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review 2017-12-07 18:40
A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat
A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat - Roe Horvat

“I regret the wasted time and energy. I regret what you went through. I will forever doubt there’s more to life than a limp shuffling toward a grave with just a few bright spots in between…”

Matěj snorted at the last one. “That’s a neat way to sum it up,” he commented sarcastically, making Simon smile into his hair.

Simon breathed in and out, the warm scent coming from Matěj’s nape underlined by the crisp air around them. “But tonight, my beautiful boy, the light is so bright I might as well be blind.”

 

I am going to try very hard as I write this review not to completely fall apart.  It has been a while since a book has impacted me quite as emotionally as this one has.  And while the tears have fallen, behind them was such beautiful and heartfelt emotion for these characters.  The writing is quite captivating and like with all of Roe’s books, quite unique. The structure of this one drew me in from the start and while it is the journey of 2 characters, it is the story of a group of friends as well.  It is about finding Home, about finding YOUR family and about finding “happiness and peace of mind”.

 

This is not what I would call a traditional romance but it is a love story.  As the title indicates, this is in fact “A Love Song”.  For me music can be felt in your soul.  It can impact you with no words at all.  And like with this beautiful “Love Song”, not everything is said with words.  To end one section of a book and simply turn a page, only to find yourself so emotionally impacted takes a talent that is hard to fully understand.  This book does that.  You will feel every emotion.  Every act. Every touch. Every breath and every action.  There are small gestures which read in the context of the book, mean everything.  This is about darkness and light and the colors in between.  This is about finding the person who helps you see though the darkness to find happiness and joy, love…to see light.

 

Matěj treated life like delicious food, just like he appreciated Simon’s books and hummed around a beer bottle. The boy knew how to enjoy things, how to marvel at things, how to savor impressions, how to feast on a pleasurable moment to its maximum capacity. It was a singular skill, wildly to be admired. When Simon found himself at the center of the man’s attention, those were easily the happiest minutes of his entire life. Everything in between lost color.

 

Let me not forget all the little things (which are actually quite big things)…the stick figures (yes, I just caught my breath and shed a tear); Tom Waits (who alone can conjure the right feelings and emotional tone of this story); dear Simon’s black and white apartment, and one of the most memorable and heartwarming trips to an ER I have read.  Add to this a cover that alone captures so much emotion and relates brilliantly to the darkness that surrounds these characters.

 

I know I have not said what this book is about.  Honestly I can’t put it into any words that will make sense.  It is a Song that must be heard for yourself…because how can you describe music that touches your soul?  You can’t.

 

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

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review 2017-12-03 16:41
Subpar Gamache
The Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny

This Gamache doesn't hang together very well. When Gamache and two of his team are called to a monastery to investigate a murder, things once again come to a head with Jean- Guy and Gamache's supervisor who is intent on making him pay for not being corruptible. I also didn't get much of the discussion about the chants/singing that was discussed throughout the book. 

 

I think it's been about three months since the events in the last book. Jean-Guy is now dating Annie (Gamache's only daughter) and just oozes love now. The way they are together now gave me whiplash. Especially since I didn't read a hint of this in the prior book. It honestly doesn't feel earned. Jean-Guy acts like a fool worrying how Gamache will take it when he finds it. But also daydreams about being related to him. 

 

Gamache is focused on the case and finds himself in awe of visiting the monastery that has come into public focus now that the monks singing Georgian chants has become the new thing. He realizes quickly after Francoeur shows up, that the man is planning something. Again. It's just repetitive at this point. We hear about the video tape again. Jean-Guy watches it again and gets bitter again about Gamache leaving him to die.

 

Honestly I ended up skimming most of the book after a while. I just didn't care anymore. Either tell readers who released the tape, of the raid or don't. Either have Jean-Guy get over it or not. I hope Annie dumps his butt but that's probably doubtful.

 

The writing was so-so. I just found it boring to read about the chants and what they meant. Everyone has a look of bliss/Joy when discussing singing. I found it pretty repetitive after a while. Penny shows Gamache and Jean-Guy at several points writing to their respective wife and girlfriend. I assume I'm supposed to imagine how perfect Jean-Guy is since he is acting similar to Gamache? I just went meh.

 

The setting of the monastery should have been intriguing, but falls flat when Francoeur shows up and throws his weight around. 

 

The ending leaves Gamache alone. I'm still going to read the next book, hope it bounces back from this. 

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text 2017-12-02 16:01
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny

This book was awful. I couldn't despise Jean Guy anymore than after the last book, but here we are. Sigh. 

 

The writing was clunky, I'm tired of the higher ups trying to ruin Gamache. It's getting old. The flow was off the whole time after Francoeur showed up. His pissing contest with Gamache is old. I'm tired of hearing about the raid too. Jean Guy acting like a child thinking that Gamache left him when Gamache was doing what he could to save others. 

 

Why is Gamache's daughter dating a drug addict? Apparently only three months have passed since the last book and you're going to tell me she didn't see his behavior and wonder?

 

The setting of the monastery was so so. I just couldn't get into the overall murder mystery.

 

The ending fell flat. Hope the next one is better. 

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review 2017-12-02 15:42
Jared's Fulfillment
Jared's Fulfillment - Riley Hart

“How did I survive without you?”

The truth was, that’s all either of us had done without each other—survived. Now, we lived.

 

First let me say that this is not a story for every reader, just like BDSM is not something every person understands or participates in.  But what we can do as readers is be understanding, become more knowledgeable and push ourselves outside of our comfort zones at times and see that what may not be right for some is right for others. It is what makes us each unique.  Nothing should be wrong that feels right.

 

Riley Hart as an author went there with Jared and Kieran’s journey.  And after reading her note to her Readers at the beginning of this book, I gained even more respect for her as an author.  She took on something so different from anything else she had ever written.  She stepped outside of the normal MM Romance parameters or broke a few “romance rules”, as she states, and that takes such strength to do so.

 

“I followed my heart in this book. I stayed true to how the story came to me, no matter where it took me. Love is a universal emotion but there are no rules to it either. No matter how many people experience it, no one experiences it that same. As long as it’s consensual and between adults there’s no wrong way to love. This is their way.” – Riley Hart

 

What transpires within these pages is quite beautiful.  It is a journey.  It is discovery.  And while some acts in this story are still so outside of my realm of understanding and comfort zone, Riley did so with a commitment to these characters and what they needed. 

 

I am not about to spoil anything about this journey…it is one that should you choose to take on, do so with an open mind…with love and understanding.  In the end, I think you too will fall in love with these amazing men and their story.

 

I do desperately want more in this series and hope that we eventually get more of Marco and as Dana suggested on FB, perhaps Charlie’s story as well. 

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text 2017-12-01 20:24
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
The Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny

Sorry this is still boring. I may be pretty damn close to DNFing a Louise Penny book. First time.

 

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