Book Reviews

Review - Sub Zero

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 24, 2014

Sub Zero

Major Aren Dalsgaard died on the planet Drass more than a hundred years ago. Or at least that's what everyone thought. The military had other ideas. They retrieved his body and put him in cryogenic suspension. Now, for reasons never made clear to him, they've thawed him out, reversed the poison that killed him, and are sending him back to Drass to investigate a series of settler murders apparently carried out by the ‘goblins’, a race of genetically engineered humans adapted to live on the icy planet. More

Review - First You Fall

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2014

First You Fall (Kevin Conner Mysteries #1)

Kevin Conner is a high priced call boy who enjoys his work. The petite blond twink has a steady base of undemanding clients, and a drag queen pimp who carefully screens new customers. Kevin's ‘job’ is ostensibly in aid of furthering his education in psychology, but with his attention deficit disorder it's easy for Kevin to stay in the moment.

Everything changes when Kevin's friend and mentor falls to his death. The police, including Kevin's old flame Tony, think it's a suicide but our young hero doesn't believe it. With the help of friends and clients he sets about trying to find out what really happened, while trying to sort out his parent's marriage and what he feels for Tony. More

Review - Not Just Friends

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2014

Not Just Friends

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

As Lewis moves into his university housing to start his first year of college, he meets his new roommates. There's the loud jock Dean, Andreas, Rob, and then there's Max. Openly gay Max confuses Lewis, awakening feelings that he has never acknowledged before. He and Max become good friends, and Lewis is prepared to come out, as well as tell Max how he feels, but then Max gets into a relationship of his own, so Lewis resolves not to interfere. More

Review - The Silvers

Posted in Book Reviews on May 27, 2014

The Silvers

‘B’ is the captain of the first human mission to the Silver planet, in search of water for an earth that is running dry. The Silvers themselves are a bit of a surprise, as the unmanned explorers that were sent to the planet didn't record them. Although humanoid, the Silvers don't seem to feel greed, anger, lust, or any other ‘human’ emotions. This allows B and his crew, as well as their commanders back on earth, to view the Silvers as less-than-human, and thus perform downright criminal experiments on them. Of course, some of the crew enjoy inflicting pain more than others. More

Review - The Dark Farewell

Posted in Book Reviews on May 20, 2014

The Dark Farewell

Reporter David Flynn is on his way to Little Egypt. He wants to see how feelings run a year after the Herrin massacre, and it's a good opportunity to pay his respects to Amy, the widow of his old mentor. Amy's boarding house, where Flynn will stay, is full of eccentric characters, from the matronly Mrs Hoyt and her daughter Joan to the local doctor, Pearson. And then there's Julian and his grandfather, who travel the small towns putting on shows where Julian pretends to talk to spirits. More

Review - Ask the Oracle

Posted in Book Reviews on May 13, 2014

Ask the Oracle

This review originally appeared in another form on BDSM Book Reviews.

Grayson Muir knows things. In fact, he knows just about everything. He is one of a handful of “oracles” in the world, and probably one of the best. Gray makes a good living off corporate clients, and helps out the police when he can. In fact, Gray likes helping people. Emphasis on people. When a demon from the underworld comes asking for Gray's help to sort out a sticky situation, his first instinct is to refuse. But there's something about this Lust Demon Dreo that Gray can't quite get out of his mind.

After Gray reluctantly agrees to look into the case, things prove to be even more complicated that he thought. Not only is he sucked into a web of intrigue, but Dreo announces that Gray is his destined mate. Too bad an oracle can't see into his own future, huh? More

Review - Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East

Posted in Book Reviews on May 06, 2014

Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East

“Gaysia” offers an interesting, if highly selective, portrait of gay life across the vast stretch of Asia, home to 60% of the world's population. This was clearly a personal journey for Chinese-Australian Law, but he manages to maintain a very journalistic approach throughout, allowing the people he meets to tell their own stories, with minimal editorializing. Sometimes what comes out is surprising, sometimes funny, and often poignant.

While the book covers a lot of ground and offers a lot of insight into the lives of some gay men and lesbians, it is by no means an exhaustive study of LGBT issues in Asia. That would take a lifetime to write and would probably not be as readable as this entertaining little tome. Instead, the author shines a light on very specific groups or issues in each country. Like a stereotypical Australian, Law ignores the other 15,000+ islands of Indonesia and zeros in on the tiny speck of Bali. With the small Hindu enclave practically over-run with tourists, it's only natural that there are men willing to satisfy the more carnal desires of some of the island's visitors. We get some rather surprising answers as to why these men do what they do. More

Review - I Look Divine

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 29, 2014

I Look Divine

Nicholas is dead. His older brother has come to start cleaning out his New York apartment, but everything around him holds memories of the dead man. Through this brother, who remains nameless throughout the story, we learn about Nicholas and his life.

From a very early age, Nicholas is aware of his extraordinary good looks, and the leeway it buys him. He quickly becomes accustomed to accepting favors from men, and even comes to see it as his due. Already well-to-do, he doesn't see any need for his life to have any purpose other than to be the object of adoration. In short, he is a narcissist. More

Review - Stasis

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 04, 2014

Stasis

The powerful city-state of Praesidium considers itself more civilized than its neighbors. Rather than kill their most dangerous criminals, the rulers and the wizards who serve them put the men in stasis, a sort of suspended animation, for decades or even centuries. Once they're awakened, the convicted then serve out long terms as slaves. When his father the Chief takes Ennek's older brother “Under” to see the prisoners in stasis, the young boy convinces them to let him come along. The sight of the naked, not-quite-dead but not-alive man they are shown disturbs Ennek. When he returns Under on something of a dare to show off the men in stasis to another young boy visiting from a neighboring city, Ennek gets an even bigger shock when he encounters a different prisoner, one who seems caught between life and death. More

Review - The Boy Who Belonged

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 25, 2014

The Boy Who Belonged

Derek and his sub Lane are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas together, and perhaps the only one who is more surprised than Derek is Lane. The much younger Lane was someone Derek was prepared to hate on sight. His parents cheated Derek and hundreds of other people out of their life savings in a Ponzi scheme. For a while it looked like Lane himself was involved, but it eventually turned out that he, like Derek, was simply used and duped by his own parents. When they are sent to jail, Lane is left with nothing, and at the mercy of those seeking vengeance for what his parents did. More

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