Tag Archives: Gay Romance

A Murmuring of Bees

9 Apr

“A Murmuring of Bees”, edited by Atlin Merrick, is the latest offering from Improbable Press, the gay romance/erotica Sherlock Holmes imprint.

The stories in this anthology revolve around bees, and, of course, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.  As with any anthology, the stories go from not very good, to mediocre, to excellent.  And, of course, it’s always a matter of personal taste.  My favourite stories were:

“Tales from the Riverbank” by Kim Le Patourel;
“The Secret Diary of Dr John Watson MD” by Kerry Greenwood; and
“The Love of Apiology” by Amy L. Webb

Some stories are straight out romance, but others are most definitely erotica.  So if man on man sexual intercourse offends you, then do not read.

A pleasant way to while away an autumn afternoon.  Recommended.

The Adventure of the Colonial Boy

27 Jun

By now I’m sure everyone has realised that I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches.  Some are good, some are mediocre, and some are downright terrible.  Occasionally you get one that is bloody brilliant.

“The Adventure of the Colonial Boy” by Narrelle M. Harris is bloody brilliant!

Mourning both the death of Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, and the death of his wife Mary in childbirth, John Watson is shocked and angered to get a telegram purporting to be from Sherlock himself.  After a meeting with Mycroft Holmes, Watson finds himself bound for Melbourne, Australia, to help Sherlock Holmes track down Colonel Sebastian Moran.

The book is a wonderful adventure and crime story.  Published by the romance/erotica specialist Sherlock Holmes imprint Improbable Press, “The Adventure of the Colonial Boy” is also a romance.  So if two men loving each other is not for you, then do not read.  But if you chose not to read it, you will be denying yourself a truly fantastic reading experience.

Highly recommended.

The Night They Met

3 Apr

“Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Night They Met” is a collection of stories looking at the world’s greatest literary friendship through the eye of romance.

What if, not just content with being friends, Holmes and Watson were also a romantic pairing?  Atlin Merrick answers this question wonderfully with a number of excellent stories spanning three centuries.

There are crimes.  Oh yes, there are definitely crimes.  This is NOT Mills & Boon territory by any stretch of the imagination.

All of the stories are readable, not just by Johnlock shippers, but by Sherlock Holmes fans in general.

Atlin Merrick’s delightfully twisted sense of humour comes out to play with gorgeous lines like “…I think he clenched his arse cheeks so hard he did his prostate a mischief.”

“Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Night They Met” is the first publication from Improbable Press”, the new specialist publisher of Holmesian romance and erotica.  Do not be afraid, though, whilst the stories in this volume are on the romantic side, they are not erotica.  You could happily give this book to your maiden aunty to read without fear of reprisals.

Highly recommended.

A Study in Lavender

25 Feb

“A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes”, edited by Joseph R. G. DeMarco, is one of the best volumes of Sherlock Holmes short stories I have read in a long time.

The stories all have an interesting take on the world of Sherlock Holmes.  Every story has a gay component to it.  Sometimes it is Holmes who is gay, sometimes it is the client, or the victim, and in one story, Lestrade.

I found the stories all to be interesting and insightful into life for men who were criminals merely for the fact they existed, whether or not they acted upon their sexual orientation.

It is rare for me to find an anthology where I loved all the stories.  Usually there is a mix of good, bad, and mediocre.  “A Study in Lavender”, however, contained stories that were pretty much all good.  The ending of the final story in the book tended towards being a little on the mediocre side, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the book.

The truly outstanding story, however, is “The Well-Educated Young Man” by William P. Copeland.  This story spelled out how truly dangerous and horrific life was for gay men in the Victorian era.  The story is so well written and readable that it was whilst reading it that I knew this volume would be added to my Sherlock Holmes collection, not passed on, as I do so many others.

There are no actual sex scenes, so don’t be afraid to reach out for the book.  You may learn something as well as be entertained by some brilliantly written stories.

Highly recommended.

Homecoming

16 Feb

The author, Narrelle M. Harris, gave me a copy of the novella “Homecoming” in exchange for an honest review.

Jack Burns has been away serving overseas with the Australian army, he arrives home to find his best friend Elliot Talbott has started an investigative agency, and now, unaccountably, has gone missing.  The first case for ‘Talbott and Burns, Investigators’ is to find Elliot Talbott.

“Homecoming”, published by Clan Destine Press, sets the scene for a series (I have the second novella already) that I hope will be on going.

Jack and Elliot are likeable and relateable.  The plot bounces along nicely, and the writing is both tight and lively.

Be warned, however, that Jack and Elliot are a couple, so if male/male romance and erotica offends you, DO NOT READ.

The love scenes are beautifully written, tender and erotic by turns.

Highly recommended.

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