When young Perry Foster returns from his hot internet date that went up on smoke, all he wants is a hot shower and bury into his bed. But, alas, there...moreWhen young Perry Foster returns from his hot internet date that went up on smoke, all he wants is a hot shower and bury into his bed. But, alas, there is a dead man in his bathtub, attired with yeolow socks and a matching ugly blazer. Perry, stupefied with horror, seeks help with the other inhabitants of the old Vermont manor house, but nobody believes him. When former navy SEAL Nick Reno finally takes pity in him, the corpse is gone. Even the police thinks him nutty. But Nick takes him seriously. Perry triggers all of Nick's protective instincts. And when more and more strange and sinister things occur around Perry, a strange relationship grows between the unlikely partners.
A classical and well - crafted "Whodunnit", this book comes with a for once male damsel in distress, an attractive dark knight, some sinister characters, dumb policemen, a seance, murder, secrets, a chain - smoking she-male and a scheming vamp. The setting in a rainy autumnal Vermont small town adds to the Victorian mood. It is not the typical gripping Josh Lanyon mystery, rather a sweet Agatha - Christie - like love story laced with some sexy interludes. A light, entertaining read for rainy afternoons or a good bubble - bath. (less)
**spoiler alert** Something's clearly off when you wake up naked on a cold guerney, a tag on your big toe, and with an unsatiable hunger for blood. Bu...more**spoiler alert** Something's clearly off when you wake up naked on a cold guerney, a tag on your big toe, and with an unsatiable hunger for blood. But that's just what happens to Adam, undercover cop just shy of dirty after a bust gone wrong. After he has recovered from being dead, well not quite dead, he tries to find a way of living with his new obstacles (as if he hadn't had enough on his plate previously) He turns to his longtime lover, Stefan, because "Everybody has a Stefan" who he can call at two in the morning to bury a corpse, figuratively, and who would show with a shovel, no questions asked. I liked this book. It's dark and quirky, wildly hilarious and funny and full of thoughtless cruelty and unexpected gentleness like his main character, Adam. Whether this book works for you or not depends higly on whether you like Adam or not, because Adam is not likeable. Not in the slightest. And yet...if you overcome the "on my god, he didn't just do that", Adam grows and changes to a point where he becomes a quite decent guy. Well, for a bloodsucker. (less)
This was one of the best books I read recently, so simple and yet so wonderfully done I had to read it twice in one go within twenty - four hours. The...moreThis was one of the best books I read recently, so simple and yet so wonderfully done I had to read it twice in one go within twenty - four hours. There were so many things I immensely enjoyed. The story is written in a kind, loving tone of voice that fits its theme perfectly well. The author plays with style and language, effectively creating a truely Dickensian feeling, even with using a modern setting and modern language. (By example almost every person's name in the story could have been the name of a Dickensian character - I found that brilliant). And to top it all, the story is laced with the mercurial humor so typical for the author. If you're looking for a sweet yet substantial read for the holidays you can't do wrong with this novella. (less)
Investment banker Will realizes that he needs a break when his boss drops dead in front of him at fifty - five. He moves for a sabbatical apart from M...moreInvestment banker Will realizes that he needs a break when his boss drops dead in front of him at fifty - five. He moves for a sabbatical apart from Manhattan stock market to a small town and takes his life down a notch. The old house he bought needs renovation, and thus Will engages handyman Jack, who runs an one - man renovation firm. Over the course of the renovation, Will notices he feels attracted to Jack in a way he's never experienced before. Until then, his sex life has been like the stock market: easy on, easy off. Now he finds himself craving something else entirely - friendship, reliability, maybe even love. Jack married right out of high school. He has been married for twenty - four years until his wife died a sudden death at only fourty - two. Jack has been content in his marriage, in being a father, in his life, until he meets Will. Noticing the attraction he feels for the younger man, Jack realizes that there has been something missing in his life, something buried so deep he headn't even been aware it wasn't there. Long forgotten memories of a sexual encounter with his best childhood friend surface again, and Jack realizes that he might have had a wrong picture of himself, of his own sexuality for most of his life.
There is a lot of introspection going on for both men. While Jack tries to come to terms with his own sexuality and his physical needs, Will needs to tear down the emotinal walls he has been building for most of his life. Written alternately from Will's and Jack's point of view, we come to know both men intensely. The author leads her characters along with the reader through insecurity and angst, through growing desire and emotional connection. Both men change and grow over time, and in the end it's easy to believe that they are going to make it happen. A very satisfying read, although the long passages of introspection sometimes became a bit repetitive. There's quite a lot of hot sex going on between Will and Jack as well as in the retrospective parts in which both men's lives are looked at. But the sex is mostly really there to forward the plot and besides, the scenes are nicely done. Recommended for everybody who's looking for a tender, loveley lovestory and doesn't mind a little angst. (less)
I really liked this book. First and foremost, it's dark, the London setting adding to this aspect even if it starts in summer; however it culminates i...moreI really liked this book. First and foremost, it's dark, the London setting adding to this aspect even if it starts in summer; however it culminates in autumn rain which is very fitting. It's genuine suspense. The fiends are believable. The pace sometimes moves on with breathtaking speed, as with Paul's escape from Delta Egypt's office in Cairo, sometimes it just crawls on when Jade and Paul do their research at their desks, just as it is in real life. And also very believable is that Paul's toiling and moiling doesn't make him famous in the end; his tribute to solving the crime, albeit somewhat crucial, is lost beneath the work of the police. This hero to me is a welcome change from all the superhero - like PI's who people today's bookshelves. He's just doing his job, and he is good at what he does because he is "a natural at finding out things that nobody wants to tell me" as he puts it himself. But he has his issues; starting with the trauma of his childhood, the sins of his youth, his recent mistakes. It was even fun to meet his little mannerisms like his ability to name the exact number of days, hours, and minutes since or until an incident or the rules he sets for himself like his love for whisky which he never drinks before 6 pm. Almost never. Paul is gay, a fact which is important for the plot as it leads Paul to make horribly wrong decisions, but he is not reduced to that single facet of his personality as it is often the case within the genre.However, it's perhaps that fact that allows for a depth of emotionality that would look weird on a "straight, hardboiled PI". When Paul is upset, he cries. When he is in pain, he begs. He can even be so lovesick he makes a fool of himself. Yet, he simply breaks into a building to gather information or to shoot a picture of his client's wife and her lover in a captious situation. He's a three dimensional human being I could feel sympathetic for although I didn't always share his point of view; however, his decisions and actions are completely comprehensible. Even the supportive characters are rendered equally inherently consistent, proof of the author's formidable storytelling. This mystery/ suspense book is too good to disappear within the confines of "m/m fiction" just because its major character happens to be gay. I strongly recommend it to everyone who likes themselves a good thriller.(less)
It isn't easy living in a small town and being the only gay man around. And it isn't easy to be forty-three when your're a fireman and love your job,...moreIt isn't easy living in a small town and being the only gay man around. And it isn't easy to be forty-three when your're a fireman and love your job, but everybody nags you to retire and leave the dangerous work to the younger men. That's what happens to Jay McGhee. And if his life wasn't already difficult enough, Jay feels strongly attracted to a younger man, Frank Kaplan, who is not only just passing through, but also much younger than Jay and most probably straight. Still, they develop a friendship which slowly turns into more than that.
This concept is quite similar to Marie Sexton's "Promises", but where Sexton managed to create a true, inevitable connection between her protagonists, true obstacles and a satisfying solution, this story didn't. Although that might sound harsh, but that's what it felt to me -it was just boring. The first part was bearable, with Jay and Frank dancing around each other, both of them attracted to the other one but assuming him out of reach because each thinks the other is straight. But when they finally admit to each other they are gay and interested, Frank seduces Jay all out of the blue only to ask afterwards if Jay has got something to eat. After Frank thinks at length about how much Jay means to him and how much he wants to settle down, he still plans to leave for good. And so on. The story just drifts along, the characters merely going through the moves. Couldn't make myself care for them. (less)
A fine read. Its quality was in the description of the time and in the exact caption of this area's mood. It was surely hard to be homosexual in Ameri...moreA fine read. Its quality was in the description of the time and in the exact caption of this area's mood. It was surely hard to be homosexual in America then, maybe even harder than it was in Europe (Nazi Germany aside...)And I liked that the author managed the hardest of all, looking for a gay LOVER instead of a quick f*** in the bushes. Also, the character of Nathan is masterfully drawn, his kind of honor and his kind of internal and external struggle is exactly what you would expect from a former soldier, brought up in a traditional catholic way. Why only three stars? The reasons are strictly personal. While I admired the masterful character drawing, the brilliant writing, the author's ability to meet exactly the tone of voice of the area, the story just didn't get to me. It's a technically perfect piece of writing, but to me, it lacks soul. But that's just me. (less)