Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Dyslexic Alphabet Challenge ... F K L M
When last we left Gaige, Kieran and the Draegans (Do I sound like one of those hosts of the serial TV shows from the 50's?), Keiran had just been captured by Death and Gaige was freaking and doing his best as the remaining leader to move the Draegans and humans to a safe place while trying to get Keiran back. While rescuing Jax, who tried to kill them a bit ago, from the evil sorcerer, Gaige comes into his own powers and with the help of his Grandmother is able to determine Keiran's location and eventually get him back. There is lots of action and intrigue in this, which is book 3 in the series. I've had it forever but didn't read it, I think in part because I knew it's not the end. There will be another book because they still have to defeat the evil sorcerer and Death isn't dead, just slowed down. While there was romance, it's a bit different since much of the book they are apart or only together in a dream world (which doesn't preclude sex lucky for them). For fans of the series a must read and if you like dragons and fantasy and intrigue and romance, it's an excellent series to pick up. You really need to start at book 1 though to fully enjoy this. I'm looking forward to the big show-down with Gaige's ex-boss, the evil sorcerer.
Ryuichi is a samurai who left his master because he was unworthy, however that's a no-no and now no one will hire him and just as he's about to commit suicide at the foot of Mount Fuji, Kaji a kitsune (fox shifter) speaks to him. He promises Ryuichi a good job with his master if he will marry him. Ryuichi heard that kitsune women were hot so agrees and they marry. However that night he's in for a bit of a surprise. Kaji is a guy. Eeek. However after a minor freak-out he is all about honour and commits to being a good husband. After a few years he has risen to a high rank and he notices one of the other guards flirting when Kaji. When he catches them having sex he finally realizes that he loves him and is devastated. Can they fix it up? This was a very cute story and I'm not sure how to describe it, but it just has a feel of a fairy tale or something about the language usage that gives you a whole other vibe. It's very cool how it didn't feel like contemporary language I guess would be the way to describe it. Hard to say, but I really liked the theme of not just doing your duty and being a good husband, but giving your heart fully.
This is book 3 in the Coda series. Everything's going along fine when Angelo runs into Jared's ex, Cole, at a party. A bit to Angelo's surprise, Zach gives him the a-okay to get together with him, which causes a huge rift with Jared who doesn't agree. However some time later the 4 guys decide to go to Vegas for the weekend and run into Zach's ex Jonathan (of Strawberries for Dessert) and when Angelo does the whole flirty thing on the dance floor with strangers, both Jonathan and Jared kind of freak and everything blows up with Zach and Angelo having a fight. Can all of them work it out and be friends again? I've had this for a long time and when it came out there was lots of moaning about Angelo being unfaithful and at that time I wasn't sure I wanted to read it. I have to say in the last year however my horizons have expanded amazingly wide (thank you m/m) and the whole concept of an open relationship doesn't phase me now. As long as both are on-side with it, I'm good with it. So I'm glad I finally dug in and read it and it was sexy and angsty and all good things and I'm looking forward to the whole damn gang in Paris next.
Riley of the foul mouth is back. One evening a young man on a motorcycle pulling a trailer crashes into his truck. He rescues Kelly and his huge dog and realizes Kelly is the new downstairs tenant who is usually the resident of his uncle's latest boy toy. He's not thrilled but he likes Kelly and they quickly become friends, although some misunderstanding of who the uncle really is leads to an argument and a kiss which throws Riley off since he finds himself attracted to Kelly. When Riley talks to Jeremy he suggest hitting the gay bar again to decide if he likes guys in general or just Kelly. Although after Kelly picks someone up Riley is pissed, however once he decides to go for Kelly and they have sex, Kelly freaks because his ex was married with a baby on the way and he figures Riley is just walking on the wild side. This is GFY although I'm starting to wonder if Riley just didn't have an Asian gay fetish, but I loved how completely honest he was with Jeremy (to his chagrin) in talking about his attraction and being gay and how it all worked. Rather refreshing and I was just happy to see Riley again because he is so rude and obnoxious and totally likable. You don't need to read the other books in the series, Margarita Mondays (when you meet Riley) or Making Lemonade which is more of a stand-alone, but it helps to put them all in perspective and definitely worth a read. I'm curious to see whose story is next as I understand there is more and I'd love to read more about the "twinkies-three". (Yes, I'm a perv.)