There were a lot of missing words and mistakes throughout this book.
The story itself... There was way too much sex. I didn't understand why they fe2.5
There were a lot of missing words and mistakes throughout this book.
The story itself... There was way too much sex. I didn't understand why they fell in love with each other. Luc and Reese hadn't spent much time together six years ago (Reese said he'd only ever been in the flat with other people) and they didn't spend a lot of time getting to know each other after they met again. As far as I could see, it was all physical, especially on Luc's part. He never mentioned that he was in love with Reese six years ago, so those couple of days it took for Luc to fall in love with Reese was just based on the sex, I assume.
I also think that Reese was too forgiving. The story started out great and the premise had me eager to read more. The whole "I'm not gay anymore and I have you to think for that" was like a slap in the face (a GOOD, positive plot-slap) and the author could have done so much more with that. However, one kiss and Reese fell away from that conviction of his. Sure, he mentioned it a couple of times later, in a half-hearted sort of way, but not with any conviction. The story would have been so much better if this angle had been played out better and Reese would have been a lot harder to get.
Toward the end, Reese went through some childlike rationalization when he's talking to his sister and it just put me off. That wasn't a grown man talking. That wasn't even a crazed grown man talking. It was a child or an immature adolescent.
A positive point: (view spoiler)[After how Luc outed Reese, I'm glad Reese didn't go chasing after him. If Reese would have flown off to Italy, I would have given this book one star. (hide spoiler)]
I wish I hadn't already bought the third book... If there's as much sex in it as in this one (and in Heaven) with as much lack of substance, it'll be the last Jet Mykles book I read. Sex, rock, and lack of plot doesn't do it for me - I need more....more
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This book is a masterpiece. Obviously a skilled author there as it's very well written and the cRead for Book Bingo 2012 (character with a disability)
This book is a masterpiece. Obviously a skilled author there as it's very well written and the characters were well developed. I liked how their relationship developed slowly, but how passionately in love they became and how much they needed each other. Everything was wrapped up nicely in the end except for (view spoiler)[Laurie's relationship with his father. It would have been nice to get some kind of recognition from him, clapping at the gala or something to hint his and Laurie's relationship would most likely improve with time, more than Al just liking Ed - that's no personal recognition to Laurie. (hide spoiler)]...more
I know I should have listened to the internal voice telling me to stop reading, but I kept thinking that the book wouldReviewed for Gayrotic Reviews.
I know I should have listened to the internal voice telling me to stop reading, but I kept thinking that the book would get better. This is the last time I let myself buy a book based on a captivating title.
I try to be fair in my reviews. I look at many factors while I read: voice, writing, pacing, characters, story idea, overall enjoyment etc. I simply cannot find a way to justify more than one star for this book. The writing was...poetic. Poetic (or literary) is fine, however, this is supposed to be a YA book and the language was way too advanced to come out of the heads of the young characters in the book. There’s also no voice in the story, it feels like what it is: written for teens by an adult. Take this for example. The two boys were hauled into the office by the principal for (view spoiler)[“being gay” at school. The principal starts talking:
“You don’t love him. Teenagers can’t be in love. You don’t know what love is. You’re too young. This is just a fad. Something you’re doing because some movie actor or singer said it’s cool to be gay. Well, let me tell you, son, it’s not.”(hide spoiler)]
That’s right, it’s just ticked off the fingers like words on a list. Here’s Luka’s answer:
(view spoiler)[“Who are you to say who can be in love and who can’t? Who are you to say what’s right or wrong? Or tell us how we feel? I love Mitch. I do. Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t express my love to him.”(hide spoiler)]
That’s not a teenager talking to an adult, that’s the author preaching a message to the reader.
I also found big, BIG faults with how the story was executed. The PoV character is short and skinny. He’s always been ashamed of his body, but suddenly he stops in front of the mirror and thinks:
“Wait, “I thought, “what do I have to be embarrassed about? Why should I feel ashamed? My body isn’t ugly. My body is beautiful.”
Just like that! There were many spontaneous mature revelations in the book. They just didn’t feel plausible for a 17 year old. In fact, the whole book felt like a lecture on how wrong homophobia is (I agree, it’s very wrong, but there are ways to show it in a book and there are ways to lecture it).
While we’re on the subject of homophobia, I have to wonder when this book is supposed to take place (today, I presume, since the media's saying that it's "cool to be gay"). Every single person the two MC’s encounter is homophobic, except for one teacher (who can’t help them at all or give any guidance). We’re talking kids at school, parents, and the principal. Not a single person beside that one teacher was supportive. Okay, I live in northern Europe where things are pretty open, but come on, is it really that bad in America today that every single person forsakes basic civil rights? The principal claims that the media says it's “cool to be gay”, but still every single teenager at school sneers at the couple? I’ve seen news about American school policies going against LGBT rights, but that seems to be something that gets into the papers and they often have to change their policy because of pressure. The worst thing is that (view spoiler)[none of the homophobic people in the story have to deal with the consequences of their behaviour (hide spoiler)] (which is what characters in a book should have to do). No, I do not consider the “revenge” in the book a good enough punishment - the police should have been involved.
There’s homophobic bashing in this book. What I can’t wrap my head around is that after that much abuse, why the MC didn’t get taken to the emergency room. Why wasn’t the police involved? Don’t give me crap about the MC being too embarrassed for being beaten up. You get beaten up badly like that, you go to the police (but, deducting from everyone else in the story, the police would probably have been homophobic too and brushed it aside). Why didn’t that one supportive teacher at school see the horribly mangled face of the MC and ask about it? Helped him to go to the police with it? The MC was also able to shrug the whole thing off very easily. Not scared of shadows, not scared of going back to school and face his attackers, not scared of going out after dark on dates. No thoughts back to the night or jitters when someone rings the doorbell. Nothing. Sorry, I just don’t buy that. That’s not plausible reaction after such an attack.
I didn’t empathise with the characters, even though they went through horrible injustice. I think it’s the lack of “showing” in the story. We’re “told” everything - in weepy ways, might I add - and I never felt the feelings through the writing. There were plenty of what should have been heartfelt moments, but the feelings just didn’t come through because I was told how the character was feeling, not shown it.
Pacing? Sure, the pacing was fast, but the book felt choppy, cutting from one scene to the next and sometimes those sections were half a page with leaps in time in between. I had trouble keeping up with the timeline.
I was curious to see how the hell the author was going to end the story...but found that there was no ending. Well there was, but it felt completely out of the blue and implausible. Nothing was solved. ...more
First, this is the second book in a series. I haven’t read the first (Morning Report), so do yourself a favour and read the first before reading this. I’m sure that I would have become more invested in the characters if I had. There were many things that were obviously put in for those who’d read the first book that I didn’t find necessary to the plot. For example, the big scene toward the end where there’s rain and a cowboy goes missing (don’t want a spoiler here). That whole event was pretty pointless to Tommy and Noah’s story. It didn’t even have anything to do with them and everything to do with the characters from the first book. The event was exciting after the previous pages, but the result of the event was anticlimactic. The author could have used the event better and made it more about Tommy and Noah. (view spoiler)[Tommy wasn’t even in the party that found the missing cowboy. (hide spoiler)] I probably wouldn’t have minded if I’d read the first book, but I hadn’t.
There were other things that rubbed me the wrong way. Like Tommy’s closet issues. He accuses Noah of blackmailing him to come out. Noah says that maybe he is. I say that he definitely is! I understand that Noah wouldn’t want to be kept in a closet next to Tommy after having come out, but the way he went about things and the things he said just didn’t do it for me. I felt he had no compassion for Tommy’s struggle. I was rooting for Tommy to turn on his heel and just walk away. But that would have ended the story at 12%.
The prose in the book is very good. Sue Brown can write, that’s for sure. However, the book is slowly paced, especially at the beginning. It was too easy to put down. Again, this is probably not a problem for those who have read the first book as they’re getting re-acquainted with the farm, characters, and situations. As a standalone, things started looking up at 30% and even more at 40%. Finally at 50% the story was really good and stayed that way from then on.
I loved Tommy. I wasn’t as fond of Noah, but that initial blackmail thing had me on guard toward him. There was some character development for both characters, but nothing major. Tommy had a decent voice in the story and it was persistent throughout the book.
All in all, a good romance. Good for a rainy day, curled up in the sofa with a cup of tea. I think that the first story is probably better, more exciting, but this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t fantastic either. It just...was.
Um...hard to review this one. I didn't have a problem with the sleeping around. My problem had more to do with the many inconsequential side thoughtsUm...hard to review this one. I didn't have a problem with the sleeping around. My problem had more to do with the many inconsequential side thoughts that kept distracting me from the storyline. It made the story drag a little. There was also the very strong voice that felt a little overdone at times. The many "you know?"'s got a little annoying.
(view spoiler)[I never really liked Thomas that much, since we didn't get to know a lot about him. I actually liked Alex better and wish he'd have ended up with Erik. (hide spoiler)]
The writing was good though and I liked how Erik gradually went from being a playboy to finding love....more
I try to be constructive when I give reviews and try to leave snark out of it, but it's very haReviewed for Gayrotic Reviews. Read for Book Bingo 2012.
I try to be constructive when I give reviews and try to leave snark out of it, but it's very hard with this one. This story was about sex. And more sex. And even more sex. If you want a book with 70% sex, 20% characterization and 10% plot, this would be perfect for you.
I like my books with approx. 30% plot, 30% characterization and 40% of everything else that makes a good story (sex, mood, setting etc.). Sex is usually nice in m/m stories, but there's sex and then there's too much sex. Here it was way too much sex. Yes, I know I'm repeating myself here. I began rolling my eyes after the first few times, and not in an oh-so-hot way, but in an oh-not-again way.
It started off well with Mal insecure and scarred after years of bullying. He meets his gay neighbour, they become friendly and at around 30% of the story Mal realizes that he is gay too and the two guys start having sex. Lots of it, with little happening in between. Wes is drop dead gorgeous with his casual commando style. He seems somewhat mature and I liked this character. Mal is okay, nerdy, and I felt sorry for him. This could have been a terrific book if it hadn't been all about the sex.
There's no climax in the story, very little conflict, and almost no build-up...
This is going to be hard to review. I liked almost everything about this booWritten for Gayrotic Reviews. Read for the M/M Romance Group's Book Bingo.
This is going to be hard to review. I liked almost everything about this book, but there was one thing that kept niggling at me throughout. I'll get to that later. This is a very long series (18 books in three parts - first part is 6 books), so a lot of questions are still blaring at the end of the book, but I thought it ended in a good place. The author is Australian, so this is not US English, but I had no trouble reading it and it felt charming.
I'll start with the writing. I liked the little italicized lines at the beginning of each chapter. The writing was great and this didn't read like most other m/m books I've read. It was...new. The writing style and the voice. I don't think I can compliment it enough.
The beginning of the book was very intriguing. The head hopping was a little confusing, but it wasn't enough to make me want to stop. I couldn't stop. I've read a lot of m/m books, but not many have kept my attention from the very beginning quite like this one. Every time there was a chapter break I kept muttering "Oh my god!" with a big grin on my face.
The characters were fantastic. I loved Christian right away. He's funny, lively, and sweet. Him feeding Michael in the park that first night was HOT. The same goes for their every sexual encounter between them. This author really knows how to write hot guys and hot scenes. That's not to say that Chris and Michael jumped into sex right away - it developed nicely and slowly and I liked that. It felt realistic. The love in this story is so beautiful it makes me want to fall in love myself.
New m/m author for me, but wow! I loved this little story. Emotioinal without being overdone. I also loved the family. And the writing is amazing. I'dNew m/m author for me, but wow! I loved this little story. Emotioinal without being overdone. I also loved the family. And the writing is amazing. I'd like to read part two of this story... There's a part two, right? Need to see what happens when they get home :P Will the Harley be involved. (view spoiler)[Would love to see Travis spread out on it. (hide spoiler)]...more
I liked the story and the characters, but I had a big problem with the writing and editing. There were numerous repetitiReviewed for Gayrotic Reviews.
I liked the story and the characters, but I had a big problem with the writing and editing. There were numerous repetitions in the text, both things we'd already been told before (sometimes twice), and words repetitions. In one place, for example, six paragraphs in a row start with "Sebastian". There were also a lot of typos that bothered me. I don't mind some, but I get annoyed when there are too many. The writing itself also bothered me. It was very "telling" with very little "showing". This is my first read by Stormy Glenn, but I'm hoping this isn't the best example of her writing style. I'm surprised Siren Publishing didn't do a better job of editing. This is also my first Siren Publishing read.
There were problems with the characters, but they weren't as big as the writing. The Wolf shifter at the beginning - the one chasing Beauregard - sounds so simple minded with his limited vocab. He kept repeating the same lines over and over. It wasn't the effects of the spell, because Sebastian was thinking clearly enough. Appart from that, I did like how Sebastian and Beauregard met and the mating ceremony was hillarious.
The interactions between the main characters were sweet most of the time. I kept waiting to see that first kiss though, but it never happened. I felt it was missing. It also bothered me how Sebastian kept calling Beauregard "bunny" in almost every sentence he uttered. It was cute at first and would have been fine, if it hadn't been so often.
I'm not a big fan of easy acceptances, and there were quite a few in this story. I felt that Beauregard should have been more bothered that Sebastian had slept around before their mating, since Beauregard was raised with high values of waiting before being mated. Beauregard just shrugged it off. I also felt that Sebastian was too quick to realize that he'd been a scum to Beauregard toward the end. It was like someone pushed a button and Sebastian suddenly saw the light. I wish he'd come to the realization more gradually.
Despite the problems I had with the writing and story, I did enjoy it. It was cute, funny, and heartwrenching. I liked the part where Sebastian was in the dog house. I would have given this book two stars if Beauregard had accepted Sebastian too easily (I half expected he would, but was glad that he didn't). The pace was also decent and I never got bored....more
Can you guess what first caught my attention about this book? Of course you can, the cover. It's adorable. I wanted to rReviewed for Gayrotic Reviews.
Can you guess what first caught my attention about this book? Of course you can, the cover. It's adorable. I wanted to read it because of those cute little toes. I didn't know what to expect, but I thought there would be a little more baby stuff involved. Sure, there was a baby, but she was mostly used to bind Rue and Erik together, like a side prop. I thought there would be more firsts and more specific baby things. They could have been thrown in, but they were mostly just excluded and I was a little disappointed by that.
That's not to say I didn't like this story. I liked it very much. I'm a big fan of Piper Vaughn and MJ O'Shea. Their writing is perfect and I can never get enough. However, I did feel that this story dragged on a little. Or maybe it was because we got the point of views from both guys, and sometimes we read parts of the same scene from both their views (it was clearly marked when we were in Rue's/Eric's point of view, so that was never confusing). So it was a bit like replay at times. I understand why it was done, but it stilled slowed the story..
I can't find any fault with the characters. Rue is outgoing, wonderfully flamboyant, but still mature (not the innocent/oblivious flamboyant type). Erik is a recluse and has severe anxiety issues. He might even be suffering from a degree of autism with his compulsiveness, difficulty of handling people and touching them, and his slow understanding of how people work (he's not stupid, he just works differently). I don't have much experience with autism apart from what I've read, but it sounded very realistic in this story.
I loved the first Lucky Moon book, Moonlight Becomes You, but this one was even better. I struggled through the beginninReviewed for Gayrotic Reviews.
I loved the first Lucky Moon book, Moonlight Becomes You, but this one was even better. I struggled through the beginning, because Nicky was very grumpy and cursed in every single sentence (it seemed). It went on and on, but I pushed on and I'm glad I did.
Nick behaved like a spoiled brat throughout the book, but the reason for this character trait becomes obvious. Nick was practically raised by his brother, who is only a couple of years older, and grew up in an abusive household. At 30, it was time for him to grow up. I didn't really think he grew up by the end of the book, but he stopped behaving like the jerk he was at the beginning.
Luca was a very realistic character and there's nothing about that man I didn't love. His friend Jeana was also great and their friendship was realistic. Luca was very patient with Nick, but also showed "correct" behavior whenever Nick hurt him with his immaturity.
I loved the interactions between Nick and Luca after Nick got out of rehab. They were sweet and fun. They were also hot, but it wasn't all about the sex. The authors did a great job of building the romance. It wasn't all bubbles and hearts either, because there were many small conflicts in between.
First, I hate that I can only give this book one star. I never give one stars. I did see some low ratings before I decided to buy this book for the chFirst, I hate that I can only give this book one star. I never give one stars. I did see some low ratings before I decided to buy this book for the challenge (sports theme this week), but the blurb and premise interested me and I thought people were just being picky...however...
The book sarted out SO well. I could not put it down for the first 35%. I liked the conflict, I wanted them to get together, and I was in love with Gregg as a character. Then came the...
...smegma licking. I didn't know what smegma was, so I googled it, saw a picture and oh my God. I gagged and gagged and lost my appetite (nearly lost my food in the process). But it wasn't just smegma licking, it was the description of how it tasted and how it smelled and /shudder /gag. I'm never eating cheese ever again - not that I was very fond of it to begin with. Seriously, I just wanted to crawl into a shower and cry. I put the book down for the day. I was afraid to read more, because I feared there would be more of it...but when I continued to read it the day after, I was glad to find the text smegma-free. However, there was another scene at 64% and another at 84%. All I can say is thank God I've finished this story and won't ever have to read it again. I just wish I could erase the whole thing from my mind. There's also the butthole licking. I'm fine with rimming, reading it turns me on, but a description of the smell of the butt and the taste of the inside of the hole...no. Just no. There should have been a warning with the blurb. I'm fine with the jock-sniffing, by the way, though it's not something I would do. I do love to read when guys are attracted to real man-smell (that doesn't include smegma...).
Okay, so that part of the story really - REALLY - disgusted me, but that's no grounds for revoking a star. The very sad thing was that after the 35%, the book just slid down a hill and never picked up again. I'm going to try to be constructive here, but honestly, I hope the author won't read this.
The text felt preechy and so, so corny. The constant love confessions, the constant countings of blessings. Guys can be emotional and express themselves - I have no problem with that in books...but I doubt even girls would go as far as the internal and external declerations in this book. It really got tiring. They're in love. Move on with the plot.
But wait...there was no plot! NO conflict beyond the first 35%. It was just smooth sailing with everyone being understanding, supportive, polite and politically correct. Honestly, I just kept hoping the story would end.
The sex scenes... I have read many, many m/m stories and I love the explicit scenes. They're beautiful, even when they're ugly. This, however, was the first time I felt like I was reading bad porn. Not just the explicity of the scenes, but the dirty talk that felt like a bad, bad porno script with bad actors who were just reading them off the paper. I have no problem with dirty talk in sex scenes, but here... Not to mention that there were pages and PAGES of sex. I get that this is erotic romance, but come on, there has to be a plot too.
Dar's parents...must be rolling up in money. That's all I'm gonna say about his parents or I'll spoil things. (view spoiler)[Well, I'll say this: Except for the first scene with Dar's dad, I felt the rest of the interactions were extremely gag-worthy in its corniness. (hide spoiler)]
There was also repetition of the same things throughout the text. Interactions with different people was basically copy-paste. The reader doesn't have to witness how an event took place and then be told about it three times as they explain it to three (or four, lost count) different people. There were also stay words in a lot of sentences, words that the author/editor forgot to delete after changing the sentences. Normally I don't mind a few of these, but it got really distracting.
Okay, if the author is reading this, I'm very sorry. I hate to give bad reviews, but this was clearly not my cup of tea for even more reasons than I've stated here. I did find that Gregg was a well rounded character, though I wasn't as impressed with Dar. I won't read the next book because I fear there'll be more of the constant love confessions, as was indicated in this book (knowing what couple is next). The only reason I reviewed this book was because I have to do so for the challenge, and I felt I had to be honest. Again, sorry if I'm hurting your feelings - this is about your book, not you....more
This story had me from the get go. The first scenes really grabbed me...but then it tilted downwards. I'm not saying it was bad from there on out, itThis story had me from the get go. The first scenes really grabbed me...but then it tilted downwards. I'm not saying it was bad from there on out, it just lacked that intriguing explosiveness it had at the beginning. I felt Helios's original character didn't get to shine through after he was told about his past. The sex scenes sometimes felt like they were put here and there just for the sake of having sex scenes (they were beautifully written though).
Although the beginning was like an explosion, the end was like a burnt match in water. It felt too cut-off, almost as if the first book and second were originally one long book, but the editor decided it would be better to make them into two books. It was also too nicely tied at the end: (view spoiler)[everyone rejoined and happy, and everything good. Too good. Helios regained his memories and didn't seem that much affected of having had to submit to becoming a whore. I think the story could have become even more interesting if he hadn't regained his memories (until next book, or not at all) (hide spoiler)].
But I liked the story, and the world, and the characters. I want to read the second book to find out things that were left hanging in this one. The writing is great and I had a hard time putting it down....more