Liam Davis & The Raven
January, 2017 (Original Pub: March 2014)
I’ve really been on a Anyta Sunday kick these last few weeks, and I know I still have a few more to go before I break. There’s just something about how she fuses her slow burn romances with humor that really wins me over.
I’m not sure I would have chosen to read Liam Davis and the Raven, at least not yet. I adore the new cover. I mean, isn’t it super gorgeous. The colors just pop. The cover alone meant I would have eventually read it, I just would have chosen others first. Except Anyta is a sneaky one, because she gave away a free copy of Liam Davis and the Raven when you signed up for her newsletter. I had to sign up for the newsletter anyway, because I want updates on the next Signs of Love book. The free download was just an exciting perk, but since I already had it I figured it might as well be my next read.
Okay, the bad news first; Liam Davis and the Raven is my least favorite of all Ms Sunday’s books so far. It wasn’t a terrible book. Reading it was just fine. It just wasn’t a ‘keep you seated, can’t put the book down’ kind of read. The chemistry between the main couple didn’t knock me over, and that probably had a lot to do with how I wasn’t invested in either man as an individual.
I also figured out the mystery immediately. If the author was trying to keep it a surprise, it didn’t really work. I thought it was insanely obvious.
The good news, it was cute. I liked how Liam was (I’m guessing here, since it’s never said) high functioning autistic. I also liked how that affected the development between Liam and his love interest. I also thought it made Hunter stand out. -Hunter was my favorite character, by the way.
If Ms Sunday does write a sequel, I’d for sure read one about Travis Hunter.
In the Middle of Somewhere
Middle of Somewhere #1
Dreamspinner Press | July 10, 2015
I have to admit, In the Middle of Somewhere shocked me. By chapter 3 I felt positive I wasn’t going to like the story, and I was already leaning toward quitting. In fact, the only reason I didn’t delete it from my Kindle was because I’d already DNFed another book, and I couldn’t bring myself to throw in the towel twice. I just pushed through what was bothering me, and I’m really glad I did because now I can’t stop thinking about Rex and Daniel.
Don’t get me wrong, everything that was wrong in the beginning still bothers me now. I feel like Rex and Daniels early interactions were a bit ‘extra’. The first half of the story really seemed to drag. And, and don’t judge me for this, I’m a little tired of reading about abusive, homophobic, families. I feel like sometimes it’s too easy to rely on bad families to create baggage for characters. I’d like to read more LGBT fiction that showcases accepting and loving parents and siblings, personally, because I feel like it happens less often. So, I was prepared to write this book off.
In the end though, somehow Roan Parrish made it work for me. What felt cheesy and extra between Rex and Daniel in the beginning actually started as an instalust which slowly (pretty darn slowly too) developed into a deep love. Neither man was the most trusting, and yet they didn’t use their history as a shield and weapon to hold each other back. That’s what makes a love story for me. I like reading about two people who fight and work to be together, even if they have to have the battle with themselves. Rex and Daniel fought, but they didn’t hold a grudge and keep the other at arms length.
They felt right with each other, and even if they weren’t sure how it would work out they still made those feelings a priority. I ended up really loving this book, and these characters… and someday, when I’m ready to go down that road again -the road of a deeper read- I’ll definitely be moving onto book two, Out of Nowhere.
Taboo for You
Friends to Lovers #1
June 27, 2013
Taboo for You has been on my Kindle for a while now, long before I’d read anything by Anyta Sunday. You’d think I’d have started there, since it sounded fantastic, but I continued to put it off. I figured, since I’ve been reading so many of her books, it was about time I cracked it open.
The bottom line, I really liked it. There’s something about the friends to lovers trope I enjoy, particularly when they involve a kid. Unfortunately, I tend to compare all of them to Bear, Otter and the Kid. I know it’s not fair, and it’s hard to measure up to, but I can’t help it.
In comparison, BOatK will always be my favorite. Jeremy was no Tyson, just like Luke and Sam aren’t Bear and Otter. Still, everything in Taboo for You was so much fun to read. Obviously it’s a slow burn, and nearly angstless, which was the one bonus over BOatK. I thought the interaction between Jeremy and Luke was sweet. I also loved how Luke and Sam’s friendship was always rock solid. There wasn’t a big problem they had to overcome, it was more about the two men realizing how deep their feelings actually ran.
Taboo for You hit all the right buttons. It made me feel happy and romantic, and it was just the right size to read all in one day. I’m kinda really loving those day reads right now.