The heroine put me in mind of Sookie from The Gilmore Girls! Great book that challenged my prejudice against category romances - the romance unfolded...moreThe heroine put me in mind of Sookie from The Gilmore Girls! Great book that challenged my prejudice against category romances - the romance unfolded slowly with realistic barriers and featured characters with realistic emotional baggage. Imperfect people falling in love even if it's inconvenient with someone who is perfect for them? With food? Definitely will read the next book about the sister... and maybe others from the Super romance line.(less)
I’m not a fan of camping-alone-in-the-wilderness adventure stories, but this was so much fun! It was certainly the fun-est, funniest text book I've ev...moreI’m not a fan of camping-alone-in-the-wilderness adventure stories, but this was so much fun! It was certainly the fun-est, funniest text book I've ever read & the irreverent gallows humour successfully distracted me from the maths. Unfortunately it couldn’t stop me from feeling let down at the end. (view spoiler)[Frankly, somebody needed to die to add a bit of weight to the story and to balance out all of Mark’s outlandish heroics. Maybe all the crew during their last manoeuvre and Mark manages to McGuyver his way into Hermes anyway and has to spend the rest of the trip to Earth alone again? Maybe they can’t catch him and he has to use his suicide plan? I’d have killed off the remaining crew just so that the mission control guy who leaked the plans could face the consequences going against the less emotional votes. All that talk about the perils of space travel and we end with a broken rib and a pathological hatred of baked potatoes?! (hide spoiler)] I guess, as a new author, it’s worth leaving a door open for a sequel in case your book does well enough to merit a second instalment. I still loved it though. (less)
Seriously, why ruin a perfectly good sci-fi book full of interesting characters and aliens and space battles with the sort of dreadful clichéd destine...moreSeriously, why ruin a perfectly good sci-fi book full of interesting characters and aliens and space battles with the sort of dreadful clichéd destined-mates crap that infests m/m romances like an STD. It kills your emotional investment as a reader in their relationship because you know upfront that there will be no getting-to-know-you, no we've-got-to-learn-to-be-worthy-of-each-other, that no potential peril or rival is a sincere threat, etc. Half the plot automatically becomes wasted space because they're (duh duh duh duhhhhhh....) soul mates!
If this is ever re-released without the soul mate nonsense I'd probably re-read it. Ergh, wasted potential. (less)
I really enjoyed Outcast and would happily read an entire series set in this universe but it also felt like an opportunity squandered. It is so frustr...moreI really enjoyed Outcast and would happily read an entire series set in this universe but it also felt like an opportunity squandered. It is so frustrating when an author/editor doesn't realise what a gem they have and don't make the few tweaks it would take to turn a good book into a really good book. I feel this is very much the case here - there's fantastic world building and interesting characters and an intriguing interspecies romance AND a lovely epic SciFi feel that all ends up feeling just a little... skinny. Lan is a fascinating, attractive being, but his species quirks (particularly the one that the climax of the book hinges on) are introduced too abruptly and too late for us to feel the depth of the trouble he could get into before he's already pretty far gone. It feels like I've been cheated of the prolonged worry over a character's fate that would have truly bonded me to him. We're know so much about Prez that we're indeed bonded to him pretty soon into the story... so it's not as if the author in any way struggles with building that connection for us. This may not matter to some readers, but I absolutely swoon over personalities and species like Lan's so the unbalanced character development bothers me and is the weakest point in a book I otherwise enjoyed very much and would love to see as a movie.(less)
3,5 stars rounded up to 4 stars... and all 4 stars are for the BDSM scenes. I love reading about Dommes worthy of the title (as opposed to abused girl...more3,5 stars rounded up to 4 stars... and all 4 stars are for the BDSM scenes. I love reading about Dommes worthy of the title (as opposed to abused girls who grow into psycho sadists who Dom as a means of revenge and disregard their sub's needs). Tara as a Domme and Aaron as her sub work well together and their connection is understandably instant and long-lasting - and holy crap hot - but the characters are so poorly sketched that I know I'd dnf this book or give it 1 star if the smexy smut were removed. Tara's vow and her unwillingness to move on from a man who's been dead for twice as long as she knew him is just too overblown with hysterics to be believable and it makes her abrupt about-face seem meaningless, rather than making it seem like the big make-up scene in a rom com. Aaron's emotional fragility and lack of a spine is also a bit farfetched for a man who has lived a little and one wonders how he could be a worthy non-doormat partner to a woman with a strong personality outside of the dungeon since we're told they won't be playing 24/7.
All in all, a highly recommended read if you're looking for a thinking Domme and a sweet male sub; a pegging/anal play kink; and gorgeous cover art. I thought it could have used a few tweaks to the characters to make them convincing to me but it's easy to forgive in exchange for the smut.(less)
Best Smallville hooker fanfic ever! Oh, come on... the hot, bald son of an emotionally abusive CEO? The sexy smirk that covers up his woobieness? The...moreBest Smallville hooker fanfic ever! Oh, come on... the hot, bald son of an emotionally abusive CEO? The sexy smirk that covers up his woobieness? The whole "A(Lex)Ander" the Great thing? How could you get through this book without reading "Clark Kent" every time you saw the name "Clair Kent"?! Or is that just me?
I really liked the sex scenes - they're some of the best I've ever read (I like the slightly nervous, clinical edge to it at the beginning), and that made me forgive some of the basic wtf-kery of why she had to pay for it at all. I don't get how his looks don't get talked about either when women refer him. I don’t understand why she would react as she does over prices that she (a) can afford, (b) knew about beforehand and (c) knew would introduce a sordid & awkward slant to their transactions. Well, okay, there are a lot of things I had issues with…but still – read this book! (less)