November 30th, 2011

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A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End by A.M. Riley

The sequel of Goldilocks and His Three Bears is a very long one, and it's like two books in one. In the first part Brian (alias Goldilocks) learns how to settle in this new relationship of him: Paul (alias Daddy Bear) is again far from hom for works, six months of leave and Brian, who is studying at College, can't have the chance to be with him. So he is at home with Jim (alias Momma Bear), who also he is far from his beloved, Scott (alias Teddy Bear), travelling with his truck in the north. Brian behaves badly to call attention to him and Jim is not sure to be the one to properly castigate him. On the other hand Scott is sulking, believing that he is not an important piece in the puzzle of their relationship, and so also him behaves very badly. Paul with Brian, and Jim with Scott will have to tight the leash on this two bottom brats.

In the second part of the book, Scott takes home Joshua, like a child could take home a stray dog. Joshua is a young and frightened guy, needing a master figure in his life. But Paul and Jim are not the right person to do that, they have their plate full with their two brats. Luckily Paul meets an old friend, Freddie, a top without a domestic relationship in this moment.

As the previous one, this book is a funny romp: there is a lot of sex, but it's always a very relaxing and funny type of sex; even when it arrives to some pretty kinky and heavy erotic stuff, the description is always more light and funny, than angst. I'm not against some kinky stuff, here and there, but sometime, reading certain books, it's like reading an "how to do" books, full of clinical details that risk to ruin all the romanticism of the story. In this case, A.M. Riley gives us all the necessary inputs to understand what it's happening, but doesn't indulge in the description, preferring a light tone.

Of all the characters, the lion share is taken by the bottoms. Brian, as in the previous book, has a very prominently role in the first part of the book, and instead Scott, who really didn't shine before, in the second part of the book is the incontrastated hero. Seeing the two brats conspiring and involving also Joshua in their plans, allows the reader to fully understand who are the real puppeteers in this strange multipartner relationship.

Amazon Kindle: A Man, a Jersey, and a Tight End
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 28, 2011)

1) Goldilocks and His Three Bears:
2) A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End

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Cover Art by April Martinez
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Event: BOOK LAUNCH - NAKED by Dylan Rosser

Date: Friday, 2nd December
Time: 6pm-10pm
Place: Profile Bar, London

If you happen to be in the London area on the night December the 2nd, please go to Profile Bar and say to Dylan Rosser, he will have the Book Launch of Naked. There will also be some books for sale for only £20, but quantity is limited so will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The event is divided into 2 parts:
6pm-10pm at Profile Bar
Free canapés from 7-9pm
Signed books available for purchase
Free book giveaways

10pm-4am at Lo-Profile
A Gaydar Club Experience
Another amazing party until closing time with XXX host JAY ROBERTS
Date: 2/12/2011
Time: 6pm-4am
Entry to Profile Bar: Free
Entry to LoProfile: £5 before 12 p.m. / £8 after 12 p.m.

There is also a Facebook event page:

Naked (Bruno Gmunder Verlag) by Dylan Rosser
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (November 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867872260
ISBN-13: 978-3867872263
Amazon: Naked

Whenever a photographer wants to show his models completely nude he needs a lot of empathy to create an atmosphere that's free of any restraints. Dylan Rosser is perfectly capable of this as he has already proven with his photo books. Naked is all about intimacy and encounters with men at their most vulnerable but also at her most beautiful. His style is more down-to-earth and accessible than in his last book Red, the pictures are striking and go under your skin.
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Top Gay Books of the XXI century

It's that time of the year again, when I update the Top Gay Books List. Some books went up, some went down, and there are many new entries.

As usual some boring basic rules: the list considers only gay themed books released in print for the first time after January 1, 2000, so you can consider it a Top 100 List of the XXI century. Books released in electronic format before January 1, 2000, and then in print after that date, I listed it. To enter the list I browsed all the LGBT publishers I found, considered all the specific awards and all the recommendation from friends. I haven't read ALL the books, like you, I am trying to read as much as possible, but the list is impartial, meaning that if I didn't like a book, or I haven't read it yet, I nevertheless included it in the list.

To decide the ranking, again, I tried to be impartial: I chose to consider the owned copies in LibraryThing, a cataloguing website that seems to be "serious" and of common use. For every author I considered only a book, the one with more owned copies, so the list is more a Top Authors than a Top Books.

The actual list will remain frozen for 1 year, and in December 2012 I will reopened it and track the changes. In the meantime, I will continue to feature an author from that list every week, in my In the Spotlight appointment.

First decade (2000-2009)

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Three Junes by Julia Glass

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

The Master by Colm Toibin

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill

The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin

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Books from 101 to 200:

Second decade (2010-2019)

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Strings Attached by Nick Nolan

The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan

Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane

A Better Place by Mark A. Roeder

Me by Ricky Martin

Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting by Eric Poole

Love Drugged by James Klise

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel by Myrlin A. Hermes

Probation by Tom Mendicino

Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

If you want to browse these books on Amazon, please open the page through this link:

Top Gay Books