February 7th, 2011

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In the Spotlight: Jane Seville

The Book: After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify.

A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man.

Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion.

Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was.

As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future.

A future together.

My Review: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/658911.html

Amazon: Zero at the Bone
Amazon Kindle: Zero at the Bone
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192809
ISBN-13: 978-1935192800 

Cover Art by Paul Richmond

The Author: Jane Seville owns a bookstore in Columbus, Ohio and can't believe she's actually written one of these book things she's been selling to others for years. Her coworkers are a little surprised that her first effort is about a gay relationship, but she isn't. She grew up in Syracuse, New York where her mother directed the local gay men's chorus, and she attended a women's college. Sometimes it's the straight lifestyle that seems alternative to her.

Jane lives in a house too big for her that she got in her divorce. She shares it with a Newfoundland and a pack of unruly friends who come around every few days to be fed. She's a pathological reader and collects cookbooks, of which she has over five hundred. She frequently visits the Columbus neighborhood where Jack and D live and she's even picked out a house for them. She's waiting to be invited over for dinner.


Top 100 Gay Novels List (*)

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*only one title per author, only print books released after January 1, 2000.

Note: I remember to my friends that guest reviews of the above listed books (the top 100 Gay Novels) are welcome, just send them to me and I will post with full credits to the reviewer.

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Lover of Ghosts (Ballot’s Keep 2) by Emily Veinglory

Father of Dragons, the first instalment in the Ballot’s Keep series, was one of my first “official” reviews, meaning that, since there were not so many reviews of that book, mine was more than once linked; the particularity of that book was the unexpected event of Xeras, one of the hero, getting “pregnant” of a female dragon! All right nothing of the actual intercourse was “clear” to the reader, and we only knew that one night Xeras entered a dragon’s liar and the morning after he exited a little disoriented and with a “bump” on his hip. By the way Xeras was not exactly in an emotional situation that was good for him to be ready to face this unexpected turn of his life: still mourning the loss of his former lover, Drin, and fighting the attraction he was feeling for Carly, he was not at all ready to be a father, and consequently, responsible for another life.

When this second book starts, I had the strong impression that Xeras was depressed; it can be an harsh comparison, but to me he seemed like a rape’s victim: he was stuck with a daughter he didn’t want but for whom everyone is considering him as responsible of her actions. And Drinia, the little baby dragon, is a difficult child, above all since Xeras doesn’t know nothing on how to properly rise her. But the parent instincts are strong, and even if Xeras didn’t want Drinia, now she is there, and she is his own responsibility. I think Drinia is good to Xeras since she gives him a reason to be.

The second important issue for Xeras, and another reason for his depression, is Drin, his former lover. Drin is “haunting” Xeras as a ghost, he is a voice that is always in Xeras’s mind, advising him on what he has to do or what would be the best approach to something. Drin is a “good” voice, he wants the best for Xeras, and if it means that Xeras has to fall in love with Carly, completely and unconditionally, Drin is willing to let Xeras go. Problem is that Xeras is not ready to, and the fact that he named Drinia after his former lover is a good sign of it. Xeras is worried that, if he really falls in love with Carly (or if he admits with himself he is in love, since for me he already is), Drin will disappear. Actually, aside from some little sign here and there, I had the feeling that Drin was not really a ghost, but more a figment of Xeras’s imagination, that he was using Drin as an excuse to not let it go with Carly.

The novel is more a quest of Xeras for understanding himself, his role in the world and his feelings; the love story between Carly and Xeras is nice but not center stage, even if Carly is really a perfect man, kind and comprehensive and more than willing to come to terms with Xeras, even accepting to share him with a ghost if it means to have at least a little share of Xeras. Sincerely this was more the story of Xeras and Drinia, than Xeras and Carly, but it was nice, and Drinia is indeed a wonderful character.


Amazon: Lover of Ghosts (Ballots Keep)
Amazon Kindle: Lover of Ghosts (Ballots Keep)
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609282078
ISBN-13: 978-1609282073

Series: Ballot's Keep
1) Father of Dragons: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/149316.html
2) Lover of Ghosts

Reading List:

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Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims

Counterpoint is at the same time a detailed, and wonderfully described, historical fiction and a love story; actually it is two love stories in one life, Dylan’s life, and as a perfect Salomon’s decision, Ruth Sims devoted the exact number of page to one love, Laurence, 160 pages, and another 160 pages to the second one, Geoffrey. And like in a perfect consecutio temporis, when the story starts Laurence is an adult who falls in love for a boy, Dylan, and when Laurence’s story is almost to the end, Dylan’s next love, Geoffrey, enters the scene, and he is only a boy to whom Dylan will be protector and lover, like Laurence was for him.

Dylan’s love for Laurence is completely different from what he will feel for Geoffrey, different but not for this reason lesser. If fate was not to interfere in their relationship, I’m sure Dylan and Laurence would have aged together, indeed the more or less 15 years they have of age difference can be huge when Dylan is only a student and Laurence his ancient history professor, but they are nothing when Dylan is in his middle twenty and Laurence is an handsome man in his forty. And with time they would have been even lesser until the difference would have disappeared. For sure Dylan’s love for Laurence was born from his need to be accepted, where his family and other professors didn’t comprehend his love for music, Laurence helped him, tutored him to become the man who was able to really write good music. But Laurence was also the man Dylan pursued, and not the other way; if they are lovers it was since Dylan, impetuous and young Dylan pursued Laurence until the quiet man couldn’t avoid to completely falling for his young protégé. Dylan doesn’t see in Laurence an old man, he sees his future, his love and the fire that will feed his passion.

When that fire is taken away, Dylan is almost destroyed, in mind and heart. Geoffrey comes back in his life at the right moment, giving him another pursue. Geoffrey is not a substitute of Laurence, he is a completely different man; not only he is way younger; he is also someone who needs Dylan and not the other way. Loving Geoffrey Dylan is not forgetting Laurence; on the contrary, in a way he is doing what Laurence wanted for him, to live for music. Dylan is a composer; Geoffrey is the violinist who will give sound to Dylan music, but also passion.

Counterpoint can well being two novels in one and having them together will prove to the reader that is possible to love two times, with the same deepness, and the point is that when something tragic happens in your life, you have to let your heart be open to that second chance.


Amazon: Counterpoint: Dylan's Story
Amazon Kindle: Counterpoint: Dylan's Story
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615815333
ISBN-13: 978-1615815333

Reading List:

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