Novellas are hard, and when you try to do a lot and create a bunch of moments, it sometimes doesn't quite gel. This didn't quite gel all the way for me. I liked the MCs together, but they danced around things that I wanted them to talk about, and there was just something a little off about their interactions.
Parts of the story were really good, and I loved the small-town romance vibe, but I think I just needed more time with these two to make it all come together. There is always the rest of the series to satisfy me!
Bump by Matthew J. Metzger was a very powerful book, and one that I shouldn't have started late at night. I thought I might just read a few*4.5 stars*
Bump by Matthew J. Metzger was a very powerful book, and one that I shouldn't have started late at night. I thought I might just read a few pages, but then I actually couldn't put it down. I stayed up for hours reading, and I'm still thinking about it today. Powerful.
Trigger warnings: homophobic and transphobic language, references to suicidal thoughts and depression.
I've read a number of Matthew's books in the past and have enjoyed them all, but Bump felt different to me. For one, it's a romance... but not totally a genre romance. The book has an established couple in it, and while we do get a lot of their relationship and all of it's complexities in the story, the focus of the book is centered around David and his personal journey through pregnancy. And there is no sex content at all, just an FYI to readers.
The story is both straightforward and complicated. I can't even imagine what David went through in this story, and what pregnant trans men have to go through if/when they get pregnant. The dysphoria felt so real and so well described that I started to feel uncomfortable in my skin.
The plotting of this book is perfect. The book moves so well and the writing is so fluid that you will have a hard time putting it down. I've read a number of books that haven't grabbed me recently, and this was a book that grabbed me and didn't let me go.
I loved that we had two POC MCs and one in a wheelchair. It took me a little while to figure out those details as they aren't explicated stated at the start of the story, but the diversity of this book was very lovely to read. I loved the fact that David's partner was in a wheelchair but none of the story centered around any difficulties that he faced, though we get to see him struggle through some aspects of his physical therapy and recovery. It was all about David, and that really worked for the story.
At times, Bump was difficult to read, but I found it to be an extremely rewarding, balanced story. There is angst and pain, but there is so much more. Though I don't have much in common with David, I found myself relating to him and I felt a small hint of what it was like to be in his shoes. Matthew J. Metzger created something powerful with this story.
The book didn't feel well-plotted to me. I read a ton of historical romance, and The Girl with the Sweetest Secret was all over the place. We get a head-hopping, ever-changing POV (I really dislike that), and a plot that throws way too much in the pot. There is just too much going on for there to be any real focus, and I often lost sight of the developing romance due to the side stories and confusing POV changes.
I don't know why the book came across as boring as it did, but I was bored the entire time I was reading. I didn't dislike the story, per se, but it didn't hold my attention. I had to force myself to read in chunks, and even then I was thinking about what else I could be reading. I think there was something about the style or the multiple tangents that made it hard for me to focus.
First of all, I'm not an editor or anything close to one, but this story really needed a professional editor. We had POV changes mid chapter and some very strange transitions that threw me off. To top it off, we had much of the story told in flashback, interspersed throughout the book, which always irritates me. I'm not a flashback person (I think it's disruptive), and so I didn't enjoy that format of storytelling.
The book is also... dark. Like really dark. The things that happen are so messed up, and I was really not prepared for it. I also struggled with the romance. A lot. Alex is so clearly in a headspace that isn't appropriate for a relationship, I could barely read the sex scenes. Alex needed an intervention and intense therapy, and it hurt me to read his scenes. I felt like Austin barely got to know him and was "in love" with him, and Alex was just treading water, trying to survive. It didn't feel balanced, and I didn't buy the love.
I can read angst now and again, but I didn't love how this was done. It wasn't horrible, and most readers seem to see something I'm not seeing, but, other than the lovely cover, the book was a tense, uncomfortable reading experience for me.
Single White Incubus was really exactly as I thought it would be, and I'm not mad about that. I love an opposites attract story, and we get that plus a quasi enemies-to-lovers and an adorable, huge bear-shifter rolled into one. That right there spells a win for me.
However, as with many books by this author, it just was a little off. There were oodles of miscommunications, which I hate, and some rambling tangent storylines that took away from the relationship development. I felt like the story was too long with too much going on, and I was a bit bored by the end. Also, it was SO frustrating that these two didn't get their act together earlier. I mean, we barely got to see them as a couple. This book was like their intro story, to be honest.
But... yeah, cute. And fun. And a nice change of pace from the heavier stuff. I'll keep reading this series and see what else E.J. Russell can dish up for me.
I have an atrocious track record with F/F romance, but I keep trying to find winners. Who knew that the key to my lesfic heart was a generous dose ofI have an atrocious track record with F/F romance, but I keep trying to find winners. Who knew that the key to my lesfic heart was a generous dose of humor?
Push Me Pull Me is the first book from newbie Amanda Rhodes, but I already know I'll read anything that she writes. Any author that can start off this strong and make me not want to stop reading is an author I have to watch.
I enjoyed mostly everything about this story, but I'm not sure all readers will. It's really funny in a way that I personally connected with. I loved, loved, loved the insecure, spastic, anxious female MC, and I related to her so much. Plus, I'm a sucker for a butch girl, so that was an automatic bonus for me.
I felt like I was reading my friend talk about a date. Well, a hot date, and spilling all the dirty details. The sex scene was pretty steamy, but dirty little me wishes it was even hotter, more explicit, and kinkier. There is always the next book for that...
Parts of the story were a bit underdeveloped, but that is understandable and hard to avoid in novella format. However, if you want something that will make you smile, nod your head, and squirm in your seat, and you like F/F, this story is for you.
I like darker dystopian books sometimes, and All the Dogs are Dancing really fit that bill. I think it's important to know what you are getting into with this one as it is no steam and light on the romance, though the romance was still a central part of the story.
The world-building had so many interesting elements, I just think the author moved too quickly over the details at times. I often left scenes feeling a bit confused, but as the book went on, I found that I just rolled with the confusing parts because each page held something new and more and more intriguing. It felt, at times, that this book was a sequel where I missed the first in the series, and though that usually bothers me a lot, I was too swept up in the ultra fast-pace to linger on it for too long.
The romance was sweet and there was lots of buildup to it, which I always enjoy. I think many fans of queer dystopian books will enjoy this one. I know I did.
I wasn't sure that I wanted to read Boy Shattered, and, to be honest, it was a tough read all the way through. I picked a bad day to start it, a day wI wasn't sure that I wanted to read Boy Shattered, and, to be honest, it was a tough read all the way through. I picked a bad day to start it, a day when I already felt bleak, and it did not make my mood any better. However, I think Eli Easton wrote an important book, and a really moving love story.
I'm going to start off with things you should know before attempting this book.
If you've read the blurb at all, you'll know at least some of these things. It's important to know that the story is painfully angsty and sad. It is also YA, so there is little-to-no on page sex. Eli Easton can write some steamy stuff, but this isn't in that category. Also, trigger warnings: gun violence, children dying, homophobia, PTSD.
I really fought with myself over this story. I have school-aged kids, and gun violence is something that keeps me up at night in cold sweats. Did I really want to subject myself to a fiction story surrounding that very topic? Turns out, I did.
I loved the heavy, atmospheric style of Boy Shattered. It is a weighty story, but one that has moments of lightness, and the overall feeling is of something that is really powerful. After reading a number of fluffy stories, it felt good to sink my teeth into something real, even though it was my worst fears come to life.
The romance was also truly lovely. It was a pure, sweet first romance mixed with all the pain and terrible angst born of tragedy. It was a bright spot for me in the story, and I loved the innocence and weariness of these two MCs. The pacing of the romance was also just spot on.
There was also a mystery aspect that I didn't love, but I, in general, hate suspense and mystery. I always read who the killer is before watching any movie where people die, and so not knowing who was behind the shooting was torture for me, and I don't enjoy torture.
All in all, if you have the emotional fortitude to read something painful but beautifully gripping, you should try this one. Just go into it knowing what to expect and you'll reap the rewards.
What's it going to take to get me to love a lesfic book? No, seriously tell me because I'm getting desperate here...
Ugh, I wish I liked Take Your TimeWhat's it going to take to get me to love a lesfic book? No, seriously tell me because I'm getting desperate here...
Ugh, I wish I liked Take Your Time, I really do, but it just wasn't working for me. I know there must be awesome lesbian romance out there but it's really hard to find.
In all fairness, contemporary romance is typically my hardest genre. This book was a contemporary small-town romance, which can be tricky to pull off.
My issues with Take Your Time was pretty much twofold. For one, I thought that it was sloooow. I mean, just plain boring at times. There wasn't enough action or adventure in the first part of the story to grab me and I found my mind wandering while I was trying to read. For the first 40%, the most exciting thing that happens is that a parrot starts freaking out and yelling cop slurs at Grace.
Dani, on the other hand, was irritating. Like, really irritating.
I was sick of Dani's negative, judgmental attitude by 15% in, and I didn't get what Grace saw in her (other than her body, I guess). Dani was flat-out rude to Grace during the whole beginning of the story, and then she just toyed with her emotions. It was off-putting. It got so bad that I wasn't even rooting for them as a couple.
I read this book as a stand-alone, but it's pretty clear who the other two couples were. I couldn't figure out how this fit into the timeline, then I figured out that the stories overlap (I think?). It was a bit confusing with all of the people weaving in and out, but I made it work. I wish I got more of a sense of their physical traits as many of the characters blurred together for me.
Overall, I don't think this was a bad story, but I don't think it's the one to turn me into a devoted lesfic reader.
Gritty and very British, Lucky is a typical, solid Garrett Leigh story but with a sporty twist.
I know literally nothing about Premiership football, buGritty and very British, Lucky is a typical, solid Garrett Leigh story but with a sporty twist.
I know literally nothing about Premiership football, but I enjoyed this story a great deal. The football aspect was very minor, and could have been literally any sport and the story would have been about the same. Plus, I don't know if I'll ever get tired of closeted celebrity stories, especially when they have been deprived and repressed for as long as Dominic Ramos.
Lucky wasn't an easy romance for these guys. Both MCs have a TON of baggage, and they are fighting tooth and nail for every bit of happiness in their lives. Dominic is painfully lonely, and my heart ached for him throughout the book. Lucky Coleman is a fighter who has faced an upward battle since he was kicked out of his home as a teen. He lives rough and faces some addiction issues (which were a little downplayed, IMO), though he is doing his best to find his way out of the hole he is trapped in.
I really liked Lucky and Dom together, and thought their chemistry worked well, even if I thought that it was based more on physical attraction than anything else, especially at first. Which is fine, but I like my romances to be a bit slower... a bit more slow-burny, and this was not quite that vibe.
The actual story was fairly intense, and I kept feeling like their lives were going to be upturned and disaster was going to strike at any moment. It isn't a dark story as much as it is a angsty, real story, probably more real than any of us will ever know. There are men right now in both of Dom and Lucky's situation, and the story really made me reflect on them and their hypothetical lives.
If you are a fan of Garrett Leigh, you won't be disappointed by this one. Another great effort from this author.
Enjoyable and entertaining, Lord of Vice was another good book by Erica Ridley.
I had a little bit of trouble in the beginning believing th*3.5 stars*
Enjoyable and entertaining, Lord of Vice was another good book by Erica Ridley.
I had a little bit of trouble in the beginning believing the whole set up. I couldn't picture Bryony having the level of freedom that she did, sneaking around London with ease and without anyone from her house knowing she was missing. I also didn't buy that Max would be cool with her breaking into and chilling in his study. No, not him. I just couldn't see it.
I also thought that the romance was too fast. They were feeling these deep feelings way too quickly. I like a really slow burn where emotions and romance take a long time to develop, so the speed of their romance took me by surprise.
However, once I got past my initial obstacles and made it into the second half of the book, I couldn't put it down. I still don't think this story was very historically feasible, but I was too swept up in the romance to care. The second half of the story was very lovely and totally enjoyable, and I stayed up WAY too late to finish.
Though Lord of Vice started off a little shaky, it ended beautifully. A very nice read in the Rogues to Riches series.
As always, with my reviews of any T.J. Klune book, I'm going to keep this spoiler-free.
I'm struggling with how to rate and review this book
As always, with my reviews of any T.J. Klune book, I'm going to keep this spoiler-free.
I'm struggling with how to rate and review this book, to be honest. While I appreciated TJ's writing, I don't know if I particularly... liked the book all that much. Okay, okay, that might have come out wrong, but... we have to know ourselves and this book wasn't really my kind of story.
What kinds of books do you like to read? What do you enjoy? Well, I love sci-fi, and the brief blurb promising something more than "normal" got my attention. And it's true, this book falls into the sci-fi genre, but it has the anxiety-producing intensity of a thriller. I don't like feeling anxious, and I don't like mysteries or suspense because of it, and this book gave me that same clenching somethingisgoingtohappenomg feeling that I, personally, don't enjoy.
The story relies heavily on momentum to move the plot forwards, and we really don't get to learn too much about the individual characters. I like a really character-heavy story, and while we get a lot of these three together as a unit, I left the story feeling, oddly, like I barely knew them each at all. The story barrels forward, and I felt like I was on a roller-coaster about to go over the edge.
The highlight of the story, for me, was the creative world-building and the intense, careful writing that TJ does so well in his more serious stories. The book is basically serious all the way through, so if you were expecting something light or with bits of humor, this book really doesn't fit that bill. And though I got the gist of what was going to happen fairly quickly, the richness in TJ's storytelling was really beautiful to read. I always, always enjoy his writing and his talent, even when I don't mesh well with a story's vibe.
I missed the intense romantic chemistry that is so present in most of TJ's books. The two male MCs barely got to know one another out of the context of Art, and I really struggled with their romantic connection. The romance was there, but more subtle, and a lot of the attention is more on moving the plot forwards and less on the let's get to know one another. We actually get a couple of sex scenes, but I was too stressed about what was going to happen next to even give them my full attention. The story is really more sci-fi with romantic elements than a focused romance, IMO, and that was just fine with me, but perhaps it's something you should know going into it.
I always take into consideration how quickly I read a story when I come up with my final review. If I can't put a book down, I'll always rate it higher because that addictive readability is so hard to find. I had trouble putting this book down, so, ultimately, I rounded my rating up. However, The Bones Beneath My Skin won't rank in my top T.J. Klune books.
A romance with two bisexual athletes? Yes, please!
I haven't read a Lane Hayes book in some time, mostly because she is so nice in real lif*3.5 stars*
A romance with two bisexual athletes? Yes, please!
I haven't read a Lane Hayes book in some time, mostly because she is so nice in real life that it would crush me to hate her stuff. I didn't hate Out in the Deep, and I even really loved it at times, even though the dreaded I'm breaking up with you for your own good happened near the end (ugh).
Out in the Deep is a really sweet story with relatively low angst, which is nice for a closeted guy plotline (two closeted guys here). I wasn't in the mood for something really heavy, so light and sweet was perfect.
Though the story wasn't angsty, it was a bit dramatic for my tastes. I felt like these guys acted even younger than their age (I was married at 22, for F's sake), and I felt frustrated by them, especially near the end.
I wish I liked this one more because I've loved Lane Hayes' stories in the past, but it was still a solid effort and a sexy little read for a rainy day.
Just One Night is basically one BDSM-y, kinky night with a stranger without any discussion of boundaries or limits, which I found to be a bit off-putting. I found the rich MC to be vaguely creepy (I mean, if I went home with a guy after meeting him at the club and he already had champagne on ice in his hotel room, I'd think he was a murderer), and I simply didn't feel the chemistry between the two MCs.
I wanted more of everything. More character development, more tension and heat, and, I'm sorry to say, more polished writing.
While Just One Night wasn't a bad read, it wasn't great for me. I hope Jack Harbon keeps working on his craft.
Kelly Bowen is an extremely gifted author of historical romance, but Last Night with the Earl felt off.
I was excited about this story because I love a hero who is broody and who has a disability/disfigurement. I love interesting male and female MCs, and I had high hopes for both Eli and Rose. However, Eli goes from a hermit who stayed away from civilization for years to out in society way too easily. It felt... fake, and forced.
I also really didn't like how Rose was so forceful with Eli and made him socialize when he was truly scared to be exposed, but was such a hypocrite herself. She really bothered me, and I didn't warm up to her.
Aside from that, I didn't get that much of a sense of Eli and Rose's shared history. We are told that they were extremely close friends, but we don't get much of a sense of that relationship. I wanted more details, more build-up, more information that really could give me that feeling of intimacy.
I also was confused by the pacing of the story. I kept thinking that the ending was around the corner, due to something dramatic and concluding-feeling happening in the story, but then I would notice that I had 40% left to read. It was strange, and threw me off.
The whole book felt off-kilter. I love Kelly Bowen's writing, but even that felt strained. I didn't hate the story, but it just didn't gel for me. I will, however, be 100% reading Harland's book. I just hope that the magic from A Duke in the Night returns.
My romance tastes have become more and more defined and refined over the years, and I have specific types of things that I love to read about. If I had to describe a checklist of my likes, this book would be like check, check, check!
We get an MC that is hard of hearing. I love MCs that have overcome obstacles or are living with obstacles, and I haven't had many reads with deaf or mostly deaf MCs. I loved, loved, loved reading about Ethan, and thought that Keira Andrews portrayed him perfectly. I felt his pain at his betrayal, his hurt and humiliation with how people reacted to his hearing difficulties, and his hope of finding true love. I loved Ethan, plus he is half Jewish (score!).
We get a sexuality discovery story. Okay, this one is my true love in M/M. I love an MC that comes to terms with their sexuality for the first time, or rediscovers something about themselves that they have denied for so long. I love that spark, that uncertainty, the bravery... I just enjoy these types of stories. I love the way Keira Andrews portrayed Clay's sexuality, and I loved his probable demisexuality to boot. It was simply lovely.
We get an age gap. I can't help loving an age gap, and though I feel like age gap stories are trendy now, I just love a May/December romance. I can't help it. The age gap here felt very manageable even for those of my fellow readers who are squeamish about age gaps. It was just another layer of yes! for me.
We get a slow burn. Slow burn romances are my jam, and I was jamming with this one. I like the author to torture me with sexual tension, and I prefer no sex until after the 50% mark, and I was really pleased at how Keira Andrews made me wait. I felt the heat and romance and the desperation, and I was LOVING IT.
Honestly, this is one of the most satisfying M/Ms I've read in a long time. Keira Andrews does contemporary romance at a level that few others can meet, and her books are just my style. A must buy.
Barbarous started off VERY strong, and I was sure I was going to love it. As the book went on, my enjoyment waned, but it still remained a very enjoyable book overall.
Barbarous had that piratey, interesting feel from the first in the series, and the unlikely hero/heroines (I LOVED that), but it suffered from some unexpected pacing issues. The middle and end dragged on and on, and I think Minerva Spencer has some work to do with her editing team in her future books.
I really enjoyed Hugh and the revenge subplot, and I liked his chemistry with Daphne. I am a total sucker for a scarred/injured MC, and I liked the fact that Hugh wasn't physically perfect. A huge (I mean super tall, but huge in every way as well) man is also never a bad thing.
I'm curious and excited to see where this series takes me, especially if the pacing issues that plague the middle parts of this author's stories are resolved. I know Minerva Spencer has winners up her sleeve.
I like Anna Martin as a person and as an author, and that's why it pains me to report that Lone Wolf was... not gooMan, this was a disappointing read.
I like Anna Martin as a person and as an author, and that's why it pains me to report that Lone Wolf was... not good.
Look, I'm going to be generous and give the book 2-stars, but I simply didn't enjoy the story, and reading is all about enjoyment.
I'm no stranger to gay-for-you stories, but this one really irked me. I didn't like how bisexuality was not addressed enough, and how Jackson treated being attracted to a man like an unfortunate disease. Yes, we get it, you're not gay! Jeez.
Jackson was not a likable MC. I have a soft spot for MCs that start off as asses and then morph into someone you absolutely love. Jackson wasn't that type of character. He treated Leo like garbage, and Leo just... took it.
One of the things I hate in romance is reading about dysfunctional relationships. I don't read romance to read a story where a couple fights and is hot/cold for the entirety of the plotline. The werewolf/human dynamics felt too heavy, and I didn't love this shifter world where shifters live openly. Not my bag. In this book, the relationship felt like work and reading it felt like work.
The writing wasn't technically bad, and I know Anna Martin has huge talent, but the chemistry just wasn't there for me.
It had SO many things that I usually dislike in a book. We get more than two POVs (a pet peeve of mi*4.25 stars*
This story perplexed me a great deal.
It had SO many things that I usually dislike in a book. We get more than two POVs (a pet peeve of mine), flashbacks (much of the story is told in flashback, which I usually hate), and more than one love story.
But, somehow, I couldn't put it down, and I was completely won over by the end.
Yes, this is a story about reincarnation and finding one's true love again. And, to be honest, that's really what the entire story is about with very little deviation from that plot-path. The whole plot is a slow build to an epic relationship that was cut short 20+ years before.
There is an age gap... and there isn't.
There is some light sci-fi, but is isn't really a sci-fi-focused story.
There is horrible pain and loss, but the story is about hope and happiness.
It's a romancy-romance with that epic squeeeee you get when two people feel meant to be together.
I was so happy that Leta Blake gave this book her signature (at least for me, from her Will & Patrick Wake Up Married series) MC that is an arrogant jerk that you absolutely have to love, and her no-holds-barred sexy-sex. The sex in the book was pages upon pages of glory, and I loved every second of it.
I'm not exactly sure what about this story made it so compelling, but I could NOT put it down. I read until 2:37 am with a full day of work awaiting me the next day. Oops.
Any Given Lifetime is a must-read for any Leta Blake fan. It isn't a book that I would have predicted that I would really, really like, but I couldn't get enough. Sometimes, it's all about the chemistry.
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Wow, THIS is how you write a debut book. Minerva Spencer just made her way to my auto-buy list.
Dangerous was refreshing. In a sea of romances featurinWow, THIS is how you write a debut book. Minerva Spencer just made her way to my auto-buy list.
Dangerous was refreshing. In a sea of romances featuring virginal women, I loved Dangerous's sensual, sexy female MC. Mia was smart, powerful, and in her thirties. Oh happy day!
I loved Mia's relationship with the wealthy and secretive Adam de Courtney. In fact, Adam stole the show for me. He was exactly the type of hero I end up loving, and I wanted to know more about him. It was his intrigue and the chemistry between the two MCs that kept me wanting to read just one more page.
I wish the ending of the book was as strong as the start. I hated how Mia went from smart to TSTL (I mean, please), and how outlandish the plot became near the end, but the book was so satisfying as a whole that I had to give it 4-stars. Minerva Spencer is an author to watch.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Anna Bradley's writing is always solid, but I didn't like Hyacinth Somerset from the start, which is sort of a problem... it's kinda a good thing if you enjoy your heroine.
Hyacinth was tiresome and underdeveloped, and while she was made to be meek and coddled by her overprotective family, I didn't like how she just... let them. She got better as the story progressed, but at times she didn't even seem like the same character- her personality changes didn't ring true. And I couldn't see the person from the start of the book getting involved and reacting as she did to the (unnecessary) drama that happened at the end of the story.
The male MC was okay, and I liked him more, but I think his character could have been taken even farther. I was really intrigued about him at the start, but the strange fighting scene seemed to peter out and not amount to much of anything by the end. I mean, the author made it seem like it was a regular thing and then... not really.
I thought the plot moved along smoothly, and I enjoyed the story, but I just found this one to be less than the others in the series.
I liked The Artist by Bonnie Dee, so I went back and forth on my rating, wondering if I was being too hard on the story by giving it only 3-stars. HowI liked The Artist by Bonnie Dee, so I went back and forth on my rating, wondering if I was being too hard on the story by giving it only 3-stars. However, there was something about the style of the story that made me feel more removed from the characters and kept my rating from creeping upwards.
I really enjoyed having a main character who was physically very different from the typical male MC in romance. I read my fair share of romances with amputees or people missing limbs, but to have an MC with a facial abnormality is pretty rare. I loved that Bonnie Dee wasn't afraid to go there, and I got a good sense of Phin's isolation and his complicated relationship with his family. I really liked Phin and I think he carried the story.
I also liked Teddy, though I understood him a bit less. I wasn't as sure why he was so drawn to Phin as I felt that the relationship moved a little fast for me, but I enjoyed Teddy's openness and bohemian nature.
Bonnie Dee is very talented and a versatile storyteller, but she tends to feel a little "show-y" and I sometimes get a feeling like the emotions are being dictated to me. That happened in this story quite a bit. Something about it felt a little inorganic, which kept me from truly loving the book.
All in all, still a very nice effort from Ms. Dee, who always delivers thoughtful, interesting stories.
I have a thing for disabled characters in romance, and I liked caring, sweet Lorelei who suffered and survived for years under the hands of her abusive brother. I loved that Ash saw past a girl with a crippled ankle and saw her complete inner and outer beauty.
Though Ash was a cold and remote character, he completely stole the show for me. I enjoyed Lorelei, but I loved Ash, and my heart ached for him. I liked his obsessive, dark nature (yeah, I know, it was a little much but I still loved it), and his willingness to fight and kill to be with the only person he's ever loved.
The plot was brilliantly conceived, and I could hardly put the book down. I kept wanting to know what would happen next, and I loved the dark, piratey, action-packed vibe.
All-in-all, this was a very satisfying second-chance romance, and as this was my first Kerrigan Byrne, it made me want to go back and read every other story in the series.
If you want a super fluffy bisexuality-discovery story with one hopelessly clueless MC and another who is completely adorkable, then this is your book.
Zane is completely oblivious to his growing romance with his "platonic" new BFF, Beckett (Becky). I mean, clueless to the point where it was almost too ridiculous, but this is a romance, not a reality check, and Anyta Sunday seems to be really, really fond of clueless MCs.
The story was slow-burn in terms of their acknowledgement of their relationship, but the feelings seemed to be there almost from the start. Beckett had the patience of a saint, and Zane was a little (a lot) in his own world.
The plot moves along quickly, and there is a lot of witty banter, and (big YAY) some serious heat near the end. Lots of silly misunderstandings, but it was a purposeful comedy of errors, and it was really enjoyable to read.
The ending was super cute, and though this book is part of a series, you'll be just find jumping in as a stand-alone. Recommended.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
I had a really hard time with this book, but I seem to be in the minority here. Huh.
Almost from the start, I did not buy the set up to the story. YeaI had a really hard time with this book, but I seem to be in the minority here. Huh.
Almost from the start, I did not buy the set up to the story. Yeah, yeah, I know that this is fiction, but the whole convoluted plot of the baseball player needing a fake boyfriend and hooking up with a random guy at a club who he was really stalking as a fake-boyfriend candidate and then hiring him as a chef... I mean, really.
I'm also not a fan of the speed of the relationship. It felt insta-lovey to me, which I really despise. I found it also really irritating that they simply didn't communicate their feelings at all, instead letting things build and get out of hand. It wasn't my type of plot or storyline.
I didn't hate the book, but I found it to be quite boring, which coupled with the way I felt about the set up and writing style, made it hard for me to read. I only got to 50% before I quit. Maybe this author just isn't for me.
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From Here to You was tedious, cliched, and, worst of all, boring. God, if you read these books and you think that this is all that the romance world has to offer, I have news for you.
First of all, lemme talk about the insta-love. I want to bury insta-love with a shovel, but authors keep digging it up. Trex knew Darby, the super-hot waitress, was the one after one interaction. Though insta-love may be a real thing in real life, it just doesn't work in books, with VERY few exceptions. Just declaring oddly strong feelings for another person with no build-up seems creepy and not romantic in novels. Believe me.
Darby was the kind of female MC that drives me crazy. She is gorgeous and men just fall over themselves trying to protect and help her. She is helpless and never seemed to come into her own. I didn't like her overly sweet (like, fake-sweet) persona, and it couldn't relate to her at all. Her chemistry with Trex was... fine... but he felt like the savior and I'm over savior-romances.
I also wasn't expecting was the surprisingly Christian romance-feel. I did not realize that such a large chunk of this book would be about faith and God's plan, and as a non-Christian, I was not at all into that.
To top it off, I felt like I was missing something the whole time. Was there a prequel that I missed?? I was lost in a maze of characters that I felt like I should know, somehow, or that the author expected us to know intimately. It was irritating and off-putting.
I'll freely admit that I skimmed the second half of the book, and it never got any better for me. From Here to You was my last Jaime McGuire.