jules0623

jules loves m/m fiction, is a sucker for romance, enjoys playing detective, and loves a bit of erotica. She has an unhealthy obsession with her Kindle.

Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees, #2) - Taylor V. Donovan Meatier than the first installment. I hate the female characterisations and that cost the story a star. I'm desperate for a release date for the next book. I need some closure here!
Apple Polisher - Heidi Belleau I enjoyed this one, although there was a little bit of an emotional disconnect for me with Christian. I'm not sure why. I liked the characters, but the secondary characters shone brighter than MCs, IMO. I'd like a book from Max's POV. He was interesting and I'd like to read more of his story.Heidi always writes beautifully and I always wish I could read more of her work (and I would but often the themes aren't my thing) so I'm excited about this series.
The Return - Brad Boney I almost gave up after 20%. It was starting to drag and I was getting annoyed. But I'm so glad I kept going. Fantastic story!
Learning to Love - E.M. Leya Predictable, but not a bad read. I liked the inclusion of Brutus.
The Missing Pieces - Wt Prater 2.5 stars. Pretty convoluted and I think the structure of it with the flashbacks only added to the confused feeling of it. If it was reworked to add more detail and depth and to expand on the characterisations, it would be a great start to a story. Even though the requester asked for a HEA, this has a TBC ending with an author's note suggesting more.
Learning to Love - E.M. Leya Predictable, but not a bad read. I liked the inclusion of Brutus.
The Missing Pieces - Wt Prater 2.5 stars. Pretty convoluted and I think the structure of it with the flashbacks only added to the confused feeling of it. If it was reworked to add more detail and depth and to expand on the characterisations, it would be a great start to a story. Even though the requester asked for a HEA, this has a TBC ending with an author's note suggesting more.
Hands-on Justice - Laurie Terson 2.5 stars. FFS! Shagging out in the open in a creek while there's a hired killer taking pot shots at you? Probably not the best idea. Or the most realistic scenario. This was an easy 3/4 star read until then. I wish the story had kept the original pace right up until the end (it seemed to finish with a hasty epilogue) with that creek shagging scene saved for a final delicious 'return to the mountain for a proper holiday' type scene.
The Road from Maryville - Gabbo De La Parra I've lived in Oz for thirty eight years and have never heard most of Hugh's 'Aussie-isms'. More research needed - and old Crocodile Hunter episodes are not counted as research - as this was bloody irritating.The story itself... meh. It jumped around a lot and the characterisations were shallow. :(
Hands-on Justice - Laurie Terson 2.5 stars. FFS! Shagging out in the open in a creek while there's a hired killer taking pot shots at you? Probably not the best idea. Or the most realistic scenario. This was an easy 3/4 star read until then. I wish the story had kept the original pace right up until the end (it seemed to finish with a hasty epilogue) with that creek shagging scene saved for a final delicious 'return to the mountain for a proper holiday' type scene.
The Road from Maryville - Gabbo De La Parra I've lived in Oz for thirty eight years and have never heard most of Hugh's 'Aussie-isms'. More research needed - and old Crocodile Hunter episodes are not counted as research - as this was bloody irritating.The story itself... meh. It jumped around a lot and the characterisations were shallow. :(
Fracture - Adam Ryle Disturbing, creepy, but I couldn't put it down. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, tbh. In some ways, I'm unsatisfied. In others, it was perfect. Either way, I don't think this is a book I'll read again, but I certainly won't forget it in a hurry.
Carlyle's Crossing - Chris Quinton The ending felt a tiny bit rushed, but I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
Adding it Up - By the Number II - Chris Owen;Tory Temple So cute. The dogs stole the show. :)
The Barman and the SEAL (Ellery Mountain, #6) - R.J. Scott 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one much more than the previous few books in this series. Lot's of character development for Travis, in particular, although Avery was nicely rounded as well. Mikey was a great character, too. Very sweet, slow build up, though I would have liked to see a little more of that unfold rather than skipping ahead.
Raw Cut - K.T. Forbes I really disliked Cabell, the MC. He stayed in a relationship he wasn't happy in to further his career, cheated on his lover then sat on his hands and watched as that lover sank into depression and eventually, a breakdown. He then blew off the man he cheated on his lover with because he couldn't help him further his career. He was a general asshole and, at times, truly loathsome.Not that any of the other characters were much better.This was weirdly structured as well. This kind of flashback scenario can work well, but I think it needs a stronger writer to pull it off.Also, porn. So much of it and so unnecessary. I read it to the end because I wanted to see if I was right about the reviewer but at any other time, I would have DNF-ed this at around 20%.