Great science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first story in this series I suspect that if I ad my allegiances would Makeover Magic 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 Os Filhos da Droga 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 For Zion him They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuingim He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions He wants Bennet to give up the military and stay Guilty Gucci homee s already been egregiously injured onceJoss was right This mission takes Bennet s life as far as The Old Banyan and Other Stories 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 مامان جون برای همه چی ازت متشکرم he find while surveying the localoldings for survivors of the Maess attack True to Bennet form they are important characters in is life until e moves on and then they re discardedThe beginning is Black Chicks Talking heavily militaristic but when the botched mission turns domestic as Bennet navigatesis 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 Build This City! hiseart The first book in the series from my understanding Cunningly Clever Marketing has a much greater emphasis on this relationship And thus a love triangle emergesBennet is an unmitigated ass to Joss duringis recovery Definitely Winnie-the-Pooh his father s son there Cruel inis dismissal of Joss s care seeing it as a slight against is weakness They ave been together for years and there The Phantom of the Opera 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 تاريخ مشروطه ايران 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 75 Glamorous Rice Dishes have all others orbitim in this The New Independent Home he is likeis father He doesn t do compromise and frankly Kissing Galileo (Dear Professor, he deserves to be alone Bute keeps finding people who are willing to bend over backwards for A Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book him So as far as leadingeroes goes Aga(c)Silas he does not engender positive feelings And the set up for the third storyints Crushing Low Stakes Poker heavily not to expect better fromim I loved the expeditions but Disney Princess Learning to Count honestly wouldave loved to see the romance dropped I Ella, The Slayer (Serenity House, 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 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 Modern Viking 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 The Spirit of Intimacy he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old aftere broke it off with is partner The end of this book did my ead 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 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 The Amory Wars, Volume 1 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 appen next But the second part was long and drawn out with lots of repetition that got very boring toward
#the end where #end where seemed like a bland contemporary romance view spoilerI can t stand Joss and ow selfish Mismatch (Love Match, 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 Family Wanted hide spoiler 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 andonor and Keys to Tulsa 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 Secret Africa 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 Crush (Awkward, humanity s great to the 10th power grandchildren linese obsesses over مهارت در بازی زندگی his failing relationship withis elegant worldly lover Joss The Dragon in the Clock Box his burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed onis father s ship the Gyrfalcon and My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, his patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens toim and moons and pines for im completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered Rosie listens to im and moons and pines for Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy him completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered 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 ands And that s why I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the ighest 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 Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, 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 Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet his truth as a man who loves men Add to thatis father s strong religious convictions and Arise his family s long tradition of military serviceis older lover s patrician disdain for exactly Archies Americana, Vol. 1 howis luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and that prevent The Book Thief him from pursuingis new love for Flynn and you Talk to Me 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 Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, hereasn t Educating for the New World Order 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 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
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Anner of their people Mr. Malcolms List has made sacrifices ofis and Bennet s favorite artwork the perfect and glorious antiuities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient GURPS Conspiracy X historian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds back comes Bennetale and Just One Golden Kiss hearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all Thethejoy embarrassment confusion of it allAnd thatale and The Tyranny of Guilt hearty is solely a valid description when matched against dead and rotting on an alieneld planet Bennet is in shards physically and psychically and emotionally His body will Phantom Encounters heal slowlyis psyche and emotions might or might not Eat Your Way Through the USA heal at all ever ande might well never get to use My Dirty Janitor Book 4 his new bionic knee back inis 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 between Stories from Spain / Historias de España himself andis 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 for Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos him ase was Broken Bear hollowed out by loss and theideous 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 the Enna Burning hallmark of a really good read 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 definitelyumanized Hatter him but not necessarily in a good way I felt the pain ofis loss while grieving for a mistakenly dead Bennett and was freuently in tears along with the rest of Paint the Wind his family especiallyis Dad but for the most part Wayne his reaction felt very self centered and that never endeared me to the character I was very glad to see the backside ofim and not just because The Perfect Resume he was an impediment sort of not really though to Bennett and Flynnbut because ofow much Bennett compromised and The Centurion Code hurt just to keepim Antropologia da Criança happy Without the same compromise from Joss Joss compromise was to sleep with anyonee wanted to while not getting as much of Bennett s time and attention as Air Terisak Membelah Batu he 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 theeels of seeing Canned how Joss and Bennett interacted was so illuminating The differences wereeart 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 POVwhich GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION huh 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 getere I m onestly a bit flummoxed because despite ow this future is painted as still severely Lisa and David Today homophobic 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 puter balls metaphorically and probably sexist of me to say it when she decided to pursue Bennett as single mindedly as she did She knew Clinton, Inc. he loved Flynn would always love Flynn ase decided that no other man would do And it felt like Dvorak Keyboard he was settling for Rosie whene acuiesced to The Muslim Masquerade her advances as someone to warmis bed and keep im company since e s never really lived alone plus keep im from thinking of Flynnand that she was settling less than
#bennett s full full involvement I expected from erSo 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 do The Book of Revelation have toandwave away uite a bit because this is supposed to be several thousand years in the future and yet seems only a couple Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) hundred years if that ahead of us in technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major injuries Crap I expectumanity to Practical Prinkery have 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 theyave on The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) 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 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 withoutesitation I certainly The Art of Not Breathing hope 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 itell on relationships Add to that the political machinations behind the military and it is small wonder that the idealistic Bennet Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery has aard time knowing where A Peoples Tragedy he stands sometimesThen weave the characters themselves What I love most about them is 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 appens to them I feel a strong sense of loss for them Bennet is not very likeable when Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, heurt which keeps im from being too too perfect Bisexuality is common in this universe but there are still sects that which keeps im from being too too perfect Bisexuality is common in this universe but there are still sects that 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 Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas him right But Bennet isard for Devils Gate him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes pear shaped and Flynn realizes justow close The Old Myers Place (Halloween, he came to losing Bennet forever wellis actions are easy to understandThe relationships in these stories are complex and very real No this is not MM romance It is Witcheskin however adult fiction and for that I am truly appreciativeI ll be the first to admit I don t leave reviews often I think 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 Jack Glass 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. 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. ,
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 ow 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 I Me Write Book have to endure Forow many pages will Bennet keep discussing Cosmological Enigmas his love life withis 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 about At Hells Gate how 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 nowere s the above referenced rant tucked down Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, here 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 auman population descended from those who left Earth behind 6000 years ago And to complicate things further for erself and for us the author somehow as 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 right Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, here 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 byow different future Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society human 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 Thereas 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 On the First Night of Christmas have 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 elseas changed from the present day Medical care and technology P.S. Im Pregnant hasn t evolved Entertainment options and servicesaven t evolved Housing transportation family structure capitalism food food clothing styles Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, haven t evolved Prejudice againstomosexuality Cult Science Fiction Films hasn t evolved it s still associated with pedophilia and withaving good fashion sense You still take a taxi across town and tip the driver for fuck s sakeIs that Crime and Punishment how things were 10000 years in the pastThen don t expect me to believe that sow 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 I Sailor Moon Episode Lists 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 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 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 seeow I can read any furtherSorry Bennet and Flynn I ope you get your HEA eventually 10000 years from now 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 although there is forward movement ere Joss Bennet s long 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 ground Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, he is injured andis Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 helmet transponder is destroyed Asis family and friends mourn Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version his 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 didave a uibble with the way Joss shoots Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity himself in the foot I wasoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card i like when splitting up is necessary but like when splitting up is necessary but 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 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 seemed based on revenge is a dish best served cold And the future seems a bit like the 1980s No fun games or entertainment These are military on long The Doughboys haul patrol andave 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 is mostly alien bashing apparently so I may try it 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 dead 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] his signal is gone and Rosieas watched Futurity him fall after a strafing run Left to pick up the pieces and move on are the people who lovedim the most Ouija in Suburbia his familyis lover Joss Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism his lieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While Iad Lenora hated Joss in the first book for the firstalf of this one I felt for Caz Sanatı him She not only shows things fromis perspective but also switches to second person POV sometimes to show the depth of Desire Sensibility his thoughts and connect readers to Joss The secondalf of the book I wanted to punch im The same goes for Rosie I felt for er and The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green her unreuited love for Bennet but I alsoated The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice how she couldn t accept thate was in love with men And Flynn Oh my poor Flynn How can you not love im The "cocky flyboy who finds imself in love for the first time in is life only to discover is lover deadand "flyboy who finds Some Thing Black himself in love for the first time inis life only to discover McClellans Other Story his lover deadand s unable to do anything about itWhile the first book deals a lot with the action part of science fiction and the firstalf of this one does as well the second Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? half 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 militaryIighly 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 to Leonardo da Vinci how 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 youaven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round two. Grieving Joss is long term partner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn as no official ‘rights’ Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy here He isn’t family He isn’t partner or lover Alle is is brok.