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Review: Quillon’s Covert by Joseph Lance Tonlet and Louis Stevens

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Title: Quillon’s Covert

Authors: Joseph Lance Tonlet and Louis Stevens

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 186 Pages

At a Glance: I thank you for writing such an amazing profound love story. Because when you get right down to it, that is exactly what this is.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: Martin is a guy’s guy, one who enjoys the simple things in life: baseball games with his son, family days, barbecues, and date nights with his lovely wife.

Once a year for two weeks, Martin takes his son, Marty, to Quillon’s Covert, a rustic family cabin secluded in the beautiful California mountains. Since before those long days of learning to play ball, Marty has loved his dad, but as Marty matures, Martin starts to see something else settle in his son’s uncertain gaze. What’s there lingers a little more than it should, and it seems far more appraising than it once was.

As Marty shows every sign of taking the lead, Martin is faced with the tough choices most parents never see: lose his son by being a father, or try to balance what’s best for their relationship by being something… more.

But with another trip to Quillon’s Covert on the horizon, has the point of no return already begun?

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Review: Okay, where do I even begin? As I sat on this for a few days now, wrapping my head around what words to use describe this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that only one word says what I want to say: beautiful. It was beautifully written, presented beautifully, and definitely got my attention from page one. These two authors told an alluring tale that literally blew me away.

Getting this out of the way here, please heed the warning tags: This story contains incest, cheating, and light BDSM. Read the blurb, read the tags, you have been warned.

I’m going to reiterate again how beautifully written this story was. Spanning over twenty years, we watch Martin and son, Martin Jr. (he likes to be called Marty) begin a taboo, albeit consensual, loving affair. We get to know these two men as they take their annual getaway to a secluded family cabin called Quillon’s Covert. From the beginning we really get a sense of their mutual respect, closeness, and the overall great father/son relationship they have with one another. I think this was an important aspect to see, given the subject matter.

Having both POVs throughout the story was critical because we were privy to all the emotions the characters were experiencing. The reader needs to know beyond any shadow of doubt that their journey is one they chose individually, and then together. But even still, what I loved most were the conversations between the two. I loved the banter back and forth, the jokes, and the numerous nicknames Martin had for his son. It was a nice balance, considering some of the heavy life changing decisions being made between them. I loved the build up to them becoming lovers. I thought it was a great decision by the authors for Martin and Marty to have these deep conversations and internal reflections of what was to be. In the end, it was what they both wanted, and it was just beautiful.

Now, I mentioned cheating as one of the warnings. A lot of readers don’t like cheating, won’t read a book if they know it’s part of the story. For me, it was a non-issue. Yes, for all intents and purposes, Martin is a happily married straight man. And yes, Marty eventually finds happiness of his own with a partner he marries and has children with. But I saw the relationship between father and son as being about them and no one else. They are in their own little bubble when they are together, reconnecting in all ways and on many different levels for the brief amount of time they have that it’s almost like the world beyond them doesn’t exist. When they leave Quillon’s Covert, they go back to their own lives and loves until the following year. It just didn’t seem like cheating to me. I know some will argue the fact, so be it, I see it how I see it.

Overall, I loved this story. Going along with Martin and Marty, watching the progression of their relationship through the years was absolutely mesmerizing. Although the storyline is intense, taboo and unconventional, there is tenderness, love, respect, and laughter throughout.

Mr. Tonlet and Mr. Stevens, I thank you for writing such an amazing profound love story. Because when you get right down to it, that is exactly what this is.

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Review: Islands in the Stream by Liberty Lace

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Title: Islands in the Stream

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 85 Pages

At a Glance: If I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: At only twenty-one years of age, Daniel Hastings is a young man headed for the top of his game. As Assistant Chief Acquisitions Assessor for a major property development firm, it’s Daniel’s job to assess the viability and investment potential of land opportunities, usually bringing in millions of dollars in profits for his firm. The key to his career is to convince the previous owners of the land to part with their precious properties, and Daniel has found that everything is for sale… at the right price.

That is until he arrives on Saint Etienne, a tiny Caribbean island that a major resort chain intends to develop into a billionaire’s playground. It’s up to Daniel to assess the situation and convince the villagers to sign over their island home… and if they refuse, Daniel and his colleague are under strict instructions to find any legal loophole they can to snatch the untouched piece of paradise out from under its owners.

But there’s one inhabitant on this island Daniel wasn’t expecting to find—his estranged father, Nick… a man who walked out of his son’s life just when the two of them where beginning to understand one another.

Will Daniel give his father a second chance? Will he discover there’s more to life than profits and acquisitions? Or will his career take priority over the life Daniel was destined to live?

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Review: Okay, we all know by now I like reading out of the norm stories. Those “taboo” reads where brothers fall in love, uncles/nephews, what have you, I’ll eat them up. This is my first father/son-to-lovers story, and I have to admit I wasn’t too sure. I worried it might take me out of my comfort zone—like, all the way out. But I’ve read this author before and love their writing style. I figured if I’m venturing into unknown territory, I had better stick with an author I’m familiar with. I think I made the right decision.

First off let me say, I loved the storyline. Daniel, a young professional, secures land titles for companies looking to build resorts on exotic beaches. I found it very interesting to read because it’s a subject I don’t know too much about, so there’s that. I also loved the people of this little island. They are colorful, eclectic and fun. The author really makes you feel like you’re right there with them, with detailed description of the beaches, homes, bugs and yes, even the humidity in the air. Really felt as though I was there.

So we have Daniel on this island, trying to make a deal and make his employers happy. The last person he ever expected to see was his estranged father, Nick, a father who left him and his mother five years prior and never came back. With all the anger Daniel had pent up inside, it’s no wonder their first meeting wasn’t a good one.

Being that it’s a short story, the author doesn’t go into minute details, but we get enough backstory to know what happened, why Nick left and how Daniel dealt with it all. To me, a story like this needs to have the believable factor. If you’re going to write in this sub-genre, I feel you have to state your case and make it stick. If not, I fear the story will come across as creepy and tasteless instead of creative. I feel this author nailed it.

As incest is the ultimate taboo in romance, the relationship needed to be handed well, and it definitely was. The mutual attraction between father and son was thought out very carefully by the author. The coupling was presented in such way that when all was said and done, we just have two men finding each other again, falling in love, and wanting to be together. The ick factor I worried about in the beginning never came, so kudos to the author for that. I don’t know if there are plans to revisit these characters because the story ended as a HEA, but I for one would love to see how they’re doing on their island of love.

I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if I were to recommend a book to those thinking about getting their feet wet with father/son love, I would definitely choose this one to start with.

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Review: When a Twin Peeks by Liberty Lace

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Title: When a Twin Peeks

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 10000 Words

At a Glance: This is my second time reading this author. I have to say, I’m liking her style.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: Scott Tate has a problem. When his twin brother Sawyer calls and asks to crash at Scott’s place for a few days, Scott has no idea that the feelings he has for his brother would surface so quickly. But a forbidden desire this strong cannot be controlled.

Now, after spending most of his life pushing Sawyer away for fear of showing his true feelings, Scott is faced with the toughest decision of his life—either admit to his twin that he’s in love with him… or ask Sawyer to leave for good.

When the world tells you that the love you feel is wrong… can two men find the courage to make it right?

Warning: This Book Contains Consensual and Explicit Sexual Activity between Twin Brothers

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Review: So, this is my second time reading this author. I have to say, I’m liking her style. I usually go for the longer reads – I tend to like a lot of meat (no pun intended) in my stories – but I’m really enjoying Ms. Lace’s novellas.

This is a twincest story and may not be for everyone, so please read the blurb carefully to know what you’re getting yourself into. You have been warned.

What I like most about these taboo stories is the understanding behind the characters. I like going through the process with them; the confusion they go through when they realize they love their sibling more than is socially acceptable. Typically, shorter stories don’t let us see that process, so it feels as though we’re missing a big chunk, but that isn’t the case with When a Twin Peeks. This author knows how to get a full story in with very few words. I loved it.

The brothers in this story are Sawyer and Scott. One’s a fireman and the other a doctor. One keeps the other at a distance because of his feelings. The other comes back after his divorce to the only person that matters, his brother. The story is told through Scott’s POV. We are privy to his escalating emotions and anxiety over having his brother in such close proximity. How will he ever get through this without letting on how he really feels?

I felt the author did a great job in conveying Scott’s feelings for Sawyer. She does this with a lot of inner dialogue, which translated into him being flustered every time he talked to or was around Sawyer. It felt genuine and sincere and charming. When Scott finally comes clean to Sawyer, Sawyer shuts him up in the best way possible; that was with true emotion, it was real, and I felt it.

I also enjoyed the sprigs of humor throughout the book. It kept the tone light, where otherwise the story would’ve been too serious and heavy. Kudos to the author for keeping it on the bright side.

Oh, and that mess at the end…uh oh. I like drama and action, but I think we could’ve had a more appropriate ending for our two men. Just saying.

So again I say this; not reading a certain sub-genre because it may make you uncomfortable is your prerogative. But wow, you’re really missing out.

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Guest Post and Review: The Secrets of a Twin by Liberty Lace

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Liberty Lace today to talk a bit about taboo storytelling, censorship and breaking the rules. After Liberty’s article, you’ll also find Lynn’s review of The Secrets of a Twin, a book that was banned by Amazon and has since been modified slightly and released under a new title to accommodate Amazon’s content policies. You’ll find links to both this and The Secrets of His Stepbrother there.

And now, here’s Liberty.

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Good morning, afternoon and evening wherever you are in the world. My name is Liberty Lace, I’m the author of several short stories and novellas dealing with Stepbrothers, Cousins and God-forbid… (yes, it’s time to put your sweet children or your dear old mother to bed, depending on your circumstances)… Twins and Triplets. I’m not the first to take a dip into these dark waters, I’m not the first to take a bite out of this forbidden fruit. Some of my favorite M/M authors have tread where angels fear to go, as have many readers. And the interesting thing is, once you go Twin, you’ll want all the way In! But I’m getting ahead of myself… let me begin again.

My name is Liberty Lace and I like reading and writing fiction that breaks rules. Why? Because I like to see what characters will do when they’re scared or reckless or forced to confront fears that not even society is willing to face. Why? Because I never know what the outcome will be, I never know how those characters will react, and I always wonder how I would respond in such circumstances. Alfred Hitchcock’s films were famous for putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations. I think “twincest” stories are very much akin to this. The story begins. Societal rules are broken. How will the characters react to their feelings and actions? How will the story unfold? It’s intriguing, no?

Certainly I understand that for some readers there’s an “ick” factor. For some readers, taboo means taboo. That’s okay, I’m not here to convert you… not unless your sense of curiosity tells you otherwise. Rest assured, this is all just fiction. It’s escapism. It’s fantasy. It’s a couple of handsome models on the cover of a book. And yet, there is something more. Twincest involves stepping into uncharted territory. It involves taking on a brave new world where angst and obstacles come from a completely new place. It wasn’t so long ago that M/M romance was the pioneer treading into that brave new world. I’m not saying that Twincest and Gay Romance are the same, they’re not. But I do believe they both break ground in terms of creating characters that need to overcome both internal and external fears and doubts, and they both demand MCs that must find the strength within to become who they want to be and love whom they want to love. As one of my characters says in my book Twins Entwined: ‘We don’t get to choose who we love. But what we do get, is the choice to deny ourselves that love… or to love with all our heart and not let anyone stand in the way. Be brave. Fight for your happiness, otherwise everyone ends up with a broken heart.’

That quote comes from the matriarch of a family in crisis when they learn that the adult twins in the family are in love. How will the different members of the family react? Well, in the end, that comes down to their own experiences and struggles with love and life and their own sense of self. That, my friends, is a universal struggle we all face… almost every day of our lives.

It was only recently that I began writing Twincest stories. I self-published them on Amazon. Immediately my sales spiked and I realized there was an insatiable market for this genre. Why? Because fans of this genre are starved for content, because Amazon bans every Twincest title they can… which is exactly what happened to my books the day after they were published. An internet troll (for want of a better term!) found my books and reported them to Amazon, then went on Facebook and bragged about having me kicked off Kindle. Did it hurt? Yes. Did it make me angry? Hell, yes. Did it defeat me? At first it did. I submitted to Amazon’s guidelines and changed two of my stories to meet their demands. I changed twins to stepbrothers. But I didn’t let go of the original stories I’d written. In fact, Amazon’s blanket-rule censorship made me more determined than ever to write within this genre. I started my own store at payhip.com/libertylace knowing that I’d lost all of Amazon’s marketing power, yet at the same time shaking that Goliath off my back with pride and relief. In less than 24 hours on Amazon I saw the demand for this genre. I saw that people loved reading what I loved writing. And it lit a fire in me to write more and more and more, until someday this genre is so popular that Amazon will realize that readers should be allowed to choose what they read for themselves, rather than be told what they can and can’t read by a corporate giant.

My name is Liberty Lace, and I believe that readers should have the liberty to read what they like. I don’t mind at all if you don’t want to read my books… but when it comes to an online company censoring a genre of romance and stopping readers from reading what they choose to read… then yes, I do mind. I mind a lot.

Thank you for reading my post, and thank you to the lovely Lisa for allowing me to post it.

Liberty x

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The Secrets of a TwinTitle: The Secrets of a Twin (Forbidden Glades: Book One)

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 47 Pages

At a Glance: This author delivered in more ways than one. I’ll definitely be reading more of her stories.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: Tristan Rose has never seen eye-to-eye with his twin brother Thaddeus. Growing up together, the pair thrived on being the bane of each other’s existence. Estranged for the past ten years, Tristan and Thad both knew that only a tragedy would reunite them. And so, when news comes of their parents’ deaths in a light plane crash in Bermuda, destiny forces the twins back into each other’s lives.

However, what was supposed to be a brief reunion to bury their parents, becomes a trial that will test their tolerance and willingness to compromise when the twins discover their parents’ last wish is for Tristan and Thad to make peace with each other and live together for the duration of one year in the guesthouse of Forbidden Glades, the family’s plantation mansion deep in the heart of Louisiana.

And while Tristan is initially willing to live in the same house as his twin… discovering Thad’s secrets and long-hidden desires is something that will unravel everything Tristan has ever known, not only about Thad… but about himself.

As the long, hot year begins to unfold, the breeze of the bayous will blow back the Spanish moss like curtains to reveal a love so dangerous, so scandalous, so taboo, it could only belong in Forbidden Glades.

Warning: This Book Contains Consensual and Explicit Sexual Activity between Twin Brothers

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Review: I’ve never read this author before, so I went into this not knowing what to expect. Having said that, I have read twincest before, so I knew what my expectations were. This author delivered in more ways than one. I’ll definitely be reading more of her stories. I know the sub-genre of twincest isn’t for everyone, but if I could recommend a starter book for those who want to get their feet wet, The Secrets of a Twin would be the one I’d pick.

With some backstory of their lives as children, and then continuing into adulthood, we really got a sense of Tristan and Thad’s relationship with one another. I loved how the author was precise and to the point with her words. Every word written had a purpose and moved the story along seamlessly. I really like the way the author handled the scenes in this story. From the flashbacks to the death of the parents to Thad and Tristin coming together, there wasn’t a moment that I felt I was missing something. It was a well-rounded, nicely told story.

The premise itself isn’t new: untimely death of parents bringing estranged siblings together, we’ve read it before. What I think is unique about this story is Thad and Tristan. To me, it just felt like a natural progression these two would take, and I credit the author for giving us that distinction through words and actions. They are likable characters who were a little lost in life. Coming back together for the reading of their parents’ will let them discover what they’ve been missing all along—each other—which was beautiful.

With all that being said, there is a little mystery with Thad. I know we don’t know his whole story, especially with that ending. I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but I think we’re in for a real treat in book two. I can’t wait.

Now, I know some will shy away from reading this because of the twincest and taboo tags, but I would highly recommend this one to start with. Broaden your horizons a little bit, people!

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