Anyone read this yet and know if this one has any actual sex in it? Just wanted to know before I bought it. Really liked book 1 except for lack of sexAnyone read this yet and know if this one has any actual sex in it? Just wanted to know before I bought it. Really liked book 1 except for lack of sex scenes....more
I've been trying to think of why I enjoyed this book so much. After reading it, I went on to some of Eden Winters other works. I think part of it is tI've been trying to think of why I enjoyed this book so much. After reading it, I went on to some of Eden Winters other works. I think part of it is that she is just a great storyteller.
Specific to this book and these characters... the individual character arcs were strong. The characters themselves were flawed but good people at the core who were continually working to overcome mistakes in their pasts.
I got a kick out of Lucky's fixation on Bo's ass and his internal dialogue as he was lusting after his body.
I think another reason this book hit me as so good is the topic is fresh and the book seemed thoroughly researched. I know NOTHING about prescription drugs but even if she bent reality here and there - it came across as solid. (And since it's fiction, that's OK.) Initially, I thought Winters made up drug diversion control but lo and behold, one Google later, drug diversion exists as a form of rehabilitation. (Not to the extent that Winters took it but still...) There are a million variations on the cops and robbers storyline out there but this one just hit me as unique.
I really enjoyed this read. I had never thought about same sex ballroom dance. Along the read, I found that it helped to Google some Youtube videos anI really enjoyed this read. I had never thought about same sex ballroom dance. Along the read, I found that it helped to Google some Youtube videos and see what a Rhumba and the different tangos look like. I found some lovely vids on the subject of same sex ballroom dancing that also added to my enjoyment of the book.
One of the things I particularly liked about this book was how flawed the characters were -- the realism. For example, Ed is a slob and Laurie is a little squicked out by some parts of sexual acts. Other books I've read by Cullinan were downright gritty (Special Delivery and Nowhere Ranch) when it came to the sex scenes. (A good thing, mind you.) But I think this book, Cullinan concentrated the grittiness in the character arcs rather than the sexual proclivities of the characters.
I think I would rate it at a 4.75, losing that little bit of a star only because the overall plot seemed to drag a little around the middle. I think that was reflective of the story and the characters -- life isn't always fireworks and drama. But none-the-less as reader, I found I was asking myself a couple times -- where is this going? And when?
This book wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought it was a great read and delved into a topic you don't see too often in genre fiction -- homeslThis book wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought it was a great read and delved into a topic you don't see too often in genre fiction -- homeslessness. It reminded me somewhat of a fanfic-gone-mainstream YA novel called Poughkeepsie. I think it's INCREDIBLY difficult to make homelessness romantic and still be realistic but Rowan managed it. One of the reasons I am scoring this so high is that Rowan didn't pull any punches with the main characters by making the character flaws that drove them into their situations easily fixable. I would liked to have seen a little more professional therapy involved in David's personal growth. The guy obviously had a psychological break or two or more along the way. But regardless of that, I couldn't put it down. It won't stop me from reading the next book/novella in the series. The book left a number of unanswered questions about the main characters. ...more
I put off reading this as long as I could possibly stand it because I read in other reviews that it was a cliffhanger... I hate cliffhangers. So, nowI put off reading this as long as I could possibly stand it because I read in other reviews that it was a cliffhanger... I hate cliffhangers. So, now I only have to wait two or three days for Armed and Dangerous to laydown. But I'm glad for the time to let this one sink in before I jump into the next one in the series. Things I am ruminating over... Ty didn't defend Zane when his buddies said, you can't do better than that guy? WTF. Then again, Zane says the same of himself so... I think maybe one of the things that needs to happen in the series before a final HEA is Zane needs to come into his own, to stand on his own, for him and Ty both to realize he's equal to Ty. I read somewhere the series is supposed to run nine books and given how slowly their relationship progresses through each book, it's gonna take nine and probably more separations but hopefully no more cliffhangers. I like a 'lil bit of HEA at the end of a books in a series. ...more
Whoa... this one was brutal. Matt was entirely a dick and the resolution when he came around seemed a little rushed but altogether, a well told story.Whoa... this one was brutal. Matt was entirely a dick and the resolution when he came around seemed a little rushed but altogether, a well told story. Something about Matt reminded me of the Christian Grey in 50 Shades series. Rich, hot, broken with a desire to denigrate the object of his affection until he finally "gets" it. ...more
I loved this book... so sweet and so sad and such a great, strong couple. Read what some other reviewers said about the ending... that it was abrupt aI loved this book... so sweet and so sad and such a great, strong couple. Read what some other reviewers said about the ending... that it was abrupt and left room for a sequel. Been ruminating on that... given that their devotion to each other left little room for conflict between them, too little to drive another whole book, unless it was really challenged - which might be interesting. Also thought about the loose ends in the story and why the author left them...I think the point of them is one repeated throughout the whole book... doesn't matter what else comes to pass for them as long as they are together.
The first part of the book seemed a little rushed, the voice distant and I think it was because the author was trying to tell 15 years of a story and because of that didn't really settle into bringing the reader into the moment of the story. Sometimes, she nailed it when she landed in a scene from the past that happened. I don't really see any way around it due to the nature of their relationship. They just didn't have that much internal conflict between them; the plot was driven from conflict forced on them from the outside world. (Of course this is one of the things that make Xander and Christian such a great couple.) Anyway, the point being was that once Lane settled into telling the story in the present moment, it was a hell of a powerful story. I enjoyed it very much.
I do have to say that I agree with something another review wrote -- the cover misrepresents the book. I have to admit I avoided it and looked past it for that reason for some time before reviews convinced me to give it a read. The cover isn't as bad as Crossing Borders but the more I look at it after reading the book, the more I agree that it really doesn't add to the book's marketability. ...more
Not what I expected... the blurbs read like it would be super smutty but it wasn't. It was a sweet story, sad in spots, a good memorial day read... HaNot what I expected... the blurbs read like it would be super smutty but it wasn't. It was a sweet story, sad in spots, a good memorial day read... Have to suspend reality to read this one... it's set in the past in a reality where don't ask, don't tell was revoked well before it actually was in real life... it's kind of like an alternate reality where gays in the military are commonplace and there's a total lack of homophobia. That's just not an issue that the book dealt with realistically, or at all, for that matter -- so this book protrays a military that is more of a if-only-it-could-be-this-way military. ...more