Gerry B's Book Reviews

The One for Me, by Hollis Shiloh

A nice, feel-good story*

(*A free dowload I believe on Amazon.com, I paid $3.11 CAD on Amazon.cca)

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hollis shiloh - coverStory blurb: Two boys bond, sharing geeky things and fast food. And falling in love.

When Luke’s parents take in a foster kid named Randall, Luke is immediately taken with him, although he doesn’t want to admit to himself why. He wasn’t planning to be gay. He wasn’t planning to fall in love with another boy. But then he met Ran….

I remember when I first met Ran. He was absolutely unprepossessing, all skinny white boy wearing his insecurities on his sleeves, which were tattered and faded on a too-big flannel shirt. He wore jeans that didn’t quite fit him, cheap tennis shoes that had once been white, and glasses that made his eyes look too big in his scrawny, pale face.

And he was holding a trash bag and standing in the middle of my bedroom looking miserable…

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Review by Gerry Burnie

I was feeling a bit lazy this week, perhaps because of the lousy weather in this part of North America, so I delved into my pile of recommended books to come up with a 76-page novella that fit the bill quite nicely. The One For Me, by Hollis Shiloh [Spare Words Press; 2 edition, July 11, 2013] is a charming, feel-good story, that is bound to please most people who just want a nice, uncomplicated story.

The story commences when Ran (Randall) arrives at Luke’s parent’s home as a ward of the foster care system. This is handled quite nicely with homey bits (macaroni and cheese, etc.), and the author wastes no time in bringing the two boys closer together by some rather clever business involving a video blog and arm-around-the-shoulder, buddy-buddy stuff.

As the story progresses we learn that Rand is a closely-guarded, closet gay, (of necessity), and Luke is just discovering his sexual preference; however, it is all handled in an angst-free way, which I believe is so in most cases.

The sex is minimal and discreetly handled, and altogether it is a charming read when you just want to relax without complications. Four bees.

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August 18, 2014 Posted by | a love story, Brothers in love, Gay fiction | 2 Comments

Between Brothers, by J.M. Snyder

Bold subject matter, and top-notch writing…

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between brothers - coverStory blurb: Brian Thompson is living a lie. A successful businessman, Brian can’t stay focused in a real relationship and cheats on Timothy, his longtime lover. A phone call from his younger brother Joey, whom Brian hasn’t spoken to in years, makes him recognize the uncanny resemblance between the two men.

Joey is, in a word, perfect. In Brian’s eyes, he always has been. When their mother is hospitalized, Joey asks his older brother to come home. He tells Brian he needs him, which is just what Brian wants to hear. But the long trip north gives Brian plenty of time to think about his brother, and he comes to realize an unsettling truth — he is in love with Joey.

Suddenly Brian admits that he wants Joey in ways he knows he shouldn’t. Can he come to terms with the way he feels before his unrequited love threatens to tear him — and his relationships with both Timothy and Joey — apart?

About the author: An author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began in self-publishing and worked with Amber Allure, Aspen Mountain, eXcessica, and Torquere Presses.

Snyder’s highly erotic short gay fiction has been published online at Amazon Shorts, Eros Monthly, Ruthie’s Club, and Tit-Elation, as well as in anthologies by Alyson Books, Aspen Mountain, Cleis Press, eXcessica Publishing, Lethe Press, and Ravenous Romance.

In 2010, Snyder founded JMS Books LLC, a royalty-paying queer small press that publishes in both electronic and print format.

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Review by Gerry Burnie

Quite often readers come to my blog searching for stories dealing with “brother-to-brother-love,” and so this week I offer a novella on that very topic. I do have to say from the start, however,  that Brotherly Love, by J.M. Snyder, [JMS Books LLC 2010], is not incestuous in a physical way. Rather, it is a visceral love story in a contemplative way.

The story is written in the first person from Brian’s point of view, and using him as her canvas Snyder paints all the various hues of a rake: self absorbed, selfish, lascivious and a cheat. However, what absolves him to some extent is that he readily admits his shortcomings, and even chastises himself for them.

He is nonetheless devoted to his younger brother, Joey—perhaps ‘obsessed’ would be a more accurate description—with whom he is both emotionally and romantically inclined. It is an unrequited romance, however, and the novel is primarily about how the two deal with this dilemma.

Appearing opposite his older brother, Joey is perhaps more mature inasmuch as he is neither judgemental nor recriminating in dealing with his brother’s feelings. Indeed, his love for Brian never waivers throughout the entire story, and in the end it is this devotion that helps Brian find his path again.

Because of the bold subject matter, along with some superb insights and top-notch writing, I have no hesitation in recommending this novella to anyone. Five bees.

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Russian Interior Ministry confirms that gay right activists will face arrest during the Winter Olympic games

The Russian Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police, has confirmed that those who break Russia’s ban on the promotion of gay lifestyles to minors will face arrest at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games next year.

We must now proceed with an outright boycott of the Winter Olympics.  Our efforts must be stepped up to full force. We must now band together and make our voices so loud they are deafening. The world must know how loud our voices are and how strong our will is. The time has come for us and our allies to wage all out bombardment, via social media, email, phone, anything and everything. We cannot sit back and watch this dire situation unfold without taking any action. ACT UP – FIGHT BACK!!*
*Reprinted from another source.

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August 12, 2013 Posted by | Brotherly love, Brothers in love, Fiction, Gay fiction | Leave a comment

   

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