Dale's Book Reviews

Book Review: Serpent’s Kiss by Layla Dorine

Serpent's Kiss by Layla Dorine is a wild ride full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense in a society that's been driven underground. Readers who enjoy fantasy filled with political machinations, assassination plots, and outsider heroes will be drawn in by this novel. Of course, there's romance too and a bit of steam — though the leads are surprisingly chaste for how much they want to tear each other's clothes off.

Book Review: From Top to Bottom by Kevin Klehr

Book Info Publisher: Ninestar Press Genre: Contemporary gay erotica, menage erotica Length: 15,100 words/56 pages Formats: ePub, Mobi, PDF Price: $1.99 Release Date: March 20, 2017 Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Blurb Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie. Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are...

Book Review: Asta Idonea’s “Wish You Were Here” & Book Giveaway

I'm excited to have Asta Idonea on my blog today. We have appeared in a lot of anthologies together, and I love her writing.  She has a writing style that gets right to the heart of her characters' emotions. Her newest release is Wish You Were Here, a sweet romance novella about two college-age men who have trouble with their families but find solace in each other. Oakley has always felt distant from his parents, but with the recent death of his sister, the rift between them has grown even wider. Bobby has...

Book Review: iPlates, Volume 1 by Stephen Carter & Jett Atwood

If you find yourself falling asleep every time you try reading the Book of Mormon but are still curious about its contents, you might want to try iPlates Volume 1: Zeniff, Abinadi, Alma, and Ammon: Book of Mormon Comics by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood. Like its source material, iPlates tells incredible (and often gory) stories about Hebrew prophets, missionaries, kings and warriors living in the Americas before Christ's birth. But it's in pictures, so it's more entertaining.

Book Review: The Forgotten Man

Synopsis: In 1932, after Captain Joshua Pascal’s family loses its fortune, the Great War veteran’s sense of duty compels him to help his mother convert his childhood home into a Jewish boarding house. He’s lived openly as a homosexual among his friends, but now Joshua must pretend to be a “normal,” and hiding his nature is a lonely way of life. But in the middle of Chanukah, Joshua meets Will, a street musician with a ready smile, and wonders if he might deserve a chance at love. During the cold...

Book Review: Into the Blue by Pene Henson

Summary Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids, surfing the North Shore of Oahu. Now they live with their best friends and Ollie’s kid brother in a pulled-together family, all of them piled into a run-down beach house. They share cooking, bills, and the saltwater running in their veins. They might have no money, they might argue, they might be in dead end jobs, but they live in Hawaii so it’s always summer. There’s always time for one last wave. Tai’s spent years shutting...

Review: Sweet William by Dianne Hartsock

Sweet William by Dianne Hartsock—Review and Giveaway I recently had the opportunity to read Sweet William, a gay historical romance novella by Dianne Hartsock (Wayward Ink Publishing), and it was an absolute pleasure. Down-on-his-luck tutor Frederick runs into his former student—and lover—William near the Boston shipyards three years after their forcible separation. William has his heart set on winning Frederick back, but the latter doesn’t think he’s worth the rich man’s attentions. Meanwhile, Frederick catches the attentions of a despicable sailor, who kidnaps him onto his ship with the intent of turning...

a review of Frat House Troopers

From the publisher: State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn. Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he'll have to give a repeat performance,...

Book Review: The 19th Wife

I spent the last few days listening to The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It has an interesting framework, going back and forth between the fictionalized autobiography of Ann Eliza Young, one of the plural wives of the late Mormon prophet Brigham Young and author of the 1876 memoir Wife No. 19, and a murder mystery in a modern polygamist community, where the 19th wife of a polygamous man has been jailed for his murder.

Jordan, gay son of the accused wife no. 19, was thrown out of the community as a young adolescent for holding hands with his step-sister. (Boys in dysfunctional polygamist communities frequently get kicked out for petty reasons in order to keep the ratio of adult men to adult women low, enabling any remaining adult men to have more wives. You can learn more about this downside of dysfunctional Mormon fundamentalist polygamy in the ‘Lost Boys’ episodes of Mormon Stories.) His mother woke him up in the middle of the night, drove with him out of the community, and dropped him alongside a highway. He survives on hustling and carpentry and remains estranged from her for years, until she’s accused of his father’s murder. While trying to get his mother exonerated, he accidentally rescues another Lost Boy and falls in love with a young man who was raised in the mainstream LDS church. I didn’t come to this book expecting a gay romance, but once I knew it was there, I desperately wished it was longer.

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