We’ve heard about Jesse and Ian in the first books of the series. They are the mods of Kai’s Twitch channel. The two work well together but they have never met in real life. FallenCon changes that and things quickly get heated between them.
And then my problems with this book started; Ian is not using his real name online and Jesse flips his shit when he finds out that mod Cherrycakes is not a girl but instead a sexy male artist. Sure, Ian should probably have told him sooner that he is Cherrycakes, i.e. Jesse’s co-mod, but the whole thing made it seem as if Jesse had a problem with the concept of someone not wanting to show their true identity in an online world. I mean, really? That’s what people do. It’s called trying to stay safe!
Ian has apparently had some serious, nasty stuff happen to him as a child. He doesn’t trust people in the real world and uses different personas when entering that world to protect himself. His past experiences has led him to believe no one wants to see or know the real Ian. No one until Jesse. They start building something of an online relationship and both start opening up to each other.
And up comes my next issue with Jesse’s behaviour; he keeps pushing Ian to be himself. Telling him he doesn’t need to hide behind a different persona only to later on tell Ian he doesn’t need to keep the personas separate from his true self because they are part of his personality. I just didn’t get that part – is it a persona Ian can just drop if he chooses, or is it an integral part of his personality? Make up your mind, Jesse.
Quite possibly I just lack the knowledge of human psychology to follow here, but it sure did confuse and annoy me.
The ending, sweet as it was, was a little rushed to me. Ian seemed to overcome most of his issues rather suddenly.
All in all, I did like Ian and Jesse quite a lot but I couldn’t help focusing on the negatives so I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first ones in the series.
|I really enjoyed this book and if you want a hot and steamy romance with an alpha male then you won't be disappointed. The story itself has been written before, after all, boss and secretary! But I loved the twist with the insider mole and the storyline that went with it.
Every girl, at some point in her life, has dreamed of being swept of her feet by a dreamy prince, even if she dreamed of it when she was 7. This book tells the tale of it happening to someone older but you can still lose yourself within the story.
Loved it and am looking forward to getting the rest in the series.
@MsMonicaMurphy, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)
As it is now LGBT Pride Month it seemed like this would be a good book to read. In light of the hysteria over transgender people using what bathrooms the title and book seemed quite apt for giving people much needed information.
The book is basically what it says on the tin: the authors look at 21 myths about transgender people. Some are probably familiar to the reader: that transgender people use the "wrong" bathroom if they don't "look" a certain way, that transgender people are mentally ill and the like. And there might be some that are not so obvious: I had never heard of the concept that all transgender people all secretly want to be Barbie or Ken.
So it was a learning experience. Backed by anecdotes, statistical data, research, and historical examples the authors go through and dismantle various myths. Overall the book was informative, even when I was already familiar with the myth. It's also relatively short so if you're looking for a primer for someone (a parent or a friend who wants more information) I think this might be a good pick.
There are also resources of sites, groups, organizations, legal resources, etc. that you may find helpful.
The only problem I had with the book was that the writing was quite dry and academic. My interest in the subject matter kept me going but I could really only read a few chapters at a time (and the chapters are really not that long at all from a few pages to maybe 7-8). The book runs less than 200 pages including the index, resources, citations, etc. but I personally found the text a little excruciating at times.
But that should not be a detriment. As I wrote it's a relatively short book so it shouldn't be too intimidating for a reader who is looking for more information. If you're more familiar with the subject and/or the specific myths addressed by the authors you may feel it's redundant to your own information so those with better/more in-depth knowledge may want to skim this first before deciding if you really want/need the book. But I definitely recommend reading it.