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Review - Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2014

Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Volume 1 of Brimstone

Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named Brimstone, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.

This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew. More...

Review - Guarded

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 16, 2014

Guarded

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

This is one of those rare books where the blurb is more concise and accurate than what I might have written:

On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating. More...

Review - Ridden Hard

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 09, 2014

Ridden Hard

Everyone lies on their resume, and aspiring actor Jamie is no different. He lists horse riding among his talents, although the last time he was on a horse was when he was a child, and it was a donkey. When he lands a prize role in a film based on Arthurian legends, he's hoping he can just bluff his way through, but his lack of skill is instantly obvious to everyone, especially the film's horse trainer Andrej.

Andrej agrees to give Jamie some private coaching, but it soon becomes clear that his coaching methods are more than a little unorthodox, and more than horses get ridden in the end. More...

Review - Dominus

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 02, 2014

Dominus

Volume 1 of Dominus

General Gaius Fabius returns to Rome in triumph from the Dacian wars, but soon finds himself restless for a new challenge. Somewhat bored with his current stable of pleasure slaves, Gaius finds his challenge in the form of Allerix, a Dacian prisoner put up for auction. Gaius decides to make Allerix his new boy toy, but taming the young man may be more of a challenge than Gaius bargained for. More...

Review - Deep Sky

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2014

Deep Sky

Volume 2 of Hellgate

This second book in the “Hellgate” series picks up right where the first book, The Rabelais Alliance, left off. Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are again center stage as they try to head off smugglers supplying arms to the colonies rebelling against Earth's domination, while at the same time trying to find a peaceful solution to get those worlds out from under the central government's thumb. As if that's not enough, there's still the threat from an unknown race that randomly strikes out from the other side of Hellgate, wiping out whole worlds. More...

Review - The Cross and the Trinity

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 19, 2014

The Cross and the Trinity

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

In “The Cross and the Trinity” we witness the evolution of a BDSM menage relationship. As the book opens, Tate and Sebastian's relationship is under many of the same strains that almost any couple - gay or straight, kinky or vanilla - experiences. And like too many young couples, they don't have the maturity or life experience to help them deal with the stresses of work and other responsibilities. Although James is initially seen as a threat to the relationship, owing to his past dealings with Tate, he goes out of his way to help the two patch up their relationship, becoming the kind of mentor the younger men need. More...

Review - The Trainer

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 12, 2014

The Trainer

Chris is just out of a bad relationship with a man that put him down at every opportunity, and finally dumped him for a younger model. He decided that to help regain his self esteem, he needs to get back in shape, and for him that means hiring a trainer. A friend connects him with Mason, one of the hottest men Chris has ever laid eyes on, and someone that he can talk to easily about just about anything. Mason is just coming out of his own bad relationship, with a toxic woman that uses their young daughter as leverage to get what she wants out of Mason. So, while Chris is attracted to Mason on many levels, he know a relationship is impossible, because Mason is straight, right? More...

Review - The Contract

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 05, 2014

The Contract

After discovering his boyfriend in bed with another man and then finding out his employer has gone bankrupt, Jace needs to get out of his head, and for him there's no better place to do that than the local BDSM club. While watching a public scene, he is befriended by an older man who encourages him to take a turn on the stage to be flogged by the Dominant. Although not into public scenes, something about the man, Carlo, inspires confidence, and when the Dom picks Jace out of the crowd, he agrees. More...

Review - Legally Bound

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 29, 2014

Legally Bound

Public Defender Daniel is walking on air as he enters the courtroom for another day of work. He just spent the night with a man who did things to him no other man has, and he liked it. Unfortunately, Daniel's mood is shattered when his first client turns out to be the very same man, charged with prostitution and drug offenses. Rafael says he is innocent, the victim of a jealous ex who is also a police detective, but can Daniel believe anything Rafael says? More...

Review - Slave in Training

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 17, 2014

Slave in Training (originally Esclave à l'entraînement)

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

This is a case where the title of a book is probably more illuminating than the blurb. The style of the story is in the form of a memoir recounting the main character's youth and early training as a slave in the 1970s. Max knows he is different from an early age, and it isn't just his bisexuality, but it isn't until he meets his gym teacher, James Teka, that he begins to understand that he was born with a deep seated need to serve others.

This is a rather unusual story, in that it is not your all-to-typical non-consensual enslavement plot, nor is it a sexual romp. Max describes his training in detail, and a lot of it involves both physical as well as mental challenges. In fact, the sex comes long after he begins training under his master James. More...

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