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Review: Pitch by Will Parkinson

Pitch by Will Parkinson
Title: Pitch
Author: Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Jay
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★½

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor’s life. He’s had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so when Taylor rejects him, Kevin retaliates. At first Taylor’s entourage rallies around him, but then Kevin takes his deception one step further and Taylor sees his support dwindle, teaching him the valuable lesson about who he can truly consider a friend.

Review:

Will Parkinson has created an enjoyable young adult/coming of age story centered on the lives of five high school students: Taylor, Benny, Jackson, Addy, and Becca.

  • Taylor is the primary character of this story.  He is a talented artist who falls in and out of crushes quite frequently.
  • Benny has been Taylor’s intelligent, witty, and level headed “straight” best friend since kindergarten.
  • Jackson is the new kid and an athlete that excels playing baseball.  His life has been lonely due to the constant moving around caused by his father’s job.
  • Addy is the adopted child whose biological parents abused him physically and mentally.
  • Becca is the self-centered, attention grabbing, high school cheerleader who wants to be with those that improve her popularity.

 

Between these five they run the gamut of issues and live experiences including bullying, obsession, fitting in, the new kid, crushing, pressure for good grades, gay bashing, outing, homophobia, and abuse. The lives of these five intertwine through a multitude of happy and sad events dealing with what life dished out.

Keeping the age of these kids in mind and remembering that they are high school age makes their actions understandable and believable.  There is the typical teenage reaction to life along with some profound wisdom and adult reactions. The story tugs your heart in all directions. The drama is over the top at times and the issues dive pretty deep. Simply though, it all works together and weaves a sweet story with enjoyable characters and a dash of angst.

Review: Waiting for Forever: Choices

Waiting For Forever - Choices by Jamie Mayfield
Title: Waiting for Forever: Choices
Author: Jamie Mayfield
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Waiting for Forever: Book I

Part One: The Throwaway Boy

As the country’s religious and secular leaders battle over equality in the abstract, Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield live in the crossfire. In their little town of Crayford, Alabama, loving another boy is the worst kind of sin. Best friends since childhood, they explore their love and each other in Jamie’s backyard tree house as they hide from the world. They happily plan for the future together—until their lives are rocked when their secret is exposed and Jamie’s family intervenes.

When hatred turns to violence in their sleepy little town, Brian tries to cope with the loss of his best friend, who is stolen in the night. In desperation, he turns to Adam, a new friend with a shared pain. Can Adam fill the hole left by Jamie’s absence? The answer will change everything.

Adapted from the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J. P. Barnaby.

100% of the author’s royalties are being donated to help homeless LGBT kids find safe shelter.

Review:

First of all, I did read JP Barnaby’s version of Lost Boy series and I actually preferred the Young Adult version because it was more comfortable for me to read and follow Brian’s journey. The intimate scenes were much less, which would be an excellent read for any young kids. I remember how heart breaking it was for me to read back then and it still did in this book. It is a story I’d treasured it in my heart because it killed me to see what Brian had been going through. It was more emotional since it was told in first person point of view.

The first part of the story was adorable and exciting to see how Brian and Jamie came to a realization that they were attracted to each other in a more than friendship type of relationship. Since I read the Lost Boy, I kept getting nervous knowing what would happen to them soon. It made it a bit challenging for me to keep on reading since I didn’t want to see Brian got hurt emotionally. And then the physically later on into the book. It was a terrible thing for Brian to go through and it was amazing that he refused to let it ruin his life, even though it almost did.

Being in a small town, I could imagine how hard it would be for a gay person to survive and it didn’t matter how old this person would be. The minor character I adored were Brian’s teacher, Kyle. It was mentioned in the book that he’d had been struggling to survive as a gay teacher, which meant he actually had to bring the lawsuit in order to save his job. He was a brave soul and refused to let the bigots forced him away.

Now, there was Adam and I wished I would be able to read more of him in this book. He was a second person that made Brian much more alive than he used to be before he joined Karate for self-defense and a development of strength to stand up for himself. In other word, Brian needed to find his confidence back. Adam was there in between and he turned out to be a special person to Brian and his family. I hope I would be able to read more about him in the next book since I only read the first book of the Lost Boy series so the second book would be a surprising read for me. I look forward to that!

I definitely highly recommended you to get the book and join Brian and Jamie’s journeys. Just keep in that in your mind, all royalties Jamie Mayfield would receive will all go to homeless LGBT Kids find safe shelters. It is a great cause!

Review: That Witch! by Zoe Lynne

That Witch! by Zoe Lynne
Title: That Witch!
Author: Zoe Lynne
Cover Artist: Allison Cassatta
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Lesbian
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Cassidy Ryan and Brynn Michaels attend the same high school, but they live in different worlds. Cassidy’s a popular cheerleader, and Brynn’s the social leper. One is all sunshine and rainbows, while the other could’ve been carved from an Edgar Allan Poe book.

Both girls have their problems, though. Cassidy is coming into her birthright—a long line of ancient magic Cassidy isn’t ready to have. Brynn is coming into her sexuality—something that will definitely cause problems with her very conservative family.

When a teacher assigns Cassidy and Brynn to work together on a project, the girls find themselves in a heap of trouble, because what they feel for each other can’t be denied. If they have any hope of changing ignorant and frightened minds, they’ll have to listen to their own hearts first.

Review:

This book was a quick and easy read. The characters were likable even though one of them could be a jerk at the beginning but in the end, it all worked out. It did have some stereotype going on in the book, but it worked. It was a mix of paranormal, coming-out, and acceptance story that young adults need to check the book out. It had a comforting ending as well. It put a smile on my face every once a while when I was reading the book.

What I enjoyed: How Cassidy and Brynn fell for each other was written beautifully. It wasn’t rushed or anything like that. The author described each character’s personalities well. The world building was good even though it wasn’t emphasized that much because it was mostly a contemporary story rather than have it being a paranormal book.

What I didn’t enjoy: There weren’t enough details about witches. I highly expected to read more about it because of the title. The book felt short than I expected. I wasn’t sure if the book was actually a series or a stand-alone. According to author’s webpage, it was categorized as a stand-alone novel. If that was the case, then that disappointed me because there were so much to cover. I knew there had to be something more mystery about being a witch.

Overall, it was a quick read and I really enjoyed it a lot enough to give it a well-deserving four stars. Highly recommended to any readers since it covered the coming-out story with both bad result and good result for both main characters. The POV switching was not too confusing either. This is the author to keep eye on.

Review: His Kind of Woman by Nona Raines

His Kind of Woman by Nona Raines
Title: His Kind of Woman
Author: Nona Raines
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Trans*
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

When Roy Girard went looking for Victor Varrano, he never expected a woman to answer the door. He soon discovers that Victor is now Venetia. Roy’s startled, but even more surprised by his attraction to her. As they spend time together, he doesn’t want to let her go. But she’s sure to dump him when she learns his secret.

Venetia’s falling hard and fast for Roy. But when she learns that his brother was the bully who tormented her in high school, she’s shattered. She can’t wrap her head around the fact that the man who made such amazing love to her could so completely betray her trust.

Review:

Such a good read. I only wished it was a bit longer because it was a wonderful trans* story. We really need more of that. The dramas that had been going on in Venetia’s life made her a stronger person. Roy was a like able character and he made a great pairing with Venetia. He actually handled Venetia’s identity really well and the secret he had to keep temporary had to be hard on him. I’m just glad he told her immediately before they got in deep with each other. It is also my first book by that author and she done it fantastic, which means I intended to check her other work. I hope she will write more trans* stories and in longer length too.

I highly recommended you to check this one out if you want to seek for a good trans* story even if it’s out of your comfort zone. It is that good.