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review 2017-07-23 14:48
Review: Dream of a Waking Man (Tales from Foster High #10) by John Goode
Dream of a Waking Man - John Goode

 

 

 

*** A copy of Dream of a Waking Man was kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

I dunno but after I finish one of John’s books of the Tales from of Foster High, I just need a moment to gather my thoughts.

I agree with Sonia (See Sonia's review) that I think this particular series should be read at High Schools and not only the American ones. Mostly of course for all these LGBT kids. They need to know that they are not alone in this fight but also I’m a strong believer in educating everyone about anything outside of what we know. Stupidity / bigotry comes from this ignorance of not knowing.

I feel it our obligation to educate ALL people to know what it is to be gay in this world, to be marginalized to that extend that we can hide behind our beliefs and not think as them as humans.

 

 

Look this boy, this fourteen-year-old boy, in the eyes and tell him why he isn't your equal. Just stare into the camera and tell this kid why he's a second class citizen.”

“Not so easy, is it?”

“You can sit there looking smug and judgmental, but when you have to look the kid in the face it's another matter, right?
This is why there are butchers in the world; if people had to kill their own meat we'd all be vegetarians. This isn't an abstract, ma'am, and it isn't some political game with the winner getting the most points.

~~ Brad

 

 

So let’s get on with Kyle & Brad;
I think we all agree we think of this series in the term of ”What would Kyle do?”
And as much as I adore Kyle, I was very impressed with Brad in how he became this amazing grown up. Being this supportive partner to Kyle, understanding and dealing with his craziness , was a pleasure to watch.

John did an amazing good job with these men growing up into the fine men they are today. Their relationship is admirable.

I laughed my ass off seeing how they dealt with each other’s knick-knacks.

 

See, he knows I'm mad and I'm about to go all Jessica Fletcher on him.
He knows I am about to go all postal on him and he's waiting. So in some weird Kyle logic that's what he wants. If I push it, that gives him permission to get all defensive and move further back away from the topic.

So the answer here is to ignore it.

 

After being together all of these years, Kyle thinks it’s his turn to support Brad in fulfilling his dream. So he’s taken a step back but Brad is not happy Kyle is not doing what he's supposed to. Not being the boy he fell in love with in high school.

You're my superhero, you know that.”

“I'm not that guy anymore.”

“You're always that guy to me.”


Then Kyle gets this e-mail and it scares him. But this might just be the thing he needs to get him back out there. Brad will push him cause he knows Kyle and Kyle will never be as happy as when he’s out there making the world a better place. So finally Kyle accepts this cry for help from this kid Jackson and goes to Paddington, Texas.

 

 

Now I don’t want to spoil much plot wise cause Ya’ll really need to read this book yourself PRONTO. But Kyle and Brad kept me on my feet. What they were doing was great!

 

 

BOTH men are doing what they are supposed to. And again we already knew what Kyle was capable off but Brad.... Kyle was as enamoured with Brad as I was.


You're damn right I'm pissed; I'm pissed I wasted all that time talking, when you do it a lot better than I do.” [Kyle]

~~

“Brad, listen to me. You're insanely good at this, I know you want to be a coach and everything, but this, this is your calling. You are making choices that guys with eight years of business school under them would pause at. I've always known you were this guy; I'm just glad other people can see it now.”

“But this is your thing.” I started to argue.

He looked at me like he was ready to slap me.

“My thing? What? Being smart? Being a professional? Being good at my job? If you've been doing this because you think I need to be the smart one or because I like making decisions, you're wrong. I love seeing you like this, love it. I don't want you to follow me, I want you to walk beside me and make these choices with me.”

 

 

So yeah, Ya’ll gonna swoon a lot in this book.

We get to be re-introduced with some old friends. Josh and Jennifer. And also my all time-favorite-kinda-guy Robbie with Sebastian.

“He's fine. Please go and soak yourself in turpentine until that smell goes away and scrape your face for Gaga's sake. You look like the world’s youngest lumberjack.”

~ Robbie to Brad

*don’t you just love the guy? ♡♡♡

Rests me to mention the finale…. Cause it then comes full circle for me.
THIS is what Kyle and Brad’s future will and must become. I’m so excited how this will work out.

”Do you want to move back to Foster and 
NOT GONNA SAY, READ IT!!!

 

(spoiler show)

“I want to change things, Brad, really change them."

“Do YOU want to move back to Foster?”

“You know I do, but more importantly, I want you to find your dream and chase it.”

He leaned in and hugged me. “This isn't a dream,” he said, kissing me. “This is me wide awake.

 

P.S. Sorry Sonia, but I had to end the same way. Cause yeah it was perfect!!

Thanks John for giving us these boys which now have become fine men.

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

 

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review 2017-07-11 20:59
Review: A Destiny of Dragons (Tales from Verania #2) by T.J. Klune
A Destiny of Dragons - By (author) TJ Klune

You are not ready, the Great White had said.,
There will be loss, the star dragon had said.
Fuck them.
Fuck them all.
I was Sam of Wilds.
And I was going to face my godsdamned destiny

 

 

GODS, how I loved this book. It wasn’t that OTT hilarious as the first one of the series The Lightning Struck Heart, but I loved it nevertheless. Sam and Ryan’s relationship was solid. It was good to experience a more serious Sam. Although this book was still full of ridiculously silliness.

All the other characters were there; Ryan, Gary, Tiggy and Kevin. Also one of my favorites, Randall. I love how he badgers Sam all the time..

“Only I can. It takes a discipline that you can’t even begin to understand. Also, I’m old and it’s easier. You’re young and stupid, so it’s your own fault you get captured. It’s best to let you stew on it so you can hopefully learn from your mistakes. Hasn’t happened yet, though I’ve still got some hope.”



We get introduced to Vadoma, Sam’s gypsy grandmother. She brings Sam’s prophecy and Sam’s true cornerstone; Ruv.

Sam wil have none of that. Ryan is his true one and only. He’s confronted with his own inmortality and Ryan’s mortality and is frightened of his destiny.

Prophecies, no matter who they come from, no matter what they say, are never written in stone. You can change the future. No matter what anyone else says, nothing is set in stone. You are your own destiny.


Some secrets of Morgan and Randall will come up and Sam wil be disappointed but goes on this journey to……

So, this prophecy, this Destiny of Dragons;

“Unless Sam of Wilds gathers the dragons of Verania, the world will fall into darkness and all will be lost.”



The Great White Dragon

 

 

Zero Ravyn Moonfire, the Emo-Snake-Dragon

 

 

I may have met my new favorite character. Zero the Emo dragon was amazing. The scene with the sand mermaids had me biting my nails.

 

 

You won’t take them from me.
The lightning struck me, entering through my head, snapping across my brain, down the back of my neck until it settled in my chest, wrapping itself around my heart. It was mine, and it’d always been there, but this was the first time I’d actually called it to myself, however unconsciously.


I could keep going on with the quoting. I highlighted the hell out of this book. This was just a numeration of some quotes. I will say, I’m patiently awaiting the audio of Michael Lesley. Although I read the book, I still could hear Michael’s voices for Gary, Tiggy, Kevin etc. in my head,. And I can not wait for the voice of Zero.
Is it Autumn yet?

I’ll end with some Sam wisdom.

”Most of the wishes you’ve made upon us didn’t come true.”

“Well, yeah. But they are not supposed to.”

“How do you figure that, Sam?”

“It’s not how wishing works. If we got everthing we ever wished for, we wouldn’t have the capacity to be thankful for all the things we’d already been given. Ive got so much already. I don’t ever want to lose sight of why it’s important.”

“And you wonder why you were chosen,” the star dragon said.



*great sequel of TLSH

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review 2017-06-23 15:40
Review: Gasping for Air (Game Day #2) by T.S. McKinney
Gasping for Air - T.S. McKinney

 

Sometimes you read a book that's just got all the perfect ingredients.
This was one of them.

The perfect amount of sassiness, hurt & comfort. It ticked all my happy and unhappy boxes.

I loved Tank (Trystan) already in this first installment Touchdown and I was overly excited he would get his own book.

Tank came on a bit stalkerish. He was determined to win the swimmer Dakota over. He attended swim meetings just for one glimpse of Dakota in his speedoo's. He brought him breakfast when he thought Dakota wasn't taking care of himself. Basically he was driving Dakota nuts with this attention. Dakota couldn't do what Tank wanted from him, he wasn't ready for a relationship. He was too depressed to have any relationship with anyone at all. All he did was attend his classes and swim practice...

But Trystan pursued and pursued..

I’m trouble, babe. I’m arrogant, spoiled, self-centered, borderline bully but in a really cute way, and I’m very kinky.

Trystan gets his way and convinces Dakota to move in with him. They agree on having this physical relationship. But will this ever be enough for Trystan? He already feels this connection he has with Dakota is different from any hook-up he had.

I must say, I loved their physical relationship. They both liked it hard, dirty and messy.

“You ready for this, Guppy? It’s going to be one wild ride.”

“I’ve told you before, you can’t give me more than I can take. But I appreciate your effort. Now, let’s see what that bad boy machine can do to this bad boy body."

 

Now this seems like a very light read, full of humor but it was NOT. Dakota is living with this secret. Not until 80% we really understand what happened to him. The scenes following were quite grafic so beware....

And then the epilogue. Wants me want to read it all over again.

 

He’d been fucking wrong about the most important thing on my mind at the moment - the swim pants didn’t make his ass look flat.

Hell, no matter what he had on his beautiful body, when I looked at him, I was gasping for air.



*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

 

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review 2017-06-04 12:57
Review: New Beginnings: Abel's Journey by Nicky James
New Beginnings: Abel's Journey by Nicky James - Nicky James

 

This was so beautiful.!! Abel's journey to happiness was so painful. His grief was unbearable and it was slowly killing him.

How happy I was for him that he found a friend in Kieran. Kieran who understood him and stood by him in his grief. And to see them develop feelings for each other, it would've pleased Landon so much...

"I’ll never be far from you. Just close your eyes and put a hand on your heart. That is where I will live eternally. You gave me more than I ever could have hoped for. You stood by my side through all of it. I love you, Abel. Please take care of yourself."



*wipes tears away

 

Although this book can be read as a standalone, I wouldn't recommend it. To really experience what Abel went through, you have to read his story with Landon first

 

 http://booklikes.com/no-regrets-nicky-james/book,13833784

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review 2017-04-30 15:30
Review: Devour (Unbreakable Bonds #4) by Rinda Elliott and Jocelynn Drake
Devour - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

 

 

 

Loved.Loved this book. Great last installment of this series.

Besides Snow and Jude, Ian and Hollis are my favorite couple.
Finally we get Ian's full story. It made me love him even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I really loved all the dynamics of these men. They are such an amazing family. I'll sure be reading this series again.

I'm glad we getting Snow & Jude's novella and also Ian & Hollis's cause AND a new spin-off series starting with Geofrey and Sven. I'm not ready to say goodbye to these men yet ...


Nine years ago, he’d been caught in a nightmare and rescued by a few men who’d seen something in him that he might never understand. They’d taken him away, given him a home, and helped him create a new life. A fantastic new life. Together, the four of them had made a family, and now there were four more.

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