Mini-Reviews: Shock & Awe, Turning 16, Sibling Rivals

While these are all reviews of adult m/m romance, I have attempted to keep them as safe-for-work as possible.

Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux

This one was short, but I felt obligated to say something because there is so much chatter about it - at least there was 8 months ago when I read it. But I’ve never been exactly ‘current’ so why should I start now! 

This book was not my cup of tea at all. It had some cute moments, but lovers of smut and adirondack chairs will not be disappointed. (Seriously, how many times can two grown men go at it on an adirondack before it breaks?) I also was dismayed at all the casual use of prescription drugs for recreation. 

Ultimately, too short, and too niche, I really think that only fans of Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series will get the intended effect out of it. I think I’ll be giving that series, and this new one, a pass.

Not recommended for: romantics or medical professionals.

106pp. Riptide. 30 Sept. 2013.

Turning 16 by Perie Wolford

Maybe if I were a fan of John Hughes movies I would be a better person.
That’s unlikely, but I may have gotten more out of this sweet little ditty based on in-jokes from Sixteen Candles and other movies by the much-loved director. The plot, obviously deviating from the movie in at least one major way, was about a boy whose birthday has been a catastrophe every year since he can remember, from setting the house on fire to break limbs, he’s never been spared. This year he can’t seem to shake the weirdo punk who sits behind him in detention, because yeah, he got detention for a whole week this year. It’s not terribly sexy as the characters are underage, but man, oh man, sparks do fly. When the kiss came, I was ready. 161pp. CreateSpace. 20 Feb. 2014.

Look at that pout, though.
So much sass.
Too much for one book?
Sibling Rivals by Summer Devon

When people talk about a story being ‘organic’ I think this is what they mean. 'Real' is another word. There wouldn’t be a story without conflict and a little bit of drama, however, so I present: I’m not gay but my brother is. Wait, that sounds wrong. I’m not gay, but my brother’s boyfriend is. That’s not it either… Falling in love with one brother after getting over the last one? Two brothers fall in love with the same man?

Peter is used to being overshadowed by his "perfect" brother, and accepts the role as slacker until one Christmas when Mark brings home Colin, his boyfriend. Suddenly Peter's not the black sheep anymore. Years later, Colin and Peter meet again, and though sparks flew once, Colin wants nothing to do with either of the Stevens boys. Especially the one that is straight. I’m not sniggering, nope.

It was well written to boot, did I mention how real— oh. Well, the steamy bits worked really well, they didn’t feel forced in or tacked on at all. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, it's as delicious as it sounds.

130pp. Samhain. 1 Oct. 2013.