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The Sumage Solution

(San Andreas Shifters #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,846 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Everything you wanted from a sexy gay werewolf but were afraid to read.

Max fails at magic, relationships, and life. So he works as a sumage, cleaning up other mages’ messes. The job sucks and he’s in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves. Unfortunately, there’s something irresistible about the sexy muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.

Bryan is gay but
ebook, 313 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by GAIL CARRIGER LLC
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I am *THIS* fucking close to giving this book a 5-star rating!!! Like *THIS* close, BUT there were some issues with the worldbuilding, that still has me scratching my head, and that makes me leave it at 4 stars for now, but seriously I'm gonna say it:
This is almost Klune-like-humour (in TLSH), ALMOST. And that, for me, is a HUGE plus (not Tronald Dump 'juge' but monumentous huge!)

We have sass and snark galore, as well as inappropriate magical creatures (Kitsune), without it being a copy of the a
Jenni Lea
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: growl-and-howl, bmbr

So much better than I ever hoped it could be!

I have to admit that I was surprised by how well this turned out for me. I read the prequel, Marine Biology, and thought it was a cute little shifter-fluff story. It wasn't bad, a bit silly perhaps, but there wasn't really much to it. I thought I would be getting more of the same with this book.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

I was blown away by this story. I loved it so much! The banter between Max and Bryan was off the charts and I laughed out loud
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
4.25 Hearts

I find I'm having a bit of separation anxiety upon finishing this book. I keep thinking about it and that always counts for something with me.

What started as a seemingly run of the mill, opposites attract shifter romance turned into an obsession. I listened to the whole thing in one day. I know! Crazy, right?

Bryan, beta werewolf and Boston accented big un, is Cupcake book boyfriend material. If you know me, you know what tics my boxes and Bryan colored them in with permanent magic mar
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
This was absolutely snarktastic! I'll admit to being a bit confused through part of it but I didn't give a shit, I was entertained. The banter was awesome.

Highly recommended to my fellow banter whores!
I usually love Gail Carriger's books so I really expected to enjoy this one but unfortunately it just isn't working for me. I hate to leave negative reviews but I had to force myself to get to 60% and I've been putting off reading any further for weeks now so there's no way I'm ever going to finish it.

The banter between the two main characters felt so over the top and where I'm sure it was meant to make me laugh it mainly had me rolling my eyes. There is a major case of Insta-love and the story
Fun, cute, humorous, low-angst.

Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order:
• I would have liked more of a plot about the magic and supernatural world. We get some background about this world that is interesting, yes, but unlike The Parasol Protectorate series which is both plot-driven and character-driven, this book is mainly character-driven. However, there is something amusing and intriguing about seeing “just an ordinary life” of these supernatural creatures.
• Biff is such a sweethear
Lost in a Book
4 Stars

I’m really glad I FINALLY got this off my TBR. It’s been carrying one of the top spots since it came out last year. Hopefully, prior to cracking this open, you have realized there's a prequel. I didn’t pay too much attention to that little tidbit when I dove in and was thoroughly confused. Especially because I was listening to the audio and all these names were dropping like I should know them. So, I *highly* recommend you read the prequel first (it provided a lot of clarity once I read i
☙ percy ❧
Jun 07, 2017 marked it as tbr-priority  ·  review of another edition
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in San Francisco, this is a carry on from the novella Marine Biology which was written in 2010. When I read this first book, I was totally smitten. I loved the Parasol Protectorate series from this author and her clever banter between characters and smart female leads. Marine Biology was just as good, but there’s been no continuation of the series for these characters until now.

This new novel picks up pretty seamlessly from Marine Biology. And while it is not completely necessary to read thi
4 Stars

I think I should have read the prequel before picking this one to listen to because for a good portion of the beginning it was taking me too long to understand the vocab, the classifications, the magic.

That said, I still really like it...especially the parts about not living up to what others expect of you, of trying to forge your own path and in doing that so defensively that maybe you miss (or ignore) what you were meant to do or be. Not as in succumbing to fate, but to recognizing what
BWT (Belen)

Dual POV from sumage Max and werewolf Bryan, this is a paranormal romance with a lot of humor, banter, and sex.

Even though this is marketed as a standalone I felt the world building really lacked focus and explanation. I felt dropped inside a paranormal world with little to no explanation of how or why things worked. There are a lot of different types of shifters, magicians and humans, and a thing called quintessence that magical folk can manipulate, but I have to be honest that after ten hours
4.5 stars rounded up.

Pff ... is this author skilled with the way to express complex things with beautiful words ? ... Oh yes !

Is she good with wit and characters' banter ? ... definitely .

Can she create a world that is both ours and different ?... spot on

Can she get messages across while telling you about some weird magic beings ? ... certainly

DNF at 20%.

I just couldn't take a minute more of the totally over-the-top, not funny in the least bit, actually cringe-worthy banter. Incessant chatting, full of sexual innuendos, never a serious moment - this book just made my head hurt.
Elsa Bravante
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, m-m
Historia de amor en el marco de un mundo lleno de distintos tipos de shifters, magos y humanos. Cuando empecé la lectura esperaba encontrarme con una historia intensa y compleja, pero la realidad es que tiene un tono ligero y bastante humor. Me han gustado los personajes principales, y los secundarios, pero no me ha enamorado lo que cuentan. Lo he encontrado a tramos muy simple, y a tramos muy complicado, pero lo más molesto de todo es que hay muchísima información del mundo en el que viven que ...more
Matthew Galloway
This was an incredibly enjoyable read. It is certainly more on the romance side than the paranormal, so the plot is really mostly focused on the character development, romance, and steamy scenes, rather than action or mystery or anything like that. There is a list subplot and plenty of foreshadowing, but I wouldn't be surprised if that part of the world slowly emerges over several novels as the rest of the Pack attaches up. I guess we'll see! I sure hope we do get more in this series!

So, I've re
A mage with an attitude, a biker werewolf, sparks fly, what could possibly go wrong? :P

So first up, this is one of my first true M/M adult books. I have read the prequel story for this one (about Bigg and Bryan). I also read a ton of Yaoi/shounen-ai. Though nothing could have prepared me for this one. :P I am still a bit, well, unsure about reading sex scenes, especially graphic ones. Not because I am prude (well, OK, a bit), but mostly because I feel uncomfortable, like I am reading something p
Chris, the Dalek King
Max has been, and always would have been, a disappointment to his family–his father, in particular. Being gay was one thing, but being gay and turning out to be failure at all things magic, well that was clearly so far over the line that he probably should be drowning in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. But Max can’t change the latter, and has desire to change the former, so he’s learned to accept that he will never live up to his father’s demanding–and at times, painful–expectations. Which ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, shifter
I had a tough time with this one. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t hooked by the writing not the convoluted unveiling of this universe which I still don’t get.

I found the banter to be a bit much and much of it not that great.

Maybe it’s a “it’s me, not the book,” but I have an inkling that the book was partly to blame for this ho-him rating.
The Lit Bitch
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Gail Carriger for YEARS. Her series The Parasol Protectorate has been one of my favorites since reading it for the first time like six years ago. I’ve read some of her short stories as well which have a distinguishable cheek. I love just about everything she puts out.

I haven’t read a lot of LGBTQ books, in fact I think the only one I have read was also by Carriger. It’s not really a genre that I readily pick up to read, but Carriger has such fantastic writing skills that I a
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty disappointed in this book. Yes, it has her usual witty touch, but witticism isn't a book, it's just a tone of voice. It can't cover for a lack of plot and world building. It's boring after a while.

There is no connection with the characters who are barely sketches, highly stereotyped. The only plot that's there is a thin cover for the sex. But sex scenes are boring without a connection to characters. So it's a never ending loop of failure.

So at the end I found this is porn more than
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
Wow, I was NOT expecting a funny story, at all. Max is something else, if not entirely ridiculous. I mean that in a good way, though he wears his sarcasm as a coat of armor. I can't fault him in that.

Bryan is a Beta, packaged in a beefy frame. He's silent by nature letting his actions be his words. He's a rock for his Alpha and for his mate and I absolutely adore him.

If you haven't read this and love shifter books, BUMP THIS UP!
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.49 stars. If the sex was not grayed out, this would have been 5 stars.

Fairly new MM author and brand new author for me. My reading area is MM romance so my review comes from that point of reference.

The overall writing was intelligent, witty, sophisticated, and utterly charming. Sadly, the erotic portions were very disappointing. When the sexual acts became more physical, the writing became less descriptive.

The cast of characters was hilarious, wacky, and lovable. The world building was fant
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
To start off for anyone who is wondering whether to read The Sumage Solution. It is different from the Parasol Protectorate. Our dear Miss Gail has done a wonderful job of indicating that with the cover and the barely-altered pen name, but I'm going to say it again. It is different. If your favorites are the Finishing School books and you don't like sex scenes, then this bundle of delight is probably not for you.

That said, The Sumage Solution is touching and hilarious. While I personally prefer
I had a grand time reading this book. Its over the top and madcap but charming, hot, and engaging.

Humor is tough and for me this overblown paranormal world with a sarcastic hero and quirky non humans of all kinds really worked for me. I think because the heart of the story is the romance between Bryan, a beta wolf shifter able to be out about his sexuality for the first time, and a cranky, lanky not well functioning civil servant mage who had an awful childhood and a pretty crap romantic life un
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Contemporary San Francisco has been made over. Not only is the City by the Bay now home to werewolves (and one extra gorgeous merman), thanks to the new pack that’s just moved there from the East Coast, but the Bay area is home to kelpie and kitsune, berserkers and barghests, and mages of various stripes—basically, lots of magical creatures and humans. And, while after years of reading shifter fantasy my fear is always that a storyline and its setting will feel stale and uninspired, Carriger man ...more
Karen Wellsbury
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bite-me, m-m, paranormal
An interesting and well developed take on shifters and paranormal beings overall.
The love story between Max and Bryan was lovely, the way that their insecurities and issues were sometimes discussed and sometimes used as barriers felt real. At times the snarky banter felt a little off, but mainly it was funny and added to the book.

Max's issues with his dad, and his magical development was also interesting, although not as strong for me as the romance.

I usually welcome it when the author builds a
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't tell you how saddened I am to have not enjoyed The Sumage Solution. Well, that's not exactly true. I can tell you. I will tell you. But, I'm not happy about it.

I love Gail Carriger. I love shifters. I love male/male romance. So...of course, this sounded like the perfect book to grab, yeah? For some of you who also love those three things, it will be the perfect book for you to grab. Though, it did not work for me.

Okay, quick breakdown. An East coast, newly formed, pack moves out to the B
Nicole Field
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A seriously promising start to a new series by G. L. Carriger. It's no real secret that this is the pen name of Gail Carriger and the only reason I can think that she's taken on a pseudonym here is because this is m/m erotica with a thread of plot that just happens to tie in with the modern day world that comes after the Victorian steampunk writing she's done before.

As a fan of the Parasol Protectorate series, I was incredibly pleased to see the reference to 'excess souls' which, in this modern
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I’ve loved others in Ms Carriger’s series’, so expected the good writing and interesting and quirky characters, and I wasn’t disappointed.
This book was mostly about love, true love, between two very different characters. I’m not a skilled reviewer, but I just want to give an impression of how this funny, sarcastic Sumage met a taciturn wolf from a wolf pack led by a gay couple. The flightiness of one and the steadfastness of the other ended up making a couple I will remember.
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“We, the weird and sideways folk, have always walked the line of rejection. It's what makes us visionaries. We who are pushed away, to the edge, can see beyond the borders of reality. We frighten the privileged with our possibility.” 11 likes
“We, the weird and the sideways folk, have always walked the line of rejection. It’s what makes us visionaries. We who are pushed away, to the edge, can see beyond the borders of reality. We frighten the privileged with our possibilities.” Bryan” 3 likes
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