Turnskin by Nicole Kimberling – Review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Turnskin
Author: Nicole Kimberling
Genre: Paranormal Romance
URL: Blind Eye Books
Price: US$14.95 (available for pre-order before release in January 2008)
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m, violence
Raised in a remote farming community, Tom Fletcher knows little of his Shifter heritage and less about the dangerous lives that others of his kind lead in the city of Riverside. For Tom the big city is a daydream of opening nights and bright theater lights.
But when Tom meets Cloud Coldmoon – infamous and handsome heir to a criminal syndicate – everything changes. Suddenly suspected of murder, Tom must flee to the only city where his kind are common.

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Beautiful Thing (1996) – film review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Title: Beautiful Thing (1996)
Director: Hettie MacDonald Screenwriter: Jonathan Harvey (based on his play)
Genre: Coming of Age
Price: Varies, available on DVD

Summary: During one hot, long summer in the South London projects, neighbors Jamie and Ste discover that there can be more to life than what they’ve found so far.

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Broomsticks & Stones by Jane Davitt – review

Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ Title: Broomsticks & Stones
Author: Jane Davitt
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$1.95
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m, naughty words
Summary (from author):
Set in a modern world where magic is a regular part of life, Broomsticks and Stones is the story of young lawyer, Peter Carruthers, who is entrusted with a task involving the delivery of a gem to Scotland, to be handed over to the new head of a clan.

Traveling by broomstick in a blizzard, Peter crashes and is lucky enough to find shelter with Jamie MacGellis who, when he finds out what Peter plans to do, has ideas of his own for the gem — and for Peter.

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Heard on high by Lee Benoit – a review

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Heard on High
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Romance
URL: Torquere Press
Other Information/warnings:explicit m/m, naughty words
Summary (from author):
Hal is a composer and director of the local gay men’s chorus. Arlie’s a young tenor who comes highly recommended, but his voice doesn’t measure up to his reputation. Hal likes Arlie a lot, though, and decides to take a chance on him as something more than a singer.

My review:
This is a cute seasonal short from an adept writer who just loves her porny little choir boys and their naughty songs. The premise of the story – a boy soprano who doesn’t live up to his early promise when his voice breaks – is all too believable, and though it’s a teeny bit schmaltzy, it’s not too over the top. Arlie has enough sass to leaven the sugar, and he and Hal make a hot little couple. A gay men’s chorus provide the comedy and the snark as counterpoint to the romantic goings on.

A warm and fuzzy accompaniment to mulled wine and mince pies, it doesn’t outstay its welcome at 10,000 words, and if your gorge is rising at the 5,000th rendition of ‘Away in a manger’ or ‘Walking in the air’, this could be the perfect antidote to seasonal floss.


Summer Moved On, an artbook by Michael Breyette – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Summer Moved On
Artist: Michael Breyette
Genre: Homoerotic portraiture
URL: Artist’s site / Amazon USA / Amazon Canada / Amazon UK
Price: US$38.95 / UK£ £15.96
Other Information/warnings: Nudity, including genitalia and full erections.

An art book of homoerotic portraits, men in all stages of undress and situations in the summer sun. Sample pages available here.

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Addicted by Duane Williams – Review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Addicted
Author(s): Duane Williams
Genre: Adult Fiction/Short Story
URL: http://velvetmafia.com/20/williams.php
Price: Free
Other Information/warnings: Explict m/m, possible squick for unsafe sex and watersports

Summary: A sex addict in a support group isn’t exactly avoiding his addiction.

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All These Things That I’ve Done by makesmewannadie – Review

Title: All These Things That I’ve Done
Author: makesmewannadie
Genre: Modern, f/f, m/f/f (transgender)
URL: On Livejournal
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: explicit f/f, angst
Summary :
Natalie used to be with Andrea, until she decided she wanted to be Andy. Jenny used to be with Natalie, but she wanted more than they had. Looks like she found it with Andy….

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Dorian Blues (film) – review

Title: Dorian Blues
Director: Tennyson Bardwell
Genre: Coming out/Coming of age
Other Information/warnings: some bad language

Dorian Lagatos finally realises that the reason he doesn’t fit in with his ultra-conservative family or the stereotypical American teenage image is because he’s gay. The film documents his struggle for self-understanding, and acceptance.

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