Pretty Monsters was possibly the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Speed’s dry wit makes this piece stand out. Don’t judge this story by its length. It’s a great setup for a world I hope to see more of in the future – and if not, well, it was a great short story that made me laugh on a dreary October morning. I’m definitely interested in the author’s other books now, even though vampires aren’t usually my thing. Absolutely worth checking out and well worth the less-than-a-dollar I paid for it. I wish the short story was a more popular medium around these parts – I love a good short to get an idea of a writer’s style and attitude.
I was a little nervous about reading this book. I’ve seen The Sopranos, but I didn’t know if a mafia style m/m story was going to click with me. Apparently I didn’t have to worry. Dark Soul is an incredible book with two leads just crackling with sexual tension. Silvio and Stefano have a chemistry that is too often missing from romance novels, and Voinov delights by teasing the reader with it. Add to this the fact that the story is believable, well-researched and expertly written, and you have a must-read. The other books are on my buy list for sure – I have to see where this goes next!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Delightfully sexy and sweet, Country Mouse was a deeply enjoyable read. I’m not usually the biggest fan of contemporary fiction, but this story struck a personal chord with me as someone who married a wonderfully charming Yank. Owen and Malcolm are believable characters and I was really rooting for them. The best part of love is watching someone bring out the best in another person and watching Owen slowly peel away Malcolm’s defenses was lovely. I read the last ninety percent in one sitting, unable to put it down!
I didn’t just read Skybound, I felt it in every bone of my body. I was afraid for these men, trapped on the losing side of the Second World War – a perspective we rarely ever encounter. Yet they managed to spread warmth through my weary bones by daring to find happiness in each other at a time when even the next day was uncertain. My breath caught in my throat and I had tears in my eyes a few times at the sheer beauty of it all, a beauty tinged with the fear that they wouldn’t make it.
When I first read the blurb, I was excited to read Skybound – an m/m romance set in one of the most interesting and darkest times of human history. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Skybound is a joy to read. Voinov has chosen every word carefully, honed every sentence to perfection. It’s a treasure to be kept and re-read over and over. Skybound is hands down one of the best things I’ve read this year. You won’t regret paying for it or the time you spend reading.