Saturday, March 26, 2011

"The Heart of Texas" by RJ Scott


This is the first m/m romance that I have ever read and I am now a fan for life. When my very best friend Heather told me that it was like "an episode of Dallas" I moved The Heart of Texas to the top of my reading list and was very glad to have done so (thanks for the advice Heather, you are awesome). This story has all the drama you could want and more. I found myself literally gasping at some of the surprises this story had for me. It's so great I might even read it a second time (something I never do).

When playboy Riley Hayes is cheated out of his portion of the Hayes company he makes it his mission to gain what is rightfully his while doing everything he can to irritate his father. A simple stipulation is set: the portions of Hayes Oil will be redistributed should Riley wed for love and remain married for the duration of one year. After dubbing this a ridiculous requirement Riley does something that he knows will anger his father while it still fits within the agreement of the contract- he marries Jack Campbell, the son of the family's arch rival. After blackmailing Jack into one year of marriage Riley discovers that he not only has it within him to be a good person and to fall in love with a man but he has become a good person because of Jack and has fallen in love with him because of it. Could Jack possibly love Riley after everything he and his family have put the Campbell family through?

Filled with lies, deceit, murder, vengence, lust, love, violence, blackmailing, stuggle for power, cowboys, and tycoons The Heart of Texas has everything a reader could possibly want in a novel. I know that some readers might be leary about reading an m/m romance if they have not read one previously but trust me it is a fantastic read which I highly recommend.

The characters are incredible. RJ Scott does an amazing job of making you love the compassionate characters and hate the downright dirty stinking evil characters. I was very impressed that RJ Scott, being a woman, was able to write from a homosexual male perspective and make it so believable. Truly a very well written and plotted out story.

There is not a single dull moment in this book and in the conflict resolution as well as character development throughout the plot is impeccable. The scenery makes you feel like you are (no pun intended) in the heart of Texas and each chapter makes you want to delve deeper and deeper into the lives and of Hayeses and Campbells.This is truly one of the best constructed stories that I have had the pleasure to read and I highly recommend it.

Again, this story may not be for everyone but I recommend that you at least give it a shot because it is incredibly well written and imaginitive with the perfect amount of lust, love, betrayl, and tension.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Cell" by Stephen King

CELL Pictures, Images and Photos

Cell by Stephen King is terrifying yet heartwrenching. There were moments that completely grossed me out and others that literally made me cry ( I get attached to my fictional characters) but every moment had me on the edge of my seat.

After sealing the deal on his latest comic book creation, Clay Riddell is overjoyed and feeling triumphant as he strolls through Boston, ready to make his way home to Maine. But his joy is shortlived. A pulse seems to be emitted from every cell phone in the world, causings it's listeners to go insane and eventually become zombies who kill anyone in their way.

After meeting up with survivors Tom McCourt and Alice Maxwell, the band of three make their way from Boston to Maine with hopes of finding Clay's son Johnny and wife Sharon. But the journey is long and difficult, especially since the zombie-like creatures seem to be evolving and their spokesperson, dubbed The Raggedy Man, seems to be controlling the dreams and actions of those who were not changed after the pulse.

I loved this book! My only problem with it is that *SPOILER* you never learn who or what caused the pulse to begin with. But with that being said I thought this book is one of the best Stephen King books thus far. Incredibly written, perfect plot, wonderfully detailed, and just all around fantastic.

The characters in this book really grab you and pull you into the story. They are diverse yet, through their goals and terrors, they are the same. There are characters that make you love them and characters that make you loath them. But ALL of them make you feel something.

I highly recommend this book to zombie lovers as well as people who enjoy post apocalyptic stories, and of course readers who love other works by Stephen King.