Articles By Kaetrin

Written On His Skin by Simone Stark

Tattooed, abtastic shirtless hot guy wearing dog tags with his hands in his hairWhy I read it:  One of my friends rated this one very highly and it was only 99c so I bought it.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  Letters are magic, don’t you think?
You could be anyone. I could be anyone.
And then, suddenly, we’re more than anyone.
We’re someone…

When Abigail Trent agreed to write a letter to a soldier deployed overseas, she expected it to be a fleeting exchange. A friendly back-and-forth that ended barely after it began. She didn’t expect Theodore LaRoux.

It isn’t strange that writing feels so good. It’s right.
Here’s my secret: I like making you feel good…

Abby didn’t expect Roux to be a living fantasy, either–sexy, smart and strong enough to star in every one of her dreams. So, was it any wonder that when he asked for a photo, she sent one that would star in his dreams? The fact that it was a picture of someone else wouldn’t be a problem. After all, it’s not like they’d ever meet…right?

Wrong.

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  I do have a soft spot for an epistolary romance. (This novella isn’t only letters but they form a fair chunk of the story.) I did like the book but there were a few things I had to get over.

In seven tours of Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army medic, Special Forces operator and commanding officer, Sergeant Theodore LaRoux knew the drill.

Sergeants aren’t commanding officers. There may be other errors as well – I only checked that one. Roux’s military history didn’t sound right. If accuracy and authenticity is important to a reader, Written On His Skin is probably not going to work that well.

November Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

black and white blurry picture of a dark-haired man's head and shoulders leaning back against a glass shower door.Third Rail by Santino Hassell – B This free collection of short stories is a super hot mmm menage – but it’s not the whole story so don’t expect a resolution or HEA here. It’s more in the way of a prequel I suppose, as Chris, Aiden and Jace get their HEA in Citywide I believe. I have all of Mr. Hassell’s Five Boroughs series on my TBR but haven’t read any of them yet. While I didn’t have any trouble following the story, I expect those who have read the series will appreciate Third Rail even more because the characters will be familiar.

Mr. Hassell had a different style than I’m used to reading – a colloquial language I haven’t seen before but which I nevertheless understand to be authentic. It took a little getting used to but it also gave a particular New York colour to the story and I found it immersive. Which goes to show that moving outside one’s comfort zone and trying new things can often be rewarding. I really must find time to read the earlier books in the series but I have Citywide for review and I’ll definitely be reading about how Chris, Jace and Aiden get their HEA.

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