Book Reviews

Review - Catch Me If You Can

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 02, 2013

Catch Me If You Can: Romano and Albright, Book 1

Things are looking up for Caesar Romano. The opening party for the new show at the gallery where he works is looking to be a huge success. With that under his belt, he can quit his low-paying job and apply for a much better paying job at a much more prestigious gallery uptown. The only fly in the ointment is the presence of his former boyfriend Shep, a closeted actor who can't seem to stay away. On the plus side, there's a hunky though apparently straight detective on the scene who seems more than a little interested in Caesar.

The picture isn't quite as rosy the next morning, when Caesar arrives at the gallery to find Shep passed out, naked, in the bathroom, and one of the centerpiece busts from the show missing. The stolen artwork is just the tip of the iceberg, as Caesar and his friends are drawn into a web of strange alliances and blackmail. Along the way he finds out that Detective Dan isn't what he seems. More

Review - Fall Hard

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 21, 2013

Fall Hard

After eight months of recovery from a fall which killed his lover and nearly took his own life, Englishman Paul returns to Iceland to pick up the pieces of his academic career, and try to recover the memories of the year leading up to the accident. Although he lived and worked there for a year, Paul can't remember his colleagues, the places he visited or even, most worrying of all, his lover Sven. He's hoping that by returning to his work at a university, something will jog his memory.

As Paul reacquaints himself with his workmates and some of the people he might have known before, he gets glimpses of the past, but the more he learns, the more confused he gets about the nature of his relationship with his lover Sven, as well as other people he may have known before the accident. And then there's Alex, a visiting ‘student’ from America who isn't what he seems. More

Review - The Affair of the Porcelain Dog

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 09, 2013

The Affair of the Porcelain Dog

In Victorian era London, former rent boy Ira Adler is living the high life as ‘secretary’ to Cain Goddard, also known as the as the Duke of Dorset Street, a notorious crime lord, although his activities are kept well away from the genteel house on York Street where he has brought Ira to live. In the two years since Goddard invited him into his home, the illiterate child of the streets and workhouses has learned to read and write, and speak like a gentleman.

While Goddard generally shields his young lover from most of the details of his business, there's one delicate matter that he can only trust to Ira. It seems that someone is blackmailing Cain, threatening to expose his ‘unnatural tendencies’. To thwart the blackmailer, Cain asks Ira to retrieve a statue, a porcelain dog, containing the incriminating evidence. If he fails, Ira could well end up in prison along with his mentor. More

Review - For the Love of Leon

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 02, 2013

For the Love of Leon

Leon has a comfortable life in a small English seaside town. The only thing missing is someone to share it with. He has had his share of relationships, but none of them have lasted very long. He just hasn't clicked with anyone, and many have simply left him without a word. One night in the pub, he spies obviously new-in-town Simon. The two hit it off, but Leon has his guard up against being involved in yet another relationship involving hot sex, and nothing else. For his part Simon seems to have his own reservations. Leon can't quite read him. Is Simon even gay? More

Review - Dancing Phaedra

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 26, 2013

Dancing Phaedra

Volume 2 of Gaius and Achilles

In the time of Julius Cesar, Antyllus is a young slave working in one of Rome's grotty whorehouses. Having been raised in the brothel, it's the only life he has ever known, and yet he knows that he is capable of being more than a sexual plaything. He has developed a passion for dance, and even though he has had no formal training, his natural ability is obvious to the rich Senator Gabinius, who encounters Antyllus at a dinner party where the slave boys have been brought to entertain the guests. More

Review - The Absolutist

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 21, 2013

The Absolutist

Disowned by his family at 16 for a small indiscretion with his boyhood friend, Tristan Sadler spends a year and a half on his own before lying about his age and enlisting in the army to defend England in World War I. At training camp, he quickly becomes friends with Will Bancroft. Tristan is attracted to Will, but he has learned his lesson and keeps his emotions in check. It isn't until the night before they are shipping out to France that they find comfort in each other's arms. However, once they arrive in France, Will avoids Tristan, for the most part.

Yet, as brothers in arms in the same regiment, there is no avoiding each other, or the horrific scenes they both come to witness. Such scenes, as well as events in training camp, cause Will to question his part in the war, and ultimately make a decision that changes everything. Tristan miraculously survives the war, at least in body. His spirit is broken by what he has seen, and especially by his part in Will's fate. As “The Absolutist” opens, it's two years after the war, and Tristan is on his way to Norwich to meet with Will's sister, in the hope that he might be able to unburden himself of some of the pain he feels over Will's death. More

Review - Something Like Summer

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 14, 2013

Something Like Summer

On hot summer evenings in Texas, high schooler Ben likes to take a walk through the park near his north Houston home. It's not a cool breeze Ben is after, but a glimpse of the boy he has a crush on. Ben doesn't even know the guy's name at first, but soon finds out it is Tim. The two go to the same high school, but their paths rarely cross once school starts. As one of the few openly gay students, Ben is something of an outcast, while the handsome Tim seems at home with the jocks. However, Ben's crush continues almost unabated and he soon clumsily brings himself to Tim's attention. Love, after a fashion, blooms but life for the two is never easy, especially with Tim reluctant to acknowledge his true feelings. The problems eventually become seemingly insurmountable and the two part ways before their senior year. More

Review - Gravitational Attraction

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 09, 2013

Gravitational Attraction

Isaac dreamed of being a starship pilot, part of an elite force in the galaxy. Unfortunately, the brain implant required to interface with advanced ships failed, leaving the young man subject to massive migraines and unable to even be trusted to fly less advanced ships. Discharged from the military, Isaac is lucky to find a job as communications officer on the small courier ship Hermes, which is where the story really begins. Responding to a distress call, the Hermes finds a disabled ship with everyone on board torn apart, except one man, a huge warrior called Turk.

Isaac finds himself strangely drawn to the mysterious giant, who has been severely traumatized by his ordeal. Turk is also drawn to Isaac, but he has commitments to fulfill as part of an agreement between his secretive people and the military powers. Despite Turk's efforts, Isaac is drawn into the intrigues which surround the warrior, and now both of their lives are in peril. More

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

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