by S.L. Armstrong had a great cover and interesting summary, but the actual story was short and flat. There's not enough spark and conflict between the MCs, which made the story boring.
I liked the first book in A Medium and an Extra Large
series by Shannon West & Selena Cooper
in spite of the instant love between the MCs, but I hated the second book, Tempest
! The characters behaved erratically, the female friend of the gay MC became annoying, the story also featured MF romance, and, worst of all, there was graphic MF sex scene in the story! WTF?! If I want to read MF graphic sex scene, I'll read MF romance, not MM! I very much regret buying this book and I won't buy any book from these authors again.Most of my friends loved this book, so I tried reading Resistance by L.M. Turner.
And... I didn't like it at all. I couldn't feel the angst because I felt like Ryan was bulldozed and/or manipulated into realizing and admitting, even to himself, that he felt something for Jayden. Jayden also went hot and cold repeatedly, which I thought was distasfeful and didn't endear him to me. But, the thing I hated the most in this book was the meddling and obnoxious friends of Ryan, especially the stupid, ungrateful bitch Olivia.After reading a couple of pages of Mending Him by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon, I decided not to read it because it's not my kind of story.
I didn't remember much about the previous books in the series, but I devoured Holmes & Moriarity 3: The Boy with the Painful Tattoo
by Josh Lanyon and I fell in love with the MCs, especially Kit. I won't say much about the mystery since I think it's not the main attraction of this story. The best thing in this story is the excellent characterization of Kit and J.X and their interactions with each other. It's very realistic and spot-on, and I totally could empathize with Kit. The character growth was clearly visible and it's not because the author forcefully pushed it to your face; it's something beliavable, something that I could see happening to myself. Also, if you're a fan of Adrien and Jake from Adrien English Mysteries
, you can catch up with them in this book.
Finally finished The Gaslight Mysteries 3: To the Bone
by Erin O'Quinn. I took a long time to read this because I got annoyed by so many erotic purple passages littering this supposed mystery. But, yes, there's mystery to be solved in this book and also, secrets were revealed. Honestly, after the first two books, I've had enough with the erotica and I only read this for the mystery.Whitedell Pride 1: Jamie
by Catherine Lievens was another book in shifter & their mate trope. What made this book quite acceptable was the fact that the author made an effort to justify the mating. And, I guess, having mad scientist for the conflict was slightly better than homophobic pride and/or pride politics and hierarchy.Another Place in Time
Anthology was a collection of historical short stories by six well-known authors. All the stories were technically good, but the ones I enjoyed were Introducing Mr. Winterbourne
by Joanna Chambers and Whyborne & Griffin 3.4: Carousel
by Jordan L. Hawk. Office Romance by Tamara Allen, Unfair in Love and War by Kaje Harper, and Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov were too dull and depressing to my taste. And I was nonplussed by The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by KJ Charles; I could only think it as plotty foreplay. Everything I Know
by Josh Lanyon didn't feel like it's written by Josh Lanyon, maybe because the setting of the story, which was very different than the usual setting for Lanyon's books. While this was a nice enough read, the very mature feel (as in the having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult
way, not in the NC-17 way) of this story and the fact that this story dealt with kids were a bit turnoff for me.
Okay, that's enough for now. I actually have 4 books and 1 series that I've read, but their review will have to wait.