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#37 "Perfect Day" by Josh Lanyon

♥ ♥ ♥

Sweet little story but rather predictable if you are familiar with Josh Lanyon's writing. He can do better.

#38 "The Pirate King" by R.A. Salvatore

♥ ♥

Basically, the bad guys win at everything, the good guys lose everything and a bunch of them dies, too. If this is your cuppa, good for you. I hated it. It felt like an exercise in futility, a train-wreck in slo-mo. Call me naive but I want my heroes to prevail and win despite all the odds stacked up against them. I don't want to feel drained, depressed and even irked or annoyed once I finish a book.

And that's exactly how I felt when I finished this one. I kept asking myself, why didn't Maimun go to Deudermont, why didn't he tell him that the high captains were behind the chaos in the streets once he found out just how twisted their plan was? Maimun's tears were really pretty - and really useless at the end. Why didn't Drizzt open his frickin' mouth to tell them that it was rothé meat and Dark Realms mushrooms? That meant that drows were involved! That might have given a pause even to a man as pig-headed as Deudermont!

Frustrated, angry, dissatisfied, discontent. That's how I felt when I finished this story. I give it 2 stars only because I liked Drizzt and Regis traveling through the Tyria together.

#39 "Ouran High School Host Club #1" by Bisco Hatori

♥ ♥ ♥

A funny commentary on the crazy parts of the otaku culture. A bit too crazy for my liking - in that regard it reminded of Gravitation - but since I already watched the anime and I'm aware of what's to come - more or less - I know it's worth sticking around.

Book #24

Apr. 9th, 2014 08:36 pm
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"Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8)" by Patricia Briggs

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

This one didn't grip me as much as the previous book, maybe because the idea of Guayota seemed too... out there. Also, I didn't like the way Mercy handled Christy - Mercy always held back because Christy was Juan Flores' victim but that didn't change the fact that she was a major bitch and I didn't like that Mercy allowed her to run rampant in her home, family and pack. She should've told her off more sternly. I was disappointed in Mercy this time around.

What I loved was Warren and Kyle - as usual - Joel, Tad, Gary Laughingdog and his connection to Mercy and, of course, Coyote. Oh, and the walking stick, naturally!

Book #22

Mar. 27th, 2014 08:14 pm
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"Amor En Retrogrado (Bill Turner #1)" by A.M. Riley

Rating: ♦ ♦

I didn't like it. Period. I give it props for a well-researched setting but that's it. The characters were unlikable, downright hateful people and that completely spoiled any joy I could've taken from reading this book. JD was a self-hating, passive-aggressive drunk. Robert was a possessive, obsessive, jealous bully. Bill was a closeted gay whose internalized homophobia made him treat other gays and especially his lover like shit. Christopher allowed Bill to treat him like a doormat. And Kate was always making an issue of her race and gender yet she kept throwing around homophobic remarks, calling gay people 'fagots' etc. Ugh. I actually felt vaguely dirty, like I wanted to scrub myself clean, when I finished it. I won't be reading any more books in this series, that's for sure.

Book #18

Mar. 4th, 2014 08:44 pm
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"The Parting Glass (In A Dark Wood #2)" by Josh Lanyon

Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦

I was glad that Tim and Luke found back together - though I was disappointed that they broke up after "In a Dark Wood" in the first place, but I guess I understand why. I was also glad that Tim was clean and healthy, having finally sought out the help he needed, and that he and Luke actually talked, really, honestly talked about their relationship and their feelings.

Still, I wasn't blown away by this story. Especially the shooting stuck out like a sore thumb. It was unnecessary and came completely out of left field. As much as I love h/c, this seemed very odd.

Book #5

Jan. 15th, 2014 06:31 pm
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"Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares" by James Lovegrove

Rating: ♦ ♦

Hm, the idea was good, very steam-punk-ish - especially the steam-powered suits at the end, the battle - but a) the book seemed way too long and b) I didn't really like the man hiding behind the Baron Cauchemar moniker, his story didn't really move me because his very own stupidity led to the downfall and death of innocent people. So, overall, I was rather disappointed.

What I did like a lot was the very beginning, Watson thinking of his wife, Mary, who was recuperating from yet another failed pregnancy that hit her really hard, his need to hide the reason behind her failing health from Holmes, the explosion at the railway station, Watson helping the wounded... that was really great and I wish the whole book was like that, deeply emotional and close to the heart. Unfortunately, it wasn't.

Book #68

Nov. 1st, 2013 05:18 pm
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"Out of the Blue" by Josh Lanyon

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

I think this is my least favorite book written by Josh Lanyon. I just had a hard time empathizing with the characters. Especially Cowboy's attitude towards Bat bothered me. Telling someone, I know you want it, while you're blackmailing him into having sex... I don't know, it really bothered me.

Book #67

Oct. 28th, 2013 06:02 pm
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"The Delta Anomaly (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2010 series) #1)" by Rick Barba

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

I loved reading an official Star Trek tie-in book set during the characters' academy days. And I also loved the description of the cadets' life at the academy, their rivalry, fun and pranks - "Schiller!" - the tests Kirk had to pass... That part was awesome.

The alien entity that was the antagonist in this book was interesting too, a very unusual being. But after a while, I started losing myself in all the tests they conducted and in all the results they came to, but especially in Uhura's translating methods. Most of the time, I had no idea what she was talking about. So, that was a downer.

One thing I was ambivalent about was Kirk's relationship with Hannah. She felt too much like a Mary-Sue, I guess? The way he kept talking about her being the sole inspiration for his future research methods and so on... That just rang false to me. I mean, it was great that she made him think outside the box, but his infatuation with her was way too sudden.

Overall, a good book with some hiccups that needed smoothing out.

Book #66

Oct. 24th, 2013 01:53 pm
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"A Vintage Affair" by Josh Lanyon

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

This was not a typical Josh Lanyon book. Yes, there was a murder but the main character didn't really play a sleuth. He did find the body but that was all. After that, he stayed firmly out of the investigation which is quite unusual for Josh Lanyon. And there was another unusual thing, a sex related thing, that surprised me. Not in a bad way, I just didn't count on encountering my favorite kink in his books. So. I liked it, I liked the story and especially Austin's character. The book was nicely different.

Book #18+19

Mar. 1st, 2013 06:32 pm
katikat: (S_Bedlam)
"Angelic (Innocence #1)" by Gem Frost

Rating: ♣ ♣

Freebie. I really liked the author's language, the short story read very well, and that's not as common as one might think in gay romances. But the story itself, it read more like the fantasy of a teenage girl, swooning over the perfect boy in her class. Gabriel was so beautiful, so pure, so perfect... that I expected some sort of a twist, that he had been sent to Dom's company to ferret out his secrets, anything to shatter his breathtaking flawlessness. But that didn't happen, and so the story just felt too... purple.

"Christmas With My Grinch" by Blmorticia

Rating: ♣

Freebie. And thank the gods above for that. From weird writing - "point about" or "cradled him closer" - to downright unlikable characters, this story made me actually angry. Why are these two, Nathan and Bryant, actually together? Nathan can't but whine about everything, even the things Bryant loves most. On the other hand, Bryant doesn't respect Nathan's wishes or his opinions. Do they actually listen to each other or do they just boink?

Books #7+8

Jan. 13th, 2013 11:38 am
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"Ivan the Heartless" by Megan Derr

Rating: ♠ ♠ ♠

A freebie. A fairy tale about a prince who went on a quest to save three cursed friends. Sweet. The tone, the style really reminded me of old children stories, only the prince fell in love with a man here.

"Thankful" by Lissa Matthews

Rating: ♠

This short story simply didn't work for me. I love D/s but here, it felt like a father disciplining his son, not a dom taking care of his sub. And the fact that Thor and Bobby were visiting Bobby's conservative, close-minded parents and went for a bit of spanking into the woods right next to their house and even called each other "boy" and "sir" where the parents could overhear them... No, just no. There are stories where I can accept a D/s ship outside the bedroom but the power imbalance in this relationship was just too much for me, Bobby was way too immature, the whole time I had a feeling he was barely in his teens, not a grown man and a lawyer. Not my cuppa.

Book #6

Jan. 11th, 2013 08:34 pm
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"Something Sweet" by Megan Derr

Rating: ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠

Freebie! And a really sweet one, a New Year story set in a candy store. A very short thing yet so full of wonderful emotions. Lovely. This is exactly the kind of story that Megan Derr does best.

Book #5

Jan. 11th, 2013 10:26 am
katikat: (G_Bed)
"Delivery with a Smile (Hot Summer Days)" by Megan Derr

Rating: ♠ ♠

Another freebie. I usually like Megan Derr's stories but this one simply didn't click for me. Both characters were/used to be professional criminals yet they behaved like complete amateurs. I mean, I know this is not David Morrell or Lee Child's kind of story but still. A lot of "fucks" does not a professional hitman make. Also, the storytelling was a bit confusing, especially at the beginning. And again - the author really should get a proper editor; for a short story there were a lot of mistakes there (latest instead of last and such).

Book #4

Jan. 7th, 2013 05:50 pm
katikat: (Lesbian_Jeans)
"When I Say When" by Tia Fielding

Rating: ♠ ♠ ♠

Free short story. And quite a nice one too with tastefully done sex scenes and a bit of humor too. This author definitely has potential.

Book #3

Jan. 6th, 2013 05:27 pm
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"Collared (White Wolf #2)" by K. Matthew

Rating: ♠ ♠ ♠

Well, this is definitely not a story for people who are easily squicked by non-con/dub-con. At the same time, it's rather well-written. No purple prose, no excessive mushiness or spelling/grammar mistakes. So yeah, it's an... acquired taste, I guess.

Book #2

Jan. 6th, 2013 04:11 pm
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"Chosen (White Wolf #1)" by K. Matthew

Rating: ♠ ♠ ♠

Free read and the first story in a longer series. Also, a PWP. And... I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. Why? Because it plays heavily with dub-con/non-con and the Stockholm Syndrome. It's about a pack whose Alpha dominates his subordinates sexually. And not just that - the pack kidnaps young men and mentally, physically and sexually bends and breaks them to force them to join the pack. The pack itself doesn't see anything wrong with that. And I'm not sure if the author presents it as "no, it's not okay but the pack doesn't see it that way" or "yes, it's okay." And that really confuses me.

Well, in any case, it's something I have never encountered in a book before. And for that reason alone, I find it quite fascinating, to be honest. It definitely made me want to read more.

Book #1

Jan. 6th, 2013 11:26 am
katikat: (M_Beach)
I decided to be more honest with my reviews this year and also to finally read all the free short stories that I downloaded last year. Well, let's just say it might not have been wise to combine these two resolutions...

"Wrong Turn (The Shenandoah Pack #1)" by Taylor Law

Rating: ♠

This was a free read - thank the gods above, because if I had paid for this drivel, I would have been really pissed. The average fanfic is better than this über-cliche stuffed with purple prose. Don't get me wrong, I love happy endings as much as the next girl but this? His sweet mate? Angel? The little man? The sweet male? Greek god? And my favorite - God-man? Is there a dictionary of the most ridiculous purple prose nicknames that the author decided to tap? Seriously, there's nothing wrong with using the character's name! Also, the idea that two people are not lovers till there's a penetration is entirely ridiculous!

Conclusion? AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!

For free!

Dec. 8th, 2012 10:22 am
katikat: (A_JGL)
The Looper team made their screenplay available for free on tumblr: link. Haven't read it yet but I'm interesting to see what changes they made between this finale version of the script and the movie.

And if you are a fan of the Arthurian legends and of gay stories too, Smashwords' offering the first part in Sarah Luddington's series "The Knights of Camelot", a book called "Lancelot and the Wolf", for free: link. This is a real book, not a short story. In this series, Arthur and Lancelot are lovers. Haven't read it yet, but I have it downloaded for later!
katikat: (gay-handholding)
I wanted to try something different, that's why I read 3 short stories that I got for free in ebook form.

"Sherlock Holmes Investigates. The Pink Jewel Conundrum" by Philip van Wulven

♦ ♦

A very short story - only 13 pages long - in which Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the disappearance of a precious jewel from a locked room. And if it was just that, I would've liked the story much better. But all the coincidences put together - the jewel, the window, the squirrel - that was just way too much.

"Be My Boy" by Casey K. Cox

♦ ♦ ♦

Only 20+ pages but the author managed to squeeze a lot into them. This is a D/s story with an older sub and a younger dom; Owen, the "boy", is 47 and Mitchell, the master, is 28. I usually don't read stories with such a huge age difference but this one snuck up on me and I really wanted to know how it ended. It was oddly sweet considering it started with Owen turning tricks in a bar. The author managed to flesh out the characters, the story wasn't just about sex, and it turned out to be quite an interesting read. Original, at the very least.

"Last Dance (Getting Better)" by Lee Benoit

♦ ♦ ♦

A sweet story about an openly gay high school teacher who chaperons the LGBT youth at a prom. Quirky and humorous. I liked Suyai's fathers, the way he talked about them.

Book #3

Jan. 8th, 2012 09:01 pm
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"My King’s Seraglio" by Ann T. Ryan

4 stars out of 5

This was the first "official" - as in published - mpreg story I've ever read and I enjoyed it very, very much. I was glad that the author didn't get stuck in heaps and piles of unnecessary detail and even though I would've preferred more world-building - what with the story taking place in a fantasy setting - it flowed nicely and I found all the characters more than likable.
katikat: (G_Bed)
"Open Tackle" by L.C. Chase

3 stars out of 5

A sweet little story that would've been even sweeter if 3/4 of it wasn't sex. I mean, even the sex was sweet, both of them fumbling, this being their first time with a man, but I would've preferred to learn more about them, about their past, about their friendship, how they fell in love... I think I just prefer sex scenes a little less graphic.

"Inside Out (PsyCop 0.1)" by Jordan Castillo Price

3 stars out of 5

How Jacob met Victor. But Victor didn't meet Jacob - he was namely too busy washing a huge gob of jam off his jacket to look up... Oh, Victor, you clumsy dolt!


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