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review 2018-02-09 01:34
ARC Review: Autumn Fire by Cameron D. James
Autumn Fire - Cameron D. James

Dustin, our narrator, doesn't believe in love. Definitely not lasting gay love. He's young, full of cum, and enjoys anonymous hook-ups since they allow him to remain in the closet. Of course, fate has other ideas, and Dustin's latest blow-and-go, in the university library men's room of all places, leaves him questioning whether his current choices are the right ones. He cannot get this particular hook-up out of his mind, and when he meets him again in the form of his algebra tutor, Dustin is pulled in further.

He tries and tries to get Kyle out of his system by having more meaningless sex with others, which only confirms the feeling of missing something in his life. Namely Kyle. Who is not gay, no, sirree, nope.

There's also Jason, his straight roommate, and Jason's girlfriend (she's actually really sweet). Jason calls Dustin "buddy" all. The. Damn. Time. That quickly grated on my nerves. Props to Jason though for being supportive after Dustin comes out to him and generally trying to be a good friend. 

About 1/2 of the book is taken up by explicit sex scenes, most of which are Dustin with other people. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a romance, but I dealt, since this is billed as erotica more so than a general M/M romance. It surely wasn't cheating since Dustin and Kyle aren't together at the time, considering that Kyle has made it clear he's not willing to do that again, and each subsequent hook-up does drive home the change in Dustin - he now realizes how empty hook-ups are and wants to be in a relationship, and he's possibly in love with Kyle. 

The writing isn't terrible overall, but the dialogue often felt contrived and stilted. However, there were definitely moments when I thought that the author did a fine job bringing Dustin's confusion and longing across. 

The only character that felt sufficiently fleshed out for me was Dustin himself, which makes sense as he's the one telling the story, so we don't get a whole lot of real info on Kyle, other than what Kyle shares in dialogue. Some scenes felt rushed and lacking depth, and some were drawn out to the point that I started skimming. 

I guess I wanted a more meaty story than what I got here. It had so much potential - peer pressure, fear of coming out, first love, figuring out who you are and what you want, risking your heart... all those things sounded promising in the blurb, but sadly, the story didn't delve deep enough for me. I was on board with Kyle's fears and as he hems and haws his way out of the closet, but then the sudden switch at the end was too rapid for me to be believable. 

YMMV. There is definitely an audience for this book, so don't let my personal hang-ups scare you off giving this a try.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-01-31 21:56
Dumber for having read it
There's A Bitcoin In My Butt And He Is Handsome - Chuck Tingle

But I'm not nearly as anxious or depressed, so I bumped it up a half star. 

 

Still, dumb, horribly written and much like Sharknado, I laughed but also felt embarrassed for the thing for being that dumb. 

 

 

I basically bought this Humble Bundle because I wanted to try Tinglers and because I wanted those Hack/Slash stories, and because I wanted some other stuff.  I'm glad I wasn't just in it for Tingle, because I'd be like 'well, that was a waste of money.'

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text 2018-01-31 21:51
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 19 pages.
There's A Bitcoin In My Butt And He Is Handsome - Chuck Tingle

"...throw my head back and let out a long, unfiltered scream, my eyes rolling up into my head as every nerve within me vibrates perfectly."

 

100% of the people in that apartment building know what you're doing right now.

 
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text 2018-01-31 21:01
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 19 pages.
There's A Bitcoin In My Butt And He Is Handsome - Chuck Tingle

Oh, yay, so now Limbo is dry-fucking Jort with his huge penis and it's not considered a bit thing.

 

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text 2018-01-31 20:52
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 19 pages.
There's A Bitcoin In My Butt And He Is Handsome - Chuck Tingle

"

With one hand, I reach up and begin to cradle the bitcoin’s hanging balls, watching as his stomach muscles begin to tense and release spastically."

 

So, basically extreme distress.  I mean, this is how I feel before I vomit, personally, so this is what I'm expecting at this point.   

 

Also, how are you blowing something that you admit in this story has no physical form?  How does that thing have a physical form?

 

Or... is your magical realism as successful as your foreshadowing?   /sarcasm

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