Dustin Reviews: Without Reservations, HOME, & A Secret Edge

OOPS! Sometimes  things slip my mind and here are THREE of them.  I may have forgotten to post them, but they are 3 books which I won’t soon forget.

Completed on May 10, 2011

Without Reservations
by J. L. Langley

“Sometimes love just catches you by the tail. 

Chayton Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Much to his Native American parent’s chagrin, he has always dreamed of a fair-haired, Caucasian mate. However, he never imagined his mate would be male. As a heterosexual man, he’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but more than willing to find out. 

Keaton Reynolds wakes up, in wolf form, and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not so thrilled to find out the man is straight. Having been in a relationship once before where his partner professed to be “Not gay” left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay-but Chay is not ready to let him go. 

Together the two work to solidify their shaky relationship and battle the prejudices against homosexuals. Chay must deal with not only his mother’s prejudices against gay men but also her hatred of white people. 

When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men learn to depend on one another and their relationship to get them through it.”

A sweet sweet story with two contrasting male characters which made for a very good read. Two men from different backgrounds find themselves in a position that should put them at odds with one another, yet fate brings them together.  The struggles they encounter while dealing with their own differences made this a book I didn’t want to put down.

Completed on May 18, 2011

by William Neale

“Lucas Reed is a Cleveland advertising executive who returns to his southern hometown to deal with the sudden death of his estranged homophobic father. There, he unexpectedly encounters Rogan James, the former high school bully and now local deputy chief of police who had once made Lucas’s life miserable.”

Match up two strong male characters like Lucas & Rogan and add a little sexual tension and you’ve got a story that gripped me from the very beginning. I enjoyed Neale’s relaxed style of story telling, although the story was far from being relaxed. This was a 5 star read for me.

Completed on May 24, 2011

A Secret Edge
by Robin Reardon

“Jason Peele is like any other teenager. He hits the books, hangs with his friends, flirts with girls, and omits the full truth of his life from his Aunt Audrey and Uncle Steve, who have raised him since his parents died. But there’s one way that Jason Peele is very different: when he dreams at night, it isn’t about girls; it’s about David Bowie. At sixteen-years-old, Jason is just beginning to understand that he might be gay.”

Talk about taking me back to memories of my own high school days… Reardon has crafted a story with a unique flavor, somewhat along the lines of Bart Yates, but different at the same time. A tale that sparked memories long forgotten, but her words pulled emotions to the surface that had been repressed inside me for years.  I lived the story along with Jason, even though my own story was different, we shared many of the same emotions and struggles at that same age. Thank you Robin for writing a touching story that hit home.


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