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review 2017-11-24 22:30
On Davis Row
On Davis Row - NR Walker

You get through life trying to be invisible. You think no one’ll notice you don’ read or write too well if you just hide in th’ background. Disappear. You think if they don’ notice you, they won’t ever know. Well guess what?” He slid his hand up to my neck and ran his thumb over my jaw. I couldn’t breathe. “I see you, Clinton Davis. I see you.”

 

And see him he did.

 

NR Walker has once again created such a touching and beautifully developed couple in CJ and Noah and a story that is so unique and quintessential Walker. My goodness, she even brought the act of hugging to all new heights.

 

My eyes burned with tears and I had to suck back a breath. I could feel myself about to cry and I forced myself to stop. But then he slid his hand around my neck and pulled me against him. In that safe and warm place I’d only ever known with him.
A hug. A simple fucking hug. His warm arms, gentle and kind touch, that I could feel sewing up the gaping holes in my heart, in my soul.
It was just a hug, but it wasn’t. It was so much more.
It was human touch. It was kindness and understanding. It was reassuring and soul-mending.
I clung to him, like a fucking kid. Like if I let go, I’d fall apart. And he held me, just held me without question, without judgement.

 

 

This is by no means a sex filled book. But the acts of love and commitment are far from absent. This relationship is just beautiful and the compassionate nature of Noah and the way Walker explores the lives and perceptions of those on Davis Row are quite compelling. I'd be lying if I said I never had these same perceptions about someone. Terribly accurate honestly and just sad when you fail to see things from a completely different perspective. I mean...

 

 

Yes, I thought of this often. It took someone with the wisdom of Atticus to see the truth that was Clinton and that person was Noah. This story was so well developed and not rushed at all. I loved Noah's "rule" and how this only heightened the sexual tension between them. Phew.

 

And I absolutely loved the epilogue here. It was so them.

 

He was everything I never knew I needed. He was everything I wanted, longed for, dreamed of, and never thought I could have.

 

Definitely another of my favorites for 2017 and one I look forward to revisiting time and time again.

 

*An ARC was received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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review 2017-11-21 21:36
The Rules
The Rules - Jamie Fessenden

He couldn’t imagine being with anyone else, or even with just Boris or just Thomas. He needed both of them. They interconnected like the pieces of a puzzle—a wonderful puzzle with a complicated picture full of books and exotic foods and paintings and beautiful naked men… and lots and lots of naughty bits.

 

At the end of the year, when I reflect on what books have been the best of the best, it will be those books that I still remember scenes, remember characters, and while I may not be able to remember every detail it will be those books that are different enough and touching enough that they have grabbed hold and not let go. 


I am pretty certain that “The Rules” we will one of those books.  What I love about this is that it is not your typical romance and these are certainly not your typical men.  There is absolutely no character I have ever read about like Boris.  He is undoubtedly one of a kind.

 

And like all MMM romances, this is not a relationship that can be easily written. And for me there are not many that work really really well.  This one, for me, did.  And I think a lot of that not only had to do with Boris but in the complete and total honest and quite blunt actions these men take.  And the fact that jealousy DOES come into play was realistic to say the least.

 

There are some MMM books where one of the men makes statements like, “Why would I be jealous?  I mean, I know he loves me.”  Do you really??  I say horseshit, honestly. If you do not experience jealousy in regards to your loved one then for me it comes across more that you just don’t really care.  Caring is an emotion, jealousy is an emotion, claiming someone as yours and wanting no one else to touch what is yours is an emotion.  And what I love about this story is their methods and conversations to deal with these emotions in a positive way.  There is TRUST that is built between them.  There are boundaries and rules and ways of touching one another that is done in such a way that it forges this bond between them that is built quite beautifully together as three.

 

There is not much I want to really say about them for fear of saying too much and spoiling this quite humorous, touching and rather emotional journey.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2017-11-20 06:36
Duties, responsibilities and the author's obligation to tell the truth
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers - John Gardner

 

One of the most interesting things about this book is how attitudes have changed in regards to what it means to be an author.

 

The Art of Fiction - Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner, was published in 1984, long before the advent of online platforms that make self-publishing free and easy to any and everyone.

 

This is not your "How to Write a Novel for Dummies" and Gardner definitely would not have supported "everyone's right to publish" as proclaimed by many indie authors and the entire self-publishing industry.

 

Gardner felt that aspiring to be an author was almost akin to a "higher calling" and required rigorous study and practice. As well as hard work and sacrifice such a career choice came with duties and responsibilities.

 

The most important of which is telling the truth, and not just getting facts right, but making sure your fiction is believable and not perceived by the reader as a lie. Foremost it must "affirm moral truths about human existence".

 

Good fiction according to Gardner "creates a vivid and continuous dream" for the reader.

 

Though the book contains good suggestions on craft they're not presented point by point but rather embedded within the text. That means enduring a lot of with Gardner's rather academic, elitist attitude.

 

Is it worth it? Definitely - if you're serious about becoming an accomplished author.

 

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url 2017-11-08 23:59
A Character’s POV = A Character’s Truth

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review 2017-11-08 17:50
Dirty Mind
Dirty Mind - Roe Horvat

I have to say, I was not expecting this AT ALL!

Still in such awe over this story and this beautiful writing style. I am not sure if it was the cover or the blurb but this is not at all what I expected to get when I started this book. This was just amazing.

As I was when I finished "The Layover", I am just in a daze and unable to put into words properly my feelings on this book. It is a must read.

I am so anxious for the next story in this "series" and hear it will be full of angst. Bring it Roe.

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