Feliz Faber

I'm Feliz Faber, writer, translator, proofer--and reader.

The Satyr's Song - A.J. Marcus It's actually more of a 3.5 due to a number of pet peeves, but it left me with a smile on my face, so rounding up.
High Concept - Whitley Gray Well, 3.75 stars, rounded up. Can't come up witha review right away, I need to think about it for a bit first.
The Carpenter's Tale - Chris Quinton nice, short and sweet. Loved to meet Mark and Jack from "The Psychic's tale" again, and there's a hint at a future story for them too!

The Tameness of the Wolf

Strength of the Wolf  - Kendall McKenna

Sequel to Strenghth of the Pack.

 

It started out fetching, but turned somewhat repetitive from about the middle onward. Still, the new relationship formed satisfyingly, and I was happy to meet Noah and Lucas again. Also, I liked the military and fighting scenes a lot, not that I'm any kind of expert, but they felt authentic. Toward the end,quite a lot of loose threads showed up, pointing toward the sequel.

The Magpie Lord - K.J. Charles Review later...
By Design - Lisa Worrall Short and sweet. The twist toward the end was unexpected and very pleasant.

My Cowboy Heart

My Cowboy Heart - Z.A. Maxfield

More of a 4.5.Sweet, romantic, and then sweet again... just a real feelgood read. Predictable outcome, but it was fun to watch the main characters get to it. The ending, though somewhat over the top, made me all warm and fuzzy.

Isle of Wishes - Sue  Brown Beautiful and sweet and compelling.
Bound For Keeps (Men of Honor, # 5) - S.E. Jakes Reed and Keith lost their third, Bobby, to cancer. Shane lost his lover, Kyle, to a vicious crime. When Shane shows up on Reed and Keith's doorstep one snowy Christmas Eve, frozen stiff and half-dead with disease and injuries, the two men sense something special in him that makes them take any effort to help him heal, even though Shane's wounds run deeper than the physical. Little do Keith and Reed know that in healing Shane, they might find a remedy for their own long-standing pains and wounds.This was an intense read, deeply engrossing and with scorching hot sex scenes--pretty much in tune with this author's other works; and just as in tune is the fact that the actual plot is somewhat over the place and had me falling into plot holes time and again. However, who cares with these characters? Shane, Reed and Keith absolutely and undeniably made up for anything. Manly men all three, hard like steel on the outside, hiding deep-sitting vulnerabilities that enabled them to feel and show intense passion and I, the reader, was privy to this process, to these strong, fierce warriors baring their souls... ah, priceless. Well worth reading.

Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water)

Catch a Ghost  - S.E. Jakes This book is the first in a series centered around EE (Extreme Escapes, Ltd.), a mercenary agency that specializes in black-op-type missions, and let me say in advance, wow, what a furious start.Ah, Prophet and Tommy. Even though I’ve only just met them, I wouldn’t hesitate to mention them in the same breath with other, longer-known famous “I-hate-you-but-I-love-you” warrior pairings like Ty and Zane, Vadim and Dan, Lucky and Bo…. However, Prophet and Tommy are second to none of them, not regarding their complexity, nor their hauntedness, vulnerability, cruelty, determination, what have you. And did I mention they’re both sexy as hell? And yet, they’re unique.Definitely high addictiveness here.Both Prophet and Tommy don’t want a partner. Prophet already has one–kind of, as he keeps seing his former lover and partner’s ghost. Who, unfortunately, is rather mouthy and never shy to share his opinion. Besides, Prophet doesn’t need a partner by principle, he’s strong enough to handle anything on his own. Or so he thinks. His boss at EE, Phil, thinks differently, which is why Prophet finds himself assigned to work with EE newbie Tom Boudreaux of Cajun stock, who has the audacity to not only be irresistibly attractive, pierced and inked, but also manages to prove himself worthy of Proph’s respect. Professionally, they make a great match despite their constant squabbling. And once they cross the line from fighting to fucking, Prophet has to realize that in bed, they fit even better. From professional communion and physical closeness grows something that at some point far exceeds erotic attraction, and Prophet, to his terror, finds himself falling for his partner. But he can’t get attached, for a variety of reasons, not the last of which is that he can barely handle himself. Imposing all his baggage on a partner who has already enough of a cross to bear would destroy both of them in the end, wouldn’t it? All the more reason to run for the hills.Tommy’s reasons for not wanting a partner are different from Proph’s, but no less strong. All his life, Tommy has been considered bad luck, and has had the proof of this matter handed to him many times over. He carries the guilt of feeling responsible for his former partner’s death and the weight of rejection which he experienced so often in the past. The demons Tommy has to deal with are not only inside his head, he is literally cursed, and he firmly believes in the latter. Not only because he has some kind of sixth sense that makes him able to predict problems, and not only because he is prone to losing his temper-and in a deadly spectacular way to booth. The more he finds himself caring for Prophet, the more he fears for him, until he feels that the only way to keep Prophet safe is leaving him. Or is it?Those two seem so different, but they’re more alike than they realize. It’s clear that they need each other to heal, that in fact they are the only ones who can do that for each other, but of course they’re both too stubborn to see that. What I loved best with this story was the fact that it wasn’t the miscommunication thing at work here–these two talk. Granted, not so much about their feelings, but enough to know what the other one’s deal is. Of course, the romance has some of the old “he’s better off without me, I need to leave him because I love him” to it, but this is amazingly done here, so well in fact, that I barely realized it. It’s inevitable; the outcome is fimly rooted in both men’s personalities.The actual plot, a mix of spy thriller and action movie with a bit of crime novel thrown in, was fast paced and page-turningly thrilling, if frayed all over the place with loose ends everywhere. Forgiveable, though, since this is the beginning of a series. Anyway, it's the characters who carry the story, not the mystery. As for the characterizations, there are so many hints at more secrets and hidden truths with both Tommy and Prophet, not to mention the introduction of Prophet’s sort-of friend, mysterious Cillian. Those two (and Cilian) aren’t done, not by a long shot, there’s a lot of story left to tell, and I can barely wait for the series to continue.As far as I’m concerned, this is the best SE Jakes has ever written and a must-read for fans of the author. For anyone else, if you’re a fan of deeply wounded heroes; strong, sexy, hard-headed manly men (there’s LOTS of HOT sex in this book!); action and fighting and shit blowing up–then go for this book, you can’t go wrong.Though, if you mind stories breaking off in the middle and leaving you high and dry as much as I do, you might want to wait until the second book comes out.
I Can See For Miles - Lisa Worrall No rating. The book in and of itself was not half bad. The writing flowed smoothly and was pleasant to read. Likable chracters and an original, touching premise (I can't remember ever reading a m/m where both mc's were blind)

Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Nor Iron Bars a Cage - Kaje Harper 4.5Beautiful hurt-comfort, two adorable mc's, a fantastic, magical fantasy story.Not to be missed!
Billy's Bones - Jamie Fessenden The small hints and clues strewn into the text that led closer and closer to the horrible solution like a nightmarish spiral made for a tale so absorbing, I found myself wanting to read just ONE more chapter, just ONE more scene until it was five in the morning and I'd devored the whole thing in one go. The mystery, and particularly its solution-- which was told in a flashback rather late in the book-- was actually deeply disturbing there's a rather graphic scene of rape and murder, clearly NOT meant to titillate but so strongly described that I can imagine people with a history of abuse of their own being unable to read it without it triggering memories The relationship between Kevin and Tom was inextricably interwoven with the mystery. It moved slowly, and there was almost no sex, even though they spent the main portion of the book together naked and TALKED about sex a lot. But did I miss the sex? Not a bit. There was pain, and confusion, and longing, and there was love and heartbreak, forgiveness and healing. Hurt/ Comfort to the max.I loved the fact that love didn't simply conquer all here and the author stayed miles away from the "healing dick". Kevin couldn't even stand being touched, or kissed, in the beginning, and he wasn't magically healed and up to non-stop sheet gymnastics by the end either, but I could clearly see him and Tom working from what they had and slowly, steadily moving on. I think Kevin's characterization particularly well done,I could relate to every detail of his behavior, especially in sight of his history once the latter was fully revealed. Tom was a psychologist, but confronted with his boyfriend's hangups he wasn't any more competent than Joe Ordinary to handle them. He made mistakes, regretted them and made up for them. However, he seemed too out of his depths at times; some of the things he said or did seemed just so abysmally stupid. That might be only me, though. 'cause I liked Tom, I liked him a lot, despite his shortcomings--or perhaps just because of them. He was so human. This was competent, smoothly flowing, skilled writing that wrought words and sentences to maximum effect, a narrative voice that sucked me in right from the start and didn't let me go. Together with the engrossing plot, the fascinating characterizations and the haunting mystery, this was a book I won't forget anytime soon.
The Zebra Striped Shirt - Cameron Vale First of all, the blurb is a bit misleading since it reads as if this book were about Jon and Danny. Well, one the one hand, it is, but there’s a very important person missing, namely Stan, Jon’s business partner, ex-lover and ex-Dom. Dom extraordinaire, as a matter of fact–imperious gaze, scary domineering powers, omniscience and all-alpha-maleness included. Which means, the story turns into some kind of sort of threesome at some point. If this isn’t your thing, you might want to stay clear. Also, it’s written in third person, multiple POV present tense, something that some readers might find off-putting.With these provisos, on to the story: Jon and Stan produce custom-made toys, accessories and clothing to cater to the BDSM crowd of any color and preference. They’re recommendation only, word-of-mouth exclusive but very, very successful that way, and so Jon can afford to buy his clothes at a fashion designer’s, even have them presented to him in a private fashion show. That’s how he meets drop-dead gorgeous Danny, diva model, designer’s muse and one of the rudest and most provocative guys Jon has ever met.From the first moment onward, Jon knows he HAS to have Danny. And the zebra-striped shirt he wears (which, on a side note, turns into some kind of metaphor for their relationship and plays a role several times in the story, hence the title). So Jon goes on a date with Danny, during which Danny showers Jon with insults and offense. But for Jon, the attraction only grows stronger. He wants nothing more than to grab this impossible brat and tame him. On the other hand, he can feel Danny’s deepset vulnerability and the pain which hides under the abrasive exterior. Danny is a challenge that tugs at the new Dom’s heartstrings and brings out all the possessive and protective instincts in him.However, their first session goes terribly wrong, and Jon has to turn to his own former Dom, mentor, friend and partner Stan for advice. As hard as Jon tries to be what Danny needs, things go spiraling terribly out of control. Bearing Danny’s pain on top of the barely healed wounds of his own past proves a burden that threatens not only to break Jon, but Danny alongside with him.This story is different from any other BDSM story I’ve read so far. Usually, the roles of Dom and sub are clear from the beginning, but this wasn’t the case here. Jon’s role was as undefined as the man was himself; I must admit I was a little surprised when he turned out the supposed Dom in the relationship. After reading the whole story, I’m pretty sure the author went for exactly this effect purposefully, and I must give kudos for that. Worked perfectly and made the whole ecperience all the more intense.For the first half of the book, I hated Danny, really really hated him, and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why Jon would let himself be treated like a complete doormat by Danny. However, the reason for both their behavior came clear over the course of the story, and by the end I couldn’t help but feeling for both of them and rooting for them to get what they both needed.Theirs is the most fucked-up, strangest dom/ sub relationship I’ve ever come across. Fascinating, though, meeting a failible dom who’s so at odds with himself and a sub who’s so raw with ingrained pain he practically screams with it. I’d have loved to see them sorting it out by themselves, but then the story got hung-up on their respective issues and needed a superhumanly powerful super-dom to save them both. Who, fortunately, was oh-so-conveniently handy to help sort out the mess Jon and Danny had made of their relationship.Other than this, this story was great, very emotional, and competently told in a gripping, compelling narrative voice. I couldn’t put it down.Until I reached the very abrupt ending, that is.Unfortunately, The Zebra Striped Shirt tells only half the story. It stopped at a crucial point and left me high and dry with “what, that’s it? Where’s the rest of the book?” Well, I’ll need to wait until the sequel comes out, I guess. Sorry, as much as I enjoyed the story and as much as Jon and Danny grew on me and I wanted to see them happy and healed–that’s not a cliffhanger, that’s a cheap way to try and sell more books. Review originally written for www.reviewsforjessewave.com
Compromised - Ethan Stone more like a 4.5. Vivid inside-prison descriptions that felt very real. INteresting plot twists and thrilling action sequences.
My name is Pikachu - Matthew Figglepants A true feelgood read if thre ever was one.After losing his husband six years previously, 47-year old Stuart had to go into early retirement from his stressful management job after a heart attack of his own. His days are now filled with taking photographs of trees in the Arboretum and blogging about them–and currently with dog-sitting his elderly neighbor’s five small pooches while she’s away.This is how Stuart first meets Tom, his neighbor’s granddaughter Deanna’s best friend. Deanna comes to her grandmother’s house to recuperate from a bad breakup with her boyfriend, accompanied by Tom, who’s gay, smokin’ hot and seriously interested in Stuart. But, and that’s the book’s (and Stuart’s) biggest but: Tom is twenty years younger than Stuart.Tom is sweet, considerate, mature beyond his years and in dire need of something solid in his life, someone to ground him and help him deal with all the heartbreak and stress he meets during his job as an ER nurse. Stuart is a steady personality, serene and relaxed, but still curious and open for new experiences. They’re each other’s perfect match; not only Deanna can see that right away. But there’s the age difference which particularly Stuart has such a hard time to get over that he almost didn’t give Tom and himself a chance, even though he wants Tom as badly–if not more–as vice versa. However, Tom is determined to get through the walls that Stuart had built around his heart.This book was just wonderful in its quiet optimistic sweetness. The characteristics were really good, even the dogs were close to “persons” in their own rights, and the trees, particularly the sugar maple that’s mentioned in the blurb, was almost a character of its own.Both Tom and Stuart were very likable main characters. Stuart had this absolutely understandable hangup about their age difference (which he, admittedly, brought up so often that it got a bit tiresome) since even Tom’s father was younger than Stuart. But I completely bought him and Tom together; Tom might be young, but he knows very well what he wants.They spend about a week spending time together, getting to know each other, doing nothing more “serious ” than kissing. After that time, and this was my only issue with this book, Tom knows that Stuart is “it” for him and proceeds to change his whole life accordingly. Admittedly, Stuart was rather trigger than the reason for a long overdue change in Tom’s life, but the way everything came together in the end for them appeared overly convenient, bordering on fairy-taleish.Then again, this is fiction, right? This is romance, after all. And if you’re able to let yourself fall into the gentle, warm flow of this story, you–like I did–will read this book with a smile on your lips and close it with a wistful sigh.Warmly recommended.

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