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review 2018-01-05 01:45
Book Review: All I Want by Stella Starling
All I Want - Stella Starling

Utterly adorable Christmas story that I snagged when it was offered for free on Amazon. Excellent story-telling, and such a sweet romance. I adored Elliott - he was such a sweetheart, and so very kind to everyone, always believing only the best of people. And I loved watching Ash grow throughout this book and believe that he could be more than what he had been.

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review 2017-10-17 13:26
Looking For Love - Stella Starling

It’s all good :)
Two very sweet guys falling in love and growing real close in a short time. Because that’s what happens when you find ‘the spark’ as we learn from Zach’s wonderful neighbor, Ana.
In the middle of all the sweet, the queen bitch shows up to cause trouble. We are talking serious levels of nasty bitchiness here. And the best part? She stayed a bitch until the end. There was no “oh, that’s ok, you’re sorry. You’re forgiven.” Just her being a bitch but not getting away with her evil scheming. Because love wins.
And then there was, of course, the sweetest epilogue. Just wonderful. All good.
Now can we please have Brody’s story real soon?

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text 2017-10-15 14:07
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Looking For Love - Stella Starling

Zach ran a thumb over Micah’s lower lip, tugging it out from between his teeth, and Micah caught his breath, his heart racing so hard he thought he might literally die. Which, God, he really, really didn’t want to do if it was going to mess up whatever was about to happen with Zach.

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text 2017-10-15 14:06
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Looking For Love - Stella Starling

“Do you want to do something, Micah?” Zach asked, his voice suddenly lower and deeper and so ridiculously sexy that it was all Micah could do to stop himself from swaying right into his arms, or climbing up Zach’s body and just wrapping himself around him completely.
Which would be too much, right?
 
Well, yeah. Maybe a little, at this point :)

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review 2017-09-24 14:54
Sweet Thing - Isobel Starling

This books starts with Simeon preparing to rebuild his life after treatment at a rehab facility. While he is prepared to fight his addiction to drugs and alcohol, he sticks with his usual pattern of quick hookups and generally meaningless sex. It's all he has ever known. And since he could never have his best friend, he has never wanted anything more with anyone.
Until he meets Bastian Roth. Bastian is grieving for a lost lover and struggling to move on. After a rough start, the two start building a relationship.
So far, so good. And then it turned less good! The secrets that come out later regarding people in Bastian's past were just too much. I struggled not to roll my eyes.
After some drama, the ending was sweet enough.
Normally, I would just mark it as read, enter my rating and move on. But I have an agreement with myself that if I go lower than three stars, I write something to explain why.
The main reason I cannot give a higher rating was a couple of things that annoyed me with the writing. It was repetitive in how many times Sim was pouting and in how he was constantly referred to as 'the male model'. First of all, he's a man and he's a model. You do not need the 'male' mentioned every time. Secondly, this reference created an odd distance; Bastian wasn't just looking at 'him' or at 'Sim' - he was looking at the male model sitting on the couch opposite. Like he was some stranger. (I made this example up to try and explain the issue, not sure if there was ever a scene exactly like that).
Even worse were the non-English dialogue parts. There was German in there and there was French. And not just a word here or there but complete sentences which were then translated into English in brackets after the non-English parts. So you fly over the parts you don't understand to get to the translation. And if you do understand the German or French, you tend to still read the English so you read the same text twice. It completely ruins the flow and there are much more elegant ways to describe that a character says something in another language.
Last but not least: If you need to put something in there in a different language, do have someone edit it who actually speaks that language. I don't know about the French but the German was cringeworthy and downright abysmal. Just throwing German lines in there and not making the effort to make sure they are correct? Well, to be honest, to me it feels disrespectful somehow.

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