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Summer Sweat
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2000
No one -- I repeat, no one -- can beat William Maltese when it comes to providing great and sensuous reads in the erotic gay short-story genre. This, his latest offering, is no exception to the "really great" rule. If this anthology doesn't have the advantage (a la his CALIFORNIA CREAMIN') of an update lead short-story detailing the location and general well-being of our-favorite-young-hustler Joey (DIARY OF A HUSTLER by Joey -- rumor having it that Joey is presently at work on his own update), it does have enough to keep any afficionado of the gay short-story genre glued (literally and figuratively) to the spot. If all of the stories keep to the fun-in-the-hot-hot-sun motif, my particular favorites are : "The Music, Man" about a screwed-up thinks-he's-straight Latino "into" the hot and heavy dance scene, "Guess Who?" which immediately brings to mind a popular young cinema star, and "One . . . To . . . Three . . . Out" tale of coming-out that's one of the best I've ever come across. So, if you're in the mood for some shorts to keep you occupied, some lonely night, when you're not up to "wading" through a long novel to get what you want, be sure to have either this anthology or Maltese's CALIFORNIA CREAMIN' handy. Speaking of novels (although not a long one): Don't miss reading Maltese's crossover-to-mainstream detective novel, A SLIP TO DIE FOR: A STUD DRAQUAL mystery, that, while not being promoted as a "gay" book (don't ask me why), has more than enough "gay" going for it to make you a fan of its can't-fool-me-he's-gay hero.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 1999
Okay, I spend far more time watching TV, going to movies, and surfing the internet than I ever do, these days, reading books. Book-reading justseems to take up too much of my time. And what do I read, when I read it, never seemsto be all that interesting or worth my effort. At least all of the above was the case until I discovered this book of short stories by William Malese. Each of his short stories is, well, conveniently and blessedly short, with satisfactory beginning, middle, and end. Finally, each short story is as hot as any summer-sizzle the auther writes about. No nodding off, I guarantee, while reading any of these hot and steamy tales!
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