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, 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 ones things are finally going right for Tate and Brian. This is their happily ever afterThis was a great conclusion to this emotional series. In this ones 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. It was better in book 2, but in this one it got confusing 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 smoothed out, I would have given it 5-stars.
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 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, for the most part. It didn't blow my mind, it wasn't totally epic. But 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
This book was very eventful. Several major events that I knew were coming finally happThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was very eventful. Several major events that I knew were coming finally happened in this book. And I was so happy to see Mat again. He was not in the last book at all, and it took half of this book before he showed up. But once he did, a lot happened. The story in Ebou Dar ended up being my favourite, from anyone's POV.
I was happy to finally meet Tuon and she was not what I expected. She is a strong woman, like all the others in this series, but she is so young. I am curious how that will effect things. Will it make her easier to handle or harder? The other women in this series are all difficult. We last saw her, Mat had just realized that she was the Daughter of the Nine Moons, so I don't really know what to expect. His initial reaction was strange.
And I still love Rand. As uncomfortable as his relationship with Min, Elayne, and Aviendha makes me, I try to just ignore it. He spends most of his time with Min anyway, who is my favourite of the three, so I try to not let it bother me, because I love Rand so much, as a character and a hero. He has been trough so much, and it all effects him so strongly. He does what he must even as each action makes another mark on his soul, and each death turns him a little more to stone. But the incredible thing is that he knows what it will do to him, and he does it anyway. He is sacrificing himself a little bit at a time, for the sake of the world. And so far it is working. He has done such incredible things, and I admire him so much. Mat is my book boyfriend of this series, but Rand is my hero.
After 9 books, this is still the most epic story I have ever read. I don't know when this series is suppose to start dragging, but I can't believe it will. I heard one reader say they stopped after book 10, so I suppose I will just have to wait and see. But I will not stop with only 4 books left. That would be incredibly lazy. I don't expect to ever stop loving this series, world, and characters, but I will finish this series either way....more
I really enjoyed this book. It had a great atmosphere and great unconventional characters. It was very magical, and mysterious, and romantic.
Hazel waI really enjoyed this book. It had a great atmosphere and great unconventional characters. It was very magical, and mysterious, and romantic.
Hazel was a true hero. She did not need a man to save her. I loved that there were men everywhere around her, but Hazel was the one to always save herself, and them.
Ben, Jack, and Severin were all really well developed characters. I cant remember if they all had POV chapters, but I know that Ben and Jack did, and I really enjoyed getting to know them all. There were also two really cute romances going on side by side.
The mystery was very well paced and I loved learning little bits as things went along, following clues. A really great adventure and my favourite Holly Black yet....more
I loved this book so much. Howie made this book! I am telling you right now, if yThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved this book so much. Howie made this book! I am telling you right now, if you start this book and don't instantly love Howie, just give up. His constant sarcastic and sometimes self-deprecating monologues do not stop or even slow down, and you either love them or you hate them. But personally? I loved it, and I loved Howie. He was so much fun. Even in the beginning when you was still somewhat immature, he was an endearing immature. He was so quick witted, he kept me on my toes. I never knew what nonsense he was going to spew next, but I knew it would still be relevant and make an odd kind of sense.
Howie was a really great guy. Even before he realized he might be gay and he was hoping to hook up with Kristy, he always felt guilty about his lewd thoughts afterwards. It was adorable. It was like he was just going through the motions of what he thought a guy should act like, even in his head. I don't think his heart was really in it when he was trying to seduce her. He was just too sweet to go through with it, as Amber pointed out.
"Come on, Howie. Your skeezy-talking skills are matched only by your inescapable decency. That's going to get in the way, Don Juan."
And Arthur was funny in his awkwardness. When we first met him I was thinking, "Really? This guy?" But he really grew on me. It's not as if it took long, but for the first meeting or two, yeah, I was a bit baffled about what could be attractive about him. But he is funny in his own way. It doesn't define him like it does Howie, but he knows how to laugh. I almost always imagined Arthur talking in a British accent because of the way he used such big words and formal speech. I knew he was not British but I had trouble stopping myself. Its also hard to remember that he was only about 25. He seemed so much older than Howie. They seem like the epitome of an odd couple, but they work so well together. Howie helped loosen up Arthur, and Arthur helped steady Howie. They were both lost in life before they found each other.
This book is also full of amazing supporting characters. Every single one! Kristy and Cora! Amber and Mitch! Howie's mom and Emily! I really loved Howie's mom. She is definitely where he got his sense of humour and I loved knowing that he always had her support. I also surprisingly loved Emily. She was a bit odd, but kind and wise. A bit like Arthur but even more awkward. I felt bad for her and how she was being treated by Howie's mom. I hope she comes around soon.
I really highly recommend this book to fans of humourous romance. The humour is really its defining feature. Even if you are not really into M/M romance, you should give this one a shot. Its just too cute. Fall in love with Howie and Arthur with me!
"You're funny and quick and interesting and aggravating and attractive. Its such a wonderful relief to be with you."
A little wonderingly, he says, "You're exactly who I never would have picked out for myself."
I am really starting to enjoy coming of age/coming out stories. They are so sweet andThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I am really starting to enjoy coming of age/coming out stories. They are so sweet and innocent. I really loved Lucas. He was so vulnerable in the beginning. The kind of person who would have been picked on even if he wasn't gay, just because he was so small and socially awkward. Its really hard to believe how cruel kids can be sometimes. I really hated seeing the things Lucas' classmates did to him. It really wasn't fair. Just because he didn't defend himself and he had a passion for music? Ridiculous. He was such a great person, if they only would have given him a chance. He was smart, and he respected and loved his parents, was an honest and loyal friend to Alex and Trish. And despite all the mistreatment, he admired and loved his brother. I am so glad that he was able to get past it all in the end.
I really enjoyed how the book focused a lot more on Lucas' journey, than on a romance. It was still very romantic, but it took almost half the book before we even knew who the romantic interest was going to be. I really did not enjoy that parts with Donovan though. He was such a jerk and the parts with him and Lucas together made me uncomfortable. I feel bad that Lucas didn't see the situation clearly sooner, but at least he dumped his ass eventually. He may have had some good intentions, he seemed like a decent friend to Trish, but mostly he was just selfish. Alex on the other hand was amazing. He confused me sometimes and I had trouble trying to figure out his motives. In the end I had to settle on the fact that he is just the greatest person ever. Its that simple.
And of course I loved Zach. He was big and muscly and hot, but at the same time he was so deep and sensitive and he had a soul that matched Lucas'. No one else would have been able to understand Lucas the way Zach did, to anticipate his needs and fears and insecurities. Despite everything, Lucas is still only 17, and with that comes common teenage insecurities about sex and body image. And Zach was so patient and reassuring. You know he would wait forever for Lucas, because as much as Lucas needs him, he needs Lucas too. The poetry he wrote for Lucas was so intense, even more so because he wrote it before approaching Lucas and really getting to know him. He needed Lucas' passion and honesty and goodness. You could really see how broken Zach was after they fought and he thought that he had lost Lucas forever. Somehow, despite everything he has been put through by others, and the fact that he is so quiet and mostly isolated, Lucas still seems like a light. There was a brightness in him. And no one saw that more than Zach....more
This story was so adorable. I kind of enjoyed the fact that it was from Mick's POV only. We got to see how he felt about Fielding, and understood hisThis story was so adorable. I kind of enjoyed the fact that it was from Mick's POV only. We got to see how he felt about Fielding, and understood his action, and that his reactions to Fielding started even before the kiss. Just the fact that Fielding mentioned kissing was enough that it would have happened anyways, even if not for instructional purposes.
I love how Mick was such a great person from the beginning, and it wasnt one of those stories where love changes him. I love those too, but I just enjoyed Mick from the beginning. And Fielding was just too adorable. Fielding changed more than Mick, but that was more outward, as Mick taught him how to dress and workout and gave him a bit of a dude makeover.
Their relationship was too cute, even just as friends. Mick looked out for him so much, and felt so protective whenever he was hurt. His life sort of revolved around Fielding and again, I think his feelings would have become clear eventually anyways.
Considering how cute and adorable this story was, I really wasn't expecting their kiss to turn so sexy. Like whoa! But I definitely enjoyed it. It shocked me but I could have still done with more. :P What can I say, I enjoy MM smut more than MF smut, even though I still read more MF romance overall.
The epilogue was perfect! Every book needs to end this way. I enjoyed Mick's family and I loved how hard they were trying even though they were uncomfortable. They even wanted to see them kiss. It was so cute. I really wish I could have more of Mick and Fielding and I think I may reread this story again this Christmas season. ...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 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
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 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 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 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
I don't even know where to start. I can't say how much I loved this book. It started oThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I don't even know where to start. I can't say how much I loved this book. It started out feeling very much like a normal YA contemporary romance. Danny was 16 and Kevin was 17 when they met at a party. Despite a few significant changes, it began as expected. Kevin convinced Danny to help him with his homework and they study together after school. At this point it felt like a "wrong side of the tracks" romance, except they are both boys, and Danny likes to wear dresses.
Kevin and Danny don't get off on the right foot, but from the beginning you can tell Kevin isn't a horrible person. He just hasn't had the right influence. From the sound of things he had some pretty horrible friends, not to mention his father. But once he befriends Danny you see his real potential, not only in his school work, but in the person he could become. And Danny has found someone he can finally be himself with, even if he doesn't always know who that really is. Kevin doesn't judge, and he eventually finds himself falling for Danny. Once he realizes what is important in life, and what will really make him happy in the long run, he jumps in with both feet. It is pretty much from that point forward that he wants Danny in his life, and he never wavers.
"At the bottom of his pit, one light shone in Kevin's eyes. Of course. Fuck school. Fuck Dad. Fuck football and college and jobs and fags and straights and girls and boys and everyone and everything else - but Danny."
As their relationship progresses it starts to feel more like an NA. When Kevin turns 18 he gets his own apartment and they spend a lot of time their together, feeling very domestic, even though Danny still lives with his mother. I was surprised how little supervision they are given by their parents, and the amount of sex they have. I would definitely give this an NA label. Since they age a bit during the story, and they are just around the border age, I would lean it towards the NA label, due to content.
There is a point in the story where they have a big fight, and it was bad. I feel like it was a bit too much, and almost unforgivable. The story does bring us around to forgiving Kevin when Danny eventually does, but it was so out of character for Kevin, I really don't understand how he could have let it happen. And although it made Danny feel weak and vulnerable, and temporarily made him reconsider his desire to be a woman, I don't think his gender really came into it from Kevin's point of view. He was momentarily an asshole of the tenth degree, but it wasn't because Danny was a guy, or a girl, he was just being selfish. It shouldn't have made Danny question his gender. Kevin was a bastard in that moment, and he only has himself to blame, not Danny.
Danny continues to be confused about his gender for most of the book. We don't really know in the end what conclusion he comes to. In the beginning, he considers himself a woman in a man's body, but as time goes by, he eventually learns more about what it means to be transgendered, and realizes he doesn't fit the definition. I don't know a lot about transgendered myself, but I wouldn't imagine it comes in degrees. But I don't know. Danny likes to wear dresses, but not all the time. In the beginning, he is extremely disturbed by the fact that he has a penis, but as his relationship with Kevin progresses it starts to come into play more and more and he enjoys it. He even mentions in passing that he at one point topped Kevin (I know that this is not that kind of story, but I would have loved to see that. I am a smut fan, so sue me). His sister tells him about surgery and hormone supplements, and the more he learns, the more he realizes that there are things about being a guy that he would miss. But he still never gives up the dresses. And every time Danny questions Kevin in regard to his gender, Kevin keeps reassuring him that he loves who he is, no matter what. Male, female, it doesn't matter, and he just wants Danny to be able to accept who he is. I hope that Danny was able to do that in the end. He did seem happy in the epilogue. Although we don't know what conclusion he came to, he was in drag at the time.
“I wish you could just be you. You're great, Danny! You're fuckin' wonderful! Why do you have to be one thing or another? I... I just don't get why its so important to you to call yourself 'boy' or 'girl'!”
I loved how, once Kevin and Danny came out at school, the entire school body stood up with them against homophobic teachers. It was amazing, and I loved how it also gave other Glbt students the courage to be themselves. It was truly inspiring and I hope things like that actually happen.
But of course my absolute favourite thing about this book was Kevin and Danny's relationship. They had some rough spots, and not only the one mentioned above, but in the end it all came down to the fact that they both knew that they were better, happier people when they were together. Kevin was ignorant of all things gay before he met Danny, and Danny not only educated him, but made him love him, made him want to be a better person, and literally taught him how. Kevin's love for Danny was so constant and unconditional, not even his gender was a condition and that makes me shed a lot of tears. And Danny loved that Kevin loved him. That he supported him and accepted him when no one else had before. He loved that Kevin was really sweet underneath all his buffoonery, and that he was a lot smarter than he seemed. They were such a perfect pair, pretty much soul mates, that for the first time in an M/M romance (and I really think that the term M/M really doesn't do this story justice), I don't have a preferred main character. Despite Kevin's huge hiccup which I wanna just pretend didn't happen, I love them both so much. I can't remember the last time I got this attached to characters, or the last time I was this sad to finish a book.
I loved the epilogue too, but I still could have used more. The epilogue was set quite a while after the rest of the story, and it shows us where their life has gone, and that they are still together. But only Danny is in the epilogue. Even just one more page, set the evening after the epilogue, with Danny and Kevin both getting home and maybe cuddling; a kiss and a hug and an "I love you"? I would have been in heaven. I really didn't know what to expect going into this story, but it definitely blew any expectations I had right out of the water. This story really wound itself around my heart. My heart was racing as their relationship first started to grow. I was so anxious when they were fighting. I was weeping as they proved they were forever. I will carry this story with me always.
Danny chuckled, "So first you like boys, now you like cross-dressing boys, next-" "I like everything about you," Kevin said, while Danny thought about what might be 'next'. "Uh... next... Uh... I forgot what I was saying..." "You were about to say you loved me." "I love you. Thanks. I totally forgot.” ...more
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historicaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.
This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really happened. I read this because I loved Matched so much. And although the writing style is pretty much the same, the characters did not engage me as much. And there was very little romance. Although True helped her along the way, the real struggle was for Rio to find her sister. It had nothing to do with finding a way to be with True. He was a companion and a comfort during her struggle, but not a central part of it.
The world of Atlantia was pretty unique but the story was not enough to really grab me. It focused too much on Rio's single-minded need to go Above, and not enough on the mythology and history of their world. I would have liked to learn more about the sirens and the gods and the other gifts that some people had. It could have been much more interesting if it delved deeper I think. And if it had better characters. There was really nothing special about any of them. They were pretty forgettable.
The story was concluded, and although authors can always find an excuse to come back and expand a story if they decide to, I hope this remains a standalone story. I don't feel the need to come back to this world. We could always see how Rio and Bay are doing later, and how their worlds are faring, how things have changed, but things are good enough as they are now. I believe everything will turn out for the best.
(view spoiler)[Bay's plan to save Rio by going Above was the dumbest plan ever. She said in her letter that she knew how stubborn Rio was and that she would find a way eventually. So going Above was a way to guarantee that Rio would follow her, not a way of guaranteeing that Rio would never go Above. The best way of preventing Rio from ever going Above would have been to stay with her, like she promised, then Rio would have stayed with her. I am sure she would have been sad to never see the Above after that, but she would never have risked her life for it, like she risked her life to see Bay again. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This story was really sweet and heartwarming. I was looking for something "feel-good"This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This story was really sweet and heartwarming. I was looking for something "feel-good" after having a bad experience with a dark romance, and this ended up being perfect.
I really loved Anna. She was a such a disciplined girl. She was so studious, but it was not in an annoying way at all. And she may have been volunteering to make her college applications look good, but she was also doing it because she is just an amazingly selfless person. She cared too much. She wanted to save everyone that she could not possibly save, and it broke her heart whenever she failed. But she did save Dean.
Dean was a great kid who had been given a really shitty hand. He did his best and I actually really admire him for sticking through his situation as long as he had. And then surviving on the streets for two years at his young age and remaining clean is impressive.
It was a lot of fun to watch them falling in love, and it was just such a heartwarming story. They were so perfect together and their paths were clearly always meant to join. They have such a bright future together. ...more