Archive | May 11, 2013

College Boys [Men of Holsum College] Daisy Harris

ARC supplied by Netgalley

I love a good romance, and its the love story that matters to me not the sex of the people involved. Having said that there’s something really tender in this story where its clear that Peter who’s openly gay has feelings for Chris who’s on the surface a typical hetero sports jock. Yet beneath that he’s unsure of his feelings and the thin walls of his neighbour cast them even more in doubt when he finds he’s turn on by the sound of Peters pleasure….Slowly they draw closer, and feelings are exposed though Chris is anxious not to let anyone outside the small gay circle know about him. I guess that’s a hard decision for anyone – not only lost in the passion of the throes of love but wanting to shout it to the world as others do and yet being scared of the reaction of homophobes 😦 Anyone a bit different whether it’s sex, race or disability has faced that at some time, and people seem to look upon sexuality as a choice issue rather than just nature. It can impact on not just emotions but families and careers, so taking that plunge needs a lot of thought for some people. Daisy does that so well in this book, we feel for Peter who wants to be open about his boyfriend and has never hidden his sexuality, and yet also understand about Chris who wants that too but is scared to let people know – he has so much to risk.

Its a beautiful story of a slowly unfolding passion the two boys have for each other. Like another reviewer I felt the mention of engagements and marriage at the end was perhaps not necessary, I think they’d just still be busy enjoying the Now rather than thinking of the future, especially when Chris has only just admitted his sexuality. There’s lots of graphic sex here so if you don’t want that then don’t buy this book. I feel it fits well but know others want there sex to stop at a kiss and a hint of action and Daisy goes much further than that but its well written and fits the scenes.

At £3.59 for 88 pages its quite expensive I feel although it is well written and devotees of m/m fiction with a HEA will probably re read. For me its too short for that, I like long novels where there’s a lot more to the story and a greater drama and storyline to get engrossed in.

Stars: three and a half from me, I do feel its an excellent story but expensive. I’d have liked a longer version, and would have given four stars for that.

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Naked (The Blackstone Affair) Raine Miller

ARC supplied by Edelweiss

After the notorious Fifty Shades of Grey there seems to have been any number of duos and trilogies mimicking the format – some very successfully and some…well to be honest they’re either blatant rip-offs of just poorly written by authors that haven’t an original thought in their heads. Thankfully Raine doesn’t have that problem and with Naked she’s brought us a riveting, passionate romance between two very charismatic people.

Brynne: its clear she’s got a very troubled past though its only hinted at in the book. She’s an American grad student at the University of London and a part-time photographic model. Businessman Ethan Blackstone sees her portrait (and her) at an exhibition and immediate wants both. The portrait is easy – Brynne a bit harder to achieve. Ethan, successful businessman running a top security firm. He’s a real Alpha type, Controlling and caring, sexy and sensuous, and just the type of hero we want in a romance.

Brynne has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. She’s an outwardly confident American grad student at the University of London and a part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track from past troubles with lots of hard work and focusing on a career in art conservation. When successful and charismatic Ethan buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking “no” for an answer.

I want to know more about the secrets they’re both holding close to themselves, I want to see more of how they progress – I just want to read the rest of the series. I’m waiting for a review request answer but if it doesn’t come soon I’ll just have to buy them as I’m desperate to know what happens next! I love the emotion tis book brought forth, the sadness and heartbreak along with the highs of a romance going well. I feel a good romance needs lots of contrasts to make the reader appreciate the writing and story best.

OK. Cliffhangers: regular readers of my reviews will know I hate them; ditto books where its not made very clear that they are part of duo/trilogy. Points to Raine ( and a heartfelt thankyou!) for making it clear this is a three book series, and also though the end of book one is a sort of cliffhanger, there a bit of the beginning of book two included which shows ( though we guess it anyway ) that Ethan is determined to pursue Brynne and not give up.

Sex, yes this book has it – lots of hot, steamy, erotic sex so if you don’t like it then be warned and if you do there’s lots to look forward to 🙂 Raine has written the sex well, its fits both the storyline and the type of people they are and that’s very important. I hate seeing people acting out of character just so author can include some spice.

OK, what else? Price- £5.08 for 208 pages , so isn’t cheap but for readers of good romance its one to re read and its definitely joining my keepers file. Stars: five, I loved it!

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