Reviews by Pat Henshaw

C-
Spark

Women's lit meets gay romance in this tepid tale of two high school lovers, one who acknowledges his true nature and the other in the closet because of an overbearing father. Since this is ground many other gay romances have trampled, Roberts makes one character a drag performer who hides this side ...

A-
Bad Idea

Suede probes the delicate line between childhood and adulthood in this romance using the incubus Scratch that Suede created for his paranormal novella Horn Gate. This time around, however, it’s Scratch's comic book creator Trip Spector and makeup genius Silas Goodsby who reign in a spritely romanc ...

C
Left Drowning

Pathos and bathos abound in this story of two college seniors whose backgrounds have stunted their growth. Blythe McGuire hasn't let go of the nightmares associated with the death of her parents when their vacation home burned down. Chris Shepard and his three siblings have their own nightmares of t ...

C
After the Fall

Until this novel, the Tucker Springs gay romances have been hard-hitting, gritty explorations of love between two very different guys who must work through some pretty heavy differences in order to find a workable middle. Covet Thy Neighbor saw an atheist tattoo artist and a devout minister fall in ...

B+
Salvage

At one point in this book, one of the characters explains, “Salvage is everything we keep here—old things that can be used again by a different owner. Sometimes, finding out about where all these things came from, and about the people who might have first used them, is worth far more than treasu ...

B
Fear

Richardson takes on an issue that isn't often dealt with in gay fiction - the physical abuse of one man on his partner - even though it must be as prevalent in homosexual relationships as it is in heterosexual ones. How the abused man frees himself from the tyranny of another and breaks the chains i ...

A
Taking Chances

In Goode's End of the Innocence, one of the minor characters is Foster, Texas, sporting goods store owner Tyler Parker, who at nearly thirty was once a football star but whose pro career was cut short when his knee was severely injured. Matt Wallace, the youngest of Foster's Wallace brothers footbal ...

B+
Junk

When he is nearly trapped in his house because of his overwhelming collection of reading material, from books to magazines and newspapers, librarian Jasper Richardson realizes he has a problem and needs professional help. He calls up psychologist Lewis Miller and his twin sister Carroll who own and ...

C+
Syrah

When Shawn races into Royce's Portland wine shop on Christmas eve to grab a couple of bottles of wine for the family dinner, little does either one know that this bump on a snowy winter night will be the start of something big. At least it's the start of a gentle gay romance with only a few hiccups ...

B+
Hungry for Love

Readers can call Reed's books a lot of thing, but boring isn't one of them. Chaser was an off-beat, almost light-hearted look at a chubby guy and his Adonis-like lover while Raining Men delved into the messy personal life of a sex addict. Now Reed again changes his tone to one that's nearly camp as ...