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Review - Beside A Black Tarn by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016

Beside A Black Tarn

Volume 4 of Brimstone

The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More

Review - Becoming Cherished by Sara York

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 24, 2016

Becoming Cherished

Scotty tries to exorcise the demons of his past by being a Dom. He believes that being in control is the key to not being hurt again. He also tries to keep his relationships with his subs at arms length, because letting them get too close can also lead to disappointment.

Wesley is young and inexperienced, and he challenges almost everything Scotty has done to protect himself. At first Scotty tries to bring Wesley into the lifestyle, and the younger man seems willing in the beginning, but then events overtake both men and threatens their budding relationship. More

Review - Fire and Rain by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 16, 2016

Fire and Rain

Volume 3 of Carlisle Cops

Policeman Kip is on patrol one night when he encounters Jos and his little brother Isaac on the streets. The orphans became homeless when he lost his job and an unscrupulous landlord kicked him out of their apartment. After a second encounter with Jos, Kip takes pity on the young man and invites Isaac and Jos to stay with him.

It isn't long before the two men both feel a powerful attraction to each other. Kip even finds the prospect of being a parental figure to little Isaac rather appealing. But Jos has had too many bad experiences with being let down by people, and feels he needs to make his own way in the world. Can the two find a way to be together? More

Review - The Eidolon's Conquest by Yamila Abraham

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 09, 2016

The Eidolon's Conquest

In this vision of a possible not-to-distant future, the Eidolon are a genetically engineered race of super-humans, bred by their super-computer master with a thirst for conquest and domination. The Eidolon and their robot army have been locked in a war with the humans for many years. The war is draining resources on both sides, with the Eidolon running low on raw materials, and the humans losing hundreds of soldiers in every battle. More

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

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