Archive for June, 2008

Soul Bonds by Lynn Lorenz – review

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Soul Bonds
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Genre: Paranormal/contemporary fantasy
URL:Loose ID
Price:US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, graphic m/m, bad language
Summary [from the publisher]:
Mitchell Collins is the king of denial. Five years after the death of his lover, Steve, he finds himself in a gay bar, wondering why he’s even there. He has a rule he won’t break: Don’t take anyone home.,
Sammi’s trying to survive on the streets of Houston. It’s not easy for someone with no money, no identity, and no friends.
When Mitch meets Sammi, all thoughts of “safe” go flying out the window. He takes him home for the best sex of his life, not knowing that Sammi’s a sex slave on the run from a man who’ll do anything to get him back.
But Sammi and Mitch are soul bonds, And nothing, not even Donovan himself, is going to keep them apart.

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Servant of the Seasons 2: Winter by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Servant of the Seasons 2: Winter
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Fantasy
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US $2.49
Other Information/warnings:explicit m/m, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Edor and his new friends, former slaves Tywyll and Lys, are still making the most of the land. Every day the two norvigi bring changes, improving Edor’s way of life. As is their way, Tywyll is growing stronger with the winter equinox, while Lys is growing weaker.
When Lys goes into his sleep, Edor finally gives into his attraction to his two friends with Tywyll, knowing Lys would give them his blessing if he were awake. When Lys finally wakes, the three men find their home in danger, and they must band together even closer to save their newfound happiness. Can they solve the mystery that their attackers leave behind, and stay safe at the same time?

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King of Cats: A Life in Five Novellas by Blake Fraina – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: King of Cats: A Life in Five Novellas
Author: Blake Fraina
Genre: Gay contemporary literature
URL: iUniverse
Price: Print: US$16.95 / Adobe e-book: $6.00
Warnings: Explicit m/m sex, non-con, drug use
Summary (from iUniverse): What makes a person fascinating? Is it what they hide or what they reveal? Is it who they are or who they appear to be? A struggling filmmaker believes he recognizes the face of a man in an old painting and becomes obsessed with finding him. On the cusp of his band’s success, a closeted guitarist walks out on his longtime male lover to live with a woman he hardly knows. After spending one fateful night in bed together, two youthful musicians enter into a bitter and emotionally devastating power struggle for control over their band and one another. And eight years later, tragedy forces both men to confront the inescapable and bitter legacy of their fathers’ influence. Peopled with vivid characters and told in sharp dialogue, the five stories that comprise King of Cats tell the provocative, sometimes heartbreaking story of luminous, enigmatic rock star Jimmy ‘Strange’ Lyons. Weaving back and forth through time, from a tenement in Alphabet City to a luxury co-op overlooking Central Park to a semi-detached in North London, Jimmy’s life unfolds like a mystery, gradually revealing his secrets and exposing the vast gulf that often lies between what appears to be and what is.

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Fallen Angels by Marty Rayne – review

Rating: 2/10 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Fallen Angels
Author: Marty Rayne
Genre: Contemporary romance, crime
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$5.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, violence, bad language
Summary [from the publisher]:
Adam Hardy’s assignment was clear: Infiltrate the pseudo-biker gang Fallen Angels and bring back the dirt on their big boss, Lucifer. Nowhere in the mission statement did it tell him to fall for the local leader, Mammon, named after the fallen angel of greed.
Marc, aka Mammon, thought that a quick dip would sate the lust he held for the newest Fallen Angel. After all, Adam would never be his now that Lucifer had taken an interest in the pretty boy. Was intent on making him a golden boy.
Who knew sex and an unexpected bond of trust would bring Adam and Marc together while they tried to take Lucifer down and out of their lives forever?

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Hart and Soul by Nica Berry – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Hart and Soul
Author: Nica Berry
Genre: Historical fantasy romance
URL: Torquere
Price: US $5.95
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, non-con, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Orphaned Niann has one wish, to go up the mountain to seek a spirit guide like the rest of his peers. Instead, he’s forced to wait until frustration drives him to go without permission on his eighteenth birthday. There, he meets his guide–the kala deer, the tribe’s patron animal and one that grants its disciples the ability to heighten the power of others’s animal spirits. Unbeknownst to him, the tribe’s shaman, Heyka, plans to use Niann to harvest enough spiritual energy to transcend into the spirit world.
Jennar, a talented carver and hunter who’s cared for Niann since Niann’s infancy, has a secret of his own; he went up the mountain to seek his spirit guide, but none came, and he’s been lying about his spirit animal ever since.
Jennar leaves to find the reason for his lack of a spirit guide, but returns to find Niann under the sway of Heyka and living as a woman, as those with the deer totem usually do. Jennar’s focus turns from saving himself into saving the man he loves, but all his love and determination may not be enough to stop the relentless ambition of Heyka and his snake patron.

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As Hot as You Remember: Gay Erotica by Donovan Lee – review

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ Title: As Hot as You Remember: Gay Erotica
Author: Donovan Lee
Genre: m/m erotica
Url: Amazon Kindle Store
Price: US$ 3.99
Other Information/warnings: m/m graphic sexual situations,
Summary (from Amazon): Gay men share tales of romance, desire, and danger. A ghost, a killer, daring lovers, the man of your dreams…you never know who or what you might find in New Orleans. And the nights there are as wild as you remember. As mysterious and dangerous as you remember. As hot as you remember. Thirteen sexy new stories, by Donovan Lee, author of the erotic gay novel Getting Past Almost. As a bonus, this collection ends with a peak inside that novel.

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Secrets: a Psycop novella by Jordan Castillo Price – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Secrets: a Psycop novella
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Detective, mystery, paranormal
URL: Lulu
Price: US$5.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, noncon (not graphic), explicit m/m, bad language
Summary [from the author]:
Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.
Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party.
Can’t a guy catch a break?
On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either.
Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.
What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

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