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Book Review: Something Wild by Anna Martin

Some of Anna Martin’s books are my go-to rereads that include Cricket, Tattoos & Teacup, and the Another Way series to name a few, and according to my archive, it’s been almost five years since I’ve posted my last review of one of her books which is entitled Five Times My Best Friend Kiss Me. Hah! It just feels like yesterday no?. Okay, that was a long intro – but anyway, I just want to put that out first as a disclaimer that she is one of my favorite authors before you continue reading my review of this book.

The setting of the book is basically very Jurassic Park-esque, where in Dinosaurs actually exists (or survived) in a group of island within the South Pacific. A community of scientists lives in one of the tiny islands here and two of the said scientists, Kit Sterling and Logan Beck who happens to work together every now and then are our two adorable main characters. Kit works in the lab while Logan does the patrolling of the island and gathering stuff for the lab team.

The world-building here is amazing. As mentioned above, it’s very Jurassic Park, and though I’m not very into dinosaurs, I could easily imagine these creatures and the setting with the way the author described them – the colors, the sounds, the scenery – the author is really good at this.

I really do liked that Kit and Logan’s relationship was established early on in the story. We didn’t have to wait for so long for them to really come together, or just be adult about it. I liked that here. I liked the side characters too – Kit’s two moms, Kit’s bff and of course, the baby dinosaur DIzzy. Super adorable!

The pacing of the story may have suffered a bit because there’s not much to go on in the case of the poachers and their accomplice. After the discovery of who the ‘traitor’ was, the whole thing felt like an afterthought and it becomes a a fairy tale ending. Don’t get me wrong, I loved me a happily ever after ending but I just want some oomph in the story – I want more tension. Overall, it’s an easy and enjoyable read.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 22nd 2019)

About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.

Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

Book Review: To Say I Love You (Another Way, #3) – Anna Martin

To Say I Love You[Book 3 of Another Way Series]

Blurb: After six years of romance and kink, Jesse Ross and Will Anderson have had their ups and downs and come through them stronger and happier. But when Jesse’s mother dies unexpectedly, Jesse is forced to return to his childhood home in Georgia to help his family cope. Will transfers from Seattle to his company’s Atlanta office, but love their way is out of the question while they’re staying in Jesse’s parents’ home. So Will buys a small house for them to fix up and find some privacy.

When their lives start to settle back into something like normality, Will and Jesse resume their recently neglected BDSM relationship. Along with the security of Jesse’s submission comes trouble, as a local man tries to lure a lonely, grieving Jesse away from Will, and one of Will’s coworkers causes tension between them. Both men are forced to reassess what really matters, and where their romance is heading

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This is the perfect conclusion into Will and Jesse’s love story. I loved that it stayed true to the theme and the whole vibe of the rest of the series.  This is the first BDSM series that didn’t make me uncomfortable at all because it’s not just all about the kinky stuff; it actually has a wonderful story with amazing characters. This third book totally cemented Will and Jesse as one of my favorite couples in this genre. The book has all the elements you would expect for a series finale. It has ample romance, sex, drama and the attack with each character was nothing short of perfect!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 19th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 19th 2014)

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About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

Book Review: Of Being Yours (Another Way, #2) – Anna Martin

Of Being Yours[Book 2 of Another Way series]

Blurb: It’s been three years since Jesse Ross had to choose between his Master and his girlfriend-three years he’s spent living in a loving relationship with Will, his Dom, and finally being open about his sexuality. To the outside eye, Jesse and Will’s relationship is settled, solid, and romantic: people expect them to settle down, get married, have a family. It takes a car crash to expose the papered-over cracks in their life together.

Traumatized by the crash, Will finds his confidence shattered. After unintentionally causing Jesse pain during the accident, Will finds it impossible to hurt him in the bedroom, and suddenly he has to reassess his ability to be Jesse’s Dom. The emotional and physical deadlock leaves Jesse struggling to hold the pieces of their tattered relationship together. The physical scars may heal with time, but the emotional trauma has left more damage than either man could have anticipated….

 I really loved the progress of Will and Jesse’s relationship. I loved the sweetness of it all and how the author showed their vulnerability especially with Will. I also loved the timeline of the story – pacing wise. I loved that we get to see them as they navigate deeper into their relationship. Although the “accident” was somehow an important plot point, I find it a wee bit stretched out which apparently became the game changer in their relationship. I also almost wished that they accepted Maddie’s offer but in hindsight – it’s very transparent that they are not yet ready for it. I really loved that the focus of this second installment was still inside Will and Jesse’s little bubble. There are some characters that I thought will stir shit up but I guess that would happen in the third book. Again, this is an exceptional read. Rarely I enjoyed reading  a BDSM themed  story and this one’s definitely up there!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published September 1st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

Book Review: Another Way (Another Way #1) – Anna Martin

Another WayBlurb: On the surface, Jesse Ross is an average guy in an average relationship with his college sweetheart, Adele. But what his girlfriend doesn’t know is that he’s having an affair—with a man—and exploring his sexuality in ways she never could imagine. His compartmentalized life suits Jesse just fine, and he has no intention of coming out of the closet either as a bisexual or as a submissive.

However, Jesse takes a tumble when his Master, Will, admits to wanting more, wanting Jesse as his partner, not just his submissive. Suddenly Jesse’s conveniently pieced-together life isn’t quite so comfortable. In the end, Jesse has to lay it all on the line—for his girlfriend, for his lover, and for himself.

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I’m not really big on BDSM and there are only few stories out there that could lure me to read one – much more a series. Anna Martin has that power over me so I went on and dived into this world with Another Way.

I really enjoyed the dynamics between Will (the Domme) and Jesse (the Sub). They have such great chemistry especially when they progressed into a romantic relationship. I loved how the author thoughtfully crafted Will and Jesse’s characterization making them very much relatable.

I’m docking half a star from this book because I feel that it doesn’t need too much BDSM scenes to fully emphasize the theme. I mean their characterizations were so on point that extra dialogues wouldn’t hurt the story. Nonetheless, this was an amazingly written story that let its readers dissect the dynamics of such relationship on and off the bed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Published September 30th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press

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Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About The Author
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.