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text 2016-10-29 16:40
DNF at 27%
First Down (The Guardian Series Book 2) - Max Walker

Because I couldn't even skim far enough to get to the sex (between the main characters).


This is an example of what not to do with third person voice narrative. Don't keep your characters so distant that a reader doesn't have a reason to care about them. Don't just tell, when you could show.

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review 2016-05-12 21:52
Shadow of the Sun - Laura Kreitzer

A fan of Russian roulette? Craving for something more dangerous?


FEAR NOT! I have the drinking game for you!


You need to buy roughly as much alcohol as you'd normally consume in two years. Then double it and add few bottles extra. Looks better, but you should really make two more trips and you'll be set!


Pick a copy of Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer. Audiobook not necessary but Tavia Gilbert's voice will help you along in those short moments between sips.


Start drinking.


Listen to the first chapter and choose your phrases. As tempting as it might be, I suggest avoiding words "my mind" and "my brain" for your health. You don't want to pass out during chapter two, do you? Also smirking and all instances where Gabriella (B-Ella for those closest to her) is a horrible person or tells a 'cute' factoid of herself should be reserved for advanced players only.


Listen to chapter three and call for the ambulance.


Drink. Listen and drink.


Listen to chapter five and pass out.


Regain consciousness, take some hair of the dog and start counting ways this story is really nothing more than a Twilight fanfiction with Angels and worse writing.


Put Tavia Gilbert's magical voice on double speed and try to hold your fatty breakfast inside.


Keep listening. Your morning migraine will pale in comparison.


Drink some more.


I assume by this point you're somewhere around chapter ten. Stop and save yourself. I didn't and I'm telling you what comes after isn't worth your time, health or sanity.

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review 2016-01-02 11:12
A hint of idiocy can't void my enjoyment
If It Ain't Love - Tamara Allen

This was a little bit of depression era fantasy--things really worked out a little too easy for the couple---for the gay romance readers. I think the depsessing start went a long way to earn the guys their HFN.


Other than that, not the kind open and trusting characters I'd choose to write or read about but I guess that optimism is required for a novella. Cynics need more work anx pages.


Just what I needed to start the year.

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review 2015-07-06 16:30
Filed under: I wish I'd liked it better than I did
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed

Things I liked:
• characters
• worldbuilding
• story


Things I didn't like:
• the prose


So that's that then. When the writing gets to your nerves, the characters start grating, the brilliant worldbuilding loses its shine and the story becomes one of those "why do I care again" tales.


I'd still recommend this to people wanting to read diverse fantasy, just not with the enthusiasm others have.

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review 2015-05-19 18:21
Three in one: The Fit trilogy by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Fit - Rebekah Weatherspoon
TAMED: #2 in the Fit Trilogy - Rebekah Weatherspoon
SATED: #3 in the Fit Trilogy - Rebekah Weatherspoon

First of all: Beks is a friend who can write. Not that I doubted her talent but this is my first time actually reading her words in a story.


Second of all: I think BDSM and I have officially broken up. Not that we ever were exclusive and I was firmly eyeing other genres, but I think this is it. No more kink for me. Well, I shouldn't say never...




Fit is a trilogy that takes baby steps in introducing three vanilla women (and the readers) into the world of BDSM. With each instalment there's more kink and deeper involvement with the community.


In Fit Violet and Grant are cute when she seduces him at his office and he charms her into a relationship with him. I loved them up until the first sex scene which threw me out of the story and marred my enjoyment. Their emotional journey was lovely but the sex left me utterly cold.


Nailah's sharp tongue trips Armando, who falls head over heels in love with her in Tamed. It takes a little convincing from him but these two hit the sheets and get together too. Their story worked better for me because the first few sexual encounters were practically skipped and the explicit scenes were left later in the book when I had had a chance to invest emotionally in the characters.


In Sated Keira is an absolute joy, a gift to romance heroines everywhere, who fangirls herself a gorgeous Korean switch, Daniel Song. I liked her so much that the BDSM didn't bother me at all and I didn't even feel like skipping those scenes. I even liked their story best despite the ending feeling a little rushed as some key scenes were omitted.


So, if diverse contemporary and lightly kinky romance is your kind of thing, you should definitely try these books. And I'm not just saying that because Beks is a friend and I love her dearly. I'm saying it because Beks can write.

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