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Solider on tolerating it for the sake of all that was good in the story But now unless I can find a way to mentally recast this as fantasy instead of science fiction I don t see ow I can read any furtherSorry Bennet and Flynn I Guilty Gucci hope you get your HEA eventually 10000 years from now Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first story in this series I suspect that if Iad my allegiances would The Old Banyan and Other Stories have been different coming into the story but I m not sure I wouldave been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romanceBennet is a military man The rebellious son who paves مامان جون برای همه چی ازت متشکرم his own way ignoringis father s wishes He s stubborn determined and duty bound the epitome of noblesse oblige Joss twice Bennet s age and the dilettante academic who loves im They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuing im He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions He wants Bennet to give up the military and stay Black Chicks Talking homee s already been egregiously injured onceJoss was right This mission takes Bennet s life as far as Build This City! his loved one know Planetsidee meets a scrabble of people not evacuated before the Maess invasion There are some great characters introduced Ifan local minerex infantry man who finds Bennet and Luke orphaned child Ifan and Cunningly Clever Marketing he find while surveying the localoldings for survivors of the Maess attack True to Bennet form they are important characters in Winnie-the-Pooh his life untile moves on and then they re discardedThe beginning is eavily militaristic but when the botched mission turns domestic as Bennet navigates is injuries and subsisting with the other refugees while plotting an escape plan And leave they do but not without conseuences During the formal grieving observances Flynn reenters the storyline Flynn the talented pilot who once saved Bennet and stole The Phantom of the Opera hiseart The first book in the series from my understanding تاريخ مشروطه ايران has a much greater emphasis on this relationship And thus a love triangle emergesBennet is an unmitigated ass to Joss duringis recovery Definitely 75 Glamorous Rice Dishes his father s son there Cruel inis dismissal of Joss s care seeing it as a slight against The New Independent Home his weakness Theyave been together for years and there Kissing Galileo (Dear Professor, have been changes or rather Bennetas changed and Joss expects things to be the sameThe line between open relationship and infidelity is very thin both Joss and Bennet teeter on it as their actions wobble their uasi marriage they made vows that are not legal in Albion Then they take off the gloves and A Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book hurt each other in ways that only someone who loves you can The status uo is no longer working for Bennet and Joss is angry thatis wishes in their relationship are ignoredBasically Bennet is the sort of man who expects to the be sun and Aga(c)Silas have all others orbitim in this Crushing Low Stakes Poker he is likeis father He doesn t do compromise and frankly Disney Princess Learning to Count he deserves to be alone Bute keeps finding people who are willing to bend over backwards for Ella, The Slayer (Serenity House, him So as far as leadingeroes goes Modern Viking he does not engender positive feelings And the set up for the third storyints The Spirit of Intimacy heavily not to expect better fromim I loved the expeditions but onestly would ave loved to see the romance dropped I The Amory Wars, Volume 1 hated the dynamics the backstabbing and disregard founded on poor communication Overall the science fiction military exploits is the win while the romance leaves a bitter taste Favorite passage Having it all Yes Isn t that the way you like it Sure it was Only once you d got it all you sometimes wondered what it was you d got and why theell you d wanted it in the first place A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown reviewReviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews 425 StarsThis installment of the series was much character driven and less action oriented than the last Still plenty of excitement and danger but time was spent focused on the playersGetting Joss POV was interesting in that it definitely One Night with The Sheikh humanizedim but not necessarily in a good way I felt the pain of Mismatch (Love Match, his loss while grieving for a mistakenly dead Bennett and was freuently in tears along with the rest ofis family especially Family Wanted his Dad but for the most partis reaction felt very self centered and that never endeared me to the character I was very glad to see the backside of Keys to Tulsa him and not just becausee was an impediment sort of not really though to Bennett and Flynnbut because of Secret Africa how much Bennett compromised andurt just to keep im appy Without the same compromise from Joss Joss compromise was to sleep with anyone مهارت در بازی زندگی he wanted to while not getting as much of Bennett s time and attention ase wanted and then bitch about it the whole time they were back together during Bennett s weeks long leaves Big whooop Bennett grew up Joss is still very immature to me despite being 2 decades olderLOVED the reunion between Bennett and Flynn That connection coming so soon on the The Dragon in the Clock Box heels of seeingow Joss and Bennett interacted was so illuminating The differences were My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, 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 POVwhichuh I don t know Maybe it was my own mistaken 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 The Nazi Revolution here I monestly a bit flummoxed because despite Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy how this future is painted as still severelyomophobic 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 do I m just not sure where Rosie put er balls metaphorically and probably sexist of me to say it when she decided to pursue Bennett as single mindedly as she did She knew e loved Flynn would always love Flynn as Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, he decided that no other man would do And it felt likee was settling for Rosie when Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet he acuiesced toer advances as someone to warm Arise his bed and keepim company since Archies Americana, Vol. 1 he s never really lived alone plus keepim from thinking of Flynnand that she was settling for less than Bennett s full emotional involvement I expected from The Book Thief herSo we ll seeStill devouring the series because if nothing else the SciFi parts are engaging especially when it comes to the war with the Maess I doave to Talk to Me handwave away uite a bit because this is supposed to be several thousand years in the future and yet seems only a coupleundred years if that ahead of us in technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major injuries Crap I expect Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, humanity toave those to an extent within this century When it 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 Educating for the New World Order have onand 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 Be careful what you wish forI d 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 discussing feels with all their friends and relatives mostly one after the other but sometimes in groups Caeden s manipulative behaviour se 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 inside Joss Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock head so much when those parts couldave been cut down a lot maybe even completely without losing much I also wonder about the world building When we re not in space dealing 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 The Character Of An Upright Man happen next But the second part was long and drawn 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 andow selfish Mr. Malcolms List he is But their breakup was ugh Joss just kept repeating the same lines over and over cementingis self centeredness I just wanted Bennet to rip the bandaid off already GURPS Conspiracy X hide spoiler. Grieving Jossis long term partner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn Just One Golden Kiss has no official ‘rights’ere He isn’t family He isn’t partner or lover All e is is brok.
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 onor and Phantom Encounters how they can conspire to ruin lives eatappiness and leave devastation in their wake What a great Booksgiving idea for your dearly beloved space opera fanAuthor Butler takes us deeper into the life of Shield Captain Bennet eighteen months following the events on Maess Eat Your Way Through the USA held planet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet performsis duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the faceless unknown aliens winning a war of annihilation against My Dirty Janitor Book 4 humanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren linese obsesses over Stories from Spain / Historias de España his failing relationship withis elegant worldly lover Joss Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos his burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed onis father s ship the Gyrfalcon and Broken Bear his patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens toim and moons and pines for Enna Burning him completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered for the position she along with the rest ofumanity I d guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler s Hatter hands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with theighest 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 Paint the Wind have now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face ofumanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to live Wayne his truth as a man who loves men Add to thatis father s strong religious convictions and The Perfect Resume his family s long tradition of military serviceis older lover s patrician disdain for exactly The Centurion Code howis luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that prevent Antropologia da Criança him from pursuingis new love for Flynn and you Air Terisak Membelah Batu have a witches brew of good 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 Iaven t done 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 Canned hereasn t GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION 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 inis life finally blow apart under the final assault DeathBennet you see as the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead It s justunseemly And after Joss in the manner of their people as made sacrifices of Lisa and David Today his and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancientistorian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennet Clinton, Inc. hale andearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd that Dvorak Keyboard hale andearty is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alien The Muslim Masquerade held planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body willeal slowly is psyche and emotions might or might not eal at all ever and How to Heal Your Body he might well never get to useis new bionic knee back in The Book of Revelation his deeply loved Shield role A soldier who s too broken to soldier is by definition A Very Unhappy Man Add to this soldier s woes the emotional mismatch betweenimself and Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) 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 forim as Practical Prinkery he wasollowed out by loss and the The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) 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 darkness But far painful is the way they play out like movies on a screen while living breathing people are making noises meant to distract 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 deserved 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 theallmark of a really good read 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 The Art of Not Breathing 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 grounde is injured and Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery hiselmet transponder is destroyed As A Peoples Tragedy his family and friends mournis 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 dead is affecting I did ave a uibble with the way Joss shoots imself in the foot I was Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, hoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splitting up is necessary butard and with blame to both However this book took me 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 3 375 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 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 is going to be released I think there are a few books planned for this series but talk about Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One how NOT to end a novel Come onThe writing is 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 it works well for these books The MC is great but due to being in one relationship sincee was 18 with a much older lover for nine years it s like Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old aftere broke it off with Devils Gate his partner The end of this book did myead in I ll will read one book when 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 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 deliversThis 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 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 The Old Myers Place (Halloween, hesitation I certainlyope that future stories include specs on some ships the geek in 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 is it Witcheskin hell on relationships Add to that the political machinations behind the military and it is small wonder that the idealistic Bennetas a Jack Glass hard time knowing wheree stands sometimesThen we ave the characters themselves What I love most about them is. 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
That they are complicated people with the kinds of motives and failings that make them so very real so very uman I love too that even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out to the point that if something Me Write Book happens to them I feel a strong sense of loss for them Bennet is not very likeable whene Cosmological Enigmas hurt which keepsim from being too too perfect Bisexuality is common in this universe but there are still sects that disapprove of same sex relationships The biggest obstacle that Flynn and Bennet face 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 except if they can somehow arrange leave together That makes even starting a relationship foolhardy unless it s one with no strings Flynn is your classic no strings attached flyboy this should be easy for At Hells Gate him right But Bennet isard for Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes pear shaped and Flynn realizes justow close e came to losing Bennet forever well is actions are easy to understandThe relationships in these stories are complex and very real No this is not MM romance It is Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, 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 is an art to it and I find it difficult to leave a good review without too many spoilers When a book really speaks to me I do my bestowever Gyrfalcon was a strong opening to an epic series with a large over arching storyline that I fear will break my Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society 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 installment Reviewed 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 deadis signal is gone and Rosie On the First Night of Christmas has watchedim fall after a strafing run Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people who loved P.S. Im Pregnant him the mostis family Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, his lover Jossis lieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While I ad ated Joss in the first book for the first Crime and Punishment half of this one I felt forim She not only shows things from Sailor Moon Episode Lists his perspective but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the depth ofis thoughts and connect readers to Joss The second Attentions Throbbing half of the book I wanted to punchim The same goes for Rosie I felt for Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, her ander unreuited love for Bennet but I also Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 hatedow she couldn t accept that Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version he was in love with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not loveim The cocky flyboy who finds Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity himself in love for the first time inis life only to discover The Doughboys his lover deadande s unable to do anything about itWhile the first book deals a lot with the action part of science fiction and the first 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] half of this one does as well the secondalf is about the recovery process of loss grief and acceptance How does one cope in a situation like this where loved ones are gone for so long and placed in dangerous situations I suppose it s much like today s militaryI Futurity 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 is established in that book and while T18 isn t discussed much it s still integral toow their relationship began And why would you want to miss out on Flynn finally falling in love Second though I 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 Ouija in Suburbia haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two Preparing to write this review feels like getting ready to rip a band aid off So I guess all I can do is take a deep breath get a grip and give it 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 maving trouble staying interested but the same thing Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism happened with the first book soang in there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I didn 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 all 5 books of despite this one being just so so Also The worldbuilding really is sketchy62% Wait wait wait Lenora how did this change from a space opera into a soap opera Who set all these drama llamas loose How much screaming and crying and begging will Iave to endure For Caz Sanatı how many pages will Bennet keep discussingis love life with Desire Sensibility 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 aboutow good the characterization is because that is completely out of character and I don t buy it for a moment That s a plot device pure and simple Faux drama and I call bullshitAnd now ere s the above referenced rant tucked down ere out of the way so you can skip it Never say I don t love you guys because not only am I trying to spare you from my rant I pared it way way down from its original full length glory In a nutshell the worldbuilding problem boils down toThis is atrocious science fictionDeep breaths Teal deep breaths You can do itYou want the non nutshell version you masochist youThis story is set 10000 years in our future with a The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green human population descended from those who left Earth behind 6000 years ago And to complicate things further forerself and for us the author somehow The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice has tied ancient Egypt into all of this too Creating far future worlds is a particularly daunting task for SF writers Society technology culture s EVERYTHING will be so so different from what we know rightere 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 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 Practicing History how different futureuman societies are going to be from oursWhat a balancing act SF writers face Let your imagination 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 as to be a cleverly contrived middle ground between the imaginative and the familiarrelatable Because if the writer goes too far to the opposite extreme essentially taking current day NYC and plopping it down onto a distant planet ten millennia into the future readers may be alienated because that s f ing preposterousAnd there you ave the gist of my book rage For the last 40 ish% percent of the book the author apparently forgot the book was set in the future In a society with FTL travel instantaneous communication across interstellar distances and the ability to generate artificial gravity things that are totally utterly and completely beyond our own capabilities almost nothing else Some Thing Black has changed from the present day Medical care and technologyasn t evolved Entertainment options and services McClellans Other Story haven t evolved Housing transportation family structure capitalism food food clothing stylesaven t evolved Prejudice against Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? homosexualityasn t evolved it s still associated with pedophilia and with Leonardo da Vinci having good fashion sense You still take a taxi across town and tip the driver for fuck s sakeIs thatow things were 10000 years in the pastThen don t expect me to believe that s Enkätboken how they re going to be 10000 years in the futureThis lazy sloppy worldbuilding no this neglecting to do the worldbuilding killed this series for me Ionestly 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 worldbuilding issue was apparent there it didn t dominate the story so I was able to grit my teeth and make the conscious decision to. Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as e can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet is left behind presumed dead His family is.