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text 2020-01-04 21:46
Saturday Six Degrees of Booklikes Separation

I'm going to try to remember to play a new game on the first Saturday of each month - I'm going to pick a book currently being read by one of my BL friends (or something that someone read in the preceding few days), and create a chain of books to get me to a book that I want to read during the month.


For January, I'm going to do Six Degrees of Separation from Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth. 



Grey Mask - Patricia Wentworth 



My second book is Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte, since it also has the word "grey" in the title.


Agnes Grey - Angeline Goreau,Anne Brontë 



Agnes works as a governess for some horrible, horrible children, which takes me to a fun little Courtney Milan romance that I read a while ago:


 The Governess Affair - Courtney Milan  


If we're going to talk about books with "Affair" in the title, I have to mention Agatha's first book:


The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie 


Which involved a poisoning murder, and which takes me to Tasha Alexander's 


A Poisoned Season - Tasha Alexander 


The main character of "A Poisoned Season" is Lady Emily Ashton. She shares a name with Emily Eden, author of:


The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-Detached House - Emily Eden 


Which is sitting on my TBR cart, ready to read...


So, there we go. From Grey Mask to Emily Eden, in five, easy books.


If you want to join in the fun, use the tag "six degrees of BL separation". I shamelessly stole this idea from a blogger I follow on wordpress, Kate, of Books Are My Favorite and Best, although I have given it a Booklikes twist.

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review 2015-10-14 00:00
Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation - Taylor V. Donovan

***** 5 impressive stars *****

Mac said with a smile on his tone. "Later, darlin'."
"Later, kitten." Sam ended the call, and glared at his friend over his shoulder. "Not one word from you."
"But you look so pretty together," Logan [Sam's bestfriend] teased. "And the kitten.... wow... he's..."
"That's enough."
"More like a lion, if you ask me."
"Fine. (...) But can I just say one thing?"
"That depends. Will you take it like a man when I punch the shit out of you for butting into my business?"
"He's gorgeous, he sounds like a good guy, he's got your number, and he makes you smile."
"That was four things, Lo. But you're right. He's fucking hot, he's an outstanding man, he know how to deal with me, and I can't get enough of him."

It's been a long time since I read a book that has been real interesting. 
I've read plenty of hot, hotter, sweet, scary and suspenseful books, and this book (and the first in the series) is all that and more, but it was also interesting. It caught and held my attention. And let me tell you the both books (1 & 2) were 400 pages each! I've read 800 pages and it never dragged once, I never wished for it to soon finish or checked my progress bar or anything. I was actually hesitant to check the Kindle percentage for fear it would soon be over. And that, is a feature in it self!

Six Degrees of Separation continues right where Six Degrees of Lust left off. Read my review of #1 (link below).
The story and the characters continues (actually there's a couple more). The multiple POV also continues.
There's no way I can recap the story, because it's intricate and all the characters are in some way connected to each other. Some of these connections were revealed at the end of this book, so that got real excited. The bad guy/killer was also somewhat revealed in this and I though I had it figured it out, but the twist still surprised me! 

It's hard to talk about the first and the second book separately, because it is one continuing story line. It's almost like it's a series of 5-6 books crammed into 2-3 books. I say "crammed" in the most positive way possible. Instead doing like most authors do, separating a series into books where each book tells the story of the different characters, it's all mixed together in this series. And it works! I love it! I love all the characters, both main and second, I love the mystery, I love the investigation, I love the family "drama" that Sam and Mac have, I love everything fitting together, but they don't know it yet, I love all the love interest. I mean, there's at least four separate love stories going on here! Where as Sam and Mac are the MCs. It might seem overwhelming, but I think not. 

Both books goes onto my "Memorable books of 2015" shelf! 
I also uprated the first book from 4 to 5 stars, just because I can and want to.


515 - you'll get the meaning when you read the story. :)


My reviews:

1. Six Degrees of Lust

1.5. (0.5) Southern Winterland
-shorty featuring Christian and Remy.

1.5. 60 Percent Proof
-shorty featuring Sam and Mac

2. Six Degrees of Separation

3. Six Degrees of Agony
-to be published

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review 2015-06-26 14:58
Loved it!
Six Degrees of Separation - John Guare

This play opens your eyes, it's a quick read but lovely at the same time. I would love to direct this show at some point in my life.

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review 2014-06-04 00:00
Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation - Taylor V. Donovan Wow, I’m so impressed with this series!! Where are my very own “Sam and Mac”? I really didn’t like Sam in the first book. He was a selfish prick to Mac!! But then he melted….. Sam’s journey through his feelings of guilt and worthlessness had been a long run but he’d finally made it to the other side. Sam believed his fear of being rejected would save him from falling in love with Mac. All the things Sam demanded of Mac in the beginning of the relationship, had really been everything he ever wanted… He would act jealous and possessive.
Sam and Mac were sweet and hawwwt together!!!
The crime and catching the serial-killer, I found exciting. I looooved all these FBI agents. Especially Logan!! I’m so happy, he’s getting his story in book 3! Bring it on….
I would also love to read more about Braxton, Christian and Remy.. Hope that they will get a book of their own.
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review 2014-05-20 00:00
Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation - Taylor V. Donovan Tanto esta parte como la anterior, se constituyen fácilmente en una única unidad, difícil de separar o de calificar como "primera parte" y "continuación". Lo más destacable de ambos libros, y que cobra mayor valor a medida que se avanza en la historia, es la enorme capacidad de su autora para tejer una gigantesca telaraña de personajes, vínculos, sucesos y relaciones, sin terminar toda anudada y pegajosa. Es un perfecto mapa con caminos, rutas, avenidas, senderos, que unen ciudades, pueblos, puñados de casas y personas solitarias sin que en ningún momento ninguna de esas líneas se confunda con otra.
Al principio sí cuesta entender a dónde es que apunta Taylor Donovan con tanta multiplicidad de nombres que danzan capítulo a capítulo, pero de alguna forma te deja en cada paso indicios subrepticios de su propósito, como pidiéndote de que le tengas paciencia, que todo va a cerrar. Y lo hace con mucha habilidad, sin dejar de lado la trama policial que le sirve de sustento. Y sin tampoco apurarla, ni dotando a sus personajes de una especie de mágica habilidad para cazar a un terrible asesino. En la vida que nos toca atravesar, muchas veces aún el mas talentoso investigador no puede con un nefasto asesino.
Como en casi toda obra literaria, hay momentos más altos, y otros más bajos, personajes que cuelan más o menos en uno, pero en definitiva es un pequeño placer que se va cocinando muy lentamente; y su autora no lo apura sino que lo deja tomar forma en el lector con sumo cuidado. Y hay algo que siempre valoro de un autor, y es que no nos den todas las respuestas, que no nos cierren su libro como un paquete de regalo, sino que dejen puertas abiertas, sobre todo cuando no implican indicios de una posible secuela, sino simplemente la generosidad de dejarle libre la imaginación a su lector. Pero igual, Taylor, espero con las uñas clavas en la mesa la historia de Logan <3
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