Appearances by TM Smith ~ Book Review by Caroline

21952171Title: Appearances

Author: TM Smith

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/31/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance


Appearances, can be deceiving.

Raven and Tanis are trying very hard to merge their vastly different lifestyles, but Tanis issues with his own past could prove to be more than their fragile relationship can handle. Is their love for each other strong enough to weather the oncoming storm?

Aiya and Sawyer have fought hard to be together in a world where Opposite relationships are generally forbidden. Yet, they are still forced to keep their relationship a secret while they are outside the walls of House Gaeland.

Everyone assumes that the only threat lies outside their walls, the group of rebels led by Cillian. But something is happening within House Gaeland, something that hasn’t happened since GWI. And with all the attention focused on that, their guard is down. An evil that was under their nose all along strikes, and someone will make the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

Appearances is the second book in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.

** Warning, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight and lesbian couples.

My View:

The second book in the Opposites series moves swiftly on from where book one left us.

This book has the same high number of characters as the first but I found it much easier to follow now that I am becoming accustomed to who belongs where. The first half of the book moves along slowly and dare I say is slightly heavy on the sex – not something I complain about too often! It’s a catch up of sorts with each couple and is full of passion and orgasms. The second part of the book moves much faster in pace and when I got to 80% I was dreading it finishing.

This is Tanis and Raven’s story, the Soldier and the Priest, and whilst we saw them fall in love in the first book not everything is plain sailing. Tanis has ghosts from the past and they seem to appear around every corner but only when they stop communicating does this become a problem.

Aiya and Sawyer’s news causes first shock then violence at House Gaeland and Raven once again has to live with the consequences. Aiyan and Kaden are still breaking furniture everywhere they go and learning to live with what happened in book one but out of all the couples they seem to be the most settled.

The world building was once again superb, we got to visit more of the houses in Appearances and learn more about the people and customs. I was surprised Cillian didn’t cause more trouble in this book – he definitely has plans to bring down the families and with what was discovered towards the end by Raven this series looks set to become very interesting and I hope the author has plans for more books soon.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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