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review 2018-08-28 02:33
Horn Gate (Scratch #1) by Damon Suede Review
Horn Gate - Damon Suede

ORN GATE: Open at your own risk.

 

Librarian Isaac Stein spends his lumpy, lonely days restoring forgotten books, until the night he steals an invitation to a scandalous club steeped in sin. Descending into its bowels, he accidentally discovers Scratch, a wounded demon who feeds on lust.

 

Consorting with a mortal is a bad idea, but Scratch can't resist the man who knows how to open the portal that will free him and his kind. After centuries of possessing mortals, he finds himself longing to surrender.

 

To be together, Isaac and Scratch must flirt with damnation and escape an inhuman trafficking ring—and they have to open their hearts or they will never unlock the Horn Gate.

 

Review

 

There is a lot of to be had in this dense smoke and mirrors paranormal story. 

I really love a plain Joe hero but he gets transformed here and while that worked with the plot we didn't get enough time in the story to think about this process.

The mythology is great as we take a deep dive into Jewish folklore but sometimes the smoke is a bit too thick in these aspects of the tale even though the prose and is fun.

Overall, I needed more romance with Scratch and more detail.

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review 2017-11-28 17:48
Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede 4 Star Review!
Hot Head (Head #1) - Damon Suede

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire...

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

 

Review

 

It is easy to see why this is such a popular romance novel. It has everything. Friends to Lovers, firefighters, ginger hero, hot sexy times, great dialogue, wonderful setting, connection to important history...

 

It is a bit over the top but it is a also grand and passionate and loving. There are several plot turns and some how it remains believable because of the loving connection between our heroes.

 

There are things I wanted more of because we were only in Griff's head and Dante didn't even really talk about his feelings until the end. I love the end of this book and hope some of the secondary characters get a story.

 

Good hot stuff!

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review 2017-10-24 20:57
DNF after 60%
Pent Up - Damon Suede Pent Up - Damon Suede

I don't know. This just felt very tedious to read. I tried to get throught with it, but it really was so boring and at times confusing.

 

I didn't really feel any of the main characters.

 

So I stopped reading, I just couldn't motivate myself to power on...

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review 2017-03-22 00:00
Lickety Split
Lickety Split - Damon Suede 3.5 stars

I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. I have a feeling this is one of those books that would work better for me on a re-read, I didn’t love it and didn’t hate it, I just struggled a bit through it. Age gap, opposites attract and a bit of kink should be an easy win in my book, plus it’s Damon Suede. I admit I had a lot of trouble with the dialect and when Tucker was talking to Patch I often really wasn’t sure what he was saying. I also had trouble with Tucker’s attitude overall, but by the end of the story I was invested in their happiness.

There is a lot happening in this story, but I felt like Patch dealing with the past was a bit unfinished. How is he the only one with such a different POV on how his parents viewed him? I know as a child your view is skewed, but could things have been that uneven? Did his father put on an act for others but treat him as a huge disappointment at home? The way Tucker treated him in the past was addressed and I understood what happened, but I felt a bit lost as to what actually happened to make Patch run away from home when he did.

The sex scenes, particularly the edging scenes were intense. They aren’t fluffy and tender, but they are hot. I did feel their emotional connection, though it took a while to get there and I liked the juxtaposition of Tucker’s slower life with Patch’s non-stop moving and them working to find a compromise. Then ending felt HFN as they have a plan, but I’d kind of like to see just how it works out.
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review 2017-03-14 23:36
ARC Review: Lickety Split by Damon Suede
Lickety Split - Damon Suede

This was at once an utterly fascinating character study of an old cowboy and a young man who lost his heart to that same cowboy long ago, and an utterly frustrating read at times, what with the slow dance around the truth these two men insist upon, but also utterly satisfying in the end, when they both get that what they want, but don't know how to ask for.

I don't have a lot of exposure to Damon Suede's writing. I read Bad Idea many moons ago, so this one didn't pop my Damon Suede cherry, but still - haven't read much by this author at all.

Still, Bad Idea was impressive, and when this here book came along, I snapped it up. Enemies to Lovers trope set in deep down Texas between a young man who ran away from the homophobia long time ago, and his object of desire/tormenter - hells, yeah, sign me up!

This book has to be read slowly, and savored. There's so much between the lines that it's easy to miss a point or five the author is trying to make if you're rushing through it.

On the surface, Patch (the younger man) and Tucker (the older one) are complete opposites.

Patch is going places, he has plans to take his DJing to the next level by opening a club, he's young and full of come, and hook-ups are all he needs. He doesn't want to go back to Texas and has no desire to revisit his past.

Tucker, on the other hand, is nothing more than a washed-up cowboy-cum-caretaker who looks after the farm Patch's parents own, and who lives in a rundown trailer on property. He thinks his time has passed, and that he has nothing to offer anyone, so he's alone and a bit lonely sometimes too. Except for his dog, he's really go no one to talk to day in and day out.

Yep, on the surface, they're as different as night and day. And there's some bad history there too, with Tucker having tormented Patch during his stint playing high school football, when Patch was just a skinny thing and Tucker his coach.

When Patch's parents die in an accident, all he wants to do is get in town to take care of business and get himself back to NYC, pronto. Except, time slows down in Texas, and so do Patch's plans to sell the farm quickly and leave.

This book is truly a character study. It's fascinating to watch the interactions between Patch and Tucker, and both of them changing before your eyes. Yes, there's sexy times too, and even in those, the fundamental differences between the two men are highlighted. Hot, sweaty nights give way to leisurely hours at the pond, with a bit of edging for pleasure added for good measure. Patch learns to slow down, and Tucker learns that sometimes it's okay to say "I love you" instead of expecting the other person to simply know.

They both learn to communicate, in words and deeds, as the story progresses. Mistakes and misunderstandings notwithstanding, both men, young and old, grow in this book. As Patch cleans out the house where he used to live, he takes stock of his life and also learns that you can take the boy outta Texas, but you can't take Texas outta the boy. And that maybe not all is as it seemed back then.

Slowly, carefully, Damon Suede peels back the layers of his characters, showing his readers time and again that he has mastered his craft, creating and exploring two exquisite and completely oppositional characters with depth and heart and determination. There are moments that are utterly breathtaking, and they sneak up on you so unexpectedly that you can't help but sit there with your gaping maw, wondering what just happened.

Read this, savor this. It's masterfully done.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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