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message 1: by Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈ (last edited Jun 28, 2014 01:37PM) (new)

Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈ Excellent review! You hit the nail on the head with all of the things that bothered me...


Marte - Thunderella Great review, Dani!


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Valerie *M/M Romance Junkie* wrote: "Excellent review! You hit the nail on the head with all of the things that bothered me..."

Yeah, I just thought it was overload, especially considering this book wasn't very long but so much of it was focused on Heath's ex-lovers and commitment issues. There was almost a sense of it partly being Cary's fault, as if he should be more understanding, and I thought, fuck that, anyone would be crazy jealous and unsettled in that situation. Cary was better than most, and Heath got off pretty easily.


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Marte wrote: "Great review, Dani!"

Thanks, hon. Do you like Kade's books? I don't think this was his best one, but his stories are always easy to sink into.


Marte - Thunderella I haven't actually read anything of his yet. But I have Trouble and the Wallflower on my tbr.


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ That's a great one, as is Woods, Screws, and Nails, which he co-wrote with Piper Vaughn.


Marte - Thunderella ~~Dani ♥ semi-colons~~ wrote: "That's a great one, as is Woods, Screws, and Nails, which he co-wrote with Piper Vaughn."

Oh, yes! I have that one on my tbr as well. I'm kind of bad of remembering the different authors and trying out other books they have written. *ashamed*

I'm like "ooooh, shiny book! This sounds good! Oooooh, here's another. There's shiny books everywhere!"

Occasionally I'm a good girl and actually check for other books by the same author. :P


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Shelley wrote: "This is gonna sound weird but I want to read this now solely based on the fact that there's a bisexual male character that sounds like he actually gets to identify as bisexual rather than get locke..."

It doesn't seem weird at all. I actually appreciate your comment, because it gives me a different perspective.

I don't mind bisexual characters in romance books; it was more the ex-lovers who were ever present in this book. Heath is best buds with his ex-wife for example, and even though the relationship isn't sexual, it made me uncomfortable.


message 9: by Alona (last edited Jun 28, 2014 09:37PM) (new)

Alona Great review Dani! I love the way you look for, root and need your HEA, its just the way i am ;)


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Alona wrote: "Great review Dani! I love the way you look for, root and need your HEA, its just the way i am ;)"

Oh god, I'm so pathetic, Alona. I'm always vaguely bereft when the HEA doesn't come. And I expect puppies and rainbows, damn it.


message 11: by Alona (new)

Alona I know!!!! I also know I miss some really good books, but I CAN'T handle a sad ending! It will stay with me for days, making me miserable. I read for the "feel good"!


message 12: by Sheziss (new)

Sheziss Great review, Dani! :D I haven't read anything from this author yet.


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Alona wrote: "I know!!!! I also know I miss some really good books, but I CAN'T handle a sad ending! It will stay with me for days, making me miserable. I read for the "feel good"!"

*nods* yes, all of the above. I can deal with a HFN, but a sad ending or totally unresolved issues kill me.


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Shelley wrote: "I think the "friendly ex" as a bff or supporting character is difficult to pull off b/c there's a line has to be maintained between them and the MC. Plus supporting characters in romances tend to b..."

In this book, Heath's bisexuality does not disappear, but when he commits to Cary, it's Cary who becomes his focus. He isn't gay for Cary or only gay because of Cary but a bisexual man who is now in love with another man.

I think in general most people's sexuality is fluid to a degree but dictated by cultural norms.

I also think bisexuality makes people uncomfortable because it makes them think that if a person is bi and thus has more "variety" from which to pick, that person is more likely to "sample" or cheat. It's sort of absurd when you think about it. A gay man can cheat with another man as easily as a bi man can cheat with a woman.


message 15: by ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ (last edited Jun 29, 2014 10:15AM) (new)

~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Shelley wrote: "It's really weird and kinda gross when you think about how invested some people are in controlling the self identification of others. "

GOD, YES. People seriously need to live and let live. I have no idea how whom someone sleeps with or what gender they identify as matters to anyone else. Superficial markers (artifacts) like clothing, hair, jewelry, makeup have become the "hallmarks" of gender identity - absurd! We love to create dichotomies where none exist.

I've found the same to be true of race. People are uncomfortable when they can't figure out someone's race, and can't peg them as white, black, Asian, or Hispanic (clearly, no other "races" exit *massive eye roll*). Racial ambiguity makes people twitchy because it doesn't allow them to categorize and box people up.

I have fairy distinctive European features and olive skin which gets very dark in the summer, and just a few days ago I had a receptionist at a doctor's office tell me I didn't look "very American."

Because clearly there is an American look. Lord, help me.


message 16: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia Rodriguez This sounds disappointing.


~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ Cecilia wrote: "This sounds disappointing."

It wasn't my favorite of Kade's books, but I do find his stories engaging.


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