What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted December 21, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 12 Comments

Hi there!

How is everyone? Are you all ready for Christmas…well, the ones celebrating it, that is? 🙂 I think I am. Well, I need to wrap a lot of stuff but I can’t do that when the kids are around so I’m excused, right? lol

I’m out of whatever kind of reading thing I was in a couple of weeks ago. Thank heavens! I’ve had no problem picking up books this week. I think what did it was A) Your suggestions and B) reading a bunch of m/m. I love reading it…but sometimes it makes me long for a good m/f HEA I guess.

Anyway, on to what I read this week:

First up was Star Crossed: Demon Tailz by Reno McLeod and Jaye Valentine. This is an m/m novella that I was totally into up until the twincest started and I just couldn’t do it. I had to stop reading. I can read a lot of stuff…apparently that’s not included. Ew. DNF

I liked the writing by McLeod and Valentine so my abrupt halt in my previous read didn’t stop me from picking up Star Crossed 2: Opposite Ends of the Spectrum. This story involved a demon and an angel who meet while being held captive and were shown off at what appeared to be a carnival freak show. The two men escape and start a relationship. 10 years later and they’re still in love, but trouble is a brewing – how will the two work things out? I liked this book but was slightly confused by the end and the whole angel thing. If you’ve read this – we need to talk. lol 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Hell Cop by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling and Ginn Hale. I really liked these story about 3 different cops who work in the city with demons and sorcerers and all kinds of various beings. They’re called hell cop’s because it’s pretty much hell working there. 3 really good m/m stories. 4.25 out of 5

Accidentally Were? by Anne Douglas was next on the list. Another impulse buy at ARe. It was the story of a straight laced woman who has a one night stand and now all the dogs in the area are following her around. lol She goes to talk to her best friend’s neighbor cuz he’s a vet. Well he just wants to do her on the floor of his house…so he does. See – she had had sex with a were-being of some sort and one of them had nipped her enough to change her and she happened to be ovulating so she was in heat and all the beasts in the neighborhood were following her scent. Sounds weird but it was pretty funny. The book has some hot sex, humor and of course twu wuv. 🙂 3.75 out of 5

Half Past Dead by Zoe Archer and Bianca D’Arc was a book I read for The Book Binge. If you like zombies you’ll want to read these two stories, maybe. lol I’ll let you know when my review posts.

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas. This was Win and Kev’s story and I really liked it. I had read mixed reviews of the story and though the book made me want to crawl through it and smack Kev at times I really liked it. 4.25 out of 5

Bad Boys, Bad Boys by Mia Watts was my next read. Another impulse purchase (yes, I do that a lot) but it was pretty darned good. Two cops, best friends and partners, and one’s been having erotic dreams about the other. One night when Geo is drunk he puts the moves on his friend, Mack, and Mack’s freaked out, but can’t stop thinking how good it was. I loved how the two worked it all out. There’s one scene when they’re on a stake out and they’re in the car kissing, yet practically beating each other up as well. Great scene. Do I think it would happen when they were on a stake out? Probably not but that’s where suspension of belief comes in to play. 🙂 4 out of 5

Next was Jock Dorm: Dar and Gregg by Bobby Michaels. Dar and Gregg meet because Dar, a non-jock, gets put into the Jock Dorm. He falls hard for his roommate and they become great friends. But Dar can’t handle being in love with Gregg when Gregg’s not gay. Guess again. This part of the story was just cute. Gregg and Dar falling in love was pretty cool and I liked that part of the book. Their sex was hot too, the first couple of times, but then it was just too much for me. I think if the book had been shorter with about 1/3 of the sex I would have loved it. I’m sure there are others out there that loved the length of the book and the amount of sex, I’m just not one of them. 🙂 2.5 out of 5

And last but not least was yet another book that I read for The Book Binge, Smolder by Melina Morel. This one didn’t work for me – which was sad since I was looking forward to reading it. I’ll let you know when my review posts.

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12 responses to “What I’ve Been Reading This Week

  1. *makes note to avoid twincest book*

    I'm glad you enjoyed Bad Boys, Bad Boys! Yup, you do need some suspension of disbelief, but I thought it was pretty easy to manage because I was sucked into the story.

  2. Tam

    I love Hell Cop. You should read Hell Cop 2 as well, it's a nice follow-up on their relationships down the road.

    Twincest. Bah! You guys are wimps. LOL But to each his own. I'd never heard that one come up in the twincest discussions around the net.

    Jock Dorm sounds like some Sean Michael's 100 pages into 300 and there have been 96 pages of sex. Ummm. Overkill thanks.

  3. Chris – Yep I was sucked into Bad Boys as well. I was rooting for their relationship the whole time even though I wasn't sure how it was gonna work out.

    Tam – I'm looking forward to Hell Cop 2. I'll be reading it soon, I think.
    Jock Dorm was definitely overkill on the sex as far as I was concerned.

    Chris – the jock huffing didn't get to me as much as some of the other stuff. And the yelling while having sex. Now I'm not for having the men be silent, but when their in the dorm or in one of the mens parents' house…and the son had just come out and are yelling about cum and man meat? lol Just strange.

  4. I love reading about what you've been reading Tracy 🙂 I always take note of interesting books *grin* And I'm glad you're back in the reading swing.

    Question: have you read Ginn Hale's Wicked Gentlemen? It's a fantastic book. There is currently a great review at Fantasy Cafe. I love Ginn Hale…well, her books 🙂

    And is it just me or does the cover of Smolder look really familiar?

  5. I actually like m/m twincest books. I KNOW…dirty Jen. But seriously, it's not for everyone. Actually, it's not for most people. LOL

    I enjoyed the Jock Dorm stories, but yeah, the sex did become a bit tedious. And kind of icky in some places. I must've mentally blocked out the yelling of "man meat." O_O Thank goodness for that.

    Hell Cop was soooo good. Astrid's story was my favorite. 🙂

  6. I don't read m/m (sorry, i just don't get the craze), but ewwwww to the twincest. Yuck.

    Think I'm gonna check out Accidentally Were though! Sounds right up my alley 🙂 Hope you have a good holiday!

  7. Chris – you're SO welcome! lol I won't mention the other thing that Dar liked about Gregg. haha!

    Orannia – No, I haven't read Wicked Gentlemen, but I really want to now that I've read Hell Cop.
    I think the same cover artist that did CJ's cover did this one…similar in flavor.

    Jen – yep, Jock Dorm got pretty icky in places but I'm sure someone liked it. 🙂
    Yeah, I don't think the twincest is for me. Maybe if I had expected it? IDK, maybe?

    Katie – AW was pretty cute – enjoy!

  8. Hey Tracy, Thanx for posting your review of Bad Boys. That was actually one of my first m/m attempts. I kind of just went with it thinking, "If two alpha males fell for each other, which one would ask for directions?" LOL. That and Claimed by Darkness started that way.

    So glad you liked it!!

  9. Nath – my goal in life to be awe-inspiring! lol

    Mia – You're very welcome. For one of your first forays into m/m you did pretty darned good. 🙂
    And you can thank that chick Chris for me finding your book…I saw the contest she was having and had to check out your stuff. I'll definitely be reading more of it.

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