Review: Tigerland by Sean Kennedy – great narrator and good sequel!

Tigerland (Tigers and Devils, #2)Tigerland by Sean Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I struggled with T&D on the re-read (or re-listen on audiobook?), I really liked Tigerland. I had to get over a few niggles (channeling Jenre with that word) but I actually liked it more than T&D this time around. This definitely was helped by the change in narrator. This time around the narrator was Aussie and helped add that quintessential flavor to the story. Plus he got Simon’s melodramatic voice so spot on. There were even tiny quavers and hiccups. I can’t really praise this narrator enough, he did a fantastic job with Tigerland. That said, I also felt as if I could envision Simon and Declan’s relationship much better. I saw more of their banter and how they reacted to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I could finally appreciate what Declan saw in Simon that was worth putting up with his very difficult and overwrought personality. Continue reading

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Throwback Review: Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy audio – Liked but didn’t love it like last time

Tigers and Devils (Tigers and Devils #1)Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

My old rating: 5 of 5 stars
My new rating would be: 3.5-4 out of 5 stars

DSP is a black hole for audiobooks. I just can’t seem to stop listening to them. It’s a nice way to revisit old favorites and I’m taking full advantage. On that quest when I saw Sean Kennedy’s fantastic T&D on audio I wasted no time getting it. It’s interesting that in the 5 years or so since I had read it my tastes have somewhat changed. Not entirely and SK is a great author but I found myself less forgiving of the main narrator this time around. You can read my full review below but here are some updated thoughts about the audiobook and re-read.

The narrator should have been Australian. Since Australia is basically a main character of the book I was disappointed the narrator was so generic. He does a good job but he makes Australia sound like some alien world he has no connection to, which is kind of unfortunate. Beyond that the story is just as engaging though it hit some of my dislike buttons hard. This time around I found Simon really annoying. He’s so insecure, petulant, and off putting that I kept asking myself why Declan put up with him. I still appreciated that the book showed 2 years of a relationship with both the highs and lows but I had a hard time getting them as a couple. I didn’t understand what Declan saw in Simon, especially since the narrator (Simon) kept asking the same question. Simon is so prickly, needy, and truthfully a wanker that it was hard to sympathize with him on occasion. I also struggled with Rodger and Fran’s alienation during the fight between Simon and Rodger as I was firmly on Simon’s side, but friendships do have ups and downs as well.

I almost quit listening a couple of times when Simon’s behavior made me want to drop kick him into the river never to be found. He’s so melodramatic and over the top that I wanted someone to tell him to calm down. He’d be an incredibly difficult person to live with and be in a relationship with, yet, I also felt as if he got shafted near the end with the big miscommunication. It seemed out of character for both men and frankly I was wondering how much rejection Simon was supposed to take from Declan and still keep trying. They do make up of course but the story shows very little of this before ending and I’d have liked to see them solidly happy again.

Overall it’s a good book, still an entertaining and engaging story but I didn’t “omg love” it like I did on first read. This is why I’m so hesitant to re-read favorites but that said, I’d still recommend it even now.

Old review but still valid!

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Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane

Truth in the DarkTruth in the Dark by Amy Lane

Blurb:

“I am not beautiful…”

Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.

Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.

Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

who knew ugly was so pretty?

Wings of Equity by Sean Kennedy

Wings of EquityWings of Equity by Sean Kennedy

Blurb:
The truth is that those who make a difference usually get martyred. What good are you dead?

Ezra Kneebone is most at home in the skies, piloting his airship with his best friend Jazz, even if it doesn’t quite pay the bills or warm Ezra’s empty bed. Those same skies are also the territory of a man known as Icarus who uses his metal wings to steal from the rich and feed the poor. Icarus and Ezra could be soul mates but for one thing: Icarus has a bounty on his head, and Ezra is desperate for money.

Against the wishes of Jazz and her partner, the formidable Lady Bart, Ezra is determined to get his man… in more ways than one. But when Icarus saves Ezra’s life, Ezra realizes he would be betraying a hero—and his heart—if he turned Icarus in. Unfortunately, the bounty is tempting more than one hunter, and Ezra will find that loving a fugitive may mean becoming one too.

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

an m/m novel with little sex *gasp*

I Fell in Love with a Zombie by Sean Kennedy

I Fell in Love with a ZombieI Fell in Love with a Zombie by Sean Kennedy

Blurb:
Jay didn’t expect to be one of the very few survivors of the virus that decimated the country, leaving shambling, ravenous zombies behind. Fighting for his life amongst the dead, he keeps moving until the day he’s surrounded and facing his bloody end—and shockingly, another zombie saves him. But not just any zombie… it’s Dave, the first man Jay ever loved, and there’s something special about him even now, in the midst of the horror around them.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review:

i always was curious about zombie sex.. i mean it doesnt just fall off?

Top Ten List Part Three


I hope everyone had a wonderful new years! As expected all the televised performances sucked because over half lip synched their way through it. J.LO wearing a fur rug and then whipping it off to a body suit as she was lifted, dragged, and humped around the stage was the highlight of ridiculous. But that’s over!

Since I always tend to cling, I’m still reminiscing over books I read in 2009 that were awesome. The new year will come soon enough so if you’re still looking for some great reads before the new barrage of books, check these out.

Top 10 books you should read: peek under the kilt…

Midweek reads!

Midweek reads!

 

First up is a free read from Kirby Crow called Cocksucking Appointment.  Prostitutes Ethan and Snow may sell their bodies but they love each other. Unfortunately Ethan can not be the Dom and Master Snow needs and their relationship threatens to change when an assertive new client of Ethan’s takes an interest in Snow.

This free read is quick and delightful. Although not entirely polished (I think written on the fly for the TQ social days), this is a great little read and I easily recommend this for those looking for something short but entertaining.  Download it for FREE!

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Second
is Jaye Valentine’s new paranormal with an edgy twist called Damn Gorgeous. Spenser is a reporter with a serious love of things that go bump in the night. When a new assignment brings him to Fall River and to a sexy innkeeper, Spenser may be in over his head finally.
 

This novella is creepy, slick, and interesting. Not to mention filled with spoilers to the point that it’s easier to just throw this in as a midweek read than write a full review. But be sure to pick up a copy for yourself and see if you guess the ending. It caught me I admit and I hope this is the start of a series. Get it HERE!

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Third is Sean Kennedy’s Christmas short story that I just got around to read called Secret Santa.  In this fun short story, Zach is doing some last minute shopping for the holiday, stressing about bringing his boyfriend home to meet the family when he happens to glance over at the mall Santa. A familiar pair of eyes meets his and the fun surprises don’t stop there.

 

This great short story is funny, witty, and definitely will have you eyeing those men in the Santa suits a little bit differently. If you haven’t picked up the Advent calendar stories, then be sure to get this one. It’s quick and easy and worth the few bucks. Get it HERE!