Review – Stasis

Stasis by Kim Fielding

My rating: 4 Stars

Stasis

Stasis

The powerful city-state of Praesidium considers itself more civilized than its neighbors. Rather than kill their most dangerous criminals, the rulers and the wizards who serve them put the men in stasis, a sort of suspended animation, for decades or even centuries. Once they’re awakened, the convicted then serve out long terms as slaves. When his father the Chief takes Ennek’s older brother “Under” to see the prisoners in stasis, the young boy convinces them to let him come along. The sight of the naked, not-quite-dead but not-alive man they are shown disturbs Ennek. When he returns Under on something of a dare to show off the men in stasis to another young boy visiting from a neighboring city, Ennek gets an even bigger shock when he encounters a different prisoner, one who seems caught between life and death. Read more ›

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Review – The Boy Who Belonged

The Boy Who Belonged by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry

My rating: 4 Stars

The Boy Who Belonged

The Boy Who Belonged

Derek and his sub Lane are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas together, and perhaps the only one who is more surprised than Derek is Lane. The much younger Lane was someone Derek was prepared to hate on sight. His parents cheated Derek and hundreds of other people out of their life savings in a Ponzi scheme. For a while it looked like Lane himself was involved, but it eventually turned out that he, like Derek, was simply used and duped by his own parents. When they are sent to jail, Lane is left with nothing, and at the mercy of those seeking vengeance for what his parents did. Read more ›

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Review – Artist’s Touch

Artist’s Touch by Kerry Adrienne

My rating: 3.5 Stars

Artist's Touch

Artist’s Touch

Kenon is the art world’s equivalent of a rock star. The young painter can pick and choose which commissions he takes on. The portraits he creates for the rich and famous help keep the private artists’ club he has created afloat and at the center of New York’s art scene. Kenon is used to getting what — and who — he wants. When a man catches his eye, he can be rather ruthless in pursuing them, but it’s the pursuit that thrills him. Once he beds his quarry, he doesn’t hold on to them for long. Kenon has been used and betrayed in the past, so he avoids letting anyone get close. What he doesn’t see is that now he has become a user himself. Read more ›

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