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Where You Are
Where You Are
by J.H. Trumble
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and beautifully written but ends a bit too neatly to convince., 4 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Where You Are (Paperback)
The teacher who falls for a pupil is a familiar story and Paul Russell's "The Coming Storm" has been perhaps its most challenging and brilliant exposition yet.
This book is less hard-edged, less controversial in that the pupil, Robert, is nearly eighteen and his teacher, Andrew, only six years older. But the legal, social and personal pressures are very powerfully conveyed and the book is gripping. Where it is less convincing is that the ups and downs in the relationship between Andrew and Robert are those created by others. Robert's family relationships, and the death of his father, are especially strong features. Otherwise, within the relationship of the student and teacher the difference in age, and more especially stage in life, do not really impinge. So, the book is compelling and romantic and I am a sucker for a happy ending but I was left wondering whether it was for real. But do read it.


The Love Patient [DVD]
The Love Patient [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benjamin Lutz
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: 7.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea but it doesn't stack up., 3 Feb 2013
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The idea of Paul faking cancer to win back his estranged boyfriend, Brad, is neat and potentially sweet as well as funny. But the script does not quite match up in originality, many of the characters are cricatural and, while Paul is beautiful, you do wonder what Brad saw in him as a person or, indeed, what Paul saw in Brad who is a rather uncharming grump. When they get back together it's a "doubt if it will work out" rather than a "Kleenex Hurrah" moment.


Watercolors [DVD]
Watercolors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tye Olson
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: 4.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intensely moving., 2 Feb 2013
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This is a brilliant film: intense, passionate and heartrending. The dysfunctional, troubled, closeted Carter falls in love with sweet, nerdy, gay Danny despite himself. But it is the absence of any happy-ever-after simplicity to their relationship, as well as the devastating vulnerability of the two young men, which give the drama power. Both chaaracters are credibly and originally drawn and brilliantly acted. Of course the allusions to Romeo and Juliet which the two boys are studying at school are there but they are not laboured. The film touches serious issues subtly but never simplistically. You will need the tissues and the film will haunt you.


House of Boys [DVD]
House of Boys [DVD]
Dvd ~ Layke Anderson
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: 6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant to the point of heartbreak., 2 Feb 2013
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This is a story of how vulnerable some of those who succumbed to AIDS in the early 80s were. On the surface, its heroes are good time boys: sexy (very sexy) and carefree. But they all have a story of emotional pain and the world of free sexual expression is also one of sexual exploitation.
At the heart of the story is a love affair of tenderness and tear-jerking poignancy.
Bits of the production seem occasionally clunky but the last part of the film is stunningly moving. There is no pulling of punches and I thought I got a glimpse of what it must have been like to lose a lover and loved one from the illness. Don't be lulled by the apparent inconsequence of some of the early scenes.


Romeos [DVD]
Romeos [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rick Okon
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: 5.69

5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable insight., 2 Feb 2013
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This is a film which conveys what it must be like, not just to undergo a transformation of sexual identity, but the terror of exposure that goes with it. It is difficult enough to come out as gay but to present yourself as one person and then to be found, or thought, to be another must be exceptionally hard. That emotional journey is brilliantly conveyed in this film which obviously romantices the subject but without pulling its punches on the way.


It's a Good Life (Good Time Boys)
It's a Good Life (Good Time Boys)
Price: 2.50

2.0 out of 5 stars A "So what?" of a book., 25 Jan 2013
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Sonny, wounded in a shooting, is having ever more frequent blackouts, making life for his partner, Garron, an increasing misery. Much (repetitive) heartache later, the operation is a success and the two guys can get back to making love without making the rest of us feel guilty or rush for the medicine cabinet.


Locky in Love (Campus Cravings)
Locky in Love (Campus Cravings)
Price: 2.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Love in a time of anguish., 25 Jan 2013
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Can an older man dare reveal his love for a younger one? Yes, when the older one (Locky) is Lochinvar riding to the rescue (if that is what Lochinvar did) of the damaged, scared younger one, Becket. Take two sexy dudes, put them in an emotional drama which pushes the boundaries of endurance, and light the touchpaper of mutual attraction and love and you have a compelling and romantic story.


The Letter Z (Coda Series)
The Letter Z (Coda Series)
Price: 3.18

4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about these cute four gay guys?, 20 Jan 2013
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You will have had to be in on the story of Angelo, Zach, Matt and Jared from the first book to appreciate the ins and outs of their relationships. But they are all sweet, complex, sexy guys and this tale of their emotional lives sweeps you along with eminently satisfactory amounts of drama, love and sex.


In Bed with the Boss
In Bed with the Boss
Price: 3.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Two attractive love stories, one of them original and compelling., 18 Jan 2013
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This book contains two separate love stories abaout cute guys who fall in love with or, in one case fall prey to, their boss.
Andrew Grey's story is the simpler of the two: sweet photographer's assistant falls for his dysfunctional boss who, after behaving badly, falls for him in turn. It is well told and romantic.
Ryan Field's is the more interesting as it is set in the 1960s and is as much about the atmosphere of fear and blackmail surrounding the lives of gay men as about the love story at the heart of it. It has a dark edge to it which gives it compelling force. Makes me want to read more from this author.


Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back
Price: 3.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Aargh!" turns to "Aah!" in this romantic thriller., 17 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Don't Look Back (Kindle Edition)
Josh Lanyon does a good line in stroppy - but ultimately soppy - detectives and Mike, determined to prove that Peter is guilty of a crime that even I can work out he didn't commit, is no exception. But the twists and turns of the plot are intriguing; there is the kind of villain we have all been taken in by. And when the hard cop turns soft (except where it matters) I was ready to suspend my critical faculties and melt into the embrace of another accomplished romantic thriller.


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