Rock by Anyta Sunday
October 1, 2014
After I discovered Anyta Sunday books I went looking for her other popular books. Rock jumped out at me for having a high rating, and a more unusual plot. I haven’t read many romance novels about step-siblings, because it straddles a line for me. However, Rock intrigued me. I was curious.
For the first half of the story I was captivated. I loved reading about Cooper and Jace growing up. I loved their friendship as children, learning to navigate their broken families and figuring out if they could be friends. I loved their dueling stares, and how Jace started noticing and collecting rocks almost right after meeting Cooper. I could have read about them as teenagers forever.
Unfortunately it was just as High School ended that everything went south for me. Okay, so I’m going to just say this, and it is a spoiler so if you don’t want to know, jump to the next paragraph. I just feel like this is something others may want to know, so I’m going to say it. They discover there’s a chance the two of them are biological brothers. A DNA test is done, and they choose to not open and read the envelope. It clouded my entire read, both because it made me uncomfortable and because I thought it caused the book to have way too much undue angst.
I’m sure I’ll think about this for a long time, but I’m not sure that I’ll be thinking about it in a good way. What could have been a really beautiful story now feels marred, and it sucks.
Lovesick Gods by Amanda Meuwissen
October 2, 2017
Lovesick Gods is another one of those books that, no matter how many issues I had with it, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. I finished reading last night, sometime around 11pm, and it was still stuck in my thoughts so deeply I was dreaming about these characters and imagining what is going to happen next. Basically, I dreamed a whole ending for the story… but it wasn’t very good. Amanda Meuwissen’s going to be so much better, I just know it.
So, first, I did have issues. The whole ‘make him fall for me to break his heart’ was so immature, which is fine. It can be immature. I can handle that. What was frustrating to me was how it was treated like some big horrid, evil thing. Danny was going to break Cho’s heart, and that made him soooo horrible. Nobody would understand how he could be so evil, as to break Cho’s heart. Cho would be so disgusted if he knew Danny wanted to ‘break his heart’. Danny was a borderline villain!
Come on! Seriously! Cho is a thief. He’s killed people. He didn’t show up to backup Danny like promised, which ended up being catastrophic. Trust me, planning to break Cho’s heart is teenager revenge. It’s not that heinous. Lovesick Gods is only part 1, so there’s no big conclusion. It has a cliffhanger, so it’s not a spoiler for me to say that if Cho acts like he can’t possibly forgive Danny’s initial lame idea for revenge, I’m going to be seriously annoyed.
Also, I think the story needed some editing. There were too many wordy descriptions.
I thought I’d feel worse about Lovesick Gods, but when it was all done I realized how much Danny and Cho ended up meaning to me. They snuck up on me and made me love their relationship. If I already had Lovesick Titans in hand I would have immediately moved on to part 2, and not because of the cliffhangers, but because I want to see how Cho is going to handle Danny’s depression and self-loathing. How are they going to hold onto each other despite Hades and Thanatos, and their own broken history. That’s what I want to get to. I want these two mean to get their HEA, and I want to read all about it.
Deal Maker by Lily Morton
Deal Maker #1
December 22, 2017
Possibly choosing Deal Maker as my third Kindle Unlimited trial book was unfair. I’ve already read Rule Breaker, and enjoyed it, so I knew I would at least think Deal Maker was decent. Well, it was more than decent. It was AWESOME!
As much as I liked Rule Breaker, I didn’t jump right into this spin off simply because I was sure it would be very heavy on the angst meter. Rule Breaker was angsty, and I thought this one would be worse (just based on Jude’s history and the synopsis). It was the complete opposite of what I anticipated. Deal Maker was light and fluffy and sweet! Jude was one of the funniest characters I’ve ever read, and Asa was the perfect blend of gentleness and alphaness. He was vibrant and good-natured. I loved how tender he was with Jude, even when Jude deserved a bit of wrath. Asa juggled Jude’s antics with humor, like he could see right through Jude’s act which I think was their success in love. Nothing Jude did could truly get under Asa’s skin. It had the opposite affect. It made Asa really look at the person Jude was, and he was enchanted.
Then, add to that, Asa’s son Billy was such a joy to read about! He was the perfect glue to draw these two men together. I adored what a brilliant father Asa was. Wonderful father figures are always going to be a huge draw for me in a story, and Asa exceeded my expectations. I also loved how quick Billy and Jude took to each other. Sometimes when you read a book with a child in it, the children aren’t as well written as the adults, and it causes any scenes with them to feel dry and emotionless. Not with Billy. I loved reading about him as much as the two men. I loved reading the three of them together especially. They’d become a family before they finally allowed themselves to recognize it. It was beautiful.
I can’t wait for Henry’s book. I keep stalking Lily Morton’s website and Goodreads for updates. I’m not expecting to love it as much as Jude and Asa, however. I was just way too crazy in love with their relationship/family, I could have read an 1000 page book about them. I know I’ll be reading this one again!