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review 2017-06-04 19:13
Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Pull Me Under: A Novel - Kelly Luce

I heard about this book from Book of the Month. The premise sounded so intriguing to me. I love any book that has to do with Japan and Japanese culture so when I saw that this book dealt with what it's like being half-Japanese and what happens when a murder takes place within the country, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, the execution was poorly done.


I thought Kelly Luce had a beautiful writing style. I did like that her depictions of the area in Japan sounded beautiful. However, that's where my admiration ends. I has a problem with how she described Japanese people. Yes, I know that Japan is not some holy land with kind people all around. But Luce made it sound like the majority of people in Japan treated foreigners as less than human with maybe three people being the exception. Where as America treated Asians a lot more kindly. Which, if you know anything about history, you know that isn't the case. I just didn't like how Luce painted this picture of how America was somehow better than Japan. It left a disgusting taste in my mouth. No country is better than another. We have different ways of life and that's it. 


Another problem I had with the book was the main character. The story was promising enough when it focused on Chizuru Akitani, but when she moved to the States and changed her name to Rio Silvestri, the story took a dip. I found "Chizuru" and her struggles a lot more interesting than "Rio." Rio was a self-absorbed, dimwitted, exercised-obsessed woman. She forced what she wanted onto people and made so many stupid mistakes that a forty-year-old woman should know better about. Plus, I felt like a lot of the problems she faced in Japan as an adult happened because she wanted it to happen... then she has the nerve to complain about it the entire time. 


If the book had focused more on Chizuru and her past, I think I would have enjoyed this book more. If Luce didn't let her biases into the story about Japan being a certain way, I definitely would have enjoyed the book more. If the main character wasn't so self-absorbed and didn't make such stupid decisions, this book would have been amazing. But no. This book was one of the biggest disappointments I've read this year because I was so excited to read it. I really thought I was going to love this book.


If you're still curious about it, go ahead and give it a read. You may like it more than I did. There's sexual assault, bullying, murder, suicide, and child negligence so keep that in mind with picking up this book. Hopefully, you end enjoying it.

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review 2015-11-03 00:00
Pull Me Under
Pull Me Under - Zarah Detand This is one of my all time favorite mm books - What more can I say?
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-03-02 00:52
Pull Me Under by Zarah Detand
Pull Me Under - Zarah Detand

There are spoilers, but not too bad, and I am pretty sure you already know, or at least can guess the ending :)




We have Ben, a football star, and Henry, an average college kid, in a fake relationship for the strategic media purposes. For Ben having a fake boyfriends means softening the blow of coming out of the closet. Despite being fake boyfriends, the boys enjoy themselves together. It's all sunshine and rainbows and lollipops and very very sweet and beautiful.






But don't get fooled. The gloom is just around the corner.



It's not unusual for the boys to break up for a day or two. They can't fully enjoy themselves without thinking "it's fake"...




They tend to overthink things, of which both are guilty...




or eavesdrop, mostly Ben...



or assume things, and again, both are guilty, but mostly Ben.



Jake, Ben's friend, is the only person who can see straight and in real light...



And so he arranges for the boys to meet each other, in their darkest hour, when all seems to be lost...



And while Ben is still too confused...



and tries to send Henry away...



Henry - finally! - comes out of his funk....



and forces himself on Ben...



and that's when it dawns on the football star...




The suffers they suffered were all for nothing!!!




Hugs, kisses...



and hot sex follows.


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In the end they ride into the sunset airport together, flowers and hearts and pretty things raining down on them. 



Loved the book, but continuous misunderstandings and complete lack of communication knocked a star off for me.


Nevertheless, loved the boys! Will probably re-read in the near future :D 




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text 2015-02-25 15:53
Pull Me Under by Zarah Detand : I've read 60%.
Pull Me Under - Zarah Detand

I kinda feel bad for James. He was there first :/

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review 2014-12-13 00:00
Pull Me Out From Under by jackles67
Pull Me Out From Under - jackles67 Pull Me Out From Under - jackles67

A well written dark fic from jackles67. Hunter Jared rescues vampire Jensen from evil hunter Jack who has been keeping Jensen as his slave. Jared improves Jensen's conditions but does not know if he can trust the vampire.

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