Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alan Chin: Simple Treasures

This is poignant, heartfelt story about struggle, pain, dignity, and the power of love. Chin creates story of complex relationships between characters facing crisis. Emmett is dying, but in his loss, two young men find something worth living for in each other. Jude and Simple are both wrangling with inner demons and each is seeking some form of escape Jude hides in his Goth-strewn anger and Simple hides in his mystic world of spirits and Native American traditions. Chin's beautiful, poetic writing style flows wonderfully, and makes this a fantastic, magical journey.

Anonymous: The Story of Mr. X

This is a scandalous, white hot fiction/ non-fiction/ memoir coming-of-age story. We never learn the name of the first person narrator. It could be you, me, or the boy next door, and that makes it really powerful and intense. Growing up in a world of chaos and abuse, our boy learns the hard way that the good things in life come with a price. When a charismatic headmaster of an elite private school walks into his life, he discovers a ticket out of despair, but the price tag is seriously steep. The author's honesty about that fine line between the damage of abuse and the pleasure that cannot be helped is raw, painful, and poignant. The sexual elements are just as raw, intense, and jagged.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

J.C. Owens: The Emperor's Wolf

I couldn't get a grip on the write up for this one, so I just took a chance and dove in. WOW! Fantasy, slave fiction, erotica, intense. What can I say? Jaden's locked in slavery to Dersai, the man who conquered his country. As he struggles with his life in bondage, he begins to see beyond the fear and monstrous power of his master. Feelings of love battle with hate as the two men slip into something more than slave and master. Owens weaves a great supernatural fantasy element into the narrative that really adds a new dimension to the story. The initial sex scenes are brutal, tense, and aggressive, but as the plot unfolds, it becomes more tender and loving. A hot juxtaposition!

Catt Ford: A Strong Hand

What is there not to love here? Damian is fantastic artist who delves into the steamier side of photography and art. Nick is a young, lost art student looking for a little dominating hand to guide his life (in more ways than one). Their paths cross at a BDSM photography shoot, and Damian is hooked on the hot student. Nick's a sub, and Damian knows exactly how to make him writhe, scream, and pant. Definitely a hot one for those looking for some rough trade action. Ford's narrative really eases the reader into the BDSM lifestyle. It's raw, energetic, sweaty, and passionate!

Rhianne Aile and Madeleine Urban: The One That Got Away

A classic story of straight/ not-straight fighting a love they both want! Trace is a ladies man and he's considered the hottest catch in town by the females. When his friend David suffers a series of health issues, he moved in to hang out and look after things. The chummy friendship slowly begins evolving into something a lot more complicated and way more hot! This isn't a story of carnal sex (although there's a lot of that ;) ). It's a love story. Exploring feelings most guys wouldn't dare dream to open up. The emotions simmer and you can feel the steam rising. Love it.

Gavin E. Black: My First But Not My Last

More of a short story than a novel, My First But Not My Last is a fun beach romp and a fab way to end the summer! Conner's upset about his girlfriend (she dumped him), and he's so not interested in sun and fun. But then Jake walks into the picture. 'Nuff said right then and there. A little experimenting leads to a lot of great sex. Wish it would have been longer, but it wet my appetite for more of Mr. Black!

Friday, August 16, 2013

B.E. Scully: Proposition Ate

Oh! Wicked story playing on the Prop 8 nightmare in California! Love this one. Zombies are coming out of the ground left and right. But it's not a random event. These undead guys and gals have a real agenda and they will not be ignored anymore. This short story is a lot of fun, but there's a serious message underneath. Spread the word on this one!

Proposition Ate by B.E. Scully

The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper

Kaje Harper's novel The Rebuilding Year is an amazing look at self-examination, doubt, fears, and uncertainty. Two guys are struggling to rebuild their lives after tragedy strikes. Ryan and John have both lost more than most people could ever face. In the midst of tragedy, they find each other. This is uncharted territory, and they're both scared. But Harper adds an interesting wrinkle to the story. An investigation into a series of murders turns the spotlight directly on the fragile, new relationship. This is an incredible look at the 'closet' and what how it impacts people in the long run. The relationship here is shy, tentative, delicate, and powerful. I loved it.

Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe

Finn Marlowe's novel Not His Kiss to Take is a painful, powerful, intense exploration of the denial syndrome. Some guys are so afraid of 'being gay' that they will live horrible lies to avoid the truth. Badly beaten, Jamie stumbles into the care of Evan. Evan's gay and Jamie's hot. Jamie's also in complete denial and fighting his urges every step of the way. Marlowe's characters are believable and the story is heartbreaking, powerful, and in the end it comes through. The erotic teasing, not-quite-there sexual play is steaming! The lovemaking is tender, warm, sensual, and this one is a must-read!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Steambath: Sweaty Gay Erotica

Steambath: Sweaty Gay Erotica is an anthology inspired by one of the most powerful facets of gay culture prior to AIDS. The bathhouse was the place to find sex. Lots of sex. Hot sex. Sweaty sex. But then the killer disease came. The bathhouses became places of death. They're still around, but nothing like they once were. The memories of the 1970s and the glory of the sweat lingers on in gay history. Editor Shane Allison's collection brings those memories back in vivid, lurid, pulsing detail. The authors here either lived it or dug deep into their imaginations to find it. The stories here are marvelous. Evocative, erotic, sexy, cocky, and sweaty, Allison has put together a fine mix of tales. The sex is hot and the bodies mingle in the glory of what was one of the finest pieces of gay history going.

The Hardest Thing: A Dan Stagg Mystery by James Lear

James Lear's novel The Hardest Thing is a combo of crime, gay lit, and, corruption/ conspiracy theories. A former Army guy, Dan Stagg was before the repeal of don't ask/ don't tell. Lear doesn't get political, but he really reminds us that times better change or else we're in trouble people. Stagg gets caught between a rock and a hard place (figuratively and literally-wow). The military screwed him, but Stagg isn't entirely a bitter, hardened guy either. This novel is a great balance between erotica, crime fiction, and mystery. Stagg is a complex character with flaws, passion, and intensity. Although the title hints at future releases, this one reads great as a stand-alone novel. Loved it.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Gambling On Maybe (GlitterBomb! #1) by Fae Sutherland

The city of Phoenix is hot. Blistering hot. So is Fae Sutherland's Phoenix cop Stephen Miranda. This cop wants to play it straight, but he falls for a guy who so far out of the closet he's lost all the hangers. Zach oozes confidence, sex, and gay. Sutherland keeps us hanging on the edge of our seats to see if these two total opposites can make it! Hot older man and the young stud who commands attention is the perfect pairing here. There's more than just glitter in this story and I can't wait for the next segment to hit my shelves!

Surrender by K. Piet

Subs and Doms. Complicated and yet so simple. Aaron is a Dom who discovers he's getting really turned on by watching a sub doing some public action. He loses a bet, and ends up on the receiving end of some very hot action. Hot sex here, plus a great look at the Dom shaken and stirred. Aaron isn't quite the man he thought and Piet gives us a fantastic look into the complex world of S&M. Travis and Aaron are wicked together, and the story just works on every level.

Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player by Patrick Darcy

What can be better than rugby, beer, and hot guys? Nothing. Patrick Darcy's first work, Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player, is hotter than hot. Two very hot guys vying for tops, and the tension is wicked (on and off the field). The best part? This is only part one of an ongoing series about our sexy boy Conor. The writing here is crisp, and the action/ sex moves. If you like your boys hot, masculine, and on the edge, you got it right here. Darcy knows his rugby, his sex, and his men!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Leather Jacket Love Story (1997)

What's better than a twink in lust? Not much! A blonde hottie insecure poet heads out on his own and finds the leather jacket of his dreams in this one. A little stilted on the acting, but the sex is hot and the boys are even more hot. Los Angeles sizzles with a gorgeous Dave Navarro type, gay clubs, and sweat. Director David DeCoteau's only non-horror film features Kyle (our poet) and Mike (our leather guy) in a steamy one nighter. Kyle falls hard (pun so intended), and the rest is sexy fun.

Midnight Rainbows by Joshua Skye

Joshua Skye is a fantastic author folks! This is a short story collection that is the perfect intro to this man's sexy, dark, and sometimes sinister mind. From strange and mysterious gatherings to steamy sexual conquests, Skye easily moves from horror to erotica to something in-between and back. Creepy, hot, erotic, and frightening all in one package.