Jett Reviews Something Different by Nia Farrell

Posted: February 27, 2016 in Reviews
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Color me surprised when Susan sent me the e-mail. Seems Nia Farrell saw my coveting post about her novella, Something Different, and went above and beyond, not just offering a copy for me to read, but she sent it along. In the right format.

Nia, girl, I like you already.

And boy, did I like this story. Novella. Whichever it is; it’s a quick read, and it’s a good read and my biggest complaint is the same as everyone else’s: it’s not long enough. Although, in a sense, this is a fully contained story. Beginning, middle, end. Character growth. All those things Susan tells me to look for. The problem is that it’s really well done and I want more.

So I had all these questions coming into the read, and while the issues of Anna’s success as a songwriter are answered really well, her family issues aren’t resolved. But then again, they’re mentioned and Anna’s pretty clear that this isn’t an easy road ahead for her. But it’s going to happen, she’s absolute about that. And right now, it doesn’t matter: the book ends with the promise of a new day for Anna and her two men, twins Jackson and Jacob.

Another thing that had bugged me, the lack of professionalism and distance between Anna and her men, didn’t come up while I was reading. From the first word, Anna’s smoldering with sexuality and sensuality. Her first exchange with the boys drips with sex. It’s inevitable, and that’s why it works. There aren’t a lot of other books I’ve read with this much sexuality in the way the narrator talks and hoo boy, this is what makes this so good, so readable, and so hard to put down.

And me, the not-fan of male-male romances, liked that these guys aren’t interested in each other (okay, put like that? I just grossed myself out. I mean, they’re twins!). It’s all about Anna, being with her, dominating her, and taking care of her.

I like that aftercare’s starting to show up more often in BDSM books. Saw it first in Cecilia Tan’s latest, and here it is again. There’s more of it here, more care at almost every stage along the way. I like.

Two complaints: because the book’s so short, it’s hard to tell the twins apart, although Anna gets it down pretty fast. A longer book would mean more and better time to get to know the guys and what—other than Anna—they’re into.

The other complaint is that despite the scenes of music making, there’s not enough here to set them all apart as musicians. The music doesn’t breathe, but then again, I’m glad we didn’t have the usual clichéd scene of Anna and the boys stopping their sex play or waking up to find one or the other busy writing a new song inspired by their love. I like that they have a scheduled songwriting time. I just wanted more of it, but then again, I wanted more of everything in this one.

Huge thanks to Nia for sending this on. I’m a fangirl.

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  1. Nia Farrell says:

    Thanks for reading and reviewing. Of the Three Graces, my potty mouthed gamer girl Anna was my favorite to write. I never knew what was going to come flying out her mouth!

    I wrote music night because that’s what my songwriting partner and I use (only ours is Tuesday). We both write solo, but working as a team is interesting energy and stretches you as an artist.

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