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Review - I Once Had a Master

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 07, 2012

I Once Had a Master

“I Once Had a Master” is a collection of nine short stories by one of the masters (if you'll pardon the expression) of gay BDSM erotica. Preston passed away in 1994 and the book, originally published in 1985, is only available in print, so it's taken me a while to get my hands on it.

The collection isn't exactly what I was expecting. While the stories are almost all hard-core in one way or another, there's a lot more to them than just the kinky sex, which often plays a minor role. These tales are much more about relationships, and their ups and downs, rather than sex. Some, like the title piece, are rather melancholy in the end, while another, titled “Authenticity”, is quite sweet. In many of the stories Preston expresses a certain jadedness about the new-found acceptance of the lifestyle. In “Authenticity” he's exasperated by a pair of bottoms who treat leather as just another kind of drag and worse, treat him as just a piece of meat whose only purpose is to fulfill their fantasies. They talk about what they'll do for him, but they're really just giving him a shopping list of what they want. More...

Review - Papa Knows Best

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 22, 2012

Papa Knows Best

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Photography teacher Dominick Pappas, called 'Papa' by his old friend Ben, is snapping pictures in a cafe one day when he spies the distinguished Professor Bradley Louis, a much older man that Papa is instantly infatuated with. Professor Louis has a reputation for being gruff, but despite Ben's warnings Papa tries to connect with the older man. He's rebuffed, but determined, and eventually, after several encounters, Bradley agrees to a date.

Bradley was in a life-long relationship that only ended a few years before when his partner died in a crash. He is doubtful that he will ever find love again, especially with a man twenty years younger, and then there's another problem. They go out on several dates before Brad finally confesses that he needs not just a lover, but a master. More...

Review - The Viking in My Bed

Posted in Book Reviews on May 12, 2012

The Viking in My Bed

This review first appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

College student Bailey wakes up with a heavy weight on his shoulders, quite literally. There's a viking in his bed, who seems to know every little secret spot on Bailey's body that will make him shiver with lust. He assumes the naked Norseman is some kind of prank by his roommates. The blond bronzed god is out of his league. But the viking, Frey, insists he is there for Bailey. Frey is the Guardian and Bailey is the Guide.

It all sounds like part of the joke to Bailey, and fearing the powerful emotions Frey brings out in him, he flees to his classes. As the day wears on, strange things start to happen, which make Bailey believe that, however impossible it may seem, Frey really is a warrior from the past, or another dimension, sent to protect and help him. The two must work together to banish the demons that have been let into Bailey's world.

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Review - More Fun With Dick and Shane

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2012

More Fun With Dick and Shane

Volume 2 of Memoirs of a Houseboy

The houseboy is back, and he's still in good form. Like the first book, there's no real plot to this 'memoir'. It's mostly in the form of a diary with a few longer stories interspersed in.

'Gilli' is a 25 year-old houseboy and submissive 'boy' lover to two older 'daddy' doms, Dick and Shane. It isn't always easy for the impulsive and headstrong young man to live up to the expectations his daddies place on him. Gilli has a hard time controlling his emotions, and sometimes jealously or resentment gets the best of him. However, in this sequel, it seems to me that Dick and Shane have mellowed a bit and are somewhat more understanding of Gilli's feelings of insecurity, although they still don't stand for any bad behavior and are quick with the spankings when he gets out of line.

What I loved about the first book was the light-hearted style in which much of the story is delivered. In this second volume, there are again many laugh-out-loud and face-palming moments as Gilli gets into all sorts of new situations that get him into trouble.

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Review - All the Gear, No Idea

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 16, 2012

All the Gear, No Idea

Theo is a young man looking for a little fantasy fulfillment on Valentines Day. He's had dreams about the BDSM scene, but this is the first time he's entered the club to act on them. He has all the gear, and no idea More...

Review - By His Rules

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 15, 2012

Aiden is a 23 year-old aspiring actor. He wants to continue his studies, but for now he's taking some time to explore his submissive side. He's played with a lot of tops and doms, but most of them were just into the role, the experiences didn't seem More...

Review - In the Red

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2012

Brian Foster is a broken man, scared and alone. He was one of the FBI's top forensic accountants, able to see patterns in money movement that nobody else could and taking down some of the most dangerous terrorists in the process. But a year ago he was abducted, brutalized to find More...

Review - Remastering Jerna

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 18, 2011

Volume 1 of Remastering Jerna

Remastering Jerna is a really dark tale of suffering and redemption. In it, the author has created an alternate world not unlike our own, but with significant small differences. She spends many pages drawing this world and the main characters in rich detail, making everything three dimensional and very real in a very readable style that gradually draws you in.

The title character, More...

Work in Progress: My Writing Addiction

Posted in Background, Work In Progress on Sep 04, 2011

So, I'm writing again. It's becoming something of an addiction, as I had planned to take a bit of a break before diving into the third (and final) book of the Journey series. But a new idea took root in my head, and it seems that now I'm in the 'habit' of writing, story ideas continue developing and bouncing around my head, becoming increasingly distracting, until I write them down.

I didn't really think this current More...

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