Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 27, 2013
In twelfth century Japan, Saito Arisada is a warrior monk in the temple of Mii-dera. The temple is caught up in the struggle between two powerful factions vying for the imperial throne. An overwhelming force is sent to attack the temple, which falls to the invaders with the help of Arisada's lover, who betrays him and the temple. The handful of warriors, including Arisada, that survive the initial attack realize all is lost and commit the ritual suicide of the samurai. Arisada is the last to go, after assisting his comrades. As he feels death about to take him, the opposing army breaks through the last of the defenses. Among them is a sadistic vampire who, caught by Arisada's beauty, turns the samurai into a vampire, and his slave. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 19, 2013
Dylan, Cole and Brandon are three good friends, business partners, and lovers. They met in college and afterwards formed a successful business in Florida. But a ghost from Dylan's past threatens to destroy him and his relationship with the two men he loves. Cole and Brandon can tell something is wrong, but Dylan shuts out all their attempts to help him. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 14, 2013
This review originally appeared on the BDSM Book Reviews site.
If, like me, you haven't read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar... or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.
In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van's need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they're forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his 'mate' get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 10, 2013
Tim isn't very happy with his life. He has a degree in counseling, but he makes better money working a dead-end job in a furniture factory. He also feels stifled in his relationship with his current girlfriend. Tim has known since he was a young boy that he was attracted to other men, but he has repressed those feelings and tried to conform to other people's expectations of him.
One night, Tim talks himself into visiting a gay bar, where he meets Troy, the owner of a male escort agency. Troy seems to think Tim might have a future as a prostitute. Despite many misgivings, Tim starts to live a double life. There's the 'straight' Tim his roommates always knew, and then there's Ben, the gay hooker. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 06, 2013
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 29, 2013
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 25, 2013
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 21, 2013
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 17, 2013
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
Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 13, 2013
Volume 5 of Something New on the Menu
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
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