A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes
I don’t know if this book didn’t fit my mood, but I thought this to be a really frustrating read.
My biggest problem with the book was Jory. Or how Calmes wrote Jory. She writes all her ukes/nekos/bottoms the exact same way with no deviation from the mold whatsoever. So if you’ve read one MC in one Calmes book, you’ve really read them all. Like her other characters, Jory is impossibly beautiful and surrounded by other impossibly beautiful people. And everyone loves to comment on how beautiful Jory is with his milky white skin (I still don’t understand how being compare to milk is a compliment) and his shoulder-length
Framed on Titan by Stevie Gonzalez
This was an okay read. To be honest, it’s hard for me to read through a book in the sci-fi genre. That mainly has to do with the world-building aspect. I always find that part to be pretty boring. But once the scene is set, I like getting to know the characters and how they interact with the world they live in.
I liked Zy a lot. He seemed charming and a generally good guy. But I also feel like I didn’t get to know him very much.
I wasn’t a fan of Bon, however. In the beginning we, the reader, are told how by the book he is and how he’s somewhat straight-laced, was more intellectual compared to Zy. At least, that was my interpretation. But that part of his personality doesn’t really come through. He’s mostly used as a sexual foil for other characters. Now, I’m not knocking him having sex or slut-shaming him, but I felt his sex scenes were so random at times. Even with the explanation that most of the pilots were into same-sex relations. I can get behind that. I just wished that when it came to solving the mystery of who was framing them, he actually used his brain and not his body.
I felt like there was a lot of info-dumping like the motives behind the frame up. Framed on Titan seems to be the start of the series, so I’m not sure if this information is going to come into play later on or if it’s just book-specific. But there are blocks of dialogue that flow weirdly. Perhaps it’s just futuristic speak? It just made this 100-page novella seem really dense and long.
As the series progresses, I’d love to see more Zy/Bon interaction and see more of their different personalities play off each other. I’m also hoping they develop a more intimate relationship (even though they ”vowed” not to). The tension is there and I’d LOVE to read more of that.
And what happened to Merk?
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Call For Queer Erotica Submissions To Benefit Tranzmission Prison Project
This valentines day Tranzmission Prison Project will be hosting a Queer Erotica Open Mic Night on Valentines day (Feb 14) to raise money to help buy books and other materials for queer & trans incarcerated folks.
We need your help!
In addition to having folks read erotica at the open mic, we would like to put together a zine of queer erotica for queer family behind bars. We will be selling it to folks for $3 to cover the cost of mailing it for free to queer/trans inmates.
If you submit to the zine, and can be in the Pioneer Valley (Amherst/Northampton Massachusetts area) you are invited to come read your piece. If you are from far away and/or can’t make it, you can let us know if you feel comfortable having it read aloud by someone else. If you yourself CAN come but DO NOT want to read it aloud, you can have someone else read it, or just keep it in the zine.
- Keep the length reasonable. In order to get this shipped in without the same scrutiny books receive, we have to send it in zine format. A big, super bulky zine will probably arouse more suspicion than a smaller one.
- Because we will be sending this to prison facilities, the following guidelines apply: no violence against the state, minimal violence altogether, no mention of sexual interactions with minors, no mention of cops/corrections officers/govt officials, no photographs/drawings
- all sex portrayed must be consensual
- we shouldn’t have to say this, but please don’t perpetuate gross oppressive shit in your piece. No racism, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, transmisogyny, body-shaming etc. etc. We will not accept your piece.
- if you do not trigger warn your piece and we feel it requires one, we may ask you to do so
- Please submit your work by February 1, 2014!
Again, these limitations are not to censor anyone’s sexuality. These are the limitations we have to stick to in order to get these zines into prison facilities.
Email submissions, questions, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Additionally, we are looking for a queer DJ to play dirty pop jams at our dance party afterwards! Contact us if you’re interested!
-Tucker and Bender
Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells
This book felt more like a “BDSM 101” course than a novel. It’s very informative if you aren’t familiar with the lifestyle and are ignorant between the difference between D/s relationships and abuse. Most things I knew already, so it was a bit like taking a refresher course.
I’m not going to like, the 30 year age difference between Thomas and Peter did bother me a bit at first. I wasn’t…disturbed or anything per se. But I’m glad they acknowledged it. And the progression of their feelings for each really showed through the novel, so I felt better about it by the end.
I really liked the steady build to their relationship. Thomas is definitely was Peter needed. I like that there wasn’t immediate sex and they had to build up to that with trust and understanding. I also like that Thomas didn’t read Peter’s diary, but understood what he needed in order to start healing from his trauma. This book seemed oddly fluffy considering the subject matter, but I didn’t have a problem with that at all.
Overall, this is a decent read. I think this book would be a good place to start if you’re wary about reading books on the D/s lifestyle. It’s not dark at all even with the reasons as to how Peter came to be in Thomas’ care.
Double Full by Kindle Alexander
More of a DNF. I tried to get passed page 20 and just couldn’t do it. And it took me over a week to get through those painstakingly bad 20 pages. The writing was just…not good at all. It comes off very…juvenile? Also, the behavior of Colt was very suspect and he came off like a stalker, knowing where Jace would be, knowing his schedule and that’s supposed to be flattering? I feel like a normal person would be freaked out. And the first time they have sex (in the prologue of all things) is without a condom? Someone explain that to me.
To me, anyway. I’d have been really upset if this hadn’t been a free read with my ARe code. I might come back to it later, but probably not.
Body Magic by Poppy Dennison
This is book two in Dennison’s Triad series. I liked the first book a lot, but this one was bit disappointing.
On the one hand, I’m glad Dennison did a follow up with Simon and Gray because book one, Mind Magic, left such an open ending and unanswered questions. Body Magic pretty much starts where book one left off. I was fine with that. At first.
The plot blurb to this book is not at all accurate. This book is maybe 30% Rocky and Cade, and 70% Simon and Gray and I think that should’ve been made clear. I liked seeing what Simon and Gray were up to, but there wasn’t much to Rocky and Cade’s side of the story, which is what the blurb alludes to. So I wish the book blurb had been more honest about what the book was about. I just wish that Rocky and Cade had more development and Simon and Gray had their own continuing book.
I did like that Cade was a biracial black man. Is the man on the cover supposed to be him? His skin is described in different shades in contrast to Rocky, but I assumed he was darker so the cover makes it confusing.
The world-building is very visual without being long-winded, which I like. There’s still a lot we don’t know with regards to the different magics, which I’m sure will be revealed at the series goes on.
Overall, I liked the characters and the writing style (though the chapter breaks were in weird places to me). I’m just not sure if I’ll continue the series, though.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
I run a gay erotica promotion company and we’re working with a brand new title you might enjoy. The Story of Mr. X is based on the true story of a young man growing up in poverty and forced to make hard choices. Along the way, he discovers passions, fears, and traumas that will shape him in ways he never realized.
I’ve sent the summary and the link to the Amazon page. There are also free PDF copies available for review sites. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a copy.
Summary: When a fourteen year old boy from a family of dirt poor drifters wins a place at Andover Prep, an elite private school for boys, he thinks he’s finally found a detour out of a dead-end life. He soon realizes, though, that Andover’s enigmatic, domineering headmaster will determine his success at the school far more than his ability or intelligence—and this particular headmaster’s after-school tutorials are very demanding indeed. Based upon one man’s true life experiences, The Story of Mr. X recounts the unnamed narrator’s four years at Andover Prep as well the childhood incidents that lit the first fuses in a young life now set ablaze with desperation and desire. The inevitable explosion that results will challenge everything he thinks he knows about himself and his sexuality, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everyone’s lives forever.
I got 2 reviews in my drafts
I hope to finish them this weekend. Hang with me.