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This book is simply a beauty, a precious gem. It is the kind of book that opens my mind, expands my heart, and enriches my soul. The kind of book that lingers days after I finish reading.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
“Glitterland” by Alexis Hall: I like it but it’s also just an ‘okay’ read. The Essex phonetic writing kills my brain (I think it leaks out of my ears) and other parts felt pretentious. I always prefer the more restrained kind of writing anyway. Too many can be, well, too much. Yes, it’s classic opposites attract story, yes, at times I enjoy it, but still I totally have no idea what the squeeing is all about *shrugs*
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
Anything by Cornelia Grey is underhyped but since she only released one story this year, I will say “Devil at the Crossroads“. Cornelia Grey writes beautifully and SENSUALLY without bordering too dirty erotica. As a short story, this one still captivated me and my, oh, my, Farfarello was one HOT SEXY devil!
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
I have to choose two books for this:
“His Roommate’s Pleasure” by Lana McGregor. I am not a big BDSM or D/s book in general – simply because I find it difficult to find a story with ‘balanced’ D/s that I can consider romance (porn, on the other hand …). This one surprised me because it was sexy and tender, and uhm, ADORABLE. Definitely caught me off guard.
“Provoked” by Joanna Chambers. I don’t like the historical genre in general, and I only picked this up as part of my personal challenge in November. At first, I was already ready to dislike it because of the sense of ‘older’ English (I’m not an English native speaker and ‘older’ English makes it difficult for me to enjoy stories) but as the story moved, I was hypnotized with the story and characters. SO much that I think this (and the sequel) is one of my favorite series of 2013.
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
I have to say that my reading experience of 2013 brought me to fanfiction – hugs Merlin/Arthur, my favorite fanfiction couple EVER – personal historical MM challenge in November AND well, being part of this amazing team of reviewers on the blog. Oh, and I also learned that I could actually delete the word “baby” (an endearment I despised!) from books I read (thanks Tailtiu) so I can enjoy the stories better (yay!). It was an interesting year, that’s for sure.
Exploring new fandom in fan-fiction (because there are SO MANY of them for me to explore!), dipping my toes a little deeper in historical MM romance, because I seriously, most definitely, have missed some of the good stories there, and also wishing for MM authors to surprise me with fresh stories.