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review 2017-03-10 21:53
Review: "The Imperfection of Swans" by Brandon Witt
The Imperfection of Swans - Brandon Witt

"He was more than a pretty face, this Kevin Bivanti. Maybe he was worth crying over in a bathroom. “Because of fate. We have to have both. Fate and hard work. And the willingness to leap."

 

This was even more wonderful in the reread. So I'm bumping up my initial rating from 4.5 to 5 stars while also putting this gem on my "favorite" shelf.

 

If this book was a wedding dress, it would have been designed by Vera Wang.

 

 

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First read: January 28th, 2016

1st reread: March 10th, 2017

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review 2017-03-02 18:43
Review: "Strong Signal" (Cyberlove, #1) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"What did scare me was the possibility of Kai not wanting me in person. Of him realizing how stoic I could be. How I tended to hold things close to the vest. How overprotective and paranoid I got sometimes. When he realized that I'd fallen in love with him via the Internet while across the world."

 

Well, wasn't this just bloody lovely.

 

When I started this book for the first time a couple of months ago, I kinda lost interest and put it down (it wasn't you, book, it was me). But today, I know the reason why:

 

The universe was trying to tell me to wait for the audiobook.

 

Because it was AMAZING. Big A, Big MAZING.

 

This was my first audiobook with dual narrators, and Guy Locke and Eric London where just perfect for their respective roles. They absolutely nailed it. I think I'm spoiled rotten for all future audiobooks to come.

 

 

Sometimes in my reviews I provide a plot recap, but I think at this point, almost everyone and their mothers have read this book already: Twitch streamer twink with social anxiety builds an online friendship (later relationship) with a muscled soldier hunk who's stationed overseas in Afghanistan. Great premise, very imaginative and unique, 10 out of 10.

 

 

One thing that I just absolutely LOVED in this book was the fact that Kai and Garrett didn’t just jump right into "filthy webcam sessions" (blurb's words, not mine), but they took their sweet time to get to know each other. To comfort each other. To TALK to each other. OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS! Two gay guys who actually talk first before jumping into bed, now imagine that. But don't you fret my dears, there are still enough shameless dirty scenes later on where they are getting their absolute freak on. With a lot of hot dirty talk, I might add.

 

 

I only subtract half a star because I liked the first half of the book better than the second one. Once the guys meet in RL, the story dragged a little for me.

 

But it was a great story nonetheless, one that felt real and somehow still magical at the same time.

„Or was it because…in the billions of people on this shitty planet that I’d never be able to meet in person, the Internet had handed me one person who seemed to be absolutely perfect for me?“

 

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review 2016-10-16 15:18
Review: "Evenfall" (In the Company of Shadows, #1) by Sonny & Ais
Evenfall - Ais,Santino Hassell

 

(Note: The following review has been provided with pretty ICoS fan art to soothe the fans.)

 

I MADE IT!

 

It took me two whole weeks to get through this 1427-page-long (!) fucker of a book, but I finally made it.

 

And I'm afraid that it was... not really worth it. Sorry, guys.

 

 

You know how some TV shows consist of 24-episodes seasons where most of the episodes are just fillers? You feel like the premise of that show is quite good, but it would have benefitted if it were only 10 or 12 episodes, because the storyline would have been tighter and more compelling? This book just felt like that.

 

Or in a nutshell: this book was too frigging LONG!

 

Now, I am well aware that I've read the original version and there are two edited DCs out there. But even so, these DCs also consist of 334, respectively 344 pages which is STILL to long IMO. Because not much really happens besides inner monologues, repetitions, a lot of completely unnecessary scenes and chapters, and more inner monologues. The whole story could have easily been told in just 300 or 400 pages.

 

 

But one thing at a time.

 

The writing

There were just too much unnecessary paragraphs, scenes, hell even whole chapters. Stuff that added nothing to the overall story, but went on and on and on. Just two examples (believe me, there's more):

 

  • Why do I have to read an entire chapter about how Boyd is giving training lessons to Ryan? In full excruciating details! That whole chapter was completely unnecessary and pointless. And remember that when I say "chapter", we're talking 30-60 pages here.

 

  • Or why do I need to get a full technical explanation about how a GPS equipment is supposed to function? An explanation that - again - went on for pages after pages after pages?

 

And don't get me started on the repetitiveness of certain terms or whole events. Sin's "green eyes" will be hunting me for weeks.

 

 

The characters

Boyd's and Sin's behavior was so contradictory at times that I felt like the authors had two different characters in mind while they wrote the book. Both were like these two super spies one minute and then total imbeciles the next.

 

Boyd was supposed to be this natural and tactical pro when it came to analyze and plan how to infiltrate a hostile compound, but then he turns into a complete idiot when he's confronted with an ordinary oven (!):

 

"Standing back and staring blankly at the glass, he realized he had no idea what it meant to preheat. Obviously he heated it prior to something, but to what? Placing the food inside presumably. But if that was the case, how in the world did he know when it reached the appropriate temperature? Was it important that it was exactly on that degree? If he left it heating long enough, would it heat over 300° or did it have some sort of failsafe that cut off the heat producing agent at the correct time to keep it only at that temperature?"

 

Dude, seriously?

 

Sin, on the other hand, felt jealous about Boyd and Ryan's friendship or if anyone else touched Boyd, but then he goes and outright offers Boyd to another couple for a threesome:

 

"Johnny smirked and bobbed his head in time to the music which was still blaring over the loudspeakers. “Let’s have a farewell three-way, just you, me and the kid. Whaddaya say? In the private rooms, you know? Hot shit.”

Sin snorted and looked away, letting his gaze roam over to the spectacle his coworkers made on the dance floor as they talked loudly and danced excitedly, like children who’d just gotten out of school early. “You’re not my type. Feel free to make the offer to him though.”

 

*facepalms himself unconscious*

 

 

The "romance"

Friends, let's not even go there. Lemme just say that I love me some UST in my books. But there's only so much that even I am willing to tolerate before it becomes annoying, frustrating and yes, utterly ridiculous.

 

Boyd's and Sin's back and forth got to the point where I completely stopped caring about their relationship. By the time they finally did the dirty (and in a very disappointing and unsatisfying scene at that), I was already over them as a couple. Add to that the most unromantic declaration of love that I have EVER read in a romance novel, and you could stick a fork in me, because I was D.O.N.E.

 

 

Nevertheless, I will continue with the series, because of the following reasons:

 

1. I really liked the last 30% when the pace of the story finally began to pick up, I got some action and something was finally happening. That part was suspenseful, exciting and thrilling. I was glued to my Kindle and I wanted to know what would happen next. So I'm crossing my fingers that this will set the tone for the rest of the series.

 

2. With the annoying UST out of the picture (and Boyd and Sin finally fucking), I hope there's more focus on the missions and the action and the overall story. Because I want to know more about the Agency and Janus.

 

3. RYAN! Love him, adore him, want to cuddle him. He's my favorite character and he stole every scene that he was in. I want to know more about him and I definitely want more of him and Andrew.

 

So would I recommend this book? Probably not. Maybe if you're an avid reader and you're reading hundreds of books per year, then you could give this one a chance. But if you don't have that much time to read and can only read every now and then, then you're probably better off reading 5-6 average long books instead.

 

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review 2016-09-03 19:54
Review: "KAGE" (KAGE Trilogy, #1) by Maris Black
KAGE - Maris Black

Full review and rating after I finish the trilogy.

 

 

But so far, I'm thinking along the lines of

 

4.5 - 5 stars!

(spoiler show)

 

Thanks to Julie & Nathan for the BR!

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review 2016-06-06 19:47
Review: "Will & Patrick Do the Holidays" (Wake Up Married, #3) by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Will & Patrick Do the Holidays - Alice Griffiths,Leta Blake

This series just gets better and better!

 

I already loved the first two installments, when the dynamics between Will and Patrick were "just" funny and sweet, with some excruciating UST on the side.

 

 

But with the addition of feelings, steam and sex, I am totally sucked in at this point.

 

There were so many great scenes in this one: the cuddling, the scene at the bar, the slow dancing, Patrick opening up to Will about his past, and so on.

 

 

 

This is such a fun and romantic series with two absolutely adorable MCs.

 

I can't wait to see what happens next.

 

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