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review 2018-01-13 03:03
ARC Review: Worth His Salt by Ofelia Gränd
Worth His Salt (Tattooed Corpse Stories) - Ofelia Gränd

Quirky is the word I'd use to describe this book. Quirky, with a large dose of paranormal and magic, and such an adorably odd character in Eldred. 

I didn't read the first book in this series, but I had no issues following the plot, so I would definitely classify this as perfectly doable as a standalone.

Eldred Henstare is a not so powerful witch responsible to help the lingering spirits in his city move into the light. His twin brother is his anchor, as we find out. Eldred is also a shameless flirt, something that he does without even really thinking about, and a bit of a smartass, but in a good way. The latest spirit is calling him to the old lighthouse where he meets Mo Vin.

Mo sees the younger man and has no idea what's happening. Befuddled but intrigued by Eldred, he kind of just follows along, pulls the wet and bedraggled man from the shore into his small cottage, and offers him the couch for the night.

Then things get weird for Mo, because he sees stuff that doesn't seem to be real, but maybe is. Or maybe it isn't. Mo still has no idea what's happening, but Eldred says what must be done, so Mo just kind of stumbles along. Eldred's shameless flirting certainly helps. 

As I said, this is a quirky story with magic and salt circles, and I had fun reading this. Not my usual fare, but certainly something I might want more of. It had witty dialogue, fun characters, and a nice paranormal plot. My only complaint is that this wasn't long enough to let me see what happens after Mo becomes Eldred's anchor and how that will play out going forward. 

** I received a free copy of this book from its author in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2014-02-07 17:45
ARC Review: Ghoul's Gym (Zombie Boyz) by Tj Klune and Eric Arvin
Zombie Boyz: Ghoul's Gym - 'T.J. Klune', 'Eric Arvin'

This is full of explicit gore. If you have a sensitive stomach, this is not the book for you. Me, I was eating chips and other non-healthy foods while reading. So there's that.


Also, I initially felt very, VERY pervy when I read this because the MCs' descriptions reminded me of the authors, and then I caught myself visualizing that first scene, and OMG, I had to skim it bc reasons. Thankfully, it's the only sexually explicit scene in the book, and the rest of it unfolded quite beautifully. Horrifically beautiful, that is, because once we hit the gym where Uly works, all hell breaks loose in all its gory details. 


No details are spared, you see. We get to read it all, from flesh being chewed (bc Zombies) and extremities being ripped off (bc strong zombies), but underneath the gore and the blood and the disemboweling is a tender love story between a beefy, muscled giant named Uly and a slight, lanky Jake. 


Uly's boss at the gym, Stephen Dorian, has the hots for Uly, and spares no commentary on what he thinks Jake is lacking, which sends Jake into a tailspin of self-doubt which then leads to him doing a stupid, stupid thing.


Uly of course, gentle giant that he is, submissive to Jake's dominant role in their relationship, has no clue. He's not a simpleton, but he also believes that Jake should know how much Uly loves him, and hates it when they fight due to Jake's (unnecessary) jealousy.


You see, underneath the gore and the blood and the chewing off of dicks, underneath the 'red' that has transformed Jake into a raging monster, he can still see Uly. He still needs Uly, needs him to make it all okay, and the ending, while making sense, still had me with my heart in my throat and tears in my eyes, because I didn't want it to end that way.


The writing is superb. I could tell that two people wrote this book, as the POVs switch from Uly to Jake, and that was a good thing. We needed the differentiation, we needed the changes in personality because they bled through into the two very different characters. And I wondered, throughout the book to be honest, how much of Eric was there to be found in Uly, and how much of Tj was there in Jake. And how much each of them used their own view of each other in their characters' views of their partners. (that made sense in my head.)


It's an homage to love, really, despite the icky subject, and how two men so seemingly opposite can be exactly what they need in each other. How two men can transcend the horror and the gore, and be reduced to simply love and need and hope and faith.


Considering the real life love story between the two authors, I projected a lot of what I've seen of them onto the characters they created. Possibly foolish and silly, but it is what it is. 


I was sucked in from the start, despite the initial moment of OMG, stupid brain, and I can only recommend this book to anyone who loves M/M love stories and has a stomach for horror. 


Very well done, this one! 



** ARC Courtesy of Wilde City Press. ** 



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review 2012-04-10 00:00
The Gossip Ghouls: Zombies and Lipstick
The Gossip Ghouls: Zombies and Lipstick ... The Gossip Ghouls: Zombies and Lipstick - Z You would think gossip girl meets zombies would be a great idea. Think again. The writing was sloppy and too plain. Like it was written by an airhead teenager. Z was a complete mess of a character. She was whiny, stubborn and said bitch in every sentence.

I would have enjoyed this more if it wasn't written out like those scary movies where its stupid whit but makes you laugh at its stupidness.

I do not recommend this to anyone.
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