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.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
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 notThis 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
This was a really sweet story and I wish that it were full length. It would have been nice to see Kathleen when she was younger and her crush on AlistThis was a really sweet story and I wish that it were full length. It would have been nice to see Kathleen when she was younger and her crush on Alistair. I should have read this first instead of last because I remember someone mentioning a distant cousin named Alistair in one of the Rohan books, but now I cant remember what they said about him. I didn't know who he was at the time so I didn't take notice. Otherwise this can be read anytime throughout the series and doesn't affect the story....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
I read this really hoping to find another relationship like Howie and Arthur from KnowThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I read this really hoping to find another relationship like Howie and Arthur from Know Not Why, and I did a little bit, but not as much as I had hoped. Rob and Chris are not as different as Howie and Arthur, but there is a bigger age gap, which I liked. I always enjoy it when there is a large age gap or a big difference in physical size. And Rob did remind me somewhat of Arthur because of the way he talked so formally, and he actually had the accent to go with it. But he wasn't as funny and awkward as Arthur. I enjoyed Chris more. He was fun.
I didn't really enjoy the pace of this story. Everything moved so fast. Chris gives Rob a handjob on their first date. Second date he asks to meet his daughter. Whoa there, you know you are leaving in a few months to go back on tour and you are just ignoring that fact and meeting the family and everything. Telling everyone you are partners and even telling his work that you are his husband, but you have no idea where this relationship is going or if it will last beyond a few months? And the 'L' word popped up way too soon. Chris just said to Rob, "Tell me." And it was like Rob knew exactly what he meant and he said "I love you." But I didn't know what he meant and I was pretty surprised that Rob did. It felt way too soon.
Rob and Chris got along so well that everything just fell into place for them. There was none of the clashing of personalities that I was expecting. I usually like low angst stories but this was just ridiculous. Nothing happened! Their relationship was cute and I enjoyed them together, but the writing was awkward and kept me distanced from the characters making it hard to invest. Not that there was really anything to invest in. Everything was so clearly laid out that there was never any doubt of the outcome. I also found the sex scenes awkward, so I cant even give this plus points as an erotica.
So, while I was looking for a conflicted and angsty story I got a cute, smooth, simple read. Not what I was expecting at all, but still ok in its own right. ...more
This is probably my second favourite of the series after Ruthless. Benedick was actually nice, which is weird, because I read this series for its darkThis is probably my second favourite of the series after Ruthless. Benedick was actually nice, which is weird, because I read this series for its dark heroes. Sure, he is a rake, but he isn't an asshole like his father and grandfather were. And Melisande is the first heroine not to get kidnapped by the hero at some point in the story. I guess I wasn't in the mood for a dark hero as much as I thought, since I still enjoyed this so much.
But what happened to Brandon?! Anne Stuart's novels always have a secondary romance and they are always wonderful, but in this one we don't find out what happens. We don't even know if Brandon is ok!
And I would have liked to know what happened to the Heavenly Host. If not arrested, I hope they were all publicly shamed, especially Pennington, just to punish his sister. ...more
I really enjoyed this. William and Christian were wonderful. I was impressed with Christian and I liked how the very first lines of the book describeI really enjoyed this. William and Christian were wonderful. I was impressed with Christian and I liked how the very first lines of the book describe him as a impressive knight. Judging by the cover I was not expecting him to be like that. I enjoyed unraveling him and getting to know him along with William.
The story was fast paced and had a good amount of adventure that really drew me in aside from the romance. I wanted to save Elaine too, even though I had not met her yet. And then, in the end, it was so perfect. I absolutely loved the ending, and just as I read the last lines of the epilogue my eyes began to tear up and then overflow.
(view spoiler)[Although I don't understand how William could explain staying in Scotland for so long. At first, he could say he was looking out for his sister, but not forever. And not after his father died, whenever that was, because he was the heir. But William stayed in Scotland until his death at an old age. What became of his father's holdings? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really enjoy the angle this took, how it was about a thief and the FBI agent that chased him. I also thought the setting added an interesting spin,I really enjoy the angle this took, how it was about a thief and the FBI agent that chased him. I also thought the setting added an interesting spin, that it was set 10 years after they had spent a night together. We didn't get to see the chase or the seduction, but we saw how it affected them in the long run. This was surprisingly romantic, even though Robert Cuffe was a man of few words, and they mostly just ran around helping Noel's neighbours, but you could still feel how much they cared about each other, despite their strange history. It was such an unexpected connection, but neither of them could deny it. And in the end, when they finally came together, it was so tender. I wish there were more to this story. ...more
This is the best MM I have read in awhile, and I feel like I need to lower my ratings on some of the others in order to show that more clearly. It hadThis is the best MM I have read in awhile, and I feel like I need to lower my ratings on some of the others in order to show that more clearly. It had the perfect balance between the emotional and physical sides of Christian and Jonah's relationship.
Jonah is a classic tortured hero, which were always my favourite kind of hero in MF, but I don't think I have ever met a tortured hero in MM before. Except for maybe Fen from Ghost, but he is so complicated that we are not going to get into that right now. I loved Jonah and his insecurities instantly. And Christian was so sweet. I loved when we finally got the full flashback of what happened between them when they were younger. It was so sweet and sad. I cried a bit, even though I knew they would see each other again.
I especially loved how their relationship started out so strong from the beginning. It wasn't just a physical attraction and they were able to admit that. There was no time wasted dancing around the facts. That left lots of time to focus on developing their relationship and it was wonderful to see. Jonah needed Christian so much. He was his rock. They both just opened up their hearts so easily, and the things they would say to each other were beautiful. They simply belonged together. Always had, and it is so clear that I cant even separate them in my mind. They always were and always will be 'Jonah and Christian'....more
I liked the idea of this story and I thought it sounded funny and kinky. But in reality it was cute, but didn't really focus enough on the elf-factorI liked the idea of this story and I thought it sounded funny and kinky. But in reality it was cute, but didn't really focus enough on the elf-factor to make a big difference. It was actually easy to forget while reading, that you were reading about Santa's elves.
Jet usually does an almost unparalleled job of making me feel attached to characters in less than 100 pages. But I felt like I didn't really know Lon and Wod enough, and they didn't know each other enough in the time we were given. It felt rushed. I enjoyed them both. They were cute characters, but the 'L' word really didn't feel right at the end. I would have loved to have seen more focus on Wod, and the fact that he had had feelings for Lon for awhile, because Lon's feelings come on awfully fast....more
This was a really sweet story. It revolved around sex quite a bit, and helping Casey deal with what was done to him when he was younger. It was talkedThis was a really sweet story. It revolved around sex quite a bit, and helping Casey deal with what was done to him when he was younger. It was talked about openly and often. There were a fair deal of sex scenes, and even starts out with one in the first chapter. But considering all that, its still fairly mild. Its graphic enough, but it has just as many sex scenes that are just mentioned and then skipped over. Its still very sexy, but not erotic.
Very surprisingly for me, I prefer Lon over Casey. Casey was the damaged one, but Lon is the one that took care of him. He was so sweet and did so much for Casey. He embraced him in his life almost immediately and gave him so much. This is pretty much the first time that I didn't prefer the bottom. I have always preferred the bottom in the past except for a couple of times when the couple was evenly matched.
This story was great, with a lot of great characters, not too much drama, and a perfect ending....more
This book wasn't really what I had expected. It was highly recommended to me as one of the best M/M romances, with well written characters and great cThis book wasn't really what I had expected. It was highly recommended to me as one of the best M/M romances, with well written characters and great chemistry. I even read one negative review for a different M/M book that said, "If you wanna see how it is done right, read something by Abigail Roux." So I was expecting this to be highly romantic, first and foremost. It really wasn't. Above anything else this is a murder mystery, and that is not a genre I have ever enjoyed. I am not sure that I have ever really explored the genre before, but I don't intend to do so further. And I figured out who the killer was about half way through the book, so there is also that. Fail.
The story simply did not interest me. Goodreads says its 300+ pages, but my ereader said it was 764 pages, and I felt every page of it. It was so long and slow and nothing happened for a very good part of it. It was just a lot of investigation details and sitting in their hotel room. It took until about 40% before anything happened between Ty and Zane, and that was about 350 pages in. That's longer than some books.
I didn't see any amazing character development. Ty and Zane's personalities kept going back and forth like a freaking yo-yo and it was confusing. I also found it hard to understand sometimes. I wasn't always able to follow their conversations, as if it was poorly edited. Their thought processes seemed to jump around without reason. Although they were pretty cute together and I enjoyed their tender moments. There were a lot of those. This wasn't a very steamy read and it focused more on the emotional side of their relationship than on the sexual. There were only 2 sex scenes and they were not particularly graphic. However, I still did not find it emotionally satisfying because they didn't make enough progress in their relationship. 700+ pages and they still don't seem to be able to understand each other. I expect this to be one of those series where it takes pretty much the entire length of it for them to be able to make things work. I foresee myself pulling my hair out.
The characters have potential if I could just nail down who they are. They are interesting but I feel like I should know them better by now. And I couldn't really say who I prefer. If I was forced to choose I might say Zane, but I dunno. They both piss me off at times. And they could be a great couple, but I feel like it would take them too long to get there, and I don't have the patience. I will most likely read Sticks & Stones eventually, but I don't have high hopes for it, and the blurb does not instill confidence.
So this gets 3 stars for its potential more than anything. My biggest problem with it would probably be the writing, besides the mystery genre which is my own fault, not the book's. Its strengths are the characters and the chemistry, which is why the book was recommended to me in the first place, so I guess people were on the right track. Although I still don't see those things as being as great as I had heard. It doesn't warrant the hype. But clearly, people must be seeing something that I am not....more
I loved Smiley. I have been waiting forever for a primate book and it was worth it. The next one better be about Beth and Jericho, or Cindy and VengeaI loved Smiley. I have been waiting forever for a primate book and it was worth it. The next one better be about Beth and Jericho, or Cindy and Vengeance. ...more
This was a pretty good western ghost story. I don't read a lot of ghost stories, but tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a pretty good western ghost story. I don't read a lot of ghost stories, but this was really interesting. Ezra and Ambrose are both lawmen hunting the same killer. One a Marshall from California, the other an Inspector from New York. They hunt Jennings across the country, until they meet in San Francisco where they have tracked down Jennings. He is tried and hung, but continues to kill from beyond the grave.
I especially enjoyed the second half of the story, as time starts to pass more quickly, and Ezra and Ambrose watch the decades pass around them. The idea that having a nemesis is what makes the time worth living for them is different and unexpected. Ezra and Ambrose have each other, but protecting people is what their lives were about and so are their deaths. Meeting Ezra's nephew at the end was an interesting turn of events. I was not expecting more story at that point and I enjoyed the fact that others knew of Ezra and Ambrose's existence. Although, I wish they could have spoken more and that Owen and his friends could have known all the good Ezra and Ambrose have done over the last 150 years.
The romance in this was pretty disappointing though. I didn't really feel the connection between Ezra and Ambrose. It seemed to happen awfully quickly. They probably knew each other 3 or 4 days before they expressed feelings for each other. Eventually they said the 'L' word and it wasn't even made into a big deal. They both acted as if it was totally normal to fall in love after only a week or so and neither were surprised to hear the words.
But regardless of the passage of time, it wasn't used to its full potential. Their relationship could have been developed better in the given time. I don't really know what they loved about each other. We were not told. And I don't think we were ever told what Ezra looked like. When he first saw Ambrose he described him to us, but we were never given a description of Ezra and he is sort of just a blank in my mind. Also, in a story of 133 pages, there was time for more than one sex scene, but we were only given one. It wasn't super explicit but I enjoyed it. It was one of the few times when I felt their emotional closeness, as well as physical, of course.
So this is a good read for people who enjoy ghost stories and paranormal, who don't mind some M/M on the side, but aren't looking for a romance at the moment. I wouldn't mind a sequel.
This is my 13th M/M book and I absolutely loved it. Only once I had already finished tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This is my 13th M/M book and I absolutely loved it. Only once I had already finished this book did I find out that it was written by an author who had started out as a M/F author, and that this book was what got a lot of people into reading M/M romance in the first place. I am not a veteran of the genre, but I am not new to it either.
This is either the smuttiest romance, or the most romantic smut that I have ever read. I am gonna lean towards calling it the most romantic smut, because really, there is no need to have that much sex in a book unless you are writing a smut. Not that I am complaining. I love a good smut. But I really can't get into a book unless there is a good foundation to the relationship before sex comes into the picture. I have DNFed more than one book because they had sex sooner than I liked and it made me uncomfortable (Sins & Needles and On Dublin Street to name a few). That did not happen here. Despite how much sex there is in this book, it happened at the right time.
"I want the man who sat down across from me and changed the way I look at the world. And if that's wrong, then I'm confused because when I'm near you, it feels so damn right.”
I really loved the pace in this book. I have read a lot of GFY stories where it only took the first advance for the straight guy to give in to his new and confusing feelings. I love how Logan took his time and visited Tate's bar several times to talk to him before Tate even realized he was attracted to him. And only several meetings after that did Tate agree to meet with him outside of work. They started with a few kisses before trying anything sexual, and even then Logan was patient and waited until Tate offered sex. It was so against his character and what he was used to giving. I loved how little either of them fought it. Tate was confused but once he realized what he wanted, he went with it. Albeit slowly. And Logan, as afraid as he might have been of commitment, he still knew he would not give up Tate to avoid it. He may have been a whore before, but Tate was worth changing for, and he didnt fight it either. They still had a few rough spots, but nothing too major. This was the story of two men who change each other's lives. How they get there and how they handle it. And I love how it wasn't overly complicated.
I also really enjoyed how evenly matched they were. Like Robbie pointed out, and like they both eventually recognized about themselves, they both liked to control and be controlled once and a while. It was a new dynamic and it worked for them. They are just so well matched for each other in every way. They challenge each other and balance each other, and understand each other. My only complaint is the way that the book ended too abruptly. I really don't like cliffhangers in books, and although this can't really be called a cliffhanger because it's not ended mid-action, it is ended mid-conversation and it is ended with a question without an answer. It always seems lazy to me when that happens. But its not enough to ruin the book for me. This book was emotional and beautiful as well as hot and exciting and I can't wait to read the rest of this story.
“You've changed me, and you don’t even realize it. Just being with you, near you? It makes me want to be a better person. You make me want to take a risk.” "What do you want to risk?" "Everything."...more
This was a really cute, brief story. It is hard to really get attached to characters in novellas, and although Jet usually does an excellent job withThis was a really cute, brief story. It is hard to really get attached to characters in novellas, and although Jet usually does an excellent job with the quick character development, this one didn't quite reach the level of her other shorts that I have read. Most of them are excellent, especially Heaven, A Rose is a Rose, and Tech Support. But this one is my second to least favourite of her stories that I have read, above only Hell which is, oddly enough, the longest one.
But I would like to give this 3.5/5, because it is quite a bit better than Hell. I really enjoyed the story, and Scott and Jack were both quite adorable. I just wish that their relationship had been better developed. I found it hard to believe that their relationship had already reached the depth that it would have had to in order to sacrifice what they did for each other in the end. The fact that they only knew each other for 2 days could have been worked around with more scenes together, but it was just too short.
I am happy for them and I am glad that they loved each other enough to overcome their ordeal, I only wish that I would have been able to feel it more. ...more
This book was incredibly slow. I found myself skimming most of it because I was just too impatient for things to happen. It took forever. Just so muchThis book was incredibly slow. I found myself skimming most of it because I was just too impatient for things to happen. It took forever. Just so much talking. I do like Miles a great deal though, and there was the occasional unexpected line that was so romantic it would make my heart clench. So I will maybe give this 2.5/5 for that. But I wont be continuing this series. I really need to read a good HR to make up for this. ...more
This story was so sweet! It took a bit for me to adjust to an effeminate MC. I have neThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This story was so sweet! It took a bit for me to adjust to an effeminate MC. I have never read a book like this before. Where the MC is a man, refers to himself as a man and has no problem admitting it, but acts and dresses like a woman. It was a bit jarring at first, until I got used to it and I could see that that is just Carson. It's just who he is and he is wonderful.
He was also very much like Jet's usual MCs, with low self-esteem and I just could not wait to see him shown his true worth by someone. So enters Eddie, the superintendent of Carson's building, who, when he sees Carson crying over a bad break-up, gives him a single rose from his gardens. Carson cannot resist befriending the man because he is just so gosh darn sweet, and shy, and adorable...and straight.
Carson may be slaking his lust for Eddie alone, and Eddie is continuing to shyly dote on Carson, but it isn't until Carson confronts him about his attentions that it becomes clear that Eddie may not be so straight anymore. I really enjoyed the virgin factor too. Eddie wasn't a virgin be he was new to sex with men, and it was endearing to see Carson have to teach him what to do. But after the first time Eddie wanted to take charge, although he still needed help now and again, which was too cute, despite the high intensity of the moment.
We never really get to know Eddie as well as I would have liked. This story would have greatly benefited from an alternating POV, but that may be too much commitment for a novella. Either way, Eddie was a bit of a cut out. Not that his characters was dull or unoriginal, but I just felt like I only ever saw his silhouette without the details of who he was. He was quietly caring, masculine, a serious sweet talker, and he loved Carson.
Carson on the other hand, is the kind of person that can always make someone feel better when they are having a bad day, even if his own day has been even worse. He will always have a smile for you. He knows he is beautiful, but he never acknowledges it in a conceited way. He may have used his looks to get the support of admirers, but he was not very confident about anything else. But Eddie believed in him, and, eventually, that was enough for Carson. Enough for him to get up off his butt and make his own life better, so that he could make a place in it for Eddie. :)
"Eddie, you can't do this to me. I do nothing for you." "That's not true. You make my world bright."...more