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Ready to Serve: Arresting Gay Erotica [Paperback]

James Buchanan
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May 9 2009
James Buchanan offers readers six tales of sultry encounters between policemen, firemen and officers of the border patrol along with a few irresistible ne er-do-wells: two guys who secretly lusted after each other in high school wind up face to face, but now one's cop and the other is, well, a bad boy; after losing his teammates in an out of control brushfire, one smoke jumper retreats from the world, but his two roommates force him to face his guilt while affirming the unique bond they share; a pair of crime scene cleaners face hazards in their job and in love; an uptight sergeant pieces together the strange pattern of thefts at the county fair while fighting his attraction to another man.

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This collection contains 6 short stories for a total of 176 pages, all by author James Buchanan. The full title of the book is "Ready to Serve: Arresting Gay Erotica" so one expects sex and gets it. But the further one gets into the collection the more interesting and complex the characters and the plots become so that eventually the sex, while still there, isn't the most interesting thing at all.

'Pat Down', the first short story, is a classic catch and release tale and it's successful at capturing the reader's interest. This is followed by 'Speed Trap', a story with a lot more psychology than just physical attraction and a clever plot device that's humorous and effective. 'Risk', the third story is another short one but with a racy climax. In 'Burn Zone' the situation is quite different from the others to that point. We look in on three men in a look-out tower high up over a forest. It was a bit of a surprise to find a ménage à trois story here but it's a good one and the ending is satisfying. Then comes 'Coyote Crossing'. At 40 pages this is quite a bit longer than the others so far and I also liked it the best of the six. It's more of a mystery than a plain m/m romance although there's definitely a strong romantic story line. And there's a big surprise to spice it all up. The collection winds up with 'Fairground', the longest story of them all at 77 pages. It was also perhaps the most complex and again involved a cop solving a mystery. The characters were interesting although I didn't relate to them as well as I did to the two guys in 'Coyote Crossing'. I have to confess that after a while I wasn't so much enamoured of the constant Italian lyrics either. (Read it and you'll see what I mean.)

In total this was an interesting book with some very good stories to enjoy. I for one would be glad to read a sequel to several of them, in particular 'Coyote Crossing'. It's easy to give this a 4 star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool read! Jan. 21 2010
By Sarah - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ready to Serve: Arresting Gay Erotica by James Buchanan is brilliant. While I had read one of the stories before from another publisher, this is one anthology that did not disappoint. James writes men how I want to read them, delicious, hot and occasionally nasty! I think I also liked the diversity of men in the book, especially Vito, he cracked me up. From erotic encounters to softer romantic moments, this is one not to miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to Serve April 8 2010
By MNix - Published on
"Pat Down"

Jeff has always been the guy from the wrong side of the tracks and Chris has always been the golden boy. Things haven't changed much. Now, Chris is a cop. He's chasing Jeff, and about to give him exactly what Jeff has always wanted from his high school crush.

On the hot scale of one to ten, "Pat down" is a solid ten. It's a good short story, a little unrealistic, but amazing fantasy material. It's erotica with the strong possibility for romance. It's very hot and has a happy ending too.

"Speed Trap"

How is Officer Leslie Manley supposed to set a speed trap when Pete Masters keeps letting people know about it? Every time Les tells Pete to change the sign, Pete does, to something worse. When Les finds out why Pete is doing it, he's more happy than mad.

Awe, "Speed Trap" is endearing, hot, and a lot of fun. Pete really has Les' number and it's a lot of fun watching Les try to figure out why Pete is antagonizing him so.


Cleaning a crime scene is not a job for everyone. It takes a special kind of person to do it and a special kind of relationship to do it together.

"Risk" is intriguing for the job the guys do, and the mystery surrounding their relationship. It left me with more questions than answers, but it's an engaging story with some hot sex.

"Burn Zone"

Tyson is struggling to cope with what happened to some fellow smoke jumpers when Chris and Rick help him sort through his feelings by showing him theirs.

The relationship Tyson, Rick, and Chris have in "Burn Zone" is special. It's obvious how they all feel about each other. Rick and Chris' way of proving how much Tyson means to them is sexy and heartfelt.

"Coyote Crossing"

Ricardo Franco is a Border Patrol agent. Agustín Romero-Price helps illegal immigrants cross the border. Rick is in the desert with his team keeping a group from making it across the border when he sees Augi. He and Augi go way back. Rick wants to help him change his ways before he gets hurt, or worse. There is a lot Rick doesn't know about Augi though.

"Coyote Crossing" has action, romance and an engaging storyline. Augi is irresistible; he's sweet and sexy. Rick is tough and yet, he has a vulnerable side too. The flashback to when Augi and Rick were teens is incredibly moving. Then there's the twist at the end. "Coyote Crossing" is a terrific story.


Lieutenant Don Lo is in charge of keeping the peace during the county fair. Vito Marzi is in charge of maintenance. From the moment they meet, sparks fly between them, but Don is a little uptight and determined to keep his distance. Vito has other plans. He's rather successful in his pursuit of Don.

I wasn't sure what to make of Vito and Don at first. They didn't quite make a match for me, but then they joke around and Don meets the family. When they go to bed things really start to click. However, just when I felt that the guys are great together, "Fairground" ends.

Ready to Serve has men in uniform, men who need, men who want, and men who either have or are looking for the elusive "One." Ready to Serve is clever, intriguing, and creative.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Selection of Stories Feb. 17 2013
By Xanlthorpe - Published on
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Some of these stories could have been better, but the overall collection was okay. Mostly an enjoyable read if you like stories with men in uniform wearing a badge.
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