"Greeks Bearing Gifts" by D. G. Parker
Saved from rape and certain death,
Antenor did not know what to think of his captor, Calchas.
Traveling by ship, the men become trapped on an island after
a mishap. In the time the men have they get to know one
another, work together as a team and grow to have affection
for one another. Something that might not be possible if
anyone realizes Antenor is supposed to be Calchas’ slave.
In "Greeks Bearing Gifts" you get to
know the characters in good detail and both are likable. The
storyline fits the era and with a twist of fate you do get a
"Troy Cycle" by Dar Mavison
With a plot to end a war Paris is
kidnapped by Achilles men. After being used sexually, he is
sent back to his brother, who loves him. His brother Hector
is outraged after Paris is returned home and more bargains
and traitorous events take place.
Paris and Hector have the focus of
Odysseus’ and Achilles’ attention in "Troy Cycle". There is
a forced but sensual scene that is steamy. I couldn’t quite
decide who the story was supposed to be focusing on. There
just seemed to be a lot of characters introduced in the
short time you get with them.
"Undefeated Love" by John Simpson
Alexandros and Agapitos decide to
dedicate their lives to one another. In doing so they are
invited into the Sacred Band of Thebes, which is quite an
honor. The Band is made up of 150 like couples who love one
another and fight well beside one another, working as one
towards their goal.
Wonderful men placed in hard times
fight to stay together. Alexandros and Agapitos are
wonderful characters and it was a pleasure to read their
story. "Undefeated Love" has a public voyeur scene that will
raise the room temperature it is so steamy.
"Hadrian" by Remmy Duchene
Hadrian became Emperor in what he
thinks of as a cruel joke by his cousin, Trajan. Then, in a
chance meeting in the bath house, Hadrian meets Antinous and
his world, once dim, brightens.
"Hadrian" is hot man-love from start to
finish and not all authors can pull off a chance meeting and
make it believable. Remmy Duchene does just that. "Hadrian"
is a man stuck politicking during the day and in private
laving his attentions on his new found lover. It is hot and
exciting; I loved Hadrian and I think you will also.
"After the Games" by Connie Bailey
Alaric, a prisoner of war, was held
captive to earn money for his master by working in an
amphitheatre. Gallus, his master, tried to push him into
taking one of the slave whores but Alaric would have no part
of it. In a commotion, Alaric rescues Valerius from the
hands of the other slaves. What begins as an interesting
relay of tales from Valerius’ life turns into much more than
Valerius has a very persuasive way
about him. And while Alaric is solid in mind he finds he is
not immune to the young man's charm. "After the Games" has
solid characters and an interesting storyline. I found
myself wanting to know more about these men. When I had
reached the story’s conclusion, it was so good.
"The Vow” by Ariel Tachna
Having lost his lover and not wanting
another partner, but bound by honor to recruit a new soldier
in the name of Aphrodite, Adrastos begins his search. He
tests three men for the position and in choosing one finds
that perhaps his once broken heart can be mended.
"The Vow" is a great story about a set
of men bonding and giving ultimate trust unto one another. I
do not think there is a story Ariel Tachna has penned that I
did not care for. Ms. Tachna has a way with words and does
not disappoint in "The Vow"
I found that I had a tough time reading
and writing a review for this collection of stories
Dreamspinner put together in Sandals and Sodomy.
I enjoy man-love stories and while all of these fit that
criterion I cannot say I enjoyed this anthology. As seen
from the above individual story reviews I did enjoy some of
the stories, however, I felt that the quality of the stories
varied in Sandals and Sodomy.