The View Through the Looking Glass

I'm an avid reader and aspiring author with an unhealthy devotion to the written word. From the classics to guilty pleasures and all points in between...I just love to read.   My primary focus at the moment is male/male romance, usually with a paranormal element thrown in. This is a place for me to rave about books I loved and rant about those I didn't. 

Polar Opposites - Lynn Hagen Pre Read Thoughts: I don’t really know what to expect from this book. Reese is sort of a mystery; all I know is dude likes to watch while his friends get their freak on. So I’m anxious to learn more about him. I’m also sort of cautiously optimistic about the book b/c it seems like with this series I either really like them (like Valentino’s Cowboy) or really dislike them (like Frisco James). There’s not a whole lot of in-between. I’m hoping I enjoy this one and Kiki is the kind of character tailor made to pull on my heartstrings.

Post Read Thoughts: That was a very…strange ride. There were things I liked (such as the friendship between Angelo and Kiki and the fact that there WASN’T instant love between Reese and Kiki) and some humorous bits and some moments that moved the overreaching plot (Kenyon and his misdeeds) forward but overall the book was strangely disappointing. I kind of feel like Kiki wasn’t quite as much of a spitfire as he was when he made his first appearance and I STILL feel like I don’t know Reese all that well. And the plot twist at the end of the book regarding Reece’s former handler is really thin and makes very little logical sense (am I really complaining about logical sense when this is a book about demons and fey and shifters and vampires…yes, yes I am LOL). It was an okay book but it didn’t really live up to expectations. I was also strangely disappointed in how things turned out with the "twink" that was stalking Reese after their one-off. Given that the guy had been a recurring character I expected him to have SOME sort of story or significance and he didn't. I think I’m disappointed b/c with two characters like Reese and Kiki, I expected a bit more.

Thoughts While Reading:

Kiki, love, you need a J-O-B. Chop chop, get to getting.

Okay Lauren I do not like you. Begone with your rude self.

Caleb you are such a nice guy

One table? Baby boy better hope for one heck of a tip.

Aww that is the cutest meet cute ever.

Whoa Reese! You don’t waste any time, do you? That is…wow. Zoom zoom SpeedRacer.

NOT IN THE HALLWAY REESE DANG! This is your mate, not some hookup you found on Grindr.

What is with this little dude? He’s in a few other books and I haven’t figured out if he’s supposed to be someone’s mate or what but he is bound and determined to hang out at the Lucky Clover.

Reese honey it’s not too hard to understand. Pump your brakes and chill out a bit. Stop offering to show the man that you can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and you’ll be fine.

I’m laughing at Reese. Romantic comedy lol.

Kiki don’t fall for it! Dude is just trying to make trouble.

Holy whoa Reese, you got DID bro? You are switching personalities like Viki Buchanan up in here.

Frisco, I still don’t like you. I will probably never like you, but that was some good advice.
Okay well that was unpleasant :/

Lord not the “healing cock” trope. Sex is not therapy. Sex is not the benchmark for recovery.

Kiki and Reese to have a CONVERSATION before they even think about having sex. Bad advice Angelo, bad advice.

Oh well, I guess that’s one way to work out your issues boys.

kIki…take your crazypants. Insane is not a good look on you.

I hate the “I’m going to keep you in the dark to protect you” trope. That doesn’t protect anyone. It just makes them sitting ducks b/c they don’t know they’re in danger. RUN KIKI RUN that dude you’re waiting on is trying to kill Reese and he’ll probably kill you too if he can.

Oh thank goodness! I was so worried he was going to keep it a secret.

Aww that was hot and sweet and perfect (despite my dislike of the trope that love scene was very well done)

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT…Maverick and Christian, you two go to your separate corners!


I am laughing so hard I’m crying. Not a pot of water and a stuffed bunny LOL

Oh my god the ONS from hell. Seriously dude, running people off the road? Rick you are insane in the membrane dude.

Holy whoa what the what? Crazy eyes is helping? What the WHAT?

Strangest. Plot. Twist. Ever.

Are we forgetting that Virgil is a freaking SOCIOPATH?! Why is Ceri acting like his mate is some innocent angel? He tried to force Shelby (I think it was Shelby) into a non-consensual BDSM scene and then kidnapped and tortured his own brother, nearly killing him. If ANYONE “deserves” a “monster” like Ceri, it’s Virgil. Dude is scum. Actually, calling him scum is an insult to scum.

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