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review 2014-10-14 14:46
rock - Anyta Sunday



“New day, new stone”

I have read quite a few of Anyta Sunday’s books and they’ve have a few things in common.
They are all really good and she has a real talent for writing a story covering a long time period, she keeps me invested and interested in the lives of all the characters, not just the MCs. In this book we follow Cooper, the narrator through his parents divorce and living half of his life with this new family.
A new family that includes Jace..
“How do I stop feeling like this? How do I stop that voice in my head that lies to me and tries to confuse me all the time.”
I loved Cooper, Jace, Annie and eventually even Lila and Copper’s dad.

Cooper has an affinity, I guess I’d call it, for rocks of all kinds. He loves them, he knows them and more than that, he needs them.
The rocks lead us through this story as much as Cooper does and I found it a wonderfully unique way to tell this story.
I really don’t even want to say a lot, I’d like to encourage you to read this story, it’s full of emotions and feelings without being drama ridden.
This is a beautiful coming of age story with a depth that pulled the feelings right out of me, I can definitely recommend it and I want to add that I love all of Anya’s covers and this is another great one.

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review 2014-08-22 21:32
Raising The Rent
Raising the Rent - JL Merrow

 *Squeeeee* a rentboy story and written by JL Merrow?
I am on that like a BOSS!!

Nathan is going to go to college, he’s going to get off working the streets and make something of himself. But in the mean time he needs to earn money and hooking is how he gets it.

His Thursday evening regular is the highlight of his week. It’s not like he’s all that nice, or chatty, or even handsome, but something about him attracts Nathan. His voice definitely does it for him too.

Of course, finding him at the front of the classroom on day one of school wasn’t quite what he expected.

There is a push and pull going on in Stephan, although this is told completely from Nathan’s POV, I could feel Stephan’s attraction and continued interest in Nathan as well as his reticence about it. When Nathan is in a bind Stephan can’t help himself and jumps in to save the day, which gives these two the chance to see of there is more to it then just rentboy and John.

It’s an easy and angst-free read, a few hiccups along the way but no big misunderstandings or conflict. A cute story that I really was sorry to see end.

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review 2014-04-24 11:17
A Gay Romance
A Gay Romance - 'Gina A. Rogers', 'Kyle Adams'

This book takes taking nothing seriously very serious. ( yeah, I had to read it twice to understand what I meant too)
It's a spooftastic, caricature laden, chocked-full of every trope under the sun, a hilarious parody that pokes good natured fun at all the things m/m books seem to love to incorporate over and over again in all the books.
In a friendly way it exaggerates everything from growling with a capital G by an Alpha with a capital A to the “Homosapia County police. The fact that, miraculously and very conspicuously, every single officer who worked there was gay made the Hall of Head a double entendre and funny as hell.”
Ram Rage and his partner Blake are the cops that are going to try and solve the murder that was perpetrated at the Sew What and Kory is the prime suspect.
Which brings Kory in to Ram's life and the Alpha (with a capital growly A) doesn't know what hit him.
Murder, mayhem, inept cops, lube, unicorns, applesauce, never ending hot water heaters, and a green-eyed man everyone ( and I mean everyone ) loves and puntastic craziness ensues. Oh and not to forget a freaky plant with his own POV.
To enjoy this story you have to just let go and take nothing seriously and love a jammed packed story of jokey silliness. It was fun seeing what OTT satire was coming next, every trope was covered, sometimes to an extreme. And the book doesn't just make fun of all the ever present and much loved 'typical' and 'stereotypical' things in the m/m genre and in the books I've read and loved, it also makes fun of itself.
“I’m in charge here,” Ram growled. “We’re going to do this by the book. You can’t just skip pages of the gay manual, we do all the steps, in order, so we get the full experience.”

I found myself nodding and smiling, thinking oh yes, that in every other book I've read and then I'd read on and nod and say OH YES riiight that is also a must-have in an m/m story. A lot of the things I complain about or bemoan in books were so cleverly exaggerated that I had to laugh at myself a little for usually being annoyed by them. I've also never read any of it quite like these authors portrait it, I can say despite reading a lot, but the way this was done is definitely unique. At times it was a bit overwhelming and it took me a chapter or two to really get what it was all about, but certain things were just so well done and impressively ridiculous that I just had to be amused. Plus there was one of my favorite things EVER in this book, I don't want to say what, but it's no wonder everyone loves Kory. I also have to add my vocabulary for the word 'butthole' has been expanded ( pun intended) by leaps and bounds..so many different ways of saying it. I'm in awe.
I really don't want to give anything away, this book has to be read to be believed.


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review 2014-03-24 17:53
Liam Davis & The Raven
Liam Davis & The Raven - Anyta Sunday

This was such an awesome read.

We have Liam, he's clumsy, blunt, oblivious, a bit socially awkward, honest, helpful, thoughtful, strangely astute, loyal and very passionate about his writing and any other goal he sets himself.
I absolutely loved him.

“As a reporter, I’d learned to tamper down my feelings so I could focus on delivering facts. And I was good at it, because emotion didn’t come easily to me.”

But he is also lonely and has to deal with some jerks at the newspaper along with trying to get his totally absent father's attention.
When his editor gives him the party page column instead of the political page he prefers, he gives it his best, as always, but he is in over his head. Little did he know that going to that party will be the start of a whole new way of life and outlook for him.

"I couldn’t get enough of trying to make sense of this bleached-blond, green-eyed, broad-shouldered, club-eared man who seemed so at ease at these parties. Maybe, if I studied him long enough, I’d uncover the key ingredient to fitting in well in social situations”

But this is more than just Liam's story, he doesn't develop and grow in a vacuum.
He finds friends and there are other supporting characters. There is of course Quinn, who turns out to be a really great guy.
Having Quinn around really is much better than a cat. 
“For whatever reason, whenever he spoke or laughed or moved around, the room didn’t seem to echo him. It was like he soaked everything up and added warmth to the room that had been missing since I’d moved in.”

Then there is Shannon and my favorite guy Hunter. 
really love Hunter, that boy deserves an awesome happy end of his own!
Even if Liam was the focus of this book, his friends play important and major roles in his life and in the story. It was wonderful watching him come in to his own, grow and feel far more comfortable in his own skin.
“Everything you set your mind to do, you do with a perfectionist’s heart. And I know you want to do perfect by your friends too.”

The mystery surrounding the Raven wasn't all that hard (at least for me) to figure out, of course I am an avid murder mystery and true crime fanatic and am constantly trying to figure out whodunit.

It was funny, entertaining, touching and a really good book! It covers a lot of ground, including some serious issues, but does it in such a fun, easy and thoroughly entertaining manner that left me completely charmed.

Anyta Sunday has a really cute page of the Scribe on her website: 

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text 2014-03-21 14:31
Locke and Key
Locke & Key - Megan Derr
Locke And Key 3*

Sigh, I don't mind fucked up guys acting like assholes, but I do expect some major groveling and mea culpa galore. Didn't happen. 
Locke and Key have been partners in vampire hunting for almost 6 years. Locke's a grumpy butt with a bad attitude but when he discovers Key's secret he's an asshole squared. 
A little more backstory would have been good and a hellava lot more groveling was necessary for me to like it.
Key I liked a lot and I want to know where the kitten is! 

Sharing 3*

This should have been a perfect story for me. I LOVE my m/m/m stories. 
Alas, like the first, it was a little lacking in the backstory and I didn't quite get the reasoning or emotions or logistics.
Preston is cool and I liked the 2 Vamps. But did they just want him because he's a hunter? Or what? And what now? 

The Housekeeper 3.85* 
This was my favorite of the three stories.
Richard ( we met him in Sharing) is a top vamp and his housekeeper Trevor has fallen for him, but Richard doesn't seem to even notice him.
Unrequited love sucks, and then some.
Like the other two stories in this book. I really really wish it had been longer and more indepth.


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