Tag Archives: published: 2010-01

Promises by Marie Sexton

7493186Title: Promises (Coda Books, Book 1)
Author: Marie Sexton
Published: January 7, 2010
Pages: 228
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Very few times can I say I’ve read a book that just pulled me into its world as quickly as this one did. Jared and Matt just have this quality that makes me not only want to know what happens to them, but also feel totally invested in their story. As someone who spent most of his life in a small town, I could definitely relate to Jared’s reservations about the homophobia and the way people in his community gossip – his fears and worries come across as very realistic. The relationship in this book is developed masterfully, and I certainly look forward to continuing this series and spending more time in Coda.

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane

7544649Title: Keeping Promise Rock (Promises, Book 1)
Author: Amy Lane
Published: January 18, 2010
Pages: 332
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Talk about a book that will totally put you through the ringer and have you wondering just what is going to happen right up to the end. This is the second book by Amy Lane that I’ve read, and I remain very impressed by her work (I have a friend who keeps recommending I read more, and I can see why he likes her work so much).

Crick and Deacon – the two of them are just incredible as characters, but all of the secondary characters are amazing, too. Ms. Lane has created an incredible and rich world here that left me laughing, crying, smiling, and worrying (mostly worrying, let’s face it). I can wait to learn more about it in the next book in the series.

Title: Seconds
Author: Megan Derr
Publication Date: January 19, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Viscount Alexis Mariemont finds himself calling on the mysterious ‘Dragon’, Haven Linwood, Earl of Chelsea, in the very early morning hours. The two have been named as seconds in the duel of two young friends of of theirs, Henry and Otis. Through these less-than-ideal circumstances, they each find an unspoken interest in the other man, but are both left wondering if they dare speak it. After all, Alexis has rules about this sort of thing and Haven doesn’t really feel like he fits in as a ‘society gentleman’. And yet they seem destined to be repeatedly drawn together by Henry and Otis’ continuing squabbles – will this simply lead to continued awkward encounters or could it become something more?

This is the third work I’ve read by Megan Derr, and I’ve enjoyed them all. Derr has a way of writing that easily conveys what the characters are thinking and feeling – you can really get into their heads. Both the situations and characters come across as realistic, complete, and believable, even when there’s just that little touch of the fantastic involved. Highly recommend this for those interested in historical m/m romance (especially regency era historical fiction). 

Title: The Left Hand of God
Author: Paul Hoffman
Publication Date: January 1, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I received a copy of this book through the First Reads program on Goodreads.com. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the book or really even what to expect after reading the short teaser description. I started off very intrigued and was quickly sucked into the world that Hoffman created for this first novel in a series.

I was worried that I wasn’t going to like the book because the title and first couple of chapters made me worry that it was going to be religious fiction, which is not really my cup of tea. But as it turns out, the religious aspect is a catalyst to the story and instead it seems (from this first book at least) that it is more a criticism of blind religious zealotry (while also providing interesting critiques of other aspects of society as other groups of people are introduced).

This book definitely had all the elements that keep my attention: dystopian themes, a fantasy setting, conflicted characters, and, at times, a seemingly anti-hero protagonist. The setting is a timeless one, as many arguments could be made both for the idea that it is in the future and that it is set in the past – which really allowed me to set that question aside and just focus on the story.

The author’s use of language to describe what is happening is excellent. He uses unique metaphors so I had little trouble understanding the tastes, smells, etc. of things that only exist in the world of this book. I also had no trouble vividly imagining the various battle scenes – while they aren’t overly-described, the descriptions are just enough to get a clear picture without slowing down the action.

I would say I had a hard time putting down this book and the only reason it took me a week to read it was that I was busy and didn’t have as much time to read as I would like. I definitely recommend to anyone who likes fantasy novels, especially with dystopian overtones.