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Review - Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 02, 2016

Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

It's a not-so-guilty not-so-secret that I have a penchant for quirky titles. It probably started with Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO/a Novel of Journalism, and then there was The Aerodynamics of Pork, which introduced me to a writer who went on to give us several more great reads. So, it was almost a given that I would read “Love for the Cold-Blooded…” even before knowing what it was about. Fortunately, my little weakness didn't let me down. More...

Review - Games of Rome by J.P. Kenwood

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 13, 2016

Games of Rome

Volume 2 of Dominus

This second book of the five-part Dominus series picks up exactly where the first installment left of: with the death of Gaius' old friend, and sometimes lover, Lucius. The mystery of who killed Lucius, and why, is a major theme of this book, although the relationship between Gaius and Allerix remains the core of the story. Allerix seems resigned to his fate as Gaius' slave, although he still plots his revenge against the Roman emperor, and Dominus takes steps to protect his slave's true identity, a secret that could mean death for both of them if it becomes known. Both men have motives for what they do, but Gaius and Allerix are both struggling against their hearts' feeling that the other means more to them than they should. More...

Review - Event Horizon by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 29, 2015

Event Horizon

Volume 6 of Hellgate

The Hellgate saga comes to a rousing if bittersweet conclusion in this sixth and final installment. If you've made it this far in the series, you'll almost certainly find this book hard to put down. More...

Review - Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 16, 2015

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire

Can you ever truly make up for hurting someone you love? That's what Jefferson Blythe is about to find out, although he doesn't know it when he lands in London for a modern version of the grand tour. The trip is ostensibly to help Jefferson get over being dumped by his girlfriend, and the plan is to retrace the steps of his grandfather, right down to using an outdated copy of Esquire's Europe in Style as a guide. More...

Review - The Front Runner by Patricia Neal Warren

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 09, 2015

The Front Runner

This 40 year-old classic deserves to be read, to see how much as changed, and how much hasn't. While gay men in the USA no longer have to fear being arrested for simply being gay, the sports world is still full of homophobia and discrimination. More...

Review - If I Were Fire by Heloise West

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 02, 2015

If I Were Fire

Kindly note: a proof copy of this book was supplied by the author in exchange for a review.

A world-weary adventuring count trying to salvage his family estate, a bad boy who wants to be good, a local gangster, and a search for hidden treasure. All this is packed into this very short novelette, running less than 60 pages.

Salvesto is the rather down-on-his-luck count. He has returned to Siena upon the death of his father, hoping that the acts which forced him into exile have been forgotten. Unfortunately, his father descended into madness near his end and seems to have sold off or, rumor has it, hidden away many of the family's valuable art works. More...

Review - Flashpoint by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 24, 2015

Flashpoint

Volume 5 of Hellgate

With open warfare between the Earth-centered home-worlds and the colonies inevitable after the events of Probe, the team focuses on making the time and place of the next battle one of their choosing. There isn't any time to waste on a protracted war with Earth, not with the Zunshu automatons destroying more and more human colonies on the edge of Hellgate. The rebels have delved the depths of data recovered from the ill-fated Orpheus and are completing construction of Lai'a, a ship built on the wreck of the Intrepid specifically to navigate the strange currents of time and gravity that make exist on the other side of Hellgate. More...

Review - Naked Mailman by Dawn Flemington

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 10, 2015

Naked Mailman

This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.

Ken is rather bored with his life as a mailman but he isn't quite prepared for the turns his life takes when he is assaulted and left bound naked in his mail truck one day on his delivery rounds. Not only does he have to deal with the public notoriety of being the “naked mailman”, he also finds himself unable to rid himself of the image of his assailant, and the submissive feelings the man has awakened in him. More...

Review - Santuario by G.B. Gordon

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 23, 2015

Santurario

In the distant future, on a far-away planet, there are two human colonies with distinctly different cultures. The Skanians were the original colonists, apparently descended from Scandinavian stock. The later arrivals crash-landed more than 200 years before this story begins. For reasons nobody seems quite sure of, the newcomers were isolated on an island they call Santuario in the sweltering tropics, where they've had little contact with the Skanians. More...

Review - The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2015

The Best Little Boy in the World

As a very young child, the author's parents praise him as “the best little boy in the world” (BLBITW). Such parental praise may be relatively common, but our hero truly takes it to heart and spends many years trying to live up to the perceived expectations of his parents and others. When he realizes that he prefers boys to girls he sublimates those feelings, since the BLBITW most certainly can't have such feelings. It isn't until he finishes college and enters the working world that he realizes the pointlessness of denying his feelings. More...

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