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review 2015-10-22 00:00
Home is a Fire
Home is a Fire - Jordan Nasser

3.5 debut-stars

A good debut for a new M/M writer.


I stumbled over this one, and was intrigued. Derek, a young man who could've had everything he wanted, leaves his life and love in New York behind and goes home. Means back to the South, his mother and curious Uncle, a bunch of true friends and most importantly, getting away from his fiancé. And he loves it, all of it. The food, the language, the nights out with his friend and his new job as a teacher. The only blib on his negativity-radar? His old high school crush and former tormentor.

I enjoyed reading this debut of Jordan Nasser. I liked the groundwork Nasser layed out, and I warmed up to Derek after a little while. He isn't bad, he's just not the easiest character to like. He has his issues, one of them running away every time it get's too hard to try. Which is not one of the most admirable personality traits in my book. On the other hand, Derek is sweet and caring, if a little self-absorbed. What made me really like the story though, were the side characters. Granted, some of them might come over as clichéd a time or two. But in the grand scheme of things, it was an adorable, wildly mixed bunch. They made me laugh and chuckle a lot.

It would have been nice to get to know a little more about Derek's motivations. Why all the running? Why the need to go back to "safety" when you already know it's a bad idea? But maybe stuff like that could be part of a second part in the series? *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*

Why "only" 3.5 stars? I liked the story, just had some issues here and there with Derek. But mostly, I was not really satisfied with the ending. It didn't feel right to have Derek "switch" sides like it was nothing. You don't want me anymore? Fine, I'll go back to my ex - and vice versa. In a heartbeat. Alright, not really in a heartbeat - he took his time and it was written in a somewhat believable manner. I just didn't like it.

The other thing? Tenses! I'm not that nit-picky when it comes to grammar or vocabulary - I'm not a native speaker mayself. But here, I was irritated every so often because the tenses were all over the place. Past, present, perfect - you name it, you got it and not always in the correct way. So yes, I was a little distracted by that.

All in all, a really good debut novel that I enjoyed quite a bit. Looking forward to the second installment in the series and other works by this author.

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review 2014-12-27 12:15
Little Red Riding Crop by Tiffany Reisz
Little Red Riding Crop - Tiffany Reisz

3,5 stars

 

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I have never read BDSM before. No dark erotica. Only fluffy, HEA stuff. This is an attempt to evade my comfort zone and read the reportedly amazing series that is "The Original Sinners".

 

Since I didn't want to get in over my head, I decided to read one of Tiffany Reisz's short stories to see if I would be able to handle "The Siren".

 

I have to say, I was expecting worse. There were no pears of anguish or anything resembling medieval torture devices. It was surprisingly normal. A little whipping and restraining. Nothing too shocking. This was my idea of light-BDSM, but somehow I thought this would be more hardcore. In the actual books there will be those kinds of situations, I suppose.

 

So far, I am liking Nora very much. We get the notion that her Dominatrix lifestyle isn't about personal satisfaction, but in giving it to others in exchange for heavy sums of money. Nora is exhausted. And Kingsley will give her her vacation, if she ventures into their rival BDSM club and manages to gather intel about the Dame. However, to get to this elusive woman no one has ever seen or talked to, Nora, armed with her red riding crop, must face the Big Brad Wolfe...

 

It's decided, I'm giving "The Siren" a go. I'm intrigued.

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review 2014-11-16 16:28
Until You by Penelope Douglas
Until You (Fall Away, #1.5) - Penelope Douglas

4 stars

 

Wow.

 

 

Definitely better than "Bully".

 

These are extremely high four stars, just so you know. More like 4,25 stars.

 

Being inside Jared's mind, learning more about his past, his relationship with his family, and how he and Tate left things, was amazing.

 

 

I especially adored reading about Tate and Jared's childhood and how their friendship developed into something more.

 

Besides, I got some more Madoc! He's hilarious. I absolutely cannot wait to learn some more about him.

 

About K.C.: I haven't made up my mind about her yet. But I'm leaning towards the negative feelings.

 

"Until You" instilled in me an urge to read the entire series. And I will.

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review 2014-10-20 16:44
Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye
Dare to Resist - Laura Kaye

4 stars

 

Finally, a nicely written erotica novel!

 

 

There haven't been many of those in my life lately.

 

This is the story of how Kady Dresco and Colton Briggs who, after years of pent-up sexual tension, finally gave in to their desire.

 

Three years ago, Kady and Colton shared a scorching hot moment in the pool house after he returned from the military. Now, trapped in a raunchy motel for two days after a monsoon led to the canceling of their flights, they won't be able to resist their repressed needs for much longer.

 

 

I love, love, love a good best-mate's sister complex!

 

 

Yup, Kady is Colton's best friend's little sister. And there are lots of guilty feelings associated with that.

 

Everything felt believable and real, despite the short-length of the book (or novella, I don't know). That was amazingly refreshing. Because of that, and even though each installment is written by a different author, I'll continue on reading this series. Here's hoping they're as good as "Dare to Resist"!

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review 2014-05-07 14:24
Review: Over the Line
Over the Line - Cindy Gerard

So I can’t decide which couple I like more: Eve and Mac, or Baby Blue and Janey (Yes, I’m going to call him Baby Blue. It fits Jason Wilson better than Plowboy, I think.) Both couples are so much fun with the bickering and the bantering and the no angst thing.

And I actually laughed out loud at Baby Blue’s “no holding back”, straight forward spontaneity:

”Speaking of time,” he leaned down and nuzzled her neck, “do you know how long it’s been since I made love to you?”

Her eyes flared with fire. “You make our excuses. I’ll go kiss the baby good-bye.”

“Hey, everyone. Thanks for the great party. We’re going to split and go have wild monkey sex.”



Oh yeah. Real subtle, Baby Blue. But maybe that kind of personality is why I love ya so much.

And… while I’m still hung up on Dallas Garrett (which is strange since I’m not the type to go for broody alpha, and Dallas is definitely generating a lot of broody ever since his presence became more increased in the third Bodyguards book), I think Baby Blue Wilson comes in a very close second for favorite men in the series’ world. He’s just so adorable:

”Hey. What am I supposed to do with this?” Jase asked with a rising panic when No unceremoniously handed him the baby.



This is one of the reasons why he’s become my second favorite guy; because THAT is also a reaction I had had when my cousin somehow managed to plop his one-year-old in my lap while we were at dinner for the kid’s birthday. I’m not sure how it happened -- one moment, I was eating sushi and lo mein from the buffet, the next, I was holding a baby while they cut the cake and darting my eyes around in a plea to my brothers to figure out what to do with little baby Jason (yes, a nice little coincidence in names, no?). I think my exact words were, “Whoa! How’d this happen? What am I supposed to do with this?”

…..

I sincerely apologize to all mothers in the world. I really do, for referring to a baby as “this”.

Moving right along…. back to the book now, shall we?

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I’m going to be upright and honest. I had contemplated skipping forward to the last book to read the story for Dallas and Amy. I mean, their build-up from To the Brink was just so mysterious and attractive that I bemoaned the fact that we don’t get to see them for another two books. So I was a little concerned that I would just rush through these next two books simply so that I could get to what I needed to read.

I couldn’t quite battle my own nerdy OCD though: All series MUST be read in order!

Mainly, I hate missing things if the next book in line happens to reference previous happenings. I like being in the loop, if ya know what I mean.

So imagine my delight when I found that I actually really enjoyed Over the Line quite a bit. Especially since I really wasn’t expecting to do so, what with my first impression of Jason Wilson and my pre-judgment of fictional celebrities. (It was also an added bonus that there was a side moment for Dallas and his brooding over the missing Amy Walker… which, for some reason, I find exceptionally hot. I don’t know why. Don’t ask.)

The story was intense and the suspense and mystery unraveled like Murphy’s Law gone mad. When you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse for poor Janey, you end up getting even more “madness and mayhem”, as she puts it. But the way it was executed and dealt with was engaging. I was hooked and knew that I’d finish this book sooner than I’d planned.

There were still some flaws in the fluidity of the writing and some overused actions, phrases, and descriptors. But I’m not too hung up on them. Some things also tend to get a little preachy; references to previous books’ events seemed forced and kind of, “Why do I care to know about this?” But overall, not too bad.

What I mainly loved were the characters and the interaction between Janey and Baby Blue. They were such a fun couple, probably even more so than Eve and Mac.

If there was a list of women in fiction I respected with immediacy (there isn’t yet, cause I’ve never thought to make a list, though I really should), I’m thinking Sweet Baby Jane would make the cut. From the moment that she left her concert stage and gulped down two bottles of water, then began turning on the sweet southern charms for her Baby Blue, I’ve been liking the woman. Then she goes and dropkicks him at a later time and I’m like: “Shit! Girl crush alert!”

There’s something about fictional celebrities that usually don’t sit well with me. They’re usually depicted as spoiled, rich, entitled, arrogant and most of all, bitchy and demanding. But Jane Perkins proves to be strong, level-headed, down-to-earth, practical, no nonsense, and bitchy (but in a good way). She can take care of herself just fine. She’s everything opposite of what I had been expecting upon reading the summary about the new bodyguard assignment being a rock star.

I didn’t think that I’d be able to get into this book without my mind wandering off to Into the Dark and my impatience at getting to Dallas and Amy’s story, but as soon as I was introduced to Janey and Jason “Plowboy” Wilson, I fell in love.

Plowboy is nothing like I expected after meeting him for the first time in Into the Edge where he came off as a rash and stupid dumbfuck who couldn’t seem to keep his mouth shut when it served him well to do so. But seeing him now, he’s so much more intriguing. And he’s so much more adorable than I’d figured him to be -- more than the hot and sexy studs we keep running into in Romantic Suspense novels (which it’s not that he’s not, mind you), I appreciate that he’s barely a brooding alpha male (he does his brooding on the side, but he’s still sunshines and bunnies about his brooding and it kind of amuses me) on the surface when settled next to Janey’s no-nonsense, grab life by its balls personality.

It’s kind of refreshing and I love these two together as a couple.

So, Over the Line: Entertaining, intense, suspenseful, and lots of fun.

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