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Review - Best in Show by Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 30, 2016

Best in Show

Macavity – ‘Mac’ to everyone but his mother – comes from a long line of witches, who can also shift into cats. Unfortunately, Mac's puckish sense of humor gets him in trouble with his family, who fear some of his jokes risk exposing their secrets. His latest escapade has landed him in his “cat skin” full time, and then another little indiscretion puts him in the animal shelter, up for adoption. While he does want to lie low for a while, the shelter isn't the best place for Mac to hide out. Someone might discover he hasn't been fixed. More...

Review - Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 02, 2016

Priddy's Tale

Nineteen year-old Priddy is slowly recovering from a near overdose in the small Cornish fishing town where he grew up. It isn't easy. He has a hard time focusing on anything for very long, and still seems to hallucinate from time to time. Priddy's best friend Kit, who feels responsible for Priddy's overdose, arranges for him to get a job as the lighthouse keeper. It isn't a job that requires a lot, as it's a automated lighthouse.

One night during a storm, Priddy spots what appears to be the wreck of a boat washing into the cove. Without really thinking, he runs into the surf to rescue the lone...

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Review - Kestrel's Talon by Bey Deckard

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 02, 2016

Kestrel's

Volume 1 of Stonewatchers

As a soldier for Nemarri, “Kestrel” is taken prisoner by the Pren, where he is raped by a fellow prisoner. When the war is over, the Nemarri view him as ‘unclean’ and refuse to take him back so the Pren sell him off as a sex slave. Kestrel (the name the pleasure house that owns him gave him) is on display in the market one day when he catches the eye of Count Strade, or rather, the count's rather quirky and very beautiful slave, Talon. More...

Review - Hunter & Hunted by Zoe Perdita

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 30, 2016

Hunter & Hunted (Darkvale #1)

Spence has been living on the streets for six months. He's not exactly homeless, Spence walked away from his privileged life with rich parents who haven't even realized he is gone. He is surviving, barely, when he has an encounter with a sexual predator who like to prey on homeless gay boys who have no legal recourse.

Although Spence probably doesn't really need rescuing, Hunter intercedes with the predator, who he has been trying to corner. The two form what seems at first like an unlikely friendship, which turns into love. Although just a few years older than Spence, Hunter has been on the streets a lot longer. In a city where the poor and homeless are constantly victimized, the pair become vigilantes, aided in part by Spence's secret powers. More...

Review - Beside A Black Tarn by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016

Beside A Black Tarn

Volume 4 of Brimstone

The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More...

Review - Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 02, 2016

Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

It's a not-so-guilty not-so-secret that I have a penchant for quirky titles. It probably started with Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO/a Novel of Journalism, and then there was The Aerodynamics of Pork, which introduced me to a writer who went on to give us several more great reads. So, it was almost a given that I would read “Love for the Cold-Blooded…” even before knowing what it was about. Fortunately, my little weakness didn't let me down. More...

Review - The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2015

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. More...

Review - Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 03, 2015

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. More...

Review - Bump in the Night

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 05, 2014

Bump in the Night

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

This collection of four previously published short stories features an entire panoply of things that go “bump in the night”, from ghosts to vampires to shape-shifting creatures. The stories are varied, but there is something of a common theme of finding love in unexpected places. More...

Review - Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2014

Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Volume 1 of Brimstone

Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named Brimstone, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.

This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew. More...

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