Book Reviews, Gay romance

Beta Test by Annabeth Albert

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This book had a really slow start for me. It took a while for me to get into it. Once the road trip got underway and we start seeing the main characters Ravi and Tristan learn more about each other things really kick off. I was obsessed by midway through the story. I stayed all night reading until I was finished.

I love the stories being set in the video game production world. I found it really fun.I absolutely need the first book that features Adrian and Noah now because I enjoyed the bits of Adrian I saw in this story. This whole company is an interesting place.

I liked Ravi’s culture was handled. Seeing ra\ce issues when they hit a more conservative town. I thought it was done well. The whole issues with family played into this too for both of them. You can see how their situations with their families affect the way they think and who they are.

The build up of this romance is done brilliantly. Tristan and Ravi are very different characters. In a lot of ways they are completely opposite and have a hard time working together because of th way they perceive each other. It’s interesting to see how that changes as they actually have to work together.

Had no clue there would be a bit of a road trip before I went into the story. I so far have not read a book that contained a road trip that I disliked. I don’t know what it is because I’ve never been on one, but I really enjoy romances with a road trip in them. It gives so many great opportunities for relationship development and character depth to be shown.

When things implode/explode they do it in a big way. Loved the tension and drama in this story. I also really like the way things are resolved in the end. It’s so intense and I was completely pulled in by it all.

I stopped before the epilogue to take notes on everything I thought about the book up to then. Sometimes epilogues flop a lot for me.With this book’s epilogue everything is addressed, but not all solved.It’s not too much. It’s realistic.Something I’d say about a lot of this book is that it feels very real. That’s how I like my epilogues. Not everything will be absolutely perfect after 5 months, and that’s fine. This was a 5 star romance for me.

 

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Book Reviews

Tempest by Cari Z

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Colm Weathercliff is a simple fisherman with an uncanny some might say preternatural knack for his trade. He thought leaving his small village to take his father s ashes to the capital city of Caithmor for a proper burial would be the grandest adventure of his life.

At first, all his hopes seem to be fulfilled. He finds a home where he s accepted without question, the freedom to use his talent to its fullest effect, and love with Nichol, a man with a longing for the sea as powerful as Colm s.

But Caithmor holds as many dangers as it does attractions. Colm s greatest secret turns out to be a dark revelation that gets him and his family shunned and changes everything he thought he knew about himself.

The truth about his parentage, his gift, even his physical form could poison his chance for love. And doom both him and Nichol to a gruesome, inescapable fate.

Colm is a lad from a mountain village that wants to be a fisherman. I really enjoyed this book even if it wasn’t as fast paced as I hoped before starting.There were a couple points where something felt a little drawn out and I noticed.Mostly I liked the pace, though.It worked well for the story.

There is a good amount settling in for the main character Colm. Things keep changing for him. First as he travels away from his home. Then  as he settles into a new town.There are steadily more  changes he has to settle into as the story goes along. Changes in his relations with the people in the town, with his new family, changes in what he knows and believes in himself, and finally, a really big physical change that he isn’t ready for.

Nichol is his love interest in the story.I felt at first that he was an impulsive prat. He still might be, but I grew to love his character.I really cared about what would happen to him. Also some of the funnier dialogue in the book comes from his interactions with others like his grandmother or some of the townsfolk who know his mischievous ways.Nichol really does go through some major character growth over the course of this book. Some of it brought on by  tragedy.

This book has a really interesting world. Magic is outlawed by the religion, but also used by the priest. There  is a sort of religious war on magic in the book and it makes some places scary for anyone with even a little something magical in their blood line. I really liked the way the political/religious/magical world was layered in. I feel like we get some idea of how bad things are from what Colm goes through, but also from letters to his sister who lives in a completely different part of the world.It wasn’t laid on too thick. It was the right way to world build for this story.

Really happy my request for this story from NetGalley was accepted because it really was great. I’d been looking for a good queer story with some kind of merpeople in it. This is the first one that I’ve really liked.The last one I tried ending up being a book i could not even finish so I really appreciated this book.

I received this eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The book’s release date is April 5th, 2016.