The Christmas Throwaway
Bookreview / December 10, 2015

The Christmas Throwaway is the new novel by R.J. Scott and I so very much liked this story. It has everything you could ever want in a Christmas story and it is sure to warm you up in the cold nights to come. Zachary Weston has been out on the street for a few days now. His father threw him out of the house after he told his father that he is gay and isn’t planning to change that in any way. His father is a strict military man and wants nothing to do with a gay son, so he has to go. Left with no money and no place to go, all he can do is sleep on a churchyard bench in the snow, dreaming of a better future with the guy of his dreams. Ben Hamilton is a young cop in a small town and he is the one who finds Zach on Christmas Eve, sleeping on a bench in the freezing cold. The boy is fresh from the city and doesn’t look like he would survive the cold. Ben wakes him up and decides to take him home for a hot shower and a bed for the…

Billy’s Bones
Bookreview / November 22, 2015

Billy’s Bones is a novel by Jamie Fessenden and it is by far one of the best stories I recently read. The story is gripping, the characters are great and at points it almost made me cry. I really really recommend this story to each and everyone of you. Tom Langois is a psycho therapist in a small town and is quite happy with his life, but something is missing. Then one day, in walks Kevin Derocher, still hiding the bruise around his neck where he tried to hang himself. Kevin is newly married, baby on the way and still he tried to hang himself in the garage. After their first consult, Kevin bolts out and Tom is sure he will never see the guy again in his life. But three years Kevin shows up again at Toms house to do some repairs. It doesn’t take long for the men to become friends and spend a lot of time together. Tom feels obliged to tell Kevin he is gay, to prevent any misunderstandings. Kevin says he doesn’t care about that, he just needs a friend. But the guy is very open and pretty soon insists on walking around naked whenever…

Aaron – Survivor Stories #1
Bookreview / August 29, 2015

Aaron is part 1 in the Survivor Stories series by J.P. Barnaby. The whole series is about people who had a hard life, but need to learn to get passed that and build a new life with someone else. A great starting point and very easily to get wrong. But J.P. Barnaby certainly did not get it wrong, it is spot on. In this first book we meet Aaron Downing. In the past he was kidnapped together with a friend and horribly abused and raped. As a result of that he still suffers from nightmares, flashbacks and constant fear. It is almost impossible for him to have a normal life, no matter how much he wants it. He feels he is a constant strain on the rest of his family which makes him feel very guilty. Forcing himself to lead a somewhat normal life, he signs up for college. But when he is assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for some programming assignment, he starts to feel that maybe normal is beyond his grasp.  If only he could learn to control his fear, that would be enough for now. Not to mention his growing attraction to Spencer, but why would…

Unsaid – The Manhattanites #3
Bookreview / August 28, 2015

Unsaid is the latest addition to the Manhattanites series by Avery Aster. Set in the world of the rich and famous, even people who have everything you could ever dream of, still have the same problems you and I have. This is part 3 in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel. But if you do, it might take a little time to get into the story and the characters. Luckily, the book contains a list of names and places and a small description of who and what they are. That should make it a little easier. This book is the story of Blake Morgan III  and Miguel Santana. They have been friends for a long time, but Blake never knew Miguel had a major crush on him. Blake married another guy, only to see the marriage fail in a big way a few years later. Blake now feels damaged and vows to stay single forever. Together with friends and under the influence, he draws up a list of seven things he wants to do or have done to him. He calls it the list of 7 desires. Blake knows there is only 1 man…

Knave of Broken Hearts – Love in Laguna #2
Bookreview / August 10, 2015

Knave of Broken Hearts is part 2 in the Love in Laguna series by Tara Lain, one of my most favorite authors. In part 1 we met Billy and Shaz, who despite their differences found each other and fell in love head over heels. We also met Jim Carney as part of Billy’s work crew and this second book tells the story of Jim. Jim ran away from home at age 16, escaping from his very controlling and homophobic father. Since then he has made his own way in life, working in construction wherever he could. Finally he ends up working for Billy Ballew and he admires him a whole lot. When Billy finally came out as gay, Jim admired him even more and he is very happy for Billy and Shaz. This second novel starts just after the wedding of Billy and Shaz. They are leaving for their honeymoon and Billy asks Jim to be his construction supervisor and take over for him while he is gone. Jim is honored, but a bit nervous about so much responsibility. Part of the new job is a physical exam and Jim goes to see the doctor, only to run into the…

Scientology – Abuse at the Top
Bookreview / August 8, 2015

Scientology – Abuse at the Top is a book written by Amy Scobee, who has been in Scientolgy for over 20 years before she finally got out. As a former top insider there is no better person to describe what went on inside the highest levels of the Church, the persons involved and the struggle she went through before she got out. I became interested in Scientology quite recently, not to join, but as part of my on going interest in religion and cults all over the world. There is almost no cult more described and published about than this one, and that surprises me. A lot of the books are by people who got out and describe the things they went through out there. I still find it very hard to believe that people would willingly go along with this and even volunteer to stay in there for decades. Amy Scobee witnessed a lot of things up close and personal and describes them in great detail. As with many other books about Scientology this one is also self published and it shows. The language and the editing is showing signs of a non professional at work, but that doesn’t…