Review: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin

The Impossible Boy

 

This is not your average love story.

Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.

Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.

Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.

 

REVIEW

 

This is the first time I’d read about a gender-fluid character and it was so beautiful. I’m glad that the book wasn’t center on that particular feature of who Stan was. It was a beautiful love story with the ups and downs every relationship has, it was such a great book.

Stan was a stunning character. I loved him from the first pages and I loved his struggles with some issues he had. Ben was also a lovely character. Their relationship was very endearing, they were so cute together and it felt like it was developed in a very realistic way. Every secondary character was also great, but I guess Tone was the one I liked the most, and I think it’ll be the same with most readers.

I loved the story was divided in two parts and what each of them represent. I guess getting into the second part prepared the reader to something different. I loved both parts because I got to fell in love with them being together and then, when I was so sure nothing else could happen, some interesting event turns the story around. It was absolutely brilliant and I enjoyed it so much.

In general was a great book, I would recommend it to any reader, it had some very lovely characters. A brief comment on that cover, it is stunning. For me it was the cover what made the magic, I didn’t knew the author, and the book would probably passed unnoticed by me, but I saw that stunning cover that made me look it twice, read the blurb and buy the book, I’m very glad I did, this was so beautiful.

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Review: The Salt of Your Tears by M. Caspian

The Salt of Your Tears

 

Three works of m/m erotica from M. Caspian

In His Skin: Harrison offers Dylan the world. All he asks in return is Dylan follow a few simple rules.
10,731 words

Asking For It: Cole was looking for one night of casual sex. Garrett’s going to give Cole everything he thought he couldn’t have.
7059 words

A Song in the Blood: Corran MacKenzie signed up to fight a war that wasn’t his. In the desert he found Sephtis. And his fate.
6522 words

 

REVIEW

 

It was a great book, I loved some of the stories better than the others, but in general I really enjoyed it. I do believe it lack some important warnings regarding the last story. I’d read it before and I’m taking the warnings that were post where I read it before. Beware for extreme violence on that one.

In His Skin
This one was my favorite. I loved Dylan, he was such an intriguing character and the communication aspect was something I enjoyed a lot. It had some things I didn’t liked, but overall I really liked it. What I loved the most was a scene where a leather belt was put to good use, even though it was a short scene. The last pages were great, I loved the ending.

Asking For It
It was certainly very hot, but there’s something about public sex activity that just doesn’t feel right for me. I did enjoyed the dirty talk, it was really good. For the plot, it wasn’t as interesting as the other ones, but if someone is looking for a hot hookup, this is definitely one story to look out.

A Song in the Blood
As I mention before, there is a warning for extreme violence on this one. But, other than that and if the reader is willing to go for it, it was very interesting. I felt kind of sorry for Corran, for how hard it was to find someone who could really understand him. I really had a big trouble with guns, but I guess a little gun play is not as bad as real like guns, so I really had a good time reading this one.

Overall, some very interesting stories, not as dark as I was expecting, even the last one had some violent moments but all consensual and very brief.

Review: The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer #1) by Kasia Bacon

The Poison Within (Inspector Skaer, #1)

 

Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.

Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?

Warning: Contains mentions of off page sexual assault

 

REVIEW

 

It was a very nice story. I really liked it. It had some interesting characters. I only wish it would be longer because I wanted to know so much more about it.

The characters were nice. I had a little trouble connecting with their emotions, but they really seemed to care for each-other. They started the story already as a couple, which was a nice change, most romance start without the main characters having feelings for each-other. Here they’re already a couple, not free of conflicts in the relationship, but it was nice to see a plot different than just the conquest for the beloved one. I think my problem here was Elly, I didn’t know him that much and he was off page too much time. I care for their relationship but I would like more of them.

There are some secondary characters that were so much interesting, I truly hope there is more of them in the future because I got so charmed. I even think I got a little more interested by that relationship and the outcome of the situation they were in, than I was from the one of the main characters.

The plot was great, I would love to know more of this world they were into. I’m definitely looking forward to read more of whatever comes out of this story.

Review: Imago by N.R. Walker

Imago (Imago, #1)

 

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.
Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.
But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bow ties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.
Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.
Imago is the story of finding love, bow ties, and butterflies.

 

REVIEW

 

This was just so fun. I wasn’t so thrilled by the first pages, but as I keep advancing in the book, I got more and more enthusiast about it. The last pages were fantastic, I couldn’t stop reading.

Lawson was adorable, I can’t find other word to describe him. He was so cute. It was so easy to love him. Jack was also a nice character, but Lawson steal the show. The way they talk to each other was lovely, and they were so great together. They just seem so right for each other.

The time that took the relationship to develop was too short. Generally that’s something that bothers me a lot in a book, but this one made the difference. The relationship was very believable and it was easy to understand why the feelings start so strong in such a short time, they were absolutely perfect for each other. The part about their jobs was also something I enjoyed a lot. I got to learn a few things, which is always welcome.

For some reason I didn’t loved it as much as other readers, it might be because the little problem I had getting myself into the story at the beginning, but overall it was really fun, I think any reader would love it.

Review: On His Knees by Adira August

On His Knees

 

Sometimes it’s the cop who needs to hit the floor… As a homicide cop, every blood-soaked crime scene settled in my bones and snaked around my spine. There was only one way to exorcise the images from my soul …
Inside the club, I stopped to scan the room. He was here, Camden Snow. A Norse sex god in the guise of unpretentious youth. Only his ice-blue eyes gave evidence of the Dom who took whomever he wished, whatever way he wanted, with a look and a nod. Merciless.

Cam found me watching him and fixed me with his arctic gaze. This time, I didn’t walk away. He cocked an eyebrow. Well?

The last thing I needed was mercy.

I dropped to my knees.

M/M BDSM 13k words

A bit darker than my usual, certainly more intense. This isn’t a romance, but it is a story about caring and trust.

 

REVIEW

 

I liked it, but I felt like there was something missing. I think it might have something to do with the feeling of not really knowing the main characters. I couldn’t get myself into their minds, which always bothers me.

The plot was ok, not extremely complex, but good enough to be enjoyable. I liked some parts of the scene they shared, but there was also some extremely disturbing elements that made me think that it just wasn’t right and Hunter should walk away. I guess that was part of the excitement, but there’s something that just wasn’t ok.

What I liked was to see how Hunter was dealing with his demons, there was something great about trying to get inside a troubled mind, I think I couldn’t get quite there, not as much as I would like to, but it was a nice try. I really liked Hunter.

Review: An Unexpected Shot by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

An Unexpected Shot

 

Darius has just retired as a police officer and opened his PI business. He expects to help people and continue the exciting life he had while on the force, but most of his cases center around cheating spouses. That is until a young boy comes into his office one afternoon.

Parker insists that his parents are missing, and not believing him, Darius calls the people on the boy’s phone to find one who is willing to pick him up. Rick, a family friend, comes to get him. As a thank you for watching over Parker, Rick invites Darius to his house for dinner. Their connection is instant, but their romantic night together becomes complicated when men break into Rick’s house and start shooting.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a really short story. It was entertaining but I wish it was a little bit longer, because it felt too rushed. In general it was really interesting. Different to what I would expect but with a nice mystery and some action.

I think it was a good idea, but I’m not sure it was perfectly executed. Perhaps it got something to do with the length of it, a little more words would be perfect and the mystery might be a little more interesting. I don’t think I had the opportunity of guessing what the mystery was, there wasn’t any hint and I love trying to guess, but there just wasn’t possible. The pace was just too fast to even understand what was going on and I felt lost a lot of times, especially in the action scenes.

The characters were nice, I liked them all, especially Parker, even though he didn’t have much on page time. I was a little intimidated by Rick’s attitude, I guess I’m not used to someone so upfront as he was, so self-assured and who really knows what he wants and don’t hesitate to ask for it. I felt off guard about him and I didn’t knew what to expect, which made him a great character. I can’t say the say about Darius, he was likable but he felt a little plane and I didn’t care about him as much as I did for Rick. I didn’t liked them together that much, I don’t felt like they had a real connection and the way the relationship was developed felt too forced.

In general it was a nice book. What I liked the most about it was Rick, he was an interesting character and I really liked the family dynamics, even though it wasn’t entirely explore, but I felt like it was a great potential there. I enjoyed it, but I truly would wish it was a lot longer, I think I would like it more. It was my first book from the authors but I’m intrigued for what I’d read and I’ll keep my eyes on them.

* I received copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Review: Unzipping 7D by J.C. Long

Unzipping 7D (Unzipped Shorts, #2)

 

Jordan Price is used to the boring wait in airports, given that he practically lives on business trips. He’s all set for this to be more of the same, until he meets a self-described power bottom on Unzipped—a guy who happens to be in the same airport. It seems like a perfectly good way to kill time until his flight, but soon Jordan realizes that Heath, his newfound friend on Unzipped, will be taking the same flight, and the wheels in his head get spinning. Jordan is determined to test Heath’s bottoming skills himself, and if he has his way, the flight will be anything but boring.

 

REVIEW

 

This is the second of the Unzipped Shorts series. It works fine as a stand-alone, the characters aren’t the same as the first book. The common element is the Unzipped App.

I liked this a little bit less than the previous book. I think what was a little off for me was the public activity. I know the other book wasn’t lacking it, but I think this one was a little bit more public and that is something I don’t really enjoyed, although I guess it won’t be an issue to other readers.

On this occasion we meet Jordan, who is very aggressive on his approach to Heath. It was great to see his advances and Heath’s reactions. The constant struggling of wanting to go further but knowing he shouldn’t. It was so great. They had such a great chemistry. I liked Heath better here, even though we don’t get to see things from his point of view, it was so nice to see his reactions and how much he was willing to allow Jordan to do.

Another great instalment of the Unzipped Shorts, I hope there will be more in the future because I’m really enjoying them.

 

* I received copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.