November 30th, 2009

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Never Say Never by Jenna Byrnes

As most of you know, I’m not really fond of full D/s story, the whole 24/7 lifestyle, the loosing yourself into another, even if in doing that you find your true self and happiness. So usually I prefer my D/s stories to be a little on the edge, more towards play than real life. Never Say Never, for the same words of the two men involved, is like that, Adam and Nick love to play submissive and Sir in bed, but also to maintain their independence in life.

Adam was a dormant: he had a good relationship with Mitch, 5 years long, but then suddenly, Mitch left. I think it was a consequence of mistakes from both side, Mitch was no alone in doing them. Adam is independent, a good guy, good job and education, he was probably better than Mitch in many things; if he was able to make Mitch believe he was needed and loved, maybe Mitch would have not left. But instead Mitch was almost scared by Adam’s perfection. And in fact, no later than one year after Mitch’s abandonment, Adam has another lover, Nick, and this time Nick is surer, stronger and more successful than Adam, and he doesn’t need from Adam reassurance on his own merit.

Nick is a Dominant, but also a switcher, he decided that the submissive role was no more for him, and now he is searching his own sub. Adam fits the role, and they start a good relationship, Nick satisfying all Adam’s needs, but maybe is not the same on the way around. Even if Nick doesn’t clearly state it, I think he still needs sometime to not being in control, and maybe, he also needs challenges that Adam, in his perfection, doesn’t give him. When Mitch enters again Adam’s life, he seems the solution: Mitch can have Adam, since Adam has another man in his life to make him feel good as submissive, something Mitch was not able to do; on the other hand, seeing Adam in a submissive role, helps Mitch to forget his lacks of dominance in their relationship; and finally, being Mitch a rebel, and not so easily dominated, it’s at the same time the challenge Nick needs, and the Dominant by the side that can top Nick, something Adam would be never able to do.

Again this is a case of a perfect ménages a trois, since none of the men paired together one by one would work, but in a triplet they fulfil each other needs.

Amazon Kindle: Never Say Never (Rose and Thorn Society)
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (November 30, 2009)

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The Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest Round 6

Next week Phase 3 of the Rainbow Awards will finish and so also the Cover Contest. This is the last elimination phase, from 20 to 10 covers.

Here is the link to covers and poll

the covers are grouped in slot of 10, each slot represent a question in the polls. My suggestion: open the above webpage in a different browser than the poll, and look at the covers while ticking off the ones you want to vote in the poll.

Since this is a "funny" contest, I will allow only votes through LJ accounts, not voting with comments sorry. The good news is that you can vote as many covers as you want for all the length of the contest :-) The cover contest will last for six week: every week the covers will be halved by 50%, to arrive at the sixth week with only 10 covers. The winning cover will be announced at the same time with the winner of the 2009 Rainbow Awards for LGBTQ Fiction and Non Fiction.

Poll #1492450 2009 Rainbow Awards Cover Contest - Round 5
This poll is closed.

Slot 1

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
A Strong Hand by Catt Ford - Cover Art by Catt Ford
Angels of the Deep by Kirby Crow - Cover Art by Analise Dubner
Clippings by A.J. Mirag - Cover Design by Morgan D. - Cover Art by Korekan
Dark Heart by Thom Lane - Cover Art by Anne Cain
Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield - Cover Art by P.L. Nunn
Dreamlands by Felicitas Ivey - Cover Art by Anne Cain
False Colors by Alex Beecroft - Cover Art by Larry Rostant
Flight by Nicki Bennett - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
Frost Fair by Erastes - Cover Art by Alex Beecroft

Slot 2

Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price - Cover Art by Kanaxa
Kelland by Paul G. Bens Jr. - Cover Art by V.L. Ta
Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow - Cover Art by Analise Dubner
Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss - Cover Art by Anne Cain
The Janitor by Jan Irving - Cover Art by April Martinez
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
Walking in Two Worlds by Terry O’Reilly - Cover Art by Amanda Kelsey
Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux - Cover Art by Anne Cain
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen - Cover Art by Lorraine Brevig
Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville - Cover Art by Paul Richmond
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TLC 101 by Janey Chapel

This was for sure a very nice story and it had the potential for being a great long novel, but this was only an appetizer. I actually can’t say if the author has any intention to write more about these two men, and so this was only a way to tease the reader, or if she cleverly built a novella that had the wide breath of a novel.

Kip is a sport psychologist for a professional football team. He is the newbie in the team and he has not exactly the role everyone else thinks at as useful, but he is a nice guy and one that you can easily fall in friendship with without even realizing it. And if Kip has a special eye for Greg, one of the coaches, it all remains at “eyes” level, he has never made a move on the other man, even if he thought sometime to have seen a similar knowing look on the other man. Then Greg has a simple but serious accident and he is forced in bed at least for three days, and a stunned Kip discovers that he is listed as contact in case of emergency. Kip doesn’t think twice and he finds himself with a growling Greg in bed… well, it was not exactly the way he has wished to do it, but the result is pretty much the same.

The entire story is basically the play of hint and innuendos that will bring Kip and Greg to admit that there is something more between them. It’s not the story of a forever and happily ever after love, actually I think that, in the end, Kip and Greg have only realized that they are good together, but there is not yet real love between them, at least not a love they have acknowledged. Once in a time, this is not a friends with benefits relationship that will lead to love, this is actually the description of how two men start a friends with benefits relationship. It’s not said, and this is exactly the reason why I think there is potential for a longer story, that between Kip and Greg it’s not love, only that love, for now, it’s not the main purpose of the story. Love, at this moment, will be too complicated: there is always the usual problem of being gay in a world, professional football, where the don’t ask don’t tell policy it’s pretty much the same as in the army. Without love between them, or as I said, without an acknowledged love, Kip and Greg can pretend that sex is enough, and that, if they are discreet, they can be together without too much clamour.

Probably for now it’s enough, and being a novella, it’s not necessary for this story to find a solution to their problems. But the questions are all there, as it’s the potential: I wouldn’t mind to see Kip brings Greg at home, like a prodigal son who comes back home with a coveted prize, “see mom and dad (or better grandmom and granddad)? Even if I couldn’t be like all my other cousins, at least I was able to find a man like them!”. Now don’t get me wrong, between Kip and his family there are no big issue, and I was thinking more to the funny aspect of the scene than anything else.

Also the characterization of Kip and Greg was quite original, for once it was not the professional player who was a slob at home, and controlled and quiet Kip was not the same in his private life, like all the energy he didn’t spend yelling in a playfield, was reversed in creating chaos in his apartment. Instead Greg freak control’s attitude was more in role with the semi-closeted case, putting a controlled mask outside, also at his home, when inside he is burning to finally be able to do as he wants, without need to hide.

Amazon Kindle: TLC 101 by Janey Chapel

The Rainbow Awards: Third (and last!) Phase: