Wow. Let me repeat that: Wow! I simply adored this book. On one level, it is an amazing character study of two men, who each think they are utterly unWow. Let me repeat that: Wow! I simply adored this book. On one level, it is an amazing character study of two men, who each think they are utterly unattractive, only to learn that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. But it is also a moving love story, one with a message of hope for everyone who thinks nobody will ever like them for who they really are. And the way it is written utterly charmed me. B.G. Thomas takes the truth of what it is like to be a male escort and focuses on the emotional implications instead of the physical side of the job. Yes, on the surface this book is very sweet and romantic, but the underlying transformation Red goes through and the realization of what has stopped him from being Leslie, i.e., himself, completely pulled me in.
Red is a very attractive, extremely successful male escort. He likes the finer things in life, and is focused on making the most of his youth while he still has it. Red is a consummate professional, and has learned from the best. It’s all money, and he needs to build a nest egg, provide for is future, and make sure he never goes back to being poor and misunderstood. That is—until he meets Kirk. Kirk isn’t attractive the way most people would define it. He looks slightly nerdy, he is just a little overweight, and his job as an accountant and financial adviser isn’t exactly rip-roaring exciting. But he is solid, and he is real, and he speaks to something inside Red that he has hidden for years.
One “appointment” with Red leads to more, and very gradually, over the course of six months, Red changes. The shell he has built around himself crumbles and, step by step, Leslie emerges. It was fascinating to watch little glimpses of the man underneath the veneer at first, only to see more and more revealed as the story progresses. It’s a gradual process, and very well done. Slow enough to fool Red into not even knowing what is happening until his transformation is complete. And even then the learning and surprises don’t stop as Leslie learns to deal with his past.
If you like character driven stories with men who feel so real you expect them to jump off the pages at any moment, if you want to read about characters who grow and learn right before your eyes, and if you’re looking for a read that is sweet and romantic, yet a deeply meaningful and an emotional journey at the same time, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. I adore it, and know I will read it again and again because there are lots of layers to it, and I am not sure just one reading has revealed them all. I think it is one of those books that will allow me to discover something new every time I read it. Truly amazing!
The world presented in this book is interesting. It's a slight variation on other vampire stories, since the creatures who rule are called vampyrs. ItThe world presented in this book is interesting. It's a slight variation on other vampire stories, since the creatures who rule are called vampyrs. It also contains some fascinating characters with the kind of flaws and quirks I really like. The idea that the majority of vampyrs are now "civilized" and live mostly on bagged blood is not new to me, but the thought that they still need real blood, albeit form a specific group of people called sabors, is an interesting one. I loved the history supporting who the sabors are and how they handle life, and even though some details remain unexplained, there is always hope for a sequel, right?
Tyrell has plans for his life, but when he turns eighteen, he has a huge surprise coming. Try life-altering, actually. He takes it all in relative stride. I'm not sure I would have been so relaxed about suddenly being "food" for vampyrs with no ability for self-determination. Luckily Ty deals with that quite well, until weird things start happening, and villains pop up out of the woodwork. They are out to harm him, but Ty isn't having any of it. It seemed to me as if he has some interesting abilities, and the way he stands up for himself and fights the ones he doesn't like certainly keeps things interesting!
Adam is a vampyr of power, but even he has to obey certain rules, he does bend them where possible, or rather, when it's in Ty's interests. I liked that about Adam. All the politics he has to deal with and a definite belief in himself make him just a touch too arrogant for his own good, but Ty had his number, so to speak, so it's all good. And Adam is able to learn and adapt, an essential ability for someone charged with keeping Ty safe. As Adam discovers, that is pretty much a full-time job.
If you like variations on the legend of the vampire, if big, dark secrets , megalomaniac villains and court politics interest you, and if you're looking for a read with a good deal of humor, self-deprecation, and two men who work well together, then you will probably like this novel....more
This is a story out to prove there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnel… but it takes time to realize it exists, and then to keep going untiThis is a story out to prove there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnel… but it takes time to realize it exists, and then to keep going until you reach it. Tomy has a long way to go when recovering from a brutal breakup, but at least Jason is here to accompany him. I loved how Jason's patience enabled him to keep hoping, and how gradual Tomy's realization was that he is not worthless and unlovable, but has a right to be happy just like everyone else. Much like a dance that begins slow then speeds up, this story grabbed my attention and pulled me into Tomy and Jason's life.
Tomy Peralta, a third-generation dance instructor who works in the family business, may start the story on a high, about to propose to his boyfriend, but when the useless, gold-digging loser leaves him for "greener pastures", Tomy falls to the depths of despair. His self-confidence destroyed, he reluctantly follows his mother and sister's advice and learns to knit. And while the knitting is therapeutic, what really helps him regain perspective and a renewed zest for life is Jason, the owner of the yarn shop Tomy begins to frequent. Tomy is a loyal guy, someone who has a hard time believing the worst about anyone. As he slowly recovers from the blow to his heart, he begins to see what love is like with someone who puts him first in every way- including waiting for months until Tomy is ready to truly move on.
Jason has been through a rough patch himself. After injuring his knee, the career he dreamed of in football was over. Knitting helped him over his depression, but not many people would be able to embrace a totally new direction in life as fully as he has. He knows he wants Tomy the moment he walks into his store again, exuberant about proposing, but when he finds out about the disastrous dumping, he doesn’t rush in. He supports Tomy, becomes friends with him, and learns as much about him as he can. The dancing lessons he has to take for his sister's wedding are just the beginning…
I loved seeing Jason take a real interest in Tomy, and watching how Tomy slowly learned to trust, like, and love Jason. If you like slow-burn romances where deep passion bubbles along just under the surface, if you enjoy reading stories about two men who take their time to get to know each other – no matter how attracted they may feel physically, and if you're looking for a read that is as sweet as it is emotionally intense, then you will probably like this novella.
This is certainly one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. It is imaginative, has some brilliant characters, made me laugh, had lots of cThis is certainly one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. It is imaginative, has some brilliant characters, made me laugh, had lots of computer-geekiness which I adore, the tension was exquisite, the questions asked profound, and I was only disappointed when it ended –much too soon. This story will make your head spin with its implications on multiple levels. Even if you read the blurb (which I didn't do a very good job of, I admit), this book will still manage to shock and surprise you, I bet. What a total trip!
Mordred is a hilarious main character. A bastard prince who is also a Mage, he is banned to the Earthly plane to do penance for some slightly mysterious misdeed. He suddenly has to work for a living, and is not allowed to use magic. He has no marketable skills and ends up bluffing his way into a job at a small computer start-up company. Mordred's battles with the requirements of daily life (otherwise known as paying the bills) are quite amusing. The somewhat strange happenings at his new place of employment had me puzzled, then terrified and hoping for a somewhat happy ending.
Excursions into the paranormal, the absurd, and the unexpected kept me entertained. Mordred's attempts to have a love life were fun, and his increasing fascination with Alan had me in stitches – I suspected who he was from the beginning and saw that thread of the story develop with great amusement. There were too many other great characters and events to name, so suffice it to say that I do not think you will be bored. Well, possibly if you don’t like computers, but even then, there is enough humor in here for everyone.
If you don’t like surprises and plot twists – stay away from this book. If you like your stories neat with all the explanations given in great, easy-to-understand detail – for heaven's sake, don't even go near this. If you're looking for a traditional m/m romance – please, don’t buy this book. However, if you like books that make you think about the nature of being human, if you enjoy a puzzle and want to figure things out for yourself (what else have we got brains for, right?), and if you like a read that challenges your intellect as well as your ability to read through tears of laughter, then, by all means, get a copy right now, take a deep breath and plunge in. But be warned: this is an adventure of the highest degree and you may come out the other side with a different view of reality!
Rereleased today, The Elevator Mechanic is he first of the Workplace Encounters books to be published by Dreamspinner Press. It is the story of quietRereleased today, The Elevator Mechanic is he first of the Workplace Encounters books to be published by Dreamspinner Press. It is the story of quiet elevator installer Joe who doesn't think he needs a relationship, and experienced fitness trainer Bill, who falls in lust with Joe at first sight - but isn't looking for more than a casual encounter either. When things get hot, then hotter between them, they both reconsider their options...
Workplace Encounters is inspired by men meeting at work - but definitely staying away from the so-called office romance. This series looks at all types of workplace, even the occasional office may play a role, but the 'romance part' is guaranteed not to take place there.
In this series of unusual, interesting, and sometimes strange boyfriends, this latest story is a pretty good fit in terms of being "out there". It reaIn this series of unusual, interesting, and sometimes strange boyfriends, this latest story is a pretty good fit in terms of being "out there". It reads like a normal contemporary tale until the unthinkable happens and the ghostly/paranormal aspect takes over. There is an unexpected twist, some very hot scenes between lovers Joseph and Tom, and an ending that made me sigh in relief.
Joseph and Tom are clearly in love, devoted to each other, and share their workplace (a construction company) as well as their spare time up in the mountains. They are both ambitious professionally, but very loving and supportive in their relationship. Joseph has just proposed when the unthinkable happens, and all he can think of is helping Tom when he vanishes. The ghostly phenomenon that guides him was very well written, and the storyline from that moment on felt as real as the beginning of the story.
If you like psychic phenomena that cannot be explained rationally, if you enjoy suspense and a main character who is under pressure, and if you're looking for an entertaining read with a real threat to the lovers' happiness, then you will probably enjoy this short story.
This is an amazing anthology both in breadth and variety of style, full of erotic and highly erotic interludes between men of diverse backgrounds. FroThis is an amazing anthology both in breadth and variety of style, full of erotic and highly erotic interludes between men of diverse backgrounds. From contemporary to science fiction, to fantasy and mythology, there is something in here for everyone.
Different Strokes by Richard Michaels
Choice by Rhidian Brenig Jones
Hot Man Boulevard by Jacqueline Brocker
Feygele by Alex Stitt
The Man in Black by Gregory L. Norris
Like Magic by Salome Wilde
Nothing to Lose by Dale Chase
From Here to There by Xavier Axelson
Outlaws and Bad Men by Kenzie Mathews
Bullheaded by Logan Zachary
Rookie Glitch by Martha Davis This short story of pride-goes-before-the-fall sexiness made me grin. Mike is a fourth generation cop, and is determined not to make any rookie mistakes that would have his colleagues laugh at him. And when he encounters some \"glitches\", he will not even call mistakes, he still doesn\'t want to admit what\'s really going on. Worst of all? He has the hots for Jason, his superior officer, one of the biggest no-nos around. And guess what? Yeah, he goes for that one as well, albeit based on Jason\'s initiative.
A very hot tale of hilarious self-delusion, followed by an extremely sexy encounter between two men who know exactly what they want – even, or maybe because, it is utterly forbidden.
Payment in Full by T. R. Verten It is difficult for single men who are also parents to find the time, partner, and opportunity to have more than an encounter with their own hand. Spencer, in this fun story about a babysitter-plus service, knows all about the problems. And when he finds a solution, it comes from a most unexpected source.
With the surprise angle and a hot scene in the kitchen, this contribution is more straightforward than some of the others, yet special and fun it its own way.
Freyr’s Toothache by Mark Wildyr
No Ifs, Ands or Butts by Rob Rosen
Super Service by Michael Roberts
NOTE: This book was provided by Rob Rosen and Cleis Press for the purpose of a review. ...more
Allen Saunders (American writer, 1899-1996) once said that “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” That is certainly the mAllen Saunders (American writer, 1899-1996) once said that “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” That is certainly the motto of this enchanting love story about Michael, who is determined to leave love out of the equation of his life, and Cobey, the man who unknowingly teaches him that love and monogamy are not as bad as Michael fears they are. Neither of these men expect to fall for the other, but both of them come out of their agreement—where Michael was supposed to introduce virgin Cobey to the joys of sex—with a totally new perspective of life.
Cobey has been raised by fanatically religious parents, who were disappointed when he informed them he wasn't going to become a priest. They sent him to a catholic university, the only one they were prepared to pay for, so now that he has a degree, a job, and works at a liberal university as art professor, he is learning how to have a life. Specifically, he wants to learn how to be a gay man, and part of that is getting rid of his virginity. He has tried meeting men on his own, but ran into a**holes instead. When he accepts help from his friends, who suggest Michael, a man with experience, teach him, Cobey has no idea what he is letting himself in for. The physical side of their relationship isn’t the only thing that goes spectacularly well…
To call Michael a "man with experience" is probably an understatement. He has enjoyed sex for many years, but relationships have been a disaster area for him. After being stood up at the altar, he has had enough and swears off love. Teaching Cobey about sex may be a bit of a harebrained plan, in his opinion, but once he meets Cobey, he decides it will not be a hardship. And then, as he puts it, "Monogamy happened all by itself." It made me laugh to have him put it that way, but it is exactly what happens. Not that he will admit it, and he fights his new insight to the very last second.
If you like stories about opposites who learn they may have more in common than either of them expected, if two men who approach the physical side of a relationship in different ways only to figure out they love exactly the same things, and if you're looking for a sensual read that is as charming as it is hot, then you will probably like this novella.
This is a hilarious mini-sequel to Paws On Me. Detective Seth Morrison and his young, cool, bear shifter Brandon are back, and they made me laugh so hThis is a hilarious mini-sequel to Paws On Me. Detective Seth Morrison and his young, cool, bear shifter Brandon are back, and they made me laugh so hard with their antics. Imagine Seth, formerly of the "gruffness is everything" variety, trying to get his grumpy bear out of bed in wintertime, threatening all kinds of stuff, only to have him come at Seth in hilarious retaliation.
I definitely recommend reading 'Paws on Me' first, because you'll miss half the jokes if you don't know he background of how these two met. Definitely recommended if you need something short to cheer you up - and it's free!...more
In a very wintry setting, this is a wonderful fairy tale about a human named Geoff, who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of humankind, and a fairy nIn a very wintry setting, this is a wonderful fairy tale about a human named Geoff, who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of humankind, and a fairy named Mauve, who discovers there is more to his life than flitting about with other members of his species. Even though Geoff is the one who rescues Mauve from a physical injury, they both soon discover they have much to learn, and in that sense, end up rescuing each other.
Geoff is badly disfigured and has found his fellow humans to be less than accepting about his scars. But instead of turning bitter, he shrugs it off and goes to live in the forest. He is very close to nature and doesn’t need much; it is a good fit. Geoff is a very giving man, so when he finds a wounded fairy he rescues him without a second thought. In Mauve, Geoff finds, for the first time in his life, someone who looks beyond the scars, and that sets him free. I loved how he blossoms in Mauve’s presence, how he opens up, and finds a man who appreciates all Geoff has to offer.
Mauve is a fairy who was out on his own, hit a tree when he was flying around, and now has a broken wing. Without Geoff’s help, he would have frozen to death. Mauve finds it a little difficult to get used to being around a human at first. Knowing most humans I can’t say I disagreed with him about being careful. But once Mauve understands what a great guy Geoff is, he opens up and begins to form a connection with the human that ends up being a lot stronger than they both expected.
If you like tales about supernatural beings interacting with humans, if you’re interested in reading about two men from very different backgrounds who get together and find each other fascinating, and if you’re looking for a read that is as sweet as it is hot, then you will probably like this wintry fairy tale as much as I did. I loved it when I first read it a long time ago, and I loved it just as much this time around.