Tattoo You by Willa Okati

18074182Title: Tattoo You

Series: NA

Author: Willa Okati

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (60 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (June, 2013)

Heart: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat: Explicit

Blurb: There’s very little Jacob Lee wouldn’t do to please his Donathan — except get a tattoo. The way Jacob Lee figures it, his lover’s got more than enough ink for both of them with his tasty rainbow body, and Jacob Lee has a major phobia when it comes to needles. But as Jacob Lee learns more about the art of tattooing, his lover’s past, and their shared dreams for the future, he finds it might just be possible to face and overcome his fears after all.

Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3923

Reviewer: Cat

Review: A quick rundown: Jacob Lee loves his Donathan so much he wants to do something special for him for his upcoming birthday and it will take overcoming some fears to do this.

This was a very charming short story. Perfect for when you need a little something to uplift and warm your heart. These men had a very sweet maybe too perfect relationship, but don’t we all wish for one like that. I was a bit turned off by all the Jacob Lee’s but all in all it was adorable!

Recommendation: If you like a sweet romance with a Happy Ever After, this one is for you

A Reason to Believe by Diana Copland

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Series:  N/A

Author:  Diana Copland       

Genre:  Paranormal/Mystery

Length:  Novel (217 pages)

Publisher:  Carina Press (October 22nd, 2012)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Detective Matthew Bennett doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he’s shaken to the core–and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan’s claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan’s been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he’s willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees–but love offers a reason to believe…

Product Link:  http://ebooks.carinapress.com/8228EC74-965E-4CD3-A937-3FBB938D00EC/10/134/en/SearchResults.htm?SearchID=10835145

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  I loved everything about this book. Fantastic character development, intrigue, suspense, three-dimensional secondary characters and a heartwarming love story.

Detective Matthew Bennett walks through life on auto pilot since the death of his partner (both on the force and in life) some 18 months ago. When the ghost of the murder victim of his current case appears to him, showing him where her body is, his homophobic boss flips and puts him on “administrative leave”. Matt confides in his best friend, sister-in-law Sheila, and she drags him (kicking and screaming mind you) to see psychic Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Matt is convinced the extremely attractive, short, black-haired enigma with the piercing blue eyes is full of shit. That is until Abby, the recently murdered little girl, convinces him otherwise.

The romance that blossoms between Matt and Kier takes the edge off the seriousness of the story. A little girl has been murdered and the department that has shunned Matt is hell-bent on convicting the wrong person. But Abby herself is determined to make sure her voice is heard, even if it is through Matt and Kiernan. They may not know who killed this beautiful little girl, but the killer knows who they are, and if they aren’t careful they could end up spending eternity with Abby.

I was completely enthralled in this book; I could not put it down. Whether it was the tough as nails detective Matt that came into this only believing what he could see, touch, and put a name too. Ultimately opening his mind, and heart to Kiernan, and Abby believe it or not. Or Kiernan, the hyperactive psychic with a larger than life personality and a closet full of shirts with colorful anecdotes and one-liners. The attraction is electric and the romance resounding as each man reflects on their painful pasts, thankfully realizing there could be happiness and hope in their future.

Abby damn near steal the show. With her stuffed unicorn, skittles, and a playful personality befitting a 6-year-old. Complete with temper tantrums she is quite the spry little spirit. I love the way Kiernan explains her. That she’s still just a scared little girl who can’t comprehend what has happened to her. In the end she proves to be an old soul with some very wise words for Matt.

I would recommend this book to any PNR fans. Yes it is ultimately an M/M PNR but, the sex (although wonderfully explicit and toe curling) doesn’t dominate the story. A VERY well written story about love, loss, hope and believing in something that is unexplainable.

 

Living on My Own by Megan Slayer

livingonmyownbookpageTitle: Living On My Own

Series: Mixed Tape Series, Volume #2

Author: Megan Slayer

Genre: MM / Contemporary Erotica / BDSM

Length: Novelette

Publisher: MLR Press (June 16th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥1.5~2 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Can the past really help the future?

Daniel Tate knew he’d walked out on a one in a million man, but some things are better dealt with alone. Leaving Kel meant losing his heart. He’s conquered his demons. Now he’s out to prove to Kelsey why being together is so much better than livMT_Mixed_Tape_2ing on their own. When Kelsey Schriver’s life fell apart, the last person he expected to come to his aid was his former sub. Their past burned bright, then snuffed out too fast for Kelsey. Is the past something he can forgive or something he can’t surmount?

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=MS_LVOMO

Review: While this little short story is called Living on MY Own it follows a couple that are basically tired of doing just that.

Daniel messed it up big time when he chose booze of the love of his life and his perfect Dom five years ago. Now fate is giving him one last chance to try to get back not what he had, but more.

Kelsey was seriously hurt when his relationship with Daniel crashed five years ago, but his insecurities and sense of self-esteem got off the chart when his last boyfriend literally stepped over him. All that sense of control is slipping right of his fingers, and he’s tired of living on his own despite that being his favorite song.

When Daniel shows up in his life again, now changed and really sober, he finds it hard refusing the man. After all Daniel always, always got under his skin. But can he trust him with his heart again?

So, I didn’t like this story for many reasons. First it’s the fact that there are so many issues in one little short and there is no place for them to get sorted, thus there is the sense of things hanging around, things left unchecked and being rushed all over the place. I’m not a fan of fast forgiveness either and that didn’t help.

Then, there is the BDSM part. Now if you’ve followed my reviews you already know what a kinky person I am and how much I love a good BDSM. This was not good. There was total lack of that atmosphere a kink scene creates. It was hard connecting with the characters and thus their scenes left you not only detached, but I felt as if every stereotype of a bondage scene was recruited although not properly used. The spanking, the flogging, the “yes, Sir’s” all left me untouched. To add more pain, the thought “shut him the hell up” flooded my mind more than once when it came to Daniel. Talk about a pushy bottom and dear me, do I dislike the kind. Dear me, I got more invested emotionally when I wanted the character to finally shut up, than with the text and storyline. Not good, not good at all.

And a last reason I didn’t like the read was the love part and the reconciliation. We witnessed how good the pair was together sexually but the loving feelings were just out of reach. And when things finally got to the point of getting them all and the couple solving their problems, the entire plot got in there. The past, Daniels sobriety, Kel’s ex, their trusting issues, everything got in a tangled mess and in the end I really didn’t get it why on earth was Kel apologizing.

Anyway, you might or might not like the read, I’m too fussy when it comes to certain genres and this was not the read of my satisfaction.

Up Where We Belong by Rob Rosen

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Series: Mixed Tape Series, Volume #2

Author: Rob Rosen

Genre: Erotic Romance /Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher: MLR Press (June 17th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: ThommieMT_Mixed_Tape_2

Blurb: The road is long and there are mountains in their way, but love ultimately brings this unlikely pair together.

Two Ted Jacksons, one from the East Coast, the other from the West, both on business trips to Denver, where fate and a certain schmaltzy love song bring them together — on a fifteen-story balcony, no less — and just as quickly and sadly tear them apart. Months later, they find themselves united again in San Francisco, on the first Ted’s home turf — and on a rooftop parking lot this time. The road is long and there are mountains in their way, but love does indeed lift them up and ultimately brings them together, where they belong.

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=RR_UWWBL

Review: Well, this was a nice surprise. Hot, sexy, and somewhat funny this short story made for quite the enjoyable read.

Two Teds meet on a business trip and the instant lust between them is not to be brushed off. Nope, they rather jump at each other and damn if I didn’t like the seduction part more than I thought. We got our selves the exhibition scene too, the two men being utterly erotic, delicious, and charming and… sigh. Yeah, it was hot.

I loved it, the follow-up was even better – yet another out there in plain sight scene – and even hotter. The characters had this special kind of sensuality about them and their charm simply drags you in the story, making you gulp it all down in one go.

I somehow missed the part where they fell in love. I mean there was no declaration of sort, but this was one of those reads where actions speak louder than words and damn if they didn’t fell in love with me almost missing the whole ordeal. And right there where I was thinking that this was one joyous and sexy ride it got emotional too.

So there you have it, a short, sexy, hot and very enjoyable read to pick up your interest, see this author’s writing skills – which by the way are quite good – and perk up your mood. Recommended.

 

A Marine Affair by Heather Long

AMarineAffair-300x450Title: A Marine Affair

Series: Always a Marine, #13 (mixed genre series)

Author: Heather Long

Genre: Contemporary, Military

Length: Short (57pgs)

Publisher: Decadent Publishing (4th June 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Secret lovers for years, Commander Rick McConnell and Colonel Elijah Masters have nurtured their very private relationship with planned vacations and leaves, always meeting somewhere different—always escaping off the grid. It worked for them—career officers with a desire to serve their country and a passion for each other.

The repeal of the military’s policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, provides them with the tremendous opportunity to come out to their friends and loved ones. Rick wants to seize the day, but Eli isn’t so certain. His hesitation leads to a fight, an ultimatum, and a breakup. Rather than confront their issues, Eli takes a foreign assignment.

A year’s separation changes both of them. The last person Eli expects to see when he steps off the plane is Rick, but the physician wants another chance with the only man he’s ever loved, and he has a plan. Will bitterness, recriminations, and loss keep them apart or can these two officers rediscover the faith and loyalty that bound them for so long?

Purchase Link: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=790

Review: Rick and Eli are both military men and were secret lovers for years. snatched vacations, weekends away and brief coffee meet ups was all they had, but then ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed and Rick wants them to come forward as a couple. Both to the military and their families. but, Eli won’t even talk about it, he storms off and leaves on a foreign assignment. A year later and Eli is returning home and Rick is waiting for him, refusing to give up on Eli and the love he has for the man. He hasn’t given up on the hope of them being a couple, but he has to get Eli to talk. Can Rick and Eli finally come to an understanding and claim back their love?

This is a nice short military story of two men who have had a secret relationship for ten years. When ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is repealed, one wants to come out and the other doesn’t, causing a rift between the two men. Rick wants to be out in the open with his relationship with Eli, but Eli won’t even talk about. Now, a year later, Rick is determined to get Eli to talk and fix the rift between them. Eli hasn’t told anyone he is gay, not even his family. He has no plans to come out, and it is because he still feels guilt over his brother. When Rick tries to mend the rift, Eli isn’t sure what he wants, but a chat with his mother makes him finally face Rick and open up.

Although, I enjoyed this story to an extent and I liked the characters Rick and Eli, I found some things hard to swallow. Like Rick waiting for selfish Eli for a year, damn man where was your pride? I really wanted to like this story because it is military men and their relationship after DADT, but I just couldn’t get to grips with Rick waiting around for a man who walked out on him or with Eli’s reason for walking out. What I did like about it was that they would get together and talk. it was a year late but *shrugs*, Eli finally opening up about why he doesn’t want to take the step out of the closet and Rick trying to decide if a limited relationship is what he wants. And when they finally get most of it sorted out they have some really hot sex.

I will recommend this to those that love military men sorting out their differences, hot sex, being honest and a happy ending. 

 

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Melissa Kendall

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Author: Melissa Kendall

Genre: Contemporary, Military

Length: Short (33pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (16th March 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Sergeant Jason Holt and his boyfriend Sergeant Patrick Wentworth have been in a secret relationship for almost ten years. When the daily paper brings news of the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, they think their prayers have finally been answered. Yet things aren’t always as easy as they seem, with not everybody at work supportive of their lifestyle and even their parents skeptical. Will they finally be able to be out and proud?

Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dont-ask-dont-tell-by-melissa-kendall/

Review: Jason and Patrick are both military men who have been in a secret relationship for ten years. When they see the news with ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ being repealed Patrick is overjoyed that they can be open about their relationship, but Jason cautions him to be patient and wait for the right time. With hopes of being out and proud they face some opposition at work and then they have their families to face.

This is a great little short that covers a period in two military men’s lives as they come out to family, friends, and the military after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Jason and Patrick have spent nearly ten years in the closet together, hiding their relationship from everyone else because of the stance of the military about gays. When they get the news of the repeal they are both excited and while Patrick wants to rush forward, Jason convinces him to wait until the dust has settled before they announce their relationship.

This is a hot read that is still pretty easy-going, while there is one or two moments of tension it isn’t angsty and boy do our guys show how much they still want each other, even after ten years together. These guys are perfect together and while Patrick seems the more impulsive one, he does know when to pull Jason back from confrontation, Jason is more cautious where revealing their relationship is concerned but put a homophobic asshole in front of him and he won’t back down. These guys are hot together and we have plenty of opportunity to see them both showing how much they love each other, in great detail, in some not quite appropriate places, but always enjoyable and hot.

If you love military men coming out of the closet, hot sex in every place imaginable, a solid stable relationship, and just a touch of tension, then you will want to read this book.

 

Words of Divinity by Kayla Bain-Vrba

17559313Title: Words of Divinity

Author: Kayla Bain-Vrba

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (143pgs)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press (1st May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Daniel is a sorcerer, good at magic and taking all the credit—or so it seems to Liam. In Daniel’s eyes that’s vastly preferable to being Liam, a hunter who excels at killing beasts and sleeping with everything else. They cooperate only to keep their country safe—until a new and greater danger calls for desperate measures that takes them to the land of gods, and the only way home again is by facing monsters, gods, and truths they’ve been avoiding. 

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=92&products_id=473

Review: Daniel’s a sorcerer, Liam’s a Hunter both fighting for the same side against the hell spawn and Idonahites. Daniel despises Liam for his callus attitude and his bed hopping and bragging and Liam hates Daniel for his cold snobbish behavior, but when they fall for a trap Daniel has to take drastic action. Liam and Daniel end up in the land of the Gods to get back home they have to face gods, monsters, and their own truths before finally arriving home just in time to help in the final battle.

This is a pretty good fantasy story where two men hate each other, but when they are searching for a way home they begin to understand what drives the other. Daniel has great power and he has a special power that makes him invaluable to the fight against the hell spawn, he can hear their thoughts, but it is a power that comes at great cost. Liam is a hunter and it is what he is good at, well that and seducing any man he sees, he was a street rat and the hunters saved him from a life on the street or prison. Liam lives each day to the fullest and grasps any hint of happiness in both hands. Daniel protects his heart from hurt and keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Both Liam and Daniel are well written characters, the story switches between their perspectives so you get a very clear picture of what each of them think of the other. Liam gets on your nerves a bit with his sluttish attitude and bragging skills and the way he callously treated Daniel when they first met, but as you get to know him he sort of grows on you as you begin to figure out that his attitude is its own shell to protect Liam. Daniel is the one that you get close to straight away because his damage is all there for us to see as soon as we get in his head, his botched romance, and the debilitating pain he suffers from because of his powers and his wish that he had someone just to talk to.

The storyline is quite good with the twist of going to the Gods lands and having to cross the lands to get back to the human realm, with the monsters and mind games that is thrust upon them. I liked the way that both men first started out as tentative friends but then turned to adversaries when Daniel discovered Liam’s plan to seduce him then brag about it. The way that on the journey they began to understand why the other ticked and came to a sexual understanding and then love, only to have it implode just before they got home and then after the final battle they both put aside their pride to maybe start something meaningful.

I recommend this if you love fantasy, hellish creatures, magic, dealing with the Gods, finding love that is rocky and a happy for now ending that could well be a happily ever after. 

 

Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick

15840389Title:  Beggars and Choosers

Series:  Beggars and Choosers #1

Author:  Mia Kerick

Genre:   YA

Length:  Novel (284 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (September 21st, 2012)

Heat Level:  Medium

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:   After a hard life filled with experiences, he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.

Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.

Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3230

Reviewer:   John

Review:  I have to be honest. I really wanted to like this novel, but a huge part of me, didn’t like it or didn’t connect with the story. Beggars and Choosers stars Brett and Cory. Two very different boys sharing the same problems.

I loved Brett. I found him to be interesting and unique. Brett was a school dropped out and lived alone in a small apartment after his mom kicked him out. She was a very popular prostitute and drug addict. He got a job at a small pub and it was there where he met Cory. I somehow didn’t connect with Cory. He was almost in the same predicament as Brett. He had an alcoholic dad and he had to work to buy his personal belongings. All his father did was play his crappy music and get drunk. I have no idea why I didn’t connect with him like I did with Brett.

This novel was well written and it covers a period of several years of their lives. Now, this is the confusing part of the novel. All throughout the novel, the author kept jumping from one POV to the other. Add that to the fact that the story was written by months and it confused me a little. It made it hard to keep up and sometimes there were huge gaps in the story. I really did not like that. I would have loved that this novel was written in Brett’s POV only. It would have made it easier to read.

I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a good young adult novel about two very diverse boys as they become one and find the true meaning of love and happiness.

 

Out by J.W. Kilhey

16006042Title:  Out

Series:  None

Author:  J.W. Kilhey

Genre:   YA

Length:  Novel (234 Pages)

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (August 4th, 2012)

Heat Level: Medium

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5

Blurb:   Joe Dawson is a driven young man, hard working, and eager to please his father. But Joe has a secret…perhaps he has a few. In small town like Holton, South Carolina, Joe is the biggest thing around: young, talented, destined for greatness. As the pressure builds from the outside, Joe feels close to snapping. He is not being honest with himself about who he is and what he wants. He must make a choice: be what everyone else wants him to be or strike out and be his own man.

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Out-ebook/dp/B008T8PDR0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372121756&sr=8-1&keywords=out+by+kilhey

Reviewer:   John

Review:  What an emotional ride this was! Whoa, I absolutely loved this novel. Yes, there were times I wanted to strangle Joey, the main guy, but at the end, he came through.

Okay, this very interesting novel stars Joey. Now, Joey is a very sexually confuse jock who would let his geeky friend, Darwin, blow him from time to time. Joey lived for the game and his dad would bully him to make him better (Yeah, what an asshole!). I hated Joey’s dad more than anything in the word. Joey’s relationship with his dad reminded me so much of One Tree Hill’s Nathan Scott with his father.

I don’t want to give the plot away, but this book was really good. Joey went through a lot in his senior year as he came face to face with his sexual orientation. My heart went out to Darwin. He went through hell for Joey, but at the end, everyone found happiness.

This novel is fascinating and I cannot recommend it enough. Yes, there will be times that you would want to kill Joey and Darwin, but just keep on reading and you will end up loving it as much as I did.

The Celestial by Barry Brennessel

 

15836460Title:  The Celestial

Series:  None

Author:  Barry Brennessel

Genre:   YA/Historical

Length:  Novella (180 Pages)

Publisher:  MLR Press (September 7th, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Love was the last thing Todd Webster Morgan expected to find while searching for gold in 1870s California. But that was before he met Lâo Jian.

Hardened beyond his nineteen years, Todd Webster Morgan is determined to find gold high in the Sierra Nevadas. But his dream is violently upended. Complicating matters even more, he meets a young Chinese immigrant named Lâo Jian, whose own dreams of finding gold have been quashed by violence.

But life back in Sacramento isn’t any easier. Todd’s mother struggles to make ends meet. His invalid uncle becomes increasing angry. Todd seeks employment with little success. Meanwhile his friendship with Lâo Jian turns to love. But their relationship is strained as anti-Chinese sentiment grows.

Todd vows not to lose Lâo Jian. The couple must risk everything to make a life for themselves. A life that requires facing fear and prejudice head on.

Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=BBCELEST

Reviewer:  John

Review:  I really wanted to like this novel. It was well written and thought out. The historical pieces in the novel seemed legit and it showed that the author really did his research; however, this wasn’t my thing.

The Celestials stars Todd Morgan. Now, Todd comes from a very humbled home. He’s very small and people still call him kid even though he’s an adult. Now, Todd wants to find gold in Nevada, but what he finds is the love of his life, a Chinese guy name Lao Jian.

I really liked Todd. He was very determined and outspoken. I loved the fact that he took matters into his own hand and decided to move to Nevada to find gold and a better life for his Ma and Uncle Ed. I also liked Lao Jian. He was sweet, but a part of me didn’t connect with him. There was one character that peek my interest and that was Breandan. He seemed like the perfect guy to take the lead role in the novel, but sadly, he died.

I wanted to like the novel, but after Breandan’s death, I lost interest in it. I liked Todd, but Lao Jian seemed un-relatable to me. What I did like about this novel was the historical parts. The way the Chinese were treated back then was horrible and sickening.

I recommend this novel to anyone who is into old western novels with a very unique young adult couple who would do anything to be together. You may like it. Give it a try.

Gives Light by Rose Christo

15810499Title:  Gives Light

Series:  Gives Light #1

Author:  Rose Christo

Genre:   YA

Length:  Novel (315 Pages)

Publisher:  Rose Christo (July 10th, 2012)

Heat Level:  None

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   “Skylar is my name, tragically.”

Sixteen-year-old Skylar is witty, empathetic, sensitive–and mute. Skylar hasn’t uttered a single word since his mother died eleven years ago, a senseless tragedy he’s grateful he doesn’t have to talk about.

When Skylar’s father mysteriously vanishes one summer afternoon, Skylar is placed in the temporary custody of his only remaining relative, an estranged grandmother living on an Indian reservation in the middle of arid Arizona.

Adapting to a brand new culture is the least of Skylar’s qualms. Because Skylar’s mother did not die a peaceful death. Skylar’s mother was murdered eleven years ago on the Nettlebush Reserve. And her murderer left behind a son.

And he is like nothing Skylar has ever known.

Product Link:  https://www.createspace.com/4005338

Reviewer:   John

Review:  Gives Light is a very touching story. This novel stars Skyler St. Clair, a half Native American boy who lost his mom when he was six. His mom was murdered at their home and he was attacked by her attacker that slit his throat, rendering him mute. I really liked this story, but it just wasn’t for me.

After Sky father’s disappears one day, he goes to the police and he’s put under the protection of his grandmother at a Native American Reserve. Skyler and his dad left the reserve many years ago after the murder of his mother. It is there where he meets Rafael, the son of his mom’s murderer and that’s where the story takes off.

I really liked this novel. I just don’t know why it didn’t appeal to me. The story was well written and planned out. It instantly pulls you into a very rich and cultural world. My respect goes to the Native Americans in the USA. Their culture is rich and very inspirational. Sadly, this novel was not for me. I did appreciate the culture portrayed in this novel though. It was really sweet and a learning experience.

I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a very detailed and cultural novel about friendship, love, family, and forgiveness.