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Review - The Brig

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 09, 2013

The Brig

In spite of recent events, the Vietnam War remains one of America's most controversial foreign entanglements. It was the first 'television' war, in which the brutalities of conflict were brought right into people's living rooms every night. The result was perhaps the first time any war was openly debated in American society, and that included the rank and file of the armed forces.

Against this background, the unnamed narrator of “The Brig”, a seminary dropout, joins the navy. However, while he largely enjoys military life, as he is exposed to more and more of the debate about America's involvement in Vietnam, he concludes that the war is wrong and decides to get out as a conscientious objector. The navy can't refuse to let him go, but they can make the eight weeks it takes to process the paperwork as uncomfortable as possible. The young man is transferred to the brig, where his three marine guards subject him to a regime of pain and sexual torture that breaks him down and remakes the 'straight' man into something new. More

Review - Just Call Me Kris

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 04, 2013

Just Call Me Kris

It's a bittersweet Christmas Eve for Mike and Karl. The two lovers and newly graduated physicians have landed plum internships at New York's Bellevue Hospital, but that means spending the holiday away from their many friends back in New Orleans and missing the annual get-together on Christmas Eve. The two are about to console each other with a night of sex when there's a knock at the door, which turns out to be a man dressed as Santa Claus. Only, this Kris Kringle turns out to be a young Adonis who draws the two men into an exploration of their sexual fantasies. More

Review - Starfall

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 31, 2013

Starfall

Ash is an alien from another world, but he manages to pass as a rather quirky yet handsome human. He has come to a rural area of Vermont in search of his sister, who crash-landed there with valuable information that can help his planet achieve justice. Ash isn't the only one with his quirks in town. There's also Angi, a run-away rich girl who escaped her stifling home in Florida only to fall in with the leader of a gang.

Conn and Faye are private investigators sent by Angi's family to get the girl to come home. When the closeted Conn meets Ash there's an instant connection that both men try to resist, but can't. Conn is already considering coming out, and his increasing fascination with Ash confirms that idea, even though there's a lot of things pulling the two apart. More

Review - Inertia (Impulse)

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 19, 2013

Inertia (Impulse, Book 1)

Volume 1 of Impulse

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Professional handyman Derrick has been on his own for ten years. Caring for his dying grandparents in his late teens, on top of losing his parents at a younger age, has left him emotionally drained. He feels incapable of going through any more pain, so he avoids any emotional entanglements. He thinks his life is okay, at least until he meets Gavin.

Gavin is a well-to-do accountant whose flirtations confuse Derrick, whom he has hired to install some shelves. But while he flirts, Gavin has his own baggage that keeps him from following through. It takes a while for the two to overcome their inner conflicts and get together. Even then, it's not smooth sailing. More

Review - Falling Into Place

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 14, 2013

Falling Into Place

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Scott is a 30-something stay at home dad with two children and a wife who also plays his domme. Scott has a deep-seated desire to submit and experience pain, a need that masks a dark secret from his past and helps stave off the More

Review - Eternal Samurai

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 27, 2013

Eternal Samurai

In twelfth century Japan, Saito Arisada is a warrior monk in the temple of Mii-dera. The temple is caught up in the struggle between two powerful factions vying for the imperial throne. An overwhelming force is sent to attack the temple, which falls to the invaders with the help of Arisada's lover, who betrays him and the temple. The handful of warriors, including Arisada, that survive the initial attack realize all is lost and commit the ritual suicide of the samurai. Arisada is the last to go, after assisting his comrades. As he feels death about to take him, the opposing army breaks through the last of the defenses. Among them is a sadistic vampire who, caught by Arisada's beauty, turns the samurai into a vampire, and his slave. More

Review - Staged Whispers

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 19, 2013

Staged Whispers

Dylan, Cole and Brandon are three good friends, business partners, and lovers. They met in college and afterwards formed a successful business in Florida. But a ghost from Dylan's past threatens to destroy him and his relationship with the two men he loves. Cole and Brandon can tell something is wrong, but Dylan shuts out all their attempts to help him. More

Review - Cereus: Opening

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 14, 2013

Cereus: Opening

This review originally appeared on the BDSM Book Reviews site.

If, like me, you haven't read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar... or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.

In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van's need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they're forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his 'mate' get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time. More

Review - Body For Rent

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 10, 2013

Body For Rent

Tim isn't very happy with his life. He has a degree in counseling, but he makes better money working a dead-end job in a furniture factory. He also feels stifled in his relationship with his current girlfriend. Tim has known since he was a young boy that he was attracted to other men, but he has repressed those feelings and tried to conform to other people's expectations of him.

One night, Tim talks himself into visiting a gay bar, where he meets Troy, the owner of a male escort agency. Troy seems to think Tim might have a future as a prostitute. Despite many misgivings, Tim starts to live a double life. There's the 'straight' Tim his roommates always knew, and then there's Ben, the gay hooker. More

Review - Reclamation

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 06, 2013

Reclamation

Volume 2 of Acclaimation

This continuation of the story of a developing love between teacher Michael Cassidy and his student Dominic Butler, started in Acclamation, picks up right where the first book left off, with Dominic and Michael in a London hotel room just moments after learning of the death of Dominic's father. Needless to say, all thoughts the two had of consummating their love are quickly forgotten as Michael rushes Dominic back into the arms of his family. Grief and forced separation puts a strain on the relationship, causing the first real rift between the two men.

The spat is short-lived, but as Dominic's sexual preference becomes ever more the subject of gossip and speculation in the village, how much longer can these two carry on? And how much longer can Michael keep a lid on the ghosts of his past? More

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