Friday, August 27, 2010
I’m lazy, but it’s Happy Gay Friday!
Let me tell you, vacation time makes you lazy! Well, at least me, lol! Looking back at my last week of vacationing I can’t honestly mention one useful thing I’ve done, except maybe going to the hairdresser (which cost me a whole afternoon btw!). It might have been useful because of this party we're going to this Saturday, and now my hair looks pretty again after the mess the beach, sun and wind had made of it. But I’m telling you, the two colors that adorn my hair now are so not worth the long afternoon wasted! To be honest I pretty much hate going to the hairdresser. Am I weird? Or am I not the only one?
Good thing about being lazy is that it’s so easy to surrender to reading. Which I happily did! I haven’t even spent much time behind the computer, apart from buying me some more books (as if I needed those ;)). So if you wondered where I was… picture me sprawled all over the couch, the bed or the lazy chair with my ereader in hand! Pretty picture, huh? ;)
Well, I’m just seizing the day while I still can, because next week all hell breaks loose again when the EDJ starts again. And because it’s the start of a new season full of new activities I’ll be out of the office a lot for the whole month of September, visiting the volunteers and their activities all over the country. By the end of September I can’t stand traveling by train any longer, lol!
Back to books! I still have some catching up to do regarding reviewing the books I’ve read while we were away. One of my intentions was to read/finish a good deal of the series that are gracing my ereader. Right! Well-counted I finished one, just one (!), whole series. And this was only a series of 4 novellas too. I didn’t even manage to read a few more books from other series either. So, one can safely say that I majorly failed on the good intentions, lol.
But, there’s always a but, this series that I did manage to read, was very enjoyable. I’ve read all four novellas in one day. It’s the Only Forever series by Shawn Lane. I’m using the handy Goodreads app again to share my very short thoughts on them with you. You can click the book titles for the synopsis on Goodreads.
Only In His Dreams by Shawn Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay read but my least favorite of the Only Forever series. It’s Travis and Darrell’s book which is a romance-at-work story that I found a bit vanilla in the smexing department. Theirs is an interracial relationship with no angst, it’s nice and light, but without a proper HEA or HFN ending because there’s no exchange of the ‘I love you’s if I remember correctly. It’s a good set-up for the rest of the series in which we see the other characters again – getting their own romantic love story.
Only For Him by Shawn Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is Barnaby and Nathan’s story, who both work at the same law firm as Travis and Darrell from book one, Only in His Dreams. They make a very cute couple. I loved the bouncy Barnaby, who knows what he wants. I had the urge to smack Nathan a few times, but his insecurities made for good heart-wrenching moments and these were actually quite adorable as was he in all his geekiness. They seem an odd couple at first sight but in the end I believed that they were a perfect match all together.
Only His Heart by Shawn Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This third book in the Only Forever series is not taking place at the law firm, like the first two books. Matt and Calvin are working at a hospital, but there’s a connection to the other books, as Calvin is the older brother of Barnaby from book #2. Both brothers stole my heart, with their difficult past and resulting different personalities. This third book is my favorite of the series because of the emotional depth of this story. Here the heartache is caused by a misunderstanding (no smacking urges here, like in book #2). Both Matt and Calvin are loveable protags.
His One And Only by Shawn Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the last book of this series we’re back at the law firm from the first two books. The third lawyer and partner in the firm, Mark, is finding his love interest in Drew, a friend of Barnaby. Their story was quite enjoyable as well, thanks to the likeable MC’s. They’re a bit of an odd couple too, first only meeting for coffee but gradually becoming more than just friends, but they’re very sweet together. And let’s not forget to mention hot! I think this is also a nice conclusion to the series with a cruise at the end where all the love couples from the previous books meet again, in a perhaps wee bit short wrap-up.
That was it for today! I'm going back to being lazy! ;)
Happy Friday everyone!