This past weekend I made a major dent in the tbr pile (check out my recent reads on the left sidebar) and I thought I’d share some thoughts about a few of those that were my stand outs. Here they are (in no particular order):
David’s Dilemma by Lynn Lorenz
Why I bought it: It was a pressie.
Dislike~ I’m not sure what others thought, but from early on I could pretty much see what was coming in terms of the climax. I’m honest enough to admit it did affect my enjoyment of the book; however, overall it was relatively minor.
Like~ One of my things at the moment is a great interest – respect even – for m/m romance books which are different to the norm. In this case, it was refreshing to read a book featuring two older protags meeting and connecting as well as the realities of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
So, what I think: A must for fans of this author and recommended for those who, like me, are interested in stories that are a bit different.
A Dream Come True by Addison Albright
Why I bought it: I’m pretty sure I bought this after reading a review by Emmy.
Dislike~ I prefer the build up to a sexual relationship so I can be a bit tetchy about ones where the guys fall into bed pretty quickly. Having said this, I did think it formed part of the story insomuch that both protags, especially Mike, come to the realisation that what they have is something more than just convenient sex.
Like~ This was a good, solid romantic read with some terrific characters. I think one of the main reasons why I liked it so much was that it seemed so ‘real’. No serial killers or stalkers, but lots of simple, day-to-day life circumstances. It was great.
So, what I think: This was a new to me author and someone I will definitely be trying again.
St Nacho’s 2: Physical Therapy by Z A Maxfield
Why I bought it: ZAM = auto buy.
Dislike~ I’m pretty sure this is a me thing, but I’m getting a little tired of the interfering family member and/or friend. I’m not saying it wasn’t relevant to the story or that it didn’t help to progress the plot or anything in Physical Therapy. It’s just that I’m beginning to find it a little too stock standard in m/m romance. Maybe it’s me though…
Like~ One of the protags, Jordan, was introduced to the reader in St Nacho’s (the first book in the series). I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting him and seeing how he had grown as a character – redeemed himself, I guess – in the intervening period. In all honesty, I think this was my favourite aspect of the story.
So, what I think: Whilst I preferred St Nacho’s, I’m definitely loving this series. An absolute must for fans of ZAM and for those who are thinking about giving this author a try.
‘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.