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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-20 14:58
Gyrfalcon - Anna Butler
Gyrfalcon - Anna Butler

Overall, I gave Gyrfalcon 3 stars and feel mostly positive about it, however for a while there it was looking a bit uncertain since the pacing of the first half of the book leaves a little to be desired and it's very clearly the start of a series (with all the additional world-building that involves).


The basic premise is that what's left of humanity is fighting a mostly-losing war against aliens and our main protagonist is a special forces type with serious daddy issues, not the greatest start for a character in my opinion. We first meet Bennett in the context of his team before he's shipped off (sorry, that pun was accidental) on his own to a mission using the eponymous warship commanded by his estranged father as a means of transport. They argued about Bennett's career path and also about the surprise discovery of his sexuality, after said father walked in on Bennett and a much older man. 


Bennett has time onboard the Gyrfalcon not only to start to rescue his relationship with his father but also to get involved sexually with one of the other pilots. Some people might struggle with this aspect of the plot, since it's clear Bennett is still in a serious relationship with the man with whom his dad found him all those years ago; since they're apart a lot, they've agreed to an 'open' relationship and both have taken advantage of this in the past. I'm not sure quite how I feel about it myself, it feels more than a little hypocritical of Bennett to have the attitude he does about Joss getting laid while he's away and yet enthusiastically embrace this opportunity for himself (repeatedly). 


As a result, that whole part of the relationship could be the make or break aspect for me when it comes to reading the rest of the series, though I may well see how the next book (Heart Scarab) handles it and go on from there. Likewise some of the writing is a little clunky, as there are a number of times where we get the same scenes from both main characters' point of view, which seems a little unnecessary. 

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review 2018-03-20 03:12
Openly, Honestly (Openly Straigh #1.5)
Openly, Honestly - Bill Konigsberg

Cute little post-holiday holiday short story. It doesn't really add anything to the series as a whole, but it was fun to spend a little time with Claire Olivia as she tries to cheer up Rafe, and we get to meet Ben's family which was nice.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-19 17:32
Blended Whiskey by Layla Reyne - Book Review
Blended Whiskey (Agents Irish and Whiskey, #4.5)Blended Whiskey by Layla Reyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet, romantic, blisteringly hot. What a way to wrap up Aiden and Jamie's story! Layla Reyne does it again!

This was a perfect St. Patrick's Day finale to tie the story of Irish and Whiskey (although I truly hope we'll catch glances of their lives being continued in Layla's upcoming Craft Brew series. The blending of Southern and Irish, of the coming together of Aiden and Jamie's families to celebrate their love, their wedding, was beautiful. Katie writing their vows - over the top romantic; Mel presiding over the wedding - a lovely tribute to Gabe, who we only knew through memories and flashbacks; it was, in the end, a seamless coming together for two guys who overcame some horrific and painful obstacles to get their happily ever after.

Layla gave each major character their own chapter and their own POV and blended them all seamlessly into a lovely wrap-up of the Barrel Proof series even as she gives us a sneak peak of the upcoming relationship of Nic and Cam in Craft Brew. Have I mentioned I can't wait for Craft Brew 1? No? Well I can't wait!

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quote 2018-03-16 11:00
He didn't need to stop at his locker, look at the gawking faces that watched him leave, silently wondering why he'd kissed Bradley and how he was holding up. He didn't need to react to them or even notice their stares anymore. He didn't need any of them.
Rory was alone and that was just fine. For now. He was used to it.
Tomorrow. Well, tomorrow was another day and maybe by then he'd have figured out how he felt about Bradley keeping their relationship a secret. Maybe he'd have thought some more about what he wanted, what he wouldn't put up with and just what it meant for whatever future their relationship might have. Because one thing was damned sure; if Bradley thought this was the end of their relationship, he could think again. He wasn't getting off so lucky.

Never Let Me Go, by Elaine White

A (New Adult) Prequel to The One That Got Away


Releases August 20th

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review 2018-03-15 15:33
Fine, I guess.
Place to Belong - Claire Boston

This is the last book in a series, and while I was entirely able to follow what was happening, it involved going to all of the weddings of the previous three series couples, which is a lot of weddings. (On years where I've had a wedding every other weekend, my response is usually OMG! Stop getting married, people!) I'm not sure if being attached to the characters before hand would have made wedding hell a little easier or not.


So this was the author's first m/m romance (the rest of the series, and all her other books are f/m) and it kind of shows. It's ALL about coming out angst, and while none of the notes hit are offensive, it's like the weddings: too much. Sean is the saddest panda in the glen, and apparently has spent his entire life previous to now closeted in gibbering terror in small town Ireland, until he meets his blood family and his sister's PA, the smoking hot American gay man. The rest off the book is absolutely everyone giving Sean hugs and telling him it's going to be okay (spoiler alert: it is). Which is fine, if you're into a very high fluff to plot ratio, but made me a little tired of Sean by the end.


We get very little of what Hayden wants, aside from an Irish hottie who can enjoy PDA. He spends most of the book helping out with weddings and trying to lure Sean out of the closet with vaguely described sexual favours. There was a liiiiitle too much pressure to come out, especially to come out at work in rural Ireland, but I've read worse on that.


I was looking for a fluffy romance to counteract the very unfluffy litfic I was reading, and this was that. It was fine. I don't really plan to read other books by this author.

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