It has been a very good reading weekend. I read 5 books so far and am into my sixth. Two of those books were Opposites and The Library by T. M. Smith
This past week I had two authors solicit reviews from me. T.M. Smith is one of them. Please note, that although she offered to provide me with copies of her book, specifically The Library, I decided to buy both of her books in the Opposites Series directly from Amazon. I am not paid in any way for this review.
Here is the synopsis of Opposites:
“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.”
I need to say that this book has some grammatical issues that you have to look past. I know many people get turned off by this but, get over it. Since this story occurs in a time and place of the author’s own making, the first two chapters are setting up the setting and introducing characters. At times, it was information overload. Some readers say that if they can’t get into the book within the first two chapters, they stop reading it and move on. I have been guilty of this too. But, because this is a solicited review I could not do that. So, I kept going. And boy, am I glad I did.
Once the story really gets going, I fell for Aiya and Aiyan. I know this book is supposedly more about Aiyan and Kaden’s story but, I kept yearning for more Aiya and Sawyer. Although Aiya is betrothed to Maeve, even I felt the sparks between Aiya and Sawyer. A futuristic version of the rich girl loving the boy from across the tracks. But theirs is a connection was made in heaven. Forbidden love. Le sigh…
Aiyan and Kaden have the love at first sight thing down to a science. They are hot and heavy from second one. Their love is what everyone wishes they had.
Tanis and Raven. Wow what to say. For some reason my thoughts went to the Thornbirds. The priest who is tempted. Except in this world, it is allowed. Thank whatever entity you pray to for that!
There is more to this book than I have written about, but I don’t want to pick the book apart, I want you to go read it!
At times, you get to peek into the lives of all the parents and their relationships. But it isn’t until The Library that we get to really start learning more about them.
The Library -an Opposites Novella
“Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!
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?
Traveling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then traveling 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!”
This book takes please during the events during Opposites. Three scenes from Opposites that were cut short at the time, have been elaborated on here. But more than that, we find out the story of Cirian and Rian. I really love this small tale of how two of the four parents of The Twins came together. I hope to learn more about them in the books to come.
These books have one overall message. Love is love, no matter the gender or quantity. No one can tell you who to love. You just do it. Society should never tell you who can or cannot love.
Although my reading journey with the Opposites Series started slowly, I have to say that after the setting was established, the story lines seemed to flow. You start rooting for your favorite couple and want to kick ass with them all.
This author shows much promise and I cannot wait to see where Ms. Smith takes these characters in her next books, Appearances (Opposites #2) and then The Cellar – An Opposites Novella (Opposites #2.5).
Tomorrow I go back to Weight Watchers. I really don’t want to get on the scale, but I know I must. I have my period, so I will blame any weight gain on that. Tonight I am going to my best friend’s house to watch the Grammy’s Red Carpet on E!. This is becoming a girls event every awards season, and I love it. After the day I have had, I need some girl time.