Book Reviews

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

Review - Trenekis of Hiera

Posted in Book Reviews on May 15, 2013

Trenekis of Hiera

Trenekis faces his impending coming-of-age in the small village of Hiera with a lot of trepidation. Survival of the isolated village on the semi-arid planet requires that each young man take a wife and begin procreating within a year of turning twenty, but Trenekis can't imagine doing that. His best friend and former lover Keenam came of age the year before and seems to have adapted to married life, but Trenekis doesn't want to live that lie, even though declaring his true nature means banishment. Adding to the young man's troubles is the disclosure that the only mother and father he has ever known are not really his birth parents. And then there's the rapid decline of the man who leads the village and has been closer than an uncle to Trenekis. More

Review - The Hot Floor

Posted in Book Reviews on May 11, 2013

The Hot Floor

Josh is a shy young man living in Bath. He was recently dumped by his boyfriend and now lives in a small apartment on the top floor of a run-down converted house. He likes his job as a glass blower, making traditional ornaments, but otherwise he has a rather empty life with few friends. As the story opens, Josh is crushing on his downstairs neighbors, Evan and Rai. The big strapping Evan from Manchester and geeky Japanese Rai make an unlikely couple. They're as different as chalk and sushi, but the two men seem devoted to each other. They also seem to enjoy a very active sex life, as Josh is reminded when he visits his friend Denise, who lives on the floor below Evan and Rai. The sounds of their lovemaking can be clearly heard in Denise's rooms. More

Review - Before I Wake

Posted in Book Reviews on May 07, 2013

Before I Wake

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Jonesy is a nurse's assistant working the graveyard shift at a hospital when a new comatose patient is brought in. The young man, named Michael, has been the victim of a gay bashing and the doctors aren't sure if he will ever come out of his coma, or if there is any brain damage even if he does wake up. It soon becomes clear that the young man has nobody who really cares about him. His religious parents threw him out on the street when he told them he was gay, and after one visit to him in the hospital, they tell the doctors to take him off life support. More

Review - The Song of Achilles

Posted in Book Reviews on May 03, 2013

The Song of Achilles

The love between Achilles and Patroclus is one of the great classics of Greek literature. For gay men, it's a story we can look to as proof that there have always been men who loved other men, and they weren't always as reviled as we sometimes feel in modern society. It's no wonder that contemporary authors keep returning to the story to try and reinterpret it.

“The Song of Achilles” gives us the story from Patroclus' point of view. We follow him from early childhood, when his aggressive father puts him forth as one of Helen's suitors at the age of nine, through the accidental killing of a noble boy which sends him into exile, where he meets Achilles. As the two boys grow into young men, love blooms, and Achilles remains devoted to Patroclus, despite the objections of his mother, the sea-nymph Thetis. More

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