Back? Maybe?

Wow, I’ve been gone a long time! Would love to start and keep up with a blog one of these days. Never fear, for I haven’t stopped reading. Some of my girlfriends and I actually started up a book club which is a blast. We meet every 6 weeks and our first book was The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway. I’m on Chapter 33 and will update with a review soon.

Back? Maybe?

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Still Here.

I’m still here.

I haven’t been reading a ton of books but have instead been working on George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. It’s very detailed and descriptive.

I’ve been sick for the last several weeks with something I don’t understand. It’s either awful allergies or I don’t know what but it’s made me irritated and not in much mood for book blogging.

So the point of this blog…let you know I haven’t forgotten Bitchin’ Books. I’m still reading a little.

Meghan

Contemporary Craziness!

Hey guys!

I know, I know… where the heck have I been? I’ve updated the twitter account a little bit more in the past few weeks than I have the blog. I’ve been on a reading binge and after finishing up the Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux I have been on a contemporary romance fix. I can’t get enough!

And more than that, a m/m fix. Before reading about Ty and Zane (see posts: Cut and Run & Sticks and Stones) I have had my fair share of m/f/m books and even the very occasional m/m/f books but never a romance novel that lacked a female heroine. Well Ty and Zane got me hooked. There is nothing hotter than two sexy, manly alpha men loving on each other and Abigail Roux writes these characters beautifully. It doesn’t matter if you’re familiar with the m/m romance genre or not….please for God’s sake: READ Cut and Run!!! You will be hooked. Fabulous.

Anyway. Enough of my tangent on those books. I finished the entire series in about two weeks and then went through the dreaded book depression. You know, readers. It’s when you find an author you just love…can’t get enough of…staying up all hours of the night just. to. get. to. the. next. page. And then what happens? You devour the author’s entire bookshelf. Afterwards, no book can compare to the ones you just read and you wish you could experience reading them for the first time all over again.

Well that’s what happened with Ty and Zane. So I spent many hours the past couple of weeks reading m/m romance and trying desperately to find an author whose books I loved as much as Roux’s. There were some good ones and bad ones which you’ll see in my preceding blog entries. In between the m/m books I also read some m/m/f and m/f as well.

Readers: have you ever gone through what I call “book depression?” What author have you discovered, gobbled up, and found yourself hungry for more with naught to be found? Let me know so I can share your excitement and then disappointment as it ends.

Love to all and many wishes for more sunshine and less snow for my fellow east coasters.

Meghan

PS. Three new book review entries posted before this one. Faith and Fidelity. Sinners on Tour series. Fatal Shadows.

Up next? Lexi Blake’s The Dom Who Loved Me & The Men with the Golden Cuffs – Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde – Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey – Hot Head by Damon Suede – Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux.

Told you I’d been reading a lot lately!

Book Review: Fatal Shadows

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“One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening.” (From Amazon.com)

I’ll pick up where the quoted Amazon synopsis leaves off. After finding his friend Robert Hersey dead, Adrien is questioned by police detectives Chan and Riordan. Adrien insists he has nothing to do with killing Robert despite the argument they had just hours before his death. The cops don’t seem to buy it but soon Adrien himself is being stalked by who he knows to be the killer.

Adrien is a mystery writer and book-keeper. Now he must become an amateur sleuth to figure out who has been murdering his old high school friends before Adrien is next on the list. I truly enjoyed this book and I was really hesitant to read it. Josh Lanyon was an author recommended to me in the same post as Abigail Roux (who I have raved about in previous entries) but after reading Roux I just didn’t think (and still don’t) that anything could compare.

Lanyon’s Adrien English series came off from the beginning as less a romance book and more a mystery. But I finally did pick the book up last night and enjoyed the heck out of it. Some reviewers have criticized Adrien’s inner monologue which did at times become monotonous but I enjoyed being in his head throughout most of the book.

The book is written in first person pov which I do enjoy reading so long as it is written well enough. Lanyon did a great job pulling me into the mindset of a middle-ish aged gay bookshop owner with a bad heart. I think the mystery was a touch weak but strong enough to keep my attention. The best parts of the book were when Detective Riordan and Adrien were speaking with each other, alone.

It’s obvious during the book that Adrien has a thing for Riordan and we slowly find out that Riordan just might return Adrien’s feelings. It was a very slow burn and I enjoyed that. The big turning point romance-wise in the book is Riordan calling Adrien ‘baby’ after the killer is finally dead. The slip up wasn’t mentioned at all in the remaining chapters but I saw it. Oh yes I did. And I’m genuinely looking forward to the next installment but hoping the slow burn becomes a slow sizzle. I need more sparks during book #2.

Final Review: 4 stars.

Book Review: Sinners on Tour

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“When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius.” (From Amazon.com)

I’m going to group the reviews for Olivia Cunning’s “Sinners on Tour” books all into one blog entry. Backstage Pass is the first in the series and stars songwriter/guitarist Brian Sinclair and psychologist/fan Myrna Evans. This (and the others in the series) book was full of sex. I don’t know if I read a chapter in the whole book where sex wasn’t had or at least mentioned/alluded to. The sex was hot but without a real plot it got boring fast. There wasn’t really any UST (unresolved sexual tension) because the two were at each other from the beginning of the book.

Eric was by far my favorite throughout all the books that I read. His book, Wicked Beat is slated for an August 6, 2013 release date. Eric likes to watch. He loves to watch. Sometimes he likes to join in. But mostly he loves to watch. There was something so incredibly sexy about him and his roles in these books. Even though I wasn’t ga-ga over the series like most seem to be, I will most certainly be checking his book out. I just think he was the one out of all of the guys to put off the most quiet & mysterious sexuality.

Hot Ticket was Jace’s story. Jace loves to be hit. He aches for pain. Normally I would gloss right ove12710035r this book because I like my men dominating not dominated. But after reading the other books in the series, I tried the sample of Jace’s book and liked what I read so I continued on. It was a little different. Aggie (the heroine) is a dominatrix who Jace hires to beat him. She refuses to draw blood even though he desperately wants that and Aggie feels something for Jace that she doesn’t feel with any other clients. I quite frankly didn’t care for this one simply because I really thought that Jace would take the reins and he didn’t really take them. More like Aggie gave them to him temporarily at times. It was good though not quite my cuppa.

Double Time was by far my favorite of the three that I read. Big Surprise that it was m/m/f. I can’t help it. Two guys getting it on is fucking hot as hell. There. I said it. Now wdouble-time-pic-for-reviewhat? Huh?? I would gladly sit on the couch and watch drool over two sexy guys loving each other. But enough about my fantasies – back to the book. Trey is the rhythm guitarist in the band and also bisexual but he gives his lifestyle up when he meets Reagan Elliot, a female rock sensation. Try as he might though, Trey cannot deny his attraction to men. Especially with Reagan’s sexy as sin bi bodyguard walking around. Reagan soon agrees to solve Trey’s problem: let Trey and Ethan sleep together. But Reagan finds them being together too hot to just stand by and watch…she joins in and soon the triad is falling in love with each other. I think this was one of the few well done m/m/f books I’ve read. The lead up felt right, I fell in love with each character separately before Cunning brought them all together and the sex was hot hot hot.

Overall?

Backstage Pass gets a 3 star rating.
Hot Ticket gets a 2.5 star rating.
Double Time gets a 4 star rating.

I’ll let you know how Eric’s book turns out come August. 😉

Book Review: Faith and Fidelity

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“New York City vice detective Evan Cerelli has lost his wife, the only person he’s ever loved and slept with. He’s trying to get on with his life, build a life for his children. Former homicide detective Matt Haight is a ladies’ man, all sex/no commitment. He’s depressed, having a midlife crisis, and not sure where his life is headed. The two find friendship in the bottom of a shared bottle. When the friendship turns to love, it shakes two straight men to the core and flips their lives inside out. Kids, families, careers that are not gay-friendly–can all the love in the world overcome the obstacles of faith and fidelity?” (From Amazon.com)

No need for a recap on this one. Bottom line is that I thought this was a solid book. The romance absolutely paled in comparison, however, to Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series. Unfortunately for many, many, m/m romance authors out there I will always compare/contrast them to Roux’s series.

Tere Michaels does a fine job of introducing us to her characters. I really enjoyed Evan’s children, I thought they were fabulous and lent a “breath of fresh air” feeling to the book. I thought the book in and of itself was a bit too angsty for my liking. Evan is a widower trying to care for his children, Matt seems sad throughout the book and it was just too heavy for me. Some people love an angsty book but not I. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t slit your wrists angst but just a little too much. Just a little.

I also think I was extremely spoilt by amazing earth shattering sex scenes in Roux’s series and the sex/romance in Faith and Fidelity was just not very sexy. I kept holding my breath the entire time waiting for them to stop the foreplay and actually have sex but (spoiler alert!!) I was left disappointed throughout the whole book.

As I said though the book was solid. The kids were fun and I liked seeing them interact with Matt. I think this is a great book for readers who aren’t familiar with the m/m genre since it’s so light on the sexy stuff. And that’s not to say it isn’t chock full of steamy kissing, stroking, fondling, etc. It is. But for anyone looking for these guys to score a home run…it’s not happening in this book.

There are two more books to the series which I may read at some point but for now it’s just this one.

Final Review: A solid 3 stars for this one. Don’t let my review scare you away, this book was good it just didn’t live up to my specific expectations.

Book Review: Sticks and Stones

Sticks & Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

“Six months after nearly losing their lives to a serial killer in New York City, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are suffering through something almost as frightening: the monotony of desk duty. When they’re ordered to take a vacation for the good of everyone’s sanity, Ty bites the bullet and takes Zane home with him to West Virginia…” (From Amazon.com)

The 2nd installment in Urban and Roux’s Cut and Run series is just as thrilling and sexy as the first. This time our boys Ty and Zane are in the wilderness and instead of fighting killers in the city they’re up against mountain lions and backwoods treasure hunters. Ty and Zane are both ordered to take a couple of weeks vacation to get their minds right before being put on assignments.

Ty takes Zane with him to his home in West Virginia with a dual purpose: to both shield him from his overbearing family and to have Zane talk with his shrink brother. Readers got some insight into how Ty Grady grew up to be the man he is today. We met his mother who was the typical pie baking mom from the South, his brother Deuce and his hard-ass dad Earl. The four men decide to hike up the Appalachian trail for a few days. I really liked that the authors brought us to a completely different environment this time, it made it feel like I was reading a brand new book.

Ty and Zane of course never get boring and their relationship continues to progress in this installment. Yes, the sex is still hot. I like that when I’m reading, each sexual experience is something different. It keeps me captivated and on the edge, never knowing what’s coming next.

I really liked Ty’s brother and of course his mom who was a sweetie pie (but so obvious she ruled the roost!) But I really didn’t care for Ty’s father at all. Being an ex-marine himself who served in Vietnam he was a little rough on Ty throughout the book and it didn’t seem like it ended on awesome note either. It was made clear that Earl Grady cared a great deal about Ty but he came off as very ignorant and mean throughout as well.

Again, I have not enough amazing things to say regarding this series. The way the sex is between Ty and Zane in the books is so deep, intense, passionate, and mind-blowing I would be a very very happy woman just to sit and watch. *blush* But seriously….read these books.

Final Review: 5/5!!