Review: A Public Love Story (Miserable Tales ) by Ofelia Gränd

A Public Love Story

 

A short tale of madness and obsession

Patrick has been waiting for this day to arrive for so long he can’t remember life without the waiting. The love of is his life is finally coming to Sweden. But at the airport things aren’t playing out the way Patrick had planned. Can he somehow get rid of the slut who has stolen his man?

A Public Love Story is not a love story at all; it’s a short thriller about a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the attention of the man he desires.

 

REVIEW

 

This was really interesting. Unexpected, intriguing, somehow even heartbreaking. A little difficult to explain without giving too much away. But I really loved Patrick. I would hope it would a bit longer to get a little better into his mind, but I’m very pleased with what I just read. Not a traditional love story, but I’m kind of expecting this unusual of turn of events from the author.

 

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Review: Kick at the Darkness (Kick at the Darkness #1) by Keira Andrews

Kick at the Darkness (Kick at the Darkness, #1)

 

To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.

College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.

But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.

A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run—and stuck with each other.

When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?

 

 

REVIEW

 

This was such an amazing book. So unexpected. There wasn’t a dull moment here. There was so much action. I’m not much of an action reader, but this was great. There was such a wide range of emotions shown, simply a delight to read.

The characters were fantastic, I loved them both. Adam so mysterious and Parker so fun. Each of them with great personalities, and the interactions between them were great.

One of the things I’m always looking forward in a book is to see how realistic it is. Surely, I wasn’t expecting a zombie book to be extremely realistic, but the things that seemed real, and I appreciate very much, were the way Parker and Adam’s relationship developed and, maybe, the way the whole zombie situation was explain or at least try to explain.

In general, a great book. Highly recommended if you are looking for some action and non-stop fun.

Review: Wireless by L.A. Witt

Wireless

 

Skin to skin contact is illegal. Sex? A felony. Insulated suits and gloves keep people from even the most platonic touches. Citizens line up in droves at simhouses for their rationed, prescribed orgasms in virtual reality machines.

Keith Borden has worked in a simhouse for years, and he’s never been tempted to break the strict no-contact laws… until Aiden Maxwell comes along. The attractive and dangerously flirtatious patient invites him into the seedy underground where people engage in real, wireless sex. Though Keith stands to lose his career and his freedom, he’s curious and Aiden is irresistible.

From the moment he sets foot in the wireless lounge, Keith is in a world of flesh and fantasy. He’s hooked. On the sex, on the atmosphere, and most of all, on Aiden. Years of keeping everyone in his world at arm’s length have left Keith craving a human touch, and Aiden offers all the contact—scorching sex, gentle affection, and everything in between—Keith can handle.

That is, until an unexpected act of betrayal throws Keith’s world into chaos, and he finds himself more alone than he ever imagined possible…

This 55,000-word novel was previously published, and has been extensively revised and rewritten from its first edition.

 

REVIEW

 

I’m a little ambivalent about this book. For the first half of it I was so bored, I just couldn’t care for the main characters and I didn’t felt any real connection between them. But for the second half, it felt like a totally different book, it was so exciting. I just couldn’t read fast enough.

The main characters weren’t as interesting as I would like. I don’t think I really got to know much of them, only the fact that they care for each other. At the beginning I find it hard to care for the feelings they supposedly had for each other, it was just pure lust. But as the book keep going, I started believing in their relationship.

The plot was interesting, very unusual. It was hard for me not to compare some aspects with what addicts go through. The pace is variant, really slow at first and extremely fast near the end. There are some action moments, not too much, but still nice. And some steamy love scenes.

In general was a nice book to read, maybe not the one I liked the most from the author, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Review: King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate by Addison Albright

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate

Blaine is a well-dressed, high priced attorney, and George is a hairy mountain of an auto mechanic. This odd couple meets up one evening on a slow night at a bar. The pickings are slim. Slim enough for these opposites to eyeball each other and ask themselves just how bad they want to get laid.

Pleasantly surprised by the evening’s outcome, Blaine is faced with a dilemma. Should he throw caution to the wind and pursue George, or steer clear of that unexpected distraction to his carefully structured life

 

REVIEW

 

This was a nice short story. I’ll admit I didn’t liked the main characters. I didn’t find them any charming. I had a hard time getting into the emotions, but I guess that might be related to the story being so short. I’m used to mind blowing emotions from the author and that might have alter my judgment about this book. I still enjoyed reading it. I liked where the story went and I ended up caring more from Blain and George than I did at the beginning.

Review: Strays (Urban Soul #2) by Garrett Leigh

Strays (Urban Soul, #2)

 

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

 

REVIEW

 

The second book in the Urban Soul series kept the same charm and tortured souls as its predecessor. Complex characters with trouble past made a beautiful combination with the goodhearted trio we met and loved in Misfits.

Nero’s life is little monotonous, and that’s the way he likes it. His job keeps him busy enough, preventing him from spending his day thinking about his past. Things are about to change when his best friend asks him to take an apprentice. Lenny, a beautiful young man, is living a nightmare and seeks refuge under the wing of the lonely man. Both men might end up getting more than they were looking for, when after a couple of weeks together, they realized they just can’t stand being away from each other. But, for Nero, sharing his life is something new and is proving to be a very challenging task. Will he be able to share his past with Lenny, in order to make the relationship work or will his issues prove to be bigger than they can handle?

STRAYS was a great book. It is a little slow pace, but I think it was perfect for the kind of story that was being told. I was hooked from the first pages. The part I liked the most was the character development; it was great to get to know Lenny and Nero. I don’t think I had a favorite, I generally do in most books, but I think in this one, both main characters were equally amazing. The plot was interesting, I liked some fast pace and very exciting moments near the end, but I still think the characters were the best part of the book.

The romance between Nero and Lenny was something I really enjoyed. I’m always looking for books that show realistic relationship, something that I can really believe is love and not just lust, and this book gave me just what I was looking for. I truly believe they care for each other. I’m a big fan of slow burn romance and I just couldn’t be happier with the result. There aren’t much of sweet moments, even the sex scenes were a little rough, which suit their personalities perfectly.

The secondary characters were also very good, I already knew them from Misfits, but I think it would have worked just as fine as a standalone. Overall a very interesting book, I would recommend it to any reader.

 

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Review: LGBTQ: Outing My Christianity by Ann Townsend

LGBTQ: Outing My Christianity

 

Proceeds to Non-profits Learn More: http://lgbtqoutingmychristianity.com
Inspired by Vicky Beeching’s coming out, her work with the United Nations, and her fight for LGBT rights in the Church and the world, Outing My Christianity is a story for the curious reader and the ashamed Christian about a lesbian’s life, salvation, love, pain, loss, and survival. It is a story about a walk taken as a quirky flower child, awkward teenager, over-enthusiastic twenty-something, and blind adult who can now see. Regardless of your faith, the time is now, folks. We have to stand together if we want change.

 

REVIEW

 

It was an interesting book. Different to what I expected. I didn’t liked it as much as I thought I would, but part of it might be my dislike for biographies and not the book for itself.

I think one of the issues I had was my expectative for a more spiritual book, instead it was more center on telling the author’s experience as a lesbian and a Christian. I learn a lot from the book, mostly about the beliefs of some Christian religions that I wasn’t aware of. It was a nice start point to make some research by myself. I liked getting to know the author’s experience, I can’t help to think how different it is from other places in the world, like where I live. A mostly Christian country, and yet, more surrender by hate than love, and surely much less accepting of homosexuality as I learn every day. I think getting to know a story like this can be helpful to people struggling with similar issues, but I hardly think a book like this can be find in places where is most needed.

There are some great messages in the book, and some of them would work as a great arguments to some extremist people. One that got my attention and I can’t get out of my head is: “God can’t be magnanimous and then, as some of His followers claim, hate any one of His creations, His children. God’s love is absolute and unconditional, and with absolute and infinite love, there can be no hate”. I think that’s the basic massage of the book. I might have some issues about it, but the intention and the overall feeling of it was just great.

Review: Anger: Taming the Beast by Reneau Z. Peurifoy

Anger: Taming the Beast

 

Don’t Let Anger Control You!

If you or someone you love is experiencing difficulty coping with their anger, this useful and practical book is the first place to turn to for help. With its clear, evenhanded approach, this book shows you

• Why you handle anger the way you do
• Positive ways to manage anger
• How to speak up strongly and effectively
• Effective ways to handle frustration and resolve conflicts
• How to set limits and say no to unreasonable demands
• Practical ways to cope with stress, embarrassment, and shame
• How to relate your feelings to others without losing your cool

Whether you have an explosive temper or are brooding over suppressed anger, the questionnaires, step-by-step exercises, and strategies outlined in Anger: Taming the Beast will teach you how to change the way you experience and express anger.

 

REVIEW

 

This was an amazing book. It took me so long to read it, but just for the right reasons. It’s a book that need to be read slowly and taking enough time to understand where the anger comes from and be committed enough to work for a better anger management. If you are willing to give the book the time it deserves, then it’s a very powerful tool to “tame the beast”.

I’ll admit I might have read it faster than I should. I kept returning to the previous chapters several times, because they seemed so important. I didn’t think I had anger issues when I started reading it, but I find myself giving a lot of thoughts, not only on anger but in other emotions and where they come from.

The language used was very simple, it was easy to understand the exposed concepts. The structure of the chapters made sense, it felt very organized. I don’t think the examples were needed, since it was very comprehensive, but still they were helpful. At the end of each chapter there is a summary of key ideas recommended activities. I suggest to take those seriously and practice it, if you are really willing to make a change in your life.

The book address several interesting topics, such as where the anger comes from, distorted thinking, resolving conflicts, stress management, among others. It is a great book. I just can’t recommend it enough.

*Book provided by NetGalley.