Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Without Flinching by fanatic_weirdo

Without Flinching by fanatic_weirdo

While on a mission, Rafael makes a mistake that gravely injures Alec. Will he ever be able to live with himself is Alec doesn't make it? And how will he ever face his Papa and little brother, Max?

This was an excellent read! It's filled to the brim with emotion and tension, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat. I have a soft spot for Lightwood-Bane family fics and this one is definitely worth the read!

~ M

artwork credit: martastab.tumblr.com

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review: Remember When by Harper Logan

When Cuke awakes in the hospital, a piece of him is gone. Three years have disappeared from his mind, and he’s doesn’t even recognize his life - or the people in it. And then there's this super hot guy who appears to be his boyfriend...

Bouj will never be able to erase the memory of Cuke's skull cracking against the pavement during a typical game of basketball. He'd do anything to help his roommate piece his life back together, but he runs into an awkward situation when Cuke seems to think Bouj is his boyfriend. He knows he should correct his friend's mistake... and yet, something stops him.

Will Bouj realize that his feelings for Cuke run deeper than heterosexual affection? And even if they find love in each other's arms, will Cuke ever remember how they got to this point?

This was an interesting read. The main characters are quite likable and I easily became invested in their happiness.

  • The friendship between Cuke and Bouj was lovely and I enjoyed watching their relationship evolve.
  • I thought the last few chapters were great! There was angst, but it was balanced with sweet moments.
  • A character that is introduced late in the story was probably my favorite part of the entire book.
  • The nicknames Cuke and Bouj were distracting and not my cup of tea. Their given names of Jake and Bryan, respectively, were perfectly acceptable and I wish they would have been used more rather than the unconventional nicknames.  
  • I'm not a fan of  the "dude bro" mentality of many of the characters. To be fair, this is a story about college guys who love to party and live it up, but it became exhausting after a while.
  • The parents. Talk about exhausting!

All in all, this is a pleasant story that should hold your attention. My cons are more about personal tastes, but you may want to take those things into account prior to reading.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I ❤️ Yaoi: Gravity by mememery (Free! doujinshi)

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Gravity by mememery.

Makoto will do anything for Haru. He's like gravity and Makoto will always feel drawn to him, but does Haru feel the same?

This is an interesting story. From the outside it looks rather sweet and innocent in many ways, but once you delve deeper, it has a sinister edge. I have to admit I felt a little uncomfortable at times and I don't know if it was because Makoto's level of affection bordered on obsession or something else entirely. Give this doujinshi a try. The artwork is beautiful and the plot will challenge your perception of Makoto and Haru.

3.5 stars

Read Gravity here.

~ M

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bright Lights, Small Town by Lecrit

After the sudden death of his mother, Magnus must leave the comfort of New York City to handle her estate. The thought of going to the small town in Indiana turns Magnus' stomach, especially since he and his mother hadn't been very close after she moved away. When he arrives, he encounters a motley crew of characters who welcome him with open arms. It's the town vet, however, that causes the biggest reaction. Magnus doesn't know if he wants to punch the guy or kiss him. Will Magnus be able to take care of his late mother's affairs and return to New York, or will the quaint gentility of the town and its inhabitants make him want to stay?

This is an incredibly good story! Lecrit takes all of our favorite Shadowhunters/TMI characters, seamlessly places them in an AU, but keeps them pretty true to canon. The bickering and subtle flirting between Magnus and Alec is hilarious to watch. It's obvious from the start that there's a spark between them, hence the constant arguing, and I often found myself thinking "Just have sex already!" lol If you're looking for a pretty epic love story that will take you through a myriad of emotions, Bright Lights, Small Town is the one for you.

~ M

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Beautiful Tragedy by MagicHappenx

Beautiful Tragedy by MagicHappenx

When Magnus come to live with the Lightwoods due to issues at home, the family is incredibly happy to have him. Well, everyone except Alec. Abandonment issues, jealousy and the fact that he believes sweet and kind-hearted Magnus will replace him, causes Alec to act out. No matter what Magnus does, he can't seem to get through to Alec, but when tragedy strikes, both men will realize just how strong, forgiving and resilient both of them can be.

I really enjoyed this story. There were moments when I wanted to scream at Alec for being such an asshole, but I also really enjoyed the family dynamic between Magnus and the other Lightwoods. This is definitely a slow burn, so grab a blanket, some hot cocoa and settle in. 😃 ☕️

If you're in the mood for an engrossing read that's pretty heavy on the angst, but is well-balanced with heartwarming fluff, Beautiful Tragedy is for you!

~ M

photo credit: Bello Magazine/William Callan

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Review: You for Christmas by Valerie Ullmer

Hiding his feelings for his best friend has become second nature to Parker Hunt. Throughout his years of friendship with Jonah Lee, he’d hoped for more, but he’d never been able to tell Jonah how he felt or what he wanted. When Jonah’s plans fall through for holiday break, Parker is determined to spend their last Christmas together and this time, be brave enough to tell Jonah exactly how he feels.

Jonah Lee has always been in awe of his friend, Parker. His energy, enthusiasm, and honesty had drawn Jonah to him from the first time they met. And while he’s always been an open book with Jonah, lately, Parker had been holding something back. On top of that, Jonah has realized that his feelings for Parker have grown and for the first time in his life, he’s curious about what Parker’s lips would feel like under his and what his definite male body would feel against his.

Will the holidays bring everything both men want, or will they let this opportunity pass them by?

I really enjoyed this book! The main characters are extremely likable, and I loved watching their interactions and seeing their relationship develop. There is barely any angst, so this would be the perfect book to read by the fire on Christmas afternoon. There are a couple of typos, but nothing to distract you from the delightful story. If you're in the mood to read about two sweet best friends falling in love, this is the book for you!

4.5 stars

Buy Link

Smashwords | Amazon

~ M

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Stay Close to Me by Yaki (Yuri!!! On Ice Doujinshi)

Good morning yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Yuri!!! On Ice doujinshi, Stay Close to Me by Yaki.

Yuri has moved to Saint Petersburg to train with Victor as they prepare for the upcoming season. When Victor recommends that he participate in an ice show, Yuri's insecurities creep back to the surface. Will he be able to push them aside or will they consume him?

This is a really sweet dj with gorgeous artwork! It's everything you would expect from a YOI storyline: good-hearted Yuri feeling he isn't good enough, Victor being encouraging, but in his own very unique way, Yuri Plisetsky acting as prickly as ever and, of course, adorable Makkachin! Give this dj a try. It's a very quick read that will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Read Stay Close to Me here.

~ M