This was really dark, which I like, but I have also really been enjoying books about disabilities lately. I just would have preferred if there was lesThis was really dark, which I like, but I have also really been enjoying books about disabilities lately. I just would have preferred if there was less of the mystery story and more of the romance. Not that the romance wasn't still a huge part of the story. I just didnt like the Julia stuff....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 super cute. It wasnt really a Gay For You story. Liam was definitely gay before he met Jay. He had even slept with other men before. He justThis was super cute. It wasnt really a Gay For You story. Liam was definitely gay before he met Jay. He had even slept with other men before. He just had trouble coming to terms and understanding it before Jay. Jay was super adorable and I wish I could read about him more. He sort of reminded me of Dusty from One True Thing.
He is super hot on the cover and pretty much how I would imagine Jay, except too serious. Jay would be laughing or looking bashful :P...more
This book was just sex. 50 pages of sex. If you loved A Fostered Love for the sex then you might love this. There were some romantic parts too, but itThis book was just sex. 50 pages of sex. If you loved A Fostered Love for the sex then you might love this. There were some romantic parts too, but it was a bit over-the-top. I don't remember Christian being that mushy in the first book....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 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
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 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
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
Gorgeous cover, but the book was pretty meh. Very short, and the first half is just the guys fighting in the mud. Lots of staring into each others eyeGorgeous cover, but the book was pretty meh. Very short, and the first half is just the guys fighting in the mud. Lots of staring into each others eyes. Then in the second half they talk and grope and eventually have sex, but it is nothing special. Very vague and not very graphic at all. At least there is an implied romance and an HEA. But it is simply way too short to actually feel any sort of connection....more
I liked this one even less than the first one. I will continue the series eventually because I still really enjoy Whyborne & Griffin, but I am lonI liked this one even less than the first one. I will continue the series eventually because I still really enjoy Whyborne & Griffin, but I am longer planning to binge this series....more
This is an absolutely beautiful story. I loved the way Evan and Matt's relationship deThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This is an absolutely beautiful story. I loved the way Evan and Matt's relationship developed from friendship to love. It felt very realistic and not rushed as these relationships are a lot of the time.
They felt so natural together and along with the children. Matt just fit right in with Evan's family as if he belonged there, which is difficult to do considering how great of a family they were when Sherri was alive. It didn't feel like he was a replacement, but something new and different. I don't know how that was done so perfectly.
I also really loved the 'gay for you' aspect, how they were both completely new to the idea of being with another man, and they just figured it out together. They didn't rush things and haven't even had "A" sex yet. They just do whatever feels good and I loved it. The erotica level was perfect. Not too much, not too little.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I dont have anything against James, but I just wish I didnt have to read his story before getting back to Evan and Matt. I will soon enough though. I just love these guys and their amazing family and I want to see more of them....more
It was the characters that I enjoyed most about this book. The story was interesting enough, but I like a little more romance in my romance. It was thIt was the characters that I enjoyed most about this book. The story was interesting enough, but I like a little more romance in my romance. It was the interactions between Whyborne and Griffin that kept me reading. ...more
This is a wonderful, touching story. My only complaint is that in the first section ofThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This is a wonderful, touching story. My only complaint is that in the first section of the book there was too much focus on the sex and not enough focus of their relationship. I only felt that they had that wonderful, deeper relationship closer to the end. I didn't like how quickly they turned to sex. Especially considering their upbringing, I would have expected them to be more hesitant. And David had bought a gay magazine some time in the past and that was enough for them to figure everything out instantly. I never felt that innocence and sense of discovery that I love seeing in first-timers.
But that was only in the beginning. Once their relationship developed, their sexual relationship seemed to fit and feel more natural and I was able to focus on all the wonderful things about this book. I really loved Isaac and David. I felt for them and their situation so much. Especially when reminded of what happened to their brothers, and how hard things are for them, to be reminded of what they lost, and what it would fee like to the family they left behind if they left. They were both incredibly caring and wanted to best for their families. They tried so hard to do what they felt was the right thing. They were just amazing.
And I love how that played into their interactions with each other. They were so kind and caring to each other. So honest and polite. It is just who they were and how they were raised, but I really loved all the kind words and tender moments. I felt as if it added another layer to their affections, by making it so clear to each other. It was beautiful and I loved hearing them call each other "my David" and "my Isaac."
The last section of the book had me weeping. Pretty much from the time Isaac visited June until the end of the book I was in tears. I was so happy for Isaac to have made that reconnection. I was touched by all the support he received, proud of him for making the decision, and the ending was just so wonderful. I felt overwhelmed and I cried and I cried. I cannot wait to read A Clean Break. I will be reading it on release day.
“I think about what it would be like to live with you instead of a wife. To share a bed every night, and work side by side each day. I know its a terrible sin, but the thought of it makes my heart so glad." He sucked in a breath, trying in vain to stop tears from forming. "I want to be with you forever.”...more