Book Reviews

Review - Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 31, 2015

Rubble and the Wreckage

Volume 1 of A Gabriel Church Tale

Kindly note: An electronic review copy of this book was supplied by the author.

Aspiring author Christian is on to something. He has been researching a string of unsolved and seemingly unconnected murders across the country, and he believes they're the work of one man. Not even the FBI has figured out what Chris has seen in the randomness of the crimes. He becomes almost obsessive in his quest to research the killings, and maybe even track down the murderer so he can write his story. More

Review - Probe by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 24, 2015


Volume 4 of Hellgate

The festering colonial rebellion finally explodes into open warfare in the fourth book of the Hellgate saga. The flashpoint of Ulrand, where the inept interference of military engineers from Earth caused an alien artifact to explode, devastating almost half the planet. Festering resentment is pushed into high gear, and when the inevitable vote to succeed comes, Earth sends a fleet of ships to prevent the predictable succession of other worlds from the confederacy. An unlikely group of mercenaries comes to the planet's defense, as well as a ghost from Neil Travers' past. It's all orchestrated by Harrison Shapiro in his efforts to prevent a bloodbath. More

Review - Behind the Velvet Curtain by Matt Converse

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 17, 2015

Behind the Velvet Curtain

Like many a young gay man before him, Michael escapes his midwestern town, comes to San Francisco, and reinvents himself. He joins a gym, works on his body and his skin, and eventually comes to think of himself as sexy. Loving music and dance, on a lark he tries out for a job as a stripper, and gets it. Using the stage name Matt Jaxx, he really enjoys his work, and becomes popular with both the crowd and the theater management. He eventually quits his day job and works full time as a stripper, both on stage and at private parties, although he's careful not to cross a line he draws between stripping and prostitution. More

Review - The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2015

The Pirate Witch

Alexander is born at the worst possible time and place for someone to be different, in early seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts Colony, where the Puritans are still on the hunt for witches. Alexander's mother is brutally murdered by the townspeople, who think she's a witch, and his father dies of the shock of it. The thing is, she really was a witch, and so is Alexander. His mother's dying wish is that Alexander survive, hiding his powers from prying eyes.

The boy is given into the care of his uncle, a drunkard who makes it no secret that he considers Alexander nothing more than a slave to work his mill. Alexander bridles under the thumb of his uncle, not least because he is sure the man was his mother's accuser. His only protector is Crispin, a man from Boston who is sent by the governor to check on the goings-on in Salem. More

Review - Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 03, 2015

Lost Boi

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

Note: This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally review. You have been warned!

“Lost Boi” reimagines the classic tale of “Peter Pan” in kinky queer terms. Pan is a biological woman with a strong male identity - a boi. He is the unquestioned leader of the lost bois, a group of homeless youth Pan has found on the streets and brought to Neverland, which is really just an abandoned warehouse in which they are squatters. Pan and his bois live in a fluid and polyamorous relationship in which he is the Sir. Yes, Pan can make his bois fly, in the BDSM sense, and that is a big part of the hold he has over them. Pan lives in the moment, in a world in which there are no rules and the worst thing any of his bois can do is grow up. More

Review - ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 25, 2015

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. More

Review - Art of the Heart by Dan Skinner

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 18, 2015

Art of the Heart

It isn't easy for Zac, coming of age in a small Missouri town in the 1960s. People think he's slow. That's not true, but he would rather they thought that than know the truth. While the other boys are discovering the charms of the opposite sex, Zac realizes he has it bad for a slightly older neighbor boy, Rory. Zac escapes into his own world of drawings and fantasies. More

Review - The Love of Wicked Men by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 10, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men

Volume 1 of The Love of Wicked Men

Note: This book is being published in serial form, with new ‘episodes’ coming out every two months or so. This review is of the first two episodes. I'll probably review the series every two or three volumes.

Sid Rivers is a successful corporate lawyer in a mid-sized southern city. Sid's forté seems to be using barely legal means to scare off plaintiffs before they even get to trial. He's a true shark whose only real lusts are money and power. Even when it comes to sex, Sid is a real predator. He picks up rent boys or any young man that piques his interest, then tosses them aside once he has sated his lust. He doesn't need a relationship. He doesn't have time for one. More

Review - Fire and Water by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 03, 2015

Fire and Water

Volume 1 of Carlisle Cops

As a policeman, Red commands attention whenever he comes on a scene. It isn't just his imposing bulk that people can't help but notice, Red bears the scars of a car accident that took his parents' lives when he was a teenager. So when he shows up at the scene of a near drowning, the offhand remark from cute lifeguard Terry is nothing he hasn't heard before.

Terry has always used his looks to get what he wants. Only that hasn't worked out too well for him lately. He left his last boyfriend James because the control freak was attempting to cut him off from all the people and activities that made him happy. It's all made him re-evaluate what he thinks is really important. When Terry and Red cross paths again, it soon becomes apparent that James is more than a vindictive ex. More

Review - Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 27, 2015

Stranger on the Shore

The kidnapping of four year-old Brian Arlington twenty years ago was a major news story at the time it happened. Although a man was convicted of the crime, Brian was never found. The story intrigues Mid-western crime reporter Griffin Hadley, and while the family has always resisted previous authors' attempts to write about the kidnapping, family patriarch Jarret Arlington agrees to cooperate with Griffin to help revive interest in the story and perhaps find out what really happened to Brian. More

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