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Desire and Devour, Stories of Blood and Sweat

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Desire.
The longing for the touch of men. The edge of hunger. The need for supplicants craving a sweaty embrace, a passionate tryst in the dark.

Devour.
To drink, to dispatch, to swallow. To quench one’s unimaginable thirst. To leave an empty vessel behind as one walks away into the night. More than a hundred and fifty years before Dracula ever touched English soil, Scottish
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ebook, 204 pages
Published September 2012 by Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press (first published August 23rd 2012)
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Nathan Burgoine
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthologies, glbt
By now it's no secret that Jeff Mann should be crowned the king of eroticism that balances the knife edge between so many dichotomies; death and the erotic, violence and love, dominance and compassion, fear and arousal. The outright poetry of Mann's words somehow partners with topics that can be brutal or tender (or a heady mix of both) and leads the reader along without respite. I've tried - I've honestly tried - to read just a bit of a Jeff Mann novel or collection at a time in a vain attempt ...more
A.B. Gayle
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-erotica, shelf-32
Boy this guy can write. When a poet writes prose the difference is marked. I'm not a fan of shifters, shedders and suckers. Too often the genre is just used to circumvent the need to conform to contemporary rules and standards.

I also hate the vast majority of books written in the present tense. In some cases it suits stories dealing with young self centred heroes living in a world which revolves around them, but more often it seems pretentious. It's prevalent in fan fiction which is why I don't
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Ilhem
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, prn, bdsm
3,5 stars

There is nothing that is not dual in those 7 stories, no feeling, no character trait without its opposite, no situation that a gesture doesn't contradict...

It begins in the 18th century in Scotland where Derek Maclaine and Angus McCormick are two rough warriors tenderly in love.
It goes on throughout centuries whith Derek exploring his attraction to beefy, hairy men and his urge to control and subdue, lavishing his tender and brutal attention on mortals, reveling in his vampiric powers
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Nile Princess
A different style from the Jeff Mann I'm used to, yet his voice comes through loud and clear (he does love his whisky, musky sex and man sweat lol). Vampirism is a new angle for him but while the story was interesting, it didn't keep me riveted as his other works have done.

Derek Maclaine is a Scottish son of a Lord whose inclinations, shall we say, do not run to women. Derek and his best friend Angus find themselves trapped in a major storm one night and are forced to spend the night in a barn.
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Varian Rose
Yet another beautifully written book by Jeff Mann. I loved the story, loved his take on vampires. It was wonderful seeing how all the stories flowed together.
Jerry L. Wheeler
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This hearty volume of bloodlusty stories from Jeff Mann begins with “Derek & Angus,” which explores Maclaine’s roots and his love affair with Angus McCormick, the son of a crofter who works the land for his laird, Maclaine’s father. Their bond lasts some thirteen years, always broaching discovery, until one Beltane night when they are making love outside in the standing stones and are set upon by their archenemies, the Macdonalds. Angus is killed in the fracas, and Derek is mortally wounded. ...more
Elisa Rolle
Jeff Mann isn’t shy in using a rough imaginary to set his stories, whereas they are in XIX century American frontier, or in XVIII century Scotland, but even amidst the blood and sweat, and tears, you can find the tenderness of two men loving each other.

Angus and Derek are like two halves of the same apple, they were brought up together, Derek the laird’s son, and Angus his second hand, his protector, the one who has to give up his life in case to protect Derek. And he will do. But not only for a
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A.B. Gayle
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-erotica, shelf-32
My Kind of Sucker Story Boy this guy can write. When a poet writes prose the difference is marked. I'm not a fan of shifters, shedders and suckers. Too often the genre is just used to circumvent the need to conform to contemporary rules and standards.I also hate the vast majority of books written in the present tense. In some cases it suits stories dealing with young self centred heroes living in a world which revolves around them, but more often it seems pretentious. It's prevalent in fan ficti ...more
Lantentine
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I understand that this is intended to be smut but there is a difference between "content that doesn't deserve to be published" and actual smut.

"Desire and Devour" reads like bad fanfiction. Features include:

- Completely unsympathetic, bland main character
- No character development whatsoever
- No structure or coherence to the plot.
- Presentation of rape as acceptable or justified in various situations.
- Any potentially hot scenes are almost immediately ruined by death / talk of death / sinking f
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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
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