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Audrey is 16% done
Thus far, a compelling and well-written story that's developing at a slow burn of a pace. That said, things just took a very dark turn. I'm surprised; I wonder where the author is going with this changed worldview.
Jan 23, 2012 09:29PM
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Audrey
Audrey is 84% done
So...there are outside forces acting against our two Hs. Not entirely sold on this "conflict." I don't think this is developing quite as well or elegantly as I'd expected it to, given the book's slow and well-established foundation.
Jan 26, 2012 09:54PM
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Audrey
Audrey is 54% done
Things have gotten awfully comfortable and pleasant for our two Hs. I'm not sure if I like the speed of this development towards HEA. Where's the conflict?? Where's the ANGST??? Oh, m/m historical, you'd better deliver!
Jan 24, 2012 10:10PM
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Audrey
Audrey is 20% done
Oh ho ho! Wifey put Tristan and Charles in adjoining rooms. *wiggles eyebrows*
Jan 24, 2012 05:39PM
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Audrey
Audrey is 2% done
Oh, the humorous and quick-witted exchanges with the valet have made for quite a promising start already!
Jan 23, 2012 07:56PM
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

This is sounding mighty promising. I'm in the mood for dark. Let us know if it stays that way and I'll get it.


Audrey Aye aye, captain!


Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) Oooh, I'm intrigued! :D


message 4: by Audrey (last edited Jan 24, 2012 11:09AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Audrey It's pretty good! It's pretty long, too (125K words, I think). I'm at 16%, and our MCs haven't even met yet. We've had POV from both, but just not their meeting. Plenty of set up for the meeting, though.

Maybe "very dark" is a bit strong, but, in the set up, we go from a Part 1 to a Part 2 that jumps forward about 4 years into the MOC into which our main hero narrator entered. He was a happy go lucky, devil may care sort of fellow in Part 1. In Part 2, he has much darker thoughts and appears to be in a deep depression. It's a bit of a shock after the larks for which he was known in the past. The wife (they've become friends) is concerned about this change that's come over him, and she expresses this concern to her twin brother, who's coming back from the war and who is the other MC hero.

I am optimistic that this is going to develop well and not be just a "let's jump into bed because sexytimes cures everything!" sort of thing. The fact that it's historical (where m/m relations is illegal) just adds another element to the mix. *crosses fingers*


message 5: by Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) (last edited Jan 24, 2012 06:44AM) (new)

Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) Audrey wrote: "The fact that it's historical (where m/m relations is illegal) just adds another element to the mix. *crosses fingers*"

That's what I found with False Colors. Made the angst totally believable and that one had a long set-up as well before the MCs get in bed. LOVED that book. Plenty of interaction and outside events that made their relationship grow organically.

The fact that you're already that far into it and they haven't met yet just makes me want to read it MOAR! I like being able to see characters as individuals before they become some two-headed unit.


Audrey Oh ho ho! I haven't seen that one. Let me check it out...I've only read a few m/m historicals. My favorite is the awesomely breeches-ripper-covered Discreet Young Gentleman. He has a ferret in his pants! :)

Actually, 16% was my last update. I left off at 19% last night, and I could tell they were JUST about to meet for the first time.

Don't read the reviews for this one, though. I got interested in it from one of my friend's reviews, and it actually gave away a plot development point that isn't in the synopsis. I'm trying to unsee it with every page I turn! :)


Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) False Colors has tons of nautical terminology that made my eyes glaze after awhile, but Patrick O'Brian's books do that too. LOL But ol' Patrick doesn't show the Jack/Stephen sexytimes, darn him. I have to make that all up myself. :P

That's the only m/m historical I've read so far, but I do want to read more. This one you're reading now sounds perfect!


Audrey Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) wrote: "False Colors has tons of nautical terminology that made my eyes glaze after awhile, but Patrick O'Brian's books do that too. LOL But ol' Patrick doesn't show the Jack/Stephen sexytimes, darn him. ..."

hahahahaa, the nautical terminology! I'm reading Treasure Island right now, and I find myself having to use the Kindle "definition" function to define all of those REALLY old nautical terms. heh. :) I totally understand.

Discreet Young Gentleman is REALLY sweet and has a prostitute hero. Despite the crazy cover, though, the sexytimes isn't explicit and there isn't much of it overall. A lot of the story is the Regency setting and the characters' building of their friendship, connection, and attraction to each other.


message 9: by Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) (last edited Jan 24, 2012 07:06AM) (new)

Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) Definitely reading this one, then! You've sold me. :)

After awhile I just let the sailing jargon wash over me and figure I'm maybe getting the jist of it. :D I have a Patrick O'Brian lexicon, though the few times I've looked something up it hasn't been there!


Audrey Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) wrote: "Definitely reading this one, then! You've sold me. :)

After awhile I just let the sailing jargon wash over me and figure I'm maybe getting the jist of it. :D I have a Patrick O'Brian lexicon, thou..."


Yes, Kindred Hearts is off to quite a promising start! And (I know this will sound terrible, but you will definitely understand where I'm coming from) I haven't run into any glaring typos, wrong word usage, punctuation, or formatting issues. That's like finding a needle in a needlestack in the wilderness jungle that is indie publishing!


Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) *sighs happily* Conscientious indie/self pub writers! So rare, but we appreciate you when we find you! :D


Audrey hehehehe, exactly! To be fair, Dreamspinner is one of the big m/m publishers, but yeah...they're definitely not one of the behemoth agency/NY publishing houses, you know?


Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) Hey, even if you're not in the big leagues, if your product is clean and tidy, it's worth a LOT to those who care. :)


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm sold too, Audrey. The only thing that makes me a teensy bit uneasy is the (possible?) impending death of the wife and how that's handled. I couldn't care less if she karks it, but I need it to not reek of plot convenience.


message 15: by Audrey (last edited Jan 24, 2012 11:13AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Audrey Moss wrote: "I'm sold too, Audrey. The only thing that makes me a teensy bit uneasy is the (possible?) impending death of the wife and how that's handled. I couldn't care less if she karks it, but I need it to..."

Well, thus far the wife has been (surprisingly!) a good and sympathetic character. You can tell she's kind-hearted. She's not into the sexytimes as a general thing, despite our main H's best efforts. She produces the heir (and gets preggers with the spare) and calls it a day on that front. But don't hold that against her! She's kind and caring towards the main H. She had planned on living a spinster lifestyle until her pops arranged this marriage for her. She loves her kids (well, kid - she has one on the way), but she also loves the country and the quiet life. That's a little bit of a turnaround from so many other man-love stories where the woman, in however form she's present, is usually a raging biatch.

Based on my reading of my friend's review, I didn't catch on that the wife would die or anything, but I could be wrong.


Audrey Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) wrote: "Hey, even if you're not in the big leagues, if your product is clean and tidy, it's worth a LOT to those who care. :)"

Even the big leagues eff things up sometimes! I know I've caught a number of typos in BIG name works. Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter hardcovers and JRW's BDB hardcovers come to mind. *shakes head*


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Ahh so it's going to be a marriage with 'arrangements'? I'm good with that. Okey doke, I buy now.


message 18: by Audrey (last edited Jan 24, 2012 11:31AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Audrey Moss wrote: "Ahh so it's going to be a marriage with 'arrangements'? I'm good with that. Okey doke, I buy now."

hehe, I think it's an arrangement. From the synopsis and my friend's review, I gather the wifey is actually the one who nudges main H into considering such relations with the secondary H. The secondary H is the wife's twin brother, FYI. Wife is aware of twin brother's less conventional sexual preferences.

There's actually a hilarious scene when wife and main H meet for the first time (and they're already betrothed). Wife asks main H about marital relations. She's totally clueless, has no mum to explain things, and follows a sort of motto that "it doesn't hurt to ask." THEN, she (very artlessly and innocently) asks how two men have such relations. Main H is totally flabbergasted at the question (view spoiler).


Audrey Moss wrote: "Ahh so it's going to be a marriage with 'arrangements'? I'm good with that. Okey doke, I buy now."

Oh, I hope hope hope you like it! I feel like I dropped the ball for you with Hot Head. :(


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

No no, don't feel that way, I can see how HH would work for some. Maybe I just need to get the Lanyon out of my system heh.

Hey old Lothaire got dropped off today so I might start that. I think we'll rejoin spiritual energies on that one, the reviews have been almost unanimously disappointed.


Audrey Ahhhh, good ol' Larry. I will refrain from making any comments one way or another and simply say that I await your feedback (and review!) with bated breath. :)


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh I didn't see your post on the arrangement. That sounds fabbo! The understanding baby incubator, I loverrs it.

Yes Larry is here. No doubt I'll be mentally pairing him up with any other men that appear in the book, given my current mood, but I'll try to keep an open mind about the vagina character. Sigh. Cole would probably do pretty hot m/m too.


Audrey Moss wrote: "Oh I didn't see your post on the arrangement. That sounds fabbo! The understanding baby incubator, I loverrs it.

Yes Larry is here. No doubt I'll be mentally pairing him up with any other men ..."


Yeah, she's totally NOT a villainess female in this m/m, which makes it stand far far apart already.

Oh, Larry. Okay, I'll say one tiny thing - it's not even just ONE vagina character, but TWO vagina characters occupying the SAME vagina. Now...chew on that! O__o

P.S.: Yes, Cole and m/m would rock. Unlike BDB with Qhuinn/Blay, though, I don't see even a hint of potential in IAD, unfortunately.


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

hehehehe

Two! Two vaginas! One, two! Muahahahaha!

I wonder if there's some really Rydstorm/Lothaire slash out there we can explore. Bet there is. My daily goal is SET.


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