I think I have to avoid for a while the genre. Maybe it is just my temporary reading mood and one31st Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist
DNF at 20%
I think I have to avoid for a while the genre. Maybe it is just my temporary reading mood and one day I'll find the lost pleasure in the contemporary romance genre again, but for now I don't enjoy it at all. I really tried to keep on reading, especially after this book had been nominated for the LAMBDA Award in the category Gay Romance, but I was bored to death with this predictable love story. It was just not my cuppa.
My least favourite: I found difficult to follow the story line here and it was the first time when I found the continuous banter between the MCs, theiMy least favourite: I found difficult to follow the story line here and it was the first time when I found the continuous banter between the MCs, their thoughts per se or often a completely wrong interpretation of each other's behaviour during an actual investigation exhausting and somewhat annoying excessive.
Meanwhile ( it is the book#5) I know this series is more of a caper than a mystery, so I should stop to complain about. The characters are still fun and engaging....more
The second book in The Emergency Services Series by Lisa Henry continues to explore the challenges of people in uniforms who are working in em3,5stars
The second book in The Emergency Services Series by Lisa Henry continues to explore the challenges of people in uniforms who are working in emergency services, and without whose support and help it is no longer possible to imagine our lives.
The second book in the series, Lights and Sirens, is set in Townsville, Australia, and tells the story of police officer Matt Deakin and paramedic Hayden Kinsella.
Constable Matt Deakin is new in Townsville. One of the reasons for his move to Townsville is his career: the small station in his hometown Ingham doesn't offer the same career advancement as the big city. But not only. Is is also because of his Granddad. He is at the age when he can't live alone any more and the house needs renovating.
Paramedic Hayden Kinsella has never been in permanent relationship. he shares his apartment with Monique, an uni student, but they hardly see each other: Hayden does shift work and the nights he doesn't work, he hits the city clubs and spends his days with sleeping off after. He is good at his job, and he enjoys to be an ambo. He is also popular among other coppers in the city because he is friendly, witty and not the last very professional in what he is doing.
Their first encounter doesn't go well: in the middle of the night with no traffic on the road Hayden isn't prepared to run across a patrol car when he drives a bit faster as it is allowed. And even less to face a new cop who seems doesn't understand any sense of humor, ignors any flirts and to the speeding ticket adds a lecture about dangers of speeding.
Humourless fucking prick. Hot, humourless fucking prick who'd cost Hayden $168 and a demerit point off his licence.
I think this part is my favourite in the book. Hayden's and Matt's professional paths cross constantly. Many emergency cases of the police demand the presence of the ambulance and vice a versa, their shifts are very often overlap each other, but even if they feel physically attracted to each other, their first unfortunate encounter keeps them at a distance.
I loved the first part of the book, the dynamic between the characters, the settings, to watch Matt as a responsible for his Granddad caretaker, the lightness of the story and its gentle humour, despite some very graphical scenes with dead bodies, but it is life and it is what people who are working in the emergency services have to face daily. Though when the both characters came closer and started their first (for each other) relationship the pace of the plot-line has substantially slowed down and not to its benefits, IMO. We learn some new facts from the life of Hayden that turned also the initial easy-going-plot in a totally new direction. It was not totally unexpected, if you read the blurb up to the end, you know what to expect, but maybe I wasn't prepared for this slow and perhaps too long difficult depressing phase in the book. It is one of those moments when I feel bad to talk about getting bored when one of the characters experiences a serious break down. But unfortunately it is what happened: I adored the first part of the book, and struggled a bit with the second one.
But the ending didn't disappoint, I couldn't imagine the different outcome, a very satisfying one.
All in all, I found the second book in the series better than the first one, and I'm looking already forward to reading already the next book in the series.
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I always find it very difficult to write a review of a book that deeply moved me. I had a look at my reviews of my all time favorite books recently, a
I always find it very difficult to write a review of a book that deeply moved me. I had a look at my reviews of my all time favorite books recently, and had to hold myself back not to make them disappear forever. They sound like a disjointed mumbling of a ten year old girl who has just discovered the existence of an exclamation mark. Besides, these reviews are not very helpful.
But again, I am running out of words when I try to explain how GOOD this story is, how GREAT the characters are and how I want all of you to go through these oceans of emotions and to experience the same intensity of feelings while reading this book.
Set in the middle/end of the 1980s in Russia/West-/East Germany/USA this novel offers EVERYTHING that a fan of a powerful political spy thriller can only dream of: the most excited history, a spies' war on a very high level, complex politics, a lot of research (hats off to the author. WOW.) But even if this part alone deserves 5 stars, the best, THE VERY BEST, the most fascinating, stunning, breathtaking, amazing, grandiose part is...YES...a LOVE STORY.
Jack, a CIA officer at the American Embassy in Moscow is a spy, he is lonely, gay and...simply one of the most compassionate characters EVER. Eton, a promising Russian physics student, a grandson of Professor Volkonsky, a world leading specialist in nuclear physics and a member of a nomenclature circle, with a mysterious family background and deeply in the closet (how it could be not at this time and in this country?!) But Eton is in the first place a talented musician, a songwriter, front man and lead singer of the band Krylia. So you see, according to fundamental laws of physics, they can't be together.
is a developing one. It starts VERY slowly, the sexual tension could be hardly ignored from their first meeting, but this hidden slow-built-relationship is something you can't write THAT easy. You either can do it or not. M.K. South brought THIS love story and its development to uttermost perfection.
very descriptive and could possibly be diluted in some parts, but during the most part of the book I felt it was authentic to the development of the story and the story just couldn’t do without it. I don't want to get rid of a single sentence. No way. Again, I have to thank/admire/ the author for all his historical knowledge and for his research and everything in between. It is just this kind of this accurate writing that left you astounded and speechless and amazed and force you to google and google and google. That makes your reading progress slower but it worth it, believe me.
In spite of all I said above, I'll try to remain reasonable.
You shouldn't read this book
if you do NOT like realistic historical fiction
if you are NOT interested in politics AT ALL
if your ONLY idea of a spy novel is James Bond movies
if your understanding of a love story ( I avoid on purpose the word romance here) is not possible without long detailed sex scenes
Please, read this book
if you do NOT want to miss one of the most emotional and intense love stories EVER
if you don't afraid to read a book of this length
if you appreciate extremely well-done research
If you LOVE historical fiction you can authenticate yourself with
if you understand and estimate a beautiful and excellent writing
And finally something for your eyes. My casting for the main characters:
Beautiful, emotional, exciting, scary, thrilling, fascinating... the list of adjectives could go on and on.
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
P.S I'm in the worst book hangover EVER after. Damn you all, Eton, Jack and M.K South. Poor me :(
A fantastic BR with my girls, Alona, Sofia, Katerina.
I would hardly classify Sky Full of Mysteries as a science fiction novel. Yes, there is a science fiction aspect in it - the disap2.5 stars rounded up
I would hardly classify Sky Full of Mysteries as a science fiction novel. Yes, there is a science fiction aspect in it - the disappearance of Rory refers to to an extraterrestrial - but basically it doesn't matter who and why kidnapped him.
Actually he could fall into coma and awake from it twenty years later, or he could just lose his memory or have another life in the other city or somewhere in a far away country, it doesn't matter.
What matters is: what do you do when the love of your life suddenly and without any traces disappeared, without leaving a message, and you have to live with this burden not knowing what really happened to the person you planed to spend your life with, and who, no doubts, loved you unconditionally back?
Where can we take strength for moving on? How to stay whole when seemingly a full and happy life from one moment to another breaks apart?
There are questions this novel raises. But the most important question for me comes at the very end: How to make the right decision when the fateful moment one is longing for comes?
I am surprised to find out that many readers wished the different outcome. I might have many other complaints, but the ending is for sure not among them. Had Cole had made another choice, I would have smashed my kindle against the wall, I swear. With this ending at least nothing has been damaged.
All in all, an entertaining read, that doesn't answer all your questions and only raises a lot of new ones. Sky full of Questions.
This book is not bad written, but I found the story a bit superficial and the characters lack the charisma. But I think that I simply doesn't belong to a target audience for Rick R. Reed works. I am sure that this book will find a lot of appreciative readers.
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While I REALLY enjoyed the writing, I have some SERIOUS problems with the story and the demeanour of some characters - to put it m2,5 stars rounded up
While I REALLY enjoyed the writing, I have some SERIOUS problems with the story and the demeanour of some characters - to put it mildly, I was very much PISSED OFF , so that I HONESTLY was at least 2 times VERY closed to DNF it. Let me tell, there are four BIG issues for me in this novel I just CAN'T ignore.
1. Mike Angells.Angel Baby. Cock of the walk. I honestly doubt that such polyamorous relationship that the author describes could work for a life time, most likely the chance it could even exist at all is basically zero, but no harm in dreaming, right? We talk here about 4 partners.
There are easier tasks than making a polyamorous lifestyle work. It works for us because we work at it. [Phil]
Sorry, Phill, it doesn't work. And Angel Baby demonstrated it. So why not just to name it an open relationship? What all these efforts in a performance of different POVs for? Why not just to show Mike and his long-term partner Ross living together and picture Mike as a slut and Ross as a loyal sweetheart who understands the needs of his over-testosteroned lover? (Considering the fact that Mike is an everyone lover in this relationship, but not every one in this relationship has a sexual intercourse with the rest of the family.) But it is not SOLELY infidelity. The worst is HIM as ONE OF THE BEST DETECTIVES being unprofessional. In MANY aspects in regard of THIS case.
2.Ross. I found him very likeable. Before his very dark secret-bomb exploded. WTF. No, I didn't buy his cheap unconvincing explanation about his NOT KNOWING about the age of his lover in the past. The brother of the lover was his roommate, FGS. Why he didn't care about what happened in front of him, I don't know. I needed a better explanation.
3.Raith. I dislike/don't accept his prison's phase. One doesn't form his sexuality in prison.
4.Flaxby. This beating action...a NO-Go-THERE-Area.
I REALLY would like to read a NORMAL mystery novel by the author WITHOUT her performance of a polygamous relationship. Her writing style has the potential to become a bestseller.
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There is also the point to be made that just because you’re a reviewer, it doesn’t mean you’re always right.
Words is my second book by J2,5 stars
There is also the point to be made that just because you’re a reviewer, it doesn’t mean you’re always right.
Words is my second book by John Inman. My first book by John Inman was Sunset Lake, an excellent mystery novel : I read it almost in one sitting, really enjoyed it and was firmly determined to read more of John Inman’s works as soon as possible. I don’t know why I didn’t read anything by the author soon after my first book, but we all know how it is: there are simply too many good books in this world and not enough time for all of them. It is why I was delighted to have an opportunity to read his new mystery novel. Now I can only say, I am REALLY glad that my first book by John Inman was not WORDS. But here I can only quote John Inman himself (through one of his MC):
The best of writers sometimes publish works that might better have been left buried under a pile of Macy’s fliers on their desk than be thrust into the light of day.
Though I have to be fair: Words is not THAT bad, but my expectations were simply too high and it is difficult to hide a certain feeling of disappointment.
To write a NOT exciting review for this book is not easy. Usually I put more confidence in my opinion, but I feel extremely BAD to give it not more than 2,5 stars. No, not because I’m afraid to face the same destiny as those of internet trolls from Words, but just because WORDS, in a completely new way, has made me aware of authors (emotional) suffering due to negative reviews.
Nothing can kill a writer deader than a bad review. And in some cases literally.
There are many similar quotes in this book, no wonder, WORDS is a MM romance between a reviewer and a writer.
Milo Cook is a young writer of a gay romance, his previous books have done all right and the third book even better. Logan Hunter is a reviewer and a owner of a reviewer’s blog. Both VERY attractive and VERY lonely. As if they were made for each other. Logan steps in Milo’s single life in one of the most humiliating moments for the young author. He is already almost the entire day in the Andiron Bookstore in Coronado, California, and still hasn’t signed a single book and hasn’t met a single fan. The fact that Logan not just KNOWS who Milo is, but also already reviewed his books isn’t an obstacle for their acquaintance. They start to talk and are immediately drawn to each other. FROM this DAY everything goes VERY quickly.
*sigh* I try to AVOID these kind of books, contemporary MM romance on the insta-love basis is not my thing. I hoped to read a mystery book with a background romance. What I got was a boring love story with a background mystery with an unusual idea, no doubt, but not very credible.
What I missed in the whole story was a BIG surprise that is for me indispensable for a good mystery and for an emotional love story.
There was some interesting thoughts, they are for sure worthy of a serious discussion about how to review our books. Logan has the opinion that it is the craft of the writing a reviewer has to concentrate on, and not a personal likes and dislikes. That he as a reviewer can’t let his own preferences get in the way. I have another opinion on this case. I think that our preferences help us to chose the right book, but it is our personal dislikes and likes that defines a good and a bad book FOR US. And alone the writing is not enough to make a great book, many components must play together.
But in regard to the plot there is nothing new and unexpected. Two guys are nice, and they deserve to be happy, but their romance is lack of intensity, I have to admit that I wasn’t really interesting in their daily routine and struggled through many details and dialogues. And without giving anything away, the bad guys are easy to guess, their malicious motivations is maybe easy to understand but difficult to buy in this form.
I am probably the wrong person for this book. It has some interesting thoughts, the dynamic between a reviewer and a writer is comprehensible, the love story between Milo and Logan is a little bland and the mystery plays rather an accompanying role, but this book offers a platform for a lively debate.
"People don’t stop loving their favorite writers because of one or two bad reviews. They never have. And writers really do need to be a little more tough-skinned if they want to survive. There’s no other way to live the life they’ve chosen."
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3,5 stars: the first 30%: 2 stars the second part of the book: 5 stars
First of all I'd like to thank my GR friends, Ami and Meep, who LIKED this nove3,5 stars: the first 30%: 2 stars the second part of the book: 5 stars
First of all I'd like to thank my GR friends, Ami and Meep, who LIKED this novel and whose reviews inspired me to KEEP ON READING ( BTW, Ami, it was also my first Mel Bossa )
This novel was a tough nut to crack. BUT ONLY during the first 30%. It is why, on the one hand, I can understand the readers who DNF it within these cursing percentage. On the other hand, I feel pity for these readers. Because the remaining 70% was just amazing
...but they may never know it.
For the second part of the book I can't give anything less than 5 stars. But you have to be patient to get there.
No River Wide Enough is a SLOW-PACED romance that told you about two lonely men who found each other, fell in love with each other, but who first had to overcome obstacles, conquered their own difficulties and met the right decisions to be together. I really want to emphasize that this is a slow-pacing romance, not a slow-burning one. I think it was the reason why it took me so long to come through the first 30%. There is a lot of insta-love in the first part, that I didn't expect from a slow-burning romance, and I'm not a fan of it. But even if Chris and Hank knew relatively soon about their feelings, it was not an easy way to their HEA. Exactly THAT PART is actually a great story.
The author has a very pleasant writing style, quiet, smooth, beautiful. Maybe not a book that stays with you forever, but this love story won't leave you indifferent.
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Almost two years after the release of Femme that not only won the hearts of the true romantic comedy lovers but was also nominated for the Lammys in
Almost two years after the release of Femme that not only won the hearts of the true romantic comedy lovers but was also nominated for the Lammys in the category Gay Romance, Marshall Thornton pleasantly surprised his readers with Masc, a wonderful addition to the Femme series.
We meet Dog and Lionel here again, 6 months later. They are on their way to become an established couple, and things seem to be really good between them. Well. Almost good. If there were not this stupid online quiz that Dog's sister forwarded to Lionel. Now Lionel is concerned that their relationship with Dog is doomed. Because they don't have anything in common.
"We have to do something. We have nothing in common." "Does that really matter?" "Of course it matters. What are we going to do when we're old and gray and stop having sex?" "Why would we stop having sex?"
They both like to watch TV, but they like different shows, they like different movies (Dog needs more action and less talking, Lionel with a lot of talking), they like different kind of pizza, Lionel likes theater and musical, Dog prefers sport events. The solution of this VERY BIG problem is just to find a way to grow together. That means they need to have things in common. Period.
What could be better than gay bowling? Like Dog's softball team?
"Okay. Bowling it is."
My first reaction: how could Lionel forget the old saying opposites attract? And if there is FEMME, there has to be MASC in close proximity to, right? My second reaction: oh, it is much serious as I thought.
Without giving much away: a lot of things are happening in this book, and not only bowling contests. One of most important developments - Dog's accidental coming out at work and the problems related to it. Marshall Thornton touches upon even sensitive topics ( a key word - #MeToo), and of course, this book will make you not just laugh and smile but also think.
Mascis fun pure, it is witty, funny and serious at once. I love absolutely ALL characters, Dog and Lionel, sure, but also many secondary characters that are simply wonderful to meet: Dog's family, Carlos, Tim, Fetch, except maybe Byron Seeley.
You should read this book sloowlyyy, savoring its delightful dialogues and delicious humor.
And as it was already in the first book, the message in this book again is as simple as it is great: "Be yourself, don't forget who you are and how special you are, be honest with yourself, and just allow yourself to be happy."
First of all - and It must be mentioned – the cover of this book is great. Tom and Stanley Series make major advances with a cover design comparing toFirst of all - and It must be mentioned – the cover of this book is great. Tom and Stanley Series make major advances with a cover design comparing to Deadly Mystery Series, IMO, but of course it is the matter of taste. Killing time in L.A is the third book in Tom and Stanley series but the first one that has been released independently from Deadly Mystery series.
Tom and Stanley are an established couple here and have plenty to keep them busy with their PI agency in San Francisco. And as all hard-working people our hard-working couple needs a vacation.
Who could guess that instead of relaxing and enjoying a lazy week in L.A, with sightseeing tours and cosy evenings with each other Tom ans Stanley will find themselves accidentally in the center of a mysterious murder case and will be thrown into a whirl of events full of danger, and that their detective skills will be in great demand? Well, I knew it.
A wonderful addition to a series, and it is good to have more Tom and Stanley. Some things will never change: Tom is, as always, the very macho man with ingenious sleuth’s instincts, his honest believing he’s straight, Stanley, who prefers to talk about art, good meal and wine than about dead bodies and crimes, action-packed scenes, a fast-paced story-line, Victor J. Banis’s excellent writing and unique humor, Stanley’s legendary naivety and Tom saving his life in a staggering final.
In this installment Victor J. Banis showed even a bit more creativity: To a normal mystery he added a mythical element. It is of course a matter of taste, but I couldn’t completely buy it. I'am not convinced by the mystery here. Not least because of the quantity of all mystery components comparing to the length of the novel is above average, the outcome appears hasty and rather rushed and the criminal case happens to be solved almost by itself at the end.
But despite my tiny complaints I love this duo and I am looking forward to more Stanley and Tom!
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