Some particularly good gay erotica you should buy:
Drawing Closer by Jane Davitt.
From Torquere Press, $6.99 for the ebook.
Dr. Charles Stanway is a Brit who's emigrated to America, written some books, and is teaching at a community college.
He has a true love of his work and a colorful yet hidden past. He's started a whole new life for himself as a single man -- a life which
is calm and peaceful and which he's managed to convinced himself is all he needs to be happy.
Broomsticks and Stones by Jane Davitt.
Enter Gray Collins, an up and coming artist and one of Charles' more original students, with tousled dark hair and blue eyes. Gray is
fascinated with Charles, but waits until the class he's been taking has ended before he makes his move. Charles is flattered by the
attention, but insists that he's not interested, that he can't -- won't -- get involved.
Fortunately for both of them, Gray isn't willing to take no for an answer, and he persists until Charles finally concedes.
And that's when things *really* get interesting. Charles' past unravels, revealing itself to Gray bit by bit, and Gray is
too enthralled to do anything but go along for the ride, discovering things he never knew about himself along the way.
This is an incredibly compelling story. The first few chapters, while wonderful, only hint at how complex and twisted up things
are going to become. The writing is subtle, pulling the reader deeper and deeper into the lives of these two characters. Charles
and Gray in particular are written with a deft hand, but all of the characters in the novel are excellent -- three dimensional and
totally believable, with fantastically sharp dialogue and the sorts of personalities that let the reader feel sympathy for the
characters regardless of their actions. The erotic scenes are incredibly erotic, and, more importantly, have a strong emotional
component to them, and the D/s elements are perfectly written. The story really delves into the heart of self-realization and
self-acceptance, about what it means to acknowledge one's true nature, and it does these things with a sensitivity and honesty
that will impress both the frequent reader of D/s and those who don't often read it. Most highly recommended.
From Torquere Press, a true bargain at $2.99.
Jane's characters and settings are always lush and fascinating.
(Torquere says:) Set in a modern world where magic is a regular part of life, Broomsticks and Stones is the story of young lawyer, Peter
Carruthers, who is entrusted with a task involving the delivery of a gem to Scotland, to be handed over to the new head
of a clan.
Traveling by broomstick in a blizzard, Peter crashes and is lucky enough to find shelter with Jamie MacGellis who, when
he finds out what Peter plans to do, has ideas of his own for the gem -- and for Peter.
by Chris Owen.
From Torquere Press, $8.99 for the
ebook. Who doesn't love cowboys?
(Torquere says, about Bareback:) Jake Taggartís life was almost perfect--heíd worked hard to overcome his past, and he loved his job as foreman
on a ranch in Arkansas. The only thorn in his side was a dark eyed cowboy named Tornado whose stubborn attitude
brought frustration and confusion to Jakeís mostly happy existence.
A late spring rainstorm brings out hidden passions and unleashes a chain of events neither of them expected--and eventually
brings about events that threaten to destroy them and what they worked to create. Strong wills and forceful personalities
make for intense encounters....but is it enough to keep love alive?
And Bareback's sequel, Natural Disaster
Also from Torquere Press, $6.98 for the ebook.
I love Bareback, the original novel that
introduced Jake and Tor. It's full of passion
and angst and it's obvious from how
successful it's been that it really speaks to
That said, I feel that Natural Disaster is better
written. Chris Owen has matured as a writer
since Bareback came out, and it shows in this
more polished story. I loved being able to step
back into Jake and Tor's lives, to have a
chance to observe Jake's grief at his sister's
death and to watch Tor comfort him. As
before, I found the all of the characters very
lovable, and I was disappointed when I
reached the end of the story. My only
consolation was knowing I can go back and
read both books again!
Jumping Into Things and
Landing With Both Feet by Julia Talbot.
From Torquere Press $6.99 each for the
(About Jumping Into Things, Torquere says:) What are the odds that two different brothers
will find the man of their dreams in one summer? What are the odds that those two brothers will both like men?
The Thatcher brothers will make you forget the odds. In this double novella, each brother tells his
own tale. Thereís Jed, pilot and all around good old boy, gets more than the one night stand he bargained
for with an adrenaline pumped smoke jumper who makes him as horny as he does crazy. And Ross, Airborne jump
instructor and manís man, finds a sweet young thing he canít resist, and follows in his big brotherís footsteps.
(About Landing With Both Feet, Torquere says:) Jed Thatcher figures there comes a point when a man has to think
about changing career paths. Especially when that man is his. Eli Marshall loves his job as a smokejumper, though, and
isn't convinced her should move on to something safer. Besides, he figures Jed's own job of flying tourists into
snowstorms isn't all that much better.
While they wrangle over that, Jed's brother Ross has a problem of his own to sort out. His boyfriend Kevin is having
second thoughts about their life together, and it's causing a rift Ross isn't sure they can breach.
The brothers struggle with their problems and live their lives day to day with a cast of unforgettable characters,
from all too knowing moms to a pack of adoring dogs. The Thatchers of Jumping Into Things are back, and there's
nothing these good old boys can't handle as long as they stick together, even if it does seem like they might not
land on their feet this time.
In the Strangest Places by Willa Okati.
From Torquere Press, $5.95.
This story is exactly the kind of thing I've come to expect from Willa Okati's writing -- rich with character and
full of deliciously hot smut. It's a quick read, but what I mean when I say that is that it does such an amazing job of
drawing the reader in that it's almost impossible to put it down. I devoured it in less than twenty four hours and then
immediately went back and read parts of it again.
Daniel is a carpenter and Rack is just a pierced, tattooed punk -- sure, a gorgeous, sexy, British punk, but definitely
not Daniel's type. Or so Daniel thinks, for about an hour. After that, the two of them are swept up in a whirlwind
romance that consumes them with its intensity as they find a place in each other's lives. Not that the course of
true love ever ran smooth, of course, and there are some challenges along the way, but together, Daniel and Rack
can get through almost anything.
The writing is modern, the dialogue fast-paced and original, the characters deftly drawn and so full of life that
they practically jump off the page. Definitely a must-read!
Heat ($5.99) and
Flashover ($6.99) by Tory Temple.
From Torquere Press.
(Torquere says:) Chance thinks heís got a pretty good life. He loves his job as a fireman, heís got an ocean
view, and he has a great bunch of friends. He figures thereís not much reason to change until he meets Tucker, a paramedic
who works his shift. Tucker might even be worth breaking the donít ask, donít tell policy at work, might just be worth coming
out for. Trouble threatens to tear the two apart, though, when Chance is injured, which takes a toll on all of his relationships,
most importantly the one he had developed with Tucker. In fact, it shatters everything theyíve worked so hard for. Can
Chance and Tucker rebuild their lives, coming back together to be better than ever?
Then, in Flashover, the boys from
Heat are back! When a family tragedy forces Tucker to return to Kentucky to wait out the probate on the old homestead, he and
Chance are separated for a while. Chance has been promoted to Captain, and can't leave his job for long, putting strain on
their relationship. Even when they can find time to be together they have to face adversity from the locals, problems in
their own personal lives, and even the weather as they try to get the farm settled enough to leave it behind. Can Chance
and Tucker keep it together even when the fire burns high enough to flash over their heads?