Archive for June, 2015

Like They Always Been Free by Georgina Li

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Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Like They Always Been Free
Author: Georgina Li
Genre: M/M Romance, Short Stories
URL: Queer Young Cowboys
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Men play guitar at bonfire parties and find comfort in parking lots. Soldiers find sex and love amidst a devastated America. A surfer who is also a shark hunts a man he can’t stop thinking about. A magician follows the secret messages beneath the graffiti and signs of an urban landscape. A young woman traces the story of her grandfathers: scientists and lovers who established a new colony on a distant moon.

Georgina Li writes with humane poetry, capturing both the profane staccato of soldiers and the blown-grass whispers of country boys. In these eight short stories, Li explores the literal and metaphorical wars of men: on the battlefield, in poverty, and of the heart. Her men are complex, covered in grit but filled with love.

Li’s work slides comfortably from genre to genre, proving that good storytelling is good storytelling regardless of literary conventions.

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The World Feels Smaller by E.W. Murks

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The World Feels Smaller
Author: E.W. Murks
Genre: LGBT Fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: US $.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Recovering from a difficult breakup, a young man visits Thailand hoping to put the past behind him, and finds comfort where he least expects it.

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Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945 by Ina Russell

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945
Author: Ina Russell, editor
Genre: Biography, Memoir, History
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Price: Out of Print
Summary:
Here is the journal of Jeb Alexander, a gay man who lived in Washington, D.C. during the first half of the 20th century. Documents his life and details the joy and anguish of his on-and-off love affair with college chum C.C. Dasham.

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Diventando: The Vessel by J.C. Wallace

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Diventando: The Vessel
Author: J.C. Wallace
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
URL: Amber Quill Press
Price: US $6.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he’s spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks until his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he is no longer in remission. Tired of the countless meds and chemo, not to mention the way his family coddles him, he decides to live and die on his own terms and forgo treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of Owen’s bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling, a luxury that a dying man doesn’t have.

But what if, suddenly, everything Owen knew to be true turned out to be a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer?

Taken hostage, tied to a bed and subjected to painful experimentation, Owen’s nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision to trust those who have betrayed him, including Turk (for whom he deeply cares), or die a lonely death.

Soon, with time running out, Owen will not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again. But will that be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside his body and mind?

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Yogi and the Bear by Nix Knox

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Rating: 2/10 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Yogi and the Bear
Author: Nix Knox
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $5.50
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
If the fall is inevitable, might as well enjoy the tumble.

Months after a scaffolding accident leaves him in chronic agony, construction worker Ryan Powell has exhausted all that Western medicine has to offer. He’s willing to try anything, even yoga, to get some relief.

He expected to feel out of place at the New Age Center, but he never expected a power-outage bathroom encounter to magically erase his pain. When he discovers the man with the magic hands is his drop-dead-sexy yoga teacher, Ryan decides that there might just be something to this metaphysical thing, after all.

Yogi Niklas Baumgartner has found it remarkably easy to keep his shiny vow of chastity untarnished—until now. Still, a bathroom hand job doesn’t really count as sex, right? But his footing on the no-nooky wagon slips when he realizes the big, blond bear at the back of the class is his man in the dark.

Their unlikely attraction brings out sides of themselves they never knew lurked beneath the surface, sides it takes courage to accept. But when trust is broken, repairing the damage might just tear them apart.

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