Charmed Fates is certainly an appropriate name for this newest addition to the Omega Date Diaries. This opposites attract story is both charming and sweet. Indigo has an innocence about him that is oh, so endearing and Aaron is quite the skeptic, but still a likable character. The book is well-written and entertaining. It is a quick read, but there's no shortage of story here as Indigo and Aaron find themselves thrown together, again and again, by an uncanny set of coincidences. While there is some blush worthy steam, this one has a bit more on the sweet romance side than others in the series, but it's just as good and this pair is so good together in spite of their differences. It is part of a series, but each book is a standalone, the only connection being the Omega Date app. All in all, Nightshade has given us another delightful Alpha/Omega tale.
Title: Everyday History
Author: Alice Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Everyday History" by Alice Archer
My Synopsis.."Everyday History" was some read in that it was a very deep thought provoking poetic M/M gay romance story. The story was well written with highly intriguing characters with such interesting history of a young boys crush on a teacher and the teacher actually falling for this younger man.... Henry and Ruben...the mentor and the student brought together by fate. I know for some that may sound somewhat strange but you really have to pick up this read to see how this author brings it all out to the reader. I was relieved to know that these two didn't actually end up together until Ruben was older. I saw how the story was of 'letting go of the past and turning something really bad into a source of strength' and from that finding the strength to share with others. For Ruben there was honesty with a stubborn determination and with Henry ...he was just 'Henry.'
This novel is a very good read, stunningly well written, with some dramatic emotional scenes and I don't want to leave out Henry's intensely emotional story and lastly with Ruben finally getting his act together. I will say this author really know to give the readers quite a intriguing story that will definitely pull at your heartstrings. Once you get into the read it will keep your attention as you will find yourself turning the pages till the end to see if there will be a happy ending!
Unfair Game is a a friends to lovers, sports romance. We do get some actual game play, although it's more quick overview than anything else. Kyle and Cade are teammates during most of the story. The premise and writing are good, but the story has a little more angst than I felt necessary. With the story being told from Kyle's perspective, it's hard to really know Cade. I felt like he was more self-absorbed than anything else for most of the book while Kyle's fears are prevalent throughout the story and he comes across as quite indecisive. The romance felt like a one step forward, two steps back kind of thing. The heat and attraction between them came across very well, but I had trouble with the actual love thing. Cade seems more curious than invested in a relationship and of course, Kyle's angst is off the charts. Things do finally start to come together, but by that time, I was rather fed up with Kyle's push and pull and Cade's 'everything will be okay' attitude. Kyle's fears were understandable and I could even empathize with him, but as they went on and on, that empathy began to wear thin. There was some amusing and witty dialogue between this pair and I even found myself chuckling at some of their banter, but for me, a huge portion of the story could've been left out and I would've enjoyed it much more. Just too angsty for my tastes. If you enjoy an angst-filled romance with a bit of humor and plenty of heat, this one is certainly that.
Let's get the bad out of the way first... That cover. How is it possible to like half the cover but not the rest. What is with the silhouettes along the bottom? They're not too bad in thumbnail until you see a larger version of the cover, and then you can't unsee them. Couldn't some sort of sculpture have been used, the same as the filming lights were used in the previous book.
Yes, previous book, because although there is no series name in the title this book is actually connected to All for Show. In fact it is Nat and Owen's wedding the guys are attending. Since I didn't realise this until after I read it I can confirm that there is no need to read the first book to understand this.
Anyway, the cover aside, I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers story.
I spent a bit of the time wanting to do physical harm to Sergio, who had a serious case of 'open mouth insert foot' but I adored Marcus, his old nemesis and enforced roommate. Both men have been mentally traumatised by previous relationships to the extent that they don't know who to trust and an undercurrent of gossip as so many of their friends (and not so friendly) acquaintances are gathered on the small island resort doesn't help their situation.
I can't say I appreciated the last chapter (in fact I knocked half a star off for it) but I know there are readers that will.