Bank Holiday Kissing

Had a great time at the West Midlands Gay Pride weekend here in the UK. Sun was out and we drank & danced. I met a lovely guy there called Richard & practically fought for him…& won. We stood together for the rest of the night & then as a group we all went for a Chinese. I felt quite protective of him (lol) The drink made me very confident.

Next morning I drove over to take Richard out for breakfast. We walked in the park & I kissed him under a tree next to the stream…..Wow!

Thanks what I call a bank holiday weekend.

Spencer

Maybe I should listen to me.

Love doesn’t seem to be featuring  in any aspect of my life at the moment. Due to work I’m reading more thriller & paranormal literature, so the romance books have taken a back seat for now.  Even films I’m watching are all action.

Is it wrong that I’m increasingly feeling the odd one out at social events? Couples I know are planning holidays together & if I’m honest, it hurts sometimes. Ignore it let it happen, just get on with life. I understand this & for 98% of the time I can, but that 2% creeps in & I feel sad asking myself, why am I not with anyone? Whats wrong with me?  I go to sleep then wake up in the morning & I’m fine again.

If I was hearing this from someone, my advice would be; sort out other areas in your life & start loving yourself. Maybe I should listen to me.

Comic Characters & Romance

Marvel, DC, SONY, 20th Century Fox? Who will the first to portray gay romance in the cinematic universe? We’ve had three gay women on Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones, so I wonder if the movies will ever have a gay character. Not that they need to. I don’t want it to be an issue. However, a subtle nod would be nice. Possible characters are; Midnighter, Iceman, Northstar, Hulkling, Batwoman, Wiccan, Moondragon, Icemaiden, Living lightening, Shatterstar & Rictor.

BOOK REVIEW ‘Betrayed’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 14) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

17202234The story of Chance and Logan is not one of my favorites and the reasons seem to be similar to the last few books in the series. Too many characters that dilute the main story and reduce any emotional believably of the two protagonists.

It’s like having a beautiful woman but she’s wearing an overly busy dress with too much jewelry. You’re so busy looking at all the jewelry and ruffles and patterns, you don’t see the beautiful woman. This is how I describe this book. Great plot, actually one of the best! However, so much unnecessary side stories, back histories and characters that you zone out.

I understand it’s necessary to sow seeds for future book, but this is getting convoluted. I have been reading them one after another and I’m still confused about who is who and with whom. I believe on the first page; five characters are thrown at you. Should I know them? I recognise some of the names but this isn’t TV so I haven’t got a face to go with the names. I don’t remember them because they’ve been introduced to fast previously.

I’m not a fan of magic being brought into the current stories. The tone of the book was similar to watching a teen soap opera or an episode of Buffy.

The plot itself is actually one of the best. Chance’s journey of discovery, both of his powers and, after his boyfriend’s death. Chance learning he likes Logan but thinks Logan doesn’t like him and Logan thinking the same. Then, you get the spanner in the works, not only does Chance’s boyfriend turn up alive, but Logan already knows it and has kept it from Chance. This is really good! It’s such a strong plot with a lot of dramatic potential.

What really got me mad is when multiple characters stories came in and went into detail.  All of this could have been achieved without pages of exposition.  Less is more. Chance and Logan’s story gets pushed aside at times by other characters and their romantic stories being loaded onto you. It’s what’s known as Cognitive Overload and it feels messy with so many side stories.

My pet hate is when a character speaks in a scene and you never knew they were in that scene. I question my reading, but it’s happening multiple time now.

Chance isn’t a character I could identify with. I kept waiting for the tantrum and the overreaction. He was like one of those annoying teenagers in a horror movie who does the thing you wouldn’t do in real life and you scream at the TV.  If you’d swapped Chance with a 14 year old girl, the scenes would have been the same. I like real life responses and actions, even in a werewolf/magic story, more so in fact, it’s needed to ground the reader in some normality.

Nikoli Markov stands out once again, and although I’m way behind in the series and his story has been told (Book 17), I hope the story is kept between just him, Colin and his attempt to win him over.

Book Review ‘Fast and Furious’ by Trista Ann Michaels

13629186“The three of them could at least give her one night before the darkness enveloped her world again.”

Not sure what’s coming over me wanting to read a straight romantic suspense thriller. But, I was interested in the whole fast cars, hot chick, hot guy’s theme. It was basically research. I ended up enjoying it more than I thought.

I wouldn’t call it romantic at all, it was sex, total erotic sex and it worked! It reads like a TV episode with fast scenes that throw the reader into the world very quickly. I loved the whole undercover cop in to deep too get out story and then having three Navy Seals sent in to help. I loved the story and how Allie struggles with the possibility that she’s next to get a bullet in her head.

Chase, Logan and Blaine are great characters, all clearly different. Their friendship is addictive and real. The cast is kept simple and you had time to get to know them. Same with Allie, the only female in the book. I didn’t know what to expect with the sex scenes because I usually don’t care for them and prefer romance, However, I would be lying if I said this book didn’t get me going a bit. It’s the most erotic book I’ve read so far.

Allie’s basically a proud slut and she admits it! but as a reader you love her. (I had an image of Megan Fox in my head). Her predicament only adds to the tension, then she lusts for the three hot as hell Navy Seals and….. well, I didn’t expect all three taking her at once in quite so much detail. With the threat of death you may as well live your sexual dreams right?

“What you need right now is a good night’s sleep.”

“what I need is a fuck,” she growled.

I loved the characters, the basic story and the relationships. Sex was really hot. The only criticism was that the story built up and then fizzled out without a real confrontation. There is no antagonist, it’s more the treat hanging over Allie. So, it was a bit of an anticlimax.  I would have changed the ending, with Allie showing us a strong police officer.

 

Love yourself.

It’s true what they say. You can’t find love till you love yourself.  That’s become more and more clear the older I’ve got. Luckily, I’m not someone who believes that by finding love you’ll suddenly like yourself and all problems go away. I know a great many people who do however.

It still bothers me that I haven’t got a significant other in my life, but I just ignore it & get on. I convince myself that I live romance in the books I read & the things I watch.

Loving myself? Yeah, I definitely need to work on that more. Don’t we all?

Spencer

BOOK REVIEW ‘Irish Wishes’ (ASSASSIN/SHIFTER BOOK 12) By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

“Everything he’d ever fantasized about was finally coming true; he had a man who wanted him.”

12 - Irish Wishes - Cover

As usual, I won’t give a synopsis of the story as you can read that elsewhere. This is my opinion and review of the story.

In terms of the Assassin/Shifter series, this is a sound addition, and you get what you come to expect in this one. I like the contrast of Wayne being older and looking like Bradley Cooper and Connor being a delicate beautiful smooth young man.

We’ve known the two leads in the story for a good while; Wayne, head of the Werewolves (the most powerful) and the Irish angelic blonde, Connor. Previous books have revealed the obstacles preventing Wayne from taking Connor as his mate and this story addresses those issues. Connor is gay and in love with Wayne who’s  been straight all his life. Wayne can’t get used to wanting a man let alone Connor so, he pushes him away. It’s Wayne’s way of dealing with it. The hurt Connor feels at being rejected in this way is what you feel the most when reading this story. If it wasn’t for the powerful wolf mating bond, no man would have stuck around waiting for Wayne.

“Connor was looking down on him, lips parted open, breathing hard. He was so damn beautiful.”

The last half of the story is set in Ireland, which is a nice change and I enjoyed visualising the Irish pub and local cottages as well as hearing Connors accent.

My favourite parts were the scenes with Connor  up in the attic researching Wayne’s Werewolf family history. It’s just a nice setting. It would make a great TV set with Connor bathed in moonlight from the window surrounded by dusty old books.

Wayne and Connor’s first sex scene was probably one of my favourite so far. I can’t say why, it just worked for me and Connor can be one greedy little blonde (I didn’t see that coming).

Up till now, the series has been about assassins and werewolves. However, this story introduces new elements. Rogue werewolves, witches and realms. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. I can understand that after 11 books you need to step things up a bit, so I’ll wait and see how it all plays out. I didn’t expect witches, so it was a surprise. The author is setting up a big storyline for future books, but I won’t spoil it for you.

The biggest negative by far, was too many characters towards the end. It was uncomfortably confusing and I’ve read all 11 books in a short period of time and I was disorientated. It definitely affected the pleasure of reading. You just can’t visualise so many hot men (not in that way!!!) who they are, what they look like and what they are talking about. This was a huge problem for me. Then you had, what you thought are three characters talking in a setting, then another character e.g. Troy, would make a comment and I didn’t even know he was in that setting or even in that country! Not only did nearly every character appear here but new packs were shown too and this just made it worse.

“When something happens to you, it will kill him. I want him to see it; I want him to know it’s me hurting him.”

We get a villain with a motive which was planned out. Although they were more ‘talk’ than bite when it came down to things. After all the posturing and threats they were taken out a little too easy and I was waiting for the surprise of ‘that was too easy something else deadly must be about to happen’ but it didn’t, so a bit of an anticlimax.

The whole Wayne’s parent ‘Ghost’ thing….. It didn’t work for me and it was again confusing and not clear. It just got messy.

You get towards the end a small clip of the continued violent hatred between Andei Panchenko and Devin Lyons which will be dealt with in book 16. It’s the one storyline I am hugely looking forward to.

In conclusion, the love story is nothing new, but you get a feeling things are going to change. Wayne’s story reveals a lot about werewolves in this world and you are introduced to new elements in the form of rogues, witches and ghost like spirits. Past characters seem to be getting resolution in the form of children. I had hoped this could have been achieved the normal way, but alas no, it involves female werewolves. I would have kept it simple and straightforward with the couple e.g. Riley and Mateo, choosing a surrogate, as we gay guys would have to do.

Still addictive reads & I love them.

Spencer.