and J.A. Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBTQ, MM
Released: January 16, 2018
Jason Banning is a wreck. His leg’s been blown to hell in Afghanistan, his boyfriend just left him and took the dog, and now he’s back in his hometown of Pinehurst, Washington, a place that holds nothing but wretched memories…and Nathan Tull. Nathan Tull, whose life Jason ruined. Nathan Tull, who will never believe Jason did what he did for a greater good. Nathan Tull, whose reverend father runs the gay conversion therapy camp that Jason once sought to bring down—at any cost.
Nathan Tull is trying to live a quiet life. Four years ago, when Nate was a prospective student visiting UW, his world collapsed when senior Jason Banning slept with him, filmed it, and put the footage online. A painful public outing and a crisis of faith later, Nate has finally begun to heal. Cured of the “phantoms” that plagued him for years, he now has a girlfriend, a counselor job at his dad’s camp, and the constant, loving support of his father.
But when he learns Jason is back in town, his carefully constructed identity begins to crumble. As desperate to reconcile his love for God with his attraction to men as Jason is to make sense of the damage he’s done, Nate finds himself walking a dangerous line. On one side lies the righteous life he committed himself to in the wake of his public humiliation. On the other is the sin he committed with Jason Banning, and the phantoms that won’t let him be. But is there a path that can bridge those two worlds—where his faith and his identity as a gay man aren’t mutually exclusive?
And can he walk that path with the man who betrayed him?
Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003
A very thought provoking story.
I’m having a hard time writing a review for this story. On the one hand, I liked it a lot and felt the writing was excellent; I couldn’t put it down. On the other hand, the whole concept of gay conversion camps is abhorrent. And the idea that someone could abuse Nathan the way that Jason did turns my stomach.
The blurb clearly lays out the story so I won’t rehash it. I will say that I like books where a “bad character” is able to be redeemed. I know that some people won’t feel that Jason deserves to be redeemed but the story also shows how much he suffered for what he did to Nathan and I believe he came to be truly sorry for the damage that he caused.
Stories with religion in them are usually very controversial. I’ve read other books where gay characters struggle to reconcile their faith with their fundamentalist upbringing. I thought this story treated Nathan’s struggle in a respectful way.
Perhaps one of the best signs that the authors have written a good story is the fact that it has stirred up so many feelings. Whether you agree or disagree with what they wrote, or the fact that it is classified as a romance, doesn’t negate the fact that the story is well written, IMHO.
O Factor: Scorcher
Lisa Henry likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied history and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
J.A. Rock is the author of over twenty LGBTQ romance and suspense novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A.’s books have received Lambda Literary, INDIE, and EPIC Award nominations, and 24/7 was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
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