Claire Cray specializes in M/M romance and stories of an offbeat nature. Her tales feature intelligent characters, a vivid sense of atmosphere, and a (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. Born in a strange little village in the Pacific Northwest, Claire was raised on rain, trees, and spooky stories. An addiction to misadventure has carried her from the backwoods of Oregon to Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, where she currently resides.
Sadie S. Forsythe
on Oct. 26, 2014 :
I think this one was actually an improvement on the first. It was more consistent. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters more; Jin continued sarcasm and the Sky/Ken drama. Plus, Mark and Jin's night together was hot. Again, like the first volume, I have no idea why the book ended where it did or even why this is a series of novellas instead of a single book. It's very obviously a single story. I anticipate feeling the same way at the end of each novella.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 21, 2012 :
It was an interesting sequel to the list of characters that "Hidden Talents" introduced.
Each character seems independent and solitary in their actions, but somehow, everything is threaded together. And even though there is no immediate danger, you read every page with a sense of foreboding. 4.5 stars and off to read the third installment.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 05, 2012 :
As with the previous book, I very much enjoyed reading this story. I liked it so much that I swallowed it whole. The worst part of the whole thing was realizing that there wasn't more to read. I wanted to howl "Noooo!" when I realized that this was not only the end of the book, but also the last of the books that were published at the time I read it. I especially enjoyed watching Jin and Ken's relationship become more complex and grounded, even while portraying the characters as having Serious Issues.
The only thing I'm worried about about how a certain someone is going to be portrayed in future books. It's incredibly common for victims of abuse to aquiesce to and be caught in their own abuse. In fiction, it is often popular to portray these people poorly for having given in when they are simply experiencing a very natural survival mechanism. However, I have hope that the situation will be handled well, showing weakness, strength, anger, and compassion..
I look forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)