A Reader’s Review of American Fairytale

American Fairytale Cover

 

American Fairytale (Dreamers #2)
Author: Adriana Herrera
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Release Date: May 2019
Genre(s): Romance, M4M
Audio Length: 7 hours, 36 minutes
Reviewed by:   Will Burley
Heat Level:4 flames out of 5
Rating:5 stars out of 5

 

Blurb:
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Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.

 

New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until the mysterious man he had an unforgettable hookup with turns out to be the wealthy donor behind his agency’s new, next-level funding.

 

Thomas Hughes built a billion-dollar business from nothing: he knows what he wants and isn’t shy about going after it. When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, Tom’s more than ready to be his Prince Charming. Showering Milo with the very best of everything is how Tom shows his affection.

 

Trouble is, Milo’s not interested in any of it. The only thing Milo wants is Tom.

 

Fairy-tale endings take work as well as love. For Milo, that means learning to let someone take care of him, for a change. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.

 

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Oh my Jebus!  You’re going to judge me, and I don’t care, but there is a new fan boy for Adriana Herrera!

Camilo Santiago, (affectionately known as “Milo”), is the tough, strong, vulnerable and sexy as hell protagonist of this story.  Milo has a chip on his shoulder – not because he doesn’t care but because he’s cared and been hurt too much.  Thomas Hughes is a wealthy entrepreneur who’s no-nonsense and somewhat aloof manner has been constructed as a wall to protect his heart and keep his blinders on so he can focus on what’s important to him.  The narrative that the author has penned is truly excellent in my view and opinion.  Normally, I can’t seem to really stomach how most romance novels seem to want to focus on all the “flowery” things in relationships and skip over the real-world struggles in getting to the pairing.  I can say that this tome did not do that.

There was really good chemistry throughout.  From Milo’s friends to the connection with Thomas, things came across as very natural to me.  I was able to see myself in many of the characters.

Ms. Herrera did an excellent job at the pacing, too!  A major complaint I normally have is how many writers leave out the little detail relating to the timing of the story.  While not forcing us to count calendar days, the author was able to get us to focus on time in a natural way.  It helped me think in terms of life outside the novel – which in turn helped me to really connect with what the characters were experiencing.

When I listened to the final phrase uttered by the narrator, I felt satisfied , hopeful in the idea of love and like it would eventually happen for me as well!  I’ve never been touched by a book like this before.

What did you think about American Fairytale?  Have you read it yet?  Do you want me to convince you to read it some more?  Chat me up in the comments…

A Reader’s Review of Broken

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Broken by Nicola Haken
Broken
byNicola Haken (Goodreads Author)16756228

Will Burley‘s review

Apr 05, 2019  ·  edit
really liked it
I’m so torn on my thoughts about this book…

What I absolutely loved about it is that it deals with mental health issues. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a gay romance. There’s a lot of people that will encounter this throughout their dating/relationship life. I think the author dealt quite well with the fear that goes into finding out that someone you feel is sexually appealing has a “hidden secret“ about their mental health and the symptoms associated with that.

My main qualm about the book is that even though there is this “Obstacle“ to overcome, it still feels somewhat too perfect… overall, I did enjoy this book and will seek out others to read by this author.

A Reader’s Review of Hell Week: America Falls #1

Hell Week: America Falls #1

By Scott Medbury

Review by Will Burley

 

Synopsis

Think North Korea and Russia are the greatest danger to the United States? Think again. After a surprise biological attack, America, the most powerful nation on Earth, quickly succumbs, with 99.91% of the population over the age of 16 decimated. As society unravels, and the ground invasion of his country begins, loner Isaac Race must form a connection with a ragtag group of survivors and elude not only the invaders, but other dangers and threats unleashed in chaotic Post-America.

 

The Protagonist

Isaac Race is the reason I fell in love with this book! We’re introduced to a 13 year old boy who is happy and having just had a good day with his friend.

 

Then they turn the corner and everything changes…

 

Isaac sees emergency vehicles and has a subconscious foreboding that his world has ended as he knows it. His family – father, mother and sister – have just passed away in a housefire.

 

This tragedy in Isaac’s life is a nameless character throughout this book and the entire America Falls series. While the author doesn’t beat you over the head by reminding you of this young boy’s loss, it is entwined with why Isaac is    the glue of the series. His emotional seclusion is at constant warfare with his desire to endure, not only the external threat, but also the fear of getting close to others.

 

The Plot

A biological attack is what appears to be America’s Armageddon. A weaponized virus slaughters just about every adult over a short period of time. Children under the age of 16 years old don’t seem to be affected.

 

How do kids survive without the presence of their protectors?

 

How does America continue to exist with parentless kids?

 

This is the core, in my opinion, of this series – and the author does a great job of making the trials of this book realistic.

 

The Genre

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, science fantasy, dystopian or horror in which the Earth’s technological civilization is collapsing or has collapsed. The apocalypse event may be climatic, such as runaway climate change; natural, such as an impact event; man-made, such as nuclear holocaust or resource depletion; medical, such as a pandemic, whether natural or man-made; eschatological, such as the Last Judgment, Second Coming or Ragnarök; or imaginative, such as a zombie apocalypse, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics or alien invasion.

The story may involve attempts to prevent an apocalypse event, deal with the impact and consequences of the event itself, or it may be post-apocalyptic, set after the event. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, the way to maintain the human race alive and together as one, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain. – From Wikipedia

 

Rating

I’m fairly new to reading the post-apocalyptic genre but author Scott Medbury made me feel as though I had finally encountered what this genre was supposed to be with his writing of Hell Week: America Falls #1!

 

Grade: B

I believe this should be required reading for anyone that is on the fence or simply interested in this genre. It’s plausible, written at a natural pace and leaves you eager for more!

 

What did you think about this review of Hell Week: America Falls #1? Have you read the book or interested in taking a look? Feel free to chat me up in the comments.