Archive for August, 2008

Walk Among Us by Vivien Dean – review

Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ Title: Walk Among Us
Author: Vivien Dean
Genre: Horror/paranormal
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $3.50
Other Information/warnings: Violence, m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
As an artist in New York City, Calvin Shumacher finally has the life he’s always wanted. In fact, only one thing can get him to come back to Illinois—his father’s funeral. All he wants is to bury his dad and hightail it back to New York, but a sniper at the graveyard puts those plans on indefinite hold.
So does Matthew Soto. The gorgeous gunman who speaks of monsters wearing human faces. And predicts there won’t be a body for police to find.
Calvin doesn’t know what to think when Matthew claims he didn’t do anything wrong. All he knows is that this man’s haunted eyes seem to pierce right into his soul.
But as each of Matthew’s assertions comes true, Calvin slowly realizes this killer could be the only thing standing between him and an unspeakable evil…

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Lord and Master 2: Taking Work Home by Jules Jones – review

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Title: Lord and Master 2: Taking Work Home
Author: Jules Jones
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Loose ID
Price: US 5.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
It was just an office affair, with wonderful sex. Young scientist Mark Paulson liked older men, especially tall, dark, and very handsome men like his new boss. Self-made millionaire Steven Frost had no trouble finding sex, but what he needed was a friend who shared his interests; someone like the young assistant he’d just hired. What started as simply great sex between friends has become much, much more, and now they’re engaged.
Life’s never that simple, of course. Other people have an interest in Steven’s welfare and Steven’s money, and they’re not about to let the pretty little PA half his age take control of either. There’s a reason why Steven was still single at the age of forty-four, and some of his family are intent on ensuring that Mark finds out about it the hard way.
But Mark already knows — true love is about more than champagne and roses.

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Checkpoint by Kit Zheng – Review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Checkpoint
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre:
Erotica
URL:
Torquere
Price:
US$1.29
Other Information/warnings:
explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:

Evern
[sic] has had a rough couple of days, with his ex-lover leaving him in a very public way, and now his piercings are setting off the metal detectors at the airport. In fact, he’s set off so many bells and whistles that Officer Regan pulls him into a private room for a little inspection of what might trigger an alarm. Will Evern’s [sic] day get worse, or will a steamy encounter make him feel better than he has in a long time?

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Rampant by Eric Del Carlo – review

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Title: Rampant
Author: Eric Del Carlo
Genre: Fantasy, Erotica
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m, horror, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Wyst’s forbidden intimacy with the Hex, Village’s mysterious goddess, leaves him with a damning stain and prompts his banishment. Denied the comforts of home’s orgiastic Reproduction Galas, Wyst wanders to City, a strange and plague-ridden place. Here he chances upon Gamomal, an exterminator of insects.
Amidst the fear and chaos, the two men are relentlessly drawn to one another. They carve out a tiny island of erotic pleasure, even as Wyst takes employment as a collector of the bodies of the plague victims.
But Wyst may have a deeper purpose. The Hex has charged him with curing the plague, though she has provided no specific instructions. How is he to accomplish this? Is it possible his body the instrument of salvation?

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The Match by Dakota Flint – review

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Title: The Match
Author: Dakota Flint
Genre: m/m erotica
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$1.29
Warnings: Explicit m/m sex
Summary (from the publisher): Drake is just back from a war zone, and he’s cruising the neighborhood bar, hoping to catch a glimpse of Chris. Chris knows that a new bunch of guys are in, but he certainly doesn’t expect to see Drake sitting on a stool. The two men have a past, one that ended badly, but they can’t seem to resist each other. They come up with a game of one-upmanship, just to see who gets to be on top, but will they end up with more than they bargained for?
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Blood in the Water by Eric Del Carlo – review

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Blood in the Water
Author: Eric Del Carlo
Genre: m/m erotica, speculative fiction
URL: LooseID
Price: $4.99
Warnings: Violence, explicit m/m sex
Summary (from the Publisher): Cut loose from all the trappings of normal society, BlaqJaq and Nickerson, the heroes of Steel Sleet, blaze a trail of carnal exploration through Earth’s tropical wilds. Battling lawless cutthroats at every turn, they discover at the river’s end the ramshackle aquatic city known as New New Orleans. Here, amidst the fumes of alcohol, the sheen of naked, sweaty flesh and the jangle of music, they find the spirit of the old drowned city very much alive.

They are also presented with an opportunity: if they can defeat an opposing team in the upcoming bloodsport of Carnival, the two men will earn themselves an escape from this hostile and decaying Earth. With only a short time to prepare for the lethal contest, they are faced with their ultimate challenge. Bound together by love and honor, BlaqJaq and Nickerson must survive the deadly competition that was once, long ago, known as Mardi Gras.

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Black Roses by Jaime Samms

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Title: Black Roses
Author: Jaime Samms
Genre: Fantasy romance
URL: Oddlands Magazine Issue 4
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary: An artist, captive of a powerful being, weaves magic as he paints and hopes for release

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Roy LeRoy and the Black Bull of Whistler’s Gulch by Kit Zheng – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Roy LeRoy and the Black Bull of Whistler’s Gulch
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: Humor, Erotica
URL: http://www.kitzheng.thatdamncat.com/free/royleroybull.php
Price: Free
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m sex, anthropomorphism
Summary (from the author): I had a craving to write something a la Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and this is what came out. I liked the character of Roy LeRoy so much that I have further adventures planned for him.

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Servant of the Seasons 3: Spring by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Title: Servant of the Seasons 3: Spring
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Speculative/science-fiction
URL: Torquere
Price: US $2.48
Other Information/warnings: Violence, m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
Edor, Lys and Tywyll continue to work hard to make their land and home better as winter turns to spring. They’re focused on keeping the spring floods their home, building channels so the water reaches their fields instead. They also continue to learn more about Cynar, the Novigi they found during the winter, who comes in very useful for keeping their farm secret from passers-by.
Varas has not forgotten Edor and his two helpers though and he shows up, making demands in return for not giving away the secret of their existence to the Salters. Edor and Cynar refuse to give Varas what he wants, fighting against the Salters who come to take their land, which helps the two grow closer every day. Can they keep their little farm, and family, afloat?

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