Archive for February, 2009

Sweet Oblivion 1: Brazen by Jordan Castillo Price – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Sweet Oblivion 1: Brazen
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Paranormal, vampires
URL: Changeling Press
Price: US $4.49
Other Information/warnings: Threesome, blood play, explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:
It’s a sultry July night, and Wild Bill is content. It’s deliciously warm outside, the fireworks are about to start, a whole pint of freshly-tapped blood is on the menu, and his boyfriend hasn’t murdered anyone in months.

Too bad Bill’s contentment isn’t shared by Michael, who’s tired of his own lack of experience. He hints that a new lover in their bed might broaden his horizons. Their first encounter might have been a threesome, but it certainly didn’t end well for the third participant.

Even now, Bill can’t seem to shake the memory of the hickory stake protruding from the chest of his old nemesis. Lust wars with guilt as Wild Bill tries to figure out how to bury his past, once and for all.

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Mouth of the Lion by Lily Richards – Review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Title: Mouth of the Lion
Author: Lily Richards
Genre: Literary Fiction
URL: Casperian Books
Price: $15.00
Other Information/Warnings: Drug use, violence, explicit sex, cutting
Summary (from the publisher):
The narrator of Mouth of the Lion is James Sheahan, an occasional writer and steady drug user driven by equal parts ritual, atheism, and Catholic guilt. James hasn’t talked to his youngest brother Micky in years, and his exchanges with his oldest brother Patrick are shouted across transcontinental phone lines, but he does care for his middle brother Luka, who is camped out on the living room floor together with a vagrant teenager. Until now, James’ problems have revolved around a dealer eight hours late for an appointment and a girlfriend he despises, but things are about to come apart at the seams. As spring turns to summer, Luka embarks on a quest to drag old skeletons out of the family closet and James has to confront secrets and lies: his family’s and his own. Mouth of the Lion is a novel about the ties that bind and two brothers’ obsession with changing the immutable.

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Roy LeRoy and the Most Cunning Mechanical Contraption in All Creation by Kit Zheng – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Title: Roy LeRoy and the Most Cunning Mechanical Contraption in All Creation
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: Humor, erotica
URL: torqueresocial (a temporary home until the author can move the story to her website)
Price: Free
Other information/Warnings: Public display play, explicit sex
Summary: Roy LeRoy, the sheriff of Whistler’s Gulch, is back and this time he is pitted against Morgan the Magnificent, a snake oil salesman who is looking to take Whistler’s Gulch for a ride.
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Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss – review

Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 

Title: Sleight of Hand
Author: Katrina Strauss
Genre: Paranormal erotic
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US$2.50
Other Information/warnings:
Explicit sex, very mild violence, questionable consent
Summary (from the publisher):
What if the man of your dreams is also the one of your nightmares? Edwin Matthews just wants to get some sleep. Traveling by steam train with his family, the melancholic nineteen year old is plagued by restless nights and recurring dreams of a fiery disaster. When a mysterious magician comes aboard, the troubled insomniac’s trip takes an interesting turn.

Tall, dark, and incredibly handsome, the flamboyant Sir Marco Satori offers to cure what ails Edwin. Spurred by equal parts curiosity, desperation, and attraction, Edwin agrees to the experiment. Suddenly he finds his quiet journey turned into a wild ride of life, love, sex, death..and a few strange things in between.

He also finds himself claimed—in more ways than one—while a promise of “eternity” may be more than Edwin bargains for.

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