I haven’t done Mini Reviews in a while (or in forever), so here we go. Be aware, that most of them received a poor rating. I’m in a bad book place at the moment.
Neil by Sybil Bartel (Review copy provided by NetGalley)
This is the first book by Sybil Bartel that I read and it might also be the last one.
I didn’t like this book mainly because of Neil, the one whose name is in the title, so he should be likeable, don’t you think? At least after a while, right?
4% in and I already sided with one other review I read about this book, and that review said: Neil is a dick, jerk and so on. I agree wholeheartedly. I would like it just quote the whole review and be done with writing mine, but I won’t do that. There were some moments where I thought he would redeem himself but the next sentence he was back to his asshole-ish behaviour. So no. No redemption for Neil.
The writing style of the book overall was really good, which is maybe the only reason I finished this book, but the characters, not only Neil, killed the book for me.
Rating: 2,25 stars
The Little Library by Kim Fielding (Review copy provided by NetGalley)
I would love to say that I was impressed by this, but the truth is I was kinda bored. I started this book of with “uh, this is a cool idea and the writing style is not bad”, but over the course of the book I found myself drifting to other, more interesting books.
I just was not invested in Simon and Elliot’s relationship and to be totally honest Elliot was pretty annoying from time to time.
That I didn’t like this, doesn’t mean that you won’t like it, but sadly this book was one of the rare m/m books that didn’t do it for me even though the premise sounded promising.
Rating: 2 stars
For Real by Alexis Hall
Caution, this is a bit of a rant. LOL.
I read an ARC prior to For Real that also featured an age-gap between the two characters. That ARC I liked a lot more than For Real. In fact I didn’t like For Real at all. I won’t even put this one in one of my folders on my Kindle. No, it will go straight back into my archives for when I ever feel the need to download it again, which I’m pretty sure won’t happen. Ever.
Here are the things that especially didn’t work for me, overall the whole book didn’t work for me though:
1) the whole relationship between Toby and Laurence. I didn’t mind the age-gap, really. What I do mind is chemistry. There wasn’t one ounce of chemistry between these two. Seriously. No sparks. Nothing. Also the relationship was for a better part of the book totally one-sided. This didn’t even feel like a relationship. Poor Toby. Relating that, to be blunt: Laurence was an ass and I did not like him. Not in the beginning of the book, not in the middle or at the end. Just didn’t like him.
2) the BDSM part. I’m not a big fan of BDSM, that I will honestly admit, but still I’ve read better books about it. Here all the lines between sub and dom were smeared and I just didn’t understand their dynamics.
3) the narration. The whole writing style felt kinda off for me. The only good thing is that I could really good distinguish which characters POV I was currently reading. That is like the only positive thing I have to say about this book. And that it didn’t play in America, but in the UK. That’s another teeny tiny good thing.
Quite frankly I don’t get all this love for this book. Lots and lots of people have recommended this to me and lot and lots of people on Goodreads love this so I thought “if so many like it, it has to be good, right?”. Nope. Not for me. I’m still not really sure how I even finished this or why for that matter.
I’m not sure I will pick up another book by Alexis Hall. Probably not. I know I’m probably one of the very few people that did not like this book, or maybe I’m just one of the few that chose to review it, but that’s life. Don’t hate me for my opinion.
Rating: 1,5 stars
Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen
This was really cute and at the same time I had tears in my eyes a few times. Highly recommend it, but be aware that both of the characters deal with a lot of grief, so if that’s not your piece of cake and you want something more fun and lighthearted, this is not it.
Rating: 4 stars
Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker
I think this is the first M/M Paranormal Romance book I ever liked. It’s different from the others I’ve read and wanted to throw at the wall.
Some things were stupid, some repetitive, the whole fated-thing I kind of hate in other books, but since it’s still kind of a slowburner here, I’m ok with that. Overall I liked this book.
Rating: 3,5 stars
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