Book Reviews

Review - Selling Out by Zen DiPietro

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 05, 2017

Selling Out

Volume 1 of Mercenary Warefare

To most people on Dragonfire Station, Cabot Layne is a simple, friendly shopkeeper, selling trinkets and other things of interest to the different species flowing off the many ships calling on the station. A few know that Cabot is a much more skilled trader than he lets on, with the connections to acquire almost anything one could want, even if it's not quite legal. So, when a rogue coalition at the edge of planetary alliance space starts to threaten the peace, Security Chief Fallon calls on Cabot to make the deal of a life-time by negotiating a special pact with the reptilian Briven. More

Review - Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 29, 2017

Captive Prince

Volume 1 of Captive Prince Trilogy

While his father the king lays on his deathbed, Crown Prince Damen is seized by troops loyal to his half brother Kastor, who seizes the throne. Rather than simply kill Damen, Kastor packs him off to be a pleasure slave at the court of Vere, traditional enemies of Damen's people, with whom Kastor has made peace, for now. If anyone in Vere realizes who he is, Damen will be dead. Until then, he has the humiliation of being a slave to deal with. More

Review - The Zozobra Incident by Don Travis

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 22, 2017

The Zozobra Incident

Volume 1 of BJ Vinson Mystery

BJ Vinson is a private investigator and former police detective based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When BJ's ex boyfriend Del comes to him for help, he approaches the case with mixed feelings. It seems that the rent boy who broke the two up is blackmailing Del with some racy photos of the two. What seems to be a relatively simple case at first eventually escalates into a deadly game of cat and mouse where everyone, including BJ's new love interest, is a suspect. More

Review - Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 15, 2017

Dim Sum Asylum

In an alternate San Francisco, the human and magical worlds have collided in a big, messy way. Fairies, dragons and other magical creatures mix with humans, and it's the job of the San Francisco Police Department's Arcane Crimes unit to make sure nobody misuses magic for nefarious purposes. The Chinatown headquarters, known by its officers as the “Dim Sum Asylum”, is where most of the action is, and where Detective Roku calls home. More

Review - Boys Don't Cry by J.K. Hogan

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 08, 2017

Boys Don't Cry

Just a few weeks short of graduation, Mackenzie is evicted from his apartment, so it can be torn down to make way for a new development. He doesn't have the time, or more importantly the money, to find a decent new place; not until he graduates and starts working. His best friend Taylor drags Mackenzie to a work drinks party, where one of the coworkers, Laurent, offers him a place to stay. Laurent is the your stereotypical computer nerd: He has virtually no social skills, works non-stop for days on end, and is something of a snob. He's also obviously very rich, and Mackenzie doesn't have much choice. After all, it's only for a few weeks. More

Review - Going Deep by Silvia Violet

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 01, 2017

Going Deep

Volume 4 of Fitting In

This last book of the “Fitting In” series returns to the original threesome of Jack, Gray and Mason. This time we get the story from Gray's point of view. Now a detective, he is faced with the puzzling murder of a teenage girl, who may have been forced into prostitution by a notorious crime boss, yet there are precious few clues as to who is responsible. When another girl turns up dead, the pressure mounts to find some clues. The cases bring back some unhappy memories from Gray's childhood, which doesn't make it any easier. More

Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 25, 2017

Feral Dust Bunnies

Volume 4 of Offbeat Crimes

This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct's not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf's current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town. Their only clue to the mystery is the lone survivor: a small kitten that seems to have imprinted on Wolf. More

Review - The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 18, 2017

The Master Will Appear

Experienced fencer Mikhail takes an instant dislike to brash newcomer Ryan. The agressive young man has talent, but no discipline. And if there's one thing Mikhail knows, it's discipline, whether it be on the piste or in the bedroom. Mikhail decides to teach the cocky fencer a lesson and challenges him to a match. He isn't surprised when he wins easily, but he is surprised when a contrite Ryan asks Mikhail to give him lessons. It turns out the dislike is mutual, but so is an attraction each man finds hard to resist. More

Review - Limitless by SJD Peterson

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 11, 2017

Limitless

Volume 2 of The Underground Club

Experienced Dominant Nash finds himself curiously fascinated with Joshua, a new submissive at the Underground Club. Unfortunately, Joshua belongs to Troy, a truly sadistic Dom that Nash has always disliked. When his curiosity gets the better of him and Nash asks around, he finds that the young sub has a reputation for taking extreme pain and not safewording. It's almost enough to scare Nash off. But still, there's something about Joshua that makes him think he might be the kind of Dom the sub needs. More

Review - Intersections: Dragonfire Station Short Stories by Zen DiPietro

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 04, 2017

Intersections: Dragonfire Station Short Stories

Volume 4 of Dragonfire Station

This collection of short stories takes place in the universe built through the Dragonfire Station series. Most of the tales would best be described as backstories for many of the secondary characters introduced in the series. Some stories tell us how the people got to where we meet them in the series, while others might be better described as simply a slice of life in a person's day, giving us more insight into pivotal moments of the characters or the series. More

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