Friday 30 November 2012

Double Review, Promise by Stormy Glenn

A Promise Kept & A Promise Given
Series: promise #1&2
Pub:  2009 & 2010, Torquere Press
Author: Stormy Glenn
Genre: LGBTQ contemporary erotic mystery
Format: iBook; 115p w/ 17 chap & 112p w/ 18 chap
Whose: Mason & Jack / Cooper & Alec
Age Range: adult

Mason is in love with his brother’s best friend, Jack. It’s been ten years of secret fantasies, hidden glances, and forbidden yearnings. Just when Mason decides to give up on Jack and move away, his friends step in to get them together.
Even with the most determined matchmakers, new love is not always easy. Especially when a serial killer who has his sights set on Mason being his next victim will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Can Jack keep Mason safe, or will their new love be over before it gets going?

Okay, first up, the cover isn’t for this blurb, but it’s a much better one then the first book, which is shown….somewhere further down.

Second, I don’t feel like I should be doing this review. And I know I don’t have to, it’s not like I’m craving reviews onto this blog anymore, twice a week, I’m good. But….
I just can’t seem to stop myself.
So I’m sorry. I know I don’t really have a place to stand, what do I know? How could I know?
But this book, especially the first, is everything you shouldn’t do when writing a same sex novel. (Reason is below the review)

Book 1 introduces us to Mason, a man who isn’t seen as what he truly is by the man he loves. Now this point isn’t concluded until nearly the end of the book, its zigs and zags threw the book, it’s the romance part. The man, Jack, who had seen him, wanting him, when he fucked up big time.

Anyway, a night in the bottle, so Mason calls it, leads him to meet Cooper the cop, and a new bunch of friends who show him how to be gay (again, people, Mason’s words), where he is nearly taken by a man, that then starts to stalk him.

This then takes us threw that part. Mason scared and a stalker that wants him.
It’s a simple story line, and at the end we have Ben (need for next book) and everyone’s recovering from the scico.

Book 2 comes to us with Cooper still recovering and Alec (meet in book 1, Jack’s friend, did I now mention that, we figure out who he is, well before its mentioned in the book). They think everything great, that all Cooper has to worry about it Alec and the hurt that goes with his love he can’t get rid of.

But no, another boy has turned up, same as before, that has all the cops guts tingling.
So they investigate, and end up realising it’s a how lot bigger than some petty stalker shit. And while Cooper and Alec are fucking like rabbits, they seem to solve the crime.

This book was good, because they actually showed that Cooper was a good cop and that he could do his job, book one it seemed Mason was the only one that could actually think. Which at the time seemed weird. I even commented on it.

Anyway, that’s the book, continue down for the light bitch that could have gone on for days.

~*~(honestly, I cut and paste this down, it starts off at the brackets)
I say this this way mostly because the over use in names. Now don’t get me wrong, especially book 1, and about half way through book 2, it was over use in things that just didn’t need to be said.
“Ph.D in Psychology’ along with ‘Washington DC’ was said like five times in as many paragraph, in places that just didn’t fuckin need them. And that’s not my only point about the whole studying thing.
Basically, I wrote a lot of notes through this book. I absolutely love iBooks for this point, that just anywhere, anytime; you need to get a bitch on about the book, about the part in it. bam. Just click up a note.
My biggest bitch, and I’m not sure if it was just a mood thing for me or what. But Mason was a moron, and a dumb moron especially since he wanted to be a psychologist. Really aren’t they meant to be able to see things, understand things, better than normal people? Mason couldn’t.

I could go on, but I don’t want to, that’s not the point in reviews.
Oh, the name thing, and why it’s something you shouldn’t do in a same sex novel, it’s simple, I’ll get it off my chest first.
You see, and it’s something that I made sure I didn’t do. And if memory serves, I caught myself a few times just in time. But we aren’t stupid, us readers. We know when you say ‘he’ when describing the other man, that it’s that man you’re talking about. You don’t need to put his name there. You don’t need to substitute ‘he’ for the name.
This made me think that maybe this was one of her first books, and that was shown in book 2, I didn’t find as many of those simple mistakes that was like nails down a chalk board for most of it, until about halfway. And then those same annoying tendency came back.
Like: the constantly repeating of the same thing over and over and over and over, we get it, he hurt you. We get it, you’re not sure. we get it. Can we place move this along before….nope, another chapter of it.
The same information, that’s vital and interesting when we found out. Not so much when we’re hearing it again for the fifth time.
Simple things that was probably a mood thing in the first book, and the second a skip of paragraphs—oh, and sex scenes, once the man story pisses me off sex scene seem pointless, so I don’t read them. Not really that interesting to these books, just a fan fact from me.

Just the two. Though if these books went better, she had set up two more stories:
Ben and John—the boy who was treated like shit for too long and the Chef of police that can’t come out of the closet.
Jordan & Dom—the straight guy with lots of gay men whose just realising the attraction and the BDSM (?madam?) who wants to be the man turns him over.

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