Archive for the ‘GLBT Fiction’ Category

Enigma by Lloyd A. Meeker

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Enigma
Author: Lloyd A. Meeker
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
URL: Wilde City Press
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.

It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.

Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.

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The Klockwerk Kraken by Aidee Ladnier

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Klockwerk Kraken
Author: Aidee Ladnier
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed–but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn’t sure he can deal with a two-handed lover, much less one with six.

When the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.

At the edge of the galaxy’s spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?

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Cherry Pop Valentine by Debbie McGowan

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Cherry Pop Valentine
Author: Debbie McGowan
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Beaten Track Publishing
Price: £0.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Their band’s new single is due to be released in four days’ time and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It’s tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can’t wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he’s made.

But when he joins Sven in bed, he couldn’t even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.

Can he fix the damage caused by that one careless click or will he be condemned to endure Valentine’s Day alone?

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Bad Boys Need Love Too by Christa Tomlinson

Bad Boys need love Too
Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Bad Boys Need Love Too
Author: Christa Tomlinson
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Torlina Publishing
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason

We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.

For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.

For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.
Joseph Naderi

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Ink and Shadows by Rhys Ford

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Ink and Shadows
Author: Rhys Ford
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
URL: DSP Publications
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.

For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.

And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.

The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.

Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.

When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.

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Fidelity by Lia Black

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Fidelity
Author: Lia Black
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
URL: VineDark/BlackHouse Press
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content, explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
How far can a man go in the name of faith?

Father Gareth De’Aubyn is a man tormented by his past and ready to sell his future to save the souls of his flock. He’s traded his Crusader’s armor for a cassock, and now ministers to the very people his army sent fleeing for their lives. When his church is attacked by unknown assassins, Gareth is mortally wounded, and with his dying breath, he calls out to the Creator for help.

But his god does not answer.

Instead, a demon heeds his call, cajoling him to promise his soul to the Sunderer, god of the underworld, for a chance to set everything right.

Fydelis was once an angel. Gareth’s Guardian Angel. But his love for Gareth caused him to fall from the heavens, and the Angel of Fidelity has become the demonic aspect of Regret. He is now the unwilling plaything of the Sunderer, the darkest of all dark gods. Seeing his Crusader again—a man he thought had abandoned him— is more cruelty than he can take. Fydelis, now a stranger to Gareth, is sent to the mortal world to make the dying priest an offer he can’t refuse, and in return, Gareth is tasked with the collection of some very stubborn souls.

Together, they begin a journey that will test everything they thought they knew about faith, love, and fidelity.

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Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Rubble and the Wreckage
Author: Rodd Clark
Genre: M/M Romance, Thriller
URL: Driven Press
Price: US $5.38
Other Information/warnings: Explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

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Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Six Metres of Pavement
Author: Farzana Doctor
Genre: Lesbian fiction
URL: Dundurn
Price: CDN $9.99
Summary [from the publisher]:

Winner of the 2012 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and of the 2011 Rainbow Awards

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter’s tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.

But Ismail’s story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents’ home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

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Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Don’t Let Me Go
Author: J.H. Trumble
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $10.69
Summary [from the publisher]:
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.

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Like They Always Been Free by Georgina Li

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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