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review 2017-03-09 19:11
Review: "Hard Wired" (Cyberlove, #3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"Why are ninety percent of our conversations propping each other up?"

"We both need a lot of propping? I don't know. Why are we like this?"

Good question.



I had high hopes for the third Cyberlove book after Strong Signal and especially Fast Connection, the phenomenal second book in this series. And while I still loved the writing and the general premise of this series (falling in love online), I'm afraid that this book just missed the mark for me. Which pains me to admit, because I'm a big fan of the Cyberlove series.


I usually don't mind angst in my books; in fact I love me some angst, it makes the HEA so much more earned and deserved. What I don't like though is melodrama. Especially unnecessary melodrama. I couldn't, for the life of me, connect to Ian's issue with his different (online) personalities. I mean, don't we all have different personalities, considering who we're interacting with and given the circumstances? I know that *I* am certainly acting and behaving differently when I'm talking to my parents than when I'm talking to my fellow M/M pervs online.



And I know that this was supposed to be a mutual hurt/comfort story, but for me, the comfort part in Ian's and Jesse's relationship was totally one-sided. I feel like 95% of every conversation/discussion/fight revolved around Ian and his online persona Cerise. There was only little to no support from Ian at all that led to Jesse finally standing up to his parents, and Jesse was THIS close to being a total doormat personality. I don't know why he kept bothering with Ian after their first encounter. Ian,...



The ending was also rushed, and given Ian's emotional trauma (I think he's been abused by his foster father, but that aspect has never really been fully explained nor dealt with) and social anxiety, it felt also incredibly forced and unbelievable.


The guys decided to move in together after one hookup at a con and after spending three days together months later. This was a little too much Disney fairy tale ending for my taste; I think Ian should have at least considered some therapy.



(spoiler show)


A nice addition to this book is the Cerise's fanart page on Tumblr; I totally dig additional website pages and fan services like that.



So anyway, I'll just consider this book as a minor slip-up in this otherwise excellent series, and I will still be looking forward to the next installment.

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review 2017-01-21 18:37
Review: "Not a Game" by Cardeno C.
Not a Game - Cardeno C.

"You’re beautiful, you know that?"

"You make me feel like that could be true," Oliver said quietly.

Jaime curled his hand around Oliver’s nape and brushed their lips together. "It is true."


And here I was, believing for years that Pretty Woman was highly unrealistic. And yet that movie couldn't EVER compare to this story of sweet, overweight and introvert Oliver, who just started a new job in a new town, and out of all people in the city managed to hook up with his new boss Jaime in a bar one night (which none of them is aware of at the time of course).


But wait, there's more! Because of course Jaime turned out to have a chubby kink and of course he played along when Oliver mistook him for the escort he had booked for the night. Needless to say that Jaime is also filthy rich, because - let's say it together:



Look guys, I get why this story appeals to so many people. It's always nice and refreshing to have a plus-sized character in a genre where 99% of the MCs have the body of an underwear model. But Oliver's "How can you possibly like me? Look at you and then look at me." shtick every other page got on my nerves - VERY much and VERY fast.



But what was even worse and almost ruined the book completely for me was HOW LONG Jaime kept lying to Oliver and how Oliver immediately forgave him during the blink of an eye when he found out. I can't help but feel that Oliver was only willing to overlook the lying and the deceit because he thought he should just be glad and thankful to have such a muscular sex god like Jaime being interested in him and his body type at all. This was doormat behavior 101 and I'm sorry, but I don't find lying and emotional manipulation romantic or sweet at all, no matter the circumstances.



This was only my second book from this author after Perfect Imperfections, and I haven't liked that one either. So maybe I think it's best if I give Cardeno C. a wide berth for a little while while wishing her nothing but the best for her writing career.


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review 2017-01-11 19:25
Review: "Lane's" (Life According to Maps, #3) by Nash Summers
Lane's - Nash Summers

"How the heck had Maps gotten lucky enough to meet a person as amazing as Lane? There were seven billion people in the world, and somehow, the most thoughtful one found his way right next door. The universe must've been looking out for him. He was so darn lucky."


THIS! This is why I just simply ADORE Maps. I know that he can be extremely annoying sometimes with his overconfidence and his diva attitude, but when it comes to his boyfriend Lane (or his friends Benji and Perry), he's just an ordinary boy in love with a big heart.


Just like the previous two installments, this was also another short, well-written and hilariously funny read that put more than one big smile on my face.


But please, PLEASE Ms. Nash, can we get more than just one little kiss the next time, YA or not? I mean these guys are 18-year-olds, where's the horniness and the hormones?



And while we're on it, can we get a Benji & Perry spin-off too?


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review 2017-01-10 17:19
Review: "Diamonds" (Life According to Maps, #2) by Nash Summers
Diamonds - Nash Summers

Maps had no idea what he was doing.

“Of course I know what I’m doing,” he said. “Piece of bike. Like riding a cake.”


Oh Maps, how much I missed you, you geeky drama queen with your OTT diva attitude.


I'm eating this series like candies, it's just as sweet.


And I know it's YA, but for the next book I'm really wishing for more steam than just one tiny little kiss at the end.


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review 2017-01-09 18:27
Review: "Maps" (Life According to Maps, #1) by Nash Summers
Maps - Nash Summers

"If you ever get lost, just follow the lane, and you’ll find your way home."


This book is the embodiment of adorable. I fell in love with funny, sweet and geeky (also little drama queen) Maps the first time when I've read this story almost 2 years ago, and I fell in love with him all over again.


The only difference is that while the tentative HFN ending left me wanting more back then, I have not only one, but TWO sequels to look forward to now.



First read: May 26th, 2015

1st reread: January 09th, 2017

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