Mostly reading MM romance. Just sharing my love of books.
*** 3 literally into you stars ***
I liked it. Unfortunately, it didn't wow me as I thought it would after all the great reviews and high ratings.
I had a break from reading it halfway, and picked it up days later and finished.
It was a bit confusing to keep up with who was actually who, and I had to constantly remind myself. For instance when Scott was "talking", reading his POV, I had to continually chant for myself, "Scott in Olly's body, Scott in Olly's body" When Olly was in the scene, the chanting intensified. Scott in Olly's body, Olly in Scott's body, Olly in Scott's body, Scott in Scott's body... Wait, what, no that last one was wrong,wasn't it? See what I mean? I think it exhausted me.
It was a cute story, and a great plot. Maybe it was just me and my mood this time. I don't know. But three stars it is.
Radulf was clearly fascinated by Devon. He'd pulled his head in on the motorway, his jowls in imminent danger of detatching, but now, winding around the narrow lanes, he had his face to the wind with grinning trails of saliva streaming out and messing the rear window. Ben smiled at him in the mirror.
LOL, ahhh, Radulf. Best dog in the world. ;)
**** 4 Rio de Janeiro stars ****
I promised you a sunset over Rio de Janeiro," Liam said. (...) "Here it is."
Liam and Blaine were characters I really enjoyed. I liked the reason for why they met up, and went on the trip to Rio together. I liked Blaine's easygoing nature, and quick smile. Liam was a sweetheart, adorable with his curls.
I loved how Rio de Janeiro was like a secondary, or almost main "character" of the book. The descriptions and feel of this big city made me want to go there myself. It's clear the author loves this city, and it shines through to the reader!
I loved Blaine and Liam in Rio. Their sightseeing and activities. It really made me feel the city. I loved their blossoming romance. They were so good together. The kissing scene, and sex scenes were awesome. The author knows how to write a great sex scene!
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I have a niggle with Blaine not telling Liam about his bisexuality. I get that Blaine didn't want to put pressure on Liam to have a romantic holiday when they didn't know each other that well. What I didn't like was that I felt Blaine didn't tell Liam, at the same time as he relentlessly flirted with Liam, and constantly calling him "babe". I felt it was a confusion for Liam, that I didn't like. The story is so warm, happy and feel-good, the slight angst/issue this caused was unnecessary, and put me off.
I didn't like Liam's reaction to Blaine when he told him his feelings, how he shut him down after the wonderful time the had together. I liked the idea Blaine came up with, but I don't understand why it had to be the travel blog or no relationship at all. Why couldn't they have continued their relationship when they got back instead and see how things went from there? They met several times before they went, so I don't understand why they couldn't have just talked about dating and taken the idea of the travel blog from there. I get why Liam balked at the idea, it's a huge decision.
The grand gesture was totally swoon worthy!
The meaning of the balloon was totally fitting! It didn't bother me that it was Blaine who wooed Liam, after all Liam reached out first, didn't he? However, Blaine wooed Liam with shoving him he was serious about the travel blog. I don't get why the travel blog had to be entwined with their HEA. Also, the puppy? How can you with good conscience surprise someone with getting a dog, when their plans are to travel all over the world for their blog being their job? Poor doggie. :-/
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In all, though, this was a wonderful read. The writing was great! And Rio was even greater! I loved this warm breath of summer reading this story in cold October.
A review copy was given to me by the author.
Thanks to Susan for the buddy read!
**** 4,5 handyman stars ****
Is it really stupid to say I'll miss you?" Jackson favored him with another sweet smile. "Not when I'm going to be missing you too."
Aww, these guys! This story!
It was so good, and solid. Reading it just gave me a warm feeling all over.
David finds his boyfriend cheating on him, and on a bit of a whim he falls in love with a house and buys it without much thought to it. Also so he won't have to live in a hotel. It's pretty clear that the house has got problems, enter Jackson, the handyman. He was great, and swoonworthy.
The story is about David "renewing" himself. Finding himself again after being put down a lot, basically being a doormat in his relationship with his ex. I wonder what David ever saw in Trevor, and how in the world they could have been together for five years(!). The ex is a secondary character throughout the book, and world class
This book gave me a warm fuzzy feeling when reading it. I really enjoyed reading about Jackson's groups of friend helping Jackson and David with the house. David's friend and assistant at work, Michael were also great. Basically all the secondary characters where solid, likable and well written. I'd love to read these guys's stories, and see they get their own happy endings. Michael's stunt with the Snicker bars was just hilarious!
I loved that this book was a really slow burn. The steam level is low, but when a kiss, and later a sex scene happens, it's just all the more wonderful and special!
That first kiss!!! I think it was one of the best kisses I've read in a while.
I really liked the reason and history behind Jackson's tattoo. It had a very emotional background in history, and Jackson's ancestry. Kudos to the author to make this reference, and using that symbol. I also really liked how it was "used" so to speak.
I have one small niggle with the story. (plot spoiler)(show spoiler)
Thanks to Marco for the buddy read!