August 31st, 2009

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Man Candy Day: Matthew Ludwinski, Brett Reeves & Rishi Idnani

I was doing research for my next travel in USA, a possible Broadway show to see when I will be in New York City, when I stumbled upon a juicy news (a bit old, truth be told): one of the models I featured in the past, Matthew Ludwinski (actually he was my first Man Candy, the reason why this weekly appointment was born), is in the cast of Naked Boys Singing performing in Provincetown till September 2 (and I will be in Provincetown on September 7, what a bad coincidence!). Anyway I realized that poor Matthew (who has also a little role in Between Love & Goodbye, a movie I recently featured on my movie appointment, has not enough space in this LJ and decided to feature him in the editorial he did for Fantasticsmag. To give to Matthew a good company, with him I will feature also Brett Reeves and Rishi Idnani, both of them in other very interesting Fantasticmag editorials.

Matthew Ludwinski (first up on the left) with the Naked Boys Singing cast performing in Provincetown, Summer 2009

Naked Boys Singing, the international hit musical revue now in its 10th smash year Off-Broadway, returns to Provicetown summer 2009. Opening June 25th at the Post Office Café and Cabaret, Naked Boys Singing is a traditional musical revue, in the vein of Vaudeville and high-camp musical theater, which reminds us that clothes alone do not make the man! The show features six handsome “boys” of various body types with gorgeous voices, perfect comedic timing, and no clothing! With song titles ranging from “The Bliss of a Briss” to the culinary inspired “I Beat My Meat”, Naked Boys Singing is 60 minutes of non-stop music and laughter!

Returning to the cast is 2007’s “Perky Little Porn Star” Steve Riggle. The new cast member’s include David Bryant (“Naked Maid”), Matthew Ludwinski (“Bliss of a Briss”), Ryan Obermeier (“Robert Mitchum”) Eric Restivo (“The Entertainer”), and Kevin Spencer (“Nothin’ But the Radio On”). Steve Riggle was recently seen on the national tour of Cats and Ryan Obermeier was seen as one of the nicest kids in town in the national tour of Hairspray.

Produced and directed by Tom D'Angora and Michael Duling. Conceived and originally directed by Robert Shrock. Music direction by John Thomas, with accompaniment provided by Chris Kong. A previous performance of Naked Boys Singing is available in DVD:

Amazon: Naked Boys Singing

Matthew Ludwinski is 25 years old and was born in Manassas, Virginia. Matthew has been shooting with the hottest photographers in New York, was photographed by Rick Day for Genre Magazine and can be seen everywhere in Daffy’s campaign. He signed with Joy Models in Milan and M&P Models in London.

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Fantasticsmag tells the strange tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Horsehide with photographs by Ryan Colford in the editorial “See a Man. About a Horse”. (
Model Brett Reeves plays the mischievously kinky character. Brett is signed with Elmer Olsen.

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Peter Tamlin is back to playing control games once again at FantasticsMag with the editorial ‘I Want to Do Bad Things to You.’ (
New York-based model Rishi is 21-years-old and has Indian heritage. He was shot by the fantastic photographer Rick Day. Rishi is signed with Boss.

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Sean Watters feature Rishi for FantasticMag in the editorial “Naked Eye”. (
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A Taste Of Victory by K.C. Kendricks

Passion's Victory by K.C. Kendricks

Micah is the not so young son of the owner of an important architecture firm. At 34 years old he is already a partner in the firm and owner of the 25% of it. Micah is also gay and out, but he doesn't flaunt his sexuality in respect of his older father and grandfather. And then when he turned 30 he suffered from a strange case of tiredness... he is tired of no strings attach relationships and he is searching for Mr Right. To him, Mr Right is an older man with a domineering behavior... like Jonas. Jonas is the "new" employee of the firm, but he is not "young": 48 years old and with a hidden past, he is handsome and more compelling since he is like a treasure to uncover; and the first mystery is to find if he is straight or not. Micah's gaydar doesn't work well with Jonas... well, if for gaydar you mean his penis' reactions, "it" works very well when Jonas is around, but still Micah doesn't know if the object of his attentions is available. It seems like Jonas build a shield around him.

The story is not too short, 70 pages, but it's really two scenes: the first in which Micah and Jonas play the touch and run game to know each other better, adn the second in which Micah and Jonas consume their relationship. But it's not simple, nor the first or the second scene. Jonas is not an easy character, he has a lot of layers and he is touchy feelings; Micah is walking in a minefield and he has to be very careful to not make Jonas run away. Actually if Micah was not so interested in the man, I don't know if he was worthy of all this patience... But Jonas is worthy, he has suffered a lot in the past, both physically than emotionally, and even if he is the older in the couple, he is now like a newborn baby to feelings, he needs to learn again to trust and love. 

Even if different in age, Micah and Jonas are very similar characters, both used to be the master in the relationship, but now they need to compromize if they want to be together. But no one of them has to have the feeling to having lost his masculinity.

This is the second time that I like a K.C. Kendricks' story, but that in the end I'd be glad to have more to read. She builds very well plot and growing tension, there is a firecrack explosion, and then the end... why didn't she tell us more about the morning after? In this story there is a lot to say, a may/december relationship, an office affair, a family in the background ready to make its appearance...

Amazon Kindle: Passion's Victory

Surrendered Victory by K.C. Kendricks

This is a little discovery: little since it's really short, less than 60 pages, and a discovery since I didn't expect to be so enthralled by the story.

Dalton and Reed are dancing around each other since six weeks. Both in the same business field, construction enterprises, they meet every Friday at the same pub. Some beers together, sometime a dinner, a lot of teasing but not touching. Both are aware that it's not friendship that links them together, but Reed is uncertain on what he wants. He is 33 years old and he is still in the denying phase: he has had his string of girlfriends, to prove that he is the son his father wants, but his relationships always end in a bad way. Now he moved in a new city, far from his father, and maybe he is ready to admit what HE wants, and to do something to make it happens. Dalton seems the right man.

43 years old and divorced, Dalton has long ago admitted that he prefers men. He is not openly out, but he is willing to a bit of flirting and teasing, and maybe, if Reed is willing too, to some playful time together. What Reed nor Dalton are expecting is that in the end, their night together is more involving and not so easy to forget and move on.

Almost all the story is the slight mounting of their excitement during the fatal night: from the light teasing in the pub, to the full bloom of their expectations when they are at Dalton's house. It's a game of reach and fly away. Reed wants and fears, but he takes that final step that brings him in Dalton's embrace, and to an experience he cannot deny for long. But when he makes his mind clear, and reaches for what he wants, he is ready to dive into it with all himself. Maybe Dalton instead is ready for a casual relationship, but a full commitment is not what he is expecting; but he finds it and he needs to deal with the new turn of events.

Sexy, deeply erotic, very graphic in details but not vulgar, this story is a very good reading, fast and enjoyable.

Amazon Kindle: Surrendered Victory

Shining Victory by K.C. Kendricks

Shining Victory is a nice May December novella. Stacy is a 40 years old business man; he has a comfortable life, a good job and a beautiful home, but he is alone. Truth be told, he is not searching hard someone to fill the void: when he was 20 years old Stacy was charged for assaulting a 16 years old boy he was teaching martial arts. Obviously Stacy was innocent, but the experience weighted on him and now he is weary when trusting someone else. Even is consciously Stacy tells to himself that he doesn't need a man near him, all his attitude is for finding that one man.

Even if Stacy is 40 years old, he is still behaving like half his age; he lost that part of his youth and I think he missed it. So when he meets Levi, 25 years old but look younger, it's like a second chance to be young. Levi is all strutting and cocky attitude, and that leads Stacy to believe that he is dealing with someone old enough to have a relationship with. Even if they joke on the age difference, Stacy calling Levi "puppy", and Levi calling Stacy "old man" or "daddy", all in all they seem quite on the same level. There is not strict roles in the relationship, no top or bottom, not daddy / boy game.

Till this moment the novella was nice and enjoyable, but average; it was a good read but it didn't give any particular thrill. I was already filing it in the nice reads, when the author chose to give a shift to it: it comes out that Levi is not so experienced as he appears, that he is not out with his family and that probably Stacy is his first male lover. The balanced roles are now shattered, Stacy is facing his worst fear, to be framed once again of corrupting a young man. And this new side of Levi gives him also a deepness that he was before lacking. Truth, the shift brings back the story to a more ordinary may / december theme, but all in all I prefer it like this.

Overall the story is not so dramatic, the main focus of it is for Stacy and Levi to find a way to rebalance their relationship. The point is that, the age difference is there and it matters. Levi, even if he parades himself around like an independent man, is still a young boy who has not had the chance to grow into a full man. On the other side, Stacy is a grown man who wants to still feel the thrill of a 25 years old man. The two together complete each other and give to both of them the chance to have what they want. I think their is a potential good relationship, even if I wonder what will happen when Levi will realize the power he has on his hand, the power of youth.

Amazon Kindle: Shining Victory

Amazon: A Taste Of Victory

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Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr.

I'm true, I was scared to read this novel. It's true, I have a pink glasses perspective on the world, but not since I don't know how scary and cruel the world can be, but since I prefer to not read and see what it's too painful to accept. And so I was scared by Kelland; I knew this is a novel very near to the author's heart and I feared to be too moved by the author's voice... strange isn't it, when you avoid what it's too good.

Another reason why I have always delayed to read this book was that I was not expecting for it to have hope, I was ready to being plunged deep into a dark drama and not having even the small hope of an escaping light somewhere. It's not like that, Kelland is that light. Kelland is the guiding light of all the characters in the book, all of them tainted by the dark, but who found a way to escape that darkness. All of them other than two, who fell victims, but their sacrifice helped the others, and one of them will put an end to the evil circle.

The novel is both simple and difficult to read. At first the reader is perplexed, there are a lot of jumps in time, and the characters seem all different and disconnected. The only common element, Kelland, is not the same for all of them, and so, even it gives the idea of being lost in a labyrinth. But the writing style is linear and not oppressive. Once you get the thread of the story, it's easier to follow it, and every piece falls in the right place. There is an evil character and Kelland is out there to help all the other characters to find their right way out of the labyrinth.

Minh and Toan are two brothers from Vietnam who built a new life in America. Minh married Theresa, and he seems happy and balanced, a typical average America man; instead Toan, gay, is living in Los Angeles and always seems to pick up the wrong man to love. Kelland appears in Toan's life and Toan at first believes to have finally found the right man, someone who will not leave him, like his brother Minh did and later also Calvin, the first boyfriend Toan had and his childhood friend. If Kelland appears to Toan, it means that it was Toan who was tainted by the darkness, but this is the first mystery the reader will have to follow down.

George is a 9 years boy, who is starting to realize that he is different. He loves Jesus, he was instilled from his family that he has the vocation, he will go to seminary... but George has forbidden desires in his heart, when he sees Jesus on the cross, he sees not a God but a man, and his love for Jesus is not a "pure" love. Probably due to the self-condemnation George already did to himself, when the taint reaches him, George at first sees it like a right punishment. But George is strong, stronger that he believes, and way stronger that the other boys tainted before him. Kelland appears to George like an angel, but he only pushes George to take the last step towards the right path George already envisioned in front of him.

Lucas is probably the most sad part of the book, with the story of another boy I cannot tell since it's essential you find for yourself. Lucas is a suicide teenager who died almost at the beginning of the book, but which story will follow all the other characters till the end. On the contrary of George, Lucas had not the force to fight against the evil, probably since Lucas believed that no one loved him. George loves Jesus, and in God and Jesus he finds the force to fight; it's not a coincidence that Kelland appears to George in the guise of an angel, since an angel is someone George is willing to hear. An angel represents the purest imaginary of faith, not tainted by what the men did and built around that faith. God, through Kelland, chooses to save George and sacrifice Lucas... no one has never said that God is magnanimous; in his wrath god is tremendous, and he needed Lucas' sacrifice to reach his purpose. Melanie and Gareth are Lucas' parents. They are not bad parents, but probably they were not ready or available to listen to their son's trouble. Kelland appears to Melanie, and he will use Melanie as a tool for God's avenge.

Kelland is not an easy book to read, most since you have to find the strength to start it. Once you do, it's easier, since you are immersed in the life of the characters and you are trying to find what links them. And it's not Kelland, instead Kelland is who will help them to break that unhealthy bond.

Amazon: Kelland

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Wild Thing (Coyotes of Yellowstone) by Lena Austin

I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in the Coyotes of Yellowstone series, and the second book it's up to the previous if not better. What I liked in Coyote Non Grata was the idea that coyotes shifters were mostly more animal then men, and even when they shift in human form they still hold most of their animal nature.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the clothes when shapeshifters change? I read various thesis, one even, if I remember well, was that the animal brought along with him a backpack where he stuffed the clothes and then trotted away with the backpack clutched in his snout. For her coyotes Lena Austin chooses the full "natural" way: they are naked before and after the shifting and they remain naked, at least since someone decides to borrow them a piece of clothes, maybe regretting to cover that fine body. So yes, the feral nature of these shifters, proved both by the "naked" thing, but also by their unfamiliarity with human language, is something that I liked in the first book and that I find again in this one. What probably is new, and made this second book even more interesting, is a undertone funny mood; I can't say more, to not spoil the book, but even the chosen pair is in a way, a bad but funny joke.

Will is a injured coyote; alone or with the little help from his fellow coyote, he can't heal, and so he chooses to die alone and far from the pack. During his search for the perfect spot to die, he stumbles upon Lee's cottage in the wilderness of the Yellowstone park. Lee's grandparents raised goats, but now the farm is empty and the barn is the perfect place for Will. Only that Lee is not ready to see a now human Will dying, and with the simple aid of few drugs, he saves the man to find himself a very eager lover.

Lee explains to himself Will's strange behavior with the "feral" people theory: legends say that some men chose to live in the wilderness and they lost contact with other humans. So Lee is not particularly scared by Will, and instead, being Lee lonely and gay, and not shy when dealing with sex, he is more than happy to satisfy some of the primal urges of Will.

The sex is good but it's not that makes interesting the book. I can't really say more, but I was almost laughing to tear with the scene when Will discovers Lee's true nature. And also what happens next, with Lee's quiet acceptance of that, and the family routine they build together... well, someone could have some "squeaky" feelings, but I found it tender and sweet, with again, a lingering taste of humor. True, Will doesn't come out like a very civilized man, but no one has never said otherwise: Will is more coyote than man, and I believe that he is more comfortable in his coyote form. And then, if you remember "Will E. Coyote", he was full of resources, but not particularly clever ;-)

Series: Coyotes of Yellowstone
1) Coyote Non Grata:
2) Wild Thing

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