Review: Close Quarter by Anna Zabo

 Series: Close Quarter (book 1)

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

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Cover: I don’t know about the pose but the blood fits.

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: rape mention, gore, torture mention

Description: On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of their main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

Review: This was my first book by Anna Zabo but it won’t be my last.

I really enjoyed being in the book’s world. Never before have I read about fae hunting vampires but that’s not the only thing that caught my eye. Closer Quarter’s take on vampires is a new one for me and I really liked it.

Sadly Rhys and Silas have a serious case of insta-love. Like really serious. I didn’t enjoy this aspect of the story and since it’s such a big part I had to reflect it in my star rating as well… I did enjoy their sexual encounters though. Especially the way they played with each other. It still didn’t make me understand why they’re ready to sacrifice themselves for the other. Like you’ve known each other a few days tops… calm down!

Coming back to the good things: I liked Vasil and his actions I could understand totally. He is only a side character but whenever he took part in the story it was an important part, so I’m satisfied with it.

Thinking back on this story I must say that I’m surprised. The description says it, but I wasn’t expecting Silas’ reluctance to use Rhys’ energy to be so long-lasting. It felt right though and I really like the kinda philosophical aspect of it.

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


Review: Love is Love by Mette Bach

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (trans* character), Romance

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Cover: Only good thing about this book…

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: trans* phobia

Description: Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle’s family in Vancouver. Emmy has always been intimidated by her perfect cousin Paige and Paige’s cool friends, so she is surprised to find that the coolest of them is transgender. Emmy is instantly attracted to Jude (who used to be Judy), and starts hanging out at the coffee shop where he works. She even performs at the poetry slam Jude hosts there.

Emmy is never sure where she stands with Jude, and can’t believe that such a confident, charismatic guy might actually be interested in her. Both her mother back in Winnipeg and Paige warn her away from Jude, saying that he will just use her and she will get hurt. But it’s not until she almost falls again into the trap of casual sex to boost her self-esteem that Emmy realizes it’s worth it to put your true self out there for real love.

Review: This book couldn’t work.

Its 176 pages long and we’ve got a character who needs to learn to accept herself, needs to learn to trust her love interest, falls in love with said love interest and then have a lot of drama and resolve everything? How should that be possible? But I wanted to give it a chance. Maybe it could have worked out?

I’ve re read the description… I can’t remember the trap of casual sex? And again? Was there anything in it about casual sex? But let’s start at the beginning.

There is no drama in this book. I was promised drama. I wanted drama. To be honest it is very boring to read and there is not much happening. The things that are happening are way too easy. You will not be surprised that there is insta love in Love is Love.

I’m really sad about this because this book could have been great. There is a trans* male love interest and a fat girl MC. You don’t read about characters like this very often.

But then they get rushed through everything and it’s without any emotion or… anything really. It’s not been that long that I’ve read this but I feel like I can’t remember a thing about it. If it weren’t for my notebook…

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