Without a Net by Lyn Gala
Without a Net
In the not-too-distant future, even traditionally heterosexually dominated places like the police force don’t tolerate even the appearance of discrimination based on sexual identity, and the BDSM community is almost as open and accepted as the LGBT community. However, the kink world has a dark side. “Shade” dominants and submissives don’t like to play by the rules. In their underground shade clubs, limits aren’t negotiated and there are no safewords. Read more ›
Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews
Valor on the Move
This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews, although the book doesn’t actually contain any BDSM.
The Official Blurb:
Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef. Read more ›
The Tongues of Men and Angels by Wayne Gregory
The Tongues of Men and Angels
Wayne is born into a devout Christian family in the late 1950s American south. From an early age he recognizes his attraction to other men, but he believes that if he prays hard enough god will set him straight, so to speak. Prayer doesn’t help, and neither does marrying a woman he loves, just not in that way. Wayne can’t offer his wife Terri the intimacy she needs. Instead, he ends up looking for anonymous sex in parks, and later on the Internet. These are followed by severe bouts of guilt which drives Wayne deeper into depression. Read more ›
The Love of Wicked Men (Serial, Parts 5 & 6) by Brandon Shire
The Love of Wicked Men
Note: This book was published in serial form. This review is of the fifth and sixth episodes, which completes the series.
The twists and turns come fast and furious as this six-part series races to its conclusion. Sid and Jack are no longer playing cat and mouse with each other, although both men now realize they’re being played. The question is: by whom?
These last two novelettes in the series really are page-turners. Don’t be surprised if you finish one or both of them in a single sitting. While the main plot continues to be who the mystery players are behind Sid and Jack, many of the other sub-plots, twists and turns involve the teams that surround the two main characters.
The extra character development, and a few loose ends, probably means we will be treated to a second “season” of this series. If there is a second series, it would almost certainly be worth a read. However, I don’t think I would read and review it in installments, as I did this first series. I find I prefer the continuity of reading a book all at once, particularly one set at such a fast pace.
“The Love of Wicked Men” may be purchased from Amazon.
The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst
Alex travels down to Dorset for a weekend visit to his old boyfriend Justin, who is now ensconced in an idyllic English cottage with his new lover Robin. It’s a rather daunting prospect for the rather shy and introverted Alex. Joining the three for the weekend is Robin’s son Danny. The weekend itself proves relatively uneventful, but in the months that follow the four mens’ lives become intertwined in an evolving, and sometimes revolving, relationship. Read more ›