her heroines are hard to like and easy to hate. I saw a little of myself in Olivia. I saw nothing of myself in Senna. She was a difficult character to understand or care about.
This story was both epic and tragic. To the point I needed to hug my partner to remind myself that I am, thankfully, not living in a Tarryn Fisher novel. It was at times uncomfortably depressing. I would have liked a little bit more hope sprinkled throughout to keep me uplifted instead of dredged in Senna’s misery.
I wish I could have connected with these characters on a deeper level but I struggled to understand their motives or relate to their actions (or inactions in Senna’s case). She comes across as such a cold, unfeeling person – and I just can’t relate to that. I needed to feel some depth to her, a personality, a weakness, anything. She was stoically bitter and stubborn throughout. She gave so little away, I became more and more distanced from her as the story went on.
Despite not connecting with Senna, I remained engrossed in the story because Tarryn is a great writer and I think she may cast a little spell over me every time I read a book of hers. I can’t seem to put them down until I’ve read every last page. The whodunit plot kept me engaged although I have to admit in the second half I grew a little tired of the guessing game. It felt like we were given snippets of conversations and information to keep invested in the story but it also felt like a manipulative way to keep me reading. The story was purposefully vague for so long that my interest waned towards the end.
Unlike Olivia and Caleb (who had an equally fucked-up relationship but told over three books) I didn’t feel enough time was spent establishing Senna’s love for either Nick or Isaac. I spent most of the book not knowing what was going on, worried and curious for Senna and Isaac’s safety that I didn’t really feel their romantic connection until so late in the story that the ending didn’t have quite the impact it probably could have.
Also, my idea of love and the overly tragic love presented in this story (soul mates and invisible ropes connecting them) are so far from each other that I could never reconcile the two. (less)
Things went downhill real fast in this story. Thanks to an inconsistent narrative and a BORING heroine - Lorrie - who starts lusting after the tattooe...moreThings went downhill real fast in this story. Thanks to an inconsistent narrative and a BORING heroine - Lorrie - who starts lusting after the tattooed and muscled bad boy hero from the moment he rescues the TSTL girl from a lake. Why she ended up in the lake exactly, I still don't understand.
Apparently she fell in while trying to pet a goldfish that she saw swimming in the lake. Oh and a black cat nipped at her ankle which also caused her to fall in. Really, this actually happened. So she falls off the bridge, then drifts metres under water, cause she can’t surface through all the (previously unmentioned) ice on the top of the lake. She drifts SO FAR underwater that when she finally finds a crack in the ice which she manages to peep her head through she CAN’T EVEN SEE THE BRIDGE. How far has she gone? Maybe all that lack of oxygen to the brain explains everything that happens after this point in the book.
So she manages to attract the attention of the muscled and tattooed bad boy who’s on his morning run around the lake and he dives in and rescues her from her own stupidity.
Her first thought after this near-death experience?
He was so gorgeous, my breath hitched in my throat. Had I died and gone to heaven? Steam rose from his body as his outrageous hotness physically manifested and clashed with the frigid air.
So yeah. She’s one of those girls.
It goes without saying that Lorrie is a little shallow. While getting ready for a double date with some random guys her friend Daniela met in class Lorrie wonders whether the guy she’s being set up with will be good looking.
Daniela hadn’t even given me many details about Justin, my date. She’d gone on about how mouth-wateringly scrumptious Cody was and how she would stare at his crotch all lecture long.
“If he’s half as well-developed down there as the muscles in his arms, he’d be one serious catch”, she had said.
“So this Justin guy-“ I said, making last minute adjustments to my hair in the full length mirror we had in the suite. “What’s he like?”
“Oh! He’s also a catch. Frankly, I would’ve been fine going out with either of them. I’ve heard other girls say that he has celebrity looks. Like a musician, you know?”
“What kind of musician? Like a rockstar?”
She tilted her head toward the ceiling and put her finger on her chin. “Don’t think so. Maybe more alternative? Not sure.”
Hmm…someone artsy. If he was down-to-earth and not an egotistical rockstar type, maybe we could hit it off. Who knows? I decided to be optimistic about Justin.
Unsurprisingly, Justin's just as shallow as Lorrie.
"We've heard such good things about you from Daniela. You're much hotter than I expected," Justin said, as he put his arm around my shoulder and rubbed gently.
They could have been a match made in heaven, but I'll never know.
This was the first book I ever requested from Netgalley and I couldn't even finish it. Go me. (less)
It was short, it was sweet (and a bit smexy) and it just worked for me. I can't help but like a snarky MC. The insta-love/lust did not bother me as Ca...moreIt was short, it was sweet (and a bit smexy) and it just worked for me. I can't help but like a snarky MC. The insta-love/lust did not bother me as Carson had had his eye on Vince for a while. A good filler book between longer reads. (less)