Book Reviews

Review - Cry Liberty (Hellgate #3)

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 17, 2014

Cry Liberty

Volume 3 of Hellgate

Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are back in this third installment of the Hellgate saga. The action picks up soon after the end of the last story, Deep Sky. Neil and Curtis are enjoying a little well-earned R&R, but it doesn't last long. Mark Sherrat's son Leon is in trouble. The Resalq has been working undercover on the rebel world Omaru, where the Colonial Fleet blockade is running up against stiff resistance. Neil and Curtis are tapped to lead the mission to get Leon, and the device he has ‘acquired’, out and through the blockade. More

Review - Breach of Contract

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 10, 2014

Breach of Contract

This sequel to Legally Bound picks up right where the first book left off, with lawyer Daniel learning the ropes - if you'll pardon the expression - of submission from his Dom, and former client, Rafael. However, it's Daniel's law partner Jesse and Rafael's boss, club owner George, who take center stage in this installment of the story. Jesse finally decides to risk his father-in-law's wrath and leave his shrewish socialite wife. George takes him in, and as Jesse gets to know George, he becomes eager to explore his bi-curiosity. More

Review - Fugue in Ursa Major

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 03, 2014

Fugue in Ursa Major

Whenever young Jake breaks up with his latest girlfriend, which seems to be fairly regularly, he packs up his Jeep and heads off into the mountains for a little backpacking, stargazing and contemplation. On one such trip he meets Phaedrus, a much older man who lives a bit like a hermit, yet seems strangely connected to what's going on in the world. He opens Jake's eyes to the idea that the world is headed for some sort of cataclysm. More

Review - Hard at Work

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 26, 2014

Hard at Work

Jake and his partner Danny both work at the same company, where Jake is having a hard day, literally as well as figuratively. It seems that his generally shy submissive Danny is sending him increasingly pornographic pictures of himself. When Jake manages to corner Danny and pull him into a storeroom to demand an explanation, he gets that and a whole lot more.

“Hard at Work” is a well-crafted erotic short story. It's really just one scene, all taking place in that supply closet, but in that one scene we get to know the characters well enough to enjoy the story as more than just a one-handed read. More

Review - Finlater

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 19, 2014

Finlater

Cliffy is a thirteen year old African American boy growing up in a low income housing project called Finlater, or Findlater, outside of Cincinnati. It's a tumultuous year for Cliffy, as his wayward father returns home and he makes friends with a Jewish classmate, Noah. The two boys become more than best friends, as each awakens in the other new desires and feelings, but with all the things pulling them apart, how long can their relationship last? More

Review - Three Ex Presidents and James Franco

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 12, 2014

Three Ex Presidents and James Franco

John is in the closet. Literally rather than figuratively. The story of how this Irishman spending a year at an American college came to be locked in the closet takes up most of this book. It all starts at a party, where he meets several other young men who will weave in and out of his life over the course of the next several months. And along the way the story does indeed involve three ex-presidents and James Franco. More

Review - Bump in the Night

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 05, 2014

Bump in the Night

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

This collection of four previously published short stories features an entire panoply of things that go “bump in the night”, from ghosts to vampires to shape-shifting creatures. The stories are varied, but there is something of a common theme of finding love in unexpected places. More

Review - Consent

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 29, 2014

Consent

Volume 3 of Power Exchange

You could be forgiven for thinking we had seen the end of the stories featuring detective Gavin DeGrassi. At the conclusion of the last book, Safeword, he was retired from the police force after yet another harrowing case that nearly cost him his life, his home, and his Dom Ben. But when Gavin's sister-in-law and former partner Myah is snatched from a supermarket parking lot, he can't just sit on the sidelines. Together with Ben and his brother Cole, they follow a trail to Chicago and Myah's old precinct, where they uncover a tangled web of missing rent boys and dirty cops. More

Review - The Dreyfus Affair

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 22, 2014

The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story

Major league shortstop Randy Dreyfus has a problem. The blond haired blue eyed all American hero with a hot wife and two kids realizes he has an obsession with his team-mate, second-baseman D.J. Picket. Actually doing something about his infatuation is unthinkable. His team is in the running for the pennant, and even a whiff of scandal would put an end to his career. Yet Randy can't get D.J. out of his mind and refuses to ignore the pull of the other man. More

Review - Bruised

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 11, 2014

Bruised

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

Johnson is just closing up the garage where he works when Texas transplant Billy drives in to get his truck serviced. There's an almost instant attraction between the two, and after a flirtatious dinner, Billy invites the big mechanic home, where the sparks really begin to fly.

“Bruised” is, more than anything, pure grade A smut. Once Billy and Johnson get together, which happens within the first few pages, we're treated to an almost continuous sequence of scenes as the two explore a rather specific kink they discover on their first night together: Johnson loves Billy's pale skin and can't keep his lips and teeth off of it. By the morning, Billy is covered in hickeys and bruises, and he likes it. More

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