Archive for April, 2008

Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Romance
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Other Information/warnings: Mild references to animal cruelty, adult themes, slavery, mildly graphic m/m sex.

Summary (from the publisher): Adiún has terrible luck with lovers. One has died, the other has been traded away to help the village, and he has no one left. Joining a troupe of acrobats, Adiún leaves his village in search of Devi, his old lover and best friend, hoping to save him from whatever fate has befallen him since he was sold.He searches in brothels and slave pens with the help of his new friends, but when he finally finds Devi, Adiún is afraid too many bad things have happened for Devi to trust again. Can he find a way to convince his lover that they can have a life together?

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All That Glitters by Aislinn Kerry – review

Rating: 3/10 ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: All that Glitters
Author: Aislinn Kerry
Genre: Gay Romance / Paranormal
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Price: US$3.50
Warnings: Graphic m/m sex, violence
Summary (from the publisher): Running from a nightmare…falling into the arms of a monster…

Kynan Pritchard has come to Paris to start a new life, one free from the gruesome nightmares—and the accusations of insanity—that have plagued him from childhood. He’s used to a hard-luck existence, but when a stranger comes to his aid, he thinks maybe that luck is changing. Aneirin is strong and brave, everything that Kynan wants to be. And Kynan falls for him. Hard.

But Kynan’s nightmares are about to become reality, and not even Aneirin can protect him from the monster who’s stalked him across the continent. The gwrach-y-rhibyn threatens everything—Kynan’s life, his sanity, even his love for Aneirin.

To defeat her, Kynan will have to risk becoming the very creature he hates.

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I was an alien cat toy by Ann Somerville – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: I was an alien cat toy
Author: Ann Somerville
Genre: Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US4.99
Other Information/warnings: Non-consensual sex, inter-species sex, adult themes.
Summary [from Author]: Temin crash lands on an unexplored planet and gets up front and personal with the natives – who are giant felines.

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Servant of the Seasons 1: Autumn by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Servant of the Seasons 1: Autumn
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Sci-fi/speculative
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Other Information/warnings: m/m, slavery
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kicked out of his home in the Domes, Edor finds himself squatting on abandoned land, taking it on as his own and trying to eke out a meagre living from the infertile soil. When his closest neighbor, Varas, offers to trade his hard-earned crop for him in the town several weeks’ walk away, Edor takes the man up on it.
Months later, when Varas still has not returned, Edor has given his hopes of getting seed for a winter crop and a beast of burden. In fact, he’s just decided that Varas has cheated him when the man returns, two slaves meant to be Edor’s in tow.
Edor frees the slaves as soon as Varas leaves, but to his surprise, the men stay with him and change his life and his land in ways Edor could never have dreamed

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Tangle (Anthology) – ed. Nicole Kimberling – review

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Title: Tangle (Anthology) – ed. Nicole Kimberling
Authors: Steven Adamson, Astrid Amara, Mark Allan Gunnells, Ginn Hale, Tenea D. Johnson, Jeremiah Job Levine, Erin MacKay, Gene Mederos, Jesse Sandoval and Lawrence Schimel.
Genre: Science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction
URL: Blind Eye Books
Price: USD $15.95
Other Information/warnings: violence, explicit m/m, some horror themes
Summary [from publisher]:
11 stories of magic, mystery and the fantastic future, all featuring gay heroes. Swordsmen, cyborgs, magicians, ghosts, psychic lovers and enchanted lords fill this anthology with adventure, laughter and passion.

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