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)
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)
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)
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.