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Cheri Champagne

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Drawn-Out Mystery

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-17

The idea for this one was decent, though I've seen it before. The writing was good, I was just disappointed with the pacing (it was very slow), the lack of a hearty mystery (I'd solved all mysteries by the first 1/4 mark), and the chemistry between our heroes.

Better Than I Expected

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-17

This novel was more than I expected it to be, particularly after Gideon's abhorrent behaviour in Milo. To my surprise, I actually liked Gideon and his character's gradual change as he became a better person. I really adored Eli's character; he was fresh and relatable.

Overall in the trilogy, the first (Oz) was my favourite, and this is a solid second.

Once more, Joel Leslie hit it out of the park with the narration. He's amazing.

Not My Favourite By KJ Charles

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-17

I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I'd hoped that I would. There were two big things that really prevented me from loving it.

I can't go into detail about what it was that happened (because, spoilers), but at one point in the book, Will makes the decision to go to Kim... And it was completely the wrong decision, particularly based on how they left things, and Kim's unapologetic, lying character.

The second thing that prevented me from enjoying the book was, in fact, Kim's unapologetic, lying character. He's so unrepentant and almost villainous throughout, that I can't for the life of me understand why Will falls for him, aside from the fact that he's the only other gay man that we meet in the narrative.

The rest of K.J. Charles' writing is lovely. 2.5*

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Could Not Get On Board

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-17

There are so many lovely aspects to this novel, but there was one troupe that really brought the whole thing down for me. I could not get on board with Gideon's role in Milo and Niall's romance. AT. ALL. It would be one thing if their relationship was in the past or a one-time fling that no longer meant anything to either of them, but to have Gideon and Niall still actively being convenient sex partners, and then having Niall move on to Gideon's brother, Milo... AND THEN have Gideon talk to Milo about how good Niall was in bed... NOPE. This was too disgusting for me. Morton could have easily kept Gideon as Niall's best friend and left out the sex, and made him just as possessive and rude because he both wanted to teach Milo his little lesson and because he thought that Milo was trying to take his friend from him. The ick-factor was entirely unnecessary, and it ruined the book for me.

Otherwise, there were some nice parts, and I do like the author's way of writing. But a huge NOPE to this plot.

Joel Leslie as the narrator was, of course, amazing.

Clean and Funny

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

This book is very funny, and definitely enjoyable if you're not expecting much in the way of plot or romance. I laughed out loud several times. The characters are genuinely lovely.

What made me put it down was the intimacy between Luc and Oliver. While there wasn't any suspense in the romance (no heat, no build-up), things had certainly been leading to the moment of their first "joining", especially after Oliver had put a stop to any intimate connection between them. That led me to expect a spectacular first sex scene when it finally arrived. Unfortunately, this book was clean and all intimacy was fade-to-black, removing what I feel is the most deeply emotional, and meaningful part of romance novels.

If you like clean romances with lots of great humour, this book is for you. It's just not for me. Enjoy!

Not Very Romantic

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

I didn't find this novel very romantic (and certainly not as romantic as I would have liked), but I did enjoy the mystery. 3.5*

Low Angst

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

This was a low-angst novel with some meandering plot and likeable characters. I wasn't quite riveted, but I did enjoy it. 3.5*

Incomplete Story Arcs

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed the story, and quite liked Sam's character. The one main thing that bothered me, though, was the fade-to-black on their one penetrative sex scene. This normally wouldn't be a problem, especially after the earlier sexy scenes, but in this particular plot, and with these particular characters, it was a huge let-down. All arcs were all leading to that moment. Since Hartley had his personal issues with touching, they'd not done much of it, so this moment when they're finally able to embrace each other (etc) was supposed to feel like a really big deal. But fading to black didn't let us see how it impacted Hartley, and it didn't let us see how Sam soothed him.

Truthfully, the rest of the book was good, but this one fact, the fact that the culmination of all arcs was ignored like that, was what ruined the entire experience for me. 3.5*

Lovely Start

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

This book starts off very sweet. I love that it's inclusive, etc. My problem with this novel, is that while there isn't much in the way of plot, there's no steam, and the romantic arc made me upset. When Martin pulls a stupid, it dragged on way longer than necessary. The whole thing just made me angry with both Martin and Will in a way that could not be redeemed by a happy ending.

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-26

For a zombie apocalypse romance novel, this was surprisingly disappointing. I saw so many reviews praising how "scary" this book was, but it really failed to deliver. It wasn't scary. There were a few moments of suspense, but the majority of the book takes place in various hiding spots.

As for the relationship between our heroes... I found myself rolling my eyes or cringing when the romance started. I love a good "enemies to lovers" romance, but this was just so awkward. First of all, I don't know any men that would invade another's privacy by joining them in the shower. A public shower, yes, but nothing so intimate as a single shower. Then, when things finally turn sexy, permission is asked, but never received before the awkward touching begins. There isn't enough of a build-up, no tension to keep me interested...or to even give me a clue that it was going to happen.

The ending (the last 1/4 of the book) was very disjointed from the trajectory of the story. Andrews added new characters, new mysteries, new conflict, and new threats. Then, after their escape, everything was very rushed. It felt as though Andrews knew that she was reaching the end of the novel and couldn't wait to get there. Scenes were abbreviated/summed up, and then everything was ended without any real satisfaction.

The narration wasn't the best. My issues are numerous, but I don't think it's fair to the narrator to pick his performance apart.