Say Cheese – Michael P. Thomas
Sitcom sensation Felix Medrano, America’s Sweetheart, throws a star-studded surprise party for his sweetheart, beanpole barkeep Grover Shepherd.
It’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show.
Who’d have thought it would be so hard to pop the question?
Shep and Felix, an established couple are still being all adorable and lovely-dovey but it was borderline cheesy at times. I could definitely feel Shep’s frustration in the airports having gone through that every holiday in the past decade. The author, who is also a flight attendant certainly created a good picture of the madness that ensues during flight delays.
2.5 Stars – far from hate but not quite a like0
If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates?Takeshi Kaneshiro0
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Komata-kun to Komata-chan –
Two short one shots about school boys in love~1. Haruda has started dating the quiet, shy Shiba. Nurturing their relationship like a small, budding plant, Haruda promises he will never make Shiba cry. And on a hot summer afternoon, Shiba quietly pulls Haruda to the next step.2. Hoshino is confessed to by Oda, an adorable boy in glasses. They start dating, but Hoshino wonders why Oda chose him… since he started dating Oda, Hoshino feels like his world has expanded, but since he’s not a star*, why would Oda like him?*Hoshino means “star” but he thinks of himself as gloomy.
The theme is that awkward just-started-dating phase and both authors captured it well.
Russ Morgan Mystery: Enigma – Lloyd A. Meeker
Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.
It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.
Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.
I already had an inkling on who’s doing it a quarter through the story but I kept on reading because the secrets unrevealed confirmed what I had always suspect: holier than thou high-profile televangelists are indeed creepy.
3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it0
Live people ignore the strange and unusualHandbook for the Recently Deceased0
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Portrait – Natsume Kazuki
Two friends in denial about their mutual affection.
A highly recommended debut about angsty unrequited love.0
The Bestiary: Cleanly Wrong – Mell Eight
Rung is a half-breed orphan brownie who can’t do anything right, much to the worry of his cleanliness teachers. When he runs away, Rung decides that he can resist the need to clean. Only, there is that one office that so desperately needs help...
OMG this is sooo cute and fluffy!!! This is my kind of faerie tale!
4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits0
Beware of geeks bearing formulas.Warren Buffet0