Posts Tagged ‘7 stars’

Bear Hunter by Albert Nothlit

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Bear Hunter
Author: Albert Nothlit
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Intense erotic scenes, explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sven is on the run. He kidnaps Matt to hide in his house, but Matt is going to fight back…

Sven had to get away. He escaped to Alaska trying to disappear, but the cops are still on his trail. Desperate, he kidnaps Matt and hides in his house. He has to keep Matt tied up, and Sven is surprised and turned on at the fact that Matt refuses to be intimidated. Matt fights back every single time, waiting for the moment to turn the tables. Every day of captivity, Sven gets to know Matt better. Enough to feel bad about what he’s doing. He can’t let his guard down, though. If he does, he knows Matt won’t hesitate in getting his revenge.

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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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With or Without You by Lauren Sanders

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: With or Without You
Author: Lauren Sanders
Genre: Fiction
URL: Akashic Books
Price: US $14.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
Summer 1987. Lillian Ginger Speck, high-school graduate, sits in her jail cell contemplating the steps and missteps that led her to murder soap opera star Brooke Harrison in cold blood one bright and muggy New York afternoon. Lily had admired the young star for some time, and her loss is palpable. Her story is therefore part apologia, part love note and suicide pact. Meanwhile, Brooke Harrison’s mother has a tale of her own to tell. In this edgy and compelling “whydunit,” the accounts of predator and victim intertwine. The result is a wry exploration of the contemporary American melting pot of status, beauty, celebrity, violence, and obsession.

With or Without You combines the aching adolescent heart of The Catcher in the Rye with the dark suburban soul of The Great Gatsby—set against the starstruck voyeurism of American Idol. This book asks the quintessentially American question: Is life worth living if you can’t be famous?

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Champagne by Debbie McGowan

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Champagne
Author: Debbie McGowan
Genre: GLBT Fiction
URL: Beaten Track Publishing
Price: £1.79
Summary [from the publisher]:
Haunted by the abuse of his now missing father, seventeen year old Sammy stumbles upon the seedy world of drug addiction and prostitution of London’s West End in the 1980s. Cold, desperate and exhausted, he takes shelter in a trash-filled alley behind a strip club, unaware that what is about to unfold will change the course of his life.

Set during a period of significant social and cultural change in the early 1980’s, Champagne opens up a world of seedy revue bars, prostitution, abuse, drug addiction and the devastating effect of AIDS. Centred around the events of a declining revue bar and its regeneration, a young man comes of age and finds his first love whilst looking for his estranged, abusive father. Through dark humour and strong characterisation the book is not only eye opening but also manages to capture a truly unique time in popular culture.

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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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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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The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday

The-Douglas-Fir_final-187x300Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
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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The Traitor Game by B.R. Collins

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: The Traitor Game
Author: B.R. Collins
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Bloomsbury Publishing
Price: US$ 16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Michael and Francis share a secret passion for Evgard, the fantasy world they have created together. But then Michael finds a note in his locker, revealing that the boys’ secret is out. Convinced Francis has been making fun of him all along; Michael gets revenge by telling the school bully that Francis is gay, guaranteeing that Francis will be next in line for a pounding. But did Francis really betray his friend? Or is Michael the real traitor?

This gripping story unfolds as both a contemporary story and an engrossing fantasy that brings the world of Evgard to life. Gamers, fantasy fans, and anyone who has felt alone in the world will be drawn to this unforgettable debut novel that tackles difficult issues without hesitation.
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Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Cresting Tide
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices
Summary [from the publisher]:
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.

Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.

Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destined to be torn apart by their different worlds?
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