Archive for May, 2008

The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack – review

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: The Sweet Flag
Author: Jeanne Barrack
Genre: M/M paranormal romance/erotica
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m sex, some minor violence, dubious consent
Summary [from the publisher]: Brandon Keats is a paranormal investigator, specializing in Civil War phenomena. As a gay man, he’s searched for years for evidence of gay paranormal activity. When he finally finds what he believes to be an example of this, he decides to confront the ghost of a homosexual Civil War soldier at the grave where he’s been sighted.

Ron Tayvail has guarded the grave of Matthew Hardesty for years. When he learns of Brandon’s interest in the legend of “The Vigilant Soldier”, he’s determined to dissuade him from any deeper investigation. He didn’t realize that he’d fall in love with the fellow on first sight. And yearn to become his lover. For always.

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Never Never Land by Treva Harte – review

Rating: 2/10 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Never Never Land
Author: Treva Harte
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit het and m/m sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sex screws everything up.
That was one good reason Jenni hung out with her gay buddies, Chris, Adam and Jake. They were gorgeous and totally unavailable. Friends were safe. At least, until they decided she needed a walk on the wild side and decreed they’d find the perfect man for her. Then all the rules changed.
Jake found the perfect straight guy for Jenni — except Jake was falling for him himself. Jenni was getting interesting e-mail from a mystery man. Chris was finally ready to take on commitment-shy Adam.
Maybe screwing up would be worth it.

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Toybox: Sounds, a Torquere Collection – review

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Title: Toy Box: Sounds, a Torquere Collection
Author: Kiernan Kelly, Angelia Sparrow & Naomi Brooks, Mychael Black
Genre: M/M erotica/kink
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Warnings: Explicit m/m sex, urethral play/sounding, rough language, mild violence.
Summary (from Publisher’s Website): What the heck is a sound, anyway? It’s not a toy for everyone, but the boys in this Toy Box make it pretty hot and intriguing! In A Play of Shadow by Mychael Black, vampire Triarius is back for this story, along with his lover Lance. Triarius is growly and moody and Lance knows just how to fix that, and he takes control for a change, starting a back and forth ride that neither will ever forget.Sideshow Roses by Naomi Brooks and Angelia Sparrow give us Nick and Torturo, the King of Pain, on Valentine’s Day. Torturo turns out to be a closet romantic, and has a surprising sound just for Nick. Finally, in Sounding like Trust by Kiernan Kelly, Arthur is a shy guy who needs a little therapy to gain confidence. Can he become the best student his love therapist has ever had? Find out all this and more in the Sounds Toy Box!

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Amor en retrogrado by A M Riley – review

Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ Title: Amor en retrogrado
Author: A M Riley
Genre: Contemporary romance, mystery, crime
URL: Loose ID
Price: US $7.099
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, violence, racism, homophobic attitudes, kink
Summary [from the publisher]:
In the year since JD Ryan, Robert Lemos’s life partner, packed his bags and moved out, Robert has been in a painful daze, anesthetizing himself with work. Then one rainy night, he gets a call that his ex has been beaten and shot in a parking lot outside a gay dance club. JD is in critical condition and the man who was with him is dead. Robert rushes to JD’s bedside to find him recovering from the gunshot wound but suffering from retrograde amnesia. As JD slowly regains his memories, he recalls everything except the circumstances of the murder, and the reasons why he left Robert. He remembers their love, and seems determined to reconcile. It’s the miracle Robert’s been hoping for.
Interference comes from all sides. Detective Bill Turner, who seems to have too personal an interest in JD, pegs Robert as the primary suspect in the shooting. Robert’s best friend, police Captain Gabe Lara, seems to feel that Robert is better off without JD. Even JD’s returning memory seems to conspire against Robert. And as the detectives track down the killer, Robert helplessly waits for JD to recall the truth of their relationship and leave him yet again. But if they survive the investigation, they just might find love in retrograde.

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Colin Farrell’s Penis by Philip Huang – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ Title: Colin Farrell’s Penis
Author: Philip Huang
Genre: Contemporary humor
URL: Velvet Mafia (Part of Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction, Issue 22.) Now part of A Pornography of Grief anthology
Price: Free From US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: Not Safe For Work image accompanying story

Ya have about three minutes to spare and want a good chuckle? Then pop over to the always excellent Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction and take a look at this fine, fun story by Philip Huang. With some nice humor and a refreshing brevity of words, author Huang manages to get some laughs and poke some well-deserved fun at the propensities of the gay community. And he manages to do both while lampooning the general ass-hatery of Hollywood celebutants. All this in under 500 words! Flash fiction at its finest. Huang is not an author I have ever read before, but after this little piece, I will be certain to read more.

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Catching out by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Catching out
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Torquere Press (Part of the Taste Test: Blind Dates collection.)
Price: US $2.49
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the publisher]:
Blind Dates have a rotten reputation for a reason. They can be risky, at best, but not all of them have to end badly….in “Catching Out,” by Lee Benoit, Ab is ready to take on a new relationship, so his family and friends set him up on a slew of blind dates. When he meets Mole, he sees a whole new life opening up. Can Ab find the courage to go for it? Find out how these blind dates turn out!

Catching out is the longest of three stories in the collection. The others (not reviewed here) are The Cure by Jodi Payne and Dinner and a Movie by Alex Marcus-Jacobs.

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