Book Reviews

Review - Prisoner 374215

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 27, 2013

Prisoner 374215

The man known only as 374215 is a prisoner of war, far in the future when mankind is spread out among the galaxy, much of which is under the control of a ruthless corporation. The man has been stripped of his name and much of his humanity, and is now used for medical experiments, when not being brutalized by the guards.

The only tiny glimmer of respite in the man's life is at night, when he is watched over by a guard he thinks of only as 'Scar'. Scar doesn't talk, and the prisoner isn't allowed to talk to him. The guard just sits by the door and watches the broken man, which is somehow comforting. More

Review - Werecat: The Rearing

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 23, 2013

Werecat: The Rearing

College senior Jackson, 'Jacks' to his friends, decides to go along with his roommates' plan to spend spring break in Montréal. On their first night in town, Jacks has a little too much to drink at a party and wanders off on his own in the direction of the city's Mont Royal park. After falling down a ravine he passes out, only to awaken the next morning in an abandoned shack in the park, in the company of the mysterious Benoit.

Benoit is dark and powerful, and it's fair to say there's a great deal of animal attraction between the two men. Jacks abandons his friends and spends all of his time in Benoit's hostel, making love. When the week comes to an end, Jacks wants Benoit to come with him, but the man stubbornly refuses, even though he seems to live a vagrant lifestyle. Jacks doesn't want to lose his new lover, but he isn't ready to give up his old life, especially since he's just a few weeks away from finishing his degree. More

Review - Moment of truth

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 16, 2013

Moment of truth

Although billed as a collection of short stories, I think this book is much better described as poetry, and I've tagged it as such. Although they're not in iambic pentameter or any other such fixed structure, there is a poetic cadence to most of the stories, many of which are just a few paragraphs, and none of which are longer than a couple of pages. The stories all have common themes of loss and death, but they're not as depressing as they might sound. The mood is more somber and melancholy. More

Review - Lakeside Reunion

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 12, 2013

Lakeside Reunion

Spoiler alert: This is one of those short-stories that's difficult to review without giving away most of the plot details. But then, this isn't a book you're going to read for its plot.

Chris has arranged a little reunion with his old college roommates Sean and Tim at an isolated vacation home. Chris had tried to deny his feelings while in school, but since graduating he has come to terms with his sexuality, and his strong attraction to Sean. He has learned that Sean is now out, so he's hoping he can finally have a chance to connect with his former roommate. But when Sean and Tim arrive, Chris gets the shocking news that they are a couple. More

Review - Dark Waters

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 08, 2013

Dark Waters

Flein has an itch to travel, and he's seen more of the world than just about any man alive. Then again, Flein is only half human. He is the offspring of one of the Norse gods who mated with a human, and staying on the move helps keep people from realizing that he doesn't age and is in fact a thousand years old or more.

His wanderings take him to a small village in the Scottish Highlands, where a series of rapes and murders have been blamed on a mysterious creature that inhabits the loch. Flein meets the creature, a waterhorse that can shift to human form. Both the man and horse forms are beautiful, and deadly. The waterhorse considers the loch and glen its domain, and hunts what it chooses. But Flein doesn't think the creature is responsible for the recent deaths. More

Review - The Master of Seacliff

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 04, 2013

The Master of Seacliff

Andrew Wyndham dreams of escaping his mundane life of working in his aunt and uncle's New York shop to become an artist in Paris. It's the turn of the twentieth century, and the likes of Monet are shaking up the art world. When Andrew's friend arranges for him to be the tutor for the son of wealthy Duncan Stewart, it seems he is well on his way to realizing his dream. Only, on arriving at the isolated Seacliff mansion, Andrew finds a brooding atmosphere that instantly makes him uneasy. More

Review - Achilles and the Houseboy

Posted in Book Reviews on May 31, 2013

Achilles and the Houseboy

This further adventure of my favorite houseboy in a domestic menage with two older Doms is actually an outtake from his previous book, More Fun With Dick and Shane. With fewer digressions that the first two books, this volume squarely tackles an issue only briefly touched on in previous books, and one of the most sensitive aspects of a menage relationship: jealously.

After an hilarious introduction in which the reasoning - which only this author could conjure up - behind the title is explained, the book gets pretty serious. Gili is reminded, in very graphic fashion, that his daddies Dick and Shane share a history that he will never be a part of. They were together ten years before the stroppy young houseboy came into their lives, and their bed. Jealously rears its ugly head, and can't be easily dismissed. More

Review - Pup

Posted in Book Reviews on May 27, 2013

Pup (Guards of Folsom #1)

As Tackett Austin marks the passing of another year with a drink at his BDSM club, the Guards of Folsom, he begins to look back and question some of the choices he has made. Yes, he is well-to-do and has a successful career, and he has a well-earned reputation in the club as a good Dom, with subs lining up to serve him, but as he looks around at his friends, he sees other Doms with their own collared subs, happily living the lifestyle full time. Tackett only ever plays at the club and has never had a sub of his own, even under a short term contract, but as he sees how happy his friends are, he begins to wonder what it would be like to have a long term sub of his very own, what it would be like to own a pup. More

Review - I Like Em Pretty

Posted in Book Reviews on May 23, 2013

I like Em Pretty

Francois Choteau, “Frankie” to his friends, is a homicide detective with the New Orleans police department. One night he and his partner Kenina are called to the scene of an apparent suicide, but it isn't the victim that catches Frankie's eye, it's his young lover Kajika Fortier, the most beautiful man the somewhat closeted detective has ever laid eyes on. The attraction between the two is mutual, but Kajika is a witness if not a suspect so Frankie tries to keep his distance.

Kajika pursues the detective despite how he knows it looks. In Frankie he sees an opportunity to find a real life partner who can be more than the sugar daddy the dead man was. Even once the case is closed, the detective holds back from jumping into a relationship. He doesn't just want a fling, which is what he fears the much younger man will be, and his nosy partner, who has served as his beard and has her own designs on him, won't leave him alone. More

Review - Dorian's Worlds

Posted in Book Reviews on May 19, 2013

Dorian's Worlds

In a dystopian future, medical science has extended the human life span, and age has become the all-important measure of status. The young only exist to serve their elders, whether it's to hand them food just beyond their reach or to provide sexual gratification. Dorian is a young man in his late teens, a service worker at the beck and call of two elderly 'patrons' who use him however they wish.

One day, in a fit of temper at his patron's insensitivity, Dorian throws some fruit at them and stalks off. For this, he is sent to prison to be reformed. But prison only hardens Dorian's resolve to find a way out of the unfair system, and he quickly finds friends that think the same way. Together they begin to make plans for an escape that grows to include dozens of rebellious youth. More

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