Saturday, 29 April 2017

Beyond The Friend Zone

Author: Multiple
Genre: Short Stories/Romance/Drama
Book Rating: 7
Personal Rating: 7

This book was almost amazing.  Like I wanted to fall madly in love with it but ultimately couldn't. Two stories didn't quite stick to the theme, and others had awkward plot devices.  Each story gets a review, so this is going to be long and may contain plot spoilers.

Mechanics of Love

This could've been a five.  The chemistry between the leads Nora and Olly was good.  The story moved at a decent pace.  But the ending.  Didn't even read it.  The moment it was like yes the big payoff has arrived.  Then... Drama, a fight for no reason, and so on.

The Mutt

Author: Kasia Bacon
Genre: Short Stories/MM/Romance
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7

This was a short fun read.  Set up was good.  Dark brooding object of desire.  Unrequited love.  All the makings of steamy awesomeness.  The ending was good too.  The characters were easy to understand and follow.  Only thing is that it just didn't leap off the pages.  It felt like closer to the end it just sorta ended.  It didn't have enough info to read like a good short story.  Maybe five or so more pages in the middle.  I just didn't quite connect with the object of desire in this book or fall in line with the relationship that begun.  Basically, there wasn't enough begin with it.  It just sorta happened and I didn't have enough time to get on board and invested in the romance.  Even though I knew it was coming.  There was no yeah! and awww, and when's the next kiss.  They just didn't have enough time together to set me up for how this will pan out in the next instalment.  Especially with a pretty perfect ending/cliffhanger to the short.  Other than that, this is a light and entertaining read and if you want to kill an hour or two of your time, and actually enjoy said time, I recommend this book,

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Everybody has a story.... These are ours


Author: Audrey N Lewis
Genre: Short Stories/Anthologies 
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 7

This was not what I was expecting and that's what makes it awesome.  It was very well written.  And mostly, it felt real. Without all the extras that people fluff their stories up with these days.  These are the types of tales that stick with you long after you'ver read the last line.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Master

Author: Catherine Taylor
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Erotica
Book Rating: 10
Personal Rating: 10

I honestly couldn't could this book down.  Action, suspense, steam, fight scenes muscles.  Oh, and the writing was good too.  If I could pull Jahn right out of this book I would but alas fantasising over fictional characters gets you nowhere in life.

At first, I was a little annoyed.  Damsel in distress, man comes to save her, erotic scenes to tease the pallet.  All well written but typical fair for this type of genre.  But as the plot thickens you start to realise the wonder that is Master.  Everything fell into place just at the right moments.  The motives that drove the characters were relatable.  The characters themselves lovable and the writing excellent.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Pauper

Author: Jack McDonald Burnett
Genre: SciFi, Action, Adventure
Book Rating: 7
Personal Rating: 7

This one was hard to write I actually enjoyed reading it for a while thought it would be a five out of five.  But somewhere around the middle, I realised it was more that I was thinking about what could happen versus what was actually happening.  The story hit one note and sort of hung there with the promise of something big happening and then it didn't.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Pangaea: Unsettled Land



Author: Jarrod D. King
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Suspense/Romance/GLBT
Book Rating: 7.5
Personal Rating: 8

There are a lot of things that make this book awesome.  Plot moves at a fairly decent pace, splashes of humour, a love triangle (who doesn't love those.) and evil villains you can't help but love.  But what really stands out is the opening sequence.  The first few paragraphs are what tells a reader if they should even bother with a book.  This first section was literally only a few paragraphs,, and it definitely won on all accounts.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Calhoun: Sacrifice

Author: Joe Mansour
Genre: Action Thriller Suspense
Book Rating: 5
Personal Rating: 4

It's been a while since I really didn't like a book.  But here I am again.  This book started of with a fairly decent opening sequence.  It seemed like it was going somewhere and then...  It just didn't move anywhere.  And the lead character I just couldn't sympathise with.  He was just annoying on all accounts.  I just didn't like him.  And even more so that his parents are from my home country.  That's about the only win I'm giving this book.