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June 1, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Zoë’s Gift by Jory Strong (erotic romance)

Jory Strong returns to the series that made her name in the paranormal erotic romance field, the Fallon Mates, for another story along the lines of Zerrac’s Miracle with Zoë’s Gift.  It’s rather angsty for me, as was Zerrac’s Miracle, but totally in keeping with the overall storyline of the series.

Kaylee Ripa, the once desperately ill daughter of Ariel, now lives on Beliziar with her mother and her two new fathers, Zeraac and Komet, cured by the healers of the Amato people.  (Their story is told in Zeraac’s Miracle.)  Beliziar has two races, the Vesti and Amato.  Both are descended from the Fallon, a race that traveled between worlds, many settling elsewhere, including Earth.  The Vesti were darker skinned and had leathery wings while the Amato were very fair and mostly white feathered wings.  In earlier times, they would have easily posed for demons and angels.  The Amato were more religious, but have a rather easy going view of sex, joining in whatever combinations they found suited them.  The Vesti are not religious, but are very conservative and believe in one male, one female unions.  Vesti are given to mating fever and extend fangs that inject their mate with a serum that helps them track them. (more…)

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May 10, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: The Back Passage by James Lear

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The Back Passage has multiple meanings, beyond the obvious, in this gay send-up/homage to the British Manor house mystery genre; the obvious reference to m/m sex, the servant’s stairs in manors, and in this case, hidden passages.  James Lear writes a funny, fascinating, mystery with a sexually graphic gay twist to it.  I am no fan of m/m books, so this was new territory for me and I wasn’t at all sure I’d like it, especially since it dared to trifle with a favorite genre of mine – British manor house mysteries.  This book was published back in 2006, but I’d never even been aware of it till last year when my foray into erotic romance and lifelong affinity for the British cozy caused Amazon to pop this title in their never ending list ‘might also enjoy’ books.  The reviews were so good I decided I’d give it a try.

The book is written in the first person by Edward ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, an American doing post-graduate studies for a year at Cambridge in 1925.  Mitch is a lively, observant, exuberant, sexually promiscuous, supremely horny narrator the way a 23 year old can be.  In his case, he’s also a totally gay one.  It is the tone that Mitch strikes that makes the story work for me.  I’m not entirely sure how Lear pulled it off, but for all the very explicit m/m sex, I wasn’t offended and the story held my interest. (more…)

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