Category Archives: Trans

4 Stars for Lysistrate Cove by Dena Hankins #Bisexual #Trans @DenaWrites

CoverTitle: Lysistrata Cove
Author Name & Publisher: Dena Hankins (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: September 13, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Jack Azevedo captains his charter sailboat in the Caribbean. Life can’t get any better, especially once he discovers a mysterious uncharted island with a sugar-sand cove for his passengers to enjoy and an intriguing, if angry, inhabitant.

Superstar Eve La Sirena has an illicit plan to restore creative freedom to musicians worldwide…if she can keep an ocean between her public and her secrets. Jack’s arrival exposes her island retreat and jeopardizes years of work, but his sweet generosity whets her cruel appetites.

As a transmasculine gender explorer and BDSM bottom, Jack’s used to flouting convention, not the law. When Eve’s clandestine project draws three kinds of cops, everything he has is endangered. Will the maelstrom of emotion strip the civilized veneer from his piratical heart?

Add to GoodReads

Review
fourstars

This was a very different book than what I thought I was going into.. Then again, it had been a long time since I’d read the synopsis for the book so I’d forgotten most of it.
I’ll start with one of my biggest issues being that Jack is transgendered, and everyone just automatically knew or assumed and that was a very weird thing for me since that’s not a normal thing. People don’t think that way, especially if they’ve never met the person they don’t assume that the person is transgendered.
However, beyond that, the story was actually really quite interesting. I liked the chemistry between Eva and Jack and the relationship with Harmonie. While there were some BDSM aspects, I really didn’t feel like the story was a BDSM story since it was more of a controlling lover than submission in my opinion.
There was some mystery and secrets going on, but they were in the background for the most part until toward the end. It almost felt unnecessary, except for that it gave Jack and Eva an excuse to try to run away together… whether they manage to or not, you’ll have to read to find out.
All in all it wasn’t a bad story, but there were aspects that just didn’t work for me.
Renee

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, Bisexual, New Release, Renee, Review, Trans

3.5 Stars for Prima Facie by Nicole Field #Trans @Faerywhimsy @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Prima Facie
Author Name & Publisher: Nicole Field (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: June 29, 2016

Synopsis

Never get involved with the client. That’s one of the first rules of the business, and a rule Con has never had trouble following. Until Maggie walks through the door. She smart, charming, isn’t impressed by his family, and doesn’t care that he’s trans. If anyone is worth breaking rules for, it seems to be Maggie.

But things that seem too good to be true often are, and Con soon finds himself caught between his family, Maggie, and figuring out what really matters most to him.

Add to GoodReads

Review

 ThreeandHalfStarsIt’s difficult for me to rate short stories well. The whole problem with short stories is that it’s hard to put so much into such a little space. And for me, this story suffers for it. There is a lot that seems to be missing with the legal part of the story, especially in the last part. We went from a cursory investigation in part one to a bit more depth in part two to skipping over most of all of the build up for the court case in part three. For me, the case is an integral part of the story, so having the resolution of the case be a whole “oh, we won, that’s so great!” without telling me how they won was not satisfying at all. Next, I’m not sure I get Maggie’s attraction to Con at all, especially when I find out that it was all initially contrived as a way to ensure Con’s attention on her court case. I’m not sure I could be as forgiving as Con seems to be and lying is definitely not a good thing to have as the base or start of a relationship. Is Con’s desire for acceptance of who he is so big that he can overlook her blatant attempt to use him? Add in the way her parents and his threaten him into not dropping the case and I’m not sure how he ever gets past the way they met. I liked the concept of the story, and I love how applicable the title is, but for me, it missed in the execution. It may have been easier to work these issues out in a longer format, but the issues for me aren’t nearly resolved at the end of this story.
AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 3.5 Stars, Amy P, New Release, Review, Trans

5 Star Review for The Complete Horse Mistress Collection by R.A. Steffan #Menage #Trans

CoverTitle: The Complete Horse Mistress Collection (The Horse Mistress #1-4)
Author Name: R.A. Steffan
Publication Date & Length: May 8, 2016 – 838 pgs

Synopsis

Carivel was born female, but she has been secretly living as a boy for years in her adoptive village of Draebard. The last thing she needs is to fall for not one, but two unattainable men—a dominating warrior and a reluctant wolf-shifter with a horrific past. Now, the Alyrion Empire is poised to invade, and Carivel must choose whether to keep her secret or reveal it—not only to the men she loves, but also to the powerful female ruler whose army could help protect Draebard during the coming war.

Steamy and spellbinding, The Complete Horse Mistress Collection combines detailed world-building and a heartfelt romance between three noble, damaged people who have no one to turn to but each other.

In addition to Books 1 through 4, The Horse Mistress boxset also contains an exclusive series epilogue not available anywhere else—Return of the Wolf.

Author’s note: This series contains descriptions of violence and graphic sex, including sex between men, sex with multiple partners (MMF), and elements of fully consensual BDSM within an established, loving relationship. Additionally, it deals with issues of gender identity and gender fluidity. It is intended for a mature audience.

Add to GoodReads

Review
FiveStars

Carivel is the star of this collection of fantasy/historical paranormal stories. Taking place in a tribal setting, where clans are highly structured and socially demanding, Carivel struggles with her role as a man with a woman’s body. She falls in love with shape-shifting eunuch Senovo and warrior Andoc. Their menage is lovely, explicit, and intense. Beyond the confines of gender and sexuality. The plot, too, is captivating. I read through these quickly, caught up in plot twists and harrowing experiences.
Though Carivel has a lot of issues to deal with, she’s not let off the hook when it comes to society. Other characters defy gender and sexuality expectations and Carivel must learn to be a leader, even when breaking the rules could mean death.
There’s powerful meaning in this tale. It’s challenging in all the right ways, and quite a story, too.
Five Stars
~ Christy

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, C. E. Case, Review, Trans

5 Stars and 4 Stars for The Big Reveal by Eve Francis #Trans #bisexual #lesbian #Contemporary @LT3Press

29915484

Title: The Big Reveal
Author Name & Publisher: Eve Francis (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 29th, 2016 – 116 Pages

Synopsis

Samus Mallory believes the right kind of fantasy can change someone’s life. Which is why she started to teach fantasy literature at her university, and why Jackie Vasquez, a cute cosplayer who always cross-plays, catches her eye.

As the two connect over their favourite novels and a cyberpunk game called Hack The Planet, Samus thinks she’s found the perfect person to be herself around—until their busy schedules and Jackie’s upcoming graduation ceremony puts a strain on their relationship, and Samus fears she’s to blame.

But as Jackie spends more and more hours on a new cosplay, she starts to realize that her fantasy life—and future—might not be what she and everyone else has always envisioned.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

What a lovely and sweet story. It’s short enough to read in an afternoon, but long enough for a well-paced romance to blossom. The first word that comes to mind with this is natural. Everything in it feels so completely organic. Samus and Jackie meet, discover they had a prior connection (not terribly unusual in a university setting), and slowly build friendship and love. Their discoveries about themselves and each other are realistic, a few bumps and lots of mutual respect.

This is a story about discovery, which fits perfectly with the theme of speculative fiction and gaming. Some people may not be interested in another coming out story, but I liked how it was handled here. For one thing, it didn’t feel like some primer on all things transgender. It also wasn’t full of drama. Samus (who is already living life the way she wants) and Jackie (who is just making some important self-discoveries) are really good together. I loved so many of their interactions and how they both handled their relationship. Samus was kind and respectful, and Jackie asked good questions. I loved when Jackie wondered about “copying” Samus rather than becoming self-aware.

There are also plenty of fun moments. I won’t spoil them, but I will say that I loved the cat-sitting. The sensual moments between Samus and Jackie are lovely and well done. Some things were spelled out and done really well, while others were implied. It was a nice balance.

Overall, I really liked this story, and I’ll definitely look for more by the author.

Amy

FourStars

I liked this book because it challenges some of the preconceptions many have about transgendered people. A lot of people get hung up on the genitals that a trans person has, that may not agree with the gender they present. It feels to me, that the more people are exposed to stories where it’s not only normal but nothing to make a big deal over, the more they will understand. That’s part of why I really liked this book; Jackie doesn’t feel that having a penis makes Samus any less of a woman. Also, the simple fact that Samus is extremely matter-of-fact about the bodily boundaries that Jackie has makes an incredible impact on me. There are no intrusive questions about why Jackie feels this way. Jackie says she doesn’t like something and Samus says okay, no problem. There isn’t any pushing of the boundaries either. And it’s that respect from both, not only respecting each other’s boundaries but also respecting (and feeling safe with) the other enough to be able to communicate about their desires and hang ups. I did feel that Jackie’s transformation was incredibly telegraphed, but that isn’t actually a bad thing. It shows her state of mind before her own realization, and Jack’s state of mind once he does realize who he really is and how he really feels. And it’s that sort of mental and emotional click where everything finally makes sense and feels right that is so important to show to others who may not understand until they see that. Anyway, I really enjoyed the book, and would definitely look at others by this author.

AmyP

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, 5 Star, Amy, Amy P, Bisexual, Review, Trans, Uncategorized

4 stars for Second Skin by Alex Whitehall #Trans #MM #ScienceFiction @alexwhitehall

CoverTitle: Second Skin
Author Name & Publisher: Alex Whitehall (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 11, 2016 – 90 pgs

Synopsis

When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating.

That’s when things get tricky.

Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they “take it slow,” Jay’s not so sure. He’s been hurt before, and he’s not going to let it happen again.

But then Roswell reveals that he, too, has a few secrets under his skin.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FourStarsGoing into this book I only knew half of what to expect. I had never read a transgender story so I was very excited to read this book. I knew that Jay is transgender and is struggling to get through his college years just like any other college student.

When Roswell’s secret is revealed it wasn’t what I had expected at all. I don’t want to say that I was disappointed after that, but I wish I had had some sort of clue as to the direction this story would go. And no, I don’t think the cover of the story was enough of an indication.

I still enjoyed the story. It is very well written, and I have never DNF’d a book. Although there’s no indication of a sequel to this book, I can’t help but wonder if that thought is in the back of the author’s the mind based on the ending of the book. I feel like the lives of Jay/Damien and Roswell are left hanging in the balance at the end. I wish I could give the story 5 stars, but not knowing the direction the story would take me was a bit of a mood killer. Especially when this was my first transgender story. I’m sorry.

~Kris

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 4 Star, Kris, M/M, Review, Trans

5 stars for Creation Debt by Lore Graham @grahamlore #trans #genderqueer #scifi @lt3Press

29002071

Title: Creation Debt
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three)
Publication Date & Length: Aril 13, 2016 — short story

Synopsis

Radical views sometimes require committing a crime or two. In his biggest move yet to fight for android rights, Derek liberates a group of androids working off their creation debt at a hospital. One of those androids is 141, who is surprisingly reluctant to leave the facility, leaving Derek baffled.

A delay in their escape forces them to take an alternate route to Derek’s base, trapping them on a decrepit spaceship for a week, where they have only each other for company and a divide created by assumptions and wariness—but also an undeniable curiosity.

Add to GoodReads

Review

FiveStars

I had a feeling Lore Graham’s book and I would be good friends, and I was right. It’s fast-paced, well-written, and insightful. This is one of those rare treats where a story is clearly meant to be both for and about trans folk.

There’s so much in here to love: A futuristic world with fully sentient androids; a daring freedom operation as part of a takedown of a Big Corporation; a trans hero; an awesome non-binary gender character; and a completely cliched (but done in a great way) forced togetherness leading to love. How could this not be at the top of my list?

It can be a tricky thing to bring humor to a story which is ultimately about freedom–both literal and figurative. But Graham does this so well. 141, the rescued android, is delightful, a good balance for the brash (and very human) Derek.

I don’t really care all that much about sex in a story, but I did like the way these two explored the realities of their bodies and what it meant for them. I also liked that it fell somewhere between instant lust and instant love, but we weren’t treated to a fairy tale “let’s run off together” narrative.

Speaking of which, I sure hope there’s more to this story. It’s perfectly fine with me not to answer all the questions at the end; I can use my own imagination, and that’s just as fun. But I’d really like to know if they ever take out Isaac Ltd.!

This is the right story for someone who enjoys a blend of action, romance, cool science fiction/futuristic society, and a bit of philosophy. Don’t let the gender-neutral pronouns scare you off this one–it’s always good to learn new things.

Amy

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Publisher’s Website

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 5 Star, Amy, GenderQueer, New Release, Review, Trans, Uncategorized

3.5 Star Review for Perihelion (Queenships #1) by Tami Veldura #MM #ScienceFiction @TamiVeldura

CoverTitle: Perihelion (Queenships #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tami Veldura (MMRomanceGroup.com)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 – 151 pgs

Synopsis

Perihelion was written for the Love Is An Open Road event for the M/M Romance group. It will be available for free, there.

Kato Ozark, crown prince and soldier, has just been chosen to pilot his family’s queenship. He’s trained his entire life for this honor, but it comes with a catch. It seems that First Engineer Mas’ud Tavana has also been chosen as the queen’s pilot. Mas’ud has no formal training, and they both believe a mistake has been made. But when an attack on a distant Ozark queen forces them to work together, it’s clear their minds are better as one than apart.

They might even go on a proper date. Through mission briefings and politically required offspring, the mental link their queenship forges between them only grows stronger. Within this bond they find strength in each other. Then a rogue AI attacks their ship, ripping the queen open to the core. The two pilots feel it all; the assault destroys their connection and tears them adrift into open space.

Kato and Mas’ud wake up in the medical bay of a rival family with no memory of their queenship or each other. Hailed as a war hero, Kato retrains as a kingship pilot, preparing to defend Earth against the AI. Mas’ud, dismissed as permanently broken, struggles to rediscover his own truth.

Their queenship is out there, waiting for her pilots to come home. The future of their family depends on it.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Dear Author,
I woke up to the sight of him coming out of a healing tank. I realized that I knew nothing but that this man was important to me. Please have this be in the middle of the story. I want to know what caused my amnesia, what we were before the amnesia, and what happened after this.

Photo Description:
A naked man rises from a tank of glowing blue liquid. Ports line his neck and ribs with cords extending from them, plugged into something unseen (and out of the picture). His skin is embedded with glowing circuits, and his shaved head bows forward. Mist floats around him as electric currents or lightning strikes illuminate the background.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

Add to GoodReads

Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This was an interesting read for me. I have to say I liked the plot and getting to know the relationship between ship and pilot.
The story itself is well written and very enjoyable, but I did have a few issues with it that made it hard to get into and stay into it.
There are soooo many characters and things going on that I found myself skimming the parts that weren’t about our main two characters or Kato’s family because it felt like unneeded information.. oh and the AI ship, I did read those because it was important the the story as a whole. And maybe the other parts are important for a second book, but for this one they felt like they detracted from the story.
I loved the way the two men piloted together as they both had their strong suits that complimented each other. However, the romantic relationship, I didn’t feel at all. I didn’t understand the whole situation with Mas’ud having ovaries, but being a man and it not getting any sort of explanation to go with it. Or how the two even connected except through their ties to the ship. Sadly, as much as I love a good romance, this felt unnecessary to the story as well since it wasn’t well explained to me.
I have to say I liked all the drama with the family and trying to figure out why they were doing what they were doing in terms of political reasons. However, I felt like we didn’t get a whole lot of answers here either. Yet something else that might be answered with a sequel, but it didn’t give me enough to really want to keep going with the series sadly.
All in all, it was a well written book that I enjoyed, but at the end of it I was almost glad it was over because I couldn’t keep up with the intense amount of politics and so many characters that didn’t seem to have a huge amount of importance to this particular story. Like I said, they may in the future, but it would’ve been nicer to have that not so heavy in the first book as we still didn’t even know our main characters and how all the queenship/kingship/families and all that even related/worked.
Renee

BuyTheBook

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Continue reading

Leave a Comment

Filed under 3.5 Stars, M/M, New Release, Renee, Review, Trans