Book Reviews

Review - Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 03, 2015

Lost Boi

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

Note: This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally review. You have been warned!

“Lost Boi” reimagines the classic tale of “Peter Pan” in kinky queer terms. Pan is a biological woman with a strong male identity - a boi. He is the unquestioned leader of the lost bois, a group of homeless youth Pan has found on the streets and brought to Neverland, which is really just an abandoned warehouse in which they are squatters. Pan and his bois live in a fluid and polyamorous relationship in which he is the Sir. Yes, Pan can make his bois fly, in the BDSM sense, and that is a big part of the hold he has over them. Pan lives in the moment, in a world in which there are no rules and the worst thing any of his bois can do is grow up. More

Review - ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 25, 2015

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. More

Review - Art of the Heart by Dan Skinner

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 18, 2015

Art of the Heart

It isn't easy for Zac, coming of age in a small Missouri town in the 1960s. People think he's slow. That's not true, but he would rather they thought that than know the truth. While the other boys are discovering the charms of the opposite sex, Zac realizes he has it bad for a slightly older neighbor boy, Rory. Zac escapes into his own world of drawings and fantasies. More

Review - The Love of Wicked Men by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 10, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men

Volume 1 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 first two episodes. I'll probably review the series every two or three volumes.

Sid Rivers is a successful corporate lawyer in a mid-sized southern city. Sid's forté seems to be using barely legal means to scare off plaintiffs before they even get to trial. He's a true shark whose only real lusts are money and power. Even when it comes to sex, Sid is a real predator. He picks up rent boys or any young man that piques his interest, then tosses them aside once he has sated his lust. He doesn't need a relationship. He doesn't have time for one. More

Review - Fire and Water by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 03, 2015

Fire and Water

Volume 1 of Carlisle Cops

As a policeman, Red commands attention whenever he comes on a scene. It isn't just his imposing bulk that people can't help but notice, Red bears the scars of a car accident that took his parents' lives when he was a teenager. So when he shows up at the scene of a near drowning, the offhand remark from cute lifeguard Terry is nothing he hasn't heard before.

Terry has always used his looks to get what he wants. Only that hasn't worked out too well for him lately. He left his last boyfriend James because the control freak was attempting to cut him off from all the people and activities that made him happy. It's all made him re-evaluate what he thinks is really important. When Terry and Red cross paths again, it soon becomes apparent that James is more than a vindictive ex. More

Review - Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 27, 2015

Stranger on the Shore

The kidnapping of four year-old Brian Arlington twenty years ago was a major news story at the time it happened. Although a man was convicted of the crime, Brian was never found. The story intrigues Mid-western crime reporter Griffin Hadley, and while the family has always resisted previous authors' attempts to write about the kidnapping, family patriarch Jarret Arlington agrees to cooperate with Griffin to help revive interest in the story and perhaps find out what really happened to Brian. More

Review - How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 20, 2015

How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps

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

Blurb:

Sometimes the little head really does know best.

Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.

What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight. More

Review - Sculptor's Desire

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 14, 2015

Sculptor's Desire

Volume 2 of Gallant Gentlemen's Guild

This second installment of the Gallant Gentlemen's Guild (G3) series, which started off with Artist's Touch, follows a new pair of unlikely lovers. Rocco is a sculptor in the Guild with a very fixed idea of the perfect specimen of male physique that he's looking for to model for his masterpiece, to be auctioned off at the Guild's next charity event. Unfortunately, he's so exacting in his standards that no man fits his requirements. More

Review - A Weekend Unbound

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 06, 2015

A Weekend Unbound

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Blurb:

How much can a Dom ask of his submissive? And how much of himself?

For Derek and Tyler, Dominance and submission have been part of their love right from the first hello. But now Derek wants his submissive to go as deep as he is physically and emotionally able to. During two days and two nights, there are no safety words and very few limits. This is their chance to demonstrate their love for one another through the most extreme scenes they’ve ever played. More

Review - Christmas at Leo's

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 24, 2014

Christmas at Leo's

Volume 5 of Memoirs of a Houseboy

The houseboy is back, just in time for Christmas, with another long-time-coming installment of the story of his life with his two “daddies” Dick and Shane. This volume picks up right where the previous book, Gilliflowers, left off, with the story of Christmas 2008. It doesn't start well, with Gilli visiting his mother. It will probably be her last Christmas, as she is in the final stages of cervical cancer, and it dredges up all sorts of memories in the young man. The memories aren't really happy ones, and they threaten to ruin Christmas for everyone, as Dick and Shane ignore the houseboy's pleas to be left alone and instead cart him off to the dreaded Leo's mansion. More

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