Old Man / Kiss Me Like You Love Me (books 20 and 21)

Old Man / Christopher Gronlund

Synopsis – A fickle and psychologically unstable teen first rejects, then embraces his dying grandfather’s cross-generational bonding offer. When the old man dies, the young man grows up fast. Really fast. Too bad he still has to go to high school with those gosh darn whippersnappers.

Reaction – This is a feel-good (except for the death part) book with an odd undercurrent of neurosis. The main character is a bit of a mystery, but I decided to attribute that to the flightiness of teenagers. He comes across as naïve, yet confident – a charming combination. Read this book if you’re in the mood for a warm and fuzzy family story.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/Old-Man-Christopher-Gronlund-ebook/dp/B00GRLF3BW/

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Kiss Me Like You Love Me / Wednesday Lee Friday

Synopsis – Sometimes a nice guy just can’t get a break. A crappy job, a nagging mother, a divorce, and your ex’s kids hate you. And to top it all off, those girls you pick up for dates won’t even put out unless you drug them and tie them up. Sometimes they make you knock them around a little. If only they weren’t so fragile, and weren’t so full of evil… You’ll show them, you’ll be even nicer. Because nice guys eventually get what they deserve, right?

Reaction – This story is told, chapter by chapter, from the perspectives of a serial rapist / killer and the people in his life. The characters are well-rounded and believable. The main character, albeit a monster, shows just the slightest hint of concern for his actions to keep him intriguing. Several plot twists keep the suspense high. This novel is a superbly well-crafted web of horror.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

Get it here – http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Like-You-Love-ebook/dp/B00BVOPXNS/

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  1. Wow, thanks for reading Old Man…glad you liked it :) It started as a comic book script, jumped to a screenplay, and then finally saw light as a novella. It kind of grew out of the same time as Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors.

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    • You’re welcome! :) Nice progression there, I can see the story as a stage play. I’m happy to review the book of a writer who has helped me with my own books…

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  2. Wow, a bit of a contrast between the books this week! Think I’ll give the second one a miss. *shudders*

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    • Yep, I believe I traversed a continuum here. Regarding the second book – yes, it’s firmly in the horror genre, and it has many disturbing scenes. It’s superbly written, but it’s not for everyone.

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