I’ve been reading as long as I can remember. For some time I found myself reading dry work-related material, but when that ended, and I came back to fiction, the romance bug had well and truly bitten. Honestly, younger me would never have seen the romance coming but I’m glad it found me. On this blog I review mostly gay romance (MM) in its many variations, as well as LGBT fiction, lit, and erotica. I step outside this genre and I also review at Dark Hints Reviews. My reading preferences for On Top Down Under are listed below.
A bit more: I love animals, wildlife, gardening, music, ballet, movies, theatre, photography, and there’s so much good TV these days – but nothing beats a good book. I’ve worked in private practice in mental health and allied services for a substantial time. I’m a vocal activist for Marriage Equality in Australia.
My preferences are mostly mood and blurb related. If a book sounds intriguing then I’ll pick it up. It’s all about a good book with great characters. On this site I predominantly read romance but I do read books where romance is a subplot or more in the background when there are other driving arcs. I also read literary books. I review genre fiction on our other site, Dark Hints Reviews I’m definitely flexible in my reading but, first and foremost, I remain a total and utter character obsessive, one with a need for passionate writing by the author.
**If you look at my reviews on here and feel I love them all, I don’t. I review the books I’m not so fond of on Goodreads. Also, I only accept a handful of review copies these days. (2020)
The following appeal to me the most:
Romance – something a bit different and unusual is appreciated, but mostly I’m looking for (potentially) engaging characters. I prefer couples or characters to work for their happiness more often than not, but mostly it’s whether they can elicit emotion within and connection with me that counts the most
Paranormal – darkly romantic and bloody is a preference but I read lighter paranormal as well. Mostly I’m looking for an interesting story with strong world building. I have a distinct passion for vampires and werewolves
Psychological – there needs to be a solid, factual basis behind the writing
Fantasy – particularly UF
Dark – I read Dub-Con. Obsessive/Stalkerish/Grittier Types…
Cops/Investigative/Courtroom story lines
Historical and Alt-Historical
Twincest/Brocest and associated ‘cests
Ménage – Gay/Bi
Humour – specifically satire, social commentary, dry, quirky
I will read books with infidelity
For gay romance/MM writers, I am not anti “women’s-bits” in my reading – if you write in that genre you’ll understand why I mention this
I do not have to have a HEA or cookie-cutter ending to my books
I read first time authors, first time indie authors included
Depends on the book, but I tend to review with pictures, some of a highly adult nature, consider this may form part of my review for your book before requesting me as a reviewer. If you write the words, I like to give them a visual.
I rarely read YA
I don’t read books with animal harm or cruelty
I don’t read insensitive, insulting, tacky books. I do not like misogyny or misandry
I don’t typically read books about sport, rock stars and bands, MC clubs, or Jock/Nerd tropes
Kazza reads in mobi format only.