"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate."
Drug trafficking and semi-organized crime. The fact that it happens on the Canadian border is indeed very unusual-I could better understand it if it took place somewhere more southern - though the idea is refreshing- it contradicts all my imaginations of Canada being a place too dull to be criminal.
Criminal bikers with the connections to the Chicago mafia.
Corrupted FBI agents, corrupted retired Sheriff.
At least one unsolved murder.
“The only kingdom that makes any man a king is the kingdom of his own soul. The only power that has any real meaning is the power to better the world.”
“There are facts. And there is the truth. Which are you going to believe?"
Readers who enjoy Political Satire (judging from my life experience) are usually not regular readers of Gay Erotica(this one is VERY GRAPHICALLY delicious). Readers who enjoy Gay Erotica don't read Political Satire, normally.
And...THIS KIND OF GAY EROTICA won't read an average MM Romance Reader. ("He said that he loves him on the page 5 and he fucks someone else on the page 10!")
I had to admit, much to my regret, I didn't know all the necessary information behind the scenes to be able to enjoy this militant irony. There were so many names (slightly modified) that every American reader would immediately recognize and identify with a real person AND... COULD easily understand the sarcasm and exaggeration that was hidden behind, but I didn't. I knew who was hidden behind Helmut Dump and his wife Melanoma, but not more. I have openly to confess that I GOT TIRED from all this political circus at the end and even AVOIDED all political discussions ON PURPOSE recently. Since I tried to express my opinion about it on FB and got a lot of feedback like "go away/disappear and don't disturb other people to express their temper", I am not politically motivated at all, FYI.
YES. Because Praline is such a kind naive sweetheart. I try to imagine that his IQ is simply
too lownot too academic and ignore an obvious fact that he is an idiota charming naive young man.
It won't be very actual and interesting probably/maybe 4 years from now later.
Saehyun disrespects Nao on the one page and on the next page he talks already about their relationship and being Nao's boyfriend. It went totally unnoticed for me.
Dialogues. THEY ARE AWFUL. Do adult people talk this way?! (I mean those with an average IQ?)
ILLOGICAL actions. I'm not a mafia expert, but what I read here was ridiculous.
Characters: without any depth, too flat and superficial, two-dimensional, boring, stupid.
ENDING. Oh please...
If the author decides to erase the only, more or less, likable and significant character for an impressive and illogical ending...then I'm out here.
I didn't like the writing. But it is just my personal taste.
The main case is Jimmy English trail that starts, it occupies the main part in this book. And even if Nick doesn't make the rules here, he plays one of the main ( if not the main) role here. Let me reveal the precise details - he is NOT amused about it. The second case reminds of Nick's previous cases, a gay customer needs his services as a private investigator and the third one is more of the private nature in that he is involved rather emotionally than factually(and is very tiny from Nick's attention, but it is THERE).
Don't worry though - the author leads his readers very skillfully through the jungle of names. I have to admit that I didn't know IMMEDIATELY who was who in SOME situations, but before I had decided to pick up the previous sequel to refresh my memories and started to seek for the names, I got my explanation from the author out of the context that followed.
We have a COURT DRAMA, a RUN-AWAY-ROAD-MOVIE, a crime investigation a là Nick Nowak (you know this typical for Nick ones, we know from previous books, asking questions-> making conclusions), and yes, a GAY ROMANCE(that doesn't take up a lot of space in this book, but it doesn't mean automatically LESS INTENSITY, just the opposite), no I won't add GAY EROTICA, there are not TOO MANY sex scenes, and I LOVE THEM, but SEX is a delicious addition to the plot and not the opposite.