Yep. Every book I read, whether a stand alone or part of a series, I root for a hea. An actual hea. Just because soeone lives does not mean that it was a happily ever after; and just because someone died doesn't mean it was not a happily ever after. My wishes are small. To live happily ever after. Get it?
Friday, February 4, 2011
Time to Do by Kim Dare
Title: Time to Do
Author: Kim Dare
Series: Book #3 Perfect Timing (Each book is a stand alone)
Age Group: Mature Adults
WHOLE ENTRY RIDDLED WITH SPOILERS. BEWARE.
Synopsis: Best friends are attempting to clean their dorm room when Brennan stumbles across a list of things To Do Rigby has made. Something on the list To Do is have sex with the man. While Brennan is secretly in love with Rigby, he is shocked that Rigby has never mentioned this to him. After confronting Rigby on the list, the friends decide that they must cross the things off the list in order to get things back to the way they were. Things go haywire. People get hurt. True feelings are revealed.
Review: I enjoyed the concept of the book in all honesty. That's what got me to read it. However, making it come to life was a little bit of a stretch for me. Yes, I got that Brennan always loved Rigby. I get that Rigby has always wanted to make sure Brennan is ok. But going to far as to have sex with him to make sure your friendship stays alive was something I don't think the author was able to accurately portray.
All in all, this book is made up of great moments. Finding the list. Their first legit sexual encounter. Brennan getting mad and telling Rigby exactly what he was thinking. Their mutual confessions of love at the end. These were all great moments with quite a few others in it that made it particularly enjoyable.
Cautions: There is manlove in this book. A lot of it. If this is your thing, great! If not, stay away.
Series: As I mentioned above this is part of the Perfect Timing series. Kim Dare has said that there will be 12 in all. Each of the books seem to be a stand alone. There is no reason to read them all in order or even all of them as each can be purchased separately. Not all are M/M either. There is a few M/F if that is more your thing. I definitely reccommend this author if you love sexual encounters in your stories, be is heterosexual or homosexual.
HEA: I am almost satisfied with the way the author ended the book. Mutual declarations of love were announced and there was talk of staying together forever. But the list was never put away. Rigby starts making a new list and says that if they ever run out of things to do on the list they would re evaluate their relationship. After Brennan wants to know how long Rigby thinks that will take, Rigby says forever as he intends to keep adding to that list iondefinitely. Ok. Kinda cute. But I just would have been happy for forever and left it at that. Somehow. The characters made it difficult to have that ending, so I am sure the author was only able to coax this out of them. But I dunno.
Maybe the author was aware of this. Recently she published a newsletter on her site that had an update on these characters. After graduating they are still together and very much in love. though Brennan still has the same doubts he had. Rigby seems to know this and tells him reassuring things that seem to make Brennan happy and confident in their relationship. Which in turn makes Rigby happy. I think something like this was what I was hoping for at the end of the book.