Archive for the 'London, Clare' Category

05th Jun 2009

True Colors

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’ve truly enjoyed everything that I’ve read by Clare London and this is no exception. She’s got a way of having her characters angst that allows you to wallow in their misery without pushing it over the top. She’s also got a gift of making her characters just flawed enough to be real while still keeping it believable. Throw in sex scenes that are enough to scorch the type off the page and I am one happy, happy girl.

Zeke is an artist, who through some pretty nasty circumstances, is selling his gallery to Miles, an entrepreneur. Normally, artists and entrepreneurs don’t mix, but there’s something that draws these two together. Miles wants to see the artist that’s hiding behind Zeke’s troubled past and, though Zeke won’t admit to it, he’s looking for a way to let that artist out.

It’s a complicated web that ties the boys together. The supporting characters in this one are just as important as the main characters. Let me just say that I would give up something fairly vital to read a sequel and find out what happens to the main characters’ best friends. There seemed to be something brewing between the two of them–something that would be just as explosive as the chemistry between the two main characters if it was ever written out.

I can’t sing the praises of this one enough. It’s got everything I’m looking for in a m/m romance–characters that I can believe in, amazing chemistry, gorgeously written smut and a need to find out what’s going to happen–that will keep me up far past my bed time.

Everything by this author is an instant buy for me. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to come up with next!

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03rd May 2009

Freeman

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Clare London’s done it again. She’s sucked me into a story. I should know by now that this happens every time I read something that she’s done. She’s got a knack for taking people on the fringe of society, coming from a place that may be completely alien to the reader, and turning it into something that’s accessible. You feel with these characters and even when the motives behind their actions are obscured, you still understand them. It’s a rare talent.

This release is a bit different from the other work that I know and love from London. The reader doesn’t get to know exactly what the main character’s motives are until the very last chapter in the book. While it’s not my favorite plot device, she makes it work. Normally, I like to know everything about a character, so I can angst with them throughout the story.

There’s our main character, Freeman, whose job is to find things. He runs into a nameless club-goer, who he dubs ‘Kit.’ Kit becomes a fixture in Freeman’s life, even as Freeman starts to burrow into Kit’s employer’s not-so-legal dealings, and people from Freeman’s past come in to make things very confusing for Kit and Freeman both.

At times, you’re not even sure who the good guys are and that’s kind of nice. I like characters to be a bit ambiguous. It makes them all that much more real to me.

I’m not sure if this is going to be everyone’s cup of tea since it’s not happy and fluffy like the majority of BL out there, but it is a fantastic read. If people are going to ignore a good book because it’s not sticking to the conventions that we all got used to reading in BL manga and in fan-fiction, well, then they’re missing out. London is still one of my favorite authors–someone who I can always turn to for an engrossing story–even when she’s playing with new ideas and new ways of delivering gorgeously hot males screwing each other madly.

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07th Sep 2008

Sparks Fly

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I love Clare London’s characters. They’re always so vivid and leap off of the page. You find yourself cheering them on, just waiting for the happy ending that you know is lurking out there for them. This story is no exception.

First, we have Nic, a bright, young, entrepreneur who has, along with his lead programmer, Aidan, created a dating agency which is just about to go public. The site is quite successful, but Nic has an idea that is really going to revolutionize the online match-making world. He wants to remove the gender matching questions to match people up with their true soul-mates. After all, if you’re closing yourself off to half the population, you may be missing something really special. Aidan is just the man to get this programing right. He and Nic worked well together when they were getting the site off the ground.

This all sounds good, but add in the fact that Nic is starting to crack under the pressure of living in the spotlight, the danger of a hacker trying to take down their system and then throw in Nic’s attraction to Aidan. Now, Aidan is not the best when it comes to interpersonal relations. He’s much better with computers than he is with people. Especially with people like Nic, who he’s attracted to, even though he’s fighting the attraction with all that he’s got. Sparks are definitely going to fly when these two clash and get together. Friction creates sparks and there’s plenty of friction between these two.

I really enjoyed this story, mainly because the characters were not perfect. Give me flawed characters any day. Nic is far too stubborn and Aidan’s anti-social tendencies made them that much more real to me. London has created a true jewel with this release. Anyone who enjoys male/male erotic novels is going to find a lot to like with this one!

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13th Jul 2008

Twisted Brand

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I like books that leave me feeling satisfied. Especially books that I can walk away from happy, knowing things are going to be right in the the book’s universe. London delivers on all of the above in this release, the sequel to The Gold Warrior. I love how deftly she handles the main character’s angst and confusion with the stoicism befitting a warrior, albeit a disgraced and fallen warrior.

Since Maen is now working for the new Queen, both in bed and as a servant, he has little time to think about his lost love, Dax, but missing Dax colors his every move. Queen Seleste knows this and it infuriates her, as she wants all of Maen completely devoted to her.

When tales of Dax’s death reach Maen, he’s crushed. One of the things that has kept him going in his new role, stripped of any glory he may have had, was the knowledge that Dax was out there, alive, somewhere.

During this time, Maen befriends a young scribe, Kiel. Kiel is smart, blindingly so, and has more than book knowledge up his sleeve. What Kiel uncovers has the makings to unravel their society as they know it.

Don’t feel too bad for Maen; things will manage to work out for him. He’s our hero, don’t forget, and he’s more clever than anyone gives him credit for. Well, except for Dax and Kiel.

I always enjoy London’s writing. She’s able to spin a story that sucks you in and makes you feel along with the characters. I’m still afraid that there is a contingent of fans who are going to avoid these books because there are some descriptions of the straight sex in them. Now, I know we’re all here for the boysmut, but sometimes het sex is needed to develop the plot. Get over it. Reading it won’t kill you, I promise.

You know, we’ve had a few of the authors archived over here at BND go pro, and I’m always happy when that happens, but never more so when it comes to London. I’ve loved her work for years and I could not be more please to know she’s getting the recognition that she deserves!

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27th May 2008

The Gold Warrior

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’ll admit it, the idea of a female dominant society with a harem of men at their beck and call just makes me happy. I like it even more when the system is rotten and riddled with abuse. Doubly so when there are noble, self-sacrificing heroes who are going to move heaven and hell to save what’s important to them.

This is a richly developed world, there are hints of the history of the civilization included in the story that only make me want to delve deeper in. London has promised us a sequel to this novel next year. I’m hoping to get some of the mysteries of the history of this world answered then.

I really liked the characters, but I was slightly disappointed by staying the in main character’s head the entire time. Now, I know he’s the main character and all, but I wanted to know what the hell was going on in some of the other characters’ heads.

Maen is our main character. He’s a gold warrior, the elite of the warriors who guard over their mistresses and provide them with their every need. Yes. Every need. There is male/female sex in here. Don’t have a hissy fit. We need it for plot development. You won’t have to turn in your BL Fangirl membership card if you get turned on by reading it.

Maen is comfortable in his place in this world. He finds comfort in taking orders and caring for his mistress. At least, until he meets Dax.

See, every year the mistresses congregate and participate in an auction to buy new members for their household. The young men they purchase are ranked as Bronze warriors. Bronze boys are trained in pleasuring their mistresses and in the art of war. As the warriors get older, they are raised to the rank of Silver. Only the best of the best are able to rise to the rank of Gold warrior. And, when Maen sees Dax, he thinks that Dax has the potential to be a Gold.

However, Dax stirs up feelings that Maen doesn’t quite know what to do with. Dax is a free-thinking young man who questions the way that the city is run and rank hierarchy. Maen just doesn’t know quite how to handle Dax or his own thoughts, honestly.

I’ve always loved London’s writing, but this just makes me love it even more. It’s one of those books that when I finished it, I was pissed that I was going to have to wait for a while to find out what happens to the characters.

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27th May 2008

Masquerade

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’m always thrilled when I find out that a writer whose fan work I loved gets published. I’m even more happy when it’s a person who we’ve hosted on BND.

Here we have four short stories, different time periods and worlds for all of them, but all engaging. The stories are rich and lush, inviting you to curl up with them and delve into their layers. My favorite was the story about the guards protecting their prince. One of the guards is suffering from a bout of unrequited lust for the dashing prince. He’s a slightly callow youth, but his innocence inflames his superior. Not that the superior is going to act on this, he’s got more important things to do, like guard the prince.

Hey, what can I say, I’m a sucker for anything that has princes, mages and magical creatures.

There’s always been a touch of warmth in the author’s writing that shines through, even when she’s writing scenes that are sad and upsetting or even disturbing. There’s this undercurrent of happiness that lets you know that things are going to work out for the characters. I may be an angst princess, but I can appreciate that thread of warmth.

It’s a great release and one I would very happily add to my collection of print books if it ever gets a printed release. Fantasy fans are going to find that there is a lot to fall in love with in this collection. It’s got all the elements to make me into a very happy girl. Good writing, engaging characters and lovely, hot smut. I couldn’t ask for more.

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