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review 2017-07-15 17:01
Review: "Road to the Sun" by Keira Andrews
Road to the Sun: May-December Gay Romance - Keira Andrews


~ 4.5 stars ~


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review 2016-10-05 00:00
Boss of Me (A May December Office Romance)
Boss of Me (A May December Office Romanc... Boss of Me (A May December Office Romance) - Lila Younger description



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review 2016-06-12 02:55
Heart Quest by Robin D. Owens
Heart Quest - Robin D. Owens

Trif Clover desperately wants to find her HeartMate, to the point where she has decided to risk ridicule and embarrassment by going door to door throughout the city and looking for him with her charmkey. What she doesn't realize is that he's living in her apartment building.

Guardsman Ilex Winterberry made sure to wait until after Trif had searched her building before moving in. He wishes he could court her properly but 1) he's 25 years her senior and feels that he's far too old for her and 2) he's had visions that tell him he'll die soon, and HeartMates always die within a year of each other. He refuses to cut Trif's life short. All he'll allow himself to do is watch over her and be her friend. As he investigates a recent series of murders, he worries about Trif's similarity to the victims and does his best to keep her safe.

It's been years since I last read the four books prior to this one. Although this was a reread, it wasn't the best way to jump back into the series. Ilex's murder investigation led to him talking to lots of characters I knew had been in the previous books but otherwise couldn't remember much about. It wasn't much of a problem that I could barely remember T'Ash, Danith, Straif, and Mitchella's books, but not remembering Holm and Lark's book (Heart Duel) definitely was. The Holly family's curse, caused by the head of the household's disapproval of Holm and Lark's marriage, had a prominent place in Heart Quest, and I couldn't for the life of me remember why T'Holly had been against their marriage.

Another thing I had forgotten about this series was the cheesiness of its setup. The planet Celta was colonized 405 years prior to Heart Quest, and apparently all or most of the colonists were Celtic pagans (I think?). Either they arrived with psi abilities (Flair) already in place, or something about the planet gave some of them psi abilities. At three points throughout their lives, Celtans with Flair go through Passages that (I think – again, it's been a while since I read those earlier books) help their Flair settle and, in some cases, allow them to connect with their HeartMates (soulmates). HeartMate relationships are supposed to be strong and wonderful, but not all HeartMates manage to find each other or even want that kind of close connection if they do.

The world also has something called Fams, telepathic animals that can bond with particular people. I love cats, but I have to admit that Owens' cat Fams tend to annoy me. I think it has something to do with the way she has them speak – their first person singular pronouns are always capitalized, to show their lofty opinions of themselves. Greyku, Trif's vain kitten Fam, was particularly bad. She either didn't know or didn't care that Trif wasn't wealthy and begged for things like jeweled collars and an artist who could dye her fur. I liked Vertic, Ilex's fox Fam, much more – he came across as being more settled and mature, and he certainly didn't talk as much.

Anyway, the first half of the book spent a bit too much time on characters who weren't directly related to this book's main story – the Holly family curse, Danith and the Fams, and Saille T'Willow's drastic decision to find his HeartMate by sending his HeartGift out into the world where anything could happen to it. Thankfully, the book felt more focused in the second half. Trif finally learned who her HeartMate was and got the chance to change his mind about being with her, and Ilex's murder investigation finally began to uncover promising information.

The murder investigation was so-so. Although Ilex's methods were intriguing, a blend of normal and psi evidence-gathering, a recording of one survivor's memories, and little magical poppets that could eventually point Ilex and other guardsmen to the murderers, the murderers and their motives wouldn't be worth much more than a yawn to the average mystery reader.

The progression of Ilex and Trif's romance was much more fun, although I have to admit that there were times when the age gap between them was a bit much for me. The way Ilex obsessed about it in the first half of the book kept reminding me of it, and there were several times when the gap between Trif and Ilex's maturity seemed as great as the gap between Greyku and Vertic. I could understand Ilex's fear that his death would end up killing Trif too if they bonded, so it was frustrating when Trif kept ignoring that fear and saying she didn't care.

On the one hand, this book reminded me why I hadn't read any of this series in years. The romance could have been better, the mystery was so-so, and the Fams tended to be annoying. On the other hand, I still had fun. Ilex was a great character, several of the side characters were intriguing, and I liked the fantasy and sci-fi elements despite their cheesy aspects. It's too bad the AI-run Residences don't have a more prominent place in the series.

Additional Comments:

I noticed four typos, two of them within a couple pages of each other. In one instance, the typo interfered with the meaning of the sentence enough that it took me a few beats to figure out what the character was saying.


The beginning of the book includes a map of Celta.


Rating Note:


I debated between 3 and 3.5 stars. It's probably more of a 3-star book, but I liked Ilex enough to bump it up to 3.5.


(Original review, including read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-02-26 23:50
REVIEW: My Nights With Kate by M.T. Stone

22yo college senior didn't expect her internet request for a sugar daddy

to yield the famous fashion-merchandising guru she's had a crush on since childhood. 49yo CEO Hero not only wined her and dined her in luxury but also eagerly supported her career ambitions in the fashion industry. He also matched her sexual prowess and openness to sexual adventure. However, he seemed to be distancing himself away the more from her the more he made things happen for her career. Why is putting limits in their relationship?


This was a waste of time. And I felt fooled by the book synopses. It made it sound like it would be a good & sexy May-December romance, especially the part that described it as “A red hot affair (that) transforms into a beautiful love story”. It was neither good, sexy, or romantic. And, “love story”? Not even. The book description made it sound like the book was an erotic romance. It's NOT. It's purely erotica & it wasn't even good erotica. There was plenty of detailed sex scenes but it was too technical to evoke sensuality. It catalogued the life of about-to-retire 49yo Hero, which is now filling up with sexual adventure than ever before. His voice was the most real among all the other POVs (point of views). I'm actually convinced that the author of this book is an older male.** If the author is actually a female, then the author writes male gerontology better than female young adulthood. Except for the archaic endearments 49yo Hero used for heroine. It made him sound more like a 70-year-old than a 49-year-old American male. Emotional pull of this book was severely lacking. Pages were spent more on business & luxury items than on character and romance development. I got bored & didn't want to waste any more time so I skimmed the last half. Turned out it was the best idea.


Not recommended.


**My explanation of why I believe this author is an older man is here.

Source: movesme.blogspot.com/2015/02/my-nights-with-kate-by-mt-stone.html
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review 2013-09-05 00:00
Forbidden Fruit (Under Mr. Nolan's Bed #1) - Selena Kitt This is a revised version of Selena Kitt's now infamous book, Under Mr. Nolan's Bed. This updated version explores two young woman in their burgeoning sexuality. This book is supposed to be set in the 50's/60's which is a change from the original. It never explicitly says what the year is. This was to add to the scandalous nature of the sexual exploration. There were also a few big changes from the first book in terms of what happens with the main characters. (I did not read the first or second versions. )Leah is a Catholic School girl who is now twenty years old. She and her best friend have been inseparable since grade school. Leah's father is absent from her life and her mother has been very strict. Leah has been living at home and has never even gotten a driver's license. Leah and her best friend, Erica go exploring under Mr. Nolan's bed and find an epic stash.Erica Nolan is Leah's best friend and partner in crime.Mr. Rob Nolan has been grieving the loss of his wife for years. He has never found the courage to date again.One day while the girls are home from school, they venture into Mr. Nolan's room and look under his bed. They find stacks of porn. Pictures, magazines and videos. As the girls begin to explore the images, they experiment with each other.Soon, Leah begins wondering what Mr. Nolan does with all of his pornography. She secretly sneaks into his room to watch him one night and what she sees only adds fuel to the fire.Leah and Erica know that what they are doing is wrong and confess their sins.Leah can't take it any more, she finds herself drawn to Mr. Nolan and she wonders what it would be like to be with him.She can't get the images of him out of her mind.This is a tale of forbidden love that has a whole slew of taboo subjects. Erica and Leah's experimentation with each other. The naivete of both girls. The age differences. The Catholic school girl. This book was all I thought it would be. The writing was good, the story was, well, the story was ok.What this book was... scorching hot. I am not a huge fan of female on female sexual interactions but this one was good. At one point, while watching a porn movie, Erica said something along the lines of "The dialogue sucks, lets skip to the good part." I felt that way about this book, except the dialogue didn't suck and the whole book was "The good parts". This is not your typical erotica, this was hard core TABOO!One issue that I'm not sure the author thought through, if they are in the 50's, how can they have a TV with a remote to watch porn videos on? I am rating this four stars. It was not the best book I have read, but I couldn't put it down. This book was steamy and the characters lascivious. So, if you are looking for a shocking and slightly disturbing addition to your library, this is your book.4 Forbidden Stars.
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