Fyn Alexander

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Jessewave reviw by Sammy

Title: Rentboy Author: Fyn Alexander Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Publisher: Loose Id Buy Link:  Rentboy Genre: M/M Contemporary Length: Novel Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Sammy

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Review Summary: Escaping the horror his life is, a young man discovers that heroes really do exist, and that it is possible to beat the odds and have a happily ever after.

Blurb: Gay, nerdy and extremely shy, scientist Dr. Edward Atherton is desperate for his first sexual encounter in order to avoid being a 30 year old virgin. With his birthday fast approaching, he gives up traditional routes and goes in search of a prostitute. The young Goth he meets in a back alley in Soho, London, isn’t exactly what he had in mind, but he soon finds himself in bed with Fox Baillie having the sexiest time of his life.

When he wakes up to find Fox gone and with him Edward’s computer, he feels embarrassed and used. Problem: still he can’t get the skinny, pale young man with the black hair and eye makeup out of his mind. He finds Fox once again in the alley and is treated to a hand job up against the grimy wall.

The last thing Fox expected when he’s ordered by his ex-military father to seduce Dr. Atherton and steal his computer is that he’ll actually find the dude sexy and enjoy the encounter. Ignoring the danger from his brutal father, he continues to seek out Eddie to continue what they started. But what kind of future is there for a scientist and a rentboy?

Review: Please be warned, Rentboy is not for the faint of heart–nor is it for anyone who cannot stand a healthy dose of violence. This violence all too often comes in the form of an abusive father beating the crap out of his son. Sorry, there is no kind way to describe what Fox’s father William Baillie does to his son, in fact, I am showing real restraint in leaving the explanation at that statement above.

The story revolves around Fox (real name, Afton) who survives the constant horror of an abusive father (ex-military turned gun for hire) and an alcoholic mother who, her self, endures the flying fists and non-stop hate that spews from her husband’s mouth. To complete this family scenario is identical twin siblings, Alder and Arden who from birth have been beaten and left trapped inside their own disturbing autistic world. They are the most precious thing to Fox…until Eddie Atherton comes along.

Eddie was meant to be a job his father beat Fox into doing. Fox couldn’t care less why he was to steal from the brilliant scientist, he only knew that if he posed as a prostitute and did what he was told, he could avoid his fathers flying fists for a brief moment. So he does exactly what his father asks and discovers that Dr. Edward Atherton is not only weirdly brilliant, but a first class decent and honest man–a modern day hero by all accounts.

And Fox, for the first time, falls deeply in love. To his utter dismay, Eddie does as well. Now Fox has to decide whether to tell Eddie that everything the scientist felt was built on a stack of lies and that, in order to survive his fathers wrath, Fox had inadvertently delivered the man he loved into the hands of truly evil forces.

Rentboy was stunning in its ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and pull them into a world where one alternately cringed in horror and shouted hooray in abandoned glee. Author Fyn Alexander once again mates up an older man with a young college age boy and then turns the tables ever so slightly in making the boy the truly stronger and more dominant of the two. That twist makes for some of the more poignant and funny moments in an otherwise dark and, at times, bleak novel.

Do not get me wrong–this novel was brilliant. The characters blazed off the page straight into our hearts and minds and, yes, provoked more than one nightmare in this reviewer. The reality of Fox’s coping mechanism (self-mutilation) to the horrific final scenes that include vicious torture of both the main characters left me stunned. They also made me read all the faster in the hopes that there would be a happy ever after somewhere in this fast-paced, gritty and dark novel.

Yes, dear reader, there is–a happy ever after. And when the author drags you limping and breathless to the final pages, you sit back and shake your head at one of the most impressive and compelling stories ever to grace the page. Along the way, Fyn Alexander throws fans a sweet cameo of Kael and Angel–those of you familiar with the author’s work will recall this team. It was a delicious moment, one that made me laugh out loud.

Rentboy squeezed out of me a gamut of emotions and presented to me a gripping mystery that left me dazed by its complexity. The story peeled back one layer at a time. Constantly moving, with delightfully humane and sometimes despicable side characters, the novel swept me along in its frantic pace and left me shaking at some of the darker, more violent scenes. But, dear reader, none of the violence was gratuitous with each episode being critical to unfolding the plot.

Rentboy is one of the finest mysteries I have read in a long time. However, dear reader, you should go into this with your eyes open. The violence depicted throughout this story does not ease up; it, in fact, drives the story most of the time. Having said that, I must also say that if you can handle this type of story, I guarantee you will find it to be top notch story telling at its best.

As always, the decision lies in your hands, dear reader. I recommend you dive into this one–with eyes open and a strong heart–but dive in nonetheless. Rentboy by Fyn Alexander is a five star read in this reviewer’s book.

Jessewave review by Raine

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A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Complicated issues of fatherhood, expectation, ethics and of course Daddy kink all combine in this excellent addition to the series.

Blurb: MI6 assassin, Kael Saunders, is a larger than life, dominant master who finds himself becoming a Daddy to nineteen-year-old Angel Button. Over the last year and a half Kael and Angel have settled into a loving Dom/sub relationship. But no matter how comfortable the highly intelligent and ruthless assassin and his sweet, eager, loving boy become with each other, Kael is still the boss and Angel wants him to remain so, whether in the dungeon, the bedroom, or the kitchen. Naturally submissive, Angel has learned how to be a good Daddy’s boy and a good slave, but his childlike willfulness still makes itself known now and again.

Kael has always wondered why he is able to do the work he does. Why is he so ruthless, so intelligent, so serious and rigid? Could it be that he got those traits from the father he has never met? Who is Kael’s father and will he ever meet the man whose genes he carries?

Review:

The killer opening line of Philip Larkin‘s still shocking poem, This Be The Verse,

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad.”

is unexpectedly relevant to the third and possibly last book in this series, Sins of the Father. (I reviewed the earlier books here and here.) This complex episode in the strangely heartwarming and completely kinked relationship concentrates on various and involved manifestations of parenthood. It also delivers an exciting, enjoyable and thoroughly involving story even while looking at complicated questions of DNA and free will.

Kael’s very serious take on his responsibilities as Daddy in Angel’s life is fully explored.Their delightful, if rather mind-blowing, relationship is developed with particular emphasis on Kael’s adoption of a parental role outside of all the action in the playroom. His fatherly attitude on bullying is nicely tempered by Angel’s unlucky but amusing hopes for diplomacy. For all of his precocious sexual maturity, Angel is still very young, and his resistance against Kael’s well meaning but high handed control of his university applications felt very much in character. However Kael’s forbearance in the following messy situation was a revealing insight into the strength of his love for Angel.

Moreover it is only when Kael actually questions his own certainties in relation to how controlling he is being to Angel that you understand how much Kael is changing. There are, as always, some lovely scenes with Angel, not least those when he gently tries to influence Kael’s social bluntness or just shows his sense of fun. In spite of Angel’s totally understandable rebellion I really liked the sense that their relationship is so strong. Now out in the open- in Kael’s own words as domestic partners- they are almost unassailable. It gave sure footing to the other uncertainties that Kael had to face.

In this book Kael’s complicated sense of self- past and present- is completely challenged. His childhood, his first love affair with an almost stepfather figure Shawn, and most importantly his genetic makeup are all under examination. How he tries to make sense of it all in his own inimitable manner is played wonderfully against his everyday work for MI6 and with helpful contributions from characters met in the previous books. Mattie, Jack, Conran, Freddie and his girls are all included and expanded in scenes that show unexpected affection and humour. Though at some points it felt a little like every one had an opinion on parenting and wasn’t afraid to share it- I guess that is true to life.

Kael’s warm relationship with his mother Sharon is beautifully advanced here and is used to show how Kael has grown up with at least some moral checks and balance. Moreover she still affects his behaviour; a very nice touch of nurture in the face of nature.

The introduction of Kael’s  problems in dealing with new knowledge about his biological father added a fine and sharp edge to this story. Conran tries to convince Kael that his new alarming tendency of introspection is inappropriate, that second guessing himself will make him lose his control. However I loved the complications and frustrations in this book, just as Kael tries to make sense of new revelations and hard old truths I was along side trying to understand where all this left him.

The almost forensic analysis of Kael’s peculiar and elusive psyche did reveal some certainties for him. No matter how perverse it might appear in the light of his instincts to kill, Kael has a code of ethics that keeps him from losing touch with his humanity and becoming a monster. Clearly his newly discovered paternal heritage while frighteningly apparent is not the dominant driving influence in his life. Ironically it is Angel’s unconditional but not unquestioning love that continues to keep Kael safe.

Recommended.

Strong BDSM, Daddy kink.

Jessewave review by Raine: http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2011/04/12/angel-and-the-assassin/

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Review of Angel and the Assassin: Be Brave

Angel and the Assassin is one of Siren Reviews four best GBLT books of 2010

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Fyn Alexander author interview

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Angel and the Assassin Reviews

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TITLE: Angel and the Assassin
AUTHOR: Fyn Alexander
ISBN: 978-1-60737-871-6
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
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RATING: 4.5
Review by Carole
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BOOK BLURB:
Kael Saunders loves to dominate handsome, masculine men like himself. Being in charge is his way of life whether it be in his work with the Secret Intelligence service, his personal life, or in the dungeon. The last thing he expects when he is out on a hit is to fall in love with Angel, an eighteen-year-old boy desperate for the love and guidance of a Daddy. Yet Angel also has a passion for being spanked and restrained. Two very different men find love in a world of skilled assassins, Bosnian terrorists, and dungeon play.

BOOK REVIEW:
I liked “Angel and the Assassin.” I write this review with a strong awareness that others will find elements of this book squicky, but I found that those elements added dimension to the characters. This is not a run-of-the-mill m/m romance.

Kael Saunders is an unabashed assassin working for the government. In general, he kills bad guys, but he doesn’t really ask or care. He just does the job and the hell with any collateral damage. Sexually he’s a strong Dom, used to topping older masculine men like himself. Then one day, on a job, a teenager witnesses his kill. The job calls for killing this kid, barely 18, with the unlikely name of Angel Button. And somehow, this time, he isn’t quite able to do that. Angel longs for a Daddy to dominate him and Kael suddenly feels protective, for possibly the first time in his life.

All of this is set against a complex action/adventure story involving government sanctioned assassinations, gun runners and Bosnian terrorists. Kael may not have killed Angel when he should have, but if his boss finds out he’s in Kael’s apartment, Angel’s life is over.

I found the story colorful, riveting, and, oddly, not without a sense of humor. For once, I had no idea where the ending would take this unlikely couple. If you like spy thrillers and hot D/s sex, I think you’ll like this book.

Some people may find issues of dubious consent unsettling, particularly in the backstory, others may not like the age difference between the characters (Angel is immature for 18 and the Daddy/boy scenario is a basic part of the plot), and some may actually object to Kael’s occupation as a paid killer. Even though I was aware of these elements, I was entranced by this very odd pairing. Fyn Alexander has a clever way with words, and this story pulled me in to the point I hated to see it end.

Excellent review from Tina at Two Lips Reviews

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Precious Jade by Fyn Alexander

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TITLE: Precious Jade
AUTHOR: Fyn Alexander
ISBN: 978-1-60737-529-6
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
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RATING: 3
Review by Carole
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BOOK BLURB:
Jade Swift has always wanted a man to fall madly in love with him and make him his own. He wants to be mastered. When he meets Marcus Wynterbourne, a dominant man with a passion for the whip, it is love at first sight.

Marcus is an MP, gay, and trying to live as freely as he can in 1885 when his sexuality’s not tolerated and his association with the beautiful Jade leads to rampant speculation. Hurt by a past betrayal, and unable to accept Jade’s loyalty because of his flirtatious nature, he casts Jade out of his house.

But Jade loves his Master and wants only to please him. Determined, he will do what he must to win his Master’s trust and restore his reputation amongst others who would ruin him.

BOOK REVIEW:
Reading through “Precious Jade” was sort of like making my way through a murky forest of angst. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, because I actually got caught up in Jade’s story. Brought up in the theater by his singer mother, Jade was a child star with an angelic singing voice. At puberty, he found himself out of a job on stage, and eventually his mother persuaded him to leave the theater world and better himself. As a result, he takes a job as secretary to MP Marcus Wynterbourne.

As soon as Jade meets his monosyllabic, stern employer he feels the stirrings of attraction as well as the desire to please his master in any way he can. However, Jade is in trouble below stairs, being clearly a ‘nancy boy,’ picked on by the footmen. Despite the fact that he’s portrayed as 18, several years after puberty, he seems very young (no facial or body hair, very prone to weeping, caught up in adoration of the master. And luckily for Jade, Marcus is looking for a slave.

Jade is naturally inclined to the master/slave relationship that we begin to realize Marcus wants, but has no real idea what he’s doing, so he messes up and things fall apart. As the reader, we know that Jade is just a silly twink, but Marcus, having been hurt before, is not so sure. All of the real lifestyle instruction Jade gets is from other unattached subs.

Things do not, of course, go smoothly, and Jade is cast out and has to make his own way. Here Jade begins to shine. The best part of the story is how Jade picks himself up and takes care of himself, eventually playing a key role in saving Marcus from being forced to resign as an MP because of his homosexuality.

“Precious Jade” is a densely textured, vibrantly characterized novel. I am rather inclined, while admittedly not being an expert, to think that the historical aspects of this book are mainly added for color, and are not intended to give an accurate picture of the times. For example, it does seem far-fetched that every one of the MPs who are anxious to get rid of Marcus have homosexual prostitutes on the side.

All of that said, I did enjoy the read. What I particularly liked were the colorful descriptions and the careful character development, particularly among the secondary characters. The BDSM aspects of the book are inconsistent, possibly due to an attempt to be true to the time period, but they were hot and sexy to read, even where they were somewhat implausible. I will look for more from this author.

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