Book Reviews

Review - Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 27, 2016

Wrapped Together

Volume 5 of Portland Heat

Hollis and Sawyer have known each other since high school, and it would be hard to imagine two more different people. Hollis is a typical introvert: quiet and serious, he carefully considers each decision, avoids frivolity as well as crowds, and constantly over-thinks everything, especially when it comes to Sawyer. By comparison, Sawyer is outgoing and cheerful, quick to develop new passions, whether it's a hobby or a new boyfriend, but, at least in Hollis' eyes, just as quick to lose interest. Hollis has always had a bit of a crush on Sawyer, but he's kept it well under control, since he know he would be crushed when Sawyer eventually moved on if they ever got together. More

Review - Phase Shift by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 20, 2016

Phase Shift

Volume 5 of Chaos Station

The Chaos Station series comes to a rousing conclusion in this fifth and final volume of the series. The story starts out innocently enough, with Zed attempting to propose to Felix. But the romantic moment is interrupted by someone attempting to steal the crew's data about the secret project that turned Zed into a super-soldier. The hunt for the thieves brings Zander and Felix up against an old nemesis, and in conflict with the Guardians themselves. More

Review - Luchador by Erin Finnegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 13, 2016


After his parents are killed in a gang shooting in Phoenix, 10 year-old Gabriel is raised by his aunt and uncle in Mexico City. He matures into a smart and athletic young man, but one thing from his childhood remains constant: his love of Lucha Libre, the popular form of wrestling that combines athletics, performance art and folklore. When attending an event with his would-be boyfriend, Gabriel witnesses a match featuring a wrestler known as La Rosa and is instantly enthralled. La Rosa is an exótico, a persona that is strongly gay, yet he commands the ring with his prowess as well as his charisma. Gabriel convinces the wrestler, whose real name is Miguel, to train him at his gym, setting Gabriel on the path to becoming a luchador. More

Review - Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 09, 2016

With this post, I'm taking a little break from talking about what I'm reading to talk about what I'm reading on. If you want to skip the background, just down a few paragraphs. I've been reading books in electronic form — mostly Kindle — for about 10 years now. I was still living in Bangkok at the time, and while the city did boast a big English language book store by that time; one that surprisingly even had a small ‘alt‘ section, the selection of gay fiction was quite limited. To get what I wanted to read required ordering books from overseas, with the resulting postage fees almost doubling the price of printed books. More

Review - The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk, Volume III by Dan Skinner

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 06, 2016

The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk, Volume III: That Darn Muse

Volume 3 of The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk

Dan ‘Doc’ Skinner is back with another — possibly final — collection of short stories about his curious relationship with his apprentice-cum-muse Dirk. As with previous volumes in the series, there are a couple of longer stories highlighting some aspect of Dirk the author has to understand, interspersed with a few snippets of conversations and other “Dirk-isms”. More

Review - Playing With Fire by Dirk Greyson

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 29, 2016

Playing With Fire

Someone is killing people in the affluent suburb where Jim Crawford is the lead detective. At a loss for clues in the seemingly random shootings, Jim enlists the aid of psychologist Dr Barty Halloran to try and get inside the head of the killer. Barty does more than get inside the killer's head and uncover clues to who he might be, he gets under Jim's skin as well. The nerdy professor is just Jim's type, although he is still smarting from his last relationship with a college teacher. More

Review - Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 23, 2016


John leads a settled life as the head rigger for an acrobatic troupe based in Canada. Disfigured in a hate crime when he was a teenager, he is used to being avoided and left to get on with his work of figuring out how to stage the troupe's daring performances safely. But things change when a new group of acrobats from China arrives for the up-coming season. One of them, Bao, seems fascinated rather than repulsed by John's looks, and seeks him out at every opportunity. John isn't quite sure what to make of Bao's friendliness. Surely the lithe young performer can't be interested in a troll like John. More

Review - Override by SJD Peterson

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 15, 2016


Volume 1 of The Underground Club

Tall and muscular Donavan isn't your typical submissive, and for that matter the older and shorter Seth doesn't exactly fit the stereotype of a Dom, but the two men sense a connection almost from the beginning, and despite different backgrounds and conflicting work schedules they try to figure out where that connection will take them. More

Review - Inversion Point by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 08, 2016

Inversion Point

Volume 4 of Chaos Station

Zander, Felix and the crew of the Chaos are back for another adventure in the fourth installment of the “Chaos Station” series. At the very end of the previous book, humanity had just found out about the immanent arrival of a new species at the galactic hub, and “Inversion Point” follows the crew as they meet and try to communicate with the new race, with Zander as Emissary of the Guardians. More

The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk, Volume II by Dan Skinner

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 01, 2016

The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk, Volume II: That Darn Muse

Volume 2 of The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk

The author, known only as ‘Doc’ in this series, is back with more tales of his life with his muse/apprentice Dirk. Like the first book, this second volume offers up a series of vignettes depicting Doc's growing relationship with the rather maddening, yet still fascinating Dirk. The main thrust of this set of stories seems to be demonstrating why, despite his many eccentricities, Doc continues to find his muse in Dirk. More

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