Heidi Belleau Reads

I write queer erotica and romance. I read it too!
Screw the Fags (Screwing the System, #1.5) - Josephine Myles Funny and sexy, with enjoyable sympathetic leads.

Did I mention sexy?
The Last Rebellion - Lisa Henry Ahhh, lovely. Perfect little moments of literary imagery wrapped up in dark psychological warfare and darker sex. Too bad it ends so soon and so abruptly!
Gamble Everything - Cari Waites THAT ENDING. oh the kink in this was so delicious, and I love it and I want to marry it.
Tribute - Lisa Henry Read it in one sitting, constantly berating myself for liking it as much as I did.

Sorry I'm not sorry.
The Prisoner (Broken, #1) - Kol Anderson I couldn't do this one. Amateurish writing and clunky dialogue, and so many ellipses I felt like it was narrated by William Shatner.
Submission (Gamble Everything, #5) - Cari Waites Yeah I just binged-read all of these. If you're looking for a super kinky well-written dub-con serial, this is it. But if you're at all put off by Daddy kink or infantilization (especially if you have triggers), give this a pass.
Sold (Gamble Everything #1) - Cari Waites GOOD GOD. (Rolls on the floor, licks computer screen, cries)
Tortured & Tamed (Captured by Space Pirates, #2) - Victoria Vallo Won't be continuing this serial. I'm all over space pirates and dub-con, but there's not enough meat here to hold my interest.
Bound & Boarded (Captured by Space Pirates, #1) - Victoria Vallo NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO JUDGE ME.
The Good Boy - Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock Stayed up all night finishing it, I don't think there's any better compliment than that!
Finding Zach - Rowan Speedwell Characterization was great, and as a recovery story it worked well. Loved the leads.

Pacing-wise it moved a little too slowly for me, with too many misunderstandings. I wish there had been just a bit more conflict either from the outside or even just between the main characters that went beyond them misinterpreting one another because while their feelings were realistic to the situation, as a reader it felt very repetitive to go through the same pattern over and over again. While I loved David, I did, he was just too perfect all the time. I wanted him to make real mistakes and missteps. Even the most well-intentioned people don't handle trauma perfectly all the time. The one time David DID step out of line (the punch), it was basically immediately forgiven and glossed-over.

Also, a lot of the dialogue felt a little forced, a little TOO teenage for two grown men, or rather, an imitation of what teenage boys would talk like since it didn't ring true to me on that end, either and there were a few times where they didn't sound American, but British, or British trying to sound American. There were also some amateurish editing issues like multiple question marks or exclamation points, which is something that really shouldn't have made it past an editor, because yikes!

Ultimately though, a very addictive book with easy to love characters, andI love that it had an ensemble cast and moved beyond the POVs of the two leads. I just wish it would have taken a few more chances.
City Mouse - Amy Lane, Aleksandr Voinov Thoroughly enjoyable book, just what I look for in a light contemporary. Real conflict between the leads, both of them lovable in their own ways, a good cast of supporting characters, and a satisfying emotional arc.

The only complaints I really have are: that Owen's POV was a little too "British-sounding" with regards to dialect and phrasing when I would have preferred more contrast between the language of each character's POV, really drawing a line between their differences; and that the sexual arc of the story was a little muddled for me. Don't get me wrong, I found the sex very sexy, but when there's as much as there was in this book, I like there to be a distinct sexual arc that threads through the sex scenes. There were definitely hints of that here, but they just didn't quite come together (ha) in a satisfying way.

Overall though, a fun and funny read, recommended for contemporary fans.
Not His Kiss to Take - Finn Marlowe Massively dubious subject matter, but if you read it purely as erotica instead of as a romance, it's easy to let yourself fall into the fantasy. And very rewarding!
Rock Her - Liz  Thomas Don't appreciate being spammed multiple times.

Especially don't appreciate the fact that even though I've blocked the spammer, I'm still getting notifications and spam.

Especially especially don't appreciate the fact that Goodreads enables spammers by not having some manner of upper limit to invitations that can be sent out. Seriously, 20k+ invites to a book release event? What could that be but spam?

Not impressed, will not be reading the author. (Not that I would have in the first place, after reading other reviews. Fuckhole to refer to a vagina? Really? Yuck!
Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, #2) - K.A. Mitchell The daddy kink calls to me, but can someone please assure me there are no evil bitch women in this? The "ex going straight" plotline is worrisome.
He Is Worthy - Lisa Henry I thoroughly enjoyed what there was of this book, but I can't help but wish there was more. I'm not one of those people who complains about short stories automatically, but with this it felt like several scenes were glossed over rather than rung out for the story's full potential. The suspense in the scenes left to breathe was absolutely wonderful and gripping and I wanted more of that.

But for what it is, it's a great story, violent and unflinching and well-characterized. Fans of Lisa Henry will be satisfied for sure!

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