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review 2017-07-19 17:12
Review: "Shiny!" by Amy Lane
Shiny! - Amy Lane

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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review 2017-01-19 19:59
Review: "Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me" by Anna Martin
Five Times My Best Friend Kissed Me and One Time I Kissed Him First - Anna Martin

"I fell in love with your eyes," Evan murmured. He smiled as Scott blinked them, letting the tears fall. "They're so blue."

"My eyes have always been blue," Scott said with a broken laugh.

"I know."

Scott shook his head slowly. "Since when?"

"Since forever. Since I was seven years old and Scott Sparrow was the coolest kid I'd ever met. He still is, you know."

 

There were two things that stood out in this friends-to-lovers story: the 5+1 writing structure, and chapters that were NOT in chronological order.

 

While the 5+1 idea (who owes its existence to fan fiction according to the author's note) worked pretty well for me, the order of the chapters did not. Every chapter focused on one of the 5+1 times that Scott and Evan kissed and the order was

 

  • The Second Time
  • The Fourth Time
  • The First Time
  • The Third Time
  • The Fifth Time
  • The One Time I ("Ethan") Kissed Him First

 

Now when I see a structure like this, I feel like there's supposed to be a certain purpose or a deeper meaning behind it. Like hidden clues, that are being mentioned in one chapter and picked up again in another one, or something that gives me a hint in the present timeline, but doesn't make full sense until I get to a flashback chapter.

 

 

But that wasn't the case here. The chapters just felt randomly jumbled, but they can be just as well read in chronological order and it wouldn't make any difference. On the contrary, I think that it would have definitely worked better this way, because the story didn't really flow naturally for me because of this and it detached me from the characters and their relationship. I have no idea why the author decided on this kind of narration structure or what its purpose was supposed to be.

 

 

Oh, and that final +1 chapter? LONGEST EPILOGUE EVER! It started at 80% and it went on and on and on, and I just wanted it to be over because the story has been told and the HEA has been had and there's always that one point in a story where I'm ready to say good-bye to the MCs because I don't want to know everything about their everyday life after their HEA because some things are better left to the imagination sometimes and now I'll just shut up.

 

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review 2017-01-13 17:36
Review: "Oral Fixation" by Piper Vaughn
An Oral Fixation - Piper Vaughn

"I've wanted you forever," Cooper said. He reached up and ran his thumb across Quinn's lover lip. "Longer than forever."

 

Super short, super cute, super hot.

 

But also super forgettable, I'm afraid.

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review 2017-01-12 20:48
Review: "Perfect Catch" by N.R. Walker
Perfect Catch - N.R. Walker

I don’t think you can write a better "friends-to-lovers" story than this one. Two guys, who have been friends for over ten years and who have been secretly in love with each other (but are both afraid to ruin their friendship), go on a fishing trip and everything changes. DURING A THUNDERSTORM!

 

Walker’s writing never fails to disappoint. She writes some of the best and most intense chemistries between her MCs for me. This story was also very steamy and sexually explicit as fuck, which I'm always down for (sue me!).

 

Only minus half a star because of a much needed, but unfortunately missing epilogue.

 

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review 2016-12-28 15:45
Review: "It Was Always You" Anthology by Various Authors
It Was Always You - Felice Stevens,N.R. Walker,Riley Hart,Cardeno C.,Lane Hayes,Ella Frank,Christina Lee

"Rough Edges" by Cardeno C.

~3 stars~

 

This was just a mediocre enemies-to-lovers story for me; one of MCs - Kyle - was just too unlikable. BUT I learned a new thing: multiple prostate orgasms.

 

 

 

"Unexpected Turn" by Ella Frank

~4 stars~

 

Consider me surprised, but I really liked this friends-to-lovers story. Of course, I would have liked it better if the MCs hadn’t cheated on their significant others while developing feelings for each other, but what can you do?

 

 

 

"Dare You To" by Riley Hart

~4 stars~

 

A totally charming and romantic approach to the old "boring geek & party boy“ trope. Great writing (as expected by now from this author) and well-developed characters. I really liked this one. Favorite quote:

 

"It’s normal to be afraid, but you can’t let it run your life. You can be cautious, but it’s important to let yourself be open to possibilities, to open up to people, to let them in, otherwise you risk losing the chance to be loved.“

 

 

 

"Leaning Into Love" by Lane Hayes

~2.5 stars~

 

The MCs could have gotten together on page one; there was absolutely no reason why they just didn’t. There were no problems to overcome nor a conflict that needed to be solved, which made for a boring read. And the (outside) conflict that hit them later was too fabricated and made no sense.

 

 

 

"The Sweetest Goodbye" by Christina Lee

~3 stars~

 

I think this was a spin-off for another series from this author (I’m actually too lazy to look it up), so a lot of background information was missing for me. Plus one of the MCs has been in love with another side character for years and is still pining over for him for most of the story, while the other one bragged about his constant hookups.

 

 

 

"Please Don’t Go" by Felice Stevens

~2 stars~

 

Let’s ignore the improbable scenario of two estranged childhood friends (they have lost contact for fifteen years but couldn’t forget about each other) who end up working together in the same office in New York (!). Let’s also ignore that one of the MCs is STILL holding a grudge after all these years because his summer camp buddy hasn’t returned the next summer (they were 14 back then, time to grow the fuck up!). But I CANNOT ignore the exchange of „I love you“s after just ONE DAY.

 

 

 

"Perfect Catch" by N.R. Walker

~4.5 stars~

 

I don’t think you can write a better "friends-to-lovers" story than this one. Two guys, who have been friends for over ten years and who have been secretly in love with each other (but are both afraid to ruin their friendship), go on a fishing trip and everything changes. DURING A THUNDERSTORM!

 

Walker’s writing never fails to disappoint. She writes some of the best and most intense chemistries between her MCs for me. Surprisingly, this story was also very steamy and sexy as hell, which is not necessarily a given from this author.

 

Only minus half a star because of a much needed, but unfortunately missing epilogue.

 

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