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Sunday, May 05, 2013

More reviews

The Naughty Boy (Boy #1.5)by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock 4*
BLURB Brin and his Dom, Ferg, have enjoyed a fun, sexy domestic discipline relationship for years. Brin knows his role—flamboyant, fabulous brat—and Ferg knows it's his job to play the big bad Dom, giving Brin the punishment he desperately craves. When Brin is tasked with dressing his new friend Lane Moredock for a date with Brin's ex, Derek, he's excited—fashion is what he knows best, and Lane is going to look stunning.
But what should be a fun afternoon takes a serious turn when Brin sees that Lane has been injured, and Lane's reluctance to tell Brin the truth about it makes Brin start to question who he is, why things didn't work with Derek, and what people really think of him. Is he just a flittery, glittery fashion fairy? Or does he mean something more to the people he loves? And can he find a way to bring these doubts up with Ferg—or is Ferg going to have to Top his way to the bottom of this?

My Review: I loved Brin and his faster than a bullet thoughts and the way he spoke them without any filters. He was a wonderful character, that on the surface is all bling and no substance, but inside he was totally selfless, generous and kind. The kind of man anyone would be glad to call friend. I also enjoyed the way the writers had him learn that those who love him understand him better than he does himself.

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1)by Lisa M. Basso
4*
BLURB: Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?
My Review: Some Angel stories are just an excuse to do some bible thumping but this one was so much more than that. For starters there wasn't that much about religion in it at all. In fact it was more like a very well written suspense romance for YA. The suspense comes from the suicides that Ray is trying to solve and the romance comes from the two very different Angels that seem to be very interested in her. I am going to add the next book to my to buy list so that I can find out what happens to the three main characters next.

Empty Space (Light #3)by M. John Harrison DNF
BLURB: We thought we had filled space with a civilization spread across the stars, held together by ships that warped reality.
But there is a lot of empty space in the universe.
The impossible empty space beneath a corpse floating in a dank, future alley way.
The vast empty space inside every atom.
The aching empty space between a mother and a daughter in a quiet west London suburb.
The empty space of the Kefahuchi Tract, hanging above us, seething with strangeness and charm.
And the empty space inside us. Somewhere to go. Somewhere to come back from.
Somewhere haunted.

My Review: I don't know if it's because I hadn't read the previous books or because it truly is a really weird book, but I just couldn't stick with it. The first 50 pages seemed to jump from one thing to another with no rhyme nor reason and after that I just gave up.

Love Is Always Write Vol 1 by Various Authors
5*
BLURB: Stories in Volume 1:

ADVANTAGE CROSSE – West Thornhill (contemporary/friends-to-lovers)
ALEX & DREW – Justin South (contemporary/teen loneliness)
ALTERED STATES – L.E. Harner (mystery/suspense/law enforcement)
AMERICAN BOY – Dany Sirene (contemporary/twink/HFN)
AND THEN HE SAID I’M BEAUTIFUL – Nallux (contemporary/hurt-comfort)
AN ANGEL’S SOUL – S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet (angels/hurt-comfort)
ANIMAL INSTINCTS – Kim Alan (contemporary/veterinarian)
ARS DAEMONICA – C.C. Williams (paranormal/mage)
AT WHAT COST – Kathryn Sparrow (contemporary, paranormal/shifter)
BABY, CUFF ME ONE MORE TIME – Stephani Hecht (contemporary/friends-to-lovers)
BED OF MY CHEVY – Megan Slayer (contemporary/medical personnel)
BEGINNINGS: LIBERATION – Alessandra Ebulu (fantasy/Greek mythology)
BETWEEN YOU AND ME – Alex Mar (contemporary/first time)
BEYOND DUTY – S.J.D. Peterson (contemporary/sexy marines)
BLOOD IN THE WATER – Megan Derr (fantasy/merman)
Words of Caution
The stories in this collection are sexually explicit and intended for adult readers. Some stories may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings

My Review: A wonderful selection of stories from some really good writers. There is something for everyone in there and I enjoyed most of them. My favourite was Alex & Drew.


Love Is Always Write Volume 2 by Various Authors
5*
BLURB:Stories in Volume 2:

Introduction ~ Love Is Always Write
BLOOD RAINE – Belinda McBride (fantasy/sword & sorcery)
BRINGING HOME BABY BIRD – Megan Reddaway
(contemporary/culinary/bartenders)
BY DESIGN – Kate Islay (contemporary/office romance)
CALL ME BURT – Elin Austen (contemporary/humorous)
CHIVALRY – Ravon Silvius (historical/ knights)
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Xara X. Xanakas (sci-fi/post-apocalyptic)
COMING HOME – Ellen Holiday and Stella Harris (contemporary/blue collar)
A COMPETITIVE EDGE – Adara O’Hare (contemporary/college athletes)
CONSTABLE OF DISTURBIA – Darcy Abriel (dark fantasy/scientist)
CORY’S PRIDE – Amanda Corlies (contemporary/hurt/comfort)
CROCODYLUS ACUTUS – J. Rocci (contemporary/shifter)
THE DANGERS OF FAIRY COMPACTS – Katey Hawthorne (fantasy/cleric)
DARKEST BEFORE DAWN – Gabbo de la Parra (sci-fi/post-apocalyptic)
DEFINING RICO – Sassy Lane (contemporary/humorous)
Words of Caution
The stories in this collection are sexually explicit and intended for adult readers. Some stories may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings

My Review: Yet more great stories from great authors. I must admit that this time I had more than one favourite though. Blood Raine, Bringing Home Baby Bird and Defining Rico all tied for top spot.













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