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Square Peg, by Vivienne Tuffnel

According to Kindle on my PC I have 188 books in my Kindle collection. You can deduct half a dozen for the freebies, but then you’ve got to boost that number for novels in collections – Dickens, Austen, Trollope and heaven knows who.

I’ve scarcely reviewed a handful of those books, yet here I am, reviewing a second book, ‘Square Peg’, from the same author, Vivienne Tuffnel, whose ‘The Bet’ was my most recent review.

This tells you something of how struck I was by ‘The Bet’. I read it and immediately reacted ‘gotta read more’ and ‘Square Peg’ was the result.

The ‘square peg’ in question is an individualistic young woman who is married to a trainee clergyman, living adjacent to a training college for clergy among a community of such trainees and their families. For an atheist like myself, the setting itself was likely to prove challenging, but I was ready to ‘give it a go’ and I’m glad that I did.

As in ‘The Bet’, ‘Square Peg’ is an acute study of human psychology, of relationships, loss, grief, humanity and inhumanity, and just like the first book I was riveted from the first word.

Despite a minor smattering of typos, particularly toward the end, this was yet another great book, thoroughly enjoyed, mentally logged for re-reading somewhere in the future just so that I can enjoy this skillful work again. Very much recommended.


Review: Wild Girls, Wild Nights, True Lesbian Sex Stories.


The bottom line with this, I guess, is that it has Sacchi Green’s name on it as editor, and really that should be guide enough to the quality of the contents.  It is certainly more than enough for me.

As a straight male who has merely written some ‘f/f’ material and who entirely accepts that gay and lesbian love is right and natural, I have to visit the minds of lesbian ladies – as revealed in their writing and reading – with the same quiet respect I would visit any other temple.

I came away from this visit quite awed.

There is some very hot material in this, including Cheyenne Blue’s ‘Nurse Joan’ and Danielle Mignon’s ‘Are You My Mommy’, some very warm and touching – such as Anna Watson’s ‘Tamago’. There is humour here, and perceptiveness, and a very real sense of the truth behind the stories and the courage of the writers in revealing it.

It would take too long to commend each of the writers individually. All I can do is to commend, very sincerely, the book as a whole.  I do so without any hesitation.

Book Reviews: an apology.

Book reviews – an apology.

It’s still my intention to review books here and I will return to reviews shortly. I apologize for the delay.  I have a list on-going and am currently working through ‘Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance’.  More of that later, but thus far it’s an excellent read.


‘Debutante’ by Madeline Moore

It is a pleasure to read a text as ‘clean’ as this – a text without typos, without any of those glitches that bring you to a stop thinking “do whut?” and causing you to flip back a paragraph or even a page to get a grip on what is happening.  ’Debutante’ is a smooth, smooth run from start to finish.

It is also a hot one – ‘stroke fiction’ of the warmest, kindest sort, perfect for self-pleasuring or sharing, and there isn’t a chapter that fails to deliver.

Madeline Moore knows her craft and knows her language.  If you enjoy ‘hot action’ smoothly delivered, you will not be disappointed.


Review: Tales from the Arena – Opening Gambit, by E A Schechter.

Tales from the Arena – Opening Gambit

ImageElizabeth Schechter


Beyond certain limits, and I frankly admit that the Story of O exceeds for me those limits – I scarcely managed to read a few pages before giving up – stories in which characters inflict pain on others as part of the process of sexual gratification rapidly turn me off.  At the same time I entirely accept and very much understand that elements of pain and submission are a fantasy enjoyed by many of my favourite people – for which read ‘women’ – and fantasy is, after all, fantasy.

Opening Gambit certainly didn’t turn me off.

The fact is that I read this book at one sitting and whilst I thought, a time or two, about putting it down and getting some sleep I could never bring myself to do so.  In short, I couldn’t put it down. 

Overall Opening Gambit seemed to be very well written, the characters in a well-imagined fantasy civilistation themselves well-imagined , well-drawn, memorable and ultimately – for me often the crux of a good story – highly sympathetic.  The plot is strong, makes its twists and turns without ever losing its way, and the whole makes a very enjoyable read.

One in a series, it is most unlikely that this will be the last I read and, as it is, it’s a book I’m happy to recommend.