Archive for January, 2008

Going Down by Ann Somerville – Review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Going Down
Author: Ann Somerville
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, paranormal
Price: US$1.99 (all proceeds benefiting Medécins Sans Frontieres) US $2.99
Warnings: None
URL: Lulu
Summary (from the author): Derzo Einan wanted to help people, and for fifteen years he rescued others from fires, floods and natural disasters. But in the aftermath of a horrific event, he’s left unable to help anyone, not even himself, his gift of empathy now more of a curse and his career in tatters. Running from his demons, Einan finds refuge in a big city, discovering an underclass of helpless hopeless people even worse off than himself—and another soul as troubled and damaged as him. In saving one more person, will he find his own salvation?

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Sweat Anthology – Review

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Title: Sweat, A Torquere Press Taste Test
Authors: AJ Wilde, Anfernee Williamson and James Buchanan
Publisher: Torquere Press
Purchase URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Warnings: explicit m/m sex, graphic language.

Publisher’s description: Sports. Sweaty men grappling with each other for the ball or plying blades with dramatic precision. The Sweat Taste Test tantalizes us with three stories about men and the games they play.

AJ Wilde’s Twenty-Four takes on a physical trainer who needs his lover to do a little more to climb out of depression, before he does something he’ll regret. Anfernee Williamson brings us a story of just how much two football buddies care about each other, and what they’ll do to show it. James Buchanan’s fencing story takes on what happens when two adversaries come together after a match and admire each others’ skills. Among other things.

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Better by Jaime Samms – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Better
Author: Jaime Samms
Genre: Contemporary Romance
URL: LiveJournal
Price: Free

Warnings: None

Summary (by author): Jesse has had a rough time with love; maybe too rough to take another chance, but when Aadon comes along, he thinks maybe there’s hope. When the past comes calling, Jesse has to decide just what it is he wants now, and whether or not he’s as close to recovery as he thought.

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The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon – review

Title: The Adrien English MysteriesFatal Shadows, A Dangerous Thing, The Hell You Say
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: Contemporary romance, detective mystery
URL:
Fatal Shadows
and A Dangerous Thing at Loose ID

The Hell You Say at Loose ID
Price:
Fatal Shadows
and A Dangerous Thing – $6.99
A Dangerous Thing – $7.99
Other Information/warnings: gore, explicit m/m, occult references

Summary (from publisher):
Fatal Shadows
A serial killer is stalking gay men, and a tawny-eyed LAPD detective wants bookseller Adrien English in handcuffs — for all the wrong reasons!

A Dangerous Thing
When his romance goes south, Adrien heads north to the California Motherlode country. Can murder — and Adrien’s favorite LAPD detective — be far behind?

The Hell You Say
When bookstore assistant Angus falls afoul of a Satanic cult, Adrien falls afoul of Jake — but despite the fact that his amateur sleuthing is playing hell with his love life, Adrien can’t help but delving into this case of kooks, cults, devil worship, and human sacrifice.

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Until the End of Time: The Chariot by Syd McGinley – review

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Title: Until the End of Time: The Chariot
Author: Syd McGinley
Genre: fantasy, historical romance
URL: At Torquere
Price: US $2.49
Other Information/warnings: death, explicit m/m
Summary:
Doomed by a deal with Hades, Cyran searches for his lost love Ximen across the centuries. It seems they’re destined never to meet again, through Roman adventures and Celtic times, all the way to the present day.

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Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon – review

Title: Snowball in Hell
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: WWII gay romance, detective story
URL: Aspen Mountain Press
Price: US$ 5.99
Other Information: mild gore, explicit m/m
Summary:
It’s 1943 and the world is at war. Journalist Nathan Doyle has just returned home from North Africa–still recovering from wounds received in the Western Desert Campaign–when he’s asked to cover the murder of a society blackmailer.
Lt. Matthew Spain of the LAPD homicide squad hates the holidays since the death of his beloved wife a few months earlier, and this year isn’t looking much cheerier what with the threat of attack by the Japanese and a high-profile homicide investigation. Matt likes Nathan; maybe too much.

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