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 :
OK, I'm going to stop reviewing these individually. This is patently one single story and trying to review each volume is starting to feel like I've stopped every 10 or so chapters to write a partial review. It's becoming ridiculous. You'll therefore find the same review for books 4-7 in the series.
I've now read up to book seven. Luckily, in the Note From the Author, at the end of Get Higher, she mentioned "two more books." So, at least I now know how much more to expect. I know I've harped on about it, but the fact that this story is broken up into (apparently) 9 separate volumes is one of only two real complaints with 'the series.' The second is how much history is glossed over, considering how important it is to the events of the book's present. This sadly includes a lot of the character development and worldbuilding. The reader really is left to just kind of catch up where they can as the events unwind.
I like those characters we get to know. (We don't get to know all of them, even when they play a significant role in things.) Jackson's decidedly Machiavellian plan is starting to come to fruition and it's interesting. The sex is often hot. I especially liked the way Jin all but worships Ken.
Pending the next two books come out soon enough that I even still remember that I read the first seven, I'll be finishing the series out. (Will probably still be grumbling about the serialisation though.) I've enjoyed the sarcasm and the narrative voice a lot. The writing and editing is pretty good (especially for freebies) and I like the gritty feel of it all.
(review of free book)
on March 02, 2014 :
This episode of the Hidden Talents series is like a gift wrapped package. Layer after layer is unravelled to reveal more exciting layers.
Jen we knew about earlier, but then David awakens? And then again Ken and Random Gurl and then Ken and Jin?? If there is such a thing as too much with Claire Cray (which there could never be), this would be it. The author really went hard with this one. (Congrats for Jin btw).
Starting the series would help to appreciate where we are at right now; still exceptional writing would always be that. and Clare Cray's understanding and representation of these super characters and the way she keeps topping herself each time is truly exceptional.
(review of free book)