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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Different Strokes by Nico Jaye ****

Different StrokesDifferent Strokes by Nico Jaye

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My expectations were high with this book, having read some previous shorts from Nico Jaye I knew I enjoyed her writing style and her sneaky sense of humour. I knew I liked her characterisation and plot-lines, but had I set my hopes too high?

No way, she didn't let me down. It had all I would want from a novella. Two great characters who were different enough so as to be individual instead of interchangeable, a story-line that I hadn't read a million times (I loved the masseuse idea - someone touching you all over but in a professional way, when you are attracted to that person where is there to hide?) and best of all the slow, yet hot, romance building between Tomas and Darren.

honestly, I started this book thinking I'd read a couple of pages then put it away for later, as it was I was very nearly late picking the children up from school as I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book by this author.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Eric Arvin Support Fund

One of my favourite authors Eric Arvin is in hospital awaiting brain surgery and a fund has been set up to help with costs for his treatment,and accommodation for his partner TJ and his family. It's at times like this that I remember how lucky I am to live in a country with a national health service.

Eric & TJ have a real life love story that has been played out on-line to their fans and readers, they've just moved across country to live together and are supposed to be starting their happily ever after - and now they are dealing with this. Both authors are generous to their fans, interacting with them on-line and I know that Eric has replied to any comments I have made on his website etc. He is polite, nice and an all round good guy - they both are. I am so sad they are having to deal with this.

I'm posting the link so that if anyone feels they would like to help contribute to the cause they can. Good luck Eric & TJ - together you are strong. I'm thinking of you both.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: I Don't: A Christmas Proposal by Kari Greg...

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: I Don't: A Christmas Proposal by Kari Greg...: At least he isn’t pregnant. Seth Murphy campaigned for Maryland’s Question Six, wildly celebrating the Election Day victory for marriage e...

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Bad Idea by Damon Suede ****

Bad IdeaBad Idea by Damon Suede

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this as an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Then I felt guilty because I was struggling with it. I kept opening it, reading a few pages and putting it down. I'd seen nothing but great reviews about it - from people I trust with books, but I'd never read a Damon Suede book before and I found the lingo used and the writing style difficult to get into. This meant I found it hard to form a connection with the characters. I was struggling.

And then, all of a sudden, I couldn't put the thing down. I needed to read more about Trip and Silas, I totally fell in love with them and Trip broke my heart with his stupidity, however understandable it was. So what happened?

I think it was Damon Suede's unique style of writing, the lingo and way he writes, that took me a while to get used to. I wouldn't want him to change it though, as it is such a genuine way of writing, it felt real and not forced - I reckon I'm either too old or too English so it just took me time to get used to it.

But when I did - well I fell for Trip and Silas. Usually I prefer one character over another, but in the case I kinda loved them both equally. Yeah Silas was the one who was the 'good' guy, the reasonable one, the one pushing the relationship along. Trip had his hang ups, his cautions, but this didn't make me like him less or Silas more. They were both just who they were and I love how the author showed them both as rounded, real character's - and then used their flaws, they weren't just there for decoration. These character's had a real journey it wasn't forced or manipulated into being, it was believable.

I like books with 'feels', I want to soar when the characters do but I want to curl up and cry when they do too. This book delivered on that front, big time. It also had some hot, hot sexy scenes, ones that were emotional as well as physical and I absolutely loved them.

The whole comic book and artistic theme running through this book - I really enjoyed it, once I started to understand it. It was out of my familiarity (a lot of it, some of it I got) but it totally added to the book. It all felt so genuine, so real - okay I'm getting repetitive now but I appreciated this about it.

As I said I've never read Damon Suede before, but I surely will again, he's an author going on my must read list.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: KC, at Bat. A Novel by Tom Mendicino

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: KC, at Bat. A Novel by Tom Mendicino: Charlie Beresford would rather be doing anything this summer than hauling furniture for a moving company. Come September, he’ll be leaving...

DEAN/CASTIEL - Wrecking Ball

Now I've seen this I'm not sure I'll ever have to watch another episode of Supernatural again. (I will!). It's perfect. Kudos to the creator.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch ****

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay so my review of The Republic of Thieves - it's taken a while for me to get round to reviewing this, strange really as it has been my most anticipated book of 2013.

Scott Lynch has a style that is unmistakably his. His sentences and story lines are intricate, they are playful, they are serious. They can be deceptive and cunning - but they are never boring and they never leave you lost. Even through the most complex of story lines I never have to stop and remember who's who or what is happening. He is a master of intricacy - IMO.

The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies were my favourite discoveries of the year. I adored the characters, the action, the fantasy, the story line. I love how characters appear in each story - even though the story is moving on. I appreciate Scott Lynch's use of back story - it is never boring and always adds to the story.

TROT had all of this, we got some answers and we got some more mysteries. We found out a little more about the mysterious mages and most importantly the elusive Sabetha was finally in it. We learnt about Locke and Sabetha's relationship over the years. We saw interaction between them now and it was great. As ever we had a current situation that Locke and Jean had got themselves into, we saw their trickery at play. This time though their 'nemesis' was Sabetha - fellow Gentleman Bastard. What a great twist. There was nothing in this book that I didn't enjoy.

Yet it didn't leave me with the horrendous book hangover I had after TLOLL and RSURS and it took me while to work out why. After all I truly loved everything about it. Then I realised what it was missing for me and in a word that is Jean. Now I make no secret of the fact the Jean is one of my all time favourite book characters. I also have the hugest crush on him, but that's kinda beside the point. The relationship between Jean and Locke is the thing that I can't leave when I read these books and, while they were both in this one, they were both friends and together plotting and scheming in this one, the focus of the relationship part of the book is on Sabetha and Locke rather than Jean and Locke and though this was totally necessary and I knew this going in, for me it was a let down.

I love the relationship between Jean and Locke. I mean these guys love each other - I'm not talking sex here, I know their relationship is platonic (though side note, reading fanfic of these two lead me to M/M fiction), but they were willing to die for each other. They spend their lives looking out for each other and protecting each other and....well, that is love. That is what kept me so hooked. It was my food and water. I enjoy every aspect of the series and Scott Lynch is an amazing writer but the bit that really spoke to me was Locke and Jean. Together against the world.

It is still a fabulous book, I am still really looking forward to the next in the series, it's just in my world I wanted more Jean and Locke. But that's my issue - not a problem with the book.

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