Book Reviews

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

Review - Shirts and Skins

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 22, 2013

Shirts and Skins

Alert: This is one of those books that is hard to summarize for review without spoiling the plot to some degree. I've tried to keep the spoilers to a minimum.

In this episodic tale of one man's troubled journey through life, we first meet Josh as a young boy. He seems to a relatively happy child, despite a somewhat unsettled home life, with two half-brothers and a father that has trouble holding down a job. From these early glimpses, it's clear that Josh has gay tendencies, and in his early teen years, it's also obvious to some of the other boys in school. In his early teens, or perhaps tweens, Josh is the victim of a rather brutal attack - a true bashing - by two other boys. His response is to ‘man up’ and try to deny his feelings. He drops weight and feigns an interest in girls, to the extent that he becomes something of a teenage douchebag. More

Review - The Hardest Thing

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 03, 2013

The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery

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

Dan Stagg was a career marine in the era of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. When a sniper in Helmond kills his lover, the major loses it. His superior officers ask, and Dan tells, and that's the end of his military career. As a civilian with a less than honorable discharge, the only work he can find is as a doorman at a club in the East Village of New York. Unfortunately, even that job comes to an end when he uses a little more force than deemed necessary on a surly patron trying to force his way into the club. More

Review - Breaking History

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 30, 2013

Breaking History

Did you ever have a crush on one of your high-school teachers? If so, then you know what life is like for Thomas. The out 18 year-old has it bad for his history teacher Mr Worthington, but he assumes the recently divorced 29 year-old hunk is out of reach. That is, until he finds out that the seemingly straight teacher is interested in exploring his newly discovered bisexual nature as well as his desire to dominate.

With this new information, Thomas decides he has to make a move, and to his surprise his teacher doesn't reject his advances. In fact, it seems that Mr Worthington has had his own fantasies about his student. Despite the risks, they both throw caution to the wind to explore a taboo relationship. More

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