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A reader who’ll try anything once, including bad books in search of good ones. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection)
Arthur Conan Doyle, Simon Vance
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In His Command - Rie Warren

Dirty talk doesn't work for me. It's unfortunate, because the narrator's voice leans on the graphic side in an overly-wordy fashion. At first I thought Warren's writing reminded me of Damon Suede's in Hot Head because despite its flaws—namely wordiness and vulgarity—the writing is compulsively readable somehow. I can't quite explain it because the story definitely didn't suck me in.

It wasn't the characters either. Neither Blondie—Nathaniel Rice—or Caspar act like men who've grown up in a world where homosexuality is illegal. Blondie is too handsy and Caspar too talkative. Sex is their shorthand for insta-trust, but it's not believable in the world the author describes. Not unless the narrator has a death wish and nothing else in his behaviour indicates that does.

I mentioned vulgarity earlier, and here it passes as erotic, which it's not. It's really not. Unless you're one of the people who finds armpit sweat sexy.

The world building is crudely done but quite solid. It's explained in lengthy infodumps by the first person voice narrator's thoughts rather than evolved naturally through plot progression and dialogue. This didn't actually bother me as much as I thought it would. In fact, it was the reason I kept reading instead of DNFing after the first chapter. Then when the Nomads are introduced it becomes clear that this book is trying to be social commentary on the current situation of the sexual minorities and no, I just don't have enough faith in the author's talent to see that train wreck through.

I DNFed at 38%.

I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.