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review 2017-09-17 21:01
Good As You
Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain - Paul Flynn

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This was a really interesting insight into gay culture in the UK, from the seventies to nowadays: how it shaped itself, the hurdles gay people had to go through, how other people’s views gradually changed...

The book’s chapters follow specific themes, such as TV, AIDS, politics, football or pop music, rather than going in a purely chronological order. This makes for a rather comprehensive view of various areas of British culture, in the light of what being gay more specifically entails. The chapters are also well-segmented, and it’s fairly easy to pick up the book again if for some reason you had to leave it (to go do those pesky things called ‘work’ or ‘sleep’, for instance).

I learnt plenty here: how the introduction of explicitly gay characters in shows like East Enders or Coronation Street was perceived, how their actors were perceived at the time, how it changed with more recent series. Or how specific bands and singers were seen, who became a ‘gay idol’, who remained in the closet, who openly announced it. Or the many people who lost their lives to AIDS—and may not have, if they hadn’t had to remain closeted and more information had been available. Or Clause 28, which I had never heard about until now (not being from the UK probably didn’t help in that regard), and the journey from there to legalising same-sex marriages.

Paul Flynn interviewed quite a few interesting figures within the scope of this book, including Alison (who worked at the Lighthouse, offering end of life comfort to patients dying of AIDS), David Furnish (Elton John’s partner), or football player Robbie Rogers—not being particularly interested in football in general, I admit I somewhat knew that the latter is still a difficult area when it comes to being gay, but I wasn’t sure to which extent.

If anything, I would’ve liked to see more about the AIDS period, and somewhat less about the Kylie Minogue parts, so I guess I’ll have to pick other books for this.

Conclusion: Probably better as an introduction that will give you pointers to what to research in depth, so if you’re already very familiar with the country and period, the book might seem a little simplistic. Otherwise, go ahead.

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review 2017-09-14 13:01
Blog Tour w/Review - Tate

"The Temptation Series by Ella Frank was proof that if we open our minds and our hearts to love without boundaries, the result is nothing less than extraordinary."

-- Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

 

Tate, the sexy new installment in The Temptation Series by Ella Frank is available NOW!!!

 

 

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Tate

(Temptation #5)

by Ella Frank

Publishing Date: September 12th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

 

William Tate Morrison – The man who came into my life and turned my entire world—and me—on its ass.

 

Logan Mitchell has always been a man with a plan.

 

One for work. One for his relationship. And one for his life. Which is exactly the way he liked it—until recently.

 

Now with words like marriage and weddings floating around his head, Logan’s plans have suddenly changed course, and where they want him to go has him feeling somewhat distracted.

 

Tate Morrison knows Logan better than anybody else—or so he thinks. So when his lawyer is finding it hard to sleep at night, he chalks it up to the craziness that has recently descended on their lives.

 

Never in a million years would he guess what’s really on Logan’s mind.

Tate is the fifth book in the Temptation Series, and the next chapter in the lives of the two men we have all come to know and love.

 

 

Excerpt:

 

  When Logan came to a stop in the doorway, he spotted Tate seated cross-legged on the floor in amongst piles of books, DVDs, and paperwork in various files and binders. There was stuff everywhere, and when Tate looked over his shoulder at Logan, he couldn’t stop himself from smiling at the picture he made.

 

Tate was wearing grey sweats and a faded green t-shirt with some band he’d seen years ago printed on it. But that wasn’t what had Logan crossing to him, wanting a kiss. No, that’d be all those damn curls. They were sticking out all over the place and framing his face as Tate aimed that charming grin of his up at Logan.

 

Logan bent down and pressed a kiss to those curved lips, and Tate hummed and gladly returned it. “Looks like you’ve made some progress,” Logan said.

 

Tate looked around and nodded. “Yeah, a bit. God, that smells amazing.”

 

“Here.” Logan handed him the box. “No point in moving. I’ll grab some paper towels and drinks. What do you want?”

 

Tate put the pizza box down in front of him. “A water.”

 

Logan shook his head and then headed out to the kitchen, calling over his shoulder, “I’ll never understand how you drink water with your pizza. That’s just wrong.”

 

“I’ve always had water with it. Habit, I guess. Oh, hey? Are you still okay with going to Jill’s this weekend?”

 

Logan grabbed the paper towels, a Coke and water from the fridge, and then walked back into the study, tossing the bottled water. “Yeah, of course. I assume you decided it would be a good idea?”

 

“I don’t know that I’d go that far. But I want to see my nephews, and I’d really like you to meet them and my friends.”

 

Logan tried to keep his face neutral as Tate’s words went straight to his heart. But damn, not only was he proud of Tate, he felt incredibly loved by him in that moment. “Then we should go.”

 

Tate flipped open the pizza box and scooted over to make room for him, and as Logan took up the vacated spot, he let his eyes wander around the disaster zone and cleared his throat. “This room is a mess.” Tate tore off a paper towel and then picked up a slice of the deep-dish pepperoni they’d decided on. “I’m thinking it’ll probably take us the longest. Who knew we had so much junk in here?”

 

Logan reached for a DVD set sitting on the top of the pile and screwed his nose up. “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? Really? I think we need a trash pile. Have you started one of those?”

 

“Hey,” Tate said around a bite of his pizza. “Don’t even think about it. I grew up watching that.”

 

“The important part of that sentence is you grew up.” Logan flipped the DVD over in his hand, read the back of the box, and then raised a questioning eyebrow. “This might actually explain a few things about you.”

 

“Really?” Tate rolled his eyes. “Then it must also explain a few things about the majority of young boys in the eighties. That was a popular show. You aren’t throwing it out; it’s nostalgic. Plus, you never know, if you sat down and watched an episode with me, you just might like it.”

 

“Highly doubtful.” Logan put the box down and reached for a slice of pizza.

 

“Okay. Okay. I know you were more into books than TV,” Tate said, as his eyes went to the mountains of literature stacked in piles against the far wall. “What was something you read as a boy? Is it in one of those piles?”

 

Logan swallowed his mouthful of food and looked over at the books while Tate kept on talking. “I mean, there are some pretty old-looking ones mixed in there with the autobiographies, textbooks, and National Geographics.”

 

Logan looked back to Tate and narrowed his eyes. “Pretty old ones? What am I, sixty?” Tate unscrewed his water and took a long gulp, draining half of it, then put the lid back on and set it down. “Nope. About to turn thirty-eight, last time I checked.”

 

“How about you stop checking?”

 

 

 

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 5th book in the acclaimed Temptation series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this fabulous series in order.

Logan & Tate's story picks up with a bang! This story shows them moving on and more settled in this book. Logan is a man with a plan, and Tate stirs the pot a little by having a plan of his own.

Tate does not want anything to mess up what he and Logan have. He is more cautious and aware of what he has and holds it dear. Then Logan turns him on his butt with a whole new idea.

I really love this series! This is such an incredible installment. This story made me feel all the feels. I cried, I laughed, I devoured every page.... I cannot wait to read the next book!!


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About Ella Frank:

 

 

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.  You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-12 01:01
Heathen Volume 1 by Natasha Alterici
Heathen Vol. 1 - Natasha Alterici,Natasha Alterici,Tess Fowler,Tamra Bonvillain,Charles Martin,Rebecca Rutledge,Kristen Grace

Genre: LGBT / Norse Mythology / Fantasy / Feminism / Adventure

 

Year Published: 2017

 

Year Read: 7/31/2017

 

Publisher: Vault Comics

 

Series: Heathen #1

 

Source: eARC (NetGalley)

 

 

Heathen

I would like to thank NetGalley and Vault Comics for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Introduction: 

I have noticed lately that I rarely got the chance to read graphic novels that features a LGBT character as the main protagonist and I have been searching for many graphic novels that contains main LGBT protagonists. Well, luckily NetGalley had decided to hand out such a graphic novel called “Heathen Volume One” which is written by Natasha Alterici along with artwork by Rachel Deering and I must say that this is easily one of the best LGBT graphic novels I have ever read!

What is this story about? 

The story starts off with a young Viking woman named Avdis who was banished from her homeland due to participating in a forbidden act in her land: kissing another woman. After this event, Aydis decided to go out on a mission to change the ways of Odin’s empire and the first thing she tries to do is to find and free the Valkyrie Brynhild. It turns out that Odin had cursed Brynhild by forcing her to return to her mountain prison if she cannot find a mortal who is willing to marry her and Aydis aims to bring Brynhild’s suffering to an end!

What I loved about this story: 

Natasha Alterici’s writing: Wow! Natasha Alterici has certainly done a wonderful job at writing this story as she is able to combine Norse Mythology with LGBT themes, which made this graphic novel such a unique read! I loved the way that Natasha Alterici wrote the dialogue between the characters as it really characterizes the characters and I loved the little nods to humor in the dialogue, especially between the two wolves Skull and Hati, which was the best part of the story. I also enjoyed the details involving Norse Mythology in this story since I am always interested in fairy tales and mythology and it was nice to be able to point out the characters from Norse Mythology that were mentioned in this story, such as Odin and the Valkyries. But probably the best part about this graphic novel was how it approached the issues that Aydis is going through. Natasha Alterici has done a fantastic job at paralleling the prejudice that Aydis is going through because she kissed another woman, to the real-world prejudice that the LGBT community is going through and it is great that there is a graphic novel that portrays a strong LGBT character in a positive light.

Rachel Deering’s artwork: Rachel Deering’s artwork is quite gorgeous to look at and I especially loved the focus on the characters themselves. The backgrounds are blank for the most part, apart from some trees, but the characters are drawn in such a detailed way, that they really stand out in the artwork. I also enjoyed the wilderness scenes as the trees surrounding the characters look truly luscious and they bring a certain beauty to the story.

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What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: 

For anyone who does not like nudity in a graphic novel series, there is a bit of nudity in this volume, especially with the images of Freyja with her breasts being openly exposed. Also, even though the artwork is gorgeous for the most part, I found the artwork to be a bit too scratchy at times and it was a bit hard for me to see what is going on in the story due to the artwork blurring out some action scenes.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, “Heathen Volume One” is a fantastic graphic novel for anyone who loves Norse Mythology and LGBT characters!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-09-08 00:25
Un rifugio in gabbia - Tempeste O'Riley,Cristina Fontana

Quando ho saputo dell'uscita di questo libro ho iniziato letteralmente a contare i giorni e una volta avuto nelle mie mani l'ho iniziato subito. La trama era ai miei occhi molto intrigante e i temi trattati delicati e complessi, inusuali per un M/M, non tanto per la scelta di inserire un personaggio disabile come protagonista, cosa ormai abbastanza comune, piuttosto quella di associare la disabilità al Bdsm, una scelta atipica e per i più vista quasi come un tabù, una decisione sicuramente coraggiosa e rischiosa. Ho iniziato a leggere carica di speranze e paure, temendo di ritrovarmi personaggi stereotipati, situazioni assurde e... offensive nei confronti non solo di persone realmente disabili ma anche dl Bdsm e il suo mondo, sempre più visto come un cliché il tizio pazzo che frusta l'altro tizio pazzo e masochista, insomma molte paure e aspettative e... ora che l'ho finito... mi sento strana e quasi non so che dire. Non fraintendetemi, il libro è adorabile. I personaggi mi sono piaciuti  fin dalla prima comparsa. Kaden è un tesoro, il classico bravo ragazzo, timidissimo e dolcissimo che fa venire al lettore un'infinita voglia di proteggerlo, coccolarlo e stringerlo per difenderlo dal mondo, ha sofferto molto nella vita, è stato infatti aggredito crudelmente e costretto a vivere il resto dei suoi giorni su una sedia a rotelle, questa condizione lo ha spinto a chiudersi in se stesso per timore di essere ferito nuovamente dal mondo e soprattutto a rinunciare al suo sogno di trovare un Dom in quanto la sua condizione non gli permette di poter servire come si deve un master. Si ritrova ad essere costantemente infelice, ha pochi amici e dedica la maggior parte del suo tempo al lavoro. Un ragazzo tenero e fragile e alla costante ricerca di amore e comprensione, di una speranza per una vita migliore, una vita felice. Sono queste cose che gli piovono addosso come una manna dal cielo dopo l'incontro con Deacon. Deacon è.... l'AMORE, dimenticatevi i dominatori dei poveri stile Cristiano Grigio che nascondono sotto quell'aria da amante premuroso una personalità da psicopatico maniaco del controllo! Deacon è si un dominatore, un uomo che sa quello che vuole e segue tutti i dettami del mondo BDSM imponendosi con i giusti metodi sul compagno ma anche e soprattutto un UOMO, dolce e sensibile, che non vuole ferire il compagno né usare la violenza e prepotenza per imporsi, un uomo che fin dal primo momento riesce a vedere dentro Kaden, osservandolo davvero, rendendosi conto di quanto il giovane abbia bisogno non solo di un Dom da servire ma anche di un amico, un amante, un confidente, un uomo che lo aiuti a sconfiggere i suoi demoni e le sue paure, nate dall'incidente che gli hanno portato via l'uso delle gambe impedendogli anche i gesti più semplici per un sottomesso ma non solo, anche dall'ignoranza della gente, la stessa gente che gli chiede come possa lavorare su una sedia a rotelle, come se per fare il dentista servissero un paio di gambe funzionanti e dalla crudeltà di persone come Gary, l'ex stronzo che non faceva altro che impartire punizioni crudeli e ricordare a  Kaden  come fosse inferiore agli altri sottomessi e non potesse meritare di meglio se non la pietà. Deacon è un uomo meraviglioso e non usa la disabilità del compagno a suo vantaggio anzi, è lui il primo ad arrabbiarsi quando il partner si preoccupa troppo della sua condizione e si piange addosso, non è forse il classico principe azzurro romantico delle fiabe ma è comunque un uomo che riesce a dimostrare fin dal primo momento il suo amore per il compagno, lo fa con gesti semplici, come quello di comprare un cuscino o preparare la colazione a letto e con gesti... straordinari, come quello di far sentire dopo tanto tempo Kaden un essere umano, un sottomesso bellissimo e coraggioso non solo in camera da letto, nella stanza dei giochi ma anche nella vita di tutti i giorni, come quando lo spinge ad esporsi ammettendo chi è davanti ad altri sottomessi e dominatori o come quando lo coinvolge in un dolce ballo alla faccia di tutto e tutti, lo fa con dolcezza e tenerezza, con infinito amore e passione, ogni parola e ogni gesto del Dom è studiato perfettamente per aiutare il suo Sub a uscire dalla prigione che si è costruito negli anni, ad aiutarlo a vivere una vita felice e completa. Ho amato il modo in cui i due protagonisti sono riusciti ad interagire tra di loro e costruire il LORO rapporto, un rapporto dolcissimo seppur inusuale e assurdo per i più, un rapporto fatto di AMORE e RISPETTO reciproco in cui Kaden stesso chiede di sottomettersi al compagno e quest'ultimo accetta la sua sottomissione e si comporta di conseguenza, senza ricorrere ad abusi o violenze. Tutto l'opposto di romanzetti come 50 sfumature in cui è il signor Grigio a scegliere di frustare la compagna sapendo quanto questa soffrirà per la sua scelta. Ogni SCELTA in questo romanzo invece è sana e consensuale e ho apprezzato il modo in cui viene spiegato il Bdsm, finalmente con il giusto rispetto! Senza cadere nei cliché ignoranti di certi "libri". Mi è piaciuta l'evoluzione e la maturazione che hanno avuto entrambi i protagonisti, il modo in cui il BDSM ha plasmato il loro rapporto, Kaden che da timido sottomesso incapace quasi di tirare fuori la propria voce per difendersi dalle offese riesce ad uscire allo scoperto, presentarsi come un Sub non vergognandosi di se stesso e sentendosi orgoglioso del suo modo speciale di essere un sottomesso non permettendo agli altri di offenderlo o insultarlo per la sua diversità e Deacon che decide di legarsi con il corpo e l'anima a Kaden reinventando se stesso e adattando le sue abitudini al compagno, seguendo i suoi tempi e ritmi. Il rapporto e lo sviluppo tra i due ragazzi è curato alla perfezione e le scene erotiche sono piccanti al punto giusto e non risultano mai volgari o offensive  ma anzi riescono a trasmettere tutto il calore e l'amore che caratterizza la relazione. Tutto è ben studiato e curato e ho apprezzato non solo i due protagonisti ma anche Jake e Sam, gli amici della coppietta, simpatici e buffi al punto giusto eppure... qualcosa manca, durante la lettura mi sentivo coinvolta e mi sono emozionata ma c'è qualcosa che mi è mancato e stranamente non so identificarlo con certezza. Forse il fatto che non vi sia una struttura, una trama organizzata che ti spinga a continuare fino in fondo la lettura, non vi è un "obiettivo" della coppia è più uno spaccato di vita e seppur con un finale "chiuso" non mi ha dato molto su cui fangirleggiare, non ci sono momenti intimi forti tra i due, mi sarei aspettata qualche litigio o almeno UN litigio, un confronto sull'incidente di Kaden, sul suo modo di vivere, sulla sua ansia e invece nulla, tutto fila liscio ed è forse proprio questo che mi ha disturbato, amo quando nei libri ci sono protagonisti che "sbagliano" che si espongono e sono disposti a rimediare ad eventuali errori, qui non avviene, lo stesso Deacon è perfetto.... forse anche troppo perfetto, nonostante abbia amato ogni suo singolo gesto mi ritrovo a pensare "Possibile che sia così perfetto?!" avrei voluto vedere un piccolo crollo nel personaggio, magari un momento di insicurezza vista la condizione del suo sottomesso. Avrei voluto un confronto tra Kaden e Katie, Katie è la migliore amica di Kaden, l'unica che sembra preoccuparsi per lui , gli ha trovato il Dom/fidanzato!! Eppure la ragazza non sa niente dell'amico, neanche lui sia un sottomesso e ci sta... ma fino a un certo punto, avrei voluto anche solo una piccola discussione tra i due, una piccola confessione e invece la migliore amica viene lasciata all'oscuro di tutto come se fosse normale e mi ha disturbato perché questa scelta non è giustificata dalla trama e soprattutto dalla caratterizzazione del personaggio, una ragazza dolce e gentile che mai giudicherebbe male Kaden per le sue preferenze sessuali e intime. Dettagli piccoli che sommati insieme probabilmente formano quel grande motivo che ha ridotto la valutazione di una stella. Nonostante tutto mi sento di consigliarvelo, la lettura è piacevole, i personaggi simpatici e tenerissimi e il bdsm trattato con cura e attenzione, se amate il genere, non vi disturba il sesso, il Bdsm e soprattutto scene di sesso a quattro... andate sul sicuro in caso contrario... evitatelo che è meglio! 

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quote 2017-08-30 22:01
«Ci sono degli aspetti bellissimi in te, che tu sia sveglio o no. Sei l’uomo più coraggioso che abbia mai incontrato.» Abbassò lo sguardo. «Scusa, cercavo di essere romantico e invece ti ho fatto sentire di merda.»«Non mi sento di merda.» Daniel gli fece un sorriso. «Sono felice. E posso preoccuparmi dopo del fatto che me lo merito o no.» «Te lo meriti. Fidati di me.»
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