IN THE RING by James Lear

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Lear is the world’s lead­ing writer of erotic gay male fic­tion with a string of sex­u­ally ac­tion-packed nov­els to his name. In re­cent years, he has turned away from his ex­cel­lent his­tor­i­cal erot­ica to write con­tem­po­rary nov­els, no­tably the Dan Stagg series.

In The Ring is book three in this series, which opens with the shock­ing news that Dan Stagg has been killed in a bomb blast in Bagh­dad. Ex­cept he hasn’t. The CIA want the world to be­lieve oth­er­wise, as they have a top-se­cret mis­sion for this in­sa­tiable top! Yes, Dan has been re­cruited to be the hon­ey­pot in an op­er­a­tion cooked up by the CIA and MI6.

Ap­par­ently, Dan’s sex­ual charisma has be­come so leg­endary the CIA have de­cided he is the ideal can­di­date to pen­e­trate the cir­cle of Alan Vaughan, a cor­rupt, clos­eted box­ing pro­moter with a sta­ble of sex­u­ally com­pli­ant young men. Vaughan is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved with a se­ri­ous ter­ror threat and Dan’s mis­sion is to un­cover the plot.

Send­ing Dan Stagg off to the UK as a spy is an in­spired plot de­ci­sion, which un­leashes all sorts of gay James Bond-style shenani­gans. It’s also home ter­ri­tory for Lear, the pseu­do­nym of Bri­tish au­thor Ru­pert Smith. And Lear’s sig­na­ture “siz­zling sex scene in ev­ery chap­ter” style does not dis­ap­point – even when Dan is re­cov­er­ing from the bomb blast in hospi­tal he still man­ages to rouse him­self for some ac­tion with his sexy Latino nurse and, be­fore long, is test­ing the ex­tent of his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion by bend­ing the young man over the hospi­tal bed!

Yes, Dan Stagg is back in top form – and so is James Lear!

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