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MEN: From His and His Kisses Paperback – July 25, 2008
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Scott and Derek are both damaged goods. Scott is an ex con, went in prison at 19 years old for killing his little brother while drunk driving. He has now a quite good life, making money as graphic novelist; the pain in his knee is only a reminder to not let him think that he is allowed to have a normal life. And so, even if a lot of people in his neighbor likes him, Scott is alone and convinced that it's right like that.
Derek is a former army officer who made a big mistake during a mission, and it caused the death of his men. He was not judged guilty, but his coscience makes the work for him as like the scars on his face. Derek is never allowed to forget and his loneliness is another of his punishment.
When these two meet, probably they realize that the conviction is ended and that maybe they are granted another chance to happiness. The story surprised me, I didn't expect it to be so interesting, since, I'm honest, I didn't know the author and I'm usually not expecting to much in a short story (less than 20.000 words). But the characters are really interesting, the plot quite unusual, since nor Scott or Derek are mistreated heros who need to be rehabilitated, they are guilty of their mistake, but they payed, and continue to pay, for their errors. And even when they meet each other, it's not all wine and roses, they are still two different and complicated characters that need to find a way to walk together.
Voyeur by Jon Michaelsen
Voyeur is not a romance but a tale of obsession. Kevin is a normal gay guy, with a nice apartment and a good job. He is doing pretty good, till the night he spots the man who lives across the street. From his apartment, Kevin could see every moves of the man and he becomes obsessed; he remains all his spare time in front of the window, even buys special equipments to see better. After sometime he even begins to neglect work and friends; finally he manages to meet the man and his dream seems to come true... but it's a dream or a nightmare?
Less than 60 pages it has a very stunning ending; really I didn't expect it and maybe I'm also a bit perplexed... I'm happy of it? is it what I was expecting or is it better?
This is the first book I read by Jon Michaelsen and in only 60 pages I can't really have a strong opinion on his writing, but for sure this short story is pretty original, and if you like a bit of twist in your usual romance, try it.
Pure Artistry by Carol McKenzie
Cameron is just out of a relationship with a woman, ended in a friendly way but that has left him with a void in his heart.
Eli, a gardener, broke with his last partner that left with their tools, and so now he is without work and lover.
They meet in an adult learning class art and Cameron notices Eli in a physical way from the first moment. But he is not ready to admit his first interest toward another male and drags Eli in a buddy friends relationship. Eli agrees to it to be near a man he is interested in, but at the same time he tries to understand if they can have something more.
The day-to-day routine they started is broken by a sudden event life and both Cameron and Eli have to face a crossroads: Cameron needs to recognize his true nature and Eli to move on his past relationship.
The story is nice, I like both Cameron and Eli. Eli at first seems stronger than Cameron, but then we have the chance to see that he is a man in need of a stronger figure beside him, maybe he is too sentimentalist, and, yes, also not so independent as he shows. Cameron, older and with a good work and a steady life, is the right man to give him all the reassurance he needs.
The story is not very long, less than 60 pages, and it's easy to read, but I feel like it was closed too soon: I would like to read a bit more of background for both Cameron than Eli, and also a bit more of their life together.
Cameron Bracy thought taking an art class would be a good way to relieve stress. His job as an accountant and his recent break up with his girlfriend has been the cause of plenty of stress in his life lately, but he may have made a big mistake with the art class when he finds himself attracted to one of his classmates, who happens to be a man.
Eli Thompson is coming off of a break up as well. His wasn't as amicable as Cameron's. In fact his boyfriend left him in a bad position and falling for a straight man is just not what he needed, but Cameron's kindness was too hard to resist.
I really liked this story. Cameron never thought of himself as gay and never thought of men in a romantic manner until Eli walked into his art class. I liked how Cameron, although a bit freaked, was sincere and open with Eli about his curiosity and the strange feelings Eli was making him feel. Eli was just so sweet even though his bastard of an ex-boyfriend left him and his finances pretty desolate. Eli and Cameron shared a respect for each other and each other's boundaries until they were sure of what the other one wanted. Pure Artistry was a sweet and enjoyable story that readers will be pleased with.
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
Inspiration is found when least expected, so graphic novelist Scott Delaney discovered. Seeing the lone figured hunched over his cup of coffee blasted away Scott's wall of writer's block and flooded him with creativity. When he found his source of inspiration standing over his table and introducing himself, the intriguing Derek Reinhart awakened more than Scott's creative juices.
Derek couldn't see why anyone would find him inspiring, especially someone like Scott. Derek was amazed Scott could see past his scars and want to be friends, but Derek wonder if he would still want to be friends once he found out Derek was gay and discover the truth behind his scars.
Graphic Intention has a great storyline and really interesting characters but I felt the author didn't pull the story together very well. I didn't feel a strong connection between Derek and Scott and I also felt the baggage and guilt the two carried around may be too much for their fragile relationship. Graphic Intentions didn't connect with me but other readers may find it more to their liking.
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The annual Mates Leather Festival in Provincetown is now in full swing. Once a year all the gays in the area can be out of the closet and openly together to enjoy and explore their sexuality.
Psionic officer Corey Shaw is called in by Police Chief Richard Stewart after a male body is found with definite signs of hard core BDSM both past and at the time of his death.
Delving into the lifestyle, Corey is losing himself to deeply hidden wants and desires while his focus on the murder is becoming unclear as another body is discovered with the same M.O. Corey must catch the killer and hold onto his own self before he lets things go too far and he can never return to the man he loves waiting for him back in Boston.
Safe Word, a dark and mid-heavy BDSM murder mystery with a paranormal twist. Our hero, Corey Shaw has many psychic talents and author Alex Morgan turns those skills around in a way to make Corey's own internal struggle as interesting as catching a killer. This isn't a love story per se other than the mention of his lover Ethan back home. Also, the ending in Safe Word is quite abrupt. I did however, enjoy the writing style as well as Corey and wished there had been more at the end.
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