Announcing the Blue Ruin Reader Forum!
"I should confess, I was uncertain. Even if I liked a lot Blue Ruin 1, I don't like very much menages (even if they are M/M/M menages), and so when I saw the new cover of Blue Ruin 2 I was perplexed[...]I will like this new ones like the previous ones? And the answer is yes."
"Gushy fangirl squees aside, I wanted to figure out why I liked this book so much. I mean, the premise had the potential to blow up in Katrina's face. Why take a couple that earned a place in many readers hearts and introduce a lot of conflict, including a third person, into the mix?[...] You see, I originally assumed that the series would be comprised of books with HEAs for other characters in the Blue Ruin world, not messing with Derek and Blue's HEA.
"BR2 has many of the elements that made BR1 a great book. Obviously it helps to have visually appealing characters like Blue and Derek. The ongoing power exchange between Blue and Derek and Blue's subtle rebellions add to the mix. The simple yet engaging whodunit plot keeps things moving. The violence brings in that dark aura that gives the book an edge and makes it feel more like an anime movie. But none of those things are what makes Close To Me a great book. What really makes a difference in this book is how the characters deal with the tough situations they face as the story evolves. From an emotional standpoint, the characters faced many situations where the choice was between bad and worse. The characters were tested. They struggled. They learned lessons. And if the outcome was bittersweet, that's ok. That is an integral part of growing. So, there is no traditional HEA at the end of BR2. I guess you could say there is, if you view it as an 'on going' HEA. The point is, this is not the end of the journey. It is just one more step along the path."
"I should point out that I generally hate girl cooties in my m/m books. When I realized Katrina had introduced two more female characters, I had a moment of panic. Was she about to ruin the book? Luckily the answer is no. In fact, the opposite was true. These two female characters added a lot to the book. Some of my favorite moments in the book involve the girls. They are funny, refreshing and a bit like I think I would be if I had the privilege of having friends like Blue and Derek. 'Live-action yaoi' indeed!"