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review 2017-08-12 16:41
The Course of Honour by Avoliot
The Course of Honour - Avoliot

An excellent original work from Avoliot on AO3, could not put this one down. Prince Kiem is hurried into a marriage with Count Jainan to preserve the treaty between their two planets. Keim puts Jainan's subdued manner down to the fact that he is still in mourning for his partner Prince Taam who recently died in a flybug accident.

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Art by AmandaTolleson (my Jainan)

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/9720611?view_full_work=true
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review 2017-07-02 15:48
Moose Comes First by firesign
Moose Comes First - firesign Moose Comes First - firesign

An excellent dark slavefic. Jeffery is the master to slaves Jensen and Jared, he makes them fight/fuck to see who will orgasm first. The 'loser' is then severely punished for failing his master. The story ends on a cliffhanger, hopefully there will be a part two sometime soon.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/4242156?view_full_work=true
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review 2017-05-18 07:35
Learning to Live
Dream Lake - Lisa Kleypas

Dream Lake Review (finally)

I was excited to read Alex’s story and I was not disappointed. Alex out of all the Nolans grabbed my heart and squeezed it, wouldn’t let it go. Alex has traits that make him my kryptonite. I adored him. He’s tortured and grumpy. He’s described as having a ruined beauty that women can’t resist, but he’s not a womanizer. While having a broken beau is nothing a woman should aspire to in life, broken heroes seem to appeal to me like no other. I loved seeing Alex’s damaged psyche be healed in a realistic way. Kleypas doesn’t take any shortcuts. She shows you all the dark spots on Alex’s soul, even his destructive, unhealthy relationship with his ex-wife, Darcy. While Zoe in herself doesn’t heal Alex, the functionality of their relationship is a sharp contrast to his failed marriage. While Darcy seemed to want to put Alex back on the rails with his drinking, Zoe wants Alex to be whole and healed, not for herself, but for him. When Alex and Zoe meet in Rainshadow Road, it felt like magic to me, and it turned out to be the case. Zoe and Alex are made for each other. Zoe is fairly well balanced. She does have some self-esteem issues due to her extreme beauty and voluptuous physique, and the trauma of being judged for it. To the extent that she marries a man who is gay because he doesn’t objectify her. While Alex is obviously completely blown away by Zoe, he doesn’t treat her like a sex object, and in actuality, tries to push her away because he knows he’s damaged goods. However, the connection between them cannot be ignored. I ate up their falling in love. Enjoyed every scene they had together. Zoe’s major issue is the failing health of her grandmother. Her grandmother has a form of dementia that escalates rapidly, and Zoe takes on the role as caregiver. Alex takes on the job of remodeling the cottage that Zoe’s cousin Justine lets her live in with her grandmother. Their proximity is an excellent opportunity for the powerful emotions between them to blossom. And in seeing each other under their worst situations, they realize that love isn’t about perfection but about loving perfectly.

Kleypas was going for a magical realism theme with this series, and this book reminded me of “Like Water for Chocolate” or “Simply Irresistible” with some “Ghost” thrown in. Zoe’s cooking seems to have healing properties, although I don’t think there was really any magic in it. It was merely a case of the fact that her food was what sustained Alex and tempted him to eat when he was at the lowest point in his alcoholism. The ghost angle comes in with the spirit that attaches himself to Alex, a spirit that lives in the house that Alex’s brother Sam owns and that Alex has taken on restoring. Alex seems driven to restore the house, and the spirit becomes attached to Alex in the process. It’s hate at first sight. The spirit can’t stand Alex, who comes off as a complete misanthrope if not nihilist. It’s Alex’s hero’s journey to heal spiritually and to rid himself of the dark cloud that has surrounded him since his traumatic childhood, being victimized by two violent, unrestrained drunks. I don’t know what Kleypas’ spiritual beliefs are but she see doesn’t shy away from adding a spiritual component to this novel, that make sense in that we’re dealing with a ghost and a hero who is having a major existential crisis. The ghost often functions as Alex’s conscience and in some ways, much like the ghosts that visit Ebeneezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” This is another book in which Kleypas obvious love of literature is showcased and lovingly inscribed into her writing.

This book is my favorite out of the series, and it earns a resounding five stars. I think that it captures the tone and the notes of a beautiful contemporary romance only as Kleypas could deliver. She uses language so beautifully, from the well-developed characters, to the intentional and spot on dialogue. While the ghost story didn’t really add to this book for me, it’s integral to the story, and it would definitely appeal to readers who like a little paranormal in their romance. Not as excited about Justine’s book, but at the same time, looking forward to reading it.

Oh, I guess I should mention the audiobook narration. It was good. Serviceable.

My dream cast:

Kelli Garner as Zoe

Nicholas Hoult as Alex

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review 2016-12-30 16:28
of lovers & nightmares by DirigibleBoyKing
Of Lovers & Nightmares - DirigibleBoyKin... Of Lovers & Nightmares - DirigibleBoyKing

4.5 stars. A well written fic in which Dean loses his memory after handling something he shouldn't in the bunker. The banter between Dean and Sam is spot on. Some heavy abuse in chapter seven.
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'Because his Sammy is sick and fuck, he could die in his fucking sleep and then what the hell would Dean be able to adore the shit out of?'

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/5032684?view_full_work=true
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review 2016-12-23 18:04
Save Me by saltandbyrne
Save Me - saltandbyrne

Dean (18) and Sam (14) are abused slaves at Alistair's omega slavehouse in this dark but compelling fanfic. Fortunately alpha Castiel comes to their rescue.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/514566
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