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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another week, almost gone

Wow, February is almost over. How did that happen? It's crazy. Our weather has also been crazy. -20, +10, -15, snow, rain. Arrgghh. Pick a freaking season mother nature and stick with it. Oh well. Otherwise nothing too exciting going on in our neck of the woods, which given the horrible earthquake in New Zealand and the horrible things happening in Libya, I'm content to have a boring life.

For Love of War by Kiernan Kelly (116 pages)
Dreamspinner Press

This is the story of the God of War, Ares, who is tasked to kill a supposed half-breed Dion, by Zeus. However he quickly falls for Dion's charms and realizes he's no half-breed, but Zeus' son with Aphrodite and the only reason he wants him killed is because Hera will kick Zeus' ass if she finds out he sired a child. Ares soon realizes not only will Zeus be after them, but he might finally get the chance to have a good old knock out drag down war for a change. However when he's captured Dion, despite not really having a grip on his powers yet, rides to the rescue with the help of the Fates. I really enjoyed this and being a fan of Greek myths it was great fun to see the gods adjusting to life in modern days. There was lots of the author's humor and Dion's innocence and wonder at finding out he's a god at 21 was cute. Anyone who likes myths will love this I think. Great read.

Toy Box: Twins by Sean Michael, Chris Owen and BA Tortuga (53 pages)
Torquere Press

Three stories about twins. :-)

The Celebration: A Center Story by Sean Michael- This is a little slice from the Centre books where the three celebrate Grey's 5 years cancer free. I really find these guys too much. "I love you my Raine." "Touch our Grey my beloved." OMG, who thinks, talks like that? I never did finish the first book I'm afraid to say but I know some people love it.

Succulents by Chris Owen - Gil and Wayne run a landscaping business. Usually Gil does the books but he's been roped into helping outside at a client's. It seems that Gil is the more reluctant of the duo in their relationship, but after tripping and falling in the pool Wayne manages to convince Gil to get funky in the backyard despite Gil's natural reserve. I like this story of very opposite characters, twins who were very different.

The Good Twin by BA Tortuga - Mark and Luke got caught fooling around years ago, so Mark left, however has not had a great life taking on the role of the "bad" twin with Luke having a steady job, house, etc. When Mark catches his boyfriend with another guy he punches them and ends up calling Luke to bail him out. He wants Luke but is willing to leave so as not to destroy Luke's life. However Luke has come to the conclusion that he can't live without Mark and they decide to run off and start over somewhere new. It was one of the few twincest stories I've read where the couple is caught by others and censured for it. Usually it's never discovered.

Not the best twins stories. I was kind of hoping Jamie, Gent and Paul from Gemini would be the Chris Owen story, but they were okay for fans of the sub-genre. I know not everyone's cup of tea.

The Dance of Love by Vic Winter (77 pages)
Torquere Press

Brian is madly in love with Ricky, but he thinks he'd like more. Something a bit more kinky but Ricky seems to think that they wear eye-liner on the weekend is kinky, but he's so in love he is content to accept it. He would really like to get Ricky to move in with him even though he more or less lives there as well. When Brian's best friend hooks up with a big bear in a D/s relationship, suddenly Ricky is getting a bit more kinky and Brian's loving it, but afraid to talk about it for fear of it stopping. This is written in present tense which is sometimes a bit odd, but I thought it worked pretty well here and Brian's perspective was very clear as it's all told from first person POV. There were a few niggling questions. At Lucas and Bob's commitment ceremony Ricky makes a comment thanking Bob for the helpful hints which I guess explained the increase in kink (which was very tame by Bob and Lucas standards). But it was a sweet story about two guys totally head over heals in love with each other.

21 comments:

Chris said...

Hmm. Pretty sure the niggle on the third one would annoy me... I've heard good stuff about the first...

Yeah, our weather's nuts, too. Yesterday nearly 40F, tomorrow maybe 9F...

Tam said...

At first it didn't bother me because I thought maybe he'd just finally listened to the hints that Brian was throwing out, but suddenly it seemed like him and Bob had a good friendship discussing kink and I'm like "Huh? When did this happen?" But I enjoyed it.

You should definitely read the first Chris. I really enjoyed it.

I'm a bit fed up with winter. Spring can come anytime now.

wren boudreau said...

Re: The hottie. He's wearing sneakers? I can't get my eyes to go that low.

Weather here is goofy, too. Can't make up its mind.

I've got the first book on my tbr. Looking forward to it.

Tam said...

You and my friend Polt Wren. *shakes head* Poor boy could be footless and you guys would never notice. :-)

I think it's goofy everywhere. Enough goofiness, it's only amusing for about the first 20 min.

I think you'll enjoy the first one. It's really well done even for people who may not be into Greek myths.

Patti (Book Addict) said...

*hands over my eyes as I scroll past twins*

LOL, I didn't notice the sneakers were pink until my third look ;)

Tam said...

Sigh. You girls are naught naughty things. :-)

Val said...

I'm glad you liked For Love of War. That was a fun one. And the weather here? It's been close to 65F (18.3 C) out here -- people are playing golf in tee shirts. Just thought I'd gloat. :)

Tam said...

I hate you. :-P Sigh. Spring is coming, spring is coming, I keep telling myself that, therefore it must be true.

It was a fun read for sure.

Lily said...

I really enjoyed For Love of War. Very entertaining! The other two are in my TBR for someday.

And the pink sneakers? Definitely not the first thing I noticed. ;)

wren boudreau said...

I see that most of us have tunnel vision.

Tam said...

I did enjoy it Lily. The others are okay.

Sigh. You guys. Not that he doesn't have a nice ... leg. :-D

Janna said...

Ow twincest. Don't think this will end up on my tbr very soon. ;) That Gemini you mentioned is actually on my ereader. Kris made me buy it a long time ago. I still haven't touched it...

Tam said...

Aw sweetie. But Gemini has fisting. Oh wait, did I just cause you to lower it down the list further? LOL It's not for everyone and I wasn't sure myself but hey, to each his own kink. :-)

Janna said...

*g* Fisting isn't one of my 'kinks' exactly but... I've read one or two before and they don't scare me. :)

Tam said...

I'm the same Janna. Doesn't really get me excited but I don't have to close my eyes for that part. :-)

K. Z. Snow said...

The hottie needs more ass. I keep offering ass-deficient people some of mine, since I have plenty to spare, but so far no takers. *sigh*

Tam said...

Maybe it's the angle KZ. I adore his thigh though. Just right. I'm not into tree-trunk thighs. How can you walk with those? You know how they have breast milk banks, blood banks, they should have somewhere you can donate your fat for skinny bitches who want bigger parts through plastic surgery can use it. Yeah, that's my brilliant idea. I'll be first in line to donate.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

*skimming* I am totally into tree-trunk thighs! Oh, wait... what r u talking about? Where are the sneakers?!

See what happens when I don't pay attention...

Tam said...

You missed sneaker boy. We now have "caught taking his pants off" boy.

I think it was Mandi had a guy on her blog who had tree trunk thighs. Not my thing.

Tracy said...

Twin stories never do it for me for some reason.
The weather here is odd too. Literally freezing in the AM's and then 70 by afternoon. Freaky.

Tam said...

It's not everyone's thing Tracy and these were not the best I've read.

It's been a crazy winter in general I think.