Review and Giveaway: Songbook: Paulo and Preston Shorts by Lee Benoir

Blurb:
Cue the music! SONGBOOK collects, for the first time ever, all of the stories in the Paulo and Preston series!

PRESTON is a lifestyle Dominant, recently retired from a career on stage at an exclusive BDSM club. When the series begins, he’s single and looking forward to a quieter life. All that changes on the night of Preston’s last performance when PAULO, a complete novice, takes the place of Preston’s usual stage submissive. By day Paulo does odd jobs and sings in the Sister City Gay Men’s Chorus. After that first night with Preston, however, he wants more. He wants everything. Can a newbie sub and a gracefully aging Dom learn to harmonize?

Each story chronicles a new phase in Paulo and Preston’s relationship and features song lyrics mangled in deliciously naughty ways by Paulo.

Review:
There are twelve short stories in this book and each one brings more understanding of Paulo and Preston and their relationship. All of the stories have been previously published but seeing them all like this is wonderful. You can read it straight through and see the whole picture of how their relationship begins, develops, and blossoms. The first two stories are about Hal and Arlie, however Paulo is a a boisterous and obvious character that you can’t help but love. After Preston and Paulo meet, they get up to some very kinky, and frankly hot, adventures. However their story is full of emotion and feeling. You can tell how upset Preston is that he’s unable to top Paulo because of his increasingly debilitating arthritis. Though how they overcome it is equal parts sweet and kinky. Throughout the stories, you see the love between the two men grow until everything is laid bare at the end of the second to last story in this collection. The final story shows how two characters you meet briefly met back in the 70s and it was a fun look at those two in their early days. If you’ve read Preston and Paulo before, or never heard of them, I recommend this collection so you can see their full story and see two men that truly love each other.
Stars:
Four and a half

Excerpt:
He was flying from my flogger, and I knew I could break him with the whip. I shouldn’t — he was too new — he’d imprint on me like an orphan nestling. I decided once more on this mad, unexpected night, to trust myself. I would whip Paulo, not break him, and let him down gently once our performance ended.

I examined my control for a split second as I drew back my arm. No uncertainty, no sense of wrongness intruded. I was flying, too, and as much I trusted myself, I found I trusted my surprise sub too. This was right.

He screamed around the gag at the whip’s kisses anyway, though mine were not blows that would shatter him unless I’d read him very, very wrong.

I dropped the whip and removed the obscene gag, kissed the swollen lips, swallowed the last notes of his strange, wild song just as our finale music burgeoned around us. A choir of boys sang John the Beloved’s hymn “Shine on Me,” the perfect song for my last Epiphany on this stage and, I knew now, my first on a new path.

About Lee:
Before dawn and after dark, Lee Benoit is a writer of queer fiction, some contemporary, some speculative, some historical. During the daylight hours she is a professor of sociology & anthropology. In the old days, Lee traveled the world doing field research. Now she lives in the middle of a New England hayfield where being a single parent provides more than enough excitement. Proudly pansexual, whenever she gets itchy feet and misses the world of research and advocacy, Lee invents a new world in her head and takes notes on what happens there.

Author Contact:
Discover more about Lee at http://www.leebenoittales.com

Where To Buy:
Torquere Press: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4391

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