Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Control

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When Control agent Joaquin Castillo finds himself unintentionally bound to a brainwashed sex slave, he vows to restore the boy's memories and set him free. Then he discovers the boy's true identity, and everything goes straight to hell. 
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Rosie Thinks: Cordelia Kingsbridge is definitely up there in my top 5 favourite slash authors. Everything I've read from her has been consistently really good, and Control is no different. The summary doesn't quite do this story justice - honestly, I wasn't exactly sold on it just from that, but I gave it a go anyway because of the authors track record. And, what do you know, I loved it!

This is set in a futuristic world that is still heavily grounded in what we know today, but with the addition of a lot of really cool inventions and gadgets. I normally don't like sci-fi, but Control didn't confuse me with long, technological-based explanations and didn't seem too far-fetched and ridiculous. The way Kingsbridge writes detail is one of the reasons why I love her. She explains things so well, and if she ever tells rather than shows, she intersperses it with plot and character development. And she seriously knew what she was talking about. I feel like you can tell when an author hasn't done their research, so it was gratifying to read about stuff that the author really knew through and through, like all the neurological and psychological things.

Another thing I love about this author is her ability to always create the most intriguing of characters. Seriously, her characterisation is 10/10. Joaquin, the Control agent, could easily have fallen into a huge amount of stereotypes. His strength is balanced with his brains, and he has a determination and strong sense of honour that I liked. He was kept by becoming like every other 'hero' with these characteristics by his flaws and how Kingsbridge truly allows us into his head and his thoughts. Mischa was . . . well, he was fantastic. He starts out as a brainwashed sex slave, and a lot of the action at the beginning comes from the characters trying to find out who Mischa really is behind the brainwashing. And his true personality was just woah. It was definitely worth the buildup and from then on, the action takes off.

This story does feature a lot of sex and the author warns of some triggers at the beginning of her story, but she deals with a lot of sensitive issues like dubious consent and rape and ambiguous morality really, really well. It isn't used as a plot device, which is one thing that can truly turn me off a story. She gives these issues the analysation and thoughts that they're deserved.

All in all, if you like action-packed slash with fantastic characters and writing, this is for you. The twists are fantastic and kept me guessing, and it was more like watching a well-directed action movie!

Monday, July 27, 2015

When Harper Met Jamie

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Christian St. John could handle her annoying, scathing comments a lot better than he could ever handle the cold, dead silence... That damn ice cold princess act did not fit her at all. 
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Melissa Thinks: Harper and Jamie meet in a bar; that is how their story begins. I don't want to give too much away about this story (always something to be cautious of when talking about one shots), so I'll be brief. "When Jamie Met Harper" is about two characters who start an unconventional relationship. Each time they meet, their "story" continues; a story which grows more interesting as each scene rolls by. bulletproof.cupid once again displays a knack for storytelling and crafting stand out characters. I hope more of this author's work gets suggested because so far I am absolutely loving it!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Under the Knife

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Twelve chefs assemble for the new season of TV’s hottest cooking competition, Under the Knife. Among them are Zachary Kasun, an arrogant, classically trained executive chef from one of New York’s finest French restaurants; and Nate Pasternak, a mellow vocational school graduate who gradually worked his way up to sous chef at Chicago’s premier steak house. Under the critical eye of four expert judges, the two hundred and fifty thousand dollar grand prize is each of theirs to lose. But will they both lose their hearts along the way as well?Banner Credit: Melissa

Melissa Thinks: Why should you read "Under The Knife"? Orgasmic food descriptions, reality show drama, and intense m/m romance are just a select few traits that make this story one of the best.

Laurin Kelly tells a refreshingly creative tale of two chefs who fall in love in the most unexpected of places: a reality cooking show in which both men are competing. With $250,000 on the line, Zachary and Nate must keep their attraction hidden from the always present cameras in order to stay in the competition.

The characters in this story are unarguably the best part. Zachary starts out coming across as a pretentious, uptight, arrogant pile of garbage, but turns out to be a strong-willed, passionate, intelligent cutie-pie. And Nate? Right from the prologue you can tell he's just big cuddly teddy bear. Immediately I was unsure as to whether or not I would like these two together, but their chemistry builds until it creates an unbearably thick sultry vibe.

The atmosphere of the competition creates a lot of drama and as a reality TV show addict, I was incredibly excited to immerse myself in a story that explored that experience. And while the dialogue seemed a little dated at times, overall I was really impressed by Laurin Kelly's characterization, plot, and voice.

Recommended for fans of: Close Protection, Leviathan!, Quinntessential,

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Flavours of Love

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Age: Adult
Category: Crime; romance
Rating: 4 stars


Helen Thinks: Eighteen months ago, Saffron Mackleroy's husband was stabbed by a killer that is still walking free leaving behind her and their two children. However, just as life starts to get back under control, events happen the causes the control to evaporate. Aunt Betty moves in due to being kicked out of her residential home after getting caught being intimate with a fellow resident on the manager's desk, her fourteen year old daughter has a revelation that will have Saffron second guessing everything she ever thought and as if all that wasn't enough, her husband's killer has started writing to her every day with content that terrifies Saffron.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Because I Love You

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Christian St. John could handle her annoying, scathing comments a lot better than he could ever handle the cold, dead silence... That damn ice cold princess act did not fit her at all. 
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Melissa Thinks: This is a short romantic tragedy written quite beautifully by author nexia (25 Steps to the Altar). I don't recommend reading this story if you're not ready for the big pile of sad feelings that will inevitably fall all over you by the time you've finished it. Having said that, I do recommend reading "Because I Love You" if you're looking for something that is deep, romantic, and meaningful. Even with its short length, the story manages to show characters that are flawed, but also likable. Definitely a story you'll need a comforting pet to cuddle with after reading!

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance #1)

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Age: Adult/Young Adult
Category: Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars


Rosie Thinks: The way Dalglish came up with this story was thinking about which character in his Half-Orc series would make a good side-story - and his one side-story somehow ended up into the Shadowdance Series, books I absolutely adore! Rather than the magic and elves and orcs of his Half-Orc story, Dalglish wanted to write a story more focused on the struggles of the people - in his words, "I could focus on humans, the low and the desperate".

Aaron Felhorn, our protagonist, is introduced to us in a brutal, emotive prologue, which shows his quiet, watchful nature, and the beginnings of his powerful father, Thren Felhorn, crafting him into the perfect heir to his legacy. The story then fastforwards, and we're introduced to the bloody war between the three most powerful nobles, the Trifect, and the thief guilds, headed by Thren Felhorn. Aaron is 13 years-old and has already witnessed and participated in acts that have forced him to grow up too quick. When he meets his new teacher, Robert Haern, Aaron's mind is opened to the idea of right and wrong, and gives him the power to break away from his father's cruel teachings.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Age: Young Adult
Category: Historical
Rating: 5 stars


Marta Thinks:“And that might just be the root of the problem: we’re all afraid of each other, wings or no wings.”

Leslye Walton’s debut novel reminds me a bit of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books: the dreamy descriptions, the lulling magic realism, the continuous thread of yearning that is strung throughout the story. But — and I may be committing a sacrilege here — this is so much better. (Is it really sacrilege, though, if you know it’s true?)

Ava Lavender is a girl born with wings, born into a family of women who have foolishly and foolhardily fallen in love with the wrong men. More than half of the book is devoted to Ava’s grandmother and mother: their individual stories, each with their own strange and beautiful sorrows. Her grandmother, Emilienne, decides to enter a loveless marriage after a series of failed infatuations, and her daughter, Viviane, falls in love with a man she knows will never return to her. These personal histories read like long character portraits, but they’re not a monotonous list: they are a sweeping tale of devastation and broken hearts and fleeting hopes, some of which could have been avoided, some of which were beyond any form of control.
 

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