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review 2020-06-03 18:45
Review: Fake Out
Fake Out - Eden Finley

Fake Boyfriend is one of my favorite fanfic tropes, so it was fun to see in a novel.  The story follows Maddox whose high school girlfriend refused to accept his repeated attempts at breaking up, so he finally lied and told her he was gay.  She then outed him to his entire town, which, I don't care how upset you are, that's just wrong, so I actually felt no sympathy for her because of the lie. Maddox moved to New York to attend college and then stayed, rarely visiting his small town home in Pennsylvania.  Years later he ran into the ex-sweetheart who was having a bachelorette party.  SHe boo-hoos about how it should have been them getting married and how much she misses him.  She then invited him to the wedding with his boyfriend...his non-existent boyfriend.  And much like she did in high school, she blabbed and told everyone he was coming home.  Everyone including Maddox's parents who make certain he can't politely back out of the wedding because they guilt him into bringing his boyfriend (that he didn't tell them about) home to meet them.  Now he's tasked with finding a fake boyfriend to take home for a weekend.

 

Enter his best friend, Stacy, who convinces her gay brother to do the job.  Maddox promises to get Damon, an endeavoring sports agent, a meeting with a high profile hockey player in return for the favor.  Of course Damon cannot turn the chance to gain his first (solo) client and agrees.  And shenanigans ensue. I don't want to spoil the good bits.

 

The characters were likable and flawed like normal humans.  They were not perfect and there were bad choices made and misunderstandings, but not to the point of angst where you wanted to strangle everyone.  It was a fun story where the plot didn't resolve itself immediately, but it didn't drag out overly long either.  There was comedy, drama, angst, sweetness, and sexytimes.  All of which were well written.

 

The narrators did a good job of capturing the voices and emotions of the characters.  This was the first in a series and I would be interested in checking out more.

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text 2020-06-03 07:58
Free from publisher TOR
In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ TOR.com Novellas - Seanan McGuire,Kai Ashante Wilson,Katharine Duckett,Lina Rather

Hurry and you can download this free from publisher TOR here.

 

Publisher page for more book details here.

 

There's also a bookclub for these Tor freebies here.

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review 2020-05-29 22:16
Review: The Gentleman and the Rogue
The Gentleman and the Rogue - Jasper de Montfort,Bonnie Dee,Summer Devon

This was a M/M historical romance.  It was a fun escape from the currently reality. The story read like a fanfic I once read, but that's a compliment as most fanfic I have read is as good as or better than many novels.  The narration and just meh.  There was no emotion to it, which took from the story.  Not bad, but not great.

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review 2020-05-20 04:43
Conflicted
Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

I'm going to make this short.

 

Love:

Okay Alex and Henry are adorable and I totally love them. They go back and forth just like me and the hubs.

 

Hate:

The story just. Keeps. Going. Ffs it could have been wrapped up neatly well before it was. And the whole Richardson background story was way too cliche and easy to figure out. Because the book dragged on forever, I started to lose interest. 

 

So, a good book but a bit slow and dull.

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review 2020-03-30 21:31
I am at a loss...
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris

Holy shit, this went from mildly amusing to meh to holy fuck he is a raging crazy person. First, the chapter on killing sea turtles while his parents allowed it really bothered me. THEN he goes on to a part about how he wants to remind the world about Jesus. Okay, fair enough. Oh no, he wants to send everyone to Hell that he doesn't agree with. Like... transgender people, Democrats, abortionists, Muslims, Buddhists, pretty much anyone NOT David Sedaris. Omg, I cannot tell if he's being satirical or not, but if I can't tell then I'm going to assume you're serious. So, hard left swipe, asshole.

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