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review 2017-05-25 17:47
Straight
Straight - Seth King

Perhaps the word “straight” doesn’t even mean anything at all, and we are being killed by the categories we force ourselves to live within. In fact, the only thing that scares me about the word “straight” is living my life in a straight line, too terrified to jump off the beaten path and explore something that might light me up inside.

 

So I started this knowing really nothing about this book or this author at all.  And while this starts out with a few awkward moments and exchanges, this grew on me with every page.  This was ultimately quite a beautiful journey into understanding what happens when you fall in love with someone of the same sex…fall in love with your soul mate…someone who in the end is just another human on this planet that you connect to with your whole heart. 

 

Because love does not exist between men and women. Love does not exist between blondes and brunettes. Love does not exist between Caucasian people and Asian people. Love exists between humans.

 

 

And Henry’s journey, while frustrating at times, seemed real to me.  From realizing his attraction, through the ABC’s of being gay and what is involved in having sex with another man, to understanding prejudices, and hatred based on who you love…this was incredibly thought provoking.

 

While I have no idea the journey the author himself has taken, this felt very much like the lifting of a weight that had been carried by him for years and years.  The depth at which this author explores sexuality, labels, the perception of others, religious beliefs and ultimately just the dropping of all preconceived notions of what a relationship means, it was all just incredibly touching. 

 

Overall this was just beautifully written.  The few uses of the word “kid” (cringes) faded in importance and while their ages seemed off to me, it really mattered less and less as the story developed.  I look forward to following this author and seeing what else he has to offer.

 

*Highly Recommended*

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review 2017-05-24 18:23
Dominion: Gods and Slaves, Book 1
Dominion (Gods and Slaves Series Book 1) - Heidi Ryan,Nicholas Bella

 

Well...if Master Bella has not gone and done it again!  This was so bloodydamn great. My heavens...and so worth the wait! It has been at least 6 months since we began to be teased with promises of gladiators, hard core sex, graphic violence and language and this one delivers...and delivers brilliantly.

 

I cannot wait to see where this goes from here.

 

The world building here is just so well done and the characters being formed rival what I loved so much about The New Haven Series.  Mateo is such a strong and incredibly rich character and of course seeing how his relationship with Eloy grows or changes as the story progresses will be just awesome to see. Plus there is Titus, who I love already.

 

In the earlier days since arriving at the ludus, Mateo had been meek, afraid and uncertain of what would be his fate. He now had some understanding, and he also began to see that if he were to survive, he had to cast away whatever timid feelings he had. He was in a world of warriors and barbarians. They were used to taking what they wanted, giving no apologies, and killing for sport and glory. If he was going to rise in status, he had to become someone new, someone without fear and doubt. He had to become a gladiator.

 

Indeed he does.

 

 

I cannot recommend this one enough!  Bravo Master Bella on another winner!!

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review 2017-05-23 01:50
Michael: Reinvented
Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations) - Diana Copland

I really enjoyed this a lot, especially the interactions and banter between Michael and Gil, David and Michael and Manny and Vern. ❤❤❤ Jackson remained the solid force holding this amazing group of men together and the strength of these friendships is quite beautiful. 

 

As an Architect, I love the design elements and the descriptions of their renovation projects are so well done. This current project would be quite the transformation to see unfold. 

 

This really cannot be read out of order. The story truly is a continuation of the first book and leaves things more than open for a third...which I can only assume to be Manny's book. 

 

Some truly lovely moments were included here but in the end it fell a little short for me as I felt it ended a little too quickly. I needed more of Gil and Michael as a couple. So I only hope we get more of them in future installments. Can't wait. 

 

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review 2017-05-19 02:05
Meet Me on the Cruise
Meet Me On The Cruise - Malcolm Bryant

Within moments he was back on his feet, stroking his deck, rubbing more lube on it.

 

This says it all...

 

 

This was a mess. I was intrigued at one point but that didn't last long. And I'm still wondering about the HEA mentioned in the blurb. The two that actually fucked each other I'm not sure ever even knew each other's names. 

 

 

Note:  This was a free smut read so it does meet the standards I was looking for. But...

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text 2017-05-17 14:11
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Tease - Ella Frank

“Fine. But I still want it on record somewhere that that man is an ass.”

 

 

Oh yes!!  The Priest so is. ❤❤❤

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