Archive for the ‘GLBT Fiction’ Category

Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas by Bey Deckard

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas
Author: Bey Deckard
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.78
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content; some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love and jealousy, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

Deckard’s first novel is a masterful portrayal of sorrow, hope, and passion, with a narrative that twists the reader through a world set in the Golden Age of Piracy. A thrilling look into the darker side of human nature, Caged effortlessly melds serious historical fantasy with five star erotica.

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The Dark Collector by Vanessa North

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Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: The Dark Collector
Author: Vanessa North
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse.

Jeffrey’s death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it’s up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I’ll agree to anything to buy it from him–even a weekend in his bed.

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Measured Doses by T.T. Kove

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Measured Doses
Author: T.T. Kove
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Less Than Three Press
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: This story contains subjects that may be triggers for some (abuse)
Summary [from the publisher]:
After his father beats him, Chad escapes to the only safe haven he can think: his former teacher, Dion. But when he arrives at Dion’s door, it’s opened by a stranger—who promptly finds himself catching an unconscious man.

Unable to turn away the broken, battered Chad, Jeremy takes him in and tends his wounds, even if he would much rather have nothing to do with the student that his ex, Dion, cheated on him with.

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How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
Contributors: Francesca Lia Block, David Levithan, Ron Koertge, Eric Shanower, Julie Anne Peters, Jennifer Finney Boylan, William Sleator, Emma Donoghue, Jacqueline Woodson, Ariel Schrag, Margo Lanagan and Gregory Maguire
Genre: Young Adult
URL: HarperTeen
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister’s skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy’s love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had “an accidental romance.” And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn’t seen for fourteen years.

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today’s multifaceted and quickly changing world.

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Sprout by Dale Peck

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Sprout
Author: Dale Peck
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Price: US $16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he’s gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.

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Stung by K.A. Merikan

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Stung
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: romance, fantasy, horror
URL: Smashwords
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
October 1907, Honeyhill

Twenty years into the zombie Plague. Kidnapped into slavery in a forced labour camp, Victor decides he needs an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor. But with a sadistic guard tormenting Victor, he needs to find a way out. His new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.

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Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Liam Davis & The Raven
Author: Anyta Sunday
Genre: romance
URL: Author’s site
Price: US $3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Liam Davis is a serious journalist, and he’s good at it.

Or at least, he was. Until the chief of Scribe, the campus magazine, makes him give up his politics column to write for the party page —the party page that is problematic for two reasons: One, it threatens Liam’s chance of getting the traineeship with his apathetic father at his prestigious newspaper company, and two, he has no idea what it means to party, let alone how to capture this new audience’s attention!

But Liam Davis is no quitter. He’s determined to prove to his father, the chief, and above all himself that he can do it—and do it well.

Life doesn’t make it easy. Not when Freddy Krueger comes stalking out of the shadows to attack him. Luckily the Raven, the campus vigilante—the vigilante getting hate mail sent to Scribe’s opinions page—comes to his rescue.

Now, between finding the perfect angle for his party page columns and making friends (and perhaps something more?), Liam needs to find this mysterious Raven — not only to thank him, but to warn him to watch his back.

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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

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Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Genre: fantasy, romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

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The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday

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Title: The Douglas Fir
Author: Anyta Sunday
Genre: m/m romance
URL: Author’s site
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sexual content
Summary [from the author]:
Somehow, someway, Jason Kress will find Noah the most unique and clever gift ever. A gift that will surprise him, and win his heart.

A gift that just might be magic . . .

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Four worthy free reads

Like London buses, you wait ages for a review from me, then four of them come along at once ;)

These were among the recent free offering from Smashwords. Two were out and out excellent, the other two well worth your time.

And I am happy by R. Cooper is a gorgeous little steampunk/Edwardianish story about an ex-kept boy turned valet, and his disabled war hero mster who is now in Parliament, though still struggling with the effects of the war, lost chances for love, and his amputated leg and arm. Wonderful angst yearning, and tenderness, and kudos for a maimed hero who is given dignity and agency, without being a vehicle for able-bodied pity.
Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Butterflies (The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal) by K J Charles is Victorian detective/horror pastiche done with the skill and panache this author demonstrated so devastatingly in A Charm of Magpies. A proper yet blisteringly angry narrator is forced to work with the man he thinks has spurned him, on a case as menacing as it is dangerous. A side story to The Caldwell Ghost, a novel unfortunately published by Torquere Press, it nonetheless stands alone, and if you want to see more of Ms Charles’s work out, well, let me not dissuade you.
Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Right Hand Red by Danni Keane follows two boys from the age of four to young adulthood, through their friendship, their difficulties, and their sexual awakening. Sweet but not without angst, and I may have grown a bity teary-eyed at one or two points.
Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Stag: a Story by Ben Monopoli is not romance but instead an all too realistic window on the world of a thirteen-year-old gay boy, going to his first school formal, and trying to avoid the whole issue of a partner. Nice writing, and may tempt you to seek more out by this author.
Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

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