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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: MLR Press (January 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193453109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934531099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love the story lines, the romance and the characters.
Wallace Reed
Neither the excerpt nor the story is very long, but they were long enough to convince me that I liked the characters enough to want to read their novel-length stories.
Charly T. Anchor
I can't say more, to not spoil it, but you have to absolutely read it.
Elisa

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elisa on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Usually I don't like very much anthologies. The stories could be nice, but rarely they are long enough to satisfy my need :-) And even if sometime you find a good story among the others, you still are a bit disappointed by the whole anthology...

But... forget what I just wrote, cause Ties That Bind is a wonderful anthology and all the stories are stunning, one better than the other.

Key To Me by Jet Mykles: Noah is a young cute guy who can have every gay men he desires. But lately he is not happy, he is tired to cruise the clubs and change a man per night. And also he has a secret admirer who sends him sexy gifts, but never unveals his name. Even if he is intrigued by the stranger man, Noah has also his mind full of unaittanable men: first Mitch, his roommate, and second Richard, his bartender colleague. Both men are straight as an arrow and so Noah has to put aside his wishes, but maybe...

The story is very sexy, the slow seduction of Noah is written with growingly tension and the hidden identity of the secret admirer is played in a funny way, even if me, having a real romantic mind, was able to identify the "culprit" since the beginning...

Gift of Eros by Kimberly Gardner: Val, short for Valentin, is a classic major. During a class he meets the eyes with Dylan, a strange student. Apparently Dylan is a cute guy, obviously a bottom from the look, but when they have the chance to be alone, he reveals a very dominant behaviour, which immediately draws Val and he is unable to set him free. It's like a fever, more he has and more he wants. But Dylan appears and disappears at his wish, and Val doesn't know nothing about him, only that he is a great lover and Val is beginning to care for him and thinking to change his life and his dreams to be near him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Peoples on March 9, 2008
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This book has five good stories by four great authors of gay romance and erotica. Two are by Laura Baumback from her series about Bram and James and three others by three equally fine authors.

The first Baumbach story is a section from the first novel about James and Bram, taken from soon after they first met. If you've read "A Bit of Rough,", you've already read it. If you haven't read that book, then, by all means, enjoy the short story as an introduction to the magnificent couple and then read the novels. The other Baumbach story is set some months after the second of the two existing novels when they go for a snow vacation. It is as good as the novels at displaying how much these two guys adore each other, have fun with each other, and how hot they are when they make love.

Jet Mykles's story is about a cute blond fellow (Noah) who is intrigued by an anonymous admirer who has been sending him presents and who is ready to reveal who he is and how he likes his sex (mild bondage). The two lovers are delightful and their play hot; it would have been my favorite story in the collection, except that I figured out who the secret admirer was very early on in the story. Still, the two guys have great chemistry, and I thought Mykles did a great job of handling the scene when the admirer first revealed himself to Noah. Four and a half stars.

Gardner's story about an ancient Greek god of erotic love finding his soul mate (in our time) in a beautiful classics major at a university is certainly quite hot, and the guys are enjoyable enough, but it lacked a certain pizzaz for me. Still, well worth four stars and a fun read.

My favorite story in the book was the J.L.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2009
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The title and cover of this anthology from the relatively new MLR Press implies a little bondage, but that's misleading. The theme is what ties lovers together, be it restraints, need or simple love. There are five stories, though one is actually an excerpt from the popular book "A Bit of Rough" by Laura Baumbach. I don't like excerpts included in story collections, but the novel did start out as a story before Laura expanded it and people new to her writing will appreciate a "taste." I usually don't buy anthologies as I don't want a good story to end, but this is a very good collection. I picked it up mainly because I love JL Langley's work and was looking for something to tide me over until her next book. I never imagined I would like one of the other stories more.

"Key to Me" by Jet Mykles is by far my favorite in the collection. The story is seductive, and sexy with a teasing plot that drew me in. Noah is somewhat of a player, bouncing from one lover to the next never finding someone he wanted to stay with - until he starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer. He's intrigued, and becomes obsessed with discovering the giver. The secret admirer finally arranges for them to meet, only Noah must be blindfolded and very lightly bound the entire time. The sex is hot as Noah flirts with a little danger and the possibility of love. Though I guessed the secret lover almost immediately, it didn't dim the suspense as Noah is wooed by the unknown man. The ending was heartwarming, tender and more than a little steamy! I will look for more by Mykles.

"Roughly Tied Together" by Laura Baumbach is the excerpt. I'd recommend newcomers just skip this and go straight for the novel - much more satisfying!
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