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Hot Head
Hot Head
Price: £1.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the writing, great characters, gripping read, 22 Jan. 2016
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I really enjoyed this one. And I don't often give five stars.

I loved the characters: Griff was great in terms of how he was figuring himself out and I liked the slow progress of that. There was no 'instant' insight, the story did a really nice job of developing that. With Dante I thought I knew where he was coming from (yeah, he was) but I liked that you don't know for sure. He is much more an enigma and the reveal of what he wants is very well written.

I also really loved how warm Dante's family is - it is a nice contrast to so many books that feature homophobic parents and families. The story includes a realistic amount of the real world and homophobic reactions. I thought it was well done in terms of plot development at one point (about the internet content that Griff reconsidered).

I particularly liked that the plot could have been so cheesy and corny but it was anything but. I can easily identify with the horror of losing your house, home and the place that you invested everything into that you have. It would definitely make me think of drastic measures which is why the plot didn't read as cheesy as it could have.

The writing is great. It is lively and engaging. I just couldn't put the book down. I think I will re-read this at some point too.

The only quibble I have that isn't one, not really: I feel that the title doesn't do anything for the book and story. Yes, it's got something to do with firefighting and obviously the plot, but it's not very appealing without knowing the context. A different title would serve this book better.

This is the first book I read by Damon Suede, I've already gone and looked for more and bought another one. Heh.

I really enjoyed this story.


Master Key
Master Key
Price: £2.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, loved it, 9 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Master Key (Kindle Edition)
I read this as part of a collection so I couldn't be sure how long this title would be by itself. I really loved it and wish there was more, a sequel to their story.

I really liked the fact that the 'dominant' character had to figure out that he was dominant first, and that their bedroom play had a positive kock-on effect in his life. I don't quite remember the sub's story that well but the character also gets something out of the relationship.

Overall I really loved this story (anything focussed on positive changes is what rocks my socks) and would really, really love a follow-on to this.

And I don't often give five stars as a rating, so there.


Waiting for the Flood
Waiting for the Flood
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Very well written., 23 Nov. 2015
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I loved this. It is only a relatively short story (I think it might be novella length) but I found it very moving.

A main character who has never figured out that he is someone, someone precious - and that he is loveable. This story is even written in a way that only slowly reveals the main character's awakening and maturing until he is able to accept that the other MC is really attracted to him and that he himself is worthy of the attention.

There are no love/sex scenes in this but that's no bar to imagining what the two lovely guys might get up to after the span of the story as written. It is the kind of writing that stays with you.

The writing style is so well done, it is heads above many other books.

I will look out for more from this author. I did read another book by her ("For Real") and absolutely loved that (the two books are very different from each other). I must write a review that does that book justice.


Out of the Blues
Out of the Blues
Price: £3.02

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not fantastic, 23 Nov. 2015
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This was an okay read but not great.

It was well enough written and there were no particularly objectionable elements to the writing itself that I remember. I disliked that the plot had such a high number of plot elements thrown at it, it was just too much.

The character background could have been better set up. The super talented musician is intitially described just as a lawyer and part-time employee of a vinyard (that we don't hear much about later. So why mention something as specific as that? Seems pointless). There is the suggestion (and later confirmation) of sexual abuse thrown into the mix but this element is only used for developing the plot in other ways but not explored as its own subject I thought.

I feel that I would have been more absorbed in the story if the plot had been a bit more streamlined and its themes more developed. I did enjoy it on the main, it was readable.


Promises: Part I (Bounty Hunters Book 1)
Promises: Part I (Bounty Hunters Book 1)
Price: £4.52

2.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry I was disappointed, 23 Nov. 2015
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I am afraid I didn't enjoy this story.

I suppose I was a bit disappointed that one of my assumptions didn't pan out: I expected to read about the non-MC guy's reaction to his 30 yo son's interest in his 40+ yo business partner. I was rather looking forward to that but this potential plot point of interest was thrown away by dad already knowing that son wanted to go after business partner. Okay then.

SPOILER
I was really intrigued by the description and build-up of the younger guy character as this gorgeous and kind of alpha type man who is determined to go after his father's partner and finally win him after having been in love with him for years and years. I was very prepared to follow the conquest with interest. The story didn't pan out like that at all.

The main problem of this story is that the 30 yo main character very quickly comes across like he's about 15 years old. The older guy isn't much better, he also doesn't come across as very mature.

Then throw in the disruptive story element of sudden life-threatening event, actually an event that guarantees that the older guy's life is about to end unless drastic action is provided... as happens to arise out of younger guy's devotion to him...
Sorry, but yawn.

In order to introduce such a sudden and disruptive event to a story, it has to be set up in some way. To just suddenly throw a spanner in the works that just jolts the story out of its established tracks just feels like a cheap trick. I wasn't very keen on that at all.

I must admit that I didn't bother to finish reading the story. I got to the bit where the older MC finds out that his young paramour-to-be saved his life... without him knowing first. And he throws a temper tantrum of being upset at that (maybe the not knowing part, I can't remember). Seriously?

I was going to read the last chapter to see if there was something that I would be worth reading up to, but I didn't feel that I wanted to spend the time on that.

The good point was that the bounty hunter and medical procedural elements were written well, I just wish the story had been better plotted and the main characters maturity levels been written better.


Deepest Cover (Straight Guys Book 7)
Deepest Cover (Straight Guys Book 7)
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Just no., 29 Oct. 2015
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Terrible. I really regret buying this. It isn't often that a bad book sticks in my mind, this one does for all the wrong reasons. It is just horrible all round I'm sorry to say. Improbably, stereotypical, corny, a plot that doesn't just stretch credibility but blows it apart, terrible characters... I really, really did not like this and felt disgusted that I wasted time reading this. It reads a bit like very bad porn, from decades ago. Just horrible.

And I don't often give one star reviews.


Think of England
Think of England
Price: £2.84

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love that the initial impression of the two MCs isn't ..., 29 Oct. 2015
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I don't often give five stars, this deserves it.

I love that the initial impression of the two MCs isn't all that, but they grow and grow and grow on you. I love that this seems to be a sort of Agatha Christie country house mystery set-up and then ups and goes way beyond that. I love how the huge, vast, decisive differences between the two guys make this an unique and absorbing and intriguing story: I just want to read lots and lots of stories that involve them.

Because this book very much reads like the story is not over, this is just the beginning. Mystery and intrigue, love story, clever detection, acting and truthfulness, socieaty portrayal, witness of its time and just beyond that: this reads like a pretty unique story that I am very intrigued by.

I loved it. I think it is an adorable story, well written and beautifully built in terms of plot arc and character development.

One more note: the cover art doesn't do the book justice at all. I expected something a lot more bland. The cover art should really show the glamour and glitz of its setting and hint at the complex differences between our two heroes.

I just loved it. I just wish there will be more!


Blame It On The Mistletoe
Blame It On The Mistletoe
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I badly want to read a follow-up!, 30 Sept. 2015
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I don't often give five stars. This has got to be one the cutest, sweetest, unusual and unique m/m love stories. I just wish there was more of it! I would pay really good money for a longer version of this, as well as a follow-up.

Those two characters work beautifully together, a secondary character like Fielding's mum is just beyond hilarious. I already know that I will re-read this one again and again. The setting is written well, the plot works wonderfully and the whole thing just leaves a feeling of light, fuzzy joy.

And no, the title doesn't do it justice. The cover art is cute.

Such a lovely story! I didn't just love it, I adore it.


Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, Set of 4 Coasters
Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, Set of 4 Coasters
Offered by Cosmic Gifts Uk
Price: £3.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Lighter in colour than expected, 19 Nov. 2014
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They are good coasters as far as coasters go, no complaint there: good quality laminate on top, cork at the bottom. But I was disappointed because I expected a nice really dark brown colour (like black coffee) that my monitor made this look like. I don't like the light washed out brown these are in real life. I wish they came with colour descriptions.


When Tony Met Adam (Short Story) (Troubleshooters)
When Tony Met Adam (Short Story) (Troubleshooters)
Price: £0.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 19 Sept. 2012
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Great story, lovely gay romance. Very well written, exciting and interesting. I love that the main characters are written as very compelling, individual characters.
Now I've got to get all the other titles! A Kindle is a wonderful thing, lots of space.


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