Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 13, 2016
Volume 2 of Dominus
This second book of the five-part Dominus series picks up exactly where the first installment left of: with the death of Gaius' old friend, and sometimes lover, Lucius. The mystery of who killed Lucius, and why, is a major theme of this book, although the relationship between Gaius and Allerix remains the core of the story. Allerix seems resigned to his fate as Gaius' slave, although he still plots his revenge against the Roman emperor, and Dominus takes steps to protect his slave's true identity, a secret that could mean death for both of them if it becomes known. Both men have motives for what they do, but Gaius and Allerix are both struggling against their hearts' feeling that the other means more to them than they should. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 29, 2015
Volume 6 of Hellgate
The Hellgate saga comes to a rousing if bittersweet conclusion in this sixth and final installment. If you've made it this far in the series, you'll almost certainly find this book hard to put down. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 16, 2015
Can you ever truly make up for hurting someone you love? That's what Jefferson Blythe is about to find out, although he doesn't know it when he lands in London for a modern version of the grand tour. The trip is ostensibly to help Jefferson get over being dumped by his girlfriend, and the plan is to retrace the steps of his grandfather, right down to using an outdated copy of Esquire's Europe in Style as a guide. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 09, 2015
This 40 year-old classic deserves to be read, to see how much as changed, and how much hasn't. While gay men in the USA no longer have to fear being arrested for simply being gay, the sports world is still full of homophobia and discrimination. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 02, 2015
Kindly note: a proof copy of this book was supplied by the author in exchange for a review.
A world-weary adventuring count trying to salvage his family estate, a bad boy who wants to be good, a local gangster, and a search for hidden treasure. All this is packed into this very short novelette, running less than 60 pages.
Salvesto is the rather down-on-his-luck count. He has returned to Siena upon the death of his father, hoping that the acts which forced him into exile have been forgotten. Unfortunately, his father descended into madness near his end and seems to have sold off or, rumor has it, hidden away many of the family's valuable art works. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 24, 2015
Volume 5 of Hellgate
With open warfare between the Earth-centered home-worlds and the colonies inevitable after the events of Probe, the team focuses on making the time and place of the next battle one of their choosing. There isn't any time to waste on a protracted war with Earth, not with the Zunshu automatons destroying more and more human colonies on the edge of Hellgate. The rebels have delved the depths of data recovered from the ill-fated Orpheus and are completing construction of Lai'a, a ship built on the wreck of the Intrepid specifically to navigate the strange currents of time and gravity that make exist on the other side of Hellgate. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 10, 2015
This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.
Ken is rather bored with his life as a mailman but he isn't quite prepared for the turns his life takes when he is assaulted and left bound naked in his mail truck one day on his delivery rounds. Not only does he have to deal with the public notoriety of being the “naked mailman”, he also finds himself unable to rid himself of the image of his assailant, and the submissive feelings the man has awakened in him. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 23, 2015
In the distant future, on a far-away planet, there are two human colonies with distinctly different cultures. The Skanians were the original colonists, apparently descended from Scandinavian stock. The later arrivals crash-landed more than 200 years before this story begins. For reasons nobody seems quite sure of, the newcomers were isolated on an island they call Santuario in the sweltering tropics, where they've had little contact with the Skanians. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2015
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
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
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