Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 11, 2012
This review originally appeared in a slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.
Reynold, the next Duke of Wilton, is very attached to his young lover and submissive sex slave, Lord David Litchfield, but the lad is immature and becomes jealous of Reynold's friendship with Lord John. The suspicion erupts more than once in a public argument, so to avoid scandal Lord Reynold buys a commission in the army and leaves for the Americas, where revolution is brewing.
When Reynold returns three years later, his lust for David is undiminished. But Lord David has gotten himself into a very nasty situation. He ran up some gambling debts, which were bought up by a brute named Hale. To keep his father from finding out about his foolishness, David has had to agree to be Hale's sex slave for ten years. Hale is the kind of master who delights in inflicting pain and humiliation without regard as to whether or not the submissive gets any pleasure from it. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 03, 2012
Reviewer's note: In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should note that I've come to know the author of this book, in that ephemeral not completely trustworthy way one gets to know people on-line. Reviews are supposed to be about the book, not the author, but what I know from the author has certainly colored my interpretation of the book.
Joe is a 22 year-old young man just starting out in working life after college. Escaping from a work party one night, he's pondering the menu at a trendy, and expensive, raw food restaurant when he's spotted by Francis, an older man who takes an instant liking to Joe. The two end up back at Francis' place, where Joe is treated to some rather kinky sex that both delights and confuses him.
The next day Joe is distracted at work, and his boss Marty notices. Marty has had his own designs on Joe, although the young man has never been sure of that. Joe is thrilled by the praise and attention lavished on him by Francis, but also disturbed by how fast things are moving and how little he knows about the other man. Despite his misgivings, Joe rushes to meet Francis that night. He learns more about the older man's past and is drawn ever more closer to him, although he still has his doubts. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 28, 2012
The Rent Boys of Prague is a journal of the author's time in Prague in the early 2000s, where he attempted to become an amateur pornographer while enjoying the pleasures of the city's seemingly plentiful supply of rent boys. It's a curious adventure that proves real life can be more interesting than fiction. Things happen to Rick that wouldn't quite be believable if you made them up.
Although subtitled “An Online Erotic Memoir” the book isn't really erotica. Yes, there is a lot of sex, and some seriously worshipful descriptions of male anatomy, but the sex is often a very minor player in these stories, which are much more about the boys and the underground life of Prague in 2003 and 2004. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 13, 2012
Kyle is an ex-soldier of the future, when humanity has spread to many different worlds and developed into many distinct cultures, not to mention a few genetic variations based on environmental necessity or economics. He's an 'ex' soldier because he's been wounded by a weapon based on the technology of an alien species which has become a threat to humanity. Kyle no longer has the use of his legs, and must get around with the help of a prosthetic exoskeleton. It isn't an ideal solution, but it was all the military would provide. His dream is to somehow get enough money to afford cybernetic limbs, which would allow him to move more naturally, and even almost pass for normal.
Not that there seems to be much prospect of any work coming his way when the story opens. But then comes a summons from the military commander of the sector where he lives. The commander has an offer for Kyle, a job. One of the very aliens who supplied the weapons technology as a double agent has gone missing with what is characterized as valuable information. If Kyle can track him down and bring him back, then he will be rewarded handsomely. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 05, 2012
This review originally appeared at Speak Its Name.
James 'Jem' Bradley would do anything for his sister Meg. She's the only family he has after the two of them left their family in old England and immigrated to pre-revolutionary New England. They left over their father's objections to Meg's plan to marry Neil Iveson, and it seems daddy may have been right. Neil has taken all of their money, and borrowed more, to invest in a failed get-rich-quick scheme. Now the creditors are knocking at the door and threatening to send Neil to debtor's prison. With two children to support, there's no way Meg could survive on her own without Neil. The only way out seems to be for Jem to sell himself into indentured service for five years to pay off the debt.
Jem finds his indenture through one of the owners of the shipping company where Neil works, Amos Tanner, who is looking for a worker for one of the other farmers, Dan Wallace, in the inland settlement of Kennet. Although Tanner negotiates the indenture for Wallace, he sets his own sights on Bradley. Tanner, the father of two sons, has 'unnatural desires' as they put it, and Jem flames his desire like no-one else has for years. Tanner escorts Jem back to Kennet and turns him over to Wallace. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 29, 2012
This collection of - let's be honest - one-handed reads features twelve stories by eleven authors. Here's a short summary and quickie review of each:
The Fanboys by Stella Harris: Shane and Danny are two star-struck fans of actor Eric Ashcroft. They contrive to meet their idol, who is filming nearby, and get much more than they bargained for when the star invites the young men back to his trailer. A rather sweet little crush fantasy.
Room For Two by J.S. Morbius: A little glory hole action turns into a hot threesome. The action is pretty good, but a few stunning errors made me think the author was both clueless and lazy, and took me out of the story a few times.
Getting Fit by Abby Hayes: Three couples share hot and steamy action after hours at a health club owned by one of the guys. There is some pretty good action here as the couples each do their thing, sometimes with an audience. There's even a little kink. However, the dialog is so awful it reminds me of why I usually watch porn with the sound off. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 22, 2012
This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.
Photography teacher Dominick Pappas, called 'Papa' by his old friend Ben, is snapping pictures in a cafe one day when he spies the distinguished Professor Bradley Louis, a much older man that Papa is instantly infatuated with. Professor Louis has a reputation for being gruff, but despite Ben's warnings Papa tries to connect with the older man. He's rebuffed, but determined, and eventually, after several encounters, Bradley agrees to a date.
Bradley was in a life-long relationship that only ended a few years before when his partner died in a crash. He is doubtful that he will ever find love again, especially with a man twenty years younger, and then there's another problem. They go out on several dates before Brad finally confesses that he needs not just a lover, but a master. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2012
Volume 1 of Hellgate
Curtis Marin is a hit man, although he would object strongly to that term. He would probably prefer something more along the lines of 'avenging angel'. In the almost lawless fringes of the human colonies among the stars, where money and power lets you get away with murder (in other words, not much changes in 700 years), Marin works for a secret organization that, for a price, allows bereaved families to get justice. Marin does a lot of research, including hacking into computer systems, to ensure that the selected victim is guilty of their crime before he carries out a commission. He's judge, jury and executioner.
We first meet Marin while he's on assignment, taking out a particularly nasty gun-runner who murdered a dozen people just because they discovered what he was doing, or might have seen something they shouldn't have. By the time Marin pulls the trigger, the reader is convinced the man is getting exactly what's coming to him. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 12, 2012
This review first appeared at Speak Its Name.
“Unspoken” is told from the point of view of Stefan, a 30-something working class man in a small-ish Dutch town. He is married with three children as the book opens, and if you asked him, he would probably say he's happy, except for the problem of finding work to provide for his family in the middle of the depression. Stefan has done what was expected of him; he got married to a good woman, fathered children, and does whatever work he can find to put food on the table for them. He doesn't know any better.
Then, one day in the dole queue, Stefan meets Adri, and it changes everything, or nothing. Stefan doesn't understand his feelings at first, and Adri for his part takes things slowly. Unlike Stefan, Adri has always known that he prefers the company of men, and only men. His stepfather threw him out on the street when Adri's predilections became clear, and he's managed to survive thanks to the mentoring of other men like him. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 02, 2012
Volume 2 of Stealing Some Time
I read the first volume of Stealing Some Time in print several years ago, well before the ebook era. I liked it enough to want the read the second volume, but by the time I got around to wanting to order it, the book had gone out of print. Fortunately, the book was re-issued in both print and ebook, so I've now finally be able to download Volume 2 for a read. The only problem is that I've forgotten most of the details for the first book, although I do remember the broad outline of the story. So, for both our benefit, here's a summary of Volume 1, from the author's web site:
It is 2477 CE. Much of the world has long since become desert due to the unchecked use of fossil fuels in centuries past. But the world of the 25th century is an advanced one, where technology rules, where ruthless leaders have the upper hand, and where water is the limiting factor for all of civilization. Eighteen-year old Kallen Deshara is entering his obligatory 5-year stint in the North American Allianceâ€™s Air Defense Force. While in boot camp, Kallen comes to terms with the fact that heâ€™s gay. He even finds his first gay relationship with a fellow graduate recruit, but is dumped shortly thereafter. While nursing his wounds, he finds his second relationship in a fellow student while in the ADFâ€™s Schools Division. After being dumped again, Kallen is shipped off to his first duty station in the mountains at the edge of North Americaâ€™s Great Central Desert. There, Kallen becomes a force to be reckoned with as his natural talent in photronics, the 25th century form of software, comes to the fore. Another relationship follows. This time with an officer. But it falls short again. When called to Central Security, heâ€™s sure heâ€™s walking into a court-martial due to finally being found out. Instead, he finds that heâ€™s been called for a secret mission to 1820. Time travel! He and his team have been called to rectify a problem caused by the very device that opened the portal to the past. Not expecting more than to do his duty, Kallen isnâ€™t prepared for what awaits him.More
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