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Hot Valley: A Novel

Narrated by: Daniel Carter
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Summary

Move over, Scarlett O'Hara! It's New England, 1861, and the troubles in the southern states seem a long way off for Jack Edgerton, the spoiled son of a prominent Vermont family. Howver, when he meets and falls in love with Aaron Johnson, the sexy son of a slave on the run from Virginia, Edgerton's world is turned upside down.

Separated by circumstances, the lovers pursue each other through the escalating madness of the Civil War and both find themselves forced to choose sides. After a series of outrageous adventures - including steamy woodland trysts and an impromptu jailhouse orgy that briefly reconciles the warring parties - they are reunited in the Shenandoah Valley in the autumn of 1864 - where the conflict is about to come to a bloody, burning climax.

©2007 Cleis Press (P)2011 Cleis Press

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  • K.
  • 16-01-12

So so

It just didn't do that much for me. I'm a heterosexual female who loves gay erotica. But this story didn't work for me, and I used it as my trial for this author. So I won't be going back for seconds via any of his other stories. I found this book to be mediocre, and the narrator did what he could with what he had. It's not much I can say about it. It's a story with a little meaning, which is great; there's some substance there. And sex certainly occurs. But the sex acts weren't romantic enough for my taste, which I guess would be my main critique. But someone else might find the way the sexual encounters were written as great. Enuf said. Take it or leave it.

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  • Trio
  • 15-01-19

Beyond Amazing

Whoa... just whoa.

First let me just mention that there is one MMF scene, it isn't really graphic, but just a heads' up.

The scope of this novel was just amazing!

I loved the alternating views between Jack and Aaron, all the characters were so interesting and creative, but I did really love Jack. The way his character grew and changed as everything happened to him over the course of the war - it was really intense. And the things the people had to endure was absolutely incredible. All the history in the story (regardless of whether it is actually based in fact) was fantastic.

I enjoyed every minute.

I did the audio version and I honestly can't give the full 5 stars to Daniel Carter - his voices for all the characters was pretty much the same, which was confusing when the chapters alternated between the two mc's and definitely when there was dialogue. Also, his pronunciation of some of the American locations was completely wrong - but there are a lot of places in Britain he'd probably wonder at my pronunciation as well ;)

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  • Kd
  • 16-01-12

So so

It just didn't do that much for me. I'm a heterosexual female who loves gay erotica. But this story didn't work for me, and I used it as my trial for this author. So I won't be going back for seconds via any of his other stories. I found this book to be mediocre, and the narrator did what he could with what he had. It's not much I can say about it. It's a story with a little meaning, which is great; there's some substance there. And sex certainly occurs. But the sex acts weren't romantic enough for my taste, which I guess would be my main critique. But someone else might find the way the sexual encounters were written as great. Enuf said. Take it or leave it.

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