The Pleasuring of Men
For anyone interested in the imagined gay underworld of late 1860s New York. Historical gay romance, but women too have read and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn’t hurt.)
Tom Vaughan, a respectably raised young man, chooses to become a male prostitute servicing the city’s affluent elite, then falls in love with his most difficult client. Their story unfolds in the clandestine and precarious gay underworld of the time, which is vividly created. Through a series of encounters — some exhilarating, some painful, some mysterious — Tom matures, until an unexpected act of violence provokes a final resolution. Gay romance, historical.
For an imaginary interview with Tom and other characters, see post #320 in my blog: “Interview: A Male Prostitute and His Clients.”
“The novel is deftly drawn with rich descriptions, a rhythmic balance of action, dialogue, and exposition, and a nicely understated plot. The Pleasuring of Men is both engaging and provocative.” — Barnes & Noble editorial review by Sean Moran
Published as a paperback and ebook by Gival Press, 2011