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review 2018-06-01 03:57
Sheep's Clothing by Elin Gregory 3.5 Star Review!
Sheep's Clothing - Elin Gregory

A terrifying personal change plus a family bereavement might have been bearable, but the break up of a relationship as well is just too much for handyman Darren Murchison to take. Everywhere needs someone who can fix pipes and fit lights, right? So he ups stakes and moves to a quiet valley in rural Wales.

With work to do, a house to improve and a hunky farmer to lust after, things are looking up! In sheep country just how much trouble can a gay, English, werewolf plumber get into?




For such a short read, this is a wonderful romance in terms of character development, setting, and world building. 

We get the start of a romance but the bad guy took up room where more love story could have been but very good quick read. A delight with lots of fun surprises.

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review 2016-08-11 00:00
Eleventh Hour
Eleventh Hour - Elin Gregory
DNF at 53%

I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't like this book.

It's hard to read a book when you can't warm up with main characters. And that is exactly what happened to me - I really didn't connect with Briers Allerdale and Miles Siward.

The blurb appeared very promising, and honestly what could be better than two British agents of the Secret Intelligence Service playing a married couple as undercover in London of the 1920's in a dangerous mission to save "King and country"?

Let me say, I liked the idea, but I didn't enjoy the performance. The plot still COULD have been quite intriguing (despite my not caring about the relationship between the MCs), if there were more dynamic in the events and less long-winded passages that made it difficult for me to concentrate on the story. One of my issues, I'd like to mention - I didn't feel like I was reading an mm romance. The author was so focused on Miles playing a maid that she forgot - IMO- that he was supposed just to pretend to be the one. I think the story could have been much more peppy and entertaining, hadn't she written it as a f/m romance.

This is, no doubt, a well written and good researched book, but very much not my taste.
I was bored to death, and after struggling through it, I decided to give up.

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review 2016-08-01 23:36
On a Lee Shore - Elin Gregory

I have so many thoughts about this book, it's kind of hard to know where to start.


The thing about this book is that I expected the wrong things. I expected the romance to be in the forefront of the story, but the romance is more of a subplot. I ended up enjoying it, true, but it was a unsettling surprise when the romance ended up being not the center of the story.


I have mixed feelings about the romance. On the one hand, Kit and Griffin have a genuine chemistry and I really liked seeing the romance progress. And there were a few sexy moments. But (and this is a big thing)...sometimes Griffin was an asshole. He would lose his temper, act rude, a few times he was violent and I didn't like that at all. So love-hate feelings about the romance in this one

I liked most of the characters, but there were so many it was hard to feel a true connection to them. The only one is Kit, really. I do like him quite a lot.
Also, side note: this is a heavily male-dominated story. There's literally only one or two female characters with speaking lines, and they're just minor characters. And since this is both an m/m and historical fiction I guess I should've expected it, but I still didn't like it.


Sometimes the writing just skips over events with a summary sentence instead of actually showing what happened. And that was annoying af.


Despite all my complaints, I did really enjoy this. I was scared towards the end that it would be sad, but never fear, there is an HEA. and it was so sweet. And I do love me some pirates :)


Tl;dr version- The only way I can sum up my feelings on this is love-hate. Loved some parts, hated others, and yet others I only mildly like. I would recommend it, just expect the romance to not be the main story.

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review 2015-08-30 00:00
Sheep's Clothing
Sheep's Clothing - Elin Gregory ** 2 stars **
Wales, werewolf and surprisingly (for me) weresheep. Too long, not very interesting, didn't get the feel for the characters. Liked the Welsh name Gethin, though.

Part of the Bollocks! anthology. Read my whole review here.
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review 2014-10-07 18:48
unbalanced but still enjoyable mix of historical and romantic fantasy
On a Lee Shore - Elin Gregory

Have you ever heard of Saint-Malo in France? Ah guys, it’s one of my favorite places! Saint-Malo is the Corsair Town. It’s a lair protected by fortifications and a coast spiked with reefs and breakers; it’s a bay that is a jewel of the Emerald Coast, a point from which the corsairs spread on the oceans to lead a war of their own. It’s a testimony of the past, a door to the open sea, an invitation to travel, whether it is for real or in your head, to dream of scoundrels with tanned faces and cheeky grins. It’s a place where you can stand halfway between earth and sea, halfway between history and an Errol Flynn movie.


Annnd….Saint-Malo is absolutely not mentioned in this story that is absolutely not about corsairs.


The only reason for which I went off at this tangent (besides the fact that I tend to frequently go off on a tangent), is that this halfway state is exactly how I felt while reading this book. “On a Lee Shore” is a mix of historical authenticity and romantic fantasy.


Sails catch the wind and flap, ropes creak, decks lift and plunge, a skilled navigator and a brand new octant are prized possessions on a ship that is shaped from hold to mast until it becomes solid and alive, quivering and heaving. It’s the Africa, Kit’s beauty, a character in her own right, and you’re on board for a travel in time as well as a trip in the Caribbean. It’s more than a setting; it’s a tale about sailing, about ships, about Kit’s love for the open sea and for his job.


Also, a captain who is all charm and honor behind his scruffy beard, and definitely more gentleman thief than blood-thirsty barbarian (a corsair if you ask me), big-hearted pirates who give sentimental advice, back-stabbing villains and not a shadow of grey area; you stepped in movie-like adventures with hellish storms, naval battles and boardings, and a romance with an uptight Kit who struggles not to give in to piracy and to his Griff. As a side note, I found it ironic that he could be hanged for both.


This back-and-forth between authenticity and fantasy works very well for the most part; “On a Lee Shore” is a very enjoyable read. It has its drawbacks though. I loved that a great part of this story is about navigation, and I loved the Africa; I’m appreciative of the great care that Elin Gregory put in her story. But damn! She also took her sweet time to set it, and my attention began to sway and wander before I was halfway through the trip, which thankfully didn’t last. The story found its breath mid-course, gripped my attention back and flew smoothly until the end.


The romance is more a sub plot in Kit’s story arc than the main focus of the novel, but I didn’t mind that. I did mind however the rushed HEA, and I wonder if it’s a problem of balance … Kit, who definitely belongs to historical authenticity, is fully fleshed out, while Griff, who belongs to the fantasy side, remains a foil, which results in a romance that is sweet but skated over, with inconvenient plot holes in dire need of hasty padding and an intriguing character who leaves you wanting more. It doesn’t ruin the book, but it is disappointing in such a polished tale.


To sum it up, “On a Lee Shore” is a great historical, a little bit slow in the beginning but making it up afterwards, and all in all very entertaining. It’s also the story of a man who learns to be happy and free. Recommended if you don’t mind the romance being in the backseat.

Source: www.boysinourbooks.com
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