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I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)


Too sappy and flowery - also no female characters...

Ravages - R.A. Padmos


I didn't like the flowery prose, death as a character in two or more scenes (what was that supposed to be?), I didn't like the main characters because Daniel was too good to be true. The perfect romance hero, patient, loving, beautiful. Steve remained pale and I never had the feeling that he was a real person.


I didn't like the insta-love much - and the fairy-tale like "true love after six months" that leads to a 50+ years of ecstatically happy marriage.


It was all so overdrawn that I couldn't enjoy this. The way both guys were gushing to and about each other all the time? Sappy and totally unbelievable. I do think that there are men out there who speak about their feelings, but this was just too much, too often, too flowery.


I noticed no female characters in this book - another gay couple among the soccer players evolved and of course everybody wishes them the best as soon as they can leave the closet and their respective wives - and of course they are still great fathers and family men. Because it is obviously totally ok to lie to women and cheat on them if it is for the big true gay love.


I am so sick and tired of this topic in m/m books. This second couple doesn't have any major role, so why introduce this? It annoys me no end. 


Yes, it is sad that there is discrimination against gays. But it is also sad when men lie and cheat. And if they've known that they are gay from early on, it is not ok to marry an unsuspecting woman.


Why still 1,5 stars? Because the part about the attack was really moving. The slow recovery and the realistic expectation of the consequences of such severe injuries.