Posted in Book Reviews on May 02, 2012
Volume 3 of Remastering Jerna
Another year or so has passed since the events of the last book, Games & Consequences, and things are not going well for Jerna and his family. His youngest daughter is fighting cancer while the older one is facing bullying at school. Love and honor compel Jerna to spend more time with his wife and children, and less time with his lover Ria.
Ria feels lonely, and although he tries to understand Jerna's situation, he can't help but wonder if he can ever be really happy sharing Jerna with his wife and family. It doesn't help that Ria's old flame Orlan has reappeared to create mischief in both Ria and Jerna's life. For much of the first half of this book, it seems that Needful is going to be the story of the end of a relationship, as conflicting demands tear Ria and Jerna apart, but then this author excels at painting her characters into a corner from which it seems they can't escape without giving up something dear to them.More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2012
Volume 2 of Memoirs of a Houseboy
The houseboy is back, and he's still in good form. Like the first book, there's no real plot to this 'memoir'. It's mostly in the form of a diary with a few longer stories interspersed in.
'Gilli' is a 25 year-old houseboy and submissive 'boy' lover to two older 'daddy' doms, Dick and Shane. It isn't always easy for the impulsive and headstrong young man to live up to the expectations his daddies place on him. Gilli has a hard time controlling his emotions, and sometimes jealously or resentment gets the best of him. However, in this sequel, it seems to me that Dick and Shane have mellowed a bit and are somewhat more understanding of Gilli's feelings of insecurity, although they still don't stand for any bad behavior and are quick with the spankings when he gets out of line.
What I loved about the first book was the light-hearted style in which much of the story is delivered. In this second volume, there are again many laugh-out-loud and face-palming moments as Gilli gets into all sorts of new situations that get him into trouble.More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 16, 2012
Volume 2 of Remastering Jerna
Games & Consequences picks up the story of Remastering Jerna. It's a couple years later, and Jerna is happy in his life, with its somewhat unusual domestic arrangements. He spends four days a week as a manager at the exclusive Winds of Paradise hotel and bordello, while those nights are spent with Ria, the highly placed police inspector who helped set him free from his wrongful conviction in the first book. Ria gives Jerna the domination and pain he needs, as well as love. His weekends are spent with his very understanding wife and two children.
Jerna's job at the hotel means he occasionally has to deal with some unpleasant situations and customers. In the opening sequence, titled "Games", we're treated to a scene where one of the hotel's women sex workers, Mawe, is unwittingly used in a plot by a man named Darr to punish his assistant and lover Pavine. Darr is a powerful government minister who abuses Pavine regularly. When Jerna learns what happened to Mawe, he asks Ria to have a word with Darr to inform him he's not welcome in the hotel. This infuriates Darr, who takes it out on Pavine. Fortunately, fearing for his life, the young man has the sense to run away.More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 06, 2012
Russell Grant is a scientist, a geneticist in fact, and the son of a geneticist who helped create the 'Aquarians', a new human subspecies able to live in the water, almost like a fish. That's important because the polar ice caps have melted and the world is almost completely covered in water.
Russell's lover of many More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 29, 2012
Gideon Frost is a man skating on thin ice, almost literally. The young printer is barely keeping his business together, and his creditors are circling outside his door. He's only just getting by, and when the need arises he's not above selling his body for a few shillings to make ends meet. His one More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 24, 2012
The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes opens on that fateful day on the plain of Chaeronea, when Philip and his golden son wipe out almost all of the Sacred Band. Almost all, for although badly wounded, Nikanoras still lives, much to his shame. Alexander finds him and More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 16, 2012
Theo is a young man looking for a little fantasy fulfillment on Valentines Day. He's had dreams about the BDSM scene, but this is the first time he's entered the club to act on them. He has all the gear, and no idea More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 15, 2012
Aiden is a 23 year-old aspiring actor. He wants to continue his studies, but for now he's taking some time to explore his submissive side. He's played with a lot of tops and doms, but most of them were just into the role, the experiences didn't seem More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2012
Anatolios and Philon are young apprentice sculptors in Classical Greece. Anatolios is a precocious boy of just 13 years. Philon is much older, around 20, and More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 05, 2012
The story of Hadiran and Antinous has provided great fodder for gay historical romance. After all, there are few male historical figures that we know had sexual relationships. Even Alexander and Hephastion may have enjoyed a purely platonic affair. But that Antinous was Hadrian's sexual partner there can be little doubt. The many memorials left by Hadrian to Antinous seems to suggest there More
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