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review 2016-06-16 00:57
*shrugs* A futuristic MMA MM Romance that reads Contemporary
Blow by Blow (Siren Publishing Classic ManLove) - Kate Hill

A Hearts On Fire Review

2.75 Hearts--"Blow by Blow" is a story set in the future, where America went into another civil war. What was the cause of the fight? LGBT rights. In this America, it's been 15 years since the war ended. It was okay to be openly gay but only to a certain extent. The homophobes are still abundant and gay attacks are still happening.

What drew me to this story was reading about an effeminate MMA fighter who rules the world of cage fighting. And in that aspect, the story did deliver.

Theo aka Little Raven, is 27 and flamboyant. He needs to join a MMA team, so he can compete in tournaments to make money. Fighting is what he's done his entire life and what he excels at. Getting turned down by just about every gym, he ends up at the last one, run by the renowned Master Jesse. The gym is set in a more tolerant side of town. First day, he falls for heavyweight champion, Valentin (33). Theo has been following Valentin's career and was a big fan of the dreadlocked fighter.

The story is billed as erotic alternative romantic suspense, and while the story tried, the execution, pace and all over plotting fell short. The ingredients could've made a stellar read but it was sloppily handled to me. Trigger warning: gay bashing, attempted rape. Blow By Blow might be billed as set in the future, it read like a contemporary.

While the story tried to paint Valentin as a progressive MMA fighter, openly gay and macho, there were a few missteps. Like when trying to start a relationship with Theo, he thought:
"Theo wanted a date. Shit. He was worse than a woman yet part of what turned Valentin on."

Worse than a woman? *side eyes* It didn't endear me to him. In fact, Valentin said some jerky things that made me not like him. He's told to the reader that he can't communicate well due to a crap childhood. But not enough personal growth was shown. Valentin was one degree above flat. The story was told from alternate POV, but Theo seemed more developed as a character.

The sex is super safe, wearing condoms for a handjob safe. Though I kinda paused the two times one guy licked the other's dick before putting on a condom and then finishing a blowjob. Kinda defeated the purpose. Whatevs. There were so many condoms I felt like I needed to wear one just for the sex scenes.

And the speaking of the sex scenes, there were repetitive. It was like reading the same boring script - only one guy tops, the other has to bottom, add a condom and lube, once penetration happens, 2-3 sentences, they're coming. They come so quickly, the sex scene is over in under a minute. And there was a lot of sex scenes - here is an example where less would have been more, because it was too much. (I can't believe I wrote this) But it was yawn inducing, 1 out of 5, plain yogurt sex.

The second half was stronger...but that's not saying much. Once I got to the end, I was disappointed. The story ignores the suspense plot many times throughout, but the culmination of the "suspense" is not satisfying nor worth reading after all of the words. The suspense is supposed to be one threatening letter that happens in the second half? Really? And whoever was behind the letter was never solved. The epilogue was the start of what I'm guessing is a continuation for different characters. Big time loose ends were left flying in the wind to pick up an idea first introduced in the beginning. :/

The "romance" ends with a HEA but it was really lackluster since that relationship already peaked in the first half despite the silly couple squabbles and miscommunication issues. Valentin, overall, was a jerk. Did he redeem himself? *sigh* I just see him reacting the way he always did when he was dealing with a difficult situation - verbally cutting Theo down. He's not what I call a viable candidate. But Theo liked him. And there couple of seconds sex seems to be compatible.

Some parts were interesting like the MMA fighting in the second half. Most was meh and drawn out. The ending to Theo's and Valentin's love story was too fast IMO. Valentin should have groveled more. Overall, it's within the 2.5 -2.75 Hearts range.

Decent enough ideas, shoddy execution.

I'm not interested in reading any more from this world.

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review 2014-12-13 00:00
999 Problems: A Manlove & Kickerdick Trick
999 Problems: A Manlove & Kickerdick Tri... 999 Problems: A Manlove & Kickerdick Trick - Axel Howerton I purchased this book today, though I use that term loosely as it was free on Amazon.com.au. A few months back, I signed up to the email newsletter of Coffinhop (http://coffinhop.com/) press. I received an ecopy of another book, A Very Merry Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess, for free in return for a review. It's by the same author and features the same characters. Tonight, I read both and, am happy to say that I really liked both books.

999 Problems: A Manlove & Kickerdick Trick by Axel Howerton is about Artie Menlowe and Jurgen Kierkedoek. In his early days, Jurgen used to do dirty deeds. When he and Artie go into a music shop, they get into a bit of trouble. Soon enough, they're in the back with Morris who offers them a job to earn a little bit of money. At first, it seems to go easier than either of them expected, but things go wrong.

Just like the other book, I absolutely loved this. I don't know what it is. It might be the way the author writes, but Artie and Jurgen just seem like such a magical couple. It just seems like they're truly perfect for each other. Their conversations and the way they interact seem very natural. Even the background characters seem very fitting for the book. There isn't anything (that I can think of) that was out of place in the book. The thing I like most is that it's very upbeat. Even when things go wrong, there's a good attitude in the writing and the characters turn the negative portions into an advantage for themselves.

I'm very happy with this book and really would like to read more by Axel Howerton in future, whether it be another Manlove & Kickerdick story or something else. 5 stars from me!
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review 2014-12-13 00:00
A Very Merry Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess
A Very Merry Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess ... A Very Merry Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess - Axel Howerton A few months back, I signed up for an email newsletter from Coffinhop (http://coffinhop.com/) press. The other day, I was reading through my emails and found an announcement for a book, this book in fact. My first thought was that it sounds incredibly weird, right? "A Very Merry Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess" by Axel Howerton. So I mentioned I'd never read anything by them, an ignorant point considering that I now find out that they're the Publisher/ Editor of coffinhop.com, the afforementioned website that I had signed up to. Anyway, getting back on topic: I like weird, which is great. So I expressed my interest and was soon offered a free copy in exchange for a review. I've very gratefully accepted and would love to share my thoughts, as seen below. I haven't read any books by Axel Howerton, before this, but this took my interest from the very moment I began reading it.

Artie Menlowe and Jurgen Kierkedoek are working on Christmas Eve. Well, they're arguing is what they're really doing. However, they are trying to get to work. Alexander “Chips” Roman and Thomas, his teenage son are the job. Chaffeuring them about and acting as temporary security for the pair. Chips has suspicions of his son's sexual orientation and endeavours to "fix" him with the attentions of women at a brothel.

The book is short, admittedly. However, right from the start, I'm very intrigued by this pair. I found their lovers' quarrel to be amusing, laughing out loud at some of the portions. I found that the author doesn't need to use much description in some areas, but does so in a manner that I can just about imagine myself tagging along on their adventure. When he does use description, it's kind of light and fun. It's a writing style that I would refer to as being very "sassy". I'm quite jealous of that, to put it bluntly; I can't get through writing just a review without rambling. This entire post is very much evidence of that.

The thing I like most is the characters. I think the most impressive thing is that, though these two are obviously kind of tough is that somehow Artie and Jurgen seem really sweet together. It's hard to explain, but it just feels like one of those incredible couples in books or other media where you just know that the pair belong together and love each other very much, despite whatever arguments or plots that get thrown their way.

I imagine that this type of book is not for everyone. Though I found it funny and interesting, some might not appreciate the use of curse words or might not enjoy that type of humour. Mind you, they aren't the ones writing this review. My only real complaint is that it's too short. I know it's a short story, but these are the type of characters that I would love to see more often, by a writer that I would like to see more of. I'm actually intending to buy Hot Sinatra, another book by the same author as a Christmas present for myself and you can't stop me! In fact, I don't think I can stop myself from doing it...

I loved the entire story. The ending is perfect. The characters are all brilliant and fit in to the book properly. This is definitely an author that I will be looking out for in future. I want to rate it six stars, but five is the highest we can go here. :(
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review 2014-07-24 00:00
Manlove & Menage: 10 Erotic Books in One
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