In some ways I liked this better than book 2 and in some ways I didnt. I would have to give it 3.5/5. I appreciated that this book focused more on GavIn some ways I liked this better than book 2 and in some ways I didnt. I would have to give it 3.5/5. I appreciated that this book focused more on Gavin and Ben than book 2 did. And really enjoyed how their scene with MacKnight showed me more dimensions to their relationship. But I really didnt enjoy the human-trafficking storyline. It contrasted too much with the warmth of reading about Ben and Gavin. I dont normally enjoy reading about things so dark. ...more
I didnt enjoy this book nearly as much as book one. It was almost entirely about the case and we rarely saw Gavin and Ben together. I even forgot I waI didnt enjoy this book nearly as much as book one. It was almost entirely about the case and we rarely saw Gavin and Ben together. I even forgot I was reading a BDSM romance most of the time and felt like I was reading just a solid murder mystery. The case was better than in book one if you care about the mystery in these stories, but thats not what I was reading for. I am still excited to read book 3 but I hope its more like book 1. I do love this cover tho....more
I dont know if its just because I am new to the genre, but this book sort of blew my mind and I would give it 4.5/5. When we first met Ben and he explI dont know if its just because I am new to the genre, but this book sort of blew my mind and I would give it 4.5/5. When we first met Ben and he explained the D/s relationship to Gavin and Trent, Trent was like, "Do you buy this shit?" And I was like, "Yes. Yes I do." It all made so much sense to me once it was explained. I cant wait to read book 2.
Although the mystery aspect of the story could have been better. I find these type of stories are always really obvious. You know who the killer is from the first time you are introduced to them. But that's not what I read them for so I guess its ok....more
I loved this book! I originally wanted to read it because the title and cover caught my attention, but I had to read the first two books because I jusI loved this book! I originally wanted to read it because the title and cover caught my attention, but I had to read the first two books because I just can't read a series out of order. The first two were ok but not nearly as good as this one. And for people who arent anal like me, reading just this book out of the series would work fine.
Once I found out who Michael was in the first book, I though he would end up quitting his job in the end, but once I saw surrogacy through his eyes, I am actually glad he didnt. I really enjoyed seeing him with his clients for some reason. I was sort of fascinated by his work, and him. Can there really be anyone as compassionate as Michael? He was amazing.
I also enjoyed all the sci-fi stuff, and I wish I could read Sentimental Cyanide. I was crying in the end because it was so perfect. I didnt want this book to end....more
So this was a pretty interesting story. A different world from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, but with a familiar feel. I think fans of that serSo this was a pretty interesting story. A different world from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, but with a familiar feel. I think fans of that series would also enjoy this.
The main character is Lily, and the book had the alternating POV of Lily, Zephyr, and Eilidh (pronounced like Hayley). It is set in an alternate reality where humans and fae are at war. There are seven mixed blood faeries who pass as human and are a guerilla group for the faery queen called the Seven Black Diamonds, who go to a prestigious private school. When Lily enrolls in the school she meets the group and becomes friends with them, and learns a lot more about herself and her heritage.
Zephyr is the group's leader, and although he means well, he is super annoying. I don't really like him. Eilidh is the faery princess who tries to help them from the inside. I am not sure what role she will play in the story yet, but I like her and her betrothed, Torquil. I wish them nothing but happiness and sweet dreams. ;) Creed was another member of the group and Lily's love interest. He never had his own POVs which I wish he did instead of Zephyr. He was totally swoon worthy.
There are a lot of players in this game and I look forward to finding out what will happen with the courts, and also among the group. There are a seven of them, plus the queen's meddling so there are endless possibilities for relationships there. I am glad to have another faery series to look forward to. And maybe we will get to know Will and Roan better.
I love how different Laurent is whenever he and Damen are intimate. It is only in those moments that youI think each book got better by a little bit.
I love how different Laurent is whenever he and Damen are intimate. It is only in those moments that you really remember that Laurent is only 20. And for some reason I really loved the part when Laurent told a slave to fetch him something and Damen stood to do it, instinctively. Awkward, but I just loved it.
I wish there was just a bit more of an ending. Not a few months later, or a year later. I don't think this book needed an epilogue. It ended perfectly for the most part. But I would have preferred to have a bit more of immediately after, the fallout, of what became of their plans for the kingdoms and how they could become one with two kings. Because that is a concept that I have never heard before. And how could they do that with no heirs? I briefly thought Jokaste's son would be heir, until he was confirmed to be Kastor's and disappeared....more
This was a bit better than I expected but still not amazing or anything. I hadn't read any of these short stories before, not even the ones that wereThis was a bit better than I expected but still not amazing or anything. I hadn't read any of these short stories before, not even the ones that were released long ago. I am not the biggest fan of this series so I never bothered to read them. But I figured now that they are all released in a convenient anthology I might as well read them. I don't think I can rate all the stories individually. I cant really think to rank them either. So what I am going to do is clump them.
Glitches and After Sunshine Passes By were my least favourite. They were totally pointless. Little glimpses into the characters past but they didn't tell us anything new.
The Keeper and The Princess and the Guard were a little interesting but still didn't really contribute anything new.
The Queen’s Army and Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky were pretty good. I found the story of Wolfe becoming an Alpha interesting, which really surprises me because I never really cared for him. Thorne on the other hand is probably my third favourite character after Cinder and Kai, so I am not surprised that this story of a teenage Thorne was pretty cute.
The Little Android, The Mechanic, and Something Old, Something New were my favourite stories. The Little Android was extremely romantic. Unrequited love can still be true. *tear* I loved The Mechanic since Kai and Cinder are the best couple and the reason I kept coming back to this series. So their first meeting from Kai's POV is pretty much the most perfect thing for me. And Something Old, Something New had everything we were missing in Winter. I felt that Winter was a bit incomplete since we dont see a lot of what happens after. But this was set 2 years later so we find out what happened on Luna, and that all the couples are still together, and of course we get confirmation of Kai and Cinder's HEA. I am so glad it was from Cinder's POV instead of Scarlet since Scarlet is my very least favourite character. And although the story was about her and Wolfe, all the characters were back and Cinder and Kai made me love it. When I heard that there was a wedding at the end of Stars Above, for some reason I assumed it was Winter and Jacin. *shrug*...more
This is awesome. Did people do this in previous years?
I had a pretty great year in reading, but with a new baby it was definitely different from prevThis is awesome. Did people do this in previous years?
I had a pretty great year in reading, but with a new baby it was definitely different from previous years. I started a blog a few years ago, and although it was small and unpopular, I really enjoyed it. I love being especially organized, and I love that I can do whatever I want to organize my thoughts. But I only posted a handful of blogs this year (the last one in February), and didn't even post reviews on Goodreads that were more than a few sentences. I managed to still read my usual amount of books thanks to the fact that my daughter feeds a lot. But that doesn't give me much freedom to type.
And for some reason, which I don't think is related to my baby, I have become addicted to romance, especially contemporary, M/M, erotica, and indies. I haven't read nearly as much of my usual books this year, which usually consists of YA PNR, sci-fi, or fantasy. My resolution for 2016 will be to return to those genres, because when I do manage to make time for them, I enjoy them more than what I have been reading lately. But I guess I am addicted to them like candy.
This year I finally managed to finish the Wheel of Time series with books 8-12. I also read the whole of the Guns n' Boys series, which were all among my favourites and received 5 stars. These are the rest of my 5-star reads in 2015. Not as many as some years, but I blame that on not reading enough YA and fantasy. 57/161 of the books I read this year were published in 2015.
And of those, my absolute favourite book of the year was:
And believe me, no one is more surprised than me. I have a strong dislike for the Throne of Glass series, so I almost didn't read this one. I am so glad that I did. This book is everything that I love about YA romance and fantasy, even if it is more NA.
A Court of Thorns and Roses would also be my favourite new book read in 2015, and favourite series discovered in 2015. But I will break it down a little further in order to share some of my other favourites.
Series Finished (Some of these I am not sure if the author intends to write more or not)
Most Anticipated Books for 2016
So I have high hopes for myself in 2016. I plan to read more YA, including a lot of books that I have bought and never read, about half of the above image. And I plan to read more high fantasy such as . We'll see if that actually happens. ...more
This book was pretty good but had a lot of issues in my mind. First of all it was very slow. It took forever for anything to happen. Scratch that. DanThis book was pretty good but had a lot of issues in my mind. First of all it was very slow. It took forever for anything to happen. Scratch that. Daniel and Rex met immediately when Daniel crashed his car in a snow storm near Rex's cabin. Then Rex kissed him soon after, which was very weird. Who would think to kiss a complete stranger who showed up at your house in a storm? When they next met months later while Rex was walking his dog, he pretty much jumped Daniel and they had sex against a tree. And Rex is supposed to be the shy one. But it took a long time for it to feel like they were developing a relationship and not just having sex.
Also it took a really long time for Rex to grow on me. He was so strange. Like he was full of contradictions and didn't seem like a real person. He was so quiet but forward at the same time. And he always seemed like his feeling were hurt, he was so sensitive. He just didn't make sense to me and I didn't like him till almost the end. And I think the only reason why I liked him in the end was because Daniel did.
The book ended very abruptly and I feel like it really needs a sequel. I heard that the sequel will actually be about the supporting characters Leo and Will. I enjoyed them and would probably enjoy a book about them, but I feel like Daniel and Rex's story wasn't finished. ...more
This was very much like Just a Bit Unhealthy, except that Jamie and Ryan's relationship was more sexual almost from the beginning. Ryan kept saying thThis was very much like Just a Bit Unhealthy, except that Jamie and Ryan's relationship was more sexual almost from the beginning. Ryan kept saying that he simply could not love Jamie that way, despite how much he wanted him close and felt possessive of him, like Gabe did with Jared. I still really enjoyed it though. But I was pretty surprised by the first time Jamie and Ryan had sex. It was sort of dub-con.
I am really looking forward to Just a Bit Ruthless. A darker installment in this series is perfect! I already loved every book so far, and I cant think of a way to make it better other than a more sinister love interest. I love darker romances!...more
It's like David and Murdo aren't even the same people from book 1 anymore. They got new personalities. David is now much more interesting and Murdo isIt's like David and Murdo aren't even the same people from book 1 anymore. They got new personalities. David is now much more interesting and Murdo is much less mean. Which is good because I didn't really like either of them before. But it also doesn't really make sense.
But this book is still pretty boring like book 1. I don't really care about Euan and all the side stuff. Of course I am glad Elizabeth got away from Kinnell but I wish these books focused more on the romance. I suspect this series will contain as much romance in 3 books that most would contain in one. ...more
So I totally loved this book. I loved it's geekiness and its cuteness. The totally obsession with Castaway Planet was something I could relate to becaSo I totally loved this book. I loved it's geekiness and its cuteness. The totally obsession with Castaway Planet was something I could relate to because I used to be totally obsessed with Stargate SG-1 when it was still on the air. I never went to any cons but the online community felt similar.
Through most of it I was thinking it would be a 5- star read. I was in love. The book was hilarious and adorable. I absolutely love the Abandon surprise, when they finally found out what that was. It was just so perfect! But I was really sad later when all their fans abandoned them. It happened so quickly and was like, "What kind of shippers are you!? Bunch of phonies!"
Everything started to fall apart after that. I knew there would have to be a conflict, but the way it was done was so depressing so I can't give this 5-stars. I also couldn't stand Brandon's parents and their "pray the gay away" mentality. But it is a reality that a lot of ppl have to face. So this book was mostly awesome, but a few things dragged it down to a 4-stars for me. This book is a must for geek romance readers. ...more
This series ended up being a lot like Heaven Sent for me. The first book in each series is my favourite, and the fourth is my second favourite, with bThis series ended up being a lot like Heaven Sent for me. The first book in each series is my favourite, and the fourth is my second favourite, with books 2 and 3 being a bit of a lull. I absolutely loved Izzy in book 1, but Noble is definitely my favourite of the rockers. He is amazing. He is fun and crazy but just an awesome person at the same time. He is a great friend and really has a sensitive side. I also loved Donny. He was a sweetheart. It was really interesting to see how confidant he was in private even though he is so shy in public. I loved how he chased after Noble.
I am sad that this series is over and I wish there were extras like there are for Heaven Sent. :(...more
I loved this as much as book 1 although it was quite different. I was worried from the blurb that there would be a lot of conflict but there wasn't. TI loved this as much as book 1 although it was quite different. I was worried from the blurb that there would be a lot of conflict but there wasn't. There was a bit in the beginning but it was quickly resolved. And even through it, the intensity of Jett and Goldie's love for each other was still there. There was never any doubt how much they loved each other.
It was strange to see how much Goldie had changed. In book 1 he was so innocent and sweet, but in this one he is very confident and just different. Not that that is a bad thing, it just took some getting used to. Especially when he started incorporating that into the bedroom.
I was not only surprised by how much control Goldie wanted, I was surprised that Jett let him have it all. But as Goldie admit himself, Jett probably wouldn't have let him a year earlier. But they had come so far that Jett was willing to give him anything now, and he knew for Goldie the control was about reassuring himself that Jett really was his forever.
I also enjoyed Cole and Kyle. We didnt really get to know Kyle but Cole loved him for so long that you know he must have been special. And from what I could tell he was a very sweet kid. It was a great HEA ending for everyone.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a friends to lovers story, and those are always great. It was also Gay For You and those are always one of my favouI really enjoyed this book. It was a friends to lovers story, and those are always great. It was also Gay For You and those are always one of my favourites. I also enjoyed the Canadian setting.
I really loved Kurt and Davy. Davy was a sweetheart and I enjoyed seeing him heal and grow. I hated hearing how he was abused by Ben. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he was a top. Kurt was also very sweet and romantic. I loved how dedicated he was to Davy and even after Davy tried to kick him out Kurt never moved on even after so long. He really loved him.
I loved Kurt's family and I knew they would be supportive of Kurt even though he was worried. I was very surprised by the revelation about Kurt's brother, but it was an interesting twist. It reminded me of another book I have read, In the Middle of Somewhere.
I was hoping book 2 would be about Ian, but it seems I will have to wait for book 3 for that, and book 2 is about Ivan, who we hardly know. But I am sure it will be great. ...more
I really enjoyed this, although it was not what I was expecting at all. It is not an NA romance about a bad boy and a geek, and I think it is only faiI really enjoyed this, although it was not what I was expecting at all. It is not an NA romance about a bad boy and a geek, and I think it is only fair to warn people what it is actually about.
Although occasionally I was reminded how young the characters were, probably in their early twenties, it felt like a normal adult romance. And it was also somewhat of a suspense, because a few chapters in you find out that Alex is actually (view spoiler)[a cop in witness protection, when the bullets start flying, and they have to go on the run together (hide spoiler)]. It doesn't take long at all to realize that Alex is the badass one of the two of them.
Before meeting Alex, Ridley thought of himself as a dominant bottom. But that shit just aint gonna fly with Alex. Alex dominated the hell out of him on their first encounter, and their second, and I would imagine every encounter after that. But unfortunately, we only got to see two sex scenes, and then no more. I was just waiting and waiting, because the first two were super intense and awesome. But there were no more after that and I was very disappointed, especially since the first two were before they had developed feelings for each other.
But I still really enjoyed this. It had an alternating POV, and a lot of cute and funny moments. I enjoyed see Ridley fall for Alex. Even though he was originally attracted to him for his cute and nerdy persona, he eventually fell for his badassery too. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was an incredibly unique story. I found the writing a bit stiff, causing it to take a bit longer for me to get into. But eventually I did and I wThis was an incredibly unique story. I found the writing a bit stiff, causing it to take a bit longer for me to get into. But eventually I did and I was surprised how much I really felt for the characters. I wasn't really sure if this was the type of book that would get an HEA. Was it a romance? Was it headed in that direction at all? I found that I hoped it did.
As wrong as Walker's action may have been, I really felt sorry for him. He seemed so innocent and clueless about the world. About right and wrong. He didn't really understand how to treat Joel properly, or that you shouldn't steal the freewill of someone you love. But the trials he put himself and Joel through changed him on the inside almost as much as on the outside, and he learned a lot. I really learned to see him in a new light. As did Joel.
Joel was quite incredible. He was put through hell and he fought hard. He may have almost given up a few times, but in the end he is the one that saved himself and Walker. Although his feelings for Walker didn't come across very clearly. His change of heart could have been more gradual. He claimed he hated Walker, but a lot of times he tried to be nice to him because he felt sorry for him. Also he knew how much a kind word coming from him would mean to Walker. Of course he was also incredibly attracted to him. But I never really felt that it was more than that until the end. I felt that his feelings for Walker sort of just conveniently appeared in order to resolve the problem.
I was really hoping for something more epically romantic in the end. It was still romantic I guess. And I did love all Walker's declarations of loyalty and devotion, however creepy. This book is definitely for people who enjoy a morally ambiguous story, and stories where you are not entirely sure whether you are supposed to like the MCs, or what exactly it is you are even rooting for. I love that feeling....more
This book was exactly what I was looking for. The perfect M/M interpretation of a classic historical romance. It had it all. Carriage rides, a scandalThis book was exactly what I was looking for. The perfect M/M interpretation of a classic historical romance. It had it all. Carriage rides, a scandal involving an inheritance, a secret engagement, an unlikely match...
The situation that Dean finds himself in at the beginning of this book is outrageous and entertaining. And then he decided to fix the problem by bringing a male prostitute along with him. There was no way that things would end the way that Dean seemed to think they would. But I really loved Dean. He was insecure about his looks, but confident about his title. And so very kind. He went out of his way to help people, and even made all the stops that Rob wanted on their trip to Bath. Although he had no tolerance of Rob's profession, in a way that reminded me of Mal from Firefly.
"You have a strange sense of nobility, Captain. You'll lay a man out for implying I'm a whore but you keep calling me one to my face."
"I might not show respect to your job, but he didn't respect you. That's the difference. Inara, he doesn't even see you."
- Firefly, "Shindig"
Dean really cared about Rob and wanted him to find a better life for himself, thought that he deserved so much better. I loved the way that he saw Rob in such a clear light. He thought he was so smart, and charming, and fun. None of that was skewed by the fact that he was a prostitute. Dean may have hated what Rob did, but it didn't stop him from loving him. Although Dean was a bit short with him sometimes, when he made a mistake. I think the author was just trying to highlight Rob's problem for us.
Rob was a wonder. He had such a calm demeanor, considering the life he had. And the crazy adventure that Dean had dragged him on. I felt really sorry for him and the fact that he thought he had a gruesome handicap. He still remained so pleasant and composed. I suppose he was just a good actor from being a prostitute, but it seemed to me more as if he was just incredibly patient, tolerant, and understanding. He never judged anyone for anything and accepted anything Dean threw at him.
They were a perfect balance of each other. I really enjoyed their banter and their burgeoning feelings, even if Dean kept vaguely referring to something that happened 3 months prior that would keep them apart. It was clear that otherwise Dean would have been willing to make a life with Rob, somehow, in their day and age. That is quite a commitment from a gentleman and an earl, who would be scrutinized, expected to act a certain way, and produce an heir. The only thing I could think that would be keeping him from Rob was some sort of financial difficulties and the fate of his estate. That would be the most important thing to a man like Dean. His responsibilities to others.
But their romance was strong enough to survive all that, and they were such sweethearts, both of them. I love the fact that this book was not explicit and Rob's profession was never shown in action. It let us and Dean to fall in love with him instead of his skills. There were so many small gesture in this story that nearly broke my heart, like Dean teaching Rob to play the piano. They are just perfect together and I wish them a very happy 250 years. ;)
"What you are is beautiful. Warm. Unbearably precious."
I would give this more of a 3.5/5. I was looking forward to reading about a shy, socially awkward lead. I enjoy awkward and endearing characters. I waI would give this more of a 3.5/5. I was looking forward to reading about a shy, socially awkward lead. I enjoy awkward and endearing characters. I was expecting him to be like Jeremey from Carry the Ocean. And although I did enjoy Wes, I enjoyed Michael more. Wes was not really what I had expected. He was far more deeply troubled than just a stutter and shyness.
Carry the Ocean is the only book by Heidi Cullinan that I have read before, and although it was heavy and dealt with some dark issues such as suicide, A Private Gentleman felt even more so. It had 2 attempted suicides and one successful one, and dealt with some other disturbing issues which took away from the romance for me. Perhaps I should have tried something lighter. But Michael and Wes were great together and Michael was a sweetheart....more
I love this book so much more than Road of No Return. I would even suggest skipping book 1 and just reading book 2.
I love books with large age differI love this book so much more than Road of No Return. I would even suggest skipping book 1 and just reading book 2.
I love books with large age differences or size differences. Tooth was so sweet to Luci and took care of him when no one else would. He put so much time and patience into it. And Luci was so grateful. I loved how in return Luci loved to cook and clean for Tooth, and groom his hair. It was so sweet and I love the scene where Tooth told him so. He told Luci, "You are such a sweetheart." That scene felt heavy, even though nothing happened between them then.
Another thing that made this book really special was that it was slow burning. It took over half of the book before their relationship became physical. It gave them a lot of time to really development a relationship. They felt so close to each other emotionally before they became physical and I loved that. Even when Tooth would punish Luci for breaking the rules, it did feel like a way to be closer. I sort of understand why Luci wanted it, for a chance to feel connected to Tooth. His feelings for Tooth were so innocent, despite the life they had both had, his feelings and intentions were pure. He cared so much for Tooth that he just wanted to be close to him any way that he could.
Its hard to say whether or not I prefer Tooth and Luci, or Dom and Seth because Dom and Seth have had 3 books and I have had a lot more time to get to know them and get attached to them. Seth and Dom's story is definitely more intense, seeing as it took them several books to sort out their relationship. But Tooth and Luci are a great couple, and I would have liked to see another book about them. ...more
I really enjoy the intensity and the high stakes of this kind of story. The violence really accentuates the romance. I love a complicated character, bI really enjoy the intensity and the high stakes of this kind of story. The violence really accentuates the romance. I love a complicated character, but I did have some issues with this book.
Overall, it was exactly what I was looking for. But I didn't really like Stitch, and I didn't really know Zak. I like violent leads sometimes, but if their violence is contained and directed. Stitch's was not, and it burst out at unexpected times which made me feel like he was actually a danger to Zak. What he did to Cox was completely uncalled for. If he had done it to someone who was a direct threat to Zak, then I would have felt like it was justified and even romantic. But it wasn't. It was just Stitch lashing out in anger without thinking anything through. And it really freaked me out that Zak thought it was just an accident. I also really did not feel ok about the scene where Stitch choked Zak. And after he spent most of the book telling us that he didn't agree with the violence in the club. Their relationship probably is not very healthy.
Most of the book was in Stitch's POV, which left me confused about Zak. We didn't get to know him as well as Stitch and I never fully understood why Zak was with Stitch. What he saw in him. Why he put up with all of Stitch's shit. I enjoyed the writing in this, the sex, the violence, and the overall story. I just think that the character development and how they fit together could have been better. ...more
This was a great conclusion to this emotional series. In this one things are finally going right for Tate and Brian. This is their happily ever after.This was a great conclusion to this emotional series. In this one things are finally going right for Tate and Brian. This is their happily ever after. But that doesn't mean that this book isn't still emotional. Tate and Brian's love for each other is so complete, that sometimes it is overwhelming. They are an extraordinary couple, and sometimes what they have is so beautiful that it makes me cry.
Book 1 was entirely from Brian's POV, while book 2 and 3 are both entirely from Tate's. But this book still has the timeline problems that the first two did. There was an improvement in book 2, but in this one it got confusing once again. There were some italicized scenes that were flashforwards to Tate and Brain's HEA. But in the present scenes, it still seemed to be inconsistent. Sometimes Tate said that it had been 6 months since Brian left the hospital, and then not long after, while I was under the impression that only days or weeks had past, he said that it had been a year and a half. So, if these 3 novellas had been combined into a single novel, which still would have been under 300 pages, and the timeline issues had been cleared up, I would have given this 5-stars. All the issues I have with this series are in the editing and formatting. The story, characters, and romance are amazing and heartfelt.
I enjoyed this more than part 1 and I would like to give it 4.5/5. I love how DomenicoThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this more than part 1 and I would like to give it 4.5/5. I love how Domenico and Seth's relationship has grown. How I feel like they are now inseparable and forever, but Dom is still possessive and violent. I hope he never loses that. It gives their relationship an edge so that you can never quite relax. And in his own way, it shows how much he needs Seth.
Dom isn't going to use words to tell Seth how he feels. While Seth said the 'L' word near the beginning of this book, it took the whole book and a near-death experience for Dom to say it. Dom is more familiar with sex and violence and those are his best tools. Love doesn't change a man and I wouldn't want him to change.
I love the ending, as Dom puts everything on the line for Seth, leaving them in a very dangerous situation, and leaving Seth to take charge. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens next. The blurb says that Dom lost his memories after his injuries, and I am so looking forward to what happens when Dom meets Seth for the first time again. What will his reactions to him be this time? Will it be the same? How confused will he be about his feelings for his brother? I really hope that at some point he finds the pictures that he sewed into the lining of his coat. Perhaps that will be an eye opener for him. I expect to love it either way! ...more
I really loved this book, and probably would have given it 5-stars if not for the factThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book, and probably would have given it 5-stars if not for the fact that it was incomplete, and the fact that it pushed my limits a little too much.
I was in the mood for a dark romance, and that is most definitely what I got. This book is violent. And Dom is a monster, a passionate, obsessive monster. I love him. Seth is not what I expected. Despite the fact that he is muscular and physically larger than Dom, he seems so weak in comparison. Even though Seth does not fit into Dom's world at all and Dom cannot help but laugh at him and mock him sometimes for his foolishness, there are still things about Seth that Dom finds completely irresistible, and not just his body. It is such a strange dichotomy. Seth's incompetence makes him roll his eyes, but at the same time his dependence on Dom make his blood burn.
I find it surprising that neither of them fought their relationship harder. The hard life they are in has no room for weakness, and in the Villani family being gay is a death sentence. But they both just threw themselves into it and never looked back. And on top of all that, they seem to be half brothers, which is completely disgusting of course, but I am holding out hope for a City of Glass moment.
One of the things about this book that I had a problem with was that there was a little bit of menage and some light bondage. Menage is usually an immediate deal breaker for me. If I come across a menage scene I will close a book immediately and never open it again. But the scene started over half way through the book and I already completely loved Dom and Seth and just couldn't give up on them that easily. Plus I could tell that the other guy, Silvio, was not going to be a permanent addition. So I just had to grin and bear it. If they had actually had sex I would have skipped the scene, but luckily they just did other things. It still made me extremely uncomfortable though and I hated Silvio. I noticed that he has his own series, Dark Soul, but I will not be reading it.
And there was some light bondage that came right after, with just Dom and Seth. It also made me really uncomfortable because I didn't like the way that Seth became so submissive and said that he had been a good boy. It felt so demeaning, as if he was just a dog. The only time I like it when someone becomes submissive is if it is out of love. Like in the last sex scene of the book. It was beautiful. Although neither of them have even thought the world 'love' yet, it seemed to be screaming at them in that scene. Seth hates to bottom but he did it for Dom and told him it was only for him, no one else, because he was the only one good enough. Dom was so tender and it was amazing. Being submissive out of love and not being forced to give up something.
I am totally in love with Dom and Seth and their complicated, angst-filled relationship. I love Dom's love tinged with obsession, and Seth's love tinged with fear. I can't see how things will work out for them and I am so excited to read the next part of their story to see what will happen next, and what they will be willing to sacrifice to try to make it work. ...more
I found this really drawn out. I didn't know until the end that there would be no resolution and that the next book was also about Murdo and Davi2.5/5
I found this really drawn out. I didn't know until the end that there would be no resolution and that the next book was also about Murdo and David, but it was still way too slow and boring for my liking. It took forever for anything to happen, and by the end of the book they had only had a handful of encounters and still didn't really seem to like each other. Murdo was a bit of a jerk and David was really dull and straitlaced. I think it would have benefited greatly from Murdo's POV. It would have perhaps explained why he treated David so badly, and what exactly he saw in him.
I still intend to read the rest of the series because it wasnt horrible and I am curious how things can develop from here....more
I feel like I should give this a lower rating because I hate sad endings, but I can't because I really enjoyed it for the most part.
I now get that th
I feel like I should give this a lower rating because I hate sad endings, but I can't because I really enjoyed it for the most part.
I now get that the title is like a joke. There is no Stockholm Syndrome in this book. I didn't know that starting out. Pip volunteers to fake his kidnapping because he hates his life and he is turned on by the danger of Lindsay, and maybe a little something daddy related. They have one of the most insane relationships I have ever seen. They are all cute and cuddly one minute and then Pip does something that sets Lindsay off and he's suddenly smacking him around the room before dragging him upstairs by the hair, tying him to the bed, whipping him with his belt, and then fucking him into oblivion. Afterwards they are all cute and cuddly again and Pip curls up in Lindsay's lap, sucking his thumb and calling him daddy. They are both completely bonkers! I cant keep up with them. They are all over the place with their kinks. But it's funny as hell. I really got a kick out of Pip. Does anyone his age actually act like that? He's 19-22.
The majority of the book was in Lindsay's POV, then the last 50 pages or so were in Pip's, just in time to see everything go to shit. The last bit was depressing and frustrating. I am mad at both of them. At least it is a trilogy, but from what I hear things are only going to get worse before they get better. So you have to be patient for an HEA. I don't know for sure that the series will have an HEA, but it sounds at least like they realize what they lost. But for all I know they could go out like Butch and Sundance.
I don't know why the awesome covers above are not used, and I don't know why these books are not on Amazon. I am sure these books would be infinitely more successful if they did. And I can't remember where I got this one from and now I cant read the sequel. :(...more
Going into this, I was looking forward to reading James story. I wanted to read aboutThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Going into this, I was looking forward to reading James story. I wanted to read about Matt and Evan, but I treated it as if it were a separate series. I already knew James a little bit and I liked him. Griffin took a bit longer to get to know, but I ended up loving him even more. He was a lot of fun.
But even with the open mind, I still ended up being somewhat disappointed by this. Griffin and Jim got along great and their relationship reminded me of what Matt and Evan's was like in the beginning. But with the added benefit of sex. Seeing as Jim and Griffin were not new to this, it makes sense that they got to the sex a lot faster. But I didnt feel that they got past the buddy-pals stage. The story went by pretty quickly and when Jim first told Griffin that he loved him I was so shocked. I thought, "Already?" But then I looked at my progress and realized I was about 3/4 done the book. I was still waiting for the story to get started, but it was actually winding down. It just felt so short and insubstantial.
I feel like this could have been great with more time and more development of Jim and Griffin's relationship. They never really had any tender moments. They had a lot of great moments, but nothing really displaying a deeper love. It felt rushed, but I still enjoyed it. They were greater characters and I enjoyed the side-stories. I really look forward to getting back to Matt and Evan though....more
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely noActual rating: 4.5/5
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.
I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit several museums as well as the Notre-Dame cathedral. It all felt real to me, like we were really there, and I can't wait for them to travel further in the following books, in search of Alexander's tomb.
Avery was a very average girl and of course some times she made silly mistakes, such as getting on the plane with Stellan in the first place. But she held herself together well and I was proud of her for not completely losing her shit when people started shooting at her. She helped Jack plan along the way and saved him at Notre-Dame. But she still felt very genuine and realistic.
And I loved Jack. He was such a sweetheart. I rarely ever like the bad boy types, except on very rare occasions. But this is not one of them. Jack is quiet and kind and brave and he goes out of his way to protect Avery again and again, and risks his life just to be with her. I wasn't sure how far a romance would go in this book, or if it would be less of a focus. But I am glad that there was time for a lot of romance in this.
“I've never considered breaking that oath before. Ever. But I did, for you... It was all for you.”
I don't understand everyone's fascination with Stellan though. I mean, he never did anything interesting. He was rude. He pulled a knife on Avery twice. How is that likable? I am glad that he was not really portrayed as a love interest at least. He was good-looking enough for Avery to notice, but that's about it. She never trusted him, and with good reason. He mostly just hung around and never made a scene. So I appreciate that he didn't try to be a scene-stealer at least. But after that ending, I am sure the love-triangle aspect will be vamped up in the next book. I am not looking forward to that at all, especially since Avery and Jack ended in such a good place. They better not go through with Stellan's idea.
So I totally loved this book for being a lot of fun, a great adventure with great mystery, romance, and likable characters, besides Stellan. I really swallowed it up and thoroughly enjoyed the ride....more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, because David and Isaac fought way too much. There were some hot scenes, but I didn't enjoy their relatI didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, because David and Isaac fought way too much. There were some hot scenes, but I didn't enjoy their relationship as much. Its not all about the sex. They still love each other so much and want nothing but the best for each other. But they no longer seem to be able to communicate that to each other. And I have no idea why they began doubting each other's intentions in the first place. After everything they had been through to be together, it did not feel very realistic that their relationship would fall apart so drastically and so quickly.
While book 1 was entirely from Isaac's POV, this was entirely from David's. I enjoyed the insight, but I was very disappointed in how stupid he was being. He kept how he was feeling from Isaac all the time because he thought he was protecting him, but he should have been able to see how it was pushing him away instead. It was just so stupid and frustrating.
I really hope that the last book in this trilogy makes up for this. That it is as amazing as book one. I cant imagine what it will be like to go back to Zebulon now, and with Aaron. That will stir things up, but I hope it is not too hard on their relationship. I don't know if anyone from Zebulon will find out that Isaac and David are gay. I am usually always for people coming out to their family. But in this case I know there is no hope of being accepted, and I just hope that they are able to keep their families, even if it means keeping their secret. ...more
I was just looking for a short, easy read when I picked this up. Under 100 pages, no problem. But that's not what I got at all.
This is told from BriaI was just looking for a short, easy read when I picked this up. Under 100 pages, no problem. But that's not what I got at all.
This is told from Brian's POV, and he tells the story through a lot of flashbacks, and sometimes that can be confusing. I had trouble figuring out the timeline and whether or not I was in their past or present. But besides that, this is a really touching story. It deals with a lot of heavy issues, and it had me crying on more than one occasion. Brian and Tate were really put through the wringer, especially Tate.
The storyline reminded me somewhat of Blame It on the Mistletoe. In both, a guy who previously thought he was straight falls for his best friend and roommate, and Tate and Fielding are both really sensitive guys who rely on their best friend a lot. But Talker is a much more serious story.
The ending is a HFN, and I am really happy that the series continues. Tate is doing better but he still has some healing to do, which hopefully he can do now that he has Brian by his side. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of his journey....more