Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions edited by Shane Allison Review

Most people have some sexual experiences that will always be good for a revisit. We might not always share those stories but that doesn’t mean we don’t think about...

Men on the makeMost people have some sexual experiences that will always be good for a revisit. We might not always share those stories but that doesn’t mean we don’t think about them every so often. Shane Allison of Cleis Press did though, and then asked several writers to do the same. Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions is the result of that request.

Including Shane’s own confession in the introduction there are twenty-one confessions in the book. Each author retells their own experience and there is a wide range of exploits, from entirely anonymous, to masturbation, to orgies and a few fetishes thrown in for good measure. The styles and recounts run the full gambit from hot as fire to a little dirty.

Not every story in the book is going to be for every reader but there is very likely to be something for everyone in the pages. There are varying viewpoints, scenarios and some of the authors aren’t really my personal cup of tea because of word choice but that’s to be expected with any anthology.

One of the things I really enjoyed about the stories though, was that every single one is consensual. There aren’t any that I recall having recreational drug use and it’s clear that each of the writers was entirely onboard with what was taking place.

Nonfiction recounts are typically like that but it’s always nice to see considering the amount of LGBTQ erotica that tends more towards excessive abuse, rape and drugs. It’s a genre that seems to be littered with darker works and it can make for a very off putting reader experience. Publishers aren’t required to warn for material of that nature either so it’s always a bit of Russian roulette when you first start reading books in that category.

I have to thank the editor for not contributing to that trend. While I didn’t enjoy every story in the book I didn’t read anything that upset me or that I found overly offensive. The book itself is 181 pages of actual story with author blurbs for each of the contributors so if you find that you’re enjoying the way they write you can make the leap over to their personal works.

One of the other benefits of the book is that each story is relatively short so it’s easy to pick the book up and also walk away from without losing the plot. Though really there isn’t actually much plot considering it is all erotica but it’s always nice to see. As the title suggests the anthology focuses solely on gay men so it wouldn’t really be on the list for anyone not interested in men getting off. It’s not all penetrative sex either, there are some masturbation stories, twosomes and yes even an orgy.

There aren’t really any stories that have sex with feelings but that’s not uncommon for erotic anthologies of any sexuality so no real loss either. Men on the Make is a quick read with something for most readers.

Title: Men on the Make True Gay Sex Confessions

Editor: Shane Allison

Publisher: Cleis Press Inc.

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