Book Reviews

Review - Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 30, 2015

Valor on the Move

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

Review - The Tongues of Men and Angels by Wayne Gregory

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 16, 2015

The Tongues of Men and Angels

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

Review - The Love of Wicked Men (5 & 6) by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 09, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men

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

Review - The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 02, 2015

The Spell

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

Review - Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2015

Fire and Ice

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

Review - Claimed by the Order by J. Johanis

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

Review - Castrato: A Vampire's Redemption: Book One by Cypher Andrews

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 15, 2015

Castrato: A Vampire's Redemption (Book One)

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 it’s a fairly obvious statement, but most vampires actually enjoy what they are. They revel in it.

Nathan Bane is a vampire who doesn’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

Review - Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 06, 2015

Master Takes a Name

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

Review - Is It True What They Say About Black Men? by Jeremy Helligar

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 20, 2015

Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

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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

Review - Stay With Me by A.L. Lamb

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2015

Stay With Me

Curtis is a thirty-something bear-ish fellow who works in a bank. One day, on a lunch break, he spots a waiter in a local Asian restaurant. The younger man, Joseph, fascinates Curtis and he returns repeatedly to the restaurant just to see him. He can tell that Joseph is troubled, but it takes him a while to strike up a conversation, and even longer to ask Joseph out on date. More

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