Holding Out for a (Geeky) Hero
J: I have a new book to send you
M: ooh, what was it?
J: I think it’s called The Theory of Attraction
looking to see if it’s lendable
you know I love the geek heroes
it is not lendable
but I recommend
I’m about to buy the second in the series
the author is Delphine Dryden
and the series is called The Science of Temptation
M: I shall check it out
geek doms are fun
J: pygmalion trope
I know you love that one
M: mmm, yes.
J: I’m definitely on a geek hero kick
more than usual, I mean
M: nothing wrong with that
J: did you have a free moment to read this week? anything interesting for me?
M: nothing I think you’d like. I’ve been more on an edgy kick
I read a couple decent ones, but they ended in that damn cliffhangery thing that isn’t really a cliffhanger, more like stopping right in the middle of the damn story so you have to move onto the next book to continue. I find that irritates me more than tantalizes
I’m more excited and liable to by the next if there’s a satisfying ending to the arc but the possibility of more
J: oh yeah
i haven’t read any of those lately
but reviews sometimes give me the heads up
M: ugh. me no like
I’m still a little starry eyed over Captive Prince – the writing was only okay, but the twisty turny characters, the manipulation within the story, the perception-mangling interactions…
I love that stuff
J: you said it was picked up by a publisher?
or is that the version you read?
M: No, I read the pre-publisher version. I’m not sure when that will come out.
I did really enjoy The Mistress Matchmaker series by Jess Michaels, erotic historical
J: I’ve been looking at those
the moment I get a craving for historical, I’ll go for it
M: Well, I liked the first two a lot. The third was a little disappointing
Not the story or characters so much, but more the writing, I think. Or editing. Or something
M: Honestly, I’m not sure. Maybe.
A lot more repeated words, passive, just not as tight
and jarring when you’ve come to expect so much better
M: Not horrible, by any means, but noticeably different in my opinion than the first two
But I do recommend the series. I really did enjoy
J: maybe she just had a different editor
M: could be. kind of felt that way.
I’m in the middle of a more erotica type one by Kit Rocha. I think it was free.
It’s actually pretty interesting and well written
I saw someone mentioned it was edgy and a bit subversive, so I was all “sign me up”
and I’m into it so far
Now, if it ends in a damn cliffhanger thing…argh
J: what’s the name? I’m looking it up
M: Beyond Shame
but it’s so much more than the title so far
J: it’s 99 cents now
M: it is the first in a series, I see
J: huh. it actually looks interesting
M: I saw “subversive” and “dystopian porn” mentioned in the reviews, and I was “huh”
and it’s pretty solid so far
I’m a little confused about the hero’s attitude, but I think at the point I’m at in the story, that might be the intent
J: think he’s pretending to be something he’s not?
M: No, not like that. More either the author is going for more of a reveal – like he’s waiting for the heroine to discover her true self by herself and is just leading her along slowly to help, or his character isn’t as developed as it should be
could go either way right now. Hoping for the former
he’s giving me and the heroine mixed signals
so it’s either going to be an eye-roller or awesome
J: well, I’ll give this one a shot if you end up liking it
I’m interested enough in the premise
When’s Kate SeRine’s next one come out again?
M: August 1, I think
J: that’s not soon enough
M: You could buy it now, and it will show up as soon as it’s released.
J: Ooh, good idea!