I've had a couple of duds in the last few days I will discuss later. Work is ultra-boring, I'd rather be at home most days, spring is coming (lots of sunshine) but I'm still feeling blahbitty blah. What's up with that. Sigh.
On an up note, Wren is back from traipsing around the Caribbean in her bikini drinking rum punch and ogling hot men. She has done another smokin' installment of Handcuffed Hottie in the Hood so go and read. That will perk you up on a Thursday.
Love is Blindness by Sean Michael (58 pages)
Kieran is a literature prof and one night at a poetry slam he sees a hot gothy guy. The guy sits with him and turns out Lucien is blind. Within minutes they are headed back to Kieran's place where they have unsafe sex. Not only does Lucien bite him and therefore tastes his blood but he convinces Kieran (who is high) to bareback. Lucien has decided that Kerian is THE ONE. A couple of days later Kieran is back at the cafe hoping to see Lucien who shows up with his posse of lesbian (?) goth girls. He and Kieran head back and Lucien reveals he's a vampire and wants Kieran to join him. For about 25 seconds Kieran thinks he's got mental issues but more or less decides to go with the flow and becomes a vampire. Umm. Okay. I know it's a short story but sheesh Kieran. What's the hurry? It's essentially a couple of long sex scenes and they are very sensual since Lucien is blind, lots of emphasis on touch and taste and sound . It was what it was. A short erotic read with an emphasis on a third nipple. 0_0 (This one of the good cause books from ARe.)
Love Means ... Courage by Andrew Grey (242 pages)
This is the prequel to Love Means ... No Shame which I enjoyed. It's the story of Geoff's Dads Len and Cliff who attended high school together. They nearly share a kiss once but after graduation go their separate ways, Len to college and Cliff running the family farm. Cliff ends up marrying Ruby, Len's best friend and have a child Geoff (of the other book). Ruby is killed in a car crash with Cliff's Dad and a year later things are not going well on the farm and Len has now become friends with Cliff's sister Janelle. When Len loses his job she proposes he work for Cliff. He more or less takes over running the farm and gives Cliff the kick in the ass he needs to get his shit together. Things start improving and Cliff admits he's always liked guys, including Len. They start a relationship in secret and while most people figure it out and are fine with it Janelle, whom Len has only ever thought of as a friend (boys are so dumb), thinks Len is her man and when she finds them in bed together decides to start trouble. The "courage" part comes in with standing up for who you are and not hiding. I really did enjoy this one and I know some people said it was their fave of the three. Not sure which was my fave, they all had things I enjoyed. It was set in 1984 so there were lots of references to music and pop culture that set the period although I tried not to visualize the guys in high waist jeans. LOL I think it was well done and dealing with the little guy was pretty well handled and is that not the cutest picture on the cover of that little guy in the hat? I'm so glad he's not mine. :-) Adorable but BTDT. Also dealing with trying to have a relationship with a toddler was interesting. At least they didn't ignore the fact like they do in some books or have a mysterious nanny who raises the kid. So I think all three books are definitely worth reading. No huge conflicts with serial killers, aliens or war, just relationship stuff that most people deal with.
Now for the books I had trouble with:
Stuck on You - Anthology (206 pages)
These are supposed to be stories about guys "who just can't seem to keep their hands off each other and whose lives become emeshed (sic) and entwined in hot, romantic ways." The first story was by JM Snyder and I enjoyed it although I think it could have been much longer and more enjoyable but hey, it's an anthology. I get it. The next one? Ummm. No. It didn't appear to fit the theme and I didn't care for the writing style at all. Seemed very unprofessional. The next? A martial arts instructor and his student he's been lusting over have sex in his office. The end. Ooookay. Next a guy meets the new guy at work when they have to clean up a spill in aisle 5 and they have sex in the bathroom 20 min. later. WTF? That's stuck on someone? To me that means maybe you dated, you break up, you get back together, can't stay away. Not "Hi, my name is Jim, let's fuck. Wanna go on a date now?" Sigh. So it's obviously a book of erotica more than romance and as far as I can tell a majority of the stories do not fit what I thought I was getting which is not their fault, perhaps it's my interpretation of the blurb. Lots of authors I've never read so if you want to try something a bit less in the romance genre (at least what I read) it might be worth it. Plus it has Second Chance by Selene Kitt which I had already read. It will be a DNF for me. Although maybe someday I'll open it again and check out the other stories. Who knows.
Ryland's Sacrifice by Kim Dare (100 pages)
As a general rule I enjoy Kim Dare's work and I like shifters so hey it should be good for me. I got to page 51 and if it had been paper I would have thrown it. Rather than explain in three sentences what had happened, Ryland comes up with some cockamamie plan (I didn't even get as far as the whole plan) to "fix" it and you just KNOW it's going to end badly. I did slam the lid down on my netbook in disgust and go watch a friend's video of him opening his birthday gifts. Much more satisfying. Sigh. Now Lily tells me it ends without Ryland having to be rescued so I will likely go back and skim the parts that make me crazy and see how it ends but I was kind of stunned by my strong reaction to be honest. I can usually go with the flow with most books and it takes a lot to make be stop cold half way like that. So I'm sure you'll see how I felt soon enough because I'm compelled to see if Ryland can redeem himself. Stupid boys are not sexy.