BOOK REVIEW ‘The Littlest Assassin-Shifters ’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 18) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

They should retitle this book  ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills & all their repetitiveness’.

I’ve been brought up with the saying;

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

So this is difficult. What you should do here with this book is treat it as a weird dream sequence & forget it ever happened.

Yes, it is my least favourite of the series. I’m trying to find something positive to say, but I’m struggling a bit. It’s also difficult to express my reasons without spoilers so I won’t try on this occasion.

The author takes two of the original and arguably best couples in the series & does the unthinkable (I’m not talking about how they’ve become mentally and emotionally female, I’ll talk about that later), they casually change them into Werewolves in the time it takes to boil an egg. Watching my mother put on makeup is more traumatic than how Riley & Mateo got treated here. And all because their newborn baby can see the future and knows that Riley will be killed. This should have been the actual full narrative! All the conflict is right there! Should they? Shouldn’t they? But it’s glossed over and forgotten. Another missed opportunity. Riley and Mateo play mummy and daddy, get turned and skip back in time for tea. I was dumbstruck!

The babies are born. They can shape change, understand language and human behaviour in about an hour. Ridiculous! At least try & keep to some confines of nature, psychics,  biology, evolution and psychology.  The idea of surrogate children is great but this was a comedy that just had me rolling my eyes checking the percentage of the book I had left to read. And I can’t even bring myself to talk about the two newborn babies that are mated. Why could you not just keep them as babies and tell a true parental story of gay men having children?

Ghosts of all the cast’s dead parents visit them, to inform them about how proud they are of their gay sons, their husbands and children. OMG, I’m shrinking into my chair & wishing I wasn’t a gay man. Was this just filler for the book? I don’t mind the magic element that’s been introduced in the series, but this was cringeworthy and served no purpose to the narrative. Which brings me to the next point.

There is no story.  That’s right no story. Surrogate babies are born, every cast member becomes a soppy wet girl with a vocabulary consisting of ‘cutie’ & ‘hoot.’ They have dinner around a table. Ghosts of parents visit to tell them how fantastic they all are. Then they all go clubbing. The end.

What this book is, is the episode in the middle of a season when the cast gets stuck in a room for the hour and talk rubbish because they are saving money for the end of season finale. We, as readers can deal with a certain amount of silliness, but this is stretching my patience.

Some serious editing and course correction for this series is needed. At the moment it has completely lost what it originally set out to be.

Arrow season 5 Gay character Mr Terrific

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I’m currently watching season 5 of DC’s Arrow & yet again I’m asking, why is it that the gay character Curtis Holt (Mr Terrific) is the guy who not only gets beaten  & is useless in a fight, but is the one who’s given the speech about how his strength is in technology & helping defeat the bad guys means staying behind & using his head. Why is it rarely the other way round? I would have written it that Rene Ramirez (Wild Dog) was the gay character.

We get a strong tough gay woman in Supergirl, Alex Danvers so when do we get a kickass, no mess gay male? It’s just a little thing & the story is the important element, but I so want a gay role model more tough that tech.

‘LOOKING’ HBO’s TV series

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Just finished binge watching Michael Lannan‘s TV series LOOKING on HBO.  Absolutely loved it! It’s two series & one TV movie to tie everything up. All I can say is I didn’t want it to end. I’m still stunned about how easily I became emotionally invested in the characters.

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I loved the story arc of Patrick (Jonathan Groff) & Richie (Raúl Castillo). I won’t say too much in case you haven’t seen it.

I was disappointed (that’s putting it mildly) with Russell T Davies ‘CUCUMBER’ (He who created the fantastic QUEER AS FOLK). So, I was very happy at last, to see LOOKING work for me on all levels.

Is it a good idea that it didn’t go on further? We all want more, but perhaps leaving it on top, with the story concluded is simply the best way. I felt the American QUEER AS FOLK was dragged out far too much.

I was dreading that final shot when I knew the camera would pull back. It feels like I’ve lost a group of friends.

If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely give it a binge.

http://www.hbo.com/looking

Man Crush!

I may have given up on the idea of me finding romance but I didn’t expect to get a crush! I honestly didn’t know you could get a ‘crush’ after a certain age but that’s stupid when you think about it.

I’m working on a building site & although I’m on a separate job to a lot of the builders, it hasn’t stopped me developing a full on crush on the foreman. We call him Leon as he drives a SEAT Leon. The man has the eyes that pin you (eagle like) to the spot. He isn’t a stunner at all, it’s just his presence and size. He rarely smiles and just gives off masculinity. With thighs as big as my waist I literally go weak when he passes. He winked at me once and I almost fell off the scaffolding.

I wish we all had this kind of feeling more often throughout life. It has shown me that I still do have some feelings in my body…. somewhere lol.

BOOK REVIEW ‘Summer of Awakenings ’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 15) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Here we go…..book 15. Once again we have a double romance which in this series has never gone down particularly well with me.  I find that I favour one couple’s story over the other or the two stories are too similar and simply repetitive.

This is the romance of Kory Maguire and Jacob Steele, Will Cooper and Seth Ralston & it all takes place at Camp Pride which is an outreach centre for abused & neglected young people. It’s like summer camp!

I enjoyed this story because I imagined the camp as a place here in the UK called Croyde Bay. Picturing Croyde Bay helped me get the feel of this story.

Seth and Will ended up becoming my favourite couple. In my head, Seth is Henry Cavill, so it was very easy to picture him from that point.

I don’t have much to say this time. It was a good addition to the series and tied up the story of Kory and Jacob which started a few books ago. Old characters appeared to help prepare the camp which is always great to see. Colin Greystone and Nikolai Markov’s ongoing strange relationship takes a step forward during a disaster in the final act of the book and is clearly setting up events in book 17.

I enjoyed this one as it had that great summer feel.

Put love in a box

 

Yes that’s rigdownloadht. I’ve put love in a box. Or rather I’ve put the idea of romance & the notion of ever meeting someone in a box. It’s not a bad decision, honest! I’ve got a lot of things I need to sort out. My life is at a tipping point & the thought of romance & dating… well, it has no place at the moment. And you know what? It’s the best thing I’ve done. It feels good just letting go.

Spencer

Texting Richard

Been talking & texting Richard all last week. I drove over to spend a few hours with him Friday night. We ate and cuddled up together on the sofa watching box sets.

How do I feel? Well, I was worried that it was just the Gay Pride euphoria that was making me all gooey over Richard. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. I really want to know more & dive in, but that’s not a good move. I just need to take it slow & not get my hopes up. I don’t know too much & for some reason I’m impatient when it comes to him.

Deep breath, Spencer.