This was a pretty good book. It involved a good looking guy who was smart and stable but very shy. He was crippling shy. He's also gay, and has huge issues dealing with other gay men he finds attractive. He's been accomplishing his sexual need in an unfulfilled manner at gay bars behind alleys and such. His younger brother is heading off to Afghanistan and his pregnant wife is experiencing complications. Enter Mark, he moves in with his sis in law to 'take care of her'. While there, he finds himself deeply attracted to Seth, a former dancer who now teaches Zumba at the local gym. He pretends to be his brother (the one in Afghanistan) in an attempt to not reveal much of himself to Seth due to his crippling shyness. He eventually starts corresponding with Seth via email, which leads to phone conversations and eventually physical contract. Over time, Mark's shyness slowly fades and his love for Seth, and surprisingly Seth's love for him slowly develops.
I have to tell you that this was one of the slowest moving coming out stories. I truly enjoyed Seth's parts of the novel. He was such a good guy. He wasn't perfect even if people saw him as such. He went out of his way to make Mark comfortable with himself and with the growing attraction between him and Mark. I have to say, I have yet to meet so patient a guy.
I really enjoyed their process, but wished it sped up a bit. I also wanted to know what happened with the brother who was stationed in Afghanistan. AND the other couple... I really hate unexplained endings. But, I was happy that Mark finally came to terms with himself. We can only wish that for ourselves and others.
Charlie Belmont is one of my favorite male narrators, so I'm always pleased with his performance, and this book is no different.
I looooved this book. Yes I did. Thankyoumuch Scarlet!
Ok. Enter surly, disgruntled and bitter hot man who's stuck at home trying to recuperate. And then boom, enter sexy, open, comfortable, and kind man-nurse, who's trying to nurse Mr. Sexy Surly. I laughed out loud during so many scenes. Good Grief. The jerking off in the bathroom scene when trying to alleviate some of the pressure that pent up lust is bringing. Been there, done that. The best is when he discovers that he was CAUGHT. Hilarious... I mean, yes, it is slightly embarrassing, but hey... when you need to get off, you need to get off...
Or how about the movie scene when he falls asleep and droooools on him. I loved it. I was so entranced. I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to know where this whole relationship was going. And I was glad I did.
I love the idea that a person's good nature can rub off on even those most angry and bitter of persons. I really love the idea of being open to love and letting it change you... for the better. Sometimes we just don't know what we need or who will be the one to bring it, and boom... it's unexpected but exhilarating.
Personally, I think they rescued each other.
Happy Reading Y'all.
Now, I don't know L.B. personally, but anyone who can write such funny scenes, thoughts, and put us readers right smack into an emotional crisis of will, is A-OK with me.
SO, I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I was sooo entranced with the initial smex scene between Max and Finn. First off, how brave was Finn to initiate the act? I have to hand it to him, I'm a book worm a lot of the time. And, I deal in numbers and sit in my office all day, and so I'm not the 'lose control' type. Ok, let me be honest, I'm a complete control freak, I know it, and now you do too... so getting back to Finn. The reason I applaud him is because smex is the best way to 'lose control', but in a 'good' way, you know? So kudos to him to take that step and not care how much he was perceived as a hoe. LOL.
I'm so comfortable with the submission aspect, so I loved Max's dirty talk. Phew! *wipes brow* and he can call me a "dirty bitch" annnnyyyytime he wants. :P
God, I'm sitting here reliving those scenes as I type this. I need a moment....
Ok, back. So, as I was saying. Finn, he's a freak. He enjoys pushing his boundaries, and that's an amazing way to get off. And what I also enjoyed was that in the same time it took for him to climax, he realizes that what he's just experienced with Max supercedes a quick fling. It's that realization that allows him to feel so hurt at Max's 'initial' rejection.
Anywhooooo, it's delightful to see them make their way back to each other. I loved Finn seeing warm, caring and emotional sides of Max, and finding himself floored by each discovery. Or how gentle and nurturing Max was with Finn, when his persona is so utterly male and marine.
I liked the tid-bit of S&M L.B. threw in there.
So yep, It was a good read. However, I like a bit more spice with my m/m, so I have to say that this Men of Smithfield book (#3) wasn't up to par with others. If you're just starting out with this series, I suggest you begin with #2- Happy Ending- Seth and David. SOOOOO good. And so worth it. I kept right on reading till there was nothing left. Gobbled it up in one sitting.
Happy Reading Y'all!
Before you even THINK about purchasing this book be prepared to know that it is just NOT worth it. I have an open mind, but nothing could make me like this book. First off. The main character Sallie Mae is a quaker who's husband dies and even though she's in morning, she falls in love with the 1/2 Indian Tucker. He's gorgeous, wild, untamed, and believes in violence. He's a ranger. And even though Sallie hates violence of any kind, she lusts for him, and the consume that lust, over and over again.
The sex is the ONLY thing that redeems this stupid book.
Another thing you should know is that Sarah McCarty likes to beat a dead horse. She goes on and on and on reminding us how Tucker thinks that no one could love him. He resents his 1/2 Indian heritage, yada yada yada. After a while, you're annoyed and you want him to either accept who he is, or get into a gun fight and die. Ms. McCarty doesn't make Sallie Mae a likable character either. The most annoying thing about Sallie is that she talks so annoyingly that you really just want her to shut up. She replaces 'thee' for YOU, and she says it ALL OF THE TIME. In addition, she talks in some strange monotone and its so aggrivating. You want to fast fwd her speaking bits and allow her to only moan when she and Tucker have sex. Seriously. I couldn't like her if I tried. She also is presented as a strong willed woman who's so smart and believes in her convictions, yada yada yada... Let me be clear. SALLIE MAE IS A WEAK, FOOLISH WOMAN. I hate reading books about stupid women. I can't condone it. She's all "no violence' blah blah blah and she continues with her convictions even as a man is about to kill her. Really? Or how about how she's all "I won't get married. I'm in mourning..." blah blah blah and yet, because of how society sees her, she allows this drunkard to carry her supplies home, walking ALL through the town, which symbolizes that she's out of mourning and actually letting this drunkard court her. I kept hoping she'd be killed. I would have enjoyed the book more.
Anyone who tells you this book is good is lying to YOU and THEMSELVES. It's a waste of money and time. The book rambles on and on reitterating the same points. It's so foolish.
This story was ok. I think that I enjoyed the openness of the married couple. I think that being honest with yourself and your mate allows for a wonderful partnership. The couple in this story had that. I loved their sexual prowess... how they played games with one another to keep that 'excitement' there. Personally, what's hotter than 2 guys and a girl? So, kudos for making a story about that. I always feel like you can't help who you love, nor should you help it, but just accept it. Its a good read.
Helen Stern's voice was pretty good. I wouldn't mind listening to another one of her books.
I don't know if it's the narrator,but Priscilla Carson left me feeling empty. And the story... stupid. It was pretty awful. I don't typically HATE books, but this one just did nothing for me. I started this story with an open mind, but nothing helped. I normally LOVE British accents, but this one was just... painful. She sounded drunk. It was just so... not good. I couldn't even feel the "LOVE" that these two characters supposedly developed. It seemed so forced. The writer kept going on and on about their 'connection'. *rolls eyes* It was so ridiculously boring. Sex couldn't save this story. Nothing could. I felt like an interloper and tried desperately to leave. Awful. Really. I want my $2 .. and the past 1 + hours back.
I have to tell you that I did enjoy this story. Who doesn't love a submissive "coming out" story? I know I do. However, I was deeply dissapointed in not finding out who Charlie's 'client' was... am I to assume KING was the man?
I didn't know that this was a prequel to a series. I wish Audible had placed that bit of info with the title. If I had known, I would have read it AFTER the 3 books in the series.
As it stands, I was entertained. I thought Montana Chases' voice was plesant enough. Altough she has a HORRENDOUS French accent that left me cringing at times.
I'd like to think that Charlie continues to enjoy her submissive lifestyle, but since the end came so fast and didn't give me an answer, I'm left annoyed.
I sincerely hope the series books don't end like this...
You know. I have to say that I actually enjoyed this story. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't typically read a lot of Sci Fi, but lately, I've been on a mini kick. I enjoyed the many 'life' scenes parallel to current modern day human issues. This story is worth your time.
R'kos is a prince who's family is quite large, and at the center is a triad marriage-- which is typical of his alien race. The triads consist of two men and a woman. Thing is, R'kos is being stirred towards a marriage similar to his parents. But, it's a life he doesn't want. He is only attracted to men, and wants to choose his own path. He finds adventure with 'bad boy' Darien. He's had a rough life and steals out of necessity. He's stolen from the wrong bad guy, and he's on the run. R'kos comes along for the ride. They develop a deep connection, but are unable to fully communicate their needs and wants, and of course, fears which leads to dyer consequences. There were some scenes that sent a wild feeling of anticipation and pent up intensity up through my spine.
I'm a sucker for romance, and this was a pretty fun romance. Its a fun fast read. Enjoy.
I LOOOOOOVED this book. Truly. I did. Enter Trevor and Derrick. They've been married for several years and Trevor is hitting the big 4-0 and he suddenly starts to feel old. Derrick is 6 years younger and completely unaware of Trevor's fears. So, the story goes back and forth with Derrick and Trevor giving their perspective of different issues, fears, wants, desires. I cannot say enough about this wonderfully written story. I was entranced. K.C. Burn enveloped me into this world where I felt like I was experiencing EVERYTHING with both of them. The love and intense feeling that each had for each other was so beautiful. It made me love how people who've been married for a while could still feel that intense love for one another. And isn't it important to retain the passion and lust in a relationship when you've been together for a few years?
I do have to say that the video scene. *sigh* had me perspiring, but also feeling a bit sheepish. Perhaps I'm just not ready for sex tapes. LOL But, the sentiment was appreciated. HA.
I laughed whole heartily at so many scenes and as I was listening to it on audio, I know people couldn't help looking at me as I laughed out loud like a crazy person. OH WELL. They didn't know what they were missing!!! Charlie Belmont is a fantastic reader!!! He can come whisper in my ear anytime!
I for one will be reading more from K. C. Burn.
Wonderful. Invigorating read.
I liked this book.A lot. The one good thing about a compilation is that typically if you have one story you aren't too fond of, the next one will more than likely be more to your liking. This is true for this book.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE, Ava March. I do indeed. I discovered her a couple months back, and she surged to the top of my "MUST READ AUTHORS LIST". I think I have most everything of hers in Kindle format and on audio book. (Yes, I am a dork. Sue me.) Ava has this uncanny ability to draw her readers into the emotional whirlwind that her characters feel. Its awe inspiring. I sometimes shake as I feel the emotion surge through me.This novella brought me to an insane feeling of anger and frustration and sadness. I felt such an immense feeling of loss. Her words move me. Its such an uncanny feeling. I long for this feeling each and every time I pick up one of her books. (If I ever met her, I'd probably act like a teenybopper meeting the latest teen heartthrob. Pathetic, but flattering. (I hope.) LOL Anyway... I had already purchased her novella-- "My True Love Gave to Me"-- prior to noticing that it was also included in this compilation. However, I had no problem reading/listening to it again. And, as I listened, I even noticed 'new' things, and feel deeper into love with the characters. I felt the anger. the pain. the fear. the remorse. the need. the desire... so I was not disappointed. I think I loved this story because I know what its like to not do what your heart wants to do, for fear of how others might see you. Unlike Thomas, I didn't correct my mistake. So, I live the emotion through him.
The second story wasn't too marvelous. Winter's Heart by Harper Fox. He's lucky that his name is cool. Anyway... I really had to try and not skim ( I did, but let's pretend I didn't...) and find SOME SCENE or emotional expression that allowed me to feel a connection to the main characters. I just can't get into too much self- reflection. This is not a journal, Fox!! Where is your editor? Perhaps Fox's style is too poetic? Too long-winded? Or perhaps he's so involved with the English language that he feels the need to bore us readers with the pains that a writer goes through when trying to formulate a story or attempting to finish a thesis. I, for one, was NOT impressed. But I loved the sentiment of the story. All too often we don't realize what we're doing wrong in a relationship. Often times, our past hurts prevent us from truly forming a future with our partner. I loved that Gavin FINALLY came to terms with his love for Piers and consummated said love. I have to tell you, the whole Catholicism thing dragged on a bit, thank god anal beads and lube were worked somewhere into the story :P
I loved the 3rd story. Lone Star by Josh Landon. Half way through the story, I started searching Amazon.com for more from this author. Marvelous. Enter Mitchell, sensational ballet star, and Texas Ranger, Webb. They were each other's first love, but when Webb was too afraid to come out, Mitchell high-tailed it out of town and it wasn't until 12 years later that he returns. Ain't nothing sexier than the twang of a cowboy!!! Honestly. Webb truly turned me on. I know he's a character, but I felt him. And Mitchell was lucky he got to him before I did. LOL Anyway, it's all about growing up. Reflecting on one's past and the mistakes made as a result of fear, immaturity and impulse. I loved this story..... well, except for the description of Mitchell's toes. Seriously? That is something NO ONE needs to imagine. I'm still creeped out. Gah!
The 4th and finally story was so hot. I literally kept squirming in my seat at work. (I was listening to the book on CD.) It was totally NSFW. LOL Its called "The Christmas Proposition" by K.A. Mitchell. Wowsers. You know that expression... "f-ing like rabbits!" Well the lovers in this novel couldn't keep their hands off one another. Mel is one of the oldest in the family and he's felt a need to keep the family together by working the family tree farm. He's letting his life pass him by and his lover Bryce wants him to choose the path with him. Of course Mel can't get his stuff together, and loses Bryce. But, can he get it together to get Bryce back? It was a good story... mostly for the yummy sex scenes. *fans self*
So, enjoy this compilation... some parts more than others :X
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