Book Reviews

Review - If I Were Fire by Heloise West

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 02, 2015

If I Were Fire

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

Review - Flashpoint by Mel Keegan

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

Review - Naked Mailman by Dawn Flemington

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 10, 2015

Naked Mailman

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

Review - Santuario by G.B. Gordon

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

Review - The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2015

The Best Little Boy in the World

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

Review - Without a Net by Lyn Gala

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 07, 2015

Without a Net

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

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

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