Book Reviews

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

Review - Choices

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 29, 2013

Choices

This review originally appeared on the BDSM Book Reviews web site.

Teman and his boyhood friend Jasim are professional thieves, although they prefer to think of themselves as specialists in the recovery of lost items, by any means. As “Choices” opens, they are caught in a trap set by the palace guards. They are taken to the captain of the guards, who gives them a choice: be cast into the dungeon or agree to become pleasure slaves in the palace. Thinking that life in the palace would offer a better chance of escape, they both agree to become slaves.

In the slave quarters, Teman and Jasim are trained to be submissive sex slaves, able to take pain as pleasure and unable to achieve orgasm without permission from their master. They become good friends with the two slaves who help with their training, Cyrus and Nadir. Once trained, Teman is called to service the king, a truly sadistic cruel man who regards his slaves as less than human and delights in testing how much pain they can take without any sexual relief. But there are other masters in the palace that are not so unpleasant, and Teman has also caught the attention of the crown prince, Bathasar. More

Review - Afflicted II

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2013

Afflicted II

Volume 2 of Afflicted

This sequel to the first Afflicted book picks up right where the previous story left off. Dillon has just found out that Hunter's mother is seeing his cousin, which dredges up all the pain and anger of being thrown out by his family. It's a lot for him to deal with, and adding to the issue is the concern that his past will come between what he has with Hunter.

For his part, Hunter has trouble dealing with the rapid pace at which the relationship is progressing, and the depth of his feelings for Dillon. Used to being in control, Hunter has a hard time accepting that he can't fix all of Dillon's problems with his past and his family. More

Review - Naked Tails

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 19, 2013

Naked Tails

In a small Georgia town, young Seth's life is falling apart. He has just lost both his parents in a traffic accident, and now his maternal grandmother is taking him away from the only home he's ever known, because she fears and despises the 'deviant' behavior of her late son-in-law's family. Seth can't bear to be parted from his kindly great aunt, or his best friend Dusty, a slightly older boy who is the closest thing Seth has to a brother.

Fast forward 20 years. Seth's great aunt Irene dies, leaving most of her estate to her only living relative, Seth. The young man has never returned to the small town, even after his grandmother had died. She has led him to believe that his old friends and family didn't care about him. Thinking he is just going down to wrap up his great aunt's estate, Seth is landed in the middle of a power struggle for leadership of the community his relative once headed. Unbeknownst to the clueless young man, that community was a group of shifters who take the form of possums, and as the only living relative of his great aunt, many people look to Seth to step into the leadership of the passel. More

Review - Warlock Masters

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 14, 2013

Warlock Masters

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

“Warlock Masters” is a short anthology of just four stories, all by the same author. All but one of the tales is told in the first person by a warlock who recounts various sexual escapades. It is easy to see these almost as memories of various stages in the development of his powers. In the first three stories, the generally nameless narrator reveals himself to be a man who revels in a submissive role, although he can be quite aggressive in seeking out that role, and using his magical powers to ensnare men to dominate him. That said, it's worth pointing out that magic and mysticism play a minor role in the stories, enough that it's easy to forget that it's the theme of the anthology. More

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

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