April 23rd, 2012

andrew potter

Teacher's Pet by G.A. Hauser

Jeremy is a 22 years old college student. From a middle class family, handsome and friendly, he is like thousands of other students. But Jeremy has a secret: he likes men. Born in a conservative family, he has always thought that his being gay is a drama, something he needs to hide to no lose all his friends and the love of his family. Plus, told be truth, his family is not at all the supportive american family you see in television fiction: a spoilt sister, a father who borders on alcoholism and a mother who not loses a chance to make him feeling ungrateful.

But when Jeremy sees his art teacher, Peter, he is taken. Peter is a 34 years old successful artist who accepted a work as college professor to prove to his family that he has a worthy work. Not that like an artist he isn't doing good money, but being an artist is not a "real" work. Plus Peter is a divorced man, newly wedded to a too young bitch: a woman he has married in a drunken night in a fast marriage chapel in Las Vegas.

Both Jeremy or Peter haven't noble reasons to do what they done. Jeremy is a horny young man who has the hots when he sees his professor; when he learns that the object of his desires is married, he feels a bit of pain, but not regret and this little fact means nothing to his intention to seduce the handsome professor. And Peter doesn't think twice to engage in a relationship with a much younger man, one of his student. And the fact that he is married seems not important since the wife is a spoilt bitch who deserves only to be thrown out of his bed.

Reading this you could rightly think that I don't like Jeremy or Peter... and you are wrong! I like them both, cause they are "real", they are not the fake perfect heros of an usual romance. And also the supporting characters, in their exasperated characterization, are perfect. Everything in this romance is amplified to excess, but it's only a means to underline how the characters are "normal" and "day-to-day": don't miss the family's quarrels of Jeremy, or the jealousy's scenes of Peter's wife.

I like very much G.A. Hauser's style, all her characters are so full of faults: when Jeremy is asked to go home to support his father in a difficult moment, he regrets the lost chance to have a weekend of sex with his lover; when Peter has to face an inequity treatment, not only toward him, but also toward him being gay, he doesn't raise his head in an impetus of rightful indignation, but simple turn his shoulders and go away... Peter and Jeremy are not heros, they are like the men you cross on the street every day, maybe only a little more handsome!

Amazon: Teacher's Pet
Amazon Kindle: Teacher's Pet
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475132980
ISBN-13: 978-1475132984

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andrew potter

Double Trouble by G.A. Hauser

This novel is set in the same world of the previous Action! Series by G.A. Hauser, the world of the bold, beautiful, and rich, of Los Angeles. Actually if you read the last book in that series, you already met Danny and Donny, identical twin working on the same firm of Mark and Steven. And in a way you already know their story and some of its development.

What is important here is to know better these two and their reason. As expected, as always I should say, G.A. Hauser’s men are not exactly “perfect” heroes, and in a way, sometime, they are not even so nice. Apparently it seems that they don’t have any moral, but actually there is always a reason behind it. In this case, when you read of two 25 years old guys still living on the shoulders of their parents with little intention to change the situation soon, you can’t really have of them a good first impression. But then you meet their parents, and discover that they are not really pushing their babies to go out of the nest, and so, as Danny and Donny do, you think, why bothering too much? Let them have the time of their life and sooner or later they will discover how it’s the real world. Problem is that sometime, people like them, discover the truth so far in their life when it is really too late to change something. Or maybe, if they are lucky, they never discover it, and they live always happy and unconscious.

Even if Danny and Donny are identical twin, and in many way they are similar, they are not alike in their emotional development. Danny, more shy and quite, is also the one that is readier to take the flight out of the nest. It’s almost like, while Donny spent all his energy in growing and glowing, Danny saved it for the right moment. Suddenly Danny is the savvier, he is the one who is taking serious decision, and Donny is unsettled by it. He feels like he is losing his brother and this cause him some emotional issue, leading him to taking out his frustration during sex with other man. Donny realizes that he is doing something wrong, but what he seems to not realize is that he is hurting other men. This is the point when you, reader, realize that you are reading about a man by G.A. Hauser: in any other novel, by any other author, Donny would probably go under a self-judgement, coming out guilty and repentant. This is what an hero does, this is not what Donny does. Donny is not an hero, as seldom G.A. Hauser’s men are; they are more irresistible villain, the bad guys that everyone, or at least me, love.

For most part of the book, Donny plays the role of the bad twin and Danny is his good conscience. Danny is so good that sometime he is almost boring in comparison to Donny. But then I saw a spark, a bit of that wickedness or naughtiness that his brother Donny is always accused of; and you realize that maybe Danny is only better in controlling himself, that he is probably smarter that his brother Donny. It’s strange but discovering that Donny is more fragile than Danny, at least at an emotional level, made him nicer to my eyes. I’m true, I didn’t like much Donny, at least not in the first part of the book, and even in the end, being him not at all repentant, it was like his happily ever after was not due. But again, as I said, there are some lucky men that have never had to face how the world really is, they are, and they will always be, the bold, beautiful and rich. And if you don’t like it, well, probably you will not like most of G.A. Hauser’s books, since she likes them a lot.

Amazon: Double Trouble: How to Seduce a Straight Man
Amazon Kindle: Double Trouble: How to Seduce a Straight Man
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475155166
ISBN-13: 978-1475155167

1) A Question of Sex
2) Miller's Tale
3) Capital Games: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/210160.html
4) When Adam met Jack: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/300519.html
5) Acting Naughty (Action! 1): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/493312.html
6) Playing Dirty (Action! 2): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/520179.html
7) Getting It in the End (Action! 3): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/656487.html
8) Behaving Badly (Action! 4): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/700268.html
9) Man to Man (Heroes 1): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/891687.html
10) Two In, Two Out (Heroes 2): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/932718.html
11) Top Men (Heroes 3): http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/945549.html
12) Double Trouble

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andrew potter

Eminent Outlaws: Charles Silverstein (born April 23, 1935)

Dr. Charles Silverstein (born 1935) is an American writer, therapist and gay activist. Dr. Silverstein is a licensed psychologist in the states of New York and New Jersey, and a national leader in providing non-judgmental psychotherapy for men and women. He is a frequent lecturer at conventions on both the state and national levels, author of eight books and many professional papers, and has received many awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation. He maintains a private practice in New York City and supervises early career therapists at the Institute for Human Identity.

His essays and professional papers have been published widely in journals and anthologies. He is the founding director of the Institute for Human Identity and Identity House in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Homosexuality. He is a member of American Psychological Association and was elevated to Fellow in 1987. He is also a Member of Division 44 of the APA (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues), the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), and the Committee on Ethical Practices of NYSPA.

Charles Silverstein's works include: For the Ferryman: A Personal History, The Initial Psychotherapy Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment, A Family Matter: A Parents' Guide to Homosexuality, Man to Man: Gay Couples in America, Gays, Lesbians and Their Therapists: Studies in Psychotherapy, The Joy of Gay Sex, co-authored with Edmund White, The New Joy of Gay Sex, co-authored with Felice Picano

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Silverstein
If you want to learn what gay men do in bed, The Joy of Gay Sex – Charles Silverstein & Felice Picano is the book. --Cat Grant
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