Reading, I’ve been doing it! Lots.

I’m currently engrossed in Special Forces, the epic tale of Vadim Petrovich Krasnorada and Dan McFadyen from a series of novels by Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate. It is long. It is not for the faint of heart and I am loving it. I’ve had my nose in this since last week and my interest has yet to flag. The story is pretty simple, SAS Dan meets Soviet spetsnaz Vadim under less than ideal circumstances during the Soviet Unions war in Afghanistan, which leaves Dan with a great deal of hatred towards Vadim. They meet again in the Afghan mountains and begin to form a bond of sorts.

While I feel the book does rely on you quite willingly suspending your disbelief to a certain degree, it’s easy to sit back and be taken in by the world building, characters and tension between the two men. There are also elements that some readers might find difficult, like rape, torture and rather vivid war and fighting scenes. AND dear lord, at times it is like the book that never ends… it goes on and on… I liked it much though, errors and all. PLUS it’s free in ebook form and also availble via Lulu in PB for a small fee.

Special Forces is the 1st book in the series and there are four books in total, comprising of over 1 million words and over 70 chapters. O-o You can check out the books here on either authors website, but be aware there seem to be some differences with editions and authors published work. I suggest checking out both sites before buying or downloading ebooks. Go to Aleksandr Voinov’s site here and Marquesate here.

I was pretty excited to see the new novel from Kate Sherwood. Out Of The Darkness is the second part of her menage series set in horse country in California. I really enjoyed the first book as there was loads of horses, great story telling and a fairly realistic look at how a menage would work.

It took longer to get into the second novel. The power dynamics between the chracters were a little off and often the angst slowed down the story and it didn’t seem to move forward as well as the first book. The actual sex between the 3 was at times awkward and lacked warmth and sexual tension. It felt mechanical. I guess this could be down to new sexual partners and that whole what to put where, but I did find it hard going at times. While there were defnitely parts of the book I enjoyed, I cannot say I liked as much as Dark Horse. You can find Out of the Darkness here at ARe.

I have new favourite tumblr this week, where I found this cool short film. Check out That German Guy.

Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood

Dan Wheeler thought he’d found lasting love and stability with his life and work partner, Justin Archer. But when Dan finds himself alone again, still working as a horse trainer for Justin’s parents, he has to find a way to accept that his perfect life is gone forever.
Then he meets billionaire Evan Kaminski, who arrives to buy a horse for his younger sister, and Evan’s lover Jeff Stevens, a horse trainer who seems to understand more than just Dan’s job. Struggling to deal with all the upheavals in his life, Dan finds himself drawn to both Evan’s mercurial passion and Jeff’s quiet wisdom. Is Dan strong enough to take a chance on new love, or would it be better—safer—for him to be alone?
Synopsis via Dreamspinner Press.

3somes, horse riding and grief created an ecletic and intriguing mix that kept me reading till the wee small hours.

There’s loads of horse stuff for pony buffs (not in a gross way!), the author is incredibly knowledgeable and the world building is vivid and realistic. It all made me feel totally nostalgic for my own horse riding days. She nailed that early morning routine in a working stable and I enjoyed the depth of knowledge and feeling she has for it.

The book is written in 3rd person present tense, so this does take a little getting used to. It almost felt like watching a movie and at times Dan’s moving on from the death of his lover is incredibly sad, but this perspective allows for great reader intimacy.

The boys are also pretty progressive and work hard at having a meaningful polyamorous relationship. There is loads of introspective soul searching and navel gazing; as one does when you’re leaping into bed with two other chaps and heading for something long term!

This is not to say I didn’t have a few problems. Getting used to the narrative style was different, but it worked. The minutiae of Dan’s life does get a little heavy at times too and I think that some of this could have been a little leaner. I wanted them all to get in the sack quicker too. Impatient pants!

However, there’s loads of sexual tension, some nice teary moments and a really well fleshed out story that will keep you with your nose firmly in the book. I was pretty excited to see that there is a 2nd book coming out and that I’ll get to see how it all turns out. This was defnitely a story that needed another book to round it out.

Great reading. Check it out here.

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