Book Reviews

Review - The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2015

The Best Little Boy in the World

As a very young child, the author's parents praise him as “the best little boy in the world” (BLBITW). Such parental praise may be relatively common, but our hero truly takes it to heart and spends many years trying to live up to the perceived expectations of his parents and others. When he realizes that he prefers boys to girls he sublimates those feelings, since the BLBITW most certainly can't have such feelings. It isn't until he finishes college and enters the working world that he realizes the pointlessness of denying his feelings. More

Review - Without a Net by Lyn Gala

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 07, 2015

Without a Net

In the not-too-distant future, even traditionally heterosexually dominated places like the police force don't tolerate even the appearance of discrimination based on sexual identity, and the BDSM community is almost as open and accepted as the LGBT community. However, the kink world has a dark side. “Shade” dominants and submissives don't like to play by the rules. In their underground shade clubs, limits aren't negotiated and there are no safewords. More

Review - Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 30, 2015

Valor on the Move

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews, although the book doesn't actually contain any BDSM.

The Official Blurb:

Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef. More

Review - The Tongues of Men and Angels by Wayne Gregory

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 16, 2015

The Tongues of Men and Angels

Wayne is born into a devout Christian family in the late 1950s American south. From an early age he recognizes his attraction to other men, but he believes that if he prays hard enough god will set him straight, so to speak. Prayer doesn't help, and neither does marrying a woman he loves, just not in that way. Wayne can't offer his wife Terri the intimacy she needs. Instead, he ends up looking for anonymous sex in parks, and later on the Internet. These are followed by severe bouts of guilt which drives Wayne deeper into depression. More

Review - The Love of Wicked Men (5 & 6) by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 09, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men

Volume 5 of The Love of Wicked Men

Note: This book was published in serial form. This review is of the fifth and sixth episodes, which completes the series.

The twists and turns come fast and furious as this six-part series races to its conclusion. Sid and Jack are no longer playing More

Review - The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 02, 2015

The Spell

Alex travels down to Dorset for a weekend visit to his old boyfriend Justin, who is now ensconced in an idyllic English cottage with his new lover Robin. It's a rather daunting prospect for the rather shy and introverted Alex. Joining the three for the weekend is Robin's son Danny. The weekend itself proves relatively uneventful, but in the months that follow the four mens' lives become intertwined in an evolving, and sometimes revolving, relationship. More

Review - Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2015

Fire and Ice

Volume 2 of Carlisle Cops

Carter graduated from the police academy like everyone else, but since he has computer skills, he's usually stuck in the station's basement computer lab. When he finally manages to get a shift on patrol, he's called to a domestic disturbance where he finds a battered woman and eventually her even more abused son, Alex. Child services is called to take care of the child, and the case worker who shows up just happens to be Donald, a man Carter spent a very hot weekend with a few months ago, and who subsequently didn't return any of Carter's calls. More

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

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