Book Reviews

Review - Strung Tight

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 05, 2013

Strung Tight

Jeff was in a band at one time, but he tired of life on the road, booze, drugs and groupies. Now he lives in a small Florida resort town, where he writes songs for his old band during the day and plays guitar in a local strip club at night. He enjoys the quiet life, but misses having someone to share it with. Then, one night in the club, he spots Pete in the audience.

Pete is an army brat who grew up in Europe. He speaks German fluently, so he is trying his hand as a tour guide for tourists, but it's a job he hates and plans to quit. He is just as attracted to Jeff, so the took hook up after Jeff's shift. After a night of hot sex, both men realize that they're interested in more than a one night stand, but can they carve out a life together in Resort City? More

Review - Fatal Shadows

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 01, 2013

Fatal Shadows

Bookshop owner and aspiring mystery writer Adrien English wakes up one morning to find the police on his doorstep. They'er there to tell him that his old high school friend and employee is dead, brutally murdered in fact. To make matters worse for the weak-hearted Adrien, it seems that he is the prime suspect, having argued with the man over dinner just before he was killed.

Even though he seems to be being stalked by the killer, Adrien fears that the police will make him a convenient scapegoat, so in true mystery novel fashion he sets about finding the murderer himself, which might even lead him to one of the detectives investigating the case. As he unravels the threads of his friend's life, and his own, Adrien is left wondering if the death can really be blamed on something that happened in high school? More

Review - Rogue

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 27, 2013

Rogue

This review originally appeared on BDSM Book Reviews.

He calls himself Rogue because that's what he is, and he has known no other name. This vampire, young at only 100 years, was turned against his will, and the circumstances surrounding his transition were so traumatic that he's blocked out all memory of his human existence, even his name. Given the circumstances of how he came to be a vampire, it's somewhat understandable that he lives outside their society and the structured organization that rules them. However, he can't help taunting them, and as the story opens he has decided to jump the walls of the vampire “playground” in Madrid to hunt and feed on the deer there. More

Review - The Velvet Interrogation

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2013

The Velvet Interrogation

Chet is an American diplomat based in Beirut in the early 1990s when he is tasked to retrieve a busload of people from a Palestinian refugee camp in the south. The Embassy has received word that Israel plans to bomb the camp, but they will allow the Americans to take out relatives of Embassy employees, as long as they aren't young men, who are always perceived as potential terrorists. Unfortunately, many of the people on the approved list can't be found, or are unwilling to trust the Americans. Knowing that this is the last chance to get people out of harms way, he tries to convince other people to go, even though they're aren't on the list. More

Review - A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 19, 2013

A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End

Nearly two years have passed since Brian, ‘Goldilocks’, moved in with his three bears to set up an unusual, somewhat polyamorous, relationship with them. In this sequel to Goldilocks and His Three Bears, the strains of ‘Daddy’ Paul's heavy travel schedule is showing on Brian, who is almost out of control, despite Momma Bear Jim's best disciplinarian efforts. It doesn't help that Jim's own sub, baby bear Scott, is also out on the road. It isn't long before Paul and Scott return home, but things don't get back to normal right away. Both Brian and Scott have issues they're trying to hide from their Doms.

In something of a second story within the book, Scott brings home a stray cowboy from one of his road trips. The boy Joshua is shy and inexperienced. He needs the guidance of an older man, but who? Paul and Jim obviously have their hands full. More

Review - Safeword

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 11, 2013

Safeword

Volume 2 of Power Exchange

In this sequel to Power Exchange, it's been nearly two years since Detective Gavin DeGrassi and his Dom Ben were attacked and almost killed by a serial killer. Gavin is back at work as a police detective, but he's far from over the post-traumatic stress of the attack. He can't stand being touched, even by his lover Ben, let alone tied up and dominated, and everywhere he looks there are reminders of the event. While Ben shows fewer outward signs of the ordeal, he still struggles with guilt over his inability to protect his sub Gavin, as well as how to give his lover the domination he craves while respecting the new limits his condition places on their relationship, all of which places an enormous strain on the lovers. More

Review - Get Him to the Geek

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 07, 2013

Get Him to the Geek

This review was written for, and originally appeared on, BDSM Book Reviews.

It's been more than two years since John's lover passed away, after only a short time together, but he still can't bring himself to get back out there an meet new people. So his best friend Sylvia takes things in hand and sets John up on a date with Bernie, who she assures him is perfect for John. Despite his misgivings, John agrees.

Arriving at the restaurant, John finds Bernie to be a shy, awkward man, who tries not to come off as nerdy as Sylvia says he is. John is nonetheless taken with the geek and effectively invites himself back to Bernie's place, and that's when the real fun begins. More

Review - Comfort and Joy

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 03, 2013

Comfort & Joy

Ford is a doctor just finishing his residency at hospitals in the Atlanta area. Long accustomed to being the object of desire for both men and women, he has only recently acknowledged that his own attraction is to men, yet he still has not come to terms with being gay, let alone tell his very traditionally-minded parents. Despite the wealth and prestige Ford has, he still feels an emptiness to his life, until he meets Dan.

Dan works in the administration of one of the hospitals where Ford is serving his residency. Dan is most definitely out, and is attracted to Ford, just like so many others. However, he doesn't believe that Ford will really be interested in him once he knows about Dan's health issues. As the relationship develops, it's not Dan's hemophilia and resulting HIV infection that proves the barrier, it's each man's own issues with their pasts that makes things difficult. More

Review - King Mai

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 30, 2013

King Mai

This review was written for, and originally appeared on, BDSM Book Reviews.

Mai Kearns has a lot on his mind. The Thai-born adopted son of Dekalb, Illinois farmers is a bit of a misfit, being Asian and gay in America's white heartland. Nonetheless he loves his parents and his farm, which he seems about to lose. So, it's hardly surprising that he feels he needs to break his ‘date’ with the mysterious Vin Vanbly.

The year is 1996, in the very early days of the public Internet. There are no smartphones with hook-up apps like Grindr yet. There's mostly just AOL or Compuserve, with their chat rooms and pre-blog, pre-social media personal web sites. It is on AOL that Vin has spun his stories of the “Lost Kings”. In the lore of the Lost Kings, every man is a king, he's just forgotten, or lost, that special quality that makes him a king. It's Vin's rather curious mission in life to help Lost Kings reclaim their kingdoms, through what he calls “Kinging Weekends”. More

Review - Clown'd

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 26, 2013

Clown'd

This review was written for, and originally appeared on, BDSM Book Reviews.

Kyle has had fantasies of being gang-banged, which is something his boyfriend Dan is well aware of. But those fantasies are the furtherest thing from his mind when the young man is on his way home from work on Halloween night. Walking through a park, Kyle is confronted by three clowns - literally - red noses, green hair, everything. They block every attempt to escape and eventually catch him, taping his wrists and ankles together. Kyle's fantasies are about to be fulfilled, and he's going to love every minute of it. More

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