Book Review: Pledges: Gay Erotic Stories

Pledges: Gay Erotic Stories

Edited by Shane Allison

Wrestling at the frat house, toga parties, plenty of pledge paddlings, and initiations of the sexy kind will have every man on campus lined up to join the fraternity of beautiful men who know how to have fun, especially with each other! Shane Allison, recipient of the Gaybie Award for his fine fiction in College Boys returns to the campus for another set of page-turning, arousing adventures featuring hunky undergrads getting it on. Ryan Field shows us that pledge sex is the best sex in “It’s Not Hazing, It’s Brotherhood.” Hot, sweaty sex ensues between a pledge and his handsome professor in Heidi Champa’s “Caught Red Handed.” There’s some major heat to the seat action going on in Logan Zachary’s “Spank You, Sir, Could I Have Another?” The lines of gay and straight get blurred in Pepper Espinoza’s, “On Restriction.” Barry Lowe has got something for the most loyal of butt connoisseur in “Spin the Bottom.” Two young pledges are put through a series of seedy challenges in Eric Del Carlo’s “Pecking Order.” Gregory Norris amazes with “Heaven Week.” Michael Bracken proves that you have to “give” some head to get ahead in “What a Rush.”

I confess.  I bought this book because of the cover.  *drool*

The stories inside were good, too.

Like any anthology, there were some strong entries, some weaker entries, and a lot of entries that fell in between.  A gay erotica anthology from Cleis Press is pretty much always a guaranteed good time.

The stories in this collection were… *cough* …stimulating.

I felt that the stories weren’t as cohesive as Cleis anthologies usually are.  These anthologies are usually around a theme — body type, kink, or setting — and this one is around college fraternities.  But, oddly, given the rather specific context, there seemed to be a lot of differences among the stories and, while they were all great individually, they didn’t seem to make as cohesive a whole as they usually do.

That, however, isn’t really a criticism, it’s just an observation.  And it really doesn’t detract from this book.  Like I said, it was “stimulating.”


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