Book Reviews

Crossed Hearts by Lisabet Sarai at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 21-October-2010

Book Blurb

When love is the prize, everyone wins.

For the past six years, Jason Hofstadter has attended the Four States Annual Scrabble Tournament. Jason comes to the Four States for two reasons—to play Scrabble and to get laid. Every year since his first, he has managed to hook up with one of the other players for some sexual fun. This year he has a chance at the grand prize in the tournament. Meanwhile, he figures he has hit the jackpot when he spots handsome, bookish Matt Sawyer, who's competing at the Four States for the first time.

Shy and seemingly innocent, Matt turns out to be full of surprises. First, he jumps Jason in the rest room at Starbucks. Then he reveals that he's into BDSM and encourages Jason to experiment with topping him.

Finally, despite his lack of experience with tournament play, Matt ends up competing with Jason in the semi-final round. When Matt throws the game he should have won, Jason is forced to confront his own feelings—about winning, about casual sex, and about Matt.

Publisher's Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Gaymes anthology by Pride Publishing.


Book Review

I’d never thought of a Scrabble tournament as being anything other than a contest where folks went to display their "mastery of words", not until I read ‘Crossed Hearts’ by Lisbet Sarai. Using this unlikely location, she sets the stage for a steamy rendezvous for her characters, Jason and Matt.

One of my favorite things about this book was her phrasing. The images she created engaged all of my senses at once. When I read “testosterone scented air” or “a fine sheen of moisture glistened on his bare arms”, I could smell the manly hormones and see and smell the perspiration on his skin. Phrases like “The sky was as purple as a bruise” or “As they exited the revolving door, heat slammed into them like a ten tonne truck”, I clearly visualized the brilliant sky and felt the heaviness of the punishing heat.

The erotic sexual encounters between the two men were also wonderfully portrayed in descriptive phrases which drew me into the action like “Pleasure flooded in—dark rich, multi-hued—boiling up from his loins into his chest and out to his fingertips. Everything sparkled”. Now tell me people - just how much hotter can it get than that?

For a short story which is well written, erotic, and a little kinky, 'Crossed Hearts' would be a good choice. My only question is, will there be a sequel?





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 49 pages/15100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-October-2010
Price $3.50 ebook
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