And not just because he was an mpediment 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 The Tears of Angels ( Anderson Costello, it the whole time they were back together during Bennett s weeks long leaves Big whooop Bennett grew up Josss still very العاجز immature to me despite being 2 decades olderLOVED the reunion between Bennett and Flynn That connection coming so soon on the heels of seeing how Joss and Bennettnteracted was so Operation Killer Comet illuminating The differences were heart breaking knowingt couldn t last and amazing because The Frankenstein Factory it was so very romantic sigh I am 100% Team FlynnettAlso we get several portions from Rosie s POVwhich huh I don t know Maybet was my own mistaken The Bandit Knife: Kung Fu's Rebellious Weapon impression that she was to Bennett what Cruz was to Flynn BFFs and a deeper appreciationlove than romance but yeah that s not the Rosie we get here I m honestly a bit flummoxed because despite how this futures painted as still severely homophobic or at best lukewarm on same sex relationships In Sunlight and in Shadow it never once veered toward the familiar misogynistic attitudes about womenn authority The women Hoje Preferia Não Me Ter Encontrado in book 1 kicked major assand still do I m just not sure where Rosie put her balls metaphorically and probably sexist of me to sayt when she decided to pursue Bennett as single mindedly as she did She knew he loved Flynn would always love Flynn as he decided that no other man would do And The Hounds of Tindalos 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 emotionalnvolvement I expected from herSo we ll seeStill devouring the series because Be Like Newlyweds Again: The Secrets of Bringing Back The Romance in Your Marriage (Weddings by Sam Siv Book 16) if nothing else the SciFi parts are engaging especially whent comes to the war with the Maess I do have to handwave away uite a bit because this Wyatt and Josie Earp's Cookbook is supposed to be several thousand yearsn the future and yet seems only a couple hundred years Don Quijote von der Mancha - Beide Bände - Illustrierte Fassung - (German Edition) if that ahead of usn technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major The Nostradamus Seed injuries Crap I expect humanity to have those to an extent within this century Whent comes to medical treatment this reads likewell like a contemporary novel resorting to Revolutionary War level care And not because that s all the resources they have on hand and must resort to using but because that s just the way Things Are DoneSo yeahhandwaving but disappointed But only a littleOn to the next one Rating 45 of five ReadingIsResistance to gay men n armed service vanishing now or n the futureHEART SCARAB gets my full attention at my blog because the second TAKING SHIELD book s about grief love and honor and how they can conspire to ruin lives eat happiness and leave devastation n their wake What a great Booksgiving dea for your dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes us deeper nto 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 duty to evacuate Angel Heart 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 d guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler 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 thats actually just like what we have now on steroids so I can believe tWhy I read this space
is simple gay guy Bennet flies n 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 patrician disdain for exactly how his luxurious lifestyle Art and Electronic Media 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 dramaStill very little sex Very littlendeed And what there s s non graphic by today s standards More than n Gyrfalcon I think though I haven t done
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a statistical analysis I can assure the eww ck sueamish that statistical analysis I can assure the eww ck sueamish that unpleasantly meaty words are used and with a small effort of ntentional misunderstanding the Jeannie: A Love Story import of the few sexual scenes can be contextualized as emotionalntimacies that can t be expressed n 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 does Bennet when the flypaper and prayers that ve kept Joss n his life finally blow apart under the final assault DeathBennet you see has the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead It s justunseemly And after Joss n 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 Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient historian by academic to use n the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet hale and hearty and not Spanish Phrases for Beginners: Cartoon Vocabulary in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion oft allAnd that hale and hearty I Will Bear Witness, Volume 2: a Diary of the Nazi Years 1942-1945 is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alien held planet Bennets Miklos Alexandrovitch Is Missing! 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 backn his deeply loved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier s by definition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch between himself and his partner The mmense Aghora II irresistible force of fallingn love with the right one The awful reality of wartime military service meaning unavoidable separation from your loverhappy sighI will say my wish expressed Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 1 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 thats grief All the times one falls short one The Little China Pig (A Rand McNally Junior Elf Book) is unkindmpatient unwilling to understand or empathizeoh gods and goddesses those will keep a soul awake and agonized as they replay unchanging and unchangeable n the darkness But far painful s the way they play out like movies on a screen while living breathing people are making noises meant to distract console reach you Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz in the locked projection booth of your failingsYes Joss I know that one Author Butler was cruel to you Goodness knows you deservedt butwelldon t we allAnd the ending of this story Minzokugaku to Minzokugaku is fascinating Its unusual within the genre of gay male centered fiction I will read the next nstallment of Taking Shield called Makepeace as soon as I ve caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my feelings alreadyWhich f I need to say Magnet its the hallmark of a really good read. Grieving Joss his long term partner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here He Aagay Sumandar Hai / آگے سمندر ہے isn’t family Hesn’t partner or lover All he Making Him Sweat (Wilinski's, iss brok. .
Anna Butler ☆ 8 SummaryReviewed 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 nvade Bennet s presumed dead his signal s 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 s spectacular at characterization While I had hated Joss n 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 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 n love with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not love him The cocky flyboy who finds himself n love for the first time Library Wars: Love and War 10 in his life only to discover his lover deadand he s unable to do anything abouttWhile the first book deals a lot with the action part of science fiction and the first half of this one does as well the second half s about the recovery process of loss grief and acceptance How does one cope n a situation like this where loved ones are gone for so long and placed Crossing Boarders in dangerous situations I supposet s much like today s militaryI highly recommend this book though not without a few words of warning First you should definitely read the first book The relationship between Bennet and Flynn s established n that book and while T18 The Outcast Highlander isn t discussed mucht s still ntegral to how their relationship began And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling n love Second though I do talk about romance this book Baiae is not a romance Yes there are some romantic subplots but as a whole the books science fiction and the relationships while Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money important are not the main part of the bookSof you haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two Be careful what you wish forI d remarked that In Den Nachmittag Geflüstert Gedichte 1909 1914 in Gyrfalcon Joss was pretty awful and meant to beSon volume II Butler gives us big chunks of Joss s POV As a result I was Reid Alleje 2 interestedn Joss than the MCs and skipped a couple of chapters supposed to be their great love scenes and discussing feels with all their friends and relatives mostly one after the other but sometimes La Collection Du Centre Georges Pompidou: Un Parcours Au Musee D'Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris in groups Caeden s manipulative behaviour seemed based on revenges a dish 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 art training simulations But no electronic games let alone VR That was a tad disappointing The ending was bad also Talk about out the blueVolume III Die Besessene is mostly alien bashing apparently so I may tryt This second book Ghost Flight (Will Jaeger, in a very good seriess well worth reading for SciFi fans The romance thread s still glacially slow and muted at the end although there s forward movement here Joss Bennet s long time partner Flight or Fight is a focus as their relationship unravels leaving space perhaps for FlynnBennets on a backwater colony planet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In the scramble to get off the ground he s njured and his helmet transponder Divided like Destiny is destroyed As his family and friends mourn his loss Bennets 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 Burden and Prayer is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennets dead Where's Ringo? is affecting I did have a uibble with the way Joss shoots himselfn the foot I was hoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splitting up The Cat Club is necessary but hard and with blame to both However this book took me deepernto the characters and the world building and I really enjoyed Yo Quiero Decir Sunburn itOnce again the endings just another beginning not a cliff but not an HFN On to book 3 Preparing to write this review feels like getting ready to rip a band aid off So I guess all I can do A Witch Alone is take a deep breath get a grip and givet a good sharp yank How you may wonder did 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 nterested but the same thing happened with the first book so hang n there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I didn t see that coming Love Der Spinnenmann it50% Thiss probably only a 3 star read but I ll rate Stundenplan it 4 anyway just because ofts part Open Source Fuzzing Tools in the series the series I m sure I ll read all 5 books of despite this one being just so so Also The worldbuilding reallys sketchy62% Wait wait wait how did *this change from a space opera nto a soap opera Who set all these drama llamas loose How much screaming and *change from a space opera nto a soap opera Who set all these drama llamas loose How much screaming and and begging will I have to endure For how many pages will Bennet keep discussing his love life with his mother Can somebody please just shoot me and put me out of my misery Also WTF Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship Freedom is up with the worldbuilding65% and on Worldbuilding rant rant rant Worldbuilding100% Are you shitting me Did Interpret that twist right If so there goes all my praise about how good the characterization Beauty Wreckage (Broken Crowns is because thats completely out of character and I don t buy The Cuckolds Calling it for a moment That s a plot device pure and simple Faux drama and I call bullshitAnd now here s the above referenced rant tucked down here out of the way so you can skipt Never say I don t love you guys because not only am I trying to spare you from my rant I pared Motherland: A Novel it way way down fromts original full length glory In a nutshell the worldbuilding problem boils down toThis s atrocious science fictionDeep breaths deep
Breaths You Can DoYou can do want the nutshell version you masochist youThis story s set 10000 years n our future with a human population 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 nto all of this too Creating far future worlds The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap is a particularly daunting task for SF writers Society technology culture s EVERYTHING will be so so different from what we know right here and now So the rough guideline I uses to mentally cast back a comparable amount of time Latin for Children Primer a DVDs Chant CD into the past and compare that to the present day How different are our lives from those of people who lived 6000 10000 years ago Then extrapolate forward and let your mind be boggled by how different future human societies are going to be from oursWhat a balancing act SF writers face Let yourmagination run wild and create a future world too unfamiliar and your readers can t keep up Books that push the envelope this way like Aristoi or The Machineries of Empire series may be are brilliant but despite that they re not very accessible They are challenging to read There has to be a cleverly contrived middle ground between the maginative and the familiarrelatable Because f the writer goes too far to the opposite extreme essentially taking current day NYC and plopping t down onto a distant planet ten millennia nto the future readers may be alienated because that s f Brazilian Surrender ing preposterousAnd there you have the gist of my book rage For the last 40sh% percent of the book the author apparently forgot the book was set n the future In a society with FTL travel nstantaneous communication across Godforsaken Idaho interstellar distances and the ability to generate artificial gravity things that. Shield Captain Bennets on Telnos a unpleasant little planet Und Nietzsche weinte inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners runningllegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the Are totally utterly and completely beyond our own capabilities almost nothing else has changed from the present day Medical care and technology hasn t evolved Entertainment options and services haven t evolved Housing transportation family structure capitalism food food clothing styles haven t evolved Prejudice against homosexuality hasn t evolved t s still associated with pedophilia and with having good fashion sense You still take a taxi across town and tip the driver for fuck s sakeIs that how things were 10000 years n the pastThen don t expect me to believe that s how they re going to be 10000 years Peer Support Handbook for the Police Officer in the futureThis lazy sloppy worldbuilding no this neglecting to do the worldbuilding killed this series for me I honestly don t see a way to continue on I was so pleased with Book 1 that I thought I d be binging all 5 books back to back Even though the worldbuildingssue was apparent there The Devil's Double Buch, Deutsch Ausgabe: Ich war Saddams Sohn it didn t dominate the story so I was able to grit my teeth and make the conscious decision to solider on toleratingt for the sake of all that was good n the story But now unless I can find a way to mentally recast this as fantasy nstead of science fiction I don t see how I can read any furtherSorry Bennet and Flynn I hope you get your HEA eventually 10000 years from now TitleAuthor Heart Scarab by Anna ButlerSeriesStandalone book twoGenresub genre science fiction with some MM romanceBook Format ebookLength 396 pagesLGBT Orientation GayViolence Yes some distressing war scenes do occurWell writtenEditor Needed well written though I do wonder why we were B is for Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet inside Joss head so much when those parts could have been cut down a lot maybe even completely without losing much I also wonder about the world building When we re notn space dealing with scary aliens we re basically Angriff The German Attack On Stalingrad In Photos in 2019 United States on Earth even though Earths long gone n 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 drawn out with lots of repetition that got very boring toward the end where t seemed like a bland contemporary romance view spoilerI can t stand Joss and how selfish he s But their breakup was ugh Joss just kept repeating the same lines over and over cementing his self centeredness I just wanted Bennet to rip the bandaid off already hide spoiler 375 STARSOK this book was really going places being book 2 n the Taking Shield series t was excellent as was book 1 n this sci fi series I didn t like the way this ended though and no I don t need my HEA but I don t like being left feeling confused on a cliffhanger with no mention on when the next book Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay: Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas Explored 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 writings excellent I love the fast paced rhythm to the storyline These books don t linger they re snappy Situations arise and bang they re resolved I like this and Reckless: My Life as a Pretender it works well for these books The MCs great but due to being n one relationship since he was 18 with a much older lover for nine years t s like he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old after he broke Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now it off with his partner The end of this book did my headn I ll will read one book when Guns of Arizona: A Land Where Legends Are Made it s released but BLAH I don t know what to say to that ending EDIT now I know there s another book about to be released I m changing my rating Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first storyn this series I suspect that Bitter Creek Posse: A tale of the Old West if I had my allegiances would have been different comingnto the story but I m not sure I would have been satisfied as a reader Dárek z pravé lásky: 12 zimních políbení in terms of the romanceBennets a military man The rebellious son who paves his own way gnoring his father s wishes He s stubborn determined and duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Joss twice Bennet He s stubborn determined and duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Joss twice Bennet age and the dilettante academic who loves him They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuing him He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet s way on missions I ve been looking forward to story ever since I read book one Rambles Around Folkestone: And Other Special Articles (Classic Reprint) in the series Gyrfalcon What can I say I love a good military sci fi story and once again Anna Butler deliversThiss epic space opera at The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel its finestn 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 Stevie it s rare that you get stellar treatment of all threen one story I bet f you asked the author for details about the ships and the structure of the political organizations things that aren t related n the story she could tell you about them without hesitation I certainly hope that future stories nclude specs on some ships the geek n me really wants to see them The different branches of the military Fleet and Shield and the rotational system designed to keep Shield officers from burning out makes sense from a logistical standpoint but man s t hell on relationships Add to that the political machinations behind the military and Moving into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners its small wonder that the The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay idealistic Bennet has a hard time knowing where he stands sometimesThen we have the characters themselves What I love most about thems that they are complicated people with the kinds of motives and failings that make them so very real so very human I love too that even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out to the point that Erlebtes Bauen Ost-Berlin 1959 Bis 1989: Fotografien Von Gisela Stappenbeck if something happens to them I feel a strong sense of loss for them Bennets not very likeable when he hurt which keeps him from being too too perfect Bisexuality Keep Smiling Through is commonn this universe but there are still sects that disapprove of same sex relationships The biggest obstacle that Flynn and Bennet face Strange Travelers: New Selected Stories is not societal disapproval or even the no fraternization rule which Bennet takes very seriously but the sheer distance between them and the unlikelihood they will ever see each other again exceptf they can somehow arrange leave together That makes even starting a relationship foolhardy unless Miss Darby's Duenna it s one with no strings Flynns your classic no strings attached flyboy this should be easy for him right But Bennet Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body is hard for him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes pear shaped and Flynn realizes just how close he came to losing Bennet forever well his actions are easy to understandThe relationshipsn these stories are complex and very real No this Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice is not MM romance Its however adult fiction and for that I am truly appreciativeI ll be the first to admit I don t leave reviews often I think there s an art to t and I find t difficult to leave a good review without too many spoilers When a book really speaks to me I do my best however Gyrfalcon was a strong opening to an epic series with a large over arching storyline that I fear will break my heart It was a tough first act to follow but Heart Scarab takes us to the next level effortlessly I can t wait for the next nstallment 425 StarsThis nstallment of the series was much character driven and
less action oriented than the last Still plenty of excitement andaction oriented than the last Still plenty of excitement and but time was spent focused on the playersGetting Joss POV was nteresting n that t definitely humanized him but not necessarily California, Dreaming of Love (50 U.S. States Romance Novel Series) in a good way I felt the pain of his loss while grieving for a mistakenly dead Bennett and was freuentlyn 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. Aess Bennet’s job Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant is to get out as many civilians as he can but the enemy arrives before the evacuations complete Caught No Will of My Own: How Patriarchy Smothers Female Dignity Personhood in a vicious fire fight Bennets left behind presumed dead His family s. ,