Review – Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael

Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael

My rating: 3.5 Stars

Master Takes a Name

Master Takes a Name

Note: This review was written for and originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Blurb:

Before he can embrace his future, he must accept himself.

Kael is happy with his life. A consummate sub, he’s out, proud, and surrounded by good friends. Then he hears about Master L, a new Dom who has all the twinks aflutter. Kael’s curious, but not unduly so, until he and the stud do a scene. Then he understands the commotion. But since Master L only ever tops a sub once, when it’s over Kael is determined to forget him, even if he has to go on holiday to do it.

Liam is deep in the closet, but the Dom known as Master L also has needs. So far, he’s kept his identity a secret by never choosing the same boy twice, and frequently changing venues. After his scene with Kael, Liam finds himself fixating on the sub and willing to break his one-time only rule. But will it lead to heartache or happiness?

Review:

“Master Takes a Name” is a hot short romance. Liam and Kael have an instant connection, the kind that probably only happens in fiction. It also happens to be a very physical connection, and almost all of their time together is spent having sex. That makes for a hot story, although not necessarily the most believable. We never really learn much about either of the characters. The coming-out angle is a bit over-played in the blurb. Liam is supposedly closeted, but there’s very little discussion of it and he never explains it to Kael. In the end, his coming out is nothing overly dramatic. It just sort of happens, without any real consequences.

But let’s not kid ourselves. You’re unlikely to read a book like this for a compelling story line. The setup is plausible enough and there’s enough drama to move the story along at a good pace. You may not know much about the characters, but they’re real enough to keep things interesting and not distract you from the scenes. This is the kind of erotic romantic fantasy that you want to be true, even though you know it’s unrealistic.

As for the scenes, the first few are certainly kinky, but not very extreme. A little light flogging and spanking. The attraction between these two is more about dominance and submission than anything else, and the sex between them gets progressively more vanilla as their relationship develops.

“Master Takes a Name” is available from All Romance Ebooks and Amazon.

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Review – Is It True What They Say About Black Men? by Jeremy Helligar

Is It True What They Say About Black Men? by Jeremy Helligar

My rating: 4 Stars

Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

Note: Since I’ve been in the same places and similar situations to the author of this book, this review will be a little more personal than usual.

Entertainment journalist Jeremy Helligar leaves his job and life in New York to travel the world. In this collection of blog posts, articles and musings we follow Jeremy as he settles first in Buenos Ares, then Melbourne, with long stints in Bangkok. As Jeremy writes about his efforts to connect to the men as well as the places he lives in, the comparisons to “Sex and the City” are obvious and not missed on the author. Where-ever he goes, one question Jeremy gets from the guys he meets is so consistent that he titled the book with it. Read more ›

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Review – Stay With Me by A.L. Lamb

Stay With Me by A.L. Lamb

My rating: 2 Stars

Stay With Me

Stay With Me

Curtis is a thirty-something bear-ish fellow who works in a bank. One day, on a lunch break, he spots a waiter in a local Asian restaurant. The younger man, Joseph, fascinates Curtis and he returns repeatedly to the restaurant just to see him. He can tell that Joseph is troubled, but it takes him a while to strike up a conversation, and even longer to ask Joseph out on date. Read more ›

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Review – The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

My rating: 4 Stars

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse.

The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It’s not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection. Read more ›

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Review – Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass

Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass

My rating: 2.5 Stars

Carnal Sacraments

Carnal Sacraments

In the not too distant future, the world is even more corporatized and consumerist than it is now. “The System” as it’s called, is all about creating the next “new” thing that people will believe they need to make them happy, at least for a while. Jeffrey Cooper is a key cog in the machine. His ability to discern what will make a product appeal to the market it’s targeted at makes him valuable to the nameless, faceless people who run the system. His reward for his talents is a phalanx of treatments that keep him looking like a thirty-something despite his real age of eighty, and a group of doctors and therapists to help him manage his mental and physical health. The price he pays for this fountain of youth is the abandonment of his past, and even much of himself. And, if he should every falter, become less useful to the system, it will all stop and he will quickly die. Read more ›

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