An Alisa Review: The Charmer by R.W. Clinger

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Rating:  2 stars out of 5

Puzzle maker Peter Find isn’t thinking about falling in love anytime soon. Truth be told, he’s happy with his job, his mundane life, and being single. He works, has a few drinks at The Hoffstetter Inn after his shifts, and spends quality time alone in his small apartment.

Then a mystery man by the name of Waverly “Wave” Yorkshire introduces himself to Pete at the inn. Unfortunately Wave has the wrong guy on his radar. This doesn’t stop Pete from thinking him charming, and Pete begins to follow and spy on the man.

Soon Pete’s new hobby gets out of hand, though. He finds himself mixed up with a few ugly Russians, government secrets, and a heap of danger. Will Pete live long enough to have The Charmer as his boyfriend? Or will Wave’s secrets cause his early demise?

I think I have come to the conclusion that this author’s stories don’t work for me.  Peter and Wave meet by “chance” and from there I don’t really understand how they both acted the way they do.

I couldn’t connect with either character or really try to keep up with their thoughts.  Peter’s thoughts jumped all around and he kept referring to people as famous people, which just got annoying. There was no actual connection or building of the relationship that suddenly came to be at the end of the book.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs gives a nice visual Wave.

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Book Details:

ebook, 53 pages

Published: April 21, 2018 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634866170

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: The Icicles by R.W. Clinger

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

Meet the Icicles: unpredictable, exciting, comedic, and festive.

When Jonah Icicle decides to spend Christmas with his family and introduces his new boyfriend Sandy, everyone reacts differently. His mother Pam is combative, always judgmental to a fault, obnoxious, and loud. Jonah’s sister Willa adores the new man in her brother’s life and feels he will be a key player in their close unit. Willa’s husband Bobo suffers from hypersexuality and unfortunately can’t keep his hands off Sandy. And Jake, Jonah’s brother and Pam’s favorite son, is more interested in his marijuana than his relatives.

As the snow flies and the electricity goes out, the Icicles fight, hug, and laugh. Can they welcome the holiday spirit — and Sandy — into their lives?

What did I just read?  That is what has been going through my head since I finished this book.  With how they keep referring to what happened when Jonah brought his previous boyfriend home I can’t believe he is willing to bring another.

To me, Jonah’s family is just plain nuts.  His mom doesn’t show respect for anyone, Bobo is at first only referred to as a cheater but apparently his hypersexuality is an excuse?  He didn’t say one nice thing about anyone in his family when he was trying to reassure Sandy in the truck during the ride.  I had trouble understanding these characters especially why they would subject themselves to these people even if they are family.  So much seemed scattered throughout the story that it made it even harder to get into it.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice Christmas themed cover.

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Book Details:

ebook, 52 pages

Published: December 2, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634865265

An Alisa Review: Finding Persimmon by R.W. Clinger

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Rating:  2.5 stars out of 5

 

Tea company owner Tate Blackwood isn’t just in search of the perfect persimmon-flavored tea; he’s also looking for a good time. Many one-night stands are his thing. There’s no way he’ll have a boyfriend, or fall in love with another man.

 

Enter Paul Persimmon, the green-eyed owner of a little bookshop in downtown Channing, Pennsylvania. Tate thinks the man is honest, warm-hearted, and uninhibited. When Tate enters the bookshop, his life takes a quick turn. Although Persimmon insists on a date with Tate, Tate thinks another one-night stand will happen.

 

Is Tate too set in his ways to settle down with one man, though? Can he reach for love after finding Persimmon? Or is his relationship more about being best buds with Persimmon? Only time and persimmon tea will provide the answers to his steeping questions.

 

Hmm… I have given myself a few days to think about this story but it still doesn’t make much sense to me.  Tate only wants hook-ups and supposedly completely forgets any of them even exist or anything about them afterwards, except he even thinks about one and knows details about the person.  While Paul says he won’t push and tries to essentially keep his “honor” he does the opposite of what he says.

 

Tate suddenly wants to get to know Paul but continues to push him away.  I had trouble with both of the characters sudden switches in behavior and attitudes towards each other and their relationship, I felt like they were ping ponging all over the place.  This was alright for a quick read but it just did not get put together all that well.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is gives a nice visual of Tate.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 65 pages

Published: September 30, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864640

Edition Language: English