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Review - Lost in the Outcome

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 01, 2014

Lost in the Outcome

Tech wizard Nate wakes up in a strange hotel room, next to a cute stranger who turns out to be named Tim. With no recollection of how he got there, or what the two got up to in bed, Nate is a bit confused to say the least. He and Tim part company assuming they will never see each other. For Tim, who remembers every detail of their night together vividly, the realization that Nate remembers none of it, and doesn't want to see him again, is crushing. More...

Review - Not Just Friends

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2014

Not Just Friends

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at New Adult Book Reviews.

As Lewis moves into his university housing to start his first year of college, he meets his new roommates. There's the loud jock Dean, Andreas, Rob, and then there's Max. Openly gay Max confuses Lewis, awakening feelings that he has never acknowledged before. He and Max become good friends, and Lewis is prepared to come out, as well as tell Max how he feels, but then Max gets into a relationship of his own, so Lewis resolves not to interfere. More...

Review - Artist's Touch

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 13, 2014

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. More...

Review - Lakeside Reunion

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 12, 2013

Lakeside Reunion

Spoiler alert: This is one of those short-stories that's difficult to review without giving away most of the plot details. But then, this isn't a book you're going to read for its plot.

Chris has arranged a little reunion with his old college roommates Sean and Tim at an isolated vacation home. Chris had tried to deny his feelings while in school, but since graduating he has come to terms with his sexuality, and his strong attraction to Sean. He has learned that Sean is now out, so he's hoping he can finally have a chance to connect with his former roommate. But when Sean and Tim arrive, Chris gets the shocking news that they are a couple. More...

Review - Pup

Posted in Book Reviews on May 27, 2013

Pup (Guards of Folsom #1)

As Tackett Austin marks the passing of another year with a drink at his BDSM club, the Guards of Folsom, he begins to look back and question some of the choices he has made. Yes, he is well-to-do and has a successful career, and he has a well-earned reputation in the club as a good Dom, with subs lining up to serve him, but as he looks around at his friends, he sees other Doms with their own collared subs, happily living the lifestyle full time. Tackett only ever plays at the club and has never had a sub of his own, even under a short term contract, but as he sees how happy his friends are, he begins to wonder what it would be like to have a long term sub of his very own, what it would be like to own a pup. More...

Review - The Hot Floor

Posted in Book Reviews on May 11, 2013

The Hot Floor

Josh is a shy young man living in Bath. He was recently dumped by his boyfriend and now lives in a small apartment on the top floor of a run-down converted house. He likes his job as a glass blower, making traditional ornaments, but otherwise he has a rather empty life with few friends. As the story opens, Josh is crushing on his downstairs neighbors, Evan and Rai. The big strapping Evan from Manchester and geeky Japanese Rai make an unlikely couple. They're as different as chalk and sushi, but the two men seem devoted to each other. They also seem to enjoy a very active sex life, as Josh is reminded when he visits his friend Denise, who lives on the floor below Evan and Rai. The sounds of their lovemaking can be clearly heard in Denise's rooms. More...

Review - Before I Wake

Posted in Book Reviews on May 07, 2013

Before I Wake

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Jonesy is a nurse's assistant working the graveyard shift at a hospital when a new comatose patient is brought in. The young man, named Michael, has been the victim of a gay bashing and the doctors aren't sure if he will ever come out of his coma, or if there is any brain damage even if he does wake up. It soon becomes clear that the young man has nobody who really cares about him. His religious parents threw him out on the street when he told them he was gay, and after one visit to him in the hospital, they tell the doctors to take him off life support. More...

Review - Afflicted II

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2013

Afflicted II

Volume 2 of Afflicted

This sequel to the first Afflicted book picks up right where the previous story left off. Dillon has just found out that Hunter's mother is seeing his cousin, which dredges up all the pain and anger of being thrown out by his family. It's a lot for him to deal with, and adding to the issue is the concern that his past will come between what he has with Hunter.

For his part, Hunter has trouble dealing with the rapid pace at which the relationship is progressing, and the depth of his feelings for Dillon. Used to being in control, Hunter has a hard time accepting that he can't fix all of Dillon's problems with his past and his family. More...

Review - Just Call Me Kris

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 04, 2013

Just Call Me Kris

It's a bittersweet Christmas Eve for Mike and Karl. The two lovers and newly graduated physicians have landed plum internships at New York's Bellevue Hospital, but that means spending the holiday away from their many friends back in New Orleans and missing the annual get-together on Christmas Eve. The two are about to console each other with a night of sex when there's a knock at the door, which turns out to be a man dressed as Santa Claus. Only, this Kris Kringle turns out to be a young Adonis who draws the two men into an exploration of their sexual fantasies. More...

Review - Inertia (Impulse)

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 19, 2013

Inertia (Impulse, Book 1)

Volume 1 of Impulse

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Professional handyman Derrick has been on his own for ten years. Caring for his dying grandparents in his late teens, on top of losing his parents at a younger age, has left him emotionally drained. He feels incapable of going through any more pain, so he avoids any emotional entanglements. He thinks his life is okay, at least until he meets Gavin.

Gavin is a well-to-do accountant whose flirtations confuse Derrick, whom he has hired to install some shelves. But while he flirts, Gavin has his own baggage that keeps him from following through. It takes a while for the two to overcome their inner conflicts and get together. Even then, it's not smooth sailing. More...

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