So I read the book as chosen by the masses. Didn't do much else yesterday. That vicious pain in my shoulder blade is still there. Argghh. I am leaving town tomorrow for work so won't have a chance to go to the doctor if this doesn't get better. I'm going to go and get some Robaxicet or some kind of back pain meds to see if it helps. I have a ton of stuff to do today too in order to get ready and get my daughter ready as she's staying with a friend for the two nights I'm away. Sigh.
On the upside, KZ made me this. Is she not amazing? I have to get it up on the site somewhere.
Windows in Time by M. Jules Aedin (225 pages)
After breaking his leg falling down the stairs, Jonah needs help so is sister arranges for a nurse she works with to help him out while she's out of town. Nurse Liam turns out to be a hot younger guy. Meanwhile Jonah discovers a ghost in the window across from his apartment and the two of them go about figuring out who he is. The book then splits off with one chapter in present day with Liam and Jonah and one chapter about Buck and Oliver (the ghost and his lover). They are set 50 years ago, where Oliver, a cross dresser and Buck meet up (Oliver lived in Jonah's apartment) and follows their relationship to their death while Jonah and Liam figure out the crime and work on their own relationship which is erratic at best.
So did I like it? I did. Did I love it? Umm. No. Why? I really have zero interest in historicals set in the "golden age of Hollywood". The time period just doesn't grab me and I really don't get the whole crossdressing thing. I don't find it hot. *shrug* Different strokes. So I found myself kind of zipping through those chapters to get back to Jonah and Liam. Also you know that Buck and Oliver end badly (otherwise they wouldn't be ghosts) so it's difficult to know there is no HEA for them, at least on this earthly plane. So I thought it was a very interesting mechanism, to do chapter by chapter in different time periods, the writing was well done, the characters likable but it just didn't suck me in as much as some perhaps. Still, I think a worthy read and it's well loved by many.
Officers in Need 1 by John Simpson (22 pages)
Brian is a 38 year old Sargent who is paired up with 21 year old Sean, a rookie. He suspects Sean is gay and after their shift invites him to come home for a skinny dip in the pool. When Brian admits he's gay, they proceed with hot smexin' and Sean is so enamoured he even agrees to take take it up the butt the first time ever. Ummm. Wow. The concept of the story is fine, older cop-rookie love. The writing is .... wow, I'm pretty sure my 14 year old could write more realistic dialogue. There is hardly any usage of contractions. When you listen to people speak they use contractions and they don't use the other person's name all the time when you are alone. Anyway, unless you are a huge fan of the author, don't bother.