Reading the good, the awful and all of the "meh" in the middle. I'll read any horror, romance, erotica & M/M that comes my way but I won't always like it.
I heard about this completely unrealistic piece of fiction from a friend on GR. So far these things have happened:
and I am only 2 chapters in . . . Yet I am compelled to continue reading this instead of everything else I'm supposed to be finishing.
I do believe there is something incredibly wrong with me.
Ok, so I log onto GR to add a book (or two) to my WL and I see that a very old review has been updated 4 hours ago. Screen shot below. Well, four hours ago I was sitting in traffic and hadn't logged onto GR yet. I feel very paranoid right now. Has someone hacked into my account or is GR staff screwing with my content? The review seems to be intact but I feel unsettled . . .
**UPDATE** Apparently this is happening to others and is another so-called bug. Color me paranoid but I still feel like someone is picking through my data. Here's the thread which I've only just begun to read.
So here's the deal. I went on a review copy binge over the summer and was overly ambitious. Then, as my luck would have it, life went to shit and I fell behind. Very behind. Now I can't move on until I get through these. And the guilt, oh the guilt, it is killing me. And honestly it has sucked all of the joy of reading out of me and the last thing I feel like doing is composing a review. Have any of you read any of these? I need something to grab me. Can any of these do it? What I really want to do is buy some new books because nothing in my enormous pile is appealing to me.
I walk away for thirty seconds and this is what happens . . .
I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the fabulous cover on someone’s blog. It’s really eye catching, isn't it? Talk about a lucky author. And best of all, it fits its main character Angel perfectly. Well, I finally made time to read it and, uh, I’m glad I did but I didn't expect it to take nearly a month to get through.
The book starts out when Angel wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she ended up there. She's told she overdosed and she figures it could have happened, she really is no angel, and though she vaguely remembers a crash she isn't injured. As she's making haste to get home, she's given a bag with a note and a cooler filled with bottles of some sort of chunky goo. The note explains that she is being offered a job at the morgue and that she must accept it, as well as drink the goo, OR ELSE. She sees this as a bit of good luck since she’s a self-professed loser and screw-upper and decides to follow the demands of the anonymous letter. What the hell, her life can't get any worse right?
Angel drinks the bottled “shakes” and realizes it's pretty good, if a wee bit chunky and meaty tasting. At the morgue, she realizes she's going to be driving around dead bodies and assisting in autopsies. It skeeves her out at first but like the shakes, she realizes she enjoys it, especially when she sniffs her first human brain and her stomach starts growling. What is going on? Even though the title does kind of give away the game, I’ll let you guess.
So basically the rest of the book follows Angel as she struggles with her new and improved self (the shakes make her feel good, enhance her senses a little and make her stronger), meets some interesting guys, deals with her drunken dad, gets embroiled in a decapitation mystery and gets past her white trash upbringing and realizes life may just have something to offer other than booze, drugs and horrible boyfriends. She grows up quite a bit during this book. Yay Angel.
Angel's voice is sarcastic and self-deprecating, she’s funny and she’s crabby and sometimes she’s a defensive bitch but she’s also an optimist who takes all of the changes in her life in stride. I liked her a lot. Despite her rough upbringing she still has a soft heart and her relationships are complicated and believable. She doesn't blame her mistakes on the world and isn't a poor me type. She knows she’s a mess and knows that a lot of it is entirely her own fault.
But alas, something is off with the pacing and parts of the book are soooo draggy with very little going on that I literally had to force myself to keep going. I’m glad I did because the ending is satisfying and answers many of the questions that came up while reading. But again, it took me nearly 3 weeks to finish a 310 page book so I can’t rate it as highly as I’d like to. I think if you’re looking for a fun (albeit sometimes slow) zombie tale with edgy charm, decently drawn characters, a wee bit of gore and zero sappiness you’ll find a lot to like here.
Publisher: Recorded Books
Narrated by: Author Jeff Lindsay
Darkly Dreaming Dexter introduces Dexter Morgan serial killer of serial killers. To the outside world he is a charming, attractive normal guy with a respectable job with the forensic department. But Dexter (for anyone who hasn’t watched the tv show) is constantly battling his “dark passenger” who dreams of death and can only be assuaged by brutal murder and clinical dismemberment. He was adopted as a young boy by a policeman named Harry who saw Dexter’s darkness early on and was able to instill in him a strict code of rules to control his impulses and keep him safe. Now that Harry is dead, Dexter still hears Harry’s voice in his head and it almost always keeps him on track.
Without boring you with an overlong plot rehash I’ll keep it neat and tidy. There’s a serial killer on the loose who is chopping up women and leaving their bloodless body parts for Dexter and company to find. Dexter is intrigued by the killer’s mastery and finesse and makes it his business to track down the guy. But wait! This killer seems to know Dexter’s deepest, darkest secret and begins taunting him. The plot relies heavily on Dexter’s ability to sense the other killer and Dexter’s “dreams” of the murders. Whether you buy it or not will depend entirely on just how far you are willing to suspend your disbelief. I went with it. I’m easy sometimes and I really like Dexter.
I borrowed this audiobook from Overdrive and it was narrated by the author. While he does a decent job voicing Dexter’s calm, cool charm and wry sense of humor, he stumbles in a big way with Debra, Dexter’s put-upon stepsister who is desperately trying to get promoted and get off undercover “hooker duty” so she can do some actual police work. This Debra unpleasantly barks out every line with ear shattering impatience. As much as I enjoy her character because she is cranky and impatient, I cringed whenever she had something to say here. It wouldn’t have surprised me if she bit Dexter what with the way she was so overly snarly (she didn't). However, it’s not a guy reading a girl thing that I have a problem with here (for once) because Lindsay does LaGuerta’s voice in a smarmy, man-hungry and perfectly fitting way for the power hungry nitwit.
Though a story filled with murder and mayhem it surprisingly doesn't dwell on the gory details. Instead it gets into Dexter’s head, explaining how he feels when he gives in to his dark passenger (really freaking good). This is something the show is just unable to do and it helps one understand how his mind works. I enjoyed this story and this intimate look into Dexter’s head and will continue the series. My only nitpick was Dexter’s bad habit of repeating himself. Yeah, yeah so he’s unemotional, not human, follows a strict code and is always in control. I get it. I don’t need to be continually banged over the noggin with those facts. It got tiresome and I felt like the only one he was trying to convince was himself because he was so often NOT in control for most of this book. But other than that complaint, the characters are great and the story zips along at a pace that never loses or bores the crap out of me.
Listening Length: 11 hours and 14 minutes
Version: Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Imagine doing something criminally dumb as an impetuous twenty-something, getting away with it and having it come back to haunt you just when you’ve got it all together?That’s what happened to Piper Kerman.
Piper was a young, adventurous college graduate who fell into a lesbian affair with a slightly older woman who was making her money in the drug trade. Piper quickly realized she was in over her head after Nora asks her to do a job. She does it but breaks it off with Nora soon after. Several years later she has fallen deeply in love with a great guy named Larry and has a respectable job. And that’s when the FBI come knocking.
The title, Orange is the New Black, makes it sound like some sort of chick lit novel which it isn’t. This is Piper’s firsthand account of her relatively short (a little over a year) stay in a minimum security prison. It was nothing at all what I was expecting when I picked up this audio. Basically it is clean (with some F-bombs thrown in) and trauma-free; there one almost scuffle and a little pee-pee episode but that’s about as graphic as it gets. Clearly I’ve watched too many scared straight documentaries and sleazy horror films because I was expecting something much rougher. She mentions a few things that were slightly disturbing but they always happen around her, never directly to her. Maybe she was just lucky or maybe she blocked out the ugly stuff? I’ll never know but do have to wonder. Though Piper’s freedom is gone, she never seems in real danger and is almost always surrounded by friendly, nice people who help each other out. The food and surroundings are less than ideal but she gets in killer shape, reads books, has loads of visitors and learns some handyman skills. Not too shabby, if it’s all true.
There are a lot of people that come in and out of Piper’s life during her stay and I would've liked to get to know at least a few of them on a deeper level (especially Delicious) but instead Piper focuses more on the details and drudgery of her day to day life inside the prison and her minor epiphanies and thoughts. But what the hell, it is her book. It wasn't boring; don’t get me wrong, it just could have been so much better. I never felt an emotional connection to Piper or the many women in the story which is a shame. She mentions time and again how easy she has it on the outside compared to these women (and she does) and I had to wonder how she was able to fit in so seamlessly. Almost everyone seemed to like her and it didn’t seem realistic that she wouldn’t have more of a struggle considering the culture/personality clash.
I did like the fact that Piper wasn't a “poor me” type. If she had been this book would've been a DNF early on. But she knows she screwed up and that it’s no one’s fault but her own. She has to pay the consequences leaving behind her supportive family, friends and fiance and doesn't whine about her situation; instead she makes the best of it and takes notes of many of the injustices inside the prison system.
Narrator Cassandra Campbell reads capably. I liked the sound of her voice which was soothing and likable as Piper and many of the other young women but when she’s voicing some of the gruffer and/or older folks, or those with accents, she doesn't always fully succeed. Many of them sound too young or too sweet and not at all like the rough and tumble people many of them surely were. But I can live with that because mainly this is Piper’s story.
If you’re at all interested in life inside a minimum security prison you should check this out. The routines, the character interaction and the complex relationships that develop inside the prison were fascinating and parts of it were even funny. I only wish Piper (or perhaps a co-author) had been able to imbue her recollection with the emotion that would have made it memorable.
I've been in somewhat of a slump since June and it's making me a bit crazy. I'm unsure if it's just me picking the wrong books or if I'm just sick of books period. I'm hoping that's not the case but I'm beginning to wonder. With that said, this book was started in June and took me nearly two full months to finish. I'd pick it up, read a few pages and put it down again. Thus, this review and my memory is not to be trusted.
The main problem here was the fact that I had some issues with the main guy Edward Munrow and it tainted everything and made the story difficult to enjoy. He was spoiled and admittedly a lazabout, mooching off the family funds and his brother and bitching and moaning about his lot in life. Oh woe is me. I don't like lazy, good-fer-nothings in real life and can barely tolerate them in books unless they're exceptionally charming and this guy wasn't exactly my idea of charming. He's drinking and partying and enjoying the high class life when lo and behold he inherits a large estate! What luck, eh? Why can't someone drop a mansion on me?! But there's a catch. He must secure a wife and an heir in order to keep it and he'd be a real fool not to keep it. He prefers men and enjoys his freedom so he's not at all happy about this turn of events (I can't blame him for that, really). He is then blackmailed into marrying a woman with a handsome grown son. The son spends the summer getting to know our lucky protagonist Edward who lusts after him and awakens him to pleasures of the flesh (this part did manage to grab my attention, can you believe?). Edward calls him "his little lamb" which is fitting considering his innocence and willingness to follow Edward's lead and it leads him to some seriously sexy times.
This was a sensual, sexy book with a decently done three-way lust story but it didn't grab me emotionally in any way which was disappointing. There were no deep emotional connections developed here despite the "love" declarations and I truly wish I could have seen the world through the little lambies eyes as well. I felt cheated out of some scenes that I was anticipating and am sure I missed something that would have changed my world. I feel like a meanie because everyone seems to adore this story but I just wasn't feeling it for the most part.
What is with the blechy cover? These guys are supposed to be in their mid 20’s but here they look more like sneering kids. Definitely not like the grown-up hipster and the rough around the edges handyman they are in the story. I think I’d prefer one of those stock shirtless guy covers to this thing. Okay, covering eyes now so I can get on with the contents of the book.
Dylan is an architect in a big city hiding a big secret. Once a month he turns all wolfy and stalks the land for fresh meat. An ex-boyfriend gave him the lycanthropy bite and ever since he’s been struggling with his dual nature. He wants to run but fears hurting someone so on the advice of his brother and sister-in-law (who are aware of his secret), he buys a fixer upper of a house out in the boonies despite his reservations. There is a smaller rundown house within view of his property but he ultimately decides one neighbor is better than hundreds. But what he wasn’t betting on was having a neighbor like Chris.
Chris is a flannel shirt wearing, pee outside when no one’s looking type who lives in a paid for house and works small construction jobs only when he has to. He is grouchy and infuriatingly sexy. Dylan is a quiet, hipster type complete with soul patch who prefers to keep to himself. He needs to work and does not understand a guy like Chris. They don’t get along but because they live so damn close they find a way to make it work. Dylan hires Chris on to help him renovate the house and they argue and sidestep their mutual attraction and Chris often storms off in a pissed off huff but he always returns. After spending so many hours together they give in to their attraction and sexy times happen. It’s all rather homey and sweet until Dylan’s secret, Chris’s temper and Dylan’s evil ex-boyfriend threaten to get the best of them.
This is a great sexy little read about two guys working through the kinks in a brand new relationship and I just loved Chris who has some of the best lines in the book
“I thought you were one of those hipster assholes who says he wants to grow his own food but faints dead away the first time he realizes there ain’t no artisan falafel in the entire county.”
Their failure to communication felt very real and never teetered over into annoyingly overdone territory. It felt right and it felt real when they fought over silly little things and got all snarly (but never mean) with each other. I loved the fact that they weren’t all kissy, ooey-gooey in love from the first moment their eyes met. The secondary characters are sparse but are well developed and add some depth to Dylan’s character. There is just enough danger and action to keep the plot moving without taking away from the romance. I can easily recommend this book to any werewolf-romance fan sick of the whole soul mate crap.
I went into this book mostly blind. I was honestly a bit surprised when I kept seeing “Feed” in my Goodreads updates and Blogger feed. The only “Feed” I knew about was a 2005 atrocity of a film about a force feeding fetish and I wrongly assumed this was the novelization. How the hell had a book like that become so popular? But since everyone seemed to be reading it I stuck on my Ipod when it was offered on Overdrive. And, yes I know there is something terribly wrong with me besides sometimes acting the lemming that is.
By the time I got around to listening to the audio I had figured out it was about zombies and that made so much more sense! The world wasn't going weird on me after all. I’m going to try my best to be brief about the plot and avoid spoilers because there is so much that can be spoiled here and everyone's read it by now anyway. It’s the year 2039. Back in 2013 scientists managed to cure cancer and the common cold but something went terribly wrong and mutations happened that caused a zombie outbreak that killed off a third of the population. Now any living creature over 40 pounds can potentially turn into a brain-dead walking corpse that only “lives” to spread the disease. The world is dangerous and very different. But it’s still corrupt and not-so-shockingly zombies aren't always the biggest danger.
Feed follows bloggers George (Georgia) and her brother Shaun along with their expert team as they report on the news and various goings-on in their blogs and live feeds. George lives for the news while Shaun is more of a reckless, zombie taunting type. Their parents are mostly non-existent in their lives and they pretty much can only depend on each other and have a tight brother-sister bond.
“Maybe it’s geeky for a girl my age to admit she still loves her brother. I don’t care. I love him and one day I’ll bury him and until then I’m going to be grateful that I’m allowed to watch him talk.”
Ouch and damn. How could I not keep reading and not root for them even when boring politics threatened to overtake the entire story?
After an exciting beginning that’s pretty much what happened for a good chunk of the story. George and her team are offered the chance to follow around a presidential hopeful and don’t turn it down. It means ratings people! And ratings are what count. What follows is often unexpected and sometimes a wee bit tedious if you’re not a fan of the ins and outs of blogging, politics and corruption BUT the characters truly made it worth reading. The world and character building is very, very good and there is enough snark and sarcasm to make up for the slower bits. This isn’t a hardcore zombie novel with a lot of zombie action but I fear many of the scenes will haunt me for quite some time. It’s rough and it’s heartbreaking and that’s all I’m going to say.
This audio version was read by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein. Paula Christensen narrates the majority of the book and does a terrific job with all of the characters, including the males. Parts of the story is direct blog readings and Jesse Bernstein voices the shorter snippets, mostly from Shaun’s direct point of view. His voice gives Shaun the perfect devil may care attitude that worked really well. Both narrators sound youthful but never too young and their reading always sounds natural. They both enhanced the story and added emotion just where it was needed, never over-doing it.
Feed is not sexy, romantic or even a typical zombie book but it tore me up and made me feel a myriad of emotions when most books leave me cold. Yeah, it was complicated and over-long but I’ll be reading the sequel because somewhere along the way I grew to truly care about these characters.
I adored "Soulless" but this one was a chore and a half to finish. I only did so because it's another of those damn "middle of the series" books and I keep hearing the other books are much better (they'd better be). This one was a little bit mystery, a little bit witty comedy (I lived for those biting Alexia remarks, she's so awesomely, truthfully rude) and a whole lot of rather uninteresting busyness a-going on here.
It's hard to pinpoint why this book couldn't hold my interest but if I had to hazard a guess it would be the fact that there simply wasn't enough dialogue and character interaction between Alexia and the more interesting characters in the bunch such as Conall (her new husband who only pops in for short bits), Professor Lyall and Lord Akeldama. We are left with Tunstall, love-confused (and frustrating as hell) Ivy, a bland maid and a new character named Madame Lefoux who was interesting enough but didn't truly get to shine because so much was happening around them every moment.
The plot is about Alexia travelling to Scotland to discover why the preternaturals are losing their powers or somesuch and Alexia uses her dandy new super-powered parasol to fend off some dastardly minded characters. I'm hoping things calm down a wee bit in the next book and we get to see more character interaction and more from Madame Lefoux.
Also, it ends on a big ass cliffhanger. Have the next book handy to avoid ripping your hair out by the roots.
I often bitch about cover art but there will be no bitchery today because this cover with its sepia tones and shadows so evoke the mood and eerie old timey feel of the book that I wouldn’t change a thing. I also loved the little addition of the top hat in-between sections and chapters. It made me smile every time it popped up.
Dr. Wyatt Case is head curator of the Virginia Historical Society Museum. He’s a bit of a bumbling professor type and is at home with history but unfortunately visitor numbers are down and the trustees are breathing down his neck to come up with something spectacular to draw people in or they’re going to terminate him. He needs a distraction and some stress relief and finds both after a friend brings him out to lunch at a place called “Gravedigger’s Tavern”. The place is like walking into another world and it’s there that he spots Ash Lucroix. Ash is an irresistible mix of quirky allure and sex with his lined eyes, tongue ring and penchant for suspenders and he fits right in with the gaslight aura of the tavern where he works as one of the talented barkeeps. Though Wyatt is reserved by nature, the two share an instant attraction that they act upon later that night after way too much booze. But Wyatt screws it all up when he panics . . .
Guilt ridden and unable to get Ash out of his head he frets and finally visits an annoyed and pissed off Ash to apologize mumbling something about the tavern’s “ghost tours” before he leaves.
Ash stood at the door, frowning as he watched Wyatt jog down the sidewalk toward the museum. “Why is it always the wackadoos who’re so good in bed?” he said sadly.
Their romance doesn’t exactly get off to a spectacular start but both are entranced by the other and when strange events plague Ash and the tavern Wyatt gets an idea to research its history and create a haunting exhibit to save his job.
What follows is charming romance between two slightly off-beat guys who are very different but fit together perfectly. I adored them both but I’d be lying if I didn’t say Ash stole the show for me. He is one of those irresistible types who is content in his own skin and can still laugh at himself. He’s lovely and never cocky despite the fact that he’s also super talented as well.
“Hold on! What are you doing?” Ash hurried to unload the silverware and follow. “You don’t know what’s up there, it might be dangerous. Hold on.”
“Ash, I don’t need a big bad man to protect me, okay?”
“Do I look like a big bad anything?” Ash asked, laughing as he put a hand on his chest.
I hadn’t read author Roux previously but am going to change that. She excels at bringing “Gravedigger’s Tavern” to life. I love it when an author pays as much attention to her setting as her characters and doesn’t depend solely on the sex (though, damn, it was good) to keep me hooked. Gravedigger’s came to life for me and I could completely understand its appeal. The cast of friends add a sense of belonging, of fitting in even you’re a little bit of an oddball, and they add lots of humor to the story. The writing has a great vibe and the dialogue often drips with sarcasm. Really, how could I not love it?
There is plenty of romance throughout the story (and even a charming secondary romance or two) but once Ash and Wyatt work out the kinks in their relationship, the second half focuses more on figuring out the cause of the genuinely chilling events going on around them. I thought it was fantastically entertaining and perfectly done and can’t wait to read more by Abigail Roux.
Listening Length: 29 CDs that's roughly 36 hrs & 52 mins (argh!!)
Version: Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Random House Audio
Narrated by: Scott Brick (mostly), Adenrele Ojo & Abby Craden (read small passages)
I borrowed the audiobook version from my library after seeing it on all sorts of “best of/must read/best book eva!” lists. I swear I saw this title repeated so many times in various feeds that the damn thing had been imprinted on my brain and I requested it mindlessly from the library. What I didn't realize though was how long it was until my request came in. Even my librarian commented on the girth of the thing and complained in front of several other patrons that “I always request the big ones”. Well, that was embarrassing. And it’s not even true most of the time.
Sheesh, is everyone socially awkward or do I attract this sort of comment?
Anyway, where does one even begin with such a tome of a book? It is painfully long and spans nearly a century and features a cast of plenty that made my head spin. It starts out well enough and focuses on the tumultuous early life of a young child named Amy. I really felt for Amy and just as I was getting to know her the book switches gears and outlines a program to develop a race of super humans. Experimental injections are performed on twelve death row inmates and eventually Amy . . . Things go awry (surprise, surprise) and the world as we know it ends when a virus that turns humans into bloodthirsty beasts changes the landscape forever more.
Then the book fast forwards, oh almost a hundred years or so, and follows a group of survivors trying to make the best of their world which is still overrun with “virals”. The First Colony, as they call themselves, live their lives during the day, some of them tucking themselves safely away at night while others keep a lookout for active virals. The virals can’t abide sunlight and lights keep them away. But the batteries that allow the lights to function are starting to fail . . . This section of the book pretty much bored the hell out of me. It goes on for hundreds of pages, without too much of anything exciting or engaging happening. We get glimpses into the characters but never truly get to know any of them that well. Too many of these people all blend into one, especially the men who (in this audio version at least) all came across as very similar. They sound similar and there was nothing distinctive about their personalities to help me tell them apart. A few of the women (Sara, Mousami, Elisha) fare a little better. Also, way too many of these First Colony people spend their time lamenting about the fact that they are married to someone but longing for love from another, Um what? Why the heck, in a world where you could be eaten by a viral at any moment, wouldn't you express your feelings to the one you adore and find a little happiness? It didn't make sense and now that I’m finished with the book it still doesn't make sense. I guess people are idiots in the future too. The other thing that didn't make sense was the segregation of the children who are kept oblivious of the dangers of the world and live separately from their families. These people were like sheep, just mindlessly going along with the flow. Why no parents ever stood up and demand change was really unbelievable to me. Wouldn't most parents want to spend every available moment with their child instead of sequestering them with a Teacher until they’re eight years old? I just didn't get it and it made me care a lot less about all of them.
This review is getting as long as the book so I’ll try wrapping it up. The last third does pick up the pace and is actually worth reading. Amy plays a large role in the story. Things all gel together and the big picture is super interesting but the getting there? Not so much. The book is mostly humorless and read in an intensely serious tone by narrator Scott Brick. He does a decent job with the material but at times I completely tuned out without realizing it and had to rewind entire chapters at a time. Now I realize this isn't supposed to be a laugh-fest but a little humor to lighten things up here and there, or even one sarcastic character, would've gone a long way to make the story go down easier for me. And it’s all about me, isn't it? I like darkness but this book is too long to be so somber. I realized things were indeed dire when I smiled after a dog viewed a puddle of vomit as an unexpected present. Yeah, I was looking for humor wherever I could get it.
I spent nearly two weeks listening to this on audio and I’m relieved it’s over. It drained me but not emotionally which is a shame. It was a chore to get through most of it and I probably won’t seek out the next one but don’t quote me on that . . .
This is not quite a five because Anita's badass attitude grates here and there but it's so much better than the books focused on the triumvirate (or whatever the hell it's called) and the sexy times.
Obsidian Butterfly is all business, no sex. This is the book the Edward fans were clamoring for way back when and I thought it was worth the wait back when I read it for the first time. This book lets us in on Edward's secret life when he calls in Anita to help out with a series of grisly murders. She learns he's living another life where he is known as good old boy "Ted" complete with a sweet girlfriend and acting as a step-in dad to her two children. Anita pries and teases and her relationship with Edward becomes less of a "who will kill the other first" kind of thing and more of a "I will always have your back" kind of thing. It's believable and I loved that about this book.
It is dark and gory and some extremely nasty things to happen to innocent people like the earlier books. There are paranormal baddies and mysteries and loads of danger filled action. Usually those things bore me but I found myself pretty much attentive to the audio from beginning to end. Narrator Kim Alexis does a fantastic Anita, she's all tough bitch and also handles the myriad of other characters with ease. I was never at a loss wondering who was speaking.
I think Obsidian Butterfly is one of the best installments in this series. If you're a fan of the earliest books and the harder boiled edge of those stories this might be the last book in the series you should probably read. It all sorta goes to shit from here but I'm going to read 'em again on audio anyway.
Ugh, I am in a slump. This book started out promising but lost me about 2/3's of the way in when I started rolling my eyes and forcing myself to turn the pages. Guess I'm just not in the mood for bonny highlanders and virginal lassies making love while rape and murder awaits at every turn. The dialect was annoyingly repetitive and though I'm always up for a lusty romp I just couldn't believe some of the actions of these two. And sorry but I find nothing heroic about a guy who wants to "claim" a woman who he believes has just been raped. That's not romantic it's horrific.
I think I'll need to read something scary to shake me out of this mood
Steve’s emotions go haywire when his best friend Connor sets up house with his new lover but he’s not sure why. He’s happy for his friend but envious as well and feeling unsettled. This story is about Steve dealing with some buried/undiscovered desires and it’s really just a small glimpse into a confusing time in his life.
Steve is rich and successful and has always enjoyed short term flings with leggy beauties but lately he is unsatisfied and seems to be longing for Connor . . . who, of course, is no longer available. When he strikes up a conversation with another guy in a bar who turns out to be a male escort, he gives in to the temptation that’s been nagging at him and starts up a friendship with Dylan. But it soon turns into something more.
This is not a romance nor does it offer closure. Steve may be 38 but he’s never taken the time to explore what he truly wants in the relationship department and hasn’t decided if he’s hetero, gay or bi. Instead he’s been burying himself in his work and having one-offs with women and has now discovered that he’s lonely. To be truly honest I enjoyed Dylan much more than the lead character. Dylan was good natured and likable but Steve was insecure and just made me feel sad that he had lived an empty life for so long. I hope he gets a HEA at some point because it doesn’t happen here.