Review: This is no a Love Story by Suki Fleet

  Series: Love Story Universe (book 1), but works as a Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Drama

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: I love how it looks happy and at the same time depressed. Fits the story perfectly as well.

Links: goodreads, author,*,*

Trigger warnings: Prostitution, Rape, Drugs

Description: When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).

Review: Have my heart and destroy it physically as well…

I have read Foxes (still need to write a review) by Suki Fleet before this one and I wasn’t sure if I would be bored by it or not. Because in theory Foxes and This is not a Love Story sound kinda the same. Two guys living on the street in London, bad things happening to them, them falling in love…

But it really is not the same! The characters are totally different and the drama as well. The only thing both books have in common is the pain you’re going through while reading.

But it’s not only pain you’ll be feeling. There’ll be rage at society in general, hopelessness, sadness, and happiness as well.

I really enjoyed how realistic everything is portrayed and I loved all characters. Even though I liked to throttle some of them at times as well. But not because of them being stupid. They were just being human.

This is one of those books I’ve read mostly in public on my way to work and back home. Don’t do that. I had to stop reading so many times and blink as inconspicuous as I could… Do not read it in public.

What more is there to say? I love Suki Fleet’s writing and I’m sure I’ll end up reading every last one of their books. I just need to decide which one will be next. And I have to read something light and fluffy in-between.

Gosh, my heart.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.


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Three Things on my Reading Wishlist

Like always this meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Go and take a look at their blog!

It’s been ages since I’ve done a TTT, but I’m back! Kinda. I don’t know if I’m able to do it weekly, but I simply had to do it because of this week’s theme.

More LGBTQIA+/MOGAI variety!

There is more than gay men, you know? I especially wish for more f/f pairings and asexual characters, but I would love to read about demi, aro, pan, genderqueer, poly, (you name it) characters as well.

Healthy relationships!

I’m so sick of abusing relationships being romanticized. What’s so hard about writing a healthy relationship? It’s important and they are very fun to read about. And shockingly there can still be drama, you know? I’m sick of love triangles as well.

Mental Illness!

I like books with mentally ill characters, but for God’s sake portray them correctly. No more stigmatizing and no more romanticizing, okay?

I could go on and on about my reading wishlist, but I’ve decided to choose those three that are most important to me right now.

Are there some things you want to read about more often in books?

Review: Thaw by Elyse Springer

 Series: Seasons of Love (book 2), Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f, asexual character), Romance

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Cover: How many times have I mentioned how much I love this series’ covers?

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met. Abby’s sure she’ll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another.

Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen—cold and untouchable—except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. Only Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.

They’re two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there’s more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye. But they’ll have to overcome Abby’s fears—and Gabrielle’s own threatening secrets—in order to find their way to love.

Review: An ace book by an ace author!

I was so excited for this book and then I finally could read it. I was not disappointed. Of course not.

I simply devoured this book without noticing how time flew by. While the first book was rather dramatic this one’s really soothing somehow. One of the reasons is Elyse Springer’s writing but another was how easy Abby’s asexuality was accepted by her friends, how not a big issue it was.

Well, it is an issue at first for Abby because she doesn’t know if a relationship with a not asexual partner can work or if she has to have sex in a relationship – but that are thoughts and doubts every ace person has, I’d say.

As one can expect from an ace book by an ace author there are some… let’s call them pointers for non asexual people in it. But they’re not patronizing. They’re simply offering a different kind of view. Like for example there’s this discussion how there is always sex in society and… there truly is always sex in society. It’s fucking everywhere!

I could go on a rant regarding this theme, but I want to keep talking about Thaw itself.

I do have to add how great it is that there is no one-true-way-to-be-asexual portrayed in this book. I think it can be a real eye opener for some people – if they’re willing to have their eyes opened, that is.

So, it’s really a feel good book – exactly what I needed at the time of reading. The only bad thing about it is its shortness. Shortness in general because I could have read about Abby and Gabrielle for ages, but shortness in a specific way as well. Near the end it felt a little bit rushed to me. I honestly was surprised that it’s finished.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: I love it.

Links: goodreads,*,*

Trigger warnings: Abuse mention, drugs mention, homophobia, AIDS mention

Description: It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

Review: Yes. Simply yes.

I think I fell in love with this story. Somehow I’ve gotten more than I expected.

I will not to spoiler you, so I’ll give you a bullet list of why you should read Trailer Trash:

  • showing not telling of how it is to be poor
  • sooo sweet
  • that is when you’re not on the verge of tears
  • lots of good drama
  • NO bitchy female
  • doesn’t show poor parents as assholes
  • slow burning romance

If I had to say something bad…hm… maybe Nate’s naivety? It’s maybe a little bit over top, on the other hand… there are people like this.

Seriously, just read it. You get healthy relationships, slow building, cute romance, interesting characters and the danger and impact of  AIDS is not downplayed.


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