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

Review: Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon – It’s still good the second time around

Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1)Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I’ve been re-reading books I quite liked previously and was excited to see that the Adrien English series from Josh Lanyon was on audiobook. So I dove right in. I was then even more surprised that I hadn’t reviewed this series before so here I am. I know I liked the series and that feeling has continued with this reading. I found more problems than I remember noticing but overall it was as good as I remember and I was absorbed right away. I definitely forgot more than I remembered about the series, characters, and mysteries so in some ways I’m reading with an open mind and no preconceived notions. I’m curious how I’ll feel about the series as a whole when I’m done. For now, I liked the opener book a lot but it had some glaring plot problems at the end. If anyone hasn’t read this series I easily recommend it and even more so recommend this particular narrator who is good. Continue reading

Review: Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk .. where has the magic gone?

Threshold (Whyborne & Griffin, #2)Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Clearly I’m an extremely odd man out on this one. I haven’t read any reviews but just skimming the good reads page I can see a plethora of 4 and 5 stars so clearly almost everyone loved this book. Even those readers I tend to agree with absolutely loved this book so I’m left wondering what the hell I missed. I’m actually very serious about this – not trying to create discord but could someone please tell me what exactly I’m missing that everyone else loved? I want to like this! I think the author is a very good writer but somehow the plot just seemed ridiculous to me and the characters took a turn from adorable and charming to I hope the crab people kill them. I’m very sad about this and even more so considering I quite liked the first book in the series. Maybe it was the narrator. Continue reading

Throwback review: Body and Soul by Jordan Castillo Price (Psycop #3) New Audiobook Version

Body and Soul (PsyCop, #3)Body and Soul by Jordan Castillo Price

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sadly this was the last of the audiobooks for the psycop series and I kind of want to wail and gnash my teeth. Please JCP, please make more! Please!? If not everything in your backlist (yes yes I’m greedy) then at least the psycop series. I feel bereft knowing there are no more and while I’ll be listening to these again, I long for the entire series. Can I beg again, please?

Enough of that though. I liked the third book in the series more this time around due again to the narrator, the fantastic Gomez Pugh, but the lack of coherent plot still stood out. I enjoyed the furthering of the relationship between Jacob and Vic and damn they have some extremely hot chemistry – something JCP has always been excellent at creating. However the plots do get better in the series and it’s evident the mystery portion was still finding its feet early on in the series. I’d forgotten key parts of the series, such as the zombies, and it made me roll my eyes at that part but this time around I focused on the relationship between the key players and Vic’s new partner. I especially loved the narrator’s voice for Zig, Vic’s new partner. It was so very UP/Minnesotan that I wished he talked a lot more. That’s one of the reasons I sometimes prefer audiobooks as they add another layer to the story. Sometimes in a good way and others not so good. It compensates for sometimes missing details and nuances when not physically reading. Overall the plot this time was barely there and not entirely good but the writing and solid characterization smoothes over any issues in my opinion. I’m still impressed how well this series has held up on re-reading and even better on listening. Highly recommended still !

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Throwback review: Criss Cross by Jordan Castillo Price (Psycop #2) New Audiobook Version

Criss Cross (PsyCop, #2)Criss Cross by Jordan Castillo Price

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I re-read the first book in the series, Among the Living, by listening to it and quite liked it so I continued with the series. You can see what I said about the first book and narrator HERE. Interestingly I had a similar reaction to the second book but not exactly the same. Whereas reading the book all those years ago in 2009 I found this book less interesting than the first, I actually liked it more upon listening to it. Partly is that I was now anticipating and enjoying the narrator’s voice even more so I just flat out enjoyed listening to the story. I am nearly in love with this narrator’s voice. I think it’s so good and I kind of want to hear anything he wants to read to me. I listen to a ton of audiobooks so when I find a great narrator I want to latch on. That said, I also started remembering more details about the series in general and could anticipate the story some to my delight. Not enough that I knew what dialogue or plot twists were coming but enough to think “oh yeah I remember they’re going to have really hot sex soon.” I still thought Vic made some idiotic decisions but it was easier hearing the missteps through the soothing tones of Gomez Pugh. I finished the story sorry that it was over already and extremely excited to start on the next one. I don’t have much to add to my previous review so I’ll leave it here for people to see but I would honestly elevate the rating up another half star if not a full star for the narrator alone.

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Review: Outlander .. and it’s not pretty

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Every so often a book comes along that I loathe to the core of my being. I can give low ratings to books I dislike but sometimes there are books that deserve negative scores, if such a thing was possible. To say I hate this book is a bit of an understatement. To even say that negative passion rivals a thousand suns doesn’t quite match my feelings. I will attempt not to rant forever but I apologize in advance if I can’t seem to shut up. It’s that kind of review. I’ll summarize to say that the book has a myriad of technical problems, plot holes and inconsistencies, however, the worst offense is the loathsome main protagonist, Clare Beecham. She offends me on just about every level. I am utterly horrified there is actually a TV show staring this pitiable character.
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