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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

Review - Lorenzo il Magnifico

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 29, 2013

Lorenzo il Magnifico

Luke is a young Englishman with a boring life he hates working in a Leeds call center. At the start of “Lorenzo il Magnifico” he is escaping this life for a week in one of his favorite cities, Florence, where he plans to get it on with lots of hot Italian guys as well as make a start on his masters degree, which he hopes will help him to get a job in a gallery or museum.

On his first night in Florence, Luke meets Lorenzo, a waiter - and as it turns out, the owner - at a nearby restaurant. What starts out as a vacation fling quickly turns more serious, and Luke is suddenly faced with making choices that will change his life. More

Review - Goldilocks and his Three Bears

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 25, 2013

Goldilocks and his Three Bears

Once upon a time there was a small town boy with long blond hair named Brian. New to Los Angeles, the young twink has a thing for older men and spends his spare time in leather bars looking for “daddy”. That's just where Brian, our Goldilocks, meets Paul, a big, tattooed biker man. Paul takes Brian home and thrills him no end. The two fall into a sort of casual relationship, but the truth is that Brian has fallen hard for Paul. So, when Paul announces that he has to go away on business for a few months, and just leaves Brian hanging, it hits the blond hard.

At loose ends, Brian is strolling down the streets one day when he meets Jim, a hippy-dippy extra furry man who makes Goldilocks feel all warm and fuzzy inside, just like a mamma bear should. Jim has a van, which is where the two men play for a while until one day he takes Brian back to the house where he lives, which turns out to be Paul's house. Brian knew Daddy had roommates, but he never met them, and he keeps the information to himself. Then one day Jim announces that he too has to go away for a while, and asks Brian to water his plants. More

Review - Aaron

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 21, 2013

Aaron

The title character Aaron is a deeply disturbed young man. As a high school sophomore, he and his best friend were grabbed off the street, beaten, raped, slashed and left for dead. His friend Juliette died but by some miracle Aaron survived. However, he is deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. As the story opens, it's two years after the attack, but Aaron is still barely able to function. “Post traumatic stress” is altogether too mild a term for Aaron's almost catatonic state. He can't tolerate being touched, and even the most innocent question or statement can send him into meltdown.

Aaron's family treat him like the invalid that he is, but the knowledge of just how much they have had to adjust to care for him just adds to his depression. His mother home-schooled Aaron to get his high school certificate, and now his parents want him to consider going to college. The thought of being around people, who would see his scars and think of him as a freak, horrifies Aaron, but the thought that his parents might institutionalize him frightens him more. More

Review - Make Mine to Go

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 17, 2013

Make Mine to Go

This review originally appeared in a slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

Toby and Justin are married and have been together for four years. Justin is everything that submissive Toby could want in a Dom, although the two are not in a full time D/s relationship. They do have a very rich sex life, which includes the occasional group scene, although the two don't have a typical open relationship. They usually play together or with the other person nearby. Justin is very tuned to his sub's needs, and senses that something is missing for Toby even before Toby realizes it. He tries to give his lover even more variety in the hopes that it will add the spice that Toby craves. It helps, but isn't the answer. When Toby does finally figure out what's missing from his sex life, it could threaten their relationship.

What actually happens comes as a bit of a surprise, which I won't spoil by saying any more. Let's just say there's a clever little twist at the end. More

Review - Candyman (Something New on the Menu)

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 13, 2013

Candyman

Alain Roux has just lost his beloved father, who ran a world famous candy company in Chicago. Alain is very much a spoiled rich kid, but he's just short of an entitled brat. It was his father's wish that Alain take over the running of the company. Even though he doesn't have much interest in business, Alain still wants to make his father proud, and show up his homophobic uncle Jakob.

Ty Washington is a poor, young African American man going to school part time and working in the candy factory to earn money after his father threw him out for being gay. He has had a hard time accepting his sexuality, and an even harder time getting his old friends to accept who he is.

When Alain spots Ty on the factory floor, it's lust at first sight for both men, but can they overcome the differences in their backgrounds, as well as the fact they're employee and employer to find something deeper? More

Review - Magpie

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 09, 2013

Magpie

Everet (a raven) is the security chief for the nest of avians introduced in Duck. As this sequel opens, he has been called to collect Kane, a magpie, from the human nightclub where he's fallen fowl (if you'll pardon the expression) of the management. Magpies are know for their inability to resist the allure of shiny objects, and it seems that despite his talent for seducing and pleasuring men, Kane has stolen too much, too often, from the wrong people.

The raven arrives at the human club to find the magpie being beaten badly by the thugs who work for the owner. After a brief standoff, Everet manages to get Kane turned over and takes him back to the nest, where he's to be judged by the elders for bringing avians into disrepute. More

Review - Chasing Cold

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 02, 2013

Chasing Cold

Hundreds of years in the future, humanity has grown beyond the confines of earth to occupy many worlds in their part of the galaxy. But then an alien species, the Flense, show up and decide they want the same worlds for themselves. It isn't really a war. With vastly superior technology, the Flense can simply take what they want. They're not really interested in wiping out humanity, but those who can't or won't leave the worlds the Flense want are killed without mercy. The scattered remains of humanity are left with just a few isolated refuges, on worlds that are too hot, too cold, or simply too inhospitable to interest the Flense.

One of those worlds is Frostbite, a frozen rock where the small human colony lives in a hollowed out mountain. Rogan is what passes for the city's mailman. He maintains the sophisticated antenna which provides the tenuous link with other refuges, downloads the daily batches of messages and distributes them to their intended recipients. It's a hard life, which requires him to venture out onto the ice almost daily to maintain the equipment and download the messages, but it's all Rogan has ever known. He has a close circle of friends, and the colony is very much like any small town, where everybody knows everybody. More

Review - It's a long story: A Novel About Beautiful Boys Doing Terrible Things to Each Other

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 27, 2012

It's a long story: A Novel About Beautiful Boys Doing Terrible Things to Each Other

James is a stereotypical gay party boy. He dropped out of college and works as a waiter to earn just enough to pay his share of the rent, buy the right clothes, and pay for drinks on his weekly nights out. He appears to drink too much when he's out, and his love life seems to consist mostly of guys he picks up at the club or hookups found on the web.

One of those hookups is Dan, a nerdy heavyset guy that James nonetheless clicks with. The two end up seeing a lot of each other, but James has commitment issues and backs off if there's any sign things might get serious. James' main issue is AJ, the man he dropped out of college for and followed to Europe and back on a sexual adventure. AJ uses men and then tosses them aside, just like he did with James, only it seems AJ hasn't quite forgotten his former lover either. More

Review - Two Hearts Two Spirits

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 22, 2012

Two Hearts Two Spirits

Igashu and Helki are two young men in a small native tribe hidden away in a valley of the Rockies near one of the new national parks around the turn of the twentieth century. The two young men are very close, but soon they will face a tribal ritual: the bow and basket ceremony. The boys who choose the bow will become warriors and hunters - men - while those who choose the basket will have a more domestic life and join the Two Spirit people - homosexuals. It's a very black and white choice. Helki knows his place is with the Two Spirit people, and chooses the basket, but he has no desire to dress as a woman. Igashu loves Helki, but he is his father the chief's only son and so feels compelled to choose the bow.

Their choices made, the two young men set out on separate paths. Helki quickly becomes the village's spiritual guide while the conflicted Igashu sets out on his spirit quest, where he encounters his first white men, as well as a creature that haunts his past as well as Helki's. More

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