Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You Gotta Read Reviews reviewed Jaxx

Title: By The Moonlight
Rating: You Need To Read- 4 stars
Reviewed by: Laura Moreno

Jared Sinclair is a woman-loving vampire. He routinely takes women to his home, beds them, feeds from them and returns them from wherever they came from. His best friend, Byron, prefers men. One night after Byron made a strange comment to him, it occurs to Jared to explore Byron’s world a little more. Jared knew Byron’s life was very different from his. Jared was unprepared for how similar they could be too.
Reading this book reminded me of stories where next door neighbors don’t even realize the attraction until years, sometimes decades later. The interaction between best friends Jared and Byron is so emotional and tender that you cannot help but want to encourage their closeness. Byron slowly and carefully pulls Jared in to his world by first feeding him samples of his lifestyle as an appetizer. Once Jared is hungry for more, he feeds him a different dish, if you will. The story is wonderfully crafted and refreshingly plotted out so that the reader is never quite sure who will succeed. Bravo.

Title: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Rating: You Need To Read- 4 stars
Reviewed by: Laura

Lovell Johnston was teased mercilessly when he was a child because he was color-blind. As an adult, his uneasiness around people has led him to only have one relationship, and it was extremely casual. His job as the owner of a dating website keeps him away from interacting with people except for the written word. He is home for the holidays with his mother and sister and is unaware of the gift waiting for him.
Avery Lockhart is doing his duty by helping his family run the store. He is a lawyer by trade but doesn’t mind pitching in especially when he runs into Lovell. Well, well, well, where is the mistletoe?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The byplay between the two characters and the diversity of their lifestyles had me laughing, anxious and eager to read more. Avery and Lovell do the dance all lovers do in the beginning but this book spices it up with the added insecurities that Lovell has harbored all his life. I cheered for the pair throughout the pages and read the last sentence with a sigh of pleasure. Well done, Mr. Steele.

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