Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 07, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 30, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 16, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 09, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 02, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 15, 2015
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 15, 2015
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 itâ€™s a fairly obvious statement, but most vampires actually enjoy what they are. They revel in it.
Nathan Bane is a vampire who doesnâ€™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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 06, 2015
Note: This review was written for and originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 20, 2015
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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
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