"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?"
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.
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.
"Day by day, Chuck started to open up to Kevin. And day by day, Kevin inched a little further toward a tentative friendship with the big guy. It was like worming your way into a warm sleeping bag on a frigid night - and doing it slowly enough to not wake up the grizzly bear that was sleeping next to it."
Wow, this was just beautiful!
Leave it to Eli Easton to write such a moving, heartwarming and bittersweet hurt/comfort gem with two totally lovable MCs in only 61 (!) pages. Everything was just so touching and well-written, I still have the biggest smile on my face.
Oh, and I simply LOVED Brian's choice at the end (I might have teared up a little).
I would have given this novella 5 stars, but I need a little bit more closure as far as Chuck is concerned, especially how his family and friends will react when he comes out.
But nevertheless, this was another win for me from this outrageously talented author.
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return."
~ Moulin Rouge! ~
I was looking forward to read (and like) this book ever since I first laid eyes on that cute cover.
But alas, it wasn't meant to be.
The romance left me shockingly cold. Though I could sympathize with both Jonas and Tate and their respective background stories on a human level, I never fully warmed up to them as a couple.
Tate was too pushy for my taste in the beginning, with him basically forcing Jonas to admit to him that he's gay. And even later it felt like he was subconsciously forcing Jonas to come out, almost pressuring him even though Jonas was far from ready.
Jonas on the other hand went from "I'm straight!" and freaking out over hugging a gay guy to "Let's have sex!" in the course of one night. As OFY stories go, this was one of the less realistic ones that I've read. It was pretty silly.
Their chemistry in bed was hot enough, but since I didn't even buy that they were truly friends in the beginning, I really didn't care about that.
Add to that a hotchpotch of too many and unnecessary side plots, Jonas's father as a cardboard villain and an editing that leaves much to be desired (the POV changed several times in the middle of the page without any indication, no blank line, no new paragraph - NOTHING!) and this turned out to be quite disappointing.
Thanks to Marte for the BR!