Ok. So after winning HFK's Amazon card giveaway (still doing a happy dance over that :) ) I went and took a hard look at my to-buy list.
I stopped just short of graphs and flow charts (what's funny is you think I'm kidding) before I settled on these three books. These are all books that I have been dying to get.
Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold - I'm finally going to start the Vorkosigan series! This is on every "Best of Sci-Fi" list that I've read. I'm telling you - these books taunt me in bookstores, at the library, on the net - If one more person or webpage tells me to read this series - so finally I'm gonna see what all the hype is about. I read the sample and it looks good - I got pulled right into the story.
The Dragon Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is an ominibus that includes three of the books of the Liaden Universe - Local Custom, Scout's Progress, and Conflict of Honors. I've been told it's a good starting place. What drew me to these books? 1) It's received good reviews online and amongst my friends and family. 2) It's been described as Georgette Heyer in space. 3) I read the forward of the omnibus written by the authors, explaining why they write and their philosophy of writing this series and it made me smile.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - I picked this up because the sample was solid. I also like that it's well reviewed and that it's a sweeping historical fiction saga. There's three books- though each one is a tome at 700+ pages. I tried to get it at the library but upon seeing it, decided I would buy a paperback or Kindle because I didn't want to lug the book around. I'm excited to read it.
Yet another thanks to HFK!!!!!!
Happy reading guys!
There’s always something a little startling about reading (and/or watching) a retelling of a classic piece of literature. There’s also something a little cringe-worthy about it. Sure, there’s always going to be gems out there but there’s also going to be a lot of duds and you never know what you’re going to get until you’re beyond the sell-by date and have invested serious time into it.
For me, this retelling of Jane Austen’s famous Pride and Prejudice was neither gem nor dud. It was something in between the two – there really needs to be a word for this; something that’s more layered and complex than simply saying ‘average’, which, in this case, would really be a misnomer. Before I get to that, though, I really need to preface my thoughts by saying that I, like most people, watched the Youtube series first and so went into this with certain expectations.
These expectations were not necessarily high – I enjoyed the Youtube series and thought the retelling was fun and unique, but I didn’t love it like others did (I had some serious issues with some of the actors – well, acting (surely I wasn’t the only one who cringed at how poorly some of pivotal and most memorable scenes from the book were acted out? It was almost as if the actors felt the weight of the audiences’ expectations’ and just couldn’t quite get it to work) and how the vlog style storytelling narrowed the view) – but they were still there.
I wanted to like this but I wasn’t invested. Not like I was with the original. That’s probably to be expected, though.
Expectations aside, however, I thought this book was actually better than the Youtube series. I know, I know: this wouldn’t even exist without the Youtube series. But that’s the thing: even though this is a companion to the series, it actually gives you a chance to get invested.
Yes, we’re only getting a view through Lizzie’s eyes (it’s her diary after all) but there’s still a lot of stuff going on that never actually made its way into the Youtube series. Sure, Lizzie brushes over certain topics in some of the videos but, really, I never felt like Lizzie and Darcy got enough time to connect to make the whole proposal/love confession/etc. happen. In the show, it just felt rushed and sloppy and misplaced.
Here, though: I totally got it. The same stands true for a lot of other situations as well. For example, when Lizzie goes to shadow Pemberley Digital and spend time with the Darcy’s, we never actually see it - understandable considering how the show was styled and time constraints – but it still loses something in the translation.
Being able to read about it in Lizzie’s diary? It really showcased how pivotal to their relationship that time was. Also how devious (and sweet) Georgiana could be (not a bad thing!).
Regardless, however, I did really enjoy this. It wasn’t perfect – if this was Lizzie’s diary, there’s no reason why she’d recap, word for word no less, certain conversations or bring up obvious facts about her own life that both she and we already knew about – but neither was the series itself. That they had the actress who actually played Lizzie come in and do the reading for the audiobook was similarly a mixed blessing but I digress.
In the end, I think if you were to take the two pieces together – and why wouldn’t you? – this retelling was probably closer to gem than dud but still has a long way to go before it can be called either.
Makes Me Craves for Chocolates on a Hunky Boyfriend. Sinful Whipped Cream on You-know-where. Decorate him with Juicy Strawberries, Dainty Cakes and Other Sweet Delights. Then Savour him Slowly.
Anders went into what he thought was a modelling deal for a dinner function at an upscale hotel. Several months worth of rental was not an offer he could say no to and not want hit his head hard on the wall later.
Only he really had no idea what he had just signed up for and just imagine his surprise when he was loaded onto...
...a large platter then decorated with varieties of sweet treats and served to a crowd of hungry elites on the banquet table. The kitchen staff left no inch of his naked skin uncovered, leaving only his head free to face his mortification.
I don't think he needs to worry too much, I am pretty sure he is the most delicious man in that conference room literally.
Jay and Thomas seems to agree with me wholeheartedly. Jay is such a wickedly perverse young man. He was hell-bent on enjoying Anders' body under any circumstances even a public setting was not a deterrence to him. Such a mischievous fellow. I am delighted he found Anders to be the ideal person to end his boredom and a good chance to tease his dear friend Thomas. Jay is impish while his friend Thomas was only a voyeurist enjoying Anders' helplessness towards Jay's lascivious attention.
I am declaring this book to be the most mouth-watering story EVER. The food porn here is unbelievably hawt! Mistry sure knows what is erotic and sexy, she reads her readers well. The sexy and erotic part is good but the humor in it made it even greater. Reading it gave me a persistent goofy grin. I may look silly donning such a look at inappropriate venue but I don't care! I just love the fun too much.
Nuff said! This book sizzles and it makes me melt like chocolate in heat. Just a friendly warning though, DO NOT read this book with any kind of sweet treats around you. You might risk getting fat without even knowing how it happened. This is dangerous food porn not to be taken lightly but with huge servings of creams and come.
Someone took a delicate little cake from his shoulder. Another scooped fruit and honey onto a plate with the tines of a fork. It jabbed him, a little, and he tried not to wince. Someone laughed.
- This sounds pretty normal if the one that got jabbed wasn't lying on a platter as a desert platter. Lol
Imagine all these goodies spread on a gorgeous hunk covered with honey and chocolates...
Then imagine this... "Excuse me Sir, would you care for a bite of cum-filled pastry?". Just a joke of course. LMAO
There should be a sign on that buffet table that says: Please dine with caution. Do not rush to the table with sharp objects. Our model's wellbeing depends upon your discretion.
Title: Chocolate on his Skin
Author: Charlotte Mistry
Publication Date: July 28th, 2012
Type: Short Story, 4,300 words (approximate)
Genre: Contemporary Gay Erotica
Characters: Anders (a young male model), Jay/Jonathan Kells (Heir of a wealthy businessman) and Thomas (Heir of a wealthy businessman and also a friend of Jay)
dubcon, threesome, menage, public sex, gay erotica, voyeurism, molestation, masturbation, feeding, whipped cream, food fetish, variation of Nantaimori (男体盛り), living dessert platter, naked body, objectification, food play
When Anders is hired to be the centerpiece of an upscale dinner party, he doesn't know what it's going to entail. Having people eat off of him is one thing, but when two bored businessmen's sons take an interest, can he keep himself under control? Warning: this 4300 word erotic short story contains public gay sex, food fetishism, voyeurism, feeding, and the inappropriate use of whipped cream!
“So you do talk.” Anders nodded, barely perceptible, and Thomas grinned down at him. “You hungry or anything? You’ve been here a while.” He didn’t wait for a response before he was scooping up one of the little cakes, dripping with honey.
The pads of his fingertips slid stickily along Anders’ skin, and Anders bit his lip to keep from taking an indrawn breath. It had felt good, and that was a reaction that he really, really shouldn’t be having right now. Then those sticky fingertips were brushing his lips, and Anders had to either open his mouth or get cake smeared all over his face.
He opened his mouth. The cake was sweet on his tongue, the honey a burst of flavor. He licked his lower lip and caught Thomas’ index finger by accident. Thomas was looking at him a little funny, and then he lifted his hand absentmindedly to lick the excess honey from the backs of his knuckles.
Bought from Kobobooks today.
This book features Nantaimori ("male body sushi") ('∀'●)♡ And it's a gay menage body sushi! Woohoo! Eating food off sexy male model.
Yum! what more could a M/M fangirl ask for? I just wish the price is lower tho. This is a shorty and it cost USD2.99. :(
I would still wish to read it.