Archive for November, 2008

Now and Forever by Addison Albright – review

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Title: Now and Forever
Author: Addison Albright
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$1.29
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
Darryl and Warren have been together twelve years, when their home state of California legalizes same sex marriages. Darryl figures Warren should plan the wedding reception, but they disagree on how much party is too much. Darryl bites his tongue and gives Warren free rein, although he really wants something small and cozy. Will Warren be able to give Darryl what he needs?

The proceeds from this Wedding Sip will be donated to gay and lesbian legal defense funds supporting the rights of gay marriage.

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Torn by Kit Zheng – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Torn
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: Paranormal/werewolf erotic
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$1.29
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, interspecies sex, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Police officer Clayton leaves the big city force for a small town, where Halloween seems pretty boring. Even though it’s supposed to be his night off, Clayton is out and about, making sure no one causes trouble, and looking to feed his adrenaline need. Chief of Police Nick Gretzky might just be the man to give him what he needs, but will it cost him his life in return?

My review: When I sent the link for my review of Territory to the author, she very kindly sent me the first story in the series, Torn. I was very glad to see more of these characters and how they began. Actually, reading Torn as a prequel rather than before Territory works quite well. The twisted dynamic between Nick and Clayton has its origins in this first story, while we learn more about the birth of Clayton’s extreme masochism and need to be dominated.

It’s raunchy, tight, nasty and hot. Zheng loves her semi-bestial smut and does it with flair. It’s quite short, but packs a lot of plot and characterisation into it for all that. A good piece of well-written erotica, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Regularly Scheduled Life by K. A. Mitchell – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Regularly Scheduled Life
Author: K. A. Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $5.50
Other Information/warnings: violence, explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
It’s a long way back to happily ever after.
Sean and Kyle have enjoyed six perfect years of what their friends called a “disgustingly happy” relationship. But what happens one sunny Tuesday morning in October might be more than even the most loving couple can survive.
When the bell rings that morning in chemistry teacher Sean Farnham’s first-period class, a terrifying sound fills the halls—gunshots. Without considering the consequences, Sean runs to tackle the shooter, sustaining a bullet wound to his leg. Despite his actions, he is unable to save the lives of the principal and two students.
Architect Kyle DeRusso hears about the shooting on the radio, and in the flash of an instant finds his life irrevocably altered. Everything—especially his heart—hangs suspended in a nightmare until he finds out Sean is alive. It doesn’t matter that Sean will be left with a permanent limp. Kyle’s just relieved the worst is over.
Or is it? Putting that day behind them isn’t as simple as it sounds. As Sean struggles to make something positive out of the tragedy, Kyle fights to save their relationship from the dangers of publicity—and Sean’s unwillingness to face how the crisis has changed him.

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Territory by Kit Zheng – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Territory
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: Paranormal/werewolves
URL: Torquere Press
Price:
Other Information/warnings:Violence, explicit m/m, D/s situations
Summary [from the publisher]:
Things haven’t been going well between chief Nick Gretzky and his newest recruit, former big city cop Clayton Detweiler. Both men are growing restless as their relationship, which was all about compatible needs, begins to change. Then Clayton disappears, just as an old enemy of Grezky’s, Emil, shows up in town.Emil wants nothing less that Gretzky’s territory– all of it, including Clayton. And he seems to know how to push both men to the very edge. Will Clayton side with Gretzky and show his boss how much they mean to each other? Or will the both succumb to Emil’s wicked games?

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Moving on by Addison Albright

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Title: Moving On
Author: Addison Albright
Genre: Halloween site/paranormal romance
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US $1.29
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
On Halloween, Graeme accompanies the love of his life, Brandt, to the annual costume party. This year, though, Brandt isn’t dancing with Graeme, he’s dancing with a handsome stranger, and Graeme couldn’t be happier. On the most mysterious night of the year Graeme has one chance to give his beloved the best gift of all and he makes the most of it, from the first dance to the final farewell.

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Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Title: Drawing Blood
Author: Poppy Z. Brite
Genre: Gay contemporary horror
URL: Amazon
Price: US$7.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m sex, gore, violence, murder, drug use
Summary (from the original edition): Robert McGee is a man living under a dark cloud. Acclaimed cartoonist of the underground comic Birdland, he has moved his family from Texas to New Orleans and finally to Missing Mile, North Carolina. But Robert is unable to escape the drinking and violence that have become as natural to him as breathing. Soon after he and his family settle into a decrepit farmhouse, Robert kills his wife, his younger son, and then himself. Only his five-year-old son, Trevor, is left alive.

Twenty years later Trevor McGee, also a cartoonist, returns to Missing Mile to the house in which his family once lived. He has been running from the truth for years, and finally realizes he must face his demons. He fears that what happened to his father will happen to him. “But if it does,” Trevor thinks, “at least I won’t have anyone to kill.”  Then he befriends Zachary Bosch, a computer hacker from New Orleans running from the law.

In the house, which Trevor calls Birdland, they must confront more than bad memories. For the house carries its own dark force, which threatens to envelope Trevor in the past and destroy him.
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Giving Thanks by Maura Anderson – review

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Title: Giving thanks
Author: Maura Anderson
Genre: Holiday-themed contemporary romance
URL: Aspen Mountain Press
Price: US $.300
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
It’s another Thanksgiving for lovers Derek and Troy. Another holiday to pretend they are merely platonic roommates in the chaos of Derek’s family celebration. When Derek snaps after one too many confrontations and admits he’s gay, his father disowns him on the spot. It’s going to be a quiet Thanksgiving…or is it?

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No fear in love by Jamie Craig – review

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Title: No fear in lover
Author: Jamie Graig
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $3.50
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
Weston Scott is happy with his simple, quiet life in a small English village. Yet he is haunted by deeply closeted yearnings, a secret he has shared with only one person. His best friend, Mark. As a constant reminder to guard his own heart, Weston wears an emerald ring on his hand.Mark Goudy has a secret of his own, one that drove him to live far away in London rather than betray his best friend’s trust: He’s always been in love with Weston. Now he’s back, but not for a friendly visit. Mark’s through denying his emotions.And if he can manage to slip that ring off Weston’s finger for one night, he’s sure things will change. For both of them.

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Til it Bleeds by Stephanie Burke – review

Rating: 1/10 ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: ‘Til it Bleeds
Author: Stephanie Burke
Genre: Paranormal, Action Adventure, Horror, Daemonum
URL: Changeling Press
Price: US $3.99
Warnings: Explicit sex including rimming, fisting and blood play. Violence

Summary (from the publisher): Darkness, demonic possession, the gates of hell threaten to open, and evil threatens to rise over the land… in Ohio.

The Hands of Fate, a pair of ancient relics with untold power, have gone missing, and it’s up to a special pair of operatives to recover them.

The Guild has assigned their best bonded fighting unit, Faith and Vice, to recover the legendary Hands from a scheming under-investigator seduced by their dark power. But with summoned demons, power hungry humans, and maybe even the Guild itself standing in the way, Faith and Vice have an unrelenting fight on their hands, a fight to save an undeserving humanity from itself, to protect the innocents they are sworn to save, and to uncover the dangerous truths hidden deep within the hearts of the Guild. All while holding their own inner demons under tight rein — demons driven by lust and blood hunger, and only satiated by each other.

To succeed, and to save the world, they may have to fight — ‘Til It Bleeds and beyond.

My Review: Before you read any further, I must advise that this review contains a significant amount of spoilers.  This is normally something I try to avoid, but in reviewing this piece it is not possible to avoid spoilers.  That having been said…
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Hands by Sean Meriwether – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Hands
Author: Sean Meriwether
Genre: m/m erotica, dark fiction
URL: Velvet Mafia: Dangerous Queer Fiction
Price: Free
Other Information/Warnings: Explicit m/m sex, violence (anything more would be a spoiler)
Summary (from the publisher): When David realizes that his hands have rebelled against his body, he seeks medical attention. But once those hands discover the body of David’s boyfriend and bring him to a heightened level of ecstasy, David must take action against his adulterous Hands.

My Review:

Just in time for Halloween, Velvet Mafia presents Sean Meriwether’s macabre story, Hands. It is a short little piece, but Meriwether–as usual–uses its simplicity to pack a lot in. It is alternately highly erotic and deeply disturbing in an almost humorous way, with the clean and concise prose I’ve come to expect from Meriwether, prose that manages to create an atmospere completely appropriate to the season. You can almost see the fog rolling in as David stands on the train platform. In the tradition of Rod Serling, Night Gallery or The Twilight Zone, this story is fun, funny and very dark. If you like a little of the macabre mixed with your erotica, this five minute read will not disappoint.

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