Books Filled With Gay
"Giving Up The Ghost" G.A. Hauser

                               

Is this for you?

If you like stories about ghosts getting involved in a living person’s life, why not read this? Ghosts that heal and hook you up are pretty damn awesome, honestly. Not to mention out of stereotypical character.

Review:

Ryan is a well known painter who is mostly detached from the world. This artist’s work expresses his emotions that he can rarely let out; his series called “Anguish” consists of paintings only made of fiery and very angry colors. The reason for this is because he lost Victor, the love of his life, in a very violent and tragic accident and has never been the same since. Lately, Ryan has been being visited by a new neighbor and is shocked that he finds this man named Evan attractive since he hasn’t been interested in someone since… This strange man, Evan, helps him realize that he doesn’t have to suffer and can love again. But Ryan becomes a little more than slightly freaked out when he finds out the background behind the mysterious Evan. It is from this, that he bumps into Evan’s love of his life, a violinist named Paul. It is with Paul that Ryan is able to feel love again and with him, he shares the same sorrows. It is as if Paul is the living Victor and Ryan the surviving Evan. This is a story where not only the living learn to love again, but the dead as well. 

Rating: * * *

Once again, I was stuck with giving this story a 3 and a 4 because I truly loved the story but there were a few faults. I think the plot was very good and the story was very cute but some of the characters reactions seemed off to me. I don’t think that if this were to happen in real life that it would have went quite like this but nonetheless, I still enjoyed it. I’ll admit, I basically called the whole story from the beginning but it made me feel like a fucking BEAST so I don’t mind, hah! I do really recommend this just for the story and the cuteness of it. 

"Out For Christmas" Amelia Elias

                                

Is this for you?

Hate sticking to long stories that take forever for the author to produce the next book in the series? If so, this is probably more your thing. The story is short and sweet enough to satisfy you for an hour or two.

Review:

Zach is on his dream holiday vacation in Australia. Yet, he finds himself extremely depressed and just out there. The reason for this? Zach was recently divorced by his wife for something that he can’t quite explain; a one time moment of him fapping to her gardener. Can it get anymore cliche? Zach wasn’t supposed to be the only one on this vacation, it was previously planned to be a honeymoon. But he soon forgets most of everything that had happened when a bartender breaks him out of his lifeless spell. Mitch is not only a gorgeous bartender with a sexy ass, but a caring and understanding guy who Zach soon finds is gay. Mitch was once in Zach’s position of refusing his sexuality and therefore being confused about himself and nervous about coming out of the closet. Zach and Mitch create a relationship which is much more than just a summer fling and Zach becomes more in sync with himself but is still unable to come out of the metaphorical closet. However, Mitch seems to be the love of his life. When the time comes to leave Australia, Zach is torn between Mitch and the horrors that come with facing everyone else. 

Rating: * * * 

I’ll be honest, I did enjoy this book but not extremely. I liked the story and it was sweet but I’m not one for one-shots and I feel like this was short enough that it may as well have been. It ending on a good and predictable note but I would still have liked to see what would have happened when they went back to LA together because it was way too short for my tastes.

"Masks: Ordinary Champions (Book 3)" Hayden Thorne

                               

Is this for you?
It’s gay super heroes but unlike most, it’s not all that cliche or cheesy. Why not like it if you like fantasy?

Review:

The last book of the series is of the battles Eric has between himself and his emotions which are being manipulated by the Trill’s genetic enhancing music and other things that he has hidden from Eric. As time stuck in the Trill’s “hideout” passes, Eric becomes more and more fed up with his situation; he’s locked up in a damaged underground subway tunnel, he suffers from lack of communication, boredom and overly sweetened lemonade, and is left with the lame job of protecting the Trill’s men. As expected, Eric’s dissatisfaction and loneliness leads him to making plans of breaking out but as his powers continue to deplete, he has a smaller to no chance of ever making it out. Self destruction is his only other answer. But just as he thinks he’s alone, he finds that there’s someone on his side inside his confinement, although he has no idea who it is. This gives him enough hope in order to make him hold on just a little longer.

Rating: * * * *

Although I don’t think this one was as cool as the second book, I definitely liked the outcome of it. I wish it would have went on just a little longer because I enjoyed this series but I could see that it wasn’t really necessary. Eric turned out to be a pretty cool character compared to what I initially thought and he was an awesome superhuman/supervillain and I sort of wish that he could have stayed one because I think that the connection between Peter and him may have been a bit deeper but I could be wrong. What I’m trying to say is, I like this series and want more. Maybe I’ll look into the author to see if there’s any other stories that can compare to this one. 

"The Mirador (Book 3)" Sarah Monette

                               

Is this for you?

Are you someone who loves magic, mystery, or tragedy? If so, this series is most definitely something you want to have a try reading.

Review:

Felix and Mildmay had previously returned to the Mirador after reclaiming Felix’s sanity and magic but their troubles still seem to be lingering. Malkar still haunts both brothers, Felix through memory and Mildmay through nightmares. Mehitabel and Mildmay have a sort of “falling out” and Mildmay comes to the realization that he needs to somehow put his ex, Ginevra, to rest. The only person who he knows that can help is Kholkis, his keeper. But for someone who knows her so well, he knows better than to not expect to give her something in return. His mission for information leads to him bailing a girl out of jail, stealing a body, and witnessing blood magic. Meanwhile, Gideon and Felix also finally split apart, leading Felix to be more reckless than usual. In the shadows, a Bastion spy is out for information on Felix, thus using Mehitabel, his close friend and an ex-spy for the Bastion, to help do his dirty work. The scandals, drama, and secrets are never ending.

Rating: * * *

This book barely made any progress in both Felix and Mildmay’s situations, or so I feel. Majority of the book spent it’s time on Mehitabel and her suffering blackmail into doing things for the Bastion once again and even getting her involved sexually with Stephen, the Lord Protector. I just feel that this book dragged on for too long and I was expecting Mildmay and Felix to finally say or do something that I’d been waiting for. Like a straight forward confession of love or even a kiss, some progress to a relationship more than brothers but that wasn’t the case. It did, however, give me hope that Mildmay and Felix may get close again by a scene in the end where they hold each other. I look forward to the next book and hope that it is better than this one, and maybe even better than the first, which seems almost impossible.

"The Virtu (Book 2)" Sarah Monette

                               

Is this for you?

If you love magic, awesome and evil wizards, there’s no doubt you’ll be interested.

Review:

Mildmay and Felix have made it to their destination and Felix is cured. While the Troians are fond of Felix, they harbor ill will towards Mildmay who they believe mistreated Felix on their journey. Once the truth of their situation is revealed, Mildmay is treated for his injured leg but he still does not fit in. Felix has unfinished business and Mildmay is an outcast, the two have no other choice than to go back to Melusine. On their way back to fix the virtu, the brothers discover their friends who were lost on their journey to Troia. As they approach Melusine, Mildlmay realizes that he cannot live without Felix and begs him to bind them together forever. Once they finally reach the Mirador, Mr. Von Herber is impatient for revenge against the mysterious Beaumont Livy. Felix is making himself useful by doing research to mend the virtu all the while he mistreats Mildmay. Just when Felix thinks he has dealt with all his problems, Malkar appears once again and Felix uses his bond with Mildmay to force him to do something unthinkable. Felix commits multiple acts of heresy; necromancy, forbidden spell casting, the murder of a wizard, and surely this isn’t the end of these acts. 

Rating: * * * *

This book upset me quite a bit. I could not stand Felix when sane. He’d slept with two different men just to use them and have fun, meanwhile, they both were in love with him. Then throughout the whole story he treats Mildmay like shit. Even though Mildmay looks tough on the outside, he’s really sympathetic and he became my favourite character. Also, I was annoyed that it seemed Mildmay started falling for Mehitabel Parr. I wish Mildmay at least didn’t sleep with her. Mildmay needs to put Felix in his place and be gay with him. 

"Cry To Heaven" Anne Rice

                               

Is this for you?

If you’re into fictional stories but aren’t into fantasy, take a try at this book. If you don’t already have an obsession with 18th century Italy, chances are you’ll get a taste of that after reading this. I’ve never been into music related books but I was more than happy to read this book which has endless amounts of singing and opera performances. 

Review:

The book starts with a boy named Tonio who has grown up in a large mansion owned by his politician father, or so he believes. There are secrets hidden within the house and he can feel the effects of whatever events had happened. To deal with his dreary life, he turns to singing. Before he knows it, he’s caught up in the affair and is sent to a conservatory as a castrato. Tonio is constantly battling himself to figure out who he is after this traumatic incident and while doing so, Guido, his teacher, becomes closer and closer to him. Even while he further develops his voice and creates and ever stronger bond with Guido, he still cannot forgive Carlo for sending him from his own home. As time goes on, he gets closer and closer to going after him and killing him to settle his feelings once and for all. But Tonio becomes more attached to his new life and falls in love, these experiences keeping him from walking into a trap Carlo surely has set for him. That is until Carlo sends his trap to Tonio. 

Rating: * * * *

I’m going to rate this a four just for the fact that I wasn’t totally 100% satisfied with the ending but I would recommend reading it. I love the relationship Guido and Tonio had together but I just couldn’t help but think that there could have been less aggressiveness to it. Other than that, I grew to love Tonio and Guido both as people and held sympathy for them even when everything came to a conclusion at the end.

"Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles (Book 10)" Anne Rice

                               

Is this for you?

Are you someone who is sick of pansy vampires from stupid teeny books and shows? Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles may be old but her vampires are badass and like no others.

Review:

The book starts off at the end of Blackwood Farm and Lestat quickly uses the Dark Trick to convert the already dying Mona. Quinn, Mona, and Lestat become a beautiful trio as they discover secrets about Mona’s lost child and another species called the Taltos. But before all these secrets are revealed, Lestat indulges us with fantasies of becoming a saint and his faith in Saint Juan Diego. Mona and Lestat’s relationship is on edge from Mona’s jealousy of Lestat’s love for Rowan Mayfair. The Mayfair’s prove to be nothing but trouble for him, especially the ghost of Oncle Julien who has decided to torment Lestat for taking Mona from him. Soon enough, the three get information from one who knows all, Maharet, and are off to find the secret species of the Taltos. Lestat still has hopes of becoming a saint like Saint Juan Diego but doesn’t think it likely. After all, he looks like an angel and talks like a gangster, but most of all, he’s a magnet to the damned!

Rating: * * * *

I have to say, this was quite a weird turn for Anne Rice out of all the books in the series. The Brat Blood Price almost miraculously wants to be a saint after seeing Heaven and Hell which brought him into a deep, soulless, slumber. It was also a big difference in Lestat’s way of speaking All of a sudden his rambling is absolutely hilarious to me and apparently he “talks like a gangster” according to other characters which is crazy considering his formal speech in the other books. But I can’t say I don’t like his new way of speech. As for the story line, I’m not going to lie, I hate Mayfairs. Why? I can’t exactly say but I have hated or disliked any who shared their blood. Although I don’t dislike Quinn, I don’t like him either. It started in the previous book, Blackwood Farm. His falling in love with Mona also didn’t help, in fact, it made it worse. Anyways, I love this series more than any other I’ve ever read but this book seemed more like a Mayfair story with Lestat trying to take over and make it his own. It was also lacking in gay moments which made me sad since it was all straight love with a pairing I didn’t approve of. I plan to read Pandora and Vittorio, hopefully one of them will make me feel better.

"The Prince’s Angel: And The Two Shall Become One (Book 2)" Mychael Black & Shayne Carmichael

                               

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Vampires, demons, angels, and of course, death are combined in order to make a sweet, dangerous, and lust filled story that may appeal to anyone.

Review:

After their enemy Selena’s death, the prince and his angel find themselves with unexpected guests; the Archangel, Michael, and a somewhat changed and dead Selena. The news they break is nothing Cian or Mael want to hear. A long time enemy of Cian’s, a demon of the name Zalael, is resurrected and brought to earth. But they don’t have only one enemy, Selena’s Father, Memnet, is the one behind it. It will take both angels and the two vampires to defeat the threatening pair of brutal murderers. But no matter the outcome of the battle, the lovers will know forever that the two have already become one.

Rating: * * *

I believe that I liked the first book better but I enjoyed this story line slightly better. In the first book, I hated the pairing of Lee and Rachel and in this it was Selena and Michael. It seemed so unrealistic and way too quick. Lee also found another lover, I guess you could say, named Sav but it never really said anything but that they were seen kissing and Lee saved the assassin. Brandon and Cornelius finally got more intimate but it just didn’t seem right to me, like they should just have sweet conversations and an occasional embrace. Now, on to the weird things I’d found. First is that someone had a left nipple fetish. Yest, I said LEFT nipple fetish. Anytime nipples were mentioned it was “nipples” or the “left nipple”, never the right, EVER. Brandon has a nipple piercing on his left nipple and every time it’s mentioned it has to include that it’s on the left. I guess nobody likes to start playing with the right nipple of anyone either. But enough with ranting about left nipples and on to fisting, ew for fisting. I personally dislike fisting, a lot. It’s slightly disturbing to me and here I am reading this book and Mael’s inserting two fingers and what not, about to add another and says, “You’ve never tried this, have you?” Cian shakes his head and I’m thinking, “Nobody has ever prepared him before? What the Hell?” Before I knew it, a thumb was in and BAM! I have no idea what people in my house think whenever I start screaming over a book. I’m pretty sure I did something like look upwards, reached my arms out, and screamed something along the lines of, “Why’s the world have to be so cruel!” Anyways, you may like the book but it was never exciting for me and made me talk to myself aloud, announcing my thoughts of anger or annoyance more than I’d like.

"Masks: Evolution (Book 2)" Hayden Thorne

                               

Is this for you?

Superhero comics are always interesting but sometimes it can be boring to be on the good side. Have a taste of villainism.

Review:

Eric is tired of feeling like he’s useless and becomes more and more frustrated with what he dismisses as the effects of stress. Peter is slowly becoming more and more annoyed due to clues the Puppet leaves. Soon another superhero comes out of hiding and joins Peter’s group. Eric can’t help but feel lonely and ignored when Althea and Peter are always working and have no time for themselves. Not to mention this new connection Peter has with the new girl. Eric and Peter go at it and everything spirals out of control for Eric. Before he knows what’s happening, he finds himself on the wrong side of the law and is struggling with feelings and where he belongs. 

Rating: * * * *

I actually liked this book much more than the previous one just for the fact that Eric is actually seeing more action and it’s not all just passed down from Peter. Now that Eric isn’t so helpless, it’s much more exciting. I started liking Eric much more and Peter much less. I just really hope that Eric doesn’t stay evil for too long or else that would be really sad and he wouldn’t be able to stay with Peter, who hopefully is just being an ass because he needs laid. 

"Melusine (Book 1)" Sarah Monette

                               

Is this for you?

Do you love fantasy but sometimes feel you dislike anything too far out there? Well this book has just the right amount of magic to tell the story of a thief and a wizard who’s fates end up tied together.

Review:

Mildmay and Felix are two totally different people but seem to only have one thing in common; their unusual appearances. While Mildmay is a cat burglar who is accustomed to his midlander slang, Felix has learned to be a gentleman of a wizard, at least for the most part. Both men get caught up in something too dangerous to handle alone; Mildmay is being chased by the Dogs as Felix is used to break the Virtu which is a very precious and powerful stone. Felix and Mildmay run into each other and discover secrets of their pasts. Felix is well past his breaking point and his new acquaintance seems to be the only one who can help him to the land of Felix’s dreams in order to be cured of both their curses. One thing they don’t know is that there will never be an end to their problems or adventures.

Rating: * * * * *

I did like this book, as you can see or will later on that I don’t have many if any complaints at all. This is actually my second time reading it but not because I loved it so much, but rather I couldn’t remember much to move on to the second book; I really didn’t remember anything at all but I read it almost two years ago so…There’s only one little thing that confused me; Felix pretty much made his boyfriend, Lord Shannon, hate him by the first chapter so there wasn’t any man on man action. As time went on, Felix practically made Shannon think of him as an enemy and I have to say, I’m only slightly glad because Shannon can be a complete asshole which is probably his true nature next to being snobby. By the end of the book, there was no pairing for either Mildmay or Felix so I have no idea if they end up getting together or who knows what. I have no clue but I can only hope I’ll like whatever does end up happening.