Heart and Mind by Olivia Lorenz
When a chance encounter brings two very
different men together, they have to travel a very difficult
road in order to make their relationship work. However, they
have the help of a mysterious ghost that will help bring them
closer together, if they can decipher the meaning of the poems
that the ghost leaves behind.
Heart and Mind is a
historical yaoi romance that takes place in China. The
characters are interesting as is the plot. However, the story
is very long, almost a full two thirds of the entire volume.
Also, the physical aspect of the romance was entirely implied
until the end of the story. Heart and Mind
would have benefited from being a shorter story; as it is I
found myself impatient to get to the end of it, just so it
would be done.
Zinged! by May Powers
Ving Chen is
participating in yet another training mission with a rookie.
Generally, these missions are a bore, but this mission has had
a few unexpected surprises Ė like Vingís unexpected attraction
for his subordinate Officer Quan
Shei Imotra. Quan, however, has felt an
attraction for Ving from the very start, but has been hesitant
to approach the man for fear of being rejected. Once these
two men touch and experience the zing, they can do nothing
else but see where it takes them.
The premise of the plot for Zinged!
makes for a really interesting sci-fi story and the universe
itís set in is worth further exploration. However, the story
would have benefited from thorough editing, since the
sentences were oftentimes choppy and difficult to follow,
making the flow of the story as awkward as the dialogue.
These issues took away from my enjoyment of a book that I
otherwise would have liked.
Donít Ask by J.J. Massa
Captain Zach Smith has known all his life
that he preferred men, but being in the armed forces has
forced him to hide who he really is. Falk Thayer is an FBI
agent and also in the closet, but he has always felt the
attraction between himself and Zach. When one case brings
them closer together than they have been before, they open a
Pandoraís box of sexual discovery by coming together. How
will they manage, while working in organizations that ask that
they deny themselves?
Donít Ask by J.J. Massa is
a wonderful story, which is gripping, passionate and
emotional. Both characters are very well drawn and you wonít
be able to stop reading until you reach the end of the story.
I loved Donít Ask and it more than made up for
the shortcomings of the other books in the anthology.
The anthology Yaoime is
average and I would only encourage you to buy it if you have
nothing else to read or if you are a fan of J.J. Massa.
Heart and Mind and Zinged! are so-so
stories, but Donít Ask is excellent