With a baby face like this no one ever suspected I’d be the one. The one to burn it all down. I thought I’d feel regret, but with my dragon by my side I don’t need anyone else.
Surely, he’s not alone. Everyone deserves someone to love. Please help him.
A round-faced young man stands angled toward the viewer, his vivid red hair falling around hi ...more
Char was written for the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s 2015 Don’t Read in the Closet event: Love is an Open Road. And I’m not a member of the M/M Romance group any more. Well, M. Caspian is, at least for a few more days. But I’m not. Emma Sea isn't.
As some of you may know, M. Caspian is my pen name. I created it because I didn’t want my friends to feel obliged to read, or say they liked, the tentacle-sex story I wrote back i ...more
A love song of fire and promise.
Yes, this was my prompt. All I wanted was a dragon and fire; I got so much more than I ever imagined. I'm fairly certain that Caspian is psychic, for there are things here that were unknown. Coveted and mourned.
Fire is elegant, fierce, without mercy, and pure. Too incorporated here to be a separate character, yet, intrinsic and essential. To have this love, this dance scribed down both poetically and yet never losing that gritty reality is beautiful.
My first M Caspian, and I barely survived.
Brutal, tragic, devastating in the violence and pain and lost chances.
However, revenge is burned by a hungry fire resulting in a glorious rebirth.
Fabulous premise, making me want more of the intriguing setup between a fae coming into his own and the loyal dragon that is forever his.
But I can say this: M. has this ability to take a prompt and run with it, and end up somewhere completely different than I ever expected her to go. And I love that so, so much.
Warning: this is not a fluffy romance.
This is a story where the world burns and, after following Cian's journey, there's a part of you that knows it deserves to.
Not for the faint of heart. This is a story that will punch you in the face and then kick you when you're down ...more
Second half- 3 stars
No overall rating.
I'm sorry, this is going to be a highly pissed off sounding post.
I have never needed brain bleach as much as when I read the first half of this story.
Heed the content warnings, people. (It should have come with a content warning that it might incite people to set things on fire. Things like their own selves.
The first half, nay first 3/4th of the story seems disconnected with the rest. The writer is trying to explain why Cian is so angry an ...more
I love the creativity of the story - it was gorgeously dark in all the best ways. Really top notch.
What I liked :
- The background story about microbiology. Really interesting stuff.
There are a number of elements drawn from a wide variety of sources: the microbes developed to eat oil spills which are unstoppable, except by fire (a theme I think was ...more
Second, and I can't stop thinking of this, have you watch the movie Contagion? Well, the event that happens towards the end wouldn't have contained the "spread of the thing." Just watch the movie and you will understand why.
I don't know that I would call this even a romance. There is very little of it. Like 5-10% if any at all. This story is not fluffy at all, and ...more
The writing was confusing at times. I expect dark with an M. Caspian book—this one made me twist and grimace with the shadow world she depicted.
It’s my least favorite of hers so far not because of content but due to the choppy writing and the fact that the MC seemed excessively weak and the secondary characters (Pop, in particular) difficult to imagine.
My r ...more
The innocence is lost for Cian as he takes on the role of caretaker to his dying father, while he is pointedly ignored by his Pop, who walked out 5 years prior. Trying to make ends meet, while he wills his father to continue living, not to leave him alone, he asks his older boyfriend to get him a job as a rentboy. All the wh ...more
Holy moly! This is one hell of a story, and it packs one painful wallop...
Heed the warnings because those scenes were rough; unfortunately, I felt like they were completely necessary to Cian's character development, to provide a well of anger and hate to draw fire from when he needed it.
Also, everything that happened to Julian, Stephen and Vaughan? Well-deserved. That the rest of Portland (I think it's Portland) had to suffer Stephen's hubris and Julian's greed? Eh, like Cian said, "We ...more
Much of this story was quite dark and difficult to stomach at times. Everything is Cian's life is falling a part and everything he tries just seems to make is worse. His boyfriend is just horrible and he encourages him to become a whore...
The only constant in his life is his friend Reese. I just wished that we could have gotten more details about the whole "fae" component and the story ended just as stuff started getting good...*sigh*
Second - Vaughn, Julian and Stephen got off too easily. There should have been more suffering for them.
That said, I’m not strong enough for this story. I’m shocked I made it through but for the application of great skimming. It is well written, and I liked the last 20 - 25% of the story. The first 75% or so was miserable and painful to read because of all that Cian was put through. This book is not easy to ...more
Reece was the best part of the book!
Cian made SO MANY bad choices. When he has agency, he gives it away to someone who abuses him. Repeatedly. You've heard the saying "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."? I wondered why Cian kept making the same bad choice and expecting love.
Maybe Cian is a typical teenager, making continually ...more
Even if I understood his motives, Cian is not a nice boy. There are not many good guys overall. So if you have a problem with morally dubious situations and characters, this might not be for you.
I thought the immorality paired with the violence and some very poetic, quiet scenes made this story very memorable. So, I definitely recommend it. If you are looking for something fresh,you a...more
But my rating is not because I can't handle books like that.
It's actually really well-written. If you can stomach all the depravity, it's impossible to stay indifferent to this - you might be full of sympathy, you might rage, you might hate with a passion or feel some strange kind of glee, but ...more
I love M. Caspian, and I don't even bat an eyelash at her dark dark writes which she executes so very beautifully. ❤ I know EXACTLY what I'm signing up for when I pick up one of her reads - she could LITERALLY take me anywhere.😈😈😈😈😈😈😈😈😈
The problem I had with this is the second half felt rushed through, so much so that I lost the connection I'd built to the characters in the first half.
I think given enough time and space to spread her win ...more