This pair of stories begins with an introduction from the author stating that they were inspired by a transsexual sex worker he met socially.3.5 stars
This pair of stories begins with an introduction from the author stating that they were inspired by a transsexual sex worker he met socially. "She exuded an aura of almost overpowering sexual control and had a talent for telling tales about men she had met in the business."
The first story, "White Walls," was inspired by the woman the author met. It tells the tale of a man who comes to see a woman who can dominate and overpower him. This story read very much like a stream of consciousness from the male client's perspective. It's a visceral experience, getting deep inside the thoughts of this man and the result is quite erotic. The man gets exactly what he so desires and the reader is taken along for the ride. This story is short as it is only one scene, but packs quite a punch.
"All Dressed Up" is the second story and is quite different from the first. In this story, inspired by one of the tales told by the woman the author met, Greg has arranged a date for Elizabeth. Greg is a cross-dresser and Elizabeth is his female persona. She is on her way to a date with Tina who she can revel in being a woman with as they have sex. This story is not so much about the sex, it is about the experience for Elizabeth, to be with someone as a woman. To be used by a woman. This is a very interesting view into another type of man who is searching for a very particular type of sex worker. I especially enjoyed this story, seeing how Greg slips so completely into a different form of himself, and how it fits into his everyday life.
This is a very intriguing set of stories, quite different from other tales written by the author. I especially liked that the transsexual woman is not shown here as weak or a victim, she is the one in control, the one with the power, making for a very unique and interesting read....more
Retired FBI investigator Charlotte Diamond is back in Retired with Prejudice, a follow up story to By the Howling. Still living in the typica2.5 stars
Retired FBI investigator Charlotte Diamond is back in Retired with Prejudice, a follow up story to By the Howling. Still living in the typically peaceful waterfront community of Hopewell on the Choptank, she and Hollywood actress Brenda Boynton continue to spend time together as their relationship matures and their connection grows deeper. Their quiet life is slightly uprooted when one of the town residents goes missing and his boat appears showing signs of foul play. Charlotte, as mayor and still an investigator at heart, is quickly pulled in to help and finds herself torn between the mystery and spending time with Brenda.
This story is a fairly quick read that focuses on a town filled with characters who aren’t necessarily who they appear to be on the surface. The mystery involves a lot of mistaken identity or clever cover-ups and it’s not easy for the reader to identify the resolution before reaching the end. This is mostly a good thing, but since it is due largely to a sparse level of detail provided in the story it is a bit frustrating at times. Usually, the story stays at surface level and the reader is not given much chance to dig into the detail. It was hard at times to keep all the town occupants straight since so little time is spent establishing the characters. I found it a bit difficult to become invested in the characters because of this.
The writing style is very formal, even the conversations between Charlotte and Brenda. The realism that would typically pull me into a story was missing, and I had a difficult time embracing the dialogue in particular. I also wish the author had provided a lot more depth and development. What I read felt like a good beginning, with the novella just skimming the surface of the overall story. There is no climactic ending to the mystery and the story maintains a consistent tone from beginning to end.
The relationship between Charlotte and Brenda is a key part of the story, though it doesn’t tie directly to the underlying mystery. Mostly the focus is placed on Charlotte’s struggle to balance her inquisitive mind with her retirement and deepening relationship. There is only brief mention of the affection between the two women and it could just as easily be read as them being simply two friends who have grown close during retirement. Those looking for a strong lesbian relationship might be slightly disappointed.
Overall, this story shows a lot of potential but fell a bit short for me. I especially would have liked to see more development of the relationship between Charlotte and Brenda and the challenges they face....more
This story drops the reader right into the middle of the action, when Cassie Stuart is trying to help photographer Bryana Austin. From the be3.5 stars
This story drops the reader right into the middle of the action, when Cassie Stuart is trying to help photographer Bryana Austin. From the beginning we are shown how very different the two women are as Bryana hesitates when her rescue necessitates riding horseback to the castle. She is very femme while Cassie is a "butch dyke." These two women couldn't be more different, but they do share one thing in common, which Bryana discovers when she stumbles upon Cassi's playroom.
Taming Bryana is a quick but intriguing tale about two women who find that they share a particularly kinky side. I loved the setting of a Scottish castle and what better place to find a dungeon playroom! Despite the plethora of items in the playroom, the BDSM in this story stays on the lighter side. I wish the story had delved a bit deeper, but that is the nature of the beast with short stories. I can only hope that the author decides to revisit these characters so we can get a taste of what they are really capable of together.
There is an element of danger involved, with Bryana submitting to a total stranger, but that heightens the emotions of the story. The scene in the playroom is quite erotic and we begin to see that, despite appearances, Cassie is exactly what Bryana has been looking for. I enjoyed this story of kinky passion and look forward to more from this author....more
It is clear that Bobby truly loves Jade, and when she threatens to end their relationship due to his neglectfulness, he believes he needs to do somethIt is clear that Bobby truly loves Jade, and when she threatens to end their relationship due to his neglectfulness, he believes he needs to do something drastic. He is convinced that he has come up with the perfect plan to keep both himself and Jade happy. He can remain dedicated to the work he loves with no further risk of losing Jade.
Bobby, of course, is quite naive to think that he can have it all and that everyone will simply agree to his plan. Quentin has a very different idea about how the three of them will interact. Bobby is so focused on what he thinks will be the perfect answer for Jade that he completely misinterprets what she really needs and desires.
Deep Obsessions is an exploration of how the connection between two people can be affected by the addition of another, often in unexpected ways. With the help of Quentin, Bobby’s eyes are opened to what Jade truly craves as well as the extent of his own sexual desires. This story is a sexual roller coaster, riding swiftly from one erotic scene to the next. The open nature with which the characters approach their sexuality is refreshing and stimulating. I wish that a little more time was spent on the emotional side of the story ~ both the journey that Bobby embarks on as well as the connection that develops between Jade and Quentin. Overall, this is definitely a hot read not to be missed!...more
“Welcome to hell, girls.” Sataire speaks this line to the men standing at his doorstep, welcoming him and Volmere to the Hollywood Hills neighborhood.“Welcome to hell, girls.” Sataire speaks this line to the men standing at his doorstep, welcoming him and Volmere to the Hollywood Hills neighborhood. The “gay welcome wagon” includes Henry, Patrick, and Clay and, to Sataire’s dismay, none of them are scared away by the naked form that greets them.
Sataire and Volmere have chosen to live alone, away from the vampire clan. The dark and brooding vampires are tattooed, twisted and quite a bit morose. Since 1710, Sataire has lived as a vampire and the longer he is alive, the more pain he requires for sexual release. Volmere is happy to oblige his friend, but Sataire is still unfulfilled. When he sees Clay Young, and recognizes the actor from the soap opera he watches in his coffin, things get all twisted and out of control. Clay is immune to Sataire’s mental orders and his presence the paranormal sanguimones to grow thick. In the span of one night, Sataire’s life changes forever in ways he never would have imagined.
Tall, Dark, Tattooed and Twisted is an interesting paranormal story filled with erotic sex and lots of different creatures. I struggled a bit with this story, especially at the beginning, as it was unclear what direction the story was trying to take. So much is thrown at the reader at once that I had a bit of trouble keeping up. There isn’t a lot of character development, and I wish that this was a much longer story. There are so many elements here that are very intriguing and there is only a quick mention of them. The story has so much potential and I wonder what more time and length could have led to.
That being said, I still enjoyed the story, especially after Sataire follows Clay to his home. These two are powerful together, and the dynamic between them is unexpected but appealing. Some of my favorite aspects, ones that I wanted more detail about, are the sanguimones and the NCCSC, the National Command Center for Supernatural Control. That idea had me smiling from the very first mention. I literally laughed out loud at the zombies that wouldn’t die. I have never seen an author treat zombies quite like this and that above all else is a reason to read this story!
Overall this is a story with an interesting premise and a wealth of different creatures. I enjoyed many aspects of the story and am curious to see what this author could do with a longer format....more
When a young girl shows up at her courtyard gate, Léonor Griffin is quite annoyed. At six-thirty in the evening, most might not consider it t3.5 stars
When a young girl shows up at her courtyard gate, Léonor Griffin is quite annoyed. At six-thirty in the evening, most might not consider it to be an ungodly hour when they would prefer to be sleeping. But as a vampiress, Léonor has a very different idea of what hours are respectable for being awake. At her gate is Clancy Rosabel, a student at the local university. Her sorority president sent her to steal flowers from Lea's garden, but instead of sneaking in and taking the flowers Clancy decides to try simply asking for them. Lea is quite intrigued by the young woman standing before her and their introduction marks the beginning of a relationship that will find the two women entrenched in each other's lives.
The Garden House is an alluring tale of two women from very different backgrounds who find a common ground, a love they both share. It is the last thing either one of them expects, and this story charts the origin and evolution of their relationship. Léonor is seductive from the moment we meet her and pairing her with a woman who is a virgin in all respects is quite interesting. The interactions between both women are quite scintillating, and adding in the fact that Lea is a vampiress makes it even more interesting.
This story is set in the Garden District of New Orleans and the location very much plays a part in the story that is quite intriguing. The area has a deep history, one that Lea has been quite affected by, and it adds a depth and realism to the story. There is quite a bit of detail within the story about the area and the people that live there which I found wonderful to read.
The lore surrounding vampires in this story is different than what you find in a lot of stories, and here it actually plays a much smaller role. Lea is a vampire and so of course it is an aspect of her relationship with Clancy, but it is not the focus of every interaction they have. It is just one more piece of the puzzle, something I found quite refreshing. I actually felt that there was a lot more ground that could be covered, areas that I can only guess the authors didn't go into in order to keep the story length down. There is a bond among vampire families, one that is played out between Lea and her brother Caspaar, which could have been more developed especially as it concerns Clancy.
In the end, this story is about the love between two women and everything else is extra. It is a tale filled with wonderful detail and two strong women who find one another in the most unexpected of ways that is a very satisfying read....more
This story is part of the Phaze Rocks line, all stories that are inspired by music and are titled with the same name as a popular song. Anyone familiaThis story is part of the Phaze Rocks line, all stories that are inspired by music and are titled with the same name as a popular song. Anyone familiar with some of the best rock music in the world (at least in my humble opinion) will recognize the title of this song. I must admit, I picked this story to review strictly based on the awesome title. There is no better way to entice me to read a story than to name it after a song from one of my favorite bands!
Male model Darien is making a living in Hollywood as a model. Despite being “tall, willow-thin, and extremely feminine,” he is most definitely male and wouldn’t change it for the world. He’s also gay, and when he is assigned to the photo shoot for famous rapper Orion, Darien can’t help but be a bit confused.
When Darien arrives to the shoot and finds a wardrobe that is intended for a female model, he knows he has to let someone know before Orion discovers his mistake. Before Darien can escape, he is cornered by Orion who has something very specific in mind and nothing will stop him.
Dude Looks Like a Lady is a play on the classic song title, and Darien fits the bill. The idea that Orion, also known simply as Ryan, would pick Darien out of a stack of pictures of model is a bit far-fetched, but if you can suspend disbelief, it is a fun romp of a story. This is really not more than a couple scenes as Darien meets Orion and then they spend some ‘quality’ time together. There is a slight mention of what could come in the future for these two, but this is really a quick, down and dirty tale with heated sex.
Because of the length of the story it really isn’t possible to know too much about these characters, especially since the focus is mainly on sex and not on who Darien and Orion really are. There is a bit more depth for Darien as the story is told from his point of view, but it is still mostly surface level. I personally would have liked a bit more about the characters themselves, but I can appreciate that this is meant to be an erotic interlude with characters who could easily be revisited in the future.
My main complaint with the story was the overuse of epithets for the two main characters, especially during the sex scene, and addressing this as part of editing would help to tighten up the story and the writing. Overall this was a good story and an interesting take on a fabulous song....more
Hanithi and Inandré are courtesans, akhari, who have been trained to satisfy their clients’ desires and ultimately find a suitable patron. They meet aHanithi and Inandré are courtesans, akhari, who have been trained to satisfy their clients’ desires and ultimately find a suitable patron. They meet at a party on the day of the Great Marriage, and although they should be rivals, they are intrigued by one another. Inandré, a brazen and insolent young man full of mirth, quickly begins to shameless flirt with the shy and reserved Hanithi. The two men begin a friendship and intimate affair, free to explore each other’s bodies without obligations.
Hanithi soon gains a patron, Ghazri ked Menash, and he is moved to Marreh, leaving Inandré behind in Tajhaan. When Inandré shows up at Hanithi’s new home, the akharu is a shell of his former self, quiet and distant. Hanithi learns from his patron of a scandal involving his friend, and implores Inandré to confide in him. What he learns angers and frightens him, and he resolves to help his friend and lover overcome the damage that has been done to him.
Concubinage is a fascinating story about the true meaning of love and loyalty. As an akharu, Hanithi is forced to solicit and endure the attentions of many admirers in order to earn money to survive. Although the ultimate goal is to gain a patron, Hanithi comes to learn that while gaining relief by having ample funds to live, there is a level of ownership and rules that must still be abided by in order to remain in the patron’s favor. He yearns for a deeper connection with another, one that his admirers and patron cannot provide, and that he finds with Inandré. The interactions between the two courtesans are physically intense and tender and they develop a deep emotional bond. He does what he can to help his friend, but wishes he could do more. What Hanithi comes to learn is that although the akhari are adversaries vying for patrons, they will band together to ensure that one of their own receives the justice he deserves.
The characters of Hanithi and Inandré are both complex and well developed and they each display growth within the boundaries of this short story. The change in Inandré is particularly heart breaking as he is so strongly affected and forever changed by the scandalous situation. His description of the event is gut-wrenching and elicits powerful reactions from both Hanithi and the reader.
There is not a lot of background description of the world this story takes place in, which is both good and bad. The story is not bogged down by details, allowing the characters to have the full focus of the reader. However, I found myself struggling slightly to understand the different classifications and the social hierarchy, and this may be due to the fact that this is the first story I have read by Bryce. Despite this I was still able to enjoy the story, as I was quickly pulled in by the characters themselves. I wonder if other stories based in this same world would provide more of the background that I am missing, and I will definitely be looking for them to find out. Concubinage is a wonderful story that is recommended for fans of LE Bryce and anyone looking for a short introduction to the complex and riveting worlds created by this talented author....more
Yet another destination wedding is happening in the Bahamas, and two women have been forced to attend against their better judgment. Sunny ha2.5 stars
Yet another destination wedding is happening in the Bahamas, and two women have been forced to attend against their better judgment. Sunny has been ordered to attend her stepbrother's wedding by her mother, who is married for the third time. Thankfully as part of the bargain, Sunny's mother is paying for her trip.
Fiona is not so lucky, and as a cousin of the bride attending in her parent's place, she used all her bonus miles to pay for the trip. Fiona is determined to have a good time at the wedding, and is ready for a casual hook-up and hopefully a bit of sex. She thinks she's found just the right person in Michael, until she finds that he has forgotten about her and latched onto another wedding guest with bigger breasts.
Thankfully for Fiona, Sunny steps in to help make sure that Fiona has a good time at the wedding. Fiona has never been with another woman, but Sunny is ready to teach her a few things without ever pressuring her into doing more than she is comfortable. Fiona takes to the new passionate experimentation immediately, and finds quickly that she can't get enough of Sunny. Fiona gets to have quite an affair while on vacation, but in a way she never would have imagined.
The Cliche is a perfect title for this story, an exploration of the idea of a straight girl being indoctrinated into lesbian sex by a more experienced and confident woman. The story is filled with one erotic scene after another as the two women explore each other's bodies and bring one another to orgasm after orgasm. Fiona is hesitant at first, but once she realizes how much she enjoys being with Sunny she embraces the experience whole-heartedly.
Sadly, this quite decent story is hampered by poor editing, especially with respect to pronoun confusion. With two female protagonists, it is doubly important that it always be clear who "her" and "she" refer to, and here there were too many points throughout the story where, as a reader, I had to stop and reread lines to decode who was doing what. Having to stop and restart affected my enjoyment of the sexually explicit scenes, and although I was usually able to jump back into the story and continue on, it did provide for a slightly disjointed reading. Below is a small example of the pronoun confusion found in the story, along with clarifications in parentheses of who "her" belongs to.
"'It's like I'm addicted,' she told her [Sunny], changing sides for a bit before using her [Fiona] hands to push her [Sunny's] breasts together and taking both her [Sunny's] nipples to her [Fiona's] lips. Sunny's sigh told her [Fiona] she was on the right track."
By clarifying a few of the pronouns, it becomes clearer who is doing what to whom, and would provide the reader with a more seamless experience.
This is an interesting story of a woman exploring new feelings and a sexual appetite that she never expected to have with a woman instead of a man. Despite the issues I had with the editing, I did enjoy the story, and would give it three stars for the story itself. The issues I had unfortunately bring down the overall rating, but this is still a story that is filled with eroticism and is a satisfying read....more
Five boys are brought together at Baraunchswood Farm because they are all gay, but it is their unique personalities that are the real focus of the stoFive boys are brought together at Baraunchswood Farm because they are all gay, but it is their unique personalities that are the real focus of the story. As with any group of teenagers that come together from various places, each boy is very different. From the beginning, they are each pigeonholed into a specific role by the producer Kendra. The boys include Frank the “pugilist”, Paki the “clown”, Alan the “genius”, Shay the “enigma”, and Cody the “unwilling hero.” As the story continues, it becomes clear that there is more to each boy than these simplistic labels. They each have their own reasons for participating in the City/Country reality show debacle, as well as hardships from their own lives that they struggle to overcome.
City/Country shows how one event can become a turning point in a young man’s life. It is a given that people make mistakes in life, but the unknown is if one will be able to learn and grow from these mistakes. We follow Cody as he struggles with being manipulated and forced into the role of the “head of household” for the group. He grudgingly accepts the role, but quickly loses control as his reactions to the situation, and the other boys, begin to cause problems. In such a stressful situation he is grasping for ways to maintain some element of control, and the best way he can think to do that is to fall back on preconceptions and first impressions. As things turn from bad to worse, the tenuous relationships that the boys have created in such a short time are strained to their limits.
City/Country is a wonderful story about a group of young men who find a way to work together despite their differences and disagreements. The characters are well developed as individuals, when they so easily could have fallen into typical stereotypes. The story explores how opposites attract, both in friendships and relationships, and how first impressions are so often misleading. This story will absolutely be enjoyed by both young adult and adult readers....more
It has been two years since Emily’s fiance Tyler Messer died in a tragic plane crash, and she continues to be absorbed by memories of them making loveIt has been two years since Emily’s fiance Tyler Messer died in a tragic plane crash, and she continues to be absorbed by memories of them making love. However with her discovery of the skull, the images of Tyler in her mind start to be replaced by that of an Indian warrior. With the help of her best friend Tessa, Emily learns that the warrior, Fighting Eagle, thinks she is the reincarnation of his lost love Little Deer. Little Deer was taken from her village by the leader of the cavalry, Emily’s great-great grandfather, before they massacred the Cherokee tribe. Little Deer never stopped loving Fighting Eagle and lived out her life hoping that one day he would return to her.
Emily’s mourning for her fiancé has kept her from being able to sustain a relationship. It has also blinded her to Tessa’s true feelings. As the haunting intensifies, Emily begins to explore the emerging emotions for her friend and what they mean for their relationship. In order for Emily to be fully available to a relationship, she must find a way to let go of Tyler’s memory, opening her up to possibilities that the future may hold.
Blood Creek Haunting is an intriguing tale of the strength of love combined with an element of the paranormal. The parallels between Emily and her namesake are interesting and help create a powerful bond between the stories of the two characters. Tessa is a compelling character, and anyone who has loved a friend from afar will identify with her. Her love helps to ground Emily to reality when the haunting intensifies to dangerous levels. The emotional and physical connection between the women is intensely powerful and sensuous, making for an enjoyable story with a rewarding ending....more
The infidelity of his ex-lover left Leo feeling helpless and worthless, and he has closed himself off to others in an attempt to avoid being hurt agaiThe infidelity of his ex-lover left Leo feeling helpless and worthless, and he has closed himself off to others in an attempt to avoid being hurt again. He is convinced that the “real thing” is not possible, that if he tries again for a relationship it will ultimately end in failure as it did the first time. Leo has placed himself at the mercy of Marcel, who he has desired from afar, in an attempt to feel something, even if it won’t necessarily turn out to be everything he desires. Using touch, sound, taste and scent, Marcel bombards Leo with sensations to draw him out of his self-inflicted isolation. In the end, both men are able to clearly see what they want and need most in each other.
The Blindfold is an intriguing story about healing and reclaiming control. The use of the senses in the interactions between Leo and Marcel is compelling and fascinating. It was interesting to see the steps Leo takes as each sense is played upon by Marcel. The best part of this story is the blindfold itself and what it represents. It restricts Leo from relying on sight and heightens his other senses, opening him up to new possibilities. The reader is taken on a sensual discovery with the characters making this an enjoyable read from start to finish....more
Claire and Mira are in their 40’s and after being together for twenty-something years they are experiencing a bit of a slump. Veterinarian Cl4.5 stars
Claire and Mira are in their 40’s and after being together for twenty-something years they are experiencing a bit of a slump. Veterinarian Claire is distant and housewife Mira is trying desperately to reconnect with her partner. Their son is coming up on his eighteenth birthday and, as with many teenage boys, all he can think about is sex and motorcycles. Along with dealing with their own problems, Claire and Mira try to support their son as he starts to ask questions about his biological father.
The Gene Pool is a wonderful play that is beautiful in its simplicity and is filled with humor and heartwarming moments of a family filled with love, yet dealing with several problems. It truly is a comedy and there is humor throughout both acts. I found myself stifling laughs at several points and each character is given lines that are simply golden. There is talk of zucchini from the garden that no one wants to eat (and when Mira comes up with a new use for it I dare you not to laugh out loud), Bed Death, talk of Peter’s peter, Sperm-man and a plethora of “Fuckin-A”. My favorite line of the entire play is a mastery of alliteration that tickles the funnybone, “Poor guy. Peter’s peter petered out and performed poorly.”
At the same time, there is seriousness involved. After being together for many years, the woman have drifted apart and it is possible that they won’t be able to recover. Their son is anxious to learn what his biological father is like, but it won’t be easy even if the man was a “yes” donor. This play presents a tight family, where both parents are extremely close to their son and they talk about anything. I did have to stretch my imagination slightly to believe that a son would be able to talk about sex with his mothers quite so openly but it is a relationship that is wonderful and beautiful, one which many will envy. It is obvious that these women are willing to do anything ~ anything ~ for their son and he is lucky indeed.
I want to emphasize that this is a play. This is not presented in prose format ~ it is in script format with stage directions and scene descriptions. Some may find it difficult to read a story in this format but I recommend giving it a try. The dialogue is quick and light and very easy to read and follow. The characterizations are strong and leave a lasting impression. I was immediately entrenched in the play and could not put it down. My imagination was able to run wild as I saw the stage and actors in my head. I can only imagine what it would be like to see this performed live and I highly recommend taking a peek at this play. Exceptional characters and a sweet storyline make for a truly great read....more
Valentine’s Labyrinth picks up where the first book, Valentine, ended. These stories are a retelling of the legend of St. Valentine who, while in jailValentine’s Labyrinth picks up where the first book, Valentine, ended. These stories are a retelling of the legend of St. Valentine who, while in jail awaiting execution, fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. In Jamieson Wolf’s version, Valentine falls in love, but with the jailer, Asterius.
Valentine and Asterius have escaped, and are now hiding out, enjoying being together and having nothing to do but one another. What they don’t realize is that evil is hunting them. Lady Magnolia is under orders from the Church to kill Valentine for defying the edict that all marriage is banned. She will succeed where Roman Emperor Claudius failed. To get to Valentine, Magnolia will use Anna, Valentine’s former priestess, who is now paired up with the priest Emprius to perform marriages.
When Valentine learns that Anna is in danger, he knows he must save her life. With Asterius by his side, will Valentine be able to make the difficult decisions he knows are coming?
Valentine’s Labyrinth is an interesting reworking of an old legend, with several enticing characters and steamy sex. Although I hadn’t read the first story, Valentine, the author’s note at the beginning gave me the information I needed to know and this story was enjoyable on its own. The story went by very quickly, and a lot happens in a short amount of time, but it was satisfying and fun. I was surprised by the ending, which is always a pleasure, and am intrigued and left wanting to read the first story as well....more
“It has taken me all my life to say this without hesitation: I am proud of both my deafness and gayness, for they are both one and the same to me: I d“It has taken me all my life to say this without hesitation: I am proud of both my deafness and gayness, for they are both one and the same to me: I do not think in terms of whether which is more important than the other. I cannot choose, for they are both entwined in ways impossible to disentangle. Deafness and gayness are both emblems of differentness, the very quality most people are most afraid of being.”
That quote comes near the end of Assembly Required, a fascinating glimpse at what it is like to grow up and live as a man both Deaf and gay. The book is separated into three section: Discovering, Connecting, and Identifying. Each section is divided into mini-chapters which are comprised of small snippets which detail Luczak’s life and experiences. The construction of short bits and pieces makes this a fast and easy read, one that holds the reader’s attention from beginning to end.
There is a bit of repetition between the sections but overall the stories are light yet bursting with meaning, relaying what Luczak has had to overcome throughout his life. For people in the hearing community, this is an enlightening read which provides a view of what it is like to experience the world without the ability to hear. My personal favorite is the “My Technological Evolution as a Deaf Person” section which details each technological advancement that helped to improve Luczak’s life in some way. It is quite informative, and a reminder of how fast technology changes and how the smallest things can make things so much easier for a Deaf person.
Assembly Required is a well written book that is both charming and touching, filled with the life experiences of one man which is definitely recommended....more
Hey Diddle Diddle is billed as “a naughty tale for lesbians and other grownups” and that is most definitely accurate. Though based on the nursery rhymHey Diddle Diddle is billed as “a naughty tale for lesbians and other grownups” and that is most definitely accurate. Though based on the nursery rhymes that so many of us will remember from childhood, there is a decidedly adult twist to them. The author has a great voice and wonderful inflections as she reads through each chapter. Filled with lots of sexy phrases where you would least expect them, this audio book is fanciful and enjoyable from beginning to end.
In the first chapter we are introduced to Lil, a lesbian handywoman in every way as evidenced by a trip to the home improvement store that involves an erotic episode when presented with walls of tools and the smell of lumber. Any lesbian fans of Home Depot will understand immediately. But it is the first mention of Lil that had me rolling on the floor, unsure I was actually hearing what I thought I was hearing.
"Diddle was the perfect lesbian. Even her nickname was perfect. Lil. Lil. Lil-Lil-Lil-Lil-Lil. By saying it over and over again on just the right spot, she mastered a secret in lesbian lovemaking."
That is a perfect example of the one-liners and zingers that are riddled throughout the story. And the fact that this is an audio book means that they have more of an emphasis, as the author uses her own voice to spin the humor with sarcasm and light teasing.
We are also soon introduced to Elsa. The lactose-intolerant cow. The cow addicted to space travel with a fascination for Neil Armstrong. Sound familiar? It should, and the spin around the childhood story is fun and the character of Elsa is quite endearing.
Perhaps my favorite character of all is Veronica. She’s a “dish” who makes Lil’s mouth water. I’m hoping you see the brilliance of this character, and will most definitely enjoy the abundance of cooking terms used as a basis of descriptions when Veronica is around. Her introduction comes in Chapter 5: Appetizing Events and she thankfully comes back a few times. When Veronica describes a previous girlfriend, who was a bear mind you, we come to possibly my second favorite quote. "I was her honey pot and she licked me empty nearly every night." Brilliance I tell you. Of course later there is an exclamation, "Veronica, Veronica I want to play you like a harmonica." If you can’t tell by now, I could spend this entire review quoting bits and pieces of the story which is a testament to the playful manner and quick wit that encompass this story.
I was smiling throughout all chapters of this story. Each chapter builds upon the previous ones and the characters are spun in and out throughout the chapters. This is very much an adult tale with dirty language and lots of swearing, but that's one of the many things that make it so much fun. I definitely recommend giving your eyes a rest and taking a chance on this little ditty of a story which is great fun from beginning to end....more
Rahda can't sit still with the anticipation of what the night has in store for her. Somehow she needs to get through the rest of the workday so she caRahda can't sit still with the anticipation of what the night has in store for her. Somehow she needs to get through the rest of the workday so she can be off to see Gabrielle. Rahda is wearing a skimpy outfit as dictated by Gabrielle's phone call the previous night. Unfortunately, an employee asking for time off at the last minute and horrible traffic combine to make Rahda late, and she knows she will pay the price when she arrives.
Wet and Wild is a erotic story of anticipation, a chance to explore what draws Rahda to Gabrielle and keeps her coming back for more. The story is filled with descriptions, a few of which I felt were a bit much such as, "An unnamed organ below my belly clenches and send out tentacles of lightning to the center of my pussy." As this story focuses on Rahda's excitement and anticipation, we don't really get a chance to learn much about Gabrielle except through Rahda's eyes, but Rahda's emotional connections are well developed.
For me, the most interesting part of the story was the contrast between seeing Rahda at her day job, where she is in a position of power, and when she submits to Gabrielle. This was nicely done within the story, providing a complexity to the character that is so often the case for submissives. The D/s element of the story is very light, involving mostly control and some lashes with a flogger. Overall this was a nice, emotional story with some kinky sex about an intense connection between two women....more
“Don’t wait for the ride — don’t hope for the ride. Don’t postpone the ride. Saddle up now, and embrace the journey. Celebrate yourself for who you are this day.
Along the way, remember to try an outrageous act or two. You may find your world is not quite the same.”
The above quote from the epilogue encompasses quite well the underlying message of the memoir collection Not Quite the Same by author Sheila Morris. By recounting points of her own life and the lessons she learned, Morris shows the reader how she was able to accept herself and act outrageously, providing a guide for others to model their own lives against.
The memoir is made up of a collection of short pieces separated into three parts. The first, “Leaving Home,” focuses on college, loves, relationships and a variety of jobs and careers. The second, “Not Quite the Same,” is a look at political figures and organizations that played a crucial role in the rights of both women and LGBT persons. The third and final section, “I Hear Voices Calling Me Home,” looks to family members who made an impact on the author, and provides a glimpse into their lives through their own words. The contents of each section blend together to provide insight into a woman as she searches for a purpose in life and the love of another.
The contents of the sections are short vignettes, each focusing on a different person or time in the author’s life. From a reader’s perspective, it reminded me of a collection of newspaper articles that have been laid out and grouped together. There is no adherence to a strict timeline within the sections or the book overall, and the short pieces jump around in years from young woman to mature adult and in between. At times it can be a bit difficult to keep track of the overall timeline of the events of the author’s life, to piece all of the events back together. Each piece stands quite well on it’s own, as well as part of the collection, so it’s easy to read through as there’s no reliance on previous knowledge that should be gained from earlier sections.
There are serious moments as well as quite a bit of humor, and the author’s voice is consistent within each part. In the second part, the author does an excellent job of explaining the people and organizations that made a difference in many lives and then relating them directly to her own life. The third part introduces numerous letters written by family members. Though it’s interesting to see how each person corresponded with the author, and there is a genuine beauty to communications through written word, the letters slow down the book overall. There are a large number of letters, and they outweigh the words of the author. Here the memoir would have benefited from a bit more of the connection to Morris’s own life that is so prevalent in the previous sections. Thankfully the section ends on a high note with tales of present reunions with people that made an impact on the author’s life that are quite engaging.
Throughout the book, the author tells how she grew up and embraced her true self, including both stumbles and successes along the way. It’s an inspiring story, and one that young lesbians, and young women in general, can most definitely learn from....more