Jake Hansen has been crushing on Gabe Byrne for half his life, but since Gabe is a straight, self-proclaimed commitment-phobe who moved away years ago to join the Marines, that crush is strictly a fantasy-best-enjoyed-in-private. And even when Gabe starts to flirt with him like crazy, Jake still knows better than to think it means anything.
Because falling in love with your straight bestie? Not just a cliche, but a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
Growing up, Gabe never saw “Little Jakey” as anything more than the kid who always liked to tag along after him and his brothers, but somehow, being friends with Jake has become the best part of his day. And after a seven-month deployment? Seeing Jake is the one thing he’s looking forward to the most.
He just didn’t expect that hanging out in person again would be so confusing… or keep blurring the lines about how straight he is… or keep making him want things that he never thought he would.
Things that seem a lot like forever.
I liked this book despite myself.
I adored Jake. I loved his self awareness and fun.
Gabe is a commitment phobe and a reactor so not my favorite character type. He also is in the I have never felt desire for any other man but you type and not a demisexual so also not my favorite. He does a lot of not self aware stuff.
And yet it is a sweet romance and I liked Jake enough and he liked Gabe enough that I enjoyed myself.
A nice circle of friends and family. I have already started the next book in the series which is way sweeter and I like it much more.
I didn't really enjoy this issue: it was all monologue, did tie up a couple storylines, but it didn't set the stage for the next story. The 'it was more like a rebirth' line at the end was lame, and made me embarrassed to be reading this.
It also didn't feel like it flowed. Dialogue and less of 'going over what had already happened making this feel like half a recap issue' would have made this issue a smoother reading for me.
(Note: I originally wrote this review in December of last year, 2016. BL was having major problems at the time, so this ended up sitting in draft mode until today, when I was organizing some of my shelves and wondered why this review had never posted. Aha!)
When Stephanie at Stephanie's Book Reviews reviewed this book, I was intrigued enough to check it out on Amazon. The Kindle edition was only 99 cents, so I splurged and bought it.
Disclosure: I paid the full retail price for the Kindle edition. I do not know the author, nor have I ever had any contact with him about this book or any other matter. I am an author of contemporary gothic and historical romances and non-fiction.
This is not really a review, since I've only read a couple chapters and may or may not read any more. But I'm so disgusted by what I found that I feel compelled to post this information. As an author, I cannot post it on Amazon; authors are not allowed to post negative comments/reviews.
I know virtually nothing about the publisher of this item, Diversion Books of New York City. They have a website that makes them look professional, and they seem to have a number of authors and titles in their catalogue. But I personally would never recommend them to anyone, based on my reading of the opening chapters of this book.
Editors are supposed to fix errors. Although editors are human and make mistakes, they shouldn't make big fat obvious ones.
Screen shot from K4PC
Copied text from later in the same chapter:
Lee Nicholson would not be wounded. She would not bleed.
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Location 245). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
Copied text from the next chapter:
“You haven’t been charged with anything, Miss Nichols.”
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Location 292). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
Copied text from later in the next chapter:
Where would she go?
Detective Lowry was staring at her with something verging on concern.
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Locations 317-318). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
She turned from her dresser to face one of the plainclothes men sifting through every item in her bedroom.
“I’m known as Lee. Lee Nichols.”
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Locations 365-367). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
An error like that is pretty much unforgivable. I caught it on a first reading late at night when I was tired as hell.
Names are important . They are one of the first identifiers of a character. They can also stop a reader in her tracks if they're wrong or jarring or . . . too familiar.
From early in Chapter 1:
Her mentor at Columbia, David Eddings, had assured her that it was her looks and not her scholarship that had landed her a spot on the news.
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Locations 224-225). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
David Eddings was a well-known author of several best-selling fantasy series. Coming across an unusual name of a real person like this is a jolt that pulls a reader out of the make-believe world of the novel. Had the name been Donald Eddings or David Geddings, I would never have noticed it. But I did notice "David Eddings" and was immediately on alert.
When the main character's name changed from "Lee Nicholson" to "Lee Nichols," the importance of the other name doubled. "Leigh Nichols" is one of the many pseudonyms of another best-selling author, Dean Koontz.
Had this been a self-published book, I probably would have stopped reading at that point and just posted a DNF review. There were other elements of the plot that bothered me even at less than 4% into the book, but I could have overlooked those if I felt confident of the writing. But because it was published by a third party, I decided to do a little more research.
The first stop was Amazon, to see what the reviews were like. Oh man, oh man, oh man, here we go again.
The Semper Sonnet's dedication:
For Jean Naggar
Margolis, Seth. The Semper Sonnet (Kindle Location 64). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
From the Amazon page for the book:
Full transparency my ass.
Oh, and that 1 comment? It's Jean Naggar's link to her own book. Follow that up and you'll find that Ms. Naggar is a literary agent. I'd be willing to bet she's Seth Margolis's agent.
Full transparency my ass.
So now I have a really bad taste in my mouth about this author and this book. I regret spending even 99 cents on it and putting 35 cents in Margolis's bank account, 7 cents of which probably went to Naggar.