Monday, November 14, 2011

Ramblings and some books - part 2

Hello, pretty people. Today I'll continue the list of my receently read books (which has, in the meantime, grown larger, but let's pretend it didn't happen :p)


What’s a shapeshifter to do when the man he desperately wants is allergic to him?

Raymond Marvels never imagines his call to the IT department at his graphics design job would result in his meeting Lou Canis, the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen. There’s one small problem, though—Ray is allergic to Lou. Yet his allergy is only one of the weird things going on between them.

Lou, a werewolf, isn’t sure how to fix the situation, because it seems his would-be lover’s allergy is to Lou’s human form and not his canine one. Lou decides to tell Ray his deep dark secret, which has unexpected results when Ray embraces both sides of Lou. Yet after a witch doctor gives Ray some medicine to solve his problem, Ray and Lou discover they must also face a dangerous conspiracy evolving around them... 

What I liked:
- the whole plot is very interesting, which was why I picked up the book in the first place.
- there were many cute and sexy scenes that I really liked.

What I didn't like:
- I think the author had some really great ideas, but didn't really exploit them at their maximum. Ray's allergy could have been the source of many plot twists and funny situation, as well as Lou's ability to enter his dreams. Man the scenes it could have inspired!

By any other name


Dru and Thom have been together for three years, and despite Thom’s occasional bouts of insecurity and Dru’s fear of rejection, their relationship is rock solid. Then Dru’s long-lost friend, Skye, suddenly reappears, shocking them both. Skye suffered years of inconceivable abuse before escaping it, and while he’s back on track, he has nowhere else to go as he begins to rebuild his life.

Dru, Thom, and Skye each want to belong somewhere, to belong with someone—or someones—with no fear of being hurt, set aside, or left behind. It’s a challenge with daunting odds, especially for Skye, who’s never loved before. He’s determined not to come between his two friends who so clearly belong together, and it will be up to Dru and Thom to conquer their fears and convince Skye to stay.

What I liked:
- this was definitely one the best ménage M/M stories I've read so far. The characters were portrayed very realistically and I definitely fell in love with all of them. Even the female character wasn't that annoying. Great book, especially for a beginner at ménage reads!

What I didn't like:
- Ok, this will probably be one of the fewest times when you'll see me complaining about this, but, truly, there was way too little sex!!! (not a recommended read for pervs)

The Oasis 

Elias and his best friend/roommate Josh take the plunge and head to Palm Springs for one of the notorious gay circuit parties that take place in the lavish desert resort called The Oasis on holiday weekends. After a disastrous start, they find all the sex with all the hot bodies they could want. However, they find to their surprise that the real oasis... was right under their noses all along. Elias and Josh realize there is something else between them. Could their real oasis be... each other?

What I liked:
This was my first book from A.J. Lewellyn so I was totally unfamiliar with the author. I read the blurb, liked it , and decided to give it a try. I liked the whole friends-become-lovers plot that, as cliché as it is, it's always gonna be my favorite type of plot, amongst o few others.When there are children involved, it's even better!

What I didn't like:
- the plot was promising, but it could have been better. The author chose to concentrate more on smut (which was a tad too much, in my opinion), rather than on building powerful characters. It didn't really leave a strong impression on me.

 Double Feature

As Hollywood's biggest holovid star, Adrien Grant has all the money and fame a man could want. The price he pays is keeping his sexuality firmly in the closet. When damning photos get leaked to the press, he decides a nice long vacation in the Spanish countryside is just what he needs. But Spain holds a surprise that he never could have foreseen.

Cristian Rodriguez wants nothing more than to run his bed-and-breakfast in peace with his partner, Felix. But every glance in the mirror reminds him of the one thing he’d rather forget—that he's Adrien Grant's clone, a pale imitation of Hollywood's biggest celebrity. Still, they live a peaceful life until the day Adrien himself shows up on their doorstep, insisting he has a reservation.

Adrien's a spoiled celebrity with the paparazzi hot on his heels. Cristian's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Europe and a lifetime of resentment burning inside him. Felix just wants to salvage what remains of his and Cristian's crumbling relationship. But what if each of them is just what the others need?

 What I liked:
- the thing that I most liked about this book is the fact that the author skillfully combined science-fiction elements with a contemporary story. As unlikely as it may seem, the result was fantastic. You'll have to read it to know!
 - the characters were strong, pretty lovable and their emotions were very well portrayed.

 What I didn't like:
- I'm not a big fan of angsty novels, so the emotional roller-coaster was a bit too heavy for my liking. But, all in all, it was a good read.


Job has cut himself off from his heart since he ran away from home at sixteen. After his best friend committed suicide he realized the risk was too great. Only Lucy, Chloe, Oscar and Charlie, his stray kittens seem to be able to break through the walls he has built.

Charles is getting over the death of his first love from cancer. He promised Danny he wouldn't stay broken forever but has had a hard time following through. Could the guy he sees feeding stray kittens near his apartment every night be the one to heal his broken heart? Could he be the one to break down Job's walls? Find out if these two men will be Broken forever or if perhaps love can heal them. 

What I liked:
Albeit a short story, broken was sweet and sad at the same time. I loved the characters and their stories, as well as how they get together and are able to fall in love again, despite them being broken. There's also a plus - it's totally free! Go to goodreads and look it up.

What I didn't like:
There's nothing not to like about this story  aside from the fact that I wished it was longer).

As you can see, lots of ménage books in this post. Hopefully you'll all give them a try if you haven't already. Do share your thoughts!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm a contest winner!

Yey me! I entered the contest held by prolific author Stephani Hecht , loved by many MM readers like myself, over at Stumbling Over Chaos and I am the winner of  her brand new book "Night terrors". Well, I was, actually, until a family emergency forced me to leave town for 2 days and prize was given to someone else. But the author herself took pity on me!  Can't wait to break free from work tomorrow and open my lovely gift! Thank you so much Stephani and Chris for this awesome prize!

Author Stephani Hecht's website
Author Stephani Hecht's blog
Stumbling Over Chaos