Reviews by Pat Henshaw

B+
Dex in Blue

What does it mean to be gay? If you’re an eighteen-year-old guy and your best friend turns you on, are you gay? If you’re straight and have a girlfriend but work for a gay-for-pay porn site having sex with other straight guys, are you gay? Lane tackles these and other weighty questions in the co ...

B-
Playing to Win

The gang’s all here in Burton’s latest Play-by-Play romance, which is packed with the signature athletes — often self-described as dumb jocks — and the strong, gorgeous women who put up with their hard bodies and wicked lovemaking. If you’ve read a previous book, you’ll find that couple ...

D
Summer Days

As readers, aren’t we supposed to like at least one character in a book? If so, I can’t figure out anyone to like in this one at all. Am I supposed to like a feisty old man who sells his granddaughter’s property without telling her? A shrewd, high-powered executive who supposedly looks over th ...

C
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This debut novel, first published in 1999, has been reissued purportedly because of its wild popularity, but probably because it opened as a movie in October 2012 and starred Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame. Still, it has shown up on the New York Times bestseller list, so someone must be reading it ...

C
My Loving Vigil Keeping

I once said that I’d happily read anything Carla Kelly wrote. Unfortunately, this book convinced me what works for her at around 200 pages doesn’t seem as compelling and interesting when the page count more than doubles. No one who’s a fan of Kelly’s expects her stories to b ...

B
It's Not Shakespeare

There are mid-life crises, and then there are mid-life slumps. James Richards, a gay English professor at a small junior college outside Sacramento, California, has slumped so low at age forty-three that he’s nearly belly dancing with the pavement. That is until he meets gay Latino, ...

B+
The End of the Innocence

Goode’s sequel to Tales from Foster High is a thought-provoking cautionary tale about what love and hate mean. High school seniors Kyle and Brad start the year thinking about sex and end the first semester knowing what real love and compassion are. Told in alternating perspectives, ...

B
Conquest

Every teen musician’s dream of becoming a rock star is central to this romance about the perils and sacrifices endemic to the big time. When burnt out megastar Evan Arden hears Jesse Alexander perform, he’s blown away and drags his mentor and record producer to hear Jesse. From these humble begi ...

C-
Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women

Anthology
As a reader, what do you expect from a book subtitled “Erotic Romance for Women”? I expected erotica, especially after reading Lorelei James’ foreword that the stories would take “elements of a traditional western and adding in erotic romance.” My reaction was what fun. Imagine my disappoi ...

C-
Where There’s a Will

A sexually-repressed, whiny twenty-six-year-old loan officer who keeps a journal of erotic sex wishes is adopted by a half angel/half human cowboy whose goal is to show her how erotically appealing she is. Sounds like the beginning of a joke someone would tell in a bar when half sloshed, right? But ...