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Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from under the Big Top Perfect Paperback – August 18, 2010
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Those who enjoy the sex won't be disappointed, although most of those hot intense scenes do become predictable after a while and are nothing new, other than one hot and sticky scene involving a cotton candy machine. What makes this collection work is the array of characters. You probably immediately think of (and expect) clowns when you think of a circus. Tented doesn't disappoint there, but the one clown story is definitely different. Other story tellers visit the roustabouts, the fun house, and even vampires. In fact, it is the characters that really drive each story and are much more interesting than the actual sex.
For example, the first story takes place in the old west. A man is somewhat mourning his dead lover and friend who has been shot; he seeks companionship from a circus roustabout. In another story, a dark and mysterious circus barker seeks out human flesh, and a bit more, when the circus comes into town. The book is not without its humor either as we join some porno fluffers on the set of a circus porn movie.
Kudos to Wheeler and the authors for at least giving us something new! I much preferred the dark fantasy circus over the loud bright colors and calliope you'd expect from such a genre. And thanks to Lethe Press for a much more interesting cover, no headless shirtless hunks here. But this one for the strong characterization and interesting plots. Yes, the sex is there but is more like the midway freakshow you have to walk by to get to the good stuff!
Roustabout by Dale Chase: this is a little historical short story, set in the Far West in 1878. It's quite the classical tale, the circus arrives in small western town, with animals, and men, no one has ever seen. Eli was eagerly waiting the circus because his buddy friend, and lover, Jack told him everything about it, but now Jack is dead, and with him all Eli's will to live. The among those man he sees Tully, big, strong and sexy Tully, maybe not so clever, but at least he is something/someone new who is able to distract Eli from his sorrows. What probably I liked most of this story is that the author chose to give a happily for now ending to Eli: probably it will be nothing, probably nothing will change, but if Eli will have the courage, or the carelessness, to take a chance, maybe the future will be different for him.
Winter Quarters by Tom Cardamone: this story is set all among the circus people; Jimmy is born inside the circus and he has never known anything different, his desire is to find a place in the circus "hierarchy" but he seems to have no special talent. When Keith nears him, Jimmy immediately understands what is pushing the other boy, their common friend Mario has probably told him of how they were used to "play" together, and Keith wants a piece of that for himself.Read more ›