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Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians
Lillian Faderman, Stuart Timmons
The Burning Plain
Michael Nava
The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture
John D'Emilio
Man's World
Rupert Smith
Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities
John D'Emilio
Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University
John D'Emilio
Flesh and the Word: 2an Anthology
John Preston, Leigh Rutledge, Aaron Travis, Pat Califia
Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America
Michael Nava, Robert Dawidoff

Handsome Beast

Handsome Beast - J.J. Cassidy I totally loved the author's [b:A Hard Dazed Knight|13702212|A Hard Dazed Knight (Love is Always Write)|J.J. Cassidy|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1339974878s/13702212.jpg|19334689] so I was delighted to discover this gem when I went looking for the prequel [b:Before the Knight|15714155|Before the Knight|J.J. Cassidy|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340198176s/15714155.jpg|21382799] and hopefully sequel. Alas, still no sequel.

Handsome Beast is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Nic, a lawyer, has just discovered that not only has his boyfriend cheated on him with a woman but plans to marry her, too. Nic was not out to his family but the ex-boyfriend fixed that as well. With his father and uncle's disgust ringing in his ears, Nic takes a bus to upstate New York with the idea of letting himself freeze to death.

Falling into a near-frozen ditch changes his perspective and Nic fights his way through the rimy woods until he reaches a fin-de-si├Ęcle robber-baron castle and passes out. When he comes to, a handsome man, Gavin, is waiting for him. They begin a re-bound relationship, Nic is going to return to NYC and he's not looking for anything serious. While Nic comes to care for Gavin very much, Gavin mysteriously disappears every night. Nic is done with lies and deception and so he leaves. How does it end? It's a fairy-tale, of course there's magic to achieve a happily ever after.

I liked how the author tied up loose ends and avoided anachronisms, it's a perfectly sensible fairy-tale. Normally I deplore misogyny in m/m stories; I don't agree with other reviewers that that is the case here with the ex-wife. And as for Nic's 'plan,' his life doesn't suck as bad as he thought it did, maybe deep down he knew this along and that is why he didn't try harder to kill himself. Just re-read for the third time.