Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cia's Reviews

So... recently I've been reading a few different stories and I thought I'd share them with you while you wait for my own stories to appear. Happy Reading!

Social Skills by Kingdom by the Sea
     I'm lucky enough on GA to have access to the Premium content stories and I read Social Skills. One of the most popular novel length stories on GA, this college age mm story is full of drama and angst, but it is not overdone. You can just imagine that Connor and Jared are real guys out there living life and learning how to be themselves. The story has a few typos left in it, but it is under revision.  I hear that it will be available for purchase by the author in the upcoming months, if you don't have access to GA Premium content.

  * If you like mm college age stories and are looking for a free one, may I suggest Quonus 10's story, Second Shot. At almost 300k, this story is LONG and full of everything you'd expect in a mm college story, yet manages to avoid being cliche. With hundreds of followers, this story is right near the top of the site's favorites list.

The Battle Lord's Lady by Linda Mooney 
   Priced at 3.99 and at 113k, this story is worth it even if you have to buy it! I was lucky enough to get it free through an ARe promotion, which just made this read all the sweeter. Set 300 years in the future, this mf fantasy romance chronices the way the lives of the 'Mutah' (mutant) woman Atty and the 'Normal' Battlelord Yulen meet amid bloodshed between their two kind. What a person 'knows' isn't always the truth, but getting others to change their mind and get past generations of blind hatred is a change their world for the better is a daunting task, one that might claim their lives.  I really enjoyed the futuristic, yet medieval, feel of this book and the characters were boldly written.

Tiger by Laurann Dohner
  What can I say? I was addicted to her New Species series from the very first book. Tiger is a strong supporting character in quite of a few of the series up to his own book, and I was looking forward to seeing just how he was going to fall. He did too, hard and fast, when he meets Zandra. The last few books had gotten a tad stale but I really enjoyed this one and the action interspered with moments between Tiger and Zandra that had me fanning my face before I spontaneously combusted. Erotic, and romantic, this ebook was a must read even at full book price.

Forgotten Soul by Tasha D-Drake
   Frankly, I got this short story because it was free. I read it because I had nothing else waiting to be read. I enjoyed it because it was NOT what I expected at all. I don't want to give anything away, because I feel you have to read this book without any misconceptions from the description in order to really enjoy it. A vampire style paranormal fantasy with some other elements thrown in, I really liked the twist and the evolution of the characters, which is amazing since the short story is only 10k.


  1. I read "Forgotten Soul" a few months back. I agree that it is a really well developed story for being so short. Loved the characters!

    Haven't read the others, but I will be looking into them since they come so highly recommended :-)

    1. I hope you enjoy them. I was very surprised at Forgotten Soul and I'm glad I didn't judge it quite by the cover/description of the book and gave it a chance. If you decide to peruse the New Species series, I strongly suggest reading them in order. The first book, Fury, less than a year ago and I've read it 5 times.

      Each book does stand alone but it is easier to connect to the characters because the stories are all also interconnected and different books advance the storyline here and there of past characters and introduce you to ones that will show up in the future.

    2. Thank you! I will remember that when I have a chance to read them. I'm in the middle of moving right now and just don't have the time. But I am excited that I have a few stories lined up for when I do have some down time :-)


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