I have decided that this series is like a bag of starbursts with the same wrapper. You don't know what you're going to get. You might get red or pinkI have decided that this series is like a bag of starbursts with the same wrapper. You don't know what you're going to get. You might get red or pink (awesome!). You might get yellow or orange (not awesome!). But it's still a starburst. I mean, no one likes the orange starbursts but you eat them anyway and it's fine. You don't stop eating starbursts because some of them are orange. You don't start chewing the orange starburst and say "Oh, god!" and spit it out and rub it in the dirt and drink whiskey until the flavor is gone. It's still delightful candy, for heavens sake!
So yeah. This was an orange starburst. Frankly there was not a single thing about this book that worked for me, but it didn't actively offend me, so 2 stars instead of a DNF....more
Full disclosure - my rating is a "fan fiction" four stars, which is not necessarily judged on the same scale as professionally edited books that one pFull disclosure - my rating is a "fan fiction" four stars, which is not necessarily judged on the same scale as professionally edited books that one pays for.
Also, another full disclosure - I feel a little guilty saying I "read" this book since there was much skimming involved. This is not because it wasn't good, but because I was just in the mood to get straight to the "good stuff" and so I did.
That said, I really enjoyed this book. The author is very forthcoming about the fact that was originally a piece of fanfiction, and it reads like one. I mean that in the very best way possible - there is something special about fanfiction. I believe this stems from the fact that it has no real basis in reality, no obligation to be at all plausible, it is just the ultimate in fantasy where anything can happen and because of that there's just a certain romantic feeling to fanfiction (good fanfiction, anyway) that can't be found elsewhere. And that quality is what this book has in spades.
...I may have to create a new shelf called "I'm just following Ami around."...more
I'm having a hard time figuring out how to rate this. I was really excited to read it because of how much I loved Something Like Summer. And because II'm having a hard time figuring out how to rate this. I was really excited to read it because of how much I loved Something Like Summer. And because I loved that book, and anything extra having to do with that book is a bonus, I liked this book.
But on its own merits, this book was very disappointing. It felt rushed and thrown together, and I didn't feel that the character of Tim was redeemed at all. Not having his POV in Something Like Summer, I was able to give him the benefit of the doubt. But having his POV in this book, he's just selfish and immature and absolutely doesn't deserve Ben. So that's frustrating.
The other problem is that I felt like there was a big wall between these characters the whole time. Ben was very difficult to see as a person, he was really just this smoky idea in Tim's head. There was no connection between them. I couldn't understand what either of them saw in the other. For Ben, Tim was the hot guy he fooled around with in high school, and I get that, but there was nothing beyond that. I don't think Ben ever really knew Tim at all, even at the end of the book. And for Tim, Ben was this idea of what he wished he could be. I don't see enough there to base a relationship on so it was very difficult to be engaged in wanting to see them together. I mostly wanted Tim to grow up and figure out life without Ben.
I felt a lot better about these characters in Something Like Summer. Something Like Winter was just... less. So much less. And yet I enjoyed reading it, was willing to ignore a lot of issues... So yeah. I really can't rate this....more
Second book in a row I'm finding impossible to rate.
I can't decide if I liked this book, or if I just liked what the book was trying to be. I just reaSecond book in a row I'm finding impossible to rate.
I can't decide if I liked this book, or if I just liked what the book was trying to be. I just really don't know what to think.
A few random thoughts:
1. This book suffered from what I have dubbed "The Happening Syndrome", wherein you hear/read so many people talk about the Big Twist You'll Never See Coming, that you then are looking for it and of course since you're expecting it, you do see it coming. Not sure if that makes you so much smarter than everyone else, or just overly warned.
2. I really liked that this wasn't just a paint by number mystery, but it also included a lot of interesting commentary about gender dynamics and also the inner workings of marriage. It had a lot to say, which I appreciated.
3. I both loved and hated the ending. The part of me that likes things tied up in a nice bow was not satisfied and said "What? Seriously?" The part of me that likes to be challenged, that likes a book to require me to do some independent thinking and figure some things out for myself thought it was perfect.
I'm still letting this stew around in my brain. But I think ultimately, I admire what Gillian Flynn has done with this book, and I flew through this book with a desperate need to find out what was going to happen. But I don't know if I actually liked it. I love the idea of these horrible, vile characters dragging each other down in this big old train wreck of a book. But did I enjoy it? Still not sure....more
Mostly I liked this book. I liked the idea behind it - the opposites attract relationship, and that the scope of the book was the growing of it. It waMostly I liked this book. I liked the idea behind it - the opposites attract relationship, and that the scope of the book was the growing of it. It wasn't one of those angst, angst, angst, hurried HFN at the end kind of books. It was the natural progression of a regular sort of relationship and we got to spend plenty of time with the characters, seeing them fall in love gradually. I love when I get to see the characters in my romance be happy together.
Unfortunately it was just a little too uneven to be 4 or 5 stars. The writing needed to be tighter; which doesn't mean I thought the book was too long, it was a good length, but there were a lot of places where I thought the author kind of lost track of herself and it took awhile to find her way back. It was also just missing that certain "je ne sais quoi" that some authors have. That special edge that makes you fall in love with the characters.
Decent read, and I would recommend it, but not one of those awesome books I'll come back to again and again....more
I guess you would have to know me and my tastes to be able to determine if "BDSM lite" is an appropriate tag for this book. It is for me, maybe not foI guess you would have to know me and my tastes to be able to determine if "BDSM lite" is an appropriate tag for this book. It is for me, maybe not for everyone. But I don't really see this as a BDSM book. Kind of a kitchen sink book with a few BDSM scenes that in my opinion were lite.
Anyhoo.... this was a really enjoyable WIP - lucky for us, Isa is a fast writer so it wasn't torture waiting for each new chapter. I didn't get enough Harry and Logan for my tastes, the wrap-up was a bit hasty, but the experience was fun....more
I was really loving this, and then it just sort of turned on a dime and had it's nice sappy ending and I felt like there was a huge chunk missing fromI was really loving this, and then it just sort of turned on a dime and had it's nice sappy ending and I felt like there was a huge chunk missing from the middle. Not to say that I didn't like the ending, I just had a hard time following the leap. This needed about 20 more pages....more
This one wasn't so good. It could have been, but I just didn't really get the characters. I didn't understand what the conflict was. Was it the fact tThis one wasn't so good. It could have been, but I just didn't really get the characters. I didn't understand what the conflict was. Was it the fact that Cal used to be Ty's RA? Because that made no sense. Was it that Cal didn't really want to admit he was gay? If so, that wasn't made very clear. The blurb would have you believe that Cal is engaged and Ty is his dirty secret on the side, but that's not the case. Cal was never engaged and he and his girlfriend break up at the very beginning, so that's not the conflict here.
And Ty - why was he interested in Cal? We're never really shown. As far as I could tell, Ty was desperate to have someone show some interest in him other than getting a blow job in an alley. It seemed to me that he only liked Cal because Cal liked him, not for Cal himself.
The basic structure of this story was very unclear which made it very difficult to enjoy....more
Ultimately this was a 4 star read, even though it ended too soon. It had somewhat of a rocky start but I'm giving the book the benefit of the doubt beUltimately this was a 4 star read, even though it ended too soon. It had somewhat of a rocky start but I'm giving the book the benefit of the doubt because it may have probably had more to do with my mood at the time than any actual problem with the writing. I'm a Marie Sexton fangirl so I feel okay pretending that didn't happen.
The relationship itself had low angst, and I loved the way El was hopelessly in love with Paul and just waiting for him to clue in. I also loved the rich secondary characters, particularly the subplot of El's hoarder mother. Recommended!...more
This was very disappointing. It felt like L.A. said "Crap, I have to get that vampire book done" and just threw something together as fast as she coulThis was very disappointing. It felt like L.A. said "Crap, I have to get that vampire book done" and just threw something together as fast as she could. The plot was... well.. .. it picked up where the last book left off and then didn't go anywhere. They're on the run. That's it. And the chemistry between the characters was almost non-existent, which is very unlike L.A. Witt. I don't know if I'll read the third one. Maybe. But this book took all the promise of the first one (which I expected to not enjoy and ended up loving) and flushed it so we'll see....more
This installment had a tendency to be a bit boring in parts. On the other hand, it also had the most quiet moments that gave our characters some timeThis installment had a tendency to be a bit boring in parts. On the other hand, it also had the most quiet moments that gave our characters some time to breathe. I liked it overall but had to downgrade it a star because of all the times I put it down because I wasn't interested....more
This book was really dull. Other reviewers have described it as a guide book to Okinawa with a bunch of gay sex, and that is 100% accurate. There's aThis book was really dull. Other reviewers have described it as a guide book to Okinawa with a bunch of gay sex, and that is 100% accurate. There's a lot of boring stuff about their kids and a lot of snorkeling and visiting islands and castles and stuff. Stuff that would have been good in a movie, but not so much in a book. I skimmed most of it. In addition to the complete lack of plot or anything interesting to keep the reader hooked, the two main characters were entirely interchangeable. I had no idea who was narrating most of the time. There was no distinction between the two.
I should have just stopped reading this, but I didn't. I continued, and skimmed over a lot of it, just for those few "aw" moments that L.A. Witt can still deliver, but overall I was disappointed. In fact, the last few L.A. Witt books have been very disappointing and she's no longer an auto-buy for me.
P.S. L.A., please stop having your characters "exchange glances and then burst out laughing." Please.
ETA: That cover though! The one guy looks like Brian Kinney. I think that might have been a big reason why I didn't give up. :)...more
So I finally gave in to all the peer pressure and decided to read this book.
There were two major reasons why I resisted for so long. 1 - I don't like fSo I finally gave in to all the peer pressure and decided to read this book.
There were two major reasons why I resisted for so long. 1 - I don't like free online fiction. I've read good ones, but in general I don't like the self-indulgent nature of it; the lack of editing, the on-and-on-and-on-ness of it, the repetitiveness. And boy did this book suffer from all of those things.
2 - One of the main characters is named Boyd. Boyd? Really? I've never known anyone in my life named Boyd. The only Boyd I've ever had experience with was this old tv show in the 90's called Boston Commons about this hick guy who goes to Boston because his sister went there for college. I am not skilled in the art of gifs and jpegs so you'll just have to go google him. But once you do, or if you remember that show (it's also the same actor from the show Yes, Dear but I never really watched that), you'll probably understand why I just have a really hard time taking anyone seriously with that name.
So anyway. I gave in and read this book. I could list a million things I didn't like about it and I'm having a hard time coming up with anything that I really did like about it. And yet... it was still compulsively readable and I'm immediately on to the second book, so I guess I did, in fact, like it. Once I discovered that there was nothing really of value in the pages and pages and pages of exposition (and that most of it was then repeated in later dialogue anyway) and that I was perfectly safe to skim to my heart's content, things moved a lot faster. And I do find the relationship between Boyd and Sin to be very interesting. I really liked the journeys that those characters took and the way they evolved over the course of the book. So I guess I did come up with one thing I liked about it after all. :)
So... if you have the patience to separate the wheat from the exhausting, neverending chaff, there's a moderately entertaining story underneath. I definitely wouldn't pay for this but for a free story it's decent....more
Not much to sink your teeth into here. It's cute enough, but I bet if you sat down and imagined you were a gay man (maybe you are!) awaiting the birthNot much to sink your teeth into here. It's cute enough, but I bet if you sat down and imagined you were a gay man (maybe you are!) awaiting the birth of your baby, your experience would be just as satisfying....more
I was right, book 2 was an anomaly. I liked book 1, but book 2 did not work for me on any level. But I decided to go ahead and try book 3 and I'm gladI was right, book 2 was an anomaly. I liked book 1, but book 2 did not work for me on any level. But I decided to go ahead and try book 3 and I'm glad I did. This was just the right amount of sweet and sexy. Very short, and it ended a little abruptly, but otherwise it's exactly the kind of book I love. Romantic without being sappy, hot but not porny, enough tension to be interesting but pretty low on the angst scale. Recommended....more
Three stars is a bit generous for this but I'm being lenient because it's a LiAW story.
The main problem is that I did not like Alan. Actually, I did lThree stars is a bit generous for this but I'm being lenient because it's a LiAW story.
The main problem is that I did not like Alan. Actually, I did like him. He was sparkly and snarky and I like those kinds of characters. But he was so needlessly dickish to Lukas, I couldn't understand that attraction. I've met plenty of hot guys in my lifetime that became ugly because they were such asses. I don't understand why Lukas stayed interested. And I really don't understand why his aunt Lilia pretty much adopted Alan and spoiled him so much. It kind of felt like Lukas was getting the shaft.
I struggled to feel the chemistry between these characters because Alan was so grating. There were also a few of those conversations where I couldn't follow the logic leaps. You know when you're reading a book and one character says something, and the other character reacts and you're like "Wait, what? How did you get that out of that?" You know what I'm talking about.
The ending was cute, but somewhat frustrating when taken in context with the rest of the book.
Basically, this book felt like trying to fit two puzzles pieces together that look like they should fit. The shapes match, and the colors fit together to look like the picture, but they just don't quite click into place so you stare at them and say "Those go together, right?" but you're not sure and it just leaves you feeling unsettled... ultimately those pieces probably don't go together and you're not going to feel right until you pull them apart and put them where they belong. But I can't do that with this book.
I changed my mind. I'm giving it two stars. But it's decent for a free story. With a good editor, I would read more of this author's work....more
Yes, as you'll glean from reading other reviews of this book, it's pretty much PWP. But it's cute and sweet and worth reading if you're in the mood foYes, as you'll glean from reading other reviews of this book, it's pretty much PWP. But it's cute and sweet and worth reading if you're in the mood for something short and smutty. It pulled the "I'm pushing you away for your own good" card which always drives me batty, but since the book is short, it didn't lead to prolonged angst. It was resolved quickly and with handcuffs, so I'll give it a pass....more
I really enjoyed this book. The romance was somewhat weak, but I still liked the characters and the progression of the story was great. My favorite thI really enjoyed this book. The romance was somewhat weak, but I still liked the characters and the progression of the story was great. My favorite thing about this book was the characterization of the ex-dom, Scott. The author didn't take the easy way out and make him a super evil villain type. He was a guy who made some mistakes and did some really terrible things, and while he wasn't exactly sympathetic, he was three dimensional and ultimately tried to do the right thing in the end, which I really liked. I highly recommend this book....more