Friday, August 31, 2012


~~~ Why Straight Women Love Gay Romance ~~~

Hey, just a heads-up to let you know there is a very hot and "active" discussion going on about this book already.  Jump in and add your thoughts at:

There's been some great input by Geoffrey, Kris, Anne and lot's of people telling how they have come to find the m/m genre, why they want to read this book and more...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Edited by  Kris Jacen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ebook / Print Edition
Publication: September 6th 2012 by MLR Press
Edition Language English

For M/M Romance Lovers, Haters and Everyone Else!!!

If you’ve read my reviews you know that I’ve developed a format that I use to review most of the books I read. I was a little conflicted whether or not I could use that format for this book, it is after all not fiction, or is it? In the “disclaimer” section it is called a “work of fiction” but it certainly doesn’t read that way; I suspect this is just a legal catch-all. This book reads as, and I believe is intended to be, informative and educational. Nonetheless, I’ve decided to go ahead and use my pre-arranged format. I think I can make it work well here.

I need to give a caveat for reviewing this book. I’m biased. I am addicted/obsessed with male/male romance and I’m sure that I read this book with an eye towards learning something about me. To be sure, some will pick up this book with an eye toward dismissing the genre and it’s readers. Or hopefully, there will be those who want to see if there is really a “movement” to grab on to here. I think there is.


"...I'm now allowed to use the word cock. That's the difference between a textbook and a sex book! If I were writing a textbook right now, I would have used the word penis. But let's face it, the word cock is sexier, a lot more fun, and just feels good in your mouth."

Geoffrey Knight (The Author and Guide). This is my first read from Mr. Knight but I should point out that we’ve had a couple of exchanges online. He strikes me, both online and in print, as someone who is light-hearted, genuine, humorous and motivated.

"...they are one of the strongest, and most surprising, waves of support for equal rights on the planet--and most of the world, both gay and straight, doesn't even know it. Well all that's about to change."

The Women (The Interviewees). When I say that, here, I found my friends, I mean to say that these are women I would love to meet, know and learn from. The diversity of these women is terrific. Some are like me; married with children and well over 40. Some are very young (to me), single and may never want children. Others fall in between. I was delighted to find honest, articulate, fresh, strong and passionate women who were able to express what I personally have had a hard time putting my finger on. From business women, to stay-at-home moms, to deeply religious to equality advocates, I found a group that I can identify with because of their open minds.


Oh boy, I could look at this from several angles. This could be a book about women finding a passion, and trying to find the freedom and confidence to express that passion with others. Or, this could be a book about women who love men and ALL the sexiness that they are. This might be a book about advocacy and agendas. It could also be a book about a man, a gay man, who has been taken advantage of by a movement of women. Women who are using him to advance their goal of getting more fabulous m/m or gay romance books to market. I love smart women.

What I really think this book is about will be up to you. As I said, it’s diverse but in more ways than just the women who share their thoughts. There is something here for almost everyone; for straight women who have fallen into what I have called “a rabbit hole that I don’t want to climb out of”. For the un-indoctrinated who just can’t understand why a women would want to read about sex between men. Oh, let me tell you honey, these women will tell you why. There is also something here for men. For the husband trying to understand his wife (which is funny to me because so often the women reading these books are trying to understand men).

Also, for the gay man who needs to know that there is an army of women out there that care about them and are interested in understanding their lives better. All of these people will find a terrific resource to more information on the subject of the m/m genre, including a glossary and contact information for many of the contributor’s websites and blogs.


I read this straight through, it's quick paced, humorous and at times emotional. Like I said earlier though, I’m obsessed with the subject and I’ve been waiting for answers to help me understand my addiction.

The book begins by introducing you to the women who contribute to Why Straight Women Read Gay Romance. By way of interview questions you learn a good bit about each one and easily find those you will identify with most. I found myself paying a little more attention to those women who seemed most like me, at first. I quickly realized I was interested in everyone’s opinion.

The book continues the interview process but with specific questions related to the topic. We learn how these women came to read or write, edit or artistically enhance the m/m genre. The discussion delves into what they’ve learned about themselves, men, gay men and sex. Plus, the subject was broached: Is admitting to reading m/m romance or erotica similar to coming out of the closet? I really connected with this one.

There could be a tendency to want to read this as a manual. Flipping back and forth between those women you, a) know from reading their books or blogs, or b)jumping ahead to read a specific comment by someone you earlier identified with. I would suggest you refrain from this, at least, for the first read. First, my kindle made that a little difficult to do. It’s easy to go back but harder to jump forward and keep your place. Second, I don’t think you want to miss anything said here. I found most all the viewpoints and comments valid.

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Highly Recommended - Nearly a Must Read (especially for those involved, interested or invested in the gay romance genre).

For me, this book answered many, many questions. It also allowed me to be more comfortable with my love of m/m books. I knew I wasn’t alone in my obsession but now I feel more connected than ever. Thank you Geoffrey, you made this a fun and enlightening journey.

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My thanks to ManLoveRomance Press for providing me with a e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: Our December

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ebook, 115 pages
Published December 25th 2010 by Silver Publishing
ISBN 1920484019 (ISBN13: 9781920484019)

I almost always write my reviews immediately after finishing a book. I didn't with this one. No real reason other than I guess I didn't feel that motivated. Now, a week later and I can't stop thinking about it. The premise made me feel a little uncomfortable at first. That whole, too young to touch thing just got to me.


"Are you gay?"

Alex (15) is just becoming sexually aware and has no idea of his charm. He's honest, straight-forward and adorable.

"Hanging out with him would be about as safe as navigating a field of land mines. Jared had no idea how he would maneuver without losing a piece of himself..."

Jared (20) is hard-working, dedicated and well-adjusted. He's responsible, thank goodness or else we'd be talking about a whole different kind of book.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Excerpt II - Aleksandr Voinov's Gold Digger

The cover is quite suggestive; I love a suit!
Part II "Gold Digger" Novella by Aleksandr Voinov Excerpt

I'm very excited to be able to share this second excerpt, from Aleksandr Voinov's upcoming novella, "Gold Digger". The book focuses on Vadim Krasnorada's son, Nikolai.  Presumably that's sexy Nikoli on the, just revealed, cover. 

At the time of writing this I don't have a release date but will follow with that information as soon as it's available.  If you're as anxious to delve back into the Special Forces world as I am, I know you'll be checking back here and at the Riptide Books site often.  I'll keep you up to date.

A very special "thank you" to Aleks for sharing these sneak peaks with us.  You're the best Aleks!

Excerpt II

“So, how is everybody,” Vadim asked once they’d filled up the car and were heading down towards Wellington. What Nikolai really liked about the roads here (and which made up for their pretty poor quality otherwise) was that they were empty. It was quite easy to drive in New Zealand and not encounter another car for twenty or thirty minutes.
“Well, Katya is big in real estate and busy buying up Tbilisi. Anya is getting really quite famous as a surgeon. Last thing I heard, well, really previous-to-last, was that she saved the son of a big industrialist who’d nearly killed himself in a car crash. She has nerves of steel. Quite possibly the same stuff her heart’s made of.”
“Did you fight?” His father had that talent to ask the important questions without any preamble.
“We’re cats and dogs, really. Always were. So the last thing I heard was that Liz had left her, with their son. Seems Anya cheated, but I don’t know the details. I’m not that interested in the family dirt.”
Vadim reached down

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ebook, 292 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN13 9781937551421
Edition Language English

Series Cut & Run #6
Characters Ty Grady, Zane Garrett


I've said this before about the Cut & Run series; This is what I read male/male romance for.

"What?" he asked. "Y'all didn't know they was sweethearts?"


For me, this was a transitional book in the series. I'm not going to summarize this book but I will tell you Abi did something here that I wish authors would do more often; she allowed an entire book to focus on relationship and character building while keeping an engrossing plot in the background. I wouldn't want that in every book but when a series has been going for a while I think it's great to take a time out and focus on the world and pull it all together. Abi did this here, perfectly.

Having someone to be proud of was in indescribable feeling.


Abi's hilarious sense of humor was everywhere in this book, making this sweet romance light and enjoyable and most worthy of a re-read, just to be sure you don't miss any of those pun-y references.

"Maybe spend a night in Beaumont."

Plus, this woman can write romance. Whew! Hot, hot romance.

"Hot is hot, baby."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is Male/Male Romance Becoming Mainstream? 

The September 2012 issue of Romantic Times magazine has a surprising article titled, "It's Raining Men, Tackling the Torrents of Male/Male Romantic Fiction Flooding the Market" by Mala Bhattacharjee. It's surprising simply due to the fact that well-known Romantic Times is spotlighting and acknowledging this genre.

     With Penguin Group, USA giving the go ahead to publish J.R. Ward's, "Lover at Last" novel; which will be the HEA for the long time love interests "Qhuinn and Blay", this is indeed a step forward for "mainstream publishers". They are pushing male/male romance forward, and to quote Qhuinn, "just let that shit fly".  I appreciate a viewpoint given by a BDB, Black Dagger Brotherhood, J. R. Ward fan who says [paraphrasing], "they [sic] are not a m/m fan but have come to love Qhuinn and Blay anyway."  That's the thing with the "Qhuay" story, many of us have become so invested in their love story that it matters not that they're two men, just that their love story will be fulfilled. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ebook, 44 pages
Expected publication: August 20th 2012 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN13 9781937551490
Edition Language English
Setting Germany, 1945  World War II, 1945

The question will be; is this 44 page book worth it's price? When something is priceless, like this book, then it is a privilege to own. Trust me, skip lunch, gift yourself this book, and own a treasure.

" head against the cool comfort of the fighter plane's wheel, its wing shielding but never embracing me. I'm a cold nestling tonight."


The beautiful placement of each word in this story is something to cherish. A gem to be held dear. Aleksandr Voinov has truly outdone himself, which is saying something. It's clear that he cares deeply for this work, he sculpted it with a loving touch, creating a three dimensional book with shape and form. I was a devotee before this, but now, he has achieved a level in his writing that has me awestruck and honored to be sharing his writing journey.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Excerpt from Aleksandr Voinov

Excerpts from "Gold Digger"
An upcoming, new release from Aleksandr Voinov (Vashtan)

I'm  a Lucky, Lucky Girl, and Aleksandr Voinov is a very generous author.  Not to mention an all around great guy.  As I mentioned in an earlier post he has graced me (us) with two excerpts from his upcoming release based on his Special Forces books.  This new work will focus on Nikolai, Vadim Krasnorada's son.

Gold Digger is the working title.  Aleks calls this a "longish novella", told entirely from Nikolai's point of view and will answer some lingering questions about Vadim and some of Aleks' other characters from SF.

I'll be posting the two excerpts separately, so please check back for my second post about Gold Digger.


Excerpt I
Nikolai picked up his bag and straightened. Vadim wasn’t in the small crowd, but just as he was about to fish out his phone, he came into the tiny hall of Palmerston North airport. He stuck out because he was so tall and still wide-shouldered, never mind perfectly dressed. Nikolai, worn down by more than twenty hours on three different planes, was too exhausted to do more than stare, bleary-eyed, at the man he’d always thought was his father.
“Nikolai.” He came over and paused, as if momentarily und sure whether to take his suitcase off him, offer his hand or a hug. He settled on a hug and then took the suitcase off him. “How are you? Bad flight?”
“Nono, it was good. Just, you know, if I believed in hell it would be sitting in a plane and never arriving.”
Vadim laughed and put a hand on his shoulder, guiding him gently. Nikolai was so dazed from the flip-flopped time zone that he had almost no will left on his own. “Hop into the car,” he told him in front of a shiny new 4x4—how was it that the old gay guy was driving a man’s car and Henri—
Fuck Henri.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

**The following review reflects how I felt about the book at the time of reading. I do not believe in erasure, therefore I am letting my review stand.

However, due to too much supporting evidence of abuse, lies, fraud and slander, I can no longer recommend this work.**

Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows, #1)Evenfall by Sonny Nothing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Online fiction, 577 pages
Published 2007

Evenfall is the first book in the In the Company of Shadows series. This free read is available at:

I think I'm friends with some of the coolest people on Goodreads, in my opinion, and for as long as I can remember they've been talking about this thing called ICoS and Evenfall. These discussions often include references to Hsin, the Agency, Monsters and Sonny and Ais. What? I was starting to think it was a cult following more than a book to be read. Heh, funny how I was so close to the truth. Just go check out the author's website, you'll see what I mean. These fans are serious. Even though this is a free read, I'm quite invested.


"How much desolation was there in the world today, how much more now than had been even two decades ago before that first bomb exploded on foreign soil?"

In post-WWIII America the world is frighteningly familiar. The Agency is secretly in charge of containing threats from terrorists and other rebel groups. Within this covert operation we meet Hsin, a level-10 field agent who is like no other. Boyd is a very broken boy, who's had a rough time of emotionally coping with reality. Hsin is VERY real. These two are thrust together in ridiculously dangerous situations. Despite the internal struggles, risky objectives and lack of common ground, there are sexy glances, quirky lips, tattoos, calloused hands and solid, sinuous muscle groups. Oh right, the story. So "Sin" and Boyd begin to grow on one another while we learn more about the Agency and their objectives around the world. Their assignments are made much more difficult because of their complete lack of social skills. So, what we want to know is; Can two social losers find love?

"No thanks, sweetheart. That brief moment of insanity has passed."

The storyline is solid and multifaceted unfortunately it could have been told in half the time. See, The Writing, below.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ooooh, exciting news!  

Aleksandr Voinov blogged yesterday that he is "nearly done" writing a novella about Nikolai Krasnorada, Vadim's son from the epic m/m novel, Special Forces.  For readers of this series you will recall Nikolai primarily from Veterans, the final book in the series. 

As a Special Forces devotee, this is especially good news.  I will never get enough of Dan and Vadim's story and Nikolai is a particularly intriguing character.

I'll be watching for further updates  and will post the information here.

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