Why I read these books: I received these books through a giveaway and was intrigued by the concept the author created. When I found out the author was revealing the cover for book 2, Appearances, I thought it would be good to review the first book the same day. I also interviewed the imaginative author and there will be a giveaway at the end of the post.
In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.
In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.
Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.
*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples
Published by: TTC Publishing, June 1, 2013, 215 pages
The Library, an Opposites Novella, by TM Smith
Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!
Want to know what happened that night in the library?
Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian’s mercy.
Want to know how far things went with ice cream?
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.
Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!
A Note from the Author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to know them and their inner workings better.
**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It’s an adult dystopian M/M novella that includes consenting and explicit sexual relationships between gay couples**
Published by TTC Books and more publishing, November 27, 2013, 44 pages
My Review of Opposites: I have to start out with saying that I struggled at first reading the book, Opposites. We are thrown into a different world than the one we know now. We have to learn about the seven remaining countries, their cultural formations, and their house names. In this future society that has been genetically modified to consist of people of gay/lesbian sexuality only. Who knew it was a gene? I found the concept interesting for sure. Each family unit is made up of a two sets of parents. A male couple and a female couple. Aiya and Aiyan are twins both being promised in marriage and while their betrothed come with four parents each along with other family members, and protectors, guards, priests. The character list is phenomenal and it got very confusing to keep names in order at first. This made it difficult to read.
I’m not one to give up early on in a book. I pushed past the introductions and soon found myself having no trouble remembering the central characters to the story and was able to enjoy the various relationships and the plot. And there is definitely a variety of relationships in this book. Aiyan and Kaden might be my favorite. The newly wed couple have scorching chemistry, and their penchant for breaking things every time they get busy adds a lot of humor to the novel. Aiya and Maeve find themselves betrothed caring for each other, but not attracted to each other. They offer each other a warriors bond, promising to protect each other. Tanis, Maeve’s brother who has been with many men, finally finds someone he wants more from, in Raven, a priest native to Aiya and Aiyan’s country. Then there is Aiya and who she is really attracted to…Sawyer. Kaden’s protector and “adopted” brother.
It has been a while since I’ve read a m/f romance, preferring m/m the last few months. I realized in the world this book portrayed I was awaiting the “opposite” couple to join, to admit their feelings for each other. Their forbidden romance making me wish for equality for them, and I was eager for them to be happy. I found it an interesting turnabout from the world as it is today.
Besides the romantic relationships there are others shown, parent to child, friend to friend, brother to sister. Besides Aiyan and Kaden’s smoking hot pairing, my favorite relationship would be Aiya and Aiyan’s. They have a very strong bond as twins. A real closeness and a surprising twist of supernatural abilities they share when they are together. Even though I had some difficulty in the beginning, by the end of this book I was eager for more to this story. I thought the book might be character driven, and though they are very important, there is a plot important to the story as well. After a conflict that saw someone kidnapped and rescued, there are some discoveries made that leave the reader wanting to know more. I definitely recommend this book, and urge readers to keep reading if they come up against the same troubles I had.
My Review of The Library: The library was a short novella focusing on some intimate scenes taking place between some of Opposite’s main m/m couples, Aiyan and Kaden, Tanis and Raven, and Cirian and Rian (Aiyan and Aiya’s fathers). As usual, Kaden and Aiyan were scorching, Tanis and Raven showed the play of dominance and sweetness between them. Cirian and Rian, who’s relationship was glossed over in Opposites were a wonderful addition to The Library. I enjoyed getting to know them better and putting more of a personality to the two men who rule the House of Gaeland.
Interview with T.M. Smith:
What is your favorite genre to read?
Dystopian, hands down! With smutty romance a close second. Some of my favorite books since I was old enough to read were Lord of The Rings, Dune and the Robot series by Isaac Asamov. My mother actually taught me to read with Asamov books and Harlequin novels. God I love that woman!
Who was your favorite couple to write?
While I love all my couples for varying reasons, Aiyan and Kaden have been the most fun so far. They are equals in almost every sense of the word, the very definition of soul mates. I love figuring out in my head who is going to take charge in that particular moment, and what they are going to break next.
What character do you identify with the best?
The twins mother Amaya, or Maya. She is a bitch on wheels, fierce and very protective of her family. I just relate well to the bitches. My best gay friend swears I am a bigger gay man than he is and he sees a lot of me in Cirian though. So I suppose a combination of those two.
What can readers look forward to in the next book in this series?
In a way Appearances is going to be a little darker. There is someone that has always been present in their lives that is going to turn on them, the family of House Gaeland. But there is going to be beauty there as well. Readers will get a glimpse inside House Orion and House Devi when the twins travel to their spouses House for a visit. And love, lots of love, love makes the world go round! Even in my world where I’ve turned everything upside down.
Oh, and for all my Raven and Tanis fans they get a lot more page time.
Besides the Opposites series, do you have other books in the works?
At this time I’m only writing the Opposites books. I do have several ideas in my head that I’ve filed away for possible works in the future. I have a nagging idea to write a story about 3 of the Arch Angels, Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer. A gay love triangle once again turning the story around and approaching it from the angle of the reason Lucifer fell wasn’t because he wanted to take control of the Heavens, but rather because of a broken heart. Yes, I know, I’m going to hell!
What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
I’m an avid reader, I run my own blog and do guest reviews for a couple of blogs as well. I love to travel though I really don’t have the deep pockets for it, but I try to go somewhere every year. I love to find a TV series that I’ve missed along the way and binge watch it, does that count as a hobby? I’ve never watched Supernatural, so I may have to binge that one this summer. I’m always open to suggestions though, if there is a series you’ve loved leave a comment and tell me why.
Thank you so much to Dana and everyone over at Rainbow Gold Reviews for having me here today. I was serious about the comment, I will chose one of you that leave a comment for an ebook copy of Opposites or The Library, winners choice on Mother’s Day! TM
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