Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Leap of Faith


Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



About average. Not perfect but not terrible either. Considering how this author can go from 8 to 80 in 0.9 seconds...it was enjoyable enough I guess. I did find the whole ex-boyfriend thingy a little contrived though. They were ex-boyfriends. If an ex-boyfriend of mine called asking me for a book I would've simply given it to him so it's pretty idiotic of Mason to not have tried that first and foremost. Was the beating and arson really necessary? A simple break and entering would've solved everything. Not to mention how ridiculous the hiding place was considering Mason was cheating on Braxton. Either he was a terribly dumb criminal or the author just didn't want to bother with anything better. I'm guessing both actually. Either way, the characters weren't bad or annoying and entertained for the time being so I'm thinking the book, even if not ground-breaking, did its purpose.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Feathers and Filth


Feathers and Filth
Feathers and Filth by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



An ogre? Really? Okay...not exactly kosher but I can get behind that after a little adjustment time, sure. But the dramatics? "I killed your parents because they killed mine" thing? Yeah...way too much specially combined with all the UPAC troubles brought along too. Way too weird and just plain depressing. I couldn't even see them as good for each other. Too many contradictions and problems and surely not enough time spent together besides sex. They talked briefly. They had sex. They talked briefly. They had sex. They talked briefly. They had sex...you get the picture. Yeah there was a lot of info dump and hysterics. Was it enough for them to know each other and fall in love? Highly unlikely and I simply wasn't convinced. Not this time.



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Review: Fur And Flightless


Fur And Flightless
Fur And Flightless by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Uh. Books with wolves. I have a love/hate relationship with them most of the time. I love the idea of a pack (family) but all the dominance and blustering kinda turns me off of them. This wasn't the worst I've read with wolves but not the greatest either. And I always hate how authors portray their mates as whimpering submissives all the damn time. As if someone who isn't a wolf is automatically weaker than them and lower on the totem pole and couldn't possibly be, you know, a normal man. A man perfectly capable of not crying and whimpering and snivelling and always doing whatever the "alpha" wants unless he's angry and throwing a tantrum. Seriously. Of course if a mate actually acts like a normal person it must mean the wolf is an omega and therefore a bottom or the mate is a more powerful shifter like a lion or a vampire. There's never actually an equality. Of course this is not just with wolves or shifters in general...pretty much universal in any M/M novel but, alas, it wasn't excessive in this story and for that I am thankful if not particularly happy overall. I didn't connect with the characters much because of how Lys was presented with a lot of money as if to compensate his feminine appearance for example. Or how being an alpha Rip had to be an aggressive *ss at first. Or how "no one" loved Lys. I mean...kinda when an authors wants us to like a character so much she/he almost kills them for us to have pity on them? Just like that. Lys and Rip were so miserable all the time I just had to like them. Wrong. That just annoyed me all the faster. Lys's whimpering really got on my nerves and his dramatics? Boy. You don't want to know!

2 positive things I can say: Could've been worse and it's over. That's it.



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Review: Trunk and a Skunk


Trunk and a Skunk
Trunk and a Skunk by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Surprisingly not bad. I mean, it's not exactly a masterpiece. These books are pretty formulaic and always follow the same directives but, sometimes, you notice the story you're reading was actually thought through and well written. This was such a case. It's still not great. It's overly simplistic, dramatic and just plain clich├ęd. But the characters were actually sweet and well put together. They didn't annoy me at all and that's quite an accomplishment with these books. Also liked the support characters a lot. Probably still not ready to recommend this to anyone or even admit I read them but...I was entertained for sure.



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Rebound


Rebound
Rebound by Chris Scully

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Kind of a cutesy little Christmas story. Romantic and sweet. I'd been hoping for a little more development but I wasn't even disappointed because you end the story with a very hopeful feeling. Definitely approved.



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: In From the Cold


In From the Cold
In From the Cold by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I expected better. The end was pretty disappointing. It lacked a certain poignancy and overall the execution really didn't live up to what I had hoped for. In fact, the violence displayed throughout the whole novel appears to be just a shock factor and not really part of it all. I gotta say I'm not a fan of violence in my novels, no matter the reason, but I do understand when it's so in tune with the story you can't help but appreciate it and love it all the same. That wasn't the case here. It was used just as a means to lure my sympathy and, in fact, did the exact opposite. Just the same with how Quinn's addictive personality was displayed. I didn't hate them but I didn't love them either. Both circumstances made both characters hard as hell to understand and connect with and I just couldn't do it. By the time the end rolled in...I didn't care about any of them or their situation at all.

One star added solely for the originality factor. Execution barely deserves the other two remaining stars and I actually feel guilty over giving them.



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Review: Tainted Blood


Tainted Blood
Tainted Blood by Sam C. Leonhard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Of course this story had to end with a ridiculously nefarious plan revealed. Way too easy for it to be just a well written romance novel with some weird paranormal thrown into the mix. Nope, had to be even more ridiculously complicated than it was already. Seriously? All the rest was bothersome in its complexity but ultimately enjoyable and interesting but the plan in the last few pages put a huge damper on the happiness provided by Aleksei's and Gabriel's love story. And pretty much blind-sided me because there was no reason whatsoever for it to happen. WTH? I'm not even sure if I want to touch the next novel mush less read it. Wow.



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Mint Ice Cream and a Vampire's Bite


Mint Ice Cream and a Vampire's Bite
Mint Ice Cream and a Vampire's Bite by Scarlet Hyacinth

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Generic copy of all her other novels. Actually...a generic copy of all the other M/M shifter novels and not just this author's. At least there wasn't any m-preg. No, wait! There was. Did you have to make it so easy for me to complain? In some small measure...it was actually sweet. Or at least, it didn't piss me off as much as the other generic copies. Small relief,hm?



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Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: When Adam Kissed Me


When Adam Kissed Me
When Adam Kissed Me by Chris Scully

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



About the same as the first novel except with a lot more doubt and angst. I actually thought the amnesia was going to be a little better explored and not cast aside as easily but...I guess my expectations didn't really pan out. Either way I was a little disappointed about how it ended.



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Review: Inseparable


Inseparable
Inseparable by Chris Scully

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Very short but incredibly cute and romantic.



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