Book Reviews

Review - Achilles: A Love Story

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 03, 2012

The Greek era has always been one of my favorites for historical romance. Perhaps it's because Mary Ranault's Alexander books were the first historical novels with a gay bent I ever read, or maybe it's just because it was a time when love between men was not More...

Review - Dark Soul

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 19, 2012

Dark Soul

When I first started seeing blurbs for this book, I have to say it didn't appeal to me. It's hard for mafia stories not to come off as caricature. But I like the author - especially for his use of times and themes not usually found in m/m stories - so when the publisher offered More...

Review - Three Men and a Bounty

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 12, 2012

Well, partner, what ya got here is a tale of the old west, about three men who find they have a right powerful hankering for each other. As if a menage wasn’t complicated enough, one of the men is a US Marshall, and a former slave. In the post civil war period, More...

Review - Remastering Jerna

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 18, 2011

Volume 1 of Remastering Jerna

Remastering Jerna is a really dark tale of suffering and redemption. In it, the author has created an alternate world not unlike our own, but with significant small differences. She spends many pages drawing this world and the main characters in rich detail, making everything three dimensional and very real in a very readable style that gradually draws you in.

The title character, More...

Review - I, Omega

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 13, 2011

I, Omega

I must say, shifter stories never really interested me, but then people convinced me to read Kim Dare's Duck!, which really shook me up. I'm still not that interested in shifter stories, but it certainly didn't put me off this book, which is the second of Kari Gregg's I've read. I'd More...

Review - Kei's Gift

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 03, 2011

Kei's Gift

The best word I can think of to describe Kei's Gift is "epic" - in the very classical sense of the word. This is a broad tale of the clash of two cultures, set in an alternate world not far removed from Earth's ancient antiquity. The 'clash' is actually More...

Review - Jasmine Nights

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 17, 2011

Jasmine Nights

This is one of my favorite books, and the one I'm most likely to recommend to people who ask for something to read about Thailand or Bangkok. Although set in the early 1960s, it still manages to accurately capture the crazy contradiction that is modern Thailand. For those that haven't spent much time More...

Review: Fun With Dick And Shane

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 31, 2011

Fun With Dick and Shane: The Memoirs Of A Submissive Houseboy

Volume 0 of Memoirs Of A Houseboy

This is the biggest surprise I've had for quite some time. I was expecting a bit of light fluff, and while there's lots of humor in the author's breezy first-person account of the 'adventures' of More...

Review - Hell's Pawn

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 23, 2011

Hell's Pawn

This book was a really pleasant surprise. It was a really nice change from what I have been reading lately, and reminded me how much I like a good sci-fi/alternate universe story. It was my first reading love, before puberty got me interested in sex and smut.

Bell has crafted a very believable vision of the afterlife, More...

Review: A Dish Served Cold

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 10, 2011

A Dish Served Cold

This wasn't exactly the story I was expecting, so my reaction and review of it may be colored by that. The mention of slavery in the description, as well as the BDSM genre classifications, had me expecting a m/s story, and this is NOT that. In fact, I would argue that there's not More...

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