Title: Blind Love (Discover Yourself, Book 4)
Author: Laura Warby
Published: November 1, 2013 (re-released February 5, 2015)
Publisher: Laura Warby
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]
Owen has never been one for serious relationships. But when he is introduced to his friend’s brother, Nate, he’s intrigued. While at first resistant to the idea of being set up, he’s taken in by Nate’s charm. Nate is quiet–perhaps a bit shy–and blind, though he doesn’t let that hold him back at all. If they’re going to try to make something work, however, they’re both going to have to be willing to trust in each other and themselves.
A sweet and fluffy read that is likely to leave a smile on your face. I definitely like both Owen and Nate; there’s something endearing about both of them. I do think the relationship moves a bit too quickly in the early stages, but this is a shorter work and that’s likely what nudges that along. If you’re looking for something quick and wonderful, this is definitely worth picking up.
While this is part of a set, it is a standalone story that doesn’t require knowledge of the other works in the series.
Title: Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World
Author: Anne Jamison
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:I’ve been doing a bit of reading in the area of fan studies lately, so as someone involved in fandom and fanfiction communities, this was certainly a book I needed to pick up. I was really interested to see an approach focused on fanfiction from an academic perspective. And for the first third of the book, I feel like that’s what I got. But past that, the in-depth and objective feeling seemed to fade. A number of major controversies in fanfiction are highlighted, often without a full perspective, and the weighting of examples is heavy in two specific fandoms (which, with fanfiction being a very large panfandom activity, it would have been good to bring in a wider array of examples or case studies, I think).
Overall, the book does provide a good overview of fanfiction for someone who may not know much about its history, but I’d be hard-pressed to call this ‘the definitive text’ on the subject.
Title: Training Season
Author: Leta Blake
Publication Date: November 11, 2013
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: Matty Marcus was at the height of his figure skating career when he suffered an injury that took him off the ice and out of competition. Now, as he’s completing his recovery, it’s time to start thinking about how to get back into the game. Though he never expected that he’d be taking a house-sitting job on a Montana ranch to raise the funds to hire a new coach and start seriously training again. And he certainly didn’t expect to spend that time next to an incredibly handsome neighbor who somehow seems to know exactly what Matty needs. But as the two of them grow closer, Matty knows he will need to make a choice – even though he’s certain there’s no choice to make at all.
I really enjoyed this one. It’s an M/M romance with a well-developed and believable story (while still having its moments of heat along the way). Even though Matty seems a bit over-the-top at first, it’s to quickly connect with him and the other characters and be cheering and yelling at him as the story progresses. There’s so much about this story and its characters that is unexpected, too, that it really kept my interest and, in many ways, I really would like to know what happens next for everyone involved. (This is also one of those books that I would give a great deal to see as a film, if only more people were optioning and adapting LGBT-themed literature.)
Content Warning: A few brief BDSM scenes.
(eGalley provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)