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Monday, April 25, 2011

Jonathan’s Garden of Eden by Edward von Beherer

Jonathan’s Garden of Eden by Edward von Behrer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (39 pgs)
Other: M/M/M, ménage, Voyeurism, masturbation
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Properly-brought-up Southern boy Jonathan Lattimore doesn’t begin to question his family’s expectations until his parents come to visit him in New York City. Faced with their blatant disapproval of his lifestyle, Jonathan listens to a friend’s urging to cut their apron strings. This year, rather than using his vacation time to return home, Jonathan takes a half-share in a summer house on Fire Island.

The “gay Garden of Eden” may be very different than the one he learned about in Sunday school, but as Jonathan discovers, the freedom it offers comes close to his idea of paradise.

Expectations aren’t supposed to drag you down. What do you do when you can’t seem to surface?

That’s the question bubbling in Jonathan’s mind. He knows there has to be more out there than the little town in Georgia and the grouchy looks from his parents, but darned if he can get past all of it.

This is my first offering from author Edward von Behrer, but I am looking for more. The writing is tight and flows well. I didn’t want to look away from the screen. The scenes have descriptive verbage that painted lovely pictures of Jonathan, Sean, Giovanni, and the Fire Island scene.

What I loved the most about this story was the path Jonathan takes. The confusion and utter frustration is palpable. I ached for the man and hoped he’d get his happily ever after. Readers can identify with his need to make the family proud while battling his confusion as to how to make himself happy.

Although there is a delicious build-up in this story, the ending comes about rapid fire. It’s sexy and steamy, but I had to reread a couple times to make sure I caught everything. If I had a suggestion, it would be to make the story longer. I want to know what happens next.

Did I mention the sex? I haven’t and I should’ve because it’s smoking hot and totally worth the read. I needed a cool drink by the end of the tale.

If you want a story that’s got a boat load of heart and lots of heat, then you need to read Jonathan’s Garden of Eden.

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