Many aspects to this book--humor, romance, and heavy eroticism. But what stuck with me the most as I finished the story was how touching it was. Comin...moreMany aspects to this book--humor, romance, and heavy eroticism. But what stuck with me the most as I finished the story was how touching it was. Coming Home is a must read for those who enjoy a realistic romance with their hot man on man loving. Wonderful story!(less)
Forbidden Love, an Historical M/M Anthology from Noble Romance, packs a lot of heat.
My Outlaw by Stormy Glenn is about a cowboy, Daniel Branson and h...moreForbidden Love, an Historical M/M Anthology from Noble Romance, packs a lot of heat.
My Outlaw by Stormy Glenn is about a cowboy, Daniel Branson and his erotic encounter with an outlaw, Black Bart. Set in late Nineteenth Century Texas, this story by Ms. Glenn is indicative of the times. With a healthy dose of hot cowboy sex, like only Stormy Glenn can write, this story offers a surprising twist that will leave you with a huge smile.
Forbidden by H. C. Brown leads the reader into the life of an English Lord in the year, 1075, where he finds himself at odds when ordered, by his father, to marry. Sir Renoir Danier is torn between fulfilling duty and maintaining family honor, while madly longing for the love of his life, Sir Sebastian. Ms. Brown does a great job building a pre-medieval world full of hot men and steamier loving.
Poisoned Heart by Anna O'Neill is set in Edo-period Japan, where a family's choice of foster son leads to their death at his hands. Set on avenging his parent's murder, Raiden, with the aid of his Master, travels back in time, to before the murders, intent on taking out Masashi before the man can harm Raiden's family. Only one obstacle stands in Raiden's way, his love for Masashi. Ms. O'Neill is a new to me author, but one to keep an eye on. The torment and longing she puts into the erotic encounter between Raiden and Masashi will drive you wild.
Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov takes the reader along on a compelling quest with William Raven of Kent. I will start off by admitting, this was my favorite in the anthology. Mr. Voinov's Deliverance is one story I will read again and again. Joining the Knights Templar to do penance for his sins, William never imagined he'd make a journey, full-circle, to find himself once again in the arms of the love of his life, Guy de Metz, a man William had done all he could to forget. Mr. Voinov's world-building and character development made this story real to me; and his sexually-charged encounters between the two men were written to my fancy. Direct and often fraught with the heat of the fight, William and Guy inevitably come to the only plausible conclusion...their undeniable love is their fortress.
I agreed to review this book because I enjoy reading M/M romances. Though Historicals are not my typical flavor, I was pleasantly surprised with this anthology. The world-building was complimentary, which was nice, since I usually find the typical Historical to be over-whelming with such magnificent worlds the romance is often overshadowed. And though each story was wrought with love and longing, I was pleased with most of the author's abilities to maintain the male perspective--virile and head-strong. Readers fond of both, Historical M/M and Erotic Romances, will thoroughly enjoy Forbidden Love.
One of the most erotic gay male romances I've read. How Mr. Lear combined the numerous erotic accounts with such a riveting Civil War era story...I'm...moreOne of the most erotic gay male romances I've read. How Mr. Lear combined the numerous erotic accounts with such a riveting Civil War era story...I'm impressed.
I especially liked how the author developed the characters. There are no long, drawn-out descriptions. It is left to the reader to interpret the characters according to their actions, and yet, understanding the characters' motivations and visualizing them is easily done. Very compelling and an unbelievably hot read.
If you're into reading m/m erotica, you'll enjoy Hot Valley, by James Lear.(less)
Vienna Dolorosa, by Mykola Dementiuk takes place, March 12, 1938, the day Hitler invaded Austria. This book uses graphic examples to clarify the depth...moreVienna Dolorosa, by Mykola Dementiuk takes place, March 12, 1938, the day Hitler invaded Austria. This book uses graphic examples to clarify the depths of terror that a Nazi Germany, under Hitler’s rule, inflicted on not only Jewish people, but also other minorities of the era. Gays, Lesbians, Trans, women, and even some of Germany’s own, who refused to bend to the dictator and his ways. No one went unscathed. Emotionally, physically, or psychologically, everyone felt the effects.
Recruited and encouraged by higher Nazi officials, the book shows the sadistic mindsets of young, success and recognition-seeking soldiers in power-driven lusts of pillaging and plundering. Numerous atrocities are committed in 24-hours, including mutilation, castration, rape, brutality, murder, prostitution, and incest, however, not all perpetrated within Nazi ranks.
Vienna Dolorosa’s full cast of unsavory characters each hold a spot, center stage in the depiction of good and evil. From Brothel Redl proprietor Frau Friska Bielinska, the strong-willed, stronger-hearted, self-accepting transvestite to Gestapo officer Krumpf, who exhibited compassion and worldly wisdom with nondisclosure, each character, some to greater extremes than others, beheld a humble piece of all that is human.
Yet, in the midst of page after page of twisting and revolting content, I found symbolism beautifully illustrated. As has been said, a thimble holds but an ounce of faith. Like a great relay where we hand the baton with hopes our successor will see the race through, caregivers exchanged this symbolic thimble from the story's beginning to the very end. While the theme brutally reminded me that no one is innocent, the story also highlighted a truth, that even society's vilest are capable of redemption, as long as enough humanity has been retained to recognize the sting of remorse.
If you love historical fiction and can handle horrifying and gruesome depictions of the depravities during Hitler’s Regime, you’ll love this book. Although I was mortified at some of the scenes, I will read it again. If only to remind myself that I too, am only human.
Vienna Dolorosa is must read!
Warnings: Not for the faint of heart, includes rape, incest, intergenerational sex, prostitution, transvestism, teen sex, brutality, castration/mutilation, and murder. (less)