Review: A Dangerous Thing by Josh Lanyon – still loving this series (surprising to me)

A Dangerous Thing (Adrien English Mystery, #2)A Dangerous Thing by Josh Lanyon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m going back and listening to the audiobook versions of this series and finally writing reviews for the individual books. I can’t believe I never wrote them the first time but suffice it to say my enjoyment has probably only increased since the first time I read this series. The narrator, Chris Patton, is really good and I’m often surprised by the nuance he manages to interject into the character’s voices. No question that audiobooks hinge greatly on the use of great narrators and Patton is a great choice. I find the books so engrossing that I literally can’t seem to stop listening. The stories themselves are solid but the narration makes them extremely difficult to put down. I’m nearly speed listening through this series. Continue reading

Review: His Client #1 & 2 by Ava March … Meh, more of the same

His Client (His Client, #1)His Client by Ava March

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ava March’s regency mm books are always easy and enjoyable to read. His Client takes a familiar and classic framework and gives it a happy ending with a small taste of kink along the way. Jasper is a hooker in love with his client, Nate. Nate visits Jasper as a way to have sex but also lament his long standing infatuation with his straight best friend. When said best friend gets married Jasper is beyond exasperated by Nate’s despondency. Despite efforts to get Nate to see that Jasper is in love with him, Nate refuses to see the truth. Thus Jasper leaves the whoring life, forcing Nate to follow and see the truth.

The story is fun, quick, and enjoyable. It’s clear Nate and Jasper are well suited with a small bit of kink and role playing thrown in for some extra spice. It’s not much and I doubt anyone will be bothered by the inclusion since the main thrust of the story is all about the two men’s inability to recognize each other’s feelings. They of course work things out well in the end with a satisfying resolution. For such a fast read this novella was delightful and another solid March book. Easily recommended for both fans of the author and those new to her work.

His Request (His Client, #2)His Request by Ava March

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a free follow-up to His Client and it includes a roleplaying sex scene – doctor and patient hehe – and some nice progression in the main couple’s romantic relationship. It’s as well written as any of March’s books and the fact that it’s free is a surprising but nice bonus. It shows the couple very happy and well equipped to have a happy ending while communicating about their various needs. It’s one of the few follow ups that makes me feel as though the couple really could live HEA.

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Review: Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities by Lyn Gala .. tail sex continues to be hot while humans generally are not

Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities (Claimings #2)Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities by Lyn Gala

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities returns to the alien world of Ondry and human Liam as they have settled into their relationship. The second book in the series by Lyn Gala entertains just as much as the previous book, but in a different way. The first book was more about personal relationships and relied on Ondry and Liam, two different species, figuring out their wants and needs without common language and mannerisms. Now the two are together and doing well but face a threat from a human officer with a hidden agenda. Continue reading

Review: Pressure Head by JL Merrow – Talky villains never win

Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate #1)Pressure Head by J.L. Merrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not surprising I’m late to the party in reading this series by JL Merrow but I’m here now! I liked this opener and found it enjoyable to read with entertaining characters and a decent whodunit. My only issues were that I never got a good feel for the character of Phil and the villain confesses in a nonsensical scene at the end. Neither issue bothered me enough to dislike the book and I think most readers won’t be bothered either. Merrow is a good writer with subtle humor and good pacing making her stories a joy to read with distinct British flair. Easy to recommend. Continue reading

Review: Shadowing Mace by Cheyenne Meadows … So bad I can’t even be bothered

Shadowing MaceShadowing Mace by Cheyenne Meadows

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just ugh. I wanted some hot BDSM shifter sex with a solid mystery and I’ve no clue what I got instead. Some rote, mindless story that had no characterization, nothing interesting in the mystery portion and some really wooden writing. I was bored with the characters almost immediately. They were antagonistic for reasons unknown and then halfway through they decide to have a lot of sex and suddenly be in love. I never got a feel for either character and they came across as stale, uninteresting, and manic. First they were grumbling at each other to extremes then in love to extremes. Neither pole hit the right note and both felt exaggerated beyond enjoyment.

Then the mystery is boring and stupid, which is not helped by the writing. The dialogue is stilted and awkward with a lot of repetitive phrases. The men are supposedly investigating deadly accidents happening within the pack but they alternate between being suspicious and utterly ignorant. An out of the blue rockslide makes them curious but they don’t really think it was anything other than an accident. Then why are they suspicious? There’s no real justification for their actions and thoughts and the story is completely without nuance or subtly. It’s very blunt, in your face and the story walks the reader through every emotion and action. I simply didn’t care about the characters, their quasi D/s sex which mostly was short, emotionless statements about positioning before the deep supposedly emotional love making.

Let’s just leave it at this didn’t work for me. I started skimming about a third of the way in to see if it got better so I don’t feel right writing a full review. I’m sure I missed several parts, I read the final few chapters and feel safe in saying it doesn’t get better sadly.

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Review: Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe … Free porn that’s highly entertaining

Not His Kiss to TakeNot His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting book. I initially decided to read it because of the mixed reviews on it – some loving it as pure porn and others being bothered by the close to abuse actions – and it’s free. I figured I was up for some free literary porn so why not take a chance.

I have to admit, I loved this book. I found it incredibly entertaining and it’s really close to porn without a plot, but honestly I thought it was really funny and absorbing with a lot hot sex. There’re definitely some problems that skirt the line and I can see why some readers would be disgusted and discomforted by the aspects depicted. If I was reading a book that took itself seriously I probably would have been as well but since I was reading it with the expectation of being unrealistic porn, I didn’t mind the problems. Continue reading

Review: Gemini by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid… sex next to a dead body never tasted as sweet

GeminiGemini by Clancy Nacht

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is kind of a weird book that I’m not sure how to characterize. It’s a shoot ‘em up action style story with a lot of hot sex but the actual plot is convoluted and totally unbelievable. I can get behind a book that needs considerable suspension of disbelief, but Gemini stretches it too far. To accept the sequence of actions and villains in the plot, the good guys don’t come across so well. It’s certainly an attention grabber and I think for those readers that are instantly engaged and absorbed, the flaws may not matter. But as soon as the flaws are noticed, I think it’s a downhill ride to an unsatisfying finish unfortunately. Continue reading