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Smashwords book reviews by beginstomorrow

  • Dom of Las Vegas (Sin City 1) on June 15, 2014

    A fun enough read for those who want mild play, vanilla relationships and easy resolutions. I found it a bit pricy for being 90 pages long.
  • Nor Iron Bars a Cage on July 10, 2014

    A good read, and well-written in general. My only comment is that while the author starts the story off with lovely character dialogue that feels authentic to the time period, she slips later on into modern slang and nuances, ruining the feel.
  • Bound in Stone: Volume One on July 13, 2014

    An excellent read. There's little that I can add that the other reviews haven't said already. Suffice it to say that I've gone on to buy the next book in the trilogy and I'm currently enjoying it. (This is also the first five-star rating I've given to any book I've purchased on Smashwords).
  • Fun with Dick and Shane: Memoirs of a Houseboy on July 23, 2014

    Brilliant. A pure joy to read. Check the free sample and you'll see for yourself. Moving onto the next book in the series presently.
  • More Fun with Dick and Shane on July 26, 2014

    I adore this series. I've rarely come across a character that I've loved as much as Gillian. The narrative is always entertaining, and Gillian is very easy to relate to. I don't have a single negative thing to say about this. Can't wait to start on the third book.
  • Achilles and the Houseboy on July 27, 2014

    Another book in the series purchased and enjoyed, however I would have preferred if it had been longer given the price it was set at. Also, while the author has let slip some typos and sometimes overlooked punctuation in the previous books, the oversights were especially noticeable in this one. Unpolished and short though it was, I still deeply enjoyed it.
  • Learning To Dharn on July 29, 2014

    I loved the logical pace of the plot and character reactions; a story where everything falls into place too easily is never a fun read. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I tend to enjoy stories with a bit more drama, however I'm sure this would be a perfect fit for most readers.
  • Bite on July 29, 2014

    I have to say, the author knows how to market their material. I bought this book expecting a lot, especially since the book trailer was fantastic and the first chapter was so well written. But I'm disappointed to say that the chapters that followed were a complete let-down. I didn't have the patience to read past chapter 4. Not only is the whole narrative amateurish at best, the characters are typical (in that the author tried too hard to make them look/sound cool), their reactions felt forced and illogical, there was too much angst and drama (as one would find in teen-written anime fan fiction), and the list goes on. I've never claimed to have more discerning tastes than others, but I'm flabbergasted by the over-enthusiasm of the other reviews. Before you buy read, read past chapter 1 and decide for yourself if it's worth a buy. I wouldn't have spent my money on this if I'd known what was in store.
  • The Vaticinator on Aug. 04, 2014
    (no rating)
    I'll be honest, I didn't get past the first page. The book summary looks interesting, but the story needs heavy editing and redrafting before it's anywhere near ready to be shared and eventually sold. I advise the author to run this by an experienced editor.
  • The Pearl on Aug. 07, 2014

    I adored this. My favorite of Frontain's books so far, and I can't wait for the story to continue. My only hope is that it doesn't stretch out over a long series like with the author's other stories, as I prefer getting my closure three books in at most (if even that).
  • Gilliflowers, Bonds of Affection, Memoirs of a Houseboy 2008 on Oct. 12, 2014

    I can't remember if I've said this before but I'll say it again, I adore this series and the characters in it. Gillian is witty, endearing, and flawed in all the right ways. This particular book is a vast improvement in terms of typos and punctuation, but it's predecessors are just as lovely and entertaining to read. I dread the day they stop coming as Gillian, his Daddies and his motley group of side characters have become a cherished part of my life these past few months. Thank you, author, for sharing.
  • Fitting In on Oct. 14, 2014

    'Fitting In' was a very weak and shallow book with a tedious and often repetitive 'tell, don't show' approach to narration, protagonists that are *constantly* obsessing with how hot and sexy the other main characters are, and very little plot or intelligent conversation. The over abundance of sex scenes (the main point behind the book) were cliche and so drawn out that I ended up skipping them altogether. I appreciate erotica as much as the next perv, but this was uninspiring and a complete waste of my cash and time. I wish the author the best of luck and hope that they will focus on enriching their material in the future.
  • Christmas At Leo's - Memoirs Of A Houseboy on Jan. 31, 2015

    I loved every moment of this. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Downtime on Feb. 15, 2015

    Wonderful and thoroughly satisfying. I loved every minute of this, from the gradual and realistic relationship building to the endearing and dynamic characters and, finally, to the downright interesting plot. Not a vapid love story, this one. You won't regret reading it.
  • The Fence And Then The Trees on Feb. 17, 2015

    Generally entertaining and the characters are well defined, but there was too much telling and not enough showing in several parts, redundancy in internal character monologue, and the end dragged on too long, laying it heavy on the romance. **** The following contains spoilers and is directed at the author as constructive critique: Adder's personality prior to prison is too much like Jack's, and his dad's personality came across as too shallow. If his dad really was worried about his reputation, was as ruthless as he was made out to be, and had the amount of influence he did, it would have made more sense that he'd take more drastic measures to keep his son under control. His passive approach to cleaning up after Adder didn't fit. As for Adder talking, having him become a chatterbox at the end so suddenly felt a bit counter intuitive. I would have imagined that after 15 years of not saying a single word, it would take him a while to build up to being as talkative as a normal person. That said, I think it was overall a good story, just needs a bit of tweaking.