Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Clear Water by Amy Lane


Another winner from Amy Lane! I loved, loved, LOVED it!!

The characters were terrific! I fell in love with Whiskey (and isn't that a TERRIFIC name) myself and OMG, I just wanted to hug Patrick all the time! *LOL* Even Fly Bait and Shawn were amazing. Yes, Shawn. He redeemed himself in my eyes. To be quite honest, I fully suspected how he'd feel about his son from the very beginning and I think that had a lot to do with Patrick being such a sympathetic character. And I believed how Whiskey could fall in love with Patrick and vice versa and I think they may be one of my favorite couples of all time. 

And the sex, the loving and wonderful sex! Nothing hotter than that, if you ask me! And the FROGS!!! LORD, I LOVED THE FROGS!!! I really enjoyed the look into the way someone with Patrick's challenges actually sees and experiences things. He was very real to me and maybe that's because I see wee bits of family members in his make-up. Both he and Whiskey really have beautiful souls. :) 

And I must say here that this is a constant in all of Amy's tales that I have had the pleasure of reading to date. Her characters have flaws and are definitely not perfect, but they have the most beautiful souls. This is absolutely a book I would recommend to anyone! Especially someone who wants to dip their toes into m/m romance maybe. :) Clear Water is definite re-read material. :)

(Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Further Adventures of Whiskey and Patrick?)

Thor Vol. 1 by Michael J. Strazynski and Olivier Coipel


I'm a DC fan of long, long standing. From back in the day of the 12¢ comic. I have never read Marvel comics for a few reasons, some of them very silly, but my guy at the comics store recommended this series to me after we did some talking about the movie. 

Now see... this has meat in it, the way the movie doesn't. There's actually motive developing and a reason for Thor to be doing the things he's doing. The art is pretty - alive and moving and I like the look of the book very much. I have no idea, really, of the history of all these Asgardians, but it didn't really impact my enjoyment of the book that much. Good thing I picked up Vol. 2 today. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


Outlander Series - Book 1

I've tried to read this multiple times. The last time I didn't make it past page 489. It's not happening. I don't like either of the main characters and I'm just bored.

A Matter of Time Vol. 1 - by Mary Calmes


A Matter of Time - Books 1 & 2

Oh man, I was SO primed to love this book (these books?). It got some great reviews from authors and readers whose opinions I totally respect and I had read great word of mouth in the m/m romance group, but, in the end, I was disappointed. (And I find myself wondering if we're just so glad to have readable m/m romance books readily available these days that we tend to go easy on them?)

So, why did it disappoint me? 

Well, first off, Volume 2 seemed to me to be an emotional rehash of Volume 1. Jory is going along happily in his life, there is some upheaval but he keeps his positive outlook, he meets up with Sam, there is hot sex, good things happen in Jory's life aside from Sam, they seem to affirm their relationship, there is a crisis, they split up. And there are horrible cliffhangers that leave you with absolutely NO closure at all if you've come to love Jory, the MC. 

And Jory is lovable! Totally! Maybe a little too much so at times? I found his chemistry much better with the secondary characters of both books - the friends, family and co-workers - than with either Sam (the romantic interest) or Dane (the um... other big interest?). I did quite enjoy his quirkiness, however... I found myself thinking, about halfway through Volume 2, that Jory must be a bit of an idiot for the things he does - and especially when he meets up with Dom at the apartment - but then I remembered WAY BACK to the beginning of Volume 1 where Jory describes his 'tuning out' of conversations. I think that should have been made more clear throughout both books. 

After two books of this series, I still don't know WHY Jory loves Sam so much. Or why Sam loves Jory so much. They can't keep their hands off each other, that's obvious, but, there has to be more than that for a romance to work for the reader, I think. Where does Sam's possessiveness come from? Why is he SO different when he's with Jory from when he's without - so much so that his family is all so very cool with discovering that he's gay after all these years? To be honest, I wasn't very fond of him with Jory either. Hopefully he'll become more simpatico for me in the next volume - of two books.

And then there's Dane Harcourt. What the hell is the deal with this dude? I don't understand his obsession with Jory. And it does come across as very much of an obsession to me. For the longest time, I thought it was going to be revealed that Dane was actually in love with Jory and was waiting for the boy to grow up, to experience life and then they could meet on a level playing field, I guess. This relationship, which is very important in the books, puzzles the hell out of me. I don't get it.

And dear Lord, if someone puts their hand on the back of Jory's neck again, I might just scream! Every scene, it seemed, with some sort of intimacy between Jory and a male character had the male character putting his hand on the back of Jory's neck. It got very old after a while. (Oh, and Sam's mom? Totally Richard Castle's mom and I LOVED HER!)

It sounds like I didn't like the book, but I honestly did! It was a good read and the sex scenes were very, very hot. And there was a plot and subplots - they just were mostly a little iffy in my opinion. So now I've got to go and buy A Matter of Time Vol 2 (Books 3 and 4) so I can find out how else this relationship is going to screw itself, maybe figure out what the hell is up with Dane and if Jory's going to make it to 25. And sadly, it's more that I have to get it because I'm annoyed at the way this book left me and hope there's some redemption to come than because I want more of the story and characters because I loved them.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lies and Consequences by Kaje Harper


This was a fun, sexy, adventure-filled read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a treat for a free download!!! You can be sure that Kaje Harper is now on my list of authors to definitely buy. 

The two male leads were lovely, flawed, sexy, adorable and infuriatingly dense at times. I loved them both. :) 

The adventures were a bit all over the map and rather improbable, but hell, they were there to serve the growing relationship between Chris and Ian and they served their purpose well. I really enjoyed the glimpses we got of their families and friends and kinda wished for more... especially with Chris' sister. 

All in all, Lies and Consequences was a really good read and I would not hesitate to recommend it!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hot Head by Damon Suede


A lovely book! Thanks to everyone in the M/M Romance group who recommended it.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Home Ground by Ann Somerville


Darshian Tales - Book 4

I totally enjoyed this 4th volume of Darshian Tales. 

I love how Ann's characters take their time falling in love and how each love is different - so often in series works, we see the same relationship played out over and over again with only the names changing. Not with Ann's works. 

Home Ground was a little ... I guess more quiet than the other books, but that, I believe, is because Wepizi is a calmer, more even-tempered character than any of the others that Ann has written about. 

Now, Prince Juimei is anything but even-tempered, but by the end of the book, he's well on his way to a peaceful life, albeit a very interesting one! 

And the other story, Bearing Fruit, well, I loved it. I cried. And it was so wonderful to see so much of my favorite Kei and his mate Arman and see them so happy. 

I must add that Ann's world-building skills are impressive! The world of Periter and it's lands, Darshian, Andon, Kuprij are distinct and well-defined, their cultures full and well-rounded. A wonderful read!!