Hi everyone,


So.. clueless about how to navigate this new site. But since many of my friends and people I follow migrated from Goodreads, I couldn't let them go. I owe more than half my reading list to their suggestions.


So here I am. Hope I won't flood the news feed for those I'll be following or who will follow me. I expect I have a couple of rough weeks ahead of me while I figure out the ins and outs of this place as well as hunt down.. I mean locate my favorite authors and friends.


Still hoping that I'll be able to use my Goodreads account but if not... best of luck to all of us that moved on. I'm off to pray to whomever that my book list is imported correctly.


Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned  - Patricia Briggs

I'd give this 4.5 stars because halfway through the story it got a bit dull for some reason and I lost some interest in the book and characters. But then the action picked up and I remembered why I enjoy this series so much.


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Bright Mouths by Shukyou

Bright Mouths - Shukyou

What an amazing read!


I enjoyed every moment of it. I had a bit of trouble at first in understanding the background but after that, the characters just pulled me in. I was fascinated!



I was on the edge of my seat through the whole story. At first, by the demon introduction. Then by the ways Tenzjin might hurt Mot since the young man seemed to fragile and sensitive to everything. Then the awful possibility that Mot might indeed be a demon. And the climax scene where there seemed to be only 2 choices, both dreadful: either Tenzjin would discover that his fears were unfounded but would hurt Mot badly or that Tenzjin would prove Mot to actually be a demon and have to kill him.


Shukyou did an amazing job in creating the suspense throughout the story and inserting little tidbits that only heightened the mystery and left me wondering what was real and what wasn't. I too felt the hairs on the back of my head stand when Tenzjin discovered the description of the "blood anger demons". Again when he learnt about Ngamotzjang, the death god. And the ritual...I felt that if Tenzjin had finished that ritual things would have ended badly no matter the outcome.


I just loved this story, for its style, the open-ended finale, the mystery sprinkled from start to finish for the wonderful way in which various elements were given a dual nature and could be either taken as a source of supernatural or explained by rationale. Wonderful!

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Six Sundays in July by Shukyou

Six Sundays - Shukyou

Ok, that surprised me. Had to re-read the first few paragraphs once I understood that 

the main character telling the story was a girl. It's been a while since I read one of those stories.

Yet, despite the change in pov,

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 it was an interesting read. The story telling made me feel like I was truly in those periods, having to fight for my rights and the chance at equality with everyone else.

I liked the intricacy of the relationships, the fight against presupposition that you are bound to the decisions and lifestyles you have chosen. And the strength to carry on and reach for whatever makes you happy despite harsh judgments from those around you. Don't want to give too much away. Read and decide for yourself if it was worth the read.

The Sticks by JF Smith

The Sticks - J.F.  Smith

Touching story about the hardships of life and how to move past them.

Each period of our life has a certain degree of hardship and bad times. And it is ourselves that must find the strength to carry on, it is us that must discover the good things and hold on to them until "this too shall pass".

A lovely story, despite the sombre subject.

Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

Nothing Serious - Jay Northcote

A cute but ordinary coming out, romance story. I neither loved, not disliked the characters. They brought a smile to my face but I doubt I'll remember much about them in a year's time.


Mark has just come to terms with his sexuality and luckily stumbles upon a hot gay man while moving out from his girlfriend's apartment. He has trouble navigating the gay dating ritual but eventually finds the courage to confess his love and save his virginity as present.


Jamie suffers from dyslexia and is still living with his parents while attending school. He seizes the opportunity to help Mark discover the pleasures of gay sex and unknowingly falls in love.


The book focused mainly on the pair's games in the bedroom, with little room for development for the other characters, other than a perfunctory overview to fill in the background. The last 1/4 of the book had some angsty moments while each character realised they were in love but afraid it was unreciprocated.


The book is perfect for those unfamiliar with m/m romance and have a romantic side they like to indulge in. It wasn't something that caught my interest but it was pleasant enough to keep me to the end.


Memory Kick by C.M. Torrens

Memory Kick - C.M. Torrens

I don't hate the book. I simply could not find one thing to make it worth my while for having read this. So it gets 1 star.

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I Spy Something Christmas by Josh Lanyon

I Spy Something Christmas - Josh Lanyon


Can I say just one thing first? The killer was a complete surprise and totally out of the blue. I mean, after 3/4 of the book of Mark insisting his past had nothing to do with the shooting, we find out it actually does. And it was something so far back even Mark had trouble remembering. I found it a bit annoying to be chasing around town for supposed killers.


I was also a bit fed up with Stephen and Mark to be honest. It took 3 books for Mark to finally realise any argument he had with Stephen was not an automatic break-up. And Stephen always seemed to play the part of the wounded party, understanding and caring and unappreciated by Mark. The former spy did have a tendency to keep to himself, hide things or downplay them but Stephen wasn't all that great at communicating and sharing either.


So yeah, for some reason, I've had enough of them. They always have to hash things out, create this tension between them when I wanted them together against the world. They make a nice pair but don't think I'm interested in reading more about Mark and Stephen. I hope this is the end and they live their happily ever after.

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I Spy Something Wicked by Josh Lanyon

I Spy Something Wicked (I Spy, #2) - Josh Lanyon

Strange little story. I liked it (enough for 3 stars) but it kind of left me wondering, both regarding the emotional level and status of things between the pair.

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I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon

I Spy Something Bloody - Josh Lanyon

Quite enjoyed this. The emotional charge throughout the story was intense and I was rooting for Mark to get his second chance. And just when things looked hopeless, there was a sudden twist in the plot, keeping me hooked till the very last line. Josh Lanyon knows how to write good action books. 3.5 towards 4 stars.

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Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson

Gaudete - Amy Rae Durreson

A short story about 2 young boys meeting after more than a decade and finally getting a chance at love.

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No Beginning, No End by Richard Rider

No Beginning, No End (Stockholm Syndrome, #3) - Richard Rider

What an incredible story! I fell in love with Pip/Valentine and Lindsay. 4.5 stars well deserved.


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17 Black and 29 Red by Richard Rider

17 Black and 29 Red (Stockholm Syndrome, #2) - Richard Rider

The main reason why I dropped the rating on the second installment in the series is because I felt Valentine and Lindsay were selfish.

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Stockholm Syndrome by Richard Rider

Stockholm Syndrome (Stockholm Syndrome, #1) - Richard Rider

What a journey! I was so attached to Lindsay and Pip that I immediately jumped to the next volume then forced myself to stop so I could write this review only from the first novel's pov.


They are amazing characters. The book starts innocently enough. I kept looking out for poor Pip to develop Stockholm syndrome. But the story goes beyond that. Both Pip and Lindsay are complex characters with faults and qualities. And though they have a hard time verbalising their feelings, they are undoubtedly there. You can see them in the way they understand each other, can translate a breath, a gesture, a twitch of a muscle. The pair is in-sync without ever really understanding just how much. And perhaps because of that deep bond, they are able to hurt each other the most. Both are far from innocent and even in the world they build for themselves, there are obstacles to overcome. Lindsay and Valentine experience the whole range of emotions and through them, so does the reader.


It proved an intense reading and I can't wait to discover what fate has in store for them yet. 4.5 stars


Sixty Five Hours by N. R. Walker

Sixty Five Hours - N.R. Walker


Halfway in the story and I would have rated this 3 stars. Then I read the other half of the story, which consisted of sex upon sex upon sex. And fairy tale perfect ending for everyone: Cam and Luc are accepted by family and friends, they win some impressive worldwide contest and their advertising firm makes millions. The only angst was in the 1/3 of the book when the 2 MC are paired to prepare their pitch and characters collide. That part I liked with witty dialogue and amusing scenes. Afterwards, it was smooth sailing.


I could have imagined that ending all on my own. I didn't need 70 pages of rambling to know the MCs will end up together, happily ever after.

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Alpha Male by David Buffet

Alpha Male - David Buffet

Well, this took forever!


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Playing with Food by K.A. Merikan

Playing with Food - K.A. Merikan

I was kind of reticent in starting this. I mean, the first line was "When the mermaid’s skin turned a dark golden hue, the kitchen staff moved the spit roast away from the fire and placed her grotesquely contorted body on a metal stand at the main table." and I was already envisioning scary, torturous scenes where the main character barely escapes with his life... or not. The actual story wasn't that scary (thank God).


But it was very original. Each character with a unique set of traits and physical elements. And I really could envision that Llawan was a merman with every tiny, seemingly insignificant detail added in the story, twitch of a fin, glide of the body through the water, breathing the air without the comfort of water. The plot itself was a mix between seduction and horror and yet, just like Llawan, I found myself wanting to read more about the pair, discover what else is in store for them.


Recommended for original story and characters and interesting play on impressions.

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