Monday was a holiday which should in theory make the week pass quickly but ... Not so it seems. Ugh. Long week and not a great one. Well, on the upside I got approval for my vacation in October so Yaoi-Con and blogger mayhem in San Francisco is a go; the apartment is paid for, we're good to go. Hopefully get tickets tomorrow.
On the downside. I got to my car after work yesterday and it had a flat flat tire. Ugh. There was a screw sticking out of it. I drive through a couple of construction zones in the morning so I presume that's where I picked it up. So that meant phoning a tow truck because I'm a girl and I don't know HOW to change a tire (I watched closely so do now LOL) and paying him money, then finding out that evening that they couldn't repair it and I couldn't get new ones then so having to go back this morning and buy TWO new tires since they couldn't really have just one new on the front. Grrrr. Oh well. What can you do? When I told the guy my tire was flat and I needed a new one he goes "Do you want us to install it?" Umm. No, I'll just take it in a bag to go. Do I LOOK like a mechanic? I don't think so. Put the damn things on. LOL Luckily cutie Ryan helped out which made the monetary outlay only slightly less painful. I would have needed significantly more personal attention from him to make it pain-free. ;-)
So anyway, whine whine whine, bitch bitch bitch. We won't even get started on the job stuff. :-)
Love Runes by Jay Lygon (162 pages)
Chaos Magic. Things have settle down a bit for Sam and Hector. Hector is going to therapy, Sam is trying to be good but they still have their moments. Hector buys Sam a motorcycle which causes some issues, as Sam's impulse control is pretty much non-existent. Eventually Hector finds out why Sam looks so young which involves giving away his power. He is needless to say, not impressed and after a blow-up Sam leaves and is convinced by his ex that maybe Hector is done with him. At the Beltane celebration it all comes to a head when Hector shows up and they find out the ex is not quite as reformed as you think leading to a show-down. Sam made me crazy. He was honest to god like a three year old. He just followed people blindly, you'd think he hadn't a brain in his head. LOL I felt for Hector, really I did. This one has some ouchy parts, yeah, hey Sam likes it ouchy. Not really my thing but it fits with who they are. I had to take a break through for some sugar after, but I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress in book 3.
Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane (185 pages)
Sebastian and Bella are best friends and are heading up to Spokane to go to university ... again. It will be Sebastian's second Ph.D. They are spending the summer with Bella's recently divorced older brother and his young son. Sebastian is immediately attracted to Asa and Asa returns the feelings and is very open about wanting more, but Sebastian has baggage and is determined to keep it superficial and go to school and not deal with grown-up issues despite how he feels and his connection with Bella's family. Okay, this was my sugar after the previous book. I chuckled out loud several times. Sebastian has a mouth that just won't quit and there is lots of very humorous interactions between Bella and Sebastian and Sebastian and ... well, most anyone. There is a bit of angst as the reason Asa has custody of his son and why Bella and Asa have a strained relationship, but on the whole, besides wanting to slap Sebastian upside the head toward the end, its a fun read when you are looking for something that leaves you feeling good.
Master Preston's Bright Bottom by Lee Benoit (35 pages)
I have read a few stories in different TQ anthologies about Dom Preston and his boy Paulo. While the master/boy thing is not usually my thing, I really have enjoyed these two. This is the story of how older retired Dom Preston and Paulo finally hook up. Paulo is desperate, but Preston's not looking for a newbie, however Paulo offers to do odd jobs and yard work for Preston when he hears he's busy and basically insinuates himself into his life until Preston relents. Apparently Preston and Paulo had a scene earlier at a club which got Paulo hooked on him, but that must have been in another book. I've only read scenes after they were together. I do enjoy visiting regulars in different anthologies but it can be a bit frustrating when you come at it from different angles, sometimes a story from 2 years into a relationship, followed by when they met, then forward in time, then back. Ack! It's a bit confusing. But I do like this particular couple.
Logan's Project by Chris Owen (17 pages)
This was previously published in Bend Over Big Boy. Logan is renovating a warehouse into apartments. One night later he goes to check out progress and runs into a demolition guy he refers to as Mr. Big. He's very attracted but Mr. Big basically avoids him. However being only two of them he can't very well avoid him and he agrees to go upstairs. Logan and his penis, which would set off the metal detector at the airport, come on to Mr. Big and hot smexin' occurs as Logan is definitely a top. It's just a little smexy interlude on a construction site and if you like it gritty and grubby it's the story for you.