Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: Life of the Party by S.L Armstrong & K. Piet

Overture: Episode 2: Life of the Party (Immortal Symphony #2) by S.L Armstrong & K. Piet
Storm Moon Press
Short Story: 38pgs
3.5 Pants Off

You think you know the story of Dorian Gray, but you're wrong. The real story didn't end the way Oscar Wilde penned; in fact, it hasn't ended at all. The ageless beauty of Dorian Gray walks now in our world of cellphones and lattes and internet porn. His latest conquest is Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator with a secret or two of his own. But the trouble with a life as long as Dorian's is that the skeletons are threatening to overrun the closet... and not all of them want to stay dead.

Season 1
Overture introduces Gabriel to the truth of a world he had only suspected, where ghost hunting is the least of his worries. And at the heart of it all is the mysterious and fascinating Dorian Gray, as though he'd stepped out of the pages of the book bearing his name. But if he has, he hasn't come through alone. And this figure from a past Dorian had though long behind him bears a grudge nurtured for a hundred years and intends to tear down everything Dorian has built, a piece at a time.

Episode 2: Life of the Party
Gabriel's first glimpse into Dorian's lifestyle was only the beginning, and now he finds himself tumbling further down the rabbit hole. Dorian's birthday party introduces Gabriel to some of Dorian's friends, all as free-spirited and debauched as Dorian himself. Through them, he learns that he isn't the first that Dorian has drawn into his web this way, not even the hundred-and-first. And yet somehow, all of Gabriel's concerns instantly seem strangely inconsequential at Dorian's slightest touch, fueling Michael's fears that there is so much more to Dorian than they could guess.

The second chapter of Overture finds Gabriel agreeing to go and stay with Dorien at his estate. This isn't normal behavior for Gabriel, but he can't deny the sexy pull of the man who had him against the wall of a hotel bathroom. It instantly picks up where the last episode left us, and while I was expecting the plot to thicken I got overloaded with a very sexy orgy. So this episode pretty much served as one long sex scene (a very hot sex scene).

What it does provide is a look into how very superficial and the lack of emotional intimacy between Dorien and his entourage. While Gabriel pretty much lacks common sense in this episode, especially for a man who is a paranormal investigator and has travelled the world. I think him sinking into a night of sex and drugs will provide the catalyst as what to expect in the upcoming episode. Dorien seems like such an open book to me, his challenge is bending others to his will and he gets off on that. So I am just having a hard time understanding the naiveté of Gabriel, plus dude has his dead twin telling him something’s off but at the moment he's thinking with his dick.

I am hands down an open minded reader, and there aren't many things that push my button. One of the things I never enjoy reading about is drug use, it really kind of irks me all over, and so I am very disappointed in Gabriel and his choices. While I'm complaining and all, there is still a lot that I like about Overture. First, I love the hell out of Dorien the manipulative bastard; he is literally sex on legs and its understandable why people do all these crazy things to please him. I love Gabriel and Michael, they provide twin entertainment and its almost bittersweet, because it’s what they might have been if Michael was live *sigh*.

This is still very much in the first stages of setting up the serial. It’s unclear of where the story will be going, but of course tons of mistakes will be made on the way. I am looking forward to being rid of Dorien's groupies. They provide sexy entertainment but are overall very useless (at the moment). And gods I swear Dorien better throw out his intentions of bedding that boy, it rubs me the wrong way cus Dorien is a bit of sleeze-ball with no honourable intentions.

Overall, somewhat disappointed but I still liked it on a whole.

3.5 Pants Off
Review: Overture #1 A Meeting of Fate

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