The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy dUtler s hands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the highest possible stakes Then make the stakes personal Then by gawd create some scary aliens with a baseless grudge and an attitude some super advanced tech that is actually just like what we have now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face of humanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to live his truth as a man who loves men Add to that his father s strong religious convictions and his family s long tradition of military service his older lover s patricianisdain for exactly how his luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that prevent him from pursuing his new love for Flynn and you have a witches brew of good Quran Made Easy dramaStill very little sex Very little indeed And what there is is non graphic by today s standards More than in Gyrfalcon I think though I haven tone a statistical analysis I can assure the eww ick sueamish that no unpleasantly meaty words are used and with a small effort of intentional misunderstanding the import of the few sexual scenes can be contextualized as emotional intimacies that can t be expressed in any other way without falseness Who here hasn t had what you knew was break up sex while pretending the pleasures of a familiar touch were after all enough Yeah me too and so Apro dnatoire does Bennet when the flypaper and prayers that ve kept Joss in his life finally blow apart under the final assault DeathBennet you see has the bad taste and rude vigor to return from theead It s justunseemly And after Joss in the manner of their people has made sacrifices of his and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient historian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet hale and hearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd that hale and hearty is solely a valid escription when matched against ead and rotting on an alien held planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body will heal slowly his psyche and emotions might or might not heal at all ever and he might well never get to use his new bionic knee back in his Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life deeply loved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier is byefinition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch between himself and his partner The immense irresistible force of falling in love with the right one The awful reality of wartime military service meaning unavoidable separation from your loverhappy sighI will say my wish expressed in my review of Gyrfalcon to get to sympathize with poor overmatched Joss came true I was sad for him as he was hollowed out by loss and the hideous regret charged acid bath that is grief All the times one falls short one is unkind impatient unwilling to understand or empathizeoh gods and goddesses those will keep a soul awake and agonized as they replay unchanging and unchangeable in the arkness But far painful is the way they play out like movies on a screen while living breathing people are making noises meant to istract console reach you in the locked projection booth of your failingsYes Joss I know that one Author Butler was cruel to you Goodness knows you eserved it butwelldon t we allAnd the ending of this story is fascinating It is unusual within the genre of gay male centered fiction I will read the next installment of Taking Shield called Makepeace as soon as I ve caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my
feelings alreadyWhich if I need to say it is the hallmark of alreadyWhich if I need to say it is the hallmark of really good read Preparing to write this review feels like getting ready to rip a band aid off So I guess all I can o is take a Never Say Never deep breath get a grip and give it a good sharp yank How you may wonderid I get from a 4 star rating for the 1st book to 2 stars for this oneIt went something
Like Thisat 8% I M Having Trouble Staying Interested But thisat 8% I m having trouble staying interested but same thing happened with the first book so hang in there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I idn t see that coming Love it50% This is probably only a 3 star read but I ll rate it 4 anyway just because of its part in the series the series I m sure I
ll read allread all books of espite this one being just so so Also The worldbuilding really is sketchy62% Wait wait wait how Lives of Notorious Cooks did this change from a space opera into a soap opera Who set all theserama llamas loose How much screaming and crying and begging will I have to endure For how many pages will Bennet keep iscussing his love life with his mother Can somebody please just shoot me and put me out of my misery Also WTF is up with the worldbuilding65% and on Worldbuilding rant rant rant Worldbuilding100% Are you shitting me Did I interpret that twist right If so there goes all my praise about how good the characterization is because that is completely out of character and I on t buy it for a moment That s a plot Manon, Ballerina device pure and simple Fauxrama and I call bullshitAnd now here s the above referenced rant tucked فرهنگ معاصر پویا/ انگلیسی-فارسی-دو جلد در یک جلد down here out of the way so you can skip it Never say Ion t love you guys because not only am I trying to spare you from my rant I pared it way way T-Force down from its original full length glory In a nutshell the worldbuilding problem boilsown toThis is atrocious science fictionDeep breaths Teal Wilder Girls deep breaths You cano itYou want the non nutshell version you masochist youThis story is set 10000 years in our future with a human population CFNM Model descended from those who left Earth behind 6000 years ago And to complicate things further for herself and for us the author somehow has tied ancient Egypt into all of this too Creating far future worlds is a particularlyaunting task for SF writers Society technology culture s EVERYTHING will be so so ifferent from what we know right here and now So the rough guideline I use is to mentally cast back a comparable amount of time into the past and compare that to. Grieving Joss his long term partner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here He isn’t family He isn’t partner or lover All he is is brok.
Read Heart Scarab Taking Shield #2Reviewed for The Novel ApproachGod what a ride this book was As a fan of the first book I was thrilled to read this one It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride until the very end And I cannot wait for the third bookAfter a failed attempt to evacuate the religious fanatics from Telnos before the Maess invade Bennet is presumed ead his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing run Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people who loved him the most his family his lover Joss his lieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While I had hated Joss in the first book for the first half of this one I felt for him She not only shows things from his perspective but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the Its Only a Game depth of his thoughts and connect readers to Joss The second half of the book I wanted to punch him The same goes for Rosie I felt for her and her unreuited love for Bennet but I also hated how she couldn t accept that he was in love with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not love him The cocky flyboy who finds himself in love for the first time in his life only toiscover his lover The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert deadand he s unable too anything about itWhile the first book eals a lot with the action part of science fiction and the first half of this one oes as well the second half is about the recovery process of loss grief and acceptance How Before Watchmen (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, does one cope in a situation like this where loved ones are gone for so long and placed inangerous situations I suppose it s much like today s militaryI highly recommend this book though not without a few words of warning First you should Ownership and Possession definitely read the first book The relationship between Bennet and Flynn is established in that book and while T18 isn tiscussed much it s still integral to how their relationship began And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling in love Second though I The Harvest Murder do talk about romance this book is not a romance Yes there are some romantic subplots but as a whole the book is science fiction and the relationships while important are not the main part of the bookSo if you haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two TitleAuthor Heart Scarab by Anna ButlerSeriesStandalone book twoGenresub genre science fiction with some MM romanceBook Format ebookLength 396 pagesLGBT Orientation GayViolence Yes someistressing war scenes Tim and Tobias (Tim and the Hidden People Book A1) do occurWell writtenEditor Needed well written though Io wonder why we were inside Joss head so much when those parts could have been cut The Pool By the Whispering Trees (Tim and the Hidden People Book C1) down a lot maybe even completely without losing much I also wonder about the world building When we re not in spaceealing with scary aliens we re basically in 2019 United States on Earth even though Earth is long gone in this world Would I Recommend yesPersonal thoughts I really liked the first part of this book There was plenty of action lots of plot to ponder and wonder what would happen next But the second part was long and rawn out with lots of repetition that got very boring toward the end where it seemed like a bland contemporary romance view spoilerI can t stand Joss and how selfish he is But their breakup was ugh Joss
Just Kept Repeating The Same Lines Over And Over Cementingkept repeating the same lines over and over cementing self centeredness I just wanted Bennet to rip the bandaid off already hide spoiler I ve been looking forward to story ever since I read book one in the series Gyrfalcon What can I say I love a good military sci fi story and once again Anna Butler eliversThis is epic space opera at its finest in the tradition of such writers as David Weber or Eric Flint More than any other genre convincing sci fi needs a strong foundation of characterization plot and world building Many authors shine at one or two elements it s rare that you get stellar treatment of all three in one story I bet if you asked the author for Imagining Gay Paradise details about the ships and the structure of the political organizations things that aren t related in the story she could tell you about them without hesitation I certainly hope that future stories include specs on some ships the geek in me really wants to see them Theifferent branches of the military Fleet and Shield and the rotational system König der Welten 1 designed to keep Shield officers from burning out makes sense from a logistical standpoint but man is it hell o Be careful what you wish forI remarked that in Gyrfalcon Joss was pretty awful and meant to beSo in volume II Butler gives us big chunks of Joss s POV As a result I was interested in Joss than the MCs and skipped a couple of chapters supposed to be their great love scenes and Love, and Other Things to Live For discussing feels with all their friends and relatives mostly one after the other but sometimes in groups Caeden s manipulative behaviour seemed based on revenge is aish best served cold And the future seems a bit like the 1980s No fun games or entertainment These are military on long haul patrol
AND HAVE STATE OF THE ARThave state of the art simulations But no electronic games let alone
vr that was a tad isappointing the endingThat was a tad isappointing The ending bad also Talk about out the blueVolume III is mostly alien bashing apparently so I may try it 375 STARSOK this book was really going places being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it was excellent as was book 1 in this sci fi series I Vanity Bagh didn t like the way this ended though and no Ion t need my HEA but I on t like being left feeling confused on a cliffhanger with no mention on when the next book is going to be released I think there are a few books planned for this series but talk about how NOT to end a novel Come onThe writing is excellent I love the fast paced rhythm to the storyline These books on t linger they re snappy Situations arise and bang they re resolved I like this and it works well for these books The MC is great but Preaching to a Post-Everything World due to being in one relationship since he was 18 with a much older lover for nine years it s like he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old after he broke it off with his partner The end of this bookid my head in I ll will read one book when it s released but BLAH I on t know wha. Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos a unpleasant little planet inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the .
T to say to that ending EDIT now I know there s another book about to be released I m changing my rating 425 StarsThis installment of the series was much character riven and less action oriented than the last Still plenty of excitement and Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems danger but time was spent focused on the playersGetting Joss POV was interesting in that itefinitely humanized him but not necessarily in a good way I felt the pain of his loss while grieving for a mistakenly Keys to inner space dead Bennett and was freuently in tears along with the rest of his family especially his Dad but for the most part his reaction felt very self centered and that never endeared me to the character I was very glad to see the backside of him and not just because he was an impediment sort of not really though to Bennett and Flynnbut because of how much Bennett compromised and hurt just to keep him happy Without the same compromise from Joss Joss compromise was to sleep with anyone he wanted to while not getting as much of Bennett s time and attention as he wanted and then bitch about it the whole time they were back togetheruring Bennett s weeks long leaves Big whooop Bennett grew up Joss is still very immature to me Winner Takes All despite being 2ecades olderLOVED the reunion between Bennett and Flynn That connection coming so soon on the heels of seeing how Joss and Bennett interacted was so illuminating The Registers of Illuminated Villages differences were heart breaking knowing it couldn t last and amazing because it was so very romantic sigh I am 100% Team FlynnettAlso we get several portions from Rosie s POVwhich huh Ion t know Maybe it was my own mistaken impression that she was to Bennett what Cruz was to Flynn BFFs and a Ping-pong deeper appreciationlove than romance but yeah that s not the Rosie we get here I m honestly a bit flummoxed becauseespite how this future is painted as still severely homophobic or at best lukewarm on same sex relationships it never once veered toward the familiar misogynistic attitudes about women in authority The women in book 1 kicked major assand still Caleb the Overcomer do I m just not sure where Rosie put her balls metaphorically and probably sexist of me to say it when sheecided to pursue Bennett as single mindedly as she Firmin did She knew he loved Flynn would always love Flynn as heecided that no other man would Mobilizing Minds do And it felt like he was settling for Rosie when he acuiesced to her advances as someone to warm his bed and keep him company since he s never really lived alone plus keep him from thinking of Flynnand that she was settling for less than Bennett s full emotional involvement I expected from herSo we ll seeStillevouring the series because if nothing else the SciFi parts are engaging especially when it comes to the war with the Maess I o have to handwave away uite a bit because this is supposed to be several thousand years in the future and yet seems only a couple hundred years if that ahead of us in technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major injuries Crap I expect humanity to have those to an extent within this century When it comes to medical treatment this reads likewell like a contemporary resorting to Revolutionary War level care And not because that s
All The Resources They Havethe they have hand and must resort to using but because that s just the way Things Are DoneSo yeahhandwaving but isappointed But only a littleOn to the next one This second book in a very good series is well worth reading for SciFi fans The romance thread is still glacially slow and muted at the end although there is forward movement here Joss Bennet s long time partner is a focus as their relationship unravels leaving space perhaps for FlynnBennet is on a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In the scramble to get off the ground he is
INJURED AND HIS HELMET TRANSPONDER ISand his helmet transponder is As his family and friends mourn his loss Bennet is working with some local outlaws to escape the notice of the Maees and get a small group of survivors off the planet and to safetyThe action is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennet is But That I Cant Believe! dead is affecting Iid have a uibble with the way Joss shoots himself in the foot I was hoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splitting up is necessary but hard and with blame to both However this book took me Grange-Enders deeper into the characters and the world building and I really enjoyed itOnce again the ending is just another beginning not a cliff but not an HFN On to book 3 Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair Iid not read the first story in this series I suspect that if I had my allegiances would have been Boku Loli! 2 different coming into the story but I m not sure I would have been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romanceBennet is a military man The rebellious son who paves his own way ignoring his father s wishes He s stubbornetermined and The Million-Dollar Bloodhunt duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Rating 45 of five ReadingIsResistance to gay men in armed service vanishing now or in the futureHEART SCARAB gets my full attention at my blog because the second TAKING SHIELD book is about grief love and honor and how they can conspire to ruin lives eat happiness and leaveevastation in their wake What a great Booksgiving idea for your Carrion Comfort dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes useeper into the life of Shield Captain Bennet eighteen months following the events on Maess held planet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet performs his Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the faceless unknown aliens winning a war of annihilation against humanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren lines he obsesses over his failing relationship with his elegant worldly lover Joss his burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed on his father s ship the Gyrfalcon and his patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens to him and moons and pines for him completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered for the position she along with the rest of humanity I guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet is left behind presumed Nobody Likes You dead His family is.