MishyJo

After finishing my lit degree, I completely stopped reading.  I had lost the ability to read for pleasure.  But in early 2013 I discovered reading could be social.  And in the autumn of 2013 I discovered MM romances and that reading could be downright HOT.  I haven't stopped reading since!

 

I live on Goodreads but I promise to figure out Booklikes eventually.

Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt Series, #2)

Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt Series, #2) - N.R. Walker Even better than book 1. I didn't want it to end. Though I know nothing about Australian law, I really thought Travis and Charlie would end up getting married to deal with the immigration issue .

Longer review later.

The Last Thing He Needs

The Last Thing He Needs - J.H. Knight 4.5 stars.
Because of a very stupid thing I did today, Adam is kindly letting me link to his incredible review so I don't have to write my own when my brain is mush.

And yes, Adam, the next BR should be fluffy sweet. Like puppies and clouds and marshmallows.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross - Jordan Castillo Price Zodiac Challenge pick #1 for Virgo

Among the Living (PsyCop)

Among the Living (PsyCop) - Jordan Castillo Price Well. What to say? This was so not my normal read. I am thrilled that I liked it so much considering how out of my element I was. Will I read more? It's definitely possible but not for sure.

Crashing the Net

Crashing the Net - Samantha Wayland

I spent most of this book thinking it was a 3 star read. But for some reason it ended up feeling more like 4.

I liked it a lot. Needed some editing. The quasi-D/s thing worked really well.

The lube scene at the beginning REALLY annoyed me, I thought he had been forced to drink large quantities of lube. I almost stopped reading right there. But ends up it was just dumped over his head as a prank. Maybe the author confused me on purpose. I think that plan backfired

BR with my crew. Who I love.

Finally Finding Faith

Finally Finding Faith - Tammy Falkner That was an emotional workout. So happy, so sad, so sweet, so painful. Too often .5 stories are light in-betweeners to fill the gap. This was much more. It totally carried its own weight in a series full of awesomeness.

His Roommate's Pleasure

His Roommate's Pleasure - Lana McGregor Reread 8-17-14
Thanks to Nick for giving me an excuse to read this little gem again. It's one of my favorites.

And why hasn't this author written more???????

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away - S.E. Jakes Tommy and Prophet fucking. On Cillian's stolen couch. What more could one ask for?

With how plot heavy the last book was with so many characters to keep track of, it was nice to have some one on one time alone with my boys.

PROPHET I LOVE YOU BÉBÉ ♡♡♡♡♡♡

Yours

Yours - Kim Alan Because of the twist at the end, I felt compelled to reread the story. So I read this twice. It didn't work for me. Fortunately, it was super short so it wasn't a big time investment. And it was free.

Nothing Special

Nothing Special - Jay Northcote Nothing really ever happened. Neither MC really evolved.

I am all for sweet and fluffy. I love sweet and fluffy, in fact. But I needed a bit more something here.

On the up side it was a quick, easy read and I liked the the Britishisms from these two London boys.

Bird Meets Cage

Bird Meets Cage - Anyta Sunday 4.5 stars. Different than anything I have read. Lovely story and so well written.

Down and Dirty

Down and Dirty - Rhys Ford Ichi! Is that you? I don't love you like I love Jae Min, but I do love you. Can't wait!!!!

Strength of the Pack

Strength of the Pack - Kendall McKenna It's a trifecta. I quit, Marco quit, Guilio quit.
DNF at 43%.
The boring story and flat writing was too much despite the promise of hot sex.

End of the Innocence

End of the Innocence - John  Goode That was a bit rough at times. But I liked it. A lot. Review to come.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley  - Patricia Highsmith Nick: Shall I look for some gifs?

Mish: No. No gifs.

Nick: Why not?

Mish: You'll just look for something shocking and bloody. I don't want to be grossed out by our review.

Nick: Okay... you start, though. I need another drink.

Mish: Isn't that your third?

Nick: Are you counting my drinks, woman? Just start.

Mish: So I understand you and Giulio had a little wager going that I couldn't handle this. I admit is was a bit rough for me but I made it through.

Nick: Giulio doubted you. Me? Never. Maybe you should tell everyone about the plot.

Mish:  That's the easy part.  The book was written in the 1950's but still really stands up.  Tom is approached by Mr. Greenleaf to help him try to track down his son in Europe.  Tom, a bit of a con artist, decides to take the free ride to Europe and try to convince Richard (Dickie) to come home.  When he gets there, Tom decides to stay on in the small Italian village and take advantage as long as he can.  

Nick: So I think I'll give a little bit of a character sketch of our boy Tom. Sound okay, Mish?

Mish: Yup.

Nick: Tom is nuts. I think the correct word is sociopath, but let's go with nuts. 

Mish: Nuts works for me.

Nick: Tom has no personality of his own. He even looks in mirrors to try and understand his own emotions. When Tom meets Dickie (love that name) he sees a personality and life that he'd like to have. I spent a lot of the book wondering whether Tom's attraction to Dickie was sexual.

Mish:  It struck me throughout how asexual he was.  I couldn't decide if that was because the book was written in the 1950s, his lack of persona, or what.

Nick: I decided (with Giulio's help) that Tom would be gay if he had a personality of his own, but his sexuality is very tied up in narcissism. 

Mish: I thought he was likely gay too.  But he didn't know what to do with it.

Nick: We agree as usual. Now to some spoilers! Tom is attracted to everything about Dickie and wants to be with him, but Dickie grows tired of Tom and so Tom does a very bad thing in a boat.

Mish:  That was about the time I think Tom decide he actually wanted to be Dickie more than he wanted to be with Dickie.

Nick: Tom becomes Dickie in public and private; it is a complete transformation and for the first time in his life Tom feels like a real person. This is the brilliance of this book. I never rooted for Tom, but I was fascinated by him as he went about his bloody business.

Mish:  I love a good anti-hero. 

Nick: And I love a good murder.

Mish: Or two.

Nick: Particularly with homoerotic overtones... undertones? Help me, Mish.

Mish: I think it's overtones.

Nick: Thanks, kitten. Anyway, how are we going to rate this book?

Mish: I gave it 5 stars.  The fact that I could love a book with no romance, no sex, and a good amount of blood and violence?  That says a lot.

Nick: Then 5 stars it is! Would you like another drink?

Mish: If you're buying.

Nick: You betcha.

Mish: I hear there are more books in the series.

Nick: I'm game.

Mish: Just tell me when and where and I am yours.

Nick: Soon. When you're done howling at the moon with your European buddies.

Mish:  How the fuck do you make howling noises?

Nick: Aaaahoooo!

Mish: Yeah that.

Just Jelly Beans and Jealousy

Just Jelly Beans and Jealousy - Tammy Falkner GR and Amazon say 80 pages. I doubt it was more than 25 though.

Short, sweet, free. A nice wee addition to the series.

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