But in the European Administration, simplicity is often a dangerous illusion, and anyone who goes looking for trouble in the corporate world is certain to find more than they bargained for. Fraud, sabotage, espionage, blackmail, decades-long vendettas, and murder—the more powerful the corporations, the darker their secrets.
Corporate insiders and innocent bystanders alike are all too easily caught up in the conflicts, but when suspects can hide behind money and power, what chance is there of any justice? And on top of everything else, Toreth also has to deal with Keir Warrick. Even good writing—such as in Codex Born by Jim C. Hines —left me without any inclination to say a word and thus unable to review. But this book, it was like a holiday. It made me giggle, squee and restless in my seat.
The actual story of Quid Pro Quo is only about two hundred pages long and a half of the book I read, and the rest is filled with snippets and short stories set in the world and after the mystery. The short stories, however, focus solely on their relationship and its development. Log in. New to BookLikes?
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But in the European But in the European Administration, simplicity is often a dangerous illusion, and anyone who goes looking for trouble in the corporate world is certain to find more than they bargained for. Fraud, sabotage, espionage, blackmail, decades-long vendettas, and murder--the more powerful the corporations, the darker their secrets. Corporate insiders and innocent bystanders alike are all too easily caught up in the conflicts, but when suspects can hide behind money and power, what chance is there of any justice?
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Did Warrick even know how his decision to walk out on their evening hurt Toreth? I do feel protective of Toreth because despite his swagger and posturing and the stuff that's said about him, he's really quite emotionally fragile and vulnerable. I suspected this back in Mind fuck when Warrick was able to play him so easily but since QPQ doesn't have them together much, I wasn't sure.
Then, as the book ends with Toreth and Warrick making up over dinner, my suspicions about Toreth's growing feelings for Warrick were even stronger. Warrick is on the same page, of course, and I saw a glimpse of that in this last portion before the book ends but Warrick, to me, is way colder and more dispassionate than Toreth and I only foresee my poor baby getting hurt before it gets better. If it does. I find later, in Pancakes, that Sara feels exactly the same way about T and warns Warrick. Truly a girl after my own heart.
Remember, none of this is spelt out in the story - all showing and no telling! Warrick is beginning to show some chinks in his armor where Toreth is concerned. Just teeny ones but still a good sign. I was also introduced to Cele, a friend of Warrick's sister and now his, too. Cele is the first person he talsk to about Toreth. I also got a yummy description of Toreth as Cele presses for details.
At this point in TA, Toreth is still someone Warrick merely meets for sex once a week and someone Warrick wants to keep a secret. I thought Toreth was fine with that. I was wrong, as I would see later on. Thankfully, things get better - much better - from here. Toreth finds himself taking a cab to Warrick's apartment and it's the first time he's been there.
I loved Pancakes. Now I know why Kate wanted me to read right through to this installment:. It was here that I felt much more charitable towards Warrick. It's here that Sara issues the warning to Warrick re. Toreth; here that Warrick turns out to be rather domesticated okay, so he likely has a cleaning service and he makes pancakes for Toreth's breakfast. It's here, in Pancakes, that I suspected Warrick has fallen in love with Toreth!!! And I shall never eat another pancake without thinking of these two men. Sigh-worthy 5 stars! I left Warrick in the previous book sensing that Toreth's overnight visit to his home was a turning point for Warrick.
Here in Surprises, the focus shifts to Toreth. Now that I saw signs of Warrick having fallen in love with Toreth maybe too strong a description here but I'm fairly sure I could sit back and enjoy Toreth's green-eyed monster rearing its head when he learns from Sara that she'd been spending time in the sim with Warrick. Since he's got first-hand experience on what Warrick does in the sim, Toreth is not at all happy.
I saw Toreth admitting his hurt to Warrick when he's treated as if he were invisible at a Sim-Tech function Warrick invited him to, along with Sara. And for their relationship. And the sex, while again still not explicit, had me literally breathless. The build-up of sexual tension combined with revelations of each men's growing feelings for each other was almost more than I could handle. I stayed up to 2am then made myself switch off my reader because I have an early lunch appointment and errands to run before that and can't be too distracted by these two guys.
But I'm a goner. It's too late. I've now got Warrick under my skin, too. This is bad for my health. I wonder what's in store for me in the last 2 shorts, Family and Mirror, mirror. I can't wait Warwick's sister?!! Toreth crossed a line here with me. I was already feeling stirrings of anger at him when he started to think about Dilly 'that' way. I couldn't believe it when he kissed her even if it was cut short by her reaction. I gave Family 4 stars on the strength of the writing but it was not a pleasant read at all.
I was just as uncomfortable visiting Warrick's family as Toreth was then the whole Dillian thing made me want to puke.
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It's a powerful follow-up to Mind Fuck which everyone struggled with, many giving up on it and the series, which is a pity. But Book 2 is a nasty trap. Like me. And you know what? Worse is to come. The Administration is coming very close to being as nasty on my senses as Special Forces. Unquestionably a series not to be missed by masochists.
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Just don't read it immediately before or after SF. Dan and Toreth one after the other is more than any human being can bear. View all 14 comments. Sep 12, Ferran rated it liked it Shelves: cops. After finishing it however, I feel disappointed. The main reason is that I don't like at all this compilation of stories thing. Different from the first book on the series, the procedural story here is just one chapter, that although long, has a separate and specific plot line and leaves out the development of Warrick and Toreth relationship.
Somehow, I get the feeling that after finishing the main story line, t 3. Somehow, I get the feeling that after finishing the main story line, the author realised she had forgotten to tell us more about the characters, so she added 5 more short stories focused on both of them plus family. Maybe it was intended. But no, for me it doesn't work at all for the following reasons: - the main novella is not transcendental to the relationship nor to The Administration series, and is somehow abruptly finished - there is no plot in the following short stories and therefore, no reason for existence almost like any filling episode in a soap opera - this short stories lead nowhere, even though "Family" raises some interesting things that don't get developed - the last story, "Mirror, Mirror", might work if inserted in between the main plot line, but as an independent story, it adds nothing, neither to the book, nor to the characters, nor to the series.
And also, the repetition of the story from another POV is awfully boring - sex most of the times leads nowhere and there is not much tension building In conclusion: The fantastic and amazingly constructed world of The Administration and the powerful characters don't get exploited here - Manna Francis did a really great job on that. But this book is like having bunch of fine good ingredients and not cooking them properly, so the result is mediocre.
This book lacks meaning, intention, direction Moreover, finishing the book with this short stories creates no cliffhanger. Please tell me book 3 doesn't suffer from this! The truth is that I'd like to enjoy The Administration series as much as I did on the first book. View all 3 comments. Mar 11, LenaLena rated it really liked it Shelves: mm , science-fiction , crossposted-on-jessewave. I loved the world building. Who can resist a good dystopia? Not me. This particular dystopia, with its totalitarian regime The Administration and its corporate counterpart of the Confederation of European Corporations, is absolutely chilling in all its futuristic cold-war-style bureaucracy.
The representatives listened and nodded, and went back to their superiors and returned the next day with a carefully reworded demand for exactly the same impossibilities. I loved the characters. Toreth -is he or is he not a sociopath? And Warrick in all his icy superiority, except in bed. Despite the BDSM, yes. Something that slithers away whenever his mind threatens to think about it, because if he would acknowledge it he would have to run from Warrick and all that he stands for and that would be… inconvenient.
While the writing overall is superb, this is where it truly shines. This is where Manna shows exactly what is going on, without ever explaining it to you, while Toreth stays purposely oblivious.
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This is where she hooks the readers and makes them wonder if Toreth is ever going to catch on. Warrick, of course, has his own special brand of willful obliviousness going on at the same time. Short blond hair. Blue eyes. Just in case we though we were heading for unicorns and rainbows, we get to cringe and squirm as Toreth goes home with Warrick for the holidays.
Like dessert. View 2 comments. Dec 16, Meags rated it liked it Shelves: law-enforcers , sci-fi , m-m , bdsm-and-kink , crime-mystery-suspense , panties-just-went-poof , dystopian-futuristic-apocalyptic , lgbt. I had a lot of fun reading the short stories that followed after Quid Pro Quo , even though they felt completely disjointed from the main story. Like many readers, I absolutely adored the 3. Like many readers, I absolutely adored the Pancakes segment. It finally gave me a glimpse of a Toreth that I could potentially really like - his likeability being something that I still struggle with at regular rage inducing intervals.
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The scenes shared between Toreth and Warrick in this short story have easily been my favourite moments of this series so far and they've provided me with a great deal of hope, mainly to do with my personal wishes, regarding where their emotional and physical relationship will lead in future books. Until then, I'm certain there will continue be a lot of frustration and emotional set-backs probably more for me than them , but plenty of entertaining and often humorous moments to lighten the mood along the way.
I have no doubt both Toreth and Warrick will continue to fascinate me on an intellectual and behavioural level; in all honesty, the character complexities alone are reason enough to keep me reading. Thanks for another great buddy read, R! I'm glad I have you to hold my hand and listen to my ranty frustrations when reading a story like this.
View all 4 comments. Feb 20, Jerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: bdsm , violence. The event of "Unlucky Break" is not part of my ability to understand how pain can be a turn on or in anyway increase the sensations of orgasm. Surprises The sociopath Toreth and the masochist Warrick continue to "surprise" me. Toreth sees that Warrick is insinuating himself into the very fabric of his being and seems to be helpless in stopping it--even though he is ex The event of "Unlucky Break" is not part of my ability to understand how pain can be a turn on or in anyway increase the sensations of orgasm.
Toreth sees that Warrick is insinuating himself into the very fabric of his being and seems to be helpless in stopping it--even though he is extremely aware of each escalation. Fascinating to see this all play out. Love all the ancillary characters as well. They play their roles superbly as well as change things up and keeps the MCs on their toes.
I'm going to be a para 'vestigtor. The whole plane looked at me funny! Ok, Toreth lusting after Dillian and "forgetting" Warrick is not cool. I guess it's his sociopathic nature to only think of himself. I just find it disgusting. Using her first son? Toreth reminds her of Leo? Mirror Mirror Both of them are sooooo into their scenes! The descriptions allow me to make their bodies in my mind very enticing. View 1 comment. Feb 08, Deanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: m-m , kinked , my-happy-place , mystery-thriller. This may just be my favorite series of all time.
The quality of writing never diminishes. So I am in heaven with this story! The secondary characters are just This may just be my favorite series of all time. The secondary characters are just as well written and thought out. Mar 23, Fangtasia rated it it was amazing. Quid Pro Quo was a masterful lesson on writing an unputdownable detective story. I was dying to see how it was going to progress.
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It takes a special kind of talent to think of a way to move that relationship forward, particularly when it involves a psycopath as one of the partners. Who said partners? Val would have my head if he read this comment. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. It's been a while since I've been this hooked on a couple. Feb 18, Em rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime , secret-relationship , dtr , seriel , abuse-torture-rape , bdsm-kink , apocalyptic-dystopic , m-m.
This was a much darker investigation for Toreth to get to grips with this time but he does it with his usual witty charm and sparkling personality. I did miss Warrick's absence for the first part of the book, however I'm beginning to really appreciate all the time they spend together now, and the scene below made me giggle so much. Poor Warrick!
I booked a room. Perhaps next week? Not in the mood, indeed. What makes you think you have any fucking choice? Where other people flushed, Warrick paled slightly, his breath catching. He started to rise, and Toreth reached out quickly catching his arm. Because that's what I want to do and that's all that matters from now on.
Time for a sharp lesson in unpredictability. That Warrick had lost control enough to react that way in public told him all he needed about the effectiveness of the tactic. Toreth laughed to himself as he stepped out into the surprisingly warm night air. Apr 15, Camilla rated it it was amazing Shelves: paperback , online-reads. Quid Pro Quo is a collection of one longer story and then 5 short stories.. Review: This is a very short story, a free online read on the authors website, btw. Its about Toreth and Warrick, needing to go to the hospital, because Warrick broke his wrist, in the middle of one of their sex sessions..
Thats all f Quid Pro Quo is a collection of one longer story and then 5 short stories.. Thats all fun and sweet, but then Toreth, the little slut goes to the hospital cafeteria for some food while the guy he's fucked into a broken wrist is in a room getting manhandled where he meets and talks to a woman nurse.. While Warrick is in the next freaking room!!! Thank God, I'm not " emotionally involved " with these two characters yet, or I would have had a stronger reaction to this little pick-up action, I'm sure..
Its a kidnapping, but of course thats not all, and all of a sudden, powerful men are involved, and Toreth needs to make sure that not everything gets written down. Warrick is barely not even in this one, which was kinda depressing.. Love those two together, but still, it was a great read.. Exciting to the last page. They talk about his and Toreth's relationship. What it means and where its leading.
Warrick, of course, doesnt really know what it means yet, except that its Friday, which means date night, and therefore also a smile on his lips. The guys meet for their usual Friday date night. They meet at a bar. But when Toreth starts talking about his crappy day at work which of course Warrick doesnt want to know about..
Considering, yeah well, that Toreth torments people for a living Warrick stands up and leaves Toreth at the bar!! Yayy for you Warrick! Of course that leaves T, quite Gobsmacked.
Cause nobody walks out on him, right? So what does he do? He decides to get drunk.. And then what? Toreth had never been in W's flat before, and W was still mad, but when he saw how pissed Toreth was, he got him up to his apparment.. Where T vomits again and again lol!! Thats just too funny.. Toreth, the bad SOB, cant hold his drink, ey? I love it! Warrick gets him to bed, while he sleps next door.
And in the morning Warrick makes pancakes for Toreth Aw www.. Loved this short, and I just love these two guys!! Hell yeah!! He doesnt want Warrick to have sex with anyone but him in the SIM.. But of course he cant just say that to W, so he just stops calling for 4 days, and doesnt take W's calls either.. Such a baby! Later, Toreth feels like buying a gift for Warrick.. And with help from Sara, ends up choosing a pair of linked cuffs and a metal collar, which of course brings Warrick in heat when he opens the gift..
Sadly for him, Toreth made him open it, 2 secs. Loved this short!! And I just love, love, loveeeee Toreth more and more! Well, that quickly faded with the beginning of this short. Here we get told how Toreth had made bets with the guys at work, that he could have sex with a wife to a co-worker, who had died, on the day of the co-workers funeral?? Wtf Toreth?! And then, I guess its the perfect way to start a short, which is about Warrick taking Toreth home to meet his family for New Years.. I wouldnt in a million years, thought he would say yes, but he did, and we get a pretty good short out of it..
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