Longhorns by Victor J Banis (for Tracy & Lily)
Dislike~ I still cringe in an ‘ouch that’s gotta hurt but not in a dub con’ way when it comes to VJB’s sex scenes. However, it does work within the context of the story and in relation to the characters. That is, it’s believable.
Like~ VJB is such a terrific storyteller. I find his work has a great, gritty realism to it. I‘ve also yet to meet a character of his that didn’t engage me in some way.
So, what I think: A must for VJB and for cowboy fans.
Happy Ending by L B Gregg (for Tracy & Jen)
Dislike~ I did think the ending was a little rushed and I also guessed whodunit, yet neither of these issues really impacted my overall enjoyment of this book.
Like~ Awesome opening scene. LBG is very good at grabbing the reader’s attention from the outset and pulling them along for the ride.
So, what I think: Those who liked Gobsmacked will enjoy this one too, although don’t expect it to be as LOL funny as the first because it has more serious themes.
Collared: Turquoise and Leather by Kim Dare (for Tracy & Lily)
Dislike~ I’m a reader who is always happy to be convinced by a HFN ending, but I’m not sure I really believe one where an experienced dom hooks up with a green sub, who, despite being hesitant at first, is willing to consider being collared by the next morning. Hmm…
Like~ Regardless of the above, I found this new-to-me author extremely readable and the novella had very good pacing, which is pretty important for me, especially in a short read.
So, what I think: I bought two other shorts by this author at the same time I got this and I admit that I preferred them. Of these, my fave was Gaydar. I was much more satisfied by the characters and the HFN so would suggest you go for this one if you want a taste of this author.
To Hate and To Hold by Dakota Rebel (for Tam & Lily)
Dislike~ Predictable. Not bad, but for me… meh-ish.
Like~ The main thing I liked about this was the worldbuilding. It offered something a little different for the readers of m/m paranormal romance.
So, what I think: I think this is for fans of this author and for fangbangers (points to those who get this reference).
Carey’d Away by J M Snyder (for Tam)
Why I bought it: It was a pressie from someone who knows I like this author. *blushes*
Dislike~ I realise one of the main characters, Patrick, was very shy, but I was still vaguely uncomfortable by the way Carey (of Carey-d Away fame) insisted on sexually teasing him in front of his friends. Perhaps the prude in me was coming out?? *ponders*
Like~ It’s J M Snyder. Writing = good.
So, what I think: For those in the mood for a short, sexy hook up story.
Freeman by Clare London (for Jen)
Dislike~ This is more of a warning to those readers who prefer their characters to be more palatable. I was going to say that neither of the protags (Freeman nor Kit) are very likeable; however, on reflection, I think it was more their actions that some might find objectionable. Kit especially seems to be a very immature and selfish person. Still, his character grows as the plot develops and by the end of the story the reader is left feeling he had redeemed himself.
Like~ I LOVED the gritty, British underworld feel to this book with its dark and seedy setting, unrepentant cast of characters and the murky convergence of their past and present lives. It was a very engrossing read and I gobbled it up trying to find out what would happen next.
So, what I think: This is an excellent story; great writing, terrific characters and a wonderful, twisty plot. I would highly recommend Freeman.
‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.