Showing posts from June, 2018

My less favorite in Buffy’s Season 8 but full of nerdy references that I loved.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey by Jane Espenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 For these six little stories, all of them connected among them but all of them also a little meh. That pretty much describes this fifth volume. I’m rounding up because it’s Buffy and I think that, overall, it’s unfair giving it less than 3 stars.

Part one: Introduction by Harmony and a reality show where she bites random willingly people and tells the audience (yes, she has an audience) how slayers are the great evil after nazis (and I’m quoting here).

Part two: Fluffy stuffed demonic kitties. Literally. Nothing to say about it. Even with the gay squad there, not appealing enough.

Part 3: (The best—humor related— but still didn’t wow me) Buffy and Andrew goes to Italy and Andrew talks about Galactica and “fat Lee”, and that was hilarious.

All the nerdy talk and references were funny but that’s all.

Part 5: Faith I love you so much, girl. Best short story in this volume.

Part 6: it starts like those cra…

I loved my first Roan Parrish book: beautiful, deep and sexy. Characters and plot were a hit.

Riven by Roan Parrish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This is a sweet and natural love story between two intense and troubled men. Two musicians who know first hand that everything comes with a price. Because that’s what happens to Caleb and his additions and also the toll for Theo to pay with his aversion to fame. Very different in their problems and experiences but very close and similar in the core. The fears are not the same but both have them. Both are scared somehow about the thing they love the most: music.

Riven is a beautiful and an honest portrait of two men with flaws. Two men not ready for a world that shows them its real face in one way or another. This is about consequences, about finding a safe place, about the need of having an anchor even if you are clinging to an unsteady one, a scared one who needs the same from you.

Riven is also about balance and harmony. It’s full of metaphors to highlight, feels and music. Great quotes and passages. It has a lot of sexy moments t…

Jay Northcote’s new series starts with a sweet and very real couple and set a lovely place for future love stories. Eager for book two already!

Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet and sexy and very... I don’t know, real? It felt real. And natural. And honest. And cute. And yummy.

This is about an openly gay man who falls for a closeted case in a small town. That’s a trope I enjoy and even if not original in the premise it was great and honest in the execution and storytelling.

Seb, AKA, the gay one: Kind, with a great heart trying to help the queer community in a light but meaningful way. Just by opening a LGBT-friendly café in a beautiful but small Cornish town, he is trying to make a difference. A helpful little difference.
He has to deal with a lot of very real insecurities that made him a real character. A lovable one.

Jason, AKA, the closeted: Sexy, conflicted with very understandable fears, honest in this thoughts, still trying to deal with his sexuality. He’s a father of a teenager. He’s divorced from a woman (a nice I-want-more-characters-like-this ex wife, if I have to be more specific).

A …

Third installment in the Skins series by Garret Leigh and Simone tells us her thoughts in a beautiful and sincere review. Well done friend and well done author!

Believe by Garrett Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***4 - 4.5 Stars***
"You can't expect the world to accept you if you don't accept yourself."

Because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take...

Do you know that feeling? When you realize you are only riding shotgun in your own life. That what you thought made you happy is just an illusion. That you want more. That something's got to give.

Rhys Foster, air paramedic by day and party boy by night, a guy who would never say no to a quickie with some random stranger in his favorite gay sex club Lovato's, suddenly finds himself feeling discontent. Restless. Lonely. Everyone around him is in a loving relationship and all of a sudden he yearns for the same. Someone special. But growing up with a violent and abusive father who trampled all over his self-esteem and his own non-existing shyness when it comes to sexual experience - to put it mildly - makes him feel unworthy and no one in his …

Lily Morton has convinced me after some doubting at the beginning. Doubts unfounded, I liked it and I’m eager for book two—Standalone and promising—.

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

It’s incredible how our moods are able to interfiere our readings, or play with the way we perceive a book, because here’s the thing: I didn’t like the first 20% of this book. I felt completely disconnected to characters and plot and even the humor (the one I was told was snarky and fabulous) escaped me. But when I smelled the drama near, I became invested and started feeling it. When the rejection, unrequited love and the unreachable jerk character showed up, I was in, invested and wanting to keep going. And look! 3.5 stars! And that’s an almost 4 stars rating for a book a put on hold 3 times—3!!!!!— in two weeks.

This is a lovely assistant (not naive, not the stereotypical virgin we’re used in this kind of stories. Just lovely, warm and kind) who falls in love with the rich, orphan boss—with all the numbers to be traumatized by his past— allergic to love, relationships and tenderness.
I must said that even if my descripti…

The Order Universe is captivating, well done and full of romance, humor and good writing. You don’t want to miss that, do you?

Twenty-One Arrow Salute by Kasia Bacon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Kasia Bacon goes all New Adult on me and I just can’t stop my sighing. Good stuff.

*sighs a bit more*

So, yes NA greatness in The Order Universe and I loved it from the first sentence of the author’s note. I specially liked something Kasia said there, because it describes perfectly this book and its characters.

“You know that unique period when everything feels like a new challenge? When dramas resemble storms in a teacup, failures cut deep enough to gut, and every joy overwhelms?”

This is the story between Verhan Tūrryés and Hernan Seinnés and it’s kinda an elves sport romance with Verhan training Seinnés for the upcoming Twenty-One Arrow Salute, a very important festivity for our pointy ears guys.
Fantastically written as usual and full of sweet and humorous moments even with the typical short length of this series.

Verhan, the dark elf, Ervyn’s cousin. A huge discovery I must say. Terrific character. Super funny. Horn…

Dark, gritty and fabulous: that’s the third installment of geniuses KA Merikan’s Guns n’ Boys.

Guns n' Boys: Homicidal Instinct by K.A. Merikan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Obscurely funny and very, very thrilling.

A strange road trip. Two sexy and intense guys on the run. The perfectly imperfect couple formed by this funny and gritty killer called Domenico Acerbi and Seth— that lovely man with the wtf ideas, moods and tantrums—. A ride to shinny beaches that took an unfortunate turn to hell.

The Merikans and their dark comedy, their superb humor and the way they play their cards are something I don’t want to miss. I need them in my life. They are the juicy steak and wine after a week of Diet Coke and salads. That good and welcome.
And the beginning of this third installment couldn’t have been better: it catches up exactly where Guns n' Boys: He Is Mine ends and it starts with an amnesic Domenico and that gives the plot a new beginning vibe making everything better, more exciting, sexier, sadder... because these two are destined to be together and this book proves it.

This stor…