It’s Wednesday, and I’ve got more links to share from the blog tour for my gay paranormal romantic suspense novel, Fraud Twice Felt (Book 2 of the Oddities Series). Again, remember to comment on any of the blog tour stops for a chance to win a $20 Riptide gift card and a free ebook of mine!
First, here are today’s stop for the blog tour for the gay paranormal romantic suspense novel, Murder Once Seen (Book 1 of the Oddities Series), just released yesterday. Remember, you can win a $20 Riptide Publishing gift card by posting a comment to any of the blog tour posts!
Publisher: Self-published (Part of the “Don’t Read in the Closet” event from the mmromance group on Goodreads.com)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This story felt authentic, which makes sense when I read that Arielle has lived in Wales. I really liked the main character’s voice, which was a combination of snark and dispirited hopefulness, especially when it comes to his love life. Osian encounters a member of the Sidhe (Fae) while visiting Ireland and badmouthing their folk music. While Conall might succeed at physically seducing Osian, it takes quite a bit more before he’s willing to let his heart open up.
This was a novella and it ran through the story in a fairly quick and straightforward way, but the voice and the attention to detail is why I give this story four stars. Plus I like that the Fae were slightly dangerous and that there was a feeling of danger in whether or not to succumb to their charms.
I found this an enjoyable, action-packed story, with more danger and excitement than I expected (also less sex, but that was okay). I think the strongest aspects of the story was the world-building, with some gruesome and horrific beasts on the planet that Commander Berit and his team must explore, and in the development of the Nadisc, an alien race who seem to be drawn to human mates.
I wasn’t crazy about Berit’s character–he was so childish sometimes that I had a hard time believing he would ever have made it to commander. I liked all the Nadisc characters, however.
Good for some romping fun and also interesting sex-acts with prehensile tails.
Also, if you are a blogger and want to be included in a blog tour to promote the release, please let me know. If you are a reviewer and would like a copy, let me know that as well. I think the tour may be with Pride Promotions, but I’m not certain.
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Publisher: Goodreads MMRomance group (as part of the 2015 “Don’t Read in the Closet” event)
Genre: Paranormal mmromance
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Tully’s a newcomer to writing mmromance, and I know her, but anyone who knows me is aware that when I review, I don’t go easy on someone just because I know them or chat with them online.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Tully did a fabulous job setting up the mythos of the yeti–and I never saw myself reading, much less enjoying a book about a yeti to begin with! Jrake was a very well done character with all the tragedy and loneliness of being the last of his kind. I like that the human character, Rohn, has a disability in the form of an amputated arm. Both the characters had anger at the world for their predicaments. I do love messed up characters.
The sex was hot, and I liked the development of the relationship between the two. I also liked Tully’s use of the setting in Alaska, and how it shapes both men. This isn’t a long novel, but the story felt complete to me. I understand she’s working on more between these two, which should be interesting.
It’s been a while since I posted my last review. My reading has really slowed down this year, as I’ve been focusing on writing and editing things, getting ready for publishing. The first Strain novel I gave a 5 star rating, because I thought it was an incredible book. The universe that Amelia created was horrifying and yet fascinating, as was the dynamic she created between the main characters, struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world of zombie-like humans infected with what is affectionately known as the Rot.
I enjoyed Juggernaut, but not as much. This novel takes place before the three viruses basically wipe out humanity, showcasing a rather corrupt and decadent society of institutionalized prostitution and religious zealots. There were strong parts of the story, including a traumatic experience Nico has with one of his clients and the interactions between himself and General McClosky who is one of the people responsible for the Alpha virus, the virus that started it all. The book takes the reader through the entire epidemic, showing the devastation and humanity’s efforts to save itself through a compound in Colorado.
It was there that the novel started to lose steam. There was a lot of time apart for the characters, dealing with politics in two different societies: the Juggernauts, and the human refugee camp. I think it was this separation that made the book not quite as compelling as the first Strain novel. It was still a good book (be aware that this is a two parter, so their story is not completed by the end). It just wasn’t as much as I had expected. The novel had a lot of time spent with the world setup at the beginning, and a reorganization of society at the end. I would consider this more of a sci-fi novel than a romance. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a matter of what readers should expect.
I’m still looking forward to the conclusion of Nico and Zach’s story in Bane.