BOOK REVIEW ‘Reflash’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 10) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion


REflash“I want you in so many ways it scares me.”  

Reflash is the the 10th book in the Assassin/Shifter book series.

I’ll get straight into it by saying, it wasn’t my favourite of the series. For me, it suffered from the same problems as ‘Best Laid Plans‘ (book 5) which was having two sets of couples developing their relationships at the same time.

Cops Tucker Storm and Wesley Foster find out that their ‘mates’ are firefighters, Austin Jacobson and Kurt Maguire who happen to be straight hetrosexual men.

The whole double dating, falling in love just doesn’t work for me. As I argued in book 5 it simple dilutes both the story and the characters. Then there’s the issue of how easily two hetrosexual men fall in love and have sex with gay men Tucker and Wesley. Don’t get me started on how casually they want to be turned into Werewolves by their lovers and how easily this is achieved.

I constantly had to think which character was with who and what that character looked like and ‘is he the firefighter or the cop?  It’s not enjoyable to have a love/sex scene with one couple, only to have it repeated with the other couple.  It got frustrating and monotonous.

Themes such as, should I give up a human life to be with my mate? and an individual’s sexuality could have really been explored with some depth and emotion. This simply wasn’t done. The whole thing felt rushed.

“Austin looked up at the sky; he was dating a gay werewolf . The thought had him chuckling.” 

I know this series that I love is not to be taken too seriously (come on Werewolves!)  but even the reactions of characters and situations is totally off key. I’m sure after a bear attack and two giant wolves showing up outside your tent you wouldn’t casually shrug it off and go back to a lovely sleep in your ripped tent, yet this is what happened.

So, what did I like. I liked Kurt’s little brother Kory. He was a nice addition and I found myself looking forward to the scenes he was featured in. His interactions were cute and cheeky and with his own little storyline developing, I was intrigued. I also love how Werewolves get really angry and possessive quickly, there is something really hot about this.

“I love meat…” Oh shit, shit, shit! “I mean I like steak.”

The religious anti gay parents is something new in the series, and it definitely got you angry enough to support the main protagonists.

I just hope this is the last of ‘two mates dating two mates’ type stories because for me, it really is double trouble.





About me

This is me on an adventure to explore gay romance. Everywhere I look it’s sex! sex! sex! Where is the romance? One thing I have never done is to write about it.

Since October 2014 I have become an even greater romantic, reading my second gay novel and watching gay love played out in various media. As well as my general thoughts on love and romance I have now carried on reading and reviewing gay novels so, please take a look at the book reviews and the Assassin/Shifter series (a favourite of mine).

I have to believe that there are stable, strong, committed guys out there who believe two gay men can be together. I have to believe that there are others out there like me. Others who want the intensity, sheer passion and electricity of seeing and being with another person without the need to instantly jump into bed.

It’s great to hear back from you so please leave comments as I enjoy reading and responding to them.

New characters introduced.

David Mcintosh reminds me of my character Saber Collins.
David Mcintosh reminds me of my character Saber Collins.

My gay interracial romance ‘Off The Grid’ is coming along nicely, although it will need to take a back seat to my other novel and screenplay which  has to come out this year.  But I was very excited at writing into the story, new characters that have been in my head for a while now. I wrote a great scene with one of the lead protagonists Saber  (Simon Saber Collins) meeting up with his best mate Axel Svenson and new boy Adam in a London cafe.

I wrote a scene just before the other lead protagonist Aiden meets Saber for the first time. They’re practically one room away from each other, but they already know their destiny is in the next room, well, sort of…… they have already met….. Spoilers!

Later everyone.


New Year & things are changing!

I’m glad it’s new year and REALLY glad it’s coming to the end of January. It’s always a bit sad in January with nothing to look forward and the weather is just wet and chilly here.

Romance around me remains the same. No one has split up although I have seen tension over the Christmas period which is to be expected. I don’t know how I would fit romance into my life at the moment. 2016 is going to be about big changes for me. I guess if it’s worth it, you make the time but right here, right now, NO WAY!

My mate who I have lived with for 6 years and the dog we have shared, leave in February to move into their new home. I’m very happy for him, but he and the dog have become my family and it’s hard to think of them not being in the same house with me.

It also means I have to leave where I have lived the last few years. So, I’m moving in with my folks for a short time to get things together. I knew this was all coming but it’s still a sad event and I’m trying to see the good in it.


Book Review ‘An Unlocked Heart’ (Collars and Cuffs, #1) By K.C Wells

An Unlocked Heart (Collars and Cuffs, #1)“It had been such a powerful experience for him, sleeping next to his Dom while wearing his collar”

I was hearing such positive comments about this series, I just had to read the first book. I knew at the beginning it was going to be different from the man on man books I’ve read over the past year and I have to say, it certainly was.

Born and raised in the UK, I was extremely happy to find the story set here and in a familiar city, Manchester. What this book does is stand high and proud next to the many US and Canadian books I’ve loved and read. Usually, I find a difference in UK writers, the tone and storytelling is always very different to me. This book however, is equal and at time even better than its overseas brothers.

The two leads, Leo and Alex quite rightly steal the show. It’s their story that keeps you reading. There are several obstacles that the two have to overcome. E.g. Alex coming out to his family and Alex discovering Leo’s job, to name a couple. In retrospect, it’s a bit like having TV episodes. Each week a new obstacle on their journey to be together. It’s simply great.

I thought I knew a lot, but I was proven wrong. I certainly learnt many things about the Dom/Sub culture and how devoted, respectful and passionate it can be. I felt a little uncomfortable at times, but that’s because I didn’t understand or wasn’t familiar with certain rules, contracts and procedures.

“Once this collar is on, you will address me as Sir. Everytime you speak to me. Is that understood?”

The only things I disliked about the story were personal things. I’m not a big fan of coming of age stories featuring a young character exploring his sexuality and I found, there was to much sex, and I tended to skim over these scenes, but that’s just me. If you love your erotic sexual scenes you’ll be in heaven. None of this detracted from my enjoyment of reading the story.

It’s easy to read without overly descriptive scenes so you can put your own imagination to locations and people. It is a love story. Just because the sex is Dom/Sub doesn’t mean a thing. Infact, it comes over as a more committed, stronger and sensual arrangement.

I didn’t get tearful (lol) and I will be reading the next Collar & Cuffs book in the series.