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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...

Review - Falling Into Place

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 14, 2013

Falling Into Place

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Scott is a 30-something stay at home dad with two children and a wife who also plays his domme. Scott has a deep-seated desire to submit and experience pain, a need that masks a dark secret from his past and helps stave off the More...

Review - Staged Whispers

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 19, 2013

Staged Whispers

Dylan, Cole and Brandon are three good friends, business partners, and lovers. They met in college and afterwards formed a successful business in Florida. But a ghost from Dylan's past threatens to destroy him and his relationship with the two men he loves. Cole and Brandon can tell something is wrong, but Dylan shuts out all their attempts to help him. More...

Review - Reclamation

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 06, 2013

Reclamation

Volume 2 of Acclaimation

This continuation of the story of a developing love between teacher Michael Cassidy and his student Dominic Butler, started in Acclamation, picks up right where the first book left off, with Dominic and Michael in a London hotel room just moments after learning of the death of Dominic's father. Needless to say, all thoughts the two had of consummating their love are quickly forgotten as Michael rushes Dominic back into the arms of his family. Grief and forced separation puts a strain on the relationship, causing the first real rift between the two men.

The spat is short-lived, but as Dominic's sexual preference becomes ever more the subject of gossip and speculation in the village, how much longer can these two carry on? And how much longer can Michael keep a lid on the ghosts of his past? More...

Review - Lorenzo il Magnifico

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 29, 2013

Lorenzo il Magnifico

Luke is a young Englishman with a boring life he hates working in a Leeds call center. At the start of “Lorenzo il Magnifico” he is escaping this life for a week in one of his favorite cities, Florence, where he plans to get it on with lots of hot Italian guys as well as make a start on his masters degree, which he hopes will help him to get a job in a gallery or museum.

On his first night in Florence, Luke meets Lorenzo, a waiter - and as it turns out, the owner - at a nearby restaurant. What starts out as a vacation fling quickly turns more serious, and Luke is suddenly faced with making choices that will change his life. More...

Review - It's a long story: A Novel About Beautiful Boys Doing Terrible Things to Each Other

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 27, 2012

It's a long story: A Novel About Beautiful Boys Doing Terrible Things to Each Other

James is a stereotypical gay party boy. He dropped out of college and works as a waiter to earn just enough to pay his share of the rent, buy the right clothes, and pay for drinks on his weekly nights out. He appears to drink too much when he's out, and his love life seems to consist mostly of guys he picks up at the club or hookups found on the web.

One of those hookups is Dan, a nerdy heavyset guy that James nonetheless clicks with. The two end up seeing a lot of each other, but James has commitment issues and backs off if there's any sign things might get serious. James' main issue is AJ, the man he dropped out of college for and followed to Europe and back on a sexual adventure. AJ uses men and then tosses them aside, just like he did with James, only it seems AJ hasn't quite forgotten his former lover either. More...

Review - Acclamation

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 11, 2012

Acclamation

Volume 1 of Acclamation

Still stinging from the loss of his lover four years ago, Michael Cassidy takes a job as an English teacher at a Catholic school in a small English town. Although only 28 years old, he's more or less given up on life and is hiding away from it, thinking that his one great love is already behind him.

However, life isn't quite through with Mr Cassidy. One day he discovers that he lives next door to one of his students, Dominic Butler. He hadn't really taken notice of the young man in his upper sixth form (a high school senior, for you non-English folks) class before, but as circumstances conspire for the two to spend time together, Michael finds himself ever more attracted to the young man. As it becomes clear that the feelings are mutual, Michael is torn between his feelings of love, the pain of his memories, and his responsibilities as Dominic's friend and teacher. More...

Review - The Elegant Corpse

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 08, 2012

The Elegant Corpse

Roger Corso is a detective with the LAPD, and a more tightly wound individual would be hard to imagine. He could make Joe Friday look like a loose cannon and Felix Unger look like a slob (★). Part of that is just who he is, but there's also a defensive wall around the part of him that still grieves for his dead lover. He also has to be on guard about his private life. While his fellow detectives know Roger is gay, they don't know about his long association with the BDSM scene.

Roger's carefully constructed walls separating his worlds start to crumble when he returns home from a week away to find a mummified dead body laid out on his living room couch. The bodies continue to pile up, and they all have something to do with Roger and his past, although many of them are strangers to him. Only, he's at a loss to understand what message the killer is trying to send.

And then there's Sean, the much younger brother of the first victim left on Roger's sofa. He is everything that rubs Roger the wrong way: messy, brash, profane, undisciplined, and yet, Roger can't seem to get rid of the man, or get him out of his head. More...

Review - Afflicted

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 28, 2012

Afflicted

Volume 1 of Afflicted

Hunter is blind, but fiercely independent. The quickest and easiest way to piss him off is to treat him with any kind of pity. He has escaped the clutches of an over-protective mother, built a life and a business of his own, and he's not going back. The only thing missing from his life is someone to share it with. In the gay world, which puts such a high emphasis on bodily perfection, Hunter's disability is a major barrier.

Dillon has been on his own since he was 16, tossed out of his home by his fundamentalist parents who disowned him as soon as they found out he was gay. He ended up hustling to live, and is now a high-priced, very successful, escort. The thing is, thanks to an inheritance from one of his old clients, he doesn't really need to continue working, but he doesn't really know anything else. There's an emptiness to his life, and he doesn't know if he can ever find anyone to fill it, who will accept him and his past. More...

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