Book Reviews

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

Review - Lost in the Outcome

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 01, 2014

Lost in the Outcome

Tech wizard Nate wakes up in a strange hotel room, next to a cute stranger who turns out to be named Tim. With no recollection of how he got there, or what the two got up to in bed, Nate is a bit confused to say the least. He and Tim part company assuming they will never see each other. For Tim, who remembers every detail of their night together vividly, the realization that Nate remembers none of it, and doesn't want to see him again, is crushing. More

Review - Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2014

Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Volume 1 of Brimstone

Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named Brimstone, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.

This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew. More

Review - Guarded

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 16, 2014

Guarded

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

This is one of those rare books where the blurb is more concise and accurate than what I might have written:

On the surface, rock star Jordan Kane has it all. His band No Rules is burning up the charts and headlining a world tour. His bodyguard doubles as a hot, kinky boyfriend who knows just how to push all his buttons. But behind the scenes, he’s suffocating. More

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