Friday, November 21, 2014

Reviewing Frankie And Al by Sue Brown.

Frankie & Al (Frankie's Series)by Sue Brown 4*
BLURB: Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason goes out with the girls, gets totally trashed, and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance. Frankie curses himself as he realizes he doesn’t have the man’s phone number. Still in pain a few days later, he is dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes once more. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.
Unfortunately Frankie has to attend a team-building exercise, nicknamed Womb Weekend, organized by his company. Al is working so he doesn't mind, until he discovers who the team leader is. Al has a lot of explaining to do!

My Review: I picked this because it sounded like a short fun read and I was right. I enjoyed it even more than expected because it was a rarity in the m/m genre in that it is quintessentially British! I especially liked that the characters used the British language as it should be, idioms and slang included. Unfortunately I have come across a great many books set in Britain that have been ruined by the publishers (or editors) removing said language, so as not to confuse their American readers. So glad this one got through as it made my day to read it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Retracting my words

I said just yesterday that nothing had moved me to want to review the books I've been reading but then today I read and finished one that needs me to say something about it.
On Deaf Ears by Penelope Rivers 4*
BLURB:When James Brandon, writer for Paradigm Shifts magazine, is sent to Port Coquitlam, Canada to do a research article on a werewolf, he is eager to write yet another skeptical piece about the supernatural. After all, that's what sharp tongued James is known for—skepticism, and disdain to boot. But when he arrives in Canada, he realizes he's going to be more than hunting a werewolf. He's also going to be hunting the sexy innkeeper, Vincent Tyrone. James is turned on by the man's strength and the fact that the man never lets his deafness get in the way of his dreams.
Soon, though, James's life is turned upside down when he realizes that werewolves may exist after all—and that the man he's now calling his lover may just be one of them.

My Review: I felt moved to say something about this book because I really want readers, and the author, to know how good it is. It was a werewolf story that avoided all the usual tropes, but it also had a deaf MC that wasn’t portrayed as stupid or slow. The thing I loved the most was how accurate the deaf character was, to the point where the other MC often forgot he was deaf and spoke with his back turned. Having interacted with people who have been deaf and are excellent lip readers, I found this portrayal was realistic and a refreshing take on the characterisation. The whole story was equally realistic and well done even with the paranormal element of werewolves.

I have also finished listening to
Audiobook: The Final Key: Triad, Book 2 by: Catherine Asaro Narrated by: Catherine Asaro, Suzanne Weintraub Narration 5* Story: 5*

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quick update

I've been busy rereading, new reading and listening whilst crocheting but nothing has moved me to want to write a proper review on it.

I have had some success in the crocheting department and managed to get the head of the Christmas Pterodactyl Tree Topper made but have frogged the body about six times so far :(

I've switched back to the CAL and have almost finished the week 6 squares and just have the week 7 ones to go. oh yeah I also have some of the ribbing done on a chunky knit sweater too.

Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton 3* (reread)
The Lord's Pet Wolf (Medieval Werewolf #3) by Charlotte Mistry 2*
James (Shibari Auction House #5) by Sean Michael4* (reread)
The Elf and Shoemaker by M.L. Rhodes 3*
Captivated by Keegan Kennedy 3*
The Case Of The Cupid Curse (End Street Detective Agency #1) by Amber Kell & R.J. Scott 3*
The Fifth Son by Blaine D. Arden 4* (reread)
Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger, #2) by Rhys Ford 4*

Audio Books:
Magic's Price The Last Herald Mage, Book 3 by Mercedes Lackey Narrated by: Gregory Nassiff St. John Narration : 5 Story: 5
Running From The Diety Pip & Flinx, Book 10 by Alan Dean Foster Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki Narration 5* Story 5*
Bloodhype Pip & Flinx, Book 11 by Alan Dean Foster Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki Narration 5* Story 5*
Trouble Magnet: Pip & Flinx, Book 12 by Alan Dean Foster Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki Narration 5* Story 5*