This is one of those books where I just don't get why the goodreads rating is through the roof. It read like relabeled mediocre fanfic, without the idThis is one of those books where I just don't get why the goodreads rating is through the roof. It read like relabeled mediocre fanfic, without the identifiable characters to generate some interest/investment. There was some potentially interesting mythology but the world building itself was terrible (if you've got a mysterious supernatural world existing among us, try to do SOMETHING to make it actually co-exist.) It was pretty much like Underworld and equally as shallow - no characterization, no development of personality OR relationship, not coherency and only the shell of a plot. Some of the sex was hot and that was about it.
Also, SO many errors, this book obviously didn't see an editor. A vampire drinking from a vain, someone being unable to bare the pain, comma splices galore, total hackjob....more
I was a little wary about this one, because I tried a couple of time to get into the Company of Shadows (but the unedited version, not the one the dirI was a little wary about this one, because I tried a couple of time to get into the Company of Shadows (but the unedited version, not the one the director's cut, I may need to try that) and always failed. But I liked Hassell's Five Borough's books so I thought I'd give it a shot. And I'm really glad I did.
Gordon was awesome! And I really loved Adam. The world building on this was a fairly light touch but absolutely enough to make it work even without having read the Company of Shadows series. The chemistry between Gordon and Adam was extra strong and super hot and I loved their snarking and arguing with one another. My one quibble is that the ending went way too rushed and it probably needed another 50 pages (or a full on SEQUEL) rather than leaving us hanging on 'we have a cunning plan' that we don't get to see executed and no resolution to Adam's mission or if they manage to make their relationship work in this dystopian world. Also, we needed more about Adam's childhood to make that part feel relevant, it was a major bomb just dropped in the last few pages without exploration. But overall an excellent read. ...more
So I went ahead and read the other not-happy-with-book-2 reviews and a large number of them said even though they were disappointed with book 2, theySo I went ahead and read the other not-happy-with-book-2 reviews and a large number of them said even though they were disappointed with book 2, they loved 1 and 3. So I decided to risk it!
And I'm glad I did, this was a solid read. I loved both Jude and Derek and there was actual real genuine chemistry and a relationship build between them. It was a mostly-predictable book (hah, you can't have a superstar and a bodyguard without expecting certain external plot points!) but I was good with it. There was one bit of semi-contrived emotional drama between the MCs that I 100% didn't believe fit Derek's character, which is why it's leaning more toward the 3.5 than the 4 stars, but overall it was a totally solid and enjoyable read.
Well, except for 'the grannies', I know they're supposed to be hysterical with their constant sexual remarks and innuendo remarks but they ... aren't. Particularly since they that's literally their only personality trait - they are on page only to make sexual remarks/passes/grope and then they are gone. I'd rather they were just gone! ...more
I remember reading the first book a few months ago and thinking it was a little cheesy and had a couple things that bugged me but overall I thought itI remember reading the first book a few months ago and thinking it was a little cheesy and had a couple things that bugged me but overall I thought it was decent.
This, however, was a NIGHTMARE. Now, the premise was solid ... but the execution ... I literally HateRead the last 1/3 in mounting frustration and annoyance just to get the stupid thing over with. [
First of all, Jamie (MC1) was actually kind of adorable and generally, I liked his character a lot. There were some nice quirks and I would have loved to just keep reading about him and his adventures in the wild and maybe falling in love with someone who wasn't a complete asshat.
Teddy (MC2) is, however, a complete asshat. You kind of get clued in when he invents a fake tragedy in order to get Jamie to reply to his texts in the first (NOT cool, wtf). This is absolutely confirmed, however, when he starts sending up ALLLllll the Red Flags of jealous, asshole boyfriend before they're even dating. He gets pissed off at a coworker of Jamie who asks Jamie to dance (and forever and then on he thinks of said coworker with nasty insults and calls him an asshole - mind you, at this point, he and Jamie are not dating and he's already categorically said he won't ever date.) But that isn't the worst, the worst is when he gets ragingly jealous of the fact that a *medical professional* examines Jamie's omg, NEKKID SHOULDER when checking to see if a really bad bruise indicates deeper trauma.
Basically, Teddy is a classic abusive asshole that you actually expect to be the EX boyfriend that Jamie's recovering from, not the love interest.
(Also, there is a brief but horrifying description of transphobia being treated as a joke, and I wanted to throw up when I read that).
EX Boyfriend is even dumber, though. I mean, this is where the writing totally, 100% went off the rails into dumber than dumb territory. This wasn't a fail of characterization, this was a total fail of plotting a story that makes sense. So, um, apparently Jamie's traumatized because his ex boyfriend Brian left him at the altar, literally. Tux and all, big gi-normous wedding, the whole shebang.
OK, I can work with that. Except for the reason that Jamie's ex left him at said altar was he was supposedly *STILL MARRIED* to his high school sweetheart. I mean ... what? That's just dumb. Ok, I get that yeah, there are certainly guys out there who pretend to be single and aren't in order to hookup, specially in the closet. But uh, who takes it to the level of getting engaged while still married and thinks you can hide it? And continues to go through with the charade up until the wedding? What kind of stupidity was this? It literally makes zero sense as a plot point. And then it's compounded by (you know, in order to cause the already known jealousy issues of Teddy to explode) the fact that in this book, Brian is reaching out to get Jamie back. Because he wants to explain why he left him at the altar without a word ... he was going to go home to divorce his wife that weekend because as the wedding approached he realized that Jamie was the real love of his life. Because, of course, THAT is the way a divorce works, one weekend. And also, ANY of that makes any sense.
Oh wait, it gets worse. You think it couldn't get worse, but it does. Brian shows up with his entire family (parents/siblings) to Jamie's remote cabin in the woods for Thanksgiving. Because, you know, apparently Jamie had planned an ENTIRE WEDDING with the guy who was *not at all estranged from his family* without ever communicating with them in ANY fashion whatsoever, including I guess inviting them to the wedding or asking Brian about, you know, inviting them to the wedding. The literally only reason that would have made sense is if they were dead or completely on the outs, except the 1) aren't and 2) I can't even imagine the amount of background lying that would cause Brian to be able to talk about his family AS estranged when they aren't before he even knew that he wanted to ... get engaged and leave Jamie at the altar. Something. Also, apparently none of this even occurs to the author at all, because she doesn't understand how humans work, these aren't plot points. Although WHY you would think showing up with your entire family is the way to win somebody back ... zero sense. Oh wait, it's so that when Teddy shows up without warning and sees Brian's entire family there he can assume that (for no reason that makes sense) that Jamie has gotten back together with Brian.
Let me not get into the really awful speeches they kept giving and the cheesy melodrama.
Oh wait, I forgot my pet peeve on this book (you thought the above was it? No, it isn't). (hide spoiler)]
I was willing to let the '3/5 biological brothers are gay' go, even though that was a premise of the series. And that there are three adopted brothers adopted specifically because they were gay ... that last part can work. Except Jamie (and in the previous book, his brother Blue) both do this REALLY weird thing where they talk about the fact that their amazing parents had 9 kids, 3 adopted, blah blah and then goes on to talk about their siblings and their relationship with each one ... and ONLY talk about their bio-siblings, not their adopted ones at all. Literally say things like 'and lastly, there's ... last bio sib not mentioned' and then boom. All sibs covered. Adopted need not reply. That's just gross.
Also, at the end of the book (after having spent less than probably a week or so together in person and zero time in an actual relationship), the characters get engaged/married. Because the best way to prove that you're over being left at the altar by someone who is leading a secret life you know nothing about is to get married to someone who you know even less about....more
I had the hardest time getting through this one - it was just cloying and sugary sweet and dull. There wasn't any zing to the relationship at all, jusI had the hardest time getting through this one - it was just cloying and sugary sweet and dull. There wasn't any zing to the relationship at all, just blandness and sugar. Neither of the characters grew or changed a bit and honestly, their relationship didn't, either (except for the token 'before we were always at each other''s houses but now we're 'living' together').
Plus, it felt like they were having sex every five page and the sex was always the same ... make a winkwink/nudgenudge innuendo about biology (because both their professions related to it) and then lots of 'make me yours, only yours' sex. I like a kinky, erotic book when there's variety and pushing boundaries but not when it feels like the same scene was just cut and pasted in a few times to make the book long enough to sell.
I CAN see how someone might like this, if they wanted a comfort/no conflict read to zone out on, but it wasn't for me.
Bright side: it was Kindle Unlimited so it was free! ...more
This was a really unevenly written book. I know it's a bit of a cliche to say 'show, don't tell' but this book just told and told and told, so that itThis was a really unevenly written book. I know it's a bit of a cliche to say 'show, don't tell' but this book just told and told and told, so that it was simultaneously shallow and melodramatic. Both of the MCs were actually just ... kind of unappealing assholes. (I mean, physically, they are, of course, tall, muscle-y alpha gods *rolls eyes*) I mean, SURE, lets constantly belittle and call Jayden names and make fun of him for being a needy/whiny bitch *behind his back*, but keep him around when you know he thinks you're in 'becoming something' because he's great at sucking cock. That's the mark of a GREAT, mature person and someone *I* want to know, let me tell you.
We have the tiny feisty redhead BFF that fixes things, we have an inane 'I'm not gay, I just find you really hot' sorta epiphany which is absolutely underdeveloped, we have things like random violence like a car accident which the MCs happen to come along with just happens to mirror the one MC's injury. And boy was that WEIRD.
First of all, morphine is a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. An EMT is not just allowed to *keep his personal supply (wtf?) stocked with morphine taken from the ambulance. Aka, theft, but you know, they actually *inventory* those supplies. He would be fired if not in jail! And WHY did he do this? Because when, COINCIDENTALLY, they happen to come across a terrible accident with dead teenagers and one wounded he literally says "I can't give you morphine because you might be allergic" so it's like, what, you steal it for kicks? You get high? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?
I kind of hit a rage point when he first mentions he keeps his part time job as an EMT so he he can keep his personal stock of morphine supplied and that never went away, everything else about this pretty terrible book was just like salt in the wound....more