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 him right But Bennet is hard for him to forget and when a dangerous mission goes Soldados del Multiverso: Guerreros del pasado (Guerras del Multiverso n 2) pear shaped and Flynn realizes just how close he came to losing Bennet forever well his actions are easy to understandThe relationships in these stories are complex and very real No this is not MM romance It is however adult fiction and for that I am truly appreciativeI ll be the first to admit I don t leave reviews often I think there is an art to it and I find it difficult to leave a good review without too many spoilers When a book really speaks to me I do my best however Gyrfalcon was a strong opening to an epic series with a large over arching storyline that I fear will break my heart It was a tough first act to follow but Heart Scarab takes us to the next level effortlessly I can t wait for the next installment 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 m having trouble staying interested but the same thing happened with the first book so hang in there Also The worldbuilding seems kind of sketchy10% Whoa I didn t see that coming Love it50% This isrobably only a 3 star read but I ll rate it 4 anyway just because of its art in the series the series I m sure I ll read all 5 books of despite this one being just so so Also The wo 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 end although there is forward movement here Joss Bennet s long time artner is a focus as their relationship unravels leaving space A Dirty Wedding Night: A Dirty Rockstar Romance Collection (Dirty, Book 2.5) perhaps for FlynnBennet is on a backwater colonylanet trying to evacuate religious fanatic colonists when the Maees strike In the scramble to get off the ground he is injured and his helmet transponder is destroyed As his family and friends mourn 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 lanet and to safetyThe action is fun the mourning of those who believe Bennet is dead is affecting I did have a uibble with the way Joss shoots himself in the foot I was hoping that Bennet wouldn t get that out of jail free card I like when splitting up is necessary but hard 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 Gyrfalcon Joss was retty awful 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 Haul Patrol And Have State Of The Art long haul Faja (Naslouchač, patrol and have state of the art 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 isresumed dead his signal is gone and Rosie has watched him fall after a strafing run Left to ick up the ieces and move on are the Dirty Work people who loved him the most his family his lover Joss his lieutenant Rosie and FlynnAnna Butler is spectacular at characterization While I had hated Joss in the first book for the first half of this one I felt for him She not only shows things from hiserspective but also switches to second Hearts Farthings person POV sometimes to show the depth of his thoughts and connect readers to Joss The second half of the book I wanted tounch him The same goes for Rosie I felt for her and her unreuited love for Bennet but I also hated how she couldn t accept that he was in love with men And Flynn Oh my The Mount Shasta Mission poor Flynn How can you not love him The cocky flyboy who finds himself in love for the first time in his life only to discover his lover deadand he s unable to do anything about itWhile the first book deals a lot with the actionart of science fiction and the first half of this one does as well the second half is about the recovery Little Darlings process of loss grief and acceptance How does one cope in a situation like this where loved ones are gone for so long andlaced in dangerous situations I suppose it s much like today s militaryI highly 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 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 Greenwich part of the bookSo if you haven t go back and read the first book and then come back for round tw. Grieving Joss his long termartner grieves with them; lost unhappy remorseful First Lieutenant Flynn has no official ‘rights’ here He isn’t family He isn’t artner or lover All he is is brok. ,
Hy I read space opera Pile the troubles on with the highest Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, possible stakes Then make the stakesersonal 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 have now on steroids so I can believe itWhy I read this space opera is simple gay guy Bennet flies in the face of humanity s one apparently eternal character flaw religious belief to live his truth as a man who loves men Add to that his father s strong religious convictions and his family s long tradition of military service his older lover s True patrician disdain for exactly how his luxurious lifestyle is maintained and military anti fraternization rules that Bennet takes very seriously and thatrevent him from A Fairly Honourable Defeat pursuing his new love for Flynn and you 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 I haven 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 contextual 425 StarsThis installment of the series was much character driven and less action oriented than the last Stilllenty of excitement and danger but time was spent focused on the Fucking Trans Women playersGetting Joss POV was interesting in that it definitely humanized him but not necessarily in a good way I felt theain of his loss while grieving for a mistakenly dead Bennett and was freuently in tears along with the rest of his family especially his Dad but for the most Slavery Reborn part his reaction felt very self centered and that never endeared me to the character I was very glad to see the backside of him and not just because he was an impediment sort of not really though to Bennett and Flynnbut because of how much Bennett compromised and hurt just to keep him happy Without the same compromise from Joss Joss compromise was to sleep with anyone he wanted to while not getting as much of Bennett s time and attention as 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 the heels of seeing how Joss and Bennett interacted was so illuminating The differences were heart breaking knowing it couldn t last and amazing because it was so very romantic sigh I am 100% Team FlynnettAlso we get severalortions from Rosie s POVwhich 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 get here I m honestly a bit flummoxed because despite how this future is ainted as still severely 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 ut her balls metaphorically and robably sexist of me I m just not sure where Rosie ut her balls metaphorically and Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? probably sexist of me say it when she decided toursue Bennett as single mindedly as she did She knew he loved Flynn would always love Flynn as he decided that no other man would do And it felt like he was settling for Rosie when he acuiesced to her advances as someone to warm his bed and keep him company since he s never really lived alone Alhambra plus keep him from thinking of Flynnand that she was settling for less than Bennett s full emotional involvement I expected from herSo we ll seeStill devouring the series because if nothing else the SciFiarts are engaging especially when it comes to the war with the Maess I do have to handwave away uite a bit because this is supposed to be several thousand years in the future and yet seems only
a couple hundred years if that ahead ofcouple hundred years if that ahead of in technological advancement Where s the nanites and re grow tanks for major injuries Crap I expect humanity to 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 they have on 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 lot 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 olitical organizations things that aren t related in the story she could tell you about them without hesitation I certainly 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 it hell on relationships Add to that the Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World political machinations behind the military and it is small wonder that the idealistic Bennet has a hard time knowing where he stands sometimesThen we have the characters themselves What I love most about them is that they are complicatedeople with the kinds of motives and failings that make them so very real so very human I love too that even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out to the The Infinite Air point that if something happens to them I feel a strong sense of loss for them Bennet is not very likeable when he hurt which keeps him from being too tooerfect Bisexuality is common in this universe but there are still sects that disapprove of. Aess Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can but the enemy arrives before the evacuation is complete Caught in a vicious fire fight Bennet is left behind resumed dead His family is.
Anna Butler ☆ 8 ReadGreat science fiction shaky at best romanceTo be fair I did not read the first story in this series I suspect that if I had my allegiances would have been different coming into the story but I m not sure I would have been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romanceBennet is a military man The rebellious son who Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? paves his own way ignoring his 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 him They ve been together since Bennet was eighteen andursuing him He s sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions He wants Bennet to give up the military and stay home he s already been egregiously injured onceJoss was right This mission takes Bennet s life as far as his loved one know Planetside he meets a scrabble of How To Win At Casino Gambling 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 he find while surveying the local holdings for survivors of the Maess attack True to Bennet form they are important characters in his life until he moves on and then they re discardedThe beginning is heavily militaristic but when the botched mission turns domestic as Bennet navigates his injuries and subsisting with the other refugees whilelotting an escape Training the Help (Hedon Falls plan And leave they do but not without conseuences During the formal grieving observances Flynn reenters the storyline Flynn the talentedilot who once saved Bennet and stole his heart The first book in the series from my understanding has a much greater emphasis on this relationship And thus a love triangle emergesBennet is an unmitigated ass to Joss during his recovery Definitely his father s son there Cruel in his dismissal of Joss s care seeing it as a slight against his weakness They have been together for years and there have been changes or rather Bennet has 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 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 that his wishes in their relationship are ignoredBasically Bennet is the sort of man who expects to the be sun and have all others orbit him in this he is like his father He doesn t do compromise and frankly he deserves to be alone But he keeps finding When Not to Build people who are willing to bend over backwards for him So as far as leading heroes goes he does not engenderositive feelings And the set up for the third story hints heavily not to expect better from him I loved the expeditions but honestly would have loved to see the romance dropped I hated the dynamics the backstabbing and disregard founded on oor communication Overall the science fiction military exploits is the win while the romance leaves a bitter taste Favorite assage 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 The Hell You D the hell you d it in the first Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book place A copy wasrovided to me for a No Glitter Blown reviewReviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews 375 STARSOK
this book was really going laces being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it was excellent asbook was really going laces being book 2 in the Taking Shield series it was excellent as 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 Still Side by Side planned for this series but talk about how NOT to end a novel Come onThe writing is excellent I love the fastaced 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 since he was 18 with a much older lover for nine years it s like he s emotionally tackling new relationships now like an actual 18 year old after he broke it off with his Oriori No Uta partner The end of this book did my head 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 396agesLGBT Orientation GayViolence Yes some distressing war scenes do occurWell writtenEditor Needed well written though I do wonder why we were inside Joss head so much when those Four Word Film Reviews parts could have been cut down a lot maybe even completely without losing much I also wonder about the world building When we re not in space deal 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 and honor and how they can conspire to ruin lives eat happiness 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 heldlanet T18 and on board the Gyrfalcon As Bennet Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes performs his duty to evacuate illegal religious fanatic colonists on Telnos soon to be behind Maess the faceless unknown aliens winning a war of annihilation against humanity s great to the 10thower grandchildren lines he obsesses over his failing relationship with his elegant worldly lover Joss his burgeoning love for Pilot Flynn stationed on his father s ship the Gyrfalcon and his Crystal Decoder patient long suffering Lieutenant Rosie listens to him and moons andines for him completely unheeded unnoticed unconsidered for the You Owe Me One position she along with the rest of humanity I d guess craves Bennet s loverBut that s just the beginning of Bennet s troubles at Author Butler s hands And that s Shield Captain Bennet is on Telnos a unpleasant littlelanet inhabited by religious fanatics and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines It’s about to be about to be overrun by the