Posted in on Mar 10, 2015 Historical , Fantasy
<p>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.</p> <p>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.
Posted in on Mar 03, 2015 Lesbian , Fantasy , novel
<p>This review was originally published in slightly different form at <a href="http://www.bdsmbookreviews.com/2015/02/28/review-lost-boi-by-sassafras-lowrey/">BDSM Book Reviews</a>.</p> <p><em>Note: This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally review. You have been warned!</em></p> <p>“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.
Posted in on Nov 05, 2014 Anthology , Fantasy
<p>This review originally appeared in slightly different form at <a href="http://www.bdsmbookreviews.com/2014/10/31/review-bump-in-the-night-by-aaron-michaels/">BDSM Book Reviews</a>.</p> <p>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.
Posted in on Sep 23, 2014 Fantasy , Science Fiction
<p>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 <em>Brimstone</em>, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.</p> <p>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.
Posted in on Jun 08, 2013 Fantasy
<p>Flein has an itch to travel, and he's seen more of the world than just about any man alive. Then again, Flein is only half human. He is the offspring of one of the Norse gods who mated with a human, and staying on the move helps keep people from realizing that he doesn't age and is in fact a thousand years old or more.</p> <p>His wanderings take him to a small village in the Scottish Highlands, where a series of rapes and murders have been blamed on a mysterious creature that inhabits the loch. Flein meets the creature, a waterhorse that can shift to human form. Both the man and horse forms are beautiful, and deadly. The waterhorse considers the loch and glen its domain, and hunts what it chooses. But Flein doesn't think the creature is responsible for the recent deaths.
Posted in on Feb 14, 2013 Shifters , Fantasy
<p>This review originally appeared on the <a href="http://www.bdsmbookreviews.com/2013/02/12/review-cereus-opening-by-sean-michael-julia-talbot-and-ba-tortuga/" title="Review at BDSM Book Reviews">BDSM Book Reviews</a> site.</p> <p>If, like me, you haven't read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar... or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.</p> <p>In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van's need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they're forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his 'mate' get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time.
Posted in on Nov 27, 2012 Fantasy , Science Fiction
<p><strong>Wishes</strong> by J.C. Owens</p> <p>My rating: [rating=3]</p> [caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"]<a href="http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wishes-788753-142.html?referrer=1135587c407a4c800e51aa72154569ac" title="Wishes on ARE"><img alt="Wishes" src="http://www.allromanceebooks.com/dbimages/788753.jpg" title="Wishes" width="200" height="300" /></a>Wishes[/caption] <p>Auri is a young man determined to go places. He has risen through the ranks in the service of the Empire without the aid of any family connections, and now he is a first lieutenant on a diplomatic starship. Auri has gotten where he is by being stern and demanding. He gets things done. But there's nobody on his current assignment that he can call a friend. Even his own captain thinks he is a little too uptight.</p> <p>As “Wishes” opens, Auri's ship has just received orders to take a diplomatic mission to Felin, a world occupied by a feline species that are considered barbarians by the empire. Auri has heard stories and rumors about the Felin's taste for humans, which, the rumors go, serve as slaves, so he is quite disturbed when he finally meets up with the cat-like humanoids, who seem to show an interest in him.</p> <p>Auri will be relieved when the mission is over. There's just one more task to attend to, the signing of the agreement, and then they can leave. Only, it turns out that the young man is part of the deal. The diplomats have agreed to give Auri to the Felin king, without consulting with the young man. Auri is informed he is now the mate of the cat, and left there.
Posted in on Nov 20, 2012 Fantasy
<p>Joe has indeed, as the title says, woke up in a strange place. The strange place is heaven, or rather, the afterlife. There aren't exactly any pearly gates and Saint Peter is nowhere in sight. Joe is, at first, alone in a golden field of barley, with no memory of his former life or how he died, but soon he meets his quirky guide, Baker, and together they set out on a journey to rediscover the key people and events of his earthbound existence.</p> <p>Joe's challenge is to truly find himself, in almost the very literal sense, as he explores a world where the only limits are those that people place on themselves and the only real dangers are the things left undone.</p> <p>“Woke Up in a Strange Place” is a very episodic tale as Joe meets the key people and remembers the experiences that shaped his life. Some of the reunions are joyous, some are bittersweet, and a few are downright melancholy. The prologue gives us an idea of where Joe needs to end up, but while there are a few surprises in store, in some ways it's the journey that's more important than the destination in this tale.
Posted in on Sep 22, 2012 Fantasy
<p>As “Scorpion” opens, Kendras is limping into the seedy underbelly of the city where he grew up. He was wounded in battle, his foot almost crushed, and then dumped back in the city that hired him without money or means to live. Kendras is a Scorpion, an elite force of mercenaries. He might be the only one left.</p> <p>While sitting in a tavern trying to avoid attracting attention, Kendras is spotted by Steel, a mysterious man who needs Kendras for his own plans, but who is also strongly attracted to the Scorpion. Steel rescues Kendras, getting his wound treated and then taking him to a place where he can recover.</p> <p>Steel's motives for taking Kendras in remain unclear, although his attraction to the dark-skinned soldier is obvious. But Kendras can only think of his comrades and what may have become of them, especially the mysterious commander of the group, a man known only as “the officer.” The officer saved Kendras from the executioner and gave his life a purpose, as well as love.
Posted in on Sep 11, 2012 Contemporary , Fantasy
<p>Hadi is a young man with a full life in the middle of Milan's fashion world. He's not one of the star designers, but he's one of the people those stars trust to turn their concepts into fabulous reality. But then one day he receives an urgent call from his family back in France. Hadi must drop everything and take on the role of 'keeper'.</p> <p>For generations, Hadi's family has been the guardians of a secret. It has been the duty of unattached males in the family to act as keeper. Hadi is told little about what is expected of him. He is only told that he is to go to a small city in Algeria to take care of a man.</p> <p>Hadi is expecting a frail old man, but when he arrives at the country estate he is surprised to find a man who appears to be not much older than himself, and no invalid. Over the course of the first few days, the full extent of the secret Hadi's family has guarded is revealed. Hadi is descended from Jacob, the brother of Jesus, and his charge is none other than Judas.
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