Book Reviews

Review - Siren's Call by J.C. Owens

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 21, 2017

Siren's Call

As the youngest son of a powerful and ruthless lord, Dradin is seen by his own family as more or less surplus to requirements. His fair looks and slight build make him the target of bullying, even by his brother Vax. Yet, despite it all, Dradin has not developed the cruel streak that his family is known for. He treats his young servant fairly and has a reputation for fair dealing when looking after his father's estates. Dradin knows that his family is widely despised, for good reason, but when he falls into the hands of the notorious pirate Captain Rastay, he starts to realize just how little he knows about his family's dealings. More

Review - Tumbling Hair & Bread Crumbs by Charlie Richards

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 14, 2017

Tumbling Hair & Bread Crumbs

What happens long after the happily-ever-after? For example, what became of Hansel and Gretel after they killed the witch? That, in part, is the question that inspires this funny and sexy mash-up of two fairy tales. Together with picking up the story of the two children later in life, we have the tale of Rapunzel mixed in. Of course, what would a fairy tale be without a handsome prince? These are familiar childhood stories, yet with very adult, and queer, twists, for it's Hansel that catches the eye of Prince Jory, while Gretel is enamored of the long-haired Rapunzel. More

Review - Smoking Mirror by Pelaam

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 07, 2017

Smoking Mirror

Captain Draco commands an airship in Her Majesty Queen Victoria's flying service. At a ball thrown by the Aztec emperor to celebrate Draco's victory over pirates that had plagued trade between the two nations, Draco learns of a new assignment: he is to captain the first ship to travel in space, a joint venture between the British and Aztec empires. To “assist” Draco on his mission, the Aztec emperor binds Draco the Yolotli, a beautiful young man Draco assumes is a palace pleasure slave. But Yolotli is more than he seems. He has his own reasons for being by Draco's side, as well as the emperor's command to find out who is trying to sabotage the space ship project. More

Review - Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 31, 2017

Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs

Volume 5 of Offbeat Crimes

Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic. To compound the team's woes, the activity has come to the attention of the state paranormal agency, a group that considers the officers of the 77th as sub-normal rejects. More

Review - The Rules by Jamie Fessenden

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 24, 2017

The Rules

College student Hans answers an ad for a part-time housekeeper for a married gay couple. He's surprised that the seemingly well-to-do Thomas is interested in hiring the inexperienced Hans when they can apparently afford a professional cleaning service. That is, until he meets Thomas' Russian-born and extremely eccentric husband Boris. The most obvious of Boris' eccentricities is his disdain for clothing. But the money is good and naked Boris isn't hard on the eyes. Thomas even seems to be okay with it, as long as Hans looks but doesn't touch. However, as Hans spends more time with the two, and mutual attractions develop, the rules get more complicated. More

Review - Prince's Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2017

Prince's Gambit

Volume 2 of Captive Prince Trilogy

Damen and Laurent lead a rather rag-tag group of soldiers towards the border, where they know Laurent's uncle the Regent has something in store to get rid of the troublesome prince. As their fate draws nearer, the two men gain a new respect for each other, and their feelings for each seem to be harder and harder to contain. More

Review - The Bisti Business by Don Travis

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 10, 2017

The Bisti Business

Volume 2 of BJ Vinson Mystery

Private investigator BJ Vinson from “The Zozobra Incident” is back with another case. This time, BJ is hired by a rich, and rather homophobic, California wine maker who wants him to find his son, and his boyfriend. The two lost contact while on a vacation in New Mexico. Did something happen to them, or is the son just avoiding his disapproving father? More

Review - The Layover by Roe Horvat

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 03, 2017

The Layover

Slovakian Ondro is on his way back to the home he left several years ago to escape bad memories and homophobia. There's just one hitch in his plan: a delayed flight means he missed his connection in Basel, and has to stay the night. It may not be a total loss, though, since another passenger in the same predicament, Jamie, catches Ondro's eye. More

Review - The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 27, 2017

The Rain Never Came

In a post-apocalyptic Australian outback where rain is a distant memory, a few hardy — or fool-hardy — souls have resisted forced evacuation and try to eke out a life from the parched earth. Bill and Tobe are two of the denizens of a small town that's barely hanging on. The two men are as close as brothers, true “mates” in the Australian sense of the word, but their pasts cast a long shadow over their relationship. More

Review - Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 19, 2017

Permanent Ink

Twenty-something Poe is a young man without any direction. He's not a bad person, but since about the only thing he has any passion for is graffiti, Poe is headed for trouble sooner or later. He still lives in his father Landon's basement, and the man is near the end of his rope about what to do about his son. Hearing about Poe's problems, Landon's friend Jericho offers to take Poe on as his apprentice. The young man clearly has talent, but can he resist the pressure from his friends to make late night tags on buildings? More importantly, can Jericho resist his growing attraction to Poe, especially when it's clear the young man wants him? More

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