Thursday, April 3, 2014

Motorcycle club crack: Cole by Megan O'Brien

Lately I have this new guilty pleasure: reading MC biker romance stories. It started with watching Sons of Anarchy of course, followed by reading some Kristen Ashley novels and from there on I lost control. I’ve now read quite a few different stories and bought even more.
My latest read in this genre is Cole by Megan O’Brien. It’s one that is far less gritty and much tamer than most of the MC stories so far.

The blurb:
For eight years I’d been content with my quiet life. I was safe in the bubble I’d built for myself. But I wasn’t really living.
Until one chance encounter changed it all.
Scarlet Malone has lived quietly for years hiding from her past. Aside from her best friend Kat she doesn’t allow herself to get close to anyone. Then Cole Jackson, Vice President of The Knights MC comes bursting into her life with his gorgeous eyes and fierce determination to have her in his bed and his life.
Scarlet’s letting her walls down for the first time in her life. Could Cole really be her happily ever after?
When Scarlet’s past becomes their present will she run to protect those she loves? Or can she trust in Cole to protect her life and her heart?

I did enjoy this novel, although it did have some serious flaws too. For me the most important minus was that it couldn’t hold my attention throughout the whole narrative due to some dips in pacing and the suspense arc. The suspense consists of an ex boyfriend causing some serious trouble for the heroine, Scarlet. A few weak attempts are made to hurt her, which lacked some real suspense in my opinion. This arc was alternated with the romantic development between Scarlet and Cole, which had its moments. And then there were periods that nothing much happened at all. Overall, there were too many parts in the novel without any tension of some sort at all.

Another minus is that Scarlet is the sole narrator and has as such the habit of summarizing the story with phrases like "the next couple of weeks nothing much happened" or "A few quiet days followed after this or that incident". I find this kind of storytelling annoying when it happens too often. Especially towards the end it occurred more frequently.

Furthermore, a few twists and turns in the plot made me raise my eyebrows a couple of times, because I’m not a big fan of insta-love or of lust burning so hot it makes the use of condoms superfluous (with its obvious consequences), or of TSTL actions from the heroine.

What I did like most was the hero’s growly, possessive alpha goodness I’m afraid. I never would tolerate that kind of behavior from my lover (of course) but it makes me weak in the knees when a fictional man acts like a big commanding alpha biker. Cole is sexy like that and yet he has a kind heart. Although I must say that he stays a bit two dimensional perhaps, he is a hero to fall in lust with nonetheless. I hope to see more of him and Scarlet in the second book in this series, which will be about Kat and Sal, both friends from the heroine and hero of this first installment.

Overall, this was not a bad read. 3 stars

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Freshly Found M/M Author: Darien Cox

I've been struggling with my love for m/m books for a while now, and have been reading more m/f romance for that reason too, but every now and then I try another m/m book again. Hoping to find what I loved about the genre once more. Last week I tried a book from a completely unknown author to me: Guys on Top by Darien Cox. It was discussed by Amy and Jen at Fiction Vixen and it piqued my interest because of the ménage that's not a ménage premise.
Reading this book accomplished what not many m/m books could lately: I couldn't put it down!

Doug Crandall’s perfect suburban life imploded after his boyfriend’s betrayal and a subsequent lawsuit left him personally and financially devastated. A year later, with a new place in the city and a fresh outlook, he’s back on his feet and ready to start over. Eager to lose his cynicism and heal his battered heart, he immerses himself in the local social scene, which includes a pair of charismatic men engaged in an open relationship. As Doug finds himself becoming emotionally and sexually entangled in their lives, he’s forced to reevaluate his views on fidelity, betrayal, love, and the often calamitous price of happiness.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Sign of Life

It's been quite a while since my last blog post. The reason is that I was sort of suffering from a blogger burn out. It had become quite difficult to keep up with my reading and review obligations. At first it was mostly because of an increase of other activities in my personal life: I not only work full time but I also decided last year to go back to school. I’m studying Communication and Multimedia Design, and it’s been putting quite a strain on my spare time, as you can imagine. While I didn’t want my social life to suffer too much from all that, there was nearly no time left to read and write reviews.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lis’ Review of Wild Magic by Poppy Dennison

Poppy Dennison
Wild Magic (Triad, #4)
Dreamspinner Press, September 25, 2013 | 108 pages

Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here

Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review of All In with the Duke by Ava March

Ava March
All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1)
Carina Press | November 11th 2013 | 81,000 words

Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here

London, 1822

Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
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