Review – Probe by Mel Keegan

Probe (Hellgate #4) by Mel Keegan

My rating: 4 Stars

Probe (Hellgate #4)

Probe (Hellgate #4)

The festering colonial rebellion finally explodes into open warfare in the fourth book of the Hellgate saga. The flashpoint of Ulrand, where the inept interference of military engineers from Earth caused an alien artifact to explode, devastating almost half the planet. Festering resentment is pushed into high gear, and when the inevitable vote to succeed comes, Earth sends a fleet of ships to prevent the predictable succession of other worlds from the confederacy. An unlikely group of mercenaries comes to the planet’s defense, as well as a ghost from Neil Travers’ past. It’s all orchestrated by Harrison Shapiro in his efforts to prevent a bloodbath. Read more ›

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Review – Behind the Velvet Curtain by Matt Converse

Behind the Velvet Curtain by Matt Converse

My rating: 3 Stars

Behind the Velvet Curtain

Behind the Velvet Curtain

Like many a young gay man before him, Michael escapes his midwestern town, comes to San Francisco, and reinvents himself. He joins a gym, works on his body and his skin, and eventually comes to think of himself as sexy. Loving music and dance, on a lark he tries out for a job as a stripper, and gets it. Using the stage name Matt Jaxx, he really enjoys his work, and becomes popular with both the crowd and the theater management. He eventually quits his day job and works full time as a stripper, both on stage and at private parties, although he’s careful not to cross a line he draws between stripping and prostitution. Read more ›

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Review – The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

My rating: 3.5 Stars

The Pirate Witch

The Pirate Witch

Alexander is born at the worst possible time and place for someone to be different, in early seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts Colony, where the Puritans are still on the hunt for witches. Alexander’s mother is brutally murdered by the townspeople, who think she’s a witch, and his father dies of the shock of it. The thing is, she really was a witch, and so is Alexander. His mother’s dying wish is that Alexander survive, hiding his powers from prying eyes.

The boy is given into the care of his uncle, a drunkard who makes it no secret that he considers Alexander nothing more than a slave to work his mill. Alexander bridles under the thumb of his uncle, not least because he is sure the man was his mother’s accuser. His only protector is Crispin, a man from Boston who is sent by the governor to check on the goings-on in Salem. Read more ›

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Review – Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

My rating: 4 Stars

Lost Boi

Lost Boi

This review was originally published in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

Note: This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally review. You have been warned!

“Lost Boi” reimagines the classic tale of “Peter Pan” in kinky queer terms. Pan is a biological woman with a strong male identity – a boi. He is the unquestioned leader of the lost bois, a group of homeless youth Pan has found on the streets and brought to Neverland, which is really just an abandoned warehouse in which they are squatters. Pan and his bois live in a fluid and polyamorous relationship in which he is the Sir. Yes, Pan can make his bois fly, in the BDSM sense, and that is a big part of the hold he has over them. Pan lives in the moment, in a world in which there are no rules and the worst thing any of his bois can do is grow up. Read more ›

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Review – ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

My rating: 4 Stars

ePistols at Dawn

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won’t stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. Read more ›

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