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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Laura Kaye
Released: Apr 14, 2015
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse
“I don’t always think writing LGBT fiction is as simple as it looks. There’s a difference that I can notice since I’ve read so much of it, but maybe if this is your first dip into the pool, it might work better for you than it did for me. Unfortunately, I think Kaye just tried to dump too much all into one story.” ~ Under the Covers
As you can probably tell by the cover this is Laura Kaye’s M/M novella for Jeremy and Charlie. As a massive M/M reader you can definitely say that I was excited for this story. I think any author who can give LGBT fiction a little spotlight in their series is wonderful. However something just didn’t click with me for this book.
If you’ve read the last book in the series, then you already know Charlie. He was the recent kidnapping victim and he’s probably better at handling computers than he is at handling people. This is especially true when it comes to Jeremy. Now what I like about this book is almost kind of what I hated… Laure Kaye spends a lot of time setting up another elaborate suspense plot in this story. While this is great for a full length novel, it’s not so awesome for a novella length story.
That being said, the romance doesn’t even start until 20-30% of the book and given who Charlie and Jeremy are, the nature of their relationship progresses way too quickly. There’s only a smidgen of tension as all the other characters are involved in the suspense plot, drawing it unnecessarily out and then bam, suddenly their first alone time together results into some dirty talk and steaminess. While I think that Kaye had all the elements of a good story present, there just wasn’t enough time to see it all play out. All this is a bit disappointing because I was hoping for something good for these two.
I would rather just have a focus on the romance than the suspense because to me, if you’re going to bother with writing M/M for the first time, it better be epic or it kind of just falls to pieces. I don’t always think writing LGBT fiction is as simple as it looks. There’s a difference that I can notice since I’ve read so much of it, but maybe if this is your first dip into the pool, it might work better for you than it did for me. Unfortunately, I think Kaye just tried to dump too much all into one story.
*ARC provided by publisher
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When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.
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