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Blurring the Lines (Blurring the Lines #1)

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When Mick told his parents he was gay, they didn't even blink, when he told them he wanted to be a cop, they freaked out. But he was good at his job until he was bounced off the police force on made up charges.

Toshi was caught between two worlds, the quarantined mutated I/S society of his mother's world and the high class world of wealthy human life from his father. Comfor
Online Fiction, 290 pages
Published (first published November 2005)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

That was something!!

I now have a big Toshi and Mick crush.

And a little Andy crush.

'Blurring the Lines' is a dark dystopian that revolves around the interactions (or lack of) between a new breed of people and humans. Toshi is a result of the two worlds colliding, human and I/S. He belongs nowhere and sometimes feels he is wanted by no one

Mick, a human cop abandoned as a child and left for dead, was taken in by a commune of intellectuals and raised in a way that makes him look at the I/S as no l
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think S.A. Payne is a freaking genius when it comes to making up stories. She writes fantastic plots with fantastic characters, and Blurring the Lines happens to be one of my favorites. Like everything she does, it's creative, original, compelling, and just plain awesome.

However...I do have one major issue that may also be an issue for others, and that is with the atrocious spelling and punctuation problems throughout all this author's writing. I'm
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I had trouble getting into this one. Some scenes seemed to drag on and i found myself getting bored. there were also lots of editing mistakes that were distracting for me
Wow! So I remember why I hadn't read this book before now. I had started reading it at one point I think and then realized the only way to get the entirety of the book was to pay the subscription to the author's page. While a really nominal fee I hadn't wanted to do it. I'd much rather just by the book outright. And after reading this story I really wish the author would have it conventionally published just so I could do that. Sure, there are a number of typos and the like that a good editor wo ...more
I unknowingly read the third story in this series before I read this novel, and I think, in the end, that it actually worked out to be fortuitous. The third book in this series is essentially a prequel to this novel, and having that extra background/world building probably helped me to understand and relate to the characters in this story.

Both men, Toshi and Mick, have grown up under harsh, cruel conditions in a post-apocalyptic society. Both characters are victims of abuse and predujice, but i
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I kind of loved this book. It had such a good plot, which is not something I'm used to in general with romance novels. Also, I've just started reading M/M boks and my experience with the quality of the writing so far is very mixed. Some of the authors I've read seem to think writing about the characters having lots and lots of sex is the same thing as writing about the charcters having a relationship. Not gonna lie, the sex in this book was pretty good, but, *gasp*, it wasn't the focus or th ...more
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book made me sniff Rodrigo
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse, m-m
"You smell right to me" has somehow become sweeter and more tender of a phrasing than any "I love you" could have been.

Seriously. I feel like I've cheated the author with the $4 website pass. Not only is this the third book that I've enjoyed, almost all the works are lengthy as well. I'm clearly getting a steal here. I would buy them on amazon kindle for 3.99 each, and Payne could make much more off me, although I would want better editing with the grammar if that happened.

I'm keeping the nose
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, awesome-lgbt
How can it be that such an amazing, talented writer has such bad grammar? I think I've bitched about this in every single review I've written for of S.A Payne's books. However, this being the third I've read, I'm almost used to it now. It's like her books are partly written in code; once you get familiar with it, the 'mistakes' stop being so jarring. Maybe the author simply disagrees with the widely accepted rules of punctuation applied to the written English language and decided to do it her ow ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Great story and world building but for some reason I felt disconnected from the characters. I found Mick's personality to be inconsistent. e.g. One minute he is this ninja-like super cop. The next minute he can't even put up a fight against Sal apart from just refusing to speak to him (WTF? - schoolgirl much!). Both Toshi and Mick were a bit of a mystery to me. I don't feel like I got to know or understand them or even believe their love for each other. I see the second book is an m/m/m so obvio ...more
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had a couple problems with this book, namely the massive info dumps and my annoyance at how Mick turned into a doormat with Sal. Toshi's issues, I could understand, but I didn't quite believe Mick's deal with Sal.

But I'm giving this book five stars b/c I loved the characters that much. I fell irrevocably in love with Toshi, and all of his pain was keenly felt. Small annoyance with Mick aside, I loved him to pieces as well. I am 100% invested in these characters, and that deserves a full rating
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blurring the Lines was one of the first M/M books I've read. Naturally, my mileage is longer now and, yes, the editing bothers me quite a bit, but, then, English is not my first language and I'm certain I didn't catch all the problems. But, Ms. Payne's imagination is still brilliant and the story survived both the passage of time and second reading. Both her men were abused in different manner, but they find strength in each other and I enjoyed them and the world building very much. I think I'll ...more
I take back what I read about said about New Again
This is the BEST S.A. Payne book I've read so far. I can't say enough wonderful things about her exquisitely twisted mind. The spelling errors are slightly distracting but Toshi and Amun's burgeoning relationship, the GOD-awful lives they've both lead, the jaw dropping twists and turns, all overpower lack of proofreading. I'm eager to read the sequel. Even if it's 490 freckin' pages.
I am loving it so far, but I am confused about many things. Like what exactly are Inkies? What is that shine? How this addiction differs from all others? How did I/S appeared in this world (got some explanation very late in the story), but still want more (maybe waits ahead). Why are they called like that, how did the world end up this way and what is this way actually?

I'm just not used to still be so confused so late in the story about the world in the story.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
way too many info dumps that were out of character and way to expositiony throughout the intire thing characters that had the sole role of telling us the main characters past! when they were together it was sweet and i liked micks submissive side and the way it didnt take away from his strength, the book was only a tiny bit slut shamy but very gender positive. the romance was too fast to start but they did talk alot about themselves so it was ok...
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Arzu by: Valentina Heart
4,5 stars
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
What an amazing writer and story! The editing is bad (which is why I'm only giving 4.25 stars) but I've read much worse.
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ozlem by: Cori
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
as always, abysmal editing and a fantastic story.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, fantasy-scifi
One big (and I mean really big) peeve: if you're going to set a book in an alternate future, don't be afraid to tell people WHERE on Earth you're setting it!!!! Drove me spare!
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Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I was really hoping till the end that it would turn into an mpreg story with Toshi being a half-breed and all hehee ^_^ but still I came to love Toshi and Mick so 5 stars for them.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Seemed to drag in parts, especially towards the end. Has several spelling and grammatical errors that were difficult to get past. Would have liked to know more about the setting location.
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The husband and I work for ourselves, no money in it but better than 9 to 5 for some other idiots, and it leaves me time to write. Which, I'm told, is a very good thing.
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