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review 2017-11-18 23:37
Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia Book 1) Anne Tenino 4.5 Stars Review
Too Stupid to Live: Romancelandia, Book 1 - Riptide Publishing,Tobias Silversmith,Anne Tenino

t isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now — possibly — ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?

 

Review

This isn't a perfect book but its delightful and if you are a romance novel nerd like I am it is a must read for the meta commentary on the genre, the love of the gerne, and the playfulness Plus, it is a sexy romantic love story.

 

Same and Ian. I love that Ian isn't attracted to Sam at first because he is shallow but really more because he isn't attuned to himself yet. A great deal of this book his Ian's journey to become emotionally connect to himself and others after having lived a closeted life and believed the cultural lies told by hyper masculinity.

 

His journey is moving as his is falling deeper and deeper in love and lust with Sam. I am so happy Ian is already seeking therapy and continues to do so as the plot develops. I love his relationship with his cousin and the developing relationships with the people at his new job.

 

He tries and grows and does great romantic gestures and emotionial bravery and this makes him a wonderful deserving hero for Sam even when he struggles.

 

Sam is everything I love. A nerd, socially awkward bookworm with great friendships and a loving heart. He is super smart and his thinking of the world through romantic novels themes is at once funny, charming, and wise. He is brave and takes risk as Ian learns. Sexy as hell.

 

This is a well plotted book with great charters and love you can believe in. I liked the second book in the series much better after reading this one and can't wait for a third book.

 

The flaws are slight really. A weird lack of setting in an extra place. Western US not California. We never get to see Same as a grad student, writer, and teacher...just as a reader, friend, and waiter. This leaves some depth out of the novel that matters.

 

This will be a long time comfort read for sure. I am resisting the urge to reread right now!

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review 2017-11-18 22:12
Kidnapped by the Pirate
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

“You are no man’s lesser. Least of all mine. And the love I have for you is like no other.”

 

For those that know me well and know my favorite MM books, then you are aware that "A Forbidden Rumspringa" is one of my all-time favorite MM Romances. I have read it countless times and while that is a trilogy, for me the first book is where my love gravitates.  And because of that book, I have read nearly everything Keira has written. There are several out there that I have still not gotten to…damn time and all these new releases.  So when this book was released I was most intrigued and when my fellow BRers decided to give this one a go, I needed no further push.

 

And just wow.

 

It is very hard for me to say that Keira may have topped herself with this one but Keira may have topped herself with this one.  This was unbelievable.  The writing is by far the best I have seen from her and while Isaac and David will always be my favorite, I cannot help but place Nathaniel and Hawk right there beside them.

 

They panted, noses touching, chests heaving. With a groan, Nathaniel unhooked his legs from Hawk’s waist, Hawk helping to ease him to his feet. Neither of them was steady, and they remained leaning against the shelter of the tree.

"Only you,” Nathaniel whispered.

 

There are sentiments used in every romance and yet this was a new one for me that was so captivating and spoke so perfectly to this couple.  “Only you.” is definitely one I will remember and associate with them for a long time to come.

 

I highlighted so many scenes…from those with wit and humor to those with just all our heart.

 

Hawk jerked his head up, and then—there. Along with an incredulous laugh, Nathaniel spied a true smile, twin creases in his cheeks, the wrinkles around his blue eyes fanning out, teeth gleaming white, but not with a feral edge. No, it was all gentle and genuine, and Nathaniel imagined he was the only one gifted that sight.

 

I mean, seriously?

 

There was not one thing about this entire book that did not work for me.  The sexual tension between them mounted beautifully and the love that blossomed between them was just unbelievably heartwarming.  And while both of these men have had their difficulties, their histories were so amazingly crafted that their strong character worked perfectly with each other.  I adored the teasing nature of dear Plum.  He was so witty and charming and ultimately just swept Hawk right off his damn feet, gold tipped boots and all. 

 

And I know this is trivial…but my heavens…I love the stories in which Keira choses situations and or time periods in which condoms and conventional lube is non-existent. The animalistic and forbidden aspects of these relationships are just perfection. 

 

I cannot wait to reread this one again and again.  I have no doubts it will remain a favorite for years to come.  And like with "A Forbidden Rumspinga" the only thing that could make this better would be a narration with Spencer Goss. I have said for a long time that he would match up so well with Keira...I hope one day this indeed becomes a reality.

 

*Highly Recommended*

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text 2017-11-18 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

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text 2017-11-18 15:20
Reading progress update: I've read 82%.
Kidnapped by the Pirate: Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

“My goodness.” She fanned her face with her hand. “I feel like one of those terribly fragile women who are prone to the vapors.”

 

 

Bwahahahaha

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review 2017-11-18 07:07
Not Interesting South Africa
The Wingman - Natasha Anders
Floored - Ainslie Paton

The Wingman is an eminently forgettable contemporary romance I picked up mostly because of its South African setting. I had this foreign language teacher who always said the best way to learn conversational chatter was to watch soaps: they tend to be real familial, familiar, and local. So I've enjoyed contemporary romances from other countries on this level: they give me a real interesting view of a country. I mean, of course it's stylized and perfected, but it can be unvarnished in a way you don't get in capital L Literature. I read like a half dozen novels by Ainslie Paton because she writes so winningly about Australia, and about the Pacific Rim more generally. Floored is a straight up road trip novel, and so much fun if you want to drive through a dozen shitty Australian towns. Which I do! 

 

Anyway, The Wingman is not that, not by half. There's a little chatter about how no one speaks Afrikaans, but then no one speaks Afrikaans. The main girl runs a clinic is the bad part of town (i.e. the black part of town) but pretty much the community exists to menace her with gangsters or rescue her from said gangsters. Everything is paint by numbers small town romance with requisite slut shaming and label dropping, but that kind of label dropping that pretends it isn't interested in status objects like those bitches over there. Sure, Becky. 

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