Book Reviews

Review - Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 19, 2016

Knit Tight (Portland Heat series)

Brady seems to be one of the rare Portland baristas who doesn't aspire to be something else. He is good at his job, and in any case, raising his three younger siblings after his mother dies doesn't leave him any time to consider something else. Once a week the coffee shop hosts the ladies from the knitting shop down the street. “Knit Night” isn't exactly Brady's favorite night to work, but it keeps the shop busy. However, when the nephew of the knit shop's owner stops by one night, he instantly captures Brady's attention. Evren seems to push all of Brady's buttons. The two men have a lot in common, as well as some fundamental differences, and they're both dealing with family issues that consume most of their time, so it seems that despite a strong mutual attraction, nothing can happen, right? More

Review - More Than Human by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 12, 2016

More Than Human

By the end of the 23rd century, humanity has established its first colony outside the solar system, on a planet called Eidolon. The achievement required not only advancements in spacecraft engineering, but also cybernetics, since augmentation was required to make humans capable of deep space flight and living on an alien world larger than Earth. As you can imagine, it takes no time at all for cybernetic implants to become mainstream, with everyone from athletes to high class escorts getting augmented to improve their game. And, just as inevitably, there's a backlash. A political movement calling itself the Pure Light comes to power promising restore humanity to its ‘proper’ state. Augmentation is outlawed, and those deemed more than 50% machine are made the property of the government. Chips are implanted in their brains to make them virtual slaves and they're either used for experimentation, hard labor in the mines of the gas giants, or soldiers used to enforce the Pure Light's power. More

Review - The Lusty Adventures of Theseus by Arthur Griffin

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 06, 2016

The Lusty Adventures of Theseus

Have you ever considered how much the versions of Greek Myths that we know today must have been sanitized, modified or otherwise changed over the years? The bulk of the legends evolved over 3,000 years ago, and certainly changed much over the course of the centuries. The stories as we know them today are still full of bad behavior: rape, incest, and many other sorts of human fallibility. How much bawdier might the “original” stories have been in their own time?

“The Lusty Adventures of Theseus” re-imagines the Theseus legend as a sexual adventure that truly lives up to its title. For those who need a refresher, Theseus was the illegitimate sone of Aegeus, the king of Athens, the result of a one-night-stand between the king and his mother. Theseus is raised by his mother in the provinces, unaware of his royal lineage until he comes of age. He sets of to Athens to claim his birthright, but finds that the great king is not the kind of leader those from the provinces thought he was. 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 - A Bear Walks Into a Bar by Eden Winters

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 22, 2016

A Bear Walks Into a Bar

Dillon, Kevin, Jerry and Brad are all on their own before they become friends and settle in a small mountain town to open a bar. They're all shifters; Dillon is a bear, Kevin and his cousin Jerry are wolves, and Brad is a fox; but it isn't easy for them since they lost or were forced out of their family groups before they learned how to use and control their powers. With winter coming on, Dillon will need a place to hibernate, but who will keep him safe while he sleeps? And, why are the local elk pooping on the guys' porch? More

Review - Meeting Tiberius and Other Roman Tales by Clodia Metilli

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 09, 2016

Meeting Tiberius and Other Roman Tales

Volume 3 of Gaius and Tiberius

In this collection of stories featuring Gaius, Tiberius, Achilles and other characters from the previous two books of the series, we learn a bit more about Gaius' past as well as glimpses of the future after the end of Gaius and Achilles. The first story, which gives the collection its name, recounts how Gaius and Tiberius first met, while later ones tell us about Achilles' life with Gaius after being freed. 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 - Becoming Cherished by Sara York

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 24, 2016

Becoming Cherished

Scotty tries to exorcise the demons of his past by being a Dom. He believes that being in control is the key to not being hurt again. He also tries to keep his relationships with his subs at arms length, because letting them get too close can also lead to disappointment.

Wesley is young and inexperienced, and he challenges almost everything Scotty has done to protect himself. At first Scotty tries to bring Wesley into the lifestyle, and the younger man seems willing in the beginning, but then events overtake both men and threatens their budding relationship. More

Review - Fire and Rain by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 16, 2016

Fire and Rain

Volume 3 of Carlisle Cops

Policeman Kip is on patrol one night when he encounters Jos and his little brother Isaac on the streets. The orphans became homeless when he lost his job and an unscrupulous landlord kicked him out of their apartment. After a second encounter with Jos, Kip takes pity on the young man and invites Isaac and Jos to stay with him.

It isn't long before the two men both feel a powerful attraction to each other. Kip even finds the prospect of being a parental figure to little Isaac rather appealing. But Jos has had too many bad experiences with being let down by people, and feels he needs to make his own way in the world. Can the two find a way to be together? More

Review - The Eidolon's Conquest by Yamila Abraham

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 09, 2016

The Eidolon's Conquest

In this vision of a possible not-to-distant future, the Eidolon are a genetically engineered race of super-humans, bred by their super-computer master with a thirst for conquest and domination. The Eidolon and their robot army have been locked in a war with the humans for many years. The war is draining resources on both sides, with the Eidolon running low on raw materials, and the humans losing hundreds of soldiers in every battle. More

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