Reviews by Pat Henshaw

B
No Such Thing

Coming back home after one's been an unruly teen is difficult, but coming back completely changed and trying to convince others of that change is even worse. Or so thinks former foster child Alessandro Silva when he returns to Perch Creek, a small town outside Wilmington, DE. But a bad reputation is ...

A-
Sex & Sourdough

Hiking the Appalachian Trail seems like a great idea when Anders' boyfriend comes up with the idea, but when his boyfriend flakes on him, Anders starts to see the journey as a time to prove himself and get rid of his manipulative lover. Thomas makes heavy duty hiking seem appealing even to a couch p ...

B+
The Fall Guide

Starting a business is difficult enough for an experienced person, but for a gay man with a unique idea but no startup experience, going from idea to entrepreneur is a long, hard process. Andor chronicles the journey beautifully in this book. The androgynous-looking, make-up-wearing ...

B
A White Coat is in my Closet

Reading this book is a little like taking a long hike with a friend who hasn't explained where you'll be going. About halfway through, readers will wonder if the story has an actual destination or if the point of the hike (and this book) is just to look at the scenery. While this is great on a hike, ...

C+
Long the Mile

A cursory glimpse at life on the streets for two formerly successful men illustrates both the steady eroding of pride and the human spirit as well as the importance of friendship - especially when one is down and out. What it doesn't show is the array of avenues open to former convicts and street pe ...

A-
The Fall

Breaking away from a sugar daddy might sound easy, but in practice male model Mackenzie finds out becoming his own man in a small town 200 miles outside Toronto, Canada, means a lot of manual labor in order to make his dreams come true. Fortunately Mackenzie's innate friendliness and the help of his ...

C-
How I Met Your Father

In order for tall tales and fairytales to be entertaining, they have to have one foot planted in the reality of their audience. Gregg's story of the best man and the father of the bride getting together at a good friend's nuptials rang as a farfetched urban legend rather than a happily ever after fa ...

C
A Little Too Broken

When I read the description of this novella, I just had to read it: An HIV-positive guy and a double amputee war veteran get together over saving homeless dogs to train as service dogs. How cool does that sound? Built-in angst and legitimate survival. Wow. Unfortunately, the total of ...

A
Turn and Burn

James' Blacktop Cowboy series centers on the rodeo competitors who travel around the country with their horses and gear, searching for another win and ultimately a championship belt buckle or trophy. Her latest follows injured barrel racer Tanna Barker who's come out of her accident afraid to get on ...

B
Different Strokes

The world of Olympic athletes is so foreign to most of us that this little peek inside helps flesh out this interesting novella. When competitive swimmer Tomas' regular masseuse is unavailable, her partner Darren fills in for her. The reclusive Tomas remembers talking to Darren at the sports medicin ...