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Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Outside an isolated cabin, winter fog caresses spruce trees. Inside, two men, lovers, have enacted a plan of revenge, kidnapping the handsome son of the man who wronged one of them. Al, the accomplice, has stalked Rob for weeks, and his infatuation for the young man has grown deeper than he ever anticipated. So much so that he finds himself drawn to protect Rob from the ra ...more
Nook, 187 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Lethe Press (first published August 13th 2011)
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Somehow, somewhere I took a wrong turn and I ended up in THIS fantasy.

...and I just kept going.

Since I can't remember other reviewers mentioning anything about the funky fetishes in Fog, I suppose duty's calling. This may or may not be your cup of tea: there are lustful references to hairy body parts and fattiness (mostly beer-bellies) on almost every other page. If you're a hygiene freak, please note that the MC's are not particularly fond of showers and enjoy graphic, smelly, raunchy sex. Wit

4,5 stars!

Fog belongs to one of those books that makes you feel wrong to talk about enjoying while reading it. The plot is dark, horrifying, painful, disturbing and absolutely NOT for the faint hearted...

It deals with emotionally difficult topics: rape, kidnapping, abuse, Stockholm Syndrome, hate, vengeance and sexual torture. So, yes, take it as a WARNING and don't read it, if all THESE are outside your comfort zone.
I made/
Anna (Bananas)
I love bears. Aren't they adorable?
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Unfortunately this book contained rapey, redneck bears.
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No rating for now since, uh, someday I might finish this book. It's not terrible. Just not my thing, which I knew going in. This is how I felt while reading: bored, disbelieving, uninterested - oh hey, scrapple.
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Thankfully Loco took mercy on me (*cough* pregnancy pity *cough*) and we ended our dual torture. HOORAY!!
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(Original "review")
Visions of furry bellies and chubby hands have already traumatized me,
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Un-Fucking-Believable... Excellent book! Will write up tomorrow

Nathan Burgoine
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
If you've never read Jeff Mann before - either his prose or his poetry - then you are likely about to be both shocked and impressed. If you have read Jeff Mann, then it will not surprise you when I say that the balances between violence and compassion, eroticism and fear, assault and tenderness and an ever-present dance between destructiveness and hope are constantly tipping and shifting in FOG. Mann has a facility with binding the erotic with the dangerous and bringing the BDSM to such a highly ...more
Nile Princess
Goodreads says this is my third re-read but I'm pretty sure this is about #5. Still my absolute favorite of Jeff Mann's books. Still five stars.


So technically my rating for this book would be about 55 stars not 5 and, given the content, I think I am beginning to scare myself. :=)

My brain is still pinging around in my skull but just to get a few thoughts out there. This is an unbelievably HOT and well written book. It is extremely dark and gritty, and defin
I was really disappointed with this book. I wanted DARK DARK DARK!!! But I got DARK, LESS DARK, then in my opinion FLUFF!

I just struggled with how Rob and Al's relationship ended up!!! It seriously made me think

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Then again this is my opinion I know lots of people who love this book so please don't take my word for it.
DNF page 18 of 217


Maybe one day, now I don't feel like suffering like that.
What an absorbing, uncomfortable, mesmerizing read this was! Much as I like dark and taboo, the contemporary kidnap/held in bondage/torture trope is a difficult one for me. It rings too close to home for comfort, it’s too easy to put myself in the victim’s place. The element of it being man on man abuse doesn’t make it any less easy to identify with the victim in Fog. Here is the difficulty and the brilliance all wrapped up in one.

Rob (young and beautiful) is kidnapped by partners Jay and Al (bu
This book was dark and disturbing at times, but also tender, emotional and thought provoking. A really satisfying book, which I would recommend.
This one is so not going to be right for everyone. To be honest, I'm not even sure it was right for me. It has all the makings of things that creep me out. Erratic characters, drug use, abuse, violence, and lots & lots of body hair. Not things that usually make me jump up and down or make my little heart go pitter patter. But damn, did I really enjoy this read. It was amazingly poetic and fascinating to get inside the minds of such fucked up characters.

I will admit to a certain amount of que
An excellently written story about the eroticism of bondage and captivity
with a surprising ending.
With an odd mix of compassion and cruelty Fog was intense,fascinating and always just one little step away from being too much...
Jack Pyke
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So deliciously dark. I need to stop reading novels like this, they're too... distracting.
Ever wonder what it's like to be kidnapped for an extended period of time, fearing for your life the majority of the time, then be released? Ever tried to mentally put yourself in the shoes of the Colombian presidential candidate released by the FARC guerrillas? How does it affect the victim, how do they survive?

The physical setting in this story is perfect for its purpose: a house up in the mountains, cold, lonely, quiet, isolated. The emotional setting also serves to make the plot believable.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This is very well written and wonderfully descriptive story. Some parts were a bit brutal, some were sad, and some were sweet. There were some ackkk, ewwww, and awwww moments throughout. Trying to understand the mentality of Jay and Al, and after a while, Rob, was difficult. I found Al to be a total contradiction. He's a mountain man, backwoods sort of fellow, yet he is very well educated, with a college degree who loves, can quote, and seemingly understands poetry. He is sadistic and brutal at ...more
Chippy Marco
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I ravaged this book for the first 65%, couldn't read it fast enough, loved it, then... Yes, it went down hill. It could just be me, but it got all hearts and flowers in a situation that was anything but. Yeah, yeah, Stockholm Syndrome you might say, but it still didn't ring true to me and got way to sappy. When all the flowery stuff came into it, I really just wanted to finish the book. Rob just didn't feel real to me with his reactions. And people have said this is dark... No, I didn't think so ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Miss Asima
Shelves: bdsm, m-m, borrowed-kindle
Just kill me now. This is a depressingly sad book. I really liked it. Jay is one f-ed up mo-fo from his prison sentence. Well, I hate to break the news to the bugger - "You do time, to pay for the crime". Do people not know this? Seriously, armed robbery is generally frowned upon. AND people who get caught - you end up in prison. Is this something that is a shock? That the government keeps a secret in the USA? I mean, I know Paris Ho-bag or Lindsay Whore-han could be naked, getting f-ed in the a ...more
A.B. Gayle
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Powerful writing. For once, the fact that it was present tense didn't irk me. In fact I was half way through before I realized. I'm not sure if that's testament to the fact that the story and characterisation swept me along so much or the skill of the writer. I suspect both.

The subject matter is confronting, but what I liked best was that the GMC was consistent throughout and the emotional as well as the physical consequences of every deed rang true. Plausible? Likely? Who cares? The story is mo
Awilk -never sleeps-
I really had trouble deciding on a rating for this one. It started out so disturbing and emotional, I devoured it. The ending was sweet, if slightly strange. The journey from making me feel slightly sick to thinking this was a little too sweet had me gripping my kindle until I feared I would break it.

I don't want to ruin this for anyone who hasn't read it yet, so all I can say is, even though parts of this were disturbing by the end I was very glad that I had read this book. Not sure if that he
This book was disturbing and delicious. And good. So, so good. I wanted to reread it even before I'd finished. It takes the concept of Stockholm Syndrome to new levels of intensity and layers cruelty and kindness in this amazing confection, topped off with great writing and dealt with with great compassion. Not to mention that it was smoking hot. Not for the faint of heart, though.
Smith Barney
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkly thought-provoking..with a tender ending. Disturbingly brutal..yet deeply moving. Harshly-detailed elements made for one authentically-terrifying ride and read.
Jason Bradley
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt real to me. Great story!
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
This one is right up my alley. Captured guy - at the mercy of two others. Boy did I run through some emotions on this one! Many of the reviews are spot on for this. I did not see that ending coming either. This one will have you going back and forth with your emotions -- seriously. I felt exhausted after reading it! If you like this type of novel then this is a must buy.
Sue bowdley
Can I give this book ten stars...I really didn't know if I was gonna like this book but I loved it...It was really well written and the ending was just perfect...Jeff/Jay and his lover Mark/Al kidnap Rob the son of the cop who killed Jays previous lover and sent him to prison for ten years where he wasn't treated nicely....I absolutely hated Jay....Even knowing what happened to him i hated him....He raped/cut/abused Rob so bad for something he did....(If you break the go to jail...simp ...more
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
On my to-read list for a long time, I started it last night and read until 1:30 a.m. then woke up at 6:00 a.m. to read more. Couldn't put it down.

Rob was abducted to pay for the sins of his cop father by an ex-con, Jay (Jeff) his father had arrested and his lover, Al (Mark). It's narrated by Al. Jay's revenge fantasies center on making Rob pay for Jay's repeated prison rapes so his rape of Rob is as rough and cruel as possible.

Al is Jay's accomplice because he loves Jay, warts and all, but he
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People tired of pure hearts and flowers
Shelves: excellent
One of the few books written by a male author in this genre that I devoured. The mix of non-romance elements (like Al being a bear and loving it dirty, sweaty and smelly) with the poetry of the descriptions of their surroundings, the tenderness of Al, and the characterizations are superb and left me melancholic and satisfied. Read the first review, it analyzes far better than me. I'd like to add a lot more superlatives, I'm so impressed, but it's redundant. Just read it.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book left me with a sick feeling in my stomach. And, a sublime book reviewer might put in, that is what a good book should do: unleash, provoke...I indeed felt provoked. The first person narrator f**ked with my brain. For a long time I was lulled with his 'self-pity' and 'kindness'.
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
*Audio Book*

Talk about feelin dirtyyyy after listenin' to this one! Wowza!

Ed Davis
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to think about this one for a little while. The writing is perfect. The plot was dark and brutal. However, I felt a little let down. I kept feeling like something was missing. I’ve read a lot of books that were similar were innocent victims are taken hostage by brutal captors, but this book just has a sweetness that the others were missing. My guess it’s because of Al and the fact that he falls in love with Rob.

Some people say that they were surprised by the ending. I guess I was as well,
Joseph Tonlet
Very enjoyable!
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Jeff Mann’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Laurel Review and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; two full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a collection of personal essays, Edge: Tr ...more