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review 2017-08-24 00:00
Transcendence - Shay Savage DNF. Will try some other time
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review 2017-01-01 16:13
Review: Too Close by R. Phoenix
Too Close - Shay R. Phoenix





This was a hard book for me to read. I'm wrecked. A whole lot came very close to my very own experience.

The after effects of abuse will sometimes take a lifelong to recover from.

"Or I just don't care, because what I need doesn't really matter."


Skyler was so much stronger than he ever thought of himself.

I can't do this for me - I don't deserve better, a rancorous voice in the back of my mind suggests - but I can do it for her.

I'll always be strong for Evie.



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review 2016-12-31 12:08
Review: Too Close
Too Close - Shay R. Phoenix

Hurt/comfort fans, pay attention!!
What a wonderful book! So much hurt/comfort going on here, I couldn’t get enough.


18 year old Skylar is responsible for his 16 year old sister and tries his best to provide for her. He will do anything for her. Even sell his body to the man they are living with. Tate is controlling, possessive and demeaning to Sky. But every time he beats Skylar, he tries to make up for it by buying presents and acting all sweet.

Skylar knows he is in an abusive relationship, but he has nowhere else to go. He’s glad his sister doesn’t know the extent of his relationship with Tate. She just knows Tate is bad news.

When Sky gets a call from his sister’s school and has to come in for a meeting, he meets her math teacher, Dexter.

Dexter is instantly smitten with the sweet and funny brother of one of his students. He knows Skylar is much younger, but he can’t stay away from him.

The two continue to meet since Sky is accompanying his sister to her tutoring sessions with Dexter. Skylar feels happy there is someone who finally sees him, someone who laughs at his ridiculous math jokes. But Skylar also knows he doesn’t deserve a man like Dexter. How could someone ever love someone who sells his body so he has a roof over his head…

My heart went out to Skylar. The abuse he had to suffer was just awful. But it also showed how strong he really was, even though he didn’t believe that himself. He tried so hard to appear fine all the time.


And Dexter was sweet, caring and just overall awesome. He wasn’t some rich billionaire swooping in to save the abused guy, but he was simply there for Skylar and Evie.


The writing in this was really exceptional. It had a great pace and didn’t skip over the first few meetings and dialogue (as a lot of authors do). I was sucked in and cared for the characters from the first page.

What really stood out for me was that this pretty funny at times too.

His voice is hoarse as he asks, “Do you want…?”
I nod fervently, then blink. “I should probably get you to be more specific. I don’t know what I just agreed to.”
Dexter laughs. “Strip algebra,” he says dryly.
“That’s not a thing!” I protest, only to reconsider. “... is it?”

I also loved the terrible math puns Skylar dished out. He was such a great character.

“You keep asking her to find your x and she doesn’t know y,” I explain, deadpan.
Dexter looks blankly at me, quirking a brow.
I beam at him.
He groans when it finally seems to hit him. “That… is possibly the worst math joke I’ve ever heard.”.

If I have one complaint about this book it would be that the relationship could have used a bit more development near the end. I felt that part was just a bit rushed. But the rest was just so awesome that I have to give this 5 stars.

And for those who are wondering, this is light on steam. We do get one sex scene at the end, but sexy times are not the main focus of this story.

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text 2016-12-31 07:24
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Too Close - Shay R. Phoenix So far this book is everything I'd hoped it would be (and more!)
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review 2016-12-06 20:01
a proper throw your kindle at the wall ending!
Conquest: Kai's Story - Kaden Shay
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.
Picture the scene, if you will. There you are, merrily reading this book. It's okay, you are going to finish it but it's just ticking over as okay and a three star read. Then it starts to get good, just past half way. And it gets better and better, star rating creeping up and up and then??
THEN!?!?!?!?! Then you run out of bloody book!!!
I mean, it's a proper throw-your-kindle-at-the-wall, spit-your-dummy-out, stamp-your-feet and Chuck-your-toys-out-the-pram kind of reaction I've not had for some time!!!
After an apocalyptic event wiped much of humanity off the face of the planet, those left are one of two races. The Purists, humans who managed to survive the radiation and related illnesses. And the Regens, those humans evolved, and regenerate and have enhanced speed, strength and a longer life span. They live in a constant battle against each other.
Kai, otherwise known as General Conquest, is one of the four leaders of the clans of Regens. War, Famine and Death make up with other three. Kai's group capture several groups of Purists and Hayley is one of them. Kai discovers just what the leader of the Purists has been preaching and just what he has been doing. Hayley is a huge part of that knowledge.
I liked this, a lot, once it got past about half way. It's different, and a way off my beaten track with its post apocalyptic theme, but I really did enjoy it. It's relatively clean and free of any kind of graphic violence. Indeed, Kai is a gracious jailer, which is not what the Purists have been led to believe.
Apart from that ending, I have just one other point to make. Only Kai has her say. I always say I want more, I know I do, but with what Hayley was planning, what happened after and the fact that .... well her and Kai's story is not yet finished, let's just say that. But I needed Hayley as well as Kai.
I do hope I get the chance to read future books in this series. I can't wait to see what happens!
So, because we only get Kai, and because I threw a proper hissy fit at work. ...
4.5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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