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Review - Claimed by the Order by J. Johanis

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 15, 2015

Claimed

This review originally appeared on the BDSM Book Reviews web site.

Imagine if you will that the mythical gods of the ancient world — Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, etc. — were all real, and interacted with each other. They form the elite society of the time, and they even have their own boarding school where the younger gods can learn about history, warfare and seduction — all the godly arts. As private schools catering to the rich and powerfull, narturally there's a secret society that nobody is supposed to know about, yet everyone seems to be a member of. More

Review - Castrato: A Vampire's Redemption: Book One by Cypher Andrews

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 15, 2015

Castrato: A Vampire's Redemption (Book One)

Volume 1 of A Vampire's Redemption

Let's start out with the blurb for this book, since it might be described as a little misleading:

You might think it’s a fairly obvious statement, but most vampires actually enjoy what they are. They revel in it.

Nathan Bane is a vampire who doesn’t want to be a vampire.

“You know, I just figured if it was my fate to become a monster, at least I could control what kind of monster I would become.” More

Review - Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 06, 2015

Master Takes a Name

Note: This review was written for and originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Blurb:

Before he can embrace his future, he must accept himself.

Kael is happy with his life. A consummate sub, he's out, proud, and surrounded by good friends. Then he hears about Master L, a new Dom who has all the twinks aflutter. Kael's curious, but not unduly so, until he and the stud do a scene. Then he understands the commotion. But since Master L only ever tops a sub once, when it's over Kael is determined to forget him, even if he has to go on holiday to do it. More

Review - Is It True What They Say About Black Men? by Jeremy Helligar

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 20, 2015

Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

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Note: Since I've been in the same places and similar situations to the author of this book, this review will be a little more personal than usual.

Entertainment journalist Jeremy Helligar leaves his job and life in New York to travel the world. In this collection of blog posts, articles and musings we follow Jeremy as he settles first in Buenos Ares, then Melbourne, with long stints in Bangkok. As Jeremy writes about his efforts to connect to the men as well as the places he lives in, the comparisons to “Sex and the City” are obvious and not missed on the author. Where-ever he goes, one question Jeremy gets from the guys he meets is so consistent that he titled the book with it. More

Review - Stay With Me by A.L. Lamb

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2015

Stay With Me

Curtis is a thirty-something bear-ish fellow who works in a bank. One day, on a lunch break, he spots a waiter in a local Asian restaurant. The younger man, Joseph, fascinates Curtis and he returns repeatedly to the restaurant just to see him. He can tell that Joseph is troubled, but it takes him a while to strike up a conversation, and even longer to ask Joseph out on date. More

Review - The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 03, 2015

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse.

The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It's not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection. More

Review - Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass

Posted in Book Reviews on May 06, 2015

Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century

In the not too distant future, the world is even more corporatized and consumerist than it is now. “The System” as it's called, is all about creating the next “new” thing that people will believe they need to make them happy, at least for a while. Jeffrey Cooper is a key cog in the machine. His ability to discern what will make a product appeal to the market it's targeted at makes him valuable to the nameless, faceless people who run the system. His reward for his talents is a phalanx of treatments that keep him looking like a thirty-something despite his real age of eighty, and a group of doctors and therapists to help him manage his mental and physical health. The price he pays for this fountain of youth is the abandonment of his past, and even much of himself. And, if he should every falter, become less useful to the system, it will all stop and he will quickly die. More

Review - The Love of Wicked Men (3 & 4) by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 27, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men (Parts 3 & 4)

Volume 3 of The Love of Wicked Men

Note: This book is being published in serial form, with new ‘episodes’ coming out every two months or so. This review is of the third and fourth episodes.

The cat-and-mouse game between shady lawyer Sid and industrial spy for hire Jack gets complicated in these two installments of the series. Jack's cover is blown, which means there are more players than either man is aware of. With no reason to play it cool, Jack becomes more confrontational with Sid. More

Review - Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 07, 2015

Hitting Black Ice

Please note: An electronic review copy of this book was kindly supplied by the author.

Hunter is still recovering from what could well be described as the worst break-up, ever. He avoids anything that might lead to a serious relationship to keep him from getting hurt again. His work as a physicians assistant in the emergency room helps to keep him busy as well as making him feel useful. Unfortunately, the presence of receptionist Shawn doesn't help. Hunter has been trying to ignore his attraction to the dark and quiet man for months. More

Review - Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 31, 2015

Rubble and the Wreckage

Volume 1 of A Gabriel Church Tale

Kindly note: An electronic review copy of this book was supplied by the author.

Aspiring author Christian is on to something. He has been researching a string of unsolved and seemingly unconnected murders across the country, and he believes they're the work of one man. Not even the FBI has figured out what Chris has seen in the randomness of the crimes. He becomes almost obsessive in his quest to research the killings, and maybe even track down the murderer so he can write his story. More

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