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review 2016-05-10 14:16
Family Unit by Z.A. Maxfield
Family Unit - Z.A. Maxfield

Can you call it a classic when it was published in 2009 by a bestselling author in the genre?



I don't know, but I'm going to go ahead and call it that anyway. It's a standard MM classic in so far that the story isn't something terribly new or unique. A parenting MC takes care of a young child while trying to navigate a growing attraction to another MC. Also, the neglecting parent of the young kid tries some stunt for personal reasons, so drama isn't far off where the family is concerned.


What is different is the age of the MCs. Logan, a retired Marine, is finding his footing in the civilian world, sexual attraction to another man included. The one who caught his eye is Richard, a relatively young grandfather trying to do right by his son and grandson, passionate pacifist, liberal at heart, with a healthy dose of fear of guns. While the whole plot concerning Richard's family didn't surprise me or sweep me off my feet, I was happy with how Maxfield handled the conflicts between a conservative military man and a liberal pacifist.


The arguments and the conflicts were on point. Some very valid concerns made a realtionship between Richard and Logan tricky. Keeping a gun in the bedside table, attack as the best defense, keeping the peace with everyone without loosing one's self in the process, how to raise a kid when you're basically an outsider looking in, the kid always coming first no matter what the personal costs - all very important stepstones in their every-day life as a potential couple. I especially enjoyed how basic beliefs and the navigation of real problems made up the main part of the struggle the two MCs faced while getting together. Sure, the attraction was very insta, the development of the relationship however, was not. And it was good that it wasn't because that's what I expect and like about a good story featuring two mature MCs. No miscommunication, white lies or unnecessary misunderstandings. Just two honest guys over 40, somewhat set in their ways and very sure of their priorities and desires, finding their way as a couple.


That's problably also the main reason why the drama surrounding Richards grandson and his mother didn't grab me the way it was intended to. It was... maybe a little too much for me after all the "real" things happening. I'm not saying it's unrealistic - in fact I'm pretty sure it happens more often than anyone wants to admit in custody battles with parents deemed unfit to raise a child. But in this story, I was not 100% convinced by the turn of events. I guess, I was just hpoing too much for something different.


But all in all, still a very nice story about two very different, mature men falling in love and making a family. Definitely recommended for sunny days and readers tired of the "childish-miscommunication" trope.

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review 2013-11-06 18:00
My Eyes Are Sweating
The Reluctant Dom (Siren Publishing Menage and More) - Tymber Dalton

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book and had never read anything from Tymber Dalton, so I went for it.


As I read along, there was so much about this book that made me downright uncomfortable...not the BDSM kink or m/f/m menage -- I like all that when it's done well, but 1) the whole 24/7 master and slave thing always flips my feminist switch a bit, 2) a heroine who needed years of intense therapy to deal with her past but chooses a BDSM lifestyle instead 3) three friends who are (IMHO) in love with each other - yet the men arent "doing each other." [You have to read it to understand why that is significant.] Despite my uncomfortable feelings, I was completely taken with this book. Usually a book I like takes me a day to read -- 2 days tops, if life interrupts. This took a week to read because I had to put it down several times. 





I was blown away by how the author depicted the relationship between these three characters and made me like them despite my feels about their relationship. This is not just an erotic novel...it's a real love story that makes you feel the characters' intense emotions over the impending loss of Kaden and their love for each other. Although they were well-written, I found myself not paying much attention to the sexy parts and focusing more on the emotions and wishing for a HEA for Kaden, Seth, and Leah even though I knew that Kaden would eventually not be part of the equation.



This novel is full of heartfelt sentiment and the author masterfully made me connect with all three MCs. I'm not a crier and this book made my eyes sweat more than once while reading.  



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