Too Much (or Not Enough) of a Good Thing?
My nerd kick led me to Nerd in Shining Armor
and Love Kinection
better than ehhhh but still not everything I ever dreamed of
I should actually say Shining Armor was cute
but not what I expected
and the author of Love Kinection took too much pride in the nerdiness, but the story was pretty cute
M: Oh yeah? I like the titles
J: It was just a big dump of the geekiest things the author could think of
like she polled people for ideas and then threw them all in there
pop culture references galore
you know how I feel about those
besides dating a book…
I mean, there was Buffy, Star Wars, Star Trek,
stuff I’ve never heard of, comic books, nintendo, nerdy references that only nerds get, joss whedon, conventions. it never ended
that was Love Kinection
cute story. cute hero
too much nerd
M: it’s a fine balance, like the alpha bad boy/alphahole. Too much is sometimes…too much.
J: yeah. I would have loved the story otherwise
and the Nerd in Shining Armor was like “what else can we get these guys into?”
psychic brother, psychotic boss, heroine from the hills of Tennessee (little offensive there, too, though I know there are people like that here), color blind hero, set in Hawaii, plane crash, overprotective mother
the hero was adorable, just as I’d hoped
and adoring, like the shy guys are
but I sighed a lot
M: I finished the Alpha Bad Boys 7 book pack – 99 cents when I bought
I liked the Olivia Cunning stories, I’d read her again
and Shayla Black’s story was good. Worth buying for those three stories alone
Started out good with those, but the rest I pretty much skimmed through
like, major skim
J: assholes instead of alphas?
M: the stories from the third one on did not hold my interest
not so much alpha or enticing
I mean, I was expecting some serious, bordering-on-alphahole heroes, and none of them really were
I was a bit disappointed. Maybe my idea of alpha bad boys differs, though, so…
J: I can’t handle alphaholes
M: I like a certain amount of arrogant alpha
as long as they have a good heart
these weren’t heroes I’d pull together specifically for a collection of that title, but that’s me
and there is a difference between an alpha bad boy and an alphahole
so there’s that
but these were just…romance heroes
and not that they weren’t good heroes, but just not what I get excited about when I think of alpha bad boys
J: I feel like I’ve read more than just the geek ones lately…hmmm
M: I read a couple of Entangled Brazen that were/are on sale to celebrate their birthday
all were pretty good
Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson – football player hero marriage for convenience/bolster his reputation. I’ve read a few by her lately and they’ve all been pretty good
Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey – hostage negotiator hero who falls for his boss’s daughter, forbidden romance angle. I’d read more of her stuff
I started One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye, military hero one night stand turns into next door neighbor and related complications
only a little ways in, but so far so good. I’ve read a few of hers before, too, and they’re all solid good-old sexy romance.
J: Ooh, an Entangled one comes out today about a geek
must go buy
M: read a couple m/m that were free and pleasant surprises
Reaching the Edge by LM Somerton. On sale for 80 cents
and Yes, Sir – a free short erotic novella that was pretty steamy and decent. I’d read more from both of them.
I read a couple of Skye Warren books, too
they were solid, but very different subject material. dubious consent, non-consent, that very dark side of erotica. Definitely not for everybody.
J: holy crap. when do you read?
has it been that long since we chatted about books?
M: I’ve read a ton. the past couple of weeks have been hella stressful and distracting
so I read if I can’t write
the one click ordering is so dangerous
J: I agree with that. I ration myself
not myself. my books. my money
or I’d never do anything
M: I tried, but fell into the purposeful delusion of “oh, it’s on sale. That doesn’t count.”
I can find lots of good books on sale
but I do have a new house and lots of fun remodeling to pay for soon, so…
but then, “it’s only 99 cents. What’s 99 cents?”
J: it’s a lot if you buy one a day
M: I figure I’m doing good with one a day
I mean, I don’t buy coffees or anything. No Starbucks on the island.
J: that’s how I justify my pedicures
I don’t buy handbags or shoes, so….
M: yeah, those aren’t my crack
Buying books? Oh, yeah.
Speaking of which…