I've read this whole series 3 times now. It's prob one of my faves ever. Zed & Fix FTW. Never skimmed in any of the 5 books and they're all long,I've read this whole series 3 times now. It's prob one of my faves ever. Zed & Fix FTW. Never skimmed in any of the 5 books and they're all long, with great world building and each storyline was fun and action filled without detracting from the romance or boring me away from the next book. *swoons over this series* 5 stars for the whole series, 5 for the HEA, 5 for each book. Win....more
I've got no love for Nick. But I adored Josh and it gave me feels and the story telling was on point. Other thoughts are reactionary in re: "Notch SpoI've got no love for Nick. But I adored Josh and it gave me feels and the story telling was on point. Other thoughts are reactionary in re: "Notch Spot" business so I'll leave it at that....more
This was everything. I adored Scott so much. Bless him. Wish it was longer or that we would get to see them progress further than we did, but it was aThis was everything. I adored Scott so much. Bless him. Wish it was longer or that we would get to see them progress further than we did, but it was a quick, sweet read and it left me happy and smiley....more
I dont often review with more than a few quick words and star rating bc I try not to be on GR, but I had so many feels I had to come here and do this.I dont often review with more than a few quick words and star rating bc I try not to be on GR, but I had so many feels I had to come here and do this.
I'm not gonna star rate this book because I tend to come at these from my pretty solely Genre-M/M Romance reader point of view, which I feel like taints the general good fiction of some books as fabulous fiction with a gay love story running the characters to their ultimate ending. Also I'm not giving this a star rating because I'm gonna split this review to be fair to this book and splitting the difference would unjustly affect my overall star rating and I can't bring myself to do that to this author or this work because I'm... Conflicted. But in so many happy ways I didn't want to not THOROUGHLY sing the praises of the good, while making sure my friends here who have the issues I do with this as an M/M won't be forearmed.
I'll kinda work my way through here.
First and very much foremost... JFC the writing. It was like music at times and gave me so many feelings and TRULY made me love each of the characters in their own rights. That's a feat. Especially as I DESPISE present tense books. With a passion. They bore me, I skim. And yes, I did once or twice here, that's mostly my present tense issue and not the writing itself. It was just gorgeous and I'm jealous because I could tell each moment and each word were picked carefully. The overall execution of memories and each article and each scene was just... breathtaking.
And as a fiction, the stories of these two mens' lives and how they ultimately affected change in the other and how they evolved... It was a pleasure to see each step. Really, their growth was charming and so fucking touching. And REAL. Like, I felt each bit of it, sexually, emotionally, as people this was so organic and rang true.
As I said, as a gay fiction about these two men and how they changed each other -- yes with love in the end -- was fabulous.
But this is where my M/M niggles come blowing through. One of my absolute biggest pet peeves in a romance is when the characters dont have much page time. And while their page time was magical, in the scheme of the book it was only about 25-30% of it all which made me grumble. And in the grand scheme of the story, until the epilogue, only literal hours to a couple of days of them actually on page as two people in a romantic / sexual relationship. This is by definition TELLING us how much they care and skipping all but one or two chances to actually show us them together loving. Not to mention, the sex was very little and fade to black more than not, so this could be off-putting, to some. And...
That comes down to my bigger thing, which wasn't so much the age difference, as I love older/younger stories, but this bicurious-to-eventually-out 18 yr old (who aged to almost 21 before the epilogue, but 18 during The Weekend) and an openly gay man over 30 who pine for each other for so long. I tweeted a friend "When the 30 yr old is too old to not kno the sexually confused 18 yr old is a bad bet." While it was romantic, it DID require more suspense of disbelief than the actual storyline and premise made me okay with. Especially bc I kept thinking Mr. Over-30 was only-in-a-romance so hung up on this child. And yeah, as a millennial, it's hard not to think of 18 as "child", no matter how (awkwardly, at times) mature his vocabulary was. And it was never convincing, not on our 32 yr old's part. It honestly could have worked as seamlessly minus the entire Happy Ever After. ALSO, as someone who was an educator, who taught 16-18 yr olds (and I'm still in my 20s) though he wasn't an actual teacher, I think I did have more problems with his sleeping with a student-intern who was SO MUCH younger than him, even though I know it's fiction. I try not to mention things like that, but again, my M/M notes are to forewarn/forearm.
But that's, again, where the romance came in and some of the M/M elements were magic with first-time things/virgin territories, the overall feeling of family, a beautiful sex scene, and an Epilogue that just made me swoon. As the tie-up, it worked well. But for the M/M reader in me, the stuff I said in the previous 2 paragraphs did make it a little hard to chew.
I don't go through this trouble for reviews often, if ever. It'd be a disservice to the book and the author not to gush on the good -- hell, the FABULOUS -- that was here. But it'd also be a disservice not to say, as a long-time M/M reader, that THAT, the M/M Romance part of the story, didn't disappoint me more than a little.
But goddamn will I ever give this author another read, because this was a helluva story with some great characters. I recommend it for the STORYTELLING that really was just great. But I do have to forewarn anyone who, like me, isn't a fan of the entire relationship developing off page, because this was more a story of their personal growth, separately, than about their relationship. <- THAT. That sentence in all its craziness sums up the whole thing I just babbled about for an hour haha. Lowercase romance readers will love it, but uppercase Romance, genre fic readers may be put off.
Either way. Kudos to Alice Archer, tho. That was some beast writing. And you made me FEEL! There's no bigger win than that....more
As usual, I waited until ALL the episodes were out. (I don't do cliff hangers) But it was totally worth it. I loved every effing minute of this tropeyAs usual, I waited until ALL the episodes were out. (I don't do cliff hangers) But it was totally worth it. I loved every effing minute of this tropey little rom-com that came with some surprisingly feely feels. Don't be fooled, it actually went a little deeper than I thought and I can't tell u how much I adored do-gooder Will and bitchy Patrick, equally. That's rare, that I love both MCs so much in their own way. Some might get annoyed w/ Will's indecisive moment in the last episode, but really, reading them all at once, his whole story was still so fresh for me that I really GOT why he got the cold feet. It rang every right note for me, even in the sillier, tropier moments. Great read....more
I enjoyed this so much. I was wary cuz it was long, and yeah I had one or two moments it was dragging for me, but not often bc SO MUCH OF THIS was impI enjoyed this so much. I was wary cuz it was long, and yeah I had one or two moments it was dragging for me, but not often bc SO MUCH OF THIS was imperative to let Cap come out of his shell and give Curtis a chance. And OMFG how I ADORE Curtis. So much. I think the ONLY thing that hurt the story for me was after such a long book waiting for them to get together then get to a place they could get to an HEA (and they did and it made me happy), I NEEDED some kind of epilogue, even the briefest bc they had gone through so much to get where they were.
I did genuinely love this story tho. Def worth a read. ...more
I. Loved. Zeke. I think I just got him. I liked Benny too and he was some fun to help smooth Zeke's being so hard on himself and people around him, buI. Loved. Zeke. I think I just got him. I liked Benny too and he was some fun to help smooth Zeke's being so hard on himself and people around him, but Benny's immaturity made my feathers ruffle a few times. It was sweet and Lane's writing pulled me in in a way only she can. And of course it was great seeing William and Rand again.
Lane will always be one of my all time M/M faves. Another recommended one for sure.
Awwwww this was everything y'all. You couldn't not love Corey. I liked how subtle his Asperger's was handled. I mean you knew he had it and it was obvAwwwww this was everything y'all. You couldn't not love Corey. I liked how subtle his Asperger's was handled. I mean you knew he had it and it was obvious in his characterization. But it never felt heavy handed or like I was being beaten do death with it. It also didn't have that totally teachy trying too hard thing many MCs on the spectrum usually are saddled with by overreaching authors.
Angel was awesome. And sweet with Corey in a way that really made this so so ... Sweet haha. It was fun. I'd recommend. There are feels and ... Sweetness haha. Not sugary, but hey it's a boy band book. Which was my selling point from the go.
Oh, and in that regard it was a bit diff for a boyband/musician book in that we were with them during a 'Most Talented', 'X Factor', etc setting as opposed to usually meeting the guys after they're already super popular. It gave it a different vibe I enjoyed.
Ykno, it was my first Jerry Cole book. And the writing was a bit brisk at times, but honestly the editing was good and the overall story, while nothinYkno, it was my first Jerry Cole book. And the writing was a bit brisk at times, but honestly the editing was good and the overall story, while nothing new, was fun and the banter was cute and the MCs were sweet. A few eye rolls here and there but A good read for a lazy day. I was entertained and THAT is what I was looking for....more
Oh dear. I liked the writing well enough. The story did elicit feels. I liked the progressions of the ultimate HEA. But Al. Al kicked this story in thOh dear. I liked the writing well enough. The story did elicit feels. I liked the progressions of the ultimate HEA. But Al. Al kicked this story in the teeth, esp since in the beginning you kind of wondered if there was hope for him. Heh. And HE had the gall to worry over condoms bc NICK had been away for a few months. (view spoiler)[Meanwhile he's knocked up his fake wife and DIDNT TELL. That big betrayal was ... A bit much and hard to believe Al's part in it. Like Nick, the whole Al being a baby daddy didn't fit for me, and you feel sorry for the kids coming out of THAT whole situation bc they're not exactly wanted, even by the way Al talked about it. And for the big point, Al being so aggressively, bone-deep homosexual, and Missy -- the typical devious "bitch" -- knowing he was gay, Id have expected some artificial insemination rather than the whole ... scenario. But I guess authors forget that's an option, that incidentally doesn't cost more than the cost of a syrince (which i affectionately refer to as a turkey baster) (hide spoiler)] It wasn't a bad read, just ultimately not for me. Had to give props tho for it being well written and I can't diss a book too hard that makes me care about a character enough to be so pissed at him for being a dumbfuck....more
Goodness. Lots of bickering. And I agree with someone who said the actual betrayal would have socked me in the gut harder had I seen some of their actGoodness. Lots of bickering. And I agree with someone who said the actual betrayal would have socked me in the gut harder had I seen some of their actual day-to-day relationship rather than picking up at the moment of betrayal. I mean I still got it. I actually think I never got over Fisher being a mark. I GOT him being angry and kinda never was okay with Zach again even after Fisher got ok with things.
The spoiler is TOTALLY just a personal opinion on the Big Betrayal. Others may not feel as strongly as I about these situations. (view spoiler)[ No matter how the author and Zach tried to turn it on Fisher with the whole "you lied too" bit... Fisher was right when he pointed out he'd at least gone into the relationship as he would have with anyone else, just having to omit his job. Zach fucked a mark, perpetuated the lie, had read Fisher's file, knew things Fisher didn't. I kinda hate stories in which the other person was "allowed" to fall in love with the other and when the other is busted out it's all "But it was real for me, i promise!" Eat a dick.(hide spoiler)]
And omg that the whole book happened in hours. I hate books that only give me a week and this one was a day in the life. Though, I guess at least it wasn't an insta-love, one week only read. Those REALLY chap my ass. But that's neither here nor there. Other than srsly. The whole book took place over maybe 24-36 hours. *eyetwitch*
That said. I liked it well enough. The writing itself was vivid and sharp. The action scenes were well written and I did want to see how the overall was resolved. But it was VERY frustrating in the middle. Bicker bicker snipe redundant snipe. And for a "New York" book, the editing was... questionable.
I'll be interested to see how the next book in the series goes but idk ... Guess you'd hav to see for yourself. I'll at least give Ms. Dimon another read in the future.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was cute. Good story, but not my favorite book in the series (Book 2 FTW).
BUT. Milo is probably the single best thing Eli Easton has ever done.
DThis was cute. Good story, but not my favorite book in the series (Book 2 FTW).
BUT. Milo is probably the single best thing Eli Easton has ever done.
Def wouldn't recommend you read this one as a standalone, as it drew on previous MC's POVs, unlike the other two, and you wouldn't feel the same attachment to those characters--esp since you end up in their POV (and Lily will piss you off if you don't get her character...and maybe still, after). That being said, I recommend the series if you like shifter stuff. It's a cute one.
I have to get it off my chest, because I'm seeing it become a thing: I DESPISE extra POVs in romance. Any other genre, okay, but romance. Not so much. *shrug* If, like me, you don't like this type of storytelling, you've been forewarned. I skimmed.
And she could have killed Lily off, tbh. Worst character ever, I spend every moment of page time w her hoping she gets killed in a hunting accident....more
Engaging, easy read. I'm a sucker for zombies so throwing it in my M/M will pretty much always pull me in. Dallas was a beast and I liked Raleigh. SomEngaging, easy read. I'm a sucker for zombies so throwing it in my M/M will pretty much always pull me in. Dallas was a beast and I liked Raleigh. Some stuff was too convenient -- everyone knew everyone and everyone Dallas loved ended up with him so... Yeah. But i was entertained. It'll be interesting to see the next book....more
I loved this SO much. I just adored Justin and Drew so much. Such great, solid guys. Ugh having to deal w all that family drama. My heart just wrencheI loved this SO much. I just adored Justin and Drew so much. Such great, solid guys. Ugh having to deal w all that family drama. My heart just wrenched for Justin. But their "getaways" were perfect and bless Drew for doing his best to put Justin first, even when he wanted to dive in.
And the sex. It was all so hot and I loved Drew's first time bottoming. It was just a great story with great guys. It was also nice to see all the other characters from the earlier Crossroads books.