Review: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian, #1)

 

Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a very entertaining book, I had a good time reading it. I did expect to it to be a little funnier than it actually was but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I liked both main characters, they were fun to read, both very likable. I wouldn’t expect this, since I’m not really a cat person, but one of the things I loved the most about it were the cute cats, they were so sweet. I liked the most the vulnerable moments Kit had, it seemed really frustrating being on his situation.

The plot was nice. I had a little trouble getting myself into it and there were moments where I lost a little bit of interest, but near the end it got very exciting and I couldn’t stop reading. It was nice to see a different kind of zombie story. Not that I don’t like zombies, I don’t particularity love them either, but it was great to see one that went beyond what’s expected. I had a little issue about some parts of the plot that felt a little unexplained, but in general it was a good book.

Review: Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist by K.A. Merikan

Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist

 

— Too cool for school. —

Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.

Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.

Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: First love, virginity, bullying, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist

Erotic content: explicit sex scenes, dub-con

Genre: New Adult homoerotic romance

Length: ~ 90,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)(less)

 

REVIEW

 

It was exquisitely morbid. I loved it. I was hoping I would like it but I was a little skeptical because it was under the Young Adult genre and I don’t read that genre too often. I was so happy with this book. I loved it so much.

Ethan was a joy to read, he was such a fun character. I loved him the most even though I liked both characters. He was able to generate such a wide range of emotions, it was a delight to read. For moments I felt so sympathetic towards him and some others he was the most annoying human being. It was so easy to understand his emotions. Sometimes he was so frustrating, he seemed like a spoiled little brat, so dramatic that I just felt terribly mad at him and sorry for the ones who had to deal with his attitude, but he always found a way to redeem himself.

Rob was also a great character, I think he might be more likable for most readers, he was very sweet and caring. It was a lovely character. What I liked about both of them is that under no circumstance they were seemed to be perfect. It was clear both of them had a lot of flaws, which made them perfect for me. I disliked so bad perfect characters, and they were so far from being that. They struggle a lot with their decision and second guessed their actions a lot. I really appreciate that.

The plot was very nice, I really wasn’t expecting some of the event, especially the one that brought them together, but it was really interesting. Another thing I enjoyed about it was the interactions with the parents. It seemed so realistic, both attitudes, the ones from them and the ones from the sons, and I also enjoyed the different types of parenting portray.

It was an absolute joy to read this book. It make me laugh so much, it was also some tender moments and some really strong emotions. I would definitely would recommend it to most readers, but beware the tags before reading.

Review: Merek’s Choosing: A Vampire Royalty Prequel Short Story by Lyssa Dering

Merek’s Choosing: A Vampire Royalty Prequel Short Story

 

With each new Vampire King comes the Choosing—a ceremony in which the King of Cruor and his vampire nobles select new humans for their lines. In the neighboring Kingdom of Strix, one human wants more than anything to be chosen. For in Cruor, a man may love a man with no repercussions.

In this prequel short story to a new erotic romance vampire fantasy series, join Merek on his journey from ordinary second son to Vampire Prince.

Word count: 7,000

WARNING: This short story contains several erotic scenes and a relationship, but it is not a romance. It does NOT contain an HEA or HFN ending. Merek’s story will continue in book 1 of the Vampire Royalty series.

 

REVIEW 

This was a nice short story. I was very intrigued by the not HFN or HEA ending warning and even though I wasn’t disappointed, I still wish for a happy ending for Merek in the future.

I’m not particularly fan of vampire stories, but I tend to enjoy them once in a while. This was a nice one. I liked some of the characters but I felt like they lack development. Considering this is a short story prequel, I expect to know them a little better in the next book.

I can’t say I fell in love with Merek, I think I still need to know things about him, but he was ok. I did have a lot of trouble with his chosen partner for whom I have no sympathy. I disliked him from the start, I couldn’t care for their relationship either, but I can’t wait to see what the future might bring. I liked the possibility of some antagonists, I also like the world they are into. I would love to see more conflicts, but overall it was a very enjoyable story.

Review: Outshine the Stars by Nash Summers

Outshine the Stars

 

Justin is hell on legs. He’s a self-proclaimed brat, a manipulator, and has a bit of a flare for the dramatic. While Justin might look like the picture of innocence, he leaves a path of terror wherever he goes.

His senior year starts off like all the others, him and his best friend sticking their noses up at everyone else while they bask in their own glory. But when a handsome new student catches Justin’s eye, he recruits the likes of a smart-mouthed kid named Connor to help him in his mission to capture the heart of the attractive newcomer. When Justin is finally forced to face himself and the truth behind his self¬-centered universe, it feels like the sky comes crashing down.

 

REVIEW

 

This was such a lovely short story. I loved the precious characters created by the author.

It was very short, but I love how the author can create such an endearing story with few words. The characters were what I liked the most of it, all of them. Justin was really funny. The first paragraph fool me so beautifully, the second one made me smile and I kept that smile through all the story. Gwen was also a fun character to read, Andrew was very sweet and Connor was also a great character, each of them had something especial.

The plot was nice, a little bit of angst but nothing unbearable. It was a great story, very enjoyable. It seems I keep loving everything I read from the author.

Review: Foreshock by Kari Gregg

Foreshock

 

“Sometimes the earth really” does “move.”

Kyle Armentrout is every gay man’s fantasy in a tool belt, but he can’t even change a light bulb without injuring himself. Twice divorced and not long from the closet, he’s found his way into a fulfilling relationship at last, but he can’t quite escape the sense that he’s left his manhood behind in the process.

When Kyle’s latest DIY project slides into predictable disaster, his lover, Eric Mulholland, wants him to retire his Allen wrench and accept that he isn’t less of a man for loving Eric.

Then the fault lines of their relationship meet the fault lines of the 2011 Northeast earthquake, and the two lovers learn not just to stay on their feet when the ground shakes, but to actually treasure the tremble.

“All author royalties on sales of this title are being donated to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.”

 

REVIEW

 

It was such a lovely story. I liked both main characters a lot. They seemed so good together. I liked the little bit of humor involved on it. It was also easy to see they care for each other. Poor Kyle he was so optimistic about his abilities, it was awful so see how many things had gone wrong for him and also it was a bit frustrating. It was a very fun to read short story, free of angst and really sweet. I always love to see an established couple dealing with the day to day issues, this was a lovely example of it. I only wish Erick would be a little more sympathetic to Kyle’s needs but overall it was very enjoyable.

Review: In His Line of Work (Men at Work) by Tinnean

In His Line of Work

 

Deuce Pettigrew has worked for the mysterious Dr. Pandora Gautier since he left the Marines twelve years before. He did whatever needed to be done and never asked questions.

Now a previous mission is coming back to bite Deuce in the ass, and not in a good way. As a result, he needs to distance himself not only from the job that consumed him for so many years, but from the man who, unaware, owns his heart.

Deuce decides to go home, but can he go home again? And will he ever find a man who means as much as the one he has to leave behind?

 

REVIEW

 

I guess it was ok, I just didn’t liked it that much. I think part of it was that I started reading it expecting a little bit of romance here and it left me a little bit disappointed on that area.

The plot was ok, I liked the main character but I felt like I couldn’t know him that much. What I liked about him was that he was willing to make some sacrifices for the people he care for. I did felt a little bit lost at times, like I was supposed to knew who the characters were and with a little research after reading it, it seemed to be a spinoff of a series from the author, which would be nice to know because I think I would enjoyed it so much more If I already knew the characters. I’m sure any reader who had read the series would like it more than I did.

Review: Mug Shots (Men at Work) by Keelan Ellis

Mug Shots

 

Working in a coffee shop and spending his nights alone is all Neil thinks he can handle after returning from military service. When Detective Macon Chance starts flirting with him, his first reaction is to dismiss it. Rather than admit his attraction, Neil tells himself he finds Chance annoying.

But the detective is nothing if not persistent. Despite the obvious spark between them, nothing is simple. Both men have plenty of issues of their own to sort through if they’re going to make it work.

 

REVIEW

 

It was a very enjoyable short story. I was a little dubious about it because of its length, I thought it would feature a rushed relationship without any emotions between the main characters and only lust to get them together, but I was very mistaken, it had a very beautiful relationship on which was easy to see they started caring for each other.

The plot was ok, nothing too complicated, but interesting enough to keep my attention. There is also very low in angst, which make it suitable for any reader looking for a fun story. My favorite part of it was the relationship development, I liked how it didn’t felt forced. I had a good time reading it.