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Diego by Angel Martinez

Diego (Endangered Fae #2)Diego by Angel Martinez

Blurb:
After defeating an evil wendigo, a man and his pooka lover deserve a little quiet, don’t they? Unfortunately, Diego and Finn’s hard-won peace is disturbed, their new life in Montana turned upside-down when Diego, in a jealous rage, unwittingly rips a hole in the impenetrable Veil to the Otherworld.

Separated, stuck on the other side of the Veil where Finn has to deal with old conflicts and Diego is the only human in a land of fae, the two of them are forced to navigate rocky waters between huge egos and ancient feuds. To make matters worse, some of the fae, in both the sidhe and Fomorian courts, are dying of a mysterious illness and everyone believes Diego is the key to a cure. Things can’t possibly get any worse, can they? Oh, yes–it can when the U.S. government gets involved.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

how can a sequel be so bad…


Aftermath by Angel Martinez

Aftermath by Angel Martinez

Blurb:
Victor and Cody have the American dream —a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other — but all is not well in paradise.

Cody’s naive belief in other people’s goodwill led to one recent assault from which he struggles to recover. Returning to his art, he seems to have found his balance only to be betrayed by a friend and brutally assaulted again.

Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior.

With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody’s own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship have a chance. If the criminals who attacked Cody would leave him alone, that is.

* This is the newly edited, Red Rose edition. *

when length becomes an issue


Finn
 by Angel Martinez

Finn
by Angel Martinez

Blurb:
Sanity is relative and the world has room for more than one truth.

When Diego rescues a naked man from the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge, he just wants to get the poor man out of traffic and over to social services. He gets more than he bargained for when Finn turns out to be an ailing pooka, poisoned by the pollution of the city. To help him recover, Diego takes him north to New Brunswick where Finn inadvertently wakes an ancient, evil spirit, the wendigo.

While Diego and Finn struggle to find a way to destroy the wendigo before it can possess Diego or kill nearby innocents, Diego wrestles with his growing passion for Finn. Can they succeed in destroying the monster and in navigating a relationship between a modern man and a centuries-old fairy?

 

 

700 years is a hell of a dry spell…


Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux

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Dangerous Obsessions by Blake Deveraux


Book Blurb:

What can bring a strong career Marine to his knees?

Daniel Deveraux is a man of action. He doesn’t allow his life to be complicated by anything or anyone. He left the Marines after deciding that the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy was more than he could abide. He returned home in search of a simple life, one devoid of the insanity he’d endured in Iraq. Love for him was a distant dream.

Brandon Matthews is an exceptional man, both in body and in mind. His magnetic personality and exceptional good looks were an impenetrable wall behind which this damaged man safely hid. His journey found him working days as a carpenter, and nights as "eye candy" at a local gay bar.

The two men find themselves on a tumultuous journey of emotional and sexual revelation that threatens to destroy them both. The intense sexual relationship binds them in a way neither one expects.

The question remains—will the deep sexual bond bring the two men together in a deep and enduring love? Or will it destroy them?

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Due to the length of my review, I’m going to take a page from Emerald Jaguar and bottom line this particular review for you upfront.

BL: I was caught between horrified fascination at the extensive abusive and dysfunctional relationship Brandon and Daniel were in, and laughing due to the absurdity of their sex and the purple prose. This book is so bad, I have to review it.  Read on for more detail..

Review: 

Brandon is a handsome and overtly sexual young man who has had to endure a lifetime of abuse. He was first raped when he was seven by a family friend. He was then sent off to military boarding school where he was further beaten, raped, humiliated and physically tortured for years with the most heinous of objects, culminating in necessary surgery to “fix” damaged parts of him. He then flees the cold looks of his family and continues to be raped, beaten and used in various ways for numerous years. After all of this, which continues through almost the entire book, Brandon is an incredibly broken and damaged young man who ends up with Daniel, an ex-marine with an anger control problem.


Although the premise of a severely emotionally and physically damaged man who meets someone who truly loves him and cares for him is one with tremendous possibility, sadly this story is nothing like that. Unfortunately Daniel and Brandon’s relationship reads almost like a warning of what kind of relationship never to get into. Daniel not only has anger problems, he also clearly has emotional and physical scars as well. His relationship to Brandon is completely and utterly unhealthy for the majority of the book. There is absolutely no communication whatsoever. They beat each other, they scream, say horrible things to each other, cheat and after each scene, they fall asleep without talking about what happened, only to wake up feeling better and great.


Daniel is supposed to be seen as this ultimate strong, handsome, god-esque character who alternates between screaming fits of rage and weeping tears of vulnerability. Neither of which are handled well by Brandon or Daniel. Daniel has no idea how to handle the emotional and mental problems of Brandon’s and thus ends up compounding them severely and repeatedly. The scene where Daniel has violent sex with his ex-boyfriend, the “whore” while Brandon watches unannounced is perhaps detrimental and falling asleep is not exactly the appropriate response. Daniel comes across as confused, angry, and lost. Leaving aside his porn-like, magnificent equipment, he offers very little to Brandon in the way of understanding or support. He does, however, offer great sex and lots of it.  


Their dysfunctional relationship problems seem to culminate in a bizarre and somewhat horrifying BDSM scene where Daniel forces Brandon to beat another man, letting him exorcise tremendous anger onto a stranger with an approving smile. The author goes into some detail talking about Daniel’s well known past as a BDSM Master and how he sent numerous men to the hospital as he used the club and activities as an outlet for his unrelenting anger regarding his military past. Thankfully Daniel is said to feel shame about this but it’s really questionable as he uses and abuses young men because “he has to.”  What anyone has to do, is call the police.


Unfortunately, this relationship is so far from what a healthy BDSM relationship is and instead lets the lifestyle be used as an excuse for abusive and unhealthy behaviors. Furthermore, the complete reversal of Daniel and Brandon’s relationship after that scene is almost laughable. They do not talk about what happened, instead three days later, a completely over sexed and crazed Brandon desperately needs to be screwed and begs Daniel to have sex with him. Daniel then, in tears, explains he can’t do it unless they will be equals without any sort of power play coming into their relationship. In a response that can only typify the absolute absurdity of the book, Brandon asks:

“You really don’t want to fuck me anymore Sir?”

Happily Daniel relents after a truly horrifying tale of Brandon’s past in which Daniel repeatedly begs Brandon to stop talking, he simply couldn’t take it and as a reader, I found myself agreeing with Daniel. The abuse is so prolific and extensive that decades of therapy are unlikely to make a dent in the problems Brandon has. However, Daniel is there to love Brandon and from then on, the purple prose and filled love tunnels finish off the story with no need to deal with the messy affects of the abusive pasts and current problematic relationship. Thankfully both men have incredibly impressive dicks so there is enough sex, angry and otherwise, to keep the prose and the men, coming.

There are unfortunately several issues on top of the poor characterization and relationship problems. Some of which were that the author rarely spoke of the characters, Daniel and Brandon, by name. Instead, they were always the sexy young man, the handsome marine and other such descriptive phrases. These two are almost Mary Sue with their brilliance and perfection, yet still flawed given the substantial and impressive abuse they’ve suffered and inflict on each other. It’s amazing how healthy Brandon is and how he can smile, laugh, fall in love and only occasionally have clear emotional breakdowns. But no worry, he’ll be fine with a good night’s rest. That also doesn’t touch how these two can have really painful anal sex with intense pain that’s ok because they can “take it". Lube is not a bad thing.

This unfortunate offering was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. I hesitated seriously in writing this review as I acknowledge the work it must have involved in writing the story and the imagination. I’ve never quite seen so many euphemisms for someone’s love tunnel outside of a poorly written regency romance. However, the relationship was so clearly unhealthy and the characters themselves were beyond flawed, they needed serious therapy that I almost want to warn people reading the book that this kind of relationship is not ok. Nor should it be seen as romantic.

Thankfully the author dialed down the intense abusive past and present for the final part of the book, giving a happy ever after ending to a bizarre relationship. I actually found myself laughing towards the end and very kindly suggest the author think of writing comedy? I can see the author’s voice working with much more light-hearted material. On a positive note, I truly couldn’t put the book down. I’m considering buying the author’s next offering just to see what they can possibly do next.

 

If you want it… here you go.
http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=242

 

EDIT – Just to show that I am just one person and not everyone agrees with me. Here is a review that loved this book.

You gotta read this book
(were they on drugs?)

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