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text 2016-11-21 19:02
Waves Break My Fall - Kendall McKenna

I can say it was a good book because I actually felt some chemistry between the leads, and because I didn't feel like, when Kage came out to his family, it was forced. I liked how his family accepted him, with open arms, without being a cheesy scene; it felt quite realistic.


The beginning, though, almost made me drop it, but since it is such a short book, I decided to finish it. The reason was because, on the night they meet, Kage and Zach hook up on the beach. Not ALL THE WAY, but I hate hook ups in my (MM) romances, more now since I am in the mood for an actual ROMANCE. At least, both of them develop a quick crush, there are no third wheels and in the whole, it was super hot.


As far as I know, the original story ended there. My copy was the extended one, where Kage and Zach decide to stick together and they go together to California and then, live together.


My advice would have been, to not continue the story if the author was going to be so vague about everything. First, it seemed like there was something else behind Zach's story, about his scare of being a bottom, and what about his former dates that treated him like he needed protection? It seemed like something was going to be developed long those lines, but nope, nothing. They had sex and that's it. Zach actually didn't have any issues nor a traumatic story about anything.


Then it seemed like the author was going to go along the lines of bdsm. Something about Kage liking to dominate and Zach to be submissive. They had a hot moment of bdsm(ish) and then, nothing.


Once they come to California, Zach's bff Ashley and Matt were nowhere to be seen. Why give them such an important role (it seemed) in the first half, to make them disappear in the second half?


In the first part Kage has some issues about being an Marine and having witnessed and experienced terrible things in Irak. Such as being in the crowd, sleeping at night, etc. Then, in the 2nd half (and after 3 months have passed, out of nowhere) he is having mental letdowns, needing all the help he could need, being violent, getting drunk, being impotent, etc. And Zach being understanding, supportive, etc. I don't know, it was a total "wait, what happened? did I miss something?" thing. I know marines/soldiers have a difficult time, etc, but to put it on the story after having a mild problem in the first part of the story didn't help. I almost wished Zach quit on them, get help for Kage and get the hell out of their apartment.


The final "sexy" time was sad and nothing sexy at all. I wish the author didn't write the 2nd half if she was going to be "3 months later they were living together; 2 months later Kage was a big mess, and a year later, Kage was recovering and having sex with Zach for the first time over a year".


Overall, beach time: good, enjoyable. California time: MEH, please skip this.

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review 2016-09-02 17:14
Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps.... Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. Step Five: Love / Step Six: All the Rest - Alex Gabriel

This has to be one of my favorite MM series. I love it, so much that I forced myself to read like, a chapter per day so I couldn't finish it ^_^ I love the pain our boys went thru in the first couple of chapters... both Hiro and Ryuu loved each other so much, but because of Ryuu being an ass (treating Hiro like he wasn't important in front of others), they had this misunderstanding and are apart for weeks. In the process, both of them are unhappy, until finally Ryuu understands everything... that he is the one to blame in the relationship and fights to get Hiro back.

Once they are back it is all lovey-dovey (without being sappy) and friendship (communication!). I teared up a little bit when they are laying in bed, talking. It was so sweet... Ryuu changed for better because he loved Hiro so much and only because he was so clueless he wasn't aware that he was hurting Hiro. But once he sees that he wasn't treasuring Hiro like he deserved it, he did all the could (like not hiding anymore he and Hiro were friends; like putting Hiro above everything; like talking to Hiro -really talking to him) to make Hiro happy <3

There were times where they were talking and it was like it was in a secret code, that only they both understood. I love this kind of stuff in romance book <3

In spite of liking it a lot, i don't think this is a series for everyone. First, there are a lot of scenes about their dorama, Ryuu-Akiyama and Hiro-Yuri (although their recreation of the "after" was ). Secondly, after they get back together, it is mostly little things like having parties, being in TV shows, blogs from magazine, having a date, etc. Mundane things that for some may be redundant, but I loved it and were just a reinforcement to make us reader see how close they were, how much they loved each other, how strong their bond was. And besides, most of it was just like real J-Pop <3

One of my new favorite couples: Ryuu and Hiro
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review 2016-09-02 17:12
Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps.... Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps. Step Three: Innocence / Step Four: Perspective - Alex Gabriel

I love my boys <3 I want them to be happy!! But Ryuu is killing me with his indecision to come out (understandably, since he is an idol) and his reluctance to admit his feelings for Hiro out loud. In the process, he is hurting poor Hiro :(

[My theory is that the author based these 2 guys in 2 Johnnys. Unfortunately not the 2 I wanted. Anyway, my theory is that Ryuu is based on Nishikido Ryo. More or less same name, same grumpy personality, both of them were super cute when they were children, both of them are from Osaka, and are in a 7-member band. And Yo looks like he is YamaPi: best friend in the band, with a steady girlfriend (there was a time where he was steady with Keiko, and Yo is steady with Yumiko). Hiro, I think, is Taguchi (wtf, Ryo and Junno?? hahaha). Hiro is tall, likes puns, is mostly being made fun of, saying nothing and just smiling, just like Junno.]

So, this book was so much better than the 1st because of the romance. It has everything I like: a bit angsty (ok, pretty angsty in the last chapter, boohoo), romantic, steamy, cute... I almost want to punch Ryuu, because he is so scared to be busted. But hello! they are just meant to be together, everyone can see that ^_^ But no, Ryuu has to go and ruin everything... my heart almost broke in the last chapter (which is basically, the first chapter of the next book). I mean, his reasons are plausible. I've read so much about gossips on J-idols and the scoops of one being caught in a conbini/disco/etc. and the speculations of X idol being gay, X idol being promiscuous, etc, and they have to maintain their image intact and whatever, but still, it hurts when Ryuu more or less denigrates Hiro ("what? me with Hiro? As if. I am with **grabs some chick** this girl") right in front of him and then expects all to be good. As much as Hiro is nice and tries to go with the flow, there is a limit.

Please Ryuu, do something :( and please Hiro, don't be so hard on both of you. You both are suffering :( and me too :(
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review 2015-11-13 21:14
The Roommate Situation - Zoe X. Rider

I am up to read more books from Zoe Rider. I really liked this one, it was light, a bit fluffy, more like a slice of life... a coming of age. There isn't any misunderstandings, any miscommunications, any love triangle, any angst.. it was refreshing.

Starts a bit gloomy. Shane has to move out from his dorm because his roommate committed suicide. His new roommate is Derek. They become friends rather fast. In fact, Shane likes to hang out more with Derek than with his two former friends. Later on, Shane hears from his friend that Derek sells leather stuff online: wallets, belts... and also cuffs and harnesses. When Shane needs some cash to buy a guitar, he offers to model these leather things to improve the image online. Once he wears these cuffs, he realizes he is into this kind of thing (like, really really into) so he makes the first move.

It took longer for me to warm towards Derek. Shane was a likable character, very boyish but with a easy going personality and also very honest. He was a bit weak when it was related to his parents, but since he just finished school, it was understandable (also, being only son and having such parents). His mother was so suffocating. This book is like, 80% dialogue, and the rest is narration. Well, his mother talks and talks and talks. And she is constantly there. As in, Shane is in college and living in dorms, but his mother insists to be part of his life, thru many visits and phone calls. A few times, when Shane was with Derek inside the room, I was afraid his mother would burst in and catch them on action (it doesn't happen, thank heavens).

Like I pointed out, I did not like Derek so much until after the first half of the book. Or maybe towards the end. He is nice, he is cool, he cares for Shane and you can tell. When Shane makes the first move, I wasn't convinced of why Derek would let it happen. Why Derek was so willing to continue. Since the book is told from Shane's POV, and Derek was a bit aloof, I wasn't so convinced of his attraction to Shane. And besides, Derek loves to smoke. Honestly, he was like a chimney. Shane loved it, loved to smell the tobacco in him, but I hated it. I much rather have him with that annoying toothpick than a cigarette.

On Derek's side, it is a g4u thing. On Shane's side, I am not sure. He says that he never felt this horny/happy/excited with a girl before, so he may just be a "late" out-of-the-closet guy. There weren't any inner struggles, any anxiety to realize he liked a guy, and instead of bothering me that (cuz I love to read them in my g4u books) I liked it and consider it to be part of Shane's personality. Derek doesn't have any issues about liking a guy for the first time, but that was also part of his aloof personality.

In fact, I did not mind the lack of drama in their coming out (to family and friends). It was all easy and quick (although in Shane's case, his mother was more difficult to handle), but I was OK with all of that. It just felt like a rom-com or something.

Despite Shane and Derek living together, and testing the bondage kinks Derek made, this wasn't a PWP at all. Most of all, they liked to snog (I am not British but I like this expression ;) ). They snog and talk, or talk and have phone sex, and talk and hang out, or talk with lots of touching involve. They make the reader sure they are friends, buddies, that they trust each other and like each others company. That is one of the highlights of the book: that it is more talk than action. The BDSM is super light, more like, nada. Shane likes to be cuffed, and is absolutely thrilled when he uses the harness, and he also uses the cuffs once on Derek, but that's it.

The conclusion to Shane's dilemma was rushed, and I would have preferred to have AT LEAST, 10 pages more. I could not believe it when I was on 97% on my Kindle and there wasn't a solution to his problem yet. So yeah, it ended pretty quickly. I wish there was a novella or something :(.. that is my only concern.

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review 2015-11-13 21:09
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen

It was better than I thought. I don't know why, but I did not have high expectations. Maybe because when I see that a book is on the gay-for-you shelf I am pretty sure that it is misleading, that it will all be an out-for-you and I will be disappointed again.

Not this book. Wes is gay and has been in love with his BFF since they were teenagers. Years ago, him and Jamie made a bet, Wes lost (on purpose or not) and they had a thing. A thing that made me not-like Wes so much. I think he manipulated Jamie somehow. Sure, Jamie did not say no, was willing in fact, but... Don't know why, but I see it as a manipulation instead of seduction.

So this "thing" **spoiler** [Wes giving Jamie his best BJ experience] made Wes "fire" his bff; meaning, he purposely lost contact with Jamie. Fours years later, they meet again in a hockey convention, and restart their friendship. Since Wes is still in love with Jamie, he volunteers to coach later in the same camp where they had their best moments together, and where Jamie is currently coaching.

Their sexual tension in the camp was very hot. My, that first kiss! All of these scenes -in the pub, playing pool, Jamie being jealous because Wes was flirting with a guy- reminded me of Collide. Best friends that grew apart, one gay, the other straight. The gay one has always been in love with the straight one. Once the straight one knows his friend's sexuality, he has all these confusing thoughts about them.

What can I say, I love this kind of premise. It may be predictable but it still works for me. I love that both were very manly-looking, that they were a bit rough in bed. I love that Wes has a tongue ring -not sure if hockey players, or any kind of athlete, is allowed to have this kind of piercing- because it made their kiss a lot hotter.

What I did not like, though, was the OW (a slang I learned yesterday). I mean, it is good to show that Jamie has been straight all his life until he falls for Wes (after all, I am a fan of g4u) and both Jamie and Holly made it clear from the start that they were friends-with-benefits, but even so, I think he was a jerk with her. And I just dislike that there were scenes between them, especially that one at the beginning after they had sex. No, BOTH times really; after and before they had sex. Sorry but it was a big turn off for me. If authors are going to put M/F in a MM romance, make it behind curtains please.

Also, this is the first time when I think that the "straight" one will eventually miss to be with a girl. Sure, all is nice and romantic and hot at first, being in love with a guy, but there is something in Jamie that made me think he will miss the "soft curves" of a lady. Even when he was with Wes he liked to peek at girls. Yeah it is something that guys do in general, but in my books (in my MM books), I don't want that. He constantly thinks about girls and their curves, he checks them out, he compares being with Wes and being with girls, he even gets horny a couple of times for some girl.

For almost all the book they lived in a bubble of fantasy, in their own room. They were crazy for each other, they had the most awesome steamy scenes, but that was it, like Jamie was living in a bubble. In spite of being friends, they did not talk about their issues, feelings, thoughts. All was based on sex. Jamie did not struggle so much with his new sexuality, something that I wanted. And when he realizes he is bi, he is all "my family will love me anyway" which was too easy. I wanted more conflict, more inner struggles, more mixed feelings. All in all, it was just too easy (also the coming out of Wes) so it was a bit hard for me to root for them, since they did not have any battle to win.

The whole Wes with a mess family + Jamie with an awesome family has been made so many times. A big MEH.

To make this book better, I would take out all scenes with Holly and Jamie, remove that awful statement of Wes of "this will end after 4 weeks", make Jamie and Wes communicate (I don't have much patience with miscommunication) and made them work for their love. On the other hand, I would not change one bit of all the sex scenes; they were spectacular XD

My conclusion: this has a HFN. Sorry Wes, for now Jamie is in love with you, but in time, he will end up with a girl anyway.

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